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The Grand American Tradition of Violent White Supremacy


Another U.S. shooting spree has left bullet-riddled bodies in its wake, and refocused attention on violent, right-wing extremists.

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Jeb Bush’s Optimism School


The Republican Party faces a long-term challenge in presidential elections because it is defining itself as a gloomy enclave, a collection of pessimists who fear what our country is becoming and where it is going.

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Climate Costs ‘May Prove Much Higher’


A re-examination of the true social costs of greenhouse gas emissions suggests they may have been seriously under-estimated, researchers say.

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The U.S. Government Is Paying to Undermine Internet Security, Not to Fix It


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One lesson of the Heartbleed bug is that the U.S. needs to stop running Internet security like a Wikipedia volunteer project.

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Five Ways Nevada Rancher Militia Resembles Pakistan’s Taliban


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That Sean Hannity and other far right-wing pundits are supporting the regional militiamen and their mooching hero rather than the U.S. government gives you an idea what side they’d be on if they were in Pakistan.

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Should She Stay or Should She Go? The Debate Over Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Retirement


It should come as no surprise that Ginsburg is at the center of a roiling debate among left-leaning lawyers, scholars and legal commentators as to whether the time has come for her to retire in order to permit a Democratic president, Barack Obama, to nominate her successor. 

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Next Step in Ukraine Crisis Is Unknown


The American people don’t want to fight the Russians, and the Russians would be mad to attack NATO forces or the Baltic States. But I am sure there are people in Moscow just like the people in Washington who say “if we don’t follow through—if we don’t ‘stand our ground’—we’ll lose our credibility.”

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A Victory Lap for Obamacare


All the naysaying in the world can’t drown out mounting evidence that the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature domestic achievement, is a real success.

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Happy Tax Day, and Why the 1 Percent Pay a Much Lower Rate Than You


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It’s tax time again, April 15, when our minds turn toward paying the taxes we owe or possibly getting a tax refund.

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Washington Fights Fire With Fire in Libya


Is the U.S. secretly training Libyan militiamen in the Canary Islands? That’s what I asked a spokesman for U.S. Africa Command. “I am surprised by your mentioning the Canary Islands,” he responded by email. “I have not heard this before, and wonder where you heard this.”

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