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Has the GOP Become the Pro-Torture Party?
American Prospect - 12/16/2014
If you'll permit me a momentary bit of crowing, I'd like to take some credit for what we learned from Dick Cheney's appearance on Meet the Press last Sunday. Not that we didn't already know about Cheney's
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Will D.C.'s Pot Legalization Fall Prey to Meddling Congress?
American Prospect - 12/16/2014
It’s not like Representative Andy Harris didn’t warn us. When District of Columbia voters last month overwhelmingly passed Initiative 71, the ballot measure to legalize marijuana in the District, the
The Continuing Story of Congressional Meddling: The Obstruction of DC's Pot Legalization American Prospect
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Obama's Approach to the Bush Torture Regime Has Failed
The New Republic Online - 12/16/2014
I f you have a working conscience, it is impossible to defend the merits of President Obama’s decision to shield architects of the Bush administration’s torture program from legal action. His justifications
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Here's a Bargain Republicans and Democrats Could Make on Obamacare
American Prospect - 12/15/2014
Since Congress just passed a budget and we are therefore at the dawn of a new era of bipartisan comity and compromise, I'd like to propose a trade, one that will allow both Democrats and Republicans to
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Elizabeth Warren Won't Rule Out a Presidential Run. Here's What She Might Be Thinking.
The New Republic Online - 12/15/2014
I n an interview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep that aired Monday , Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren repeatedly dodged whether she intends to run for president, saying that she “is not running for president.”
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Does Gay Male Culture Have a Misogyny Problem?
The New Republic Online - 12/15/2014
U sually portrayed — often simplistically — as ironclad, the bonds between gay men and straight women have been the focus of much debate lately. Actress Rose McGowan caused a stir last month when she
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Progressives Just Lost a Fight On the Budget. So Why Are They So Happy?
American Prospect - 12/15/2014
O ver the weekend, the "Cromnibus" budget was passed by a coalition that included the GOP leadership and the Obama White House. Neither conservative Republicans nor liberal Democrats were happy with what
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"I’ve Seen All Sorts of Horrific Things in My Time. But None as Detrimental to the
The New Republic Online - 12/15/2014
I t’s lunchtime at Maritza Grande’s oceanside restaurant in the Fonseca Gulf of Honduras. She scurries from the kitchen, where she is frying fish and plantains and chopping lettuce, to the bar, where
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Uber's Prices Surged in Sydney During the Hostage Crisis, and Everyone Is Furious
The New Republic Online - 12/15/2014
U ber has created many public relations disasters for itself during the last year, from suggesting to dig up opposition research on journalists to intentionally calling for and then cancelling rides on
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GOP Congressman Destroys Ted Cruz's Argument Against the Government Funding Bill
The New Republic Online - 12/15/2014
O n Friday afternoon, retiring Congressman Tim Griffin appeared on "The Doc Washburn Show," a conservative talk radio show, to defend his vote for the government funding bill, the so-called CRomnibus.
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The Climate Agreement in Lima Isn't Enough. Here's a Better Solution.
The New Republic Online - 12/15/2014
I t's well known that Republicans base their climate change policy on scientific fallacy. But Democrats and the European Union do so, too — not of earth science, but social science. Their core belief
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The Watered-Down Climate Deal Won't Be Enough to Stop Global Warming
The New Republic Online - 12/15/2014
A rare amount of optimism marked the beginning of a climate change conference two weeks ago in Lima, Peru. Before the conference, President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping stood side-by-side
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Marine Le Pen Is Making the French Establishment Extremely Nervous
The New Republic Online - 12/14/2014
O n a rainy November morning, dockers from Calais are firing flares in protest against port job losses outside the regional council in Lille, the capital of France’s old industrial north. Inside the plush
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Brinksmanship and the Return of Financial Crisis
American Prospect - 12/13/2014
A government shutdown once again loomed, and familiar deadlines and ultimatums flew around Washington. And Congress just used the threat to loosen the rules created in the wake of the financial crisis,
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This One Sentence Captures the Huge Challenges Facing the Unemployed
The New Republic Online - 12/12/2014
I n the New York Times Friday, Binyamin Appelbaum published a deep, reported look at the declining labor-force participation of male workers in the United States. Economists have worried about this trend for
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It's Depressing How Many Americans Still Support Torture
The New Republic Online - 12/12/2014
T he release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s  torture report  on Tuesday elicited  well - deserved   criticism  of the CIA’s enhanced interrogation program. With over 500 pages of evidence, the
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The War On Terror Encapsulated In One Case
American Prospect - 12/12/2014
As we continue to debate the question of whether torture is an abomination or actually a great idea that worked well and should be used whenever we're feeling afraid, I want to point to one case in particular,
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We Thought the Tiananmen Square Protests Meant the End of Communism. We Were Wrong.
The New Republic Online - 12/12/2014
T his is finals week in China, so here’s an essay question: Corazon Aquino, Mohandas Gandhi, Mikhail Gorbachev, Patrick Henry, Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Mao Zedong, Karl Marx, Henry David
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We Just Witnessed the Most Important Day in Politics All Year
The New Republic Online - 12/12/2014
U ntil the country came to be governed by serial brinksmanship, the writing and passage of annual spending bills weren’t huge stories in American politics, and you had to be unusually attuned to both
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Don't Worry, Pot Smokers: It May Still Be Legal to Get High in Our Nation's Capital
The New Republic Online - 12/11/2014
O n Tuesday, Senate Democrats and House Republicans reached a deal over next year’s appropriations bill that includes a provision having little to do with federal spending. Embedded in the 1,600-page
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House Republicans Voted Against the Environment More Than 500 Times in the Past
The New Republic Online - 12/10/2014
T he House of Representatives will end its legislative session this week having recorded at least 234 votes against the environment in two years. According to a December 1 count by the minority staff
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LeBron and Kobe's "I Can't Breathe" Shirts Aren't Brave Enough. They Should Start
The New Republic Online - 12/10/2014
black players came to New Orleans for the American Football League’s All-Star Game. Upon arriving at the airport, they couldn’t find taxis willing to take them downtown. And in the French Quarter, they
LeBron and Kobe's "I Can't Breathe" Shirts Aren't Bold Enough. They Should Start The New Republic Online
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Rick Perry: Tan, Rested, and Ready
American Prospect - 12/10/2014
Philip Rucker of the Washington Post got some quality time with Rick Perry, and came away with the conclusion that in contrast to the Yosemite Sam we all mocked in 2012, the new Perry "comes across as
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Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid Just Revealed Democrats' 2015 Strategy
The New Republic Online - 12/10/2014
I n describing how she would marshal her influence as House minority leader, now and in the coming Congress, Nancy Pelosi has been careful to stipulate that even when Republicans need Democratic votes
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., says there are provisions in spending One News Page United Kingdom
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Are We Entering a New Age of Artistic Censorship in Europe?
The New Republic Online - 12/10/2014
T here is an uncomfortable moment in Ganesh Versus the Third Reich  when the actors pause. The play, ostensibly about the Hindu deity travelling to Germany to reclaim the swastika, an ancient Sanskrit
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