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The Next Big Fight in Income Inequality Is About to Go Down in California
The New Republic Online - 11 Hours ago
C ongress can barely name a post office without partisan rancor, so it’s light years away from taking any meaningful action on income inequality. That’s why hope has shifted to states and cities. Seattle
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How Ronald Reagan Rode America's Delusions to the White House
The New Republic Online - 11 Hours ago
R ick Perlstein is becoming an American institution. In 2001, his account of Goldwater’s 1964 presidential campaign, Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus was well
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Americans learn to undo government errors
Chicago Tribune - 13 Hours ago
On marijuana, gay marriage and more Newspaper editorials rarely make news — I've been writing them for a long time, and, believe me, I know — but one did the other day, when The New York Times came out
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Democrats' impeachment fixation
Los Angeles Times - 7/29/2014
"What Republicans are doing to President Obama is historic — and offensive," she wrote. And, then in a bright bold red text that can't be done justice in black and white, she chided me, "With everything
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California Could Really Use All of That Water Lost in the UCLA Flood
The New Republic Online - 16 Hours ago
A   90-year-old  water main in Los Angeles burst Tuesday, dumping between 8 and 10 million gallons onto the UCLA campus in less than four hours. The pipe happened to flood the campus the same day that
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Why Organizing for Action Has Struggled So Much
American Prospect - 16 Hours ago
O rganizing for Action (OfA), the group that evolved out of the 2012 Obama campaign to continue organizing on issues of importance to liberals and has been struggling of late with layoffs and fundraising
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Conservatives Are Already Planning for the Supreme Court to Nuke Obamacare Subsidies
The New Republic Online - 17 Hours ago
W ashington Post reporter Greg Sargent’s forensic investigation into the origins of the disputed statutory text in Obamacare should have ended the political and historical “debate” over whether Congress
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People Are Literally Praying For Coal
The New Republic Online - 23 Hours ago
O n Monday, a couple of Alabama officials opened a public meeting with a religious prayer — for the coal industry. "I hope all the citizens of Alabama will be in prayer that the right thing will be done,"
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The Three Reasons Republicans Might Actually Impeach Obama In Spite Of Themselves
The New Republic Online - 24 Hours ago
A fairly ironclad rule of modern American politics holds that after a president has been president long enough, a faction of his political opposition will begin calling for his impeachment. A corollary
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Israel-U.S. Relations Have Gotten So Bad That Everyone Believed a Likely Hoax
The New Republic Online - 7/30/2014
O n Tuesday, Israel’s Channel 1 ran a supposed  transcript of a phone call between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Very quickly, the transcript, which the Channel
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The Problem With Both "Pro-Israel" and "Anti-Israel"
American Prospect - 7/29/2014
I n a typically thoughtful piece today, Jonathan Chait explains why he has "grown less pro-Israel over the last decade." I want to push back on this a bit, not because I disagree with any of the particular
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This Is Your Brain on Legal Drugs: Let's End the Drug War With a Minimum of Casualties
Huffington Post - 7/29/2014
Human beings sometimes have a troubling inability to hold two thoughts in mind at the same time. This is true not only when the two thoughts contradict each other but even when they simply appear to be
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Sarah Palin and Modern Political Entrepreneurialism
American Prospect - 7/29/2014
I f you were asking yourself, "How can I give Sarah Palin $9.95 a month, or $99.95 a year?" then you're in luck, because she has launched the Sarah Palin Channel , an online TV project with more Palin
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The U.S. Is Accidentally Pushing Kurdistan Toward Independence From Iraq
The New Republic Online - 7/29/2014
T he Kurdistan Regional Government efforts to export its own oil, against the wishes of the Iraqi and U.S. governments, saw a significant achievement last week: Reuters reported Thursday that a tanker
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If Republicans Were Serious About Spending Less, They'd Act on Climate Change
The New Republic Online - 7/29/2014
W e’re seeing a smart change in how to talk about global warming. Debating it as a moral problem or pointing to the scientific consensus is clearly not enough to convince politicians to commit to broad
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The Coal Industry Has Been Fear-Mongering for 40 Years Now
The New Republic Online - 7/29/2014
L isten to the debate about President Barack Obama's supposed “war on coal,” and you'll hear arguments like these: “Electric rates are going to double between now and 2017,” coal executive Bob Murray
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Dr. Strangelove Explains Why the Obamacare Lawsuits Make No Sense
The New Republic Online - 7/28/2014
Most of the health policy wonks I know are baffled by these new legal challenges to Obamacare — the lawsuits that one federal court rejected last week but another one approved, and then got more attention
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Europe's Fears About Sanctioning Russia Are Overblown
The New Republic Online - 7/28/2014
O ver the weekend, the European Union named the next set of Russians and Ukrainians it was not going to allow onto its territory, and it was a doozy as far as European lists go. Banned from holding assets
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A Book By Jimmy Carter Led Me to Work for Richard Branson
The New Republic Online - 7/28/2014
W hen I was younger, I knew very little about the Middle East or more specifically, Israel, beyond what I learned in the Methodist Sunday school and Catholic elementary school I attended in Washington,
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The New Republic Launches “Climate Thermometer”
The New Republic Online - 7/28/2014
PRESS RELEASE Washington, D.C. — Today The New Republic launches Climate Thermometer, a custom site that focuses on the politics and policy of climate change. As we head into the 2014 elections, Climate
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Don’t read this book: A history of literary censorship
Ein News - 7/26/2014
Jul 25, 2014 - 17:28 GMT The Zhivago Affair: the Kremlin, the CIA and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book  Peter Finn and Petra Couvée Harvill Secker, 350pp, £20
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Obama Understands the Border Crisis Better Than Rick Perry. His Child-Migrant Plan
The New Republic Online - 7/25/2014
W ith Congress so gridlocked it cannot bring itself to deal with even an obvious emergency like the crush of young migrants on the Texas-Mexico border, the Obama administration is now floating an intriguing
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Why Did 1,000 People Watch Right-Wing D.C. Interns Debate Each Other?
The New Republic Online - 7/25/2014
F our men stood before a packed crowd at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., on Thursday night, and for nearly two hours hashed out the relative merits of libertarian and conservative political philosophy.
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A Bright Spot In Obama's Foreign Policy: Iran. Yes, Iran
American Prospect - 7/25/2014
U.S. State Department Photo U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry disembarks from his plane after traveling from Kabul, Afghanistan, to Vienna, Austria, on July 13, 2014 for allied talks with Iran
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How Did the GOP Turn Into Such a Bunch of Clowns?
American Prospect - 7/25/2014
F or a lot of reasons, the current era will probably be seen as unusually consequential in the history of the two parties, particularly the GOP. For Republicans, it has been a time of ideological hardening
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