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Six Reasons I'm Thankful for a Republican Congress
The New Republic Online - 11/27/2014
I generally don’t go in for sentimental holiday rituals like announcing New Year's resolutions or giving children candy on Halloween. But in the interest of promoting counterintuitive thinking about American
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The Reason Republicans Can't Pass Anything on Immigration
The New Republic Online - 11/27/2014
W hy didn’t Republicans preempt President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration with their own legislation? At the very least, that would have worsened the politics of Obama’s move. At best,
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These Senators Are About to Blow the World’s Best Shot at a Non-Nuclear Iran
The New Republic Online - 11/27/2014
E ven before Secretary of State John Kerry  announced  the seven-month extension of nuclear negotiations between Iran and Western countries, members of Congress were jockeying for new ways to punish Iran
These Senators Are About to Blow the World's Best Shot at a Non-Nuclear Iran The New Republic Online
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The Supreme Court's New EPA Case Has More to Do With Climate Change Than You Think
The New Republic Online - 11/26/2014
T he Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to review an Environmental Protection Agency regulation limiting how much mercury, arsenic, and other pollutants coal-fired power plants can emit.  The case is clearly
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Peru Forcibly Sterilized 300,000 Poor Women in the '90s. Now They Could Decide the
The New Republic Online - 11/26/2014
T he most stirring art has the ability to make us stop, think, and even act, but a new interactive documentary made in Peru may just help decide the political future of the whole country. Created as a
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Look How Much Money the Government Will Lose Thanks to Congress' Terrible Deal to
The New Republic Online - 11/26/2014
T he deal struck between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Ways and Means Chair Dave Camp on the so-called tax extenders has a number of obvious flaws . Its benefits accrue almost entirely to
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St. Louis Prosecutor Bob McCulloch Abused the Grand Jury Process
The New Republic Online - 11/26/2014
On the left, there were basically two reactions to Monday’s announcement that Darren Wilson would not be indicted for killing Michael Brown. There were those who believed Wilson should have been indicted
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Firing Chuck Hagel Won't Solve Obama's Foreign Policy Problems
Carnegie Endowment - 11/26/2014
The Carnegie Middle East Center is a recognized source of informed policy research and analysis on the challenges of political and socioeconomic development, peace, and security in the Middle East and
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Emerging Deal Is Everything That's Wrong with Washington
The New Republic Online - 11/26/2014
Imagine somebody asked you to imagine the worst possible deal on taxes. It'd probably have the following qualities: It would be bad for the environment. It would be bad for the deficit. It would
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Striking Civil War Maps of the Territory Gains That Saved Lincoln's Presidency
The New Republic Online - 11/26/2014
W e’ve just survived another election season, with the attendant (and often hyperbolic) claims that the nation’s future hinges on the outcome. In the aftermath, it seems fitting to recall another campaign
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Chuck Schumer Is Trash Talking Obamacare Again—And He's Still Not Making Any Sense
The New Republic Online - 11/25/2014
S enator Chuck Schumer copped to something Tuesday morning a lot of frustrated Democrats privately believe. “Democrats blew the opportunity the American people gave them,” Schumer told reporters at
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Don't Blame the Grand Jury for Not Indicting Darren Wilson. Blame the Law.
The New Republic Online - 11/25/2014
S t. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced Monday night that a grand jury had decided not to bring criminal charges against Darren Wilson, the white Ferguson police officer who shot to death
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Where the Ferguson Process Went Wrong, and What It Might Have Gotten Right
The New Republic Online - 11/25/2014
T he Ferguson Grand Jury has finished its deliberations and it’s not the outcome that local activists or their supporters had wanted. Nearly four months after Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael
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Chuck Hagel Was the Defense Secretary the White House Wanted—Then Obama Fired Him
The New Republic Online - 11/25/2014
I n the rush of media analysis about Chuck Hagel's ouster Monday, much has been made of the secretary of defense's Syria memo to National Security Adviser Susan Rice, in which he allegedly criticized
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Where UVA Went Wrong: Students Need to See Rape as a Felony, Not Just a Campus Infraction
The New Republic Online - 11/25/2014
W hat lessons did Americans learn from last week’s Rolling Stone account of the sickening 2012 gang-rape and beating-to-a-pulp of a first-year female student — “Jackie” — at the University of Virginia’s
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News from Ferguson: No Indictment for Darren Wilson
The New Republic Online - 11/25/2014
O fficer Darren Wilson will not face charges for the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The news came on Monday evening, when prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced that a twelve-member Grand
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Go to Ferguson Right Now, President Obama, and Give Your Biggest Race Speech Yet
The New Republic Online - 11/25/2014
P resident Barack Obama’s unwillingness to wade deeply into the thicket of passions, grievances, suspicions, and resentments that materialized after Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Missouri, has
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I Went Halfway Around the World with Chuck Hagel—and All I Learned Was That He Was
The New Republic Online - 11/25/2014
L ast August, I flew halfway around the world with Chuck Hagel to try to see what made him tick, and why he’d been chosen as Secretary of Defense at such an unsettled, seemingly crucial period for our
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Marion Barry's Death Is Yet Another Blow to the "Chocolate City"
The New Republic Online - 11/24/2014
M arion Barry, like the city whose politics he dominated for a decade with inimitable style and mixed results, is no more . The man known as "mayor for life" of the nation's capital city was charismatic
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Here's What SNL's Immigration Skit Got Right—and Wrong
The New Republic Online - 11/24/2014
P resident Obama’s executive order on immigration was the big topic on the weekend shows. And I don’t just mean the ones that run on Sunday morning. “ Saturday Night Live ” opened with a spoof of the
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Fair Work Schedules: The Next New Human Right
American Prospect - 11/24/2014
T hough it would be hard to see it in the midterm election results, we live in the opening phase of a great countermovement against neoliberalism. The evidence is everywhere you look, and not only in
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Marion Barry Could Have Been a Great Mayor in Any Other American City
The New Republic Online - 11/24/2014
By Sunday afternoon, ten thousand people had signed a petition on Change.org shaming TMZ for emblazoning the death of Marion Barry as “Crack Mayor Dead.” Fair: In terms of public figures, Barry was hardly
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Obama's Immigration Order Is a Gift to Future Republican Presidents
The New Republic Online - 11/24/2014
W ipe away your tears, Republicans. President Barack Obama’s deferral of enforcement against several million undocumented immigrants is a short-term defeat for the GOP that you will turn to your advantage.
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Marion Barry Was the Greatest Show on Earth
The New Republic Online - 11/23/2014
M arion Barry was many things to many people — a hero, a scoundrel, a deeply flawed but ultimately admirable man, a tragic figure who snorted and screwed away his great potential. But for me, as a news-
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Marion Barry Was a Historic Figure Who Couldn't Admit He Was History
The New Republic Online - 11/23/2014
I f you care about Washington, you inevitably expend enormous quantities of breath defending the place. You develop a long enemies list. There are the populist bullies, such as George W. Bush, who bash
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