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What Happened to the 'World' in World Trade Center?

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2010 | 12:43 PM

Newt Gingrich put his opposition to the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque" in no uncertain terms yesterday: "The folks who want to build this mosque... are really radical Islamists," he insisted on Fox News, before comparing Muslims to Nazis and the Axis-era Japanese.

The former Speaker of the House

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What the BP Oil Spill Tells Us About Human Nature

(8) Comments | Posted July 13, 2010 | 6:45 PM

BP employees will spend the next two days testing the latest well cap to stop the catastrophic Gulf of Mexico oil leak. This is the umpteenth time they have tried to stem the crude's spread.

It's also the perfect opportunity to explore how this company single-handedly disproved two of history's...

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Will Deepwater Disaster Save Crist's Candidacy?

(8) Comments | Posted June 15, 2010 | 5:54 PM

Florida Governor Charlie Crist seemed like a political lame duck earlier this year when he left the Republican Party to launch an independent senatorial bid. The odds were against him: GOP rival Marco Rubio was riding a swell of Tea Party support, the RNC cut their ties and anti-incumbency anger...

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Can Al-Qaeda Be Killed?

(5) Comments | Posted June 7, 2010 | 2:28 AM

The assassination of Al-Qaeda leader Mustafa Abu al-Yazid this week has people wondering if the terrorist organization, long the world's collective super villain, will soon be a thing of the past. Good thing I've been researching that very question for a little over a month. The short answer is, "Yes,...

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Romney, Thinking of 2012, Repeats Old Mistakes

(10) Comments | Posted March 3, 2010 | 4:20 PM

Mitt Romney has a new book out, which means that the former Massachusetts Governor is ready to thrust himself back into the public eye. His publicity tour has already taken him to The Late Show, The View and Fox News, all of which will help boost book sales. It also...

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Tea Party Compact Could Doom Movement - And They Know It

(30) Comments | Posted February 4, 2010 | 4:45 PM

The Tea Party and its activists like to hitch their wagon to the States' revolutionary star. And, like those starry-eyed colonists, this quixotic bunch is looking to shuck off the yokes of an oppressive government and steer the nation toward the ever-elusive "good society." Now, as their national convention kicks...

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Somalia's "State" of Emergency An International Affair

(1) Comments | Posted June 25, 2009 | 11:36 AM

Somalia's president declared a state of emergency last weekend, a move that made me wonder, "What state?" And that's the real emergency.

The nation has been in the grips of an increasingly ugly civil war since 1991, when tribal forces -- backed by Ethiopia -- toppled President Siad Barre's totalitarian...

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Obama, Cairo and Institutionalizing Change

(5) Comments | Posted June 2, 2009 | 1:02 PM

I've been thinking a lot about institutions. No, not the kind of institution necessary when one's lost their mind -- although perhaps that should be an option -- but the larger-than-life organizations, edifices and assemblies that are often considered "the establishment." Or, at the very least, the established. The United...

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Will Jacob Zuma's South Africa Be Democracy's Shame?

(4) Comments | Posted April 16, 2009 | 6:34 PM

Fifteen years ago the world turned its eyes to South Africa, which was holding its first democratic elections. Nelson Mandela and his African National Congress swept the polls and officially pushed race-based apartheid into the past. Enthusiasts of political science -- and human justice -- rejoiced, and it seemed South...

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Gay 'Justice' in a Perfect World?

(16) Comments | Posted April 10, 2009 | 11:13 AM

Gay-rights advocates -- including myself -- cheered this week when Vermont legalized gay marriage. But it's not necessarily that the state gave same-sex nuptials the green light -- that's happened three times before, including last week in Iowa. The Vermont vote isn't exciting in and of itself; it's the way...

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Should American History Incorporate the Confederacy?

(13) Comments | Posted February 6, 2009 | 12:23 PM

History has a way of weighing on a nation. Whether it's Germany and the Holocaust, Japan's struggle with the horrors of Hiroshima, or Argentina's drawn-out Dirty War, a nation's history -- and how that nation's people digest it -- can shape generations and change the way it's perceived by the...

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Rush, Right Misguided on "Nationalization"

(6) Comments | Posted January 28, 2009 | 3:46 PM

The right and Republicans have found an enemy far more terrifying than terrorism. It's insidious. It's dangerous. It's un-American. It's, it's nationalization! Oh, the horror!

You may have heard the conservative set toss that word around in recent days, especially in terms of the banking crisis. While they may think...

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Why Clay Aiken's Coming Out Matters

(20) Comments | Posted September 25, 2008 | 5:52 PM

Clay Aiken's coming out really doesn't come as much of a surprise.

We've all known for many years that the crooner goes for the guys. Nor is Aiken's lavender revelation the most revolutionary. Scores of celebs have come out before him - Ellen DeGeneres, George Michael, Lance Bass...

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On Hillary's Femininity (And How She Misused It)

(7) Comments | Posted March 3, 2008 | 3:47 PM

Hillary Clinton's campaign may come to an end this week. And, on the eve of a decisive primary, we can't help but wonder if she made a fatal mistake: downplaying her femininity.

No doubt Mrs. Clinton's womanhood has played a pivotal role in this campaign, but usually on other people's...

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Leah Daughtry Has Been Up To No Good

(4) Comments | Posted January 25, 2008 | 5:31 PM

Democratic National Committee Chief of Staff Leah Daughtry may not have been entirely honest with Washington DC.

The New York-born Pentecostal minister turned politico allegedly exploited DC's property tax exemptions. That's not a scandal, of course. Countless citizens use the Homestead Deduction to cut their tax rates nearly in half....

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The Gays, The Dems, Some Serious Trouble, and Dough

(62) Comments | Posted January 14, 2008 | 4:21 PM

There's a war brewing in the Democratic National Committee -- and, no, it's not about race. This battle, however, does involve another so-called minority group: the gays. And the results may cost the party some serious trouble -- and dough.

For those of you not paying...

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