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James Peron

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Controlling Language Controls the Euthanasia Debate

James Peron | September 2, 2014 | Politics
What happens when conservatives discover "political correctness?" Recently the Discovery Institute, a front for creationist conservatives, posted a column complaining about the phrase "vegetable" being used to describe those who lost cognitive functions. They are using it in terms of Joan Rivers and what doctors may...
Joe Peyronnin

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2014 Midterm Elections

Joe Peyronnin | September 1, 2014 | Politics
With less than 10 weeks to go before the midterm Congressional elections Americans in general are frustrated with Washington. National polls show that about three-quarters of all Americans disapprove of the way Congress is doing its job. Because so much is at stake, this coming election day is not a time for eligible voters to stay home.
Doug Bandow

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Instead of Bombing Syria to Fight the Islamic State, Let Syria and Others Battle Islamic Radicals

Doug Bandow | September 1, 2014 | Politics
Until now, President Obama's foreign policy appeared to be based more on reason than emotion. However, the rise of ISIL may have cost Obama his equanimity. After promising to strictly limit the mission in Iraq, Washington is preparing to expand the war to Syria. Instead, the administration should push other nations into the lead.
Christopher Brauchli

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Faux War

Christopher Brauchli | September 1, 2014 | Politics
Wars can, of course, be started quite by accident. They can be started because the warriors on one side or the other are overly enthusiastic about what they are doing and their enthusiasm leads them to do things that may have unintended consequences.
Robert Reich

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Back to College -- The Only Gateway to the Middle Class

Robert Reich | September 1, 2014 | Politics
This week, millions of young people head to college and universities, aiming for a four-year liberal arts degree. They assume that degree is the only gateway to the American middle class. It shouldn't be.
Nikolas Kozloff

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Vladimir Putin, BRICS Bank and Eclipse of South American Idealism

Nikolas Kozloff | September 1, 2014 | Politics
South American political elites seem to have jettisoned much of the high minded left idealism of past years in favor of crass economic interests. In a somewhat outlandish turn of events, Brazil has embraced Vladimir Putin, a figure who has desperately sought to end his country's political and diplomatic isolation.
Adam C. Levine

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Dispatch From Liberia: An Epidemic of Fear

Adam C. Levine | September 1, 2014 | Politics
As of this week, Ebola is killing 100 people every couple days in West Africa. But the true impact of the crisis in West Africa should be measured in the wider impact the disease has wrought. It is not Ebola alone causing the catastrophe in West Africa today -- it is an epidemic of fear.
Franz-Stefan Gady

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Fleeing Quarakosh: The Last Christians in Iraq

Franz-Stefan Gady | September 1, 2014 | Politics
There is little comfort for the displaced people of Qarakosh who see the most recent attacks as perhaps the final act in their expulsion from Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians have left the country in the last two decades. Estimates of the remaining total number of Iraqi Christians are as low as 200,000.
Erik Brattberg

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Why President Obama's Visit to Estonia Really Matters

Erik Brattberg | September 1, 2014 | Politics
President Obama's brief stopover in Tallinn en route to the NATO Summit in Wales this week couldn't have been be any timelier. Showing up in person matters a lot to the Balts who are increasingly feeling the heat after Russia's invasion of Crimea and subsequent aggression in Eastern Ukraine.
Fadi Elsalameen

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Time for an Arab NATO?

Fadi Elsalameen | September 1, 2014 | Politics
Arabs should take the lead on fighting terrorism in the Arab world. Only Arabs can secure Arab lands and people for peace and prosperity. In order for this peace to happen, four key actions must be taken.
Deane Waldman

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Can Health Care Success Be Health Care Disaster?

Deane Waldman | September 1, 2014 | Politics
How can success be disaster, even in health care? As the Michael W. Smith song says, "Let me show you the way."
Mariam Khan

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Land of the Pure Attempting to Regain Its Purity?

Mariam Khan | September 1, 2014 | Politics
A country which in some way or the other makes itself prominent across the global arena more often because of events which shun its image and bring it into the limelight. Land of the pure, has recurrently surfaced in the form of news that people of the world do not have pleasant memories of.
Curtis Ellis

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Did Washington Stab Working Americans in the Back?

Curtis Ellis | September 1, 2014 | Politics
It's official: Trade with poor countries has destroyed millions of American jobs and lives. A new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research confirms what working people have long known: Imports from China are responsible for the loss of over 2 million jobs between 1999 and 2011. That's about 1 percent of the entire work force.
Matthew Dowd

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Invisible Fences of Our Lives and Politics

Matthew Dowd | September 1, 2014 | Politics
Big donors and interest groups with agendas of all political persuasions try to keep convincing many politicians that they will be shocked if they venture too far afield. And these elected officials accept this story of an invisible fence line.
John Murray

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This Labor Day, Let's Focus on Putting Americans Back to Work

John Murray | September 1, 2014 | Politics
As Americans celebrate Labor Day, they're forced to reckon with some tough facts about the state of our country's workforce.
Richard Klass

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Wars and Rumors of War

Richard Klass | September 1, 2014 | Politics
One is a throwback to nationalist wars of the past. The other is a worrying harbinger of the future. But for Ukraine the future is now.
H. A. Goodman

How Does Wilson Fire Six Shots, While Getting Beaten, Without Gunshot Residue on Michael Brown?

H. A. Goodman | September 1, 2014 | Politics
What if Brown was pretending to charge after taunting verbally, in an arrogant act of defiance, with the intent of pulling back? What if Brown was running, but quickly turned back to surrender, and Wilson mistook that for charging, what then?
Matt Baume

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More Fireworks Anticipated at Upcoming Marriage Argument (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | September 1, 2014 | Gay Voices
Last week judges at the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals put on a spectacular show when they eviscerated the arguments of anti-gay attorneys from Wisconsin and Indiana. Next week we could see a repeat performance when lawyers present their cases to the Ninth Circuit.
Robert Kuttner

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Labor Day: The Beginning of a Breakthrough

Robert Kuttner | August 31, 2014 | Politics
This Labor Day, working families do not have much to celebrate when it comes to wages and job security. But we can celebrate the fact that the deteriorating conditions of work are finally breaking through into broad political consciousness. Last week, the board of directors of Market Basket, one of the last of the independent supermarket chains, agreed to restore the fired CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas, who had treated workers decently rather than just milking the enterprise for dividends as another faction of this family-owned company has sought to do. An uprising by salaried managers and workers had brought the business to a halt. The Market Basket story is particularly instructive, because it represents how so-called shareholder capitalism puts pressure on managers to destroy job security and decent earnings for working people.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

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Hillary Got It Right on Ferguson and Race

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | August 31, 2014 | Black Voices
It was worth the wait for Hillary Clinton to speak out. Clinton skipped the platitudes and echoed the uncomfortable truths that black men are routinely profiled, disproportionately pack America's jails and prisons, and get longer sentences than white males.
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