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Paul Abrams

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Why an 'ISIL War Tax' and a 'Russia Containment Tax' Are Necessary -- Now

Paul Abrams | September 2, 2014 | Politics
It is a given that actions against ISIL and Russia will be undertaken, and each has that ring of "prolonged" to it that indicates it will require both patience and financing.
Larry Womack

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We Need a Serious, Federal Digital Privacy Law

Larry Womack | September 2, 2014 | Politics
If anything good is to come from this weekend's celebrity phone hack, let's hope it's federal action that finally takes seriously the problem of non-consensual online sexual exploitation -- along with all other forms of digital privacy invasion.
Matthew Hoh

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BDA, Genocide and Oil in Iraq

Matthew Hoh | September 2, 2014 | Politics
In all of our lifetimes we have seen the United States led into war based on inaccurate and false assertions of dangers and horrors, often for the benefit of a few. It should not happen again.
Tom Engelhardt

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How America Made ISIS

Tom Engelhardt | September 2, 2014 | Politics
Americans prefer to believe that all problems have solutions. There may, however, be no obvious or at least immediate solution when it comes to ISIS, an organization based on exclusivity and divisiveness in a region that couldn't be more divided.
Ban Ki-moon

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Now Is the Time to Act on Climate Change

Ban Ki-moon | September 2, 2014 | Green
Time is running out. The more we delay, the more we will pay. Climate change is accelerating and human activities are the principal cause.
Samarth Pathak

India-Japan Ties: Investing in the future

Samarth Pathak | September 2, 2014 | Politics
The time is ripe to infuse energy into this historic relationship. Not only are both governments stable with visionary leadership but there is also a strong will among businesses and policymakers on both sides to build a mutually-beneficial partnership.
Tom Fox

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How to show leadership, even if you aren't the leader

Tom Fox | September 2, 2014 | Politics
Henry Evans is the co-author of "Step Up: Lead in Six Moments that Matter," which explores ways that you can demonstrate leadership regardless of your job title. Evans spoke about his leadership theories with Tom Fox, a guest writer for On Leadership and vice...
Robert G. Kaufman

The Perils of Obama's Non-Strategy for Ukraine and the West

Robert G. Kaufman | September 2, 2014 | Politics
The Russian invasion of Eastern Ukraine comes at a pivotal moment with a major NATO summit convening in Wales this week. A failure to response effectively would imperil the historically successful but increasingly troubled alliance dangerously on the verge of impotence and irrelevance if Putin succeeds with his Ukrainian gambit.
Andy Schmookler

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The Spirit That Drove Us to Civil War Is Back

Andy Schmookler | September 2, 2014 | Politics
It's like facial recognition technology: if the features match up, you conclude, "It's the same guy." So it is with the match between the force that drove us to Civil War more than a century and a half ago, and the force that has taken over the Republican Party in our times.
Martin Hellman

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Should NATO Welcome Ukraine?

Martin Hellman | September 2, 2014 | Politics
While NATO membership for Ukraine would almost surely make Russia more cautious in its treatment of that nation, the immediate risk of NATO membership is likely to make Russia much more aggressive in an attempt to prevent that from ever happening.
Ken Blackwell

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Our Freedoms Are Slowly Slipping Away

Ken Blackwell | September 2, 2014 | Politics
As Americans celebrated Labor Day and the freedom to provide for their families, let's hope they didn't spoil the holiday yesterday by pausing to consider whether government today is making their lives easier or more difficult.
Terra Trevor

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Children of the Powwow: Changing The Way We See Native America

Terra Trevor | September 2, 2014 | Politics
Every American Indian person at the powwow is connected, and is making a statement that American Indian people are still here. This is our celebration of life past, present and future.
D. Taylor

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Let's Actually Have That Honest Conversation About Fixing Obamacare

D. Taylor | September 2, 2014 | Politics
The Affordable Care Act has already helped millions of Americans gain health insurance -- a big step forward. The debate over the ACA has been one of the most contentious we've ever seen. Fortunately, efforts to repeal it have been thwarted. Now's the time to have a conversation about making it work for every American.
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 have lost cognitive functions.
Heather Taylor-Miesle

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5 Ways the Midterms Will Shape the Clean Energy and Climate Future

Heather Taylor-Miesle | September 2, 2014 | Politics
Now that Labor Day is behind us, the campaign season is about to heat up in earnest. Candidates, strategists, and pundits will vie for the spotlight from now until November 4. Yet try as they might, midterms never garner as much attention as presidential cycles. This year's election, though, matters...
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.
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