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James Dorsey

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Israel mobilizes to deprive Qatar of the World Cup

James Dorsey | September 22, 2014 | World
By James M. Dorsey One group has been conspicuously absent in the battle for greater transparency of global soccer governance symbolized by multiple corruption scandals and match-fixing: football fans, a key stakeholder with a vested interest in demanding a thorough cleansing of the management of the sport. That however may...
David Finkle

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First Nighter: Ivo van Hove Undoes "Scenes From a Marriage"

David Finkle | September 22, 2014 | Arts
Discounting the rare scare flick, I've only once been tempted to look away from a movie screen--and succumbed to the urge. It was Ingmar Bergman's 1973 Scenes From a Marriage. The psychic pain was too much to take full on. I had to turn away from what theater's leading deconstruction...
Carla Escoda

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The Joffrey Ballet soars in ambitious triple bill: Stories in Motion

Carla Escoda | September 22, 2014 | Arts
The Joffrey Ballet's extraordinary mixed bill, Stories in Motion, exploded onstage at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago this past weekend: three ballets that trace a timeline of the infiltration of Modernism in ballet - from George Balanchine's final work for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes...
Christopher Zoukis

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Book Review: Twelve Stones

Christopher Zoukis | September 22, 2014 | Religion
Twelve Stones is not a story of how, through determination and sheer rigid will, Ms. Carole conquered Life and made it subservient to her. It's not a tale of self-actualization. Nor is it an example of spiritual mugging.
Martin Marty

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Resident Aliens

Martin Marty | September 22, 2014 | Religion
While the target audience in this case consists of Protestants, a.k.a. "Mainline Protestants," many other kinds of people "living faithfully" in religious communities could recognize themselves in the issues involved, if not in the "selfie" portraits of potential "aliens."
Vicky Tiel

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LeGrand Leseur Is the Next Big Thing in Men's Fashion

Vicky Tiel | September 22, 2014 | Style
By only 23, Le Grand decided to attempt a men's tailoring business in Philadelphia and by contacting factories with his sketches he soon found one to beautifully produce his bespoke suits.
David Finkle

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First Nighter: Neil LaBute's Money Shot Hits the Target

David Finkle | September 22, 2014 | Arts
The Money Shot (title appropriated from porn-industry jargon, if you didn't already know) shouldn't be as consistently amusing as it is. LaBute get his laughs -- and he gets a carload of them -- from two embarrassingly easy targets.
Mike Arkus

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An Unhappy Happening in Happy Valley: Canadian Odyssey on the Looney Front - Part 15

Mike Arkus | September 22, 2014 | Travel
There they are on my netbook, e-mails from the kids: Mum missed the flight; please phone. OK, first a little background. Rivka does have this little tendency to be late, miss planes, forget where she's put her passport and having to rush off to seek an emergency new one....
Laura Stepp

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Well-Known Scholar Says Planned Births, Not Marriage, Top Priority for Child Well-Being

Laura Stepp | September 22, 2014 | Impact
Years of research show that a baby who was unplanned or unintended is at risk for any number of things including premature birth, low birth weight, and later, doing less well in school than children whose births were planned. The sad thing is that it has never been easier to plan pregnancies.
NCLR Action Fund

Why Vote?

NCLR Action Fund | September 22, 2014 | Latino Voices
Congress may be as unproductive as ever, but the health and prosperity of our communities isn't determined solely by Washington. It doesn't matter what state you are in -- every eligible and registered Latino voter must turn out this time and every time in order for the community to be respected and represented.
Christina Gagnier

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Vote or... Just Vote

Christina Gagnier | September 22, 2014 | Politics
Does the form seem long? It is really not that bad. Trouble getting to the polls? You can elect absentee.
Robert Walker

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Population, Climate Change, and the Post-2105 Development Agenda

Robert Walker | September 22, 2014 | Green
Even if population growth had no impact on the level of greenhouse gas emissions, the case for incorporating family planning into climate change discussions would still be compelling. That's because preventing unintended pregnancies helps women and families adapt to climate change.
Mark Ridley-Thomas

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Protect Our Hospitals, Doctors, Patients and Health Care Workers -- Vote No on Prop 46

Mark Ridley-Thomas | September 22, 2014 | Los Angeles
Proposition 46 is a November 4 ballot measure that would raise the cap on medical malpractice awards that result from lawsuits filed against doctors, nurses, hospitals and community health clinics.
Stephen Schlesinger

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Turkish Leader Erdogan's Misstep in NYC

Stephen Schlesinger | September 22, 2014 | World
In a speech that was supposedly aimed at promoting Turkey's interests, Erdogan came off as a defensive and suspicious man, who sees conspiracies everywhere and feels misunderstood by everybody and thinks he is threatened from all sides.
Matthew Dowd

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Sacking Another Myth: The NFL and Goodell

Matthew Dowd | September 22, 2014 | Sports
The myth has been repeated by nearly everyone that the owners won't fire Goodell because he has done an outstanding job and brought all NFL teams a tremendous increase in financial value. The truth is quite different, and the only thing overvalued is Goodell himself.
Dean Baker

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The Mysteries of Inequality Are Only Mysterious to Elites

Dean Baker | September 22, 2014 | Business
We have the central bank of the US acting deliberately to keep workers from getting pay increases. They justify their actions over concerns about inflation, but we need not take these seriously. Who knows what they believe, but the real-world risk of a dangerous inflationary spiral ranks alongside the risk of attacks by Martians.
Richard (RJ) Eskow

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100 Zephyrs: Why the Left Must Challenge Corporate Democrats

Richard (RJ) Eskow | September 22, 2014 | Politics
We need hundreds of Zephyr Teachouts, ready to challenge straying Dems -- whenever and wherever they break their campaign promises, shift their allegiances to the corporate "dark side," or forget to "dance with the ones who brought 'em." You can call that "civil war" if you like. I prefer the term "democracy."
Chris Weigant

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Prosecutors Object to War on Weed

Chris Weigant | September 22, 2014 | Politics
Of all the pro-legalization arguments, this could perhaps be the strongest one. The laws don't work.
Marty Kaplan

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Climate Change Will Be the Number One Issue in the 2034 Midterm Elections

Marty Kaplan | September 22, 2014 | Green
At a certain point, we will discover ourselves unable to outlaw or repent or pray away the carbon dioxide and methane blanketing the planet. If that time comes, no change of mind or heart or law will be able to derail our rendez-vous with catastrophe.
Greg Archer

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Lucie Arnaz: Why Her Addition to the Pippin Cast Stands Out

Greg Archer | September 22, 2014 | San Francisco
Being raised in the entertainment business -- her parents were showbiz legends Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, after all -- may have helped Arnaz hone her career path, but at 63, she is definitely her own woman -- creativity and all.