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    April 2, 2014
  • A Tortured Twist on Ethics

    (Source: Roy Eidelson) var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; George Orwell wisely observed that our understanding of the past, and the meaning associated with it, directly influences the future. And as the unpreceden Read »
  • April 2, 2014
  • The Diplomatic Dance with Iran

    (Hassan Rouhani | Source: Times of Israel) var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; A six-month diplomatic dance with Iran is underway—each step as dainty as a minuet because any misstep is weighted with danger. The Read »
  • March 28, 2014
  • A Long, Gilded Life

    (Source: Bloomberg) Let us pause now to pay our respects to Bunny Mellon. She died in mid-March on her Virginia horse-country estate. But no tears, please. Bunny — nobody called her by her given name Rachel — lived a long and rich life. Very long. V Read »
  • March 28, 2014
  • You Get What You Don’t Pay For

    No matter how hard lawmakers try to close their eyes, click their heels, and hope for the best, they can’t make highway funding magically appear. But that doesn’t stop them fiddling and flailing as they burn through the Highway Trust Fund. The  Read »
  • March 25, 2014
  • America Has Long Been Twitchy about Its Sphere of Influence

    (Source: AFP) var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; “Those who want to see a people’s democracy, let them come here and see this,” Fidel Castro told the UN General Assembly in 1960, after his Marxist insurgency Read »
  • No-Fault Gun Laws

    var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; Not long Ken Cuccinelli narrowly lost Virginia governor’s race last year by running one of the most hapless campaigns in modern memory (he tried to made sodomy a campaign issu Read »
  • March 20, 2014
  • Why Vivek Murthy Scares the NRA

    (Dr. Vivek Murthy | Source: AP) var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; President Barack Obama should have known Senate Democrats would balk at the confirmation of Dr. Vivek Murthy as the next surgeon general of the Un Read »
  • The 'Paid-What-You’re-Worth' Myth

    var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; It’s often assumed that people are paid what they’re worth. According to this logic, minimum wage workers aren’t worth more than the $7.25 an hour they now receive. If th Read »
  • March 18, 2014
  • Inequality After Occupy

    var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; When the media became aware of the protest centered at Wall Street during the fall of 2011, a predictable line of questioning immediately appeared—whatever in the world are th Read »
  • The Half-Truth of Education as Answer to Inequality

    var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; The Bureau of Labor Statistics releases a study of U.S. occupations every two years, showing the number of jobs in each occupation, its educational requirements, and how much it Read »
  • Progressive Budget's Media Blackout

    var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; What if lawmakers put forward a federal budget plan to tax big financial institutions, enact a healthcare public option and increase spending to put millions of Americans to wor Read »
  • March 13, 2014
  • Wall Street Bonuses vs the Minimum Wage

    (Source: Khalil Bendib) var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; Purveyors of Ferraris and high-end Swiss watches keep their fingers crossed toward the end of each calendar year, hoping that the big Wall Street banks Read »
  • March 13, 2014
  • A Silver Anniversary for the World Wide Web

    (Tim Berners-Lee | Source: Telegraph) var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; Exactly 25 years ago, the British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee conceptually “invented” the World Wide Web—and set in motion a pr Read »
  • March 13, 2014
  • Going on Strike to Save a Great Public University

    var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true};   Earlier this year, hundreds of faculty members at the University of Illinois-Chicago canceled their classes and went on strike. In the first faculty walkout in UIC his Read »
  • March 12, 2014
  • The Moral Amnesia of Leon Wieseltier

    (Source: Haaretz) var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; “There is the question of how to respond practically to Putin’s aggression and there is the question of how to respond intellectually,” writes Leon Wiesel Read »
  • March 5, 2014
  • Why the Tea Party Should Support a Raise in the Minimum Wage

    If Tea Party Republicans were political animals, they'd support President Obama's call to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. I know that sounds insane. A federally mandated wage appears to embody most everything the Tea Party stands against. But Read »
  • March 3, 2014
  • Obamacare and the Midterms

    var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; Though the midterm elections are months away, Washington is now turning its attention to Congressional races. Republicans are likely to hold on to the House of Representatives b Read »
  • March 1, 2014
  • On Iran, J Street Had Obama’s Back

    (Jeremy Ben-Ami) var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; In October 2009, i attended J Street’s first national conference in Washington, D.C. The advocacy group, which described itself as a “political home for pro- Read »
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being CIA General Counsel

    (Illustration by Edel Rodriguez for the Spectator) var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; In the months following 9/11, it seems Washington just couldn’t say “no” to the CIA. The agency’s budget shot through t Read »
  • Henry Waxman Right (Again) on Chemical Safety

    var addthis_config = {"data_track_addressbar":true}; More than two months after Freedom Industries spilled tens of thousands of gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol into the Elk River, many West Virginians are still relying on Read »





A Fossil-Fueled Market Bubble

By Brett Fleishman


Why hasn’t Wall Street imploded over this yet? Well, remember how “nobody” could see the housing bubble coming?




How to End California’s Water Crisis

By Polly Cleveland and Mason Gaffney


California farmers get their water free, or close to free. Any of us who have taken elementary economics should be shouting from the rooftops or blasting through cyberspace: if you make something free, you will get waste and shortages!




Good News and Bad News about News

By Emily Schwartz Greco and William A.


The news business does look better than it did not long ago. How about the actual quality of what’s being reported? It's generally bad.





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[National Security]

A Tortured Twist on Ethics

By Yosef Brody


Why isn't the American Psychological Association pursuing ethics charges against psychologist John Leso for abuses he helped carry out at the Guantánamo prison?



[Foreign Policy]

The Diplomatic Dance with Iran

By Chris Toensing


Iran might stumble but the Obama administration should take the greatest possible care not to trip its partner.




A Long, Gilded Life

By Sam Pizzigati


The last link between America's plutocratic past and present has left us.




No-Fault Gun Laws

By Peter Lindstrom


The increasing number of lax gun laws in many states are one reason all gun deaths (homicide, suicide and accident) been growing steadily since 2000.




You Get What You Don’t Pay For

By Ryan Alexander


No matter how hard lawmakers try to close their eyes, click their heels, and hope for the best, they can’t make highway funding magically appear. But that doesn’t stop them fiddling and flailing as they burn through the Highway Trust Fund.




America Has Long Been Twitchy about Its Sphere of Influence

By Jim Sleeper


The best reasons to impose strong sanctions against Russian-nationalist tyranny aren’t anthropological but liberal and, yes, geopolitical.






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