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Legal Dislikes

by WS Editors | Jun 15, 2012 | Economy, Media

Equities analyst Barry Ritholtz wasn’t buying Facebook or its initial public offering. In a May 22 blog post, he described Mark Zuckerberg as an arrogant, 28-year-old man-child and said that the social network “went public more or less unlawfully over the past two years, allowing 1000s (or more) of outside investors to acquire substantial stakes […]

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In His Own Words

by Trevor Timm | Jun 15, 2012 | Books

Reviewed: The Passion of Bradley Manning, by Chase Madar (OR Books, 167 pp., $15). Bradley Manning could not possibly have known, when referring to the hundreds of thousands of classified defense documents he ostensibly slipped to WikiLeaks, how true it was when he allegedly said, “It’s almost bookworthy in itself, how this played.” But Chase Madar’s The Passion of […]

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Income’s Unnatural Unbalance

by Sasha Abramsky | Jun 1, 2012 | Books, Economy

…of incomes that Americans had long taken for granted as a happy fact of modern life was reversing itself.” Nearly 30 years after this trend began, income inequality in America was as large as at any point since the Great Crash of 1929, with the wealthiest 1 percent controlling nearly a quarter of the country’s […]

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The Narcissism of Small Differences

by Chase Madar | May 15, 2012 | Books, Foreign Policy

First, the fuss: Beinart, who attends an Orthodox synagogue and is at pains to stress he believes 100 percent in the Zionist project, would like to save Israel from itself. The ongoing colonization of Palestinian land seized in the 1967 war is killing any chance of a two-state solution, while Israel’s treatment of its non-Jewish […]

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Saints and Sinners

by WS Editors | Mar 15, 2012 | Culture, Politics

In Hawaii in 1996, leaders of the Mormon church petitioned the court to intervene in a lawsuit filed by three gay couples who claimed that their constitutional rights were violated when the state denied them marriage licenses. In Alaska in 1988, the church contributed $500,000 to a campaign to define marriage as a union between […]

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