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Scaremongering About the Patriot Act Sunset

As Section 215 nears its expiration date, the standoff over civil liberties is imminent, writes ACLU’s Jameel Jaffer. By Jameel Jaffer In a last-ditch effort to scare lawmakers into preserving unpopular and much-abused surveillance authorities, the Senate Republican leadership and [...]

Get ready for another round of “Obama the Tyrant” from Republicans. Coral Davenport reports that the President plans to issue n [...]

India Prepares 28k Chargesheet Against Shami Witness

The Bangladore Police say they will file charges against Mehdi Masroor Biswas, aka @Shami Witness, next week. We have finally received the MHA’s approval. Now, we will file the chargesheet against him next week. We have built a solid case…. [[ This is a content summary only. V [...]

U.S. Blames Ramadi on Iraqi Forces

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says the Iraqi Forces are to blame for ISIS' recent takeover of Ramadi. He says they lack the will the fight. They were not outnumbered. In fact, they vastly outnumbered the opposing force and yet they… [[ This is a content summary only. Vis [...]

Huckabee: What if the Supreme Court picked the president?

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee engaged in a lively debate on Fox News Sunday with anchor Chris Wallace, his former colleague. Huckabee was a talk show host on Fox before quitting earlier this year to prepare for his second presidential bid. Wallace said he was “stru [...]

Memorial Day and Flanders Fields

I often struggle to write about Memorial Day. It is about more than barbecues, picnics, and the kick-off to summer. It is not a time to debate whether our country was right or wrong to send our children to war. No, it is a solemn day to reflect upon those who have died in service to our  [...]

Obama and Warren: A Contrast in Analytic Styles

Andrew Sprung has written a fascinating article in which he lays out the different ways President Obama and Senator Warren talk about the roots of income inequality. He does so by contrasting a speech the President gave in December 2013 on the topic and one Senator Warren gave recently (w [...]

Why do people persist in voting against their self-interest?

If people voted in their own self-interest, the Republican Party would never come close to getting 1% of the vote. It would fade away into an obscure footnote in history. That will be its destiny, if people make it their business to find out what is going on in this country. The simple tr [...]

$15 minimum wage in L.A. is great. But it was only necessary because a Democratic Congress blew it

If national Democrats had done their job, she’d have had a living wage years ago. Before she was the tart-tongued grande dame on Downton Abbey, Maggie Smith was the tartan-clad elder stateswoman of Hogwarts. In the sixth Potter film, after Harry saved his friend Ron Weasley from p [...]

I’ve made the case previously that the turn-around of the Civil Rights Division at DOJ after it was politicized and decimated by the  [...]

The perils of trying to define ‘an accurate pollster’

If the majority of polls in 2014 were accurate, this guy would be Governor of Kansas. Next week, you can expect to see a piece offering a review of the performances of the polling community from the 2014 cycle. It is the third time I have taken on this particular task—you can see the e [...]

Tunisian General Rachid Ammar announces his resignation on TV, June, 2013. Demotix/ Chedly Ben Ibrahim. All rights reserved. Authoritaria [...]

A photographer can work so long as there is light – Edward Weston Yesterday, I came home from shopping and was struck by the color o [...]

Jeffrey Goldberg has conducted yet another fascinating interview with President Obama. They spent time discussing three topics: ISIS, Iran [...]

Here’s a fascinating tidbit of research. A pair of grad students surveyed 2,000 state legislators and asked them what they thought th [...]

Here’s a fascinating tidbit of research. A pair of grad students surveyed 2,000 state legislators and asked them what they thought th [...]

Do not call me girl: Women in the workforce

Years ago, when my career depended on my being so much better at what I did than were the men I worked with, and my willingness to work twice as hard for 60.2 percent of their salary, I was forced to walk a very fine line between my feminist principles and my need for that truncated payc [...]

Defense Secretary Carter: Iraq’s forces showed ‘no will to fight’ Islamic State

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Iraqi forces “showed no will to fight” as the Islamic State militant group captured the city of Ramadi, and he rejected calls by Republican lawmakers to commit ground troops to the conflict. “What apparently happened was that the Iraq [...]

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