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December 24th

America's shameful response to the torture report

    The reaction to the Senate report on the Central Intelligence Agency's torture program has been almost as depressing as the report itself - which is saying something. There's been impotent outrage from people you'd expect to be outraged; lame excuses from people you'd expect to make excuses; and muddled ambivalence from the vast uncommitted.

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Dimes To Dollars, Money Best Spent

    'Tis the season. Long before “holiday giving” became a catch phrase, a group sought to slow down America’s No. 1 infectious killer, one penny at a time. So began Christmas Seals – the campaign which in 1907 set out to conquer the “white plague.”

    A few readers will guess what that plague was, or is. Most won’t.

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Torture report recalls CIA's past for two veterans

    Two wise veterans of America's national security wars were of mixed mind after the release last week of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture. The panel blistered the Central Intelligence Agency for subjecting terrorism suspects to brutal and seemingly ineffective interrogation techniques and misrepresenting what it was doing.

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When Football Gets the Ax

    The most unpopular man in Birmingham, Alabama, these days is Dr. Ray Watts, the president of the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Earlier this month, Watts announced that the school was going to eliminate its football team. You can just imagine what happened next.

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When the Supreme Court gives everybody but you a break

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Charity Versus Panhandling

    I'm paying up at this discount store, and the nice woman at the cash register asks me something like, "Do you want to support a program to help homeless teenagers get drug counseling?"

    "Suppose I don't" is the thought never uttered. Instead, I say, "No, thank you" or, less forthrightly, "Not today."

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Confronting An Ugly Killer

    My maternal grandmother lives in my memory as two distinct images. Two distinct people, really.

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The price of being hacked

    It seems there is something to offend everyone in the upcoming Hollywood comedy "The Interview." At this point, I'm guessing, most wounded of all may be the Sony Pictures executives who greenlighted the film.

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A Lump of Coal for Fossil Fuels

    The fossil-fuel divestment movement got the perfect holiday gift in 2014: tumbling stocks.

    Founded only two years ago by experts and students fed up with the glacial pace of climate action, this global effort is already liquidating more than $50 billion of the oil, gas, and coal assets owned both by individuals and institutions like colleges and dioceses.

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Are Charter Schools Segregating America's Education System?

    Charter schools are often promoted as a tool to address educational inequities, but a potential precedent-setting legal case launched earlier this month says the opposite. In filings with the U.S. Department of Education, two Delaware nonprofit groups allege that some of the state's publicly funded, privately managed schools are actively resegregating the education system -- and in a way that violates federal civil rights law.

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