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12/18/2014 - 4:24am

    Can we now say with confidence that our government will not use torture again and that Americans in the future will rise up to prevent it from doing so? In light of the reaction to the Senate Intelligence Committee's report, I fear that we can't.

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12/11/2014 - 4:11pm

    It's easy to understand why Republicans wish health reform had never happened and are now hoping that the Supreme Court will abandon its principles and undermine the law. But it's more puzzling - and disturbing - when Democrats like Charles Schumer...

12/11/2014 - 4:11pm

    It's one of the best-known lines of any English-language poet -- Robert Burns' reflection on the upper-class church lady who doesn't realize there's a louse crawling around on her bonnet. "O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us, To see...

12/11/2014 - 4:10pm

    With barely a week to go before another government shutdown could be upon us, the Republican leaders in Congress vow it won't happen this time. They have been huddling over ways to avert it, while other congressional Republicans plot other ways to...

12/11/2014 - 4:09pm

    As someone who has been writing on the Internet a long time and has the email inbox and Twitter mentions to show for it, the first thing I felt when I heard of Alanah Pearce was sympathy and a bit of admiration for her chutzpah.  Pearce, an Australian...

12/11/2014 - 4:08pm

    Three years after the Occupy movement first directed long-overdue attention to the scourge of inequality in America, the gulf between rich and poor has gotten too big for even the Federal Reserve to ignore.

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