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An epidemic of Americans behaving well

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New York Times columnist David Brooks thinks Americans have behavioral problems. In a recent columnon the struggles of working-class families, he recounts horror stories of domestic violence and drug...

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When discrimination hides behind religious faith

Where is Leslie Knope when we need her? Indiana's "Religious Freedom Restoration Act," which purports to protect Christians from being forced to apply the Golden...


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America's obsession with STEM education is dangerous

If Americans are united in any conviction these days, it is that we urgently need to shift the country’s education toward the teaching of specific, technical...


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An epidemic of Americans behaving well

New York Times columnist David Brooks thinks Americans have behavioral problems. In a recent columnon the struggles of working-class families, he recounts horror...


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Republicans versus Republicans will doom the party

When Ted Cruz officially stepped into the 2016 presidential ring this week the boo-birds attacked immediately. But it wasn't just the liberals of the mainstream...


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What's destroying middle-class wages?

Perhaps the biggest question in American political economy right now is why middle-class wages have been falling. There are three main hypotheses. Roughly, these...




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Iraq was a 12-year mistake

Twelve years ago last week, the U.S. launched its invasion of Iraq, an act the late General William Odom predicted would turn out to be "the greatest strategic...


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Common Core tests are failures

A 6th grader in East Texas recently challenged state lawmakers to do what she and every other public-school kid have to do during testing season: "Sit in a room for...


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Sea power can eclipse sun in green energy

Friday morning, Europe went dark. The moon sweet across its face, the sun was hidden for about three hours in an eclipse that allowed only 20 percent of its usual...


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The GOP doesn't hate Holder enough to get rid of him

It's no secret the GOP hates Attorney General Eric Holder. If you want to start a fight with your Fox News-o-phile uncle, just say, "The attorney general will not...


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'Hands up, don't shoot' was built on a lie

The late evening of Aug. 9, 2014, I couldn’t sleep. I was due to substitute-anchor MSNBC’s “UP with Steve Kornacki” and should have been...


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When discrimination hides behind religious faith

Where is Leslie Knope when we need her? Indiana's "Religious Freedom Restoration Act," which purports to protect Christians from being forced to apply the Golden...


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