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Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Robert Fisk
Now it's Middle Eastern Regimes Fighting al-Qa'ida, While the US Ties Itself Up in Knots
And so, for the first time in recent history, it seems that the “war against terror” – and specifically against al-Qa’ida – is being fought by Middle East regimes rather than their foreign investors.
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Juan Cole
Top Ten Things Bob Gates was Wrong about, Some Criminal
Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in his new memoir is said to have slammed Vice President Joe Biden for having been consistently “wrong” on foreign policy matters over the past four decades.
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George Zornick
Why Does Obama Want to Extend a War He Doesn’t Believe In?
In the timeless tradition of Washington, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates will soon release a memoir bashing some former colleagues and revisting the major policy debates of his tenure.
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Zoë Carpenter
Eighty-Six Percent of Americans Think the Government Should Fight Poverty
Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson announced a “War on Poverty,” a majority of Americans believe that persistent economic hardship is the result of a broken economy, not of personal or...
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Peter Dreier
Is America Ready for a New War on Poverty?
Fifty years ago today (January 8) President Lyndon B. Johnson used his 1964 State of the Union address to declare an "unconditional war on poverty."
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Kade Crockford
Think Metadata Isn't Intrusive? Read This
You've probably heard politicians or pundits say that “metadata doesn't matter.” They argue that police and intelligence agencies shouldn't need probable cause warrants to collect information about...
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Julie Hollar
As Abortion Restrictions Soar, Abortion Coverage Dwindles
Over the past decade, it has gotten much more difficult for women in the United States to access safe and legal abortion services, according to a new study by the Guttmacher Institute:
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John Rogers
Cleantech Crash or Crescendo: What “60 Minutes” Got Wrong… and Right
On January 5, “60 Minutes” included a story on “The Cleantech Crash,” claiming that investors, both private and government, haven’t gotten their money’s worth for all their investments in clean...
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Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, Former NSA Senior Executives & Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
NSA Insiders Reveal What Went Wrong
In a memo to President Obama, former National Security Agency insiders explain how NSA leaders botched intelligence collection and analysis before 9/11, covered up the mistakes, and violated the...
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Norman Solomon
The CIA, Amazon, Bezos and the Washington Post: An Exchange with Executive Editor Martin Baron
To: Martin Baron, Executive Editor, and Kevin Merida, Managing Editor, The Washington Post Dear Mr. Baron and Mr. Merida: On behalf of more than 25,000 signers of a petition to The Washington Post, I...
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