May

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IRS scandal - Deja vu all over again

Following years during which they did everything possible to attack the president, congressional Republicans launched an attack on the IRS. The media cheerfully picked up on one-sided tales of IRS abuse.

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Letter from the heartland: Fried in capitalism's frying pan

At the Liars' Table you need thick skin and working-class sensibilities that the collective good and the common weal will overcome.

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Let's give Guantanamo Bay back to Cuba

Guantanamo will only be closed if there continues to be a broad-based movement that pressures the government to close the prison; but this closure should be only a first step in a longterm strategy.

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Obama's anti-terrorism speech: Making perfect enemy of good

Pieces like Glenn Greenwald's long-winded dismissal of President Obama's anti-terrorism speech explain to me why a substantial section of the left is not yet fit to lead majorities of Americans.

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Obama and the right’s “brave new world”

Political pundits seem to agree that the past couple of weeks haven't been kind to the Obama administration.

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Letter from the heartland: Silent factories, human pain

High unemployment, the paycheck-to-paycheck population of the area, and the increasing incidence of spousal abuse, teen pregnancy and drug use still dominate daily life.

MOOCs heralded as free online education, but how free is free?

Dangling a "solution" like MOOCs for low-income students relying on public universities to attain degrees and well-paying jobs is predatory.

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Of rhinos and candidates

Readers may be interested to know that a female black rhinoceros played an important part in the struggle to clean up corrupt elections in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1958.

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Science of happiness - and the April jobs report

There are two broad measurements of happiness: first, the ups and downs of daily emotions, and second, an individual's overall evaluation of life.

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Google Glass: Vision for the future, or the eyes of Big Brother?

For all intents and purposes, Glass is a technological extension of the human body - or so Google would have us believe.

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