Opinion

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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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Veterans need more than flags on Memorial Day

Eighteen veterans each day kill themselves; an average of 950 veterans each month attempt suicide, shouldn't this be considered a national emergency?

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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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IRS "scandal" may not be so scandalous after all

One of the numerous "scandal" stories in the news this week is the revelation that the IRS supposedly "targeted" conservative political groups for special attention and tax audits.

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Letter from Puerto Rico: A workers' commune flourishes

In the village where we stayed, we heard stories of a "fishing commune" nearby. That description demanded that we investigate.

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