Opinion

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Can we avoid history's "blood-dimmed tide"?

The destruction of the Roman Empire took over 300 years ending with the sack of Rome

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Does the GOP hate women?

Even though they're afraid to utter the W word, it's pretty easy to see what their views are on issues concerning the majority of voters.

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The Republicans' intergalactic adventures

The GOP presidential candidates proffered a free-market fairy tale straight from their alternate universe.

Payroll tax, jobs and Social Security

One part of the jobs program that President Obama will be presenting this week is an extension of the payroll tax reduction. Some activists and economists are opposing an extension, claiming that it will undermine Social Security. What should be done?

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Obama, the debt, and "shared sacrifice"

"Shared sacrifice" has become a key talking point among many top politicians opposing the Republican Party's defense of the super-rich and refusal to allow the Bush tax cuts to expire.

Socialist U.S.? Science says it can happen

A tiny minority can, by sticking to its principles, get the vast majority to come around to its way of thinking.

Debt-ceiling showdown: a test of sanity

The so-called "debt ceiling" crisis is upon us and it's becoming a test of sanity how long it will take all reasonable people to conclude that the Republican Party has painted its teeth orange, and jumped off a cliff.

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Kenneth Appelhans, fighter for working people, dies

Kenneth William Appelhans, a staunch fighter for the rights of all workers, died June 29 at the age of 75.

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Greater unity needed to defend Social Security

The American Association of Retired Persons created an uproar June 17 when they signaled their openness to accepting Social Security benefit cuts.

Budget cuts are really people cuts

When governments balance budgets by cutting services, they are saving money, but also causing the deaths of thousands they judge socially useless.

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