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Call It Radical Islam (But Don’t Get Carried Away)

President Obama knows as well as anybody the power and peril of language. “Don’t tell me words don’t matter,” he said in 2008—as critics called him a …

Islamic Fundamentalism

We Need Free Speech Because We Are Ignorant

You are ignorant, and I am too. Failure to acknowledge this fact, combined with an iron certainty that everyone else is wrong, could one day lead to humanity's end. It is already leading to a less civil society and the erosion of free expression.<p>When two deranged radicals burst into the offices of</i> …

Critical Thinking

“It was a deliberate choice … and a sin”: How GOP really became the party of the South

Today’s GOP is very different from the one at its founding, historian Heather Cox Richardson tells Salon<p>When Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu was finally confronted with the inevitable and rather unceremoniously ousted by the state's conservative voters, the political media had mostly moved on to its …

American Democracy and Torture

I am conscious of my good fortune to have been born into a democratic society. As messy as it can get -- and messy it is these days -- there is nothing more precious than a healthy democracy. As this tumultuous year closes we would all be served well to stop for a minute and reflect on how much we …

Political Science

An Open Letter to the President: A Legacy the World Needs

Dear Mr. President,<p>Thanks to you, Mr. President, during your administration, the United States of America has made significant progress in numerous areas of immense importance: providing affordable health care, stabilizing the economy, exposing and combatting racism, fighting sub-state violence, …

Geopolitics

No rules of cyber war

U.S. in uncharted waters with ‘proportionate response’ on hack attacks.<p>A day after a nine-hour Internet outage in North Korea, experts are still debating whether the U.S. government pulled the plug, or perhaps a rogue group of hackers.<p>But whether or not the U.S. was behind the downing, President …

Obama's next sales job: The economy

Wage stagnation, long-term unemployment undermine rosy numbers.<p>President Barack Obama will use his State of the Union address to roll out an agenda aimed at tackling stagnating wages and helping Americans who feel left out of the economy’s surge, and he’s planning to use the first few weeks of …

Old media meets new media, and they like each other

It started out as a titanic clash between old and new media — and sort of petered out.<p>Earlier this year,<p>Google Inc.and Viacom settled what had been billed as a landmark lawsuit over alleged copyright violations at YouTube, which Google acquired in 2006. Terms of the settlement were not …

Televisions

The 25 Best Inventions of 2014

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Inventions

Obama's immigration move is a win

Obama: We'll deport felons, not families<p><b>STORY HIGHLIGHTS</b><p>President grants 5 million undocumented immigrants relief from deportation<br>• Maria Cardona: President's executive order will help America in three keys ways<br>• Presidents Reagan, Bush I, Clinton and Bush II have also helped undocumented<br>• Cardona: …

Alan Turing’s name restored with film about his work, life and identity

The Imitation Game explores mathematical genius’s codebreaking work and run-in with the law over his sexual activities<p>Peter Bradshaw’s review of The Imitation Game The Imitation Game: the queerest thing to hit multiplexes for years?<p>He has been hailed as the man who shortened the second world war …

Senators: Monthly lunches might spark bipartisanship

Two Southwestern senators say their colleagues might find some common ground if they start holding monthly bipartisan lunches.<p>Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, and Martin Henrich, D-New Mexico, are lobbying their parties' top members, incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and incoming Minority …