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America’s Self-Inflicted Wounds

Political dysfunction is doing serious damage to U.S. economic power.<p>Will the United States remain the most powerful country in the world? Many think not. Those who feel this way also tend to think that China’s ascent will lead to America’s decline. Harvard professor Joseph Nye, who is not a …

Robert Reich: The rich have bought America’s silence

The former secretary of labor on the insidious ways colleges and nonprofits are beholden to their wealthy donors<p>Robert Reich<p>April 8, 2015 11:34am (UTC)<p>This originally appeared on Robert Reich’s blog.<p>Not long ago I was asked to speak to a religious congregation about widening inequality. Shortly …

How Obama Abandoned Democracy in Iraq

Bush’s mistake was invading the country. His successor’s was leaving it to a strongman.<p>W <i>hen trying to explain the current unrest in the Middle East, from Iraq to Syria to Yemen, American officials often resort to platitudes about Sunni and Shia Muslims fighting each other for “centuries” due to</i> …

One is not born, but rather becomes, a Hillary Clinton: What Harry Reid gets wrong about women in politics

<b>Harry Reid, Hillary Clinton (AP/J. Scott Applewhite/Reuters/Steve Dipaola/photo collage by Salon)</b><p>Reid thinks a Clinton win is inevitable because Americans want a lighter, feminine touch in the White House<p>Katie McDonough<p>April 3, 2015 7:15pm (UTC)<p>Harry Reid is retiring at the end of this term, and …

At 18, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Is Still Revolutionary

No show since has empowered its teenage heroine in such a subversive, engaging way.<p>Eighteen years ago, <i>Buffy the Vampire Slayer</i> aired for the first time on The WB in a two-part debut. “Welcome to the Hellmouth” introduced viewers to Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar), a likable, popular …

The Many Causes of America’s Decline in Crime

A new report finds that locking up more offenders isn't making people any safer—and may even be counterproductive.<p>The dramatic rise of incarceration and the precipitous fall in crime have shaped the landscape of American criminal justice over the last two decades. Both have been unprecedented. Many …

“Fascism is rising in America”: The Koch brothers and democracy’s dispiriting demise

<b>David Koch (Reuters/Carlo Allegri)</b><p>We’re still paying the price for Citizens United, and our oligarchs are poised to capture even more political power<p>Thom Hartmann<p>February 8, 2015 4:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>As the American Heritage Dictionary noted, fascism is: "A …

The Partisan Paradox of Black Republicans

Conservatives can find themselves alienated from the broader African American community, yet not wholly embraced by their chosen party.<p>I vividly remember the night my father’s politics became clear as day. He was smirking coolly at a friend whose dander was up over their increasingly tense debate. …

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