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Why Germany’s Politics Are Much Saner, Cheaper, and Nicer Than Ours

German voters aren’t blasted with angry rhetoric or pleas for political donations. Is that a good thing?<p>BERLIN -- It’s the day before the German election, and Stefan Liebich, a member of the Bundestag for the far-left Die Linke party, is standing on the sidewalk at a busy intersection, smiling and …

Obama's Many Contradictions on Foreign Policy

From Guantanamo, to the NSA, to Syria, the president has repeatedly disappointed his base.<p>“According to Gallup, only 10 percent of Americans now have a ‘great deal’ or ‘quite a lot’ of confidence in Congress, a record low since Gallup started tracking the measure in 1973,” Blow wrote. “Only 36 …

How 5 Decades of Hispanic Immigration Gave Miami Its Own Unique English Dialect

The Best Result From Congress: A 'No' Vote on Syria

"What I am opposed to is a dumb war."<p>One week ago at exactly this time -- it seems like a year -- the political world was on waning-moments countdown for the expected U.S. strike on Syria. Then about an hour later, President Obama took the surprising and highly welcome step of saying he would …

Republicans Can't Win With White Voters Alone

An influential set of conservatives argues changing demographics won't doom the GOP, but the smart money -- and the math -- are not on their side.<p>This much is undisputed: In 2012, President Obama lost white voters by a larger margin than any winning presidential candidate in U.S. history. In his …

The Neuroscience of War

Understanding chemical weapons as the U.S. talks red lines and convenient morality<p>In May I wrote about the physiology of nerve gas, which I'll excerpt in the following paragraphs (like Palin, quoting myself), because it's worth being on the same page about what nerve agents are, as context for why …

Why a Democrat Who Opposed the Iraq War Backs Intervening in Syria

With both Republicans and Democrats split over the prospect, a liberal supporter of American action against the Assad regime says the current situation is neither Iraq nor Rwanda.<p>The prospect of U.S. intervention in Syria has split both political parties even as it has become seemingly inevitable. …

All the Previous Declarations of War

Congress has formally declared war only 11 times in U.S. history, and authorized the use of military force 11 times.<p>It would be impossible to write such a sentence about Syria today. In what meaningful way does a state of war exist between the United States and Syria? None. That's why Congress, if …

The Coming Revolution in Public Education

Why the current wave of reforms, with its heavy emphasis on standardized tests, may actually be harming students<p>Defendants in Atlanta's school cheating scandal turn themselves in. (David Goldman/AP)<p>It's always hard to tell for sure exactly when a revolution starts. Is it when a few discontented …

Poor little rich countries

<b>The wealthy economies are in for a tough year</b><p>THE outlook for economic growth in the West is bleak, according to the IMF’s latest World Economic …

Supreme Court: A Case of Foreign Abuse? We Can't Touch That

The ruling in the case of Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum is a huge disappointment for human-rights activists.<p>George Esiri/Reuters<p>Human-rights advocates and international scholars were understandably disappointed Wednesday morning when the United States Supreme Court refused to recognize federal …

For the Love of God, Just Call It a Filibuster

The political press doesn't like to "take sides." But it is enabling a destructive partisan strategy.<p>Today a provision that would increase background checks for gun purchases was blocked in the Senate, even though consideration of the bill was supported by 54 senators representing states that make …