Jared Choate

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No, really, you didn’t build that: How the rich became dependent on government subsidies

A new report reveals America’s largest companies aren’t the models of self-sufficiency their CEOs seem to think<p>Remember when President Obama was lambasted for saying "you didn't build that"? Turns out he was right, at least when it comes to lots of stuff built by the world’s wealthiest …

The Gettysburg Address at 150–and Lincoln's Impromptu Words the Night Before

The day's other speaker told him: "I should be glad if I could flatter myself that I came as near the central idea of the occasion in two hours as you did in two minutes."<p>One-hundred and fifty years ago today, Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. It has been celebrated by successive …

Convinced by the Communists? Some theorize Soviets or Castro inspired Oswald to kill JFK

In 1961, the U.S. attacked newly socialist Cuba in the unsuccessful Bay of Pigs Invasion.<p>In 1962, Soviet Union leader Nikita Khrushchev allied his country with Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro and constructed missiles on Cuban soil pointing at America — threatening to fire until the U.S. promised …

4 essential questions before we rush to war

Before deciding how the U.S. should address the human atrocity in Syria, here are the moral questions at stake<p>Last Thursday, I was asked to appear on CNN to discuss the burgeoning humanitarian crisis in Syria. Truth be told, I almost said no to the invitation -- and for a bad reason. While I do not …

Obama wins House leaders’ support on Syria

President now confident he’ll get Congressional go ahead to launch strikes<p>Associated Press<p>September 3, 2013 4:08pm (UTC)<p>WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama said Tuesday he's confident Congress will authorize a military strike in Syria, and he won the support of House Speaker John Boehner, who …

The 8 dumbest things Republicans said — in the past week alone

Right-wing politicians’ and pundits’ potpourri of offensive, racist and wildly inaccurate statements<p>1. Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett: Gays are like children. Neither should be able to marry.<br>When he isn’t busy defunding public schools, Pennsylvania’s oh-so-enlightened Republican Gov. Tom Corbett is …

Is Congress Simply No Fun Anymore?

When Rep. Rod­ney Al­ex­an­der, R-La., an­nounced this week that he would re­tire from his seat after 10 years in the House, he cited his …

Lawmakers Blast Guantanamo's $2.7 Million Per Prisoner Cost

"This is a massive waste of money," Senator Dianne Feinstein said during a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on the base.<p>Guantanamo has been dubbed the most expensive prison on Earth, and President Barack Obama in May cited its cost - then calculated at about $900,000 per prisoner - as one of …

U.S. Department of Defense

Obama Administration Skips First Senate Hearing on Gitmo in Five Years

No Obama aide testified at the first such Senate hearing in five years. Daniel Klaidman on Obama’s plan.<p>There was no shortage of outrage at …