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Intelligence chief: Iraq and Syria may not survive as states

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iraq and Syria may have been permanently torn asunder by war and sectarian tensions, the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency said Thursday in a frank assessment that is at odds with Obama administration policy.<p>"I'm having a tough time seeing it come back together," Lt. Gen. …

Middle East

A halfhearted U.S. war effort in the Middle East

A common thread connects U.S. military operations of the last 20 or more years: We've persistently tried to fight them on the cheap. In gauging the requirements of a prospective campaign, “What do we need to win?” has repeatedly taken a back seat to “What's the minimum we can get by with?”<p>The …

Paul Krugman decries the “enormous intellectual failure” of modern economics

The economist and Times columnist says his field has suffered from believing in “an idealized vision of capitalism”<p>In his latest column for the New York Times, award-winning economist and liberal pundit Paul Krugman returns to one of his recurring themes and tries to understand how the field of …

How Little Has Changed on Gun Control Since 1967

If you want a reminder of how little some things change in American politics, look no further than the modern discussion about gun control. On this …

Guns

Wingnuts’ economic hysteria metastasizes: How it could set us back years

Extremism on the right has turned potentially moderate Republicans into ideological stooges. Here’s what’s at stake<p>While definite challenges remain, President Obama and his economic brain trust have done a few things right to lead the U.S. economy into a sustained and consistent long-term …