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13 Surprising Things We Learned About Syria, the Obama Administration (and Poker) This Week

President Obama's decision to seek congressional authorization for a military strike against Syria has evolved into a political, military and …

Middle East

Bill de Blasio’s surge is not a national liberal revival

As a lefty surges to probable victory in a key race this week, overeager pundits are taking all the wrong lessons<p>Bill de Blasio, the leading candidate for mayor in New York’s upcoming Democratic primary, has gotten liberal voters excited. He’s concerned about inequality. He doesn’t like how the …

Bill de Blasio

GOP’s flaring anti-women problem invades 2014

New data shows equal pay is women’s biggest workplace concern — and the GOP-opposed bill is likely to come up soon<p>If you thought the War on Women ended in détente on Election Day in 2012, or that Republicans fought it to a draw earlier this year by obscuring weaknesses in their policy platform with …

Reports: NSA Has Keys To Most Internet Encryption

The National Security Agency has the keys to most Internet encryption methods and it has gotten them by using supercomputers to break them and by enlisting the help of private IT companies, <i>The New York Times</i> and <i>The Guardian</i> are reporting.<p>In plain English, this means that many of the tools — like …

Political Science

Outsider Manning v American exceptionalism

The message conveyed by the US government is clear: if any of you – however free and brave – believe you’re exceptional enough to share confidential …

America’s Enduring Exceptionalism

If we stay true to our ideals, our prosperity revolution won’t be a “blip.”<p>Is America just cosmically lucky? All that stuff we tell ourselves about …

Economics

The Decline of American Exceptionalism Is Not Inevitable

In one of the most iconic and powerful political ads in America history, Americans were reminded that, under the leadership of Ronald Wilson Reagan, …

Political Science

Bye-bye, neocons: Your fantasy has finally died

As the nation debates Syrian gas attacks, here’s how to hash out America’s new, proper role in the world<p>As the controversy over possible U.S. intervention in the Syrian civil war reminds us, we Americans often talk past each other when we debate U.S. foreign policy. In the words of the '60s saying, …

Geopolitics

Obama can’t afford to attack Syria

A military assault would ultimately embolden our enemies and unleash more chaos in the Middle East<p>Even if the president musters enough votes to strike Syria, at what political cost? Any president has a limited amount of political capital to mobilize support for his agenda, in Congress and, more …

Middle East

Godwin's Corollary: In War Debates, the Probability of Hawks Invoking Hitler Approaches One

They invoke World War II because it is popular, not because any of its lessons are applicable.<p>In a Monday conference call, "Secretary of State John Kerry told House Democrats that the United States faced a 'Munich moment' in deciding whether to respond to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the …

Elites fall right into trap, fecklessly support war secrecy

They’re now criticizing John Kerry for being “too candid” about the war. Score one for government opacity<p>Whatever you think of Secretary of State John Kerry, or the Obama administration's case for attacking Syria, we can hopefully all agree that Kerry accidentally did the country a great service on …

Chris Cillizza

Poll: Americans Don’t Trust Polls

If you’re like 75 per­cent of Amer­ic­ans, you think the polling data presen­ted in this art­icle is biased.<p>Ac­cord­ing to a new poll from the “data …

Government

Medical marijuana businesses look to “color inside the lines”

Medical pot sellers worried that federal agents will close them down now have a roadmap to avoid prosecution<p>HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Medical marijuana businesses worried that federal agents will close them down now have a roadmap to avoid prosecution, courtesy of the Justice Department's decision to …

Okla. Court Puts Hold On Return Of 'Baby Veronica' To S.C.

The complicated and emotional case of a Native American girl who was adopted by a couple in South Carolina but has been living for more than 18 months with her biological father in Oklahoma has taken another turn.<p>It became known Tuesday that the Oklahoma Supreme Court "issued a stay late Friday to …

Al-Qaeda fights back against drones

Al-Qaeda has established cells of engineers to find and exploit weaknesses in American drones, as part of an attempt to stem the heavy losses inflicted on its terrorist networks, according to secret intelligence documents.<p>American drone strikes are believed to have killed at least 3000 people in …

Terrorism

Obama warns of more chemical-weapon attacks if world stays passive

Obama, who has been criticized for saying that any use of chemical weapons by Syria would cross a red line and “change his calculus,” said that he didn't draw that line.<p>"I didn’t set a red line," Obama said. "The world set a red line."<p>He invoked the Holocaust as a example of what is at stake in the …

Middle East

Chelsea Manning formally appeals for presidential pardon

Army private has written to president and army secretary asking for a pardon or reduced sentence over WikiLeaks conviction<p>Chelsea Manning, the US soldier convicted of transmitting hundreds of thousands of state secrets to WikiLeaks, has formally appealed to President Obama to have her 35-year …

Bill Clinton Steps Up To Dispel The Confusion Over Obamacare

With the launch of the major piece of the Affordable Care Act less than a month away, the Obama administration is escalating the public relations push with one of their most effective weapons – former President Bill Clinton, now known to many as explainer in chief.<p>Speaking from his presidential …

Senate committee approves Syria attack resolution

Committee voted 10-7, with both Democrats and Republicans voting for and against resolution.<p>WASHINGTON — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to authorize President Obama to use limited force against Syria Wednesday, after adopting amendments from Sen. John McCain designed to urge Obama to …