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  • Obama Talks Tough as Oil Keeps Gushing

    The president raised his rhetoric against BP on Tuesday, but what people really want to hear is what he can't say: that the oil well has been capped and the damage stopped.
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    FBI Makes Two More Busts Related to Alleged 'Domestic' Radicalization

    In less than a week, federal authorities have announced arrests in two investigations involving American citizens who allegedly sought to involve themselves with violent jihadist groups. One common factor between the otherwise unrelated cases: suspects in both cases allegedly fell under the influence of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born radical cleric who is believed to be hiding in Yemen and who reportedly has been targeted for death by the Obama administration....
  • Closing a Loophole on Choking

    Choking is one of the most brutal forms of assault. But the majority of states treat it as a misdemeanor, no worse than public intoxication or vandalism, with little or no jail time and bail set at $30. It’s considered a felony only if the attacker leaves “visible injuries.” But since that usually doesn’t happen, law--enforcement researchers report, countless thugs never really pay for their actions. Now this loophole is closing, spurred by an unusually public incident in New York.
  • Helen Thomas Retires Over Israel Remarks

    It's a sad end to a wonderful career, but perhaps not too surprising for a woman who was increasingly partisan in her golden years. Helen Thomas, who turns 90 on Aug. 4, announced her sudden retirement Monday following a firestorm of controversy over some ill-chosen remarks about Israel, which found their way onto YouTube.
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    Will Clapper Nomination Reopen the Saddam WMD Controversy?

    President Obama's nomination of Pentagon intelligence chief James Clapper as intelligence czar could reignite the Bush-era debate over how and why U.S. agencies overstated Saddam Hussein's weapons-of-mass-destruction arsenal before the March 2003 invasion of Iraq.
  • What, You Worry?

    It's conventional wisdom that anti-Washington sentiment threatens to scramble the midterm elections. But which incumbents should be most worried? And what, if any, hope is there for Democrats anyhow?
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    Gambling and the Great Recession in New Jersey

    The Great Recession has brought more bad luck. According to a recent report by the American Gaming Association, casinos—a supposedly recession-proof sin business—shed revenue in 2008 and ’09. That’s the first two-year decline since the industry went national in 1978, and it hit the traditional gambling hubs hardest. Nevada suffered the steepest plunge in state history (more than 10 percent last year), while New Jersey slid about 13 percent, as more than a third of Atlantic City’s casinos declared bankruptcy.
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    Obama Must Pursue Immigration Reform

    It's a good idea for Obama to pledge a path to citizenship: it respects the idea of "two worlds"—giving Latino voters a sense that they are valued for who they are, not who they have to become, which a new study shows is very important to them.
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    Why Alabama's Artur Davis Lost the Black Vote

    Artur Davis was supposed to be the Deep South’s first elected black governor. He had arrived at Harvard Law School in 1990—months after Barack Obama was elected president of the law review. And many, in Alabama and elsewhere, thought his political gifts rivaled those of the president himself.
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    The Oil Spill's Gruesome Toll

    It's day 46 of the gulf oil spill. As many as 800,000 gallons a day of crude oil are still filling the Gulf of Mexico. And these new, shocking images of oil-drenched birds in Louisiana are likely to characterize the spill for some time.
  • How Obama Should Respond to the Gulf Crisis

    Rather than naming yet another commission to examine what happened in the Gulf of Mexico, the president needs to do something more visibly demonstrative to address the problems caused by the catastrophe.
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    Is the Containment Cap Now Trustworthy?

    The containment cap, Google, Jon Stewart, and Tony Hayward are some of the players who make an appearance in our updated guide to reliable figures in the oil-spill coverage.
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    What an Umpire Could Teach BP

    A drama that played out last week in Detroit is that rarest of public moments: one in which everyone involved acted with grace, giving the country an example not only of sportsmanship but of how to conduct oneself in politics, in business, in journalism, and in daily life. Can BP's CEO and those most directly engaged in the spill and its implications move forward with the same candor and clarity?
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    The Military Should Quickly Repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

    As a benefit of lagging behind our allies, we already know the basics of a successful transition. Rather than a deliberative transition, our allies' experience suggests the shift should be done quickly. Rather than surveying soldiers' attitudes on gay service, the repeal of DADT should be done top-down and authoritatively. Above all, our review of the issue should be placed in the context of broader personnel concerns such as diversity and sexual harassment.
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    Why Obama's Tough Talk About BP Won't Help

    From the no-nonsense tone to the rolled-up sleeves, Obama looked and sounded the part of the engaged chief executive, so the pundits who all but ordered him to the gulf should be satisfied. But his implied threat of punitive action is beginning to have a familiar ring—too familiar.
  • The Dems’ Secret Plan to Hold Congress

    Everyone says that the Democratic Party is going to lose scores of congressional seats in November’s midterm elections—even the Democrats themselves. But behind the scenes, the party is doing everything it can to ensure that its losses aren’t nearly as bad as the pundits expect. Will the plan work?
  • Obama's Unlikely Defender: Laura Bush

    Most political pundits have been quick to blame the oil disaster on Obama. Within a couple of days conservatives began calling it "Obama's Katrina," referencing his predecessor's response to the 2005 disaster. But Friday morning, Obama found an unusual supporter—former First Lady Laura Bush.
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    Nikki Haley and Acceptable Racism

    South Carolina state Sen. Jake Knotts's racist comments about Nikki Haley point to a new trend of "acceptable racism"—targeting Middle Easterners and Muslims.
  • Newsverse: Get Your Rage On

    This week's installment of our humorous take on the news, in light verse, about how President Obama has been criticized for not getting angry enough about the gulf oil spill.
  • Intel-Czar Nominee Faces Tough Congressional Battle

    President Obama has named Pentagon intel chief James Clapper, a retired Air Force lieutenant general, as the new director of national intelligence. However, Clapper's nomination faces potentially serious political problems on Capitol Hill.
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    Paying America's Debt, With Your AmEx

    A government program that allows concerned citizens to help pay off the national debt with donations now accepts credit-card payments. Is this a good use of your personal MasterCard?
  • Obama Demonstrates the Power of Regulation

    Rules issued by the Obama administration on Wednesday expanding gay rights and protecting air travelers show that the president can make a difference in people's lives, no matter what happens in Congress.