Why Are State Governments Making Voting Harder for Certain Groups?

Less than a year before the 2012 presidential voting begins, Republican legislatures and governors across the country are rewriting voting laws to make it much harder for the young, the poor and African-Americans — groups that typically vote Democratic — to cast a ballot. Spreading fear of a nonexistent flood of voter fraud, they are……

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2012 Presidential News and More

Yesterday Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour surprised many by ending his Republican presidential candidacy just a week before it looked set to formally kick off. Today Congressman Ron Paul surprised few by formally announcing an exploratory committee to again pursue the Republican presidential nomination. The libertarian fave does very well in straw polls, not so well……

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Quick Hits – Libya, Yemen, Syria, Japan

Any prospects for another UN Security Council resolution authorizing any ground troops in Libya disappeared today with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s attack on NATO for seemingly targeting Moammar Gaddafi. … British, French, and Italian military instructors are now aiding the Libyan rebels. Longtime Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi has not surfaced since the air strike……

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Who’s Serious Now?

April 14, 2011 By: Paul Krugman Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, sounds upset. And you can see why: President Obama, to the great relief of progressives, has called his bluff. Last week, Mr. Ryan unveiled his budget proposal, and the initial reaction of much of the punditocracy was best summed up……

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Libya’s Pathway to Peace

I.H.T. Op-Ed Contributors By BARACK OBAMA, DAVID CAMERON, and NICOLAS SARKOZY Published: April 14, 2011 Together with our NATO allies and coalition partners, the United States, France and Britain have been united from the start in responding to the crisis in Libya, and we are united on what needs to happen in order to end……

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Bill Schneider 2010

Victory depends on strategy and the terrain.  That’s what Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu said in The Art of War, written in the sixth century BC. What’s true in war is also true in politics.  President Obama is preparing to battle for a second term.  Right now, his strategy is working.  But the terrain for 2012……

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How to Stop Trading Away the Future

THE world’s leading economies are facing crises related to their vulnerability to booms and busts, rising income inequality, unsustainable government obligations, climate change and a widespread erosion of public trust, according to Diane Coyle, an economist and consultant.
In many countries,…

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Can You Hear Libya Now?

 OP-ED CONTRIBUTORS  By DAN GONZALES and SARAH HARTING Published: March 4, 2011 AS Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi tightens his grip on the Libyan capital, Tripoli, and the millions of people trapped inside, the world is debating how it can help the opposition, including no-flight zones and air strikes.But there’s a less aggressive, though perhaps even more……

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College the Easy Way

makes a strong case that for a large portion of the nation’s seemingly successful undergraduates the years in college barely improve their skills in critical thinking, complex reasoning and writing. What many of those students are not walking away with is something that has long been recognized as invaluable — higher order thinking and reasoning……

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