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New York: Do the right thing; Adopt an open primary system

After the fallout of the New York presidential primary last week, and the ensuing insanity -- revelations of purged voter records, protests at New York City Hall, a lawsuit calling for an emergency open primary and an investigation of the New...

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If you’re going to meet with Merrick Garland

Slowly but surely, more Senate Republicans are agreeing to meet with President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland. They’re right to do so, if for no other reasons than to show respect for Garland, the chief judge on the country’...

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Russia’s nuclear strategy: It’s a trap!

Of late, Russia has not been a particularly good neighbor. Since Vladimir Putin reclaimed the presidency in 2012, Russia has annexed Crimea, invaded eastern Ukraine, and sent a steady stream of its warplanes to ...

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The legacy of Deepwater Horizon

Six years ago, BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing eleven workers onboard and opening an oil well that gushed into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days. The spill ultimately released over 200 million gallons of oil into the ocean...

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VW’s diesel emission problem requires a big rig solution

In the coming weeks the U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency are likely to announce a settlement with Volkswagen in the case of the automaker’s emissions scandal.  The resolution of this matter will include one...

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GOP faces existential threat

Donald Trump, Ted Cruz

The Republican Party faces a nightmare.  Two presidential candidates remain with a chance of being nominated on the first or second ballot, New York billionaire Donald Trump and Texas Senator Ted Cruz.  Cruz has no chance on the first,...

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A global perspective to the 2016 election

In ancient history--before 2012, say--American presidential elections were sometimes reasoned, somber affairs. The 2016 campaign will not be remembered as one of those. Donald Trump has upended the entire cycle, channeling voters' unabashed anger...

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The challenge: Reaching 350 million youth worldwide

There are over 350 million young people worldwide who are not in school, training or regular employment.  Many face challenges to their futures similar to those faced daily by several million American 16 to 24 year olds — crumbling schools,...

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