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It’s time to end the ‘war on terror’

The Bush Administration and, sadly, too often the Obama Administration, used the “war” as justification for undermining the best of America’s principles.

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The tweeter who loved me

Joshua Foust makes the case for unrestricted access to social media tools in the wake of a recent Twitter tempest involving an apocryphal (and alluring) persona.

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Is a nuclear renaissance possible?

Will nuclear power itself be a casualty of the tragic events in Japan? Robert Fri explains how we can, and why we should, keep it in the mix.

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Kobe Bryant and the art of gay bullying

Sports heroes’ fall from grace is nothing new, but the Lakers star had a chance to stand up for kids who worship him and he threw a brick, writes Dr. Harold Koplewicz.

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Stranger than fiction

Author Greg Mortenson is under fire for allegedly fabricating parts of his bestselling “Three Cups of Tea.” Joshua Foust asks what we’re really losing with Mortenson’s fall.

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Does the U.S. tax system encourage promiscuous spending?

Dan Ariely explains why the U.S. tax system may be inadvertently encouraging us to spend more money than we really have.

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Gutting the State Department

Joshua Foust asks what the proposed budget cuts say about the growing militarization of U.S. foreign policy.

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On this Civil War anniversary, one family’s journey toward America’s future

Descended from both slaves and slaveholders, Jami Floyd reflects on her family’s history in the 150 years since the Civil War began and asks: Why is it still so hard to talk about race?

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From polar bears to people: Shifting the climate conversation

Today I joined the newly formed Board of Directors of 350.org, coinciding with a range of exciting new changes at the organization. I have been a supporter of 350.org since I first heard about the wacky plan to turn a wonky scientific target into a global people’s movement, and I’m thrilled and honored to be [...]

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Al Qaeda returns to Afghanistan

After years of apparent banishment, Al Qaeda has again been detected in Afghanistan. Joshua Foust asks: Why can’t the U.S. keep terrorists out?

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Don’t regret the future: why it’s hard to ‘just say no’

We often find it difficult to say no, writes our favorite irrationality specialist Dan Ariely. The reason may be related to how we approach the future.

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Rolling Stone and the politics of war porn

A recent story about the U.S. “kill team” appears to be a serious exploration of war crime, writes Joshua Foust, but its gratuitous use of unrelated war photos belies its true motive.

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A new approach to post-conflict aid

In the wake of the Mideast uprisings, Joshua Foust argues that the U.S. must change its approach to the region by encouraging economic growth instead of enforcing tyranny.

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Gas prices are up. Will they ever come down?

Oil prices are way up, equal to the peaks of 1980. Back then, market forces (plus greed) kicked in to bring prices back down. Robert Fri explains why that might not happen again.

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And now, a war against Libya?

The U.N. Security Council effectively declared war on Gadhafi, but without a plan for carrying it out. Joshua Foust asks: Is this a war the U.S. can — or should — fight?

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Clarence Thomas and the right to remain silent

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas hasn’t asked a question from the bench in five years. But it’s not the silence of his voice we should focus on, writes Jami Floyd, but the silence of his pen.