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A chaotic intelligence community

The Washington Post reported over the weekend that the Pentagon is sending hundreds of spies overseas as part of its rapid expansion into espionage- an endeavor rivaling the CIA. The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) will oversee this effort, expected to top the deployment of 1,600 agents worldwide. And it is the wrong approach. The Intelligence Community (IC) is [...]

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Ending the AIDS epidemic

It has been 21 years since Magic Johnson held a press conference on November 8, 1991 announcing his retirement from the Los Angeles Lakers when he revealed he had contracted HIV. He went on to create the Magic Johnson Foundation and is now one of the wealthiest African American entrepreneurs in history, with an estimated [...]

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Pardon Me: The Turkey in American Life

Extending a loving gesture towards that larger nature – towards the living turkey and the larger ecology – is a way of reinventing our traditions in a way that remains quintessentially American.

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Democracy at stake

One week after the presidential election,  it is time to worry about new problems such as the fiscal cliff and the stubborn partisan divide. But before we move on, Americans need to know:  What happened in Florida?  And should Florida be in electoral receivership? As President Obama said in his election night speech, “Whether you voted for [...]

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Petraeus the paper tiger

What now for the legacy of General David Petraeus? Columnist Joshua Foust thinks his was a flawed narrative to begin with.

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The national security challenge of climate change

During this long, trying election season you seldom heard about a looming issue that deeply affects every single one of us: climate change. The frightening truth, all rhetoric aside, is that climate change is a scientific fact; the Earth is warming at a faster rate than ever before and humans have played a major role [...]

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Lessons from Libya: Why America needs more language teachers

The idea that America has always been an English-only country promotes a false account of our past and our present. That false account justifies sweeping spending cuts in foreign language education that will make America less secure around the world, and less competitive in the global market

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Huge consequences for post-election Supreme Court

We don’t think much about the Supreme Court in daily life. And maybe that’s the way the founders intended it when they established this third but equally powerful branch of our federal government. But we should be thinking about them when we step into the voting booth on November 6.

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Hurricane Sandy: A disaster foretold?

So, yes, we knew. We knew well ahead of time that this could happen, and we knew global warming was already making it worse. We knew, but we did virtually nothing.

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Politicizing the intelligence community

Last month, four Americans (including one U.S. Ambassador) were killed in a terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya. While the death of an ambassador is always monumental – Chris Stevens is the first ambassador killed in the line of duty since Adolph Dubs was murdered by extremists in Afghanistan in 1979 – [...]

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American Indians make voices heard this election cycle

American Indians – long a forgotten and ignored constituency in U.S. politics – are increasingly getting themselves involved in the system, saying the stakes are too high this election season to sit on the sidelines waiting to be courted. The activism is everywhere, from large political donations to the presidential candidates to participation in the [...]

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A strategy for human rights

Regimes do not simply abuse people for sport; there are institutional, political, and sometimes even strategic reasons for it.

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Cutting science budget a matter of life and death

Contributor Tamara Caspary explains how the affects of the ‘fiscal cliff’ could mean serious cuts to science budgets nationwide and curb advances in medicine and disease research.

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Losing the narrative

Drones are not a universal panacea to terrorism issues. But they can be effective – especially as part of a holistic campaign to undermine and displace violent extremist groups.

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The unique geopolitics of Pakistan

The infiltration of terrorists in northwest Pakistan may have roots in the history of Waziristan’s colonization and self-rule.

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America’s faltering Afghanistan strategy

American policy changes to the Afghan training program could exacerbate tensions between troops and trainees. Joushua Foust discusses these policy amendments and discusses potential remedies.