2012 Election

 
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How do Israelis and Americans feel about the drumbeat toward war with Iran?

The smell of gunpowder is in the air. Polls show war-weary Americans have a surprisingly large appetite for war with Iran. Israelis, however, feel much differently.

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Lost in space? Cuts to NASA threaten innovation, diplomacy

Cuts to NASA threaten innovation and diplomacy, writes Princeton University’s Janet Vertesi.

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  Portraits of hunger: Stories of Americans on food stamps

Food stamps have become a political issue in the campaign, and Need to Know examines why a record number of Americans need help buying food every month.

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  Jeff Greenfield on food stamps and the American safety net

In this essay, Jeff Greenfield asks, “What does it tell us about our country that so many require assistance to meet some of the most fundamental of needs?”

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  Ramesh Ponnuru offers a critical take on the food stamp program

Jeff Greenfield asks Ramesh Ponnuru, a food stamp critic: “Do you have a problem with a federal government program that says, under a set of circumstances, we’re going to help you eat?”

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  Presidentiality: Are colleges encouraging atheism?

Are colleges anti-religion? Our “Presidentiality” series examines a claim by Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum that higher education breeds secularism.

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  Marcos Villatoro on how a government jobs program changed his father’s life

Essayist Marcos Villatoro recalls how FDR’s decision to create the Civilian Conservation Corps saved a generation of unemployed Americans, including his own father.

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Another big problem with Newt Gingrich’s ‘food stamp’ claim

Newt Gingrich has come under fire for calling President Obama ‘the food stamp president.’ As it turns out, food stamps are one of the most effective ways to stimulate the economy during a recession.

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  How seniors see it: Talking about entitlement reform in Florida

As we enter the Florida primary, Republicans are walking a fine line between calling for entitlement reform and winning over seniors, one of the state’s most powerful voting blocs.