August 31, 2010 Americans often fail to understand the ways in which domestic debates about Islam resonate beyond borders. Forget about the protests against the mosque near Ground Zero, says Greg Beals of The Root, the threat to burn the Quran on Sept. 11 is what could incite serious conflict in the Middle East.
August 31, 2010 According to Kori Schake of Foreign Policy, there is a serious disconnect between military missions and the statements coming out of the White House. Far from being the "responsible drawdown" mantra the Obama administration keeps chanting, its transition to a completely civilian mission in Iraq puts at risk the gains the military force has achieved thus far.
August 31, 2010 By serious reformers' rankings, Colorado and Louisiana lead the states in education reform, so how did they lose out in Race to the Top? Fredrick M. Hess of National Review argues after all the headlines and hullabaloo, the results were so dismal they threaten to bring the entire exercise into disrepute.
August 31, 2010 Sarah Palin's new type of conservative feminism is horrifying progressives. Some Democrats blame themselves but Betsy Reed of The Nation says they can let themselves off the hook.
August 31, 2010 Traditionally in the debate over whether or not climate change is real, the best weapon of those who say it's not are skeptical scientists. Now one of the most prominent, Bjorn Lomborg, has made a 180 degree turn, but Bradford Plumer of The New Republic wonders if it's all just for show.
August 30, 2010 August 2010 marks the end of combat operations in Iraq -- and a shift for U.S. troops from a combat mission to one of support. But Retired Marine Col. Gary Anderson says that stability in Iraq will require an ongoing American military presence, similar to the U.S. force in Korea, to contain Iran's influence.
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August 30, 2010 A new law narrows the gap in cocaine sentencing and signals a shift in priorities. Ethan Nadelmann of The Nation argues the Fair Sentencing Act, signed by President Obama on August 3, is at once a historic victory and a major disappointment.
August 30, 2010 Andrew G. Biggs of National Review argues, when it comes to Social Security, it's too politically risky to revive the Bush-era idea of personal accounts. A solution will come from a mix of government intervention and personal initiative.
August 30, 2010 As recently as two years ago, mobile banking in the developing world was an object of skepticism among financial insiders. Jamie Zimmerman and Jamie Holmes of Foreign Policy explain why cell phones will do more for the developing world than laptops ever could.
August 30, 2010 President Obama can't assume that his legislative accomplishments speak for themselves. E.J. Dionne Jr. of The New Republic argues that Obama has failed to engage the country in an extended dialogue about what he has done well.
August 28, 2010 The rookie phenom pitcher for the Washington Nationals needs major surgery to repair a torn ligament in his elbow. His prognosis is good -- nine of the pitchers selected for this year's All-Star Game underwent what's known as Tommy John surgery -- but it's a reminder that what seem like superpowers are always only fleeting, fragile and human.
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Jimmy Fallon will host Sunday night's Emmy Awards on NBC.
August 27, 2010 The Emmys are on Sunday night, so we've got a look at the stories worth following, including two new comedies in an epic battle, one song-and-dance man who needs his Emmy already, and one late-night rebel.
August 27, 2010 For weeks now, the Obama administration has been leaking to reporters its intention to modify U.S. travel regulations to Cuba. Jose R. Cardenas of Foreign Policy argues the timing of this announcement is all wrong. Not only are any policy changes that could be construed as lessening the isolation of the Castro brothers' barbaric and unrepentant regime counter-productive at this point, they muddy the real issues at hand.
August 27, 2010 A proposal before the Federal Communications Commission would allow Google and Verizon to regulate internet access on mobile phones. The editors of The Nation argue that this poses a problem for those who expect to be able to access all information equally, and on whatever device they choose.
August 27, 2010 When commentator Keith Woods first became a columnist for The Times-Picayune, Lawrence "Shorty" Washington, a shoeshine man, acted as his muse. Now, five years after Hurricane Katrina, Woods collects his thoughts and recollections in a letter to an old friend.
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