Opinion

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Of rhinos and candidates

Readers may be interested to know that a female black rhinoceros played an important part in the struggle to clean up corrupt elections in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1958.

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Fascism defeated 68 years ago; will it return?

On May 8 and 9, 1945, the world celebrated the end of the Second World War. Since then, Victory in Europe Day has been celebrated by scores of countries.

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The last mainstream intellectual defense of austerity crumbles

In 2010, economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff (know in the econ trade as "R & R") released a paper, "Growth in a Time of Debt."

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For the millionth time: Hands off Social Security!

Today, 2 million signatures protesting the cuts are being presented to the White House. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., promises to do everything he can to block the chained CPI proposal and cuts to Medicare.

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Obama speech heralds new era

The preident laid out confidently - at times defiantly - a list of policy choices anathema to Republicans who tried to block every piece of progressive legislation during his first term.

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After Hurricane Sandy, big questions remain

Hurricane Sandy left in its wake massive devastation and difficult questions - large and small - that have yet to be answered.

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U.S. gun culture diagnosed as a social disease

In the wake of the two mass shootings this summer, some American physicians consider this country's gun violence a social disease.

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Republicans get free ride on racism

Republicans have been getting a free ride on racism for much too long, and it's in the interest of all people to stop it.

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Change comes from the bottom up

The whole knock on President Obama not living up to his promises ignores that nothing major can be done in the U.S. political system without the support of Congress.

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Political power comes from using hard-won freedoms

Genuine power of the people comes from using our freedom, as in freedom of speech and the vote.

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