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Five myths about the Venezuela crisis

Hugo Chavez’s legacy polarizes left and right like few other issues. Here, GlobalPost unpacks five of the more contentious claims about Venezuela.... Read more»

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Change in the voter mix ahead for Texas Republicans

Everybody knows about the Hispanic growth of Texas and how that might change the state’s politics. Republicans have another demographic trend to think about: Elderly voters are a key part of their conservative constituency. Who will replace them?... Read more»

Shorty's lessons: 5 things 'El Chapo' Guzman's arrest teaches us

Details, both juicy and mundane, are trickling out after Mexico nabbed its most wanted crime lord. Here’s what we’ve learned, with a grain of salt, of course.... Read more»

Analysis

Ukraine: What the hell just happened?

The images have been burned into the world’s consciousness: a huge square filled with protesters; black smoke billowing over a beautiful and historical city. Bodies are rushed by on stretchers, angry voices are raised. A man with his feet on fire dances madly around before someone shoves him to the ground to smother the flames. Whatever else the recent events in Ukraine may ultimately bring in their wake, they certainly were telegenic.... Read more»

Rothschild: 'Tucson in transition'

In his annual State of the City speech, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild called upon the city to build on its strengths: what he calls the Five T’s – technology, trade, transportation, tourism and teaching. “We will continue to tighten our belts ... the simple fact of the matter is this: Tucson does not have an expense problem, we have a revenue problem,” he said.... Read more»

Commentary

New Fed study says health reform can reduce financial stress

Study of Massachusetts health law cited personal bankruptcy reduction, fewer delinquencies, improved credit scores... Read more»

The Eleventh Hour

What we can learn from the Great War and the 'Petty Peace that followed'

Commentary: Many of the crises we face today follow from what was done — and not done — after ‘the eleventh hour’ ended World War I.... Read more»

Analysis

Az pension systems recovering, still best value for taxpayers

Glaring headlines about Arizona’s public worker retirement system suggest that your typical retired teacher, firefighter or police officer is sipping margaritas on a beach somewhere enjoying a six-figure pension. Meanwhile the state’s pension funds are running out of money, leaving you, the taxpayer, stuck with the bill.... Read more»

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As media gets bored with Obamacare, is public getting on board?

We have now passed several key milestones in the open enrollment cycle for the Affordable Care Act: The deadline to sign up for coverage that was effective in January, the due date to pay for that coverage, and the deadline to enroll in coverage that is effective this month. Periodically during this open enrollment cycle, we’ve checked in with experts to get past the sound bites so endemic in this heated political debate.... Read more»

Guest opinion

The next 'wave' of concern will be gray, not brown

Just a few years ago, of course, our state gained international fame for its highly vocal stance – if a bit late and somewhat unconstitutional – against the wave of immigrants who were said to threaten our prosperity, burden our public budgets and fundamentally change our way of life. Turns out we might have been worrying about the wrong wave.... Read more»4

Commentary

Immigration reform: Disaster for agriculture or proof of brutality of current system?

A study released earlier this week by the American Farm Bureau Federation on the impact of various types of immigration reform on the agricultural sector wants the reader to conclude that an enforcement-only approach to immigration would mean economic disaster. But the agricultural industry only survives in its current form thanks to massive (albeit invisible) subsidy from a work force that cannot be described as free,... Read more»

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Potter: Mass. tackles next phase of health care reform: Controlling costs

While lawmakers in Washington and state capitals continue to obsess about Obamacare — either how to make sure it is being implemented as Congress intended, or how to make sure it isn’t — Massachusetts legislators have focused their attention on the next phase of reform: health care costs.... Read more»1

Commentary

Sonoran Ramblings: Immigration reform, BP use-of-force policies

In our immigration news roundup and border media criticism column, Sonoran Ramblings, we’re looking at the House GOP’s draft of immigration reform principles, newly released BP apprehension statistics, the agency’s use of force policy and an instance of BP community outreach missing the mark.... Read more»

How Martin Luther King's 'dream' was shaped by the Cold War

What is often forgotten is that King’s speech was at its core not a dream of what America could be but rather an indictment of what America was – a country that had failed to live up to its founding principles of equality.... Read more»

Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK: 'I have a dream'

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. (with video)... Read more»

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