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Technology skills only scratch surface of digital divide

The realities of the “digital divide” are increasingly apparent. In a consumer culture that equates status with early adoption of the newest iPhone, access to new technology necessarily splits pretty clearly along socio-economic class lines. According to U.S. census data, for example, more than 30 million homes have no broadband access, most of them concentrated in some of the poorest parts of the country.... Read more»

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Exiled priest accuses Vatican of heresy

Father Roy Bourgeois has spent the better part of his 76 years like a polemical Don Quixote, tilting against the powerful windmills of his time: the U.S. military, Latin American dictatorships, the State Department, federal courts — and now the Vatican.... Read more»

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5 facts to know about Obama's immigration announcement

Using his legal authority, President Obama brings temporary relief to millions of immigrants through executive action. The president’s move is a first step but not a permanent solution.... Read more»

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Obama let opponents define the Affordable Care Act

Commentary: the Democrats’ strategy seems to have been to say as little as possible about why reform was needed and how the final law would protect us from insurance industry abuses... Read more»

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Kassig beheading: ISIS killers won't cease until stopped

News analysis: Peter Kassig's beheading is another sign of savagery from messianic killers, but sending U.S. troops into direct combat roles in Syria would be a mistake. ... Read more»

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Health insurers win midterm election

Republicans weren’t the only big winners in last Tuesday’s election. So were health insurance companies, many of which spent heavily to influence the outcome. ... Read more»1

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U.S. just starting down the path toward net neutrality

Analysis: President Obama's statement supporting a free Internet is the start of a larger, global process. ... Read more»

By the numbers: Remembering America's veterans in 2014

This Veterans Day, and throughout the year, remember those who have served in our armed forces, and honor their struggles and sacrifices.... Read more»

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How WWI made combat even more terrible

Analysis: The 'Great War' introduced mechanized technology and the soulless calculus of attrition into warfare.... Read more»

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Why WWI is so often forgotten in America

Analysis: The "Great War" is often overshadowed by World War II and later wars.... Read more»

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Race and Beyond: Why young, minority, and low-income citizens don’t vote

On Tuesday, voters across the United States cast their ballots in the 2014 midterm elections. As with any election, there are winners and losers. But, dear reader, this column offers neither post-election analysis nor after-the-fact second-guessing–well, at least, not in the well-worn, traditional sense. Instead, I want to use the occasion of Election Day to share an insight into the sad fundamentals of electoral democracy.... Read more»1

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Political consequences of the Great Recession: Why did the GOP do so well in 2014?

Deep voter pessimism and a lack of an economic agenda from Democrats, not just structural obstacles, drove GOP gains in 2014.... Read more»

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Uncounted votes: The racially discriminatory effects of provisional ballots

A first-of-its-kind analysis of county-level 2012 election data finds that, in 16 states, voters in counties with a higher percentage of minorities cast provisional ballots at higher rates. ... Read more»4

No, Canadians are not invading America, but there are real security issues up north

Canadians are reeling after attacks last week that left two soldiers dead: one run down by a car near Montreal, one shot while standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. It didn’t take long for questions to arise about if and how such attacks could be prevented. Why would terrorists (or anybody) want to attack Canada? Is the United States at risk from Canadian terrorists?... Read more»

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The facts on immigration today

Immigration has been a constant source of economic vitality and demographic dynamism throughout our nation’s history. Immigrants are taxpayers, entrepreneurs, job creators, and consumers. But the immigration system is broken and in need of an overhaul. Although the U.S. border is now more secure than ever, decades of ever-increasing border and interior enforcement have exacerbated the dysfunction caused by rigid, out-of-date laws.... Read more»

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