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The border wars

Along the U.S.-Mexico border, congressional candidates who advocated enforcement-only -- but not comprehensive -- immigration reform found support dropping by more than 21 percent in precincts with significant Latino constituents,…

Blackwater boss defends his thugs

The boss of US security contractor Blackwater Tuesday denied his staff ran riot like "cowboys" and said they acted appropriately in a Baghdad shootout which left at least 10 Iraqis…

More deception from the Pentagon

Domineering Donald Rumsfeld may be gone from the Pentagon, but his legacy lingers. Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld was often compared to a predecessor, Robert McNamara, another strong personality with a habit…

The delusion of nationalism

Nationalism is perhaps the most interesting delusion of modern times. Its power is illustrated by the fact that lots of otherwise sensible people are unapologetic nationalists, even though nationalism requires…

Blackwater USA: A gang of killers

The private security firm Blackwater USA has been involved in nearly 200 shootings in Iraq since 2005, according to a US Congress report that depicts the company's employees as dangerously…

Smoke, mirrors and taxes

Congress proposes to fund its $35 billion expansion of children's health coverage -- assuming it survives an expected presidential veto -- with a 61-cent increase in the federal cigarette tax,…

Wounded vets face financial woes

He was one of America's first defenders on Sept. 11, 2001, a Marine who pulled burned bodies from the ruins of the Pentagon. He saw more horrors in Kuwait and…

Judge knocks down part of Patriot Act

An Oregon judge on Wednesday ruled that two provisions of the Patriot Act violated the U.S. Constitution's protection against unlawful searches and seizures. U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken ruled in favor…

A bizarre spectacle

A world of intellectual tolerance and insidious hate was jammed into the quadrangle of Columbia University on Monday. Jammed inside a cramped campus hall. And jammed into the big screens…

A real need for a shield law

The excesses of the CIA-leak investigation made clear the need for a federal shield law to protect reporters and their sources. Indeed, the need for such a law has been…