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The Republican Path to the Dark Side

“Fear,” a great Jedi master named Yoda once said, “leads to anger,” which leads to hate, which leads to suffering, which, of course, leads to the Dark Side. And while Yoda’s warning was directed at the long-ago problems of a galaxy, far, far away, we’d do well to take it in stride right now in the United States in 2015. …

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Fear, Anger and Hatred: The Rise of Germany’s New Right

For years, a sense of disillusionment has been growing on the right. Now, the refugee crisis has magnified that frustration. Increasingly, people from the very center of society are identifying with the movement — even as political debate coarsens and violence increases. By SPIEGEL Staff Martin Bahrmann, a local politician in the Saxon town of Meissen, was just preparing to …

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Lawrence S. Wittner – Why Tuition-Free College Makes Sense

The issue of making college tuition-free has recently come to the fore in American politics, largely because the two leading contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, have each championed it.  Sanders has called for free undergraduate tuition at public colleges and universities, to be financed by a tax on Wall Street speculation, while Clinton has done the same, although …

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Leid Stories – 10.14.15

Debating the ‘Debate’: The Leid Stories Q&A About the Democrats’ Q&A

Well, that’s done. The first of six scheduled presidential Q&A sessions (they aren’t debates) was held yesterday at the opulent Wynn resort and casino in Las Vegas. It was a CNN-Facebook production.

Leid Stories listeners dissect the Q&A, debating the so-called debate.

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Leid Stories – 08.25.15

Israeli President Affirms Zionist ‘Right’ to Build in West Bank

A ‘Fresh Start’ for Ferguson’s Court System, But Is It Justice?

A month after Israeli extremists firebombed a Palestinian home in the West Bank village of Duma, killing a father and his 18-month-old son, President Reuven Rivlin yesterday affirmed to leaders of the settler movement that, contrary to international law, Israel had a “right” to build settlements, as “a basic fact of modern Zionism.”

Mark LeVine, professor of Middle Eastern History at the University of California-Irvine and distinguished visiting professor at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University in Sweden, addresses Rivlin’s assertion and related issues.

Five months after the U.S. Department of Justice skewered the police department and criminal-justice system in Ferguson, Missouri, for targeting blacks and treating them largely as source of revenue for the city, newly appointed Municipal Court Judge Donald McCullin yesterday announced a series of changes—chief among them dropping all arrest warrants for minor crimes and infractions issued before December 31, 2014.

It’s a good sign, says Leid Stories in a commentary. But is it justice?

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Leid Stories – 08.05.15

Trumped and OutFoxed: The Republicans’ Undemocratic Debate

And a bloviating billionaire shall lead them … into debate.

Welcome to the new world of political discourse, a national “debate” among presidential contenders that really should be called “Presidential Celebrity Apprentice: A Donald Trump-Fox News Production.”

In prime time tomorrow evening, Trump and nine other Republican presidential hopefuls who made the first “cut” based on their showings in five recent national polls, square off against each other for two hours. An undercard slate of seven who didn’t poll will have to make do with an hour of air time in a separate, non-prime-time debate earlier.

Leid Stories says the much-vaunted debate is indeed historic–though not for reasons most would think.

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Hillary’s Neocon Legacy: Coups, Dictators, Corruption, Chaos, Executions and Assassination By David William Pear

Hillary Clinton has on her liberal mask. She is all smiles and is trying hard to “out Bernie” Bernie Sanders. She is hitting all the populist talking points about helping others: Immigration, campaign finance reform, voting rights, gay marriage, economic equality, and middle class families. But she has accumulated a lot of baggage over her political career of 40 years.Hillaryand …