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Finally, President Barack Obama can say his health care law is beating the expectations. Well, one of them, anyway. It’s safe to say that no one — not even him — predicted the Obamacare sign-ups would soar as high as 8 million, the figure he announced in an appearance in the White House briefing room Thursday. That number, at least [...] Read more ...

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18 Apr 2014

I'm sick of America's paranoid culture wars. Can we please stop the same thing happening here? – Telegraph Blogs

Last Saturday, a group of cowboys humiliated the American government. And by “cowboys” I mean the real thing: Stetson-wearing cattle ranchers on horseback, carrying shotguns in order to defend the right of Cliven Bundy of Bunkerville ranch, Nevada, to graze his cattle on federal land. It was a classic stand-off. The cowboys’ jaws were set [.. Read more ...

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18 Apr 2014

What I Saw Running 26 Miles in North Korea’s Stalinist Dictatorship

Each Friday Roads & Kingdoms and Slate publish a new dispatch from around the globe. For more foreign correspondence mixed with food, war, travel, and photography, visit their online magazine or follow @roadskingdoms on Twitter. PYONGYANG, North Korea—As I wait for the gun to sound at the start of the Pyongyang Marathon, my nerves are overcome by [...] Read more ...

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18 Apr 2014

How the Military Is Preparing for Climate Change War

The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just completed a series of landmark reports that chronicle an update to the current state of consensus science on climate change. In a sentence, here’s what they found: On our current path, climate change could pose an irreversible, existential risk to civilization [...] Read more ...

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18 Apr 2014

Obama tells Democrats: Defend my law

President Barack Obama has laid out the blueprint he thinks his party should follow on Obamacare as the midterms approach: “forcefully defend and be proud” of the law — and then move on, hitting Republicans for Washington dysfunction and inaction on the economy. The question now is whether Democrats will listen. “I don’t [...] Read more ...

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18 Apr 2014