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The political grandmaster behind the big chess tournament in St. Louis: Rex Sinquefield

I have nothing against chess. But for those of you following the big chess tournament here in St. Louis, it might be interesting to know that Rex Sinquefield, the man who named the tournament after himself, plays a big game of political chess, too. Sinquefield is Missouri’s equivalent of the Koch Brothers. A self-made billionaire…

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Council on Foreign Relations: West is responsible for Ukraine crisis

Given the ongoing, ludicrous, and mostly fictional coverage of Ukraine in the American media that relentlessly depicts Vladimir Putin as an evil, crazed, aggressive, megalomaniac, it’s refreshing—and surprising—to have Foreign Affairs, published by The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the conservative foreign policy institution of the elite, set the record straight. Author John J. Mearshimer, debunks the media…

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Immigration foes say, “Immigrants steal our culture.” Why they are wrong.

I recently saw a Facebook post entitled, “Here’s All I Want.” It included four wishes: “Obama: Gone!” “Borders: Closed!” Language: English!” “Culture: U.S. Constitution & the Bill of Rights!” The last three points, presumably about immigration to the United States, reflect a dangerous thought process: that our culture is a sacred thing, to be protected…

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Who Am I? Guess the progressive

Can you identify this person? Occasional Planet’s “Who Am I” series features people who have made important contributions to liberal thought, progressive politics, human rights, enlightened education, environmental awareness, and “small-d” democratic principles–both in the US and internationally. The abbreviated bios in our “Progressive Hall of Fame” only hint at the scope of our hall…

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The 9-year-old and the Uzi: What were they thinking?

There are times when words fail. The news that a nine-year-old child accidentally shot and killed 39-year-old Charles Vacca, an instructor at a shooting range in White Hills, Arizona, represents one of those times. There are no words that adequately capture the tragedy of such an unnecessary loss of life and the trauma that will…