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Pulitzers must contend with Greenwald, Snowden being ‘the most appropriate choice’ to win

Snowden the ‘traitor’ looms over Pulitzers (via AFP) Hero or traitor? America is still polarized over Edward Snowden and whether the newspapers that exposed the extent of NSA’s vast global spying network should be lauded or condemned. Ten months later, the question on journalists’ lips is whether America…  …

Obamacare is widening the gap between ‘red’ and ‘blue’ America

The fact that the citizens of “red” and “blue” states live in what are essentially two countries with very different governments has largely flown under the radar, but it may become the defining story of our time. The two major parties are……

32 new hybrid trains coming to America

America’s aging rail system is woefully out-of-date, but a recent order for 32 of Siemen’s hybrid “Charger” locomotives could bring new life to old railways. With a top speed of 125 MPH, the diesel-hybrid trains are said to be faster, quieter……

Sarah Palin uses her CPAC speech for a shout-out to the libs at ‘MS-LSD’

We’ve been fans of alicublog writer Roy Edroso for years. Is there anyone who understands the angst of conservatives better than Roy? He’s our man on the ground at CPAC — Ed. “Does anybody here love Sarah Palin?” asked introducer Chris Cox of the NRA. Response noise level: First encore,…

Spoiler alert: Downton Abbey is a waste of America’s precious TV time

In the opinion of one transplanted Brit, it’s a soap opera as inept as any other – and it doesn’t live up to the new U.S. standard The other night, rather behind the rest of the known planet and probably some parts still unknown – the deepest Amazon, say, where…

America — but not Americans — leads world in science

Most Americans are not good with Science, but most of them admire scientists, according to a new survey conducted by the National Science Foundation. More than 90 percent of Americans agree that scientists “are helping to solve challenging problems……

Gallup asks how America is doing and finds stark racial differences

Gallup released an interesting finding today: white Americans’ views of the country’s current standing are decidedly gloomy, but people of color are significantly more optimistic. (The usual caveat that one shouldn’t read too much into the findings……

Land of the free? America has 25 percent of the world’s prisoners

The United States has about five percent of the world’s population and houses around 25 percent of its prisoners. In large part, that’s the result of the “war on drugs” and long mandatory minimum sentences, but it also reflects America’s…  …

Are Americans dumb? No, it’s the inequality, stupid

Are Americans dumb? This is a question that has been debated by philosophers, begrudging foreigners and late night TV talk show hosts for decades. Anyone who has ever watched the Tonight Show’s “Jaywalking” segment in which host Jay Leno stops random passersby and asks them rudimentary questions like “What is…

America’s gun disease is a national security issue

The spate of shootings in the US and the lack of political will to tackle gun control shows the country as a basket case, not a model state If this isn’t a matter of national security, what is? When 13 people end up dead at a US military base, that…

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