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20 years on, America recalls OJ Simpson freeway chase

It's like JFK or Princess Diana dying: almost everyone in America old enough remembers where they were the day of the OJ Simpson white Bronco freeway chase. Twenty years later, it remains an iconic TV moment. Some 95 million Americans watched the slow……

Seven things America could buy with the $181 billion in taxes uncollected because of corporate loopholes

The federal government forgoes billions of dollars in revenue each year due to corporate tax write-offs and loopholes enshrined in America’s tax code. The Government Accountability Office estimates that we lose out on $181 billion as a result. Some……

These eight charts show why racial equality is a myth in America

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ cover story at The Atlantic, “The Case for Reparations,” published last night — and the subject of this week’s Moyers & Company interview — shows how dramatically the legacy of slavery and centuries of legalized and institutionalized……

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America’s aging rail system is woefully out-of-date, but a recent order for 32 of Siemen’s hybrid “Charger” locomotives could bring new life to old railways.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……

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