Nate Smith
Nate Smith

NSA PRISM Scandal: Should We Be Asking About Principles, Or Efficiency?

The fight over telecom immunity, concluded last year, raised an important question: Who is responsible for safeguarding our privacy?

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Jefferson County Alabama Bankruptcy: County's Decade Of Bribery and Bankruptcy Comes to a Close

Jefferson County, Alabama, has finally reached a deal with creditors on around $2 billion worth of debt, the result of a decade old debacle involving bribery and complex derivatives.
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According to Politifact, One Political Party Has Their Pants On Fire. Guess Which?

A recent study finds that Republicans out-lied Democrats by a 3 to 1 margin in the first four months of Obama's second term. Is there anything to this claim?

Confederate Memorial Day: Necessary Or Just Offensive?

Ostensibly held to memorialize fallen Confederate soldiers, Confederate Memorial Day draws a painful distinction from the national Memorial Day, and in doing so implicitly endorses slavery.
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Boston Marathon Bombing: Should We Call It Terrorism?

One of the most pressing questions for many pundits in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon attacks was whether Obama would call it terrorism: he did, kind of. Should he have?
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Boston Marathon Attack Was the Exception, But Boston Perseverance is the Rule

The attacks on the Boston Marathon on Monday were horrific and cowardly. They were no doubt the exception, though, and they ended up bringing out the best in Bostonians.

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Buffett Rule: How Much Federal Tax Revenue Will It Really Raise?

President Obama has included the so-called "Buffett rule" in his latest budget proposal. What is this rule? What is the motivation? How much would it raise? And is it good policy?
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War With North Korea: Could a Nuclear Test Trigger It?

All signs indicate that the North is not kidding around. Another nuclear missile test is likely at any moment.