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Divided in the Wake of Fort Hood

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After Fort Hood many veterans saw a tragic but isolated incident, while a narrative about PTSD fueled violence spread in the media. The tragedy revealed the extent of our divisions.

The country has buried the dead of the recent Ft. Hood shooting. A lone bugler played taps to a forlorn tree line and three folded American flags were given away to those dreaded words: “on behalf of a grateful nation.”Rituals of public mourning typically bring Americans together in the wake of tragedies, but in many ways the reaction to Fort Hood has driven us further apart. The difference between how military and veteran’s communities dealt with the shooting and the popular views expressed in some media outlets, was so vast that it was hard to imagine the two groups were responding to the same event.


Killing the Muslim Spy Unit

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The NYPD unit tasked with spying on the city’s Muslims was publicly killed Tuesday, just days after a legal ruling that upheld its legal basis. So what gives?

New York City is the country’s largest city and one of its most progressive but since 2001 it’s also been at the forefront of the some of the most aggressive and controversial anti-terrorism tactics. Yesterday, city officials announced the end of one of those major tactics: targeted spying on Muslim communities.But there’s some strange timing going on here. For one thing New York’s liberal Mayor Bill de Blasio, was in favor of the surveillance program before he was against.

Proud History

Liam Neeson’s Horse Cart Crusade

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The actor says horses are bred to pull carriages and have done so forever. The minute he uttered those words, he should have packed up and left New York City.

Critics of gay marriage often find themselves simply confused by the terms of the debate. They seem to encounter the same unbending opposition, whether their approach is an appeal to the prudence of political gradualism, an invocation of the natural order, or a warning about the risks of casting aside centuries of habit and custom.That’s not because of anything that special about gay marriage. There’s a larger pattern at work. It’s the reason why conservatives find themselves playing defense so often.

Little-Guy Hero

Gun-Toting Ranchers Defeat Feds

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The U.S. government says Cliven Bundy owes $1 million in grazing fees and sent in contract cowboys to round up his cattle. But the 67-year-old rancher managed to fight them off—for now.

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has lost in every court his boots have walked into in recent years.But thanks to the Bureau of Land Management’s mismanaged attempt to round up his “trespass cattle” from federal land, Bundy has won a round in the court of public opinion and emerged as a little-guy hero to conservative media outlets and right-wing politicians.The land-use issue isn’t a small one in the Silver State. The federal government rides herd over 86 percent of Nevada’s public space, and ranchers here have long been at odds with the regulatory enforcement style of the BLM.

Here’s Where Your Tax Dollars Go


It’s the $2.8 trillion-dollar question on Tax Day: Where—exactly—does my money go?

—By CNBC’s John Schoen. It’s the $2.8 trillion-dollar question many people ponder when they write that check payable to the U.S. Treasury. Where does all that money come from? And where—exactly—does my money go?If you have trouble balancing your checkbook, imagine trying to keep track of where $2.8 trillion goes every year. Even with armies of government accountants and auditors, it’s hard to know with certainty exactly where each dollar of your income taxes ends up.


Boston, NYC Bonded by Tragedy

Michael Dwyer

A relationship that started on 9/11 was strengthened by the Boston Marathon bombings and endures through smaller but no less painful moments.

For all the raucous rivalry between Red Sox and Yankee fans, there is a bond between Boston and New York that is as strong as both cities proved to be when terrorism struck.A soul-stirring reminder of that came on March 26, as members of the FDNY Emerald Society Pipe and Drum Band were preparing to return from playing at a Burn Association gathering in Boston.As they departed the hotel, the New York firefighters paid a noontime visit to a firehouse around the corner, the quarters of BFD’s Engine 33/ Ladder 15.


Who Radicalized Boston Bombers?

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It seems the FBI have made little progress on why the Tsarnaev brothers bombed the Boston marathon. The mystery deepens: who radicalized Tamerlan Tsarnaev?

One year ago today, two backpack bombs were detonated at the Boston Marathon, killing three people. More than 260 others were wounded or maimed. In the months since, many man-hours have been spent investigating the accused perpetrators of the bombings, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. However, a key question remains unanswered: did the brothers have any substantive ties to terrorists abroad?  The extent of the confusion surrounding this basic question is troubling.

Interactive Map

Who Pays the Most Income Taxes?


It’s April 15 and your taxes are done—or at least they should be. Check out an interactive Brookings Institution map for more about tax rates at the county level across the nation.

How much does the average tax filer in your county pay in income taxes, and how does your county stack up to the rest of the nation? An interactive map from the Brookings Institution allows users to explore income tax rates at the county level nationwide. Click a county to zoom in, and click it again to zoom out. Darker colors indicate higher values; gray shading indicates unavailable data.For more, read “The U.S. income tax burden, county by county,” by Ben Harris.


Killer Klansman Was Federal Snitch

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White supremacist Frazier Glenn Miller, arrested in three killings Sunday, turned white opportunist when facing decades in prison, testifying against his fellow haters in two trials.

A quarter-century before he was charged with Sunday’s three hate murders outside Kansas City, Frazier Glenn Miller figured prominently in a triple hate homicide in North Carolina.People intimately familiar with the earlier case say Miller, founder of a Ku Klux Klan chapter and a white political party, should have been a prime suspect in those killings, as well.Instead Miller became a star witness in both that murder trial and in a sedition case against 13 fellow white supremacists.

Hated by Haters

White Supremacists Reject Miller


Don Black, founder of the online hate forum, says white nationalists have long shunned the alleged killer—and it’s people like him who give the movement a bad name.

Of all the people and organizations decrying the shootings Sunday that killed three people at two Jewish centers outside Kansas City, perhaps the most unlikely is, one of the oldest and largest white nationalist forums on the internet.“We have enough of a problem with how we are portrayed without some homicidal whack job coming along and reinforcing that,” Stormfront founder Don Black told The Daily Beast.Black has known the alleged shooter, Frazier Glenn Miller, since the early 1980s, when they were both prominent leaders in the white nationalist movement.

Who Is Frazier Glenn Miller?

Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon dissects the story of Miller, a 'nightmare image' of 'hate groups nestled in the heartland' who went on a Kansas killing spree on Sunday.

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Obama’s Tax Rate Hypocrisy

Obama’s Tax Rate Hypocrisy

He says it’s ‘not right’ for multimillionaires to pay less in taxes than their secretaries, but he’s done just that for years. It’s just another way Obama has lost his moral authority.

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