NSA Loses a Round

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NSA Ruling — At least the issues can now be argued in court. Thank you, Edward Snowden!

Mandela: Africa Without Him

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John Peeler: He might have died in prison, tortured, broken, disappeared. And yet we can scarcely conceive how his country, his continent, the world would have been different without him. That is the measure of his greatness.

What To Say When They’re Ready to Talk

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John Peeler: Suppose that employers could get rid of their healthcare paperwork obligation, offloading it onto the federal government: we could back into single payer as a way to respond to employers.

Debt Ceiling: Obama’s Nuclear Option?

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John Peeler: If President Obama defers to Congress and accepts a default on the debt, with its attendant catastrophic economic consequences, he would be a party to Congress’ violation of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Obama, Putin, and Assad: It Just Gets Weirder

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John Peeler: Obama faces the likelihood of a defeat in Congress (and in public opinion), after which he would have to choose between acting anyway, in total political isolation, or backing off and looking weak. Either way he would look foolish.

Syria: Just Say No

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John Peeler: Barack Obama, apparently against his better judgment, is about to feed our nation’s addiction to addressing insoluble problems with bombs, with predictably perverse results. He ought to “just say no.”

Egypt and the Arab Spring

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John Peeler: There cannot be democracy in Egypt, or elsewhere in the Middle East, unless the Islamists are brought in, and eventually brought around to accepting that electoral victories do not confer absolute power.

Liberals vs. Democrats in the Arab World

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John Peeler: Democracy in the Middle East as a whole, not just in Egypt, means Islamists in power, and it won’t be liberal. And as long as the urban, educated sectors and the military are opposed to Islamist democracy, it cannot be stable.

Voting Rights Act: Time to Make Lemonade

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John Peeler: Scalia, Roberts and their colleagues probably think they’ve struck a death blow to the Voting Rights Act, without actually ruling it unconstitutional. Time to prove them wrong.

Coming to Terms with Iran

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John Peeler: Flynt and Hillary Leverett, almost alone among the Washington foreign policy elite, have for a decade been making the case for serious diplomatic engagement with the Islamic Republic.

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