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A discussion on meritocracy, failure and the twilight of the elites.

In the public imagination, September 11, 2001 marked the arrival of Islam in this country, bound to narratives of destruction and terror.

What would it take for the United States and Cuba to free Alan Gross and the Cuban Five?

The fact that United Nations has long ceased to play the protective role assigned to it throws its ability to truly advocate for LGBT rights into question. 

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Inspired by The Nation's intrepid reporting, Stephen Colbert asks what would have been if he'd stayed on the South Carolina ballot.

Katrina vanden Heuvel debates the role of former President Clinton and the primary results from Nevada on Sunday's This Week with George Stephanopoulos roundtable.

From Tom Dispatch: The current economic crisis is caused by policies that tax the richest Americans at strikingly low levels and spend huge sums on defense projects that have no bearing on national security.

"Because Washington has no urban agenda, the cities in this country are doing poorly. Unemployment is up. Faith in the economy has gone down. Crime has gone up."

"Our cities across this country are proud. They have a great history. But like a boxer, they've taken one knee, and they have to bring themselves back."

"I want to see one of the candidates come up with a comprehensive plan to eliminate the tide of drugs coming into our country. I mean, we have wars here in our city."