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10:23 am
Mon June 18, 2012

The Nation: The New Obama Doctrine

In this file picture taken on on June 13, 2010, a U.S. Predator unmanned drone armed with a missile stands on the tarmac of Kandahar military airport. An increase in drone strikes under the Obama administration has eliminated top al-Qaida operatives, but critics wonder if the souring public sentiment against the strikes across the globe is worth their tactical achievements.
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Nick Turse is the associate editor and research director of Tomdispatch.com and a contributor for The Nation.

This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com.

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Opinion
10:23 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Foreign Policy: Head Of State

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talks during a joint press conference with the Turkish Foreign Minister during the Global Counterterrorism Forum in Istanbul, on June 7, 2012. A divisive figure during her tenure as first lady and her 2008 presidential run, Clinton now enjoys approval ratings over 60%.
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Susan B. Glasser is editor in chief of Foreign Policy.

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PG-13: Risky Reads
10:15 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Teenage Brain: Gateway To A 'Bright And Dark' World

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Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 5:27 pm

Meg Wolitzer is a novelist whose most recent works include The Uncoupling and a book for young readers, The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman.

You know how people talk about so-called gateway drugs — drugs that lead to harder ones? I think some books can be considered gateway books, because reading them leads you to start reading other books that are similar but more intense. Lisa, Bright and Dark, John Neufeld's 1969 novel for young adults, is one of these.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:52 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Finding True Love: Helping Your Kid Choose The Right Instrument

Can you fall in love with the sound of a plastic recorder?
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Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:46 pm

Whether it's learning saxophone in school band, taking Saturday piano lessons, or participating in a top-flight youth orchestra, there are tens of millions of kids in the United States learning to play instruments. Way back in 2003, Gallup pollsters figured that at least 84 million Americans play an instrument — and at least a third of those players were then between the ages of 5 and 17.

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The Two-Way
9:41 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Rodney King: 'What I Had To Do Was Make It Better'

Rodney King. (April 13, 2012 file photo.)
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Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 10:38 am

The death Sunday of Rodney King, the victim of a 1991 police beating in Los Angeles who became a "reluctant symbol of race relations," as the Los Angeles Times says, is prompting many looks back at what happened to him and the Los Angeles riots that followed the 1992 acquittal of the officers involved.

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Opinion
9:18 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Weekly Standard: Obama Fails To Act In Syria

Russia's President Vladimir Putin inspects Mi-24 ground-attack helicopter as he visits a military airbase in the city of Korenovsk on June 14. After coming under sharp criticism from Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, Russia said it is not making any new deliveries of attack helicopters to Syria and has only carried out repairs of helicopters sent there many years ago.
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Thomas Donnelly is codirector of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute.

The prominence of Russian-made helicopters in Bashar Assad's brutal and desperate efforts to hang on to power puts the Syrian war in a new light. It's getting difficult to categorize the conflict simply as a humanitarian crisis or a "teacup war" of secondary significance. Rather, Syria's civil war is increasingly fought under a great-power cloud that hasn't been seen in the Middle East for decades.

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Opinion
9:17 am
Mon June 18, 2012

New Republic: Syria and The US Presidential Race

President Barack Obama arrives to board Air Force One at the O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, on June 17, 2012 to leave for Los Cabos, Mexico to attend G20 summit. The leaders of the world's most powerful economies meet Monday for a G20 summit confronted by turmoil in the eurozone, a critical election in Greece and worsening bloodshed in Syria.
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Robert Dallek is a professor, historian and author specializing in American presidents. He has taught at Boston University, Columbia University, UCLA and Oxford.

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From Scratch
8:56 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Rob Kalin, Founder Of Etsy

Host Jessica Harris speaks with Rob Kalin, founder of Etsy, an online marketplace for handmade goods. Harris also speaks with Alexa Hirschfeld, co-founder of Paperless Post, a web-based company that sends digital invitations.

Planet Money
8:53 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Another All-Downside-No-Upside Weekend For Europe

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There would have been chaos in Europe today if Syriza, the Greek party that opposes the bailout deal, had won yesterday's election. Instead, the pro-bailout New Democracy party won the election.

And in Europe today, borrowing costs are rising for Spain and Italy, it's still unclear how Greece will weather the next few months, and unemployment rates are still over 20 percent in Spain and Greece.

We keep seeing this kind of asymmetry in Europe.

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