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December 21, 2014

Not Everyone Gets Colbert's Joke

After nine years hosting one of the most popular comedy programs on air, it's hard to remember a time when Stephen Colbert might have been mistaken for the kind of conservative commentator he satires. Yet before Colbert became an international celebrity, some people didn't know what to make of him -- especially... continue

December 20, 2014

Pulling "The Interview" Was a Terrible Business Decision

Cowards! The four largest movie theater chains in the United States: Regal Entertainment, AMC, Cinemark and Carmike Cinemas, have decided to yank Sony Pictures' new movie, "The Interview," from theaters after people claiming to be hackers posted threats online against them. The decision makes little sense... continue

December 19, 2014

Why Aren't We Retaliating for the Sony Cyber-Attack?

On Dec. 17, Sony canceled the release of its latest mediocre Seth Rogen comedy, "The Interview," in the face of terrorism threats from hackers who had been wreaking havoc on the company since late November. Reportedly, American intelligence officials are convinced that the North Korean government was... continue

December 14, 2014

Whether Torture Works Should Be Beside the Point

CIA Director John Brennan came out swinging against a central claim in the just-released Senate Intelligence Committee torture report -- particularly its dramatic conclusion that CIA's enhanced interrogation techniques were "not an effective means of obtaining accurate information or gaining detainee... continue

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