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    How big a nuclear arsenal do we really need?

    If President Obama wants to use his last two years to further his agenda, here's something he could do that would both advance the cause of global security and save the country money: suspend plans to develop a new arsenal of American nuclear weapons.

  • Why Pitzer College decided to quit carbon
    Why Pitzer College decided to quit carbon

    Last month, the philanthropic Rockefeller Brothers Fund announced it would sell off the fossil fuel stocks that helped to enrich it. Pitzer College, one of the Claremont Colleges, had beaten the Rockefellers to the punch. Its decision to divest, in April, made it an early adopter in the...

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    It isn't enough merely to legalize the millions of undocumented residents in this country, The Times' editorial board wrote in the latest installment of its series examining the meaning of citizenship in the U.S. today. Better, it said, would be to set these people on a pathway to...

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