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There’s No Such Thing as Peacetime

We've spent years believing the war on terror will end and civil liberties will be safe again. It's time to accept that the war will go on forever -- and take steps to protect life and liberty in the new normal.

Passport

Under Finnish Law, ‘Meatballs’ Are Now Just Plain Old ‘Balls’

The law says the animal product they're made of doesn’t really count as meat because it’s been “mechanically recovered.”

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Obama will use force because he wants to. Not because he has the AUMF

Dear Congress: I humbly request the authority to do whatever the hell I want even though I already have the authority to do it anyway. Love, Barack.

Transitions

Libya Reverses a Purge

Two years ago a flawed law barred Qaddafi-era officials from political life. Now some politicians are having second thoughts.

Tea Leaf Nation

China’s President Raises Eyebrows with Sharp Rhetoric on Rule of Law

Calling the judiciary a 'knife' suggests the ruling party sees it as a weapon, not a constraint.

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Can Argentina Find Justice Without Alberto Nisman?

The prosecutor investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center has died suspiciously. He may have been Argentina's last hope for finding the truth.

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