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James K. Galbraith knocks a few holes in the notion that Europeans have it better than Americans. (LINK)

Bill McKibben explores the Brazilian city of Curitiba, a global model for development that both respects the earth and delights its inhabitants. (LINK)

Sara Catania profiles hellraising Ukrainian journalist Olena Prytula, whose newspaper keeps the Orange Revolutionaries honest. (LINK)

Nick Turse considers who had the real intel about the war — the protesters who knew it would be a disaster and that, in any case, it was wrong.
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Tova Andrea Wang and Jonah H. Goldman argue that requiring voters to present a nationally uniform driver’s license at the polls compromises voter rights and won’t solve the problem of electoral fraud. (LINK)

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