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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Social Race

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Race is a “social concept, not a scientific one” claimed geneticist J. Craig Venter following the discovery that humans share 99.9% of the same genetic code irrespective of our skin color. “But as Nell Irvin Painter explains in ‘The History of White People,’ her exhaustive and fascinating new look ...

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Strong and Wrong?

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The Washington Post’s Michael Gerson says that Barack Obama shows that an American president can be a combination of “strong” and “wrong”. He remarks: “President Obama possesses a certain kind of strength, which I had underestimated. His reserve is not passionless. During the health-care debate ...

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Jailed For Kissing

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Holidaymakers in Dubai were recently arrested for kissing in public and could face jail. It seems totally over the top, but should tourists respect the rules of the countries they’re in? Georgina Guedes says: “Dubai is a leading Middle Eastern tourism destination because of its relaxed attitude to ...

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Who Won?

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“On Monday, with the House votes behind them and the protesters gone from the Capitol grounds, both sides in the bitter health reform debate proclaimed victory — with the confidence of actors who still have a final climactic act in which to sway the audience. Republicans predicted the new law would ...

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Art-Handling Olympics

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The unsung heroes of the art world who lift and hammer, hang and adjust, got their place in the spotlight this weekend at the first ever Art Handling Olympic championships. “The event — a combination roast, ‘Jackass’-style stunt extravaganza and excuse to drink a lot — drew about 200 people at its ...

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“Schindler’s List”

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The only privately owned copy of a historic list of names of Jews that were saved from Nazi concentration camps by Oskar Schindler has gone on sale for $2.2 million. "It's the only [copy of the list] remaining in private hands," said Gary Zimet, a historic document sales specialist, and is ...

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Censor-tive Issue

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China has condemned Google Inc. which today stopped censoring its China-based search engine and began redirecting users from Google.cn to an uncensored version in Hong Kong. The Chinese government said the move was “totally wrong” and accused Google of violating promises. Google warned China two ...

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Health-Caring US

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“This is what change looks like,” remarked US President Barack Obama moments after the final House vote passed his universal health care legislation in an historic victory. He said the passage proved that “we are still people capable of doing big things and tackling our biggest challenges.” He ...

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Stupak Amendment

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“Late into Saturday night and again Sunday morning, U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak of Michigan negotiated with President Barack Obama's top lawyer, hammering out an executive order that made clear that no federal money would be spent on abortion. It helped save the Democrats' signature effort on health care ...

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Yes He Can!

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Obama has sealed his reputation as a president of great historical import as the successful driving force behind universal healthcare for Americans, writes TNR’s Jonathan Chait. He says: “The last two generations have no model for such a president. The only two other Democratic presidents of the ...

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Immigration Agenda

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Forget jubilancy over Obama’s heath care victory, as tens of thousands rally on Capitol Hill shouting about the next major subject on the political agenda: Immigration. “Immigrant advocacy groups met with Obama a little more than a week ago to remind him of his promise to overhaul the system ...

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Stasi Jigsaw

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With the help of a new machine, a German computer engineer has pieced together 600 million scraps of shredded documents from the former East German Ministry for Security. Bertram Nickolay has been working to unlock the secrets of the Stasi files for the last 15 years, but it took a technological ...

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Potholey Moly

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The New York Times’ Alexandra Lange writes despairingly of New York’s two million potholes and ponders longingly on a German model where citizens sponsor pothole repairs. She says she saw a television report about Niederzimmen in Germany where villagers contribute $68 towards filling in a pothole ...

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Shooting Up

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The first ever research program of its kind, involving the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and HSBC Climate Partnership, has found rapid increases in tree growth in the US. The results of the 5-year initiative to identify and respond to the impacts of climate change, attributed the rapid ...

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Rights of Passage

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The Federal government has finally ruled that the needs of American pedestrians and cyclists must be equal to and not lesser-than the rights of motorists on the road. “In what amounts to a sea change for the Department of Transportation, the automobile will no longer be the prime consideration in ...