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Reconciliation 2.0?

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about 4 years ago

Now that the taboo against the use of reconciliation to pass legislation has been broken, will a student loan bill be next to take the path of least resistance through the Congress? "Most people know the final health care battle will play out in the Senate budget reconciliation process, but there's ...

Dr. Kaku's Universe

Deadly Earthquakes and Tsunamis

Haiti
about 4 years ago

It is likely that, within our lifetime, we will see a big earthquake ravage a populated area, such as northern Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tokyo, or Istanbul, to name a few major cities. These are earthquakes waiting to happen. It is inevitable that we will see a big one in the United States. It's ...

Politeia

Decriminalizing Crack

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about 4 years ago

The Senate just passed a bill drastically reducing the penalty for possessing crack cocaine. The bill would increase the amount of crack requiring a five-year mandatory minimum sentence from 5 grams to 28 grams. The bill was approved unanimously by the Senate Judiciary Committee and finally passed ...

Trend World

The Key to Winning the War on Terror: Women

Woman
about 4 years ago

With next year marking ten years since the term “War on Terror” was coined, the controversial war has seen its strides and pitfalls, depending on whom you ask. But as the battle against global terrorism enters its second decade, its ultimate outcome could hinge on winning the hearts and minds of ...

Mind Matters

Yes, Television Can Make You Evil

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about 4 years ago

In the 1960's and 70's, with Americans worried about Communist hordes and Nazism a living memory, many feared that people are just naturally sheep—all too ready to conform, cower and obey. Crime news and psychology experiments supplied what the psychologists Rachel Manning, Mark Levine and Alan ...

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Skyline Interruption

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about 4 years ago

From next Friday until August 31 slightly different sculptures of naked men will interrupt New York’s skyline as artist Anthony Gormley kicks off his first every New York-based installation. The sculptures, cast in bronze, and all of Gormley himself, will be perched on rooftops, standing on the ...

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Hamming it Up

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about 4 years ago

“Bacon has been the apple of food nerds' eye for so long that the backlash to it already had a backlash, its fans an impenetrable phalanx of fatty warriors. So what is it about bacon? Is it the salty goodness? The smoke? Or the way lard delivers these flavors in wallops? Either way, bacon is the ...

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X-Ray Visible

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about 4 years ago

Bone marrow stem cells suspended in X-ray-visible micro bubbles can be used to dramatically improve the body’s ability to build new blood vessels in the upper leg, scientists have found. This discovery could provide a potential future treatment for those with peripheral arterial disease (PAD ...

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Maison de Tolérance

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about 4 years ago

Frenchmen would love looser laws to bring back brothels more than 60 years after Paris shut its famed “maisons closes,” according to a campaign stepping up to legalize them. An MP from President Sarkozy’s UMP party, Chantal Brunel, is spearheading the campaign after she was appointed last month to ...

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Shattered Faith

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about 4 years ago

Victims of a widespread child abuse scandal in Ireland have begun speaking out after report found that the Catholic Church had covered up tens of thousands of abuse cases. John Kelly was just 14 when, he says, he lost his faith in God. "I was taken down these stairs. I only had a nightdress on. It ...

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Mending Immigration

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about 4 years ago

“Our immigration system is badly broken,” writes The Washington Post’s commentators. “Although our borders have become far more secure in recent years, too many people seeking illegal entry get through. We have no way to track whether the millions who enter the United States on valid visas each year ...