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Do We Choose Friends With Similar DNA?

A new study, which the researchers themselves are calling “unusual,” posits that friends share more genetic markers than do strangers.

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Israel Resumes Airstrikes After Hamas’ Armed Wing Rejects Truce

After a halt Tuesday morning, Israel resumed its attack on Gaza later in the day when the Izz al-Din Qassam Brigades refused an Egyptian truce proposal the Israeli government had accepted, calling it a “surrender.”

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Richard Falk: U.N. and U.S. Won’t Do Anything About Israel, but Maybe Grass-Roots Efforts Can

The former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights argues that in the face of Western diplomats’ and the media’s “cynical disregard” for the Palestinian struggle, it’s up to the rest of us to put pressure on Israel.

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Rand Paul to Rick Perry: Why Send U.S. Troops to an Iraq That Won’t Defend Itself?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry attacked Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul as an “isolationist,” calling him “blind” to the danger of international “terrorism” and pointing especially to the rise of the so-called Islamic State in northern Iraq.

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Why Are Obstetricians Among the Top Billers for Group Psychotherapy in Illinois?

Illinois leads the country in group psychotherapy sessions in Medicare, and some top billers aren’t mental health specialists. The state’s Medicaid program has cracked down, but federal officials have not.

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The Court Trial of Bibi Netanyahu

Justice to Benjamin Netanyahu: “How do you plead to the crime against humanity of apartheid?”

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Citigroup: The Original Gangsta

The prototypical too-big-to-fail bank will pay $7 billion in fines, a move that will avoid a humiliating trial dealing with its role in the financial meltdown.

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Israel Says It Shot Down a Hamas Drone

The Israel Defense Forces tweeted the following Sunday: “An aerial drone from Gaza infiltrated Israel a short time ago. IDF forces shot it down with a Patriot missile above Ashdod.”

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Republicans Do Nothing but Rant

Apparently there’s a contest among Republicans to see who can be more shameless and irresponsible in criticizing President Obama’s foreign policy. So far, Chris Christie is winning.

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Digital Cheese

Some bloggers claim to be outraged by Facebook social experiments, but anybody not expecting to be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed and numbered is probably a big fan of the tooth fairy and still drinking juice out of a sippy cup, wearing footy pajamas.

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Borderline Behavior: GOP Demands Action, Blocks Solutions—and Always Complains

Listening to Republicans in Washington (and Texas and Arizona) scream about the “crisis” of migrant children arriving from Central America on our southern border, it is puzzling to realize they don’t actually want to do anything to solve the problem.

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Iran Sentences Facebook Protesters to 127 Years in Prison

Eight “youths” in Iran were sentenced to an average of almost 16 years in prison for speaking out against their government, state media and Sky News reported Monday.

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Bordering on Heartless

Glenn Beck says he has come under fierce attack from some of his fellow conservatives for a grave transgression.

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Crowdsourcing Our Way Out of the Democracy Crisis

An increasing number of Americans are getting fed up with the phony democracy that exists in the United States. Across the nation people are engaging in democracy rebellions as they re-examine the nation’s roots, especially with the 4th of July weekend recently passing.

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Gaza: Doctors Plead End to Attack, Netanyahu’s Impunity Denounced

After a week of relentless bombing by Israel’s Netanyahu government, foreign and local doctors on the scene in Gaza and a Palestinian attorney plead with the international community to make the assault on civilians there stop, “Democracy Now!” reports.

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The Map: A Palestinian Nation Thwarted and Speaking Truth to Power

This map has attracted so much ire and controversy not because it is inaccurate but because it clearly shows what has been done to the Palestinians, whom the League of Nations had recognized as not far from achieving statehood in its covenant.

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John Oliver Puts His Finger on the Reason Income Inequality Is So Prevalent in the U.S.

“Just because politicians can’t talk about income inequality,” the “Last Week Tonight” host starts on one of his characteristic rants, “doesn’t mean we shouldn’t.”

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An Exceptional Decline for the Exceptional Country?

For America’s national security state, this is the age of impunity. Nothing it does—torture, kidnapping, assassination, illegal surveillance, you name it—will ever be brought to court. For none of its beyond-the-boundaries acts will anyone be held accountable.

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Desert Dust Feeds Deep Ocean Life

Most of the iron found in the Atlantic Ocean is provided by dust from the Sahara Desert, two U.S. scientists have discovered.

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Backseat Driver

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Let’s Go

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Send Back Those Immigrant Kids

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Top 7 Really Disturbing News Developments From Iraq

Last Wednesday Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki angrily lashed out at the Kurds, accusing them of harboring the terrorists of the “Islamic State.”

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Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’

The weeklong assault on Gaza is one more in a horrific series of steps similar to those in Nazi Germany that ended in the Holocaust.

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Truthdiggers of the Week: The Lawyers Suing to Protect Refugee Children

After fleeing a country with the worst murder rate in the world, and traveling more than a thousand miles while surviving corrupt officials, cartels and garden variety rape, an unaccompanied Honduran child would probably find herself in a courtroom trying to explain, via a translator, why she can’t go back.

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The Right to Resist

Narrowing the argument over Palestine to an inner circle of Israeli Jews would give us a better chance of choosing our favorite champions of justice without risking the charge of anti-Semitism. But we must break out into risk and freedom. If we are digging for truth, Haneen Zoabi deserves a wider hearing.

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The Indiscriminate Compassion of Haneen Zoabi

In a government driven mad and violent by self-interest and fear, the Israeli legislator is battling enemies many of her peers appear not to see.

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An Optical Test to Spot Alzheimer’s?

New research suggests simple eye tests could be used to diagnose early-stage Alzheimer’s disease, raising hopes that effective treatments can be developed to do more than alleviate the condition’s symptoms.

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Pandora’s Terminal

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Museum Day

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Aaron Swartz Can’t Fight the New Cybersecurity Bill, So We Must Do It

A year-and-a-half after Swartz killed himself because of pressure from felonies he faced over alleged “cyber crimes,” the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act is set to give the government the power to collect and share content from emails, texts or other written communications without a warrant, ACLU adviser Gabe Rottman says.

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Scared Obama

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Europe Faces Deadly Cost for Climate Inaction

A study by the European Commission spells out the probable cost to the continent of failing to act to reduce the impacts of climate change.

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Los Angeles Port Truckers Are On Strike

Drivers for three of the largest companies serving the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach began an “indefinite strike” this week, claiming that they often make below minimum wage and that they have been unfairly labeled as independent contractors, which prevents them from unionizing.

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‘Smart Idiots’ and ‘Rich Idiots’: Climate Change Denial Increases With Income Among Republicans

A new study shows that as Republicans’ income rises, they are more likely to dismiss the damaging effects of global warming; some people believe the Israeli government is feeding everyone “lies upon lies” to justify its attack on Gaza; meanwhile, an elephant was photographed crying as he was released from 50 years of captivity. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Link Found Between Vasectomies and Deadly Prostate Cancer

Harvard scientists found that the sterilizing procedure increases the risk of “developing the most aggressive form of prostate cancer,” but it doesn’t mean vasectomies should be ruled out as a form of contraception.

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Flyover Compassion

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Good Money News, Hobby Lobby, Facebook’s Big Experiment

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the significance of the 280,000 jobs added to the economy, the corporate personhood aspect of the Hobby Lobby ruling, military action spawned by the killing of three teenagers in Israel, and Facebook’s manipulation of news feeds.

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Atlases Reveal Climate and Weather Impacts

More than 40 years of extreme global weather and decades of ice loss in the Arctic are graphically shown in two new atlases.

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Boehner Lawsuit

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Eye Phone

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Fanny Pack Mixup Unravels Massive Medicare Fraud Scheme

Two secretaries in a doctor’s office have pleaded guilty and a pharmacy owner faces charges in a scam that Medicare allowed to thrive for more than two years.

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Israel’s Groundhog Day: Reverse Snowballs and the Horror of Lawn Mowing

A horrible video is circulating on social media, of a Palestinian father in Gaza who is bringing a toy to his 4-year-old son, only to find once he enters his home that his son’s head has been crushed by Israeli shrapnel. That is the face of Israel’s current military operation against Gaza to the outside world.

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Pentagon Report Finds Litany of Problems With Effort to Recover MIAs

A draft inspector general report found that the mission lacks basic metrics for how to do the job—and when to end it.

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Stop Saying ‘If X Fired Rockets at U.S.’: It’s Racist, and Assumes We’re Colonial

Is anyone else disgusted by the propaganda trick of trying to get Americans to sympathize with Israel’s massive attack on the civilian habitations of Gaza by saying, “If the U.S. was subjected to rocket fire by X [usually Mexicans], what would it do?”

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AP/Eric Gay

Sending the Refugee Children Home Will Bring Lasting Shame

President Barack Obama is repeating the mistakes of the past, allowing bigoted know-nothings to determine this nation’s policy toward refugees.

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Seattle’s First Marijuana Shop Runs Out of Stock

The first and only recreational pot store in Seattle was forced to close Friday after running out of stock just three days after Washington became the second U.S. state to allow pot sales to adults. But Seattleites shouldn’t fret. It’s set to reopen soon.

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Air Travel Is Getting More Aggravating and Complicated

More stratified levels of service, workers who are underpaid and overworked, and a climate that is increasingly hostile to human activity—the experience of privatized air travel worldwide is rapidly deteriorating. Journalist Scott Smith lists six ways how.

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Corporate Welfare Gets a Boost From Democrats

The Export-Import Bank—a government agency providing taxpayer subsidized loans to multinational corporations—has been called “one of the most egregious forms of corporate welfare.”

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Ron Reiring (CC-BY)

An Overriding Need for Reform Now

There’s no objective need for President Obama to visit the Texas-Mexico border and see the immigration crisis firsthand, but he shouldn’t have claimed that “I’m not interested in photo ops.”

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