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Ambulance Chasers

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GM Ignition Trouble

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American Hearse-Story

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Israel Rejects U.N. Request for Humanitarian Cease-Fire as Palestinian Death Toll Passes 600

After rumors of a humanitarian cease-fire that would begin Tuesday morning, Al-Jazeera reports that Israel has refused the United Nations’ request, citing “security reasons.”

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Meet the Online Tracking Device That Is Virtually Impossible to Block

A new kind of tracking tool, canvas fingerprinting, is being used to follow visitors to thousands of top websites, from WhiteHouse.gov to YouPorn.

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Is Rula Jebreal Right About U.S. Media Bias Against Palestinians?

Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal points to the overwhelming bias in U.S. media against the Palestinians, calling NBC to account for having tried to remove an Arab-American reporter from Gaza after he reported the Israeli navy’s killing of children on the beach.

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No One, Including Russia, Benefits From MH17 Crash

A barrage of mutual accusations and contradictory accounts has followed the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Eastern Ukraine on July 17.

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The Downside of Giving Weapons

The bodies and debris that rained from the Ukrainian sky offer a cautionary lesson about the danger of giving heavy weapons to non-state actors.

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Rick Perry Says He’ll Send National Guard to Secure Border

The Texas governor says he is calling up 1,000 troops to help police the border with Mexico.

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Just One Hedge Fund Dodged $6 Billion in Taxes, Senate Committee Finds

Sen. Carl Levin’s Subcommittee on Investigations looked into some shady banking practices and reported that a hedge fund of Renaissance Technologies LLC found a clever way of cheating the IRS.

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Gaza Conflict: Hospitals Shelled, Death Toll Soars and Peace Protesters Attacked (Videos)

The tone of the White House and some of Israel’s other Western allies shifted slightly Monday from unequivocal support to “concern for the growing number of casualties” and calls for an immediate cease-fire between Israel and Hamas as the Palestinian death toll in the now two-week operation by the Netanyahu administration climbed to 548.

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Will Flight 17 Sober Us Up?

American politics was trundling along on its usual unserious and trivial trajectory when news of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine shook the world. Suddenly, the stakes in public life and foreign policy were very high.

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John Oliver: ‘Our Drug Laws Seem a Little Draconian and a Lot Racist’

Clocking in at nearly 18 minutes, Oliver’s recent segment on the broken prison system could be one of his most inspired rants yet. This time, the “Last Week Tonight” host even got the help of America’s favorite Muppets to drive home his incredibly important point.

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The Future Is Not Ours (and Neither Is the Past)

The famed fog of war is nothing compared to the fog of the future or, as I’ve often said, I’d be regularly riding my jetpack in traffic through the spired city of New York, as I was promised in my childhood. Our urge to predict the future is unsurpassed. Our ability to see it as it will be: next to nil.

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Svalbard’s Reindeer Thrive as Climate Warms

Rising temperatures have many negative impacts in the Arctic region, but warmer winters have resulted in a remarkable 30 percent population increase for a subspecies of Norwegian reindeer.

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From Kerry to Selena Gomez and Rihanna, Israel’s Claims of Precision, Compassion Are Dissed

You always wonder where John Kerry the anti-Vietnam War activist went, who compared the U.S. campaigns in Southeast Asia to the predations of the Mongols.

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Income Inequality

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Mosul Without Christians for First Time in 1,900 Years as Fundamentalists Threaten Minorities

For the first time in nearly 2000 years, there are virtually no Christians in the city of Mosul in northern Iraq.

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The Actor and the Minister

In a time when corporate culture has marginalized our artists and those of compassion and vision, two such people merged for a moment at a Boston church. (Shown here, Michael Milligan in his one-man play.)

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Truthdigger of the Week: Jose Antonio Vargas

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, job creator, civil rights activist—Jose Antonio Vargas is a model American. But he is also an undocumented immigrant, and that fact is determining how the U.S. government treats him.

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MH17 Crash Site, Victims’ Remains Reportedly Under Rebel Control (Updated)

The site of downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 became even more politically fraught Sunday, when pro-Russian separatists reportedly took custody of the remains of some 200 bodies of crash victims and obstructed emergency workers’ access to the area.

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Dead Gazans Missing From Senate Endorsement of Israeli Invasion

On Thursday, all 100 U.S. senators—including progressives Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Al Franken and Sherrod Brown—voted to pass an AIPAC-drafted resolution supporting the Netanyahu government’s military invasion of the Gaza Strip.

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How the Internet of Things Could Destroy the Welfare State

A long article at The Observer examines the regulatory possibilities of “smart” phones, cars and even carpet, and asks what’s to become of governance if data and algorithms are setting the limits of human life.

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Celebration and Exasperation on Deadliest Day of Gaza Fighting

As reports appear of some Israelis gathering on hillsides to watch and cheer the military strikes on Gaza, Secretary of State John Kerry is said to have expressed frustration with the operation in comments intended only for an aide.

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High-Tech Quest for Arctic Sea Ice Answers

A sophisticated array of automatic sensors will allow scientists to conduct the longest ever monitoring program to determine the precise physics of summer sea ice melt in the Arctic.

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Mideast Peace

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Israeli Tank in Gaza

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Death Penalty Decision

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Save Us From Our Frankensteins, Genome-Editing Scientists Urge

A new laboratory technique enables biologists to “edit” the genetic makeup of entire species for purposes ranging from the benevolent to the nefarious, with the “potential to cause ecological mayhem,” Antonio Regalado reports in MIT Technology Review.

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British PM Cameron Enabling Wall Street’s Takeover of National Health Service

The U.K.’s cherished public health service is in danger of being sold off to private corporations via a trade deal that would create a single market between the European Union and the United States and open future British governments to massive lawsuits in international courts should they attempt to reverse the decision.

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#LetAymanReport: NBC Correspondent Sent Back to Gaza After Removal Protested

Ayman Mohyeldin, NBC’s veteran reporter who was playing soccer with the four Palestinian boys killed on the beach Wednesday, was removed from Gaza despite his reporting being, in Glenn Greenwald’s words, “far more balanced and even-handed” than the rest of the American media’s coverage of the conflict. Late Friday night, after protests with the hashtag #LetAymanReport trended on Twitter, “NBC reversed course” and announced it was sending Mohyeldin back to Gaza over the weekend.

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It’s the Greenhouse Gases, Stupid!

Australia’s decision to repeal the country’s carbon tax has led critics to accuse the government of showing a complete disregard for the science of climate change and its impacts.

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Edward Snowden: ‘The World Is Much More Unpredictable and Dangerous’ Than George Orwell’s ‘1984’

“If I end up in chains in Guantanamo,” the NSA whistle-blower tells The Guardian’s Alan Rusbridger and Ewen MacAskill in a must-see interview, “I can live with that.”

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Malaysian Airliner

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CDC Safety

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Uncle Sam: Send Immigrants Back

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Gaza Meets the New Politics of the Middle East: ‘Islamic State,’ Egypt, Turkey

The Israeli security establishment was almost certainly encouraged to launch its military assault on little Gaza by the current divisions over political Islam in the Middle East.

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California Halts Injection of Fracking Waste, Warning It May Be Contaminating Aquifers

The state’s drought has forced farmers to rely on groundwater, even as California aquifers have been intentionally polluted due to exemptions for oil industry.

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Falluja and Gaza: Why Counterterrorism Fails When the Problem Is Political

There are such things as small terrorist groups that do a lot of harm and lack any significant social or political support.

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Israel Has Been Bitten by a Bat

The news out of Israel and Palestine: relentless, remorseless, repetitively compulsive, rabid.

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Church of England Will Allow Women to Become Bishops

Apparently the reformation isn’t over. On Monday, the Church of England voted to allow women to become bishops.

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The Children of the Border

Last Monday, a chartered flight took 38 mothers and children, who had been held in a detention center in Artesia, N.M., to San Pedro Sula in Honduras.

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It Doesn’t Pay to Slaughter Innocents

David Rothkopf at Foreign Policy magazine points to the civilian deaths on a beach in Gaza and airspace over Ukraine to argue that using “the chaos of combat” to achieve complex political ends is futile.

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A Local Fight for the Future of the Internet

The front line in this fight is Chattanooga, Tenn., where officials at the city’s public electric utility, EPB, realized that smart-grid energy infrastructure could also provide consumers super-fast Internet speeds at competitive prices.

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Border Crisis Tests Religious Faith—and Some Fail Badly

Flamboyant piety has long been fashionable on the political right, where activists, commentators and elected officials never hesitate to hector us about their great moral and theological rectitude.

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Nobody Really Wants to Make Peace

Israelis and Palestinians may someday make peace. But the assumption should be that it won’t happen soon—perhaps not in our lifetimes.

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Israel Continues Ground Assault, and ‘A Terrifying Night in Gaza’ (Videos)

As the death toll in Gaza passed 260, Israeli troops and tanks proceeded with their operation in the area Friday after the launch of a military ground operation Thursday night. The initial aim was reported to be the destruction of tunnels dug by Hamas that could be used to launch attacks on Israel.

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