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As new research by the University of Oxford suggests that the 2011 U.K. riots were linked to economic inequality and distrust of police, a contrite rioter-turned-community-organizer writes about the low feelings that drove him to join the aggressive free-for-all.

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After the past weeks' disastrous floods, many in the rural Midwest are looking to the government not with gratitude but animosity. Folks in towns that requested levees back in 1993 were left, paradoxically, high and dry by the Army Corps of Engineers, which required small communities to pay more than $1 million for flood barriers.

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All right, people, it's high time someone dealt squarely with this question: Does John McCain have anger-management issues? Monday brought word on this potential problem, the Republican Party's sword of Damocles, from provocateur Christopher Hitchens, who dares to ask "whether [McCain's] elevator goes all the way to the top."

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