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Can Donald Trump bring peace to the Middle East? Author Yoav Litvin and Tom Dine, former head of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, examine the possibility.

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Donald Trump and his slyly smiling running mate Mike Pence are playing up their vision of scorched-earth America not just to win general political points but to appeal to a very specific set of voters by tapping into the apocalyptic strain in American politics.

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The recent ruling by a St. Louis grand jury on Michael Brown's shooting sheds light on just how difficult it is to indict a cop; the apocalypse may have something to do with indifference toward climate change; meanwhile, a teacher uses a scrap of paper to teach his students a valuable lesson about inequality and privilege. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Perfectly serious scientists suggest climate change isn’t just really, really bad; it’s catastrophic. Some even think that if the record ongoing releases of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere are aided and abetted by massive releases of methane, life as we humans have known it might be at an end on this planet.

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While many Americans were uninsured, others were being forced to undergo a series of unnecessary tests that hurt both them and the medical system; the creator of the TV program "The Wire" calls America a "horror show"; and, despite what many believe, technology will not save us from the apocalypse. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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The Russian Orthodox Church warns that the legalization of gay marriage spells impending doom; former President Carter proclaims "America does not have a functioning democracy"; meanwhile, Booz Allen Hamilton took over Washington, and nobody noticed until Edward Snowden blew the whistle. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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