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Marc Herman

Marc Herman
Marc Herman is a writer in Barcelona. He is the author of The Shores of Tripoli.

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Will Tweaking the Food Stamp Program Save It?

A Brookings report takes the “mend it, don’t end it” approach to the embattled SNAP program.



Is Your Local Judge Hiding Something?

A Center for Public Integrity investigation argues for better rules on judicial conflicts of interest.



With Gifts, It Actually Is the Thought That Counts

But giftees think a little too hard.



They Also Enjoy a Good Turkey Dinner in Havana

There’s a reason the U.S. farm lobby wants better access to Cuba.



New, Chill Pope Still Hasn’t Convinced You to Go to Mass

The “Pope Francis Effect” hasn’t caught on in the U.S., according to a Pew study.



How to Appear Properly Annoyed by a Wiretap

Australia’s security service tapped some phones in Indonesia. It hasn’t ended well.



Is Ferdinand Marcos’ Ghost Haunting Typhoon Haiyan Relief?

After ousting a dictator, Filipinos built a government that skewed local. Will natural disaster strain that system?



In 10 Years, Finding Someone Lost in a Disaster Has Really Evolved

Google’s “People Finder” is proving quietly useful amid the Philippine typhoon crisis.



A Dozen Years Ago Today, Guantanamo’s Groundwork Began

Only seven out of nearly 800 inmates have been convicted and sentenced.



Civil Wars Are Getting Shorter

They’re surprisingly little-studied, too.



Lance Armstrong Says Something Interesting About Players Unions and Doping

Is cycling’s problem that it’s a sport of freelancers?



Torture Permanently Alters the Body’s Response to Pain

Could a new medical finding make it harder to claim something isn’t torture?



Will Obamacare Soften a Shortage of Doctors?

It may, by expanding nurse practitioners’ roles.



Can You Name Bashar al Assad’s Opponent?

You can’t, and that’s the problem, argues the International Crisis Group.



Evangelical ‘Hell Houses’ Still a Thing This Year, Now With Additional Creepiness

Halloween isn’t just for sinners anymore.



Political Cheating: Do Election Observers Help or Hurt?

Tomorrow, 6,000 fraud cops will be deployed for elections in Madagascar, one of the world’s poorest nations.



Auditor Says Scammer Sold USAID $500/Gallon Gas

And a four-figure temperature control device for $220,000.



Study Finds Climate Negotiations Are About the Present

Sorry kids, grandpa wants air conditioning.



Commuting by Bike Was Way Up Last Year

But it’s still a tiny, tiny percentage of trips compared to cars. And walking is falling.



Even Ronald Reagan Negotiated

A long time ago, amid a fight like today’s, the conservative’s conservative told Congress he loved them.



What Would Make the Los Angeles Airport Bombs ‘Terrorism’?

Opinionated bombers.



Stop Trying to Make Killer Bees Happen

Unless you’re a farmer. Then you want them.



Save the World, Help the NSA?

A New America study ponders privacy for new Internet users in an “age of tracking.”



The Legal Loophole Pirates Used to Nab Captain Phillips

Why was an aid ship sailing through pirate-infested waters without an escort?

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Politicians Really Aren’t Better Decision Makers

Politicians took part in a classic choice experiment but failed to do better than the rest of us.

Earliest High-Altitude Settlements Found in Peru

Discovery suggests humans adapted to high altitude faster than previously thought.

My Politicians Are Better Looking Than Yours

A new study finds we judge the cover by the book—or at least the party.

That Cigarette Would Make a Great Water Filter

Clean out the ashtray, add some aluminum oxide, and you've (almost) got yourself a low-cost way to remove arsenic from drinking water.

Love and Hate in Israel and Palestine

Psychologists find that parties to a conflict think they're motivated by love while their enemies are motivated by hate.

The Big One

One company, Amazon, controls 67 percent of the e-book market in the United States—down from 90 percent five years ago. September/October 2014 new-big-one-5

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