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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.

 

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Is Your Local Judge Hiding Something?

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

 

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With Gifts, It Actually Is the Thought That Counts

But giftees think a little too hard.

 

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They Also Enjoy a Good Turkey Dinner in Havana

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

 

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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.

 

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How to Appear Properly Annoyed by a Wiretap

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

 

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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?

 

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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.

 

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A Dozen Years Ago Today, Guantanamo’s Groundwork Began

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

 

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Civil Wars Are Getting Shorter

They’re surprisingly little-studied, too.

 

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Lance Armstrong Says Something Interesting About Players Unions and Doping

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

 

torture-drama

Torture Permanently Alters the Body’s Response to Pain

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

 

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Will Obamacare Soften a Shortage of Doctors?

It may, by expanding nurse practitioners’ roles.

 

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Can You Name Bashar al Assad’s Opponent?

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

 

hell-house

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

Halloween isn’t just for sinners anymore.

 

madagascar

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.

 

usaid-delivery

Auditor Says Scammer Sold USAID $500/Gallon Gas

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

 

hot-temperature

Study Finds Climate Negotiations Are About the Present

Sorry kids, grandpa wants air conditioning.

 

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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.

 

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Even Ronald Reagan Negotiated

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

 

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

Opinionated bombers.

 

african-bee

Stop Trying to Make Killer Bees Happen

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

 

online-privacy-illo

Save the World, Help the NSA?

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

 

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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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Trust Is Waning, and Inequality May Be To Blame

Trust in others and confidence in institutions is declining, while economic inequality creeps up, a new study shows.

Dopamine Might Be Behind Impulsive Behavior

A monkey study suggests the brain chemical makes what's new and different more attractive.

School Counselors Do More Than You’d Think

Adding just one counselor to a school has an enormous impact on discipline and test scores, according to a new study.

How a Second Language Trains Your Brain for Math

Second languages strengthen the brain's executive control circuits, with benefits beyond words.

Would You Rather Go Blind or Lose Your Mind?

Americans consistently fear blindness, but how they compare it to other ailments varies across racial lines.

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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