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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.

 

holiday-gifts

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.

 

ethipian-civil-war

Civil Wars Are Getting Shorter

They’re surprisingly little-studied, too.

 

armstrong-lance

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?

 

doctor-generic

Will Obamacare Soften a Shortage of Doctors?

It may, by expanding nurse practitioners’ roles.

 

assad-demonstration

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.

 

bike-commuting

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.

 

reagan-tax-presentation

Even Ronald Reagan Negotiated

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

 

lax-exterior

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.”

 

captain-phillips-still

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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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.

How to Water a Farm in Sandy Ground

Physicists investigate how to grow food more efficiently in fine-grained soil.

Unlocking Consciousness

A study of vegetative patients closes in on the nature of consciousness.

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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