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The Alabama Judge Who Refuses to Let Desegregation Orders Go Ignored

A federal judge in Alabama says a local school board has failed to meet legal mandate to integrate.

Life in the Data

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On the Destinations of Species

It’s almost always easier to cross international borders if you’re something other than human.

The Law Won

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This Time, Scalia Was Right

President Obama’s recess appointments were wrong and, worse, dangerous.

What Makes Us Politic

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How Small-D Democratic Should Our Political Parties Be?

We need to decide how primaries should work in this country before they get completely out of hand and the voters are left out entirely.

ProPublica

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The Litany of Problems With the Pentagon’s Effort to Recover MIAs

A draft inspector general report found that the mission lacks basic metrics for how to do the job—and when to end it.

Their Money

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What Are the Benefits of Government-Funded Research?

Congress wants to know.

Prospector

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Bathing Suits Over Baghdad

Swim lessons in international waters.

ProPublica

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Why Are U.S. Taxpayers Subsidizing the Defense of Alleged Killers of a Palestinian Teen?

An Israeli group is raising money in the U.S. to support Israelis charged with or convicted of violence against Palestinians.

True Crime

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The Fight for Elder Rights

A review of new proposals to put a stop to elder abuse and support the rights of the elderly around the world.

The Law Won

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Caring for the Condemned: Does It Make Sense to Treat the Mental Health of Someone Facing Execution?

How the new mental health facility for California’s death row inmates reflects our nation’s ongoing ambivalence about the death penalty.

ProPublica

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The Monetary Cost of a Wrongful Conviction in New York

A Brooklyn man who spent more than a dozen years in prison for a crime he likely did not commit will receive $3 million from New York State. He may get even more from New York City.

Quick Studies

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The War on Organized Environmental Crime

A recent report outlines new strategies that could be used to save the environment from criminal syndicates.

True Crime

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On Free Will, Fate, and a Science That Sways Juries

A new study shows how teaching people about neuroscience can make them softer on crime.

The Law Won

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Protecting Abortion Clinics in a New Age of ‘McCullen v. Coakley’

After the recent Supreme Court decision, clinics will likely have to turn to injunctions to keep protesters away, taking on the additional expense themselves or passing it on to those they serve.

What Makes Us Politic

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How Can We Fix the Broken Primary Election System?

A look at the Bipartisan Policy Center’s comprehensive consideration of the issue.

ProPublica

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The Pentagon Finally Decides to Dig Up the Remains of a Long-Lost Soldier

The military will exhume a grave in the Philippines that may hold the remains of Bud Kelder, an American POW whose family has long been fighting the Pentagon to get him home.

Quick Studies

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Americans Want Elected Leaders Who Act on Climate Change

Members of Congress who oppose climate action are out of touch with most American voters. But they are in touch with the noisy members of the misinformed Tea Party clan.

ProPublica

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Meet the Groups That Are Fighting Against Limits on Restraining School Kids

Republicans say it is a matter of states’ rights.

What Makes Us Politic

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The Bankruptcy of Authenticity

Every presidential candidate is essentially playing some sort of role. That doesn’t mean that they’re lying.

Quick Studies

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How the Sugar Industry Gums Up Science

Big Sugar is lying to win a battle for your bulge.

Findings

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Accurately or Not, Conservatives Perceive Themselves as United

New research suggests this impression of consensus can cut two ways, inspiring both activism and a false sense of confidence.

In the Classroom

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Here’s How Not to Teach First-Grade Math

One of the few rigorous studies of its kind shows that first-grade math teachers tend to use unproven alternative techniques when there are more math-challenged students in their class.

The Rest of the World

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A One-Word Answer to All Our Problems in Iraq

The return of “do-something” diplomacy.

The Law Won

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A Major Victory for Privacy Rights in a High-Tech Ruling From a Low-Tech Court

In a unanimous decision that went far further than most anticipated, the Supreme Court ruled that law enforcement officers must obtain a warrant before searching a cell phone—even after arresting its owner.

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How a CEO’s Fiery Battle Speeches Can Shape Ethical Behavior

CEO war speech might inspire ethical decisions internally and unethical ones among competing companies.

Modern Technology Still Doesn’t Protect Americans From Deadly Landslides

No landslide monitoring or warning systems are being used to protect vulnerable communities.

The Link Between Carbs, Gut Microbes, and Colon Cancer

Reduced carb intake among mice protected them from colon cancer.

The New Weapon Against Disease-Spreading Insects Is Big Data

Computer models that pinpoint the likely locations of mosquitoes and tsetse flies are helping officials target vector control efforts.

People Are Clueless About Placebos

Doctors know that sometimes the best medicine is no medicine at all. But how do patients feel about getting duped into recovery?

The Big One

Today, the United States produces less than two percent of the clothing purchased by Americans. In 1990, it produced nearly 50 percent. July/August 2014

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