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March 26th, 2014

The Great American Experiment

    There are more than 1,000 chemicals known to be toxic to the brains of animals in lab experiments. Yet we only know of 214 for humans, and just 12 for developing fetuses and infants, a recent study revealed.

    Why are these numbers so far apart? Is it because lab animals’ brains are more feeble and susceptible to chemicals than ours?

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The year of the Russians

    After a quarter of a century of relative calm since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Russians are coming again. On the heels of their successful Winter Olympics in Sochi, in which they won the medals competition, the regime of President Vladimir Putin has swiftly pivoted to much more serious gamesmanship in neighboring Ukraine.

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TV Lowers the Birthrate (Seriously)

    In the struggle to break cycles of poverty, experts have been searching for decades for ways to lower America's astronomical birthrate among teenagers.

    We've tried virginity pledges, condoms and sex education. And, finally, we have a winner, a tool that has been remarkably effective in cutting teenage births.

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An Injunction Against the First Amendment

    Vera Scroggins of Susquehanna County, Pa., will be in court March 24.

    This time, she will have lawyers and hundreds of thousands of supporters throughout the country. Representing Scroggins to vacate an injunction limiting her travel will be lawyers from the ACLU and Public Citizen, and a private attorney.

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Brown may bet his shirt on New Hampshire seat

    Republicans are feeling so heady about running against Obamacare that they're thrilled that Scott Brown is all but certain to run for a U.S. Senate seat in New Hampshire. Yes, you heard right, the former one-term senator from Massachusetts who lost to newcomer Elizabeth Warren in 2012 announced at a Republican gathering Friday that he has formed an exploratory committee to run against the New Hampshire Democratic incumbent, Jeanne Shaheen.

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From Great To Greed

    From Great to Greed: Such a short distance in the dictionary but seemingly a big plunge for this nation! Once known for its greatness with opportunity for all greed, as in money, appears to becoming the most correct description.

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Homicidal, psychotic and legally sold a gun

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Putin's fantasy world

    Intelligence officers live by a time-honored credo: When in doubt, admit nothing, deny everything, make counter-accusations.

    It was in that spirit that Vladimir Putin, the quondam KGB man who rules Russia, addressed his nation and the world Tuesday on the annexation of Crimea.

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The Timidity Trap

    There don't seem to be any major economic crises underway right this moment, and policymakers in many places are patting themselves on the back. In Europe, for example, they're crowing about Spain's recovery: The country seems set to grow at least twice as fast this year as previously forecast.

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There once was a land named Crimea

    Thanks to some strange alignment of the planets, there were two competing, yet remarkably similar, news stories this week. Both involved the disappearance of things that should never get lost: an entire passenger plane and an entire country. But, at this point, both Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and Crimea are still missing -- and may never be found again.

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