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Hillary Clinton & Barack Obama Emails: Key to Lack of Clinton Indictment | National Review
The decision was inevitable. Obama had repeatedly communicated with Secretary Clinton over her private, non-secure email account.
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1 hour ago by kger
Commentary: Trump has little advice to offer Naval Academy graduates | Columnists | winonadailynews.com
In 1969, after having already been held hostage for four years, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy faced a lonely choice in a North Vietnamese prison camp: how
3 hours ago by casfindad
Opinion | Stop Pretending You’re Not Rich - The New York Times
It takes a brave politician to question the privileges enjoyed by the upper middle class. Recently, there have been failed attempts to make zoning laws more inclusive in supposedly liberal cities like Seattle and states like California and Massachusetts. The handout on mortgage interest appears to be an indestructible deduction (unlike in Britain, where the equivalent tax break was phased out under both Conservative and Labour governments by 2000).
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4 hours ago by sandykoe
The Birth of the New American Aristocracy - The Atlantic
Education—the thing itself, not the degree—is always good. A genuine education opens minds and makes good citizens. It ought to be pursued for the sake of society. In our unbalanced system, however, education has been reduced to a private good, justifiable only by the increments in graduates’ paychecks. Instead of uniting and enriching us, it divides and impoverishes. 
Which is really just a way of saying that our worthy ideals of educational opportunity are ultimately no match for the tidal force of the Gatsby Curve. The metric that has tracked the rising college premium with the greatest precision is—that’s right—intergenerational earnings elasticity, or IGE. Across countries, the same correlation obtains: the higher the college premium, the lower the social mobility.
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5 hours ago by sandykoe
Study: Therapy For Torture Victims Can Boost Their Income In Just A Few Years : Goats and Soda : NPR
The researchers followed 44 patients at the Danish Institute Against Torture in Copenhagen between 2001 and 2004, comparing their results to another group of 44 refugees on the wait list who had not yet received treatment. In addition, researchers looked at economic trends between 2001 and 2014, tracking the participants' family income and the costs of later health care treatments.

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Therapy — especially the extensive measures used to treat severely traumatized refugees — can be expensive. The process often includes consultations with psychologists, neurologists, psychiatrists, rheumatologists, physiotherapists and others. In Denmark, health-care costs are covered by the government, but the researchers wanted to investigate whether these public-health resources were being used effectively. They averaged a cost of about $32,000 for each patient by adding together overhead expense and the salaries of specialists and dividing by the number of patients.

The study indicates these costs are offset, however, by a better quality of life enjoyed by patients and their families — thus enabling them to join the workforce earlier and perform more successfully than families of tortured refugees who had not been treated. And these families brought in around $32,000 more over three years when you combine their increased income and lower health costs.

But isn't this ... a little obvious?

Not always, the researchers say. They began the project in 2014. at the height of the Syrian refugee crisis, but also used data compiled by the Danish institute since 2001, when there was a major influx of Afghan and Iraqi migrants. The dominant narrative then, as now, was that traumatized refugees were a burden on society. The researchers wanted to determine whether treating tortured refugees was indeed straining the Danish health system — and whether an investment in their wellness was ever repaid.

They found that helping refugees who had been tortured can benefit not only individuals but society as a whole. "What they will contribute to the host country is amazingly bigger than what we expect," Wang says.

Compared to the families of torture victims who had not yet received treatment, the families of those who had quickly earned much more money than expected.

"Those families contribute a lot to society, paying taxes to society," Wang explains. "Our results show that within three years, we already see a net social benefit." She calls it a quick return on the government's investment.

Looking at the families as a whole, rather than following an individual, is particularly important, the researchers say — especially given the lasting aftermath of post-traumatic stress disorder, which can also affect loved ones. In addition to the significant emotional burden of caring for a traumatized loved one, family members often assume more financial hardships. With treatment, however, some of these difficulties ease.
HealthCare  psychology  Politics 
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