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Something Happened to U.S. Drug Costs in the 1990s
The New Health Care Two decades ago, the costs began rising well beyond that of other nations, and in recent years have shot up again. What can explain it?…
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Is This the Best One-Volume Biography of Churchill Yet Written?
Nonfiction An elderly Winston Churchill, with books and dog. Credit The New York Times CHURCHILL Walking With Destiny By Andrew Roberts Illustrated. 1,105 pp.…
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My Health Record: the case for opting out
The My Health Record (MHR) opt-out period begins today and you have until October 15 to decide whether or not to be part of the scheme. You can read the case…
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Zhuangzi (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Zhuangzi (Chuang-tzu 莊子 “Master Zhuang” late 4th century BC) is the pivotal figure in Classical Philosophical Daoism. The Zhuangzi is a compilation of his and…
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Thanksgiving 2018 - HISTORY
Contents Thanksgiving at Plymouth Thanksgiving Becomes an Official Holiday Thanksgiving Traditions Thanksgiving Controversies Thanksgiving’s Ancient Origins…
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Trump’s Nationalism, Rebuked at World War I Ceremony, Is Reshaping Much of Europe - The New York Times
Led by President Emmanuel Macron of France, world leaders marched down the Champs-Élysées in Paris on Sunday as part of events to commemorate the 100th…
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Why sexist and racist philosophers might still be admirable
The modern view. Kant stencil street art. Courtesy Wikipedia Admiring the great thinkers of the past has become morally hazardous. Praise Immanuel Kant, and you…
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5 days ago
On the path to improvement, follow the jester, not the sage – Alan Jay Levinovitz | Aeon Classics
Introduction Just as the jester speaks truth to power, so the Zhuang Zi pokes fun at ossified beliefs for the improvement of your soul Alan Jay Levinovitz The…
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Live streamer
When being watched is your work – life inside a Chinese live-streaming company On China’s state-controlled internet, live-streaming fills a role similar to…
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Punishment isn’t about the common good: it’s about spite
The Alameda Spite House, California (1908). Disgruntled carpenter Charles Froling constructed the house on the thin strip of land that remained after the city,…
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5 days ago
Deny and become: the radical ethos of negative capability – Paul Tritschler | Aeon Essays
Pablo Picasso was in his late 20s when he learned to paint like the Old Masters, but it took 30 years more to learn to paint like a child. His journey towards…
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We still live in the long shadow cast by the idea of Man-the-Hunter – Erika Lorraine Milam | Aeon Essays
The Austrian zoologist Konrad Lorenz embodied the ideal of a white-maned sage. Acclaimed by readers in German and English alike for his books King Solomon’s…
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Furniture poetry
Playing peekaboo with Wittgenstein: what do objects do when we’re not looking? Warning: this film features rapidly flashing images that can be distressing to…
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Believing without evidence is always morally wrong
If I believe it is raining outside... The Umbrella (1883) by Marie Bashkirtseff. Courtesy the State Russian Museum/Wikipedia You have probably never heard of…
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Boudica: how a widowed queen became a rebellious woman warrior – Caitlin C Gillespie | Aeon Essays
In the 1st century CE, Boudica, warrior queen of the Iceni people, led an army of 100,000 to victory against the mighty Roman Empire. So complete were Boudica’s…
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The NRA told doctors to 'stay in their lane' when it comes to gun deaths — and doctors are posting furious, devastating responses
Briefing The NRA told doctors to 'stay in their lane' when it comes to gun deaths — and doctors are posting furious, devastating responses Just hours before the…
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Donald Trump Played Central Role in Hush Payoffs to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal - WSJ
As a presidential candidate in August 2015, Donald Trump huddled with a longtime friend, media executive David Pecker, in his cluttered 26th floor Trump Tower…
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5 days ago
Penny Wong: On change
Share selection to: When the young union legal officer Penny Wong, active in Labor politics since her university days, considered a run for federal parliament,…
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6 days ago
Woman destroys anti-abortion argument by proving men cause 100% of unwanted pregnancies.
Members of the Church of Latter Day Saints, commonly known as Mormons, are a conservative group who aren’t known for being vocal about sex. But best selling…
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6 days ago
Saudi journalist tortured to death in prison – Middle East Monitor
Saudi journalist and writer Turki Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Jasser has died after being tortured while in detention, the New Khaleej reported yesterday. Reporting human…
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7 days ago
How materialism became an ethos of hope for Jewish reformers – Eliyahu Stern | Aeon Ideas
No Jewish rituals. Phillip Roth photographed by Orjan F. Ellingvag. Dagbladet/Corbis/Getty Be ‘a man in the street and a Jew in the home’: a common piece of…
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Acting like an extravert has benefits, but not for introverts – Christian Jarrett | Aeon Ideas
Poseidon at the Mermaid Parade, Coney Island. Photo by See-Ming Lee/Flickr For decades, personality psychologists have noticed a striking, consistent pattern:…
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We are heading for a New Cretaceous, not for a new normal – Peter Forbes | Aeon Ideas
Melting away. Photo by NASA/Kathryn Hansen A lazy buzz phrase – ‘Is this the new normal?’ – has been doing the rounds as extreme climate events have been piling…
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11 days ago
The shame of ‘Sir’: British honours and decolonisation – Tobias Harper | Aeon Essays
In 1919, Sir Rabindranath Tagore wrote to Lord Chelmsford, the viceroy of India, to return the knighthood that the British Crown had bestowed upon him four…
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11 days ago
Why did shamanism evolve in societies all around the globe? – Thomas T Hills | Aeon Essays
Shamanism is as varied as those who practise it. Its practitioners range from indigenous lineages who have passed down their craft over thousands of years to…
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How slaveholders in the Caribbean maintained control – Christer Petley | Aeon Ideas
‘Freeing a Slave from the Slave Stick Jamaica’ circa 1876. From the International Mission Photography Archive, University of Edinburgh. Courtesy USC Digital…
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11 days ago
Nonbinary identity is a radical stance against gender segregation – Robin Dembroff | Aeon Essays
Recently, I found myself at London Stansted Airport, travelling back to the United States. I’m a frequent flyer, so I’m familiar with the airport ritual: shoes,…
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11 days ago
Opinion | Donald Trump’s Perverse Advantage
Donald Trump’s Perverse Advantage When you’ve sunk this low, there’s nowhere to go but sideways. Opinion Columnist Credit Ben Wiseman Elizabeth Warren screwed…
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13 days ago
Opinion | The Internet Will Be the Death of Us
The Internet Will Be the Death of Us It casts rogue grievances as legitimate obsessions and gives prejudices the shimmer of ideals. Opinion Columnist Bruce…
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14 days ago
r/IAmA - I'm Alexey Kovalev, an investigative reporter from Russia. I'm here to answer your questions about being a journalist in Russia, election meddling, troll farms, and other fun stuff.
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A Rural Community Decided To Treat Its Opioid Problem Like A Natural Disaster
Downtown Everett, Wash., the seat of Snohomish County. The county has declared opioid epidemic a life-threatening emergency and the county is now responding to…
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16 days ago
Opinion | Dear Customer: We’re Shutting Off Your Water
Dear Customer: We’re Shutting Off Your Water Millions of people lose their water service every year after falling behind on what they owe. Ms. Hauter and Ms.…
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Brazil Election: How Jair Bolsonaro Turned Crisis Into Opportunity
Jair Bolsonaro waved to supporters after casting his vote in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday. Credit Ricardo Moraes/Reuters RIO DE JANEIRO — Had the blade slashed a…
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16 days ago
Australia's dangerous fantasy: diverting population growth to the regions
This week we’re exploring the state of nine different policy areas across Australia’s states, as detailed in Grattan Institute’s State Orange Book 2018 . Read…
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16 days ago
Trump’s Attacks on the News Media Are Working - The New York Times
Mediator President Trump spoke to reporters aboard Air Force One on the way to Fargo, N.D., last month. He has made denigrating the news media one of his…
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16 days ago
It’s dangerous to think virtual reality is an empathy machine – Erick Ramirez | Aeon Ideas
Photo courtesy Wikimedia What is it like to be a cow? Researchers such as Jeremy Bailenson, the director of the Virtual Human Interaction Lab in California,…
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18 days ago
When science hits a limit, learn to ask different questions – Chris Kempes & Van Savage | Aeon Ideas
Deceptively complex. Photo by PxHere The fish will be the last to discover water. Modern proverb Talk to high-school students preparing for their science exams,…
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18 days ago
If elephants aren’t persons yet, could they be one day? – Don Ross | Aeon Essays
Have you ever stood in a field full of cows? It’s obvious that they’re aware of one another, but in a minimal kind of way. They tend to stay loosely clumped…
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18 days ago
Lavender’s Soothing Scent Could Be More Than Just Folk Medicine - The New York Times
Trilobites In mice, researchers found that some components of lavender odor had effects on anxiety similar to taking Valium. A lavender field in Valensole,…
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19 days ago
Opinion | The Materialist Party - The New York Times
The Materialist Party The Democrats fail to take on Trumpism. Opinion Columnist Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times Donald Trump and the other populists around…
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21 days ago
A Sweaty Night Out in London’s New Jazz Scene - The New York Times
Femi Koleoso, center, played drums in the band Ezra Collective at the Steam Down improv night in London in August. Credit Andrew Testa for The New York Times…
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22 days ago
The Best Laptop Backpacks for 2018
Photo: Michael Hession Travel Bags We’ve added the Brooks England Sparkhill Backpack 15LT to the What to look forward to section. We hold our bags to the same…
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23 days ago
Saudis’ Image Makers: A Troll Army and a Twitter Insider - The New York Times
Online attackers who targeted Jamal Khashoggi were part of a broad effort ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his close advisers to silence Saudi…
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23 days ago
Opinion | There Is No Scientific Method
The Stone There Is No Scientific Method A reproduction of Kepler’s illustration to explain his discovery of the elliptical orbit of Mars. Credit Universal…
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26 days ago
Lawmakers clamor for piece of Trump action on House Intel
House Intelligence Committee members suspect hard-liners in both parties may look to the panel's unique relationship with the intelligence community to protect…
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26 days ago
Opinion | The Trump Tax Scam, Phase II
The Trump Tax Scam, Phase II Deficits are up? Cut Medicare and Social Security! Opinion Columnist Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Credit Carolyn…
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26 days ago
Trump’s professed ignorance on Khashoggi belies world-class intelligence team - POLITICO
A security member of the consulate waits in front of the gate door of the Saudi Arabian consulate on Oct. 17 in Istanbul. Turkish officials have said they have…
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26 days ago
Canada Legalizes Recreational Marijuana, and a National Experiment Begins
People gathered at a concert hall in Toronto to watch the “bud drop” at the stroke of midnight, in celebration of the legalization on Wednesday of recreational…
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27 days ago
Why White Supremacists Are Chugging Milk (and Why Geneticists Are Alarmed) - The New York Times
Nowhere on the agenda of the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics, being held in San Diego this week, is a topic plaguing many of its…
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27 days ago
What Must We Do to Live?
Climate collapse demands heroism from all of us, all the time. That’s good. Photo by Ian Espinosa . “ What do we do about it? ” is a natural question that…
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28 days ago
The Internet was supposed to foster democracy. China has different ideas.
(Rachel Orr/The Washington Post; iStock) BEIJING — Wen Tao has been saying what he thinks on China’s booming social-media outlets for the best part of a decade.…
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29 days ago
Opinion | Will Donald Trump Stand Up to China?
Will Donald Trump Stand Up to China? He’s cracking down over trade, but it’s urgent that he protest Beijing’s human rights abuses as well. The editorial board…
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29 days ago
Opinion | As the Internet Splinters, the World Suffers
As the Internet Splinters, the World Suffers A breakup of the web grants privacy, security and freedom to some, and not so much to others. The editorial board…
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29 days ago
Relax, Ladies. Don’t Be So Uptight. You Know You Want It
In 1982, Donald Trump was 36 years old and he preferred Hanes pantyhose. Not because other leading brands constricted his balls, but because women belonged in…
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29 days ago
Canberra's US embassy apologises for cat pyjama email invite
The United States' embassy in Canberra has apologised for a "training error" after distributing a fake meeting invitation, complete with a photo of a…
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29 days ago
Myanmar’s Military Said to Be Behind Facebook Campaign That Fueled Genocide
A border police officer stands guard at a repatriation center for Rohingya returning to Myanmar. Human rights groups blame anti-Rohingya propaganda online for…
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4 weeks ago
L.A. voters will decide whether to eliminate a barrier to a public bank - Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles voters will decide next month whether to nudge along the budding movement to create a public bank owned by the city. The choice is a seemingly…
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4 weeks ago
Billionaires Are the Leading Cause of Climate Change | GQ
David McNew / Stringer As the world faces environmental disaster on a biblical scale, it's important to remember exactly who brought us here. This week, the…
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Opinion | When Your Boss Is an Algorithm
When Your Boss Is an Algorithm For Uber drivers, the workplace can feel like a world of constant surveillance, automated manipulation and threats of…
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Opinion | Why Is Israel Scared of This Young American?
Why Is Israel Scared of This Young American? Societies that bar their critics aren’t protecting themselves. They are advertising their weakness. Mr. Stephens is…
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U.S. Spycraft and Stealthy Diplomacy Expose Russian Subversion in a Key Balkans Vote
A voter at a polling station last month in Murtino, Macedonia, during a referendum on whether to change the country’s name. Credit Dimitar Dilkoff/Agence…
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Michael Lewis Wonders Who’s Really Running the Government
Nonfiction Secretary of Energy Rick Perry at an energy facility in Maryland earlier this year. Credit Cliff Owen/Associated Press Amazon Local Booksellers…
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How to Delete Facebook and Instagram From Your Life Forever
Tech Fix Lost faith in Facebook and Instagram after data leakages, breaches and too much noise? Here’s a guide to breaking up with the social network and its…
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A Future Where Everything Becomes a Computer Is as Creepy as You Feared
State of the Art Credit Doug Chayka More than 40 years ago, Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft with a vision for putting a personal computer on every…
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4 weeks ago
Bavarian Millennials Embrace Tradition (Dirndls, Lederhosen and All)
Munich Dispatch Bavarian youth, who once wore jeans and T-shirts in Oktoberfest season, are going clubbing in dirndls and lederhosen. Credit Ksenia Kuleshova…
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4 weeks ago
An Epic Blaze Propels Susan Orlean’s ‘The Library Book’
Books of The Times Credit Sonny Figueroa/The New York Times When writing about the books of Susan Orlean, it’s hard not to feel like the neurotic Charlie…
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4 weeks ago
The Trump Rally: A Play in Three Acts
OCT. 12, 2018 The art of Making America Great Again. And again. And again. Rally attendees taking their seats before a Make America Great Again rally in…
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4 weeks ago
Opinion | Angela Merkel Could Save Europe. Why Won’t She?
Angela Merkel Could Save Europe. Why Won’t She? Germany’s chancellor needs to forget about her political problems at home and focus on the Continent’s future.…
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4 weeks ago
How Eric Hobsbawm helped shape the global Marxist imagination – Emile Chabal | Aeon Essays
Almost all Marxists have imagined themselves to be part of a global community. More than perhaps any other modern ideology, Marxism has given its adherents a…
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4 weeks ago
Evangelicals bring the votes, Catholics bring the brains – Gene Zubovich | Aeon Ideas
‘The Word of Life’ mural, otherwise known as the ‘Touchdown Jesus’, at the Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame University. Photo courtesy Wikipedia Catholics make up a…
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4 weeks ago
The secret intellectual history of mathematics – Mordechai Levy-Eichel | Aeon Essays
‘These foundations [of mathematics] are, moreover, a perpetual source of reflection and discovery for the masters of the science. Even in number system you will…
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4 weeks ago
How employers have gamified work for maximum profit – Vincent Gabrielle | Aeon Essays
Deep under the Disneyland Resort Hotel in California, far from the throngs of happy tourists, laundry workers clean thousands of sheets, blankets, towels and…
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4 weeks ago
John Kerry Describes Politics as It Used to Be
Nonfiction Senator John Kerry with Vietnamese children, 1992. Credit Pool-Claro Cortes IV/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Amazon Local Booksellers Barnes…
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A Step-by-Step Guide for Fixing Badly Planned American Cities
Pedestrians in a crosswalk in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Brian Snyder/Reuters 5 Rules for Designing Better, More Walkable Cities Jeff Speck 8:00 AM ET An excerpt…
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5 weeks ago
Need a Handbag or a Tie to Land Your First Job? Borrow One With a Library Card
Handbags, briefcases and ties can be checked out for up to three weeks at a time at the Riverside branch of the New York Public Library, as part of a pilot…
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5 weeks ago
“My-side bias” makes it difficult for us to see the logic in arguments we disagree with
In what feels like an increasingly polarised world, trying to convince the “other side” to see things differently often feels futile . Psychology has done a…
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5 weeks ago
Opinion | A Really Good Thing Happening in America
A Really Good Thing Happening in America A strategy for community problem-solving does an extraordinary job at restoring our social fabric. Opinion Columnist…
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So is it nature not nurture after all?
What really makes us who we are?Illustration: Bryan Mayes T here are few areas of science more fiercely contested than the issue of what makes us who we are.…
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5 weeks ago
Democrat/Republican divide is worst it’s ever been
Party polarization is even worse than most people think, according to a new Michigan State University study . And neither party can shoulder the blame, as it…
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