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    Flight MH17 and the role of Ukraine’s rebels

    There is one important reason Ukrainian authorities are so sure that pro-Russian rebels shot down a Malaysia Airlines jet: An account on the Russian social network Vkontakte, in which insurgent military leader Igor Girkin, aka Strelkov, boasted about the rebels shooting down a plane at about the...

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    The grammar of police shootings is revealing

    How police departments and the media report shootings differs depending on who is doing the shooting. This wouldn’t be troubling if it weren’t for the fact that (a) we’re talking about people getting shot and killed, and (b) in most cases, the police agencies engaging in linguistic...

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    Buffett, Gates, Adelson don’t get immigration opponents

    A trio of billionaires – Sheldon Adelson, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates – say they want to “End the Immigration Impasse,” to quote the headline of their recent New York Times op-ed article. The article will do nothing to end that impasse, however, because the authors ...

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    'Dental therapists’ could give more Americans the care they need

    In 2009, 830,000 visits to emergency rooms around the country could have been prevented if the patients had seen a dentist earlier. In 2011, more than half of children on Medicaid went without dental care. One potential solution is to license less-qualified “dental therapists” to carry...

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    Jailed pregnant women feed foster care pipeline

    My mother began using drugs as a teen. By the time I was born, she’d done several stints in prison. She even gave birth to me in prison, where I lived for the first year of my life. Eventually, though, my incarcerated mother lost custody of me. I wound up in foster care, later adoption. Most...

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    More midwives would save money, reduce infant deaths

    In the world’s poorest countries, childbirth remains perilous for both mother and baby. Nearly 300,000 women a year die during pregnancy or delivery, and 5.5 million infants are stillborn or die within a month. The presence of a skilled birth attendant could prevent most of these deaths. ...

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    Boehner v. Obama: real courtroom drama or just a political stunt?

    House Republican Speaker John Boehner says he’s so upset about President Barack Obama’s use of signing statements to challenge laws he and his GOP majority pass that he’s planning to sue the president for overstepping his bounds. His threat seems little more credible than that...

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    Stop the gun madness that occured in Chicago

    The Fourth of July, that most American of holidays, is typically celebrated with parades, fireworks and backyard cookouts. In Chicago this year, the holiday weekend was scarred by what tragically has become another American tradition: gun violence.

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    House Republicans wrong to block data on college costs

    For shame. That’s the reason Congress, when it passed the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, required the Department of Education to publish a list of the most expensive colleges and universities, which it did once again last week. Congress hoped that this simple act of public exposure...

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    Climate inaction reason to fire deniers in Congress

    Any good business executive knows that the world is full of risks, ignored at a company’s peril. Smart firms account for these possibilities as best they can, adjusting business plans so that they aren’t caught flat-footed. The same can be said of wise societies. In late June, a bipartisan...

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