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Nafta May Have Saved Many Autoworkers’ Jobs

When Donald Trump threatened to “break” the North American Free Trade Agreement, auto industry workers offered up some of the loudest cheers.<p>Mr. Trump easily won the Republican primary in Michigan this month. The state, home base for the American auto industry, also delivered an upset victory to …

Long term vegetarian diet changes human DNA raising risk of cancer and heart disease

Long term vegetarianism can lead to genetic mutations which raise the risk of heart disease and cancer, scientists have found.<p>Populations who have had a primarily vegetarian diet for generations were found to be far more likely to carry DNA which makes them susceptible to inflammation.<p>Scientists in …

Putin’s long game has been revealed, and the omens are bad for Europe | Natalie Nougayrède

Through his writings, Russia’s foreign minister tells us what the president really wants – a historic realignment in his favour<p>While European leaders believe they are edging towards a solution to the refugee crisis after securing a deal with Turkey, another power watches closely from afar: Russia.<p>A …

Russia

How Australia Gets Student Loans Right

Graduates don’t have to start making payments for their college educations until they reach a salary equivalent to $39,152—and they pay no interest.<p>SYDNEY—When it came time for Morgan Sills to pay for college, he filled out a simple form and barely gave it another thought. Sills’s tuition, like …

College & University

Putin's Syria campaign is win-win for most Russians

MOSCOW (AP) — For most Russians, there's little not to like about their country's military operation in Syria.<p>The airstrikes have demonstrated …

Russia

Marco Rubio is wrong: The 2nd Amendment isn't 2nd because it's the 2nd most important

At Thursday's Republican debate, Marco Rubio suggested that the Second Amendment is second because the founders saw it as the second most important right in the Bill of Rights. "It's the constitutional right of every American to protect themselves and their families," Rubio said. "It is the Second …

Marco Rubio

Cheap oil is taking shipping routes back to the 1800s

The plummeting price of oil on international markets has had many effects – one of which is that it may be cheaper for ships to travel right around Africa than go through the Suez Canal.<p>The Suez Canal was one of the most significant engineering projects of the 19th Century. It was a gargantuan task …

Russia’s Batmobile: Putin inspects latest in cutting-edge combat vehicles (VIDEO)

The latest addition to the Russian security services’ arsenal comes in the form of a Batmobile. Informally known as 'The Punisher,' the armored …

Disproportional Elections

Super Tuesday states are supposed to allocate their delegates in line with the GOP’s primary vote. But many states are tipping the scales toward the frontrunner.<p>Four years ago, the Republican National Committee was frustrated. The 2012 primary had dragged on for months. The states couldn’t make up …

Government

Americans Don't Know What ‘Single Payer’ Means

And when they find out, they don’t like it.<p>The AP recently asked 1,033 adults what they thought of “Medicare for All,” a cornerstone of Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign.<p>When asked their view of “single-payer” health care—what such a system is often called—the respondents seemed to like it. “A …

Health Care

Fact Check: Is Obama Handing Guantanamo Bay Back To Cuba?

President Obama wants to finally make good on one of his signature campaign promises: closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Republican-controlled Congress is unlikely to go along, but the debate has raised another question: If the prison closes, what would happen to the naval …

Harvard professor compares Donald Trump's rise to Hitler's

"Like any number of us raised in the late 20th century, I have spent my life perplexed about exactly how Hitler could have come to power in Germany," professor and political theorist Danielle Allen wrote.<p>"Watching Donald Trump's rise, I now understand," she added.<p>She then went on to explain "how a …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump's Perfect Foil

How the real-estate mogul's attacks against Jeb Bush fueled his rise<p>If Jeb Bush hadn’t run for president, Donald Trump would have had to invent him. The former Florida governor was Trump’s perfect foil. First, because Jeb was prim, proper, and incapable of expressing the rage—especially towards …

Donald Trump

Why Wasn’t Antonin Scalia Given an Autopsy?

In death, the Supreme Court justice was treated as an ordinary citizen, equal before the law.<p>It’s been just four days since Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead at a West Texas ranch, and already his death has generated conspiracy theories promoted by “truthers” and Donald Trump …

Autopsy

Top Wonks Take Aim At Sanders Economic Estimates

Recent claims about Bernie Sanders' economic proposals are hurting the Democratic Party, say four former White House economists.<p>In an "open letter" posted Wednesday morning, former Council of Economic Advisers chairs blast a recent analysis from UMass-Amherst economics professor Gerald Friedman …

Middle-class

Republicans beware: blocking supreme court nominations can backfire | James Nevius

History shows that it’s impossible to call in advance whether forcing a delay will work in the service of one’s ideological agenda, or against it<p>Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio – and all the other Republican obstructionists who want to block Obama from nominating a new US supreme court justice – …

Climate change may have helped spread Zika virus, according to WHO scientists

Warmer and wetter conditions facilitate transmission of mosquito-borne diseases, which may have added to spread, says lead climate change scientist<p>The outbreak of Zika virus in Central and South America is of immediate concern to pregnant women in the region, but for some experts the situation is a …

Fourth Circuit Gets The Second Amendment Right: Americans Can Choose How Best To Defend Themselves

In an extremely important decision on Feb. 4, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court’s ruling in favor of Maryland’s 2013 “Firearms Safety Act.” That statute (like so many supposed gun control laws) banned a wide range of “assault weapons” and prohibited the sale of magazines …

Bernie Sanders Dines With Al Sharpton In Harlem

The morning after his New Hampshire primary victory, Bernie Sanders made a highly publicized visit to Harlem to dine with Al Sharpton, one of America's most prominent civil rights activists and media personalities.<p>The two dined at Sylvia's, the same New York City restaurant where Sharpton huddled …

Iran flew drone over U.S. carrier in January for first time since 2014

An Iranian drone that flew over a U.S. aircraft carrier last month was the first to conduct an overflight of an American carrier since 2014, according to a U.S. Navy report obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday.<p>The Jan. 12 reconnaissance flight by the Iranian Shahed drone was the latest in …

A Better Way to Teach History

One professor is borrowing a method from Harvard Business School to engage students and inspire better decision-making skills.<p>In a spacious classroom in Aldrich Hall on the Harvard Business School campus, 100 students are passionately discussing a case called “Battle Over a Bank.” But these aren’t …

Education

The Enduring Solidarity of Whiteness

Black poverty is fundamentally distinct from white poverty—and so cannot be addressed without grappling with racism.<p>There have been a number of useful entries in the weeks since Senator Bernie Sanders declared himself against reparations. Perhaps the most clarifying comes from Cedric Johnson in a …

Income Inequality

We May Not Need An Electorate Of Scientists

Voters and legislators are constantly confronted with decisions that would benefit from some understanding of the relevant science:<p><i>Is cap and trade a good approach to controlling greenhouse gas emissions?</i> Evaluating the pros and cons requires some understanding of economics and environmental …

Russia is so desperate it might sell state-owned oil assets

The list reportedly includes Russia's largest state-owned oil company, Rosneft, and its state-owned pipeline monopoly, Transneft, along with the diamond miner Alrosa, the airline Aeroflot, Rostelecom, the shipping line Sovcomflot, and Russian Railways. Two banks — VTB and Sberbank — are believed to …

It's Open Season On Employees' Health Data

On Friday, news broke of a non-profit business alliance formed among 20 top U.S. companies with the goal of keeping down their in total four million employees’ health care costs.<p>The group, the Health Transformation Alliance, plans to do this “bringing increased innovation, better analyses of the …

Laws written by men to protect women deserve scrutiny, Supreme Court told

History holds a lesson for the Supreme Court, the brief warns: Be skeptical of laws protecting women that are written by men.<p>The nation’s past is littered with such statutes, say the historians who filed the friend-of-the-court brief, and the motives were suspect.<p>Some protected women from “the …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg