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The Catholic Movement Against Capital Punishment

On February 21st, as Mario Marazziti prepared Sunday lunch at his apartment in Trastevere, he had the television on, turned to Rai Vaticano, the Italian state channel devoted to coverage of the Catholic Church. It showed an image of Pope Francis in the window of the papal apartments overlooking St. …

Abolition

California's assisted suicide law offers new option for terminal patients

<b>Burbank —</b> Matt Fairchild, 46, is in near constant pain. Advanced melanoma has spread to his brain and bones. He takes 26 medications a day and rarely leaves his house except to go to doctors' appointments.<p>Fairchild, a retired army sergeant, refuses to say he is fighting a battle against cancer, …

Online Privacy

Fact-Check: Bernie Sanders Promises Free College. Will It Work?

Since he first announced his presidential campaign, Bernie Sanders has stuck to one simple promise. One that has many young people, in particular, #feelingthebern: free college.<p>As Sanders put it in his New Hampshire victory speech: "When we need the best-educated workforce in the world, yes, we are …

Middle-class

The Radical, 18th-Century Scottish System for Paying for College

Adam Smith devoted a long section in The Wealth of Nations to explaining why the universities in his home country produced better teachers than Oxford.<p>The saddest part of the debate over how to rein in the cost of college is that rising prices have not been tied to any real improvement in the …

America’s Un-American Resistance to the Estate Tax

A sophisticated and well-funded effort has extinguished public support for a policy that actually aligns neatly with the U.S.'s notion of fairness.<p>Though Americans argue over whether income taxes should be higher or lower, there is consensus that they are a part of life. Inheritance and estate …

What's the Best Way to Address Homelessness?

Last month, Alana wrote a piece on how to “end homelessness in New York City.” It prompted a reader to talk about his own experience:<p>In 2006, I became too sick to work. From 2006 to 2009, I had six pulmonary emboli (blood clots in the lungs), two heart attacks, and seven episodes of atrial flutter …

Parents Break Down Why Their Child Should Or Shouldn't Play Tackle Football

David Greene talks to three parents about youth football: one who allows his child to play, one who won't let his child play for fear of injury and one who is reluctantly allowing her child to play.<p>Transcript<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST:<p>We're about to hear from three parents with something in common. Each …

College Football

Why Haven't Gunmakers Improved Safety Technology the Way Automakers Did?

Ask Congress.<p>Guns and automobiles are curiously linked in American culture. They’re both outsized symbols of the nation’s dearly held values: individualism, personal liberty, and power.<p>They’re also among the most dangerous technologies out there, responsible for some 33,000 deaths apiece in the …

What Technology Should Be Un-Invented?

We asked 101 technology leaders what innovation they wish could go back in the box.<p><i>Hearing from the leaders of the tech world is always revealing, and very often surprising. In our second annual Silicon Valley Insiders Poll, a panel of 101 executives, innovators, and thinkers weigh in on some of</i> …

A Feasible Roadmap to Compulsory Voting

The policy has been dismissed as an impossible pipe dream, but, if applied at the municipal level first, that could change.<p>Not enough people vote. It’s a perennial source of concern in American politics. There’s no shortage of reforms designed to address the problem, but one idea that seems …

Heaven over hospital: Dying girl, age 5, makes a choice

<i>This is the first part of the series,"Heaven over hospital." Read the second part here.</i><p><b>(CNN) —</b> <i>Michelle: Julianna, if you get sick again, do you want to go to the hospital again or stay home?</i><p><i>Julianna: Not the hospital.</i><p><i>Michelle: Even if that means that you will go to heaven if you stay home?</i><p><i>Julianna:</i> …

Emotions

The End of On-Call Scheduling?

Six major U.S. retailers have either already scrapped the practice or are planning to soon.<p>Retailers have been under intense pressure from labor groups, regulators, and their own employees to end on-call scheduling—the practice in which shift workers are called to work on short notice, and are …

The True Costs of Driving

Car owners don’t come close to covering the price of maintaining the roads they use.<p>A report published earlier this year confirms, in tremendous detail, a very basic fact of transportation that’s widely disbelieved: Drivers don’t come close to paying for the costs of the roads they use. Published …

Does Divestment Work?

Beginning in the early nineteen-eighties, students on college campuses across the U.S. demanded that their universities stop investing in companies that conducted business in South Africa, in protest of the apartheid system. As an example of social activism, the campaign was a phenomenal success: …

Is Wall Street Eating Your 401(k) Nest Egg?

Americans collectively are losing billions of dollars a year out of their retirement accounts because they're paying excessive fees, according to researchers studying thousands of employer-sponsored retirement plans across the country.<p>The rearchers say part of the trouble is that many employers …

Retirement

'No Camping,' and Other Laws That Sneakily Push the Homeless Away

Is it Constitutional to outlaw sleeping in public when people don’t have any other option?<p>Early in August, the Department of Justice weighed in on a legal dispute over ordinances in the city of Boise, Idaho, that make it a crime to sleep in public. The plaintiffs, who first filed the lawsuit in …

A Play That Confronts the Horror of Solitary Confinement

On a recent Thursday evening, a small crowd gathered in a sweaty upstairs room in a Lutheran church in Bed Stuy for “Mariposa and the Saint,” a short play composed entirely from the text of letters written by a woman named Sara (Mariposa) Fonseca while she was serving a fifteen-month sentence in …

Blond Hair

Why Paid Family Leave Has Become A Major Campaign Issue

Lance Mercier knows his job gets harder when a co-worker goes out on leave. But he recently also learned that raising a newborn involves, as he puts it, an "insurmountable" amount of work.<p>The 39-year-old bank manager from Silver Spring, Md., is currently on leave from work taking care of his …

Paid Leave

A Gun Store Guilty of Negligence

Two Milwaukee police officers successfully sued a firearms dealer for more than $5 million after they were shot with a weapon that was bought illegally.<p>In a trial that pitted the 2nd Amendment against the protection of police officers, the Badger Guns shop in Milwaukee was successfully sued by two …

Gun Debate Divides Nation's Police Officers, Too

After the mass shooting in Roseburg, Ore., last week, the national media gave a lot of attention to the fact that the local sheriff, John Hanlin, is an ardent supporter of gun rights. He'd written a letter to Vice President Joe Biden shortly after the Dec. 14, 2012, massacre of schoolchildren at …

Guns

California Becomes 2nd State To Automatically Register Voters

In a move lawmakers hope will drive more Californians to the polls, Gov. Jerry Brown approved legislation that automatically registers citizens to vote when they obtain or renew driver's licenses or state identification cards.<p>The measure, known as the "New Motor Voter Act," was signed into law …

Government

A Hunter On Gun Control: 'We Want Something To Change'

After Thursday's mass shooting at an Oregon community college, which left nine people dead and more injured, President Obama aired his frustration over gun laws in the U.S. At a news conference Friday, he called on voters to push their representatives to take action.<p>"You just have to, for a while, …

Guns

Why Non-Voters Matter

A new study suggests that increasing turnout could have significant ramifications for policy.<p>In 2014, just 41.9 percent of the voting-age citizen population of the United States voted. But the people who voted are not only in the minority, they form an unrepresentative minority. Millions of …

New York Police Department Announces New Use-Of-Force Rules

The New York Police Department unveiled a new set of rules regarding its use of force, The New York Times, Newsday and the New York Post are reporting.<p>The new policy will establish new, explicit guidelines on when to use force and how to track those incidents.<p>NPR member station WNYC reports:<p>"Under …

Justice

'Man With The Golden Arm' Donates Blood That Has Saved 2 Million Babies

When James Harrison was 14, he got really sick. One of his lungs had to be removed, and he needed a lot of blood.<p>"I was in the hospital for three months and I had 100 stitches," he recalls.<p>After receiving 13 units — almost 2 gallons — of donated blood, Harrison knew right away that he wanted to …

Medicine

New York Keeps Raising The Bar For Graduation

<i>The US high school graduation rate is at an all-time high. But why? NPR Ed partnered with 14 member stations around the country to bring you the stories behind that number. Check out the rest of the stories here in our slideshow. And find out what's happening in your state.</i><p>The global history …

Education

Advocates Push To Bring Solitary Confinement Out Of The Shadows

By last count, the Justice Department estimates about 80,000 U.S. inmates live in some kind of restricted housing.<p>That means being confined to a cell for about 22 hours a day.<p>You are going to eat, sleep and defecate in a small room that's actually smaller than the size of your average parking space.<p>…

ACLU

The Danger of Picking a Major Based on Where the Jobs Are

In his new book, the Wharton professor Peter Cappelli argues that banking on a specialized degree’s usefulness is risky. After all, one reason some jobs are in high demand is that no one predicted that they would be.<p>The question of what to major in during college will often get another question in …

From 'Dropout Crisis' To Record High, Dissecting The Graduation Rate

In his State of the Union address in January, President Obama had some sure-fire applause lines: "More of our kids are graduating than ever before" and "Our high school graduation rate has hit an all-time high."<p>Which raised some interesting questions: "Is that really true?" and "Why?" and "How do …

Education

Forcing Students to Graduate ‘On Time’

Denmark is cracking down on people who overstay their time in college, echoing similar efforts in the U.S. It’s causing a lot of anger in a country known for its educational equality and happy citizenry.<p>COPENHAGEN, Denmark—Lanes of bicyclists commute along broad boulevards from comfortable homes to …