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Jennifer Lawrence: 'Calling people fat on TV should be illegal'

Jennifer Lawrence isn't one to dodge a question about body image, and in an interview with Barbara Walters this week she summed up her feelings about the scrutiny women (and their bodies) face on the red carpet. "Why is humiliating people funny? When it comes to the media, [they] need to take …

Ask E. Jean: My Boyfriend Makes It Impossible for Me to Save Money

I want to stick to a budget, but my boyfriend wants to go out all the time and doesn't offer to pay for me. How do I make this work?<p><b>Dear E. Jean:</b> I've got a money problem, and I'm really ticked right now. While I toil away at my just-out-of-college first job, my boyfriend, who has been working for …

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The Next President Won’t Save Us

Two consecutive failed presidents haven’t taught us anything—like David Brooks, we want to ‘strengthen the presidency.’ It’s time we shed our secret …

Boehner Decries ‘New Normal’ Of Sluggish Economy

House Speaker John Boehner is decrying the sluggish economic growth of recent years as a “new normal” and accusing Senate Democrats and President …

Poll: Record low for Obama in Iowa

President Barack Obama’s approval rating in Iowa hit its lowest point ever in a new poll, and it’s nearly his worst rating of any state polled by Quinnipiac.<p>Just 38 percent of Iowa voters approve of the job Obama is doing as president, while 59 percent disapprove in a Quinnipiac poll released …

In America, we care more about the government taking our guns than our data

Justice Richard Leon's feisty decision striking down the National Security Agency's mass collection of metadata from American citizens has given privacy advocates a much-needed boost in morale. Will that translate to a political tipping point?<br>The sad answer is no, don't count on it. Sure, the …

Obamacare Bars Illegal Immigrants—and Sticks Hospitals With the Bill

Reimbursements for urban hospitals that serve undocumented residents are about to shrink drastically—but their patients aren't going anywhere.<p>After the calamitous debut of Healthcare.gov, Obamacare enrollment is now rising steadily, offering much-needed good news about a program that has been …

Avoid Antibacterial Soaps, Say Consumer Advocates

This week's action by the FDA on soap doesn't go far enough, they say.<p><b>Federal officials' questions about antibacterial soaps have raised a lather among environmental and consumer advocates concerned about the safety of controversial ingredients in these cleansers.</b><p><b>Reviving a long-running controversy</b> …

Uzbekistan’s cotton success formula: Make citizens work the fields for free

Uzbekistan’s authoritarian government employs a brutally innovative system for maximizing its cotton crop profits: It forces the country’s office workers do the back-breaking work for little or no pay, and then purchases the “white gold” at below-market prices.<p>Every fall, many of the Central Asian …

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