Maria Ferreira

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Who Is Responsible for the Pain-Pill Epidemic?

When I started working as a medical resident, in 2004, I heard from a patient I had inherited from a graduating resident. The patient had an appointment scheduled in a couple weeks. “But I need your help now,” he said.<p>He was a former construction worker who had hurt himself on the job a couple of …

Who’s Still Afraid of Interracial Marriage?

Not quite two weeks ago, Julianne Hough’s Halloween costume ignited conversations about the ignominious history of blackface caricature in entertainment. A week later, Kanye West announced that he had co-opted the Confederate flag, in a scheme that was audacious, futile, cynical, provocative, and …

The moment David Cameron lost the 2015 general election

Steve Bell hit the nail on the head. His Guardian cartoon on Wednesday has David Cameron cutting his own head off while extolling the virtues of permanent austerity. The prime minister's speech to the lord mayor's banquet that the cartoonist mocked was indeed an act of bewilderingly …

Many unhappy returns, Prince Charles

There is a story, possibly apocryphal, that the imposition of the first Plantagenet prince of Wales was a trick. The Welsh told Edward I they wanted a prince who spoke no English; Edward presented his baby son Edward of Caernarfon, who spoke neither English nor anything else. This was the prince of …

Typhoon Haiyan: China gives less aid to Philippines than Ikea

The Swedish furniture chain Ikea is giving more financial aid to the Philippines than China following the category 5 typhoon that hit the country last week.<p>The world's second-largest economy has pledged less than $2m in cash and materials, compared to $20m provided by the United States, which also …

Now Republicans can pay to find out why women hate them

Make love, not war ...<p>In election after election (after election), Republicans are losing because women are voting for Democrats. The latest example …

Vladimir Putin, taekwondo master

<b>Russian President Vladimir Putin (AP/Ivan Sekretarev)</b><p>The Russian president was awarded an honorary ninth-degree black belt for his work promoting the sport<p>David Trifunov<p>November 14, 2013 1:30pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.<p>Vladimir Putin doesn’t dial the wrong number. You …

Obama announces first presidential visit to Indian Country next year

President Barack Obama told Native American leaders Wednesday that he will make his first trip as president to Indian Country next year, expanding on his pledge to enhance the bond between the federal and tribal governments.<p>“For the past five years, my administration has worked hard to keep that …

Janet Yellen Is About to Be the Most Powerful Woman in the World

As she steps be­fore the Sen­ate Bank­ing Com­mit­tee on Thursday for her nom­in­a­tion hear­ing to be­come Fed­er­al Re­serve Board chair­wo­man — …

The Democrats Need to Stop Freaking Out About Obamacare and Take Charge

Well, here we are again—the Democrats are ‘in disarray,’ flailing on Obamacare. It’s a potent story line, but this time Obama must crack the whip, …

GOP Eyes Pope Francis for Divine Inspiration

For his party to sur­vive, former House Speak­er Newt Gin­grich be­lieves the GOP needs to broaden its ap­peal bey­ond “the in­fam­ous 47 per­cent.” …