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June 9th, 2015

The Edward Snowden Freedom Act

    Given the partisan gridlock in Washington these days, it's unusual to see members of Congress agree on anything, even a motion to adjourn. But this week Republicans and Democrats not only came together on a piece of legislation, they passed a historic bill to limit the domestic spying powers of the National Security Administration.

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The BBC goes to extraordinary lengths to prepare for the death of a royal

    Early on Wednesday, a BBC journalist sent out a tweet that briefly created chaos in newsrooms around the world: "Queen Elizabrth [sic] has died."

    "BREAKING: Queen Elizabeth is being treated at King Edward 7th Hospital in London," BBC reporter Ahmen Khawaja followed up in a second tweet. "Statement due shortly."

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Subway is cutting fake colors and flavors. That won't make it any healthier.

    Subway, the world-dominating "Eat Fresh" mega-deli struggling with sinking sales, said Thursday it plans to drop all artificial colors, flavors and preservatives from its American menus by 2017.

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Lone Star Stumble

    Remember the Texas economic miracle? In 2012, it was one of the three main arguments from then-Gov. Rick Perry about why he should be president, along with his strong support from the religious right and something else I can't remember (sorry, couldn't help myself). More broadly, conservatives have long held Texas up as a supposed demonstration that low taxes on the rich and harsh treatment of the poor are the keys to prosperity.

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Hillary Clinton needs a Sister Souljah moment

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Chemicals In Your Popcorn?

    What do a pizza box, a polar bear and you have in common?

    All carry a kind of industrial toxicant called poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFASs, that do two things: They make life convenient, and they also appear to increase the risk of cancer.

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Your Guide to the 2016 GOP Candidates

    The Republicans have a big problem. Their presidential primary contest is beginning to resemble the New York marathon — hordes of contestants as far as the eye can see.

    How is a voter expected to choose among them, particularly since virtually all say pretty much the same thing?

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This Spill Hits Close to Home

    The recent oil spill in Santa Barbara, California hit home for me in a painful way. As a southern Californian for many years now, I take any excuse to head up the coast to Santa Barbara I can get.

    It’s a particularly beautiful stretch of pristine coastline, populated by an abundance of marine mammals.

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The New Face of Noplace, USA

    As everyone who travels a lot soon learns, it’s easy to forget where you are. Those big chains uniformly offer all the charm of Noplace, USA.

    This disorienting sameness has become more dizzying in recent years as the chains have merged and conglomerated.

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Sites like Yelp can be tough, but hospitals embrace online reviews

    Laura Markowski used to worry every time a text alerted her that a patient had posted a negative review online of a doctor at her health-care system.

    She's in charge of "reputation management" at a group of hospitals and clinics in Virginia, and it's her job to monitor complaints about rudeness, long waits, lack of face time with a doctor or something more serious.

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