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07/23/2015 - 9:48pm

    As President Obama talked to reporters after becoming the first American president to visit a federal prison, his thoughts appeared to flash back to "the Choom Gang."

    That was the nickname of the pot-smoking crew to which the future...

07/23/2015 - 9:47pm

    For all the understandable attention devoted to removing the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State House, a civil rights struggle with far more practical consequences is playing out one state away.

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07/23/2015 - 9:45pm

    Unhappy small towns are all alike — claustrophobic, gossipy, dying. The elderly live away their days in a haze of 1950s nostalgia and Fox News-induced paranoia. The cops harass the young, while the meth lab at the edge of town produces poison for...

07/23/2015 - 9:45pm

    What do Bill and Melinda Gates argue about?

    Not whose turn it is to wash the dishes or take out the garbage, it seems, but headier stuff. The prospects for eradicating polio. The utility of...

07/23/2015 - 9:44pm

    I always suspected that the appendix was up to no good. As far as I had learned in anatomy, it was a little bag full of danger and bacteria that you carried around in your gut at all times. The 2011 Merck Manual Home Health Handbook stated, "The...

07/23/2015 - 9:43pm

    Planned Parenthood has become one of the most attacked groups in America.

    Daily protests, funding threats and "sting" videos featuring hired actors are the norm. Shootings, bombings,...

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