Obama is the first sitting president to visit a federal prison. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque.
It's time to end discrimination in employment by getting rid of the box that asks applications to disclose convictions or arrests.
What are you looking at?
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Technologies that predict the possibility of a neurological disorder have the weight of affecting conceptions of not just “what” these children have but “who” these children will become.
Watch out for trolls squatting on patents.
Nobody loves patent trolls. But new legislation in Congress aimed at the trolls isn't necessary, since the effects of recent patent reforms are only starting to be felt.
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The very idea of a quick-fix pill for stopping, and perhaps even reversing, nature’s intricate biologic clock thus far has proven to be a hubristic notion.
They won the gold, but where’s the money?
As I watched the Women’s World Cup final recently with my family, my 11-year-old son, who plays on a local soccer team, remarked that he was amazed at how quickly and how often the US team scored. “Seriously…
Greece’s gross domestic product, shown here in 2010 constant dollars, has plunged since 2008.
RED St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank and Hellenic Statistical Authority
On Sunday, the citizens of Greece voted No on the country’s referendum to accept a package of money in exchange for further austerity measures. Now what? Every armchair economist from Iowa to the Aegean…
The Confederate flag continues to fly near the State House in Columbia, South Carolina, despite intense protests.
It's disturbing that it has taken so long for politicians and businesses to realize the Confederate flag is a symbol of rebellion and slavery.
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Public opinion on the flag may have shifted with lightning speed, but how did it hold on as long as it did? The answer has to do with how it served both Democratic and Republican parties alike.
Celebrating the ruling in Washington, June 26 2015.
Same-sex marriage is now a legal right. How the justices arrived at this ruling. the critical role of Anthony Kennedy and the potential impact of the dissenters' decisions.
The Supreme Court hasn’t been singing to Scalia’s tune.
Justice Scalia once again failed to win over either Justice Kennedy or Chief Justice Roberts, revealing he is losing the war over the Supreme Court's heart.
The president reacts to the news of the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.
What does it mean for any president, much less a black one, to use such a word?
The Bill of Rights.
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Two recent Supreme Court cases on free speech might appear to be at odds with each other, but not if you examine the nuances of the court's decisions
You couldn’t just plop dinosaurs anywhere and expect them to survive.
A "Pleistocene Park" might be a more realistic scenario.
Some anti-Blatter activists tied their loathing of him to accusations of “slave labor” in Qatar, the site of the 2022 World Cup.
Blatter's decision to step down shocked the world. We asked a few academics to weigh in on what it means.
Measles immunization campaign poster display at the Eradicate Measles Exhibit in 1972.
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When the measles vaccine was introduced, it was associated with reductions in more childhood disease deaths than were actually caused by the measles. How does that work?
Unlike the brain, the unemployment rate is fairly simple.
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Economics isn't brain surgery, so why is a neurosurgeon-turned-presidential candidate dismissing the latest unemployment report?
Apple and its CEO Tim Cook urged Indiana and its governor to “think different.”
The corporate backlash shouldn’t be a surprise. Companies have increasingly played a more active role on social issues.
The death chamber at the state penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.
REUTERS/Jenevieve Robbins/Texas Dept of Criminal Justice/Handout
The search for clean and painless executions may have failed, raising questions about the constitutionality of capital punishment.
Many of today’s campus troubles have their roots in a racial past of American universities
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At the root of today's racial troubles on campuses is the past, when most American universities were intimately connected to slave trade and slavery. Harvard, Princeton, Brown were no exception.
A bottle of Coke can help illustrate how small and big businesses alike affect the economy.
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While a surge in hiring by small companies is helping lower the jobless rate, larger firms paying higher salaries play a bigger role in keeping the recovery alive.