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The Supreme Court is on summer vacation, but because of John Roberts, they may have to come back. AP/J. Scott Applewhite

Roberts rules: The 2 most important Supreme Court decisions this year were about fair elections and the chief justice

Conflict made its way to the Supreme Court this past session with two cases – one about the census, the other about gerrymandering. A court scholar says the two cases are intimately connected.
Average Walmart workers make twice the federal minimum wage but may still qualify for public benefits. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

Getting poorer while working harder: The ‘cliff effect’

Stressing out about potentially losing benefits can prolong financial instability. Solving this problem will help low-paid workers and everyone else.
Dogs can connect neighbors, but in multicultural areas they can also reinforce racial barriers. Shutterstock

How dogs help keep multiracial neighborhoods socially segregated

American cities are getting more diverse, but neighbors of different races don't necessarily socialize with each other. A sociologist in North Carolina discovered one surprising reason why.
Can a country move ahead when its citizens hold dueling facts? Shutterstock

From ‘Total exoneration!’ to ‘Impeach now!’ – the Mueller report and dueling fact perceptions

How can a community decide the direction it should go, if its members cannot even agree on where they are? Two political scientists say the growing phenomenon of dueling facts threatens democracy.
1899 lithograph of white minstrel performer Carroll Johnson depicted in blackface, right. Library of Congress

Why blackface?

The public was shocked by the blackface image on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's yearbook page. But if blackface is now taboo, there was a time when it played a big role in American culture.
This is a model of the adenovirus type 5 which causes respiratory infections. Kateryna Kon/Shutterstock.com

Potential treatment for eye cancer using tumor-killing virus

When you think of viruses, you might think of the horrible illnesses they cause, like flu or Ebola. But now researchers are learning how to use the unique traits of viruses to treat disease.
Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador with the families of the 43 students who went missing in 2014 in Guerrero state. He has ordered a truth commission to investigate the unsolved disappearance. Reuters/Edgard Garrido

Mexico is bleeding. Can its new president stop the violence?

President López Obrador campaigned on some outside-the-box ideas to 'pacify' Mexico after 12 years of extreme violence. But so far his government has emphasized traditional law-and-order policies.

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