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House Speaker Paul Ryan announced March 24 that he was pulling his proposed health care bill from consideration. Scott Applewhite/AP

Did medical Darwinism doom the GOP health plan?

The U.S. has been arguing about health care for decades. Critics have argued that insurance for all is a sign of weakness or even Communist. Here's a look at how the thinking has evolved -- or not.
From the Honolulu Advertiser (May 26, 1922), a photo of a multiethnic Boy Scout troop called the ‘Queen’s own.’ Honolulu Advertiser

What history tells us about Boy Scouts and inclusion

Tense debates surround who exactly should be allowed to be a Boy Scout. As it turns out, the organization's 100-year history may offer some promising solutions.
In the mid-1990s, body modification enthusiasts – a long-ostracized subculture – created an online community that incorporated blogs, dating and wikis. philippe leroyer/flickr

How Facebook – the Wal-Mart of the internet – dismantled online subcultures

Even though Facebook claims to be a global community, its rise has come at the expense of online subcultures for marginalized people, from body modification enthusiasts to drag queens.
Mack Beggs, a 17-year-old transgender boy, made national headlines when he won the Texas state wrestling title in the girls’ division. AP Photo

Better locker rooms: It’s not just a transgender thing

While various legal battles continue over the rights of transgender athletes, one thing is clear: Inclusive, privacy-centric locker rooms are a solution that benefits everyone.
Cardinals, bishops and priests renew their vows of celibacy, poverty and obedience with Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Thursday, April 9, 1998. AP Photo/Plinio Lepri

How did celibacy become mandatory for priests?

Recent comments of Pope Francis suggest an openness to priestly marriage. A scholar shows how early church practices did not include mandatory celibacy for priests.
President Trump arrived at the Capitol with HHS Secretary Tom Price on March 21 to warn representatives that they could lose their jobs if they do not vote in favor of the health care law. Scott Applewhite/AP

Why threats to get votes for health law are more workplace bullying than political tactics

President Trump has threatened and criticized federal judges and House representatives. In a typical workplace, this would be called bullying. Here's why it's important to stop it.
Lisa Schwetschenau, who has multiple sclerosis, shown in a photo in Omaha, Nebraska on March 16. She worries that she could lose some of her essential health benefits under the new proposed health care law. Nati Harnik/AP

Essential health benefits suddenly at center of health care debate, but what are they?

Essential health benefits under Obamacare are suddenly the center of controversy in the proposed replacement bill. If certain health benefits are so essential, why are they so loathed? Here's a look.
A woman with tuberculosis in South Sudan holds her child in this 2014 photo. Andreea Campaneau/REUTERS

Want to end TB? Diagnose and treat all forms of the disease

Tuberculosis transmitted from animals to humans is a growing concern in poor countries. As we observe World Tuberculosis Day, it's worth asking why.
FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers at hearing on allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Dangers of the witch hunt in Washington

A 'witch hunt' is what Trump called investigations into his campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 election. An anthropologist explains the connection between witch hunts and social control.
Gurneys to remove bodies from the Heaven’s Gate cult house in San Diego, California, March 27, 1997. AP Photo

What the Heaven’s Gate suicides say about American culture

Twenty years ago, the paranoia that consumed cults like Heaven's Gate existed on the margins of American society. Now it's moved toward the center of the nation's political life.