Is racial bias driving Trump’s neglect of Puerto Rico?

The morning after Hurricane Maria blasted through Puerto Rico, I emailed my aunt to ask if she was safe. That was Sept. 21. I heard back from her on Oct. 10. She was fine, she assured me, but “Puerto Rico is destroyed.” After that, my tia and I again lost contact; her email had come through during a brief moment of cell service. read more

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Why the European Union’s hands are tied over Catalonia

In recent weeks, the dispute over Catalonia’s quest for independence from Spain has captivated the attention of many parts of the world. read more

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Are many hate crimes really examples of domestic terrorism?

A Maryland grand jury has indicted Sean Urbanski for allegedly murdering an African-American student in May. read more

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Why Russia thinks it’s exceptional

Destiny calls upon Russia once more to face the West – or so Russians might believe. read more

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World News

US health care system: A patchwork that no one likes

Almost all parties agree that the health care system in the U.S., which is responsible for about 17 percent of our GDP, is badly broken. Soaring costs, low quality, insurance reimbursements and co-payments confusing even to experts, and an ever-growing gap between rich and poor are just some of the problems. read more

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Why is there so little research on guns in the US? 5 questions answered

When Stephen Pollock opened fire Oct. 1 on concertgoers in Las Vegas, killing 59, the city became the unfortunate host of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Investigators are still trying to piece together the events that took place that evening, and why. read more

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One step at a time: Simple nudges can increase lifestyle physical activity

You’ve heard this before, right? Physical activity is good for your heart, your overall health – and, believe it or not, even your bank account. While physical activity used to be unavoidable, over the years, those “helpful” modern conveniences like washing machines, elevators, even electric toothbrushes, have made it that much harder to be active. read more

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Our calculator will guess how many healthy years of life you have left

As the old saying goes, the only things certain in life are death and taxes. While death is inevitable, the quality of life you experience until death is often within an individual’s control. read more

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