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How Privacy Advocates Could Get The Best Of The NSA (For Now)

By Lauren C. Williams CREDIT: ThinkProgress/Dylan Petrohilos Congress loves testing deadlines. But that habit of waiting until the last minute could hand privacy advocates a win over the NSA. The National Security Agency’s controversial phone metadata program under the Patriot Act will officially sunset at midnight June 1. Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives […]

Rabbis Warned Over Bias Against Ethiopians

Israel’s newly-appointed Religious Services Minister said he would void the marriage authority of municipal rabbinates if they are found to be discriminating against Ethiopian Jews. Source: Rabbis Warned Over Bias Against Ethiopians

Bernanke vs. Warren-Vitter

By Arnold Kling He writes, The problem is what economists call the stigma of borrowing from the central bank. Imagine a financial institution that is facing a run but has good assets usable as collateral for a central bank loan. If all goes well, it will borrow, replacing the funding lost to the run; when […]

Polish President Defends Holocaust Massacre Apology

In an election debate, Poland’s president defended his acknowledgment of the complicity of some his countrymen in the Holocaust. Source: Polish President Defends Holocaust Massacre Apology

Mormons more likely to marry, have more children than other U.S. religious groups

By Michael Lipka The share of Americans who identify as Mormons has roughly held steady even as the percentage of Christians in the U.S. has declined dramatically in recent years, according to the Pew Research Center’s 2014 Religious Landscape Study. And the study found Mormons stand out in other ways: They have higher fertility rates […]

In the Book of Ruth Nice Girls Finish First

The underlying theme of the Book of Ruth is kindness. Kindness that has the power to redeem those who are the most broken, and one day, even the world. Source: In the Book of Ruth Nice Girls Finish First

And Now, A Cholera Outbreak

By Mark Leon Goldberg This Tanzanian town had a population of 11,000 before the Burundi crisis. Now its population has swelled to over 90,000 and diseases are taking hold. “A cholera outbreak has killed at least 30 people in a Tanzanian refugee camp for Burundians, a World Health Organization official said Thursday, underscoring the dire […]

Joe Lieberman Says Next President Will Be ‘Closer’ to Israel

Former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, in an interview with JTA, surmised that the next U.S. administration would be friendlier with Israel than the current one. Source: Joe Lieberman Says Next President Will Be ‘Closer’ to Israel

Ancient Aqueduct Unearthed in Jerusalem

A section of Jerusalem’s lower aqueduct, which brought water to the city more than 2,000 years ago, was uncovered during sewer work. Source: Ancient Aqueduct Unearthed in Jerusalem

Go to Your Happy Place: Understanding Why Nature Makes Us Feel Better

By Bob Lalasz Auckland, New Zealand. Credit: Kathrin & Stefan Marks/Flickr, through a Creative Commons license. Bob Lalasz is director of science communications for The Nature Conservancy. Let’s say you’re prone to depression — like an estimated one in every 20 people worldwide. What if there were a pill called “nature” — proven to quickly […]

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