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Bipartisan Group of Senators Set to Announce Deal to Reduce Prison Population

President Barack Obama is led on a tour by Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels (R) and Correctional Officer Ronald Warlick (L) during a visit to the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution, in El Reno, Okla., on July 16, 2015. (Evan Vucci/AP)
President Barack Obama is led on a tour by Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels (R) and Correctional Officer Ronald Warlick (L) during a visit to the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution, in El Reno, Okla., on July 16, 2015. (Evan Vucci/AP)

When Congress returns from recess early next week, lawmakers will face a bevy of partisan-infused battles on issues such as the Iran nuclear deal, Planned...




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    News Corp and the Future of Public Service Media

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    What Don Quixote Has to Say to Spain About Today’s Immigrant Crisis

    In 1492, the Spanish Inquisition forced Jews to convert to Christianity or to leave the Iberian peninsula – on pain of death. Some five centuries... Read more

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    Letting the Science Speak Against Mercury in Vaccines

    The vaccine preservative and title subject of the book “Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak” may not be as well-known as the book’s editor, Robert F... Read more

  • (L-R) Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, French President Francois Hollande, and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel at a meeting of eurozone heads of state at the EU Council building in Brussels on July 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    Europe’s New Economic Divide

    To observers of European politics, it came as no surprise to see France and Germany taking opposing positions as talks over Greece’s new bailout deal... Read more

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    America’s 21st Century Teacher: Security, Character, Pedagogy

    The 2015 school year has begun and America’s 21st century teacher must safeguard, inspire, and instruct students. According to the U.S. Department of Education, about... Read more

  • Yanis Varoufakis, then Greek finance minister, at a meeting with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos (unseen) in Athens on March 24, 2015. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images)

    Varoufakis in Conversation With Leading Academics as Syriza Splinters and Election Beckons in Greece

    When Yanis Varoufakis was elected to parliament and then named as Greek finance minister in January, he embarked on an extraordinary seven months of negotiations... Read more

  • A child who survived the Ebola virus is fed by another survivor at Hastings Treatment Center, on the outskirts of Freetown, Sierra Leone, on Nov. 11, 2014. (Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty Images)

    As Sierra Leone Waits for Ebola All-Clear, Its Emotional Scars Will Take Longer to Heal

    Sierra Leone has just reported one week of zero confirmed Ebola infections—the first time since the deadly virus reached its border in May 2014. If... Read more

  • Cement Creek, which was flooded with millions of gallons of mining wastewater, meets with the Animas River in Silverton, Colorado, on Aug. 11, 2015. The Environmental Protection Agency accidentally released approximately three million gallons of wastewater into the creek from the Gold King Mine, polluting the larger Animas River downstream. (Theo Stroomer/Getty Images)

    Weighing the Impact of the Gold King Mine Spill—And Hundreds of Inactive Mines Like It

    Earlier this month, contractors for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) trying to characterize the quantity and quality of water from the Gold King Mine in... Read more

  • A Syrian refugee woman tends to her daughter while cooking inside her tent at an informal tented settlement near the Syrian border on the outskirts of Mafraq, Jordan, on Aug. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

    A Lost Generation: Where Have 4 Million Syrians Fled?

    AMMAN, Jordan—According to United Nations figures, more than 4 million Syrians have fled their homeland, with another 7 million displaced internally within Syria. To put... Read more

  • Gen. Mutu Say Poe (C), representative of the Karen National Union (KNU), speaks during a peace forum at a hotel in Yangon, Burma, on May 9, 2015. (Khin Maung Win/AP)

    Burma Close to a Ceasefire Agreement, After Years of Negotiation

    In an attempt to find a collective approach to sign Burma’s Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), representatives of 15 Burmese ethnic armed organizations (EAO) met in... Read more

  • Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech during a meeting in Tehran, Iran, on Aug. 17, 2015. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

    Iran’s Support for Terrorism, and How It Relates to the Nuclear Deal

    The Obama administration and its negotiating partners have described their nuclear deal with Iran as the best way to prevent Tehran from getting a bomb... Read more

  • A demonstration against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Istiklal Avenue, in Istanbul, Turkey, on Aug. 16, 2015. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

    Turkey: Erdogan Is Forcing His People to Take Sides

    Ever since the June 2015 elections, which thwarted the proposed presidential system that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has long craved, Turkey has been hurtling into... Read more

  • South Korean Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo (R) and presidential security adviser Kim Kwan-jin (2L) with Kim Yang Gon (2R), a senior North Korean official responsible for South Korean affairs, and Hwang Pyong So (L), North Korea' top political officer for the Korean People's Army, after their meeting at the border village of Panmunjom, in Paju, South Korea, on Aug. 25, 2015. South Korea has agreed to halt propaganda broadcasts at noon Tuesday after North Korea expressed regret over a recent land mine blast that maimed two South Korean troops, both Koreas announced after three days of intense talks aimed at defusing soaring tension between the rivals. (South Korean Unification Ministry via AP)

    Tension Highlights North Korea’s Limitations

    SEOUL, South Korea—The blood-curdling threats against the South emanating from North Korea are all too familiar, but ironically the repeat performance only underlines the North’s... Read more

  • Hmong immigrants take a look at a Hmong story cloth that promotes seasonal safety tips at the Volunteers of America building, in Minneapolis, Minn., on Dec. 7, 2005. (AP Photo/Beth Schlanker)

    Preventing Violence—Maybe Communities Know Better

    A child in Rivera Hernandez is 85 times more likely to be murdered than a child in Australia. Rivera Hernandez is a community in Honduras... Read more

  • A Russia-backed rebel prepares ammunition at his position inside Donetsk airport, Ukraine, on June 9, 2015. (Mstyslav Chernov/AP)

    Don’t Call It a Civil War—Ukraine’s Conflict Is an Act of Russian Aggression

    As Ukraine marks 24 years since its independence from the Soviet Union, it is embroiled in the most dangerous armed conflict in Europe—against the Russian... Read more

  • United Nations director of United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Daniela Bas, with Stevie Wonder. Bas says that the involvement of celebrities like Stevie Wonder helps the message of equality and dignity for all be heard by a large audience. (courtesy Daniela Bas)

    Raised to Know No Barriers, UN Official Protects Disabled

    When in a recent interview Daniela Bas told me that she had been blessed with the most wonderful parents in the world, it would have... Read more


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