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Same-Sex Marriage and the Irish Catholic Church
On May 22, voters in Ireland will decide whether to legalize same-sex marriage. If the amendment passes in this country where more than 80 percent of the people are Catholic and where Catholicism is deeply rooted in its history and culture, can the c...
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Benefits and Pressures of Being a Young Genius
The debut album of an 11-year-old jazz prodigy from Indonesia, who became an overnight sensation with a guest performance at Lincoln Center last year, is out this week. While child prodigies can enjoy tremendous access from their fame, the pressure o...
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Global Priorities in the Arctic
To the dismay of environmentalists, last week, the Obama administration gave Shell conditional approval to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean. The announcement comes on the heels of a meeting last month of the Arctic Council at which the United States...
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Iraq, Bad Intelligence or a Lesson in Bad Policy?
Jeb Bush tripped over himself for days before acknowledging that he would not have invaded Iraq in 2003 had he known then what we know now. He is not alone in his struggles. But some have argued that a question not of hindsight but of foresight would...
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Monday, May 18, 2015

When Teaching Comes Cheap for Colleges
Colleges have been cutting costs by using more nontenured instructors, including graduate student teaching assistants and adjuncts, instead of professors. They account for over half of teachers on college campuses. Both adjuncts and graduate instruct...
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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Nail Salons and the Cost of Services
Why can everyone in New York City get their nails done inexpensively? How can a dress cost $10? Why is a fast food burger so cheap, even if it's less wholesome than it once was? In part because workers in those businesses are paid little, and workp...
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Strained Ties With Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has indicated ambivalence about a two-state solution. But he formed his new government with parties staunchly opposed to it. The new justice minister has referred to Palestinians as "the enemy." How will th...
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Friday, May 08, 2015

Shady Schools, Serious Debt
The for-profit Corinthian Colleges filed for bankruptcy after investigations into possible recruiting fraud led the Department of Education to suspend its access to federal student aid. Thousands of former students are asking the government to forgiv...
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Thursday, May 07, 2015

Should Britain Change the Way It Elects Its Leaders?
As has occurred throughout Europe, voter allegiance in Britain has fragmented and the dominance of the two major parties has been challenged. Britain's voting system, in which the top vote-getter in each district wins a seat in Parliament, was meant ...
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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

TV or Not TV?
The Federal Communications Commission wants some local TV broadcasters to sell back their airwaves so the government can auction them to telecommunications companies for better mobile phone service. This sale could earn broadcasters billions of dolla...
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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

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