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The Constitution Says Nothing About Behavioral Economics 9 Jan 2017, 7:18pm The Constitution Says Nothing About Behavioral Economics
A hair salon tells the Supreme Court that trendy research backs up its right to charge credit-card fees.
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Siri, Am I About to Have a Heart Attack? 9 Jan 2017, 7:16pm Siri, Am I About to Have a Heart Attack?
Big data could provide early warning of disease—if medical records can learn to talk to one other.
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Meryl Streep Upstages Obama 9 Jan 2017, 7:16pm Meryl Streep Upstages Obama
Her Trump-thumping will be a hard act for the departing president to follow.
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Firing Richard Cordray 9 Jan 2017, 7:11pm Firing Richard Cordray
Trump will have ample cause to fire the rogue financial regulator.
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The Obama Legacy 9 Jan 2017, 7:05pm The Obama Legacy
A Presidency of great promise ends in rancor and disappointment.
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The Guardian view on the NHS crisis: Theresa May is in denial | Editorial 9 Jan 2017, 3:46pm The Guardian view on the NHS crisis: Theresa May is in denial | Editorial
The NHS is doing more than ever. It is great value for money. But without new cash, the nation’s healthcare will be in jeopardyConsistency and calm can be great strengths in a political leader in troubled times. But there is always a risk that they will look simply like a denial of reality. The speech that Theresa May gave to the Charity Commission on Monday morning fell into the latter category.
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The Guardian view on Northern Ireland: there may be trouble ahead | Editorial 9 Jan 2017, 3:39pm The Guardian view on Northern Ireland: there may be trouble ahead | Editorial
A political crisis amid the churn of Brexit should see politicians face up to the real problems in the province. Unfortunately there is no sign that they want toThe sudden decision by Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuiness
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The need to get to grips with the NHS crisis | Letters 9 Jan 2017, 2:58pm The need to get to grips with the NHS crisis | Letters
The Red Cross described the NHS as being in a state of “humanitarian crisis” (
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Fracking concerns must be listened to | Letters 9 Jan 2017, 2:57pm Fracking concerns must be listened to | Letters
As public health researchers we noted your article on fracking (
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Desperate exodus of the climate refugees | Letters 9 Jan 2017, 2:57pm Desperate exodus of the climate refugees | Letters
In the last six years, some 140 million people have been forced to move because of climate-related disasters (
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No surprise at Israeli envoy’s political interference | Letters 9 Jan 2017, 2:56pm No surprise at Israeli envoy’s political interference | Letters
I doubt whether Alan Duncan or anyone else critical of Israel will be surprised to learn of Shai Masot’s activities (
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Miracle of the church that was open 24-7 | Letters 9 Jan 2017, 2:55pm Miracle of the church that was open 24-7 | Letters
Congratulations to my friend and colleague Giles Fraser for welcoming the man who broke into his church, lit all the candles and stayed to pray (
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Carve female sculptors’ names with pride | Letters 9 Jan 2017, 2:55pm Carve female sculptors’ names with pride | Letters
Although pleased to read Helen Pidd’s otherwise excellent article on the number of statues of women under consideration (
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Who was behind the sting against Hillary’s emails? | Brief letters 9 Jan 2017, 2:53pm Who was behind the sting against Hillary’s emails? | Brief letters
Clinton email hack | Girl with the Dragon Tattoo | Pope and breastfeeding | Self-publishing | Singular pluralsUS security services accuse Russia of interfering in the US election (
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Theresa May’s great deceit: there is little left to share | Polly Toynbee 9 Jan 2017, 2:20pm Theresa May’s great deceit: there is little left to share | Polly Toynbee
The prime minster spouts fine words but is pushing ahead with cuts that undermine the very fabric of the stateBurning injustices! As she said that, to the casual listener
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9 Jan 2017, 12:33pm For ‘Train Kids,’ the Second Avenue Subway Is a Dream Come True
A new subway line is a big deal for many children affected by autism.
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9 Jan 2017, 12:33pm For ‘Train Kids,’ the Second Avenue Is a Dream Come True
A new subway line is a big deal for many children affected by autism.
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Tilikum and Granny are dead. Here’s why you should care about these killer whales | Patrick Barkham 9 Jan 2017, 11:47am Tilikum and Granny are dead. Here’s why you should care about these killer whales | Patrick Barkham
The documentary Blackfish challenged attitudes to our treatment of orcas, but these deaths should warn against complacencyTwo more public figures passed on last week:
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Jenny Swift was a trans woman. She should not have died in a male prison | Jane Fae 9 Jan 2017, 11:38am Jenny Swift was a trans woman. She should not have died in a male prison | Jane Fae
The prison service bears a heavy responsibility: not only was Swift placed in a men’s jail but, a friend alleges, she was denied vital hormone therapyOne must hope that the Ministry of Justice is merely incompetent when it comes to transgender issues. Because the alternative, that what we see is what they intend, is beyond dire. If true it means they, or some subset of they, are in the business of using inhuman and degrading treatment as a mechanism of control. Consider the latest sorry tale: the death of yet another trans woman in custody and the self-serving press spin that has followed. Last week, the MoJ revealed that in the early hours of Friday 30 December
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The costs of working in an office: tell us about your most elaborate expenses 9 Jan 2017, 11:02am The costs of working in an office: tell us about your most elaborate expenses
UK office workers spend £350 a year on tea and leaving presents. Do you resent the cost of a work night out? What’s the most outlandish thing you’ve paid for? Tea runs, gifts for departing colleagues, or sponsoring a co-worker’s latest marathon attempt – these are just some of the everyday expenses of working in an office. But together they all add up: new research shows that the typical British employee can expect to spend
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British unions must defend their right to strike – and become better at it | Andy Beckett 9 Jan 2017, 10:17am British unions must defend their right to strike – and become better at it | Andy Beckett
Rightwingers exaggerate union power with a view to curbing it further. The modern, insecure workforce cannot afford to let that happenIt wasn’t supposed to be like this. Four decades after the winter of discontent, after Margaret Thatcher’s government and its successors gave Britain some of the most draconian anti-union laws in the world, and long after unions were further weakened by self-employment, individualism and political apathy, it is still surprisingly easy to find yourself on the receiving end of industrial action.
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Local papers are vital to our democracy. Now section 40 threatens their future | Sam Meadows 9 Jan 2017, 8:53am Local papers are vital to our democracy. Now section 40 threatens their future | Sam Meadows
Hillsborough, the Southern rail crisis and corrupt councils – all were investigated by local reporters. But legislation drafted after Leveson could silence usSix years on from the scandal that rocked the world of newspapers, few people are still thinking about
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As Millwall’s crisis shows, football is about far more than just sport | Tim Farron 9 Jan 2017, 8:29am As Millwall’s crisis shows, football is about far more than just sport | Tim Farron
The club’s stadium is under threat – if it goes, the wider community will lose not just a local team, but jobs, soccer schools, and much else besidesThe key moments in football are so often defined by rivalries. The clash of personalities, the season’s crucial fixture. The sweetest victory, and the bitterest defeat, will almost always be the away match at the ground of your biggest rival. Your greatest win there, or biggest loss, will remain lodged in your memory. Even so, there is also a shared understanding among fans from all sides. While you want to beat your rivals, you also understand how much their fans love their team, and how their club’s identity matters as much to them as your own does to you. The beautiful game is a huge part of all fans’ lives.
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Sorry Sam Cam – watching all my money lose its value doesn’t put me in the mood to shop 9 Jan 2017, 8:24am Sorry Sam Cam – watching all my money lose its value doesn’t put me in the mood to shop
Cameron’s fashion label, Cefinn, is likely to charge around £300 a dress – which feels weird when the UK faces economic uncertainty because of her husband’s arrogance
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The fightback against Trump starts with Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes speech | Suzanne Moore 9 Jan 2017, 7:58am The fightback against Trump starts with Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes speech | Suzanne Moore
The thin-skinned president-elect craves approval. Now’s the time for some star power to challenge his egoThere is a Facebook group called
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Lauri Love wouldn’t get justice in the US. UK courts must try his hacking case | Duncan Campbell 9 Jan 2017, 5:00am Lauri Love wouldn’t get justice in the US. UK courts must try his hacking case | Duncan Campbell
The 31-year-old Briton accused of hacking into US army and FBI sites faces extradition to the US – but changes in UK law should protect himWhile Donald Trump and the United States intelligence services argue over who hacked whom, it has been almost forgotten that, for a young British citizen, hacking accusations pack a much heavier punch than political point-scoring.
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Hurt this peddler of hate speech by mocking his idiocy | Catherine Bennett 9 Jan 2017, 4:01am Updated Hurt this peddler of hate speech by mocking his idiocy | Catherine Bennett
The best response to serial irritant Milo Yiannopoulos is not be enraged but to leave his new book on the shelf For everyone outraged by the rise and rise of Milo Yiannopoulos, it may be some consolation that the British journalist has yet, for all his efforts, to join the list of notables – Madonna, Boris, Adolf, Popeye – who are internationally recognised by their first names. Most reports of Yiannopoulos’s
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Wage hikes at Aldi and Lidl are welcome news. But don’t get too excited | Peter Fleming 9 Jan 2017, 4:00am Wage hikes at Aldi and Lidl are welcome news. But don’t get too excited | Peter Fleming
In the UK the supply of workers outstrips available jobs, so the German supermarkets’ move – though laudable – is unlikely to be widely emulated
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9 Jan 2017, 3:21am The Hidden Gun Epidemic: Suicides
The connection between suicide and easy access to firearms needs to be addressed.
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9 Jan 2017, 3:21am The Cost of India’s Man-Made Currency Crisis
The economy is suffering, and there is little evidence that the swap is combating corruption.
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Philosophy can teach children what Google can’t – and Ireland knows it | Charlotte Blease 9 Jan 2017, 3:00am Philosophy can teach children what Google can’t – and Ireland knows it | Charlotte Blease
With jobs being automated and knowledge being devalued, humans need to rediscover flexible thinking. That starts in schools At the controls of driverless cars, on the end of the telephone when you call your bank or favourite retailer: we all know the robots are coming, and in many cases are already here. Back in 2013, economists at
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Our system is broken – but a democratic utopia is within reach | Zoe Williams 9 Jan 2017, 2:00am Our system is broken – but a democratic utopia is within reach | Zoe Williams
Pessimism reigns, but if we could only reconnect then we might fall back in love with politicsWhile in so many obvious and petrifying ways politics has never been bleaker, there is a level on which I have never felt more optimistic. And for better reasons than “it is the start of January and optimism is required” or “things had to get this broken before energy would be mustered to fix them”. A huge amount of thinking is starting to crystallise around solutions that approach multiple crises at once, in innovations such as locally owned renewable energy, a basic
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Fiona the Unemployed Bettong visits Centrelink to discuss her debt notice | First Dog on the Moon 9 Jan 2017, 12:57am Fiona the Unemployed Bettong visits Centrelink to discuss her debt notice | First Dog on the Moon
This is the ongoing war on the poor! It’s well past time that people understood what is happening here and that it isn’t going to be fixed by politicians
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