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  • August 15-22, 2016

    Gene editing, brain chip implants and synthetic blood may sound like ideas out of a science fiction novel. Yet all three are emerging technologies being researched and developed today. These so-called human enhancements are aimed at reducing disease and improving cognitive abilities and physical strength. If you think...

  • August 15-22, 2016

    Seventy-two percent of U.S. residents and 85 percent of Mexico’s residents oppose the construction of a wall along the border, according to a recent survey. Arizona State University’s Cronkite News, Univision and The Dallas Morning News polled over 1,400 border residents in 14 cities on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border in an attempt to determine how people in both countries felt about...

  • August 15-22, 2016

    Colorado is embarking on a bold experiment in direct democracy. Voters this November will decide whether to create a state-run single payer health care system. ColoradoCare would cover 100 percent of residents, including undocumented workers. The cost of the system would be borne by both employers and employees. The proposal is meeting with fierce resistance from insurance companies as well as politicians who worry about the potential costs of the program....

  • August 1-8, 2016

    Conditions in Venezuela appear to be reaching a complete breakdown as the nation’s military has taken over its ports and begun a distribution of food and other acutely needed supplies that will likely prove to be chaotic. The nation’s health care system has essentially ceased to function. That loss is especially devastating as the region confronts new outbreaks of malaria, chikungunya and Zika.

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  • August 1-8, 2016

    Residents of San Francisco will need to budget plenty of time for voting this fall, when they will decide on as many as 39 ballot measures. Some proposals may not make it all the way to the ballot, but The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the city is likely to break the record of 22 referendums set in 2008. The high number is possible because it is easy to place a question on the ballot. It can be done by the mayor, any four of the 11 city supervisors, several...

  • August 1-8, 2016

    Amid Brazil’s financial and political turmoil, officials in Rio de Janeiro are scrambling to prepare for an influx of up to 500,000 tourists for the 2016 Olympic Games. Still on the to-do list: address fears about the Zika virus, finish construction on a subway line to the stadiums and crack down on the crime and human-trafficking rings that plague the city. On July 10, Rio police announced they had rescued eight minors forced to work as prostitutes at beaches near...

  • July 18-25, 2016

    Television news channels are betting on big audiences for the Republican National Convention, which begins in Cleveland on July 18, and the Democratic convention in Philadelphia, which begins two weeks later. “They will be two of the most interesting conventions in modern political history,” Sam Feist, CNN’s Washington bureau chief, told Crain’s Cleveland Business—which reports that CNN is charging $40,000 to $100,000 for a 30-second ad during the...

  • July 18-25, 2016

    A major Supreme Court decision handed down in June invalidated a Texas law that required abortion clinics to meet the same health standards as ambulatory surgical centers. Whether the ruling in the case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, marks a turning point in abortion jurisprudence is still being debated, but there is little doubt that it will embolden pro-choice lobbyists to target other abortion restrictions in other states. Meanwhile, Donald J....

  • July 18-25, 2016

    The United States has a long history of arming its enemies. From Afghanistan and Somalia to Haiti and Panama, U.S.-made weapons supplied to former allies have a nasty tendency to turn on their maker. The Obama administration thought Jordan, a close partner in the U.S. fight against terrorism, would be different. But a recent investigation by The New York Times and Al-Jazeera reveals that arms shipped by the Central Intelligence Agency to train rebels fighting President Bashar al-...

  • July 4-11, 2016

    On June 5, Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York announced an executive order banning state agencies from doing business with firms associated with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which boycotts Israel’s companies and products because of its policies toward Palestinians. “If you boycott Israel,” said Mr. Cuomo, “New York will boycott you.” With so many campaigns to financially punish nations, companies and even individuals with controversial views,...