Todays BIG Story

Dispatch from DC: On the National Mall, the state of a nation
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On January 20, Americans focused their attention on Washington, D.C., as the Presidential Inauguration ceremony took place on the National Mall, a place that urban scholars, geographers...

Donald Trump waves goodbye to era of Baby Boomer presidents
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As Donald Trump was sworn into office, Barack Obama watched. Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were also...

Why it's so hard for women to break into the C-suite
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With the first U.S. presidential election featuring a major party female nominee in the rear-view mirror and her male rival about to take the presidential oath, now is a good...

Why the 'free market' for drugs doesn’t work and what we can do about it
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The United States faces a major problem with prescription drug prices. Even as the prices of most goods...

Why the legacy of Shakers will endure
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On Monday, Jan. 2, Shaker Sister Frances Carr died at the age of 89. She had been a Shaker for almost 80 years and passed away at the Shaker community at Sabbathday Lake in Maine....

What shaped King's prophetic vision?
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The name Martin Luther King Jr. is iconic in the United States. The outgoing 44th president, Barack...

Will President Obama's clean energy legacy endure?
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In the closing days of President Obama’s second term, he and leaders in the Executive Branch worked feverishly to articulate their views of the administration’s legacy –...

How can we predict the hottest year on record when weather forecasts are so uncertain?
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NASA and NOAA jointly reported that 2016 was the warmest year on record. That’s no surprise, as the...

Price, author of long proposal to replace Obamacare, short on specifics in hearing
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It is hardly unusual for Cabinet nominees to leave more questions than answers after their confirmation hearings. Yet for the millions whose lives hang in the balance depending...

Fixes, not repeals, more typical for major legislation like Obamacare
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The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, came closer to repeal as the U.S. Senate and...

Data should smash the biological myth of promiscuous males and sexually coy females
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That males are naturally promiscuous while females are coy and choosy is a widely held belief. Even many scientists – including some biologists, psychologists and anthropologists...

Is part of Chelsea Manning's legacy increased surveillance?
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The military’s most prolific leaker of digital documents has ushered in an age of even more increased...