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Why Trump and other anti-immigration supporters are completely wrong
Michael Clemens describes the opportunity that immigration presents for the U.S. and why it is an effective anti-poverty tool. Yes, it requires some upfront costs that come in the form of social programs, but the long term benefits are too big to ignore.

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Friedman goes to Africa, does his thing, and the results are as bad as expected
This is seriously how an OpEd columnist for the New York Times started his latest piece: You can learn everything you need to know about the main challenges facing Africa today by talking to just two people in Senegal : the rapper and the weatherman. They’v...

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Mom complains she can't shield her son from slave-owning past of U.S. founders
In a recent story for the American Conservative , Suzanne Sherman describes her recent cross-country trip to visit historic sites related to the founding fathers. She hoped for a trip steeped in political theory and history about the philosophies that shape...

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Comparing the politics of the leading U.S. presidential candidates
That is according to politicalcompus.org . The scale is global, for those who think it looks too extreme. What is interesting is the fact that Clinton's position in 2016 is about the same as where Bush is located in the 2004 electoral chart .

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American healthcare so expensive, Biden had to consider selling house to cover costs
The New York Times reports the touching story of President Obama offering financial help for Vice President Biden when his son Beau fell ill. Concerned about the financial burden on his son's family, Biden told Obama he and his wife would sell their house, ...

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India may have a malaria problem on its hands
It is no secret that global health data has its problems. They matter particularly when trying to understand disease burden trends and how to respond. As Ankita Rao & Vivekananda Nemana find in India, the issue may lead to some major problems. Take malaria ...

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What expert does Hillary Clinton consult about global poverty? Bono
Hint: It's not an expert, government official, or people actually living in poverty. Man asks Clinton about global poverty, she replies: "I've had many conversations with Bono on this." — Ken Thomas (@KThomasDC) November 4, 2015 HT  +Africa is a Country  

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A cynical view of news?
Powerful. Posted by Independent Liverpool on  Saturday, October 10, 2015 "News: Rich people paying rich people to tell middle class people to blame poor people" Can't say I share the sentiment, but I can see why some people feel this way. There are certainl...

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Map of the day: In which Chinese province will you live longest?
As is the case for nearly everywhere in the world, all parts of a country are not created equal. This map from The Economist shows the varying outcomes in each province. More info: The study* shows that a baby born in China in 1990 would live on average to ...
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