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U.S. Demands Immediate Gaza Cease-Fire

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 22, 2014 - 5:05am
The U.S. called for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza as the death toll neared 600. Israel signaled it would continue efforts to destroy tunnels used by Hamas to mount attacks.

Death Penalty Injustice

New York Times - California News - July 21, 2014 - 9:00pm
A lawyer responds to an editorial, “A Lifetime on California’s Death Row.”

Strong Steps on Sentencing Reform

New York Times - California News - July 21, 2014 - 9:00pm
A bipartisan agency that sets federal sentencing policy made a bold move to ease overcrowding in prisons.

End Partisan Primaries, Save America

New York Times - California News - July 21, 2014 - 9:00pm
To reduce polarization, adopt California’s “top two” voting model.

Study Sheds Light on Genes' Role in Schizophrenia

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 21, 2014 - 8:39pm
A large, multicountry study found 108 genetic clusters associated with the disease, offering the best evidence to date about which genes play a significant role in the condition.

Curt Gentry, 83, Co-Author of ‘Helter Skelter,’ Dies

NY Times Books - July 21, 2014 - 6:34pm
Mr. Gentry’s books ranged from the Manson murders to J. Edgar Hoover to the madams of San Francisco.






President Signs Order To Protect Gay Workers

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 21, 2014 - 5:29pm
President Barack Obama signed an executive order barring federal contractors from hiring or firing employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Johns Hopkins Agrees to $190 Million Exam-Photos Settlement

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 21, 2014 - 5:26pm
Johns Hopkins Health System has agreed to a $190 million settlement with more than 7,000 patients of a gynecologist who allegedly took secret photographs and videos of his patients during pelvic exams.

U.S. Pushes for Israeli-Hamas Cease-Fire

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 21, 2014 - 5:07pm
The Obama administration, facing growing pressure from European and Arab allies to stanch the rising civilian death toll in the Gaza Strip, embarked Monday on an aggressive new diplomatic push to secure a cease-fire between Israel and the militant Palestinian group Hamas.

Study Finds Elementary Students Like New Healthier Lunches

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 21, 2014 - 4:45pm
When healthier school-meal regulations were first implemented in 2012, a majority of elementary-school students complained, but then ultimately found them agreeable, according to a peer-reviewed study.

Friend of Accused Marathon Bomber Found Guilty in Obstruction Case

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 21, 2014 - 4:44pm
Azamat Tazhayakov as found guilty Monday of trying to thwart the investigation into the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing by helping remove a backpack from the accused bomber's dorm room three days after the deadly attack.

Books of The Times: ‘Do Not Sell at Any Price’ and ‘Dust & Grooves’

NY Times Books - July 21, 2014 - 2:33pm
“Do Not Sell at Any Price,” by Amanda Petrusich, and “Dust & Grooves,” by Eilon Paz, look at people who are obsessive about collecting old records.






Books: 'Proof' Drinks in the Science of Alcohol

NY Times Books - July 21, 2014 - 2:15pm
A study of alcohol — its manufacture and consumption — highlights its reliance on good chemistry and the magical process of fermentation that turns sugars into intoxicating drinks.






Obama Calls on Putin to Assure Crash Site Access

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 21, 2014 - 2:02pm
President Obama said Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine continue to block full access to investigators looking into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17.

China Tests Limits to U.S. Military Ties

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 21, 2014 - 10:48am
China is seeking greater access to U.S. aircraft carriers and guidance on how to operate its own first carrier, the Liaoning, testing the limits of a newly cooperative military relationship the two sides have tried to cultivate in the past year.

Room for Debate: Does Poetry Matter?

NY Times Books - July 21, 2014 - 9:21am
Sunday's New York Times Book Review featured several new collections of poems. But does poetry matter? Is it relevant?






House Republicans Take Aim at Dodd-Frank

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 21, 2014 - 7:16am
House Financial Services Committee Republicans are mounting fresh criticism of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial law in a report to be released Monday.

Tax Inversions Turn Into Campaign Fodder

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - July 21, 2014 - 7:15am
Corporate inversions, the practice of U.S. companies reincorporating overseas to avoid U.S. taxes, have moved from the margins of the tax code to the midterms as Democrats try to put heat on Republicans.

New film will tell Jesse Owens story

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 17, 2014 - 9:02am
Filming is scheduled to begin next week on "Race," a movie about Jesse Owens and his performance at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Watch Michael Sam give a powerful speech at the ESPYs

L.A. Times - California Politics - July 17, 2014 - 8:48am
Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL, gave a powerful speech at the ESPYs on Wednesday after winning the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
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