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Yet another midterm surprise: Progressive policies won support in conservative districts, and vice versa.
The Texas Board of Education votes to include slavery as a cause of the Civil War in social studies curricula.
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More jobs than homes: A Seattleite lets in New Yorkers on all the ways Amazon is about to annihilate their city.
A stylized visualization of nearby exoplanets.
An ecological wonderland for now, Yellowstone Park's flora and fauna are already changing due to global warming.
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Facebook is obviously bad for individuals and society. An argument for the "moral imperative" of quitting Facebook.

As the lines started to build up, his employees got stressed out, and the stress would cause them to not be as friendly, or to shout out crazy long wait times for burgers in an attempt to maybe convince people to leave, and things fell by the wayside. 

A food writer reckons with the knowledge that his glowing review killed a restaurant by overwhelming it with too much business.

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