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Here's how Putin suckered Trump into becoming his easily manipulated pawn

Law enforcement officers and prosecutors have a saying, that when it comes to crime, there are no coincidences. Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin taught us during the last presidential election that these days, there are no coincidences in politics either.

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CNN’s Tapper Uses Ex-Trump Adviser's Own Words to Corner Him on Russia Contacts: That’s You 'Calling Yourself an Informal Adviser’

CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday spoke with Carter Page, the onetime Donald Trump adviser whose contacts with the Russian government are under scrutiny by the FBI.

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4 Tips for Talking About Drug Users - They're People, Not 'Addicts,' 'Criminals,' 'Inmates,' and 'Convicts'

Media coverage of drugs and drug policy has grown much more sophisticated in the past few years. Yet many media outlets -- even some of the most well-meaning ones -- still often use inaccurate, offensive, or just plain absurd language that would be considered unthinkable when covering other issues.

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Neuroscientist Carl Hart: Everything You Think You Know About Drugs and Addiction Is Wrong

Carl Hart grew up in Miami in what he calls the 'hood, a poor community with high rates of crime and prevalent drug use. He kept a gun in his car, engaged in petty crime and sold drugs. Today Hart is a neuroscientist and associate professor of psychology and psychiatry at Columbia University. He's also an expert on drug addiction. In a TEDMED Talk earlier this month, Hart explained how he went from dealing drugs in the 'hood to studying addiction at one of the world’s top universities. His talk summarizes some of the major themes from his book, High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society (HarperCollins, 2013).

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Matt Bors: Shoot Pundits Into Syria


Nate Silver to Stephen Colbert: I'd Rather Vote for Ebola Than Political Pundits

This election, polling expert and NYT blogger Nate Silver drew the wrath of America's punditry, seemingly for the sin of basing his predictions on actual evidence. That is not the pundit's way! American political prognisticators attacked Silver's methods and conclusions, including Joe Scarborough, who declared, "Anybody that thinks that this race is anything but a tossup right now is such an ideologue, they should be kept away from typewriters, computers, laptops and microphones for the next 10 days, because they’re jokes.” Nevermind that as Alex Pareene pointed out on Salon, Scarborough actually agreed with Silver's conclusion that Obama had a higher chance of winning. 

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