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The price of turning away from institutions

By David Brooks, New York Times September 16, 2014, 11:41 AM

From jihadism to Ebola, a distrust of organizations has left the good guys not up to the task.

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What kids really learn when their parents hit them

By William Saletan, Slate September 16, 2014, 11:21 AM

They remember the punishment, not the crime.

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Punishing children: Yes, times have changed

By Richard Greelis September 15, 2014, 06:00 PM

Even as a detective investigating abuse, I was sometimes surprised at what qualified, but we now know there are better forms of discipline.

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'Why does she stay with a man who beats her?'

By Leslie Morgan Steiner September 15, 2014, 06:00 PM

Here's why I did — and how I finally broke away.

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Why we should care about 'useless' creatures, too

By Richard Conniff, New York Times September 15, 2014, 11:30 AM

Pleas for preservation often imply that animals matter only because they benefit humans. That’s a flawed argument.

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U.S. action against ISIL qualifies as a 'dumb war'

By Rosa Brooks, Foreign Policy September 15, 2014, 11:30 AM

Isn't that the kind the president said he opposed?

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Birds are imperiled. Give 'em a fighting chance

By David Yarnold and Gary Langham September 15, 2014, 11:30 AM

Their habitat situation may be grim, but it is not hopeless. Here's what we can do.

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Justice was clumsy in the Ray Rice case

By Dennis Carstens September 14, 2014, 06:00 PM

Without intending to defend the NFL, I must ask who's really responsible for prosecuting off-the-field behavior.

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Counterpoint: Kids need more exercise, not less

By MARK BLEGEN September 12, 2014, 06:00 PM

Educators and editorial writers are missing the point on physical education in schools.

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Congress should take war authorization vote

By Editorial, New York Times September 13, 2014, 06:00 PM

But some representatives would rather wait and see how things go in fight against ISIL.

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