Theodore McCarrick will continue to be a Catholic priest

Theodore McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington D.C., prays during the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2011. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File The Vatican recently “defrocked” Theodore McCarrick, a former cardinal and the retired archbishop of Washington D.C. McCarrick was found guilty of a number of crimes including sexual abuse of minors. “Defrocking,” as the […]

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How to keep conservation policies from backfiring in a globally connected world

A worker marks timber logs at a concession area in Sarawak, Malaysia. Rainforest logging in Asia feeds much of the world’s thirst for timber. AP Photo/Vincent Thian For many years environmentalists have urged the public to “think globally, act locally” – meaning, consider the health of the planet, then take action in your own community. […]

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US sanctions on Venezuelan oil could cut the output of refineries at home

Louisiana’s refineries require the kind of oil Venezuela produces to operate properly. AP Photo/Gerald Herbert U.S. sanctions against Venezuela’s state-owned oil and gas company, along with some government officials and executives, are intended to put pressure on the government headed by Nicolás Maduro. As the interim director of the Tulane Energy Institute, which tracks energy […]

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Iraq’s brutal crackdown on suspected Islamic State supporters could trigger civil war

Family members of Sunni men and boys in Iraq accused of supporting ISIS hold up pictures of their arrested relatives. AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo Large portions of the Islamic State in Iraq have been either killed, captured or forced underground over the past three years. Eleven years after the U.S. invasion toppled dictator Saddam Hussein, triggering […]

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One-party rule in 49 state legislatures reflects flaws in democratic process

Idaho State Capitol in Boise, Idaho. AP Photo/Kimberlee Kruesi, File Across the U.S., Republicans control 30 statehouses and the Democrats control 18. That is the largest number of one-party controlled state legislatures since 1914. Minnesota is currently the only state where there’s not one party in control of the state legislature – Republicans have a […]

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