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    A pilot's lethal decision in the age of automation

    One of the subtler ironies of the Germanwings accident - though the word "accident" may no longer be appropriate - is that the airplane involved used so-called fly-by-wire technology. The flight crew's control inputs go not to the ailerons and elevators, but instead to a computer that decides how...

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    How the White House bungled the Bowe Bergdahl case

    Following an extended investigation, the U.S. Army last week announced serious charges against Sgt. Robert "Bowe" Bergdahl, the soldier who was captured by the Taliban in 2009 while serving in Afghanistan, then released last May through a prisoner exchange. The Army is seeking a court-martial on...

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    Congress must not trade away its authority on international commerce

    President Barack Obama is asking Congress to grant him trade promotion authority, the ability to "fast track" two massive trade deals with Europe and Asia: the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. This would allow him to pass those deals in the form that...

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    'A biography of cancer' highlights the individuality of the cancer experience

    When PBS' three-part documentary based on Siddhartha Mukherjee's "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer" wraps up, the public will have gotten to know cancer as a shadowy and deviously brilliant historical figure that has been killing and maiming men, women, and children since the beginning...

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    Dispelling the myths of Guantanamo Bay

    We are confronted every week by stories of the most barbaric crimes committed by Muslim terrorists. We want to do everything we can to protect ourselves and catch and punish these evil people.

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    Michael Smerconish: No love for the lowly penny these days

    Approaching noon, I had a hankering for shrimp tempura sushi and some dumplings. At a local takeout, my bill came to $15.01. After I handed the man $20, he began counting out 99 cents to hand me along with four $1 bills. While there was a tip jar, there was not the penny container to which we've...

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    Dan K. Thomasson: Rubio's gun legislation only adds more risk

    WASHINGTON - If Sen. Marco Rubio has his way does it mean that the U.S Capitol would no longer need those ubiquitous metal detectors and the other extensive security measures the nation has spent tens of millions of dollars to ensure his safety?

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    Climate change turns the tide for one young voter

    I am a voter - a white, male, college-educated twentysomething voter, born in the conservative South, living in the liberal North. I was raised in a middle-class family but now occupy an economic class that cannot afford to mince tax policy. I understand the complex foreign policy issues our country...

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    As sinners, it's time for us to show a little mercy

    I was walking alone along Sansom Street in Philly when a man approached me and asked for a dollar because he "needed something to eat." My response in these situations is wildly inconsistent. I often wave the person off, and we go about our business. This time I opened my wallet, fished around, ...

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    Posting PARCC exams on social media is copyright infringement

    A storm of criticism recently rained down on test publisher Pearson Education after the revelation that it regularly monitors social-media sites for public posts that contain secure content from standardized tests it publishes.

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