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Reality vs Human Nature
We often hear that “reality has a well-known liberal bias.” Public opinion, on the other hand, has a well-known bias in favor of ignorance and jingoism. The truth is usually evident, but will not be accepted until much later. This is especially true when the truth turns out to be unpleasant or (even worse) expensive.
—Ralph    |   |



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Polish opposition cheers presidential
vote win, stock market more wary


Charter nears $55 billion deal
for Time Warner Cable: sources


Europe stocks stumble, dollar
lifted by U.S rate view


Sudan seizes runs of 10 newspapers
after sexual assault story


Air France flight escorted to New
York after threat: U.S. military


Bangladesh Islamic State suspect
worked for Coca-Cola unit: sources


Texas governor declares states of
emergency, more severe weather expected


Tens of thousands turn up for funeral
of Saudi suicide attack victims


Nigeria fuel marketers to end distribution
embargo after meeting with minister


Taiwan's president to propose
peace plan for South China Sea


Rajoy's Spanish re-election plan
in doubt after local battering


One year on, Prime Minister
Modi courts India's poor


Militants kill five, target
telecoms in Indian Kashmir attacks


Houthis suffer first serious setback
in south Yemen fighting: residents


Donor fatigue hits Nepal one
month after mega earthquake: U.N.


Burkina Faso exhumes remains of former
president Sankara in murder probe


Congo soldiers clash with
Rwandan rebels in transit camp


Colombia's FARC says end of ceasefire a
'step back' in peace talks


Malaysia finds 139 graves in
'cruel' jungle trafficking camps


Japan and Malaysia bolster
defense ties, with eyes on China


Opposition breaks off Burundi peace
talks over killing of opposition leader


Germany protests Russia's ejection
of conservative MP from Moscow


U.S., allies conduct 35 air strikes
against Islamic State in Syria, Iraq


Iran will need to spend most of any
post-sanctions windfall at home


Libyan rival parliament to replace
fuel, food subsidies with cash payments


Tunisian soldier shot dead after killing
seven in army base shooting spree


Death toll in Tunisia army base
shooting rises to seven: military


Greece says wants to make debt
payments but needs aid urgently


Tanzania to pick new president,
parliament on Oct. 25: officials


Rights groups slam Myanmar
birth law as anti-Muslim


Philippines seeks stronger commitment
from U.S. in South China Sea dispute


Eyeing the next frontier, Miami
law firms ramp up Cuba strategy


Indonesian minister fears government
sabotage in contaminated rice scare


Greece reiterates it has
responsibility to make debt payments


Second poll shows Turkish ruling
party may lose majority in election


U.N. urges Lebanon to pick
president, end political vacuum


Islamic State faces battle
in Iraq, bombs in Syria


About 100 U.S., European jets
join Arctic exercise near Russia


Taliban truck bomb hits government offices
in southern Afghanistan, wounds dozens


Stalling economy hurts Turkey's
AK Party ahead of election


European shares dip, dollar
gains after Yellen comments


Heavy fighting in Yemen's south,
aide says talks postponed


Only Iran is confronting Islamic
State, paramilitary chief says


Sydney siege gunman too 'weird' for
Australian motorcycle gang, inquest hears


Syrian air force targets
captured Palmyra city - monitor


China lodges complaint with
U.S. over spy plane flight


Ex-Israeli PM Olmert sentenced
to more jail time for corruption


Bangladesh arrests two suspected
Islamic State activists


Asian shares edge up, Fed
views hurt some markets


Portugal, like Europe,
loses hunger for reform


Eastern Japan shaken by 5.6
magnitude quake, no tsunami warning


Authorities detonate suspicious
device near U.S. Capitol


Malaysia has found 139 graves believed
to contain migrants: police chief


China clamps down on 181
'terror gangs' in west


Two dead as south-central
U.S. storms force evacuations


China officials taken on prison
visits in warning against corruption


Man and child killed, three children
injured in N.M. cherry picker crash


Man arrested after Washington
state courthouse evacuation


Thousands of bikers gather
in Washington to honor vets


Spain's ruling PP gets worst
local election result in 20 years


Indonesia's military creeps
back into civilian affairs


Libyan government warplanes
attack oil tanker docked at Sirte


Polish president concedes election
defeat to conservative challenger


New Orleans housing police
officer shot dead in patrol car


Colombia's FARC rebels kill one in
first attack since halting ceasefire


Syria says Islamic State kills hundreds,
including children, in Palmyra


Hezbollah says it will step up
presence in Syria as needed


Quirky Chicago judge helps put
accused felons back on track


John Nash, mathematician who inspired
'A Beautiful Mind,' killed in car crash


Ex-advisor to Peruvian
president disappears in Bolivia


Cleveland police say 71 people
arrested overnight in protests


Greece hasn't got the money to make
June IMF repayment: interior minister


Firefighter drowns during rescue
as floods menace Oklahoma, Texas


Rebel shelling kills at least two
in Ukraine, coke plant shuts down


Iraq regains ground from Islamic
State; mass deaths reported in Palmyra


Saudi king says heartbroken by
mosque attack, promises punishment


Italy coast guard rescues 70 Afghan,
Iraqi migrants from crowded boat


Ruling party seen winning Ethiopian vote,
opposition says supporters harassed


U.N. chief urges dialogue in
Burundi after politician's killing


After bruising safety crisis,
U.S. car watchdog shows its bite


G7 finance ministers to address
faltering global growth


Saudi forces and Yemen's Houthis
trade heavy fire, border crossing hit


U.S. Republicans navigate the
new politics of energy abundance


Islamic State killed 400 people
in Syria's Palmyra: state TV


Fighting partly destroys Yemeni-Saudi
border crossing: witnesses


Syria says killed 300 insurgents to
free besieged soldiers in Idlib?


Pacific free-trade talks 'in the
end-game:' U.S. trade official


Spanish regional elections
set to fragment political map


Unable to halt Europe-bound
migrants, Tripoli demands help


Saudi king vows to punish those
behind suicide attack: agency


Iraqi forces regain ground from
Islamic State east of Ramadi


Britain's opposition Labour Party
backs Cameron's EU referendum plan


One Ukrainian civilian killed, two
wounded in Avdiyivka shelling: police


Women activists cross DMZ to mixed
reception on South Korean side


Shelling halts production at Avdiyivka
coke plant in east Ukraine: Metinvest


Mass graves of suspected trafficking
victims found in Malaysia


The European
center-left's quandary


Rohingya Muslims found on
boat rescued by Myanmar navy


Nepal landslide blocks river, raises
fears of flood reaching India


Drenching rains force scores
of rescues in Oklahoma City


Cleveland protests erupt after officer found not
guilty in fatal shooting of two unarmed suspects


Saudi clerics urge calm as village
hit by Islamic State seethes


Motorist arrested for killing Colorado
cadet, injuring officer: police


Polish presidential race too close to
call, spells trouble for ruling party


San Francisco police keep eye
out for missing 'Eyeball' mask


Northern rebels say
captured 19 Mali soldiers


Missouri fugitive sought in
double murder killed by police


Burundi opposition figure shot
dead in capital: activist


Police believe suspect in Washington
quadruple murder may have had accomplices


Ireland becomes first country to
vote in favor of gay marriage


Former rebels, devout cheer as murdered
archbishop beatified in El Salvador


Dozens killed in al Shabaab fighting
in Somalia, attacks in capital


Israel thanks U.S. for stand on
Mideast nuclear arms ban at U.N.


Nigerian military says killed scores of Boko
Haram militants, rescued 20 women and children


Gay Ireland hails 'a new Republic'
as same-sex marriage approved


Arab air strikes hit
military bases in Yemen


British anti-slavery chief enlists
Vatican in global pact to end slavery


Protesters scuffle with men
outside China-Taiwan meeting


Egyptian court acquits 17 charged
for protest at which activist killed


Fate of U.S. domestic surveillance
program uncertain after Senate vote


In chaos of deadly Texas gang fight,
self-defense claims may abound


Shi'ite militias advance on Islamic
State insurgents near Iraq's Ramadi


Decision reached in Cleveland
police officer shooting case


On L.A.'s Skid Row, a judge
leads pack on run to recovery


U.S. bird flu causes egg
shortage, emergency measures


Germany declines comment on reported
'deep freeze' with U.S. intelligence


Al Shabaab attacks soldiers in
south Somalia, two dozen dead


Sea urchin haven disturbed
by Santa Barbara oil spill


Irish voters back gay marriage
in 'social revolution'


Greek PM says on final stretch
toward deal with lenders


Five Tunisian migrants
die in shipwreck


Bank of England confirms EU exit
research after email misfire


Russia to adopt tough position
if Ukraine defaults: PM Medvedev


Islamic State raises flag over citadel
in Syria's Palmyra: supporters


Ireland backs gay marriage in
historic vote, ministers say


Shi'ite militia approach Islamic
State-held areas from base near Ramadi


Ireland appears to have voted for
same-sex marriage: equality minister


50 million gallons of water lost after
California dam vandalized: newspaper


Senate votes spell uncertain fate
for domestic surveillance program


Senate passes two-month
transportation spending patch


Bill to reform domestic
surveillance is blocked in Senate


Missouri governor commutes man's
life sentence for drug charge


U.S. deejay Kasem's widow will
not face criminal charges


China and Peru agree to study
transcontinental rail link


Mexico gunfight kills 43 as
government hits gang hard


Probe leaves unanswered questions
in deadly California bus crash


Senate votes to grant Obama
fast-track power on trade deals


Senators urge Obama administration
to block Arctic oil drilling


U.S. Navy pilot safe after jet ends
up in water off San Diego runway


Safety measures ordered for
failed oil pipeline in California


Elderly Colorado man deemed
incompetent in nursing home killing


Senate tries to bridge gaps
on domestic surveillance


Gunfight in western Mexico
kills at least 44: officials


Dispute over Mideast nuclear arms
ban torpedoes U.N. conference


Fast track trade bill clears
final Senate procedural hurdle


U.N. investigates reports of
executions, abuses in Mali


High turnout seen favoring Yes
in Irish gay marriage vote


U.S. suspends Burundi peacekeeping
training over protests


Senate closer to approving
fast-track trade bill


Mother found pushing dead toddler
on swing in Maryland park


Magnitude 6.8 quake strikes
off Solomon Islands: USGS


Senate rejects trade bill currency
rules mandating sanctions


China says U.S. South China Sea
actions 'irresponsible, dangerous'


Arizona lawman calls for judge's
removal in racial-profiling case


Pentagon plans long-range
missile defense radar in Alaska


Newark NJ students call for local
control of schools run by state


Quadruple-murder suspect held
without bond in Washington


Magnitude 5.3 quake hits
Nevada, close to Las Vegas


Wounded Egyptian soldier kidnapped
and killed in Sinai: sources


Man charged with killing California
family obtains attorneys


Iran's Yemen-bound aid ship docks in
Djibouti, WFP to deliver aid cargo


Five plead not guilty to
Kentucky bourbon heist


Clinton emails show concern
about image after Benghazi


Two California men charged with
seeking to help Islamic State


Moscow issues travel warning
over U.S. 'hunt' for Russians


University of North Carolina gets
NCAA findings in academic fraud probe


Ex-students of elite Conn.
university charged in drug scandal


Idaho couple whose 5-year-old fatally
shot another child reach plea deal


Obama reaffirms commitment to
Israel security to American Jews


Senate intelligence chairman
offers surveillance compromise


Dallas girl sentenced to
40 years for drowning baby


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