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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.
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Turkish police raid prisons and
courthouses in post-coup investigation

India evacuates border villages
after raid on militants in Pakistan

Long commutes expected for New
Jersey train travelers after crash

Change offensive 'Black Pete' figure,
says Dutch children's advocate

Indonesians line up to beat deadline
for tax amnesty's best terms

Exclusive: Xi set to consolidate power in
China by curbing Communist Youth League

Syrian army, rebels wage fierce
battles north of Aleppo city

Palestinian president, Netanyahu
shake hands at Peres funeral

Fore! South Korea golf course
may get anti-missile battery

Kurdish militia role in Raqqa offensive could
trigger ethnic conflict: Turkish official

Asia stocks slide as Deutsche
sours mood, oil pulls back

Obama arrives in Israel for
funeral of Shimon Peres

Philippines' Duterte likens himself to
Hitler, wants to kill millions of drug users

United Nations says U.S. drone strike
kills 15 civilians in Afghanistan

China says countering Dalai Lama
is top ethnic priority in Tibet

Three Chinese fishermen killed in
confrontation with South Korea coastguard

Panama Papers dents new Panama
incorporations, seen down 20 pct

Boy, 6, fights for his life after
South Carolina school shooting

Former party boss of China's
Guangzhou jailed for life for graft

Child labor taints production of batteries
for electric carmakers, Amnesty says

Goldman feels the heat in
Asia as IPO engine slows

After military raid, India looks
at more ways to pressure Pakistan

Do not vote for 'demagogue' Trump,
USA Today tells its readers

California requires single-stall
public bathrooms to be open to all

Deutsche Bank admits 'perception
issue' as U.S. shares slide

Houston taco trucks register voters
as Latinos flex political muscle

Judge dismisses scouts' lawsuit
against Major League Baseball

Clinton says Trump may have
violated U.S. law on Cuba

Man pleads guilty in California
kidnapping police first deemed hoax

Rosetta sent on collision
course to surface of comet

U.S. House panel lambastes Wells
Fargo boss over phantom accounts

Suing governments over terror no sure
thing despite U.S. September 11 law

Mother of California man shot by
police says he was having breakdown

U.S. lawmakers may change September
11 law after rejecting veto

Egypt asks Interpol to take
Mubarak-era businessman off watchlist

Pentagon chief calls U.S. alliance
with Philippines 'ironclad'

FCC delays final vote
on pay TV box reform

Huntington Ingalls wins $400 million
U.S. defense contract -Pentagon

Google rebrands cloud business,
adds more artificial intelligence

Wall Street falls sharply
on worries about banks

CDC concludes probe into
flour-linked E.coli outbreak

At least 200 inmates escape
Brazil prison; many recaptured

Activists cry foul as U.N. decides
against Yemen rights probe

U.S. drone strike in Yemen kills two
senior al Qaeda members: officials

U.S. to open new vetting agency
for 'secret' security clearances

SEC charges former Puma Biotech
employee with insider trading

Casino-gaming company IGT to pay fine for
retaliating against whistleblower: SEC

Gabon opposition leader rejects
Bongo's legitimacy, calls for talks

If elected, Clinton under pressure to
appoint tough Wall Street sheriffs

California shooting shows slow
adoption of police body cameras

Kansas, ACLU reach temporary
agreement on voter ID

Och-Ziff to pay over $400 million
to settle foreign bribery charges

Car bomb wounds two in Cairo
suburb: security sources

Man killed near San Diego was
pointing vaping device: police

Obama signs short-term funding
bill into law: White House

Wall Street dragged
lower by Apple and banks

Day after rejecting veto, U.S. lawmakers
concerned about September 11 law

Millionaires, evangelicals benefit
from Brazil campaign funds ban

Venezuela urged at U.N. to seek
national dialogue, free inmates

U.S. expects donor conference to pledge
$3 billion a year for Afghanistan

New Jersey train crash in station
kills one, injures more than 100

U.S. close to suspending Syria talks
with Russia as Aleppo battle rages

Banks tighten SWIFT system
security after hacks

Ex-Insys sales manager arrested
in U.S. fentanyl-kickback case

Algeria army kills five Islamist
fighters: defense ministry

U.N. fails to set international
probe on Yemen war crimes

Udacity's self-driving car engineering
degree lures over 11,000 hopefuls

At least one killed, scores
injured in New Jersey train crash

Family wants answers over police
shooting death in Washington

Catalan separatists win confidence
vote in test of supporters' loyalty

Air strikes kill 18 Islamic State
'leaders' in last month: U.S.

Watchdog finds flaws in U.S.
DEA's payments to sources

U.S. backs upgraded wireless
emergency alerts after bombing case

Somalia seeks explanation after
U.S. 'friendly fire' strike

France's Ayrault says Donald Trump's
foreign policy 'very confused'

Putin, Merkel discuss Ukraine, agree on
future contacts in Normandy format: Kremlin

Water meeting safety standards
after Florida sinkhole leak: Mosaic

Tesla's Musk: No more
discounts on new cars

Moscow vows no letup in Syria
offensive; U.S. searches for response

Pope Francis to visit Colombia in
first quarter of 2017: president

South Africa's Zuma orders ministers
to tackle university 'mayhem'

India says hits Pakistan-based
militants, escalating tensions

Watchdog finds problems with U.S. DEA's
program for paying confidential sources

U.S. economy less sluggish in second
quarter; companies investing more

Wall Street slips as Apple,
healthcare stocks drop

Obama administration rolls out
rules on paid sick leave, pay data

Erdogan says to extend Turkey's emergency
rule, rounds on rating agencies

War crimes prosecutor to examine situation
in Gabon after government request

Philippines businessmen to
accompany Duterte to China: sources

Egypt court suspends annulment of Red
Sea island deal with Saudi Arabia

U.S. teen's family decries 'senseless'
shooting as police seek clues

In London for Hinkley signing ceremony,
France's Ayrault defends deal

Wall Street lower
as oil pulls back

Iraq PM tells Kurds not to use
Mosul battle to expand territory

Germany may decide soon on smaller
transport planes: defense minister

Train smashes into New Jersey's Hoboken
station; ABC says more than 100 hurt

Mufti tells Saudis to back
government austerity moves

Palestinian president plans to
attend funeral of Israel's Peres

U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear
credit card surcharge fee fight

Train derails, crashes through New
Jersey's Hoboken station: reports

Iceland's Pirates head for
power on wave of public anger

Thousands of Belgian workers march
against planned labor law changes

Neo-Nazi murder suspect breaks
silence, rejects ideology at trial

India says launches strikes on militants
in Pakistan, raising risk of escalation

U.S. jobless claims
rise less than expected

Kyrgyzstan votes for constitutional
referendum, seen boosting president

Ukraine reform push would pave way to
support from new U.S. president: Pritzker

Syrian rebel advance in Hama
as army pushes in Aleppo

Danish PM casts doubt on
reaching Europol deal with EU

U.S. may consider lifting sanctions
on Afghan warlord: official

Bosnian Muslim politician wages
veiled fight against prejudice

Philippine officials seek clarity after
Duterte suggests end of U.S. exercises

Philippines boxing icon Pacquiao used
drugs as a teen but backs Duterte

Colombia tipped for Nobel Peace
Prize after deal to end war

Defying critics, Turkey's Erdogan
says to extend state of emergency

Leader of Indonesia gang which raped,
murdered girl sentenced to death

Thousands of Israelis file past
coffin of former president Peres

China armed forces warn Japan
against South China sea patrols

Erdogan says extending state of
emergency would be good for Turkey

Signing peace deal, Afghan warlord
calls for an 'end to current crisis'

Russia says U.S. Syria statement
shows Washington supports terrorism

Tajik opposition accuses
government of violent attacks

In escalation, India says it launches
strikes on militants in Pakistan

Man shot dead by Philadelphia
police after stabbing two children

Thousands of Indonesian workers
protest against tax amnesty

Pakistan says two of its soldiers
killed in clash with India in Kashmir

Kurdish militants kill three
Turkish militia members: sources

Protests grow tense after police
slaying of black man in California

As Philippines' Duterte visits Vietnam,
U.S. jibes hang over new partnership

Investigators search for clues in
South Carolina school shooting

Wells Fargo chief Stumpf heads
to Hill with pressure mounting

Singapore court sends teen blogger
back to jail for criticizing religion

China promises cooperation with
United Nations on human rights

Thailand cracks down on migrant workers
as anti-immigration feelings rise

Rights group urges Bangladesh
to stop 'kneecapping' detainees

Amnesty accuses Sudan of using
chemical weapons in Darfur

China to build deepest, largest
high-speed rail station at Great Wall

Hundreds brought down from slopes
of erupting volcano in Indonesia

Congress passes funding bill
averting government shutdown

Clinton enlists former foe Sanders in appeal
for youth votes in U.S. presidential race

Missouri fraternity suspended after
being accused of racial slurs

Rescuers pull 15 out from China
landslide, 26 still missing

Three killed in electoral
campaign shooting in Brazil

Majority of Americans say Clinton won first
debate against Trump: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Exclusive: Pakistani rebel chief says
would welcome help from arch-rival India

U.S Treasury?s Lew says Colombia peace
deal to boost investment, unlock new aid

Teen kills father, opens fire on
South Carolina schoolyard: police

The underground pipeline shaping
North Korea's new capitalists

U.S. senator: 'Unlikely' Cuba
ambassador will be approved this year

Chicago teachers union sets
October 11 strike date

Rise in Nigerian sex slavery in Italy
fueled by violence and 'juju' magic

The cost of cheap drugs? Toxic
Indian lake is 'superbug hotspot'

Britain must explain Brexit strategy
to limit uncertainty: think tank

Gabon president Bongo
names new prime minister

U.S. agency told Mylan that
EpiPen was misclassified

'Bridgegate' witness casts more doubt
on NJ Governor Christie's denials

German ministry says mother,
baby escape from Syria to Turkey

Ex-Fox anchor's doctor backs sexual
harassment claims against Ailes

Redstone's National Amusements to call on
CBS, Viacom to explore merger :sources

California, eyeing Cosby, ends
statute of limitations for rape

Minnesota pushes ahead with probe
of black motorist's shooting death

Two children, teacher shot at South
Carolina school; suspect in custody

U.S. condemns South Sudan opposition
leader's call for renewed war

Colombia's ELN rebels say ready
to start formal peace talks

OPEC agrees modest oil output
curbs in first deal since 2008

New Hampshire 'ballot selfie' ban
unconstitutional: appeals court

OPEC reaches first deal to cut
oil output since 2008: sources

Michigan Attorney General says
weak Detroit schools can be closed

Illinois attorney general appeals bar
on Election Day voter registration

Irish police officers to strike
for first time in pay dispute

Suspect caught in shooting of teacher,
two kids at South Carolina school

Congress rejects Obama veto, Saudi
September 11 bill becomes law

U.S. to send more troops to
Iraq ahead of Mosul battle

Shimon Peres, Israel's elder statesman
on defense and peacemaking, dies at 93

Wall Street rallies as
OPEC reaches output deal

Several hurt in shooting at South
Carolina elementary school: media

Syrian hacker sympathetic to
Assad pleads guilty in U.S. court

EU executive proposes
tighter lobbying rules

Professor arrives in Rwanda from
U.S. to face genocide trial

Wall Street reverses
loss, gains on oil rally

OPEC agrees to limit oil output
at 32.5 million barrels per day

Warplanes knock out Aleppo hospitals
as Russian-backed assault intensifies

Italy's Renzi pledges funds for
higher pensions, earlier retirement

Occupying schools, gunmen deny education to thousands
of children in Central African Republic: U.N.

German woman held in Syria escapes
with baby to Turkey: foreign ministry

Duterte declares upcoming
Philippines-U.S. war games 'the last one'

Yemeni rights inquiry not up
to the job, U.N. official says

Cuba welcomes ambassador nomination
but says Obama can do more

Scientists fix fractures with
3D-printed synthetic bone

Senators ask Justice Department to consider
probe of EpiPen Medicaid classification

U.S. judge approves but critiques
SEC's 'phantom' deal with bank

OPEC could announce oil freeze in
Algeria, details later: sources

Wall Street drops as
health, financials weigh

Catalonia to hold independence referendum
with or without Spain's consent

Sarkozy slips in French
Republican presidential race

Trump tries to soothe Polish-Americans'
concerns about his NATO stance

Polish PM replaces finance
minister as pushes stimulus plan

Oman detains judge who criticized
judiciary: rights group

Hunger 'deadlier than violence' in
Boko Haram-hit northeast Nigeria

Romanian Liberal Party head quits
pending graft investigation

CIA chief opposes bill allowing
9/11 suits against Saudi Arabia

EU seeks money for
joint defense programs

U.S. indicates more Chinese firms being
probed for North Korea sanctions breaches

Senior members of Spain's socialist
party resign in bid to oust leader

Forbes pegs Trump's wealth at $3.7
billion, $800 million less than last year

FBI Director calls 'stop and frisk'
an important tool when used right

Polish PM Szydlo dismissed
finance minister Szalamacha

Fed's Yellen says Puerto Rico faces
economic crisis, matter for Congress

Malaysian flight MH17 downed by
Russian-made missile: prosecutors

Yemen's Houthis must disband militias
under any peace deal: Saudi-led coalition

As Islamic State loses ground,
risk in U.S. rises: FBI official

Croatian president to hold more
coalition talks next month

Wall Street rises as energy,
financial stocks gain

Islamic State loses control of last
oil wells in Iraq: oil ministry

EU executive says emergency border checks
still valid though migrant influx has eased

Mother, brother of NYC bomb suspect
held in Afghanistan: report

U.S. to boost military presence
in Iraq for Mosul battle

Swiss air force grounds Super Puma
helicopters after fatal crash

Spain's Socialists at odds
over political deadlock

South Asia summit uncertain as India,
others pull out in snub to Pakistan

Washington Post calls for
Maine governor to resign

U.S. House leaders reach deal on
Flint, could avert government shutdown

Turkey to complete Syria border
wall within 5 months, official says

Bridgegate testimony could cut
Christie's last political lifeline

MH17 was shot down by Russian-made missile
fired from rebel-held area: prosecutors

Taliban leaders watched U.S. presidential
debate, blast 'non-serious' Trump

Saudis soften oil stance on Iran
but OPEC deal still elusive

Iran atomic chief sees no threat to nuclear
deal if Trump becomes U.S. president

French policy shift leaves
Gabon's Bongo out in the cold

Jordan's king swears in new government
headed by PM Mulki for second term

Special Report: Flawed CDC report left
Indiana children vulnerable to lead poisoning

Families: investigation found MH17 downed
from pro-Russia rebel held territory

Aleppo bombardments hit bakery,
damage hospitals: residents

Japan's Abe seeks breakthrough with
Russia on long-disputed islands

Turkey may need to build more courts
to try thousands over coup - minister

Polish PM to announce government
reshuffle on Wednesday: PAP

Bulgaria announces new candidate
Georgieva for U.N. leadership race

Philippine jail brawl wounds inmates
set to testify against Duterte rival

Putin faces dilemma after vote win: How
to prolong a system based on himself

Conservative HDZ poised to
form new Croatia government

Norway appeals court rejects
Snowden extradition lawsuit

Egypt arrests owner, crew
of shipwrecked migrant boat

Israel's elder statesman,
Shimon Peres, dies at 93

Denmark needs to extend temporary
border controls, PM says

Investigators to pinpoint rocket launch
that downed airliner over Ukraine

South Korea to widen Takata air
bag recall by 110,000 vehicles

Iraqi minister's downfall hurts
prospect for financial bailout

Five arrested on suspicion of
forming European Islamic State cell

Air strike hits major Aleppo
hospital: medical workers

U.S. tells Turkey it will respond soon to
demand for cleric's arrest: justice minister

U.S. strike in Afghanistan kills 18, most
militants but possibly civilians too

Bulgaria nominates EU Commissioner
Georgieva to run for U.N. Chief

RBS to pay $1.1 billion to resolve
some of its U.S. mortgage claims

Turkey arrests some 32,000 in coup plot
investigation since July - justice minister

Dotcom's appeal against extradition to U.S. winds
up in New Zealand, ruling likely weeks away

At your service: cyber criminals
for hire to militants, EU says

Tribal service deals could help
Dakota pipeline impasse: Whiting CEO

Seychelles vice president to
complete term of resigning president

Obama, Netanyahu mourn death
of Israel's Shimon Peres

Venezuela's Maduro calls for
new era of relations with U.S.

Israel's Shimon Peres, 93,
dies in Tel Aviv: Israel Radio

Former Israeli president
Shimon Peres dies at 93

Fed's Williams says U.S.
economy can handle rate hike

Wells Fargo CEO forfeits
millions as board orders review

New York City to pay $5.75 million
to settle black inmate death lawsuit

Asiana Airlines flight returning to
Los Angeles over smoke in cargo area

Slum dwellers squeezed out of India's
ambitious Smart Cities plan, activists say

As Pakistan army chief's tenure
nears end, PM faces key choice

Billionaire Elon Musk outlines
plans for humans to colonize Mars

Kashmiris warn India its crackdown
is turning some to militancy

Trump gets back on message
at first rally after debate

Brexit could put lives of vulnerable at
risk due to less charity funding: report

Benefit fund for Orlando club
shooting victims begins payments

Families of black victims killed
by Ohio police want federal probes

Obama names U.S. ambassador to
Cuba, setting up confirmation fight

FBI probes hacks targeting phones of
Democratic Party officials: sources

Sarkozy would offer UK new EU treaty
if he wins French presidency: FT

Magnitude 5.4 quake hits off
Greek island of Rhodes, no damage

Kansas judge extends voting rights for
those registered at motor vehicle offices

Court sides with New Jersey
mega-mall in financing challenge

Two California men charged in
suspected murder among 'furries'

U.S to deploy anti-missile system in
South Korea 'as soon as possible'

Facebook tells U.S. judge it takes
terroristic threats seriously

Number of unsolved crimes in
Mexico rose in 2015: poll

Overhaul of NY Penn Station,
post office advances

Obama nominates career diplomat
as U.S. ambassador to Cuba

Elon Musk outlines
Mars colonization plan

Philippine envoy's China trip
on hold till 'proper time'

Labour's Corbyn says
ready to win UK election

South Sudan rebels say government troops
attack base in north, threaten retaliation

'Bridgegate' witness says Governor
Christie knew of lane closures

More attacks foiled on French Riviera
since Nice carnage: prosecutor

Wall Street climbs in wake of
first presidential face-off

Charlotte shooting victim's wife said
he threatened family: court papers

India-Pakistan tensions rise
after Indian PM cancels trip

Federal judge limits some Election
Day voter registration in Illinois

Seychelles president says to
resign on Oct 16 - state house

U.S., Japan, South Korea consider
more steps against North Korea: U.S.

Trump tweets he raised $13 million
in 24 hours in online donations

Obama power plant rules
face key test in court

FBI believes cellphones of some
Democrats targeted by hackers: sources

Illinois man pleads guilty in
celebrity nude-photo hacking scandal

Clinton seeks to keep Trump on
defensive after presidential debate

West Coast dockworkers, shippers
to talk contract extension

Opponents of Saudi 9/11 bill keep up
fight ahead of veto override vote

U.N. calls for support for Libya
government, upholding of ban on arms

Senior national security official
to leave Justice Department

Houston police identify shooting
suspect who wounded nine

Germany boosts security for Muslim
centres in Dresden after mosque bombing

U.S. senators accuse Yahoo of
'unacceptable' delay in hack discovery

A modest bump for Clinton in
online wagering hours after debate

Stop-gap bill to avoid government
shutdown fails Senate procedural vote

Lawsuit on Maryland man's death after
911 call awaits autopsy: lawyer

Trump vows to hit Clinton harder
in next presidential debate

Caesars strikes deal to end
main unit's costly bankruptcy

U.S. announces $400 million more
in humanitarian aid for Syrians

Iowa city flood prevention
system holds back Cedar River

Gunmen in Somalia
kill radio journalist

U.S. established working group to
stop Middle East migrant smugglers

Northern California wildfire forces
hundreds to evacuate mountainous area

Female Boko Haram victims in Nigerian
camps forced to sell sex as food runs out

EU Commissioner says Denmark can't
have 'parallel' Europol deal

California changes laws so children
can no longer be prostitutes

Death toll in migrant shipwreck
off Egypt rises to 202

NY blast kills highest ranking
firefighter since Sept. 11 attacks

Panama sends U.S. extradition
request for ex-president Martinelli

India's Modi scraps planned visit
to Pakistan for regional summit

Rebels could become guides,
cheesemakers in post-war Colombia

Appeals court blocks
Pennsylvania hospital merger

Deeply divided, Britain's Labour
fails to challenge May on Brexit

Kirby Inland Marine to pay $4.9
million penalty over oil spill

Senators ask Yahoo CEO for
details of hack investigation

Explosion kills firefighter,
injures 10 at Bronx, N.Y. home

Pakistan warns of 'water war' with
India if decades-old treaty violated

Facebook to appeal German
order on WhatsApp data

Samsung recovers around 60 percent of
recalled Note 7s in South Korea, U.S., Europe

Uber launches global assault
on food delivery market

Eighteen U.S. states asked for help
to secure voter systems: secretary

Syrian government launches
Aleppo ground attack

Zimbabwe police fire
teargas on street vendors

Gaza fishermen feel caught by
Israel's tight security net

Kenya takes steps to replace
election officials after protests

Malaysian ex-deputy PM expects opposition
to form new alliance by year-end

Ban on face veils advances
in Swiss parliament

Seven injured in gas
explosion at Bronx, N.Y. home

Trump's debate sniffs
take off on social media

Kyrgyz President has recovered, may
leave hospital this week: office

Scotland tells London: Give us
clarity on what Brexit means

Sri Lanka police exhume journalist's
body in murder he predicted

Iran's Ahmadinejad says will not
make presidential comeback bid

Europe's bank angst
sours U.S. debate rally

Gas explosion at NYC home injures
multiple people -fire official

Britain's fear of European
army muddles EU defense plan

World stocks, Mexico peso bounce
as markets score one for Clinton

WTO cuts 2016 world trade growth forecast
to 1.7 percent, cites wake-up call

Azerbaijan vote lengthens Aliyev's
time in office, boosts his powers

Taiwan's third typhoon of the month
kills at least four, injures hundreds

Scotland says wants clarity on
Brexit, warns of 'hard Brexit' risks

German regulator orders Facebook
to delete WhatsApp user data

Blasts kill at least 17 in
Baghdad: police, medics

Islamist rebel gets 9 years
imprisonment for Timbuktu destruction

Love or hate him, EU fears
losing truculent favorite Renzi

Helicopter crashes en route to Chevron
Angola oil platform, at least four dead

Azerbaijan hands Aliyev
longer term in office

China ruling party to focus
on graft at key October meet

Days before referendum, Amnesty criticizes
Hungary over treatment of migrants

War crimes court convicts Mali
Islamist for destroying Timbuktu sites

Britain opposes EU defense
plans, claims support

Singapore accuses Chinese paper of
fabricating South China Sea story

Clinton assails Trump in blistering
U.S. presidential debate

Asian viewers give nod to Clinton
after first presidential debate

Israel's Netanyahu in a
spin over dirty laundry

China upset as U.S. sanctions firm
tied to North Korea nuclear program

German minister sets March deadline
for fight against online hate

Thailand investigates four cases of
suspected Zika-linked microcephaly

Trip to China by Philippine
special envoy Ramos canceled

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