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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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Reuters News
Canadian authorities seek to
contain oil spill moving down river


Attacking Trump, Democrat Kaine
makes campaign-trail debut


Gunmen in Armenia release last hostages,
demand president's resignation


Hundreds of homes evacuated as
wildfire spreads north of Los Angeles


Pokemon GO blamed for illegal
border crossing from Canada to U.S.


Peru's Fujimori asks for pardon
ahead of presidential transition


French president's support rating
inches up despite Nice attack: poll


FBI led Brazil to suspected militants
mulling Olympic attack: prosecutor


Putin, Netanyahu discuss cooperation
against Middle East terrorism -agencies


Islamic State claims responsibility
for Kabul attack, 80 dead


Colorado town finds no marijuana
chemical in water, cancels restrictions


Turkey's Erdogan shuts schools, charities
in first state of emergency decree


Tropical Storm Darby nears
Hawaii, emergency declared


Munich gunman fixated on mass
killing, had no Islamist ties


Women in male-dominated career fields
watch a unique U.S. presidential campaign


Thirteen Welsh teenagers
injured in French bus crash


Venezuela opposition leader
Lopez awaits appeal verdict


At least 61 dead, 207 wounded
in Kabul demonstration attack


ASEAN in discord ahead of meeting
with top China, U.S. diplomats


China completes world's largest
amphibious aircraft: Xinhua


Kerry to urge ASEAN to find diplomatic
ways to ease South China Sea tensions


Munich gunman raised locally,
no ties to Islamic State


Rebel Nagorno-Karabakh says one soldier
killed, one wounded by Azeri fire


Trench cuts off Iraq's Falluja
from the north following IS defeat


Turkey's Erdogan, using emergency decree,
shuts private schools, charities, unions


Suicide bombers at Kabul
demonstration kill at least 29


Hungary's Orban likes what he hears
of 'valiant' Trump's security plans


A photographer's challenge: Libyan forces
battle for Islamic State stronghold


G20 nations pledge to bolster
defenses against Brexit headwinds


Kerry, on private travel to Nice,
to visit American hurt in attack


Zimbabwe threatens "traitorous"
war veterans after Mugabe attack


At least 10 die in blast at march
in Afghan capital Kabul: officials


Turkey keen for mention in
G20 communique, but rejected


Kerry to press ASEAN meeting to launch
talks on South China Sea disputes


Wildfire forces 300 homes to
evacuate north of Los Angeles


Former Argentina leader slams
corruption probes as political plot


UK's Cameron made last-ditch pre-vote
appeal to Merkel over immigration: BBC


Russian balloonist sets world
record for circumnavigation


Islamic State said to shun withdrawal
offer in surrounded Syrian city


Turkey's Erdogan orders closure of
more schools, extends detention period


Heavy rain in China kills at
least 87, thousands evacuated


Malaysian police say bomb plot
on top officers foiled, 14 held


India searches for missing air
force plane, no wreckage found


Members of Afghan Hazara minority
protest in Kabul over power line route


Hawaii issues emergency proclamation
ahead of Tropical Storm Darby


National Football League demands interviews
with four players named in PED report


German-Iranian gunman kills nine
in Munich, then himself: police


Democrat Clinton picks Kaine as
running mate, bypassing liberals


Indian aid worker kidnapped
in Afghanistan released


Hornets co-owner hits out
at All Star Game move


Silicon Valley leads avalanche
of quarterly reports


Peruvians march to call for
release of former leader Fujimori


Dallas police job applications
surge after fatal ambush attacks


Mexico to investigate migrant
children drowned off Pacific coast


Alaska's top court rejects
parental notice for abortions


Banned Australia sports scientist
injured after shots fired at home


Clinton picks Kaine, able
governing partner, as running mate


Kaine's crime-busting past may
hurt Clinton's outreach to blacks


Likely lone gunman in Munich
mall shooting found dead: police


Virginia's top court rules against
move to restore felons' voting rights


EgyptAir Flight 804 broke up in
midair after a fire: NY Times


Kerry's Syria plan with Russia faces
deep skepticism in U.S., abroad


Obama signs into law opioid
addiction bill to protect newborns


Brazil holds terror suspects, seeks
leads about possible Olympic threat


Judge tentatively rejects bid to
toss Trump University lawsuit


U.S. accuses three more of
multimillion-dollar text message scam


California governor signs bill to
require registration of 'ghost guns'


Pennsylvania lawyer gets six months
in prison for insider trading


New York pizzeria owner, son guilty in
U.S. drug case tied to Italian mafia


Gunmen kill at least eight in Munich
shopping mall, shooters on the run


Florida tests more than 200
residents in Zika probe


Three Florida men charged with
attempting to support Islamic State


Two Florida officers on leave after
shooting of unarmed black man


Trump pulls nearly even with Clinton after
Republican convention: Reuters/Ipsos poll


Russian serviceman killed by
self-detonating bomb in Syria: TASS


Fourteen bodies found after
'execution' in Benghazi, Libya


First baby with Zika-related birth
defect born in New York City


U.N. authorizes states to help
Libya dispose of chemicals


Former Ku Klux Klan leader Duke
runs for U.S. Senate in Louisiana


Michigan courthouse shooter vowed
in a letter to escape or die


Deal struck for New Jersey gasoline
tax increase to fund road projects


Multiple casualties in shooting rampage
in Munich shopping mall: police


Funeral for slain Baton Rouge
police officer draws thousands


Kerry, Russian foreign minister
to discuss Syria in coming days


Convicted spy Pollard urges
reversal of U.S. parole conditions


U.S. asks phone companies to provide
'robocall' blocking technology


Obama: dark Trump vision
'doesn't really jibe' with facts


Up to 20 dead as northern Mali
fighting threatens peace deal


Palermo court says people smuggler
arrested in Sudan is right man


Erdogan announces army overhaul
in latest post-coup shakeup


Catalan support for split
from Spain grows: poll


Obama: fears expressed at Republican
convention not based on fact


French state of emergency a
threat to human rights: NGO


Syrian opposition turns
to Pokemon to win support


University of California may curb 'study
abroad' program after student deaths


Obama, after meeting Mexican leader,
praises Mexico as critical partner


Ex-New York City jail guard union
boss pleads not guilty to bribery


Police from across U.S. honor
Baton Rouge officer at funeral


Grenade explodes near
mosque in Yemen's Sanaa


U.N. envoy eyes new Syrian
peace talks in Geneva in August


J&J unit Acclarent to pay $18
million to settle false claims case


Austin policeman being probed after
slamming black woman to ground


U.S. charges three people in $1
billion Medicare fraud scheme


Poland amends constitutional court
law, opposition says more work needed


German train attacker tried to
destroy SIM card: Spiegel magazine


Kaine leads as Democrat Clinton
nears a running mate choice


Migrants in Serbia start march
to Hungary and hunger strike


Colombia reaches deal with
truckers to lift 45-day strike


Deere to lay off 120
employees at Moline factory


Democrat Clinton nears a choice
on running mate, Kaine eyed


Undocumented immigrants given
roles at Democratic convention


Nearly 3,000 dead in Mediterranean
already this year: IOM


American fighting with Kurds against
Islamic State killed in Syria


Indian military plane with 29 on
board missing in Bay of Bengal


Turkey rebuffs EU on death penalty, as
Erdogan calls for 'new blood' in army


Libyan forces report gains
against IS in battle for Sirte


When does Brexit mean Brexit:
Could the UK change its mind?


GE profit beats estimates
as power revenue jumps


Former Bosnian Serb leader Karadzic
appeals genocide conviction


Libyan forces claim gains in fierce
fighting against IS in Sirte


As Republicans anoint Trump, party
grapples with identity crisis


War-split Cyprus on edge
as Turkey reels in crisis


Japan business lobby says Abe
government can't rely on nuclear energy


Trump lawyers to urge dismissal
of university case in U.S. court


Exclusive: Top Obama aide to take call
for South China Sea calm to Beijing


Bulgaria braces for migrant
arrivals after Turkey?s failed coup


North Korean Air Koryo plane
makes emergency landing in China


Most Germans fear terrorist attack
after train ax assault: poll


Fears for peace deal as fighting
flares in Mali's desert north


Search for missing Malaysian MH370
to be suspended: joint panel


U.N. envoy hopes Geneva meeting
will pave way for Syria peace talks


Fighting flares up again in
northern Mali town of Kidal


Cars burned north of Paris in third night
of tension over death in police hands


Bahrain says dismantles
Iran-linked militant cell


Philippine woman will not be in
Indonesia's next round of executions


Flight MH370 search to be 'suspended'
if not found in current search area


Volkswagen to halt sales of most vehicles
in South Korea amid emissions probe


Philippines' oil still in troubled
waters after South China Sea ruling


Chicago police officer shot, suspect
killed in exchange of gunfire


A carnival of contrasting views near
Cleveland's Republican convention


A divided Republican party:
Donald or Ivanka for president?


Pentagon revises law of war manual
after criticism of press treatment


Trump accepts Republican nomination,
vows to put 'America first'


Papua New Guinea PM survives
no-confidence vote but strikes remain


Trump vows law and order if
elected, sharply criticizes Clinton


Glitzy parties, bowling: Scenes from
the other Republican convention


High water mark: active marijuana
ingredient found in U.S. town well


Peter Thiel tells Republican
convention he is 'proud to be gay'


To wonks hungry for policy details,
Trump team serves lighter fare


Chinese anti-graft protest leader
arrested for taking bribes: Xinhua


Erdogan vows Turkish military
shake-up as emergency rule takes hold


Mental age of accused Arizona
'jihadist' is less than 13, parents say


Former California police officer
arrested on suspicion of rape


Forecasts of convention bonanza
fall short for Cleveland businesses


Trump sharpens attack on Clinton,
vows law and order if elected


Erdogan says Turkey's military to
be restructured after abortive coup


Trump will offer indictment of
Clinton, vow order if elected


Vatican invited to mediate
in Venezuela crisis


Trump warns he could end
NATO guarantee, scrap NAFTA


Nigeria's Buhari says government talking
to Niger Delta militants: statement


NBA pulls All-Star Game from
Charlotte over transgender law


Man charged in fatal shooting
of Kansas police officer


Kerry calls for new measures to
counter changing Islamic State


Suspect surrenders after tossing fake
bomb into police van in Manhattan


Doctors devise care plan for babies
as Zika threat looms in U.S.


Trump will use speech to pledge
law and order if elected


Judge shrinks Madoff trustee $905
million lawsuit versus Florida firm


France tells Palestinian leader
of concern at Mideast situation


UK opposition Labour leader Corbyn
says must respect Brexit vote result


Discrimination against Muslims an
affront of American values: Obama


Brazil arrests 10 for 'amateur'
terror plot against Olympics


Clinton faces pressure to pick VP
who is tough on trade, Wall Street


Trump in the spotlight for big
Cleveland convention speech


Republicans divided ahead
of big Trump speech


Erdogan vows military shake-up as
Turkey seeks to assuage critics


White House calls for Malaysian
transparency in wake of fund scandal


Shooting of unarmed black man in Florida
heightens calls for police review


U.S. judge suspends Michigan's
ban on straight-ticket voting


Ex-Western Asset employee avoids
prison for computer intrusion


Former Portugal Prime Minister Guterres
front runner to be next U.N. chief


Exclusive: Possible early North
Korean nuclear site found - report


U.N. memo on South Sudan leaves
out criticism of Britain


Texan gets one-and-a-half years in
prison for running bitcoin Ponzi scheme


Arab-American bias lawsuit against
JPMorgan can proceed: U.S. judge


Trump NATO plan would be sharp
break with decades-long U.S. policy


Fox News chief Ailes resigns
after sexual harassment claims


U.S. warns of potential imminent
threat to citizens in Jeddah


Texans may use postcard, affidavit
for voter ID after court faults law


NATO commitment has no caveats:
British defense secretary


Divisive Ailes gave conservatives a
TV home at Fox News


France's Hollande urges UK to deliver
Brexit soon but offers May some time


Rescuers recover 17 bodies,
pick up 1,128 boat migrants


Father of EU divorce clause demands
tough stance on British exit


Libyan forces launch new assault
to oust Islamic State from Sirte


South Sudan's president asks vice
president to return to capital


U.N. Security Council holds first
ballot to choose next U.N. chief


Trump-Cruz rift roils Republicans on day
meant to unite party and rally Americans


Texan gets 10 years in U.S. prison
for Russian tech export scheme


Hollande says understands UK
needs time to prepare for Brexit


Exclusive: White House to review ban on
military gear for police - police leaders


Cuba objects to U.S. lawmakers'
attempts to stop flights


Newly developed wheel converts any
bicycle into an electric vehicle


EU relaxes trade rules with Jordan
to create jobs for Syrian refugees


Trump leaves some on Wall
Street wary and confused


Brazil arrests 'amateur' group
accused of Olympics terror plot


U.S. moves to block massive health
insurer deals led by Anthem, Aetna


Kenyan police kill two suspected
members of Somalia's al Shabaab


As Islamic State spreads, U.S.
officials urge more information sharing


"Make Republicans Whole Again!" A divided
party struggles to rally behind Trump


Zimbabwe to pay army, police
late as cash crisis deepens


GM says it may recall 4.3 million
vehicles over Takata air bags


Trump calls for new
standards to aid NATO allies


Russian Olympic ban upheld, Moscow
denounces 'crime against sport'


Video shows black man with hands
up before Florida police shooting


I'm not Trump's 'servile puppy
dog,' Republican Cruz says


'Mission Impossible': Tight
Brexit timeline unsettles Germans


Iraq's domestic security must catch up
to military gains, defense minister says


Florida investigators to lead probe
of North Miami police shooting


U.S. envoy says liberation of Mosul
from Islamic State 'now in sight'


Police warn UK opposition
lawmaker Eagle of safety risks


U.S. Attorney General says
gathering info on Florida shooting


Investment banker Galanis pleads
guilty in Gerova stock scam


Brazil arrests group plotting 'acts
of terrorism' before Olympics


Saudi Arabia denies issuing
new fatwa against Pokemon


U.S. has 'ironclad' commitment to
NATO mutual defense: White House


Republican Cruz says he's not
Trump's 'servile puppy dog'


UAE tycoon Qubaisi named in
billion-dollar U.S. suits


India to consider alternatives to
pellet gun use in Kashmir: minister


U.S. regulators sue to block Anthem-Cigna,
Aetna-Humana insurer mergers


Defiant Cruz drives home new
attack on Republican Trump


Musk's new 'master plan' for Tesla
big on vision, short on detail


'Do more,' families of MH370
passengers tell Malaysia, China


Justice Dept. to announce significant
antitrust matter on Thursday


French police conduct anti-terror
swoop north of Paris: officials


U.S. jobless claims hit three-month
low; factory activity weakens


Hours-long standoff with would-be
N.Y. bomber ends with arrest


France orders inquiry into
policing on night of Nice attack


Police investigate attempted abduction
of UK serviceman at air base


China vows to use market forces
to boost defense capabilities


They held a convention in Cleveland,
and (so far) few protesters came


Party revolt forces UK opposition
leader Corbyn back to campaign stump


Greek MPs set to lower voting
age, abolish bonus seats


SABMiller to scrutinize AB InBev mega-deal
after regulator approval: chairman


U.S. lawsuits link Malaysian leader
to stolen money from 1MDB fund


Czech leader hopes U.S. will remain
solid NATO partner whoever wins vote


GM recalling nearly 290,000
U.S. cars for air bag defect


Myanmar frees BBC reporter
from jail after appeal


Hungary's Orban says 'obvious connection'
between terrorism and migration


Turkey says no return to past
repression despite state of emergency


'Don't call me Excellency': Philippines
anti-pomp president bans honorifics


Britain needs Brexit debate, says
woman behind legal challenge


Sports court rejects Russian appeal
against Olympic athletics ban


U.S.-backed Syrian force gives Islamic
State 48 hours to leave Manbij


Trump, after night of mayhem at
convention, takes center stage


MH370 search team raises prospect
plane could lie elsewhere


Thailand ramps up referendum
campaign with songs, TV shows


Trusted allies: why Putin won't fire
sports minister over doping scandal


Blockbuster ratings may give Fox
News room to revive after Ailes exit


France orders Nice policing
inquiry after July 14 attack


U.S. ship visit set to end standoff
with New Zealand over nuclear policy


Japan warns on Pokemon GO safety
as impatient gamers await launch


China's Panchen Lama carries out religious
rite in Tibet, first in 50 years


Libya's U.N.-backed government condemns
France for not coordinating military presence


Bangladesh arrests four militants
in hunt for cafe attack Islamists


U.S. sues to seize $1 billion in
assets tied to Malaysian state fund


Syrian opposition calls for
suspension of U.S.-led air strikes


Malaysia's Najib unmoved after U.S.
lawsuits linked to 1MDB scandal


Trump raises new questions about
commitment to NATO allies: NYT


UK nuclear submarine in 'glancing collision'
near Gibraltar, no reactor damage


Five to appear in Paris court
in connection with Nice attack


Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi accepts
Obama's invitation to visit the U.S.


French Riviera attack darkens clouds
over Hollande's re-election hopes


Teenage Hong Kong protest leader
found guilty of unlawful assembly


Crowds attack French police for second
night over death of arrested man


Long bitter enemies, Malaysia's Anwar and
Mahathir join forces against premier Najib


As Republican Party tries to heal
wounds, discord rules at convention


Helping autistic man, black therapist
shot by Florida police: media


President Xi urges Chinese Muslims
to resist religious 'infiltration'


Ted Cruz jeered for refusing to back
Trump, exposing Republican rift


Hong Kong student activists found
guilty of protest-related charges


South Korea's Park calls for
unity over THAAD deployment


Once a self-funder, Trump's new
fundraising machine ramps up


Malaysia opposition leader urges
PM to step down amid 1MDB scandal


We've been looking in the wrong
place, MH370 search team says


Musk 'master plan' expands Tesla
into trucks, buses and car sharing


Eighteen protesters arrested in
Cleveland after scuffle with police


China eyes eight cruise ships
to serve South China Sea


Show us the money: 'Wolf of Wall
Street' probe may boost profits


AB InBev, SABMiller deal wins U.S.
approval, adds craft beer protections


Airbnb hires ex-U.S. Attorney
General to help shape policy


Exclusive: Trump considering fracking mogul
Harold Hamm as energy secretary - sources


China upset by U.S. Republican
platform on South China Sea, Tibet


Oil Search bows to ExxonMobil
in battle for InterOil


Facing Republican scrutiny, Trump-Pence
ticket aims to show harmony


Child hunger and death rising in
Zimbabwe due to drought, charity says


Awkward and divided, Trump-Pence
ticket faces Republican scrutiny


Los Angeles airport approves
Delta terminal plan


Green Republicans resist Trump's
climate denial in Cleveland


Trump employee apologizes
for Melania speech 'chaos'


Accused teen 'jihadist' ordered
held without bond in Arizona


Waste fears as Afghan soldiers
cash in on spent ammo


Argentine fossils shed light
on vicious group of dinosaurs


U.S. appeals court finds Texas
voter ID law discriminatory


Mali declares three-month state of
emergency as Islamist violence surges


Former Baylor football player
charged with sexual assault


Strong demand from China
buoys Qualcomm forecast


Syrian rebel group investigates
beheading of child seen in video


Massachusetts attorney general
bans 'copycat' assault weapons


Turkey's Erdogan declares state
of emergency after coup bid


U.S. blacklists three al
Qaeda members living in Iran


Guantanamo judge nixes Sept. 11
suspect's bid for new lawyers


EBay beats revenue estimate,
bumps up forecasts


Questions cloud Trump campaign after
writer apologizes for speech 'chaos'


Armed men steal gold and silver
from Agnico Eagle's mine in Mexico


U.S. clears 'Guantanamo
Diary' author for release


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