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Commentary: In Russia’s so-called election, tech was a big loser

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The electoral farce that took place in Russia last week was hardly interesting as a political event: Once again, the main Kremlin-backed party, United Russia, retained a constitutional majority in parliament in a procedure that only President Vladimir Putin’s propagandists could deem free or fair; this time around, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe couldn’t even send observers because of restrictions imposed by the Russian government.

Instagram is no place for kids

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Social media is a minefield of adolescent anxieties, as any parent can attest. Numerous studies have suggested a connection between excessive use of online platforms (and the devices used to access them) and worrying trends in teenage mental health, including higher rates of depressive symptoms, reduced happiness and an increase in suicidal thoughts.

Francis Wilkinson: With climate change, there may be no best place to live

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Climate change is having a breakout performance this year. Throughout the U.S., the slow-motion calamity long described in scientific studies and news articles has been visible to the naked eye or felt on tingling flesh — here too wet, there too dry, everywhere too hot. It’s only human to wonder where the higher, safer ground might be. Where to run?

Stephen L. Carter: Pay Americans $1,000 each to get vaccinated

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I’m a strong supporter of getting a vaccination for COVID-19. (I’ve had two plus my booster.) And I agree that getting shots into the arms of most of the 70 to 75 million U.S. adults who remain unvaccinated is a matter of public urgency.

Commentary: Is the mu variant more dangerous than delta?

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The highly infectious delta variant has sparked a new wave of COVID-19 cases and deaths worldwide in recent months, hampering reopenings and slowing the economic recovery.

Commentary: Facebook is too secretive. Its oversight board should change that

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Boards are notorious for group think and spinelessness. In Facebook’s case, a board could make a difference.

Commentary: Tax and spending plan is antidote for decades of neglect

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Democrats have released a $2.9 trillion tax proposal that they hope might stifle debates about how they will fund a $3.5 trillion social spending plan meant to boost the economy by addressing income inequality and decades of uneven prosperity. Washington being Washington, those debates are about to get heated.

Freedom of religion means freedom to say no to vaccines

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Whether you are religious believer or an atheist, it’s galling to realize that some people are feigning religious objections to COVID-19 vaccines to avoid compliance with mandates.

The explanation for seemingly irrational COVID behavior

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Many reactions to COVID-19 can be explained by one simple concept: intertemporal substitution. Its awkward name notwithstanding, the idea helps to make sense of many behaviors that otherwise might appear irrational.

Commentary: Texas upends the Republican ‘leave us alone coalition’

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Whether Texas’s anti-abortion law survives inevitable Supreme Court scrutiny, it may already have done irreparable damage to what was once known as the conservative movement — despite delivering a crucial part of that movement its greatest win.

Commentary: What FDR got right and Biden got wrong about relief

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On Labor Day, 7.5 million Americans lost their federal unemployment benefits, and another 3 million unemployed lost the $300 bonus that had been in place since March.

Commentary: These school mask mandate violators are celebrating selfishness

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Future historians seeking to understand the decline of Western Civilization will want to pay close attention to what happened in public schools in southeast Michigan this week.

Michael R. Strain: Raise the debt ceiling, Republicans. You’ll be glad you did

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It’s unfortunate but true: Influential Republican politicians are playing another round of political chicken that could easily lead to a damaging brush with default on the national debt.

Are we safer now? homeland security leaders reflect, 20 years after 9/11

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The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks left the U.S. with national trauma, two decades of war, and the biggest shuffle of federal bureaucracy in American history.

Commentary: Guinea can’t shake the resource curse or its political woes

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For many Guineans, the scenes that played out on Sunday were a blast from the not-so-distant past: A military officer in dark glasses and fatigues on television dissolving the government and the constitution, unauthenticated videos of a disheveled-looking, apparently overthrown president, gunfire on the streets of Conakry.

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