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"In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but how many can get through to you."

—Mortimer Adler (b. 1902) American philosopher, educator, How to Read a Book

 

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More Americans Favor Mixing Religion And Politics, Survey Says  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:36:04 -0400
The poll by Pew's Religion & Public Life Project also shows that three-quarters of survey participants believe religion's influence on American life is waning. 
Your Guide To Dining From The Dump  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:49:28 -0400
Maximus Thaler really puts his money (or at least, his morals) where his mouth is when it comes to food waste. He's a dumpster diver. And he's happy to share tips for foraging from trash bins safely. 
Obama: Coalition Against ISIS Shows 'This Is Not America's Fight Alone'  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:43:00 -0400
The president praised the five Arab nations that joined in airstrikes against extremists in Syria and said it should be clear that there are "no safe havens" for those who threaten America. 
Airstrikes Move To Syria, Target More Than Just ISIS  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:48:00 -0400
The strikes, supported by five Arab nations, are a major escalation in the campaign and hit other extremist groups, including one that the Pentagon says is planning to attack U.S. interests. 
As U.N. Leaders Prepare To Meet, Many Issues Vie For Attention  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:04:00 -0400
Multiple crises could be difficult for diplomats to make priorities with so many key issues at stake: the Ebola crisis, terrorism in the Middle East and the war in Ukraine — just to name a few. 
House Lawmakers To Hold Hearing On White House Security Issues  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:04:00 -0400
New details are emerging about Friday's incident when a man scaled a fence and reached the White House before the Secret Service subdued him. The incident is prompting questions about lax security. 
Treasury Announces Steps To Reduce Corporate Tax Dodges  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:04:00 -0400
They're meant to discourage tax inversions by U.S. corporations. Inversions take place when a company merges with a foreign partner and re-incorporates overseas as a way to avoid U.S. taxes. 
Death Cuts Short The Life Of An Alzheimer's Research Volunteer  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 03:34:00 -0400
Justin McCowan wanted to help find a cure for Alzheimer's because it's more common in people like him who have Down syndrome. He died in his sleep last week at age 40. 
As Run-Ins Rise, Police Take Crash Courses On Handling Mentally Ill  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 03:33:00 -0400
As the availability of mental health services has declined, many police departments have trained Crisis Intervention Teams to respond to people with mental illness. 
Avoid The Rush! Some ERs Are Taking Appointments  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 03:27:00 -0400
Nobody looks forward to sitting in the waiting room. So some hospitals are trying to improve customer satisfaction by offering online appointments. The pitch: "Wait for the ER from home." 
U.S., Allies Hit Islamic State Targets In Syria, Pentagon Says  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:38:00 -0400
The Pentagon said it had used fighter, bomber and Tomahawk missiles during the mission launched on Monday. 
Treasury Announces New Steps To Reduce Corporate Tax Dodges  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:28:00 -0400
The Treasury said corporations were increasingly moving their parent companies overseas to dodge U.S. taxes. The Treasury said the practice erodes the tax base. 
Why Did Congress Kick The Can On Funding Islamic State Mission?  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:39:00 -0400
The president got approval for his plan to train and equip Syrian opposition fighters, but lawmakers didn't approve funds to pay for it or the broader air campaign. 
Giving Chickens Bacteria ... To Keep Them Antibiotic-Free  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:11:00 -0400
What does it take to get chickens off antibiotics? According to Perdue Farms, an added dose of the "good bacteria" known as probiotics can help crowd out the harmful microbes that make a chicken sick. 
With Dark Humor, Anger And Empathy, Women Respond To The NFL  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:00:00 -0400
Women, who make up 45 percent of the NFL's fan base, are critical of the league's handling of domestic abuse scandals. But some still support their teams and express sympathy for the players.