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Out for a run the other day along a stretch on a busy road, I saw a "for sale" sign on a house. That got me to wondering about the downsides of living on a busy road, and further wondering: do people who live on busy roads stay in their houses for shorter periods of time than people on quiet streets? Is real estate turnover higher on busy roads?

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What’s the Government Doing Targeting Civil Rights Leaders?

The NSA and FBI are targeting prominent American Muslims, including civil rights activists, academics, and a former government official, we learned in a troubling report released last night.
Their emails have been stored, their movements have been monitored, and their relationships have been tracked. No detail has proved too remote for the prying eyes of the NSA and FBI.

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The Hobby Lobby Stages of Grief: Stage 2, Anger

Have you recovered from last week’s brutal Hobby Lobby opinion yet? I haven’t. According to the Kübler-Ross model of grief, I am still only at stage 2: anger.
And you know what? I’m not okay with reaching acceptance.

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U.N. to Confront United States on Persistent Racial Discrimination

Imagine the government taking away your two children in a hearing that lasts less than 60 seconds.
Madonna Pappan and her husband, members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, don’t have to imagine it, because it happened to them. And they’re not alone: An American Indian child in South Dakota is 11 times more likely to be sent to foster care than a non-Indian child.

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Children Shouldn’t Be Left Alone in Immigration Court

Eleven-year-old Luisa was too young to apply on her own for a visa to come from Guatemala to the United States where she hoped to be reunited with her mother. But since federal immigration authorities detained her last year in Texas, Luisa has learned that she is apparently not too young to act as her own lawyer as federal immigration officials move to deport her back to her native Guatemala.

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America Should Always Be a Refuge From Violence

This past weekend's Fourth of July holiday made me nostalgic for the Independence Day celebrations of my childhood.

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2014 Immigration Session Roundup

President Barack Obama kicked off 2014 with a strong statement of support for immigration reform, declaring, “It is time to heed the call of business leaders, labor leaders, faith leaders, and law enforcement – and fix our broken immigration system.” In the months since the State of the Union Address, the frustrating stagnation in Congress has led many to become disheartened with the prospect of federal reform. Though a great deal of focus on immigration reform has been at the federal level, states have continued to make progress while the matter is considered by Congress

What the Bears’ Brandon Marshall’s Struggles With Mental Illness Teach Us About the Criminal Justice System

In a recent article in ESPN the Magazine, Chicago Bears All-Pro Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall admitted that in 2011 he was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.

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Investigating the Imaginary Thought Police

Earlier this year, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, abruptly abandoned a survey of Americans’ media information needs, which, despite its modest scope, would have provided crucial data for the FCC in its efforts to maintain viewpoint diversity in our increasingly concentrated media markets.

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8 Items That You Cannot Store in Self Storage for Your Health

We found this helpful article over at ezinearticles.com. It really seems to fit here. I edited it a bit, to fit with a Texas Health audience.

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