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Study finds religious priming does not promote self-control

New research casts doubt on the claim that merely thinking about religious and moral concepts promotes higher levels of self-control. The study, published in the July issue of Journal of Articles in Support of the Null Hypothesis, found religious and moral priming had no effect on participants’ ability to delay…

New EPA chief: Can we stop talking about regulations killing jobs, please?

By Richard Valdmanis and Valerie Volcovici CAMBRIDGE, Mass./WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Delivering her first speech as the top U.S. environmental steward, Gina McCarthy on Tuesday pre-empted a frequent mantra of critics of the Environmental Protection Agency – that the agency’s regulations disrupt the economy and cost jobs. The benefits derived from…

Senate confirms full slate of labor board nominees

By Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate on Tuesday voted to confirm five nominees to the National Labor Relations Board, marking the first time in a decade that the bipartisan agency that oversees union elections and polices unfair labor practices has had a full Senate-confirmed slate of five members.…

U.S. to declassify documents on NSA spy programs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. spy agencies plan to release newly declassified documents as early as this week about the National Security Agency surveillance programs revealed by former contractor Edward Snowden, and also material related to a secret intelligence court, a U.S. intelligence official said on Tuesday. The declassified documents were…

The 5 most shocking revelations about the government’s prosecution of Aaron Swartz you haven’t heard

Internet activist and Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz’s suicide in January 2013 shocked friends, family and admirers alike. Friends, family and fellow activists blamed an overzealous prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s office — an allegation prosecutors denied — over Swartz’s efforts to download the entire JSTOR academic database on the Massachusetts…

Obama’s tax code bargain: Lower corporate tax rate but eliminate loopholes

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday will propose lowering corporate tax rates in exchange for eliminating loopholes in a renewed bid to strike a fiscal deal with rival Republicans. The reheated tax reform plan, first proposed and then rejected by Republicans in 2011, is part of a renewed bid by…

British clubs ban Russian vodka over anti-LGBT laws

Some of London’s biggest gay venues are boycotting Russian vodka as part of a global movement to highlight the Kremlin’s anti-gay laws. The G-A-Y Group, which runs the famous Heaven superclub, is among those removing Russian products after President Vladimir Putin’s government banned “gay propaganda” and cracked down on gay…

New York City’s ban on giant sodas struck down by appeals court

New York’s bid to ban giant, sugary sodas on public health grounds suffered a new setback on Tuesday when an appeals court upheld a ruling striking down the proposed legislation. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has championed the measure as part of the fight against an obesity epidemic and rampant diabetes,…

Senate urges financial regulators to implement reforms

US senators pressed regulators on Tuesday to speed up implementation of financial service industry reforms aimed at reducing risks from transactions like derivatives swaps that contributed to the 2007 financial crisis. Mary Jo White, head of the Securities and Exchange Commission, which is charged with regulating US markets and securities,…

What we know thanks to Bradley Mannning’s leaks to WikiLeaks

Revelations from the files downloaded include footage of US helicopter crews laughing at civilian deaths in Baghdad Bradley Manning, a 25-year-old US private, downloaded more than 700,000 classified documents from US military servers and passed them to WikiLeaks. The Guardian was one of several news organisations to publish a series of…

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