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How to Negotiate Down Your Hospital Bills

In April 2016, Venus Lockett was about to give a speech at an event she’d volunteered for near her home in Atlanta. She was already stressed. The previous night, she had stayed up late making her presentation, and then deleted it by mistake. As she stepped up to the podium to give her remarks,...

Typhus and Tuberculosis Are Spreading in Homeless Populations

“Our homeless crisis is increasingly becoming a public-health crisis,” California Governor Gavin Newsom said in his State of the State speech in February, citing outbreaks of hepatitis A in San Diego County, syphilis in Sonoma County, and typhus in Los Angeles County.

“The hygiene situ...

Scientists Can Brew Weed’s Active Ingredients With Yeast

In research announced on Wednesday by the University of California at Berkeley, a team of synthetic biologists modified brewer’s yeast to produce a range of cannabinoids, which are compounds in cannabis that affect the brain and body. The technique opens up the possibility of circumventing the...

Marco Rubio: America Needs to Restore Dignity of Work

The American dream is about the opportunity to earn happiness—and the government has a responsibility to facilitate that.

There was once a path to a stable and prosperous life in America that has since closed off. It was a well-traveled path for many Americans: Graduate from high schoo...

How Big Data Traps People in Poverty

Surveillance and public-benefits programs gather large amounts of information on low-income communities, feeding opaque algorithms that can be used to deny them opportunities.

Big data can help solve problems that are too big for one person to wrap their head around. It’s helped busine...

The Cruelty Is the Point

Trump and his supporters find community by rejoicing in the suffering of those they hate and fear.

Trump’s only true skill is the con; his only fundamental belief is that the United States is the birthright of straight, white, Christian men, and his only real, authentic pleasure is in ...

The Republican Party Abandons Conservatism

The conservative virtues remain real virtues, the conservative insights real insights, and the conservative temperament an indispensable internal gyro keeping a country stable and sane.

Words like responsibility, stoicism, self-control, frugality, fidelity, decorum, honor, character, i...

How to Make Friends, According to Science

The human desire for companionship may feel boundless, but research suggests that our social capital is finite—we can handle only so many relationships at one time. Social scientists have used a number of ingenious approaches to gauge the size of people’s social networks; these have returned e...