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Nothing pragmatic in Charlie Baker’s death penalty gambit

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker faces reporters during a news conference, Monday, April 2, 2018, at the Statehouse, in Boston. An internal audit in March of 2018 uncovered cases in which troopers may have been paid overtime for shifts never worked in 2016. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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The death penalty doesn’t deter crime, it’s racially biased, and geographically capricious.

EDITORIAL

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Mayor Marty Walsh’s latest effort to regulate short-term rentals is grounded in that love-hate relationship with the industry.

Opinion | Margery Eagan

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Free first ladies “from decorative servitude, so that they may go about their own legitimate business.”

Opinion | Newton N. Minow and Ajit Pai

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A concerted push to seize the untapped potential of telemedicine could help us tackle today’s health challenges.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., leaves after promoting this year's renewal of the farm bill during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 17, 2018. GOP leaders have crafted the bill as a measure for tightening work and job training requirements for food stamps. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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EDITORIAL

GOP moderates, step up on DACA discharge

If five more Republicans sign aboard, the House can debate a DACA fix.

Ideas | Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

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Frontier spirit? As if. It’s the quest for convenience and sameness that shapes the American psyche.

Ideas | Alex Kingsbury

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/16/BostonGlobe.com/Ideas/Images/3509d1a9d990439a8a99962105bcff82-3509d1a9d990439a8a99962105bcff82-0.jpg ‘Post-truth,’ the ultimate form of cynicism

Politicians lying is nothing new, but, by many accounts, it’s happening in a sneaky new way.

Ideas | Catharine Wang

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/17/BostonGlobe.com/Ideas/Images/DNA.jpg The dodgy world of do-it-yourself genetics

Direct-to-consumer companies are generating some unintended spillover effects that consumers may not be prepared for.

Renée Graham

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/18/BostonGlobe.com/Ideas/Images/graham-1449.jpg Where no black woman had gone before

Nichelle Nichols showed a generation of black women how crucial it is for us to be represented in every corner of American life.

JEFF JACOBY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/18/BostonGlobe.com/Ideas/Images/jacoby-1448.jpg Want to throw the bums out of Congress? This engineer has come up with a plan

Americans despise Congress, yet most incumbents are routinely returned to office. A new political action committee aims to do something about that.

DANTE RAMOS

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/18/BostonGlobe.com/Ideas/Images/ramos-1450.jpeg Can #MeToo save the American worker?

Revelations of sexual misconduct have drawn much-needed attention to the private corporate justice system that lets abusive companies off the hook.

Keeping America distracted from violence in Gaza

Opinion | Christopher Weyant

Keeping America distracted from violence in Gaza

Protests were met with gunfire at Israel’s border.

Brainiac

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Unusual insights from the social sciences.

Brainiac

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When trying to sell a condo for $85 million, this investor had to get creative.

Brainiac

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/18/BostonGlobe.com/Ideas/Images/AP107361437.jpg When a journal withdraws the wrong paper

For a brief period, this common clerical error muddied the scientific record.

Brainiac

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/17/BostonGlobe.com/Ideas/Images/AdobeStock_48013231.jpeg Reaching peak puppy cuteness

For this study, human participants viewed dozens of photos of puppies.

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Letters

Why stop at sports betting? Say, what are the odds the trombonist comes in late?

“Surely the technology is there to allow arts patrons to wager on how high the dancer will get on her next grand jeté.”

Letters

As with pot, it’s time sports gambling was legal — and regulated

“Sports scores have driven the numbers racket for decades.”

Letters

American imperialism operates at full force

“Our constitutional plutocracy never misses an opportunity to promote its mask of benign ‘global policeman.’ ”

Letters

Democrats need to broaden their appeal with fresh leadership

“They need to choose leaders who represent a new, forward-thinking approach to solve this country’s problems.”

From Globe Ideas

Ideas | Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Don’t get too comfortable: America’s relentless pursuit of convenience and relaxation

Frontier spirit? As if. It’s the quest for convenience and sameness that shapes the American psyche.

Ideas | Catharine Wang

The dodgy world of do-it-yourself genetics

Direct-to-consumer companies are generating some unintended spillover effects that consumers may not be prepared for.

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