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Sen. Ted Cruz has announced a 2016 presidential run. Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/CC/Flickr

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From presidential politics to Buddhism gone awry, here are the stories we’re reading today.

Ted Cruz eyes 2016

Sen. Cruz (R-Texas) is the first Republican to announce his candidacy. “I believe in you. I believe in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to re-ignite the promise of America,” he told a crowd at Liberty University.

Source: NY Times

What’s the best way to end child prostitution?

The challenge of fighting child prostitution raises the question: should child sex workers be locked up? If a child risks being lured int sex trafficking, is it better for them to be in a closed facility?

Source: LA Times

Can Buddhism in America be deadly?

In 2012 two Americans in pursuit of higher spirituality and pure meditation faced a fatal ending. Christie McNally and her husband, Ian Thorson sat in a cave meditating and drinking un-purified water. Thorson eventually got dysentery and died. A new book by Scott Carney called “A Death on Diamond Mountain: A True Story of Obsession, Madness, and the Path to Enlightenment” tells the story.

Source: Pacific Standard 

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