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The right to bury the (online) past

Imagine your 18-year-old daughter is decapitated in a car accident. Gruesome police photographs of her body are leaked onto the Internet. Every time someone searches your family’s name, the photos pop up at the top of the page. That’s what happened to Christos and Lesli Catsouras because in the United States, unlike in Europe, search engines are not required to act on requests by individuals to remove such links.

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Kelly Carlin writes about her dad, George, but it’s not ‘Daddy Dearest’

Sure, he was funny, and your friends probably thought he was cool, but George Carlin was your dad, after all, and well, that can get complicated. In Kelly Carlin’s new book, A Carlin Home Companion, the comedian’s daughter untangles the paradoxes of her life among “the Three Musketeers,” her father’s nickname for their family. Her master’s degree in psychology comes in handy – along with a saving sense of humor. The memoir about the family her father didn’t talk about in his performances follows a solo stage performance the onetime TV writer built around her life then and now — the afflictions and affection of a daughter who found herself sometimes having to be the parent. In it, George Carlin emerges not only as a beloved and seminal figure in comedy but as a husband and the father of a loving yet discerning-eyed daughter.

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Iran debate feeds public distrust

Three days of Senate speeches and the vote on Thursday related to the Iran nuclear agreement presented perfect examples of why — according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll — 64 percent of adults think the American political system is dysfunctional and 72 percent say most people in politics cannot be trusted.

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Europe’s new border is the Sahara

A vast crumbling can be heard across Europe, coupled with an ennui that is the ironic upshot of being stunned by too many disparate crises. The Mediterranean, it turns out, is not the southern border of Europe: Rather, that border lies somewhere in the Sahara Desert from where African migrants coalesce into caravans headed north. And as they have throughout history, the Balkans still form a zone of human migration from the Near East.

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