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Sal Gentile

Multimedia Web Editor

Sal writes about politics and international news for Need to Know. He also co-produces Need to Know’s regular web series on the 2012 election, “Presidentiality,” and has produced podcasts for the Climate Desk. Before coming to Need to Know he covered New York politics, reported on-air for Baltimore’s public radio station and contributed analysis to The Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC. He proudly edited his award-winning college newspaper, Johns Hopkins News-Letter. Follow him at twitter.com/salgentile and salgentile.tumblr.com.

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Should the police be able to track your every move? Supreme Court grapples with GPS surveillance case

The Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a GPS tracking case that could have profound implications for how the government uses technology to track Americans’ movements.

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As Mississippi votes on ‘personhood’ amendment, can science tell us when life begins?

Mississippi is set to vote on a measure that would redefine “personhood.” Why can’t science just tell us when human life begins?

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Iran may be much closer to nuclear weapons than we thought. What happens next?

Israelis are furiously debating the possibility of an air strike on Iran after reports that the regime is nearing a nuclear bomb. Is war with Iran a possibility?

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In review: Herman Cain’s seven biggest foreign policy blunders

If he wants to weather the current controversy and remain the front-runner, Herman Cain must convince voters he can govern competently. His foreign policy blunders aren’t helping.

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Is the Internet the next battleground in Mexico’s deadly drug war?

The hacktivist collective Anonymous briefly threatened a Mexican drug cartel with cyber-attacks. How will their involvement change the seemingly endless drug war?

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Egyptians march in support of Occupy Wall Street. Are there parallels with the Arab Spring?

Protesters in Eqypt marched on the U.S. embassy Friday to show their solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement. Are there parallels between the protests in the U.S. and the Arab Spring?

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Is a liberal arts degree worth it?

What does calligraphy have to do with computing? The governor of Florida wants to cut funding to non-science departments at public universities. But the liberal arts have served as a crucial source of inspiration for innovators like Steve Jobs.

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From Watson to Siri: As machines replace humans, are they creating inequality too?

Artificially intelligent machines might soon be indistinguishable from human workers. Such advances may be improving our way of life, but could they be creating inequality in our economy?

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Caught off guard, Republican leaders offer mixed messages on Occupy Wall Street protests

Republicans have been caught off guard by the Occupy Wall Street movement, which has shifted the conversation away from government debt and toward economic fairness.