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The five must-read posts from today, on Haiti, taxing the poor and stop-and-search

1. How will they count the dead in Haiti?

Slate's Juliet Lapidos explores where death estimates for natural disaster come from.

2. Why won't the two main parties do anything about the madness of taxing the poor?

Norman Tebbit says that only one party leader -- Nick Clegg -- has recognised the need to devise a tax system that makes work pay.

3. How many of these will be MPs after the election?

PoliticalBetting's Mike Smithson looks at how many independent MPs we can expect to see after the general election.

4. Veronica Wadley: a competitor emerges

Dave Hill blogs on the emergence of Robert Taylor, chief executive of Kleinwort Benson, as a candidate for the London chair of Arts Council England.

5. The futility of terrorism-related stop-and-search

Andy Hull of IPPR blogs on stop-and-search in the light of the European Court of Human Rights ruling on the matter.

 

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Quiz: Can you identify fake news?

The furore around "fake" news shows no sign of abating. Can you spot what's real and what's not?

Hillary Clinton has spoken out today to warn about the fake news epidemic sweeping the world. Clinton went as far as to say that "lives are at risk" from fake news, the day after Pope Francis compared reading fake news to eating poop. (Side note: with real news like that, who needs the fake stuff?)

The sweeping distrust in fake news has caused some confusion, however, as many are unsure about how to actually tell the reals and the fakes apart. Short from seeing whether the logo will scratch off and asking the man from the market where he got it from, how can you really identify fake news? Take our test to see whether you have all the answers.

 

 

In all seriousness, many claim that identifying fake news is a simple matter of checking the source and disbelieving anything "too good to be true". Unfortunately, however, fake news outlets post real stories too, and real news outlets often slip up and publish the fakes. Use fact-checking websites like Snopes to really get to the bottom of a story, and always do a quick Google before you share anything. 

Amelia Tait is a technology and digital culture writer at the New Statesman.