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3 Cops Caught On Tape Brutally Beating Unarmed Michigan Man With No Apparent Provocation

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"3 Cops Caught On Tape Brutally Beating Unarmed Michigan Man With No Apparent Provocation" On January 28, Floyd Dent was arrested in Inkster, Michigan and charged with resisting arrest, assault and possession of cocaine. The charges seemed unusual considering Dent had worked at Ford for 37 years and ...

Walmart, Lowe's, Safeway, and Nordstrom Are Bankrolling a Nationwide Campaign to Gut Workers' Comp

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Nearly two dozen major corporations, including Walmart, Nordstrom, and Safeway, are bankrolling a quiet, multistate lobbying effort to make it harder for workers hurt on the job to access lost wages and medical care—the benefits collectively known as workers' compensation. The companies have financed a lobbying group, the ...

This Is How Roads Are Collapsing Forest Ecosystems

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For most, forests are something to be driven by or hiked through briefly. A new study shows just how much humankind has tailored these landscapes to our own devices at the expense of the rest of the natural world. The findings, published this week in the journal Science ...

Eventually, Two Billionaires Will Duke It Out For President Every Four Years

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This is from yesterday, but I really can't pass it up. Matea Gold and Tom Hamburger write in the Washington Post that presidential candidates are no longer much interested in "bundlers" who can raise a paltry million dollars or so for their campaigns. Terry Neese, a successful bundler ...

Middle East War Suddenly Getting a Lot More Warlike

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I'm a little behind on the news right now, but it sure looks like things are getting a whole lot hotter in the Middle East. Here are a few headlines: Tikrit airstrikes draw U.S. into battle between militants and Iraqi forces Obama Says He Will Delay Withdrawal of ...

3 Times the Old Ted Cruz Contradicted the New Ted Cruz

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Presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) talks a good game as an uncompromising conservative. But before he vowed to destroy Obamacare only to admit he may use it, before he forsook rock'n'roll—back when he was a private appellate lawyer charging $695 an hour, Cruz forcefully argued positions that ...

Changing the Menu

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LIVE March 26, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m | Chefs, artists, entrepreneurs and innovators from government and at the White House discuss ways to improve what Americans eat and how they move. Changing the Menu is part of the Post’s signature live event series America Answers, which seeks ...

A $600-Million Fracking Company Just Sued This Tiny Ohio Town For Its Water

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"A $600-Million Fracking Company Just Sued This Tiny Ohio Town For Its Water" The Slope Creek Reservoir in Barnesville, Ohio, provides water for at least two oil and gas companies. A tiny town in eastern Ohio is being sued by an Oklahoma-based oil and gas company that bought ...

Why Women Lawmakers Are Talking About Their Rapes And Abortions On The Floor

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"Why Women Lawmakers Are Talking About Their Rapes And Abortions On The Floor" Ohio State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D), the latest elected official to disclose her personal health history This week, Ohio State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D) stood up during a legislative debate about a proposed abortion ban ...

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

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Hannah Gioris has an excellent piece about why women of color don’t report their sexual assaults to a racist criminal justice system — and shouldn’t have to. Aisha Moodie-Mills is becoming the first woman and first person of color to lead the major LGBT organization The Victory Fund.

Ted Cruz Compares Himself to Galileo, Calls Those Who Believe In Climate Change 'Flat-Earthers'

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by Ari Phillips Posted on March 25, 2015 at 10:36 am Updated: March 25, 2015 at 11:27 am "Ted Cruz Compares Himself to Galileo, Calls Those Who Believe In Climate Change ‘Flat-Earthers’" A few days after accusing “global warming alarmists” like California Governor Jerry Brown (D) of ridiculing ...

Black America Is Still In A Deep Recession

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Three-year-old Jaynell Bender waits as her unemployed parents use computers search for jobs The economy has experienced 12 straight months of job growth above 200,000 and the overall unemployment rate has dropped 5.5 percent. But the recovery isn’t such great news for black Americans. The unemployment rate for ...

America's War on Drugs in Mexico Is Depressingly Similar to the Global War on Terror

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They behead people by the hundreds. They heap headless, handless bodies along roadsides as warnings to those who would resist their power. They have penetrated the local, state, and national governments and control entire sections of the country. They provide employment and services to an impoverished public, which ...

The Supreme Court Is About To Decide If Coal Plants Can Keep Emitting Unlimited Mercury

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"The Supreme Court Is About To Decide If Coal Plants Can Keep Emitting Unlimited Mercury" Piles of coal are shown at NRG Energy’s W.A. Parish Electric Generating Station Wednesday, March 16, 2011, in Thompsons, Texas. The plant, which operates natural gas and coal-fired units, is one of the ...

Supreme Court sides with pregnant workers in discrimination case

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As you’ll recall, the Supreme Court has been hearing the pregnancy discrimination suit brought by Peggy Young. Yesterday, in a 6-3 decision, the court ruled in favor of the former UPS employee who was forced to take unpaid leave when she became pregnant.Young was tasked with lifting boxes ...

Updates on the Germanwings Crash Investigation

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Welcome to our live coverage of the investigation of the crash of a Germanwings plane in the French Alps, in which all 150 people on board were killed. What we know: The co-pilot appears to have refused to let the pilot re-enter the cockpit, Brice Robin, the French ...

The Navajo Nation Will Soon Have the Country's First-Ever Junk-Food Tax

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A version of this piece was originally published by Civil Eats. Next month, after three years of legislative tug-of-war, the Navajo Nation will become the first place in the United States to impose a tax on junk food. The Healthy Diné Nation Act of 2014, signed into law ...

Parks and Wreck: The Feds Need $11.5 Billion to Fix Our Public Lands

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In 2014, the 300 million visitors to US national parks may have noticed the potholes in the roads, the magnificent vistas obscured by dense brush, dirty visitors' centers in need of basic repairs, trails that were not maintained, and overgrown campgrounds. Why? Blame Congress, which has routinely purchased ...

Are Solar-Powered Homes Jacking Up Everyone Else's Electric Bills?

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Solar power is having a major moment. It's growing faster than any other energy source—in 2014, a new system was installed in the United States every three minutes—while the price of a typical panel has dropped 63 percent since 2010. By 2016, experts predict that solar will be ...

The People Who Pick Your Organic Strawberries Have Had It With Rat-Infested Camps

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When most of us think of Mexican food, we visualize tacos, burritos, and chiles rellenos. But we should probably add cucumbers, squash, melons, and berries to the list—more or less the whole supermarket produce aisle, in fact. The US imports more than a quarter of the fresh fruit ...

Robot-Building 6-Year-Old Girls Talking Tech With Obama Is the Best Thing You'll See All Week

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On Monday, President Obama made his annual rounds at the White House Science Fair. The event is a breeding ground for adorable interactions with kid-nerds (See 2012's marshmallow-shooting air cannon), but his chat yesterday with five cape-wearing Girl Scouts from Oklahoma was especially magical. The 6-year-olds from Tulsa's ...

Notorious Astroturf Pioneer Rick Berman Is Behind Business Group's Anti-Labor-Board Campaign

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In January, viewers catching the morning shows on CNN, Fox, or MSNBC met Heidi Ganahl, the bubbly founder and CEO of a national doggy day care chain called Camp Bow Wow. "I've worked hard and played by the rules to make my franchise business a success," Ganahl said ...

ChronicBabe 101: Craft an Incredible Life Despite Illness by Jenni Prokopy

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Comprehensive guidebook for women who want to craft incredible lives in spite of illness, created by a fellow sick chick.Read moreThis project will only be funded if at least $13,500 is pledged by Fri, Mar 27 2015 11:32 am EDT. Comprehensive guidebook for women who want to craft ...

Neil DeGrasse Tyson: Stop Electing Climate Deniers To Office

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"Neil DeGrasse Tyson: Stop Electing Climate Deniers To Office" Neil deGrasse Tyson speaks on stage at the National Geographic Channel 2015 Winter TCA on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson had choice words for the state of Florida Monday, saying he was “astonished” ...

Pence to sign bill allowing businesses to reject gay customers

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Washington (CNN)Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is set to sign into law a measure that allows businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers in the name of "religious freedom." The move comes as Pence considers a bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination -- and just a year ...

The Populist Moment Has Finally Arrived

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Occupy Wall Street put inequality at the center of our politics. Only an independent movement will keep it there. Occupy Oakland protesters, November 2, 2011. (Noah Berger / AP) We live in an Occupy moment. Inequality has exceeded the extremes of the Gilded Age, while most Americans struggle ...

Germanwings Plane Crash: Andreas Lubitz and Pilot Mental Health

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While it’s not clear exactly why Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed into a French mountainside, the black box from the cockpit raises questions about whether mental health issues were involved, and how aviation officials identify and monitor the mental health of pilots. Prosecutor Brice Robin said that the cockpit ...

Ted Cruz Wants You To Believe He's Legally Required To Sign Up For Obamacare. He's Not.

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by Igor Volsky Posted on March 25, 2015 at 11:50 am Updated: March 25, 2015 at 12:33 pm "Ted Cruz Wants You To Believe He’s Legally Required To Sign Up For Obamacare. He’s Not." Newly-minted presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) admitted that he would grudgingly sign up ...

Netanyahu's Spying Denials Contradicted by Secret NSA Documents

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday vehemently denied a Wall Street Journal report, leaked by the Obama White House, that Israel spied on U.S. negotiations with Iran and then fed the intelligence to Congressional Republicans. His office’s denial was categorical and absolute, extending beyond this specific story to ...

The cost of a miscarriage: We talk about the emotional pain, but not the financial hurt.

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Laurie Bertram Roberts was about 12 weeks pregnant with her third child when she thought something might be wrong. She was the married mother of twins at the time, working two jobs in Michigan City, Indiana—one in fast food, and the other as a buffet server. Because she ...

Mike Huckabee Should Probably Stop Criticizing Hillary Over Her Emails

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee thinks questions about Hillary Clinton's emails as secretary of state "will linger" throughout the 2016 presidential race. "If the law said you had to maintain every email for public inspection, that's what you got to do," he recently told ABC News. Huckabee also ...

Meet Ted Cruz's Karl Rove: "He Leaves a Path of Destruction"

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It was no surprise on Monday when Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) formally announced his presidential bid. By last summer, he was making key hires for his campaign crew. And this included recruiting a controversial Missouri-based political operative named Jeff Roe, who is known for his ruthless, bare-knuckled style ...

Michael Moore for President

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2 mentions6 hours ago
This article is part of The Nation’s 150th Anniversary Special Issue. Download a free PDF of the issue, with articles by James Baldwin, Barbara Ehrenreich, Toni Morrison, Howard Zinn and many more, here. If my grandfather were alive today, he’d be about 150 years old. I know what ...

Ebola: No lasting recovery without a special focus on women, says UNDP

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Women need to be at the center of all efforts to help Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone recover from the Ebola crisis, according to a study by UNDP.The epidemic has affected women disproportionately because of the essential role they play as caretakers, health personnel, farmers and small traders.

Investment Chapter

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WikiLeaks releases today the "Investment Chapter" from the secret negotiations of the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) agreement. The document adds to the previous WikiLeaks publications of the chapters for Intellectual Property Rights (November 2013) and the Environment (January 2014). The TPP Investment Chapter, published today, is dated 20 January ...

"That's What That N----- Deserved"

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In April 2005, nearly eight years after Kenneth Fults was sentenced to death for kidnapping and murdering his neighbor Cathy Bounds in Spalding County, Georgia, one of the trial jurors made a startling admission under oath: He'd voted for the death penalty, he said, because "that's what that ...

NY Attorney General Investigating Cooper Union

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Cooper Union's $111M academic building in Cooper Square (Flickr user Structures NYC) Last year, Cooper Union's Board of Trustees decided to ditch the school's historically free status in favor of charging tuition, citing dire financial circumstances. The decision understandably riled current and prospective students, faculty and alumni, some ...

Frats lobby Congress to make it harder to report campus sexual assault

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Much like the gun lobby, the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee (FratPAC) is exploiting the efforts of student anti-violence activists to advance its own agenda — making campuses more dangerous and less equitable as a result — all under the pretense of “improving campus safety.” Yesterday, a ...

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Here’s How We Know Republicans Aren’t Serious About the Plight of Working Class Americans

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John Oliver on How the 'Poor Get Hurt the Worst' by Traffic Tickets Despite Known Risk of Spill, U.S. to Let Shell Drill in Arctic WASHINGTON—Briefly, there seemed a chance we might have a cross-party discussion of the biggest economic problem the country faces: the vexing intersection of ...

Australia Unveils Plan To Save The World's Largest Coral Reef System

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by Emily Atkin Posted on March 24, 2015 at 8:00 am Updated: March 23, 2015 at 4:50 pm "Australia Unveils Plan To Save The World’s Largest Coral Reef System" In this Nov. 2002 file photo provided by Queensland Tourism, an unidentified woman snorkels on the Great Barrier Reef ...

Aboriginal group fights to stop $16bn Carmichael coalmine, Australia’s largest

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Indian firm Adani has appealed to the native title tribunal to bypass the traditional owners’ rejection of the Queensland mineWednesday 25 March 2015 19.10 EDTLast modified on Wednesday 25 March 2015 19.11 EDTAn Aboriginal group in central Queensland is attempting to prevent Australia’s largest mine from being established ...

Free Trade Isn't about Trade. It's About Bureaucrats. And Guns.

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Free trade agreements like the TPP have provisions that are designed less for trade, and more about replacing public bureaucrats with private, corporate ones. Focusing on unsolvable problems excuses them from dealing with tough political problems. “Rights can be won, and rights can be taken away. Achievements are ...

Meet the new group that wants to disarm and displace the NYPD

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Original article at Jose LaSalle of Copwatch Patrol Unit speaks at a Disarm NYPD event on March 21. (WNV/Ashoka Jegroo) A newly-formed group of activists are teaming up with Copwatch, an anti-police brutality group that records video of police conduct in their communities, to create “no-cop zones,” ...

Leaders of European cities make pledge to tackle climate change

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Representatives of 30 cities gather in Paris to sign declaration that will also commit them to use their €10bn purchasing power to buy eco-friendlyThursday 26 March 2015 04.40 EDTLast modified on Thursday 26 March 2015 04.49 EDTLeaders and representatives of 30 European cities will gather in Paris on ...

Koch Money, Misleading Climate Change Exhibit Threaten Smithsonian Credibility

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"Koch Money, Misleading Climate Change Exhibit Threaten Smithsonian Credibility" How Smithsonian visitors get introduced to the wildly misleading Koch-funded exhibit. The Smithsonian risks damaging its reputation by having a polluter-funded science denier on the payroll and a wildly misleading Koch-funded exhibit that downplays the risks posed by human-caused ...

5 Death Penalty Cases Tainted by Racism

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The intersection of race and justice on the street has loomed in the headlines this past year or two, with racially charged killings—Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice, among others—sparking widespread protests and highlighting stark police biases: A recent Justice Department investigation, for instance, found ...

4 Ways the Affordable Care Act Is Improving the Quality of Health Care in America

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Watch President Obama speak on how the Affordable Care Act is benefiting millions of Americans. #BetterWithObamacare American medicine is the best in the world. But waste and inefficiencies in the system have traditionally put your health and your pocketbook at risk. Patients who stay in the hospital ...

Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network Kickoff Meeting

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The President delivers remarks a kick-off meeting of the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, which aims to bring public and private sector actors together to build on the Affordable Care Act's efforts to move health care toward a system that provides the best care for patients ...

Wars in Syria and Iraq drive highest asylum numbers in 22 years

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GENEVA – The wars in Syria and Iraq, as well as armed conflicts, human rights violations and deteriorating security and humanitarian conditions in other countries, pushed the number of asylum applications in industrialized countries to a 22-year high last year, according to a UNHCR report released today. The UNHCR's Asylum Trends 2014 report puts the estimated number of new asylum applications lodged in industrialized countries throughout the year at 866,000, a 45 per cent increase from 2013, when 596,600 claims were registered. The 2014 figure is the highest since 1992,

7 Normal Snacks With a Crazy Amount of Sugar

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Call us greedy, self-centered, or overly idealistic, but no one should ever accuse Americans of being bitter: We devour more added sugar than people in any other country—30 teaspoons a day by some estimates. (Indians, on the other end of the spectrum, consume just one.) The reasons go ...

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