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Victory in D.C.: FCC Votes in Favor of New Net Neutrality Rules (Video)

Score one for net neutrality advocates, and strike one for big telecom and cable companies—not to mention a good many Republicans.
 

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Our Anti-Immigrant Racism Is Rooted in History

The political and cultural marginalization of immigrants, particularly those from Latin America, has a long and lurid background in the United States.
 

How the Government Outsourced Intelligence to Silicon Valley

For years, the outsourcing of defense and intelligence work was, with good reason, controversial in political circles.
 
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Shortly after the Minsk II cease-fire agreement was reached on Feb. 11, the United Kingdom’s Channel 4 called on the world-renowned linguist and political activist to discuss two of the most pressing global crises taking place.

No matter what President Obama says about the Islamic State group, Fox News and conservative politicians continue to misrepresent him. Thankfully, Jon Stewart and his staff at “The Daily Show” have come up with a way to address the problem.

 
 
 
 
Islamic State Killer Featured in Videos Is Identified as Mohammed Emwazi

He was dubbed “Jihadi John” before his real name was known, and as of Thursday, The Washington Post claimed that the killer from the Islamic State group who was prominently featured in recent beheading videos is Kuwaiti-born Londoner Mohammed Emwazi.

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The Fight Against the ‘Former People’ of the Yanukovych Regime

I would love to believe this wonderful story of how a new, democratic Ukraine is fighting against an old, authoritarian bureaucracy, but there are too many indications that this story is flawed.

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Chicago Police Accused of Running Secret ‘Black Site’

An explosive new report in The Guardian claims the Chicago police have created a secret compound for detentions and interrogations where abusive methods are often used.

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The Real American Exceptionalism

While Presidents Eisenhower and Bush decided on exceptions that violated national boundaries and international treaties, President Obama is exercising his exceptional prerogatives in the unbounded domains of aerospace and cyberspace.

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Ancient Landscapes Point to Dramatic Climate Change

Scientists believe Chinese civilization could have been founded by climate refugees after the collapse of an Inner Mongolia-area culture over 4,000 years ago.

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Why Netanyahu’s Congress Speech Will Fail (Video)

The conspiracy hatched by Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to undermine President Obama’s negotiations with Iran over its civilian nuclear weapons program has a false premise that dooms it.

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What John Oliver Thinks About the U.K. Labour Party’s Patronizing Pink Bus

Why a political party in the United Kingdom thought it wise to paint a bus pink to attract female voters is hard to understand. But at least it gave the “Last Week Tonight” host material for a humorous segment about “the Barbie bus.”

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Syria: Islamic State Takes 150 Christians Captive as 3,000 Flee to Hasakah (Video)

Al-Nahar reported that dozens of Assyrian Christians have been abducted by the Islamic State group (also known as Daesh) in Hasakah Province, northeast Syria.

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NYC Proposes Limits on How Often Schools Can Handcuff Students

Amid recent calls for reform, New York City’s Department of Education is introducing new restrictions on suspending and restraining kids in city schools.

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TV Meteorologists Should Say It Loud and Clear: Climate Change Is Here

The corporate television newscasts spend more and more time covering the increasingly disruptive, costly and at times deadly weather. But they consistently fail to make the link between extreme weather and climate change.

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Homan Square: A ‘Domestic Black Site’ Where U.S. Citizens Are ‘Disappeared’

Think you need to be apprehended overseas by American authorities in order to be held in a “black site”? Think again.

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Will Prison Eventually Kill America’s Activists as It Did Oscar Wilde?

When a magistrate sentenced the literary genius to two years of hard labor for the crime of being gay, he said it was the maximum punishment allowed by law. That turned out to be truer than the judge might have imagined. It killed him.

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‘Daily Show’ Duo Samantha Bee and Jason Jones Make a Play for Their Own Hit Show

Those hoping that either or both members of “Daily Show” husband-and-wife team Jason Jones and Samantha Bee would play key roles in filling outgoing power anchor Jon Stewart’s seat can strike those two promising names off the list of potential replacements—they’re going to be otherwise occupied.

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Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis Wants Austerity ... for the Rich

“The finance ministers of Europe are not all in favor of balancing the budget if it has to be balanced by taxing the rich,” says economist Michael Hudson (not pictured) of the ongoing confrontation over the Greek debt crisis.

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The Inept Reforms of the New Ukrainian Westernizers

Previous Ukrainian governments did not engage in radical reforms because the population would not easily let the remains of socialism be dismantled.

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Energy Giant’s Bleak Prediction: 25 Percent Rise in CO2

The British-based oil and gas “supermajor” BP says it expects global emissions of carbon dioxide to rise by a quarter in the next 20 years.

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The Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing

“I, a lover of cinema, destroyed the films—in nothing more than a shitty little garbage can, which is funny considering the can had no idea that its insides were being burned and scalded by the likes of Lynch and Antonioni and Deren and Jodorowsky.”

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Jon Stewart and Samantha Bee Point Out the Contradictions Between Joe Biden’s Words and His Gropes

While the vice president is quite outspoken against sexual harassment, his brain seems to have a problem sending his hands the message.

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Larry Wilmore Discusses Islamophobia and the Chapel Hill Shootings on ‘The Nightly Show’

Larry Wilmore and a diverse panel including a professor, a comedian and a lawyer, among others, delve into the importance of calling the recent shootings in Chapel Hill, N.C., a hate crime in order to acknowledge the deep thread of Islamophobia that runs through American society.

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Egypt’s ‘Crackdown on Dissent’ Continues With 5-Year Sentence for Prominent Blogger (Video)

Alaa Abd El Fattah, 33, played a key role in the 2011 Egyptian uprising by leading protests. Now the blogger is being put in jail for leading another demonstration in 2013 because, as it happens, the protest in question was “unauthorized” by an increasingly despotic Egyptian government.

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