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October 13, 2015
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Citizens United Is Headed for the California Ballot: Here’s What You Need to Know

All eyes will be on a state advisory referendum that's expected to galvanize protests against a broken political process.


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‘A Pipeline Straight to Jail’

Millions of brilliant Americans—often people of color—have been set up from birth to be put behind bars. Boris Franklin was one of them, and his words dramatically trace a powerful system that destroys lives.

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VIDEO: Politicon 2015: Ann Coulter Claims She Fed Donald Trump ‘That Spicy Stuff on Mexican Rapists’

Is Ann Coulter the mastermind behind Donald Trump's inflammatory immigration rhetoric? The conservative pundit herself apparently thinks so.
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Pranksters asked food experts to taste “organic snacks” that were actually artfully sliced McNuggets and cheeseburgers.

By now word’s gotten out that CNN has prepared a lectern for the vice president, in case he decides to show up to the first Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday night. It’s almost certain Biden won’t actually show up, but at least the “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert got a few laughs out of CNN’s ridiculous publicity stunt.

Will the Democratic Debate Expose the Gulf Between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton?

And will the moderator and his colleagues ask tough questions on issues like Wall Street accountability, campaign finance reform and health care?

Edward Snowden and Allies Issue Warnings as Australia Unleashes Mass Spying

“Go dark against data retention,” consumer advocates tell users in a new campaign against invasive surveillance laws.

Joe Biden’s Camp Confirms He’ll Be a No-Show at Tuesday’s Debate

Vice President Joe Biden might still be planning to try to take over for boss Barack Obama in 2016, but for now he’s apparently going to keep us all guessing. 

Kunduz Hospital Bombing: Probable Cause That the U.S. Committed a War Crime

The Pentagon has access to video and audio recordings taken from the gunship that carried out the attack that killed 22, so officials must know what actually occurred. It’s time for a full accounting.



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Tuesday’s Debate: Can Bernie Sanders Show the Country He’s Presidential Material?

Plenty is at stake and there are many reasons to tune in. For Sanders, the big challenge will be demonstrating he’s not merely a darling of the progressive left but has the vision, capacity and skills to lead the nation at a tough time.

Could Using Solar Energy Save Companies Billions of Dollars?

Going solar could represent a no-brainer for some companies looking to cut costs; activists are using dildos to protest a new Texas law that would allow guns on college campuses; meanwhile, a writer explores what our ideas about gender have to do with mass shootings. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Will the U.S. Arming of Kurdish-Led Northeast Rebels in Syria Provoke Turkey? (Video)

Not only is the U.S. supply of weapons to rebels in the northwest in danger of fueling a proxy war with the Russian Federation, but Washington’s supply of weaponry to the Democratic Forces of Syria sets up a proxy struggle with its own NATO ally, Turkey.

Nobel Prize Recognizes Role of Labor Unions and the Left in Tunisia’s Democratic Transition

How many American news reports about the Nobel Peace Prize given to the Tunisian Quartet that pushed the country toward democracy and compromise will mention that two of the four organizations so honored are national labor unions of workers?

Dr. Ben Carson, Crackpot

The craziest thing about the Republican presidential contest isn’t that Donald Trump is in the lead. It’s that Dr. Ben Carson—who truly seems to have lost his mind—is in second place and gaining fast. Trump may be a blowhard, but Carson has proved himself to be a crackpot of the first order. Of all the GOP contenders, he’s the scariest.

CNN Has a Debate Lectern Ready for Biden ... Just in Case

Joe Biden, who is expected to announce his final decision sometime this month, does not plan to participate in the first Democratic presidential debate Tuesday night, but the invitation remains open to the vice president should he make an eleventh-hour decision to jump into the race and join Democratic rivals on the debate stage.

Five Great American Hypocrisies

American “exceptionalism” exists in the minds of superpatriots who are more than willing to overlook their own faults as they place themselves above other people. The only question may be which of their self-serving hypocrisies is the most outrageous and destructive.

It’s Time to Stop Celebrating Columbus Day

Honoring Columbus Day means honoring a painful history of colonialism, enslavement, discrimination and land grabs that followed the Italian explorer’s 1492 arrival in the Americas. It’s time to stop celebrating it and start celebrating the native cultures that his arrival in the Americas began the process of displacing.

Bernie Sanders: ‘It’s Time to Put an End to Private Prisons’

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has called on Americans to help him undo the laws that let private interests profit off the mass incarceration of Americans and migrants.

How Kevin McCarthy Predicted His Own Demise

Republicans have a big choice to make about what kind of party they are. But they’re most likely to keep papering over their divide with psychobabble about “healing.” This won’t work. Just ask John Boehner. Or Kevin McCarthy.

The U.S. Government Is Deporting Central American Migrants to Their Deaths

Investigations into the consequences of President Obama’s crackdown on migrants find that since 2014, as many as 83 U.S. deportees have been murdered shortly after returning to Central America.

The Backstory on Bernie Sanders and Israel-Palestine: Why Is He So Quiet About the Mideast Tragedy?

Considering the elevated role of the Israel-Palestine issue in progressive circles, and Sanders’ continued success leading up to the primaries, it’s worth revisiting the candidate’s history on the topic and his early approach to foreign policy.

VIDEO: Shouldn’t a Mentally Disabled Man Be Allowed to Practice Martial Arts?

Garrett Holeve struggled against the state of Florida to win his right to fight in a mixed martial arts competition despite having Down syndrome.

Climate Cash Flow to Poorer Nations Is Still Too Slow

Rich countries are failing to fulfill pledges to make billions of dollars available to help the developing world face climate change.

VIDEO: John Oliver Urges Us to Wake Up to How Big Oil Is Killing People and Destroying North Dakota

In another informative and funny segment of “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver explores what has happened to North Dakota since the start of its oil boom.

Does Obama Have a Syria Strategy? Putin Does. (Video)

In his “60 Minutes” interview Sunday, President Obama made some remarks on Syria. But do they add up to a policy?

Your Smart Home Knows Way Too Much About You

A data scientist’s experiment reveals surprising information about interconnected smart devices.

VIDEO: Newt Gingrich: GOP Can’t ‘Starve’ Trump, Dems May Pick ‘First Open Socialist in Modern Times’

Newt Gingrich got out his crystal ball to make his prognostications about the 2016 presidential contest. So what did the former GOP speaker of the House see?