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Open Letter on Censorship and Google

For more than a year, Truthdig has been battling Google over a maze ill-defined and arbitrary rules enforced by faceless, automated systems.
 

White House Security Breach: Coming Home

While everyone is focusing on fence jumpers and the security of the president, what about the security of the veterans who have fought our wars and brought their mental and physical scars home?
 

10 Myths About Obama’s Latest War

Reese Erlich was in northern Iraq at the start of the U.S. bombing campaign against Islamic State. He says the reality on the ground is far different from the propaganda coming out of Washington.
 

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Set against the stunning backdrop of Hong Kong’s tightly packed skyscrapers, this drone video gives the viewer a better sense of the enormity of Monday’s demonstrations, part of an ongoing campaign to regain political freedom.

John Oliver’s been looking for information about the unmanned death robots, such as what exactly an “imminent threat means” or how many people are killed during any given drone strike. So far, “hard facts” have been hard to come by, and in the “Last Week Tonight” host’s words, it’s “completely fucking terrifying.”

 
 
 
 
Palestine Goes to U.N. Security Council to Demand Israeli Withdrawal by 2016

Palestine will argue that Israel has systematically and over decades violated all the international laws regulating military occupations, and that it is quickly marching toward being an Apartheid state.

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A Force More Powerful in Jefferson County, Colo.

“Don’t make history a mystery” read one of the signs at a rally in Jefferson County, Colo. High-school students in this suburban district, referred to locally as “JeffCo,” have been walking out of class en masse this past week, protesting the planned censorship of the district’s Advanced Placement (AP) United States history curriculum by the local school board.

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Shrinking the Global Income Gap

A new study from Harvard Business School suggests that people all across the world, from very divergent backgrounds and ideologies, want the income gap to become smaller—and also that it’s actually bigger than they realized.

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Shooter Convicted in Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ Trial

A jury in Jacksonville, Fla., on Wednesday convicted Michael Dunn, a middle-aged white man, of murdering African-American teenager Jordan Davis.

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Can You Guess How Many Gallons of Water It Took to Grow the Avocado in Your Guacamole?

So we know that avocados should have gone extinct millions of years ago, but how about how much water it takes to grow a single of these creamy green fruits?

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California Finally Makes the Forced Sterilization of Female Inmates Illegal

Remember a few months ago when we told you about a Golden State bill that aimed to restrict tubal sterilization in prisons?

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Hong Kong Protesters Rally for Leadership Change

Pro-democracy demonstrators continued to throng the streets of Hong Kong on Wednesday—a conspicuous day, as it was a Chinese national holiday—calling for the resignation of Chief Executive CY Leung as well as for a change in how candidates for the country’s top positions are chosen.

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How Much of Your Data Would You Trade for a Free Cookie?

In a highly unscientific but delicious experiment last weekend, 380 New Yorkers gave up sensitive personal information—from fingerprints to partial Social Security numbers—for a cookie.

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Classic Kids’ Song ‘How a Bill Becomes a Law’ Needs an Update

Jon Stewart revamps the Schoolhouse Rock song to reflect how ineffective and inefficient Congress really is these days when it comes to passing laws in a hilarious new “Daily Show” segment called “How a Bill Becomes an Ad.”

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Russell Brand: War Radicalizes People; That’s Just Common Sense

As the United Kingdom joins the U.S. and others in another conflict in the Middle East, the “Trews” host analyzes what war is good for.

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Congress Cut $8.7 Billion in Food Stamps in Same Year We’ll Spend $22 Billion to Fight Islamic State

The GOP Congress’ assault on the American working class has been waged with the pretext that the federal government has no money (what with being in debt and all).

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CDC: First Person to Test Positive for Ebola in U.S. Is in Dallas

Ebola has officially come to the United States, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is attempting to contain Americans’ anxieties along with the spread of the potentially deadly virus.

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Get Ready for Yom Kippur With This List of Political Sins

Jews around the world this Friday night will ask God for forgiveness. Don Futterman, writing in Haaretz, says this year Jews of all political persuasions, no matter where they live, have much to atone for.

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African-American Voters Flex Their Power in Georgia

Both Democrats and Republicans are chasing voters of color as registration and turnout could decide the midterm elections this November and the presidency two years later.

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California Bans Plastic Bags—Will Other States Follow?

Taking the lead from some of its biggest cities, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, California’s statewide ban on plastic bags became official Tuesday.

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China and Its Challenges

China may be said to confront four current categories of challenge, with a possible return to horrors past.

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Seriously, Where on Earth Is Kim Jong Un?

The North Korean leader hasn’t been seen in public since early September, which one writer describes as “curious”; Uruguay’s José Mujica may be the most radical and generous president around; meanwhile, is the “Yes Means Yes” law an “ill-conceived detour” for feminism? These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Why Isn’t Congress Debating Our Attack on Islamic State the Way the U.K. Parliament Is?

Oh right, because Congress pretty much does diddly squat these days. Watch Jon Stewart make a jaw-dropping discovery as to why our elected officials refuse to publicly discuss what the “Daily Show” host calls one of the most “crucial issues of our time.” 

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Top 5 Differences Between Hamas and Islamic State (Pace Netanyahu)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech at the U.N. to a half-empty hall in which he tried to exemplify the most logical fallacies in a short period of time.

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California Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bill to Protect Temp Workers

Employers will be legally responsible if their temp agencies and subcontractors put workers at risk or withhold wages.

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