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Why Mexico’s Farmworkers Who Harvest Our Food Are on Strike

The farmworkers who pick the produce that American consumers take for granted endure brutal conditions and impoverishment. They don’t want to take it anymore.
 

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Imagine Republican Dough

Now that Ted Cruz has officially announced he’s running for president, the seal has been broken and more will quickly follow.
 
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Obama-Netanyahu Tiff Worsens: U.S. Won’t Rule Out Using U.N. to Create Palestine

President Obama dropped some further hints on Tuesday about how he might proceed on Israeli-Palestinian relations in his final two years.
 
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“It’s now 70 years since the end of the most horrific war in history,” the renowned intellectual said in a recent talk. “It ended with the use of an ultimate weapon which can bring human history to an end.” He added, soberingly: “We’ve been living under that shadow ever since.”

In a scathing segment on the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, the “Daily Show” host highlights how our government officials have no problem overspending on wars, but they cut every corner they can with veterans’ health.

 
 
 
 
Uber’s Plan to Win Over Women Backfires

The United Nations has withdrawn from a partnership with controversial ridesharing app Uber over fears for women’s safety.

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Watch This Powerful Short Film About the Students Missing From Ayotzinapa

Months after 43 students went missing from a village in Guerrero and left Mexico reeling, The New Yorker takes a look at conditions in the Mexican state and the community’s response to the disappearance.

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Glenn Greenwald: Secret NSA Documents Contradict Netanyahu’s Spying Denials

On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vehemently denied a Wall Street Journal report, based on a White House leak, that Israel spied on U.S. negotiations with Iran and then fed what it gathered to Republicans in Congress.

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Scientists Are Developing Wine That Won’t Give You a Hangover

Sure, researchers could be using their brainpower to solve other medical puzzles, but preventing hangovers is a worthy cause if ever there was one.

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Your Money at War Everywhere

President Obama wants to raise the Pentagon’s budget for fiscal year 2016 by $35 billion more than the law currently allows. Sen. John McCain wants to see Obama’s $35 billion and raise him $17 billion more.

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Thai Prime Minister Says He’ll ‘Probably’ Kill Journalists Who Deviate From Official Line

Thailand’s junta leader, Prayuth Chan-ocha, who toppled the government of Yingluck Shinawatra in a coup last May, told reporters Wednesday that he will “probably just execute” any journalist who does not “report the truth.”

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House Republicans Approve $5 Trillion in Budget Cuts

House Republicans on Wednesday night passed a budget that eliminates nearly $5 trillion from social welfare programs over the next decade and envisions regressive tax reforms and calls for the repeal of President Obama’s health care law.

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Unarmed Black Man Shot Dead by Police Near Atlanta

Witnesses told investigators that a police officer did not need to use lethal force against an unarmed black man who was killed outside Atlanta for behavior that may have been influenced by a diagnosed bipolar disorder.

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Disgraced Oklahoma Student Apologizes for Racist Song

At a press conference, former University of Oklahoma student Levi Pettit asked civil rights leaders and the public for forgiveness for leading a racist chant at a fraternity outing.

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How One ‘Daily Show’ Clip May Have Changed the Lives of Thousands of Veterans

Who knew comedy had such power to bring about change?

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America’s Air Wars Are Being Fought Alongside Iran and Saudi Arabia

The United States is now involved in two air wars in the Middle East, not to mention more widespread drone actions.

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The Costs of War, the Price of Peace

What price would you pay not to kill another human being?

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‘Democracy Now!’ Speaks to a Detained Immigrant Family

The Obama administration continues to detain immigrant mothers and children despite a judge’s order that doing so to deter mass migration is illegal. “Democracy Now!” speaks with a mother (pictured) and son who were detained in Texas, and with the former director of the University of Texas law school’s immigration clinic.

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A Russian Soldier Talks of Fighting in Ukraine

Moscow denies its soldiers are crossing the border into Ukraine. But 20-year-old Russian conscript Dorji Batomunkuev told reporters how he was seriously injured near the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk.

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Ted Cruz, Obamacare Hater, Peruses Obamacare Options for Wife’s Coverage

He nearly brought the cogs of Congress to a halt in 2013 over the Affordable Care Act, and now the Texas senator and GOP presidential hopeful is in the market for health insurance for his wife, Heidi, while he’s on the campaign trail. This is a bit awkward.

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Deep Concerns as Climate Influences Gulf Stream Flow

Ocean scientists find evidence of an increasing slowdown in the Atlantic’s “invisible river” that could seriously affect weather and sea levels in the U.S. and Europe.

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Jon Stewart Solves the American Gender Pay Gap. Not.

How idealistic can one man making a heartfelt call for pay equality be? Jon Stewart finds out in a recent “Daily Show” segment.

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The Myth-Addicted Republican Party Is as Ignorant as Can Be When It Comes to Foreign Policy

The first foreign policy speech given by a major Republican presidential prospect, Jeb Bush, in mid-February, was notable for its display of ignorance about the world and its menaces. Unfortunately, such ignorance is common among Republicans.

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Uzbekistan’s First Daughter Is Accused of Pocketing $1 Billion From Telecoms

The investigative journalist-led Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project reported this week that Gulnara Karimova—the daughter of Uzbekistan’s leader, Islam Karimov—has accepted more than $1 billion from Scandinavian and Russian telecommunications companies seeking a share of the mobile-phone industry.

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Brain Drain Is Crippling Eastern Europe

Ivan Krastev, chairman of the Center for Liberal Strategies in Sofia, Bulgaria, notes that economic austerity is driving away his country’s best and brightest.

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