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Vladimir Putin Declares All Military Deaths State Secrets

The Russian president has declared that all military deaths—in peacetime as well as wartime—will be classified as state secrets, with violations punishable by up to seven years in prison.

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Smoking Gun: 1960s-Era Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Says Politics ‘Is All Fraudulent’

A trusted and celebrated journalist credited with inventing the genre of the modern presidential campaign book told a close friend in a 1960 letter that all of politics is a fraud but that he felt compelled to play along.

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Bush-Era House Speaker Indicted on Bank-Related Charges

Federal prosecutors have indicted Dennis Hastert, a former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, for allegedly violating banking laws when he paid an unnamed person to conceal unspecified “past misconduct.”

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Emoti-Conned: Facebook’s Messenger App Tracks Users’ Very Specific Coordinates

Facebook users who already feel a tad ambivalent about the social media behemoth’s extensive privacy issues might want to sit down for this squirm-inducing update on that front.

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Black People in Minneapolis Are 9 Times More Likely to Be Arrested for Minor Offenses

A damning ACLU report finds “severe,” “pervasive” and “systematic” racial disparities in arrests by Minneapolis police.

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Global News Organizations Will Cooperate to Publish Climate Stories

An unprecedented alliance of news publishers, including The Guardian, El País, Le Monde and China Daily, have announced they will allow other organizations to publish their climate change stories for free in an attempt to raise awareness in the run-up to the next United Nations climate summit.

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Nebraska Legislators Override Governor’s Veto and Outlaw Capital Punishment

On Wednesday, the Cornhusker State became the 19th state in the U.S. to rid itself of one of our most archaic laws.

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Do the Media Have a Double Standard When It Comes to Bernie Sanders?

Salon’s Simon Maloy points out that while every move of Republican presidential hopefuls is reported by U.S. media, the Vermont senator’s ideas are either unreported or ridiculed, despite their apparent value in the face of growing inequality.

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Pro-Choice Protesters to Rally in Paraguay After Child Rape Victim Is Denied Abortion

The Catholic country in which, on average, two children under the age of 16 give birth each day, is facing backlash after authorities ordered a 10-year-old victim of sexual abuse to carry out her pregnancy.

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Here’s How to Help Deep-Six Section 215 of the Patriot Act

It’s not just Republican Sen. Rand Paul who doesn’t want Congress to allow the Patriot Act’s Section 215—which has enabled the U.S. government to spy on residents on an unprecedented scale in recent years—to be renewed before its scheduled expiration on June 1.

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