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John Oliver: ‘Our Drug Laws Seem a Little Draconian and a Lot Racist’

Clocking in at nearly 18 minutes, Oliver’s recent segment on the broken prison system could be one of his most inspired rants yet. This time, the “Last Week Tonight” host even got the help of America’s favorite Muppets to drive home his incredibly important point.

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Florida Requires Doctors to Evaluate Fetus Survival

Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed a bill prohibiting women from getting abortions if the fetus is deemed able to survive outside the womb.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Rep. Alan Grayson (Video)

If the Democratic Party has a future in America, it lies with firebrands of populism like Alan Grayson.

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The Gunfire State

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Stand Your Ground

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I’m Black, Don’t Shoot Me

Sometimes, when I’m in my car, I crank up the music pretty loud. All you Michael Dunns out there, please don’t shoot me.

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No Ground For ‘Stand Your Ground’

The law is supposed to solve problems, not create them.

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I Have an Excuse Speech

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People of Color Are Losing Their Right to Vote

Because of the racial disparities in our penal system, African-American and Latino men are vastly disproportionately denied the right to vote.

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Gov. Rick Scott’s Administration Gets Between Florida College Students and Voting

Secretary of State Ken Detzner blocked an effort to ease the congestion of voters at polling places by using the University of Florida’s student union facility.

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Jon Stewart, Nathan Lane and More Ask Sean Hannity to Stay in New York

The Fox News host is feeling so unwelcome in his home state of New York due to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s comments about extreme-right Republicans that he’s decided to leave. But “The Daily Show” won’t let such a valuable taxpayer simply slip away.

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Score a Victory for the Poor and for Constitutional Rights

A federal court ruling in Florida this week that drug testing low-income applicants for public assistance is unconstitutional could set the stage for a larger challenge to the political scapegoating of the poor. Could we be seeing the swing of the pendulum?

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George Zimmerman Gives Up Guns to Get Out of Jail

As one of the conditions for his bail on charges of domestic violence, the man who famously (and apparently legally) shot and killed a black teenager had to lay down his arms.

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Rubio for Halloween

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KKK Battles Town Over School Bearing Klansman’s Name

Residents of Jacksonville, Fla., are trying to get school officials to strike the name of Nathan B. Forrest—a former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard—from the title of their high school.

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Florida Teen Stays in Jail for Having Sex With Her Girlfriend

Gay marriage may be legal in California, but in Florida, a girl has been jailed for, more or less, being gay and a teenager at the same time.

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How Many More Black Boys Have to Die?

Florida has one more chance to deliver justice to the parents of a slain black boy. The state that faced calls for boycott over the acquittal of George Zimmerman is currently holding pretrial hearings in a similar case.

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The Qurans Didn’t Burn, but Maybe the First Amendment Did

Florida minister Terry Jones was arrested Wednesday before he could torch thousands of kerosene-soaked Qurans as an anti-Islamist protest. And civil libertarians should be concerned.

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AP/Florida Department of Corrections

Florida Set to Execute Mentally Ill Man (UPDATED)

Barring a last-minute intervention, John Errol Ferguson is scheduled to die by lethal injection Monday night despite the fact that he’s been diagnosed with a “severe” mental illness.

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Those Not Standing

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Fact

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Neighborhood Watch

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Stand Your Ground

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Mr. Fish and Robert Scheer Debate Obama Ennui

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Russian homophobia, reinventing Los Angeles, racism in Florida, and a cartoonist and editor deal with the great Obama letdown.

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Mr. Fish and Robert Scheer Debate Obama Ennui

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Russian homophobia, reinventing Los Angeles, racism in Florida, and a cartoonist and editor deal with the great Obama letdown.

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Race in America

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Trayvon

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Florida

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Standing My Ground

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Self-Defense

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Zimmerman Gets Away

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Neighborhoodie Watch

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The Talk

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Zimmerman Walks

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A Big Tragedy and a Big Story: Race, Guns and Television

What happened in the killing of Trayvon Martin was a crime and the acquitted shooter, George Zimmerman, is no role model for anyone. I have no basis for judging him racist, but there is no doubt he was aggressively stupid. But for me, the moronic vigilante killer is not the issue. I think this story is about guns and television.

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Zimmerman Acquitted

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America’s Deadly Bias Against Trayvon Martin

Law professor Michelle Alexander told “Democracy Now!” on Wednesday that “the [Zimmerman mindset] that views black men and boys as a perpetual problem to be dealt with has infected our criminal justice system, infected our schools, has infected our politics in ways that have had disastrous consequences, birthing a prison system unprecedented in world history, and stripping millions of people of basic civil and human rights.”

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Hand Wash

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Replacing Lady Justice

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Zimmerman

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MoveOn Calls for Florida Tourism Boycott Because Gun Law Makes State Unsafe to Visit

In the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, MoveOn.org is going after Florida’s all-important tourism industry.

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Trayvon, George and the Perfect Crime: Reflections on the Zimmerman Trial

How did George Zimmerman and his lawyers secure a not-guilty verdict on both second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the killing of Trayvon Martin? Although it’s tempting to answer that racism alone explains the trial’s outcome, digging a little deeper reveals an even more disturbing three-dimensional picture.

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