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Americans Have the Right to Be Free—From Guns

As long as gun control is a cause linked to ideology and party—and as long as the National Rifle Association and its allies claim a monopoly on individual rights arguments—reasonable steps will be ground to death by the Washington Obstruction Machine.

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SCOTUS Might Be About to Mess With the Fair Housing Act

While we’re all waiting for the Supreme Court to make some historic calls about key issues like gay marriage, here’s another big one to keep in focus: racial discrimination in housing.

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: ‘I Apologize to the Victims’ of Boston Marathon Bombing (Updated)

Following a series of emotionally charged testimonials from survivors and relatives of victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, convicted co-perpetrator Dzhokhar Tsarnaev publicly apologized to them all during a court hearing at which he waited to be officially sentenced to death. Updated

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AUDIO: Chris Hedges on Rebels, Visionaries and ‘Wages of Rebellion’

What compels a rebel to follow a path that, as history shows, almost always puts that person in mortal danger?

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‘Sentence First, Verdict Afterwards’: The ‘Alice in Wonderland’ World of Secret Trade Agreements

The terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Trade in Services Agreement are so secret that drafts of the negotiations are to remain classified for four years and five years after the deals become law. How can laws be enforced against people and governments who are not allowed to know what was negotiated?

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New Details About Drone Attacks Reported From Documents Leaked by Snowden

The New York Times on Wednesday reported details about American counterterrorism officials’ use of drone strikes in countries such as Yemen, as well as the working relationship between intelligence agencies in the U.S. and the U.K.

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VIDEO: For the Sake of Comedy, Jon Stewart Begs Donald Trump to Make Good on His Promise to Run

After learning that Donald Trump hadn’t filed his paperwork to officially begin his campaign as a presidential candidate, the comedian nearly abandons “The Daily Show” early.

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The Charleston Church Shooting Is Another Example of How ‘Anti-Intellectualism Is Killing America’

At a time when in-depth discussions are more necessary than ever, ignorance will prevail over intellectualism; a third of Americans can’t tell you what the term “transgender” means; meanwhile, propaganda is a powerful factor behind the growing prison problem we face in the U.S. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Only One-Third of the EU Is Governed by the Center-Left

Since last year’s European Parliament elections, when conservative forces took the largest bloc, there have been 13 parliamentary and presidential elections in the union, and only one of them—in Sweden—was won by the center-left.

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NATO Will Return to Iraq

Four years after leaving, the U.S.-led western military alliance is planning to renew operations in the country by training officers to help fight Islamic State.

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Jeb! The Money! Dynasty!

In the Bush-Clinton battle to come, no matter who wins, the bankers and billionaires will emerge victorious.

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Combating Climate Dangers Is Seen as Medical Emergency

International experts say the last 50 years of health advances worldwide will be jeopardized unless urgent steps are taken to confront climate change.

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On the Charleston Shooting and the Daily Tragedy of ‘Living While Black’

Poet Claudia Rankine’s painfully powerful piece delves into how the “killing of black people is an unending spectacle” that leaves black Americans in a constant state of mourning and raises the question, “What kind of country do we live in?”

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VIDEO: Why Medicare Isn’t the Problem; It’s the Solution

Again and again in the upcoming election you’ll hear conservatives claim that Medicare — the health insurance program for America’s seniors — is running out of money and must be pared back.

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What South Carolina Needs to Do for Racial Equality (Taking Down the Flag Is Just Symbolic)

The step to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina statehouse is a welcome one, but it is only a symbolic measure. South Carolina’s 4.8 million residents can only achieve greater racial harmony and civil rights through practical steps.

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Government Wants to Improve Its Cybersecurity and Weaken Ours

The FBI wants tech companies to build “back doors” into encryption that protects user information but allows government to access the data. But even if that was OK with you, it wouldn’t work, says one expert.

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Hillary Clinton Calls Charleston Shooting an ‘Act of Racist Terrorism’

Hillary Clinton made a definitive statement Tuesday on the June 17 mass shooting at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church that will no doubt set the tone for much of her latest campaign for the presidency.

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ACLU: Black Homeowners Were Preyed Upon by Banks Before the Great Recession

Racial wealth inequality has widened due to targeting of black Americans by pre-2008 subprime mortgage lending, a report by the American Civil Liberties Union finds.

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Emergency Measures Imposed in Pakistan as Heat Wave Death Toll Approaches 700

Temperatures soared to around 113 degrees Fahrenheit over the weekend, with the country declaring a state of emergency in hospitals.

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Silicon Valley CEO Slams WSJ Over Editorial About Charleston: ‘F**k You’

Choosing a fitting communication platform to underscore his Silicon Valley background, Flickr-cofounder-turned-Slack-CEO Stewart Butterfield excoriated The Wall Street Journal editorial staff in a series of tweets Sunday evening.

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Google Listening Software Installed on Computers Without Consent

For a company whose governing motto has been “Don’t be evil,” this move seems to confirm some of the worst fears of privacy and Internet rights activists.

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VIDEO: And Now for the Inevitable Rachel Dolezal Late-Night TV Spoofery

Former Spokane NAACP executive Rachel Dolezal spent much of her adult life doing a kind of impression of herself in order to pass as black. On Monday night’s “Late Night With Seth Myers,” comic actor Maya Rudolph, who actually comes from a mixed-race background, debuted her impression of Dolezal.

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Senate Advances Obama’s Fast-Track Trade Bill

President Obama’s fast-track trade bill overcame an important hurdle in the Senate Tuesday, making it a safe bet that the bill will be signed into law.

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The Goldsboro Incident: How the World Might Have Ended

Two professors paint a chilling scenario of what might have occurred in the wake of a real-life 1961 hydrogen bomb accident in North Carolina.

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Presidential Trans Fat

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Confederate Flag Comes Down

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VIDEOS: John Oliver and Jon Stewart on the Confederate Flag in South Carolina

“The first time the Confederate flag was ‘used in a racist way’ was the exact second they finished sewing the very first one,” comedian John Oliver notes.

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The Gospel of Denial

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Top 5 Reasons the Confederate Flag Should Stop Flying at the South Carolina Statehouse

The Confederate flag in its current form was adopted by the seceding slave states to differentiate their banner from the Stars and Stripes on the battlefield. It isn’t a symbol of regionalism.

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VIDEO: Ending Mass Incarceration Now Is Step 10 to Save the Economy

Imprisoning a staggering number of our people is wrong. The way our nation does it is even worse. We must end mass incarceration, now.

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How Lindsey Graham and the GOP Lost the Chance to be Presidential Over Charleston

Since the core of the Republican Party is now white southerners, Sen. Lindsey Graham’s response to the Charleston attack tells us something key about the state of that party.

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Dylann Roof: The Roots of Racism Thrive

The young man accused of so coldly killing nine innocent worshippers at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church did not exist in a vacuum. He inhaled deeply of the race hatred that constantly bubbles up like foul gas from a sewer.

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VIDEO: Robert Scheer: Plundering Our Freedom With Abandon (Part 4 of 10)

In the fourth installment of The Real News Network’s show “Reality Asserts Itself,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer discusses the civil rights era, what it was like to cover the Vietnam War and his work on the historic Ramparts magazine.

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Controversial British Intelligence Unit Engaged in Domestic Law Enforcement

Documents published by The Intercept on Monday reveal that a British spy unit purported by officials to be focused on foreign intelligence and counterterrorism—and notorious for using the “most controversial tactics of surveillance, online propaganda and deceit”—is heavily focused on political groups and other domestic matters.

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Charleston Mourns

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What Have We Learned From WikiLeaks’ Saudi Arabia Documents?

So far, a massive WikiLeaks release of tens of thousands of confidential and top secret Saudi Arabian government documents has shown the country’s royalty racking up huge unpaid bills, government officials discussing how to undermine Iran and a strong dislike of Israel.

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John Oliver: If You Don’t Think Online Harassment’s a Big Deal, Congratulations on Your White Penis

After listing several examples of how the Internet is being used to ruin some people’s lives (especially women’s), HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host advocates for a shift in the way we think about the now seemingly ubiquitous Web.

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Through Feints and Provocations, the Greek Debt Drama Will Continue

“There has been nothing but bad news,” writes The Guardian’s economics editor Larry Elliott of the Greek debt crisis. “Yet, through it all, the relative calm in the financial markets has reflected a belief that, despite everything, the drama Tsipras of Athens will have a happy ending.”

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New Flood Alert as Warming Increases Sea-Level Threat

Scientists warn countries in northern Europe to plan for dramatic new worst-case scenarios as climate change increases the risk of seas sweeping inland.

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This Is How We Should Punish Bank Felons

What exactly does it mean for a big Wall Street bank to plead guilty to a serious crime?

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Our Jihadis and Theirs

National security officials and politicians have been pounding home the message that the “greatest threat” to Americans is a jihadist movement thousands of miles away. With that in mind, let’s take a quick survey of national insecurity in a country armed to the teeth.

Posted on Jun 22, 2015 READ MORE


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