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Bernie Sanders Closes In on Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire Democratic Primary Poll

A CNN/WMUR poll released Thursday showed the socialist senator from Vermont just 8 points behind the former secretary of state in the New Hampshire primary for the Democratic ticket in 2016 presidential race.

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AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Love Wins

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists have a heated discussion about gay marriage after the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision giving same-sex couples the legal right to marry throughout the United States.

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Renewable Energy Redoubles Its Global Reach

As the world economy and energy use both grew in 2014, renewables continued their rapid rise—but carbon emissions did not.

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VIDEO: Obama Gives Scathing Speech on Race and Gun Violence at Charleston Shooting Victim’s Memorial

“For too long, we’ve been blind to the unique mayhem that gun violence inflicts upon this nation,” said the president at the funeral for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of the nine killed at Emanuel AME Church in South Carolina last week.

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Middle Management Is on Its Way Out; Here’s Why Millennials Are Happy About It

Technology and generational shifts have led to a decline in the importance of middle management positions, and no one welcomes the change more than millennials.

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How Our Press and Politicians Are Being Played by Islamic State

We live in a world where three guys, each with powerful weapons, can shake the world if they act on a single day. There’s something wrong with that world.

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The Real Meaning of the Confederate Flag

In the intensifying debate over the Confederate flag, important clues about the true meaning of this seditious symbol are staring us in the face.

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Top 6 Achievements of Obamacare (Hint: Millions More Insured)

Now that the Affordable Care Act (ACA, Obamacare) has beaten back all judicial challenges, it is worth revisiting its vast success.

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Apparently Justice Thomas Believes the Court Is No Place for Human Dignity

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas stated in his closing opinion on the marriage equality case that “slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity) because the government allowed them to be enslaved.”

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Jihadist Attacks Take Place on Three Continents

Friday’s bloodshed in France, Tunisia and Kuwait comes amid growing fears of jihadist influence.

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VIDEO: Jon Stewart to Bobby Jindal: ‘Crank It Up!’

After Donald Trump’s over-the-top presidential announcement—imbued with racist and offensive comments—Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal needed to come out swinging, said the “Daily Show” host.

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The Fall of the Confederacy?

A native South Carolinian says finishing off the Confederate state of mind will require more than just getting rid of an offensive flag.

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Vatican Officially Recognizes Palestine as a State by Signing Treaty

The Vatican now joins major international entities such as the United Nations and the European Parliament in recognizing Palestinian statehood.

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U.S. Supreme Court Declares Gay Marriage Legal Nationwide

Same-sex marriage became legal across the whole of the United States after a historic Supreme Court ruling that declared attempts by conservative states to ban the unions unconstitutional.

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Study: Democracy Declining in More Than Half of U.N. Member States

A new report released by a long-established civil rights advocacy group says democracy is waning and authoritarianism is on the rise in more than 96 of the 193 states that belong to the United Nations.

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Prospect of Warmer Winters Doesn’t Mean Fewer Deaths

New scientific study pours cold water on the theory that mortality rates will drop in winter months as the climate warms.

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Obamacare: Not Perfect, But ‘Here to Stay’

The Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act established it as a vital part of the nation’s social safety net and too much a part of American life to be ripped out.

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Mandatory Vaccination Bill for Public Schools Passes California Assembly

The state of California has approved one of the toughest vaccination laws in the United States.

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Dutch City to Experiment With Universal Basic Income

The city of Utrecht in the Netherlands is considering introducing a universal basic income—an income unconditionally granted to all its residents on an individual basis, without a means test or work requirement.

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Gaza Reconstruction Is Moving at ‘Snail’s Pace’

It will likely take 30 years to repair the damage to the Gaza Strip, given the current rate of construction, a senior United Nations official has said.

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Univision Dumps Trump’s Miss USA Pageant, Trump Tweets ‘I Love Mexico’ (Updated)

UPDATE: Turns out that publicly declaring that migrants from Mexico to the U.S. are almost all “rapists” and criminals prone to shepherding drugs across the border—with a few as-yet-unconfirmed “good people” mixed in—doesn’t make for ideal neighborly relations.

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Consumer Agency Alleges Whole Foods Has ‘Worst Case of Mislabeling’

From 80 extra cents for a package of pecan panko to a $14.84 overcharge on coconut shrimp, Whole Foods Market may be living up to its widely used nickname, “Whole Paycheck.”

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VIDEO: Undocumented Trans Activist Challenges Obama at White House Event

President Obama’s immigration policy was challenged at the White House on Wednesday when undocumented trans activist Jennicet Gutiérrez interrupted him from the crowd and called for an end to deportations.

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CEO Pay at Top U.S. Companies Up 54 Percent Since Start of Recovery

The average American worker would have to toil for about five weeks, with no days off, to earn what a CEO makes in an hour.

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French Taxi Drivers Strike Over Uber

Taxi drivers are following a time-honored French tradition to register their discontent about Uber’s ride-sharing business pushing in on their means of making a living: They’re striking.

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Wingnut Retail Therapy

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Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies

UPDATED: In a major victory for the Obama administration, the Supreme Court has ruled to uphold the federal subsidies that help nearly 6.4 million people pay for their health care.

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Columbia Becomes the First Major University to Divest From For-Profit Prison Companies

Though it’s questionable why Columbia University decided to buy more than 230,000 shares of the biggest private prison company in the U.S. in the first place, on Monday it announced it not only gave up those shares but that it will no longer invest in such businesses.

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Number of U.S. Homeowners Hits 20-Year Low

In 2014, the rate of Americans who own their homes slid for the 10th consecutive year, to 64.5 percent—the lowest level in 20 years, according to a report by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.

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European Authorities Ask America to Let Edward Snowden Come Home to a Fair Trial

The Council of Europe declared its support of National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden on Tuesday and called on the European Union to offer whistleblowers asylum from “retaliation in their home countries.”

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Five Things That Won’t Work in Iraq

It’s the American Way to believe with all our hearts that every problem is ours to solve and every problem must have a solution, which simply must be found. As a result, the indispensable nation faces a new round of calls for ideas on what “we” should do next in Iraq.

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Global Warming Is Accelerating Loss of Species

Human-induced climate change adds to threats vertebrates face from hunting and habitat loss, as researchers warn that modern extinction rates are exceptionally high.

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VIDEO: Jessica Williams Tells Jon Stewart Why a Woman on a Bill Is No Big Deal

In a new segment for “The Daily Show,” the ever-charming Jessica Williams argues that not only is the effort to put a woman on the $10 bill half-assed and way too late, the real issue we should be preoccupied with is the gender pay gap.

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VIDEO: The Most Important Step to Save the Economy: Get Big Money Out of Politics

Nothing we need to do as a nation is possible unless we limit the political power of the moneyed interests.

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If Southerners Want a Symbol, Why Not the Moultrie Liberty Flag?

It was flown by South Carolinians in the fight against the Redcoats during the Revolutionary War and was the first American flag to fly over the South. Best of all, the Moultrie Flag has the word “Liberty” written into the crescent moon, underscoring this key American value, so important for all peoples living in the South.

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Yes, There Is Anti-Black Racism Among Asians

We cannot deny that there has been a long-standing problem of racism against African-Americans in Asian communities. Facing our biases and joining the struggle for racial justice is our only hope for redemption.

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‘The Perpetrator Has Been Arrested, but the Killer Is Still at Large’

This brutal mass killing was blatantly racist, an overt act of terrorism.

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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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