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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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Pleading Guilty (to Insubordination)

In the current age of “lean-in” feminism at one end of the spectrum and an “anti-respectability” discourse at the other, an essay by Howard Zinn reminds us of an earlier meaning of women’s liberation.

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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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Did the Pentagon Just Concede That Israel Also Has Nuclear Bombs?

U.S. officials have finally publicly stated a fact about Israel many already feared was true; researchers are starting to study the effects of the Internet on education; and Latin America’s leaders are taking Venezuela’s side in its recent rift with the United States. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Yemen Bombing: It’s Not the Islamic State Group, and It’s Not a Sunni-Shiite Conflict

The massive twin bombings at mosques in the capital that shook Yemen on Friday, killing over 100 and wounding many more, were immediately claimed by Daesh (the Islamic State group).

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Clinton Email Blarney

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GOP Rants at Obama

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Truthdigger of the Week: Danny Schechter

In a lifetime of media activism, the late journalist and human rights activist Danny Schechter was best known for his advocacy of public media and his work to inform the world of life under South Africa’s apartheid regime.

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France’s President Hollande: ‘No Survivors’ in Germanwings Crash

French leader François Hollande announced Tuesday that there were no survivors in the crash of Germanwings flight 4U9525, which went down that morning in a remote area of the Alps in southern France.

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Clintons’ Affair With Wall Street Grows With Son-in-Law’s Hedge Fund Hookup

Marc Mezvinsky, a money manager at the hedge fund firm Eaglevale, married Chelsea Clinton in July 2010 and seems to have reaped benefits from the Clintons’ wide web of financial supporters.

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Head of U.N. Nuclear Watchdog Group Says Iran Isn’t Playing by the Rules

Iran’s nuclear program has again become a source of controversy on the global stage, and now Yukiya Amano, the top-ranking official in the United Nations’ nuclear oversight organization, has added his voice to the chorus of concerns.

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Noam Chomsky: Nuclear Weapons and Unchecked Climate Change Are Leading Us Toward Doomsday

“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.”

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Jon Stewart: Congress Only Cares About Soldiers When They’re Fighting Wars, Not When They’re in Need

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.

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Mideast Apocalypse 2030: Why Obama Wants the Palestine Issue Solved. Now.

It began in Hebron, which Palestinians call “al-Khalil,” the city of Abraham. Here’s a recap of the recent clash between Israeli forces and Palestinian youth.

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An Early Look at the 2016 Race for the Republican Nomination

With Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas becoming the first A-lister to throw his hat in the ring for president—in his case, I’m picturing a Napoleonic bicorn rather than a fedora—it’s time to handicap the race for the Republican nomination.

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Here’s How We Know Republicans Aren’t Serious About the Plight of Working-Class Americans

Briefly, there seemed a chance we might have a cross-party discussion of the biggest economic problem the country faces: the vexing intersection of wage stagnation, declining social mobility and rising inequality. That chance now seems to have gone up in smoke.

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A Vulcan-to-English Translation of Obama’s Remarks About Israel’s Netanyahu

Now that Leonard Nimoy is most unfortunately no longer with us, Barack Obama is the primary exemplar in American popular culture of the maddeningly calm, excruciatingly logical way of speaking that will forever be associated with the Vulcans and Mr. Spock.

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Despite Known Risk of Spill, U.S. to Let Shell Drill in Arctic

In spite of estimates of a 75 percent or greater chance of an ecologically disastrous spill, the U.S. government is expected this week to give the green light to Shell Oil’s plan to restart drilling for petroleum in the Arctic.

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Racist Advertising Makes Racists of Us All

Racism is so successfully marketed in our societies, says British hip-hop artist Akala, that even he looks askance at a young black man holding a lot of cash.

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Can You Say ‘Blowback’ in Spanish?

The U.S. wars in the Middle East and the so-called war on drugs in North America have resulted in violent consequences felt in our own cities, whether at the finish line of the Boston Marathon or in communities of color across the country.

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Earth at Risk in New Epoch Ruled by Destructive Humans

Scientists warn that our fate is in our own hands as humans now control almost every aspect of the planet, on a scale akin to the great forces of nature.

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John Oliver on How the ‘Poor Get Hurt the Worst’ by Traffic Tickets

In one of his most impassioned monologues to date, the “Last Week Tonight” host demands that municipal violations stop being used as a means to feed off our most vulnerable citizens.

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All the Wars and Coups of President Ted Cruz

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, one of three Cuban-Americans in the Senate, is throwing his hat into the ring for the 2016 presidential race Monday.

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