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Ebola Check

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South Carolina Cop Shot Black Man for No Apparent Reason

In a Sept. 4 incident captured by a police cruiser’s dashboard camera, a South Carolina state trooper fired and apparently hit a black man who was complying with the officer’s request to retrieve and hand over his driver’s license.

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Debate: One of the Finest Attorneys General in the Nation’s History?

Assessments of Attorney General Eric Holder’s legacy have been mixed. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund hailed him for his role in transforming the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department and his leadership on voting rights. Meanwhile, the American Civil Liberties Union criticized Holder’s record on national security issues.

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The Underground Girls of Kabul

A fascinating new book about the Afghan subculture of “bacha posh,” in which families without boys designate their young daughters to live as honorary sons.

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Pirates of the Gulf of Guinea

If the Gulf of Guinea rings any bells at all, it’s probably because of the Ebola outbreak in, and upcoming U.S. military “surge” into, Liberia, the nation on the northern edge of that body of water. But for those in the know, the Gulf itself is an intractable hot spot on a vast continent filled with them and yet another area where U.S. military efforts have fallen short.

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Croplands Changed by Climate’s Ups and Downs

New research shows that the complex balance of gains and losses caused by climate change could mean more land being available for agriculture—but fewer harvests.

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Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson: He’s Sorry, but He’s Not Leaving (Video)

Although the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo., happened less than two months ago, that event transformed the community and put the spotlight on issues of race relations and police brutality in the U.S. for all the world to see.

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‘Shellshock’ Bug Could Undermine Millions of Websites

Researchers have discovered a security flaw “bigger than Heartbleed,” the bug that affected nearly every computer user earlier this year, in one of the most fundamental points of contact between users on the Internet.

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Sounds Hopeful Note About Country’s Crisis

After nearly a year of internal turmoil and several months of bloody conflict, Ukraine might be headed for more peaceful times, if President Petro Poroshenko’s hopeful prognosis bears out.

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Water Discovered in Distant Planet’s Atmosphere for First Time

Far beyond our solar system lies a planet said by astronomers to contain water vapor.

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World Leaders Reportedly ‘Moved to Tears’ by Climate Change Poem Recital at U.N. Summit (Video)

Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, a 26-year-old poet from the Marshall Islands, wrote a lyrical letter to her daughter about a world that may be unrecognizable—thanks to global warming—by the time the infant comes of age.

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Eric Holder to Resign as Attorney General

He’s spent almost six years guiding the Justice Department through some tricky terrain—think Benghazi, Ferguson and DOMA—and Thursday, Eric Holder made it known he is preparing to exit his position as U.S. attorney general. 

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Congress Delays Funding for Rape Kit Processing as Victim Drags Mattress in Search of Justice

While Columbia University student Emma Sulkowicz started her now well-known protest weeks before Congress decided to postpone funding to help rape victims, the student’s performance art can also be seen as a metaphor for the struggle other rape victims face in their search for justice.

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Investor Heavyweights Call for Clear Action on Climate

As a major U.N. climate summit got underway in New York on Tuesday, some of the world’s biggest institutional investors demanded clearer policies on climate change and the phasing out of fossil fuel subsidies.

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Apocalypse Now, Iraq Edition

As someone who cares deeply about this country, I find it beyond belief that Washington has again plunged into the swamp of the Sunni-Shiite mess in Iraq. A young soldier now deployed as one of the 1,600 non-boots-on-the-ground there might have been 8 years old when the 2003 invasion took place. What happened in the blink of an eye?

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Syrian Media Hail America as Damascus Ally, Support U.N. Ban on Foreign Fighters

It turns out that the Damascus press is giving President Obama an uncomfortable embrace.

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Did the Assault Weapons Ban Really Work as Sen. Dianne Feinstein Claims?

The senator says “the evidence is clear: the ban worked.” Except there’s no evidence it saved lives—and the researcher behind the key statistic Feinstein cites says it’s an outdated figure that was based on a false assumption.

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Emma Watson Gives Moving Feminist Speech at U.N. HeForShe Campaign Launch (Update)

When actress Emma Watson gave a strong-willed, poignant speech Saturday at the United Nations headquarters, it was reported that she received threats from users of online bulletin board 4chan for being a “feminist bitch.” Turns out, the nude photo leak warning was none other than a “viral marketing hoax.”

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Only Texas Would Ban Books During Banned Books Week

You have to hand it to the Lone Star State. It’s got chutzpah.

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Global Warming and Global Warring

Hours after 400,000 people joined in the largest climate march in history, the United States began bombing Syria, starting yet another war.

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‘Purr-Gate’ Earns British PM David Cameron the Wrong Kind of Hashtag (Video)

British Prime Minister David Cameron was scarcely able to bask in the toasty glow of his empire’s victory after Scotland’s vote to stay in the U.K. before he found himself caught up in a PR disaster involving the queen of said empire, a hot mic and cat noises. Most unfortunate.

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A 91-Year-Old Man Gives Incredibly Moving Speech on the Importance of Universal Health Care

Speaking at the United Kingdom’s Labour Party conference Wednesday in what seems like poetic verse, the nearly century-old Harry Smith recalls his youth in the tenements of England, the “desperation of poverty” and the horrors of life before the National Health Service was implemented, all of which inspired him to vote for the first time.

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Searching for ‘Famous Men’ in Alabama: Mike Davis on His Favorite Banned Book

When I first witnessed a blood-red Alabama sunset, I thought of the Gudger and Ricketts families, their backs bent under the heavy bags of cotton, looking at this biblical ending to their long day of toil. The urge to re-read Agee was overwhelming.

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Stephen Colbert’s Priceless Interview With Naomi Klein on Capitalism and Climate Change

Even when the “Colbert Report” host calls Naomi Klein a “class traitor,” the journalist laughs it off and gives a stellar explanation of what needs to be done if we want to keep the planet from becoming unrecognizable due to climate change.

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The U.S. Military’s Denying Chelsea Manning Treatment for Gender Dysphoria, So She’s Suing

The valiant WikiLeaks whistle-blower is serving a 35-year prison sentence in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and though Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel “greenlit ‘rudimentary’ treatment” for the private’s gender identity disorder, the military has continually denied Manning hormone therapy and surgery, according to her legal complaint.

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Syrian Regime Propaganda Coup as Israel Downs Syrian Plane Over Golan Heights

Israel shot down a Syrian MiG fighter jet Tuesday, saying it had penetrated into Israeli airspace over the Golan Heights.

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Stanford Promises Not to Use Google Money for Privacy Research

Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society has long received funding from Google, but a filing shows the university recently pledged to use the money only for non-privacy research. Academics say such promises are problematic.

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Chris Hedges: The Coup D’etat Is Over, the Corporations Won

The Truthdig columnist dishes with the libertarians over at ReasonTV about capitalism, from Aristotle to AIG.

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Burning Ideas: Celebrating Banned Books Week

What does “Captain Underpants” have in common with James Joyce’s “Ulysses”?

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Why Are We Bombing Syria?

The administration’s response to the conjunction of this weekend’s People’s Climate March and the International Day of Peace? Bomb Syria.

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Obama: More Than Terrorism or Disease, Climate Change Is the Greatest Threat

Speaking to the United Nations on Tuesday, President Obama said “no nation is immune” from what he described as the “one issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other.”

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Black Men in America Are Traumatized by Racism—Are We Listening?

The topic of racism often generates discussions of justice, equality, freedom and human rights. But what about trauma?

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The Mideast Horrors Grow

Cutting off the heads of aid workers and journalists is nothing in comparison with the degradation and dehumanization being inflicted on the pathetic people of the Middle East by all sides.

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Time for a Federal Robotics Agency

As drones, driverless cars, robotic surgeons and algorithms that can buy and trade in the stock market become part of the daily conversation, there needs to be an understanding of how the law and the public will deal with these imminent realities.

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The Italian Army’s Growing Weed. Here’s Why

The reasons behind the Italian armed forces growing marijuana in a military lab are more noble than you might expect.

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Jon Stewart Explains Climate Change for Dummies or the House Committee on Science and Technology

Using a cup of water and bowl of ice, the “Daily Show” host tries to show an exceptionally stubborn House representative why his metaphor about climate change is faulty.

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Syrian Rebels

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GOP Gnaws on Social Security

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Shock and Awe in Syria: It Never Works

The London pan-Arab daily Hayat reports Tuesday morning on the airstrikes conducted on Islamic State positions in Raqqah, Syria, by the United States and several Arab allies.

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The Arab Political Crisis: It Isn’t a Matter of Civilization and It Isn’t Unique

Al-Arabiya Washington bureau chief Hisham Melhem had a piece in Politico Magazine on Thursday on what he calls the collapse of Arab civilization. The piece is riddled with contradictions and fuzzy thinking and with all due respect to Milhem, who is a knowledgeable and experienced correspondent, I am going to disagree with it vehemently.

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WHO: Ebola Outlook Is ‘Bleak’

The World Health Organization has issued a very frightening report that basically says as worried as we’ve all been about Ebola in West Africa, things are much, much worse.

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Public Pressure Is the Best Hope for Climate Action

On Sunday, a crowd calculated by organizers at more than 300,000 took part in the biggest march ever against climate change.

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