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Neil Young Donates $100,000 in Support of Vermont’s GMO Disclosure Law

“I’m just a rock ’n’ roller who believes people should know what they’re eating,” the legendary singer said of his pledge.

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Julian Assange on WikiLeaks’ Comeback: ‘We Are Drowning in Material’

In an interview, Assange describes WikiLeaks’ recent progress, saying that the site now “has more than 10 million documents and associated analyses.”

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A Campaign Finance Reform Plan That Might Actually Work

By early July, Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., had quietly garnered 160 co-sponsors and the support of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for a bill that would use public funds to counter expenditures on political campaigns by wealthy donors.

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An Oklahoma Man Awaits a ‘Cruel and Unusual’ Execution

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that Richard Glossip can be executed in September, despite the strong evidence of his innocence and the intense pain that Oklahoma’s injection cocktail is known to cause.

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If Big Data Drives Policy, Just What Are We Voting For?

Excessive reliance on data could influence even well-meaning politicians to lose sight of small-d democratic goals.

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VIDEO: Watch the ‘Yes Men’s’ Comical Solution to the California Drought

The activists’ spoof campaign encourages hipsters to forgo showers if they eat beef. Find out if they managed to fool anyone.

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Melting Sea Ice Means Shortage of Bear Necessities

Researchers reveal as baseless the theory that polar bears can use hibernation techniques to survive without food as climate change reduces their summertime hunting habitat.

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VIDEO: John Oliver: We Waste a Third of Our Food While American Families Go Hungry

The “Last Week Tonight” host lists the moral, environmental and, yes, even financial reasons why, as a country, the U.S. needs to stop wasting so much food.

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Why a Kasich-Walker Confrontation Would Be Especially Enlightening

Republicans won’t win the presidency in 2016 without making inroads in the Midwest. Happily for the GOP, two Midwestern governors are running for their party’s nomination.

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Iran’s Khamenei Praises Nuclear Deal but Slams U.S. Foreign Policy (Video)

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s clerical Leader, appeared to be attempting to mollify hard-liners in his Friday prayers addresses.

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My Teacher

The Rev. Coleman Brown, who had the most profound impact of all my teachers on my education, died in December. He taught me how to think. And in being taught how to think, I was taught how to be free.

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Greek Crisis Fallout: Time Is Running Out for an Island Community That Runs on Cash

Forgotten by banks, the government and whole “swaths of the modern world,” Agios Efstratios in the Aegean Sea is so remote that the mobile phone network can’t process data and ATMs are nowhere to be found. If taxes rise in the wake of the Greek bailout, the effect could be catastrophic.

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Hillary Clinton Suggests the Minimum Wage Is a Local Issue

Though she has declined to say what she thinks is the ideal national minimum wage, the Democratic presidential candidate has implied that it might differ from place to place—and thus she would not push for an increase if she were president.

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The Habits of Depression

A tendency to get stuck in a pattern of negative thinking is common to the depressed person, writes Guardian opinion editor David Shariatmadari in a long consideration of the affliction. “Any set of thoughts that is repeated builds synaptic pathways,” one neuroscientist explains in the article. “Thoughts that are repeated over and over build structure into the brain and therefore increase their own likelihood.”

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People and Planet Benefit From ‘Green’ Buildings

Research worldwide shows that environmentally friendly buildings are much better for the health of the people who live and work in them, as well as for the Earth.

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How Whole Foods Exploits Prison Labor

It has been revealed that in addition to allegedly overcharging and mislabeling its products, the company is using prison labor at a base pay of just 60 cents per day.

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Greek Reforms ‘Will Fail,’ Former Finance Minister Varoufakis Says

Yanis Varoufakis, who resigned recently, predicted that the measures will “go down in history as the greatest disaster of macroeconomic management ever.”

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Charlie Hebdo Will No Longer Draw Muhammad Cartoons

Six months after the Paris attack that claimed the lives of 12 staff members, the French magazine’s editor says it will no longer feature satirical cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. “We’ve done our job,” he said. “We have defended the right to caricature.”

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VIDEO: It’s Been a Year Since Eric Garner’s Death, and His Family Demands Justice

A year after Eric Garner died at the hands of the NYPD, his grieving family says, “Justice to us is we get answers, we get our reforms.”

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LISTEN: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Iran, America’s Work Ethic and Fetal Tissue for Sale

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief tells the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists that President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran is a good step. Also, Jeb Bush tells Americans they need to work longer hours to improve the economy, and Planned Parenthood comes under fire for an undercover video showing a physician talking about the sale of aborted fetal tissue for research.

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Climate Change as Grave a Threat as Nuclear War

An international scientific report commissioned by the U.K. government says the risks of climate change are comparable to those posed by nuclear conflict.

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Here’s How One German Artist Turned the Tables on the Surveillance State

In his project “Cached Landscapes,” Florian Freier uses a service we’re all familiar with to make an important statement about the ironies of spying in the digital age.

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VIDEO: Texas Finds ‘No Wrongdoing’ in Burial of Hundreds of Immigrants in Unmarked Mass Graves

“Democracy Now!” hosts Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh discuss mass graves found in Brooks County, Texas, where many bodies were buried without identification in trash bags by a funeral home that charged taxpayers thousands of dollars.

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Winners and Losers of the Iran Deal in the Greater Middle East (Video)

The end of most U.N. and European sanctions on Iran and the likely end of U.S. third-party sanctions are shaping how regional states see the Vienna agreement between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany.

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Silicon Valley Emerges as a Political Force

When it comes to the political money chase, the Northern California home of the world’s technology giants spreads the wealth to both parties—positioning the tech industry as one of the most powerful forces in American politics.

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Why Don’t U.S. Media Interview Real Allies on American Policy Regarding the Iran Deal? (Video)

If the Iran deal fails in Congress in part because of how television news covered it, then we must blame the networks for fostering yet another major war and draining the U.S. economy.

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‘The Look of Silence’: Showing the Human Side of Genocide

What if the Nazis had won in World War II? That question represents one of the thematic forces that shape Joshua Oppenheimer’s quietly riveting new documentary about Indonesia’s 1965-66 tragedy.

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The Huffington Post Has ‘Fired’ Donald Trump From Its Political Coverage

“We have decided we won’t report on Trump’s campaign as part of The Huffington Post’s political coverage,” the site announced Friday. “Instead, we will cover his campaign as part of our Entertainment section.”

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Iran Deal: Why Should We Heed the Same Voices That Are Always Wrong?

What everyone should remember about the agreement’s most prominent foes is something they will never mention: their own shameful record in promoting our very worst foreign policy mistake since Vietnam.

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Clinton’s Standing Falls 8 Points Among Democrats

A poll shows that voters view the Democratic presidential candidate as “less decisive and inspiring than when she launched her presidential campaign just three months ago,” The Associated Press reports.

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The Iran Deal May Not Be Perfect, but It’s Better Than the Alternative

To understand why the Iran nuclear deal is such a triumph, consider the most likely alternative: war.

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U.S. Border Patrol Agency Violated Its Own Rules in Deporting Thousands of Children

U.S. border patrol agents deported thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children between 2009 and 2014 without determining if they would be safe when they returned to their home countries.

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Cornel West Blasts Ta-Nehisi Coates for Perceived Obama Worship

The literati darling Ta-Nehisi Coates received some daunting criticism Thursday via Facebook. Political commentator and professor Dr. Cornel West has countered Toni Morrison’s glowing comparison of the author to James Baldwin with a politically charged status update.

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Jacksonland

Everyone knows, or should know, about the Cherokee Trail of Tears in the early 1830s. But not till now, with NPR journalist Steve Inskeep’s new book focusing on President Andrew Jackson and Cherokee Principal Chief John Ross, has this episode in American history been rendered in such personal and human detail.

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How Goldman Sachs Helped Create the Greek Debt Crisis

The investment bank turned a huge profit by helping to hide the real extent of Greece’s debt, and in the process almost doubled it.

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Loss of Seabirds Highlights Double Danger for Species

Scientists say increasing human impacts on habitat are combining with climate change to put serious survival stresses on species and ecosystems.

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Four Marines Dead: Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons Are a Security Problem for the U.S.

With lone wolf terrorists among us, the threat posed by ordinary citizens’ access to military-style weapons is no longer just a local problem but a very real national security risk.

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VIDEO: Trailer for ‘White People’ Sparks Comments From Conservatives and Progressives

Are Caucasian millennials ready to reassess what it means to be white in America?

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