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Noni Olabisi’s painting "To Protect and Serve"—perhaps the most controversial mural in Los Angeles in the past 80 years—features a positive depiction of the Black Panther Party and its contributions to the African-American community. Such information about the party's constructive role is nowhere to be found in school textbooks.

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ICE raids -- federal officials who bust into rural factory towns to arrest suspected "illegal immigrants" -- continued this week in Laurel, Miss. The town of about 18,000 saw federal officials revise the number of people arrested in the raid to 595. It remained unknown whether the majority of detainees would serve jail time or be immediately deported.

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Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) showed off to Congress a model of an electric fence he designed for America's southern border. He said its nonlethal current works fine with barnyard animals.

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  • It's a tough calculus these Republicans are facing: wondering whether they'll lose more conservative votes by appearing soft on immigration or more Hispanic votes by lumping Latinos in with livestock.
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    From one of today's Times editorials: "Given the topics that have preoccupied Congress lately, one wonders why the Republicans don't simply propose a catchall bill aimed at illegal gay liberal Mexican flag burners and be done with it." Why not indeed?

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