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Holzweiler, Germany, just escaped impending death. A tidy village of stone houses clustered around an aging cathedral, it's only 40 minutes up the Autobahn from the modernist bustle of Cologne, the country's fourth-largest city. The drive winds past...
From: Mother Jones | By: Tim McDonnell | Thursday, April 24, 2014
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When an incarcerated pregnant woman in Illinois slept too long through mealtime, a guard decided to punish her by placing her in solitary confinement. While in isolation, the woman—who had a long history of depression—was denied access to her prenatal...
From: Mother Jones | By: Dana Liebelson | Thursday, April 24, 2014
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When it comes to data journalism, everyone's a critic. The launch of three major data journalism operations in only a few weeks—the revamped 538, Vox, and the New York Times' The Upshot—have produced a slew of opinion pieces. They are summarized...
From: Mother Jones | By: Simon Rogers | Thursday, April 24, 2014
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How much of Walmart's revenue comes from its shoppers' food stamps? The store isn't required to say. But a January Court of Appeals ruling could change that. If the unanimous decision by the 8th Circuit's panel of three judges holds, the United States...
From: Mother Jones | By: Tracie McMillan | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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It's like the Oscars, but for paperwork. The Clearmark Awards, sponsored by the DC-based Center for Plain Language, are handed out annually to the government agencies, corporations, and nonprofits that produce the most coherent literature. On Tuesday,...
From: Mother Jones | By: Tim Murphy | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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This story originally appeared in the Guardian and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Climate change is real and a real problem for the world, Apple said on Monday, announcing its progress on environment targets ahead of Earth...
From: Mother Jones | By: Adam Vaughan | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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This story originally appeared in The Atlantic and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The latest series of reports from the United Nation Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned in stark terms the catastrophic consequences...
From: Mother Jones | By: Todd Woody | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Elizabeth Warren—the junior senator from Massachusetts, liberal icon, and fundraising machine—has a new book out, A Fighting Chance. It's a memoir and a brisk read. The book begins with Warren's hardscrabble youth in Oklahoma City and traces her...
From: Mother Jones | By: Andy Kroll | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Cliven Bundy, everybody's favorite Nevada land-fee delinquent, took it to another level this week by questioning whether black people were better off as slaves. Bundy insists his comments weren't racist, just that he's "wondering" if black people...
From: Mother Jones | By: AJ Vicens and Tasneem Raja | Thursday, April 24, 2014
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This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. There are many sides to whistleblowing. The one that most people don't know about is the very personal cost, prison aside, including the high cost of lawyers and the strain on family relations, that...
From: Mother Jones | By: Peter Van Buren | Thursday, April 24, 2014
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On Wednesday, the Department of Justice announced that thousands of federal inmates serving time for certain non-violent crimes will soon be able to apply for clemency. Those eligible to be set free will be prisoners convicted of low-level nonviolent...
From: Mother Jones | By: Erika Eichelberger | Thursday, April 24, 2014
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Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced), 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, watch as MV-22B Ospreys take off from the flight deck of the USS Makin Island during Amphibious Squadron Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT)...
From: Mother Jones | Thursday, April 24, 2014
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In January, Mother Jones broke the story of one of the newest affiliates of Charles and David Koch's sprawling political machine, a consulting firm named Aegis Strategic created to identify, recruit, and groom free-market-minded candidates for elected...
From: Mother Jones | By: Andy Kroll | Thursday, April 24, 2014
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The release of Darren Aronofsky's film epic Noah last month left many pop-culture writers wondering: Why was the cast—the film's representation of humanity before the great flood—so white? Ari Handel, who cowrote Noah with Aronofsky, drew critical...
From: Mother Jones | By: Molly Redden | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Marines with Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, convoy their light armored vehicles across the beach as a Navy landing craft, air cushion with Assault Craft Unit 4 departs the beach of Sierra del...
From: Mother Jones | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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For a brief moment in Darren Aronofsky's hit religious epic film Noah, we see the great Flood from space. From that vantage point, it looks much like an atmospheric event of the sort that a NASA satellite might photograph, so we can all share it on Facebook....
From: Mother Jones | By: Chris Mooney | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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As Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) ponders a presidential bid, he has lately made efforts to wrap himself in the banner of Ronald Reagan. In op-eds and speeches, the libertarian tea partier has increasingly invoked the Republicans' most holy icon, especially after...
From: Mother Jones | By: David Corn | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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The Connecticut state Legislature's Judiciary Committee passed a bill last week that would ramp up penalties for people who commit assault as part of the so-called "knockout game." Reports of black teens randomly punching bystanders and then uploading...
From: Mother Jones | By: Dana Liebelson | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Are you a literary muscleman or a munchkin? A word ninja or a spewer of malaprops? And who came up with these terms anyway? In Authorisms, out this week, Paul Dickson traces writerly coinages (a coinage of the Elizabethan scribe George Puttenham) of...
From: Mother Jones | By: Michael Mechanic and Brett Brownell | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. With the agility of a seasoned Border Patrol veteran, the woman rushed after the students. She caught up with them just before they entered the exhibition hall of the eighth annual Border Security...
From: Mother Jones | By: Todd Miller | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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UC Davis This story was originally published in ProPublica. Federal funding for research on gun violence has been restricted for nearly two decades. President Obama urged Congress to allocate $10 million for new research after the Newtown school shooting....
From: Mother Jones | By: Lois Beckett, ProPublica | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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As the fight to raise the minimum wage has gained momentum, the restaurant industry has emerged as the biggest opponent. This is no surprise, since the industry claims the highest percentage of low-wage workers—60 percent—of any other business sector....
From: Mother Jones | By: Stephanie Mencimer | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Marines with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Battalion Landing Team, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, participate in a Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise during Exercise Ssang Yong 14 at Su Seung-ri Range, Pohang, Republic of Korea, April 4, 2014. SY...
From: Mother Jones | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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David Corn joined guest host Joy Reid on MSNBC's Hardball to discuss the Democrats' prospects in the upcoming midterm elections. Historically the Democratic coalition doesn't show up for midterm elections. Can the Dems use the Koch Bros to galvanize...
From: Mother Jones | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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When people recount their alcohol consumption after a night on the town, or even a serious bender, they usually think about it in terms of drinks. Very rarely do they calibrate their intake in quarts. So most of us don't have a good sense of just how...
From: Mother Jones | By: Marc Bookman | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Thirteen years ago, speaking at the University of the District of Columbia, US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg criticized the effectiveness of court-appointed lawyers for low-income people facing capital punishment. "People who are well represented...
From: Mother Jones | By: Marc Bookman | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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For the last decade, photographer and artist Rachel Sussman has traveled the world to document its oldest living organisms. Her photographs, stories, and essays are interwoven in her new book, The Oldest Living Things in the World. I talked with Sussman...
From: Mother Jones | By: H.F. Bhojani | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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