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Bernie Sanders has won. Not the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. Another candidate in the race collected millions more votes and secured a majority of delegates. But Sanders, the independent socialist senator from Vermont who has spent most...
From: Mother Jones | By: David Corn | Friday, July 1, 2016
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Another episode of Bite, our food politics podcast, is out today and available for download. You can find it along with our previous episodes here, or by subscribing in iTunes, Stitcher, or via RSS. It's hard to trust nutritionists when they're in cahoots...
From: Mother Jones | By: Jenny Luna | Friday, July 1, 2016
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The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services last week, alleging that the government agency knowingly gave millions of dollars to religious organizations with a record of denying contraception...
From: Mother Jones | By: Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn | Friday, July 1, 2016
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"Everything," Tom Wesley answers when I ask what's ailing him. Diabetes. Multiple heart attacks. Chronic liver failure. "They've told me I'm dying." Wesley, a towering man in a salmon-colored corduroy shirt buttoned just at the top, is only 54. But for...
From: Mother Jones | By: Nina Liss-Schultz | Thursday, June 30, 2016
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San Franciscans, bid adieu to Styrofoam. On Tuesday, the city unanimously passed an ordinance banning the sale of any product made from polystyrene, the petroleum-based compound that's molded into disposable dishware, packing materials, and beach toys—among...
From: Mother Jones | By: Jenny Luna | Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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In a press call on Thursday, Planned Parenthood announced a campaign to work toward the repeal of abortion restrictions in eight states across the country, in light of the Supreme Court's historic ruling in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt. The ruling,...
From: Mother Jones | By: Hannah Levintova | Thursday, June 30, 2016
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This story originally appeared on Grist and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The Democratic Party's platform drafting committee has written a stronger climate change section than the platform had in 2012, but it also rejected...
From: Mother Jones | By: Ben Adler | Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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Does Exxon Mobil have a constitutional right to sow doubt about climate science? That's the subject of a high-stakes legal battle playing out between dozens of state attorneys general, members of Congress, corporate executives, and activists. Last fall,...
From: Mother Jones | By: Natalie Schreyer | Thursday, June 30, 2016
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The Obama administration announced on Friday that the United States has killed a much lower number of civilians in drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, Libya, and Somalia than have been previously estimated by outside researchers. A report from the Office...
From: Mother Jones | By: Max J. Rosenthal | Friday, July 1, 2016
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After a bruising week in the Supreme Court, abortion opponents were dealt another blow on Thursday when a federal judge blocked Indiana from enforcing a new law banning abortions motivated by the race, gender, ancestry, or disability status of the fetus....
From: Mother Jones | By: P.R. Lockhart | Friday, July 1, 2016
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In December 2014, Mother Jones senior reporter Shane Bauer started a job as a corrections officer at a Louisiana prison run by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the country's second-largest private prison company. Read Bauer's gripping firsthand...
From: Mother Jones | By: James West | Friday, July 1, 2016
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Jackie Ferrentino I used to tune out when my father would go on about eminent domain: how his immigrant grandparents had built up a modest homestead with two houses, three grown children, and a flock of chickens on the banks of the Bronx River. And then,...
From: Mother Jones | By: Richard Conniff | Friday, July 1, 2016
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oneinchpunch/istock People have been barbecuing in the Americas since long before the United States existed. In 1526, Spanish explorer Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo y Valdés used the word "barbacoa" to describe frames that South American tribes used...
From: Mother Jones | By: Mother Jones | Friday, July 1, 2016
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As the Republican convention in Cleveland approaches, several delegates from Pennsylvania who support Donald Trump say they are planning on bringing their guns with them to the GOP gathering. Why? They say they are worried about possible violent protest...
From: Mother Jones | By: Pema Levy | Friday, July 1, 2016
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Until the election, we're bringing you "The Trump Files," a daily dose of telling episodes, strange-but-true stories, or curious scenes from the life of presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. There was once a time when Donald Trump wanted presidential...
From: Mother Jones | By: Max J. Rosenthal | Friday, July 1, 2016
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The hacker using the handle "Guccifer 2.0" posted another set of internal Democratic National Committee Documents Thursday, along with a series of answers to questions posed to him by journalists and others via Twitter. The hacker claims to be a male,...
From: Mother Jones | By: AJ Vicens | Thursday, June 30, 2016
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The number of transgender Americans may be twice as big as we thought. According to a new analysis of state and federal data, an estimated 1.4 million adults in the United States, or 0.6 percent of the total population, do not identify with the gender...
From: Mother Jones | By: Samantha Michaels | Thursday, June 30, 2016
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Last December, the climate summit in Paris offered journalists an unprecedented opportunity to reframe the global warming story. Climate reporting used to rest on the tacit understanding that the problem is overwhelming and intractable. That no longer...
From: Mother Jones | By: Tim McDonnell | Thursday, June 30, 2016
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Boris Johnson, a leading proponent for Britain to withdraw from the European Union, announced on Thursday he would not seek to replace David Cameron as the next prime minister. "Having consulted colleagues and in view of the circumstances in Parliament,...
From: Mother Jones | By: Inae Oh | Thursday, June 30, 2016
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With the Republican National Convention fast approaching in Cleveland, tensions over security are mounting. Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump is expected to draw thousands of protesters and the scene outside the convention could turn volatile. At...
From: Mother Jones | By: Brandon Ellington Patterson | Thursday, June 30, 2016
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Last week, Donald Trump made a firm commitment to change how Washington works. "If I am elected President, I will end the special interest monopoly in Washington, DC," he said. "The choice in this election is a choice between taking our government back...
From: Mother Jones | By: Russ Choma | Thursday, June 30, 2016
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In December 2014, Mother Jones senior reporter Shane Bauer started a job as a corrections officer at a Louisiana prison run by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the country's second-largest private prison company. During his four months on...
From: Mother Jones | By: James West | Thursday, June 30, 2016
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Until the election, we're bringing you "The Trump Files," a daily dose of telling episodes, strange-but-true stories, or curious scenes from the life of presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. The Art of the Comeback, Donald Trump's 1997 book, featured...
From: Mother Jones | By: Max J. Rosenthal | Thursday, June 30, 2016
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This article is part of the SF Homeless Project, a collaboration between nearly 70 media organizations to explore the state of homelessness in San Francisco. On any given night, 1 in 200 San Franciscans sleep on the street. Among the nation's large urban...
From: Mother Jones | By: Julia Lurie | Thursday, June 30, 2016
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This is heartbreaking: biographical snippets of the 49 lives lost in the Orlando massacre on June 12 are spoken by 49 actors and celebrities wearing black, against a black background. It's an agonizing but beautiful tribute to the victims of the attack...
From: Mother Jones | By: James West | Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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Fresh from her first appearance on the campaign trail with Hillary Clinton, Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday returned to her favorite activity: going after Wall Street. With Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Warren submitted...
From: Mother Jones | By: Delphine d'Amora | Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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The Marine Corps will rename 19 job titles to make them gender neutral, as the military works to integrate women into more combat roles. The word "man" will be cut from many of the titles and replaced with the word "Marine," a Marine Corps spokeswoman...
From: Mother Jones | By: Will Greenberg | Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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In 2003, style icon and former Spice Girls star Victoria Beckham said she believed Brazilian waxing should be "compulsory" for people older than 15. And it seems young women agreed: Today full-frontal waxing and shaving is more popular than ever.  This...
From: Mother Jones | By: Samantha Michaels | Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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Two days before Puerto Rico was set to default on $2 billion in debt payments, the Senate staved off calamity by advancing a measure Wednesday that will allow the island to restructure its debts. The Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability...
From: Mother Jones | By: AJ Vicens | Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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In December 2014, Mother Jones senior reporter Shane Bauer started a job as a corrections officer at a Louisiana prison run by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the country's second-largest private prison company. During his four months on...
From: Mother Jones | By: James West | Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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Until the election, we're bringing you "The Trump Files," a daily dose of telling episodes, strange-but-true stories, or curious scenes from the life of presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. When Donald Trump bought the development rights to a big chunk...
From: Mother Jones | By: Max J. Rosenthal | Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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Like San Francisco, Silicon Valley is known for the glaring divide between its tech-fueled affluence and its persistent homelessness problem. An estimated 6,500 homeless people live in Santa Clara County, California, an area that stretches from suburban...
From: Mother Jones | By: Josh Harkinson | Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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On the heels of its historic decision overturning two Texas abortion restrictions, the Supreme Court closed out its 2015 term on Tuesday with three more victories for pro-choice advocates. The court denied review in three reproductive health appeals,...
From: Mother Jones | By: Hannah Levintova | Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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In 2009, Barack Obama was sworn into office as the 44th president of the United States, the first black man to run the White House. While the upcoming presidential election could be the first time the US sees a woman in that job, that wouldn't be the...
From: Mother Jones | By: Jennifer Velez | Tuesday, June 28, 2016
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Gemma RayThe Exodus Suite Bronzerat Brigid Mae PowerBrigid Mae Power Tompkins Square Courtesy of Chromatic Publicity Once upon a time, the notion of mood music signified the kind of easy-listening slush that record companies tried to sell as lounge culture...
From: Mother Jones | By: Jon Young | Tuesday, June 28, 2016
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The subject heading on the email is eye-popping: "Have you heard about the Hillary indictment?" But when you click on the email, which on Tuesday afternoon hit the in-boxes of people on conservative lists (hours after House Republicans released their...
From: Mother Jones | By: David Corn | Tuesday, June 28, 2016
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At least ten people are dead after explosions hit Ataturk airport in Istanbul on Tuesday, Turkey's Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag has confirmed. The explosions reportedly took place outside the international terminal, the third largest airport in Europe....
From: Mother Jones | By: Inae Oh | Tuesday, June 28, 2016
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On Monday night's episode of Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, our host outlined some pretty scary parallels between the UK's Brexit vote and the United States' presidential election in November. "While the Brits were waking up in the ruins of their nation...
From: Mother Jones | By: Grace Wilson | Tuesday, June 28, 2016
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The fight against the Zika virus stalled in Congress on Tuesday when Senate Democrats blocked a Republican bill they said was stuffed with unpalatable measures, including a provision that barred Planned Parenthood from the emergency funding. With the...
From: Mother Jones | By: Delphine d'Amora | Tuesday, June 28, 2016
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Donald Trump launched extensive attacks on free trade, China, and Hillary Clinton during a speech on Tuesday in Pennsylvania, pledging to renegotiate trade deals and repeatedly promising American workers better jobs and more tariff protections. "Globalization...
From: Mother Jones | By: Max J. Rosenthal | Tuesday, June 28, 2016
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