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When an armed assailant seized control of a café in downtown Sydney on Monday morning and forced two hostages to hold a black flag with Arabic script up to the window, many observers were quick to claim that ISIS, the self-proclaimed Islamic State that...
From: Mother Jones | By: Jenna McLaughlin | Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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  Not all is sunny and chipper in the world of professional cheerleading this year. NFL cheerleaders from five squads sued their teams last spring, alleging sub-minimum-wage pay, mandatory "jiggle tests," and other degrading working conditions. Since...
From: Mother Jones | By: Julia Lurie | Monday, December 15, 2014
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Daniel Lanois Jacob Blickenstaff More From CONTACT: Jackson Browne Sean Rowe Taylor Goldsmith, Dawes Liam Bailey Thomas Bartlett and Martin Hayes Aaron Freeman Ben Watt Joe Henry Jolie Holland Rodney Crowell As a producer, Daniel Lanois has helped create...
From: Mother Jones | By: Jacob Blickenstaff | Monday, December 15, 2014
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Decades before it started waterboarding terrorism suspects, the US government had dramatically different standards for what it considered torture, particularly when it was being done to our soldiers in World War II. Recently released documents detail...
From: Mother Jones | By: Luke Whelan | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush—the first Republican to declare an official interest in becoming his party's next presidential nominee—was quick to pounce on President Barack Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba. "I don’t think we should...
From: Mother Jones | By: Patrick Caldwell | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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If you're looking for the ground zero of climate change, head to the Arctic. Nowhere else on Earth is changing as quickly or as dramatically; air temperatures there are rising twice as fast as at lower latitudes. In the summer of 2012, Arctic sea ice...
From: Mother Jones | By: Tim McDonnell | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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After years of wrangling between environmentalists, lawmakers, and fossil fuel companies, New York's top public health administrator said he would ban fracking in the state, citing health risks. From the New York Times: The Cuomo administration announced...
From: Mother Jones | By: Tim McDonnell | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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In November 1940, a young Cuban student named Fidel Castro sent a handwritten letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Writing in English, Castro congratulated the president on his reelection and requested "a ten dollars bill green american…because...
From: Mother Jones | By: Dave Gilson | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Photo illustration by Jenna McLaughlin. Putin: Alexei Nikolsky/AP, Chart:Nikita Rogul/Shutterstock Early Tuesday morning, Russia made what may be a last-ditch effort to save its economy: the country's central bank jacked up interest rates to try to prevent...
From: Mother Jones | By: Jenna McLaughlin | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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For years, President Barack Obama faced a tough problem: what to do about Alan Gross, the US subcontractor imprisoned in Cuban? And this dilemma encapsulated the larger puzzle of how to change US-Cuba relations, which have been frozen in a Cold War narrative....
From: Mother Jones | By: David Corn | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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When then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld toured a reconstruction center in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, in 2004, he was gushing with optimism. "It is so clear that the Afghan people are winning the struggle to rebuild this nation," he said. That hope...
From: Mother Jones | By: Alex Park | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Wow: The United States and Cuba will begin talks to normalize relations, including opening an embassy in Havana and putting to rest one most enduring Cold War standoffs, a U.S. official said Wednesday. The landmark initiatives appeared to be set in motion...
From: Mother Jones | By: Ben Dreyfuss | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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A Missouri Republican is pushing a bill that would allow a man who gets a woman pregnant to stop her from having an abortion. The measure would force a woman who wants an abortion to obtain written permission from the father first—unless she was the...
From: Mother Jones | By: Molly Redden | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) "There is so much we don't know!" said Dick Vane-Wright, the Keeper of Entomology at the London Museum of Natural History when author Sharman Apt Russell was asking about butterflies. "You could spend...
From: Mother Jones | By: Indre Viskontas | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Over the weekend, tens of thousands of marchers rallied against police brutality, standing in solidarity with families who have lost loved ones to police violence. With public scrutiny zeroed in on deaths at the hands of law enforcement, one thing is...
From: Mother Jones | By: Allie Gross and Bryan Schatz | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Today, Jeb Bush, the former Republican Governor of Florida, announced that he would "actively explore" running for president in 2016. If elected, he'd have control over much of the US response to global warming. So how would Bush address the global climate...
From: Mother Jones | By: James West | Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. November 18, 2014: it's a day that should live forever in history. On that day, in the city of Yiwu in China's Zhejiang province, 300 kilometers south of Shanghai, the first train carrying 82 containers...
From: Mother Jones | By: Pepe Escobar | Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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Nature is one of the world's flagship peer-reviewed scientific journals, a venue for some of our best new ideas about the world. Sometimes, those ideas are about animals that also happen to be outrageously, unconscionably cute. I'm talking baby-penguins-and-pomeranians-and-monkeys-cute....
From: Mother Jones | By: Tim McDonnell | Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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The Pakistani Taliban is claiming responsibility for a deadly attack inside a military-run school in Peshawar, in northwestern Pakistan, on Tuesday, that has left as many as 145 dead, more than 100 of them children. The BBC has described the attack...
From: Mother Jones | By: Inae Oh | Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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"You may decide, for instance, what many people on the left and the right think—that I'm a sociopath and blah blah blah," says Charles C. Johnson. Peter Duke Hours before I was due to hop in a rental car to drive to his home last week, Charles C. Johnson...
From: Mother Jones | By: Tim Murphy | Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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Anyone can use the federal Freedom of Information Act to request records about prisons owned and operated by the government. Information about prisoner demographics, violent incidents, and prison budgets are all obtainable. But privately run facilities—even...
From: Mother Jones | By: Alex Park | Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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Good news for medical pot smokers: The $1.1-trillion federal spending bill approved by the Senate on Saturday has effectively ended the longstanding federal war on medical marijuana. An amendment to the bill blocks the Department of Justice from spending...
From: Mother Jones | By: Josh Harkinson | Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. It's the political story of the week in Washington. At long last, after the endless stalling and foot-shuffling, the arguments about redaction and CIA computer hacking, the claims that its release...
From: Mother Jones | By: Rebecca Gordon | Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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This story originally appeared in the Huffington Post and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. It's a Wednesday morning in late August, the first day of classes at the Shishmaref School. The doors of the pale blue building haven't...
From: Mother Jones | By: Kate Sheppard | Monday, December 15, 2014
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On Sunday, days after the release of the Senate torture report, former Vice President Dick Cheney appeared on Meet the Press to defend the Bush-Cheney administration's use of harsh interrogation practices and to deny that these methods were torture....
From: Mother Jones | By: David Corn | Monday, December 15, 2014
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Climate negotiators from nearly 200 countries are on their way home from Lima, Peru, after a series of last-minute compromises produced an agreement that, for the first time, calls on all countries to develop plans to limit their greenhouse gas emissions....
From: Mother Jones | By: Tim McDonnell | Monday, December 15, 2014
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Elizabeth Warren and a host of Democratic lawmakers are demanding the Obama administration stand up for gay rights. A coalition of 80 senators and House members spearheaded by the Massachusetts senator—alongside Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Tom...
From: Mother Jones | By: Patrick Caldwell | Monday, December 15, 2014
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US Marines conduct a static-line jump to prepare for upcoming deployment. (US Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Anna Albrecht)...
From: Mother Jones | Monday, December 15, 2014
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This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. Mark these days. A long-dreaded transformation from hope to doom is taking place as the United States of America ushers the world onto the no-turning-back road of nuclear perdition. Once, we could...
From: Mother Jones | By: James Carroll | Monday, December 15, 2014
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