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A new chief took over the US Border Patrol this month, and for the first time in 92 years, it isn't someone who rose through the ranks. Mark Morgan—a former FBI official who once specialized in intelligence and counterterrorism—has stepped in to...
From: Mother Jones | By: Sara Rathod | Saturday, July 30, 2016
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When white people think of Mexican food, visions of nachos coated in orange melted cheese and jalapeños, or burritos bursting with grilled chicken come to mind. Even in US cities where "authentic" Mexican taco trucks line the streets, fried meat and...
From: Mother Jones | By: Maddie Oatman | Friday, July 29, 2016
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Earlier this week, the 2016 Democratic platform committed to securing public funding for abortion by calling for the repeal of the Hyde and Helms amendments. The Hyde Amendment prohibits the use of federal Medicaid money to pay for the procedure for...
From: Mother Jones | By: Hannah Levintova | Friday, July 29, 2016
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It has been a terrible month for Chelsea Manning, the transgender former US soldier serving a 35-year prison sentence for sharing classified information with WikiLeaks. Several weeks ago, the Army whistleblower tried to kill herself at Fort Leavenworth...
From: Mother Jones | By: Samantha Michaels | Friday, July 29, 2016
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Health officials have reported that four cases of Zika in Florida were likely spread from person to person by domestic mosquitoes. This is the moment Democratic politicians—and a few southern Republicans—have been warning about. The finding is bound...
From: Mother Jones | By: Michael Mechanic | Friday, July 29, 2016
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A federal appeals court struck down a restrictive voting law in North Carolina on Friday, ruling that the state legislature acted with the intent to limit African American voting in enacting the measure. The law, which took effect in March, contained...
From: Mother Jones | By: AJ Vicens | Friday, July 29, 2016
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The following is based on a segment that aired on Bite, the Mother Jones food politics podcast. Scroll to 6:56 in the player below to hear this segment.   What do you remember about what you ate in college? Were your university years a blur of mediocre...
From: Mother Jones | By: Kiera Butler | Friday, July 29, 2016
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Photographer M. Scott Brauer is covering the Democratic National Convention for Mother Jones' Instagram account. Brauer, who has a kind of exaggerated paparazzi-esque style, also snapped photos at Donald Trump's bizarre Republican National Convention...
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On the final day of the Democratic National Convention, Sarah McBride used her position as the first transgender person to speak at a major-party convention to argue that despite advances in LGBT rights, the fight for equality must continue. "Will we...
From: Mother Jones | By: P.R. Lockhart | Thursday, July 28, 2016
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This story was originally published by Grist and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention was dedicated to ripping apart the GOP nominee while extending an olive branch to blue-collar...
From: Mother Jones | By: Rebecca Leber | Thursday, July 28, 2016
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As he sought to dispel questions about his ties to Russia during a feisty press conference on Wednesday, Donald Trump was unequivocal: "I have nothing to do with Russia." If so, it hasn't been for lack of trying. For more than two decades, Trump has...
From: Mother Jones | By: Russ Choma and Hannah Levintova | Thursday, July 28, 2016
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The future of baby-making is not in a bed, or in the back seat of a car. It's in a lab. So says Stanford Law Professor Hank Greely, an expert on the intersection of ethical, legal, and social issues in the biosciences. On the latest episode of the Inquiring...
From: Mother Jones | By: Natalie Schreyer | Thursday, July 28, 2016
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In one of the most poignant speeches of the Democratic National Convention, the father of a Muslim soldier who died in Iraq condemned Donald Trump, saying the GOP nominee had "sacrificed nothing and no one." Trump responded on Saturday by arguing that...
From: Mother Jones | By: Tim Murphy | Saturday, July 30, 2016
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This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. When American firms dominate a global market worth more than $70 billion a year, you'd expect to hear about it. Not so with the global arms trade. It's good for one or two stories a year in the mainstream...
From: Mother Jones | By: William D. Hartung | Saturday, July 30, 2016
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After a bipartisan assault on Donald Trump at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday, from people ranging from leading Democrats such as Hillary Clinton to lifelong Republicans to ordinary citizens, Trump fired back during his first general election...
From: Mother Jones | By: Max J. Rosenthal | Friday, July 29, 2016
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As she accepted the Democratic nomination on Thursday night, Hillary Clinton asked her audience to "put ourselves in the shoes of young black and Latino men and women who face the effects of systemic racism and are made to feel like their lives are disposable."...
From: Mother Jones | By: P.R. Lockhart | Friday, July 29, 2016
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Donald Trump is suddenly distancing himself from last week's Republican National Convention, after television ratings show that the Democratic National Convention consistently pulled in more viewers across the country for three consecutive nights. "I...
From: Mother Jones | By: Inae Oh | Friday, July 29, 2016
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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has been hacked. "The DCCC can confirm that we have been the target of a cybersecurity incident," DCCC National Press Secretary Meredith Kelly said in a statement posted by Reuters' Dustin Volz. Kelly said...
From: Mother Jones | By: AJ Vicens | Friday, July 29, 2016
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Amid renewed nationwide protests over police killings of black men, a representative from the United Nations toured the United States with a peculiar goal: to assess whether the exercise of freedom of assembly and association in the country conforms...
From: Mother Jones | By: Brandon Ellington Patterson | Friday, July 29, 2016
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As the fractured Democratic National Convention gradually unified behind Hillary Clinton over the course of the week, Bernie Sanders' frustrated supporters were left to wonder what was next for their would-be political revolution. An obscure political...
From: Mother Jones | By: Pema Levy | Friday, July 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. In the mid-2000s, Donald Trump licensed his name—in exchange...
From: Mother Jones | By: Russ Choma | Friday, July 29, 2016
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Hillary Clinton just made history. In a speech that covered her long track record of public service, attacked Donald Trump, and strongly emphasized her campaign slogan, "Stronger Together," Clinton formally accepted her nomination and provided a rousing...
From: Mother Jones | By: Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn | Friday, July 29, 2016
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When Bill Clinton spoke to the Democratic convention on Tuesday night, he warmly recalled the time in 1985 when Hillary Clinton learned about a preschool program in Israel that taught low-income mothers how to become the first teachers for their children...
From: Mother Jones | By: David Corn | Friday, July 29, 2016
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One of the most emotionally charged moments of the last night of the Democratic convention came when the father of a Muslim-American soldier killed in the line of duty took the stage. Humayun Khan, 27 years old when he died, was a graduate from the University...
From: Mother Jones | By: Sara Rathod | Friday, July 29, 2016
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On Tuesday night, members of Mothers of the Movement, mothers who lost children because of gun violence or police action, spoke at the Democratic National Convention. The women have become featured surrogates for the Hillary Clinton campaign in recent...
From: Mother Jones | By: AJ Vicens | Thursday, July 28, 2016
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Tents were being disassembled. Buttons and signs, stacked and packed away. A protester strummed a final, whimsical song. Several dozen bleary-eyed Bernie Sanders die-hards were preparing to head home on Thursday afternoon. Many had been camping out for...
From: Mother Jones | By: James West | Thursday, July 28, 2016
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On Wednesday, Donald Trump angrily told reporters that he had no connection to Russian President Vladimir Putin. "I have nothing to do with Putin," he said. "I've never spoken to him. I don't know anything about him other than he will respect me." But...
From: Mother Jones | By: Russ Choma | Thursday, July 28, 2016
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On the last night of the Democratic convention on Thursday that will culminate when Hillary Clinton accepts the nomination and addresses the audience, a representative from an unlikely group will be in the lineup of speakers preceding her: Jennifer Pierotti...
From: Mother Jones | By: Hannah Levintova | Thursday, July 28, 2016
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For several years, the Obama administration has treated the influx of Central American migrant families and children as a temporary surge, one that can be controlled with aggressive messaging campaigns and the threat of quick deportations. But a new...
From: Mother Jones | By: Sara Rathod | Thursday, July 28, 2016
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On Wednesday night, President Barack Obama delivered an impassioned address at the Democratic National Convention, where he burnished his legacy of hope, praised Hillary Clinton, and eviscerated Donald Trump as a "homegrown demagogue" and threat to American...
From: Mother Jones | By: Inae Oh | Thursday, July 28, 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. Democrats weren't always bashing Donald Trump. In fact, in...
From: Mother Jones | By: Max J. Rosenthal | Thursday, July 28, 2016
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