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It's the home stretch of the 2014 election season. No single theme or issue has dominated the midterms, but 2014 is on pace to be the Year of Dark Money. Nonprofit groups, some well-known (such as the US Chamber of Commerce and Americans for Prosperity,...
From: Mother Jones | By: Andy Kroll | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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States have approved more anti-abortion measures during the past three years than during the entire preceding decade. And this fall, voters themselves will also have the chance to decide whether to approve or block extreme anti-abortion ballot initiatives...
From: Mother Jones | By: Erika Eichelberger | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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As you've no doubt seen by now, Scottish voters are heading to the polls to decide whether to break free from the United Kingdom and chart an independent course for the first time in 307 years. A record number of voters are expected to turn out—97...
From: Mother Jones | By: James West | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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A Multimedia Production by Jaeah Lee and James West | Thurs Sep. 18, 2014 6:00 AM ET On a hazy morning last September, 144 American and Chinese government officials and high-ranking oil executives filed into a vaulted meeting room in a cloistered campus...
From: Mother Jones | By: —A Multimedia Production by Jaeah Lee and James West | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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US Army soldiers prepare to board a CH-47F Chinook with the Flying Dragons task force, which searches for illegal weapons in compounds in Afghanistan. (US Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston)...
From: Mother Jones | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Rick Scott was a tea party darling when he squeaked out a victory in 2010 to become governor of Florida with the help of an army of grassroots conservative activists. Four years later, Scott, facing a tight reelection race, is having trouble rallying...
From: Mother Jones | By: Stephanie Mencimer | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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This story originally appeared in Huffington Post and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. A top Texas official denounced school districts that have scaled back on serving meat one day a week, accusing them of succumbing to...
From: Mother Jones | By: Rebecca Klein | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Few figures in the climate change debate are as polarizing as former Vice President Al Gore. His fans and his enemies are equally rabid, and his 2006 film An Inconvenient Truth is still probably the most-referenced document on climate change in history....
From: Mother Jones | By: Tim McDonnell | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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US Marines prepare to conduct a simulated raid in Hawaii, part of their pre-deployment training cycle.(US Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew Callahan)...
From: Mother Jones | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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On Tuesday, the White House officially announced that it would be sending US troops to Liberia to fight the Ebola outbreak. The military has already requested to use $500 million from its Overseas Contingency Operations budget to deal with Ebola in West...
From: Mother Jones | By: Alex Park | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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For Democrats, 2014 was supposed to be the year of the minimum wage. President Obama used his State of the Union speech earlier this year to urge Congress to bump the federal rate up to $10.10 an hour. "Congress needs to get on board," he said. "Today,...
From: Mother Jones | By: Patrick Caldwell | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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The Walmart heirs are infamous for their wealth and penny-pinching. Christy, Jim, Alice, and Rob Walton wouldn't be the sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth richest Americans, respectively, if not for Walmart's relentless exploitation of its low-wage workers....
From: Mother Jones | By: Josh Harkinson | Thursday, September 18, 2014
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This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. It's possible I've lived most of my life on the wrong planet—and if that sounds like the first sentence of a sci-fi novel maybe, in its own way, it is. I thought I knew where I was, of course, but...
From: Mother Jones | By: Tom Engelhardt | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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The battle over Texas textbooks is raging once again. On Tuesday, hundreds of citizens turned out for the first public hearing on the controversial social science materials now under review as part of the state's contentious once-in-a-decade textbook...
From: Mother Jones | By: Mariah Blake | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Recently the National Rifle Association has aimed to boost its appeal among women. Last year it launched its "new and improved" NRA Women's TV Network, and it has hired several accomplished female gun enthusiasts as official NRA News commentators. Women...
From: Mother Jones | By: Mark Follman | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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In 1898, furious that a mixed-race coalition had swept the city's municipal elections, white supremacists burned down a black-owned newspaper in Wilmington, North Carolina; overthrew the local government; and killed at least 25 black residents in a week...
From: Mother Jones | By: Tim Murphy | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Of all the countries doing battle with Ebola, Liberia has been dealt the gravest blow. According to the World Health Organization, the impoverished West African nation now accounts for about half of all documented cases. And more than 1,200 residents...
From: Mother Jones | By: Alex Park | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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This week, the Ron Paul-led Campaign for Liberty hosts its fourth annual Liberty Political Action Conference, and the speaking list features a roster of well-known Republican politicians and libertarian activists. The biggest draw of this year's LPAC...
From: Mother Jones | By: Andy Kroll | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Break out your protest sign materials and take your polar bear costume to the dry cleaner, boys and girls: This coming weekend marks the kickoff of Climate Week NYC 2014, a flurry of meetings and protests about climate action. It all starts with the...
From: Mother Jones | By: Tim McDonnell | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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At a breakfast event today, a journalist reportedly questioned Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal about whether he believes in evolution. This is pretty pertinent. Several years ago Jindal signed into law the so-called Louisiana Science Education Act. The...
From: Mother Jones | By: Chris Mooney | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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In the hours before Missouri Republicans overrode Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's veto and passed one of the harshest abortion bills in the country, a handful of Republican women—party activists, a local officeholder, and operatives who support abortion...
From: Mother Jones | By: Molly Redden | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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With Thursday's Scottish independence referendum too close to call, opponents of an independent Scotland have been stressing the would-be country's lack of a reliable currency. An independent Scotland could either keep using the British pound and lose...
From: Mother Jones | By: Josh Harkinson | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Benghazi! It's back. On Wednesday, the select committee on Benghazi set up by House Speaker John Boehner—who yanked this conservative crusade from Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and handed it to Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.)—will stage its first public...
From: Mother Jones | By: David Corn | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. On Sunday, September 21st, a huge crowd will march through the middle of Manhattan. It will almost certainly be the largest rally about climate change in human history, and one of the largest political...
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Last week, President Barack Obama outlined his plan for expanding military action against ISIS, the murderous Islamic extremist group that controls territory in Iraq and Syria. His beefed-up campaign includes increased funding previously announced (up...
From: Mother Jones | By: Dana Liebelson and David Corn | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Three recent photo books offer very different perspectives on life in the American desert. Vacancy: The Gateway to Death Valley (Kehrer), by Pamela Littky, documents scenes in Beatty, Nevada, and Baker, California. In The Good Life: Palm Springs (Kehrer)...
From: Mother Jones | By: Mark Murrmann | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Supporters of gay marriage have been on a roll: In the past year, federal courts across the country have nullified same-sex marriage bans in more than a dozen states. Yet these victories are complicated by the lack of a national legal standard on gay...
From: Mother Jones | By: Hannah Levintova | Monday, September 15, 2014
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This story originally appeared on ProPublica. The morning after the Sandy Hook shootings, Shannon Watts, a mother of five and a former public relations executive, started a Facebook page called "One Million Moms for Gun Control." It proved wildly popular...
From: Mother Jones | By: Lois Beckett, ProPublica | Monday, September 15, 2014
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Up until now, the records set by the stunning 2014 Eastern Pacific hurricane season have been mostly academic. The storms have been strong and numerous, but they've been out at sea off the west coast of Mexico, and haven't caused much damage. That changed...
From: Mother Jones | By: Chris Mooney | Monday, September 15, 2014
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