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The Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case that could result in more than 8 million people losing their health insurance. The next day, the Urban Institute released a new report showing again just what's at stake in that case. Large swaths...
From: Mother Jones | By: Stephanie Mencimer | Thursday, March 5, 2015
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Meals are good, and snacking is bad. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and if you eat dinner with your family, you will keep your girlish figure and your kids will be healthier. Taking a lunch break will make you succeed at your job. Okay,...
From: Mother Jones | By: Kiera Butler | Wednesday, March 4, 2015
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Last weekend, Dakota Johnson starred in a Saturday Night Live skit in which she played a young woman being dropped off by her father for her first foray into independent living. She was not going off to college or a new job, but rather to a waiting truckload...
From: Mother Jones | By: Jenna McLaughlin | Friday, March 6, 2015
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For the past few years, tiny Doyline, Louisiana, best known as the Southern Gothic setting of HBO's True Blood, has been perched next to a powder keg. Next month, the Environmental Protection Agency will decide whether to light a match. In 2012, an explosion...
From: Mother Jones | Thursday, March 5, 2015
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Every day seems to bring Florida Sen. Marco Rubio closer to a presidential run. In recent weeks, the first-term senator has toured the early primary states, including Iowa and New Hampshire, to promote his new, and very presidential-sounding book, American...
From: Mother Jones | By: Pema Levy | Thursday, March 5, 2015
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Today Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress on Iran's nuclear ambitions, at the invitation of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). The speech has caused a considerable flap, with Democrats criticizing it as an unprecedented affront...
From: Mother Jones | By: Tim McDonnell | Tuesday, March 3, 2015
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New York wants to get serious about solar power. The state has a goal to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050, and it's already among the nation's solar leaders. New York ranks ninth overall for total installed solar,...
From: Mother Jones | By: Tim McDonnell | Friday, March 6, 2015
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We are a people in love with vitamins. The US market for them is valued at $23 billion—and it's growing by 7 percent each year. And yet, despite our zeal for vitamins, we still don't know very much about what they actually do. The strange history of...
From: Mother Jones | By: Kiera Butler | Friday, March 6, 2015
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On February 26, ISIS released a video of its militants smashing ancient Assyrian artifacts in the central museum in Mosul, Iraq. In a matter of minutes, they jackhammered the face of a famous 1,400-year-old Assyrian winged bull and broke apart four 2,000-year-old...
From: Mother Jones | By: Bryan Schatz | Friday, March 6, 2015
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Earlier today, yet another massive train carrying crude oil derailed and caught on fire, this time in northern Illinois near the Mississippi River. One-hundred-and-three of the the train's 105 cars were carrying crude oil—from where was not immediately...
From: Mother Jones | By: Luke Whelan | Friday, March 6, 2015
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This week, McDonald's pledged to phase out serving chicken raised on antibiotics that can also be used to treat humans. To understand the giant implications this has for the meat industry, consider my colleague Tom Philpott's previous reporting on the...
From: Mother Jones | By: Kiera Butler | Thursday, March 5, 2015
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This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. The US drone war across much of the Greater Middle East and parts of Africa is in crisis and not because civilians are dying or the target list for that war or the right to wage it just about anywhere...
From: Mother Jones | By: Pratap Chatterjee | Thursday, March 5, 2015
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On Thursday, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey said it will end the use of elephant acts by 2018—a move that follows decades of mounting criticism and public concern over the show's abusive treatment of the animals. Ringling's parent company,...
From: Mother Jones | By: Inae Oh | Thursday, March 5, 2015
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Battleground Texas, the effort by Obama vets to turn the nation's biggest red state blue, got off to a rough start last fall when Democratic gubernatorial nominee Wendy Davis lost by 21 points. But now, as the organization looks to rebuild toward its...
From: Mother Jones | By: Tim Murphy | Thursday, March 5, 2015
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It may be that the fastest-growing demographic in the Republican Party is pro-life, telegenic, homeschooled, and mostly under the age of 27—you know, the Duggars. As in the stars of the TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting.  In the past couple...
From: Mother Jones | By: Tim Murphy | Thursday, March 5, 2015
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Former venture capitalist Ellen Pao says the big-name VC firm she worked for, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, failed to promote her because she's a woman. She says she was pressured into an affair with a coworker and was fired when she complained,...
From: Mother Jones | By: Rebecca Cohen | Thursday, March 5, 2015
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During the run-up to the Supreme Court oral arguments in King v. Burwell, the latest legal assault on Obamacare, the four people named as plaintiffs in the case were mysteriously absent from public view. They never made any public statements. They never...
From: Mother Jones | By: Stephanie Mencimer | Wednesday, March 4, 2015
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Today the Justice Department released its scathing 105-page report on Ferguson's pervasive discrimination against black residents. The report included references to blatantly racist emails from local officials: One said Obama wouldn't last in office...
From: Mother Jones | By: Jaeah Lee | Wednesday, March 4, 2015
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It's no secret that Republicans leaders hate President Barack Obama's flagship climate initiative, which aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. So far, the main opposition has been at the state level. The new rules require every state...
From: Mother Jones | By: Tim McDonnell | Wednesday, March 4, 2015
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On Wednesday, the Justice Department released its highly anticipated report unveiling patterns of racial discrimination among officers and officials from Ferguson, Missouri.  Here is the full report on the police department:    DV.load("//www.documentcloud.org/documents/1681210-doj-report-on-ferguson-police-department.js",...
From: Mother Jones | By: Edwin Rios and Jaeah Lee | Wednesday, March 4, 2015
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During the Supreme Court oral arguments Wednesday morning in King v. Burwell, the case that threatens to destroy Obamacare, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg wasted no time in grilling the attorney seeking to eviscerate the Affordable Care Act about a significant...
From: Mother Jones | By: Stephanie Mencimer | Wednesday, March 4, 2015
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The Georgia Republican Party, and its chair, John Padgett, have already been sued once in the past year over allegations of racial discrimination and racial slurs. Now, Padgett, his wife, and the company he owns are being sued again, on the grounds that...
From: Mother Jones | By: Sam Brodey | Wednesday, March 4, 2015
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Ben Carson, the prospective 2016 presidential hopeful beloved by Tea Partiers, told CNN host Chris Cuomo on Wednesday that he believes homosexuality is "absolutely" a choice—because "a lot of people who go into prison, go into prison straight, and...
From: Mother Jones | By: Inae Oh | Wednesday, March 4, 2015
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Early last year, John Baucum, the political director of a group called Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition (RAMP), cornered Sen. Ted Cruz at a GOP event in Houston. Cruz, a former Texas prosecutor who talks the talk on states' rights, had criticized...
From: Mother Jones | By: Josh Harkinson | Wednesday, March 4, 2015
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Today, the Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in King v. Burwell, the biggest challenge to Affordable Care Act since the court first considered the law's fate in 2012. If the justices side with the Obamacare-hating activists and unlikely plaintiffs...
From: Mother Jones | By: Dave Gilson | Wednesday, March 4, 2015
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Our nation's school cafeterias are on track to serve more whole grains and less salt—but not if one Republican senator has anything to say about it. On Monday, Rep. John Hoeven (R-ND) announced plans to introduce a bill that would roll back 2014 legislation...
From: Mother Jones | By: Allie Gross | Wednesday, March 4, 2015
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New details have emerged about the Justice Department's forthcoming report finding patterns of racial discrimination among officials and police officers in Ferguson, Missouri. Among the findings is an email saying that Barack Obama wouldn't last long...
From: Mother Jones | By: Jaeah Lee | Wednesday, March 4, 2015
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On January 21, Andrew Lack, the media titan who at different times has headed Bloomberg, Sony, and NBC News, was sworn in as CEO of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the troubled federal agency that oversees the five official US government-supported...
From: Mother Jones | By: Jenna McLaughlin | Tuesday, March 3, 2015
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The British retailer of the dress that whipped the internet into a frenzy last week—is it blue and black, or is it gold and white?—has big plans to cash in on its newfound fame. Roman Originals founder Peter Christodoulou told the Washington Post...
From: Mother Jones | By: James West | Tuesday, March 3, 2015
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The New York Times set off a Clinton bomb when it revealed Monday night that Hillary Clinton, when she was secretary of state, used a personal email account instead of a government account for all of her official business. The newspaper reported that...
From: Mother Jones | By: David Corn | Tuesday, March 3, 2015
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President Barack Obama weighed in on Benjamin Netanyahu's controversial address to Congress on Tuesday, saying the Israeli prime minister's remarks did not provide any "viable alternatives" to preventing Iran from securing a nuclear weapon. The Associated...
From: Mother Jones | By: Inae Oh | Tuesday, March 3, 2015
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The Department of Justice has concluded that the Ferguson Police Department engaged in racially biased practices, including disproportionately arresting African-Americans during routine traffic stops. The findings are the result of an investigation...
From: Mother Jones | By: Inae Oh | Tuesday, March 3, 2015
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Koch Industries has officially entered the contentious fight over the fate of the Export-Import Bank, the independent government agency that guarantees loans and provides financing to companies doing business overseas and foreign businesses buying American...
From: Mother Jones | By: Daniel Schulman | Tuesday, March 3, 2015
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress has been covered as a spectacle orchestrated (perhaps in a misguided fashion) by the conservative GOP-Likud alliance to undercut President Barack Obama's effort to reach a deal with Iran...
From: Mother Jones | By: David Corn | Tuesday, March 3, 2015
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