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[edit] November 2016

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8A Moroccan ex-Muslim on being branded a "native informant" by American liberals.
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5'FGM happened to me in white, midwest America'.
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6The mothers in US prison.
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3A still-shameful harvest: The fight goes on for New York's farm workers.
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5Why Israeli leaders are welcoming rise of anti-Semitism in US.
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5Turkey has become a destabilizing force in the Near East.
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5When borders close.
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2Amazon's take over of the economy is the real threat to American jobs.
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2How a Syrian White Helmets leader played Western media.
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5Amid government ignorance and equivocal science, Flint residents mold their lives around perpetual crisis and endless unanswerable questions.
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4Donald Trump’s looming mass criminalization.
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3How David Patraeus avoided felony charges.
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4Arrests of journalists at standing rock test the boundaries of the first amendment.
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3The Washington Post's blacklist story is shameful and disgusting.
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6Donald Trump's victory has legitimized the alt-right and we know that their agenda is that of White nationalism. If we continue to call this agenda "alt-Right", we will end up normalizing it with this euphemism so here are some ways you can write about them.
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2There is no conflict between identity politics and class politics.
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9Ben Shapiro has a broken clock moment vis-a-vis the nature of the Alt-right, its relationship to Breitbart as an organisation and Steve Bannon personally. Really worth a read!
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9Obama created a deportation machine. Soon it will be Trump's.
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13No, Trump has not changed his mind about torture.
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-6Why the world needs Wikileaks.
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9Curing fake news by encouraging corporations to censor their user's news feeds is worse than the disease.
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28Gin and Tacos: "Nobody gives a shit about Hillary Clinton, and the fact that we are in the current predicament casts that fact in high relief. But we wanted to believe that our neighbors, our families, our fellow citizens were better than this, and now we can't."
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12Michael Flynn’s radical anti-Muslim group.
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29"...human beings are not going to follow and obey the exact people they most blame for their suffering. They’re going to do exactly the opposite: purposely defy them and try to impose punishment in retaliation. Their instruments for retaliation are Brexit and Trump."
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18On Donald Trump's rise to power: "Silvio Berlusconi’s tenure as Italian prime minister shows how not to resist an authoritarian demagogue."
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11Trump's plan to repair our infrastructure is a scam that gives massive tax breaks to large companies & billionaires.
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3A guide to spotting fake news.
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8Inside the murky world of DIY abortions.
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1Appalachia has always given more to America than it has received.
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-19Dear American liberals, I would love to share in your incredulity.
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-16The White working class narrative is nothing but a racist dog whistle.
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11Lashing out at Identity Politics, pundits blame Trump on those most vulnerable to Trump.
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10HyperNormalisation: Adam Curtis explains why global geopolitics appear to be FUBAR. (Video)
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6Betrayed, surveilled, but not giving up: Arab and Muslim Americans after Trump.
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-3The end of identity liberalism.
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6Michael Flynn’s warped worldview and Trump’s foreign policy.
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-36Is Jeff Sessions really a racist?
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7When the Devil enters: Article covering trying to find a cause for multiple unexplained fires hitting a small Italian town over the course of a decade.
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3The myth of the bullied white outcast loner is helping fuel a fascist resurgence.
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12How Bannon flattered and coaxed Trump on policies key to the alt-right.
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-26Give Steve Bannon a chance.
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15Why private prison stocks are soaring after Trump win in the election.
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8The rise of the police state in India.
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10What so many people don’t understand about the U.S. working class.
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11Inside the Koch brother's war on climate science.
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13Mike Pence, Trump's Vice President, may be the most powerful Christian supremacist in US history.
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10The Nazis kept a list of powerful American friends in Los Angeles.
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8A critique of Vox.
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32Autocracy: rules for survival.
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13Dangerous idiots: how the liberal media elite failed working-class Americans.
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14The true scandal of 2016 was the torture of Chelsea Manning.
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-25The closing of the liberal mind.
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23"Welcome to Many People Have Been Asking Me": A 21 minute Cracked video about Trump's 2011-14 vlog that seemingly nobody analyzed after he announced his candidacy on 16 June 2015 (which Cracked didn't post until 36 hours before the polls closed in the Pacific Time Zone.)
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17Today’s understanding of the British Empire has been shaped by state secrecy and the destruction of historical records.
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6A constellation of influencers: Behind the curtain at Teneo.
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6Forced to divorce by Israel.
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7How Robert Caruso conned the Washington press.
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1My 22-year-old daughter died because she told the ER she didn't have health insurance.
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15What Trump’s Golf Course Management Tells Us About How He’d Be President
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7How the US judicial system is stacked against the poor and non-English speakers.
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1The case for medical reparations.
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4How the Workers’ Project in Indiana has been uniting undocumented immigrants with White union workers despite the xenophobic rhetoric of the 2016 election.
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-1On immigration, the road to the noxious nativism of Donald Trump was paved by centrist Democrats and moderate Republicans.
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2At Trader Joe’s, good cheer hides complaints.
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3Debating escalation of the war in Syria.
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9Charter schools are full of fraud, lack transparency, exclude unwanted kids, and fire teachers for switching schools.
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8Three new scandals show how pervasive and dangerous mass surveillance is in the West.
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16Even pro-Trump fake news is foreign-made now
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16The internet is actively destroying the truth
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-15Western journalists can’t admit that Venezuela’s opposition is neither democratic nor peaceful.
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66 reasons why a new civil war in the US is possible and terrifying.
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10Too Smug to Jail: The Economist issues a myopic defense of the white-collar criminal.
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12The ACLU has put out a warning on “How Unchecked Spying Corrodes Democracy Around the World” which provides a collection of cases from around the world, including from where democracy is taken for granted.
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-23Without even asking about him at all, a study finds that many British scientists dislike Richard Dawkins, thinking that he misrepresents science and his views on religion are too extreme. (Keep in mind that this study involves religious scientists and is funded by the Templeton Foundation, which opposes the works of Dawkins.)
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10Syria and the reemergence of McCarthyism.

[edit] October 2016

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0How the New Zealand Labour Party's gender quota rules may cost them an electorate.
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6Before the Flood: National Geographics documentary on the dangers of climate change and possible solutions to it.
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9John Oliver explains why schools are more segregated in the US than ever.
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0How the New Deal’s Home Owners’ Loan Corporation practice of red lining fueled housing discrimination against African Americans.
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7How Democrats killed their Populist soul.
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5How the police generate false confessions.
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3The quiet desperation of millennials.
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4Alt right conspiracy image generator, exactly what it says on the tin.
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7How the largest U.S. prison health care provider puts lives in danger.
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7Prisoners should be covered under the First Amendment.
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24I’m A Muslim Reformer. Why Am I Being Smeared as an ‘Anti-Muslim Extremist’? by Maajid Nawaz.
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10A no-fly zone in Syria isn’t a humanitarian response, it’s a call to war.
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23Obama is trying to fix the war on drugs with clemency, but it won't make a dent in mass incarceration.
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16The insidious, and legal, way industry infiltrated Congress.
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12Compare the coverage of Mosul and East Aleppo and it tells you a lot about the propaganda we consume.
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4The American Blob is already oozing into Syria.
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22How half of America lost its fucking mind.
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11Why won't anyone admit that America is fighting 5 ground wars?
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21A train wreck of lies, bias, politics and stupidity: what the Brexit referendum can tell us about how to make politics less dumb (self promotion warning)
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8Israel won't lose its Jewish identity if they let in the Palestinian refugees.
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13How a small Virginian county used legal tricks to deny Muslims a place of worship.
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10How a handful of Weimar émigrés came to have an outsized influence on the ideology of the American right.
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17I won $104 million for blowing the whistle on my company, but somehow I was the only one who went to jail.
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2Max Blumenthal responds to Gershom Gorenberg.
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11Bob Dylan, the American Left, and what we have lost.
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7Haiti’s natural disasters have long been exacerbated by human-made ones: imperialism and global capitalism.
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4A quarter century after I was arrested by Turkish police, things have only got worse for Kurdistan.
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10Why U.S. press freedom may not survive 2016.
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5How the US government set up a trap for Black youth.
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15How British anti-racist group infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan
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2How the US likely assisted the Saudi bombing of a Yemeni funeral.
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4Barrett Brown writes about how he entertains himself by playing D&D.
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12Journalist Amy Goodman shouldn't be arrested for covering Dakota pipeline story.
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14"Before I wrote a book on Trump, I wrote one about the Catholic priest abuse scandals. And I see a heck of a lot of similarities."
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-12Everything is probably going to be fine.
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12How a facial recognition mismatch can ruin your life.
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20Politicians are celebrating a decline in the poverty rate. There’s just one problem: it doesn’t really measure poverty.
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6Former CIA detainees describe previously unknown torture tactic: A makeshift electric chair.
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6It is time to rethink the role police play in US schools.
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4A critical look at how adoption saffest Native Americans.
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22Islamophobia just drove this boy and his family out of America.
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10Occupation denial is pushing me out of my Jewish community
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6Black African immigrants, race and police brutality in America.
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-49World War 3 Threats Loom As Putin Orders All Russian Officials To Bring Family Members Living Abroad Back Home
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45Donald Trump Isn’t the Presidential Candidate We Should Be Worried About: The real danger is the smarter, more capable neo-fascist politician who will inevitably rise in his wake.
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2Why Kibbutzism isn’t socialism.
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17How Marx's ideas can help us to understand the economic and political inequality of our time.
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1A look at how activists on both sides of US-Mexico border are converging against US state violence.
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11How U.S. torture left legacy of damaged minds.
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7Afghanistan is an infinite quagmire.
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3Obama could end the slaughter in Yemen within hours.
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9The strategic considerations for each side in the latest round of minor Israeli-Gazan warfare.
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16Trans Girl Periods. Yes, that’s right. No, I’m being serious. Just read the damn article.
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0War hawks are sensing an opening in Syria.
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7How a former reporter is helping big oil and gas frack the news.
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3Latin America is regressing back towards neoliberalism.
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16Drudge Report’s playing down and politicizing of Hurricane Matthew was ‘deplorable’
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11When the cops take your urine by force.
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8Nuclear war is becoming thinkable.
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10The not-so-wholesome reality behind the making of your meal kit.
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-11How European elites set up Greece for a fascist takeover.
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0Inside DuPont and Monsanto's migrant labor camps.
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28The dark truth about Theresa May's Brexit strategy: timing the process around the 2020 election rather than national interests
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16The triumph of the oligarchs.

[edit] September 2016

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-6Human Rights Watch may be too closely aligned with the US's foreign policy.
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17George W. Bush is a monster and he shouldn't be praised.
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5The secret struggle against South African apartheid.
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16Bill Maher slams Donald Trump once and twice in a single show. Trigger warning: Facts ahead!
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9Media hails Shimon Peres as a man of peace, but doesn’t bother to ask Arabs.
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13Shimon Peres was no peacemaker.
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7After years of stoking Colombia’s civil war, Washington is now trying to hijack the peace deal.
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11The hidden toll on jail inmates who spend months or years in solitary confinement.
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6I posed as a woman willing to exchange sex for rent.
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0White House is profoundly wrong about the most embarrassing thing the Senate has done.
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7A look at Texas's department of corrections arbitrary and hypocritical censorship policy.
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14How charter schools bust unions.
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23The "welfare queen" is a lie.
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8A third of the homeless people in America are over 50. I’m one of them.
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9The military logic of punishing Chelsea Manning's suicide attempt.
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11New Device, Old Quackery - UV Blood Irradiation
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9Stop Pretending You Don’t Know Why People Hate Hillary Clinton
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3Meet Brigitte Gabriel, the most influential leader in America’s anti-Islam lobby.
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18High Hitler: how Nazi drug abuse steered the course of history.
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6Pharmaceutical company patents on Kratom Alkaloids reveal why Kratom has been banned by the DEA.
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15"It's not a few bad apples", William Black on Wells Fargo's fraud.
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36Women deserve abortion access no matter their incomes.
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11A walking tour of New York's massive surveillance network.
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15I came to San Francisco to change my life: I found a tribe of depressed workaholics living on top of one another.
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5Why Abbas Won't accept Netanjahu's offer to speak at the Knesset
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10The exasperating, never-ending sprawl of American Empire.
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15The myth of American retreat.
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7The effort to eradicate Chicago's gangs in the 1990s inadvertently lead to its bloody present.
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11Your new iPhone’s features include oppression, inequality, and vast profit.
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10Your Alma mater’s biggest rival? Stingy state government.
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10The only way to tackle mass incarceration is to address the issue of those convicted of violent offenses.
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31There's a better way to talk about men's rights activism — and it's on Reddit
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10If you don't want your bike stolen (in London at least) don't lock it up near pawn shops
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5The rise of "Crimmigration".
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13How the Turner Diaries inspired decades of violence.
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8Aiding and abetting Israeli Apartheid.
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5When labor laws left farm workers behind and vulnerable to abuse.
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8Release more 9/11 records.
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5When humanitarianism became imperialism.
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9Why the US backs Israel.
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6Why so many poor Americans don’t get help paying for housing.
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0The two Chomskys.
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6How racial disparity does not help make sense of patterns of police violence.
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6The New Class War
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6Corporate Executives are making way more money than anybody reports.
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17The media isn’t pro-Trump or pro-Hillary. It’s pro-itself.
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6What's good news for British arms companies is bad news for Yemenis.
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9Hi! I’m Jocelyn! I’m Passionate About Cloud Storage! Some enjoyable satire from Joe Bob Briggs at an unexpected source. (What the hell is he doing writing for Taki's Mag.)
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10Britain's secret wars.
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15New alt-right Twitter clone Gab is the ultimate safe space for racist assholes, Trump supporters and dear old Milo.
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11How America became a 1% society.
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6Money for nothing.
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5Why Breitbart conquered the media.
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3It's time to address the national teacher shortage.
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-3Nepal: The Maoist dream. (Autoplay music)
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5How companies are quietly changing your health plan to make you pay more.
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6Faith schools produce narrow-minded children. (Autoplay video)
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14Senator, You're No Socrates: a lovely breakdown of Malcolm Roberts and his claim that "Like Socrates, I love asking questions to get to the truth."
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8The recovery finally reached most Americans in 2015.
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16Fancy dorms aren’t the main reason tuition is skyrocketing.
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8Someone just has to ask the question of whether or not theoretical physics is a waste of resources.
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6The University of Chicago’s opposition to safe spaces isn’t about free speech. It’s about fundraising.
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16I was a CIA whistleblower. Now I'm a Black inmate. Here's how I see American racism.
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1Hysteria and hypocrisy in the war on mediocrity. (subscription required. Click here for a secondary site)
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12Greece: A country for sale.
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8The plight of the overworked nonprofit employee.
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8Michigan's prosecutors continue to defy the Supreme Court.
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22Weapons of Math Destruction: invisible, ubiquitous algorithms are ruining millions of lives
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9Remembering Barbara Lee's lone opposition to the AUMF after 9/11.
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4The Seattle Seahawks #AllLivesMatter protest is an act of political cowardice.
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11Fifteen years after 9/11, it looks like the War on Terror is still in its opening act.
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4The last defense against DRM.
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11How the poverty line makes more women vulnerable to sexual harrassment.
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3Yanis Varoufakis’s fantasy politics.
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8‘Rolling coal’ in diesel trucks, to rebel and provoke.
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7When people ate people, a strange disease emerged.
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9What if antibiotics were to stop working?
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19"Cashing in on the Culture Wars": because the reason for "PC" culture in universities is that they're being run like corporations, with their HR departments and their luring in of more investors, with the compromises and internal struggles endemic to both.
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10This is the art gallery inspired by the release of Brock Turner.
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11Wealthy students are touring colleges in private jets. (Autoplay video)
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8The South is organizing but there is no one to cover it.
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2Slavoj Žižek explains why we shouldn’t pity or romanticize refugees.
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10The Medical Board of California cracks down on anti-vaccine Dr. Bob Sears for committing "gross negligence" for providing vaccine exemptions based on a lack of evidence.
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8Why Vox's Matt Yglesias should go back in time and unwrite his recent column.
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16Apparently no one knows what the fuck Aleppo is.
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10Almost everyone gets Russia wrong, apart from Obama
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-8The unrelenting pundit-led effort to delegitimize all negative reporting about Hillary Clinton.
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3How Snowden stayed hidden in Hong Kong for two weeks.
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19...a poignant truth about Schlafly: she was extraordinarily talented yet denied the full measure of her greatness by the forces she most faithfully served. (Rest assured, the article still acknowledges her antifeminism)
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-8A left/feminist appreciation of the late Mrs. Phyllis Schlafly.
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22Some Christians put forward difficult-to-trace Hitler quotes as evidence he was an atheist. Richard Carrier tracked down these fraudulent quote mines.
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11Today belongs to the workers.
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20Jerry Coyne on novelist Thomas Wolfe, "his white suit unsullied by research", taking on Charles Darwin and Noam Chomsky.
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14Fifty years of Star Trek.
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18Framed: The LA Times's six part series about how a PTA mom's life was ruined when she was framed with planted drugs.
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3Secrets of a global super court.
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12The original underclass.
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10The rise and fall of Black Wall Street.

[edit] August 2016

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-33The sexual is political. For a quick summary of the essay, you can view the Reddit here
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33Julian Assange is exposing innocent people to persecution with his reckless leaks.
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25Veterans for Kaepernick.
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11The Civil War’s forgotten anti-imperialism.
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-7The sad decline of Vox.
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4Chelsea Manning is not a symbol, she is a person who is rotting in the carceral state we are all responsible for creating.
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9How advertisers seduce our subconscious.
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17The Burkini-Bikini False Equivalence and Your Disproportionate Outrage by an ex-Muslim feminist blogger.
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16Selling T-shirts, lies, anger to miners left without jobs or hope.
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18The scandal of EpiPens runs deeper than most of us realize.
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13The real Wild West was the scene of state-organized displacement and mass class struggle, not rugged individualism.
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3Elon Musk, Fatalist
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7The Silicon Valley delusion.
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6Why was the crack epidemic treated differently?
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10The Daily Beast interviews a low-ranking ISIS member, highlighting the copious amounts of Kool-aid currently consumed in Raqqa.
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10The Star Spangled Banner is a song that celebrates slavery.
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13Why Trump is seen as a working class hero in towns like Youngstown, Ohio.
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13Foreign Policy mag's three-part series on the origins of the Islamic State.
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17Donald Trump broke the conservative media.
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-40Hillary Clinton could easily push America into open conflict with Russia.
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4The Nusra Front’s trap for the Syrian Opposition.
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7The slave-trade roots of US private prisons.
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6Why Syria's war only seems to get worse.
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8Drug companies spend millions to keep charging high prices
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7Americans should be more concerned about the dangers pesticides pose than the unfounded dangers of GMOs.
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11Phil Sandifer: The Blind All-Seeing Eye of Gamergate. Almost certainly the very last long form thinkpiece that will ever be written about Gamergate, and it's a blinder.
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3How Peter Thiel killed Gawker.
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-7The culture of the smug, white liberal.
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10How US CEOs are withholding revenue.
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15French police are providing propaganda for ISIS by ticketing Muslim women on beaches and French feminists are failing Muslim women by supporting racist French laws.
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10Why did the Saudis and other Gulf tyrannies donate to the Clinton Foundation?
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-8Gawker was murdered by gaslight. Here are some questions for those cheering its death.
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12Colonial nostalgia is back in fashion, blinding us to the horrors of empire.
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14The climate crisis is already here but no one’s telling us
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9Startup wants to "disrupt" the U.S legal system.
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5Inside Facebook’s (Totally Insane, Unintentionally Gigantic, Hyperpartisan) Political-Media Machine
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13How a violent Jewish extremist group went from the fringes to the mainstream French Right-Wing.
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16"A brief history of Scientology."
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11The death of neoliberalism and the crisis in western politics.
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13John Oliver explains how poorly regulated charter schools are.
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19A Popular Mechanics writer goes on the Conspira-sea cruise
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16The forgotten government plan to round up Muslims in the US.
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11The leak prosecution that lost the US the space race.
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23It's Time To Abandon The Belief In Witchcraft Because Witches Don't Exist By Ijabla Raymond, a Nigerian skeptic.
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15"Muscular Christianity" - The Victorian-era movement that inspired the establishment of the modern Olympics.
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13Why the Mormon church is building a huge compound in Phildelphia.
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13California is no paradise for migrant farm workers.
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11The trademarking of public language.
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19Charlie Sykes, a conservative radio host, admits that right-wing news outlets are responsible for the willful ignorance that has overtaken American conservatives.
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15How Super PACs killed the Tea Party.
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9How Aung San Suu Kyi and her U.S. allies deny Burmese anti-Muslim atrocities.
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9Repressive policing isn't just about racism, it is also a class issue.
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5U.S. peace activists should start listening to progressive Syrian voices.
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10A new cryptocurrency scheme: SingularDTV, the Ethereum startup that's building a Digital Rights Management on their own private blockchain (and also in Ethereum, in a way that isn't clear), that will apparently get two million new Ethereum users in the next three years (to buy TV shows, not drugs), to fund and sell their TV show explicitly indented as propaganda for cryptocurrency and the Singularity (and just a soupçon of Austrian economics). And why musicians and artists shouldn't touch it with a bargepole.(self promotion warning)
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10On the teaching of US history: In Tennessee, Vanderbilt University is buying back the naming rights to a campus building from a Confederate heritage group that has promoted the whitewashing of Southern history for more than 120 years. Meanwhile in Wisconsin, GOP Senator Ron Johnson is advocating the destruction of the "higher education cartel" by replacing history classes with Ken Burns DVDs.
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23Milo Yiannopoulos' scholarly charity for white kids appears to have been yet another right-wing affinity fraud. More details.
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22Meet Angela Corey, the Florida prosecutor who has charged 77 kids as adults this year; 65 of them were black, nearly half were under 16.
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5The summer of the shill.
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28Like Donald Trump? You’ll Love the Illuminati conspiracy theories. Trump fans are 4.2 times more likely to tweet about the New World Order than Clinton supporters — and four times more likely to follow professional conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
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4Buzzfeed interviews Juanita Broaddrick about her life after her alleged rape by Bill Clinton.
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12The Guardian interviews Brunhilde Pomsel, Joseph Goebbels’s secretary.
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17John Oliver explains the return of subprime loans through the auto industry.
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14America's addiction to mercenaries.
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7The tyranny of a traffic ticket.
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12Louisiana sheriffs hid a gun that could free a man and then blamed Hurricane Katrina.
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11How monetary hawks at the Federal Reserve helped to smash the American working class.
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8Driven to suicide by an "Inhuman and Unnatural’ pressure to sell. The life and death of an Indian pharmaceutical salesman.
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17With cupping gaining attention due to its use by Olympic athletes, Edzard Ernst reminds us that it doesn't work (warning: graphic image). In fact, he had to say it twice.
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17The decline of war.
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1Don't blame the masses.
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14New York Times Magazine publishes entire issue looking at the Arab Spring.
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27What a professional physicist learned as a paid consultant to his apparently "autodidactic" counterparts.
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20I could only afford to live in a truck. But I still wasn't eligible for food stamps.
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20Labor must take on Capital.
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-20The Democrats’ tactic of accusing their critics of having allegiance to the Kremlin has a long, ugly history in U.S.
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14The Olympics won’t help Rio.
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25U.S. maternal death rate, already the highest in the developed world, is continuing to increase.
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28Obama has expanded the ISIL bombing campaign to a 4th country and the media barely noticed.
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22The prospect of President Trump has understandably put attention on the U.S. President's ability to order the use of nuclear weapons, which is basically absolute and unchecked. [1] [2]
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23In case you didn't know, think tanks have increasingly become fronts for corporate lobbying.
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5Dinner, Disrupted
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9Some problems befalling Indian reservations (although, this being The Federalist, there might some biases and the solutions not that good).
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18There are embarrassing photos of me on the internet, thanks to my right-wing stalkers.
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16How a 125-year-old mass lynching tried to make America great again.
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15What Julian Assange’s war on Hillary Clinton says about WikiLeaks.
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13Chelsea Manning, on facing life in solitary after attempting suicide
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21The unsexy truth about Millennials: They’re poor.
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32Khizr Khan's patriotism was amplified by the media but his criticism of US foreign policy wasn't.
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6The Democrats will fail the Khan family like they failed Cindy Sheehan.
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11Property rights may be the best way to improve the standard of living on Native American reservations. After all it worked so well last time it was tried.....
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20A look at the factors behind the gender wage gap in the U.S.
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10This is your life, brought to you by private equity.
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16Criticizing Hillary Clinton is not going to elect Donald Trump.
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