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[edit] September 2016

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7New Device, Old Quackery - UV Blood Irradiation (Forbes)
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4Stop Pretending You Don’t Know Why People Hate Hillary Clinton
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2Meet Brigitte Gabriel, the most influential leader in America’s anti-Islam lobby.
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15High Hitler: how Nazi drug abuse steered the course of history.
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8Pharmaceutical company patents on Kratom Alkaloids reveal why Kratom has been banned by the DEA. (Alternet)
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12"It's not a few bad apples", William Black on Wells Fargo's fraud.
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33Women deserve abortion access no matter their incomes.
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13A walking tour of New York's massive surveillance network.
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14I 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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7Why Abbas Won't accept Netanjahu's offer to speak at the Knesset (Commentarymagazine)
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10The exasperating, never-ending sprawl of American Empire.
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12The myth of American retreat. (The American Conservative)
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8The effort to eradicate Chicago's gangs in the 1990s inadvertently lead to its bloody present.
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10Your new iPhone’s features include oppression, inequality, and vast profit.
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11Your 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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6The rise of "Crimmigration".
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14How the Turner Diaries inspired decades of violence.
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6Aiding and abetting Israeli Apartheid.
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6When labor laws left farm workers behind and vulnerable to abuse.
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9Release more 9/11 records.
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5When humanitarianism became imperialism.
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7Why the US backs Israel.
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7Why so many poor Americans don’t get help paying for housing.
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1The two Chomskys.
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7How racial disparity does not help make sense of patterns of police violence.
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6The New Class War (The American Conservative)
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4Corporate Executives are making way more money than anybody reports.
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11The media isn’t pro-Trump or pro-Hillary. It’s pro-itself.
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7What's good news for British arms companies is bad news for Yemenis.
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10Hi! 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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8Britain'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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7Money 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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-2Nepal: 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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14Fancy dorms aren’t the main reason tuition is skyrocketing.
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9Someone just has to ask the question of whether or not theoretical physics is a waste of resources.
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7The University of Chicago’s opposition to safe spaces isn’t about free speech. It’s about fundraising.
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15I was a CIA whistleblower. Now I'm a Black inmate. Here's how I see American racism.
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2Hysteria 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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9The plight of the overworked nonprofit employee.
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9Michigan'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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10Remembering Barbara Lee's lone opposition to the AUMF after 9/11.
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5The Seattle Seahawks #AllLivesMatter protest is an act of political cowardice.
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12Fifteen years after 9/11, it looks like the War on Terror is still in its opening act.
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5The last defense against DRM.
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12How the poverty line makes more women vulnerable to sexual harrassment.
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2Yanis Varoufakis’s fantasy politics.
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8‘Rolling coal’ in diesel trucks, to rebel and provoke.
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8When people ate people, a strange disease emerged.
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10What if antibiotics were to stop working?
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20"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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11This is the art gallery inspired by the release of Brock Turner.
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12Wealthy students are touring colleges in private jets. (Autoplay video)
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9The South is organizing but there is no one to cover it.
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4Slavoj Žižek explains why we shouldn’t pity or romanticize refugees.
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11The 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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12Almost everyone gets Russia wrong, apart from Obama
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-6The unrelenting pundit-led effort to delegitimize all negative reporting about Hillary Clinton.
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4How Snowden stayed hidden in Hong Kong for two weeks.
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20...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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-5A left/feminist appreciation of the late Mrs. Phyllis Schlafly.
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23Some 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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21Jerry Coyne on novelist Thomas Wolfe, "his white suit unsullied by research", taking on Charles Darwin and Noam Chomsky.
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15Fifty years of Star Trek.
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19Framed: 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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4Secrets of a global super court.
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12The original underclass.
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11The 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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31Julian 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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-5The 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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16The 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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12The 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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6The Silicon Valley delusion.
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6Why was the crack epidemic treated differently? (The American Conservative)
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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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-39Hillary 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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10Phil 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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4How Peter Thiel killed Gawker.
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-11The 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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11Colonial 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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4Inside 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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12California is no paradise for migrant farm workers.
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10The trademarking of public language.
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17Charlie 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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14How Super PACs killed the Tea Party.
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8How Aung San Suu Kyi and her U.S. allies deny Burmese anti-Muslim atrocities.
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8Repressive policing isn't just about racism, it is also a class issue.
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4U.S. peace activists should start listening to progressive Syrian voices.
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9A 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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22Milo Yiannopoulos' scholarly charity for white kids appears to have been yet another right-wing affinity fraud. More details.
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21Meet 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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3The summer of the shill.
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26Like 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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5Buzzfeed 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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13America's addiction to mercenaries.
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7The tyranny of a traffic ticket.
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11Louisiana sheriffs hid a gun that could free a man and then blamed Hurricane Katrina.
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10How 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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16With 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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0Don'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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-19The Democrats’ tactic of accusing their critics of having allegiance to the Kremlin has a long, ugly history in U.S.
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13The Olympics won’t help Rio.
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24U.S. maternal death rate, already the highest in the developed world, is continuing to increase.
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27Obama has expanded the ISIL bombing campaign to a 4th country and the media barely noticed.
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20The 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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22In case you didn't know, think tanks have increasingly become fronts for corporate lobbying.
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5Dinner, Disrupted
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8Some problems befalling Indian reservations (although, this being The Federalist, there might some biases and the solutions not that good).
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17There are embarrassing photos of me on the internet, thanks to my right-wing stalkers.
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15How a 125-year-old mass lynching tried to make America great again.
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13What Julian Assange’s war on Hillary Clinton says about WikiLeaks.
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11Chelsea Manning, on facing life in solitary after attempting suicide
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20The unsexy truth about Millennials: They’re poor.
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31Khizr 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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10Property 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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19A 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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15Criticizing Hillary Clinton is not going to elect Donald Trump.
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