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 2018-07-20 10:17 

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Brexit Is About to Get Lit...

Hey, remember last weekend's geography lesson about England vs. Great Britain vs. the United Kingdom? It's about to come in handy! As you'll recall, Northern Ireland is part of the UK, which means that when Brexit is implemented it will be out...

 2018-07-20 10:00 

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Jeff Sessions Wants to Crack Down on Fentanyl Dealers. Here's the Problem With That....

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has a new plan: He vows to "systematically and relentlessly prosecute" anyone dealing synthetic opioids, regardless of the amount, in ten counties hit hard by the opioid epidemic. The so-called "enforcement surge...

 2018-07-20 10:00 

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Fossil Fuel Industries Outspend Clean Energy Advocates on Climate Lobbying by 10 to 1...

This story was originally published by HuffPost and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Fossil fuel producers, airlines and electrical utilities outspent environmental groups and the renewable energy industry 10 to 1 on lobbying relate...

 2018-07-20 10:00 

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Inside the Surprisingly Difficult Fight for Reproductive Rights in One of the Bluest States...

When Edith Ajello, now a 13-term lawmaker in Rhode Island's General Assembly, became pregnant in 1965, she was a college student in central Pennsylvania and abortion was illegal. It was eight years before the Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwid...

 2018-07-20 08:43 

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Hey Lefties, We Need to Step Up on Race — But Not the Way You Think...

Here's an interesting sort of story. Over at the Washington Post, Monica Hesse tells us about her Facebook friend Tom, who is unhappy at the increasing absence of white men on TV. So she sent him a couple of studies showing that TV still had plenty of...

 2018-07-19 22:05 

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Elizabeth Warren Tore Into Trump's Consumer Watchdog Nominee Over Family Separations...

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) had harsh words on Thursday for Kathy Kraninger, Trump's nominee to lead the primary federal agency tasked to be a watchdog for consumers against Wall Street excess. Ever since Warren proposed the Consumer Financial Pro...

 2018-07-19 20:55 

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Young People Are Registering to Vote in Huge Numbers, New Study Finds...

The March for Our Lives teens said they'd #VoteThemOut, and a new study suggests they could be poised to do just that. According to the political data firm TargetSmart, the percentage of newly registered voters who are under the age of 30 has grown si...

 2018-07-19 19:46 

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Internal Watchdog Blasts EPA's Response to Flint Water Crisis in Blistering Report...

A long-awaited report from the Environmental Protection Agency's internal watchdog criticized the agency's initial approach to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, and urged a series of reforms to ensure that such a dramatic breakdown in state and...

 2018-07-19 19:43 

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Republicans Are Finally Talking About a Carbon Tax. Not in a Good Way....

The House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a symbolic resolution that calls a tax on carbon "detrimental to the United States economy" in a 229 to 180 vote. Sponsored by Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La), the resolution rejects a carbo...

 2018-07-19 19:30 

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Lunchtime Photo...

Can you figure out what kind of flower this is?...

 2018-07-19 18:15 

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Austria Wants to Register Anyone Who Buys Kosher or Halal Meat...

Oh hey, let's check in on how things are going in Austria, home of lederhosen and edelweiss: Jewish organizations criticized the far-right Freedom Party of Austria (FP), the ruling coalition party in the state of Lower Austria, over pursuing a proposa...

 2018-07-19 17:18 

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What Phone Call?...

Yesterday Jeff Glor of CBS News asked Donald Trump if he was likely to sit down for an interview with Robert Mueller: My lawyers are working on that. I've always wanted to do an interview, because look, there's been no collusion. There's been ...

 2018-07-19 16:41 

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Harvey Weinstein Is Still a Pig...

Donald Trump may be sucking up all the oxygen allocated for piggish men these days, but let's not forget Harvey Weinstein! He's fighting back against Ashley Judd's suit by accusing her of defrauding him, "a bold legal strategy for the form...

 2018-07-19 15:33 

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Chart of the Day? Jobless Claims Hit 50 Year Low...

Here's the basic chart for new unemployment claims: For some reason, the Department of Labor always shows these numbers in their raw form and as a 4-week moving average. I'm not sure why. The moving average smooths things out slightly, but hardly ...

 2018-07-19 11:54 

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You Are Paying for the Trump Brothers to Travel the World on Trump Organization Business...

It's not cheap to live like a Trump, and American taxpayers are finding out the hard way. Wherever Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump go, they are accompanied by an entourage of Secret Service agents. Taxpayers don't pay for the Trumps to travel, but...

 2018-07-19 10:00 

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Environmentalists Are Worried Trump's Supreme Court Pick "Is the Next Scott Pruitt"...

Unlike the president who nominated him to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh doesn't hesitate to call climate change a problem. "The task of dealing with global warming is urgent and important at the national and international level," he wrote...

 2018-07-19 10:00 

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Welcome to Tampa, Where Feral Chickens Are High on the Pecking Order...

Today, Tampa, Florida's city council will decide the fate of its feathered population. The city's Cuban quarter, called Ybor City, has long been home to roaming feral chickens. Smaller in stature and more agile than your ordinary backyard birds, t...

 2018-07-19 10:00 

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Trump's FEMA to Americans: Don't Count on Us This Hurricane Season...

This story was originally published by The New Republic and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The Federal Emergency Management Agency was already supporting 692 federally declared disasters when hurricane season started last year. Th...

 2018-07-19 10:00 

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Court Documents Show How OxyContin's Sales Team Pushed "Hope in a Bottle"...

In 2007, a sales representative for Purdue Pharma visited a family doctor in Kingston, Tennessee, to urge the physician to prescribe more OxyContin. The doctor was interested in pain management, but didn't prescribe the opioid painkiller because he...

 2018-07-19 10:00 

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The NRA Has Deep Ties to Accused Russian Spy Maria Butina...

For decades, the National Rifle Association has promoted its hard-line politics with appeals to patriotism, freedom, and the staunch defense of the Second Amendment. But now, the controversial gun lobbying group finds itself deeply caught up in a wide-ran...

 2018-07-19 05:18 

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There's Something the Intelligence Community Wants You to Know...

This report from the New York Times is getting a lot of attention tonight: Two weeks before his inauguration, Donald J. Trump was shown highly classified intelligence indicating that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia had personally ordered complex cyb...

 2018-07-19 02:20 

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Vladimir Putin Has a Few Little Questions For You...

From the Wall Street Journal: The White House is reviewing a request by Russian President Vladimir Putin to allow Russian investigators to question a number of Americans they say are implicated in criminal activity, including a former U.S. ambassador, a s...

 2018-07-18 23:40 

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As Trial Date Is Finally Set for the Laquan McDonald Case, Chicago Grapples With Yet Another Police Shooting...

A candlelight vigil was held Wednesday near the site where 37-year-old Harith Augustus was shot and killed by a police officer over the weekend, following three consecutive days of protests after the shooting on Saturday. The vigil comes a day after a jud...

 2018-07-18 22:19 

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High Court Kicks Silicon Valley Investor's Plan to Split Up California Off Ballot...

California voters will no longer have the option to vote on splitting the largest state in the nation into three separate states this November. On Wednesday, the California Supreme Court removed the Cal 3 initiative from the fall ballot, concluding in an ...

 2018-07-18 22:03 

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Which Putin-Friendly Russian Oligarch Funded the Alleged Spy Who Penetrated the NRA?...

Maria Butina—the 29-year-old Russian who penetrated the NRA and other conservative groups and who this week was arrested and accused of functioning as a spy for Moscow—allegedly had help from from some well-connected and extremely wealthy men ...

 2018-07-18 20:44 

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Every Donald Trump Endorsement Is Exactly the Same, Including This One...

President Donald Trump on Tuesday waded into the increasingly nasty Georgia Republican gubernatorial primary and endorsed Secretary of State Brian Kemp ahead of next week's runoff. Brian Kemp is running for Governor of the great state of Georgia. The ...

 2018-07-18 19:30 

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Lunchtime Photo...

This is Los Angeles City Hall, with its famous mausoleum-inspired ziggurat top piece. Locals will notice the absence of both the Hahn building and the GSA building in the background. That's because I erased them. You should think of this as a noir ver...

 2018-07-18 19:25 

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Are Black Drivers Searched Unfairly In North Carolina?...

Over at the Monkey Cage, John Sides interviews Frank Baumgartner, Derek Epp and Kelsey Shoub, authors of Suspect Citizens, a book about traffic stops based on an enormous dataset from North Carolina. Here's an excerpt: A key topic in the book is who i...

 2018-07-18 18:24 

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Mark Zuckerberg Doesn't Want to Ban Holocaust Deniers or Sandy Hook Truthers...

In April, Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified in front of Congress that the company would eliminate hate speech on the platform within 5 to 10 years using AI technology the company is currently developing. But Zuckerberg says that he thinks both ...

 2018-07-18 18:07 

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US Media Accurately Reports Effect of New Dark Money Rules...

Over at National Review, Charles Cooke is annoyed at our nation's media. You see, under new IRS rules certain nonprofit groups will no longer have to report the names of donors over $5,000—groups like the NRA, the Koch Brothers, various chambers...

 2018-07-18 17:53 

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Trump Rejects US Intelligence Agencies Day After Claiming He Backed Them...

Update, 4:10 pm EST: In a press briefing shortly after Trump's cabinet meeting, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed that Trump was responding "no" to taking more questions from reporters—not to the question of whet...

 2018-07-18 17:33 

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Keep an Eye on the Magnitsky Act...

Back in 2016, when Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya met at Trump Tower with Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort, the alleged topic of conversation was the Magnitsky Act. Now bear with me here. The Magnitsky Act is named after Russian ...

 2018-07-18 17:14 

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Prosecutors Say Arrested Russian Gun Rights Activist Was a Spy...

Update 4:20pm ET: Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson on Wednesday afternoon ordered Butina held without bond until trial. Maria Butina, the 29-year-old Russian gun rights activist indicted this week for acting as an unregistered foreign agent, was involved...

 2018-07-18 15:27 

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Too Much of the World's Math Talent Is Going to Waste...

If you're an NFL-caliber football player, there's a pretty good chance you're going to end up playing in the NFL no matter where you come from. But what if you're an Olympic-caliber mathematician? There are such things, and you can identif...

 2018-07-18 15:02 

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Nearly Two Thirds of American Schools Have No Idea If There Is Lead in Their Water...

Most American schools either haven't tested their water for lead in the last year or don't know whether they have. Of the schools that have performed the test, more than a third have report elevated levels. Those are the main findings of a report,...

 2018-07-18 14:56 

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Trump's Consumer Watchdog Nominee Refuses to Say if She Helped Plan Family Separations...

Trump's nominee to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has no background in consumer finance or banking. But in her role at the White House Office of Management and Budget, Kathy Kraninger oversaw the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) a...

 2018-07-18 14:21 

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Queen Elizabeth Wore the Brooch the Obamas Gifted Her for Trump's Visit...

Was Queen Elizabeth hoping to reveal her preference for a certain American president during President Donald Trump's visit to the United Kingdom last week? If the jury were to rely on social media, the answer would be a resounding yes. Thanks to exper...

 2018-07-18 13:00 

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Win or Lose, Serena Williams Is Already a Champion...

Her feet were a bit slow and her tennis serve less zippy after a torn pectoral muscle. Then there was the cesarian section and the blood clots—just 10 months ago—and the baby weight that hasn't dropped off. "To all the moms out there,&...

 2018-07-18 10:00 

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Judicial Watchdogs Are in Court to Make Brett Kavanaugh's Entire Record Public...

A month before President Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court in January 2017, the nonprofit court watchdog group Fix the Court had already filed a Freedom of Information Act with the US Department of Justice. The group wanted records ...

 2018-07-18 10:00 

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Trump Just Nominated a Pesticide Exec to Oversee Science at the USDA...

On Monday, while most media were still digesting President Donald Trump's extraordinary travels abroad, the White House quietly named a long-time pesticide executive as chief scientist for the US Department of Agriculture. If approved by the Senate, S...

 2018-07-18 10:00 

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Oops! Federal Officials Divulged Secret Info About Native American Artifacts...

This story was originally published by Reveal and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Federal officials mistakenly published confidential information on locations and descriptions of about 900 ancient cliff dwellings, spiritual structu...

 2018-07-18 10:00 

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"I'm Rested and Ready to Fight"—The Reverend Barber's Battle Cry Is One for the Ages...

Reverend William Barber II was born just two days after the historic March on Washington, and he went on to become one of the most prominent civil rights leaders in the South. Now, fifty years after Martin Luther King Jr's first Poor People's Camp...

 2018-07-18 10:00 

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Trump Has Dreams of a New Energy Boom That Even the Fossil Fuel Industry Thinks Is Too Extreme...

This story was originally published by Reveal and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Ten thousand feet up, it's possible to see the whole North Fork Valley from Dan Stucker's plane. As the aircraft glides over sloping mesas wi...

 2018-07-18 10:00 

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Health Insurers Are Using Your Online Shopping Cart and Zip Code to Determine Your Rates...

This story was originally co-published by ProPublica and NPR. To an outsider, the fancy booths at last month's health insurance industry gathering in San Diego aren't very compelling. A handful of companies pitching "lifestyle" data and sa...

 2018-07-18 05:12 

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Donald Trump Is a Pathological Liar...

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that everything Donald Trump says should be treated as a lie until proven otherwise. This is not a joke. At this point, anyone who makes even occasional exceptions to this rule is wilfully being a chump....

 2018-07-18 01:48 

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Alabama Republican Who Refused to Back Trump Survives Brutal Primary...

After an unusually fractious debate among Republicans about Rep. Martha Roby's fealty to President Donald Trump—which resulted in a bitter runoff for the GOP nomination Alabama's 2nd Congressional District—Roby has defeated former Rep....

 2018-07-18 01:45 

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OK, How About Novichok? Maybe It's Novichok....

So here's my theory. Maybe Putin has told Trump that if he doesn't play ball his kids will end up in the morgue. See, they all have microscopic Novichok capsules buried in their bodies that are hooked up to dead-man switches. If anything happens t...

 2018-07-17 22:27 

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A Federal Judge Ruled that the Government Must Treat These Separated Migrant Kids for PTSD...

Two immigrant children who were separated from their parents at the southern border have had their constitutional rights violated, a federal judge in Connecticut ruled late last week in yet another blow to the Trump administration's draconian immigrat...

 2018-07-17 20:53 

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Republicans Had a Chance to Grill Facebook Over Russia. Instead, They Talked About Censoring Chick-fil-A....

A day after President Donald Trump denied Russian meddling in the 2016 while standing next to Vladimir Putin, Democrats in Congress pushed a group of tech executives to explain how their companies are combatting Russian disinformation, while Republicans o...

 2018-07-17 20:13 

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Study: Urgent Care Clinics Are Seriously Overprescribing Antibiotics...

There's a lot to like about standalone urgent care clinics. They offer many of the same services as a doctor's office, but they don't require appointments. They're open evenings and weekends, and they're usually easily accessible since...

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