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Despite Protests, TX Passes Tough New Abortion Restrictions

Despite Protests, TX Passes Tough New Abortion Restrictions
Republicans used their majority to cut short debate and give preliminary approval early Monday to some of the toughest abortion restrictions in the country as time was running out on the Texas Legislature's special session.
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Lawmaker on Body Cams: "If We Don't Trust the Police...We Have a Deeper Problem"

Lawmaker on Body Cams: "If We Don't Trust the Police...We Have a Deeper Problem"
Lawmaker On Body Cams: "If We Don't Trust The Police...We Have A Deeper Problem" - Minnesota Rep Joe McDonald (R-Delano) is a supporter of the bill introduced by Rep Tony Cornish (R-Vernon Center) - video of his remarks.
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U.S. Acknowledges Conviction of David Hicks, Guantanamo Detainee, Should Not Stand

U.S. Acknowledges Conviction of David Hicks, Guantanamo Detainee, Should Not Stand
The United States has acknowledged that the conviction of an Australian man held for nearly six years in Guantanamo Bay was not legally valid.
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Sounding Forth the Trumpet That Shall Never Call Retreat

Sounding Forth the Trumpet That Shall Never Call Retreat
I have a dream that our country will soon bring an end to institutional racism, racial profiling, police brutality, poverty and senseless wars. I have a dream that our country will, free at last, embrace equality and dignity for all people.)
The annual Oklahoma City parade honoring and celebrating the life of the great civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. will begin at 2 p.m. today.
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Corporate Whistleblowers In The Crosshairs

Corporate Whistleblowers In The Crosshairs
As corporate conduct reaches new lows, whistleblowers are playing a more and more important role in exposing corporate crimes. But corporations are fighting back hard, and retaliation against whistleblowers is now at an all time high.
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Udall Could and Should Still Release the Full Torture Report

Udall Could and Should Still Release the Full Torture Report
Mark Udall, the outgoing Democratic senator from Colorado, may be a lame duck, leaving office in less than a week. But his most important work in the Senate may still be before him. For the week he remains in office, he still sits on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He worked on that committee’s epic, 6,700-page, still-secret report, the “Committee Study of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program,” otherwise known as the torture report. The intelligence committee has recently released a heavily redacted declassified executive summary of
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Podcast: Ferguson’s Untold Tragedy of School Segregation

Podcast: Ferguson’s Untold Tragedy of School Segregation
by Sara Afzal
Before his tragic death, Michael Brown had just graduated high school and was headed to college -- a path more promising than most of his peers. But Brown’s academic experience was far from perfect, ProPublica’s Nikole Hannah-Jones shares on this week’s podcast. His school was part of the Normandy district, one of the poorest, most segregated and lowest performing in Missouri.
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Part 6: Prison Shouldn-t Be A Picnic, But It Also Shouldn-t Be "Hell on Earth"

Part 6: Prison Shouldn-t Be A Picnic, But It Also Shouldn-t Be "Hell on Earth"
2013 wasn't a good year for private prisons on the public relations front. The industry faced federal reports of "unconstitutional conditions" in some facilities, civil rights lawsuits filed by prisoners, & CCA (the largest private prison company in the country) ceased operations in Idaho after being held in contempt by a federal judge. Prison privatization advocates highlight expected "cost savings," and some private facilities do appear to house inmates for less than comparable public prisons. That's not to say that they're doing "more for less," though. In many states, private prison
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Part 5: Private Prisons - Sweetheart Contracts Fill Beds & Pad Profits

Part 5: Private Prisons - Sweetheart Contracts Fill Beds & Pad Profits
At 192% occupancy, Alabama's prisons are so overcrowded that some fear a federal takeover. It's likely that some sort of prison reform (or maybe just a building spree) will be a major topic of the 2015 legislative session. And when the private prison lobbyists start waving donation checks and ALEC-inspired bills at legislators, there's a good chance some form of privatization will be under discussion.  
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Cromnibus Bans Feds From Raiding Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Cromnibus Bans Feds From Raiding Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
This is a major change in the nation's drug policy, and we essentially have it thanks to the fact that most if not all legislators didn't bother to read the massive spending bill that passed last weekend and is set to be signed by President Obama.
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