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Rumain Brisbon Is Just the Latest to Be Shot Dead by a Cop Over a Phantom Gun

A student at a "die-in" protest at the University of Michigan on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. The Ann Arbor News, Patrick Record/AP Last week, 34-year-old father of four Rumain Brisbon was shot and killed by a police officer at an apartment complex in north Phoenix. Show More Summary

The Budget Deal Gives the Pentagon Just As Much Money As It Got During the Iraq War

Can't Touch This: Why nobody in D.C. messes with the Pentagon budget. Today's the last day for Congress to pass a budget deal and avert a government shutdown. Part of the $1.1 trillion "Cromnibus" package is the 2015 defense budget.Show More Summary

One Gaza Family's Heartbreaking Story

This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. Rubble. That's been the one constant for the Awajah family for as long as I've known them. Four months ago, their home was demolished by the Israeli military—and it wasn't the first time that Kamal, Wafaa, and their children had been through this. Show More Summary

Citigroup Wrote the Wall Street Giveaway Congress Just Snuck Into a Must-Pass Spending Bill

A year ago, Mother Jones reported that a House bill that would allow banks like Citigroup to do more high-risk trading with taxpayer-backed money was written almost entirely by Citigroup lobbyists. The bill passed the House in October 2013, but the Senate never voted on it. Show More Summary

There Is Something Worse Than Torture in the Senate Torture Report

There is something more troubling in the Senate intelligence committee's torture report than the brutal depictions of the extreme (and arguably illegal) interrogation practices employed by CIA officers in the years after the 9/11 attacks:...Show More Summary

7 Ways Afghanistan Is a Total Mess

On Monday, the US military officially ended its combat operations in Afghanistan. It's still planning to keep about 10,000 troops there in support and advisory roles. American forces will still target the Taliban, and it's unclear just how long the remaining troops may stay. Show More Summary

Why Is Texas So Gung Ho to Execute This Delusional, Mentally Ill Man?

Almost no one wants to see Scott Panetti put to death. Conservatives such as Ron Paul and Ken Cuccinelli and evangelical leaders have spoken up on his behalf. The European Union has protested his pending execution, which is temporarily on hold thanks to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Show More Summary

We Could Soon Be Spending a Lot More Money Fighting Ebola

Funding for the fight against Ebola could soon increase sharply. The omnibus spending bill currently being negotiated in Congress will reportedly include most of the $6.18 billion that President Barack Obama requested to help combat the disease. Show More Summary

5 Telling Dick Cheney Appearances in the CIA Torture Report

It may come as little surprise that former Vice President Dick Cheney's name crops up 41 times in the Senate report on the CIA's use of "enhanced interrogation." Here are some of his noteworthy appearances: 1. Cheney personally worked...Show More Summary

Here Are Some of the Worst Conservative Reactions to the CIA Torture Report

On Tuesday morning, the Senate intelligence committee released the 525-page executive summary of its 6,700-page report on CIA torture. The report laid bare the torture CIA interrogators used in (often futile) attempts to elicit information from detainees. Show More Summary

How the CIA Spent the Last 6 Years Fighting the Release of the Torture Report

This story originally appeared on ProPublica. The Senate began investigating the CIA's detainee program nearly six years ago. It completed a draft of its report two years ago. Today, the Senate Intelligence Committee has finally released the report's blistering executive summary. Show More Summary

Senate Torture Report: No, Bin Laden Was Not Found Because of CIA Torture

After Osama bin Laden was killed by US special operations forces, the pro-torture CIA crowd pointed to the raid as evidence that human rights-abusing questioning can produce essential intelligence. And this debate was revived when the film Zero Dark Thirty implied the same point. Show More Summary

"Rectal Feeding," Threats to Children, and More: 16 Awful Abuses From the CIA Torture Report

On Tuesday morning, the Senate intelligence committee released an executive summary of its years-long investigation into the CIA's detention and interrogation program. President George W. Bush authorized the so-called "enhanced interrogation" program after the 9/11 attacks. Show More Summary

FDA Panel: Don't Let Gay Men Give Blood

It turns out, in the eyes of the Food and Drug Administration's experts, that even a year without sex isn't enough to guarantee the safety of blood donated by gay men. Last week, the agency's Blood Products Advisory Panel met to discuss revoking the agency's 32-year-old prohibition on gay men donating blood. Show More Summary

The Sneaky New Way Republicans Could Sabotage Obamacare

Now that Republicans control Congress, they're again threatening to end Obamacare. On Monday, Senate Majority Leader-elect Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) vowed to hold a repeal vote when Republicans take over the upper chamber in January, adding...Show More Summary

There Has Been a Fatal School Shooting Every 5 Weeks Since Sandy Hook

Classes were just about to begin on the morning of October 21, 2013, when 12-year-old Mason Davis heard shots ring out on the basketball court. A teacher lay sprawled on the ground as Davis started to run for the school building. Then he saw his friend and classmate, 12-year-old Jose Reyes. Show More Summary

Rolling Stone Owes Readers, Jackie, and Survivors Everywhere An Explanation

Three weeks after a bombshell Rolling Stone feature that described a brutal gang rape that it indicated was part of a University of Virginia fraternity's initiation rites, the magazine—which has been under fire as other news outlets,...Show More Summary

Here's the Pentagon's Report of Michael Brown's Autopsy

After Michael Brown was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson on August 9, his body was inspected three separate times: Once by the St. Louis County Office of the Medical Examiner; once, at the request of Brown's family, by outside expert Dr. Show More Summary

New Study: California's Epic Drought Probably Wasn't Caused by Climate Change

California is in the middle of a really bad three-year drought that stretches across nearly the entire state. The drought has already wreaked havoc with the state's agricultural sector, is expected to take a $2.2 billion bite out ofShow More Summary

Yak Dung Is Making Climate Change Worse

This story originally appeared in Slate and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. It gets pretty cold this time of year in Tibet. For centuries, the solution to this problem was a win-win: just burn that huge pile of yak dung that's been accumulating all summer. For millions of nomadic Tibetans, it's a system that works. Show More Summary

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