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The US Military Is Going to Africa to Fight Ebola. Here's What They're Up Against

On Tuesday, the White House officially announced that it would be sending US troops to Liberia to fight the Ebola outbreak. The military has already requested to use $500 million from its Overseas Contingency Operations budget to deal...Show More Summary

Even in Palin Country, Raising the Minimum Wage Is Wildly Popular

For Democrats, 2014 was supposed to be the year of the minimum wage. President Obama used his State of the Union speech earlier this year to urge Congress to bump the federal rate up to $10.10 an hour. "Congress needs to get on board," he said. Show More Summary

Five Signs the Dark-Money Apocalypse Is Upon Us

It's the home stretch of the 2014 election season. No single theme or issue has dominated the midterms, but 2014 is on pace to be the Year of Dark Money. Nonprofit groups, some well-known (such as the US Chamber of Commerce and Americans...Show More Summary

Deep Inside the Wild World of China's Fracking Boom

A Multimedia Production by Jaeah Lee and James West | Thurs Sep. 18, 2014 6:00 AM ET O n a hazy morning last September, 144 American and Chinese government officials and high-ranking oil executives filed into a vaulted meeting room in a cloistered campus in south Xi'an, a city famous for its terra-cotta warriors and lethal smog. Show More Summary

Why Scotland's Independence Vote Matters for Climate Change

As you've no doubt seen by now, Scottish voters are heading to the polls to decide whether to break free from the United Kingdom and chart an independent course for the first time in 307 years. A record number of voters are expected to turn out—97 percent of the adult population, or more than 4.2 million people, are registered. Show More Summary

What's the Point of Being a Superpower, Anyway?

This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. It's possible I've lived most of my life on the wrong planet—and if that sounds like the first sentence of a sci-fi novel maybe, in its own way, it is. I thought I knew where I was,...Show More Summary

Texas' New Public School Textbooks Promote Climate Change Denial and Downplay Segregation

The battle over Texas textbooks is raging once again. On Tuesday, hundreds of citizens turned out for the first public hearing on the controversial social science materials now under review as part of the state's contentious once-in-a-decade textbook adoption process. Show More Summary

Three Extreme Anti-Abortion Measures Voters Could Approve In November

States have approved more anti-abortion measures during the past three years than during the entire preceding decade. And this fall, voters themselves will also have the chance to decide whether to approve or block extreme anti-abortion ballot initiatives in three states. Show More Summary

How the NRA Degrades and Objectifies Women

Recently the National Rifle Association has aimed to boost its appeal among women. Last year it launched its "new and improved" NRA Women's TV Network, and it has hired several accomplished female gun enthusiasts as official NRA News commentators. Show More Summary

Why Rick Scott's Facing a Tea Party Revolt in Florida

Rick Scott was a tea party darling when he squeaked out a victory in 2010 to become governor of Florida with the help of an army of grassroots conservative activists. Four years later, Scott, facing a tight reelection race, is having trouble rallying his former soldiers to his cause. Show More Summary

Bobby Jindal: "I'm Not an Evolutionary Biologist"

At a breakfast event today, a journalist reportedly questioned Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal about whether he believes in evolution. This is pretty pertinent. Several years ago Jindal signed into law the so-called Louisiana Science Education Act. Show More Summary

This GOP Benghazi Hearing Is Actually Worth Having

Benghazi! It's back. On Wednesday, the select committee on Benghazi set up by House Speaker John Boehner—who yanked this conservative crusade from Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and handed it to Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.)—will stage its first public hearing. Show More Summary

GOP Moderates' Secret Confession: We Were Afraid to Vote Against Extreme Abortion Bill

In the hours before Missouri Republicans overrode Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's veto and passed one of the harshest abortion bills in the country, a handful of Republican women—party activists, a local officeholder, and operatives who support abortion rights—drove to Jefferson City and begged lawmakers to reconsider. Show More Summary

Could Bitcoin Become Scotland’s Official Currency?

With Thursday's Scottish independence referendum too close to call, opponents of an independent Scotland have been stressing the would-be country's lack of a reliable currency. An independent Scotland could either keep using the British...Show More Summary

Why March in the Biggest Climate Change Demonstration Ever?

This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. On Sunday, September 21st, a huge crowd will march through the middle of Manhattan. It will almost certainly be the largest rally about climate change in human history, and one of the largest political protests in many years in New York. Show More Summary

The Demise of a Group Backing Moderate Syrian Rebels Is a Bad Sign for Obama's Anti-ISIS Campaign

Last week, President Barack Obama outlined his plan for expanding military action against ISIS, the murderous Islamic extremist group that controls territory in Iraq and Syria. His beefed-up campaign includes increased funding previously...Show More Summary

Great Photos of High Life and Low Life in the American Desert

Three recent photo books offer very different perspectives on life in the American desert. Vacancy: The Gateway to Death Valley (Kehrer), by Pamela Littky, documents scenes in Beatty, Nevada, and Baker, California. In The Good Life:Show More Summary

Texas Official Is Freaking Out About School "Meatless Monday"

This story originally appeared in Huffington Post and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. A top Texas official denounced school districts that have scaled back on serving meat one day a week, accusing themShow More Summary

The Supreme Court May Be About To Save—Or Destroy—Gay Marriage

Supporters of gay marriage have been on a roll: In the past year, federal courts across the country have nullified same-sex marriage bans in more than a dozen states. Yet these victories are complicated by the lack of a national legal standard on gay marriage: For now, it remains a state-level question. Show More Summary

Why Gun Control Groups Have Moved Away From an Assault Weapons Ban

This story originally appeared on ProPublica. The morning after the Sandy Hook shootings, Shannon Watts, a mother of five and a former public relations executive, started a Facebook page called "One Million Moms for Gun Control." ItShow More Summary

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