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How a Controversial Super-PAC Is Pushing Blacks and Latinos to Vote GOP

As Republican Gov. Scott Walker fights a tough reelection battle in Wisconsin, a controversial Iowa-based super-PAC has begun a campaign to persuade minority voters to support the embattled incumbent. The group, America's PAC, plansShow More Summary

Check Out This FBI Memo Citing John Lennon's "Revolutionary Activities"

Today would have been John Lennon's 74th(!) birthday had he not been gunned down on the sidewalk outside of The Dakota in December 1980. Before his death, his political activism and pacifism endeared him to millions, but certainly not to the United States government. Show More Summary

Susan Collins Says She Voted Against The Government Shutdown Last Year. Um, Really?

Late last month, Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine released a new campaign ad bragging that she tried to avert the government shutdown crisis last year, when tea party GOPers held the federal budget hostage in an effort to take down Obamacare. Show More Summary

This Is How Judges Humiliate Pregnant Teens Who Want Abortions

By January, Kiera had stuffed so many small bills into the envelope hidden in her underwear drawer that it split open. Kiera knew her mother occasionally cased her room, so to be safe, she'd labeled the envelope "soccer camp." "It had to be cash," says Kiera (not her real name). Show More Summary

Heartbreaking Photos From the Latest ISIS Attack

A man sits and watches the Kobani border from afar. Kazim Kizil The ongoing fight for Kobani, a strategically important city on the Turkey-Syria border, has become the latest front in ISIS's crusade to create an Islamic state in Syria and Iraq. Show More Summary

Inside the $7 Million Fight to Tax Soda in San Francisco

After a high-profile battle in New York, the front line in the War on Soda has moved to Northern California: next month, voters in San Francisco and Berkeley will consider whether to levy major taxes on sugary beverages. Measure D and...Show More Summary

How Long Does the Ebola Virus Survive in Semen?

Survivors of Ebola often face stigma and fear from community members who worry they might spread the disease after leaving the hospital. These fears are almost entirely misplaced. Once someone has recovered from the virus, they cannot infect others through handshakes, hugs, or kisses. Show More Summary

Republicans Are Trying to Make Sure Minorities and Young People Don't Vote This November

As candidates across the country are kicking their get-out-the-vote efforts into high gear, many states are feverishly litigating to defend newly implemented voting restrictions that could prevent many voters from casting a ballot. The...Show More Summary

The Teachers' Unions Back Mark Pryor. He Raised Money for Their Enemies Anyway.

During a recent fundraising swing in New York City, Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), who is locked in a fierce reelection fight against Republican Rep. Tom Cotton, squeezed into his schedule a Sunday evening event at the Upper West Side home of a hedge fund manager named John Petry. Show More Summary

Why America Is Panicking About Terror—Again

This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. It happened so fast that, at first, I didn't even take it in. Two Saturdays ago, a friend and I were heading into the Phillips Museum in Washington, D.C., to catch a show of neo-Impressionist art when we ran into someone he knew, heading out. Show More Summary

Will Climate Change Make Men Extinct?

The world is warming. The beasts are dying en masse. The oceans are rising. The deserts are roasting. It's the survival of the fittest out there, guys. Who's going to win, evolutionarily speaking? Men or women? It turns out that warming temperatures may have a surprising gender bias—in favor of women. Show More Summary

Atul Gawande: "We Have Medicalized Aging, and That Experiment Is Failing Us"

The latest book from surgeon and best-selling author Atul Gawande may not change your whole life, but it could very well improve how it ends. In Being Mortal, Gawande, a longtime staff writer for the New Yorker, takes on the utter failure...Show More Summary

A Playboy Ex-Con Reality Star, a Dance Instructor, and the Koch Brothers Walk Into a Congressional Race…

Eight weeks before election day, Democrats' best hope in Louisiana's sixth congressional district is at the VIP room of an all-you-can-eat restaurant in Denham Springs, talking about his baggage. "When I was here in 1971, I was running...Show More Summary

These 10 Countries Have Pledged $2.3 Billion to Fight Climate Change. The US Isn't One of Them.

Poorer countries typically get the rough end of global warming: Not only are they more likely to feel the brunt of its impacts—like rising sea levels or increased extreme weather—they also don't have enough money to face the problem....Show More Summary

Here's How Russia and China Are Teaming Up to Shape Our Future

This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. A specter haunts the fast-aging "New American Century": the possibility of a future Beijing-Moscow-Berlin strategic trade and commercial alliance. Let's call it the BMB. Its likelihood...Show More Summary

Supreme Court To Decide if 30 States Can Allow Judges To Accept Campaign Cash

The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could overturn 30 states' bans on judges personally seeking campaign contributions. In Lanell Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar, a county-level judicial candidate was publicly reprimanded...Show More Summary

The Climate Change Movement Is Not Wishful Thinking Anymore

This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. Less than two weeks have passed and yet it isn't too early to say it: the People's Climate March changed the social map—many maps, in fact, since hundreds of smaller marches took place in 162 countries. Show More Summary

A New Alabama Law Lets Judges Appoint Lawyers for Fetuses. Here's What That Looks Like.

This spring, Alabama Republicans passed an extreme new law that would force minors who want to have an abortion without a parent's permission to undergo a grueling court trial—and it would give judges the right to appoint a lawyer for the fetus. Show More Summary

Is Your Dentist Ripping You Off?

Alison Seiffer My household's level of confidence in dentistry is at an all-time low. About six months ago, my dentist informed me that my "bunny teeth" were likely getting in the way of my professional success, a problem he could correct with a (pricey) cosmetic procedure. Show More Summary

Will This New Magazine Be California's Answer to the "New Yorker"?

Back when editor Doug McGray was envisioning what he wanted his future magazine to look like, he thought about landing at the San Francisco airport. "If I fly to New York for work, when I come home and get off the plane, California looks different," he says. Show More Summary

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