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Feds Say Rand and Ron Paul Aides Planned to Smear Local Pol If Payoff Failed

Since last week's indictments of three top political aides to Ron and Rand Paul, new details have emerged about the Ron Paul campaign's scheme in 2012 to buy the endorsement of Kent Sorenson, who was then an influential Republican state senator in Iowa. Show More Summary

This Is the Real Cost of Coal

This story was originally published by the Atlantic and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. In Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See, a radio broadcaster marvels at the wonder of coals: Consider a single piece glowing in your family's stove. Show More Summary

30 Percent of California's Forest Firefighters Are Prisoners

Here's a kind of crazy stat: Between thirty and forty percent of California's forest firefighters are state prison inmates. The state has become a tinder box of sorts from a four-year drought, and roughly 4,000 low-level felons are on the front lines of the state's active fires. Show More Summary

Donald Trump's TV Commercials: The Greatest Hits

As Donald Trump proudly observes whenever humanly possible, he's rich. Richer than you, dear reader, and certainly richer than me. A lot of that money has come from large-scale real estate ventures, but a decent chunk of change has come from his willingness to shill for seemingly any product that can get him in front of a camera. Show More Summary

Condo King Lends Jeb Bush His Plane

Super-PAC donors are useful people to know. For one, many of them write megachecks that can help carry a campaign for months without forcing the candidate to engage in tedious grassroots fundraising. For another, they're the kind of people who have very fast planes that can literally carry a campaign. Show More Summary

Film Review: We Come As Friends

We Come As Friends ADELANTE FILMS Halfway through director Hubert Sauper's latest doc, we meet a woman waiting to vote for South Sudanese independence. "Bye-bye slavery, and welcome to the new state!" she says. But Sauper travels the land in a tiny self-built plane to expose neocolonialism's stubborn stranglehold. Show More Summary

Rand Paul Attacks Trump for Praising Dems, but He Once Said Carter Was Better Than Reagan

It had to happen: anti-Trump attack ads from the GOP side. One of the first Rs to launch a torpedo at the tycoon topping the polls is Sen. Rand Paul, the libertarian-ish Kentucky Republican whose campaign has yet to gain traction. In...Show More Summary

These Kids Are Fed Up and They’re Not Going to Take It Anymore

This story was originally published by the Huffington Post and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Twenty-one young people from around the country filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration on TuesdayShow More Summary

I Have Questions About Electricity

Electricity is so great. It powers all the things in life that matter. It can even restart your heart (I think). But global warming is bad and electricity comes from stuff that like causes more global warming or something. Anyway, I don't know anything about this subject and I don't think you do either. Show More Summary

California Becomes First State to Ban Grand Juries in Police Shooting Cases

California this week became the first state to ban the use of secret grand juries when deciding whether to indict police officers in cases of deadly force. The bill, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday, was a response to the unrest...Show More Summary

Your Family's Genological Records May Have Been Digitized by a Prisoner

Ericsphotography/iStockPhoto; Nomad_Soul/Shutterstock; Photo illustration: Mother Jones Twenty miles outside Salt Lake City, a massive man-made bunker known as The Vault stretches nearly 700 feet into a mountain of granite. Sealed behind...Show More Summary

Miami Nice: Are Florida's Power Brokers Mellowing on Cuba?

For decades, Florida's Cuban exile community has ensured that the United States maintained its tough policy toward the island nation. From Miami, these fierce opponents of Fidel Castro plotted to overthrow the Cuban dictator and channeled funds to dissidents. Show More Summary

120 Years of Rocky US-Cuba Relations, in Pictures

A brief history of the long, rocky relationship between the United States and Cuba, from the Spanish-American War through the recent reestablishment of diplomatic relations, as told in pictures. Teddy Roosevelt made a name for himself when his Rough Riders charged San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American War. Show More Summary

Inside the Crazy Back-Channel Negotiations That Revolutionized Our Relationship With Cuba

On a rainy day last December, President Barack Obama gathered a small group of senior officials in the Oval Office and placed a telephone call to Raúl Castro. Sitting on a couch to Obama's left were National Security Council aides Benjamin...Show More Summary

Jeb Bush Is Trying to Blame the Iraq Crisis on Hillary Clinton

Jeb Bush is trying to pull off the mother of all chutzpah moves by blaming Hillary Clinton for today's troubles in Iraq and the rise of ISIS. Yes, you heard that right: The brother of the fellow who invaded Iraq on false premises, and...Show More Summary

Why Cops are Told to Keep Quiet After a Shooting

Last Friday, in a courthouse in New Mexico, special prosecutor Randi McGinn asked police psychologist William Lewinski whether he advised investigators to wait several days before interviewing an officer involved in a shooting. McGinn...Show More Summary

Fashion Tips, Bedazzled Helmets, and Other Insulting Ways Sports Teams Try to Reach Women

Last week, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers launched new campaign to entice female fans. The initiative, called RED, will "re-invent the female fan experience" and "usher in a new age of empowerment for the women of Tampa Bay," explains team spokeswoman Casey Phillips in a promotional video. Show More Summary

The St. Louis County Police Department Just Released Video Of The Guy They Shot On Monday

The St. Louis County Police Department released surveillance footage Tuesday that they say shows Tyrone Harris pulling a gun out of his waistband. Harris, 18, was shot by police in Ferguson on the night of August 9 after he allegedly...Show More Summary

Tech-Shuttle Company Is Accused of Thwarting Efforts to Unionize Its Drivers

A recently filed federal complaint alleges that one of San Francisco's biggest tech-shuttle operators has attempted to thwart an effort to unionize its drivers. The complaint, filed by the San Francisco office of the National Labor Relations...Show More Summary

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