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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Will Private Prisons Finally Be Subject to the Freedom of Information Act?

Anyone can use the federal Freedom of Information Act to request records about prisons owned and operated by the government. Information about prisoner demographics, violent incidents, and prison budgets are all obtainable. But privately run facilities—even those that hold federal prisoners—are exempt from the law. Show More Summary

The Federal War on Medical Marijuana is Over

Good news for medical pot smokers: The $1.1-trillion federal spending bill approved by the Senate on Saturday has effectively ended the longstanding federal war on medical marijuana. An amendment to the bill blocks the Department ofShow More Summary

Cheney on Torture: Lying or Ignorant?

On Sunday, days after the release of the Senate torture report, former Vice President Dick Cheney appeared on Meet the Press to defend the Bush-Cheney administration's use of harsh interrogation practices and to deny that these methods were torture. Show More Summary

Elizabeth Warren Says Gay Men Should Be Able To Donate Blood

Elizabeth Warren and a host of Democratic lawmakers are demanding the Obama administration stand up for gay rights. A coalition of 80 senators and House members spearheaded by the Massachusetts senator—alongside Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Reps. Show More Summary

We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for December 15, 2014

US Marines conduct a static-line jump to prepare for upcoming deployment. ( US Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Anna Albrecht )

Here's a List of People to Follow on Twitter for the Latest on the Australian Hostage Crisis

An armed assailant is holding an unconfirmed number of hostages in a cafe in downtown Sydney. Police have evacuated the area and are locking down a pedestrian thoroughfare, Martin Place. Here is a partial list of people and organizations...Show More Summary

I Was There When an Undercover Cop Pulled a Gun on Unarmed Protesters in Oakland. Here's How It Happened.

Over the past 24 hours, photos showing a plainclothes police officer pulling a gun on unarmed protesters in Oakland have gone viral. Tens of thousands of people, and news outlets like Gawker, Buzzfeed, The Guardian, and NBC have shared them, often including outraged comments. Show More Summary

Dozens of Staffers Just Walked Out of Congress. This Powerful Picture Shows Why.

On Thursday afternoon, dozens of congressional staffers walked out in protest of the recent grand jury decisions failing to indict the two officers who killed Eric Garner and Michael Brown. The result was an incredible display of solidarity, with staffers raising their hands in the air to invoke Brown's "hands up, don't shoot" image. Show More Summary

Rick Perry: Running for President Is "Not an IQ Test"

A lot of people think Texas Governor Rick Perry might be dumb. Texas Governor Rick Perry does not think that shouldn't stop him from running for president. "Running for the presidency’s not an IQ test," Perry told MSNBC this morning....Show More Summary

Back From the Dead: Soft Money Makes a Comeback in Congress

Soft money—limitless donations pouring into the Democratic and Republican Parties from labor unions, big corporations, and Hollywood moguls—was once all the rage in Washington. When the trickle of soft money began in the late 1980s, it was intended to fund building additions, TV studios, and other infrastructure for Team Blue and Team Red. Show More Summary

LA’s Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Instagram

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is a busy guy. But even the mayor of America's second-largest city—and potential Senate candidate—is not immune to the relaxing, time-wasting powers of social media: he's a prolific Instagrammer. Unlike...Show More Summary

The Senate Just Released the CIA Torture Report. Read the Full Document.

A much-anticipated report investigating torture methods carried out by the CIA during the Bush administration was released on TK. The report has taken nearly five years to produce and was widely expected to condemn the controversial torture program. Show More Summary

Watch Dianne Feinstein Address the Senate on Release of CIA Torture Report

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is scheduled to speak from the Senate floor this morning to deliver remarks on the upcoming CIA torture report. Watch live below:

Mitch McConnell Wants to Open a Giant Loophole for Superrich Donors. Harry Reid Has Vowed to Stop Him.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is vowing to block any effort by his GOP counterpart, Mitch McConnell, to loosen the nation's campaign finance limits as part of a bipartisan budget deal taking shape in Congress. Last week,...Show More Summary

Bill de Blasio Explains Why Encounters with Police Are "Different for a White Child"

In his call for Americans to begin an "honest conversation" about broken race relations in America, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio defended earlier statements he made explaining why his biracial son Dante needs to be especially careful...Show More Summary

Watch the Bullies Who Protest Outside of Abortion Clinics Get Exactly What They Deserve

A video of a pregnant woman delivering a scathing rebuke to a group of anti-abortion protestors outside a London abortion clinic is going viral on social media. A group of protestors from the British pro-life organization Abort67 gathered in front of the clinic to film women as they entered. Show More Summary

Meet the Family Behind Latin America's Version of Planned Parenthood

People in the United States have been going to Planned Parenthood for nearly a century, ever since Margaret Sanger opened her first birth control clinic in Brooklyn in 1916. But it wasn't until 1977, after the US had already celebrated Roe v. Show More Summary

A Big-Picture Conversation With David Corn on What the 2014 Elections Really Mean

Mother Jones DC bureau chief David Corn spoke at the Chicago Humanities Festival in November, touching on the aftermath of the midterm elections, what lies ahead in 2016, and the continued fallout from the 47% video. Watch here:

St. Louis County Police on Tamir Rice Killing: "Kids Will Be Kids?"

On Thursday morning, the St. Louis County Police Department took the ill-advised step of deciding to weigh in on the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was killed by a Cleveland police officer last month, with a Facebook post titled,...Show More Summary

This Pro-Hillary Cowboy Anthem Will Make Your Ears Bleed

The 2016 presidential election's stupid season has begun. Sure, it's only been a month since the midterms, but a bevy of super-PACs are already boosting Hillary Clinton's nascent presidential campaign. Three new pro-Hillary groups have...Show More Summary

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