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The dark truth about American military power

The U.S. military has been corrupted by its addiction to airstrikes. Here's why that's so dangerous

Kill the Bookends column: Why the New York Times Book Review’s most frustrating feature has to go

Sure, Bookends seems harmless enough. But it actually represents the worst impulses of today's critical culture

Bad news for Obamacare haters: In Arkansas, Dems go on offense on ACA

Arkansas' Mark Pryor releases an ad promoting the Affordable Care Act, upending the GOP's anti-Obamacare narrative

Its racism, not “principled conservatism”: The South, civil rights, GOP myths — and the roots of Ferguson

True GOP believers insist their small government beliefs have nothing to do with race. They're deluding themselves

The ultimate white privilege: Darren Wilson and being “afraid for your life”

Claiming you shot someone out of fear of your life can be a "get out of jail free" card -- depending on who says it

Missouri’s tortured history of racism: Why the inferno in Ferguson is no surprise

For decades the state has been a hot bed for the country's most virulent racists, from neo-Nazis to the KKK

13 Republican Climate Deniers Who Want to Be President

This story originally appeared on Grist and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. It's hard to believe, surveying the GOP field of possible presidential nominees, but back in 2008 the parties were not that far apart on climate change. Show More Summary

Why Racism Is Bad For Your Brain

In his press conference Monday discussing the shooting of an unarmed black teenager and the ongoing crisis in Ferguson, Missouri, President Obama addressed the continuing prevalence of racial inequality in the US. "You have young men...Show More Summary

Wargaming November

Incumbents versus angry voters -- who wins?

Malala Yousafzai’s mother has finally learned to read

Yousafzai, a global crusader for women's education and literacy, has extended her reach once more -- to her family

The teen birth rate is still plummeting, but no one is entirely sure why

New federal data shows the steepest declines in the South, where birth rates still remain highest

Meet the Locals Trying to Keep the Peace in Ferguson

Peace prevailed last night in Ferguson, Missouri—for the most part. There were a few bottles hurled at the cops, and dozens of arrests, but no gunshots, looting, teargas plumes, or fusillades of rubber bullets. Largely to thank for this turn of events are the Peacekeepers, a group comprised of mostly of Ferguson and St. Show More Summary

What Rick Perry Doesn’t Know

Texas' longserving governor isn't the first leader to face wrath for a veto.

Peanut and almond butters recalled over Salmonella threat

Nut butters are being pulled from the shelves of Trader Joe's and Whole Foods

Guns fly off the shelves near Ferguson

"It's unbelievable. It's four times, five times the volume," said the owner of Metro Shooting Supplies.

Watch this inspirational video of James Foley speaking at Northwestern

“The honest fact is when you see something really violent it does a strange thing to you," the late journalist says

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