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How Dark Money Is Taking Over Judicial Elections

Most people don't think about judicial elections until they find themselves staring at a group of unfamiliar names on the ballot. But judges are selected by voters in 39 states, whether in an initial election or a retention election after being appointed. Show More Summary

Is Your Judge for Sale?

Illustration by Mark Hammermeister The 30-second TV spot is stark and brutal. First it shows the bespectacled face of candidate Louis Butler, then a grainy mug shot of an ex-con. "Louis Butler worked to put criminals on the street,"Show More Summary

Here Are This Year's Judicial Elections to Watch

Many states are holding judicial elections on November 4—races that have been marked by nasty attack ads and unprecedented amounts of partisan money. Here are some of the key contests to watch: North Carolina This year's election in the Tar Heel State will be the first in 10 years that won't have public financing at its core. Show More Summary

7 Incredibly Sleazy Ads Targeting Judges

Terrorist sympathizer. Friend to criminals. Pedophile supporter. Nasty political ads using these innuendos may be familiar from the darkest corners of congressional and presidential politics—but these days they're used to bring down judges too. Show More Summary

Tea Party Favorite Campaigns for ‘Establishment’ Nominee to Unseat Begich

Murkowski and Miller have now found common ground in next week's Senate race. (For complete 2014 midterm coverage, get your campaign fix on The Grid.)

We Have Met the Enemy

Some reflections on the current state of the West.

Jerry Brown in the Stratosphere

After years of exile, "Governor Moonbeam" is coasting to reelection.

GOP Senators: Admin Being ‘Wholly Misleading,’ ‘Belittling’ Critics to Push Through EPA Water Rules

Lawmakers also contend that the EPA may be running afoul of the Anti-Lobbying Act in drive to regulate all waters with downstream connections.

“Homeland”s antiheroine problem: How mentor-mentee relationships are ruining the show

"Homeland" and "How to Get Away With Murder" both feature queasy mentoring dynamics, but one's a lot more troubling

Son: Jeb Bush is ‘Moving Forward’ on 2016 Run

"He's giving this serious thought and moving forward," Jeb Bush's son told ABC's This Week. For complete 2014 midterm coverage, get your campaign fix on The Grid.)

Five Things That Are Still Broken Two Years After Superstorm Sandy

Superstorm Sandy struck the Northeast two years ago this week, killing more than 150 people. It caused an estimated $65 billion worth of damage; more than 650,000 homes were damaged or destroyed. Sandy's powerful winds plus its sheer...Show More Summary

Dressing up as Ray Rice for Halloween: Sexist, racist, terrifying and trendy

The "joke" costumes really get in the spirit of the holiday -- because they're horrifying

Diminishing sea ice doubles chance of colder winters in Europe and Asia

The finding is consistent with recent articles linking sea ice decline and extreme weather

Taylor Swift’s “Welcome to New York” is the worst ode to NYC ever

"NYC is unlike anywhere else in the world," Swift says. Oh really? Because we wouldn't know it from your new song

“History repeating itself”: AIDS activists slam Cuomo for “stigmatizing” Ebola quarantines

Advocates and public health experts cite troubling similarities between the AIDS crisis and Ebola panic

Tons of BP Oil Is Still on the Bottom of the Gulf of Mexico

We all saw the images of oil-coated birds and shorelines in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. These were the most visible impacts of the catastrophe, but much of the oil that gushed from the busted Macondo wellhead 5,000 feet underwater never made it to the surface. Show More Summary

Jian Ghomeshi to #Gamergate: America’s toxic masculinity crisis on display

When do we get to talk seriously about misogyny and violence against women? A list of opportunities we should take

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