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The Police's Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card

This piece originally appeared at Slate's Jurisprudence, under the title, " Search Party." It used to be that when police violated a suspect's Fourth Amendment rights through an unconstitutional search, evidence derived from the search...Show More Summary

Let an Innocent Man Spend His Last Days at Home

This piece originally appeared at the Texas Tribune. Max Soffar, an innocent man on death row in Texas, has just a few months to live. He's dying of liver cancer, and his last wish is to hold his wife, Anita, in his arms. His lawyers continue to present evidence of his innocence to the courts. Show More Summary

Ebola: Travel Bans, Quarantines, and Political Courage

The political reaction to Ebola has been a study in contrasts. On the one hand, we see some leaders insecurely trying to prove their “Ebola-fighting bona fides” by racing to go beyond what public health experts recommend. Some are actually fanning the flames of public fear. Show More Summary

North Carolina Doubles Down on Shaming Women Who Seek Abortions

Another day, another attempt by politicians to shame and humiliate a woman seeking an abortion. Yet again, the government intrusion pushes right into the exam room. Today the state of North Carolina is asking an appeals court to reinstate...Show More Summary

The Worst Koch-Funded Lies About Climate Change in 90 Seconds

The Koch brothers have spent far more than even ExxonMobil to spread doubt and misinformation about the 97% scientific consensus on climate change in recent years — over $67 million on climate denial, in fact. Out of 13,950 peer-reviewed scientific journals, only 24 reject global warming. Show More Summary

Obama Admin Allows Selling U.S. Citizenship to Babies Conceived Via IVF

Reverse biological colonialism! I have written about this before, but now the Obama Administration has given its imprimatur to foreigners buying U.S. Citizenship for their babies. Here’s how the scheme works: Imagine a Chinese couple create embryos using IVF in Beijing. The embryos are shipped to the USA and implanted in an American woman’s uterus. She […]

Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker itchbay: "When you can't sleep, what do you do to try and help yourself fall asleep?"I count backwards from 100, very slowly. Like when a doctor asks you to count backwards when you're going under anesthetic. Especially after years of doing it, so that my body/mind associate backwards counting with falling asleep, it works like a charm. I rarely see 70.

Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Andrea Grimes has some tips for dudes on how to talk to your guy friends about not threatening to rape and murder women on the internet. MIT releases a detailed survey on sexual assault on campus. “I suspect I am not the only woman to become involved with men who profess to value her for [...]

These Twin Babies Seem to Be Having A Very Important Conversation

In 2011, a YouTube video went viral of twin babies “having a conversation.” With over 107 million views, they garnered media coverage on CNN, The New York Times, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Good Morning America. Dr. Camarata, a professor of hearing and speech sciences at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine shared what he thought […]

Building Sustainable Energy Access, from the Outside In

How much energy access in poor places can come from off and on the grid -- and with or without big greenhouse-gas contributions?

Unstoppable lava nears village on Big Island of Hawaii

Lava from Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii is just 100 yards from a house in this rural outpost, the latest milestone in the slow but unstoppable flow that has mesmerized much of the state.

Contemporary Crafts Market hits Pasadena this weekend

A decades long tradition continues as the Contemporary Crafts Market sets up shop in Pasadena this weekend.

Consultation duty gets to the Supreme Court

Moseley R (ota) v. London Borough of Haringey [2014] UK 56  – read judgment Lord Wilson posed the question, answered today by the Supreme Court, with concision. When Parliament requires a local authority to consult interested persons before making a decision which would potentially affect all of its inhabitants, what are the ingredients of the requisite consultation? The […]

China’s latest fashion craze: Smog masks

Air pollution in China is a national problem -- but that's not stopping the fashion industry from glammin' up the protective gear!

Minnesota Lt. Governor Candidate Presided Over 10,000 Abortions as Planned Parenthood Activist

Who is Tina Smith? Most Minnesotans have no idea. Smith is Gov. Mark Dayton’s running mate in the Nov. 4 election. She served as his chief of staff during his first term. And she’s a former vice president for the state’s leading performer and promoter of abortion. Smith put her marketing background to work for […]

Fair & Balanced

[Content Note: Violence; Christian Supremacy; anti-atheism; Islamophobia; imperialism.]This is what passes for "fair and balanced" discourse at Fox News: Fox's Keith Ablow: 'It's Time For An American Jihad.'"An American jihad would embrace...Show More Summary

Fear-Mongering in Maine on Question 1

According to the polls, the vote on Question 1 in Maine is very close, with reputable polling showing the race a dead heat. The good news is, there appears to be a clear majority of people who want to ban...        Related Stories Farm...Show More Summary

The New Yorker food issue, ranked by kale factor

To assess this particular Moment in Food, there is no better gauge than counting the number of times a writer mentions kale.

Court Rules Oklahoma Restrictions on Medication Abortions Can Take Effect

The ruling is the second one this week to allow an anti-abortion restriction take effect beginning November 1. Image: Shutterstock The post Court Rules Oklahoma Restrictions on Medication Abortions Can Take Effect appeared first on RH Reality Check.

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