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Oct 20

Read more from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s scathing dissent on Texas’ voter ID law here.

Read more from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s scathing dissent on Texas’ voter ID law here.

Oct 19

Snowden Filmmaker: 'Someone's Life Was On The Line' -

Read HuffPost reporter Matt Sledge’s interview with Poitras here.

Oct 18

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Oct 17

Today Was Another Big Day For Gay Marriage

The Justice Department announced the federal government will recognize gay marriage in 7 additional states.

Arizona’s gay marriage ban was struck down as unconstitutional. So was Wyoming’s.

And the Supreme Court allowed gay marriage to go into effect in Alaska.

Awesome.

Oct 16

"Congressman Gardner doesn’t want to talk about reproductive rights because he’s built his entire career trying to limit those reproductive rights," Sen. Mark Udall said. "We’re going to talk about that at the debate tonight, by the way, we’re going to have an extended conversation about why Congressman Gardner would limit women’s reproductive rights. That’s the frontier of freedom, as Senator Clinton said just three days ago when she was here with us."

"Nobody, and I mean nobody, oughta have control over those decisions, starting with Congressman Gardner," Udall added.

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"Congressman Gardner doesn’t want to talk about reproductive rights because he’s built his entire career trying to limit those reproductive rights," Sen. Mark Udall said. "We’re going to talk about that at the debate tonight, by the way, we’re going to have an extended conversation about why Congressman Gardner would limit women’s reproductive rights. That’s the frontier of freedom, as Senator Clinton said just three days ago when she was here with us."

"Nobody, and I mean nobody, oughta have control over those decisions, starting with Congressman Gardner," Udall added.

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Meet One Of The Thousands Of Drug Offenders Hoping Obama Will Shorten Their Prison Terms

Donel Clark was working at Dallas grocery store, supporting his wife and three young sons, when he took a more lucrative job as a “cook” in a friend’s kitchen, where the main ingredient was raw cocaine and the final product was crack. In 1994, when Clark was 29, a judge sentenced him to 30 years in prison for his participation in the business. Although the prosecutor later denounced the sentence as unduly harsh, the federal mandatory minimum drug laws left the judge no choice but to impose it.

This is his story.

Unemployment Benefits Applications Fall To 14-Year Low -

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Oct 15

People's Opinions On Voter ID Laws Can Be Racialized Thanks To One Image -

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Joe Biden Rails Against ‘Crazy’ Tea Party: Report

Identifying himself as “the only white boy on the east side of Wilmington,” Biden appealed to black clergy in a closed-door meeting in South Carolina. Biden took aim at tea party Republicans, calling members of the far-right “crazy,” according to a readout acquired by CNN from an individual who attended the event.

"This is not your father’s Republican Party," Biden said, according to the readout. "This is a different breed of cat, man. I am not making a moral judgment, but I will tell you that they have no judgment."

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That NYT Story On Abandoned Munitions Doesn’t Prove Bush Was Right About WMDs

The New York Times’ C.J. Chivers has an invigorating longform piece up today about the American and Iraqi soldiers who “repeatedly encountered, and at times were wounded by” ancient chemical weapons produced in the 1980s during the Iran-Iraq War era, subsequently left hidden and moldering by Saddam Hussein’s regime. Chivers puts a human face on the troops who performed the dangerous job of seeking out and disposing of these abandoned munitions, and with war in the region blooming anew, points out that this “long-hidden chronicle illuminates the persistent risks of the country’s abandoned chemical weapons.”

Unfortunately for lovers of reading comprehension, a few people skimmed this piece and allowed themselves to indulge in some serious flights of fancy.

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