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How Congress and the Pentagon Helped Create America’s Militarized Police

August 14, 2014 Since 2006, the Pentagon has distributed 432 mine-resistant armored vehicles to local police departments. It has also doled out more than 400 other armored vehicles, 500 aircraft, and 93,000 machine guns. As The New York Times reported in June, the Defense Department has been making use of unused military equipment...

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How Congress Helped Create Ferguson’s Militarized Police

August 14, 2014 Since 2006, the Pentagon has distributed 432 mine-resistant armored vehicles to local police departments. It has also doled out more than 400 other armored vehicles, 500 aircraft, and 93,000 machine guns. As The New York Times reported in June, the Defense Department has been making use of unused military equipment...

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Hillary Clinton Looks Forward to 'Hugging It Out' With President Obama

August 13, 2014 Over the weekend, The Atlantic published a wide-ranging interview between Jeffrey Goldberg and Hillary Clinton about U.S. foreign policy. The nugget that gained the most attention was when Clinton appeared to deride President Obama's foreign policy mantra, "Don't do stupid stuff." "Great nations need organizing principles, and 'Don't do stupid...

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16 People the Media Considered Presidential Contenders at This Time in 2006

August 12, 2014 Considering how many 2016 think pieces bombard our collective consciousness on a daily basis, it's useful to remember that we're a long way off from knowing anything truly worthwhile about how the next presidential election will play out. Case in point: A Nexis search of media coverage from the summer...

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Two Parody Twitter Accounts That Perfectly Explain U.S. Politics

August 7, 2014 In this era of never-ending gridlock, it may seem like Republicans and Democrats can find no common ground. But there's at least one thing we can still agree on: It's fun to anonymously poke fun at each other on the Internet. Two newly popular Twitter accounts—@GOPTeens and @SalonDotCom—prove as much....

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Obama Bashes Congress Over Gridlock

August 1, 2014 In a last-minute press conference at the White House Friday, President Obama hit congressional Republicans for not passing an emergency border funding bill and for, as he sees it, keeping Congress unproductive. "We all agree that there's a problem that needs to be solved in a portion of our southern...

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Virginia Court Strikes Down State's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

July 28, 2014 The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Virginia has struck down that state's same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional, by a 2-1 vote. The decision Monday upheld a ruling by U.S. Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen in February that found the ban violates the U.S. Constitution's equal protection...

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All Clear at the White House After Lockdown

July 17, 2014 A lockdown at the White House has been called off, according to the Associated Press. At least one story from Thursday appears to have been easily resolved. ABC News was reporting that the White House has been placed on lockdown, with reporters being told to remain in the press area....

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Jon Stewart Gave Hillary Clinton an Impromptu Job Aptitude Test

July 16, 2014 As an interviewer, it takes a lot of chutzpah to cut off Hillary Clinton mid-sentence. But that's exactly what The Daily Show's Jon Stewart did Tuesday night when he sat down across from the former secretary of State to talk about her book, Hard Choices. The 2016 question inevitably came...

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4 Times the Federal Government Held State Highway Funding Hostage

July 16, 2014 The federal government can't force states to comply with all of its whims. But it certainly has the means to put the pressure on. Congress is debating how to extend funding for the Highway Trust Fund, the money that has in the past acted as the federal government's muscle in...