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Connecticut Police May Soon Hunt Perps with Lethal Drones

April 3, 2017 Drone attacks are something Americans hear about from a great distance, as a controversial and deadly tool of US foreign policy. But if a new bill passes, Americans in one state might come a bit closer to understanding what it’s like to have weaponized drones flying overhead. The new bill,...

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There is Only One Way to Undo Decades of Ingrained Institutional Sexism in the U.S. Military

March 22, 2017 The U.S. military is the largest employer in the world, but only about 15% of its nearly 1.3 million active-duty workforce are women. In the Marine Corps, it’s only about 7%. The small numbers are a very big problem. The latest US military scandal is shocking in its both scale...

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The Attorney General Just Officially Nixed the Obama Administration’s Plan to Phase Out Private Prisons

February 24, 2017 U.S. attorney general Jeff Sessions officially rescinded a memo issued by former president Barack Obama’s Department of Justice to phase out the use of private prisons for federal inmates. According to Sessions, the move impaired the Bureau of Prison’s “ability to meet the future needs of the federal correctional system.”...

Female Prison Workers Stood up for Their Rights—and Won

February 16, 2017 Taronica White suffers an unusual side effect from her nine years of working at the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex in Florida. “I can’t talk to a man if he has his hands in his pockets,” says White, 44, who worked at the Coleman prison from 2005 to 2014 as a...

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More Than 100,000 Visas Are Said to Have Been Revoked Under Trump’s Immigration Order

February 3, 2017 More than 100,000 visas have been revoked as a result of US president Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, according to a lawyer for the US government who was in federal court in Virginia today (Feb. 3) for a hearing about whether the state of Virginia could join a lawsuit...

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Trump Wants to Send in the 'Feds' to Curb the 'Carnage' of Gun Violence in Chicago

January 26, 2017 President Donald Trump threatened Chicago with sending in the “Feds” if the city didn’t reduce its gun violence, a massive problem that local authorities, police, advocates, and researchers have been struggling to resolve for years. If Chicago doesn't fix the horrible "carnage" going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42...

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Obama Commuted the Sentence of Military Leaker Chelsea Manning

January 17, 2017 In his final week in office, Barack Obama has commuted the prison term of Chelsea Manning, the former army intelligence analyst who was sentenced to 35 years in prison in 2013 for giving a trove of secret documents to Wikileaks. Manning, who has been incarcerated for nearly seven years, will...

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Barack Obama Slammed Russia on Election Hacking

December 16, 2016 President Barack Obama gave Russia a stern warning about its reported hacking efforts during the US presidential election, saying that the country will “take action” to counter foreign meddling. “I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections that we...

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Obama Says That in America You 'Can Criticize a President — Without Retribution'

December 7, 2016 In his last national security speech, delivered before troops on Dec. 6, Barack Obama praised and defended his administration’s legacy and offered his view on how successors should continue its policies and uphold its values. Although the White House says the remarks were planned before the Nov. 8 election, the...

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The Department of Homeland Security Wants to Keep Using Private Prisons For Immigration Detention

December 1, 2016 The American private prison industry just scored another big win. US secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said in August that his agency would review its use of private-prison operators in running immigration-detention centers, which have been criticized over inhumane conditions and abuse. That review, by the department’s advisory council,...