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Exonerated After Execution: Judge Tosses Teen’s Murder Conviction

NBC reports… too little too late. Seventy years after South Carolina executed a 14-year-old boy so small he sat on a phone book in the electric chair, a circuit court judge threw out his murder conviction.... Read More
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Lundergan Grimes Says She’ll Keep Paul from Running for Two Offices in 2016

Bloomberg Politics reports: The former Senate hopeful says she will take the Republican to court if he tries to run for president and keep his Senate seat. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said she... Read More
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How Republicans could stop Obama’s Cuba play

Politico says: Hill Republicans started making a to-do list immediately. President Barack Obama’s plan to normalize relations with Cuba has hit a familiar roadblock: Republicans on Capitol Hill. Just hours after Obama announced that a prisoner... Read More
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Shopping in Russia Just Got Really Weird

Bloomberg Business has the story… The Russian ruble lost as much as 19 percent of its value on Tuesday, partly because of Western sanctions and plummeting oil prices, but also because of mass panic. Russians... Read More
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I Started Serial, But It Didn’t End the Way I Had Hoped

Time has the 1st person story from Rabia Chaudry. When I found out that Sarah Koenig had failed to find evidence of a smoking gun, I felt like a failure. Fifteen years after Adnan Syed... Read More
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Ron Paul: Trade with Cuba ‘Probably a Good Idea’

The AP reports… WASHINGTON (AP) — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Thursday the lengthy U.S. economic embargo against Cuba “just hasn’t worked” and voiced support for opening trade with Cuba in the aftermath of the... Read More
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Why the workday should be 10–6, not 9–5

Vox.com has the story… If you’ve ever wished you didn’t have to get to work until later in the morning, you’re not alone. A new study shows that those who start work later also get... Read More
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L.A. will buy 7,000 body cameras for police officers

The LA Times reports. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Tuesday that the city would purchase 7,000 body cameras for police officers in an effort to increase transparency. Body cameras for officers have become a major issue... Read More
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The secret to the Uber economy is wealth inequality

Quartz has the story… Of the many attractions offered by my hometown, a west coast peninsula famed for its deep natural harbor, perhaps the most striking is that you never have to leave the house.... Read More
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Drought Cost California 11 Trillion Gallons of Water

Gizmodo has the story… 11 trillion. 11,000,000,000,000. However, you wrap your brain around it, that number is hard to fathom. But that’s how many gallons of water California’s three-year drought has sucked from the Earth,... Read More
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Why People Of Color Don’t Call For An Ambulance

ThinkProgress has the distressing story.. When cardiac arrest strikes, every second counts when it comes to preventing death. However, the distrust of the police among people of color — a topic that’s recently gained national... Read More
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Walmart ordered to pay $188 million for cutting workers’ meal and rest breaks

Raw Story explains the fines… The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered Wal-Mart Stores Inc to pay $188 million to employees who had sued the retailer for failing to compensate them for rest breaks and all hours... Read More
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The new climate denialism: More carbon dioxide is a good thing

The Washington Post has the details. For years, the fossil-fuel industries have been telling us that global warming is a hoax based on junk science. But now these industries are floating an intriguing new argument:... Read More
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Even John Yoo has his limits

The Maddow Blog explains… John Yoo’s reputation is well deserved. The conservative law professor at UC Berkeley is perhaps best known as the principal author of the Bush/Cheney “torture memos” – defending the so-called “enhanced interrogation... Read More
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A Neoliberal Spring?

by Robert Hunziker Neoliberalism may be the most domineering socio-politico-economic influence in the history of humankind, far and away. Moreover, when left unregulated, neoliberalism goes bonkers by concentrating wealth into fewer and fewer and fewer... Read More
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Spotify CEO wants ‘to do a better job’ convincing musicians of its value

The Guardian: But Daniel Ek says his company remains unwilling to let Taylor Swift and her peers choose to keep their music off Spotify’s free service. After a bruising year for streaming music service Spotify, chief... Read More
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Jeb Bush For President? Not So Fast

TalkingPointsMemo.com discusses some of the pitfalls Jeb will face. Jeb Bush’s much-discussed presidential candidacy came closer to a reality yesterday as the former Florida governor and dynastic scion announced he was considering it and setting... Read More
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Dollar Guilt in the Land of the Collapsing Ruble

The BillFold.com explains this American worker in Russia’s happy (?) dilemma… I’ve gotten a 100 percent raise. Not as a reward for hard work or long-term loyalty to my employer, but as a gift of... Read More
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Listen to the Real Stephen Colbert Explain How He Maintained His Flawless Character for 9 Years

Mother Jones has a fascinating podcast where Colbert explains his RWNJ character. Visit their website to hear the SoundCloud recording. It is incredible. The curtain comes down on The Colbert Report Thursday night after a... Read More
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Gouging the Gougeable: Yet Another Triumph of the American Health Care System

Mother Jones explains… Len Charlap has had a couple of outpatient echocardiograms recently. Elisabeth Rosenthal tallies up the damage: The five hospitals within a 15-mile radius of Mr. Charlap’s home here charge an average of... Read More
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The best films of 2014 – readers’ picks

The Guardian has list… From book adaptations to chilling thrillers, here are your picks of this year’s best. Earlier in the year, we asked for your favourite films of the year so far, and you... Read More
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66 journalists killed in past year as attacks grow more barbaric

Raw Story has the details… Attacks on journalists have grown more barbaric and kidnappings have soared, Reporters Without Borders said Tuesday, after a year when violence against the media took centre stage and 66 reporters... Read More
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Will Private Prisons Finally Be Subject to the Freedom of Information Act?

Mother Jones explains… Anyone can use the federal Freedom of Information Act to request records about prisons owned and operated by the government. Information about prisoner demographics, violent incidents, and prison budgets are all obtainable.... Read More
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Alternet: 8 Ways Facebook Is a Cult Just Like Scientology

Alternet explains our obsession with updating our status.. We all know Scientology is a cult. But Facebook, everyone’s favorite social network, has plenty of cultish qualities too. After all, the amount of control and personal... Read More
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Hurray! About time! Payday Loan Mogul May Face Criminal Charges Under Laws That Targeted Mafia Loan Sharks

ThinkProgress explains the new charges… Federal prosecutors are plotting sweeping criminal charges against a car-racing mogul whose online payday lending empire uses American Indian tribal lands as a base of operations to evade state law,... Read More
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Love and Debt: 5 Takeaways from Putin’s Three-Hour Press Conference

Bloomberg Politics reports on the rambling Kremlin year-end speech by Putin. The economy is tanking, but his dating life is thriving. Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the country’s economic woes and his love life at... Read More
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Kantar figures show Tesco is no longer worst-performing supermarket

The Guardian has the ‘good’ news? Tesco put in its strongest sales performance since June over the past three months as the grocery market stepped back into growth amid an escalating price war. Overall, prices... Read More
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Just Wrong: Thousands Of Vets Are Getting ‘Less Than Honorably’ Discharged Because They Have PTSD

ThinkProgress has the disgusting story… Two months after attempting suicide and receiving a less than honorable discharge from the Army, Kristofer Goldsmith received a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnosis from the U.S. Department of Veteran... Read More
Bernie Sanders: Destroy the big banks before the big banks destroy you

Bernie Sanders: Destroy the big banks before the big banks destroy you

Raw Story explains… n. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) plans a legislative push for the breakup of Wall Street’s largest banks and lifting the cap on contributions to Social Security. “If Congress cannot regulate Wall Street, there... Read More
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CIA torture: health professionals ‘may have committed war crimes’, report says

The Guardian explains the dilemma… Physicians for Human Rights called for federal investigation on CIA torture program participation, calling rectal feeding technique ‘form of sexual assault’ Health professionals who assisted in the CIA’s torture programme... Read More