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Twitter quietly purged thousands of bots overnight—cutting several prominent pundits’ follower counts down to size. Conservatives were enraged last month when activist James O’Keefe published a series of undercover videos purporting to show Twitter engineers boasting of their ability to “shadow-ban” far-right users, or hide their tweets from appearing online. Those claims were quickly debunked, but fears that Twitter—an alleged bastion of Bay Area liberalism—is censoring conservative sp...
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My foundations of education class and I discussed the Parkland, Florida shooting a few days after the tragedy. My students tended to echo some of the most common and least credible arguments about the issue of mass shootings and gun violence. However, they were both willing to share and then eager to discuss and look at evidence. One student, for example, noted that he is a hunter and gun control makes him uncomfortable. Others mentioned mental illness and made analogies such as a...
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One of Wall Street's most powerful 
executives is seizing the 
#MeToo moment Krawcheck and her team are working to empower women through finance. Sallie Krawcheck figured the day before the 2016 presidential election would be the perfect time to launch her newest venture, Ellevest, an investment firm specifically tailored to serve female clients. “We were going to have a female president,” Krawcheck recalled thinking at the time. As it turns out, President Donald Trump’s surprise vi...
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US Special Counsel Robert Mueller [official website] on Friday indicted [indictment, PDF] Attorney Alex van der Zwaan for false statements made during the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. Van der Zwaan was indicted for his answers regarding communication with Richard W. Gates III, a former aide to President Trump, who was also charged [JURIST report] with money laundering, conspiracy, and false statements, and with an undisclosed "Person A." Th...
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by on February 19, 2018
As special counsel Robert Mueller builds his case, relatives of Michael Flynn are among those pressing the president to use his unique legal power and 'put these defendants out of their misery.' Former national security adviser Michael Flynn and President Donald Trump are pictured during the presidential campaign in New Hampshire in September 2016. At least two Republican senators have urged Trump not to pardon him. After months of criticizing special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia ...
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by on February 19, 2018
As special counsel Robert Mueller builds his case, relatives of Michael Flynn are among those pressing the president to use his unique legal power and 'put these defendants out of their misery.' Former national security adviser Michael Flynn and President Donald Trump are pictured during the presidential campaign in New Hampshire in September 2016. At least two Republican senators have urged Trump not to pardon him. After months of criticizing special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia ...
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by on February 15, 2018
Foes of abortion have pushed through several hundred state laws restricting access to the procedure over the past decade. This year, as never before, abortion-rights supporters are fighting back nationwide with proposals to protect and expand access to abortion and contraception. Successes are most likely in the dozen or so states where Democrats control policymaking. But the initiatives unfolding this year aspire to at least raise the issue of reproductive rights even in conservative sta...
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by on February 12, 2018
Doug Jones in Alabama. Ralph Northam and Justin Fairfax in Virginia, Phil Murphy and Sheila Oliver in New Jersey: All Democratic wins made possible by Black women's historical capacity for building organizational and structural power. This power -- which was originally cultivated to protect and preserve Black bodies, to protect and preserve Black life -- has commanded victories for the Democratic Party in 2017 and is poised to influence the midterms in 2018. A timeline of current events cente...
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by on February 12, 2018
Doug Jones in Alabama. Ralph Northam and Justin Fairfax in Virginia, Phil Murphy and Sheila Oliver in New Jersey: All Democratic wins made possible by Black women's historical capacity for building organizational and structural power. This power -- which was originally cultivated to protect and preserve Black bodies, to protect and preserve Black life -- has commanded victories for the Democratic Party in 2017 and is poised to influence the midterms in 2018. A timeline of current events cente...
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by on February 12, 2018
Doug Jones in Alabama. Ralph Northam and Justin Fairfax in Virginia, Phil Murphy and Sheila Oliver in New Jersey: All Democratic wins made possible by Black women's historical capacity for building organizational and structural power. This power -- which was originally cultivated to protect and preserve Black bodies, to protect and preserve Black life -- has commanded victories for the Democratic Party in 2017 and is poised to influence the midterms in 2018. A timeline of current events cente...
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by on February 10, 2018
Successful activism is going to take more than a few shares on Facebook, retweets on Twitter, or likes on Instagram. U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks during a rally against child poverty on April 9, 2017, in Los Angeles, Calif. On Wednesday, 77-year-old House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi walked onto the House floor in 4-inch heels to deliver what would become the longest-recorded speech to have been delivered in the House of Representatives. She spoke on behalf of the D...
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by on February 10, 2018
Successful activism is going to take more than a few shares on Facebook, retweets on Twitter, or likes on Instagram. U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks during a rally against child poverty on April 9, 2017, in Los Angeles, Calif. On Wednesday, 77-year-old House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi walked onto the House floor in 4-inch heels to deliver what would become the longest-recorded speech to have been delivered in the House of Representatives. She spoke on behalf of the D...
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