CNN: David Anderson: Whites, the emerging minority

(CNN) — While on a television program several years ago, I recounted a story about moving with my family into a new home in the suburbs of Washington.   As a black family, we were welcomed to the neighborhood with a…

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Baltimore Sun: America is angrier and more divided than ever

Why is the nation more bitterly divided today than it’s been in 80 years? Why is  there more anger, vituperation and political polarization now than even during  Joe McCarthy’s anti-communist witch hunts of the 1950s, the tempestuous struggle  for civil rights in the 1960s…

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Los Angeles Times: ‘Mandatory minimum’ sentences to end for many drug offenders

SAN FRANCISCO — Federal prosecutors will no longer seek long, “mandatory minimum” sentences for many low-level, nonviolent drug offenders, under a major shift in policy aimed at turning around decades of explosive growth in the federal prison population…

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New York Times: Stop-and-Frisk Practice Violated Rights, Judge Rules

In a repudiation of a major element in the Bloomberg administration’s crime-fighting legacy, a federal judge has found that the stop-and-frisk tactics of the New York Police Department violated the constitutional rights of tens of thousands…

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The Guardian: Alberta oil spills cause concern over Canada’s approval of tar sands project

Spillages creating toxic ponds harming forests, killing wildlife and contaminating ground water, campaigners say.   Campaigners have raised new concerns over controversial “tar sands” after it emerged a series of oil spills have occurred…

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TheNation: Dave Zirin: Alex Rodriguez and the True Pink Elephant (Elefante Rosa) in the Room

In all likelihood, you are feeling bloated by all-things A-Rod. Maybe you’re repulsed by the person and what you feel he’s done to baseball. Perhaps you’re just sick of the 24/7 media swarm over what a ballplayer…

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Media Matters for America: Ari Rabin-Havt: 48 Years Later, Conservatives Are Making The Same Arguments Against The Voting Rights Act

Earlier this summer, the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act that helped force states and localities with a history of discrimination to have the Justice Department preclear proposed changes to voting regulations. Representative John Lewis (D-GA), a civil rights icon, described the decision as “a dagger in the heart of the…

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TheRoot.com: Kelli Goff: Can Obama Move Us Past Sagging-Pants Debate?

(The Root) — According to Politico, President Obama told Maryland’s Rep. Elijah Cummings and other Democrats that addressing the needs of minority youths, including disparities in the criminal-justice system, is a priority of his second term. What remains to be seen is whether or not his solutions will move beyond talk and result in…

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Mother Jones: George Zimmerman’s Biggest Defender: A Racist With a Criminal Past

In April 2012, two days before George Zimmerman was arrested for the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, he huddled with a fellow neighborhood watch volunteer, Frank Taaffe. According to Taaffe, who disclosed the meeting on Fox News, Zimmerman asked him to share…

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CNN.com: We’re living ‘1984’ today

(CNN) — It appears that the police now have a device that can read license plates and check if a car is unregistered, uninsured or stolen. We already know that the National Security Agency can dip into your Facebook page and Google searches. And it seems that almost…

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