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Republicans have secured their long-term goal: a right-wing majority on the U.S. Supreme Court. There are conflicting expectations for rulings on abortion, immigration, voting rights--and the powers of both the White House and Congress. In this divided nation, public trust in the rule of law is...
President Trump has denied Russian interference in the U.S. election. However, carefully gathered evidence shows that Russian hacking and social media made a difference. Especially important: targeting of African Americans, veterans and Christian fundamentalists. News coverage was oblivious to the...
Voting may be the lynchpin of democracy, but it’s not a right guaranteed by the Constitution. The Founding Fathers set the stage for the dirty tricks and legal discrimination we see today. Just weeks before the November elections, two experts update voter suppression strategies and the role played...
Judge Brett Kavanaugh did what no Supreme Court nominee had ever done before. He defended his reputation in public--on Fox News. Meantime, male Republican Senators said they’d hired a “female assistant.” She’ll question the woman accusing the judge of sexual assault while he was in prep school....
Senate confirmation looked like a done deal, but gender politics are disrupting the process. Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s unblemished record is up against a woman’s lifetime of trauma--depending on who you believe. What are the options for Senate Republicans less than two months before this year’s...
Full story - April 23, 2015
Graduates of a prison computer coding class at work inside San Quentin, in California.
John J. Lennon arrived at Attica in 2004 with a 9th grade education. but in May will graduate with a two-year associate degree. In-prison creative writing workshops have changed his life, he says. “I came into prison looking up to gangsters, now I look up to scholars and intellectuals."
Full story - April 02, 2015
Former Congressman Barney Frank
An LGBT trailblazer, the former lawmaker sees greater acceptance in America on sexual orientation — and greater antipathy toward Congress. However, he notes, Indiana's anti-gay bill shows that ''prejudice is alive and well.''
Full story - January 28, 2015
An internally displaced Afghan child stands outside a shelter outside Jalalabad city.
In her latest book, a former NPR correspondent claims that governments from Afghanistan to Nigeria "are vertically-integrated, criminal organizations bent on stealing."
Full story - December 03, 2014
Stenbock House
Estonia has the youngest prime minister in the European Union. It's also rushing headlong into creating digital ID for people there. And while they offer access to an array of government and private services, they'll also issue online IDs to anyone who wants one — though they come with much less access.
Full story - November 03, 2014
Mealworm dish in a Yunan Restaurant
Edible insects are celebrated for being environmentally friendly and also potentially quite tasty. And now they're going mainstream, with the Dutch grocery store Jumbo getting ready to put them on the shelves.
Full story - October 30, 2014
Guy Scott
Most of Africa spent centuries under white rule, either through colonial policies or post-colonial schemes like apartheid. But that changed two decades ago, and since then Africa hasn't had a white leader of any country. But that just changed.
Full story - August 21, 2014
A researcher at Hauri
When you go to the hospital, you give up a lot of very personal data, not the least of which is your name, address and Social Security number. Recently, a group of Chinese hackers associated with their government's cyber espionage program branched out from their usual work and targeted a huge hospital system's patient database — and got away with a huge haul of personal data.
Full story - August 14, 2014
Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson talks to people during a peaceful demonstration, as communities react to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 14, 2014. Tensions in Ferguson eased after the Highway Patrol relieved St. Louis Cou
Tensions subsided in Ferguson after lightly-equipped police largely replaced SWAT teams and armored vehicles on city streets. After more than a decade of such "Darth Vader gear" being the norm at protests, it may be time for a shift in tactics.
Full story - July 23, 2014
Travel and tourism has never really been bigger, with people hitting the road to find adventure. But for some, adventure comes with a trip to some place seemingly off-limits: war zones. Companies are marketing war tourism to appeal to a new type of tourist.
Full story - June 04, 2014
The US has spent billions of dollars on Afghan reconstruction, but much of it not very smartly. A special inspector general has been appointed to try and find the misspent funds and discern who's responsible.

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