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What really happened in the Gulf of Tonkin in 1964?

Historians still argue about what exactly happened in the Gulf of Tonkin in August of 1964. What’s not in dispute is the aftermath: A resolution from the Senate passed by a vote of 98 to 2 authorizing President Lyndon Johnson to use whatever force he thought he needed against North Vietnam. The resolution was a major escalation of US involvement in Vietnam and helped Johnson win the presidential election. But it was built on a lie.

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Think young Australians will ignore a nonbinding mail-in vote on marriage equality? Think again.

Instead of a binding referendum or a vote in Parliament, Australia is holding a nonbinding, voluntary, postal plebiscite to determine whether Australians support same-sex marriage legalization. For many young Australians, who support marriage equality by large margins, a vote that seems designed to limit their participation is having the opposite effect.

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Turkey jails more journalists than any other nation. Those in detention are all terrorists, Erdogan says.

Turkey has arrested about 150 journalists since last year's failed military coup against the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The country is now the world's leading jailer of journalists. But as trials begin, Erdogan is insisting that none of these editors and reporters are being tried for their professional work. They're all terrorists, he says.