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Protesters drove Bernie Sanders from one Seattle stage. At his next stop, 15,000 people showed. (washingtonpost.com)
2016 Elections / Black Lives Matter
>Similar to his Phoenix appearance last month, one event with protests is followed by huge crowds. Protesters called for specific, police reform policies.
Settlers arrested and radicals detained in Israeli crackdown on ‘Jewish terror’ (telegraph.co.uk)
Middle East / Terrorism
>Israel is using the same “detention without trial” process it uses for Palestinian terrorists to arrest and hold the Jewish settlers who murdered a baby, last month, and another man, just yesterday, as well as committing other extremist actions.
Here’s one prominent Republican’s plan to curb mass shootings (washingtonpost.com)
Gun Control / Mass killings
>Rather than expanding background checks, Senate No. 2 Republican’s bill encourages states to expand mental health information available in the database. NRA likes it.
The Cop (newyorker.com)
Ferguson / Michael Brown / Civil Rights
>An extensive interview with former officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Michael Brown, last summer, with a background on his life, including interviews with mentors and colleagues.
Indiana Clears Planned Parenthood of Wrongdoing After Videos (abcnews.com)
Mike Pence / Embryos
> Hoosier’s health agency said it was “unable to find any non-compliance with state regulations. Therefore, no deficiencies were cited.” Meaning, there’s nothing to the allegations suggested in the videos.

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The evil that police do – Darren Wilson and the family of Michael Brown

Ferguson Protest, NYC 25th Nov 2014

It’s quite callous, the way former police officer Darren Wilson recently described his feelings about Michael Brown, one year out from their fatal encounter on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. In an article in the New Yorker, Wilson tells writer Jake Halpern that he dismisses claims of historical, cultural abuse at the hands of whites as an excuse that Brown and other young people of color use to justify resenting authority and behaving badly

Wilson says he is certain that families in the community are to blame, and definitely in the case of Michael Brown’s family. “Do I think he had the best upbringing,” he asked Halpern rhetorically, in a tone the writer describes as “striking.”

“No,” Wilson concluded, answering his own question, “Not at all.”

“His acts were devilish,” Michael Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, told Al Jazeera, Wednesday morning, “and we definitely know he didn’t have the right upbringing, because those are words that you just don’t use, especially after you took somebody’s life and you know you had no reason to.”

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Huckabee’s monolithic view will get him shoved to the exit door

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Bernie Sanders heats up record crowd in Phoenix

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Dying in custody – a most necessary conversation

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Yes, losing the Confederate flag really means something to South Carolina

Photo credit: Janice McDonald

Rightfully suppressing the toys and the tantrums of the unreasonable

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Of heroes and liars – from Atticus Finch to Rachel Dolezal

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On the Video

Prof. Lawrence Lessig says why he’s running as a one issue, referendum president, and what that means (Lessig 2016)

From @storycorps, a young man recounts to his mom about the night he was nearly murdered by police: “Traffic Stop” (Story Corps)

Sandra Bland arrest video (IBT)

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