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Joe Hansen

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President Obama Should Go Big on Immigration Reform

Joe Hansen | July 25, 2014 | Politics
The unfolding humanitarian crisis on the border further highlights the urgent need to fix our broken immigration system and create a clear and fair path to citizenship. Yet some Congressional Republicans are using the plight of immigrant families to call for even stricter enforcement policies. It's shameful.
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

Do Jurors Become Better Citizens?

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | July 25, 2014 | Politics
What if jury service made you a better citizen? New social science research on juries and democratic engagement makes exactly that argument. Like an immunity boost for our civic constitution, jury service appears to ward off civic apathy.
Thrillist

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The 33 Best Burgers in the Country

Thrillist | July 25, 2014 | Taste
Be a friend and pass me the ketchup.
J. Mijin Cha

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We Are Not White

J. Mijin Cha | July 25, 2014 | Politics
Politically speaking, the high level of social acceptance and privilege that comes with being Asian-American is ultimately dangerous because it sets up a false notion of who we really are. For starters, we are not white.
Allison Renner

When You're In a Good Relationship, You Learn These 10 Things

Allison Renner | July 25, 2014 | Women
Don't expect your partner to read your mind, or to bring you breakfast in bed, or to offer to wash the dishes. It's not going to happen. You can't expect anything from anyone -- you have to make your desires known.
Kevin M. Ryan

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Counting Homeless Kids, the Right Way

Kevin M. Ryan | July 25, 2014 | Politics
Children don't vote. They rely on us to protect them. The ones who are the most vulnerable, those who are homeless and at risk of being prostituted, need us more than ever.
TEDTalks

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WATCH: He Was Shot 3 Times And He Killed Someone At 19. Who He Is Today Will Amaze You

TEDTalks | July 25, 2014 | TED Weekends
Is it possible to forgive a murderer? What if that murderer is you? This former drug dealer and convicted murderer was in solitary confinement when he had the awakening that would change his life forever.
Jim Wallis

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Let's Tell the Truth About This International Madness

Jim Wallis | July 25, 2014 | Politics
The horrible human costs and increasing danger the world is now facing in Gaza, Ukraine, and Iraq show the consequences of not telling the truth. And unfortunately, we seem to mostly have political leaders who are unwilling to admit the truth of what's happening, deal with root causes instead of exploiting symptoms, and then do everything possible to prevent the escalation of violence and further wars. Instead we have politicians who are mostly looking for opportunities to blame their political opponents, boost their own reputations, and protect business interests. Why don't we hold all those morally accountable who refuse political solutions and only work in favor of military solutions that have and will always fail?
Michael Shaw

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Reading the Pictures: On the Brilliant Michelle Obama Brown vs Board of Education Site Visit Photo

Michael Shaw | July 25, 2014 | Politics
If you aren't completely transfixed by photos from Gaza, Ukraine, Iraq or the border right now, you might have come across this. Simply put, it's the best visual to come out of the administration in months, maybe longer.
Dr. Peggy Drexler

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Are Workplace Bullies Rewarded for Their Behavior?

Dr. Peggy Drexler | July 25, 2014 | Business
Bullying behavior (especially if such behavior seems to be rewarded) can encourage non-bullies, or victims, to take up abusive behavior themselves. In this way, the act of bullying by one individual can impact an entire company by fostering behavior that trickles down the entire organizational ladder.
Richard J. Rosendall

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Free Speech and the Bible Museum

Richard J. Rosendall | July 24, 2014 | Gay Voices
An effort by the pro-LGBT group Truth Wins Out (TWO) to block the opening of a private Bible museum in the Nation's Capital is a misguided assault on constitutional protections that properly protect everyone, including LGBT Americans and their opponents.
Elliot Mincberg

What Hobby Lobby Shows Us About the Supreme Court and Civil Rights Laws: Winners and Losers in the Roberts Court

Elliot Mincberg | July 24, 2014 | Politics
Comparing Hobby Lobby with the two rulings in civil rights law cases issued by the Court over the last year, the key factor that explains how the conservative majority ruled is not precedent, the language of the statute, or congressional intent, but who wins and who loses.
Roadtrippers

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Hot Diggity Dog! Here Are America's Craziest Wieners

Roadtrippers | July 24, 2014 | Taste
Feeling hungry? In honor of the holiday, take a bite outta one of our country's craziest, most delicious dogs!
Noor Tagouri

The Elephant in the Newsroom

Noor Tagouri | July 23, 2014 | Good News
Let's address the elephant in the newsroom: a Muslim woman with a headscarf. Yes, I am a news reporter. And yes, I keep this scarf on my head while reporting (though not always this particular scarf). There has yet to be a Muslim woman who wears the hijab anchoring American news in any commercial market. Needless to say I wanted (and still want) to fill the gap.
Margaret A. Hacskaylo

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The Devil Is in the District

Margaret A. Hacskaylo | July 23, 2014 | Impact
For victims of domestic and sexual violence in the District, the most extreme consequence of a lack of affordable housing is actually homicide. And that outcome is becoming more and more likely in a city where safe housing options are dwindling while the need among victims is surging.
Arianna Huffington

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Here's What Happens When You Type 'Why Am' Into Google in New York

Arianna Huffington | July 24, 2014 | Healthy Living
Do you know what happens when you live in New York and you type the words "why am" into Google? Before you can type the next word, Google's Autocomplete function helpfully offers to complete your thought. The first suggestion: "why am I so tired?" The second: "why am I always tired?" The Zeitgeist perfectly captured by Google. As the Belgian philosopher Pascal Chabot has put it, burnout is "civilization's disease." The thought of so many people hunched over their laptops or iPhones, asking Google, "Why am I so tired?" or "Why am I always tired?" is really sad. And the answer is not going to be given to us by an algorithm. But we can start by shutting off our devices and getting some sleep.
Dana Beyer

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Another Bend of the Arc Towards Justice

Dana Beyer | July 23, 2014 | Gay Voices
While it doesn't carry any legal weight, only the power of symbolism, the most touching moments for me in the president's presentation were his fluency with the word "transgender."
Antonia Sohns

Getting Gritty: Local Partnerships Protect the Bay With Beer

Antonia Sohns | July 23, 2014 | DC
While the Bay still serves as critical habitat for fish, waterfowl, and many other species, and produces about 500 million pounds of seafood every year, the Bay is far less productive than it once was.
Miles Rapoport

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Exposing the Scare Campaign Against the DISCLOSE Act

Miles Rapoport | July 23, 2014 | Politics
The case for DISCLOSE, which would bring into the open hundreds of millions of dollars in now-hidden political giving, is so compelling, so self-evident, that a credible, logical argument against it is nowhere to be found.
Human Rights Watch

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Watch: FBI Targets American Muslims in Abusive Counterterrorism "Sting Operations"

Human Rights Watch | July 23, 2014 | Politics
The government's tactics to seek out terrorism suspects, at times before the target has demonstrated any intention to use violence, has undercut parallel efforts to build relationships with American Muslim community leaders and groups that may be critical sources of information to prevent terrorist attacks.
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