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Leighton Woodhouse is a partner and co-founder of Dog Park Media, a creative agency that focuses on video production and graphic design.

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There's A Simple Way To Make A Big Dent In California's Drought. Why Aren't Government Officials Promoting It?

(266) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 12:57 PM

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If just one in ten Southern Californians were to install a greywater system in their home, the state would conserve as much potable water as it expects to generate through the...

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America's 'Most Infamous Car Town' Rethinks Transportation

(3) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 2:52 PM

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Seleta Reynolds, Los Angeles’ new chief of transportation, wants to help break L.A.’s dependence...

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"We Have Become the Kurdish Air Force" -- Former State Department Official Matthew Hoh Makes the Case For Non-Intervention in Iraq

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 12:33 PM

Matthew Hoh is a former Marine who served two tours in Iraq before being stationed in Afghanistan as a high-ranking foreign service officer. In 2009, Hoh resigned in protest from the State Department over the U.S.' misguided occupation of Afghanistan. Leighton Woodhouse, who interviewed Hoh, writes...

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Supreme Court Asked To Weigh In On Law That Could Erode Free Speech Rights

(73) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 5:06 PM

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On Monday, the Center for Constitutional Rights filed a request to...

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Boycott Angora

(184) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 11:53 AM

It would be dishonest of me to say that I recommend watching PETA Asia's video exposing the barbaric methods employed by Chinese laborers in the manufacture of angora fabrics. Even by the standards of animal cruelty investigative videos, PETA Asia's footage is hard to watch. If you're not...

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Steve King's Farm Bill Amendment Hurts Animals -- and California Farmers

(15) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 12:22 PM

Iowa Congressman Steve King is an interesting kind of conservative.

Last year, when a seemingly non-controversial amendment was attached to the 2012 Farm Bill making it a federal crime to attend or to bring a minor to an organized animal fighting event, King strenuously objected, lashing out at...

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Is the Government Lying About How Much of Your Metadata It's Using?

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 6:06 PM

On Sunday, former NSA Chief Michael Hayden repeated what has become a familiar Obama administration talking point: While the government may make a record of every single call every American makes, its analysts actually use almost none of that data.

"You've got this metadata," Hayden said, arguing for...

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NSA Surveillance Needs More than Window Dressing Reform

(175) Comments | Posted August 10, 2013 | 8:53 AM

Yesterday, President Obama repeated what has become a familiar routine: after two months of bad press on a controversial issue, he made a grand gesture of conceding that his critics may have a point, even while largely holding to his increasingly untenable position, and announced a series of "reforms" that...

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NSA Surveillance Is Legal, and That's the Worst Thing About It

(440) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 9:30 PM

Out of the three main arguments in defense of sweeping NSA surveillance -- it's legal; it keeps us safe; it's not that intrusive -- the lamest and most tone-deaf by far is the first. That's not because it's untrue; it's because it is true.

The president and his allies

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'Endless Wars Overseas, Infringing on Civil Liberties at Home': An Interview on NSA Surveillance With Former State Department Official Matthew Hoh

(21) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 11:09 AM

Matthew Hoh is a former Marine who served two tours in Iraq before being stationed in Afghanistan as a high-ranking foreign service officer. In 2009, Hoh resigned from the State Department in protest over the U.S.' misguided occupation of Afghanistan.

Leighton Woodhouse interviewed Hoh to get...

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Life Under the Surveillance State

(30) Comments | Posted June 9, 2013 | 4:16 PM

Roughly speaking, the contours of the debate over the Obama administration's massive digital surveillance of both foreigners and U.S. citizens have taken this shape:

Obama's critics charge the president with rank hypocrisy at best, and at worst, a fundamental betrayal of his espoused values that has moved the Republic

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Mark Zuckerberg's Failed Experiment in Technocratic Social Change

(4) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 1:32 PM

Fwd.us, Mark Zuckerberg's widely reviled, rapidly dissolving Washington DC lobby group, heralds itself as the bringer of "different and innovative tactics" to the usual Beltway brand of back room politicking. As has become abundantly clear over the past few weeks, the reality of Fwd.us is anything but...

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Mark Zuckerberg's Flailing New Lobby Group Represents Everything That's Wrong With DC

(9) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 11:14 AM

Within about a month of the debut of Fwd.us, Mark Zuckerberg's new DC lobby outfit aimed at promoting immigration reform, the group is already falling apart. If last week is any indication, the meltdown will be as spectacular and ignoble as every other ill-conceived, overfunded startup...

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Gun Control and Mental Illness

(5) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 1:12 PM

Following last week's horrific massacre in Newtown, two enormous social problems have moved to the center of the public debate: lack of access to adequate mental health treatment, and the prevalence of guns in this country.

The focus on each is appropriate, given the toxic combination of the two that...

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Earth Liberation Front Activist Released After 7 Years in 'Little Guantanamo'

(2) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 1:32 PM

Daniel McGowan is not a household name. Even among people who have devoted years of their lives fighting to protect the natural world from the predations of capitalism, his role in the history of the environmental movement is marginal and obscure.

It shouldn't be. McGowan's story tells us too much...

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Bringing Holiday Hope to Sexual Abuse Survivors Behind Bars

(8) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 5:18 PM

In the time it takes to write a tweet, you can bring peace and hope to a sexual abuse survivor behind bars. Visit Just Detention International.

Ca'Linda was locked up in a Kentucky county jail on a drug charge when a captain on the corrections staff first demanded...

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I Hate L.A. LOL

(148) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 3:36 PM

Hating on a city you live in is the cheapest, easiest writing assignment in the world (that last one is actually pretty funny). And nowhere does it come cheaper and easier than in Los Angeles. At...

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American Voters Are Getting All Mixed up

(42) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 5:21 PM

As anybody with a TV, radio or newspaper subscription can affirm, the big story coming out of the 2012 election is the long feared/eagerly awaited arrival of the Latino vote as a national political force capable of deciding a presidential contest. Latinos accounted for a record ten percent of the...

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Time for the Real Barack Obama to Stand Up

(10) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 3:21 PM

One of the important things we may learn during the lame duck session as the White House hammers out a deal with Republicans on the fiscal slope is an answer to the vexing if tiresome question of what "really" motivates President Barack Obama's policies.

There are two schools of thought...

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How The Pursuit Of Animal Liberation Activists Became Among The FBI's 'Highest Domestic Terrorism Priorities'

(176) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 6:30 PM

On January 16, 2006, two federal agents pulled off of Oregon's Route 66 and onto a dirt road in the Southern Cascades, about nineteen miles northeast of downtown Ashland. They didn't get far. There was a blizzard, and the road was buried in snow. The agents were forced to stop...

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