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David Axelrod Hits Hillary Clinton Over Foreign Policy Dig

(418) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 6:11 PM


David Axelrod lashed out at Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, taking her to task for her recent comments criticizing President Barack Obama's foreign policy doctrine.

"Just to clarify: 'Don't do stupid stuff' means stuff like occupying Iraq in the first place, which was a tragically bad decision," Obama’s former...

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A Look Back At The Trial That Made Rape A War Crime

(109) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 2:02 PM

The task was almost unimaginable in its magnitude.

After the Rwandan genocide, in which an estimated 800,000 people were slaughtered over a hundred days in 1994, the U.N. created the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda with the goal of bringing the organizers of the bloodshed to justice.

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Goldie Taylor Reveals The True Danger Of Stephen A. Smith's Comments

(342) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 3:53 PM

ESPN panelist Stephen A. Smith has been roundly panned for his comments on domestic violence, in which he suggested women should do what they can not to "provoke" their partners into abusing them.

On Monday, Smith apologized for his comments, but MSNBC pundit Goldie Taylor...

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Financial Abuse Takes Heavy Toll On Domestic Violence Survivors

(129) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 7:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- Marina A. has no bruises or scars from the abuse she suffered at the hands of her husband. That is, unless you look at her bank account.

“My husband was in total control of the money,” she told The Huffington Post at a conference on financial abuse...

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Democratic Candidate Mike Ross Pushes Domestic Violence Plan Inspired By HuffPost Report

(14) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 1:50 PM

The Democratic nominee for governor of Arkansas, Mike Ross, spoke out about his plan to combat domestic violence on MSNBC Wednesday, highlighting the tragic death of 21-year-old Laura Aceves as a motivating factor.

"I was inspired by Laura's story that appeared in The Huffington Post, and it played...

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Mass Shooting Analysis Finds Strong Domestic Violence Connection

(466) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 3:04 PM

A recent analysis of U.S. gun deaths has found that a majority of mass shootings were related to domestic or family violence.

The analysis, performed by Michael Bloomberg's gun violence prevention group, Everytown for Gun Safety, looked at mass shootings that took place between January 2009 and July...

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Dem Candidate Responds To Gruesome Domestic Violence Story With Ambitious Plan

(36) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 7:05 PM

Arkansas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross wants his state to get serious about domestic violence.

Ross on Tuesday released an ambitious domestic violence plan that includes training police in lethality assessment, boosting funding for shelters, and creating a protective order database accessible to law enforcement and court officials....

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The Reality Of Abortion Clinics Without Buffer Zones

(461) Comments | Posted July 13, 2014 | 1:10 PM

It's been just over two weeks since the Supreme Court struck down Massachusetts' abortion clinic buffer zones, which required protesters to stay at least 35 feet away from clinic entrances and walkways.

On Saturday, B.D. Colen, a Pulitzer prize-winning reporter who's worked at Newsday and the Washington...

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Cartoonist Gabrielle Bell On Her 'Basic Coping With Being Alive'

(45) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 9:22 AM

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What is one of the country's best visual storytellers worried about? Meeting you.

Gabrielle Bell, the acclaimed cartoonist whom the New Yorker dubbed "a master of the exquisite detail," is nervous about you seeing her studio. ("I'm starting to hoard things," she...

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This Is How A Domestic Violence Victim Falls Through The Cracks

(690) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 10:00 AM

Laura Aceves photographed in 2009, holding her niece.

Berryville, Arkansas — Two days before she died, Laura Aceves stood on the side of the road and frantically dialed the police for the last time.

It was early afternoon and the...

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Just Days Before Tracy Morgan Accident, Senate Moved To Weaken Trucker Fatigue Rules

(277) Comments | Posted June 8, 2014 | 12:38 PM

A deadly pileup involving a tractor-trailer early Saturday morning is likely to shine a spotlight on a recent move by the Senate Appropriations Committee to weaken federal truck safety rules.

Details are still emerging about the crash, which killed comedian James "Jimmy Mack" McNair and critically injured...

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Harvard Book Is Bound In Human Skin, New Study Reveals

(14) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 8:46 PM

Harvard University owns a book covered in human skin. Literally.

In a blog post published on Wednesday,...

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Woman Posts Domestic Violence Selfies To Facebook (GRAPHIC)

(1135) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 3:15 PM

A Tennessee woman is posting graphic photos of her battered face online in an effort to spread awareness about domestic violence.

Angela Brower, 37, said she recently broke up with her boyfriend of six months after he became verbally and physically abusive towards her.

On May 18, he came over...

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Texas Bar Criticized For Posting Domestic Violence 'Joke'

(931) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 12:35 PM

A bar in Plano, Texas, is under fire after an employee scribbled a domestic violence "joke" onto a chalkboard at the establishment.

The joke read: "I like my beer like I like my violence. Domestic."

Courtney Williams, who was at the bar, Scruffy Duffies, on Saturday night, posted...

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Texas District Attorney Candidate: Domestic Violence Is 'So, So Overrated'

(1005) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 11:54 AM

Lloyd Oliver, a Democratic candidate for district attorney in Harris County, Texas, has a problem with domestic violence: He thinks it's prosecuted too much.

Oliver told the Texas Observer Wednesday that domestic violence is "so, so overrated." If elected, he indicated he'd redirect resources away from...

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Black Twitter Shows Off The #DangerousBlackKids America Should Fear

(1501) Comments | Posted February 16, 2014 | 4:50 PM

Jordan Davis would have turned 19 on Sunday.

The black teen was killed in 2012 while sitting in a car with his friends outside a Jacksonville, Florida convenience store, listening to music.

That music was too loud for Michael Dunn. Following an argument over the volume,...

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These 15 Football Honchos Are Standing With Michael Sam

(192) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 9:29 AM

On Sunday, Michael Sam made headlines around the country when he came out as gay. If drafted, as projected, he will be the first openly gay player in the NFL.

While some people reacted poorly to the news, Sam has racked up plenty of support...

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Retired NFL Receiver Destroys Argument Against Gay Players

(1298) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 1:04 PM

Former NFL player Donte' Stallworth doesn't buy the argument that an openly gay player would be too distracting for an NFL team to be successful.

In a series of tweets, the retired wide receiver responded to the suggestion -- floated by former NFL coach Herm Edwards -- that...

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Former NFL Coach: Openly Gay Player Michael Sam 'Bringing Baggage' To Locker Room

(1903) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 10:09 AM

While many athletes commended Michael Sam for coming out as gay on Sunday, former NFL coach Herm Edwards warned about the potential impact on his fellow players.

During an appearance on ESPN, where Edwards is an analyst, he compared Sam to a player with "off...

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Hyper-Realistic Statue Of Almost-Naked Man Freaks Out Women's College (PHOTOS)

(311) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 1:44 PM

A realistic statue of an almost-naked man lurking on a women's college campus is making some students very uncomfortable.

The statue, called "Sleepwalker," was installed at Wellesley College in Massachusetts on Monday. By Tuesday, students disturbed by the statue began a petition to remove it.

"This highly...

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