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  • The GOP Controls Congress So Now It Can Change How Math Works

    24 November 2014, 6:30 am by: Erika Eichelberger

    When Republicans took control of both houses of Congress earlier this month, they won an important new power: They can change how Congress does math.…
  • These State Lawmakers Want To Save Thanksgiving From Greedy Retailers

    24 November 2014, 6:20 am by: Josh Harkinson

    In recent years, more and more big-box retailers have begun forcing their employees to work on Thanksgiving Day. Now, some Ohio state legislators have had enough. They're introducing bills that would give workers the right to refuse to punch in on…
  • Look How Much Bigger Thanksgiving Turkeys Are Today Than in the 1930s

    24 November 2014, 6:00 am by: Kiera Butler

    Illustration by Chris Philpot…
  • RATKING: Gritty, Grimy Hip-Hop That Totally Grows on You

    24 November 2014, 6:00 am by: Prashanth Kamalakanthan

    The rat king is a haunting image from European folklore: a bevy of rats, tangled together by their tails and thought to grow together as a bunch. (Rat king characters also make appearances in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle comics and the animated show…
  • Map: How Long Does Your State Give Rape Survivors to Pursue Justice?

    24 November 2014, 6:00 am by: Jordan Michael Smith and AJ Vicens

    In most states, a major barrier to bringing the perpetrators of rape and sexual assault to justice is baked into the law. Nationwide, 34 states and Washington, DC, have statutes of limitations on filing rape or sexual-assault charges, ranging from 3 to 30…
  • One Man Should Not Dictate Immigration Policy

    23 November 2014, 3:31 pm by: Kevin Drum

    You know, the more I mull over the Republican complaint about how immigration reform is being implemented, the more I sympathize with them. Public policy, especially on big, hot button issues like immigration, shouldn't be made by one person. One person…
  • Chart of the Day: Unauthorized Immigrants in the United States

    23 November 2014, 12:19 pm by: Kevin Drum

    Matt Yglesias linked today to a map from the Pew Hispanic Center showing which states had the highest populations of unauthorized immigrants. It was interesting but unsurprising: the biggest states (California, Texas, Florida, New York) also have the most…
  • Benghazi Is Over, But the Mainstream Media Just Yawns

    22 November 2014, 11:42 pm by: Kevin Drum

    After two years of seemingly endless Benghazi coverage, how did the nation's major media cover the report of a Republican-led House committee that debunked every single Benghazi conspiracy theory and absolved the White House of wrongdoing? Long story short,…
  • The Ohlone People Were Forced Out of San Francisco. Now They Want Part of Their Land Back.

    22 November 2014, 6:00 am by: Prashanth Kamalakanthan

    "There are only three ways to get land," said Tony Cerda, chairman of the Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe, in 2010. "You can buy it, have it given to you, or steal it." It's clear which one of those applies to his people, the Ohlone, who lived in the central…
  • Republicans Finally Admit There Is No Benghazi Scandal

    22 November 2014, 1:02 am by: Kevin Drum

    For two years, ever since Mitt Romney screwed up his response to the Benghazi attacks in order to score campaign points, Republicans have been on an endless search for a grand conspiracy theory that explains how it all happened. Intelligence was ignored…

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