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Justin Carter, 19, currently facing up to 10 years for making "terroristic threats" on Facebook. (Photo courtesy of Carter Family/Change.org)

Teenager jailed over ‘sarcastic’ Facebook post out on bail

07/09/13 03:37PM

UPDATED, July 11, 2:28 p.m. San Antonio resident Justin Carter, 19, has been in jail for nearly four months. Carter says he has been assaulted repeatedly by other inmates and subsequently placed in solitary confinement. According to his lawyer, Carter is so depressed that he's on suicide watch, meaning that the jail guards have stripped him of his clothes and replaced them with only a gown. read more

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07/09/13 09:51AM

1. Figuring out how to create more space in New York City is a total "fit a square peg into a round hole" situation. But those crafty New Yorkers have solutions, or at least inventive ideas of how to solve the problem. The folks over at Gizmodo dug into the annals of New York City's planning proposals and found some absolute gems like filling up the Hudson River to add 10 miles of land to Gotham. (Photo: via Gizmodo) read more

Prison Bars. (Stock photo by GeoStock/Photodisc/Getty Images)

The eugenics movement is back

07/08/13 07:13PM

Already notorious for mistreating its prisoners, the California Department of Corrections has been tarnished further. The largest prison system in the nation, with more than 119,000 currently incarcerated, has been exposed by the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) for sterilizing "nearly 150 female inmates from 2006 to 2010."  Over at least a 4 year period, without required approval, California officials ordered doctors to perform tubal ligations, a  procedure that closes a woman's fallopian tubes. read more

Indian protestors show their support for NSA leaker Edward Snowden at India Gate in New Delhi, India, Sunday, July 7, 2013.  (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

Snowden faces arduous path to asylum

07/08/13 02:37PM

For Edward Snowden, the easy part might be over. After spending weeks in limbo at the Moscow's Sheremtyevo airport and requesting asylum from at least 21 countries, the NSA leaker has found three options for safe haven: Bolivia, Venezuela, and Nicaragua. Now he just needs to get from Eastern Europe to Latin America. Easier said than done when the most powerful country on Earth intends to have you extradited. read more

A demonstrator holds up a picture of the former technical contractor of the US Central Intelligence Agency Edward Snowden during a demonstration in support of Snowden at the Place du Trocadero in front of the Eiffel tower in Paris on July 7, 2013. ...

Pentagon Papers leaker: Snowden would face 'inhuman' treatment in US

07/08/13 10:45AM

Since NSA leaker Edward Snowden first unmasked himself to the Guardian and the world, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg has tirelessly defended his unauthorized public disclosure of government surveillance programs. On Sunday, he added that Snowden was right to flee the United States rather than face prosecution. read more

Job seekers wait in line to meet with a recruiter during a job and career fair at City College of San Francisco southeast campus on May 30, 2013 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

New jobs numbers, same old DC standoff

07/05/13 01:08PM

The Bureau of Labor Statics jobs report, June 2013: unemployment rate unchanged. To be precise, the unemployment rate is hovering at 7.6%, exactly where it has been since March, except for a brief interlude in May when it dipped down to 7.5%. While those numbers represent a significant drop from the 10% unemployment the United States experienced in October 2009, it's still a mere 0.2% lower than the 7.8% jobless rate that President Obama inherited when he first took office in January 2009. Quite the recovery. read more

A barista prepares a drink at a coffee shop in San Francisco, California May 8, 2013. (Photo by Robert Galbraith/Reuters)

A good jobs report, but a new low-wage reality

07/05/13 12:49PM

The June jobs numbers were better than expected, with 195,000 jobs added last month when analysts were expecting a number closer to 155,000. What's more, businesses were hiring more people in previous months than originally anticipated, as my colleague Steve Benen explains. That's all welcome news. read more

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