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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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#click3 Got a favorite Cosby sweater?

07/03/13 08:45PM

1)      Looking for a great summer read? You might have caught The Da Vinci Code or Twilight: New Moon a few years back, but the removal of just a single letter from a number of bestselling titles could result in a whole new story.  William Faulker’s The Sound and the Fur, anyone? 2)      Comedian Bill Cosby wears the darndest sweaters. But which is best? Vote for your favorite in this tournament of fabrics and styles–and perhaps even win an autographed copy of a Bill Cosby book. read more

Egyptian protests coming to a head?

Egyptian protests coming to a head?

07/03/13 08:42PM

Another remarkable series of protests brings an ultimatum from the military to the Muslim Brotherhood President, who defiantly said he was staying put. Chris Hayes looks at what's happening and why it's so important. watch

Click3: Sir-Mitch-A-Lot issues new attack ad

Click3: Sir-Mitch-A-Lot issues new attack ad

07/03/13 08:35PM

Chris Hayes shares the three most awesomest things on the internet for Tuesday: Dale Irby, a phys ed teacher from Garland, Texas, wore the same outfit for class photo day, for the past forty years; a reporter from New York 1 shows off his air guitar... watch

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