Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (C) stands with businessman Richard McClure (L) and minister Starsky Wilson after he announced them as the co-chairs of a 16-member Ferguson Commission on Nov. 18, 2014 in St. Louis, Mo.
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The new culture war
by Irin Carmon

Welcome to the new culture war, this time rebranded as a battle over religious liberty. 

Why Gov. Jay Nixon’s Ferguson Commission just might work
by Trymaine Lee

The 16-member commission marks the first step in the tough work of sifting through all the detritus left in the fallout from Michael Brown’s killing.

Hillary Clinton’s first 2016 challengers
by Alex Seitz-Wald and Jane C. Timm

Two potential challengers to Hillary Clinton, former Sen. Jim Webb and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, have clearly signaled their intent to enter the 2016 campaign.

Trans woman’s choice: Change your life or die
by Irin Carmon

Trans activist Wendi Cooper has overcome a lot, but there are still barriers to topple. Read her story on Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Feds shuttering controversial immigrant detention center
by Amanda Sakuma

Federal officials on Tuesday announced plans to shutter a controversial detention center designed to lock up immigrant children and their families. Immigrant families held in Artesia, New Mexico – where officials converted a federal law enforcement training camp into a makeshift detention center in June – will be relocated to a new facility in South Texas with the capacity to hold thousands, rather than hundreds, of new inmates.

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