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The year’s best reads from msnbc


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How America’s harshest immigration law failed
by Benjy Sarlin 

Alabama tried to kick out its undocumented immigrants with the harshest law in the country. Two year’s later, the law’s in ruins and the immigrants remain.

Mitch McConnell to voters: Please ‘like’ me
by Jane C. Timm

It’s conservatism in the digital age and McConnell is determined to own it, one meme at a time.

‘I’m showing my son mercy’ 
by Irin Carmon 

Ending a wanted pregnancy was always going to be painful. But living in the most “pro-life” state made it far worse. 

Urban farming takes hold in blighted Motor City
by Jane C. Timm

In a city with too much abandoned, derelict, and ruined space, Detroiters are fighting back with one of the country’s largest urban agriculture movements.

America’s new hunger crisis
by Ned Resnikoff

Millions of Americans fell victim to food insecurity when the Great Recession hit in 2009, but didn’t benefit from the economic recovery. And the worst may be yet to come.

Bulldozing homes and civil rights
by Adam Serwer

A New Jersey town decided that crime made one neighborhood–home to many black and Latino families–irredeemable, and set out to destroy it. The residents fought back, and the case appeared headed to the Supreme Court.

Mental health care after Newtown
by Suzy Khimm

More than 35 states have increased funding for mental health, but research and services took a hit from sequestration’s budget cuts.

Will Supreme Court decide companies can own human genes?
by Geoffrey Cowley

Dr. Jonas Salk didn’t miss a beat when Edward R. Murrow asked him, in a 1955 television interview, who owned the patent on the polio vaccine. “Well, the people ,” Salk replied. “There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?”

In black Sanford, a place to gather
by Trymaine Lee 

Sanford’s black community wait together to learn George Zimmerman’s fate. 


The right-wing plot to split a school board 
by Zachary Roth

In Beaumont, Texas, a racially charged feud over the school board offers a window into how minorities will fare with a badly weakened Voting Rights Act.


The year's best reads from msnbc