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This GOP Lawmaker Wants a Woman to Get Permission From the Father Before Having an Abortion

motherjones.com — A Missouri Republican is pushing a bill that would allow a man who gets a woman pregnant to stop her from having an abortion. The measure would force a woman who wants an abortion to obtain written permission from the father first-unless she was the victim of "legitimate rape."
Dec 17, 2014

This dickhead is trying to force women to get written permission from the father before having an abortion bit.ly/1J1Mgv8

Dec 17, 2014

RT @MotherJones: This lawmaker wants women to get permission from the father before having an abortion bit.ly/1J1Mgv8 pic.twitter.com/2cRhoudptU

Dec 17, 2014

RT @jeremyschulman: So how exactly would Missouri determine whether the male giving permission for an abortion is, in fact, the father? motherjones.com/politics/2014/…

Dec 17, 2014

GOP lawmaker introduces bill to require "notarized" permission from the father before a woman can get an abortion. motherjones.com/politics/2014/…

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Young Fidel Castro Wrote FDR to Ask for 10 Bucks

motherjones.com — In November 1940, a young Cuban student named Fidel Castro sent a handwritten letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Writing in English, Castro congratulated the president on his reelection and requested "a ten dollars bill green american...because never, I have not seen a ten dollars bill green american and I would like to have one of them."
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Congress Is Finally Going to Make Local Law Enforcement Report How Many People They Kill

motherjones.com — Over the weekend, tens of thousands of marchers rallied against police brutality, standing in solidarity with families who have lost loved ones to police violence. With public scrutiny zeroed in on deaths at the hands of law enforcement, one thing is noticeably missing: a federal record of just how many people die in police custody each year.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @MotherJones: Congress is finally going to make law enforcement report how many people they kill. bit.ly/1Anuk8i pic.twitter.com/BWXczhyoD5

Dec 17, 2014

RT @MotherJones: Congress is finally going to make law enforcement report how many people they kill. bit.ly/1Anuk8i pic.twitter.com/BWXczhyoD5

Dec 17, 2014

RT @MotherJones: Congress is finally going to make law enforcement report how many people they kill. bit.ly/1Anuk8i pic.twitter.com/BWXczhyoD5

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Obama's Had a Helluva Good Month Since the Midterms

motherjones.com — So how have things been going for our bored, exhausted, and disengaged president? He's been acting pretty enthusiastic, energized, and absorbed with his job, I'd say. Let us count the things he's done since the November 4th midterm elections: November 10: Surprised everyone by announcing his support for strong net neutrality.
Dec 18, 2014

Obama's had a helluva good month since the midterms motherjones.com/kevin-drum/201… via @motherjones

Dec 17, 2014

RT @MonikaBauerlein: Is Obama basically having a great time "messing with Republicans' heads"? motherjones.com/kevin-drum/201…

Dec 17, 2014

Is Obama basically having a great time "messing with Republicans' heads"? motherjones.com/kevin-drum/201…

Dec 17, 2014

+ All of America @exjon: America hasn't. RT @kdrum Obama's Had a Helluva Good Month Since the Midterms bit.ly/1Aqgbay

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New York State Just Banned Fracking

motherjones.com — After years of wrangling between environmentalists, lawmakers, and fossil fuel companies, New York's top public health administrator said he would ban fracking in the state, citing health risks. The Cuomo administration announced Wednesday that it would ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State, ending years of uncertainty by concluding that the controversial method of extracting gas from deep underground could contaminate the state's air and water and pose inestimable public-health risks.

Obama's Very Sly Cuban Move

motherjones.com — For years, President Barack Obama faced a tough problem: what to do about Alan Gross, the US subcontractor imprisoned in Cuban? And this dilemma encapsulated the larger puzzle of how to change US-Cuba relations, which have been frozen in a Cold War narrative.
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The Fierce Life and Too-Soon Death of My Unlikely Cuban Friends

motherjones.com — When Luis Enrique passed in early September, just a couple of months after first learning he was HIV-positive, Carlos took his remains to Cuba's best funeral parlor, the one where they bring the government officials. He had seven of the nicest wreaths made, and he dressed Luis Enrique, his longtime partner, in his best clothes.
Dec 18, 2014

"A mid-'80s Madonna poster looked down on us. 'Imagine that, Luisito,' said Carlos, still grinning. 'Americans!'" motherjones.com/politics/2014/…

Bid Farewell to "The Colbert Report" with Some of the Show's Most Genius Moments

motherjones.com — Tonight, Stephen Colbert will close the curtain on the ludicrous, yet wholly enjoyable persona he created as the conservative host of "The Colbert Report." As the nation prepares to say goodbye, Mother Jones pays tribute to everyone's favorite right-wing blowhard with a round-up of some of our most treasured moments from the show's stellar nine year run.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @MotherJones: Bid Farewell to "The Colbert Report" with Some of the Show's Most Genius Moments bit.ly/1C49Cvn

This Is What Cuba Really Looks Like These Days

motherjones.com — If you know anyone who's been to Cuba in the last decade or two, you've likely seen the photos from their visit: some lovingly restored colonial manors, sometimes right alongside a crumbling facade; the bookshelves lined up around Havana's Plaza de Armas; and image after image of 1950s Buicks, Fords, and Chevrolets.

The Best Books of 2014

motherjones.com — In what's become an annual tradition, we invited Mother Jones staffers to write up their favorite books published this year, the ones they'd recommend to friends and relations, and so here they are. We can't read it all, of course-feel free to list your own favorites in the comments.

BREAKING: US To Normalize Relations With Cuba

motherjones.com — The United States and Cuba will begin talks to normalize relations, including opening an embassy in Havana and putting to rest one most enduring Cold War standoffs, a U.S. official said Wednesday. The landmark initiatives appeared to be set in motion by a surprise prisoner swap that freed American contractor Alan Gross after five years in custody in Cuba.
Dec 17, 2014

US normalizing trade relations with Cuba, plans to open an embassy. No longer need to fly thru Canada to get there! m.motherjones.com/mojo/2014/12/b…

Dec 17, 2014

BREAKING: US To normalize relations with Cuba, admits Cold War-era efforts have failed motherjones.com/mojo/2014/12/b… via @motherjones

Dec 17, 2014

RT @MotherJones: Obama: "I'm under no illusion on the continued barriers to freedom that remain for ordinary Cubans." bit.ly/1AHDVGW

Dec 17, 2014

RT @MotherJones: Obama: "These changes, once controversial, now seem obvious." bit.ly/1AHDVGW

Russia Has Already Blown Up the Global Economy Once. Will It Do It Again?

motherjones.com — Just in case you're thinking that Russia's economic problems are little more than a fitting karmic payback for Vladimir Putin, you might want to think twice. When the global economy is fragile, sometimes even small events can send the whole system into cardiac arrest, and that affects everyone, not just Putin and his cronies.
Dec 18, 2014

Russia Has Already Blown Up the Global Economy Once. Will It Do It Again? bit.ly/1J6quq1

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Dec 17, 2014

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Dec 17, 2014

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Jeb Bush on Climate Change: "I'm a Skeptic"

motherjones.com — Today, Jeb Bush, the former Republican Governor of Florida, announced that he would "actively explore" running for president in 2016. If elected, he'd have control over much of the US response to global warming. So how would Bush address the global climate crisis?
Dec 17, 2014

Jeb Bush, whose state will be under water before long under current policies, is a science denier: motherjones.com/politics/2014/…

Dec 17, 2014

@TheAndyHolland Saw this? motherjones.com/politics/2014/… I will bet you literally any amount of $ that he goes full-nutball on climate/enviro

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I Almost Spent the Night With Chuck Johnson

motherjones.com — Hours before I was due to hop in a rental car to drive to his home last week, Charles C. Johnson laid down a new ground rule: He would talk only if I promised not to mention he lived in Fresno. The internet was full of crazy people, after all.
Dec 17, 2014

I just learned via @motherjones that Chuck C. Johnson lives in Fresno. It allllllllll makes sense now… motherjones.com/politics/2014/…

Dec 17, 2014

I hate giving Chuck Johnson any more press, but this is a very comprehensive takedown: motherjones.com/politics/2014/…

Dec 17, 2014

RT @Ted_Scheinman: this @timothypmurphy profile of troll du jour Chuck Johnson — try as I might, I could not look away: motherjones.com/politics/2014/… via @MotherJones

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Stop Mixing Up Islamic Flags: A Guide for Lazy Journalists

motherjones.com — When an armed assailant seized control of a café in downtown Sydney on Monday morning and forced two hostages to hold a black flag with Arabic script up to the window, many observers were quick to claim that ISIS, the self-proclaimed Islamic State that now dominates about a third of Iraq and Syria, was involved.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @tabeekmelissa: Thank you for writing this, @motherjones! Stop mixing up Islamic flags. motherjones.com/politics/2014/…

Dec 17, 2014

RT @tabeekmelissa: Thank you for writing this, @motherjones! Stop mixing up Islamic flags. motherjones.com/politics/2014/…

Dec 16, 2014

RT @DionNissenbaum: Stop mixing up the Islamic flags: A guide for lazy journalists motherjones.com/politics/2014/… via @motherjones

Dec 16, 2014

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New Documents Show the US Called Waterboarding Torture During World War II

motherjones.com — Decades before it started waterboarding terrorism suspects, the US government had dramatically different standards for what it considered torture, particularly when it was being done to our soldiers in World War II. Recently released documents detail how the the United States charged hundreds of Japanese military officials and prison guards with war crimes for abuses against American prisoners of war, including waterboarding.
Dec 17, 2014

The US used to treat waterboarding and solitary confinement as war crimes—when done to GIs: bit.ly/1GRMWiK

The Person Who Care Most About Barack Obama's Approval Rating is Hillary Clinton

motherjones.com — Peter Beinart thinks President Obama is due for a comeback. Paul Waldman agrees: I think Beinart is probably right, and the economy is the main reason; it swamps every other consideration in evaluating the president.
Dec 17, 2014

The Person Who Care Most About Barack Obama's Approval Rating is Hillary Clinton bit.ly/1uZTTJ4

4 Signs the Arctic Is Getting Baked by Climate Change

motherjones.com — If you're looking for the ground zero of climate change, head to the Arctic. Nowhere else on Earth is changing as quickly or as dramatically; air temperatures there are rising twice as fast as at lower latitudes.