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Police Want to Get Rid of Their Pentagon-Issued Combat Gear. Here's Why They Can't.

motherjones.com — An officer with the Chelan County Sheriff's Department in central Washington is offering me a tank. Three of them, actually. "We really want to get rid of these," Undersheriff John Wisemore says. "We've been trying to get the military to take them back since 2004."
Sep 30, 2014

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Chart: Half of All Income Goes to the Top 10 Percent

motherjones.com — We'll be posting a new chart on the current state of income inequality every day for the next couple of weeks. Our last installment looked at stagnating middle-class incomes. Today, we look at both sides of the income split and how they've traded places.
Sep 30, 2014

RT @DavidCornDC: Chart: Half of All Income Goes to the Top 10 Percent. Crossing a line for the first time in a century. motherjones.com/mojo/2014/09/i…

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Chart: Half of All Income Goes to the Top 10 Percent. Crossing a line for the first time in a century. motherjones.com/mojo/2014/09/i…

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An Aid Worker in Syria Told the US Where to Bomb ISIS. Now They're Hunting for Him.

motherjones.com — Last Friday, Oscar Bergamin, a Swiss humanitarian aid worker helping refugees in northern Syria, wrote a tweet that included 18 digits. They were the coordinates of a bunker near the Turkey-Syria border that had been seized by members of ISIS, the self-proclaimed Islamic State that's terrorizing large chunks of Iraq and Syria.
Sep 30, 2014

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Intel Community Dusts Itself Off and Casually Shows Obama Who's Boss

motherjones.com — A friend brings to my attention this New York Times piece: By late last year, classified American intelligence reports painted an increasingly ominous picture of a growing threat from Sunni extremists in Syria, according to senior intelligence and military officials. Just as worrisome, they said, were reports of deteriorating readiness and morale among troops next door in Iraq.
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These Insane Photos Show What the Hell Is Happening in Hong Kong

motherjones.com — Hong Kong-usually an orderly finance haven-erupted over the weekend as police used teargas and pepper spray to break up a three-day student sit-in that occupied the central business district. Thousands of protesters have deployed umbrellas to protect themselves from the chemical attack-some people are dubbing it the Umbrella Revolution-and have even picked up the hands-up "don't shoot" gesture from protests in Ferguson, Missouri.
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Watch John Oliver Call Out America for Blindly Supporting Obama's Drone War

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motherjones.com — On the latest "Last Week Tonight," John Oliver looked into how Americans have come to widely accept President Obama's growing reliance on drone strikes, while knowing little to nothing about the administration's rules for using them. "Because our rules for drone strikes are a little like Harvey Keitel's balls: We've all seen them in 'The Piano,' 'Bad Lieutenant, or on SnapChat.
Sep 30, 2014

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Bluesman Gary Clark Jr. Is the Guitar Hero for Our Time

motherjones.com — Gary Clark Jr. Live Warner Bros. A guitar hero for the modern era, Gary Clark Jr. plays bluesy rock with a blistering urgency that makes the hoariest conventions feel brand new. For all his flashy expertise, the muscular solos and buzzing riffs never feel gratuitous, while Clark's terse, tough singing nicely complements his fretwork.
Sep 30, 2014

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Obama Threatened Far More Often Than Any Previous President

motherjones.com — Carol Leonnig has a piece in the Washington Post today about a botched Secret Service response to a 2011 shooting at the White House: The suspect was able to park his car on a public street, take several shots and then speed off without being detected.