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Facebook Wants You to Vote on Tuesday. Here's How It Messed With Your Feed in 2012.

motherjones.com — On Election Day, political campaigns, candidates, consultants, and pollsters pay close attention to who votes and why-and so does Facebook. For the past six years, on every national Election Day, the social-networking behemoth has pushed out a tool-a high-profile button that proclaims "I'm Voting" or "I'm a Voter"-designed to encourage Facebook users to vote.
Oct 31, 2014

Facebook wants you to vote on Tuesday. Here's how it messed with your feed in 2012. motherjones.com/politics/2014/… via @motherjones

Oct 31, 2014

RT @MotherJones: Facebook wants you to vote on Tuesday. Here's how it messed with your feed in 2012 bit.ly/1nVw5rS pic.twitter.com/N2a5PxfHQ9

Oct 31, 2014

RT @mathewi: This is an important story about Facebook running experiments on users' newsfeeds and affecting election turnouts: motherjones.com/politics/2014/…

Oct 31, 2014

New revenue source for Facebook? political candidates cuz they already influencing who votes. Via Mother Jones m.motherjones.com/politics/2014/…

Oct 31, 2014

Facebook can increase voter turnout by tweaking the newsfeed algorithm. This terrifies some ppl bit.ly/1tp6OHo

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Ruth "Baby" Ginsburg Is Absolutely Crushing Halloween This Year

By Inae Oh
motherjones.com — For those in the need of any last minute Halloween inspiration, look no further than Ruth "Baby" Ginsburg, quite possibly the most adorable tribute to the badass Supreme Court Justice herself we've witnessed. Ruth Baby Ginsberg wins Halloween, so stop trying. (h/t @NaamaHaviv) pic.twitter.com/T9ETbhL025 - Ghastly Akner (@taffyakner) October 31, 2014 The perfectly oversized glasses!
Oct 31, 2014

Ruth "Baby" Ginsburg Is Absolutely Crushing Halloween This Year. bit.ly/1zmtyLn pic.twitter.com/PjaVAFk8jA

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Republicans Tried to Suppress the Black Vote in North Carolina. It's Not Working.

motherjones.com — "The first question I ask my customers is: Are you registered?" Jolanda Smith says. Smith runs a hair salon on the outskirts of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Her hair is dyed lavender and her arms are covered in heart and shooting-star tattoos. In the lead-up to the midterms, she's lending her storefront to Democratic Sen.
Nov 01, 2014

Republicans tried to suppress the black vote in North Carolina. It's not working. zite.to/1DDDVZ7

Oct 31, 2014

RT @patcaldwell: Read @eichelberger_e’s great on-the-ground reporting on how Dems in North Carolina are mobilizing black voters motherjones.com/politics/2014/…

Oct 31, 2014

Republicans tried to suppress the black vote in North Carolina. It's not working. motherjones.com/politics/2014/…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @AndyKroll: "My parents voted till the day they died. I grew up in segregation. I vote every election." motherjones.com/politics/2014/…

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RT @AndyKroll: "My parents voted till the day they died. I grew up in segregation. I vote every election." motherjones.com/politics/2014/…

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Court Rules Maine Can't Quarantine Ebola Nurse

motherjones.com — After a days-long battle with Maine governor Paul LePage, Kaci Hickox, a nurse who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, has officially won the right to go outside. Earlier this week, LePage announced he would seek legal authority to forcibly quarantine Hickox-who has not exhibited symptoms of Ebola-in her home.
Oct 31, 2014

Court rules Maine can't quarantine Ebola nurse motherjones.com/politics/2014/… via @motherjones

Oct 31, 2014

RT @JennaMC_Laugh: This Ebola nurse is now free to frolic wherever the hell she pleases in Maine motherjones.com/politics/2014/…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @JennaMC_Laugh: This Ebola nurse is now free to frolic wherever the hell she pleases in Maine motherjones.com/politics/2014/…

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Stop Asking Why The Women Accusing Jian Ghomeshi Didn't Go to the Cops.

motherjones.com — In the past two weeks, nine women have come forward with stories about getting beat up by Jian Ghomeshi. Now, thousands of people are asking what on earth took them so long. The confused disbelief seems genuine to me. Why on earth didn't they rush to the nearest police station?
Oct 31, 2014

RT @MotherJones: Stop asking why the women accusing Jian Ghomeshi didn't go to the cops bit.ly/1E8yq6K pic.twitter.com/VLW8NkYn2A

Oct 31, 2014

RT @harmancipants: The fact that women didn't go to the police about Jian Ghomeshi's abuse should surprise zero people. Via @tasneemraja motherjones.com/mixed-media/20…

Oct 31, 2014

The fact that women didn't go to the police about Jian Ghomeshi's abuse should surprise zero people. Via @tasneemraja motherjones.com/mixed-media/20…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @tasneemraja: I say some things about wishful thinking, awkwardness, and Jian Ghomeshi, the radio star who allegedly beat women up. motherjones.com/mixed-media/20…

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How Science Explains #Gamergate

motherjones.com — By now you're probably heard of #Gamergate, the internet lynch mob masquerading as a movement for ethics in video game journalism. Though #Gamergaters, as they're known, have repeatedly targeted their critics with rape and death threats, drawing rebukes from the broader gaming community, surprisingly few observers have asked whether violent video games themselves may have triggered this sort of abhorrent behavior.

This Halloween, John Oliver Explains How the Sugar Industry Is Killing Us with Lies

By Inae Oh
motherjones.com — This Halloween, Americans are gearing up to spend a whopping $2.2 billion in candy supplies, according to the latest Last Week Tonight . But how much sugar do we consume on the regular? That's where it gets a bit murky, thanks to the sugar industry's sweet little lies.
Nov 01, 2014

RT @MotherJones: Happy Halloween! Watch John Oliver explain how Big Sugar is killing us with lies bit.ly/1wv54ft pic.twitter.com/7J7UhG6ZzW

How the Christian Right Is Using Hobby Lobby and "Duck Dynasty" to Take Back America

motherjones.com — Pundits may be declaring the culture wars over, but conservative Christians are donning their battle gear and rushing back to the front lines. In recent months, a coalition of conservative evangelical organizations has been carrying out an aggressive voter mobilization campaign that involves a combination of high-tech tools, briefings for pastors, and rallies simulcast to mega-churches around the country.
Oct 31, 2014

"…Benham argued that [his reality] show's cancellation was part of a global 'struggle between good and evil'…" bit.ly/1vnEtOf

Oct 31, 2014

How the Christian right is using Hobby Lobby and "Duck Dynasty" to take back America bit.ly/1vnEtOf

Oct 31, 2014

How the Christian Right is using Hobby Lobby & "Duck Dynasty" to get out the vote on Tues. bit.ly/1vnEtOf pic.twitter.com/ZCLSMXfwp3

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How the Christian Right is using Hobby Lobby and "Duck Dynasty" to take back America bit.ly/1vnEtOf pic.twitter.com/Z6VkoPInF7

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Silly String Is Illegal Here-But Only on Halloween

motherjones.com — Halloween is finally here! It's time to celebrate macabre mischief, ghouls and gluttony, and of course, tricks and treats. But there's one scary alliterated substance you should steer clear of-especially if you are in Hollywood. On the streets of Tinseltown, getting caught with Silly String is considered a serious offense -but only on Halloween.
Oct 31, 2014

Fine for drunken hunting in CA: $500 Fine for possession of Silly String in Hollywood on Halloween: $1,000 motherjones.com/mixed-media/20…

PATRIOT Act Warrants Used More For Drugs Than For Terrorism

motherjones.com — The PATRIOT Act gave federal agents expanded powers to issue search warrants without informing the targets of the warrant beforehand. Why? Because terrorism investigations were special: they'd fall apart if terrorists received warning that they were being investigated. So with terrorism suddenly a far bigger priority after 9/11, national security required that authority for these "sneak-and-peek" warrants be broadened.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @NickBaumann: PATRIOT Act warrants mostly used to "protect" you from cocaine, pot, heroin, molly, etc: motherjones.com/kevin-drum/201… pic.twitter.com/lICkIPyDNe

Oct 31, 2014

PATRIOT Act warrants mostly used to "protect" you from cocaine, pot, heroin, molly, etc: motherjones.com/kevin-drum/201… pic.twitter.com/lICkIPyDNe

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To Beat Obamacare, Opponents Resurrect an Old Birther Argument

motherjones.com — The Supreme Court today is considering whether to hear a challenge to Obamacare that could deprive 8 million people of their newly acquired health insurance. If the court does decide to take the case, though, it will be buying into a legal argument that is frequently deployed by a different group of anti-Obama litigants-those who are trying to challenge the president's citizenship.

Happy Halloween From Mitch McConnell and Friends

motherjones.com — Republican lawmakers have been getting in the holiday spirit today by reminding people about their longstanding beef with Obamacare. Senate Republicans put out a list of articles on their website under the headlines "Spooked by higher costs" and "All tricks, no treats".

Friday Cat Blogging - 31 October 2014

motherjones.com — I thought cats were supposed to get gradually calmer and more mature as they aged. Not these two. They're now 11 months old, and apparently they went nuts during my stay in the hospital. Now that I'm back, they're still going nuts.

Why Do Republicans Hate the Beatles?

motherjones.com — Over at the Facebook Data Science blog, Winter Mason shows us how personal likes and dislikes line up with political ideology. Democrats like Maya Angelou, The Color Purple, and The Colbert Report. Republicans like Ben Carson, Atlas Shrugged, and Duck Dynasty.

Joni Ernst Is the Tea Party's Endgame

motherjones.com — Early last Thursday morning, Joni Ernst, the Republican candidate for Senate in Iowa, swung by the Des Moines Rotary Club to speak at the group's monthly lunch meeting. Mostly white and mostly male, the club counts much of the state's political elite among its members.
Oct 30, 2014

"'I'm just like you, I enjoy a lot of crackers in my chili'…The couple stared at their food with disinterest." motherjones.com/politics/2014/…

Oct 30, 2014

The great @patcaldwell, reporting from his native Iowa: Ernst "logical end-result of the ongoing merger" motherjones.com/politics/2014/… @MotherJones

Oct 30, 2014

RT @NickBaumann: Joni Ernst was the GOP establishment's pick, not the far right's. @patcaldwell drops knowledge: motherjones.com/politics/2014/…

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Republicans Attack Democrats For Supporting Republican Demands

motherjones.com — Getting deep into the weeds of local congressional races isn't my thing, but it's certainly been intriguing this year watching Republicans attack Democrats for being willing to accept Republican positions on various issues.
Oct 31, 2014

Republicans Attack Democrats For Supporting Republican Demands bit.ly/1u1kN7r

These Maps of California's Water Shortage Are Terrifying

motherjones.com — Just how bad is California's water shortage? Really, really bad, according to these new maps, which represent groundwater withdrawals in California during the first three years of the state's ongoing and epochal drought: The maps come from a new paper in Nature Climate Change by NASA water scientist James Famiglietti.
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32 Countries Where Global Warming Could Make Violence Worse

motherjones.com — Recently, the Pentagon released a disturbing report. Climate change, it warned, will exacerbate problems like terrorism and disease outbreaks, drain military resources, and create new enemies. The report said that the military's basic operations-everything from training to its supply chains and infrastructure-are now threatened by rising temperatures and shifting weather patterns.
Oct 31, 2014

Bangladesh tops list of 32 countries where #climatechange could make violence worse motherjones.com/environment/20… @motherjones

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RT @ClimateBuzz: 32 countries where global warming could make violence worse motherjones.com/environment/20… via @motherjones

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Democrats Like It When Forecasts Show Democrats Winning

motherjones.com — Justin Wolfers shows us an intriguing example of confirmation bias today. It turns out that Leo, the New York Times election forecasting model, bases its forecasts on running hundreds of simulations and then taking an average. But readers who want to play around can go ahead and toss the dice themselves, generating their own random simulations.