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Map: Here's How Ferguson Exploded on Twitter Last Night

By Inae Oh
motherjones.com — On Monday evening, news of a grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown erupted across social media. The announcement was made shortly after 8:20 PM CT and sparked massive protests around the country. The situation was particularly violent in and around the St.
Nov 25, 2014

Pretty amazing map of how Twitter covered the #ferguson announcement and riots last night. Amazing. Watch. motherjones.com/mixed-media/20…

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This Is What Darren Wislon Told the Grand Jury About Shooting Michael Brown

motherjones.com — Here is Darren Wilson's testimony before the St. Louis County grand jury (h/t St. Louis Public Radio), starting on page 195. (His account of his encounter with Michael Brown begins on page 206.) Follow our coverage on what's happening in Ferguson here. Grand Jury Volume 5 (Darren Wilson's testimony before the St.
Nov 25, 2014

RT @MotherJones: Note for all those obsessed with how "big/hulky/giant" Brown was. Wilson is 6'4, 210 lbs. bit.ly/1HDTLb1 pic.twitter.com/FlwvLH3rHD

Nov 25, 2014

RT @MotherJones: Note for all those obsessed with how "big/hulky/giant" Brown was. Wilson is 6'4, 210 lbs. bit.ly/1HDTLb1 pic.twitter.com/FlwvLH3rHD

Nov 25, 2014

By Darren Wilson's own account, Michael Brown was running away motherjones.com/politics/2014/…

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Ohio Could Pass the Country's Most Extreme "Secret Executions" Bill

motherjones.com — The execution of Dennis McGuire on January 16 of this year did not go as planned. Injected with an untested cocktail of drugs, the Ohio death row inmate gasped, choked, and writhed in his restraints. McGuire was declared dead after 26 minutes, having endured the longest execution in the state's history.
Nov 25, 2014

Shameful. RT @daudig: Ohio is about to pass the country's most extreme "secret execution" bill bit.ly/1yQYwI9

Nov 25, 2014

RT @patcaldwell: Ohio could pass the country's most extreme "secret execution" bill motherjones.com/politics/2014/… via @H_Lev

Nov 25, 2014

Ohio is about to pass the country's most extreme "secret execution" bill bit.ly/1yQYwI9

Nov 25, 2014

Ohio could pass the country's most extreme "secret execution" bill bit.ly/1yQYwI9 pic.twitter.com/my8FuMlXg4

Nov 25, 2014

"...the bill would make it exceedingly difficult for the public or the press to investigate executions." motherjones.com/politics/2014/…

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6 Revelations from the Michael Brown Grand Jury Documents

motherjones.com — After Monday's announcement that a grand jury would not indict Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown, St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch released the hundreds of pages of evidence that the grand jury considered.

What If Your Boss Suddenly Told You to Come to Work on Thanksgiving?

motherjones.com — Michelle Flores thought she had everything worked out for Thanksgiving. The 20-year-old San Francisco State junior was planning to join friends this Thursday to make pineapple-crusted ham, a family favorite. But last Friday, the Safeway where Flores works as a part-time cashier informed her that she'd be expected to work during on the holiday.

16 Interesting Photos From the Ferguson Grand Jury Files

motherjones.com — After St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced Monday that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for killing Michael Brown, the county released a collection of documents from the grand jury proceedings. Among them were hundreds of photos from the investigation, depicting everything from the crime scene to Wilson at the hospital after the shooting.
Nov 26, 2014

RT @MotherJones: A first look at official images of Darren Wilson's killing of Michael Brown bit.ly/1reRP3Y pic.twitter.com/Ecq9Z3cGO0

Nov 25, 2014

The Darren Wilson grand jury docs included hundreds of photos. Here are a few: bit.ly/1HF6SZu pic.twitter.com/quGxtltTf0

GOP Takes Revenge Over Immigration Order in Tax Bill. Obama Tells Them to Pound Sand.

motherjones.com — Danny Vinik describes the tax extender package currently wending its way through Congress: Imagine somebody asked you to imagine the worst possible deal on taxes. It'd probably have the following qualities: It would be bad for the environment. It would be bad for the deficit. It would give short shrift to the working poor.
Nov 26, 2014

GOP Takes Revenge Over Immigration Order in Tax Bill. Obama Tells Them to Pound Sand. bit.ly/11XyKXA

Is Obama Trolling Republicans Over Immigration?

motherjones.com — Jonah Goldberg is unhappy with President Obama's immigration order, but he's not steaming mad about it. And I think this allows him to see some things a little more clearly than his fellow conservatives: Maybe President Obama is just trolling? ....As Robert Litan of the Brookings Institution notes, Obama "could've done all this quietly, without making any announcement whatsoever."

Chart: How Black Friday Invaded Thanksgiving

motherjones.com — Remember the holiday formerly known as Thanksgiving? It had a pretty good run for about 390 years -until around 2011, when it began to be replaced with a shopping extravaganza. In the past few years, the traditional dividing line between Thanksgiving and Black Friday, the official start of the holiday retail season, has blurred.

A Nuclear Deal With Iran Probably Won't Happen

motherjones.com — Over at Foreign Affairs, Aaron David Miller and Jason Brodsky run through four reasons that we failed to reach a nuclear deal with Iran by this weekend's deadline.

6 Basic Assumptions About the Middle East That the Washington Consensus Gets Dead Wrong

motherjones.com — This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. "Iraq no longer exists." My young friend M, sipping a cappuccino, is deadly serious. We are sitting in a scruffy restaurant across the street from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Manhattan's Upper West Side. It's been years since we've last seen each another.
Nov 25, 2014

RT @MotherJones: 5 basic assumptions about the Middle East that the Washington Consensus gets dead wrong bit.ly/1rdNZb7 pic.twitter.com/GFVnkdaKza

Money ≠ Happiness. QED.

motherjones.com — For most of human history, the two birds More and Better roosted on the same branch. You could toss one stone and hope to hit them both. That's why the centuries since Adam Smith launched modern economics with his book The Wealth of Nations have been so single-mindedly devoted to the dogged pursuit of maximum economic production.

BREAKING: Ferguson Cop Darren Wilson Will Not Be Charged for Killing Michael Brown, Grand Jury Decides

motherjones.com — The grand jury reviewing Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson's case in St. Louis County announced on Monday night that Wilson will not be charged in the shooting death of Michael Brown. The decision came more than three months after Wilson shot and killed Brown, the unarmed black teenager whose death on August 9 triggered weeks of protests that included sporadic violence and looting.

Look How Much Bigger Thanksgiving Turkeys Are Today Than in the 1930s

motherjones.com — Illustration by Chris Philpot Thanksgiving turkeys are one of America's oldest holiday traditions. But with their giant size, stooped frame, and limited mobility, today's birds bear little resemblance to their early counterparts. So how did we end up with these modern megabirds?
Nov 25, 2014

Why Do Turkeys Have Big Breasts? And other facts about the anti-biotic filled mutants you'll ingest. #Nothanks motherjones.com/environment/20…

Nov 25, 2014

& because it's that time of year: how #turkeys have evolved in 80 yrs: buxom stooped & bow-legged ow.ly/EPWIn #Thanksgiving

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Watch Killer Mike's Passionate Speech on Michael Brown

By Inae Oh
motherjones.com — Moments before a scheduled performance in St. Louis Monday night, Killer Mike of the rap duo Run The Jewels delivered an i ncredibly forceful speech about the news of a grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the Ferguson officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown more than three months ago.
Nov 25, 2014

RT @MotherJones: Rapper Killer Mike on Ferguson: "I have a twenty-year-old son and a twelve-year-old son and I am so afraid for them." bit.ly/1rcd5at

Media Goes Wild Over Hagel Firing But Not Obama's Secret Afghanistan Reversal

motherjones.com — There's little the Washington-centric political-media universe loves more than the story of a fallen star. The defenestration of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has reporters and pundits in a schadenfreude-driven tizzy. Was he fired? Was he in over his head? OMG, look at how the White House is dumping on him, as he departs!
Nov 25, 2014

Media goes wild over Hagel firing but not Obama's secret Afghanistan reversal motherjones.com/mojo/2014/11/c…

Nov 25, 2014

Media goes wild over Hagel firing but not Obama's secret Afghanistan reversal @DavidCornDC motherjones.com/mojo/2014/11/c… via @motherjones

Nov 24, 2014

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Nov 24, 2014

RT @DavidCornDC: Media Goes Wild Over Hagel Firing But Not Obama's Secret Afghanistan Reversal motherjones.com/mojo/2014/11/c…

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Another Side Effect of Climate Change and El Niño Events? Shorter Kids.

motherjones.com — The weather pattern known as El Niño could be stunting kids' growth-even years after the extreme storms abate, a new study finds.

Economic Growth Starting to Show Real Signs of Life

motherjones.com — The latest numbers from the Commerce Department show that GDP increased faster than we thought in the third quarter of 2014. Growth clocked in at 3.9 percent, an increase from the original estimate of 3.5 percent. "The economy expanded at its fastest pace in more than a decade," says the Wall Street Journal.