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St. Louis Post-Dispatch editor on Ferguson ‘leaks’: They’re ‘public accountability’ journalism

washingtonpost.com — MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell blasted away Wednesday night at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch over its story on the findings of an official autopsy of Michael Brown following his fatal encounter with Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson. That story, as O'Donnell duly noted, has prompted a wave of coverage affirming Wilson's account of events.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @joelcurrier: When scoops become 'leaks.' MT @GilbertBailon on #Ferguson 'leaks': They're 'public accountability' journalism wapo.st/1sYIQRv

Oct 24, 2014

RT @blythebernhard: St. Louis Post-Dispatch editor on Ferguson 'leaks': They're 'public accountability' journalism wapo.st/1sYIQRv

Oct 24, 2014

When scoops become 'leaks.' MT @GilbertBailon on #Ferguson 'leaks': They're 'public accountability' journalism wapo.st/1sYIQRv

Oct 24, 2014

St. Louis Post-Dispatch editor on Ferguson 'leaks': They're 'public accountability' journalism wapo.st/1sYIQRv

Oct 24, 2014

St. Louis Post-Dispatch editor on Ferguson 'leaks': They're 'public accountability' journalism wapo.st/1sYIQRv

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QUIZ: Which Senate race are you?

washingtonpost.com — If you're anything like us on the Fix, you probably grew up daydreaming about the midterms, and how you wished you could spend every minute of your life thinking about them. No, not only thinking about them. Being them. Life is too short to just fantasize about becoming a midterm Senate race.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @JessicaTaylor: Me too! Must be an editor thing MT @shiracenter: Always partial to House races, but apparently I'm #GASEN roll.cl/1nCWf2i

Oct 24, 2014

Me too! Must be an editor thing MT @shiracenter: Always partial to House races, but apparently I'm #GASEN roll.cl/1nCWf2i

Oct 24, 2014

I'm Arkansas! MT @j_fuller: You might as well take the "Which Senate race are you?" quiz I made. washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/…

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Here are the most ridiculous things Donald Trump thinks are Obama’s fault

washingtonpost.com — Remember Donald Trump? Weird hair, namesake of a line of failed hotels, noted bankruptcy aficionado. With the 2016 election looming, the time has come for his quadrennial Not Really Running For President But Pay Attention To Me Please campaign, and The Donald is already on solid ground: Ebola is in America, and President Obama basically brought it here by himself.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @ktumulty: A brief history of Donald Trump blaming everything on President Obama wapo.st/1z50wQg via @TimHerrera

Oct 24, 2014

"Such is life when you live in a world you created yourself." @TimHerrera on Trump washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/…

Oct 24, 2014

A brief history of Donald Trump blaming everything on President Obama wapo.st/1z50wQg

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RT @ktumulty: A brief history of Donald Trump blaming everything on President Obama wapo.st/1z50wQg via @TimHerrera

Oct 24, 2014

RT @ktumulty: A brief history of Donald Trump blaming everything on President Obama wapo.st/1z50wQg via @TimHerrera

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Has Wendy Davis helped or hurt the Democrats in Texas?

washingtonpost.com — At St. Paul United Methodist Church, one of this city's oldest African-American churches, fiery young pastor Richie Butler delivered a message last Sunday that hit home with the white woman sitting at the center of the second pew. "Don't get confused between success and signficance," Butler said. "This day!
Oct 24, 2014

RT @brianmrosenthal: Two good Wendy Davis stories in natl papers today: @KTumulty in WaPo: washingtonpost.com/politics/has-w… @MarkZBarabak in LAT: latimes.com/nation/politic…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @brianmrosenthal: Two good Wendy Davis stories in natl papers today: @KTumulty in WaPo: washingtonpost.com/politics/has-w… @MarkZBarabak in LAT: latimes.com/nation/politic…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @davidSrauf: WaPo on Wendy Davis:"disappointment as a candidate, and Democrats lament privately that her campaign has been a mess" washingtonpost.com/politics/has-w…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @brianmrosenthal: Two good Wendy Davis stories in natl papers today: @KTumulty in WaPo: washingtonpost.com/politics/has-w… @MarkZBarabak in LAT: latimes.com/nation/politic…

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What we wished Madeleine Albright had said to Conan O’Brien: ‘Homey, don’t play dat’

washingtonpost.com — Well that escalated quickly. The next time you decide to tweet a seasonal (and teeny bit sexiest) punchline at a former secretary of state, just... don't. Especially if the woman in question is one Madeleine Albright, who recently put Conan O'Brien (nay, the world) on notice: Don't come for me, boo.
Oct 24, 2014

What we wished Madeleine Albright had said to Conan O'Brien: 'Homey don't play dat' wapo.st/12qm2kY

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The marijuana industry could be bigger than the NFL by 2020

washingtonpost.com — A report out from Greenwave Advisors, a "comprehensive research and financial analysis for the emerging legalized marijuana industry," projects that legal cannabis could be an industry with revenues of $35 billion by 2020 if marijuana is legalized at the federal level. They note that this is a floor representing revenues in the first year of countrywide legalization.
Oct 24, 2014

Wow. RT @SDuncovered: Burn. @NORML The marijuana industry could be bigger than the NFL by 2020 wapo.st/1sYXbgN

Oct 24, 2014

RT @KatrinaNation: Loving this...The marijuana industry could be bigger than the NFL by 2020 wapo.st/1sYXbgN

Oct 24, 2014

Loving this...The marijuana industry could be bigger than the NFL by 2020 wapo.st/1sYXbgN

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Obama hugs Nina Pham, nurse who is now Ebola-free

washingtonpost.com — President Obama will meet with Nina Pham, a Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola and was declared free of the virus Friday. Obama will meet with Pham in the Oval Office on Friday afternoon. Pham, 26, was the first American nurse to contract the virus.
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The Supreme Court’s devotees go DIY

washingtonpost.com — Supreme Court obsessives are among us, and the Internet and social media have set them free. They rhapsodize and criticize, revel in arcana, turn the justices' work into poetry and parlor games. At Supreme Court Haiku, Houston lawyer Keith Jaasma takes hundreds of pages of opinions crafted by the nation's most potent legal minds and reduces them to three lines and 17 syllables.
Oct 24, 2014

And poodles! RT @scotusreporter: The Internet has set #SCOTUS obsessives free. Poems, fantasy leagues, cartoons. wapo.st/12skVBn

Oct 24, 2014

RT @scotusreporter: There are Supreme Court obsessives among us, and the Internet has set them free. Poems, fantasy leagues, cartoons. wapo.st/12skVBn

Oct 24, 2014

There's a fantasy league?!?! RT @scotusreporter There are SCOTUS obsessives among us & the Internet has set them free wapo.st/12skVBn

Oct 24, 2014

I love that there is a Supreme Court fantasy league: wapo.st/1sZ5ZTU

Oct 24, 2014

"FantasyScotus has grown to have dozens of leagues with names such as 'Big Dicta' and 'You Can’t Handle the Ruth'" washingtonpost.com/politics/court…

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Frank Mankiewicz, political and media insider, dies at 90

washingtonpost.com — Frank Mankiewicz, who came from a family of Hollywood luminaries but forged his own path in Washington politics and media, serving as a top aide to presidential candidates Robert F. Kennedy and George S. McGovern, as an ambitious president of National Public Radio and as a rainmaker at a prominent public relations firm, died Oct.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @JoshMankiewicz: My father Frank Mankiewicz has passed away after a wonderful life. He was the best dad I could ever have wished for. wapo.st/1wvuZEI

Oct 24, 2014

Prayers + hugs @JoshMankiewicz on the passing of your father Frank Mankiewicz. Amazing man, amazing life! #RIP wapo.st/1wvuZEI

Oct 24, 2014

Frank Mankiewicz, political and media insider, dies at 90 - The second great journalist we lost this week wapo.st/1ozX50B

Oct 24, 2014

Mine too. “@mariashriver: Frank Mankiewicz, press secretary to RFK, dies at 90 wapo.st/1vY3rb2”My heart is with you @JoshMankiewicz.”

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D.C. officials radically scale back streetcar plans

washingtonpost.com — The District's ambitious plan to build a streetcar system crisscrossing the city became much less grand Thursday when officials from Mayor Vincent C. Gray's administration said they now will push to spend roughly a billion dollars for a transit network with only about eight miles of streetcar line.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @kmanguward: Least surprising news of the day: D.C. officials dramatically scale back streetcar plans amid troubled launch washingtonpost.com/local/traffica…

Oct 24, 2014

Not to great news for fans of the return of DC streetcars. wapo.st/1wwbGv3

Oct 24, 2014

DC streetcar plans are baffling: Wildly expensive, snarl traffic, tear up roads. What's wrong w/ Circulator buses? washingtonpost.com/local/traffica…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @OConnellPostbiz: Bigger surprise to me is DC was going to build 22 miles of streetcar before knowing if the first 2 are any good wapo.st/1wu6hTm

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Campaign finance officials aim to cure the paper-obsessed Senate through crowd-sourcing, algorithms

washingtonpost.com — The U.S. Senate's long resistance to filing campaign finance reports on anything but paper occasionally turns into a hot political topic: At the moment, for example, Republicans are complaining that Democrats are intentionally swamping the system by submitting minutely-detailed reports to the Federal Election Commission. The filing of Rep.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @evandmac: FEC is dragging the Senate into the 21st Century the only way they can: by paying a company to do it for them washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-swit…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @evandmac: FEC is dragging the Senate into the 21st Century the only way they can: by paying a company to do it for them washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-swit…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @evandmac: FEC is dragging the Senate into the 21st Century the only way they can: by paying a company to do it for them washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-swit…

Oct 24, 2014

!!!!!! "@mateagold Will the days of delayed disclosure due to paper Senate filings soon be over? wapo.st/1z521ht"

Oct 24, 2014

Will the days of delayed disclosure due to paper Senate filings soon be over? wapo.st/1z521ht

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A virgin birth has been confirmed in a reticulated python - a first for the species

washingtonpost.com — It's no miracle, but it sure is a rare event: A reticulated python (the world's largest species of snake) gave birth to six babies without the help of a male partner. The birth actually occurred in 2012.
Oct 24, 2014

*6* babies RT @jbendery: end of times RT @washingtonpost: A virgin birth has been confirmed in a python bit.ly/1nCQ5PT

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FBI warns news outlets that group affiliated with Islamic State is targeting journalists

washingtonpost.com — The FBI on Thursday warned news organizations that it had recently obtained "credible information" indicating that members of an Islamic State-affiliated group have been "tasked with kidnapping journalists" in the region and taking them to Syria.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @DefenseBaron: FBI warns: Islamic State-affiliated group targeting journalists wapo.st/1oyM1B2 #ISIS #ISIL #Syria

Oct 24, 2014

FBI warns: Islamic State-affiliated group targeting journalists wapo.st/1oyM1B2 #ISIS #ISIL #Syria

Oct 24, 2014

How can news organizations better protect their reporters in the Middle East (and all around the world)? washingtonpost.com/world/national…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @ewither: FBI issues warning that #ISIS is looking to kidnap journalists in the region and bring them back to #Syria washingtonpost.com/world/national…

Oct 24, 2014

FBI says 'Islamic State' seeking to kidnap more journalists: wapo.st/ZLW3Tg

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Five myths about black voters

washingtonpost.com — Over the next few days, you are going to hear a whole lot about black voters. This happens every two to four years around this time, as pundits and political writers trot out conventional wisdom about the state of the black vote.

School shooting reported near Seattle

washingtonpost.com — A high school near Seattle was locked down Friday afternoon in response to a reported shooting, the school district said. "The Marysville Pilchuck High School is currently in lock down due to an emergency situation," the Marysville School District said in a statement. "Police and emergency services have responded."
Oct 24, 2014

A student opened fire today in a high school cafeteria near Seattle, killing another student and injuring four others wapo.st/1nCPz4f

Oct 24, 2014

School shooting near Seattle; police say gunman and another person killed wapo.st/1nCPz4f

Oct 24, 2014

Two people (including shooter) dead after shooting at a Seattle area high school; three people critically injured wapo.st/1nCPz4f

Oct 24, 2014

Gunman dead in shooting at high school north of Seattle, US police say wapo.st/1wmq1eS

Oct 24, 2014

School shooting near Seattle; police say suspect and another person killed wapo.st/1nCPz4f

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Could non-citizens decide the November election?

washingtonpost.com — Could control of the Senate in 2014 be decided by illegal votes cast by non-citizens? Some argue that incidents of voting by non-citizens are so rare as to be inconsequential, with efforts to block fraud a screen for an agenda to prevent poor and minority voters from exercising the franchise, while others define such incidents as a threat to democracy itself.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @allahpundit: These guys are arguing, overtly, that Franken should have lost and therefore O-Care shouldn’t have had 60 votes washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-c…

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D.C. Bikeshare workers look to unionize - and build a nationwide Bikeshare powerhouse

washingtonpost.com — Most large Bikeshare systems - those racks full of clunky rental bikes parked in docks that have been springing up all over American cities - are far from self-regulating. The number of bikes at the docks fluctuates, with full stations that can't take more bikes and empty ones that can't rent them out, which can paralyze movement between them.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @greenhousenyt: Worried about safety, D.C. Bikeshare workers look to unionize & build nationwide Bikeshare powerhouse. http://t.co/9NiYh…

Oct 24, 2014

Worried about safety, D.C. Bikeshare workers look to unionize & build nationwide Bikeshare powerhouse. washingtonpost.com/news/storyline… @lydiadepillis

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Why is bilingual education ‘good’ for rich kids but ‘bad’ for poor, immigrant students?

washingtonpost.com — If you follow the public debate about bilingual education, you know that there are two basic opposing views. As Claire Bowern, the author of the following post, writes, To put it bluntly, bilingualism is often seen as "good" when it's rich English speakers adding a language as a hobby or another international language, but "bad when it involves poor, minority, or indigenous groups adding English to their first language, even when the same two languages are involved.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @fonocollective: Why is bilingualism seen as good for well-to-do students but not for poor ones (or indigenous students?) wapo.st/1t8woAh

Oct 24, 2014

Why is bilingualism seen as good for well-to-do students but not for poor ones (or indigenous students?) wapo.st/1t8woAh

Oct 24, 2014

Why is bilingual education ‘good’ for rich kids but ‘bad’ for poor immigrant students? wapo.st/1uQ7h1H

Oct 24, 2014

Good question in this column: Why is bilingual education 'good' for rich kids but 'bad' for poor, immigrant students? wapo.st/1DGZV7d

Oct 24, 2014

Why is bilingual education 'good' for rich kids but 'bad' for poor, immigrant students? wapo.st/1DGZV7d

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House lawmaker questions civil seizures in letter to Attorney General Eric Holder

washingtonpost.com — A leading House lawmaker on Friday asked U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to provide an array of documents and data relating to the Justice Department's role in tens of thousands of cash and property seizures made in recent years by state and local police under federal civil asset forfeiture laws.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @dataeditor: Chair of Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations questions Holder on civil forfeiture: washingtonpost.com/investigations…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @robertoharrow: Congress is digging into civil asset forfeiture, asking about how and why billions seized by police without charges: wapo.st/1tkdOpK

Oct 24, 2014

Chair of Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations questions Holder on civil forfeiture: washingtonpost.com/investigations…

Oct 24, 2014

Post Investigation follow: House lawmaker questions asset forfeiture program wapo.st/1nCDSdS