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The Obama Doctrine

The U.S. president talks through his hardest decisions about America’s role in the world.<p>Friday, August 30, 2013, the day the feckless Barack Obama brought to a premature end America’s reign as the world’s sole indispensable superpower—or, alternatively, the day the sagacious Barack Obama peered …

Tweets call to #FreeBree after woman removes S.C. Statehouse Confederate flag

Twitter lit up with posts calling to #FreeBree after a black activist scaled a 30-foot pole in front of the South Carolina Statehouse and pulled down the Confederate battle flag.<p>Brittany Ann Newsome, who goes by "Bree," was arrested after she plucked the flag from its permanent and legally …

Social Media

Blurry lines between bikers, police clubs draw concern

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Police officers and outlaw biker gangs often stand on common ground. Both attract the young and adventurous who value order, …

Crime

California's congressional delegation can't agree on response to drought

Farmers have watched fields turn fallow. Residents have skipped showers and ripped up lawns. But four years into California's epic drought, Congress is status quo: gridlocked.<p>The state's splintered congressional delegation — despite its size and influence — has been stymied by fundamental …

Jerry Brown

Fatal police shootings in 2015 approaching 400 nationwide

In an alley in Denver, police gunned down a 17-year-old girl joyriding in a stolen car. In the backwoods of North Carolina, police opened fire on a gun-wielding moonshiner. And in a high-rise apartment in Birmingham, Ala., police shot an elderly man after his son asked them to make sure he was …

Law Enforcement

This man came from Rome to show Americans why the death penalty is wrong

Today, 105 countries around the world have abolished the death penalty by law and 43 more have approved public or <i>de facto</i> moratoria against it. Among them are Gabon and Mongolia, Cambodia and Russia, Albania and Kyrgyzstan. In Cuba, death row is currently empty.<p>Worldwide, only a few dozens …

Human Rights

A Large Chunk of Antarctica May Disappear Into the Ocean By 2020

A 618-square mile section of Antarctica’s Larsen B Ice Shelf has been melting away and may disappear into the ocean entirely by 2020, according to a …

Robert Reich: Nike is everything that’s wrong with the U.S. economy

The former secretary of labor on America’s stagnant wages and the multinational corporations exploiting them<p>Tomorrow President Obama will be giving a speech promoting the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Paradoxically, he’s chosen to give it at Nike headquarters in Oregon.<p>Nike isn’t the solution to the …

Winter proves tough on deer, states weigh hunting limits

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Wildlife regulators in states where deer hunting is a way of life and an important tourism draw are implementing or considering …

Hunting

The digital divide goes mobile: Teens without smartphones are falling behind

In this digital age, we have assumed that smartphones and apps are the new normal for youth.<p>A recently released Pew Research Center report on teens and technology further corroborates this belief by showing that 88% of US teens have access to a mobile phone. Of these, 73% have smartphones and 15% …

Social Media

China Ties Officials' Promotions to Saving the Environment

For decades, Chinese officials’ job prospects have depended on one factor above all others: economic growth. The incentive structure seemed to make …

Amandla Stenberg Understands Appropriation Better Than You

Amandla Stenberg, once the target of a racist Hunger Games backlash, released a video calling out white popstars who co-opt black aesthetics. She’s …

Amandla Stenberg

Gentrifying L.A. without displacing the poor: Lessons from S.F.'s Tenderloin

Los Angeles may be replacing New York City as the gentrification capital of the United States. The national media seem positively obsessed with the transformation of once little-known communities like Highland Park; gentrification battles in Boyle Heights, Pico-Union and Echo Park hearken back to …

Urban Design

California city fails to discipline problem police: report | Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An investigator appointed by a U.S. federal judge said the city of Oakland, California has failed to discipline problem police officers “time and again,” as police tactics are under increased scrutiny across the U.S., according to a court filing on Thursday.<p>Disciplining …

San Francisco

New research shows that the Pacific winds are tied to the California drought

To understand why the west has been so dry since the turn of the century, cast your eye further west—to the natural waxing and waning of Pacific Ocean winds.<p>Strong trade winds have been forcing heat into ocean depths, contributing to a temporary slowdown in land surface warming over the past 15 to …

Climate Change

White House Visitors and Staffers Will Have a Gender-Neutral Restroom Option

Jason Merritt—Getty Images<p>Michael Sohn—DPA/AP<p>John Lamparski—Getty Images<p>Vanity Fair<p>U.S. Army/AP<p>AP<p>Ebet Roberts—Getty Images<p>Gary Miller—Getty …

Hundreds flee as Palestinian refugee camp in Syria gets caught in crossfire

Hundreds of residents of a Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital Damascus fled Sunday amid shelling by government forces and clashes between Islamic State fighters and Palestinian militants, activists said.<p>An activist based in an area just south of Damascus, Hatem al-Dimashqi, said many …