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What’s the Matter With Iowa? Dark News From Red-State America

A slew of Republican legislation is flowing out of the Capitol in Des Moines during this radical right-wing moment in U.S. history.

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Stand Your Ground, Unless You’re a Battered Woman

When victims defend themselves, they put themselves at risk of becoming doubly victimized—first by their abusers, then by the criminal justice system.

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George Zimmerman Joins Forces With Anti-Muslim Gun Seller to Push Confederate Flag Art

If someone had entered, in some mythical headline generator, all the key ingredients to produce the perfect mashup of utter racist nonsense from recent American history, this might be it.

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Shooter Convicted in Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ Trial

AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack

A jury in Jacksonville, Fla., on Wednesday convicted Michael Dunn, a middle-aged white man, of murdering African-American teenager Jordan Davis.

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Ice Bucket Challenge Gone Wrong

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National Flaws

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NRA Hypnosis (Video)

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Trigger Happy

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The Gunfire State

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Stand Your Ground

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I’m Black, Don’t Shoot Me

Sometimes, when I’m in my car, I crank up the music pretty loud. All you Michael Dunns out there, please don’t shoot me.

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Protecting ‘Our’ Children in the Wake of the Michael Dunn Verdict

When Florida shooter Michael Dunn heard his verdict Saturday, he may have been shocked to find that he faces at least 60 years in prison for the attempted murder of three young black men.

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No Ground For ‘Stand Your Ground’


The law is supposed to solve problems, not create them.

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I Have an Excuse Speech

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George Zimmerman Gives Up Guns to Get Out of Jail

AP/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool

As one of the conditions for his bail on charges of domestic violence, the man who famously (and apparently legally) shot and killed a black teenager had to lay down his arms.

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How Many More Black Boys Have to Die?


Florida has one more chance to deliver justice to the parents of a slain black boy. The state that faced calls for boycott over the acquittal of George Zimmerman is currently holding pretrial hearings in a similar case.

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Trigger Happy

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Those Not Standing

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Stand Your Ground

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Neighborhood Watch

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Stand Your Ground

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Mr. Fish and Robert Scheer Debate Obama Ennui

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Russian homophobia, reinventing Los Angeles, racism in Florida, and a cartoonist and editor deal with the great Obama letdown.

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Mr. Fish and Robert Scheer Debate Obama Ennui

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This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Russian homophobia, reinventing Los Angeles, racism in Florida, and a cartoonist and editor deal with the great Obama letdown.

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Race in America

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The Words Obama Had to Say

White House/Pete Souza

Sometimes it’s good to be proved wrong. Last week, I wrote a column doubting that President Obama could speak powerfully and effectively about the racial issues raised by the Trayvon Martin case. Well, the president did just that.

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Controversial Abortion Law Blocked, ‘The View’ Skewers Ken Cuccinelli, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Massachusetts Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey speak up about “stand your ground” laws in the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the death of Trayvon Martin and an embattled aide to Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul resigns.

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Standing My Ground

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The Painful Paradoxes of Race


Why, Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker wonders, do we only have our famous conversations about race and fear “when things go terribly wrong”? Why, he wants to know, was it impossible for George Zimmerman to look upon Trayvon Martin “as someone he could have a conversation with”?

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Zimmerman Gets Away

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For Obama, Mum Should Be the Word

White House/Pete Souza

We should talk honestly about unresolved racial issues, such as those exposed by the Trayvon Martin case, but President Obama is not the best person to lead the discussion. Through no fault of his own, he might be the worst.

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Video and Transcript: Obama’s Full Remarks on Trayvon Martin

President Obama made an unexpected appearance in the White House briefing room Friday to share his thoughts on the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin.

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Neighborhoodie Watch

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The Talk

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Zimmerman Walks

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A Big Tragedy and a Big Story: Race, Guns and Television


What happened in the killing of Trayvon Martin was a crime and the acquitted shooter, George Zimmerman, is no role model for anyone. I have no basis for judging him racist, but there is no doubt he was aggressively stupid. But for me, the moronic vigilante killer is not the issue. I think this story is about guns and television.

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Zimmerman Acquitted

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America’s Deadly Bias Against Trayvon Martin

Law professor Michelle Alexander told “Democracy Now!” on Wednesday that “the [Zimmerman mindset] that views black men and boys as a perpetual problem to be dealt with has infected our criminal justice system, infected our schools, has infected our politics in ways that have had disastrous consequences, birthing a prison system unprecedented in world history, and stripping millions of people of basic civil and human rights.”

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Hand Wash

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Replacing Lady Justice

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MoveOn Calls for Florida Tourism Boycott Because Gun Law Makes State Unsafe to Visit

Photo by Heath Alseike (CC-BY)

In the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, is going after Florida’s all-important tourism industry.

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Trayvon, George and the Perfect Crime: Reflections on the Zimmerman Trial

AP/Gary W. Green, Pool

How did George Zimmerman and his lawyers secure a not-guilty verdict on both second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the killing of Trayvon Martin? Although it’s tempting to answer that racism alone explains the trial’s outcome, digging a little deeper reveals an even more disturbing three-dimensional picture.

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