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Oklahoma Gets Hit With 20 Earthquakes In One Day, Fracking Suspected As Cause August 21, 2014
One of the most researched human activities that could be causing the dramatic increase in earthquakes is fracking.
Following Ferguson, Congress Revisits Its Own Role In Police Militarization
With U.S. police departments putting their military-grade hand-me-downs to use in places like Ferguson, Missouri, lawmakers are rethinking the laws that have made this possible.
Human Rights Issues Emerge As Assange’s Health Deteriorates
Assange says he’s leaving Ecuador’s embassy in London “soon,” but not giving himself up to British authorities. WikiLeaks spokesman confirms Assange’s “bags are packed.”
This Is The Most Important Reform Ferguson Can Enact To Give Its Black Residents A Voice
Ferguson can help ensure that its leaders more closely resemble its population, however. They just need to hold their elections at a time when voters are actually likely to show up.
#MintCasts: Interview With Abby Martin On Why The Media Has Failed America
The host of RT’s “Breaking the Set” talks to MintPress about how independent and alternative media breathe truth into reporting on topics corporate media won’t touch.
Shooting Of Unarmed Missouri Teen Reflects An Out-Of-Control Police Force
There’s a sense among many that the police are growing to be more of a liability than an asset and that law enforcement isn’t necessarily fulfilling its “to serve and protect” duties.
First Hand Experience: Exposing ALEC’s “Corporate Sausage Factory” In Dallas
MintPress was there as activists gathered in Dallas to protest ALEC’s persistent attacks on democracy.
Exposing Breitbart’s Lies at ALEC 41
A Breitbart News Network correspondent fabricates an encounter with real CODEPINK Dallas protesters amid American Legislative Exchange Council conference.
Alabama Rep’s “War On Whites” Rant Reflects Perceptions Of “White Privilege”
“[I]f you look at current federal law, there is only one skin color that you can lawfully discriminate against. That’s Caucasians -- whites,” Rep. Brooks claims.
Video: 5,000 Texans March For Gaza
The revolutionary spirit is alive and well in Texas, as demonstrated by the droves who came out in support of Palestine and to call for change in Israeli actions.
Google-X Moves To Map Perfect Human Health
With its track record for monetizing the data it collects, critics are skeptical of Google’s plans to use biological material to determine what it means to be healthy.
“Pay-To-Play” Threatens To Create An Attainment Gap In Youth Sports
Athletic participation is becoming too expensive for America’s poor -- a group already grappling with obesity and other health issues at higher rates than their wealthy peers.
Court Upholds Florida Law That Punishes Doctors For Talking About Guns
The ruling could have major implications as policymakers examine gun violence as a public health issue
You’ve Got Mail: Judge Grants Feds Unrestricted Access To Gmail Account
In giving law enforcement unfettered access to search for “some needles” in one individual’s “computer haystack,” a judge fans the flames of the data debate.
Eric Garner’s Death Prompts Cop-Public Clash On Policing Tactics
The NYPD’s police commissioner and Internal Affairs Division both admit to “wrongdoing” in Garner’s arrest, but Internet users aren’t so sure.
Is The EPA Doing Enough To Stop Corporate Polluters?
Due to “the reality of budget cuts and staffing reductions,” the EPA has had to make hard choices, including the choice to only pursue “high impact cases.”
Virginia’s Strict Ballot Access Laws In Question
A legal challenge to Virginia’s ballot access law reflects concerns about the impartiality of the electoral system.
Report: Nearly Half Of All Federal Terror Cases Involve Federal Informants
“[M]any of these people would never have committed a crime if not for law enforcement encouraging, pressuring, and sometimes paying them to commit terrorist acts.”
Like NSA, Local Police Spy On Americans Without Warrant
Stingrays and other cell surveillance tools have been used in the U.S. for years without the knowledge of the public or even defense attorneys and judges.
UAV Enthusiasts: Drone Photography Is Not A Crime
For several drone photography enthusiasts, their own footage has been their best defense against spurious charges.
Detroit’s Water Crisis A Symptom Of Urban Shrinkage
Water shutoffs are affecting huge swathes of a city that can’t afford to pay, prompting nearly 80 people to steal water. Is urban renewal worth the costs?