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Iraq War Propaganda Film “American Sniper” Sets Twitter Ablaze January 26, 2015
Dangerous propaganda, tense war flick, or both? When it comes to “American Sniper,” it seems like everyone has an opinion -- especially on Twitter.
How The CIA Made Google
Inside the secret network behind mass surveillance, endless war, and Skynet.
Auto Mafia: State Bans On Tesla Sales Expose Monopolistic Nature Of Franchise Laws
Once seen as the wheels of choice for the environmentally conscious or the socially pretentious, Tesla Motors is shifting in major ways the conversation about electric cars. So what’s stopping sales from keeping pace with gas-guzzlers and other traditional autos?
There’s A New Front For Post-Citizens United Dark Money: State Judges
Around 85 percent of state judges must stand for election, yet these elections are often surrounded in public indifference and ignorance. Since the Citizens United decision opened the floodgates to dark money in politics, it’s had significant impact on judicial elections, too.
Low Oil Prices Prompt New Interest In Raising Gas Tax, Cutting Subsidies
If the federal gas tax had kept pace with inflation since 1993, it would be double what it is today. Could the dysfunctional spending debate that has stalled raising this tax for over two decades finally be coming to an end?
Native Youth Ambassadors Carry Their Hope For The Future To The White House
Young people represent 40 percent of tribal citizens in the U.S. MintPress spoke to some of the first-ever White House Youth Ambassadors, a group of 36 young Native Americans chosen based on the active roles they’re taking to serve their communities.
Congress Urged To Investigate Role Of Medical Workers In CIA Torture
“It’s fairly easy to imagine that the U.S. will be challenged again in terms of terrorism and our response to it, and if we sweep these actions under the rug we have no hope for preventing them from happening again,” an advisor for Physicians for Human Rights tells MintPress.
New IRS Rules On Dark Money Likely Won’t Be Ready Before 2016 Election
"For the people who are pinning their hopes on IRS rules changing how these groups operate, I think they're kidding themselves, ... I don't think it's going to happen."
Assata Shakur: A Pawn In The US-Cuba Game?
How will the thawing of decades of chilly U.S.-Cuba relations impact a former rights activist who has lived in exile on the tiny island nation since she was sprung from prison -- where she was serving a life sentence for murder -- over three decades ago?
How Anonymous Revolutionized Revolt
“There’s a trade-off in place here. There’s a privacy interest involved with accessing private computer systems, but there is also an interest in ensuring the public good,” one Internet researcher tells MintPress, explaining the ambiguities and lack of boundaries in “hacktivism.”