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  • An unarmed black teenager took a box of cigars from a convenience store. He was pulled over by police and tried to run away. He was shot six times and died at the scene.A black 12 year old was playing with a bb gun. Police arrived on the scene and shot him to death seconds later.A suspected drug dealer has his home raided by SWAT teams.
  • The Republican Leadership in Congress needs an intervention. There's just no other way to put it. How can a party who proclaims they want to open up their tent and be more welcoming to people who aren't old, white men not foresee the terrible optics of ignoring the 50th Anniversary of one of the worst racial injustices in modern history? I get it.
  • 2014 was a great year for liberals. Marriage equality is sweeping across the nation, the federal courts now have a majority of liberal jurists, America's foreign policy is being reshaped in Obama's image, and both red and blue states voted to choose if they wanted to legalize a plant. Democrats may have lost the Senate, but their priorities surely won in 2014.
  • The United States Government is responsible for torturing at least 119 individuals, many of whom were held 'wrongly' and were held for no reason at all.
  • The decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson for his role in the shooting death of Michael Brown shines a spotlight on the flawed criminal justice system that we have set up in this country. An unarmed teenager was shot and killed by a police officer and that officer will never see the inside of a criminal courtroom.
  • Tuesday was a big win for liberal issues and conservative politicians. If you need to read that sentence again, feel free to; it can take a while to sink in. The GOP maintained its control of the House, gained the majority in the Senate, and will soon be picking out drapes to hang in numerous governor mansions around the country, but the GOP lost big on a wide range of subjects. 1.
  • Two states plus Washington D.C. can follow in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington state by voting in favor of fully legalizing marijuana with ballot initiatives, this mid-term election cycle. The states that have decided to have their electorate vote on ballot measures this time around are: Alaska, Oregon, and Florida.
  • For the 2014 midterm elections, the GOP has some truly scary candidates with extreme views on women's rights, the climate, and how our government should function. Some of them proudly tout their extreme beliefs while others hide behind them, but all of them would take us a step backward should they be elected.
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  • In alleging the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office committed federal and constitutional violations, a 22-page Justice Department letter described "a pervasive culture of discriminatory bias against Latinos at MCSO that reaches the highest levels of the agency." The investigation began in 2008 has uncovered evidence of racial slurs, racial profiling, and other discriminatory actions against Hispanics. As a result of the report, Arpaio lost its authority to identify and detain illegal immigrants.

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