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Executing the Execution: Why the Death Penalty Is More Costly Than ‘Life’

States that impose the death penalty have been facing a crisis in recent years: They are short on the drugs used in executions. In California, which has the country’s largest death row population, the chief justice of the state supreme court has said there are unlikely to be any executions for three years, in part […]

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Johnny Cash and the Tragedy that Inspired Genius

| May 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Anyone who grew up north of the Mason-Dixon Line has heard the phrase “I hate country music.” What’s interesting, though, is how often we unapologetic Yankees qualify that declaration with the addendum, “but I love me some Johnny Cash.” And how could we not? The brooding, black-clad singer bridged a stark divide that emerged in […]

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ProPublica Investigates the IRS/Tea Party Scandal — And What Most Dare Not Say

The same IRS office that deliberately targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status in the run-up to the 2012 election released nine pending confidential applications of conservative groups to ProPublica late last year.  The IRS did not respond to requests Monday following up about that release, and whether it had determined how the applications were sent […]

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Drug Companies Are Wining and Dining Doctors — and You’re Being Schmucked with the Tab

On Jan. 23, 2008, the pharmaceutical company Novartis threw a party at a restaurant on Long Island. The party, which cost $1,250, was ostensibly for doctors to learn about cardiovascular drugs made by the company, with Novartis sales representatives present as well. But no doctors ever came, according to a whistleblower lawsuit against Novartis that was […]

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For Activists like ‘Anonymous:’ Adulation, Arrest — and Worse

When Reddit co-founder and internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz committed suicide earlier this year, he was facing up to thirteen felony counts, fifty years in prison, and millions of dollars in fines. His alleged crime? Pulling millions of academic articles from the digital archive JSTOR. Prosecutors alleged that Swartz had downloaded the articles because he intended to […]

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Obama’s Drug Reform Promises — Which Were Kept and Which Were Broken

When the Obama administration released its 2013 Drug Control Strategy recently, drug czar Gil Kerlikowske called it a “21st century” approach to drug policy. “It should be a public health issue, not just a criminal justice issue,” he said. The latest plan builds on Obama’s initial strategy outlined in 2010. Obama said then the U.S. […]

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Glittersnipe’s Most Popular Articles and Where They’ve Been Read — First Anniversary Edition

| May 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

It started with one little “like” on our Facebook page one year ago today as we introduced Glittersnipe.com. By the end of the day we had fifty fans — we now have over 13,000.  On that night we were so excited to receive feedback by the only people who knew about Glittersnipe, which was just […]

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The Fine Line Between Sexual Harassment and ‘Just Gettin’ Some’ in the Workplace

Both Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Arnold Schwarzenegger brought renewed attention to what seemed like a myriad of past allegations of sexual harassmentby the two politicians. Strauss-Kahn and Schwarzenegger both eventually acknowledged relationships with women who worked for them. So, when something happens between a boss and employee, where’s the line between harassment and a consensual relationship? […]

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Outnumbered: How Pakistani Terrorism Is Spreading Faster than the U.S. Can Stomp it Out

Imagine a terrorist group that recruits tens of thousands of young men from the same neighborhoods and social networks as the Pakistani military. A group whose well-educated recruits defy the idea that poverty and ignorance breed extremism. A group whose fighters include relatives of a politician, a senior Army officer and a director of Pakistan’s […]

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Family Values Are Fiction: Uncle Sam’s Piss-Poor Treatment of Mothers

What is the value of motherhood in America? The question feels particularly prescient this year, which happens to be the twentieth anniversary of the signing of the Family and Medical Leave Act – the first piece of legislation President Clinton signed in 1993. But the passing of the bill, which was nearly a decade in […]

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