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Houston Gun Show Photo credit: M&R Glasgow / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Bringing a Knife to a Gunfight

The NRA has millions of dollars, and millions of aggressive supporters who knock on doors, hand out fliers, make phone calls, and register voters — while most of their opponents do nothing but tweet and post clever memes on Facebook. In the meantime, an average of one mass shooting occurs in the US every day.

Photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from Tim Evanson / Flickr

Did Facebook Influence Verdict in Tsarnaev Trial?

Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers filed a motion last month requesting a new trial, at a different venue. Media superficially covering the filing glossed over an important defense claim: evidence Tsarnaev’s team says shows at least some of the jurors were exposed to “inflammatory” information on their social media feeds.

This photograph, probably from a 1909 labor parade in NYC, shows two children wearing sashes that say “Abolish Child Slavery!!” in English and Yiddish. It wasn’t until the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act passed that child labor laws were put into effect at the national level permanently, though to this day such protections don’t extend to many of the 500,000 children working in the agricultural industry in the US. Photo credit: Bain News Service / Library of Congress

Do You Have Today Off? Here’s Who You Can Thank

If you’re a US worker who has ever taken advantage of work-free weekends, lunch breaks, paid vacation, sick leave, social security benefits, minimum wage, overtime pay, or a 40-hour work week, you can thank the American labor movement. This collection of images shows historic parades, strikes, and tragedies that ultimately made way for significantly better working conditions in the US.

Photo credit: Jamelle Bouie / Wikimedia

The Ferguson Report, Part 2: African-Americans: No Longer Cash Cow for the City?

In our excerpts from The Ferguson Report, Part 1: Breathing While Black, and Other Offenses, we presented a number of shocking incidents that showed what African-Americans were subjected to every day by the Ferguson Police Department. These outrages were driven by racism at its rawest. But there was another dimension to this predatory behavior: Money. The more tickets the police wrote, the more money they earned for the city. And the more brownie points they earned for themselves. In Part 2 of this two-part series, we present excerpts that show — in appalling detail — how those in authority encouraged illegal predation, and even threatened punishment for police officers who preferred to play it straight. We also present a short happy report on some of the dramatic reforms that are taking place.

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