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“This Is Not a War! It’s a 12-year-old Boy”—Crowd Erupts When Cop Beats Handcuffed Boy (VIDEO)

Shocked onlookers try to intervene, yell at NYPD cops and keep recording. The cell phone video of Eric Garner may not have resulted in a trial for the police officers who choked him to death, but New Yorkers are still recording incidents of police using over-the-top force against African Americans.

New York City Cops Seek Federal Court Approval to Mass Arrest Protesters Without Warning

A legal fight from Occupy resurfaces amid 2014's police brutality protests. As New York Mayor Bill de Blasio takes high-profile steps to try to curtail abusive policing—sympathizing with protesters over Eric Garner’s death and vowing to reform the notorious Rikers Island prison—the city’s Law Department is going back to federal court to seek new authority to make mass arrests at protests.

Paul Krugman Shows How Putin's Burst Economic Bubble Is the Essence of Crony Capitalism

This is what you get when all the oligarchs take the money overseas. Vladimir Putin's macho act has been admired by the likes of Pat Buchanan and Rudy Giuliani.

Amid Release of the Cuban Five, Time to Revisit the U.S.' Dirty Campaign Against Cuba

There is a long list of U.S. state-sponsored and CIA-led terrorist acts against Cuba. This is a big time for celebration in Cuba.

My Week in the Right-Wing Lie Machine: When Fox News and Montel Williams Declared War on Me

Or how the right-wing army succeeded in making American democracy duller and smaller. John Mellencamp first heard his 2003, antiwar, anti-Bush song on the radio while driving around his home state of Indiana with one of his sons.

The Shocking Revelations in the Senate Drone Report Coming Out 5 Years from Now

Let's travel forward in time when we get a Senate report on the drone program. It was December 6, 2019, three years into a sagging Clinton presidency and a bitterly divided Congress.

Ten Instructive Celebrity Drug Stories of 2014

Whether trivial or tragic, the travails of the famous have much to teach us about the harms of drug prohibition and media-driven stigma.

Indiana Church That Fired Gay Employee to Close After Falling Attendance

First United Methodist Church is shutting down following the forced resignation of its gay choir director.

What's Really Behind Republican Outrage Over President Obama's Cuba Decision

Prominent GOP-ers have profited handsomely doing business with regimes worse than Castro's. Listen carefully to the Republican leaders and presidential hopefuls roaring with outrage over President Barack Obama's courageous decision to normalize relations with Cuba; listen very carefully, because no matter how long or how closely you listen to them, there is one thing you will surely never hear.

The Heartbreaking Truth About My Mixed Race Family

It's one thing to confront a racist on the street. It's another to have one in your family. It was almost 10 years ago, and my little blond nephew couldn’t have been older than five when, during a game of making funny faces, I pulled my ears out from under my hair – which always smelled burned from the flat iron I used to tame my kinky curls – and puffed my cheeks out.

The Uniquely Awful Role of Sheldon Adelson in the Israeli Election

In America he's the biggest mega-donor. In Israel, he's the only one. As the contest for who will lead the nation takes shape, the classic right-wing charge of pervasive, hostile media bias was splashed in giant tabloid type across the front page of the daily Israel Hayom last Friday.

Why Is Rape at the Origin of Most Religion?

Stories like the Virgin Birth lack freely given female consent. Why don’t they bother us more? Powerful gods and demi-gods impregnating human women—it’s a common theme in the history of religion, and it’s more than a little rapey.

Sony’s Debacle: How 'The Interview' Became the Most Insane Cultural-Political Spectacle in Recent History

It seems that North Korea has assassinated a really dumb movie. Let me see if I have this right, because the whole thing stretches credulity: North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has apparently managed to kill a major Hollywood movie.

Robert Reich: The Disgusting Way Insider Traders Rig America and How Courts Let Them

This is the way we get spiraling inequality and absurd CEO pay. A few years ago, hedge fund Level Global Investors made $54 million selling Dell Computer stock based on insider information from a Dell employee.

WATCH: Jon Stewart's Amazing Takedown of Fox's Anti-Protest Buffoons

Protesters have been accused of using "excessive force against Christmas." Jon Stewart did not have much trouble finding absurd reactions to the largely peaceful protests against police violence that have been occurring around the country.

Delaware Pastor Proposes Excluding LGBT Definitions From Textbooks

School board member/pastor Shaun Fink hasn't even presented a secular reason for his platform. Delaware’s Indian River School District (IRSD) is prepared to vote on new health textbooks this month.

Americans Are Sick to Death of Both Parties -- Why Our Politics Is in Worse Shape Than We Thought

2014 signaled a new stage of disintegration. The way many pundits tell it, the Democratic debacle in the 2014 midterm elections sounds like a perfect storm of bad breaks.

Why Colbert Is Hilarious But REAL Conservative Comedy Is Never Funny

Political comedy usually doesn't work well when it's anchored in seething hatred or even casual contempt.

Cuba Lobby's Right-Wing Puppets Attack Obama for Historic Shifting of Relations

There's a reason these politicians are so rabidly opposed to reestablishing diplomatic relations. This morning, President Obama announced that Cuba would be freeing several American captives while also overhauling relations between the two countries, moving to a full normalization of relations that would include a gradual lifting of the travel and trade bans.

No, We Don't Literally Want to Ban Men—But 2014 Was the Year Women Got Even

In 2014, we found that being angry together was so much better than being scared alone. This was a big year for man-hating harpies.