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5 Places The U.S. Military Operates - You Might Be Surprised

President Barack Obama on Friday sent to Congress his biannual report on just where he’s deployed U.S. military personnel without their direct approval, including several locations that might surprise most casual observers.

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Racist Georgia Newspaper Column Calls On U.S. To Send Muslims ‘Back To Their Native Land’

A local newspaper in Georgia recently published a column ostensibly about U.S. Middle East policy but took a hard right turn into birtherism and racism, highlighting the Islamophobia problem at the local-level.

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What You Need To Know About Chechnya And The Boston Bombing Suspects

After an overnight chase, the media is reporting that the two suspects the FBI identified in Boston Marathon bombers are brothers from the restive Russian state of Chechnya. Here’s what you need to know about Chechnya and why that matters.

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8 Worst Reactions to the Boston Bombings

The horror that was the aftermath of the explosions at the end of the Boston Marathon on Monday drew forth some of the best of people. With three dead and more than 100 wounded, dozens of citizens comforted and aided the injured, thousands more offered up their homes to stranded marathon runners. Such national tragedies can also bring out the worst in people, pulling forth responses that fly in the face of the feelings many are still grappling with. Here’s ThinkProgress’ list of the worst responses to what the Federal government is referring to as an attack:

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5 Things Happening in Africa That Aren’t Oscar Pistorius

South African Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius was released on bail this morning following the shooting death of his girlfriend, and the cable news networks devoted the vast majority of their coverage to the hearing. CNN alone spent 192 minutes in total on the story between 5:00 AM to 10:00 AM, broadcasting for three hours without a single commercial break. The network maintained a constant box on the side of its screen alerting viewers to the imminent bail hearing.

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How CNN’s Wall-to-Wall ‘Poop Ship’ Coverage Failed To Highlight a Pressing Global Health Issue

CNN and other news networks missed an ideal opportunity this week to highlight the actual public health risk that poor sanitation conditions pose to millions of people around the world.

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New West Point Study Highlights Threat Posed by Far Right-Wing Groups In U.S.

new study from a think tank connected to the West Point Military Academy highlights the threat of violent far-right movements in the United States, leading to the conclusion that, while diverse in in their causes, they are similar in their use of violence to achieve their aims.

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Bush's FEMA Director, Michael Brown, Criticizes Obama for Responding to Sandy Too Quickly

Former FEMA Director Michael Brown offered criticism of President Obama’s early responses to Hurricane Sandy yesterday, including a dig at the administration’s response to last month’s attack in Libya.

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D.C. Circuit Court Overturns Conviction Of Osama Bin Laden’s Driver

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals today overturned the conviction of Osama bin Laden’s driver for material support for terrorism. However, the court opted to apply its ruling in an extremely limited manner, dimming the chances of it having a significant impact on current cases before military tribunals in Guantanamo Bay.

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