Lois Beckett

America's Response to School Massacres? A Booming Classroom Security Industry

When 16 primary school children were massacred in Dunblane in 1996, the United Kingdom responded by tightening already strict gun laws to ban civilian ownership of handguns.

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How Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump Have Restarted the War on Drugs

Shauna Barry-Scott remembers the moment she felt the American fever for mass incarceration break. It was an August morning in 2013, and she was in a federal prison in the mountains of West Virginia. She remembers crowding into the TV room with the other women in their khaki uniforms. Everyone who could get out of their work shifts was there, waiting. Good news was on the way, advocates had told them. Watch for it.

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Forget Breitbart: The White House Has a New Favorite Right-Wing Media Outlet

Fox News has such an influence on Donald Trump that US journalists now react to the president’s proclamations on Twitter by searching for the Fox and Friends segment that inspired them.

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NRA and Republicans Find Unlikely Ally on Rollback of Gun Control Rule: Science

For once, science is on the side of the National Rifle Association and Donald Trump, according to prominent experts on mental health and violence.

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Six Days in Ferguson: Voices From the Protests

On Saturday afternoon, a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was unarmed. The killing sparked immediate protests in Ferguson, which were attended by a heavily militarized police response that drew national condemnation.

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Myth vs. Fact: Violence and Mental Health

After mass shootings, like the ones these past weeks in Las Vegas, Seattle and Santa Barbara, the national conversation often focuses on mental illness. So what do we actually know about the connections between mental illness, mass shootings and gun violence overall?

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Republicans Say 'No' to CDC Gun Violence Research

After the Sandy Hook school shooting, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) was one of a few congressional Republicans who expressed a willingness to reconsider the need for gun control laws.

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How Corporations Know Who You Will Likely Vote For

If you're a registered voter and surf the web, one of the sites you visit has almost certainly placed a tiny piece of data on your computer flagging your political preferences. That piece of data, called a cookie, marks you as a Democrat or Republican, when you last voted, and what contributions you've made. It also can include factors like your estimated income, what you do for a living, and what you've bought at the local mall.

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Dark Money Political Groups Target Voters Based on Their Internet Habits

Lauren Berns was browsing Talking Points Memo when he saw an ad with President Obama's face. "Stop the Reckless Spending," the ad read, and in smaller print, Paid for by Crossroads GPS.   

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How Microsoft and Yahoo Are Selling Politicians Access to You

This story originally appeared at ProPublica on June 11, 2012

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26 Facts About the Awful Conditions Where Your Gadgets are Made

 An investigative series by the New York Times and a performance piece by Mike Daisey featured on This American Life have put the spotlight on Foxconn, the Taiwanese company whose massive Chinese factories manufacture some of the world's most popular consumer electronics.

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