Rebecca Leber

Exxon CEO Joins Suit to Stop Fracking By His Home Because He's Worried About His Property Values

As ExxonMobil’s CEO, it’s Rex Tillerson’s job to promote the hydraulic fracturing enabling the recent oil and gas boom, and fight regulatory oversight. The oil company is the biggest natural gas producer in the U.S., relying on the controversial drilling technology to extract it.

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Sick! Border Patrol Activity Teaches Children to Shoot Immigrant-Like Effigies

Controversial photographs from a recent Border Patrol event show agents teaching children to aim and shoot a paintball gun at a human-shaped target. Immigrant activists have accused Border Patrol of using this activity to encourage children how to shoot immigrants in an area where migrants have died.

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Judge Who Said Rape Victim Was 'In Control' Sentences Abusive Boyfriend to Write 'Boys Don't Hit Girls'

Montana District Judge G. Todd Baugh’s controversial remarks about a 14-year-old rape victim inspired a national petition and protests when he suspended the rapist’s jail sentence in August to a mere 30 days. This week, in a different case, Judge Baugh required an abusive boyfriend to write “Boys do not hit girls,” 5,000 times, in addition to a six-month jail sentence.

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Walmart Is The Latest Company To Ruin Workers’ Thanksgivings

Walmart has announced it will open its stores at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving,joining retailers like Target, Best Buy, Kmart, Macy’s, Kohl’s, J.C. Penney, and Toys R Us that are cutting their workforce’s holiday short to pursue holiday season profits. Kmart will open its doors the earliest of all the stores, opening at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

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500 Children Die In Hospitals From Gunshot Wounds Every Year

Every year, 500 children and teenagers are killed from gunfire and another 7,500 kids are hospitalized from gun injuries, according to anew study from doctors who reviewed a decade’s worth of hospital pediatric records.

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Meteorologist: Why I'll Never Fly Again

For a meteorologist like Eric Holthaus, the fifth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is something like waiting for the Super Bowl for six years. Holthaus, who writes for Quartz and formerly for the Wall Street Journal, was awake at 4 a.m. on a Friday morning reading through the summary that made it clear the world is running out of time to act. Boarding a plane home to Wisconsin, he broke down in tears. He determined to stop flying, a decision that has gained national attention. “It’s not worth the climate,” one of his tweets said.

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10 Guns Found in Schools Last Week

Based on a count from Daily Kos’ David Waldman, 10 guns were discovered on elementary, middle and high school properties during the same week the nation saw another mass shooting.

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10 Ways Republicans Have Blown Their Own Minority Outreach Strategy

The Republican National Committee had what seemed like easy advice for the rest of the GOP after the 2012 election: Stop inflaming racism and expand the voter base beyond male, white America. After a disastrous few months since the RNC autopsy report, they tried again Thursday, with an event celebrating the “rising stars” in the Republican Party.

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Florida Cops Shoot Unarmed Black Man In His Mother’s Driveway

This weekend, deputies from Escambia County, Florida shot an unarmed man who went to grab cigarettes from the car parked in the driveway of his mother’s home. A neighbor called police at 2 a.m. because he suspected 60-year-old Roy Middleton was stealing the car. Things quickly escalated when two deputies arrived and ordered Middleton to “get your hands where I can see them,” the Pensacola News Journal reports:

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Steve King Compares Immigrants to Dogs, Says it was a Compliment

In a Univision interview, leading Hispanic reporter Jorge Ramos confronted Rep. Steve King (R-IA) over remarks in 2012 where the congressman likenedimmigrants to dogs. King refused to apologize, even as Ramos told him “many people would find that offensive and racist.”

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