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Larry Lessig's presidential campaign has already changed the campaign reform debate


As you may have heard, Harvard law professor and activist Lawrence Lessig is, maybe, running for president, identifying as a "referendum candidate" on the issue of political reform.

People are still living in FEMA’s toxic Katrina trailers — and they likely have no idea


Originally published on Grist. As soon as Nick Shapiro turned into the parking lot of the Tumbleweed Inn in Alexander, North Dakota, he recognized the trailers.

Rubio calls Obama an appeaser on China, despite policy similarities


— and 9 more things to know to start the day. Marco Rubio and Scott Walker, both mired in single digits in recent polling, will try to gain traction on foreign policy in dueling speeches Friday.

College could cost up to $100,000 per year by 2030. Here’s how to save.


When today's 18-year-old college freshmen were born, the average tuition at a public university was $3,111.

Hurricane Katrina, in 7 essential facts


Nearly 10 years after Hurricane Katrina overran New Orleans, the city is still recovering from a disaster that was as much human-caused as natural.

Marco Rubio is the only Republican talking about college costs. Here’s what his plan would mean.


When a young Marco Rubio arrived at Tarkio College in 1989, nothing about the 550-student college in northwest Missouri marked it as an obvious choice.

The conservative establishment is in deep denial about Donald Trump's appeal


National Review editor Rich Lowry has an entertaining column about the rise of Donald Trump whose core thesis is that Trump's rise highlights the unexpected weakness of the GOP's supposedly "strong field" of mainstream contenders.

9 things I've learned about marriage from being a couples therapist


Everyone longs to be "gotten," a little self control goes a long way, and more. Before becoming a therapist, I wrote advice columns for the lovelorn.

Mass shooters want fame. Here's why we should stop giving it to them.


Why did a shooter in Virginia kill two journalists on Wednesday and film himself doing it? One possible reason: He wanted the attention.

I thought I saw all the Planned Parenthood sting footage. Turns out the tapes were edited.


An anti-abortion group has, over the past month, released five videos that it argues show Planned Parenthood profits from procuring fetal tissue for medical researchers.

Vox Sentences: Europe is facing the worst refugee crisis since World War II


Thousands of refugees keep coming into Europe — and hundreds more die en route; a big labor ruling is great news for unions and potentially terrible news for McDonald's; and fewer than half of psychology experiments produce consistent results.

Donald Trump’s confrontation with famous Latino journalist Jorge Ramos, explained


On Tuesday, Donald Trump had his security detail physically eject Univision anchor Jorge Ramos from a press conference for shouting questions at Trump without being called on.

One map that puts America's gun violence epidemic in perspective


The United States owns way, way more guns per capita than the rest of the world. And the best research on gun violence suggests that's probably contributing to our homicide problem — such as the horrific shooting in Virginia Wednesday morning.

The NRA's president supported "sharply restricting” guns in 1934. Then its members revolted.


Hey @NRA remember this guy? pic.twitter.com/9J99bfKP1I — Evan Dickson (@EvanDickson) August 26, 2015 In the wake of Wednesday's on-camera shooting in Virginia, Evan Dickson posted the above meme on Twitter, in which a past National Rifle Association president says the "promiscuous toting" of guns should be "sharply restricted." The quote is accurate, and Frederick wasn't alone — for much of the 20th century, the NRA's leaders sympathized with and even supported gun control measures.

Jeb Bush winning Eric Cantor's endorsement is a great metaphor for his campaign


Politico's Mike Allen reports that Jeb Bush has won the endorsement of former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, which will be announced at a fundraiser tonight.

There's still a lot we don't know about the new cholesterol-lowering drugs


The Food and Drug Administration just approved alirocumab (brand name Repatha), one of a new class of cholesterol-lowering drugs known as PCSK9 inhibitors.

The government just redefined what it means to be an employer. It's a huge deal.


On Thursday, the National Labor Relations Board issued what observers are already calling its most significant ruling in 35 years.

Multiple networks pull TV episodes because of similarities to Virginia shootings


Two networks have pulled planned programming due to unfortunate similarities to Wednesday's shooting in Virginia.

The NRA's president supported "sharply restricting” guns in 1934. Then its members revolted.


Hey @NRA remember this guy? pic.twitter.com/9J99bfKP1I — Evan Dickson (@EvanDickson) August 26, 2015 In the wake of Wednesday's on-camera shooting in Virginia, Evan Dickson posted the above meme on Twitter, in which a past National Rifle Association president says the "promiscuous toting" of guns should be "sharply restricted." The quote is accurate, and Frederick wasn't alone — for much of the 20th century, the NRA's leaders sympathized with and even supported gun control measures.

America doesn’t have more crime than other rich countries. It just has more guns.


Wednesday's Virginia shooting, like so many shootings before it, seems likely to raise a debate we've had many times before: Why does the US have such a high rate of gun murders, by far the highest in the developed world?


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