The Problem We Still Live With

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A few things have changed since the 1960s. Read the rest

Go and vote

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I recently became an American citizen. I just voted for the first time in my life. Ballot selfies are legal in PA, but it's all on computer and all you get printed for you is this wee receipt! I'm a sexy anarchist, but I voted for Hillary Clinton and recommend that you do too, because she's the second-best choice this system has ever given us and the best one's already got the job. Donald Trump, on the other hand, is a racist cheapjack, a gallon baggie of apricot pruno left to go rancid in the sun until it bursts like a beached whale.

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Beautifully color-coded watershed maps of America

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You can buy high-res versions on Etsy, with Europe and other countries also on offer.

High resolution map of all the permanent and temporary streams and rivers of the contiguous 48 states in beautiful rainbow colours, divided into catchment areas. It shows Strahler Stream Order Classification. The higher the stream order, the thicker the line. Map made mostly with the open-source QGIS software.

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Muslim-American woman kicked out of Family Dollar store for wearing hijab and niqab

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Sarah Safi of Gary, Indiana was kicked out of a Family Dollar store by an assistant store manager who cited the woman's traditional Muslim dress, a niqab and hijab, as being threatening. Ms. Safi, 32, recorded part of the manager's tirade on video.

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Paul Ryan selfie with congressional interns

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This photo of congressional interns taken by House Speaker Paul Ryan struck me as lacking in diversity, but I eventually found a ginger.

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School shooting: Two dead in UCLA campus murder-suicide

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A college campus shooting at UCLA left two men dead Wednesday morning. The murder-suicide sent thousands of students running for their lives, barricading themselves in classrooms.

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Colorado school district spends $12,000 on assault rifles for guards

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Douglas County, Colorado, is to arm its security guards with Bushmaster rifles, reports the Denver Post, at a cost of more than $12,000 to the 67,000-student district.

"We want to make sure they have the same tools as law enforcement," Payne said Monday of his eight armed officers. The first few rifles should be ready for use within a month's time once officers have gone through a 20-hour training course, the same one that commissioned police officers take. The rest of the guns will be deployed in August, he said.

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Trump has already changed everything

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Jeet Heer writes that Trump will probably lose the election, but he's already changed a GOP that generally controls all other levels of government and is a bellwether for America's political future.

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Fabio is American

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Italian model and actor Fabio Lanzoni has become a United States citizen, reports NBC News.

"This is one of the happiest days of my life," Fabio said in a statement. "Over the course of my career I've had the opportunity to travel the globe and America is still the greatest country on earth. There is no such thing as an Italian dream or an English dream but the American dream is alive and well. Each day people look to come to this country to seek a better life for themselves and their family. That was my dream and my thanks to the USCIS for helping turn that dream into a reality. I am proud to be an American."

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Jeb Bush tweets picture of engraved gun with the title "America"

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Please clap.

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Americans more likely to die younger than people in other developed nations

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Americans are likely to die earlier than folks from other developed nations. What could it be?

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#BlackLivesMatter activists are monitored by U.S. Homeland Security and cybersecurity firms

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In a Reddit AMA, activists DeRay McKesson, Johnetta Elzie and ACLU’s Nus Choudhury talked policing and police reform in America, and surveillance of activists.

America's transgender military ban to be phased out

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter released a statement today confirming that America's "current regulations regarding transgender service members are outdated and are causing uncertainty that distracts commanders from our core missions." Read the rest

WATCH: Patriotic fireworks safety supercut

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission just released a very dry safety video about not blowing yourself up with fireworks for the holidays, so we made a peppier patriotic supercut. Read the rest

Women Are Needed: WWII-era U.S. government poster art, 1943.

Women are needed in “hundreds of war jobs.”

Woman accidentally kills self with gun bought for Ferguson unrest

After purchasing the weapon, the victim is claimed to have "jokingly saying the couple were ready for Ferguson" while waving it around in a moving car, leading to a minor accident, during which the gun went off. Read the rest

I survived an illegal abortion

Fran Moreland Johns sought an abortion in 1956 following a workplace rape. Now the author of Perilous Times: An Inside Look at Abortion Before and After Roe v. Wade, she survived a back-alley procedure in the days before legalization, and warns that with women's rights under renewed assault, those grim days are returning.

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