James Edwards

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Interview: Tortured justice

Electric shock. Cattle prods. Suffocation. The interrogation methods seem straight out of Abu Ghraib. But in fact, they were used by the Chicago Police Department for decades. Need to Know talks to the reporter who revealed them.

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Report: Black-white wealth gap is widening

A new report says the disparity in wealth between black and white Americans has multiplied fourfold since 1984.

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Juvenile life sentences

The Supreme Court has banned life sentences for youths in cases that do not involve murder.

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Is school out on ethnic studies in Arizona?

Less than a month after signing into law an immigration bill that has divided citizens and politicians alike, Ariz. Governor Jan Brewer approved a measure that restricts ethnic studies in the state’s public school curriculums.

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Elena Kagan

President Obama just named U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan as his pick to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. If Kagan is confirmed, there’ll be more women on the bench than ever before. Here are five things you need to know about Elena Kagan: 1. Kagan’s long legal career includes little trial experience and [...]

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Mexico’s drug war

Mexican President Felipe Calderon has dispatched more federal troops to fight drug cartels than any previous president, but with mixed results.

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Troop withdrawal from Iraq

“Unless something unforeseen and disastrous happens,” the U.S will have half its troops out of Iraq by August, the top U.S. commander there recently said.