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Sal Gentile

Multimedia Web Editor

Sal writes about politics and international news for Need to Know. He also co-produces Need to Know’s regular web series on the 2012 election, “Presidentiality,” and has produced podcasts for the Climate Desk. Before coming to Need to Know he covered New York politics, reported on-air for Baltimore’s public radio station and contributed analysis to The Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC. He proudly edited his award-winning college newspaper, Johns Hopkins News-Letter. Follow him at twitter.com/salgentile and salgentile.tumblr.com.

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Occupy Wall Street, the 2012 election and the problem of income inequality in America

Occupy Wall Street has big plans. But what should the protesters be talking about? Deciding who’s to blame for inequality might be a place to start.

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Poll: Jobs for veterans

Would you hire a veteran, a non-veteran, or whoever was most qualified for the job, regardless of military service? Tell us in our weekly poll.

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Occupy Wall Street: Unemployment is not going away, and neither are we

It’s spring, and Occupy Wall Street is staging a comeback, with a potentially powerful new message: Even the recent economic recovery is leaving most Americans behind.

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As furor over reproductive rights grows louder, number of states that are ‘hostile’ to abortion doubles, study finds

Long before the furor over contraception erupted this year, lawmakers at the state level began a coordinated effort to curtail reproductive rights, peaking with a record number of anti-abortion laws in 2011.

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Romney, doing damage control, says he supports the safety net for the poor. But does he?

Mitt Romney attempted to walk back his claim that he’s “not concerned” about the very poor Tuesday, by promising to keep the safety net “strong and able.” But his plan, it turns out, would do the opposite — cutting food stamps and raising taxes on working Americans.

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The psychology of why we’re so gung ho about war with Iran

Two polls published Tuesday show that a majority of Americans support a pre-emptive strike on Iran. Why? According to a new paper, the way we talk about Iran might have something to do with it.

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Working class voters remain cold to Mitt Romney. Is his tax plan to blame?

Exit polls show working class Americans remain cold to Mitt Romney. His recently unveiled tax plan might have something to do with that.

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Super Tuesday offers crucial test for Republicans hurt by protracted primary campaign

Republican voters describe themselves as “depressed” and “underwhelmed” by the primary campaign. A muddled outcome on Super Tuesday would only make their depression worse.