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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.

Pakistan under water: The view from 438 miles above Earth

NASA has released images of one especially hard-hit region of Pakistan from before and after the monsoons, from 438 miles above the Earth.

As deluge subsides, world scrambles to aid Pakistan

Roads and highways have been destroyed. Villages have been washed away. And a fifth of the country is under water. The floods in Pakistan have killed at least 1,600 people, and left millions homeless.

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Interest groups spend millions to control state courts, study finds

Interest groups and corporations have spent millions to in an effort to influence state Supreme Courts across the country, a new study finds. Some experts — including Sandra Day O’Connor — fear justice can be bought by the highest bidder.

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Blagojevich guilty of lying to FBI, as jury deadlocks on most counts

The former Illinois governor was convicted of lying to FBI agents, but the jury hearing his corruption case was divided on 23 other charges. Prosecutors vowed immediately to retry the case.

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Obama forcefully defends plan to build mosque near Ground Zero

President Obama issued a forceful defense of plans to a build a mosque and Muslim community center near ground zero on Friday, stepping directly into one of the thorniest political conflicts of the year.

If Obama really loved America, he would take his shirt off

The brouhaha over President Obama’s abs.

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Texas sues BP over huge toxic release at Texas City refinery

The state attorney general has charged BP with the “unlawful” release of toxic chemicals at its refinery in Texas City. The incident took place just two weeks before the start of the Gulf oil spill.

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U.S. lags behind its rivals in college degrees, especially in the south

President Obama warned that the U.S. economy may suffer from low rates of college graduation. The problem is especially stark in the south, where few adults aged 25 to 34 obtain degrees.