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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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Can the police use GPS to spy on you? Supreme Court leaves big questions unanswered

The Supreme Court said Monday that GPS tracking is unconstitutional. But what about cell phones, email or Facebook? The court left those questions unanswered.

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Voters don’t trust Gingrich on the economy, but he’s still beating Romney. Why?

Gingrich is surging — again — in the GOP race, even though voters trust Romney more on the economy. Why? It might have something to do with his anger.

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Is Congress putting online freedom at risk? How SOPA would change the Internet

Two prominent lawmakers are now backing away from a sweeping law that critics say would restrict the free flow of information on the Internet.

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An original Freedom Rider remembers his last hours with Martin Luther King, Jr.

An original Freedom Rider and organizer of the Selma march recalls his last hours with Martin Luther King on the day King was assassinated.

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Does it matter that Mitt Romney fired people? Buyout past becomes focus of campaign

Newt Gingrich has released a blistering 28-minute ad focusing on Mitt Romney’s career as a buyout specialist, making it the central focus of the campaign.

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Newt Gingrich, the anti-capitalist

Newt Gingrich has criticized Mitt Romney for his time at the buyout firm Bain Capital. But he may have a hard time casting himself as an advocate of economic justice.

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Video: If you’re a Republican and you believe in climate change, who do you vote for?

Virtually every GOP candidate has eschewed the science behind global warming. So if you’re green and you’re conservative, who do you vote for?

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War with Iran? Sanctions, oil embargo and threat to close trade route add to tension

Economic sanctions have driven the Iranian currency to record lows, and a new oil embargo could drive the Iranian regime to desperation. Is war on the horizon?

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What does the Santorum surge in Iowa mean for the rest of the Republican primary?

What does the result in Tuesday’s Iowa caucus mean for the rest of the GOP primary? It could set up a lengthy, substantive debate over the future of America. Or maybe Santorum will just implode.