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Video: Beyond Shirley Sherrod: Racial discrimination at the USDA

There have been tens of thousands of racial discrimination claims against the USDA in recent years. Alison Stewart steps back from the furor over the Shirley Sherrod saga to explain the backlog and its consequences.

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TEDx tackles the oil spill

Watch a live webcast here on Monday, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

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Spinning the spill: BP’s PR ballet

A ballet at sea? Oddly inspiring? Read what BP’s own “reporters” have to say about the oil spill.

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As crews race to clean up Gulf, some turn to a low-tech approach

The absorptive qualities of hair make it an effective way to soak up the oil in the Gulf.