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Easing gun laws

by Suevon Lee, ProPublica Friday’s deadly rampage at a Connecticut elementary school marked the 13th mass shooting in the United States this year. Among the 11 deadliest shootings in U.S. history, more than half took place in the last five years. During the same period, states have often relaxed their gun laws, making it easier [...]

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  Helping children understand

Dr. Jeannie Pasacreta, both a resident of Newtown, CT as well as a psychologist offers advice on how to speak to kids about the school shooting tragedy that ravaged her town.

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Best reporting on guns in America

by Blair Hickman, Suevon Lee and Cora Currier, Dec. 14, 2012 Update: With today’s shooting in Newtown, Conn., this article, first published July 24, 2012, unfortunately seems relevant again. In the wake of last week’s shooting in Aurora, Colo., we’ve taken a step back and laid out the best pieces we could find about guns. [...]

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The MLK legacy in Memphis

Playwright Katori Hall grew up in Memphis, TN., a city still haunted by the untimely death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Her celebrated Broadway play, “To the Mountaintop,” starring Angela Bassett and Samuel L. Jackson, was a musing on King’s last night. In this web exclusive she talks about the lasting legacy of Dr. [...]

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American Voices: Katori Hall

These kids on a daily basis are dealing with obstacles that you couldn’t even dream of. How can– how can you concentrate on words and math problems when you’re just trying to survive?

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  Farewell to “In the Life”

The groundbreaking newsmagazine “In the Life” ends its 20-year broadcast run this month. Watch the final episode above. It’s an illuminating look at the show’s coverage of major issues — and at how much has changed in 20 years. You can still view “In the Life’s” archive online. Find out what In the Life Media [...]

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Consider the turkey: Thanksgiving reads

Thanksgiving has had a central place in American life for well over a century — but perhaps not all the way back to 1620. And, at the center of Thanksgiving is, of course, the turkey.

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Oral history instructions: Veterans Project of the National Archives

There are over 20 million veterans in American today, but with over 1,100 war veterans dying each day, there is an urgent need to collect their personal accounts of their war time experiences while they are still among us.

  What’s at Stake: Off the radar issues

If there are openings in the coming four years, the next President – through his nominations – will have the chance to influence the direction of the Court for decades to come.

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  Dan Savage on the ‘final frontier for full civil equality’

Columnist Dan Savage on how marriage equality would change the lives of same-sex couples and why this issue has become so important to the LGBT movement.

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  From paper to pixels: Political cartoonists leap into the digital age

Editorial cartoonists like Steve Brodner are fighting to stay relevant in the increasingly digital mediascape of infographics, photo memes and data visualizations.