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“I can buy a firearm, but I can’t get assistance to buy a sandwich”

In a move that demonstrates a small—and too rare—step toward common sense in lawmaking, Missouri has rescinded [mostly] an 18-year-old law that banned people with felony drug convictions from ever receiving food stamps under the SNAP program. The new law is not a “get-out-of-jail-free,” though. It retains a one-year waiting period following a drug felon’s…

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Political quotes: Who said this?

There’ s a politically relevant quote hiding behind this teaser. When you see the full quote, you may be surprised to learn who said it, but you’ll have to figure out the source out by choosing from a multiple-choice list. It’s a quiz! You’ll find the full quote and the expanded illustration below. It’s part…

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Solutions Journalism Network: Beyond the traditional five W’s

“To innovate and change, we need to know what’s broken and how it needs to be fixed,” says the Solutions Journalism Network website. “The media does a good job of covering the problems: In fact, most hard news reporting is about problems and crises. That kind of reporting is essential. But we believe it’s time…

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Justice Ginsburg dissents on Hobby Lobby, big time

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg issued what has been described as a “scathing,” 35-page dissent to the Court’s ultra-conservative, June 30, 2014  ruling in the Hobby Lobby case. In its 5-4 decision, the Court  declared that most companies do not have to cover contraception for their employees if the company has a religious objection to…

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch drops George Will: Congratulations

As a longtime subscriber to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, I’m happy to see that the newspaper has removed George Will from its op-ed page. The move came in response to Will’s recent article declaring that campus-rape victims  claim “a coveted status that confers privileges.” The paper’s editorial page editor, Tony Messenger, on Sunday defended his…

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