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Americans Are Increasingly Worried About Race Relations (Klaus)

More than a third of Americans are worried “a great deal” about race relations, according to a new Gallup poll. That is the highest number recorded since the polling institute began asking the question in 2001.

The Tragic Story of How a Drug Addict Was Left to Die in Jail (Klaus)

At least seven medical professionals checked in on a young woman in Oregon over the course of a week as she was slowly dying in front of their eyes.


TV Pundits Praise Hillary Clinton On Air, Fail to Disclose Financial Ties to Her Campaign (Trevin)

It doesn’t get much more ridiculous than consultants from firms retained by a campaign touting their candidate on TV.


DOJ Lets Another Bankster Off the Hook with a Slap on the Wrist (Reader Pat)

Goldman Sachs Group is the most recent ‘too big to jail’ financial institution to not receive any punitive damages.


Decryption: Coming To A Police Department Near You (Trevin)

The FBI has informed local police departments that it will teach them how to unlock mobile devices now that they’ve cracked San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone 5c.