This Death Row Inmate’s Blood-Filled Tumors Could Make His Execution Especially Cruel and Unusual

Missouri death row inmate Russell Bucklew is scheduled to die on Tuesday. But Bucklew suffers from a rare medical condition, and his lawyers say that the execution drug that will be used could come with gruesome consequences and constitute cruel and unusual punishment. For nearly all his life, Bucklew has been afflicted with cavernous hemangioma, a rare disease that causes […]

More Cops Won’t Make Schools Safer, But Here’s What They Will Do

More Cops Won’t Make Schools Safer, But Here’s What They Will Do

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ contribution to a White House plan to make schools safer post-Parkland is predictably in line with his tough-on-crime approach to governing: put more cops in schools.  Last week, he proposed a measure to prioritize grant funding for those who intend to hire more school resource officers, which are sworn cops tasked with providing security on […]

The FBI Is Too White—And It Considers That a “Huge Operational Risk”

This story was originally published by ProPublica. For the FBI, the long-standing failure to diversify its ranks is nothing short of “a huge operational risk,” according to one senior official, something that compromises the agency’s ability to understand communities at risk, penetrate criminal enterprises, and identify emerging national security threats. Indeed, 10 months before being fired […]

The Prolific Illustrator Behind Kewpies Used Her Cartoons for Women’s Rights

The Prolific Illustrator Behind Kewpies Used Her Cartoons for Women’s Rights

In 1914, a crowd gathered at the fairgrounds in Nashville, Tennessee. After enduring a wait in the November chill, people looked to the sky as a plane piloted by famed aviator Katherine Stinson buzzed overhead until finally, it dropped its cargo: parachuting cupid-like dolls gently floating toward the ground, wearing sashes advocating for women’s right […]

Washington State Just Made It Easier To Prosecute Police for Using Deadly Force

Late last week, after years of gridlock, the Washington state legislature passed, and Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law, a pair of bills that make it easier for prosecutors to charge police officers involved in fatal on-duty shootings. It was only the second time since August 2014—when mass protests in Ferguson, Missouri, energized the Black Lives […]

This Artist Deconstructed His Love and Fascination for Calvin and Hobbes

This Artist Deconstructed His Love and Fascination for Calvin and Hobbes

Art is not always the creation of something. Sometimes, it is the act of elimination. Robert Rauschenberg famously erased a Willem de Kooning drawing for a notorious 1953 work. Several works by the graffiti artist Banksy have been painted over, accidentally or purposely, over the past decade. And in a new show at the Smithsonian’s […]

Daydream About Summer With These Color-Drenched Photos of the Great American Fair

Daydream About Summer With These Color-Drenched Photos of the Great American Fair

With camera in hand, Los Angeles-based photographer Pamela Littky crisscrossed the United States in 2015 capturing perhaps one of the most ubiquitous examples of Americana: the American fair. From dusty rodeo grounds in Nebraska to the kaleidoscopic whirls of carnival rides in Kansas, Littky’s new book “American Fair” documents the nostalgia of hazy summer nights […]

The ACLU Is Accusing Nebraska of Illegally Obtaining Death Penalty Drug

A new letter to the Drug Enforcement Agency from the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska is calling on the DEA to investigate Nebraska State Penitentiary officials for allegedly illegally obtaining drugs to use in lethal injections. Records obtained by the ACLU of Nebraska show that the Nebraska’s government acquired fentanyl, a Schedule II controlled substance […]

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