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Human Rights Watch released a report last week, Old Behind Bars: The Aging Prison Population in the United States, that details a new challenge created by the extreme sentences dished out over the past generation. According to the report, in 2010 there were 124,400 prisoners—8 percent of inmates—aged 55 or older, which is an increase […]
In many reports and investigations there has been no hard evidence that Iran has any intentions of building nuclear weapons for illicit reasons. “The latest report, which came out in this year and remains highly classified, is said to reinforce the conclusion of the last N.I.E Report of 2007, that ‘Iran halted weaponization in 2003.” […]
In the escalating war on women’s rights in statehouse across the country, Iowa state Rep. Kim Pearson (R) may have just dropped the biggest bomb yet. Pearson, a freshman Tea Party lawmaker so extreme that she’s already drawn scorn from fellow Republicans and decided not to run for re-election, introduced a bill in February morning […]