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Chelsea Manning completes six years in military custody for leaking documents

The US army intelligence analyst, who has appealed to reduce 35-year sentence, has endured the most severe punishment ever given to a whistleblower

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'I have a conscience': A look at the Wall Streeters fighting for Bernie Sanders

A few months ago, Democratic party leaders attended a meeting in New York with some of the titans of Wall Street, among them heads of brand-name hedge funds and top private equity firms. The gathering was billed not as the usual high-dollar fundraiser but as a bridge-building exercise in which powerful financiers could vent their opinions privately to Democratic bosses.

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Feeling the Bern for Trump: Sanders voters may turn their backs on Hillary

In this most bizarre of presidential election cycles, every day seems to bring another jaw-dropping development. Donald Trump on the size of his genitals, Ben Carson and the Egyptian pyramids, Bernie Sanders’ socialist revolution, Hillary Clinton and the cloth she used to wipe her private email server clean.

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Donald Trump Jr. grants 20-minute radio interview to prominent white supremacist

Donald Trump Jr, the eldest son of the Republican presidential frontrunner and one of his political surrogates, has granted a 20-minute radio interview to a prominent white supremacist who broadcasts what has been dubbed as “the primary radio nexus of hate in America”.

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What it would be like to have Melania Trump as the First Lady

In December 1999, a writer for the New York Times asked the Slovenian-born model Melania Knauss a question that at the time seemed quite fanciful. If her then boyfriend Donald Trump ever made it to the White House, what kind of first lady would she be?

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St. Louis archbishop randomly decides to attack the moral value of Girl Scout cookies

Spare a thought for the Catholics of St Louis, Missouri, weighed down as they are with ponderous spiritual matters. On top of such weighty issues as the pope’s recent call for an end to the death penalty – a popular pastime in Missouri – they must now wrestle with a new moral conundrum: Girl Scout cookies.

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Hillary Clinton hopes to shore up black voters' support in face of Bernie Sanders surge

Hillary Clinton addressed a Martin Luther King Day rally at the South Carolina state house in Columbia this morning in an attempt to shore up her support among African American voters in the south as a firewall against the surging tide of Democratic rival Bernie Sanders.

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How does Trump do it? Understanding the psychology of a demagogue's rally

The thing that is hard to appreciate about Donald Trump before you personally enter a room with him – in this case, the hangar deck of a wartime aircraft carrier – is that his first weapon is humor. Long before he fires up his loyal supporters, before he hits them with outrageous comments that send shockwaves around the world, he makes them laugh.

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Amazon unveils hybrid drone prototype to make deliveries within 30 minutes

Amazon has unveiled a new hybrid delivery drone that can fly both vertically, as a helicopter capable of landing in customers’ backyards, and horizontally like a conventional plane. The drone can travel up to 15 miles at high speed.

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Pfizer and Allergan poised to announce history's biggest healthcare merger

Pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Allergan are reportedly on the verge of announcing the largest healthcare merger in history , in defiance of the US government’s efforts to crack down on deals that it believes are thinly disguised forms of tax avoidance .

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Feds battle death penalty states trying to illegally import lethal injection drugs

States are locked in legal battle with the federal government after regulators intercepted illegally imported anesthetics to be used in lethal injections

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This woman was locked up in a notoriously tough Alabama prison because of a stillbirth

On 29 April last year Amanda Kimbrough sat down in her cell inside the notoriously tough Tutwiler women’s prison in Wetumpka, Alabama and began writing a letter in which she described her feelings of loss and remorse. It was a poignant moment, as six years earlier to the day her only son Timmy had been born prematurely and had died from complications at birth after only 19 minutes.

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Indiana court throws out murder convictions for three unarmed teens who didn't kill anyone

The Indiana supreme court has thrown out the “felony murder” convictions of three of the Elkhart Four, overturning the bizarre situation in which unarmed teenagers who had no intention of killing anybody and who did not pull the trigger were sentenced to 55 years in prison after one of their friends was shot dead by a homeowner whose house they had burgled.

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Think 'President Trump' is scary? Outdated voting tech puts US at risk for 2000-style election catastrophe

The United States is heading for another catastrophe in its voting system equivalent to the notorious “hanging chad” affair that shook the country in 2000 and propelled George W Bush into the White House, experts on electoral procedures are warning.

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Scott Walker's latest attack on unions is straight out of ALEC's playbook

The latest policy announcement from the Republican candidate’s faltering campaign has been pushed by the corporate lobbyists since at least 1998

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