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Rachel Maddow: AP Reporter Maryclaire Dale Discusses Bill Cosby’s Admission on Quaaludes in 2005 Deposition

Associated Press Legal Affairs Reporter Maryclaire Dale talks about the legal ramifications of the 2005 court documents that she was able to obtain in which comedian Bill Cosby admits to getting quaaludes to give to women “he wanted to have sex with.”

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Powerless in the Face of White Supremacy and a Gun

While out shopping in Georgia at my favorite bookstore, the same day the Emanuel AME Church reopened its doors after the mass shooting, a white man in camouflage entered the store openly carrying a gun on his hip. This tense moment was too soon.

While out shopping in Georgia at my favorite bookstore, the same day the Emanuel AME Church reopened its doors after the mass shooting, a white man in camouflage entered the store openly carrying a gun on his hip. This tense moment was too soon.

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Affirmative Consent Is Still Confusing to College Students

A new poll of gives insight into what college students consider consent. Most students seem to have heard of the affirmative consent—or “yes means yes”—standard, but it does not seem to be a common practice among  them. In fact, the poll shows that college students are conflicted and possibly confused about what is, and isn’t, consent.

Most students seem to have heard of the affirmative consent—or “yes means yes”—standard, but it does not seem to be a common practice on campuses nationwide.

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It’s Not Black People Who Need to Change

White women have sat for too long as passive spectators to brutality and genocide committed by our own families, in our names, because we have been full of false convictions. Even if we did not start them, we can decide now to end them.

White women have sat for too long as passive spectators to brutality and genocide committed by our own families, in our names, because we have been full of false convictions. Even if we did not start them, we can decide now to end them.

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We’re Tired, Yes, But We Must Continue Talking About Racial Injustice

Congregants of the Greater Allen AME in New York City at St. Albans Memorial Park on June 20 in solidarity with Charleston, South Carolina's Emanuel AME.

When we stop talking about racism and racially motivated violence, we push the dream of a fair and equitable society even further into the distance.

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Investigative Report: How Victim-Blaming Led to the Rape Kit Backlog

“I honestly understand why a lot of people don’t report rape,” Kiyona Phillips told RH Reality Check in an interview. “Because if you’re not half-dead or beat in the face or it’s not recorded in any kind of way, you really have to prove that this happened to you.”

In cases of rape, the “he said, she said” dilemma has outgrown the realm of legitimate legal query, and has instead come to justify the systemic failure of police and prosecutors nationwide to properly process forensic evidence that could lead to more sexual assault convictions, and also to identifying serial rapists who otherwise remain at large.

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Kalief Browder Commits Suicide After Years of Abuse in Rikers Prison

Kalief Browder was only 16 when he was arrested on suspicion of stealing a backpack. Browder spent three years in Rikers Prison without a trial, and was finally released once his trial was dismissed. On Saturday, June 6, Browder committed suicide after his traumatizing experience in prison. Democracy Now! speaks to reporter Jennifer Gonnerman about the life of Kalief Browder and the emotional and physical abuse Browder faced while in prison.

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Texas Lawmaker: ‘The Left’ Hates the Duggars for Their ‘Standards’

I wouldn't say that I dislike the Duggar family because they have "standards," contrary to what Texas state Rep. Bill Zedler (R-Arlington) tweeted on Wednesday night.

I wouldn’t say that I dislike the Duggar family because they have “standards,” contrary to what Texas state Rep. Bill Zedler (R-Arlington) tweeted on Wednesday night.

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Video Games, Violence, and the Black Lives Matter Movement: How My Hobby Became a Trigger

People are killing all around me, in real life and in games, and sometimes it feels like I can't escape it.

People are killing all around me, in real life and in games, and sometimes it feels like I can’t escape it.

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The Josh Duggar Scandal, Barriers to Birth Control Access in Texas

On this episode of Reality Cast, Joseph Potter, faculty research associate for the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, discusses obstacles between women and birth control. Also, host Amanda Marcotte discusses the Duggar sex abuse scandal, and anti-choice politicians are getting nuttier and more radical.

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