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The Biggest 2014 Election Losers: Marijuana Prohibitionists

The fortunes of political parties wax and wane, whereas the movement to legalize cannabis won key victories Tuesday that portend a generational shift in drug policy.

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A Dispatch From the Cutting Edge of TSA Innovation

Officials in charge of airport security are rediscovering the wisdom of a bygone era, when shoes stayed on and liquid didn't have to be put in plastic bags.

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The City Where Blacks Suffer Under 'Stop and Frisk on Steroids'

Police abuses in Miami Gardens, Florida, are staggering, but few Americans seem to care. 

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How Police Spied on a Whole City

In a secret test, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department sent a civilian aircraft over Compton, capturing high-resolution video of everything.

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The Brutality of the Albuquerque Police

A federal review has found that officers routinely used unnecessary force against citizens.

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To Prevent Crime, Walk the Dog on At-Risk Blocks

The LAPD plans to release maps showing where future crime is most likely to happen, in hopes that residents will help stop it.

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Policemen Who Shoot Dogs

A journalist is tracking incidents of gratuitous pet deaths around the country.

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The Surveillance City of Camden, New Jersey

A community beset by crime, and the intrusive tools they're using in hopes of stopping it.

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The Painfully Obvious Punishment We Should Impose on Cops Who Shoot Innocent People

Take away their guns. Forever.

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Stop Banning Public Nudity

Why blanket prohibitions are misguided.

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A Ridiculous Proposal to Jail Boston's Saggy Pants Wearers for 3 Years

A Boston non-profit pushes the city to enforce the state's "chastity, morality, decency, and good order" laws more forcefully. What is the world coming to?

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When Pinball Was Illegal in New York (and Chicago and L.A.)

Can't hear those buzzers and bells.

This Is What the Opposite of Gun Control Looks Like

In a planned community in Idaho, all teens would be required to carry loaded AR-15s.

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The History Behind Why NYC Drops an 11,875 Pound Ball on New Year's Eve

Wouldn't explosions in the sky be preferable?

When Calling Someone Australian Is Racist

An international incident sheds light on the trans-Tasman rivalry with New Zealand and the limits of criminalizing speech.

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Is This Recording Enough to End Stop and Frisk?

Listen to the audio a 17-year-old secretly recorded of police disparaging his mixed-race appearance and threatening to break his arm.

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The Criminalization of the RNC Protesters

Tampa's excessive police presence is having a "chilling effect."

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Baltimore's Newest Crime Fighting Equation

The city's police are fighting illegal guns rather than drugs. Will it cut down on violence?

How Much Should a Bankrupt City Pay Its Retired Police Officers?

A former chief in Stockton, California, is making $204,000 a year. This is unsustainable, and it needs to stop.