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This page features brief excerpts of stories published by the mainstream media and, less frequently, blogs, alternative media, and even obviously biased sources. The excerpts are taken directly from the websites cited in each source note. Quotation marks are not used.




  • South Carolina Republican: scrap slave memorial if Confederate monument goes

    Sheri Few, who is running for South Carolina’s fifth congressional district, has said the removal of a Confederate monument in the state should be matched by the removal of a memorial to African American slaves. And if elected, she said she would focus on “fighting the destruction of every bit of Confederate memorabilia in our country.”



  • A 130,000-Year-Old Mastodon Threatens to Upend Human History

    After years of debate over the dating technology used on a mastodon found in San Diego, a group of researchers now believes that they can date it and the human tools to 130,000 years ago—more than 100,000 years earlier than the earliest humans are supposed to have made it to North America.



  • Documents show how CIA connived with Chilean publisher to overthrow Allende

    Declassified CIA and White House documents posted today by the National Security Archive show conclusively what media mogul Agustin Edwards repeatedly denied – that he and his newspaper, El Mercurio, became a critical part of U.S. plans to foment a military coup against President Allende.



  • Do U.S. Strikes Send a ‘Message’ to Rivals? There’s No Evidence

    The notion that military action in one part of the world will deter adversaries in all others, long common in stump speeches and on cable news chatter, has at times profoundly influenced American foreign policy. There is only one problem: Repeated investigation has found that this notion is baseless.



  • Historians say the March for Science is ‘pretty unprecedented’

    “The march is pretty unprecedented in terms of the scale and breadth of the scientific community that’s involved, and it does recall Physicians for Social Responsibility and various scientific groups against nuclear war in the Reagan era, that’s I think the most recent precedent.” 



  • Patterns Of Death In The South Still Show The Outlines Of Slavery

    There’s a map, made more than 150 years ago using 1860 census data, that pops up periodically on the internet on which, the counties of the Southern U.S. are shaded to reflect the percentage of inhabitants who were enslaved at the time. The shading closely matches visualizations of many modern-day data sets.