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Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Ferguson yesterday in response to the unrest after the killing of Michael Brown. But Holder has a history of obscuring and not responding to police violence while he was the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia from 1993 to 1997, says columnist James Bovard. Read the column.
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Our readers debated the prevalence of food assistance in the United States and its sources.
We talk about food need, says one reader, but just as big a problem is food waste. Some people may use food banks needlessly but the people who run and donate to food banks are doing a wonderful service, says another. But food banks should verify that that recipients need the service, says a third reader.
What do you think about the prevalence of food assistance nationwide? Your Say.
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"The Travis County jail in Austin released Gov. Perry’s mugshot after he was booked. Take a look. Seriously? That’s the face of your mug shot? I look less happy when I go to jail” at Monopoly.
- Jimmy Fallon, Punchlines
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One of the worst recent excesses was a “no-knock” drug raid in May on a home near Atlanta, where police in SWAT gear launched a flash-bang grenade that landed in a crib, severely burning a 19-month-old boy. Our view.
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Our readers debated a law that allows the slaughter of sick or injured animals, called “downers,” to be used for food. A humane death for animals should be our default approach, says one reader. But industrial farming developed in order to feed people in huge population centers, says another. Either way, the U.S. Department of Agriculture must change to alleviate the most egregious suffering, says a third.
What do you think about this slaughter technique? Your Say.