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The U.S. Sanctions Myanmar Over the Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya (in Photos)

The United States imposed new sanctions on members of the Myanmar military Friday for their role in the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims. The announcement marks the toughe...

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The Planet Now Has More Trees Than It Did 35 Years Ago

Despite ongoing deforestation, fires, drought-induced die-offs, and insect outbreaks, the world's tree cover actually increased by 2.24 million square kilometers—an are...

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The DOI Won't Sell Off Lands That Trump Removed From a Utah Monument

The Department of the Interior on Friday reversed part of a draft plan for Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument that would have allowed the sale of about 1,...

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HUD Accuses Facebook of Housing Discrimination

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development on Friday made public its complaint against Facebook, alleging that the platform's advertising options viola...

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When Sarah Huckabee Sanders and the American Civil Liberties Union Teamed Up for Voting Rights

As the mid-term elections approach, Republican state officials and lawmakers have stepped up efforts to block students from voting in their college towns. Republicans in Texas...

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We're Getting Better at Saving Seabirds After Oil Spills

Christine Fiorello characterizes the days after the May 2015 Refugio oil spill as "controlled chaos." Fiorello is a veterinarian with California's Oiled Wildlif...

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Aretha Franklin Wasn't Just the Queen Of Soul—She Was Also the Godmother of the Protest Song

After a decade toiling in obscurity, it took a single hit song for Aretha Franklin to become a civil rights hero. Franklin, who died on Thursday morning at the age of 76, arri...

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Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

This week at Pacific Standard, we brought you stories on the policy shifts most troubling to government scientists, CEOs' heavy payday in 2017, and a ne...

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For College Students Teetering on the Financial Edge, Micro-Grants Can Make All the Difference

This story was produced in collaboration with the Hechinger Report. Every semester, thousands of students drop out of college because they are a few hundred dollars short of b...

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Climate Struggle and Collective Action Are at the Center of This Year's Hugo Awards

Four of the six books nominated for the 2018 Hugo Award for Best Novel include epic disasters. Empires crumble, oceans rise, and in one case a semi-sentient planet deliberatel...

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'Patsy Cline Was a Serious Boundary-Pusher': A Conversation With John Lingan

Deep in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, you can find a honky-tonk both timeless and antiquated, "the only twang-and-sawdust roadhouse left in the Virginias," nes...

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Viewfinder: Monsoon Floods Engulf Southern India

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To Combat 'Sanctuary Cities' the Department of Justice has Opted for Shame and Blame

Recently the Department of Justice emailed a press release that started with a tweet from the Philadelphia Mayor's deputy chief of staff. In the next sentence of its pres...

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Addressing the Technical, Political, and Religious Concerns of Human Milk Banks

In 2016, the Nairobi-based Africa Population Health Research Center (APHRC) set out to determine just what Kenyans thought about human milk banking. In situations where mother...

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The Trump Administration's Latest Push Against the Opioid Crisis: Limiting Drugs Manufacturers

The Trump administration proposed a new strategy for combating the opioid epidemic on Thursday: cutting drugs off at the source. Under a new rule, the Justice Department and D...

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A Federal Judge Reinstates the Clean Water Rule for 26 States

A federal judge issued a nationwide injunction Thursday on the Trump administration's order delaying the Clean Water Rule, making the Obama-era regulation applicable in t...

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Federal Scientists Are Worried About Policies That Harm America's Most Vulnerable Populations

Some federal employees working in science-related jobs say they've seen policy shifts in the past year that harm America's most vulnerable populations, from the reor...

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Trump Is Making it Easier for the U.S. to Launch Cyber Attacks

President Donald Trump on Wednesday undid an Obama-era policy that set limits on how the United States deploys its cyber weapons. As the Wall Street Journal reports,...

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CEOs Got a Big Raise in 2017

Last fall, as the GOP and the Trump administration worked overtime to sell the American public on its package of tax cuts, Kevin Hassett, chair of the president's Council...

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Breaking Down Trump's Economic Sanctions

In a continuation of its punitive international economic policies, the United States government levied sanctions on Wednesday against companies based in Chin...

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Hit Movies Have More Female Characters—and Stronger Ones Too

Greater gender equality has long been a stated goal of Hollywood studios. Behind the scenes, the results have been less than robust. But new research suggests the way women ar...

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The Trump Administration Is Moving Forward With Plans for Scaled-Down Utah Monuments

The Bureau of Land Management on Wednesday released draft plans for how the lands contained within Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, the two Utah national monuments th...

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Viewfinder: Thousands of Nicaraguans March for the Release of Political Prisoners

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