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Gov. Jerry Brown hands a copy of a bill to end bail he signed to Assemblyman Rob Bonta, right. Rich Pedroncelli/AP

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Margaret Atwood: Attacks on the free press “are really worrying symptoms” for our democracy

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ author Margaret Atwood
‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ author Margaret Atwood Mike Coppola/Getty Images

In an interview with Mic, The Handmaid’s Tale author Margaret Atwood discussed her new online writing class, Trump’s attacks on the freedom of the press — and, of course, what novels she’s reading right now.

California’s celebrated law ending cash bail is actually a disaster for defendants, advocates say

Gov. Jerry Brown holds a copy of a bill to end bail he signed Tuesday, Aug. 28, in Sacramento, California.
Gov. Jerry Brown holds a copy of a bill to end bail he signed Tuesday, Aug. 28, in Sacramento, California. Rich Pedroncelli/AP

Democrats in Sacramento, California, celebrated Tuesday when Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill eliminating cash bail throughout the state, a first-of its-kind measure.

But many criminal justice reform advocates who helped brainstorm earlier versions of the bill were devastated by its final approval.

Key moments from the ugly debate between Andrew Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Democratic New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Democratic New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon Craig Ruttle/AP

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his Democratic primary opponent Cynthia Nixon met for their first and only debate Wednesday night — a rhetorical boxing match in which both candidates tried to get licks in on each other before the state’s Sept. 13 primary.

While Cuomo painted himself as a major opponent to President Donald Trump, who is unpopular in his home state of New York, Nixon focused solely on the sitting governor, painting him as a corrupt politician who has failed the Empire State over his two terms in office.

Asian-American students suing Harvard over race-based admissions policy get DOJ support

Attorney General Jeff Sessions
Attorney General Jeff Sessions Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

A group of Asian-American college students suing Harvard University over its alleged anti-Asian-American admissions policies is now receiving support from the U.S. Department of Justice.

The DOJ announced Thursday it had filed a “statement of interest” supporting Students for Fair Admissions, the Virginia-based conservative nonprofit behind the suit, according to the New York Times.

EA donates $1 million to the families affected by Jacksonville shooting

Jacksonville police officers guard the scene of a fatal shooting in Jacksonville, Florida.
Jacksonville police officers guard the scene of a fatal shooting in Jacksonville, Florida. John Raoux/AP

On Wednesday night, Madden NFL 19’s publisher Electronic Arts announced the games studio would donate $1 million to the families affected by the mass shooting at a Madden NFL 19 tournament in Jacksonville, Florida.

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