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A correlation between obesity and poverty rates has been identified, suggesting that obesity rates are directly linked to low-income communities in the United States.

The annual Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index poll has revealed that in 2014, the nation’s obesity rate was nearly 28 percent, up from 27 percent in 2013. The data from this poll was then broken down to reveal the most and least obese states in the US.

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When he was a relatively unknown presidential candidate, then-Illinois Senator Barack Obama promised to protect whistleblowers, going as far as to state “[a whistleblower is] the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government.”

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North Dakota — I didn’t want to be right last month when I predicted the media’s blackout of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protests after the blockade first started generating a buzz on social media — but I was.

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The pharmaceutical industry is often the target of relentless criticism. But while the concerns brought up by said Big Pharma critics are often legitimate and unsettling, they are also the product of heavy government intervention. [click to continue…]

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International news outlet CNN angered its audience Tuesday after it chose to focus on the reported divorce of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie instead of other pressing issues, including the recent killing of two black men by police.

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Though the US population accounts for only 4.4 percent of the world’s population, its prisons held 22 percent of the world’s prisoners at the end of October 2013, making America’s incarceration rate the highest in the world.

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Earlier this month, YouTube, the behemoth video-sharing website was accused of censoring users.

Claiming some of their videos had been barred from making money through the company’s ad services, YouTube hosts like Philip DeFranco spoke out against the policy, claiming over “a dozen of his videos had been flagged as inappropriate for advertising, including one dinged for ‘graphic content or excessive strong language.’

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Corporations are running the world, according to new figures released Monday from the U.K.-based Global Justice Now.

The economic and social justice advocacy group discovered (spreadsheet) that the ten largest corporations are wealthier than most countries in the world combined.

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The transformation is complete. Hillary Clinton has gone full neocon. We always knew she was. Anyone who’s paid attention to her foreign policy votes as a senator or her actions as a secretary of state knows she is the liberal analog of George W. Bush.

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I am worried about Julian Assange. This is not a maternal instinct, but rather, a pragmatic one. The increasingly hostile statements made by top state officials and their surrogates show a widespread condemnation of whistle blowers in the halls of government. President Obama set the tone early in his administration.

In the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the rhetoric goes well beyond condemnation of methodology and straight to advocating for his brutal murder.

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