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D.C. Police Criticized For First Amendment Investigations

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The office of the D.C. auditor is faulting the police department's methods for investigating groups that exercise free speech rights.

The audit says the department impeded a probe into its investigative tactics by refusing to turn over un-redacted emails from undercover officers and other records. That makes it hard to know how police monitored, investigated and possibly infiltrated organizations planning demonstrations.

The audit goes on to say the department didn't properly authorize 16 of 20 First Amendment investigations, and didn't obtain written approval for the use of undercover officers in 17 investigations.

Mass arrests of protesters in 2000 and 2002 led to multi-million court settlements and prompted a new law that establishes police procedures for First Amendment investigations. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier issued a sharply critical response to the findings.

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The sixth season of HBO's Game of Thrones showed a real evolution in the way the show portrays women and in the season finale, several female characters ascended to power. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Glen Weldon from NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour and Greta Johnsen, host of the Nerdette podcast, about the show.
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In Quest For Happier Chickens, Perdue Shifts How Birds Live And Die

Perdue Farms, one of the largest poultry companies in the country, says it will change its slaughter methods and also some of its poultry houses. Animal welfare groups are cheering.
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Jonathan Rauch On How American Politics Went Insane

Party insiders and backroom deals: One author on why we need to bring back old-time politics.

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Episode 5: Why 1986 Still Matters

In 1986, a federal official issued a warning: If Metro continued to expand rapidly, the system faced a future of stark choices over maintaining existing infrastructure. Metro chose expansion. We talk to a historian about that decision. We also hear from a former Metro general manager about the following years, and from an Arlington planner about measuring how riders are responding to SafeTrack.

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