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Maryland Legislator Moves To Criminalize 'Revenge Porn'

A Maryland delegate who's also running for state attorney general will introduce a bill to criminalize "revenge porn."

Democratic delegate Jon Cardin will introduce the bill for next year's General Assembly session in Annapolis dealing with a situation that has become more prevalent with the advent of smart phones with cameras.

Revenge porn websites feature explicit photos that men or women take of themselves and sent to their significant other. When the couple breaks up, the person who received the image sends it on to the website, almost always without the other person's consent.

Some of the most notable revenge porn websites have already been shut down, but many others have popped up to replace them.

Cardin wants to make it a felony offense to publicly disclose such images without the other person's consent. Offenders could face up to five years in prison if convicted.

Cardin is one of four Democrats in the General Assembly seeking their party's nomination to be the next attorney general.


Lisa Lucas Takes The Reins At The National Book Foundation

Lucas is the third executive director in the history of the foundation, which runs the National Book Awards. Her priority? Inclusivity: "Everyone is either a reader or a potential reader," she says.

The Shocking Truth About America's Ethanol Law: It Doesn't Matter (For Now)

Ted Cruz doesn't like the law that requires the use of ethanol in gasoline. So what would happen if it was abolished? The surprising answer: not much, probably.
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The Latest on the Military, Political and Humanitarian Crises in Syria

Russia continues airstrikes in Syria. Secretary Kerry meets with world leaders in an attempt to resolve the country’s five-year civil war. A panel joins Diane to discuss the latest on the military, political and humanitarian crises facing Syria.


Should India's Internet Be Free Of Charge, Or Free Of Control?

Facebook's free Internet service was banned in India on the basis of net neutrality this week. Internet providers, regulators say, should not be allowed "to shape the users' Internet experience."

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