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When Vanilla Was Brown And How We Came To See It As White

Vanilla has become a cultural metaphor for blandness and whiteness. But the flavor's history is rife with conquest and slavery and theft.
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Analysis: Maryland Rep. Ruppersberger Wants To End NSA's Bulk Data Collection

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) wants to end the bulk collection of cell of data of U.S. citizens. National Journal's Brendan Sasso offers the why and the how.

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Analysis: What Redacted FEC Doc On Crossroads GPS Means For Campaign Finance

All 72 pages of a document informing a recent FEC decision have been redacted. Shane Goldmacher with National Journal discusses what this means for campaign finance.

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Analysis: Jeffrey Thompson Scandal Reaches National Politicians

Much of the focus of the case against businessman Jeffrey Thompson has so far focused on D.C. politicians, but as The Hill's Alex Bolton explains, Thompson had a hand in national campaigns as well.

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Analysis: Who Is Pushing Climate Change On The Hill And Who Isn't

Sens. Ben Cardin of Maryland and Tim Kaine of Virginia are conducting an all-nighter on the Capitol tonight to put climate change on the national agenda, but other lawmakers are holding off. Roll Call's David Hawkings discusses why.

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Analysis: Rep. Issa Apologizes For Brash Behavior

Rep. Darrell Issa shut off the mic for Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) during a committee hearing this week. Roll Call's David Hawkings speculates what this could mean for the dynamic between the two.

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Analysis: Federal Employees Coping With Winter Via Telework

An especially snow-heavy winter has closed the federal government four times this year, and Government Executive's Tom Shoop explains why it hasn't hurt productivity.


Where Did All The Female Rappers Go?

2014. This, we're told, is the year female rappers will break their way back into the mainstream, ending the long period of silence for women in the industry.

Russia's Move On Crimea Is A Pivotal Moment For White House

President Obama spoke to the leaders of Britain, Germany and Poland on Sunday, and together they expressed "grave concern" over Russia's move to assert control over the Crimea region of Ukraine.
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Analysis: McAuliffe Joins Republicans In Calling For Offshore Drilling

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is the only Democrat in a group of governors from Mid-Atlantic and Gulf states to support more oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic coast — Alex Bolton of the The Hill breaks down the why and how.