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Dispatches: Five Essential Reads From the Past Week

A collection of some of our most important and timely stories, from a wide-ranging interview with Dana Rohrabacher to an investigation into how southern states are making it harder for former felons to vote.
Dana Rohrabacher speaking with attendees at the Young Americans for Liberty California State Convention on February 6th, 2016, at the University of California–Irvine in Irvine, California.

A rundown of five of our most important and timely stories from the past week.

  1. "There's many, many claims that have been made not just in the science community, but throughout, for everything, in order to justify global government. And that's what climate change is. Climate change is a maneuver by very powerful interest groups to create global government." Ross Ufberg spoke with California Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher about a wide range of topics—immigration, Russia, climate change, and more. Read Ufberg's interview with Rohrabacher here.
  2. Last Saturday's massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue rocked the American conscious. But according to cultural anthropologist C. Richard King, people needn't have been so surprised. Senior staff writer Tom Jacobs interviewed King about America's denial of its dark history of, anti-Semitism. Read Jacobs' interview here.
  3. Contributing writer Jared Keller examines how we can't talk about Saturday's shooting without discussing President Donald Trump's part in encouraging the acceptance of hateful speech in the American discourse. Read Keller's piece here.
  4. Many state governments are making it easier for former felons to vote. The opposite appears to be true across the American South, however. As Angela Caputo reports, a new analysis done by Pacific Standard and APM Reports indicates that the number of voters in the South who were purged from the rolls due to past-felonies has nearly doubled in the last decade. Read Caputo's story here.
  5. In a week marred by the continued rise of right-wing violence, the Oregonian chose to run an editorial defending a far-right group and its leader, Joey Gibson. As contributing writer Massoud Hayoun reports, the decision has raised concerns among activists that, in doing so, the paper promoted hateful and potentially violent rhetoric. Read Hayoun's story here.

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