Victoria Law, Truthout: Nearly 19 years after Kelly Savage’s husband killed her 3-year-old son and they both were convicted of murder, she is filing for a writ of habeas corpus, arguing that expert testimony about domestic violence was not included during her trial. Will California allow her a second chance?
Hannah K. Gold, Truthout: In the 1960s and ’70s, the ROTC was kicked off campuses in the Northeast. Now it’s back, appealing to the most vulnerable students, and bringing military culture along with it.
Liz McFall, The Conversation: Obamacare has another difficult year ahead. The attempt to introduce a more affordable health care system has been notably controversial from the start, and this looks set to continue.
Peter Handel, Truthout: With its reputation for ultra-secrecy, imprisonment of rogue missionaries and a leadership baffling to outsiders, it’s no wonder few tourists in the United States even think of taking a state-approved tour in North Korea. Meet Robert Willoughby, author of the only dedicated guide to the country.
Emily Schwartz Greco, OtherWords: Low prices at the pump are imperiling oil fracking operations in Texas and North Dakota. Many companies may start losing money or even go broke. While the green-minded may welcome the doom of fracking, there’s a risk cheap oil could speed the pace of climate change.
Mikey Weinstein, AlterNet: Far more than merely a few elected officials have ceaselessly covered the flanks of the Christian fundamentalist forces that are actively commandeering our US military.
Sam Husseini, Consortium News: Truth-telling can be a dangerous undertaking, especially when done by government insiders trying to expose wrongdoing connected to war-making, as British intelligence official Katharine Gun discovered in blowing the whistle on a pre-Iraq War ploy.
Antonia Bruno, Zero Waste World: Following Typhoon Haiyan, survivors in impacted communities in the Philippines came together in a deep expression of solidarity to help each other rebuild their homes and lives.
Crystal Shepeard, Care2: While their motivations may be different, the health insurance industry and the Obama administration have created an alliance to push back against Republican attempts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.
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