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The Streets or the Slaughterhouse

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New York City’s mayor says the carriage horse industry is inhumane, but what about the grim alternative for the animals? Meet Roger, the horse saved from slaughter by a carriage driver.

If properly aimed, the slaughterhouse air gun sends a retractable steel bolt through the horse’s forehead and into its brain, rendering the animal unconscious.But often the horse is manifestly terrified and liable to pitch its head to and fro as its whole body surges back and forth in a vain attempt to escape. It can become all the more challenging a target as its hooves skitter on a killing floor made slick with blood and other bodily fluids.

GUNS A BLAZIN’

The NRA Nightmare: America’s Moms

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America

At this weekend’s annual convention, there will be a lot of talking back and punishment threats, but who will eat soap remains to be seen.

Can a group of passionate mothers defeat the nation’s largest pro-gun institution and persuade elected officials to enact laws that will reduce gun violence and save lives? It’s too early to tell, but this weekend the two groups will come face to face outside the NRA’s annual convention.On one side of this version of the classic David versus Goliath battle, we have “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense.” This small, but passionate group is led by Shannon Watts, a 43-year-old mother of five who started the organization via a simple Facebook page after the horrific shooting at the Sandy Hook elementary school in 2012.

Tense Workplace

Buffalo Jills Vs. Buffalo Bills

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Hundreds of unpaid hours of work, ‘degrading sexual comments,’ and even menstrual hygiene rules—this was life as a Bills cheerleader, according to a lawsuit filed this week.

Cheerleaders, a mainstay of the National Football League, may be nearly as essential to the viewing experience and commercial brand as the players themselves. But a new lawsuit from five former Buffalo Bills cheerleaders adds to the mounting evidence that the women glamorized in calendars and ogled at halftime shows also can fall prey to financial exploitation and sexual harassment by their teams.In the suit, filed Tuesday in New York State Supreme Court, the Buffalo Jills allege minimum wage violations, unlawful kickbacks and deductions, uncompensated mandated travel and cosmetic costs, and even menstrual hygiene rules.

Sniff, Sniff

Preppy Drug Bust High on Hype

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They’re the WASPy Walter Whites of the Philadelphia elite, if you listen to the district attorney. But a look at the government’s case reveals a very different story.

The house at 560 Barrett Ave. in the bedroom community of Haverford, Pennsylvania, doesn’t fit the profile of a drug lord’s den. Situated on a quiet tree-lined block just a stone’s throw from the storied rail line that has linked the affluent towns west of Philadelphia since the 19th century, the tiny duplex is more King of Queens than King of New York.But to hear local law enforcement officials tell it, it was the epicenter of one of the most audacious criminal drug conspiracies to hit the swanky Main Line corridor since the 1980s, when Larry Lavin—the Ivy League-educated dentist the media dubbed “Dr.

Take Off

The Long Flight to Afghanistan

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On his way to Afghanistan, an officer is surprised by a strange sight at a layover in the middle of the night.

Editor’s Note: Nick Willard is the pen name of a service member serving in Afghanistan during the closing days of America’s longest war. He will write what he sees in an ongoing feature for The Daily Beast. Biographical details have been changed to protect his identity. I told my kids goodbye as they went to bed the night before I left. I sat with each one for a few minutes, told them to be good for their mom, that I’d call or Skype as often as I could, and I’d be home before they knew it.

Devil’s Advocate

Who Should Watch the Watchmen

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Oversight today focuses on whether agencies like the NSA break the rules, but we need to ask if the rules themselves should be reconsidered.

As a member of the President’s Review Group on NSA surveillance, I had a rare opportunity last fall to observe and evaluate the various mechanisms our government uses to oversee the activities of our nation’s intelligence agencies. At the structural level, I was impressed with the variety and range of oversight mechanisms in place.The National Security Agency’s activities, for example, are overseen by the NSA’s Inspector General, the Director of National Intelligence, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the Department of Justice, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, and the Senate and House Intelligence Committees.

Death Watch

Affirmative Action on the Ropes

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By upholding Michigan’s ban on race as a factor in college admissions, the Supreme Court chips away at the idea that diversity is good for all and worth promoting via special treatment.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that a state, through a voter referendum, can prohibit a practice—race-conscious admissions in public education—that the U.S. Constitution doesn’t require. The 6-2 decision (Justice Elena Kagan was recused) in Schuette v. BAMN preserves the status quo for Michigan and the seven other states that have banned affirmative action, beginning with California in 1996.  Even for supporters of affirmative action, then, the Court’s decision is not the travesty Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s 58-page dissent would have us believe.

HELP OR HURT?

Liberals’ Red State Death Wish

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Control of the Senate is at stake, but can liberals stomach backing four Democratic senators from red states for reelection this year who have strayed from the party’s progressive base on issues such as gun control, climate change, and Social Security?

With control of the Senate at stake, progressive interest groups are struggling with how to handle a quartet of red state Democratic senators up for reelection in 2014.Sens. Mark Begich (AK), Mary Landrieu (LA), Kay Hagan (NC), and Mark Pryor (AR) are considered to be among the most vulnerable lawmakers in the country as incumbent Democrats running in states that voted against President Obama in 2012. But those same senators have also strayed from the party’s progressive base on at least one key issue—gun control, oil and gas development, climate change, or Social Security.

In the clink

America’s Recidivism Nightmare

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A new government study shows a disturbing trend for the prison population.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics has finally released new information on recidivism rates among former prisoners in the U.S.—and while the numbers, aren’t necessarily surprising, experts say, they are disturbing.The study, released Tuesday, tracked 404,638 state prisoners from 30 states who were released in 2005. It found that 67.8 percent of them were re-arrested within three years of their release and 76.6 percent were re-arrested within five years.

BRYAN SINGER

Scortched Earth in Singer Case

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Jeff Herman, lawyer for Michael Egan, the young man who has accused Bryan Singer of sexual assault, has filed suit against three other Hollywood executives. But could Herman be damaging his client’s case, naming and shaming the accused in front of the cameras?

Nothing in Hollywood reverberates like a sex scandal; still more when it involves a big-name star or director. Throw in homosexuality, pool parties with nudity and lashings of alcohol and possibly drugs, and the suggestion of coercive, underage sex, and the circling media and legal vultures increase exponentially in number. When X-Men director Bryan Singer was named as the defendant in a federal civil lawsuit for sexually abusing a then-17-year-old boy, the accusation was met with widespread shock and confusion.

Who Is Frazier Glenn Miller?

Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon dissects the story of Miller, a 'nightmare image' of 'hate groups nestled in the heartland' who went on a Kansas killing spree on Sunday.

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The Nevada rancher’s breathtakingly racist comments Wednesday left Republican supporters racing to distance themselves. What they’re saying now.

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JUST SAY IT IS SO

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