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When Jeff Sessions was up for a federal judgeship under President Reagan in 1986, his nomination was rejected because of alleged racism. Now, he’s President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general. As lawmakers are expected to begin confirmation hearings for Trump’s cabinet picks, members of the NAACP have occupied Sessions' Mobile, Alabama office, saying the group will stay there until Sessions withdraws from consideration or the protesters are arrested.
Del Wilber, Los Angeles Times
The idea of religious freedom is being used to introduce legislation nationwide that is seen as anti-gay rights. How does that work?
Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Washington Post
John Berger taught generations of art lovers to look at paintings differently. A prolific art critic and author, Berger was best known for a 1972 BBC TV series and book called Ways of Seeing. The British critic and writer has died at the age of 90.
Ratik Asokan, Writer for Art and Photography
A new book of photographs illustrates the before and after of Japanese Americans being rounded up and imprisoned in camps.
Richard Cahan, Co-Author, 'Un-American : The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War ||'
More From Press Play with Madeleine Brand
Why black boys from rich families have a 50-50 chance of falling into poverty New research shows that black boys raised in U.S. -- even in the richest neighborhoods -- still earn less money when they grow up than white boys of similar backgrounds. But that’s not the case for women. Black and white women usually track together, while black men rarely make it to the same levels as white men.
California case: free speech v. abortion rights Crisis pregnancy centers are generally run by pro-life groups that aim to convince pregnant women not to get abortions. A California law requires that employees tell their clients that the state offers free and low-cost abortions and other family planning services. Now a group of these centers is arguing that the law violates their freedom of speech.
Does copyright law cover graffiti? Clothing company H&M did a fashion shoot in Brooklyn featuring models standing against a gray wall painted with black waving lines. The graffiti was the work of an LA-based street artist, who wanted compensation. H&M responded by filing a lawsuit against him, then dropped it a few days later.
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