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President Obama says we don't need Ferguson to know there's still systemic abuse of black citizens by many local police departments and judicial systems.  Now there's a bipartisan movement for reform, including some unlikely bedfellows.

Also, Russia's President Putin admits secret plot to take Crimea, and officials in Florida can't say "climate change."   

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Putin Admits Secret Plot to Take Crimea 6 MIN, 29 SEC

Crimea was officially absorbed into Russia on March 21 of last year — after a referendum held five days before. But, in an upcoming documentary for Russian TV, President Vladimir Putin says he ordered the takeover almost a month earlier. It was after a meeting discussing the ouster of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. Greg White is Moscow Bureau Chief for the Wall Street Journal.

Greg White, Wall Street Journal (@whitegl)

BBC on Putin's revelation of Russia Crimea takeover plot

From Selma to Ferguson: Criminal Justice Reform 33 MIN, 37 SEC

Fifty years ago in Selma, Alabama, it was white sheriff's deputies and soldiers brutally attacking civil rights marchers. Today, in Ferguson and other cities, its systemic police abuse of black people, and the use of fees and fines to finance unequal judicial systems. The Department of Justice has issued a scathing report on systemic racism in Ferguson's police department and judicial system. It's negotiating with city officials for change — with the threat of federal court action. Now there's a movement for reform on the local and federal levels, from police stops to excessive prison sentences. Two billionaires, progressive George Soros and right winger Charles Koch, have joined forces against "over-criminalization."

Dara Lind, Vox (@DLind)
Alec Karakatsanis, Equal Justice under Law (@equalityAlec)
John Eterno, Molloy College
Nikole Hannah-Jones, ProPublica (@nhannahjones)
Michael Hirsh, Politico Magazine (@michaelphirsh)

Obama on the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery march
Attorney General Holder on the Justice Department report on Ferguson PD
Lind on the best hope for federal prison reform
Equal Justice under Law sues Ferguson over 'debtors prisons' (NPR feature)
Hannah-Jones on why black America fears the police
Hirsh on the Koch-Soros effort against 'overcriminallization'

The Crime Numbers Game

John A. Eterno

Florida Officials Won't Say the Words "Climate Change" 9 MIN, 43 SEC

When Charlie Crist was Governor of Florida, official reports on the environment contained references to global warming, climate change and sea-level rise. But since Rick Scott was elected, those terms are not allowed in e-mails, reports or other official communications.

Florida — with its coral reefs, wetlands and beaches — is in the region most susceptible to global warming and climate change. But you wouldn't know that from reading reports by the Department of Environmental Protection, even though it's charged with planning for Florida's future. That's according to Tristram Korten at the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.

Tristram Korten, Florida Center for Investigative Reporting (@TristramKorten)

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