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Allegra Kirkland

Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.

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Christopher Howard never thought he would see the inside of a jail cell.

Growing up in a “dysfunctional family” in Gainesville, Florida, with an alcoholic uncle, a drug-addicted mother, and a wheelchair-bound grandmother, Howard dreamed of moving to New York and making it in the film industry. After a few unsatisfying years at Gainesville’s Santa Fe Community College, he dropped out and moved to a town in New Jersey, right across the Hudson River from Manhattan.

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The video of George W. Bush sitting blankly in a Florida elementary school classroom after learning that a hijacked airplane had crashed into the Twin Towers is an indelible part of Americans’ collective memory of Sept. 11, 2001. But newly released photographs taken throughout that day paint a fuller picture of how senior Bush administration officials handled the catastrophic news.

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Two veterans tackled an elderly protester and tore a sign reading “The Emperor Benghazi Has No Clothes” from his hands during President Obama’s Tuesday speech on veterans’ issues in Pittsburgh. Video footage by NBC captured the brief scuffle, which occurred as Obama was addressing the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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