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It’s Laura, back with a few frog-free potboilers from the rest of the crew:

1) The new Black Panthers and me: Obama’s DOJ is under fire for dropping a controversial voter intimidation case. Our reporter caught the whole incident on camera.

2) Did Clinton compare Gore to Mussolini? David Corn’s favorite excerpts from the Clinton bio you can’t read yet.

3) Meet the spy who loved Hamas. And Hezbollah. And Iran. Just who is ex-MI6 superstar Alastair Crooke working for, anyway?

4) Rare photos from inside a (completely macrame-free) Hamas summer camp for young Palestinian boys.

Laura McClure hosts weekly podcasts and is a writer and editor for Mother Jones. Read her recent investigative feature on lifehacking gurus here.

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