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Emily Becker is a freelance writer based in New York City. A month after graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Missouri, she boarded a plane to western Africa and taught English with the Peace Corps for two years. She currently covers news for AbridgeMe. She has never met an Oxford comma that does not make her cringe and will buy you a drink if you use either whom or nauseated correctly in a sentence.

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1. Citizens United v. FEC
Citizens United v. FEC came before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2009.

In 2008, lobbying group Citizens United was prevented from airing commercials for its political documentary, which was highly critical of then presidential-nominee Hillary Clinton. The group was found in violation of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, which prohibits corporations and unions to broadcast advertisements mentioning a candidate within 30 days of a primary or 60 days of a general election.

The Court ruled the First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting campaign contributions by a non-profit. The ruling was later extended to include for-profit companies.
2. NY Times Journalist David Carr Dies at 5...
David Carr, a regular columnist at the New York Times, died on February 12, 2015, in Manhattan, after collapsing in the Times' newsroom .

Carr wrote the Media Equation column for the paper and was featured prominently in the 2011 documentary Page One: Inside the New York Times. He chronicled his addiction to cocaine and subsequent rehabilitation in his memoir, The Night of the Gun.
3. Oregon Governor Resigns Amid Criminal Al...
Governor John Kitzhaber, who is one month into serving an unprecedented fourth term, resigned on February 13, 2015 in the midst of a criminal investigation by the U.S. Justice Department.

The communications records of 17 people and 11 state agencies were requested under the subpoena related to accusations that Kitzhaber’s fiancee received consulting fees and contracts from special interest groups while serving as an advisor to the governor. This investigation is believed to be the largest of an Oregon official in the state’s history.
4. The Stonewall Riots
The riots took place at the Stonewall Inn, a bar in Greenwich Village in New York City. While spontaneous, the demonstrations against the police raid on June 28, 1969 are generally considered to be the beginning of the gay rights movement in the U.S.

The bar was one of the few establishments in the city that welcomed openly gay people. Police raids were frequent and included the arresting of individuals without identification or dressed in full drag. That evening, however, patrons refused to cooperate. Crowds became ignited after several displays of police brutality. Demonstrations continued for several days.
5. The Pentagon Papers
In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg released a series of confidential papers detailing the U.S.'s political and military involvement in Vietnam to the New York Times. The documents revealed the U.S. had secretly bombed Cambodia and Laos and the government had been neglecting to reveal much of its military action in the area.

Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara began collecting the information that would become the Pentagon Papers in 1967. The project was kept secret from many officials, including then-President Lyndon Johnson.

Ellsberg was charged with conspiracy, espionage and theft of government property. The charges were later dropped.