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Zoe Schlanger

Zoë Schlanger is Frontpage Editor at TPM. Zoë was a TPM intern in 2011, and prior to returning here she was editor in chief of NYU Local, the alternative independent student news site at NYU. Zoë has interned at places like the Nation, InsideClimate News, The Rachel Maddow Show and Gothamist. She can be reached at zoe@talkingpointsmemo.com.

Articles by Zoe

The Obama administration's moves to curb journalists' access to government information are unprecedented, according to a new report by the Committee to Protect Journalists reviewed by McClatchy DC Thursday. 

President Obama's White House has aggressively pursued leakers of government information, prosecuting six government employees and two government contractors on felony criminal charges under the 1917 Espionage Act since it took office, according to the report. 

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Justice Antonin Scalia may have the best grasp on humor out of all of his peers on the bench, at least according to the number of times justices elicit laughter during oral arguments, a new study published last week by a group of researchers found.

The Supreme Court justices keep an informal running tally of who elicits the most laughter in court based on "[laughter]" notations inserted into court transcripts, the New York Times reported Monday.

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Best-selling thriller author Tom Clancy died Tuesday evening in Baltimore, according to New York Times reporter Julie Bosman.

The city coucil of Palo Alto, California accepted a change to its building code by a unanimous vote last Tuesday that will require all new homes to include wiring to support an electric vehicle charger, Palo Alto Online reported. 

The adjustment will face another vote before becoming officially adopted, but its chances of passing are reportedly looking good.

Installing necessary wiring for the chargers will add about $200 to the cost of a new home, as opposed to the $1,000 to $2,000 pricetag for installing the wiring on an existing home, the Verge reported Tuesday.

The mandate would also ease the process for companies that seek to install electric vehicle charging stations, according to Palo Alto Online.

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Head Start preschoolers in eastern Alabama were told to stay home Tuesday and 240 employees were furloughed without pay after the U.S. government shut down for the first time in 17 years, MSNBC.com reported. 

Though the preschool program for low-income families is operated locally, it relies in large part on federal grants awarded each year. For 23 Head Start programs in 11 states that service a combined 19,000 children, grant money rant out on Sept. 30, according to MSNBC.com. Some programs have alternative revenue sources and will remain open, but others will not. MSNBC.com notes that 770 preschoolers throughout the Cheaha region were told to stay home. 

Automatic budget cuts known as sequestration cut $405 million out of Head Start funding in March. As a result, 57,000 children were dropped from the program nationwide.

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