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    Most people think of voter registration as something everyone supports. After all, voting is the ultimate gesture of democratic citizenship. And if you want to vote, you first have to register.

    But lately it’s become politically contested. In several southern states, Republicans have imposed rules meant to make registration more difficult. A Georgia group working to register African-Americans was recently the target of a politically motivated investigation by state election officials. In North Carolina, which hosts a tight Senate race this fall, even a conservative group, Turning Point USA, was recently blocked from registering voters on campus, in an episode that was captured on video.

    In that context, registering to vote isn’t just a step toward participating. It’s a political act in itself.

    Photographer Mike Belleme captured the reactions of newly-registered Tarheel State voters, while they discuss the issues on their minds.

    Mike did a hell of a job on these. Check out the whole series.

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    A few thousand protesters participated in a “Justice for All” march in St. Louis on Saturday, one of the largest and most diverse gatherings since activism began over the death of Michael Brown.

    Unions, religious groups and student organizations gathered behind banners, holding aloft flags and posters as they marched down the street to the thundering of drums and chants of “Black lives matter! Black lives matter!”

    Check out the full photo essay shot by  Zun Lee for MSNBC

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    Photos by: (clockwise from left) Dale de la Rey/AFP/Getty, Jitendra Prakash/Reuters, Yannis Behrakis/ReutersMurad Sezer/Reuters

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    They’ve marched in picket lines demanding higher wages for low-paid fast food workers. They’ve occupied public spaces in the name of class equity. And they’ve protested and rebelled against police brutality and for justice for a growing list of dead minority youth killed by police or by vigilantes.

    They are a generation decades removed from the not-so-halcyon days of the 1960s and 1970s when youth culture was largely defined by scorched earth, protest and the rejection of American convention. Things have changed. And despite accusations lobbed by old-schoolers that young folks have grown disinterested in social change and have lost their way in an age of video games and incessant text messaging, this generation has taken up causes in ways distinctly their own.

    In a series of portraits for MSNBC, photographer Geordie Wood captured the heart and hopefulness of those driven by the issues that matter to them most.

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    In Central Park on Saturday, a host of the world’s biggest stars and music acts came together to shine a light on efforts to combat poverty around the world.

    This year’s headliners at the third annual Global Citizen Festival included JAY Z, Fun., Carrie Underwood, Tiesto, No Doubt and the Roots, as well as a few special guests. Twenty-five celebrity hosts, including Hugh Jackman, Jessica Alba, Olivia Wilde and Zachary Quinto also showed their support for efforts to eliminate extreme poverty worldwide by 2030.

    (Photo by Alex Welsh for MSNBC)

    Alex did a great job shooting this concert, check out the full photo essay.

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    Check out the Week in Pictures.

    (Photos by: (clockwise from top left) Dylan Martinez/Reuters, Bill Kostroun/AP, Spencer Platt/Getty, Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty)

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    This Week In History: On Sept. 24, 1906, Devil’s Tower, pictured here in 1956, was designated by President Theodore Roosevelt as the nation’s first National Monument.

    Jutting more than 1,200 feet from the Black Hills region in Wyoming, the rock formation has and continues to hold deep significance to Native American tribes in the region and may also be remembered as a backdrop for the 1977 film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”

    Check out more from MSNBC’s Throwback Thursday

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    More than 138,000 Syrian refugees, mainly Kurds, fleeing threats from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in northern Syria and Monday’s U.S.-led airstrikes have crossed into southern Turkey since Friday, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The southeastern Turkish town of Suruc, in Sanliurfa province, has seen tens of thousands of refugees, the majority of which are women, children and the elderly. They arrive exhausted and depleted after walking miles to safety on rough roads and carrying their belongings. 

    Click here for the full photo essay

    (Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty)

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    Clean water is at the core of human well-being. With water there can be good nutrition, sanitation and health. Without it, there is poverty and disease.

    Throughout the world, roughly two million children under the age of five die because of diarrhea and pneumonia – two diseases easily prevented by safe drinking water, sanitation and proper hygiene.

    Global progress in increasing access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation has been mixed, and progress in sub-Saharan Africa lags behind much of the world. 

    Click here for the full photo essay

    (Photos by Thomas Prior for MSNBC)

    MSNBC just launched a snazzy new Tumblr.  Follow us and then check out these amazing photos Thomas Prior took in Rwanda.

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    Last weekend I traveled to Atlantic City, N.J. for msnbc to cover the closings of three major casinos and talk with folks from around the community who will be most affected. Please checkout the slideshow of portraits and perspectives here.

    Top Image: Karina Guevara has worked at Trump Plaza for 18 years as a hotel cashier. “The people here are truly my family. They have been with me through hard times. I was going to lose my home four years ago, but they just modified me and with me loosing my job here I think I am going to lose my home because I won’t be able to pay the $900. I have four children to feed, and it’s really going to affect me. My plans are to look for another job, but with almost 7,000  people loosing their jobs it’s going to be hard out here.” Photo taken on Aug. 29, 2014.

    John rules.  Check out this great body of work.


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    FERGUSON, Missouri Michael Brown never made it to his first day of college. He never wore his student ID badge through the doors of the tech school here, never saw the syllabus outlining his first class. He had dreams of mastering a trade, becoming an electrician to heat and cool…

  13. Lexington Ave., New York, NY August, 2014.

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  14. Before and After - Slenderman Falls, Upstate NY

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