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Millions of voiceprints quietly being harvested as latest identification tool

Millions of voiceprints quietly being harvested as latest identification tool

Over the telephone, in jail and online, a new digital bounty is being harvested: the human voice. Businesses and governments around the world increasingly are turning to voice biometrics, or voiceprints, to pay pensions, collect taxes, track criminals and replace passwords. “We sometimes call it the invisible biometric,” said Mike Goldgof, an...

The Guardian 20 Oct 2014 Hits:266 ECR Articles

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Dark Clouds Loom: In the Shadow of the First World War, Noam Chomsky Discusses ISIS, Ukraine, and Gaza

Dark Clouds Loom: In the Shadow of the First World War, Noam Chomsky Discusses ISIS, Ukraine, and Gaza

In October 2014, the Plymouth Institute for Peace Research (www.pipr.co.uk) asked Noam Chomsky to comment on some important world developments, including the threat of nuclear war, the recent escalation of violence in Gaza, and the growth of ISIS in Iraq. This year commemorates the centenary of the 1914-18 First World War....

Noam Chomsky and the Plymouth Institute for Peace Research 20 Oct 2014 Hits:361 EWO Articles

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Poor kids who do everything right don’t do better than rich kids who do everything wrong

Poor kids who do everything right don’t do better than rich kids who do everything wrong

America is the land of opportunity, just for some more than others. That's because, in large part, inequality starts in the crib. Rich parents can afford to spend more time and money on their kids, and that gap has only grown the past few decades. Indeed, economists Greg Duncan and Richard Murnane...

Matt O'Brien | The Washington Post 20 Oct 2014 Hits:622 ESJ Articles

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SC Prosecutors: Stand Your Ground Doesn't Apply to Victims of Domestic Violence

SC Prosecutors: Stand Your Ground Doesn't Apply to Victims of Domestic Violence

South Carolina is one of more than 20 states that has passed an expansive Stand Your Ground law authorizing individuals to use deadly force in self-defense. The law has been used to protect a man who killed an innocent bystander while pointing his gun at several teens he called “women...

Nicole Flatow | Think Progress 20 Oct 2014 Hits:357 Women's Issues

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Cop To Immigrant During Traffic Stop: ‘If You Do Something, I Will Kill You Right Here’

Cop To Immigrant During Traffic Stop: ‘If You Do Something, I Will Kill You Right Here’

Teodulo Sanchez was driving home when an Arizona police officer pulled him over and threatened to “kill” or “shoot” him if he moved, according to a video of the incident captured last week. Immigration advocates have long charged that Arizona police officers indiscriminately pull over members of the Latino community,...

Esther Yu-Hsi Lee | Think Progress 20 Oct 2014 Hits:330 EMC Articles

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Alarming Levels of Cancer-Causing Chemicals Found in Columbia River Fish

Alarming Levels of Cancer-Causing Chemicals Found in Columbia River Fish

The mighty Columbia River rolls down from the Canadian rockies to form the border between Oregon and Washington State. Rolling along in its waters are the fish that have been the backbone of the region’s life for countless centuries. These days the fish are carrying some things the Native tribes of...

Anastasia Pantsios | EcoWatch 20 Oct 2014 Hits:294 SGW Articles

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Ten Facts about Being Homeless in USA

Ten Facts about Being Homeless in USA

Three True Stories Renee Delisle was one of over 3500 homeless people in Santa Cruz when she found out she was pregnant.  The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported she was turned away from a shelter because they did not have space for her.  While other homeless people slept in cars or under...

Bill Quigley | Common Dreams 20 Oct 2014 Hits:371 ESJ Articles

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Scott Walker's women's outreach: shutting clinics, repealing equal pay, mandating ultrasounds & more

Scott Walker's women's outreach: shutting clinics, repealing equal pay, mandating ultrasounds & more

During the first 2014 Wisconsin gubernatorial debate, Scott Walker wanted to assure voters that he's very reasonable in regards to abortion, and really just has women's health in mind. He's pro-life, but he can't imagine the difficulty of the situation; he just wants to make sure women are safe. Ultimately,...

Rachel | Daily Kos 20 Oct 2014 Hits:339 Women's Issues

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40,000 unprocessed Georgia voter registrations go to court

40,000 unprocessed Georgia voter registrations go to court

The story starts simply enough: African-Americans and Hispanics across Georgia were registered to vote at levels lower than their white state-mates, so the New Georgia Project was started by the non-profit Third Sector Development to register new voters, concentrating on minority communities. And that is exactly what the New Georgia Project...

Gregg Levine | Aljezeera America 20 Oct 2014 Hits:401 CFTE Articles

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Why Government Spends More Per Pupil at Elite Universities Than at Public Universities

Why Government Spends More Per Pupil at Elite Universities Than at Public Universities

Imagine a system of college education supported by high and growing government spending on elite private universities that mainly educate children of the wealthy and upper-middle class, and low and declining government spending on public universities that educate large numbers of children from the working class and the poor. You can...

Robert Reich | Huffington Post 20 Oct 2014 Hits:124 ESJ Articles

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FSU Controlled by GOP and Oil Billionaires

FSU Controlled by GOP and Oil Billionaires

Florida State University’s Board of Trustees recently selected a new president, Raw Story reported, going the controversial, political route by choosing Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign chairman, despite protests by angry students. John Thrasher, 70, a die-hard conservative and former Florida Republican party leader, has no background in education whatsoever. On record, he...

Alex Chastain | Ring of Fire 20 Oct 2014 Hits:155 ECR Articles

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Sea level rise over past century unmatched in 6,000 years, says study

Sea level rise over past century unmatched in 6,000 years, says study

The rise in sea levels seen over the past century is unmatched by any period in the past 6,000 years, according to a lengthy analysis of historical sea level trends. The reconstruction of 35,000 years of sea level fluctuations finds that there is no evidence that levels changed by more than...

Oliver Milman | The Guardian 20 Oct 2014 Hits:158 SGW Articles

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17 Arrested In Latest Ferguson Protests

17 Arrested In Latest Ferguson Protests

Officers arrested 17 protesters and used pepper spray to subdue some of them Sunday in a St. Louis neighborhood not far from the suburb where violence erupted this summer after the shooting of a black man by a white policeman. The arrests were the only incident in an otherwise peaceful weekend...

Jim Suhr | Huffington Post 20 Oct 2014 Hits:106 EMC Articles

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Medicaid Expansion: Allow Every Citizen Access to Health Insurance

Medicaid Expansion: Allow Every Citizen Access to Health Insurance

I live in a state that has refused to accept Medicaid Expansion funds. The latest reports are proof that Texas, the largest state opting out, will cut off its nose to spite its face: we could collect $100 billion in federal funds over the next 10 years if we agreed to expand Medicaid eligibility....

Deborah Mitchell | Counter Punch 05 Oct 2014 Hits:395 HCA Articles

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Switzerland rejects single-payer, will keep its own version of Obamacare

Switzerland rejects single-payer, will keep its own version of Obamacare

Besides our own health-care system, Switzerland's may be the one that gets the most attention in America because of its similarities to the Affordable Care Act's new coverage scheme. So it seems worth noting that 64 percent of Swiss voters rejected a ballot measure on Sunday that would have scrapped...

Jason Millman | The Washington Post 05 Oct 2014 Hits:315 HCA Articles

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One-Third of the World's Women in Prison Have One Striking Thing in Common

One-Third of the World's Women in Prison Have One Striking Thing in Common

They're locked up in the United States. All 201,200 of them. Forbe recently published a map charting the largest female prison populations in the world: As you can see, it's not even close. Citing data from the International Center for Prison Studies, Niall McCarthy of Statista visualizes how the United States housed...

Zak Cheney-Rice | Identities.mic 05 Oct 2014 Hits:558 EMC Articles

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Antarctic Ice Melt Causes Small Shift in Gravity

Antarctic Ice Melt Causes Small Shift in Gravity

Gravity—yes, gravity—is the latest victim of climate change in Antarctica. That’s the stunning conclusion announced Friday by the European Space Agency. “The loss of ice from West Antarctica between 2009 and 2012 caused a dip in the gravity field over the region,” writes the ESA, whose GOCE satellite measured the change....

Eric Holthaus | Slate 05 Oct 2014 Hits:366 SGW Articles

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Amazon's ruthless practices are crushing Main Street--and threatening the vitality of our communities

Amazon's ruthless practices are crushing Main Street--and threatening the vitality of our communities

Even by the anything-goes ethical code of the corporate jungle, Amazon.com's alpha male, Jeff Bezos, is considered a ruthless predator by businesses that deal with him. As overlord of Amazon, by far the largest online marketer in the world (with more sales than the next nine US online retailers combined),...

Jim Hightower | Hightower Lowdown 05 Oct 2014 Hits:374 ECR Articles

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ISIS, Weapons Makers, Thugs Benefit from This Crime

ISIS, Weapons Makers, Thugs Benefit from This Crime

President Obama is bombing the opposite side in Syria from the side he swore we needed to attack one year ago, and those pleased by this declare that he is "doing something." U.S. polls suggest that the same people recognize that this something will make the U.S. more likely to be...

David Swanson | War Is A Crime 05 Oct 2014 Hits:303 EWO Articles

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“There Is No Military Solution” – But Obama Launches a New U.S. War in Syria

“There Is No Military Solution” – But Obama Launches a New U.S. War in Syria

President Obama’s decision to bomb Syria stands in stark violation of international law, the UN Charter, and the requirements of the U.S. Constitution. It contradicts his own commitment, stated a year ago in the UN General Assembly, to reverse Washington’s “perpetual war footing.” And it portends disaster for the people of...

Phyllis Bennis | Institute for Policy Studies 05 Oct 2014 Hits:277 EWO Articles

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These People Can Make Student Loans Disappear

These People Can Make Student Loans Disappear

It was an ordinary Friday. Courtney Brown, 24, of Kalamazoo, Mich., was busy looking for a job. "I've applied all kinds of places," she says. "Wal-Mart, Target, Verizon Wireless." Then she got a strange letter in the mail. " 'We are writing you with good news,' " she reads to me...

Anya Kamenetz | NPR 05 Oct 2014 Hits:389 ESJ Articles

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Electronic Privacy Information Center Files Lawsuit on Internet Voting Security Reports

Electronic Privacy Information Center Files Lawsuit on Internet Voting Security Reports

On September 11, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a major beltway advocacy group, filed suit against the Department of Defense (DoD) for withholding records on security testing of electronic voting systems for use by overseas service members. EPIC has requested the security reports in July under the Freedom of...

Gerry Bello | Free Press 05 Oct 2014 Hits:148 CFTE Articles

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Scientists Find ‘Direct Link’ Between Earthquakes and Process Used for Oil and Gas Drilling

Scientists Find ‘Direct Link’ Between Earthquakes and Process Used for Oil and Gas Drilling

A team of scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey have found evidence “directly linking” the uptick in Colorado and New Mexico earthquakes since 2001 to wastewater injection, a process widely used in the controversial technique of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and conventional drilling. In a study to be published in the...

Emily Atkin | Nation of Change 21 Sep 2014 Hits:533 SGW Articles

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DOJ preparing criminal charges against Wall Street executives

DOJ preparing criminal charges against Wall Street executives

The Justice Department has launched criminal fraud investigations of individuals at Wall Street firms, with the hopes of filing formal charges in the coming months, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Wednesday. “We are making good progress in these cases, which involve conduct that has undermined the integrity of our markets,”...

Danielle Douglas | The Washington Post 21 Sep 2014 Hits:1148 ECR Articles

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CFPB Accuses Corinthian Colleges Of Cheating Students

CFPB Accuses Corinthian Colleges Of Cheating Students

For-profit education company Corinthian Colleges Inc. misled students into taking out unaffordable loans by falsely advertising job prospects, then used illegal debt collection tactics to force distressed students to pay up, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Corinthian owns Everest Institute, Everest College, WyoTech...

Shahien Nasiripour | Huffington Post 21 Sep 2014 Hits:256 ESJ Articles

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Broad coalition builds for single-payer health care

Broad coalition builds for single-payer health care

The Affordable Care Act has made a dent in the glaring lack of health care for many millions of poor people in this, the wealthiest country in the world. But allowing states to op-out of providing Medicaid coverage for the poor, most often people of color, youth and those living...

Sue Davis | Workers World 14 Sep 2014 Hits:511 HCA Articles

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Single Payer Would Save $150 Million in Hospital Overhead

Single Payer Would Save $150 Million in Hospital Overhead

A study of hospital administrative costs in eight nations published in the September issue of Health Affairs finds that hospital bureaucracy consumed 25.3 percent of hospital budgets in the U.S. in 2011, far more than in other nations. Administrative costs were lowest (about 12 percent) in Scotland and Canada, whose single-payer...

Stephanie Woolhandler | Single Payer Action 14 Sep 2014 Hits:874 HCA Articles

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Putting ‘Medicare for All’ on the Agenda

Putting ‘Medicare for All’ on the Agenda

Don Berwick is making a vital point about the need for progressives to expand the discussion about healthcare reform. Democratic and Republican strategists, and the candidates who let campaign consultants frame their range of opinion, are still engaging in picayune debates about the strengths and weaknesses of the Affordable Care Act. But...

John Nichols | The Nation 14 Sep 2014 Hits:773 HCA Articles

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Why Aren't Women Advancing At Work? Ask a Transgender Person.

Why Aren't Women Advancing At Work? Ask a Transgender Person.

Fifty years after The Feminine Mystique and 40 years after Title IX, the question of why women lag in the workplace dogs researchers and lay people alike. While women are entering the professions at rates equal to men, they rise more slowly, and rarely advance to the top. They’re represented...

Jessica Nordell | New Republic 14 Sep 2014 Hits:374 Women's Issues

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Since 9-11 America’s Insane Foreign Policy — Continued Under Obama — Has Killed a Million and Created ISIS

Since 9-11 America’s Insane Foreign Policy — Continued Under Obama — Has Killed a Million and Created ISIS

Thirteen years ago, a draft dodger from Texas stood on a pile of rubble in New York City and promised, “The people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.” Of course, the people who flew the planes into the World Trade Center could not hear anybody,...

Nicolas J.S. Davies | AlterNet 12 Sep 2014 Hits:417 EWO Articles

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Fracking workers exposed to dangerous amounts of benzene, study says

Fracking workers exposed to dangerous amounts of benzene, study says

Some workers at oil and gas sites where fracking occurs are routinely exposed to high levels of benzene, a colorless gas that can cause cancer, according to a study by the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety. The agency, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,...

12 Sep 2014 Hits:480 ESJ Articles

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US Government complicit in hiding ongoing damages of BP spill – are seafood dangers to humans concealed?

US Government complicit in hiding ongoing damages of BP spill – are seafood dangers to humans concealed?

Scott Porter, a scuba diver, marine biologist and self-declared surf-bum from Malibu seems an unlikely candidate to challenge the consolidated bulk of information the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says it’s amassed on the effects of the Deepwater Horizon spill and its ongoing impact four years later. His lab...

Charles Digges | Bellona 12 Sep 2014 Hits:394 SGW Articles

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Think the Southwest’s Drought Is Bad Now? It Could Last A Generation Or More

Think the Southwest’s Drought Is Bad Now? It Could Last A Generation Or More

Late-summer 2014 has brought uncomfortable news for residents of the US Southwest—and I'm not talking about 109-degree heat in population centers like Phoenix. A new study by Cornell University, the University of Arizona, and the US Geological Survey researchers, looked at the deep-historical record (tree rings, etc.) and the latest climate...

Tom Philpott | Mother Jones 12 Sep 2014 Hits:354 SGW Articles

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Senate Overcomes Procedural Hurdle, Will Consider Amendment to Get Big Money Out of Politics

Senate Overcomes Procedural Hurdle, Will Consider Amendment to Get Big Money Out of Politics

WASHINGTON — Today the Senate roundly defeated a Republican filibuster that had been preventing the Senate from moving to consideration of the Democracy For All Amendment. The Senate is expected to take up the Amendment following the expiration of post-cloture debate time. People For the American Way Executive Vice President...

Marge Baker | People for the American Way Vice President 08 Sep 2014 Hits:531 ECR Articles

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How America Made ISIS

How America Made ISIS

Whatever your politics, you’re not likely to feel great about America right now.  After all, there’s Ferguson (the whole world was watching!), an increasingly unpopular president, a Congress whose approval ratings make the president look like a rock star, rising poverty, weakening wages, and a growing inequality gap just to...

Tom Engelhardt | TomDispatch 07 Sep 2014 Hits:501 EWO Articles

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Democracy or Oligarchy? Take Action!

Democracy or Oligarchy? Take Action!

This Monday marks a momentous day: the U.S. Senate will vote on a constitutional amendment to reverse the U.S. Supreme Court's disastrous decisions in cases like Citizens United and McCutcheon. "Billionaires buying elections is not what American democracy is about and it is not what our Constitution stands for," said Sen....

The Progressive, Inc. 05 Sep 2014 Hits:574 ECR Articles

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Florida Prosecutors Face Long Odds When Police Use Lethal Force

Florida Prosecutors Face Long Odds When Police Use Lethal Force

MIAMI — For decades Florida has had a history of deadly, racially tinged police confrontations, many of them involving unarmed men, which have led to riots, protests and a steady undercurrent of rancor between minorities and the police. But in the past 20 years, not a single officer in Florida...

Lizetta Alvarez | The New York Times 04 Sep 2014 Hits:372 EMC Articles

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Wealthy Political Donors Seize on New Latitude to Give to Unlimited Candidates

Wealthy Political Donors Seize on New Latitude to Give to Unlimited Candidates

Andrew Sabin gave Republicans so much money in 2012 that he accidentally went over a limit on how much individuals could donate to federal candidates and party committees. So Sabin, who owns a New York-based precious-metals refining business, was delighted when the Supreme Court did away with the limit in April....

04 Sep 2014 Hits:342 ECR Articles

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Can the People's Climate March on September 21 Ignite a Political Revolution?

Can the People's Climate March on September 21 Ignite a Political Revolution?

On August 22, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) offered a video message to the annual meeting of the Iowa AFL/CIO that laid out his vision for addressing the critical issues facing our country, including the crisis of income and wealth inequality, rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure (while creating millions of jobs in...

Pearl Korn | Huffington Post 03 Sep 2014 Hits:335 SGW Articles

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Ferguson isn’t about black rage against cops. It’s white rage against progress.

Ferguson isn’t about black rage against cops. It’s white rage against progress.

When we look back on what happened in Ferguson, Mo., during the summer of 2014, it will be easy to think of it as yet one more episode of black rage ignited by yet another police killing of an unarmed African American male. But that has it precisely backward. What...

Carol Anderson | The Washington Post 01 Sep 2014 Hits:635 ESJ Articles

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Justice Dept Refuses For 20 Years To Comply With Federal Law Requiring It To Gather National Police Brutality Stats

Justice Dept Refuses For 20 Years To Comply With Federal Law Requiring It To Gather National Police Brutality Stats

We're all supposed to be impressed with the fact that Attorney General Eric Holder parachuted into Ferguson MO the other day to wrap his arms around the local top black cop and get briefed on the pending federal investigation into the police killing of Michael Brown. But we shouldn't be. For...

Bruce Dixon | Common Dreams 01 Sep 2014 Hits:442 EMC Articles

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Democrats Say Climate Change is as Big a Threat as ISIS

Democrats Say Climate Change is as Big a Threat as ISIS

August 28, 2014 Republicans and Democrats don't entirely see eye-to-eye on threats posed by Islamic militants, Iran's nuclear program, and other dangers. But those differences pale compared with Americans' massive partisan divide over how they view the threat from climate change, new polling shows. Sixty-eight percent of Democrats see climate change...

Ben Geman | National Journal 29 Aug 2014 Hits:393 SGW Articles

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Capitalism vs. the Climate

Capitalism vs. the Climate

There is a question from a gentleman in the fourth row. ? He introduces himself as Richard Rothschild. He tells the crowd that he ran for county commissioner in Maryland’s Carroll County because he had come to the conclusion that policies to combat global warming were actually “an attack on...

Naomi Klein | The Nation 28 Aug 2014 Hits:589 SGW Articles

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'This is the Story of Power in this Country': Ferguson, Institutionalized Racism and the Militarization of Police

'This is the Story of Power in this Country': Ferguson, Institutionalized Racism and the Militarization of Police

Last week, after days of violent police rampages in Ferguson, Missouri, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Michigan) said the Senate will "review" the Defense Department program that gives military weapons and equipment to civilian police departments for free. It took five apocalyptic nights in Ferguson for Levin to make...

Nadia Prupis | Common Dreams 28 Aug 2014 Hits:593 ESJ Articles

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For-Profit Policing Means Ferguson Is Basically a Debtor’s Prison

For-Profit Policing Means Ferguson Is Basically a Debtor’s Prison

In Ferguson, Missouri, residents could find themselves in jail for failing to pay $19 a month to the town’s sole trash contractor. For these and other petty infractions, fees snowball over months into court dates and outstanding warrants. Pleading guilty is the norm since lawyers are too expensive for most,...

Michael Hendrix | Values & Capitalism 28 Aug 2014 Hits:821 EMC Articles

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Voter Registration Drives in Ferguson Are "Disgusting," Says Missouri GOP Leader

Voter Registration Drives in Ferguson Are

Over the last couple days, voter registration booths have been popping up in Ferguson. There was one by the ruined site of the recently burned-down QuikTrip convenience store, which has become a central gathering site of the protests, and another near the site where Michael Brown was shot. Voter turnout was...

Tasneem Raja | Mother Jones 28 Aug 2014 Hits:681 CFTE Articles

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Scientists may have cracked the giant Siberian crater mystery — and the news isn’t good

Scientists may have cracked the giant Siberian crater mystery — and the news isn’t good

Researchers have long contended that the epicenter of global warming is also farthest from the reach of humanity. It’s in the barren landscapes of the frozen North, where red-cheeked children wear fur, the sun barely rises in the winter and temperatures can plunge dozens of degrees below zero. Such a place is...

Terrence McCoy | The Washington Post 28 Aug 2014 Hits:2090 SGW Articles

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Europe is burning our forests for “renewable” energy. Wait, what?

Europe is burning our forests for “renewable” energy. Wait, what?

If you’re driving through the South and you see a denuded field filled with stubby new plantings where lush forest once stood, the blame might lie with an unlikely culprit: the European Union and its well-intentioned clean energy rules. In March 2007, the E.U. adopted climate and energy goals for 2010...

Ben Adler | Grist 28 Aug 2014 Hits:448 SGW Articles

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In America, corporate’s are THE Government

In America, corporate’s are THE Government

It would be a shock to most Americans when eventually 300million people realize that they have been and are being fooled and manipulated. If anyone were to say “the US Government is run by Wall Street, mega corporations, their lobbyists and the super-rich” they are certainly not far from the...

Shenali D Waduge | SinhalaNet 24 Aug 2014 Hits:830 ECR Articles

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Moving Mountains Tragedy 2014: Stunning Court Denial of Appalachian Health Crisis

Moving Mountains Tragedy 2014: Stunning Court Denial of Appalachian Health Crisis

In a breathtaking but largely overlooked ruling this week, a federal judge agreed that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may disregard studies on the health impacts of mountaintop removal mining in its permitting process, only two weeks after Goldman Prize Award-winning activist Maria Gunnoe wrote an impassioned plea to...

Jeff Biggers | Huffington Post 22 Aug 2014 Hits:557 SGW Articles

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That tough talk on corporate tax dodges? Never mind

That tough talk on corporate tax dodges? Never mind

A Pentagon contract announced this week sheds new light on the controversy over corporate inversions, and how tough the federal government really will be on all those companies skedaddling to Europe to avoid paying income taxes. Pentagon purchasing agents awarded Abbott Laboratories of North Chicago a $19.5 million contract for technology...

Joe Cahill | Crain's Chicago Business 22 Aug 2014 Hits:399 ECR Articles

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Driven by Climate Change, Algae Blooms Behind Ohio Water Scare Are New Normal

Driven by Climate Change, Algae Blooms Behind Ohio Water Scare Are New Normal

The toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie that provoked last weekend's tap water ban in Toledo, Ohio—where nearly half a million people were told not to use water for drinking, cooking, or bathing—is a preview of similar problems to come around the world, scientists say, thanks in part to climate...

Jane J. Lee | National Geographic 19 Aug 2014 Hits:331 SGW Articles

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Racial discrimination alive and well in reproductive healthcare

Racial discrimination alive and well in reproductive healthcare

This week, U.S. experts from the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) and SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective will testify before the United Nations' Committee to End Racial Discrimination in Geneva, sharing a report that describes the experiences of American women of color and immigrant women who pay with...

Andrea Flynn | The Hill 17 Aug 2014 Hits:413 HCA Articles

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The Government Program That's Equipping Police

The Government Program That's Equipping Police

Year in which Congress initially authorized the Defense Department to give excess arms and ammunition to law enforcement agencies for counter-drug activities, leading to the creation of what's come to be known as the 1033 program: 1990 Number of law enforcement agencies the program has given equipment to: more than 17,000 Percent...

The Institute Index 17 Aug 2014 Hits:380 EMC Articles

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China, Brazil Seek Publicity Blitz to Steer Climate Talks

China, Brazil Seek Publicity Blitz to Steer Climate Talks

China and Brazil are looking for ways to redirect a global climate debate, which they say unfairly accuses developing nations of delaying limits on fossil-fuel pollution. China wants to blitz attendees at United Nations-led climate talks with pamphlets touting the clean-energy gains made by the world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide....

Natalie Obiko Pearson | Bloomberg 11 Aug 2014 Hits:352 SGW Articles

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New Jersey Gov. Christie Vetoes Bill Aiming to Ban Fracking Waste in State

New Jersey Gov. Christie Vetoes Bill Aiming to Ban Fracking Waste in State

TRENTON — For the second time in two years, Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed a bill that would have banned the dumping of fracking waste in New Jersey. Environmentalists and lawmakers from both parties had championed the measure, which would have prohibited companies from treating, discharging, disposing, and storing waste from...

Brent Johnson | The Star-Ledger 11 Aug 2014 Hits:498 SGW Articles

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Black Men Show Little Signs of Progress in 40 Years

Black Men Show Little Signs of Progress in 40 Years

WASHINGTON (NNPA) — Black men are no better off than they were more than 40 years ago, due to mass incarceration and job losses suffered during the Great Recession, according to a new report by researchers at the University of Chicago. Derek Neal and Armin Rick, the co-authors of the study,...

Freddie Allen | The Louisiana Weekly 10 Aug 2014 Hits:390 EMC Articles

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Scientist Warns Methane Leaking From Arctic Will Accelerate Climate Change

Scientist Warns Methane Leaking From Arctic Will Accelerate Climate Change

The planet is in trouble after scientists found huge plumes of deadly methane escaping from the seafloor. This is according to Dr Jason Box who claims that methane could be the main driver of climate change. The scientist, based at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, tweeted the provocative statement...

Caribbean Broadcasting Company 10 Aug 2014 Hits:599 SGW Articles

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'Thank God for the Saudis': ISIS, Iraq, and the Lessons of Blowback

 'Thank God for the Saudis': ISIS, Iraq, and the Lessons of Blowback

“Thank God for the Saudis and Prince Bandar,” John McCain told CNN’s Candy Crowley in January 2014. “Thank God for the Saudis and Prince Bandar, and for our Qatari friends,” the senator said once again a month later, at the Munich Security Conference. McCain was praising Prince Bandar bin Sultan, then...

Steve Clemons | The Atlantic 09 Aug 2014 Hits:733 EWO Articles

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A Friend Flees the Horror of ISIS

A Friend Flees the Horror of ISIS

A humanitarian crisis that could turn into a genocide is taking place right now in the mountains of northwestern Iraq. It hasn’t made the front page, because the place and the people are obscure, and there’s a lot of other horrible news to compete with. I’ve learned about it mainly...

A Friend Flees the Horror of ISIS | The New Yorker 09 Aug 2014 Hits:403 EWO Articles

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US considers air strikes and air drops to help Iraqis trapped on mountain by Isis

US considers air strikes and air drops to help Iraqis trapped on mountain by Isis

The Obama administration is considering US air strikes and humanitarian air drops to help besieged religious minorities chased up a mountain by militants in Iraq. The move comes as Qaraqosh, Iraq's largest Christian city, was all but abandoned as the jihadist group Islamic State (Isis) advanced through minority communities in the...

Spencer Ackerman, Martin Chulov and Julian Borger | The Guardian 07 Aug 2014 Hits:349 EWO Articles

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Conflict Resolution 101: Talk to Hamas

  Conflict Resolution 101: Talk to Hamas

The world awaits with bated breath to see if the interim truce negotiated by US Secretary of State John Kerry will lead to a long-term ceasefire. But if US mediation is to be sincere and effective, the American government needs to take Hamas off its terrorist list and allow Hamas...

Medea Benjamin | Mondoweiss 05 Aug 2014 Hits:385 EWO Articles

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Gunmen From Syria Hit Army Checkpoints in Lebanon

Gunmen From Syria Hit Army Checkpoints in Lebanon

Gunmen who crossed into northeastern Lebanon from Syria attacked several army checkpoints in a border town on Saturday in what appeared to be an effort to win the release of a Syrian rebel who had been detained by Lebanese troops. Initial reports from the town, Arsal, described a chaotic situation involving...

Hwaida Saad | The New York Times 03 Aug 2014 Hits:393 EWO Articles

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The Case Against U.S.-Arms Sales (and Iraq)

The Case Against U.S.-Arms Sales (and Iraq)

Professor of Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University Chris Coyne (whose excellent book, Doing Bad by Doing Good: Why Humanitarian Action Fails was reviewed on this blog) and Abigail R. Hall, a second year Mercatus PhD Fellow, have come up with original research that shows the dangers...

Peter Van Buren | Fire Dog Lake 03 Aug 2014 Hits:340 EWO Articles

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Meet Carolina, Who Brought Her Daughters 1,500 Miles To The U.S. So They Wouldn’t Be Raped

Meet Carolina, Who Brought Her Daughters 1,500 Miles To The U.S. So They Wouldn’t Be Raped

We met Carolina while visiting a “welcome center” for recently-processed immigrants at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen, Texas. She emerged from a sweltering relief tent that sheltered a handful of other fatigued travelers, most of whom, like her, had been released by Border Patrol just hours prior. She stood...

Jack Jenkins and Esther Yu-Hsi Lee | Think Progress 03 Aug 2014 Hits:639 ESJ Articles

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The Unity of Water

The Unity of Water

In May, Vietnam became the 35th and decisive signatory of the 1997 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses. As a result, 90 days later, on August 17, the convention will enter into force. The fact that it took almost 50 years to draft and finally achieve the...

Mikhail Gorbachev | Nation of Change 03 Aug 2014 Hits:408 SGW Articles

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The Horrific State of Alabama's Prisons

The Horrific State of Alabama's Prisons

On June 3, Jodey Waldrop, a 36-year-old inmate at the St. Clair Correctional Facility in rural Springville, Alabama, was lying in his bed when somebody entered his cell and stabbed him in the neck with a shank. Prison officials say they got Waldrop, who was bleeding profusely, to a hospital...

Ray Downs | Vice 03 Aug 2014 Hits:477 EMC Articles

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The U.S.Created Child Migrant Crisis

The U.S.Created Child Migrant Crisis

When a coup removed the democratically-elected leftist president of Honduras in June 2009, receiving tacit support from the U.S. State Department, the American people barely took notice. Then when the United States increased military funding in its little protectorate to reinforce the new right-wing regime installed there, the American public still...

Hector Luis Alamo, Jr | Latino Rebels 03 Aug 2014 Hits:1817 ESJ Articles

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Bennet: Ban retired Congress members from lobbying

Bennet: Ban retired Congress members from lobbying

A Colorado lawmaker wants to end a long-running practice that fuels mistrust of the federal government. After retiring from office or losing re-election, many congressional lawmakers — Republicans and Democrats alike — launch lucrative careers as lobbyists at law firms, lobbying shops, business and trade organizations, and other well-heeled interest groups,...

Raju Chebium | Coloradoan 03 Aug 2014 Hits:755 ECR Articles

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The Chairman of the Largest Private Company in America Just Told the 1 Percent to Worry About Climate Change

The Chairman of the Largest Private Company in America Just Told the 1 Percent to Worry About Climate Change

But will Greg Page’s call to arms influence business leaders? Or the Republicans his firm donates to? The US economy could suffer damages running into the hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century due to climate change, according to a study released yesterday. The report, titled “Risky...

Robert S. Eshelman | The Nation 29 Jul 2014 Hits:383 SGW Articles

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Longmont can't ban fracking, court decides, but ruling is stayed pending appeal

Longmont can't ban fracking, court decides, but ruling is stayed pending appeal

A Boulder district court judge has ruled that Longmont can’t ban hydraulic fracturing within its borders, but also issued a stay in the case. District Judge D.D. Mallard on Thursday granted a motion for a summary judgment in the case, and enjoined Longmont from enforcing its voter-approved ban on fracking within the borders...

Cathy Proctor | Denver Business Journal 25 Jul 2014 Hits:558 SGW Articles

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Driven by Ocean Heat, World Sets Mark for Hottest June

Driven by Ocean Heat, World Sets Mark for Hottest June

The world just experienced its hottest June on record. The heat was driven in large by part by the hottest ocean temperatures since recordkeeping began more than 130 years ago. That makes this the third-warmest start to the year. The global temperature was 1.3°F above the 20th century average in June...

Brian Kahn | Climate Central 22 Jul 2014 Hits:287 SGW Articles

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Las Vegas Assemblyman Joe Hogan dies

Las Vegas Assemblyman Joe Hogan dies

Nevada Assemblyman Joe Hogan died Friday, about seven weeks after suffering a massive stroke, his son said. Hogan, D-Las Vegas, died in Virginia “peacefully with his family around him,” said J. Michael Hogan Jr. He was 77. “My dad was my hero, a great and wise father, smart civil rights lawyer, a...

Laura Myers | Las Vegas Review Journal 18 Oct 2014 Hits:244 Nevada

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PA Republicans Appeal to Racism

PA Republicans Appeal to Racism

Most people already know or sense that Pennsylvania has dropped from 8th to 47th in job creation under Corbett. That’s an important issue that Corbett lies about in this campaign mailer. The real message in this mailer is subliminal. “The effectiveness of subliminal messaging has been demonstrated to prime individual responses...

Randy Shannon | Beaver County Blue 05 Oct 2014 Hits:281 Pennsylvania

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Don't Count Out the Down Ballot

Don't Count Out the Down Ballot

There's no question -- the midterm elections this fall are consequential. In Washington, they will determine not only whether Democrats retain control of the Senate, but also whether our nation has a chance to solve real problems for American families or if President Obama will have to veto his way...

Jeff Johnson, Rev. Jesse Jackson | The Huffington Post 24 Sep 2014 Hits:215 Ohio

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Absentee ballots already cast will need photo ID, elections official says

Absentee ballots already cast will need photo ID, elections official says

An emergency appeal filed late Tuesday argues that reinstating the requirement to show a government-issued photo ID to vote in the Nov. 4 election “imposes a radical, last-minute change to procedures for conducting an election that is already underway.” On Tuesday, the Government Accountability Board announced that voters who had already...

Dee J. Hall | Wisconsin State Journal 21 Sep 2014 Hits:502 Wisconsin

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This Is What Happens When Chicago Privatizes School Janitorial Services

This Is What Happens When Chicago Privatizes School Janitorial Services

The standard Republican meme, that everything is better done by the private sector, has been debunked in almost every way imaginable (more on that in a bit), but there’s perhaps no more graphic an example of the private sector being much, much worse than the unionized public sector than the...

Justin Rosario | Proud to Be Filthy Liberal Scum 17 Sep 2014 Hits:648 Illinois

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Rauner Says Don’t Invest in Mom-and-Pop Businesses

Rauner Says Don’t Invest in Mom-and-Pop Businesses

“Family run businesses are a great investment.  They are part-and-parcel of a community. Corporate raiders like Bruce Rauner will never understand that,” said Dr. Dupuis, co-owner of Wheatland Animal Hospital. Dupuis employs more than two dozen residents of DuPage and Will counties. The billionaire GOP candidate who pledged to run Illinois...

Staff | Illinois Freedom 14 Sep 2014 Hits:381 Illinois

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Changes in America's Dairyland foul the waters of Green Bay

Changes in America's Dairyland foul the waters of Green Bay

Manure is a potent fertilizer that does wonders for the crops that feed the cows that give the milk that makes Wisconsin America's Dairyland. It's also making a mess of its waters. While Green Bay holds a mere 1.4% of Lake Michigan's water, it receives one-third of the lake's nutrient load —...

Dan Egan | Journal Sentinel 14 Sep 2014 Hits:291 Wisconsin

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Nestle’s Water-Bottling Activities Amid California Drought Underscore A Lack Of Policy Options

Nestle’s Water-Bottling Activities Amid California Drought Underscore A Lack Of Policy Options

As large swathes of the western United States continue to wither under the effects of record-breaking drought, longstanding local concerns over water use are becoming increasingly contentious, adding to the national debate over corporate right and common good. In recent weeks, a desert area of Southern California has seen focus suddenly...

Carey L. Biron | Mint Press News 12 Sep 2014 Hits:393 California

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Fracked off - natural gas victims flee Colorado's toxic air

Fracked off - natural gas victims flee Colorado's toxic air

Natural gas is widely touted as a 'green fuel'. But as Paul Thacker found in Colorado, fracking's national 'ground zero', it's anything but. Lives and health are being ruined by pollution from taxpayer-subsidized gas wells, flaring and refining plants, while property values collapse. Now a mass of environmental refugees are...

Paul Thacker | Ecologist 12 Sep 2014 Hits:382 Colorado

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DOJ Launches Civil Rights Investigation into Ferguson Police Dept.

DOJ Launches Civil Rights Investigation into Ferguson Police Dept.

  The U.S. Department of Justice is launching a broad civil rights investigation into the Ferguson Missouri police department after officer Darren Wilson shot to death unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown last month. The investigation was first reported by the Washington Post — which cited anonymous federal law enforcement officials — and...

Sarah Lazare | Common Dreams 04 Sep 2014 Hits:352 Missouri

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Bankruptcy Judge Lets Detroit Water Shutoffs Continue

Bankruptcy Judge Lets Detroit Water Shutoffs Continue

After initially stating he would rule on an emergency appeal to stop water shutoffs at the end of Tuesday’s court session, US federal bankruptcy judge Steven Rhodes announced Wednesday he would issue no decision until at least September 17. This means the city, which has shut off water service to...

Lawrence Porter | World Socialist Web Site 04 Sep 2014 Hits:323 Michigan

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Former VA Governor McDonnell Found Guilty in Corruption Trial

Former VA Governor McDonnell Found Guilty in Corruption Trial

RICHMOND — A federal jury Thursday found former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, guilty of public corruption — sending a message that they believed the couple sold the office once occupied by Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson to a free spending Richmond businessman for golf outings,...

Matt Zapotosky and Rosalind S. Helderman | The Washington Post 04 Sep 2014 Hits:460 Virginia

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A Dream Realized: Community Driven Revitalization in Spartanburg

A Dream Realized: Community Driven Revitalization in Spartanburg

Sometimes you wake up from a bad dream. You pray it’s not real but when you open your eyes, the reality of the situation is staring you right in the face. Harold Mitchell faced a similar situation and learned about environmental injustice when family, friends, and neighbors in his Spartanburg, South...

Timothy Fields | Greenversations 02 Sep 2014 Hits:275 South Carolina

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Moral March to the Polls

Moral March to the Polls

The Final Day of the Moral Week of Action Commits Advocates and Activists to Take Anger over Regressive Policies and Turn It into Action at the Polls Fifty one years after people gathered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to declare that a new America was possible, North Carolinians of...

NC NAACP 01 Sep 2014 Hits:329 North Carolina

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The Final Day of the Moral Week of Action Commits Advocates and Activists to Take Anger over Regressive Policies and Turn It …

The Final Day of the Moral Week of Action Commits Advocates and Activists to Take Anger over Regressive Policies and Turn It into Action at the Polls

RALEIGH, NC - Activists from across North Carolina protested with their feet and their voices yesterday at the state capitol as they challenged the flood of regressive policies passed by this state legislature over the past two years and committed themselves to turn their anger and discontent into action at...

Sarah Bufkin | NAACP 29 Aug 2014 Hits:370 North Carolina

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'Whose Schools? Our Schools': Chicago Students Rise Up

'Whose Schools? Our Schools': Chicago Students Rise Up

Over one hundred Chicago public school students, parents, and community members marched to the city's Board of Education on Monday to demand an end to the school closures, mass lay-offs, and undemocratic political deal-making they say are devastating one of the largest public education districts in the country. Organized by the...

Sarah Lazare | Common Dreams 28 Aug 2014 Hits:392 Illinois

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Detroit Set to Resume Water Shutoffs For Nonpayment As Protests Continue

Detroit Set to Resume Water Shutoffs For Nonpayment As Protests Continue

While they carry signs “Thirsty For Justice” nearly 45% of Detroit’s 173,000 water accounts are considered past due, with 420 customers due to be denied service Tuesday. The bankrupt Detroit lifted the month-long suspension of shutting off water to people who have not paid bills. Some 25,000 customers have reached payment...

Kaye Wonderhouse | The Global Dispatch 28 Aug 2014 Hits:292 Michigan

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Wisconsin Still Barred From Implementing GOP's Photo ID Law: A Quick Review of the Story So Far

Wisconsin Still Barred From Implementing GOP's Photo ID Law: A Quick Review of the Story So Far

Trying to make sense of all the different court rulings in Wisconsin on their partisan Photo ID voting laws? We'll try to unpack that for you. The short version: Two different state trial courts found the GOP's Photo ID restriction on voting to be a violation of the state constitution's right...

Ernest A. Canning | The Brad Blog 28 Aug 2014 Hits:320 Wisconsin

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Day 5 Mobilizes Women at the NC State Capitol to Protest Regressive Policies

Day 5 Mobilizes Women at the NC State Capitol to Protest Regressive Policies

RALEIGH, NC - Day 5 of the Moral Week of Action mobilized women of all ages, races, creeds, and classes to march together around the NC state Capitol this afternoon to demand an end to the state legislature's regressive attacks on women, their rights, their health, their families and their...

Sarah Bufkin | NAACP 28 Aug 2014 Hits:355 North Carolina

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Advocates Call for Meaningful Action to Protect Health and Environment in North Carolina

Advocates Call for Meaningful Action to Protect Health and Environment in North Carolina

RALEIGH, NC - Health advocates and environmental activists stood side by side to demand that the North Carolina General Assembly stop its attacks on the health of its most vulnerable communities, whether by refusing the Medicaid expansion, cutting back on health care services or giving corporations the green light to...

Sarah Bufkin | NAACP 28 Aug 2014 Hits:289 North Carolina

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California Senate Approves Measure Banning Warrantless Drone Surveillance

California Senate Approves Measure Banning Warrantless Drone Surveillance

(Reuters) - The California State Senate passed legislation on Tuesday imposing strict regulations on how law enforcement and other government agencies can use drones, a move supporters said will protect privacy and prevent warrantless surveillance. The bill attracted bipartisan support in the Senate, passing 25-8 during the evening vote in Sacramento. The...

Aaron Mendelson | Reuters 28 Aug 2014 Hits:436 California

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Eyewitness to Michael Brown Shooting Recounts His Friend’s Death

Eyewitness to Michael Brown Shooting Recounts His Friend’s Death

FERGUSON, Missouri — The last moments of Michael Brown’s life were filled with shock, fear and terror, says a witness who stood just feet away as a police officer shot and killed the unarmed teen. “I saw the barrel of the gun pointed at my friend,” said Dorian Johnson, 22. “Then...

Trymaine Lee | MSNBC 20 Aug 2014 Hits:694 Missouri

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Low Turnouts Prompt L.A. to Consider Offering Prizes to Vote

Low Turnouts Prompt L.A. to Consider Offering Prizes to Vote

Alarmed that fewer than one-fourth of voters are showing up for municipal elections, the Los Angeles Ethics Commission voted Thursday to recommend that the City Council look at using cash prizes to lure a greater number of people to the polls. On a 3-0 vote, the panel said it wanted City...

David Zahniser | Governing 17 Aug 2014 Hits:358 California

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Wisconsin loses $206 million by not fully expanding BadgerCare

Wisconsin loses $206 million by not fully expanding BadgerCare

Wisconsin taxpayers would have saved $206 million over two years — 73% more than previously estimated — if officials had fully expanded its main health care program for the poor under the federal Affordable Care Act, a new nonpartisan report shows. If officials decide to change course and expand the program...

Patrick Marley | Journal Sentinel 17 Aug 2014 Hits:466 Wisconsin

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Texas Gov. Perry Indicted on Charge of Abuse of Power

Texas Gov. Perry Indicted on Charge of Abuse of Power

AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry of Texas was indicted on two felony counts on Friday by a state grand jury examining his handling of a local district attorney’s drunken driving arrest and the state financing for a public corruption unit under the lawyer’s control. The indictment was returned late Friday in...

Manny Fernandez | The New York Times 15 Aug 2014 Hits:315 Texas

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Ferguson Protests Met With Heavy Police Response, 2 Reporters And Alderman Arrested

Ferguson Protests Met With Heavy Police Response, 2 Reporters And Alderman Arrested

Police violence broke out again in Ferguson, Missouri, Wednesday night, as the streets filled with tear gas, rubber bullets, heavily-armed SWAT teams and mine-resistant vehicles on the fourth night of unrest since Michael Brown, an unarmed African American teenager, was shot to death by police on Aug. 9. Mostly peaceful protesters...

Ryan Grim, Braden Goyette | The Huffington Post 14 Aug 2014 Hits:330 Missouri

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Federal Judge in Don Siegelman Case Arrested, Charged with Abusing Wife in Atlanta Hotel

Federal Judge in Don Siegelman Case Arrested, Charged with Abusing Wife in Atlanta Hotel

The federal judge who oversaw the political prosecution of former Democratic Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman was arrested over the weekend after allegedly beating his wife in a posh hotel room in Atlanta... U.S. District Court Judge Mark Fuller was charged with misdemeanor battery and taken to the Fulton County jail around...

Brad Friedman | The Brad Blog 12 Aug 2014 Hits:681 Alabama

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Report: Too few safeguards for drinking water near fracking wells

Report: Too few safeguards for drinking water near fracking wells

Federal and state governments do not do enough to safeguard drinking water around the nearly 200,000 wells where fracking wastewater is injected deep underground, according to a federal report. The U.S. Government Accountability Office investigation found that existing regulations do not adequately protect against contamination that could occur after earthquakes, which...

Laura Arenschield | The Columbus Dispatch 11 Aug 2014 Hits:396 Ohio

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Mississippi GOP Won't Hear Chris McDaniel Challenge to Thad Cochran Primary Runoff Win

Mississippi GOP Won't Hear Chris McDaniel Challenge to Thad Cochran Primary Runoff Win

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's Republican Party on Wednesday refused to hear challenger Chris McDaniel's effort to overturn his June 24 GOP runoff loss to U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran. The party said McDaniel would do better taking his challenge to court. In a letter to McDaniel's lawyer, state Republican Party Chairman...

Jeff Amy | Associated Press 10 Aug 2014 Hits:410 Mississippi

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Virginia Governor's Corruption Case Shows Prosecution Power

Virginia Governor's Corruption Case Shows Prosecution Power

The federal corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell illustrates the power held by prosecutors to destroy a defendant -- or, conversely, to grant a wrist slap. As the trial finished its second week, looming large is the difference between the 14 counts McDonnell and his wife Maureen currently face...

Andrew Kreig | Justice Integrity Project 10 Aug 2014 Hits:543 Virginia

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Petcoke firm threatens lawsuit over city rules

Petcoke firm threatens lawsuit over city rules

Escalating a fight with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a company that stores enormous mounds of petroleum coke on Chicago's Southeast Side is threatening to sue unless city officials allow the gritty piles to remain uncovered for another four years. KCBX Terminals, a firm controlled by industrialists Charles and David Koch, is pushing...

Michael Hawthorne | Chicago Tribune 03 Aug 2014 Hits:488 Illinois

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Luxury Apartment Building Will Have Separate Door For Poor Residents

Luxury Apartment Building Will Have Separate Door For Poor Residents

A luxury condo building on New York City’s Upper West Side has gotten clearance from the city to have a separate entrance, or a “poor door,” for low-income tenants, according to the New York Post. Extell, which is building the 33-story complex, will build a specific door for the 55 affordable...

Bryce Covert | Think Progress 03 Aug 2014 Hits:427 New York

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Nestlé is bottling water straight from the heart of California’s drought

Nestlé is bottling water straight from the heart of California’s drought

As residents of California are urged to conserve water and the state considers placing a mandatory restriction on outdoor water usage, Nestlé is trucking away undisclosed amounts of the precious resource in the form of bottled water. The Desert Sun has an in-depth report of controversy brewing around the company’s bottling plant,...

Lindsay Abrams | Salon 03 Aug 2014 Hits:869 California

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Pennsylvania refuses to release route info on oil trains

Pennsylvania refuses to release route info on oil trains

Pennsylvania officials have refused to disclose information that freight railroads provide about shipments of volatile crude oil through the state. In the wake of several fiery accidents, the U.S. Department of Transportation in May issued an emergency order requiring railroads to report to state emergency management officials the number of trains...

Jon Schmitz | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 03 Aug 2014 Hits:349 Pennsylvania

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Detroit Water Shutoff Controversy Igniting Nationwide Debate

Detroit Water Shutoff Controversy Igniting Nationwide Debate

DETROIT, Mich. (WJLA/AP) -- Detroit's massive municipal water department, which has been widely criticized for widespread service shutoffs to thousands of customers, drew nationwide attention Thursday on Capitol Hill. Due to public pressure, the department has temporarily suspended shutoffs for customers who were 60 days or more behind on bills for...

Scott Thurman | AP | ABC 7 News 01 Aug 2014 Hits:467 Michigan

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Eric Cantor says he'll leave Congress August 18

Eric Cantor says he'll leave Congress August 18

Departing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said he will quit Congress altogether in August, ending a once-promising political career in a bid to give his successor a chance for an early turn in office. Cantor told the Richmond Times-Dispatch he will resign his seat in the House of Representatives effective Aug....

Catalina Camia | USA Today 01 Aug 2014 Hits:507 Virginia

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Canadians bring water to waterless Detroit

Canadians bring water to waterless Detroit

Maude Barlow, Canadian author and national chairperson of the Council of Canadians, with a delegation of water rights advocates brought 260 gallons of water to Detroiters July 24. Of the 15,000 homes that have had water shut off by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, it is estimated that only 48 percent are...

The Michigan Citizen 30 Jul 2014 Hits:419 Michigan

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Constitutional Rights Under Attack in Georgia

Constitutional Rights Under Attack in Georgia

Columbus, Georgia – The Columbus Police Department, continuing its history of antagonizing the movement to close the US military training camp known as the SOA/WHINSEC (School of the Americas, renamed Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation), has this year placed unjust, unsafe and unconstitutional restrictions on the annual SOA Watch...

Hendrick Voss | SOA Watch 21 Jul 2014 Hits:742 Idaho

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Obama on D.C. statehood: ‘I’m for it’

Obama on D.C. statehood: ‘I’m for it’

With fewer than a dozen words Monday, President Barack Obama made his most definitive statement to date in favor of District statehood, delighting both loyal supporters and longtime advocates who have questioned his commitment to D.C. voting rights. During a town hall-style event at a public school in Northwest Washington, Obama...

Mike DeBonis | The Washington Post 21 Jul 2014 Hits:411 DC

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Detroit Suspends Water Shutoffs for 15 Days

Detroit Suspends Water Shutoffs for 15 Days

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is suspending its water shutoffs for 15 days starting today to give residents another chance to prove they are unable to pay their bills. “In case we have missed someone who has legitimate affordability problems this will allow them to come to us to see...

Brent Snavely, Matt Helms | Detroit Free Press 21 Jul 2014 Hits:356 Michigan

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The Oil Industry Hits an Unexpected Roadblock

The Oil Industry Hits an Unexpected Roadblock

Opponents of tar sands—the massive bituminous oil deposits in Alberta, Canada with a greenhouse gas impact four times greater than that of standard crude—have inched one step closer to a major victory. On Wednesday night, the City Council of South Portland, Maine voted 6-1 to pass an early version of an ordinance...

Cole Stangler | In These Times 20 Jul 2014 Hits:312 Maine

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A National Call to Link Arms for Detroit

Oh, make you wanna holler The way they do my life This ain't livin', this ain't livin' No, no baby, this ain't livin' No, no, no, no --Marvin Gaye, "Inner City Blues" On July 18 thousands of activists and dozens of organizations will converge on downtown Detroit to protest the privatization of the city’s assets and...

Ben Ptashnik and Victoria Collier | The Progressive 09 Jul 2014 Hits:471 Michigan

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Detroit’s fight for public water is also the nation’s

Detroit’s fight for public water is also the nation’s

Detroit made international news this month when its municipal water board resumed cutting off water to residents with unpaid bills. With thousands of community members struggling in homes with no running water, local groups reached out (PDF) to the United Nations special rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking...

Anna Lappé | Al Jazeera English 02 Jul 2014 Hits:887 Michigan

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The New Machine: Charter Schools

The New Machine: Charter Schools

Charter school operators aren’t the only one’s not being held accountable—a major complaint of the Chicago Teachers Union—it’s the machine politicians angling for electoral support and continued political power.  The War on Independents Wages On Battle lines were once again drawn between Chicago’s machine democrats and independent democrats when Ald. Toni...

RA Monaco | Sheffield Gazette 29 Jun 2014 Hits:460 Illinois

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Home     News     Sports     Arts & Culture     Opinion     Business     Advertising     About Us     Print Edition  AG’s in-state tuition opinion gives local students more options

Geraldine Zenteno knew exactly where she wanted to go after graduation. Researching universities, the 17-year-old T.C. Williams senior had fallen in love with The College of William and Mary. Zenteno wants to pursue a teaching career and the Williamsburg school’s education program ranks among the best in the country, according to...

Derrick Perkins | Alexandria Times 17 Jun 2014 Hits:855 Virginia

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Blocking Any Medicaid Expansion, Virginia Legislature Passes Budget Bill

Blocking Any Medicaid Expansion, Virginia Legislature Passes Budget Bill

Empowered by their new majority in the State Senate, Republicans have moved to checkmate Gov. Terry McAuliffe in a monthslong contest over Medicaid, passing a budget that does not include the Medicaid expansion the governor sought and forbidding him from unilaterally expanding the health care program for the poor. Mr. McAuliffe...

Trip Gabriel | The New York Times 15 Jun 2014 Hits:470 Virginia

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Democrats Suggest They Won’t Challenge For Seat After Eric Cantor Refuses Write-In Campaign

Democrats Suggest They Won’t Challenge For Seat After Eric Cantor Refuses Write-In Campaign

The Democratic Party is already signaling that they won’t be solidly backing Jack Trammell, the Democratic candidate for Eric Cantor’s old seat after Cantor announced that he won’t run as a write-in candidate. Roll Call reported this morning that, “National Democrats are considering competing for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s House...

Jason Easley | Politicus 13 Jun 2014 Hits:1141 Virginia

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Eric Cantor succumbs to tea party challenger Tuesday

 Eric Cantor succumbs to tea party challenger Tuesday

In a stunning upset propelled by tea party activists, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) was defeated in Tuesday’s congressional primary, with insurgent David Brat delivering an unpredicted and devastating loss to the second most powerful Republican in the House who has widely been touted as a future speaker. The race...

Robert Costa | Washington Post 10 Jun 2014 Hits:489 Virginia

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Kasich’s fracking plan comes into sharper focus

Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s (R) environmental record took a turn for the worse last week when he approved rolling back the state’s renewable energy standards. The Buckeye State became the nation’s first to go backwards in this area.   But it’s not the only trouble area for the Ohio governor as it relates to...

Steve Benen | The Maddow Blog 02 Jun 2014 Hits:442 Ohio

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Koppell Versus Klein: A State Senate Race With National Implications for Democrats and Progressives

Koppell Versus Klein: A State Senate Race With National Implications for Democrats and Progressives

Primary season has begun to roll out across the country, including some hotly contested -- and some just plain bizarre -- races for governor, Congress and other local and state offices. One primary of note is in a State Senate race here in New York, and it has already attracted...

Pearl Korn | The Huffington Post 29 May 2014 Hits:678 New York

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