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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Study: Trump Campaign Rallies Caused Violence To Spike

That’s the conclusion of a new study, which found that cities experienced an increase in assaults on days when they hosted a Trump campaign rally. There was no corresponding link between the incidence of violence and rallies for Hillary Clinton. “It appeared to be a phenomenon that’s unique to Donald Trump’s rally,” said Christopher Morrison, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and lead author of the study.

March 17, 2018

Trump Says He Wants To ‘Execute Drug Dealers’

“Trump has said he would love to have a law to execute all drug dealers here in America,” national political reporter Jonathan Swan writes. “[T]hough he’s privately admitted it would probably be impossible to get a law this harsh passed under the American system.”

February 27, 2018
gun violence protest

How We Fail The Survivors Of Gun Violence

The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week claimed 17 lives and resulted in 14 gunshot injuries. As a heightened national conversation around gun control unfolds, we should stay focused on ensuring that the injured students and faculty are adequately provided for.

February 26, 2018

Inside The Violent Neo-Nazi ‘Atomwaffen’ Organization

ProPublica obtained the chat logs of Atomwaffen, a notorious white supremacist group. When Samuel Woodward was charged with killing 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein last month in California, other Atomwaffen members cheered the death, concerned only that the group’s cover might have been blown.

February 24, 2018

Trump’s Budget Doubles Down On The Drug War

The Trump administration released its proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget Monday, and it looks like a return to last century’s failed law-and-order drug war policies. While paying lip service to the nation’s opioid crisis, the administration shows its priorities by asking for more money for Trump’s quixotic border wall than to actually address opioids.

February 14, 2018

Trump’s Drug War Rhetoric Masks Inaction On Opioid Crisis

The omens are not good. In a pair of speeches this week, the president and his attorney general made some very menacing comments about drug policy. While their last-century drug warrior rhetoric has not, for the most part, translated into regressive, repressive drug policy prescriptions—yet—it’s probably not safe to assume that will continue to be the case.

February 12, 2018

Crime Is Down Drastically — But Americans Are More Fearful Than Ever

On the subject of crime, there is good news and bad. Reports by both the FBI and the Bureau of Justice Statistics show that crime has decreased in the past 25 years in the U.S. Violent crime fell between 48% and 74% since 1993, based on the agencies’ measures, respectively. Property crime has fallen sharply, too: the FBI estimates a drop of 48% between 1993 and 2016, and BJS reports 66%.

February 12, 2018

California Cops Found Aiding Neo-Nazis

After violence erupted in 2016 between neo-Nazi groups and anti-racist activists in Sacramento, the head of the white supremacist Traditionalist Worker Party went on a well-known racist radio program to gloat about the number of attacks his group had carried out.

February 11, 2018
Executive Orders, Trump, Immigrant

Top Trump Aide To Leave After Battery Allegations

White House staff secretary Rob Porter — a near-constant fixture at President Donald Trump’s side — has resigned from his post, after two ex-wives publicly accused him of domestic abuse. The White House said Porter denied the allegations and retains the confidence of Trump and his chief of staff John Kelly, but would be leaving his post at an undetermined time.

February 8, 2018

Neo-Nazi Terrorist Tried To Derail Amtrak Train

A 26-year-old white man who attempted to commit a terror attack on an Amtrak train in rural Nebraska also attended the doomed “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last August on the white supremacist side, according to a court document.

January 5, 2018
Trump, Ethics, Terrorism

Trump Caught Accepting Bribes From Foreign Governments Through “Gifts” To His Hotels

Foreign governments are openly funneling millions of dollars to Donald Trump and expecting favors from his White House by using his international hotels and resorts as a cover for bribery. McClatchy has uncovered a series of transactions between foreign governments and the Trump Organization that have occurred over the first year of his presidency.

January 3, 2018
Protestor Ieshia Evans is approached by law enforcement near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

Police Killed More Than 1,000 Civilians In 2017

News headlines in 2017 were primarily dominated by coverage of President Donald Trump’s administration and tense party politics. But while most the attention was focused on the president’s antics, officers in police departments around the country killed over 1,000 civilians.

January 2, 2018

4 Reasons For A Surprising Change In Racial Incarceration Trendlines

It’s long been a given that racial disparities plague the nation’s criminal justice system. That’s still true—black people are incarcerated at a rate five times higher than that of white people—but the disparities are decreasing, and there are a number of interesting reasons behind the trend.

December 29, 2017

Why Scared Cops Are So Frightening

The jurors who acquitted Philip Brailsford of second-degree murder last week were told to judge him based on “how a reasonable officer would act, versus a regular person with no police training,” as The Arizona Republic put it.

December 15, 2017

Nearing The End Game: The 6 Phases Of Trump’s Plan To Fire Robert Mueller

President Trump is now ready, willing and able to fire special prosecutor Robert Muller. It’s a matter of when, not if. The warning signs have been accumulating since Trump decided not to fire Mueller last summer, and now alarm bells are ringing.

December 13, 2017
Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby

Alabama’s Senior GOP Senator Rejects Moore

While it was disturbing, it was sadly unsurprising that Donald Trump eventually endorsed Alabama Senate nominee Roy Moore, and implored his own supporters to vote for a man accused of serial sexual predation against young girls.

December 11, 2017
Michael Slager

Walter Scott’s Family Finds Justice In Killer’s Conviction

Despite the FBI’s attempt to label and target “Black Identity Extremists,” on Thursday some justice was served in one police brutality case. In April 2015, Michael Slager, then a police officer, shot and killed Walter Scott. Scott, who was unarmed, was hit five times as he ran from Slager.

December 8, 2017
Trump rabbit hole

Carl Bernstein: Trump’s Behavior Is More ‘Egregious’ Than Nixon’s

Veteran reporter Carl Bernstein, best known for his journalism during President Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that President Donald Trump’s “authoritarian” behavior is more blatant than Nixon’s abuse of power.

December 6, 2017

Why America Fails At Gathering Hate Crime Statistics

Under a federal law passed in 1990, the FBI is required to track and tabulate crimes in which there was “manifest evidence of prejudice” against a host of protected groups, including homosexuals, regardless of differences in how state laws define who’s protected.

December 6, 2017

After Implicating Himself On Twitter, Trump Desperately Lashes Out At FBI, Clinton

On Saturday, Trump made what appeared to be an extraordinary admission that he knew Flynn was guilty of lying to the FBI when he fired Flynn, which would mean he also knew that when he pressed then-FBI Director James Comey to drop the Flynn investigation.

December 4, 2017
Trump, New York Times, Russia

Trump May Have Just Admitted To Obstruction Of Justice. On Twitter.

Early Saturday afternoon, Trump took to Twitter and promptly blurted out that he knew former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty Friday to making false statements to the FBI, had lied to investigators while he was working in the White House.

December 3, 2017

Conservatives Support Moore Even If Guilty

As his U.S. Senate campaign has been swamped by credible accusations of egregious sexual misconduct, Moore and his allies have taken the usual route toward undermining his accusers. The women, now middle-aged, have been denounced as liars, attention-seekers and tools…

December 2, 2017
Kellyanne Conway, Alternative Facts

Kellyanne Conway Officially Under Investigation For Endorsing Alleged Pedophile

Government employees, who draw their paychecks from taxpayer dollars, are barred from endorsing candidates, or using their paid positions to try to influence elections. That law is outlined in the Hatch Act. And when Kellyanne Conway went on Fox News last week to blast Alabama Democrat Doug Jones…

December 1, 2017

Hate Crime Training For Police Is Often Inadequate, Sometimes Nonexistent

To become a police officer in the U.S., one almost always has to enroll in an academy for some basic training. The typical academy session lasts 25 weeks, but state governments — which oversee police academies for local and state law enforcement officers — have wide latitude when it comes to choosing the subjects that will be taught in the classrooms.

December 1, 2017

Your Secrets Are Not Safe With Anyone

Timothy Carpenter specialized in stealing cellphones, the same devices that betrayed him. Based on four months of cellphone location data from the companies that provided Carpenter’s mobile phone service, the FBI placed him near four stores while they were being robbed.

November 30, 2017