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Monday, August 21, 2017
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Trump, Berkeley

Can Police Prevent The Next Charlottesville?

Even before the demonstration in Virginia began last weekend, the police there knew they weren’t going to be able to handle what was coming. Charlottesville police officers, including Sgt. Jake Via of the investigations bureau, had been contacting organizers and scanning social media to figure out how many demonstrators were headed their way and whether they would be armed.

August 21, 2017
nra-terror-double-standard

NRA Double Standard On Terror On Display Following Barcelona, Charlottesville

The National Rifle Association’s live news show Stinchfield issued a “terror alert” following terrorist van attacks in Spain, in which ISIS supporters drove vans into crowds at two locations, killing 14 and injuring more than 100 people.

August 19, 2017
Joe Arpaio

The Joe Arpaio I Knew

The former Maricopa County sheriff made his name in part by targeting immigrants — even after a judge ordered him to stop. As President Trump considers a pardon, it’s worth remembering precisely what Arpaio did in his decades in law enforcement.

August 17, 2017
Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO of Fox News and Fox Television Stations, answers questions during a panel discussion at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Pasadena, California July 24, 2006. Picture taken July 24, 2006. REUTERS/Fred Prouser/File Photo

21st Century Fox Has Paid Out $50 Million To Settle Harassment Claims Against Fox News

The settlements have occurred since Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson’s lawsuit against then-Fox News chief Roger Ailes, charging him with harassment and retaliation, opened a floodgate of claims against the company. Ailes denied the charges but was forced out of the company, which paid a $20 million settlement to Carlson.

August 16, 2017
A motor officer writes a traffic ticket for a motorist caught speeding

Across The Country, Bills Immunize Drivers Who Injure Protesters

With all eyes on the tragedies of Charlottesville, many say this is not the America they recognize. However, legalized violence is nothing new, chiefly in the form of police brutality and the immunity offered to those who retaliate against protesters.

August 16, 2017
arpaio_trump

Neo-Nazis Called On Trump To Pardon Joe Arpaio. Now Trump Is “Seriously Considering” Doing It.

President Donald Trump is reportedly considering a pardon for Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, after neo-Nazi and other fringe media that have supported Trump called for him to do so. Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt of court on July 31…

August 15, 2017

Charlottesville Car Attack Suspect Remains Behind Bars As Judge Denies Bail

A Virginia judge on Monday declined to set bail for James Alex Fields Jr., the 20-year-old Ohio man accused of second-degree murder and other charges after authorities said he plowed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters near the scene of a white supremacist rally that erupted into violence.

August 15, 2017

Misdemeanor Defendants Facing Jail Time Not Told They Have A Right To Counsel, Bar Association Finds

Prosecutors handling the misdemeanor cases invited the accused who were interested in pleading guilty to step forward and finalized plea deals for suspended sentences and an array of fines. There were no defense lawyers, nor were any of the defendants advised they were entitled to one.

August 15, 2017
cops

Disturbing Trend: Bad Cops Getting Rehired Back Into Law Enforcement

At minimum, police departments whose mandate is to protect and serve the public should be compelled to remove bad cops from their ranks, to ensure that police power comes with at least a modicum of accountability. Though it doesn’t happen nearly enough, some law enforcement officials do try to weed out problem officers.

August 13, 2017
Sanctuary cities, Immigration, Trump

In New York City, World’s Marijuana Arrest Capital, Minorities Bear The Brunt

Last month, the Drug Policy Alliance released a report noting that marijuana arrests under New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio continue to be marked by shocking racial disparities, much as they were under his predecessors, Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg. Stung by the criticism, de Blasio is fighting back…

August 8, 2017

Blowing Up The Big Marijuana IQ Myth

But while such inflammatory claims by culture warriors like Coulter are to be expected – and may readily be dismissed – the notion that smoking pot will have lasting negative impacts on intelligence is a longstanding one, and a claim that is all too often made by those on both sides of the political spectrum. Yet the latest science finds little to no factual basis for this contention.

August 7, 2017
Supreme Court takes on Virginia and N.C. gerrymandering cases

These Two Supreme Court Cases Protect Police Who Use Excessive Force

here are numerous systemic barriers that historically hinder police accountability. Statutes found in police union contracts and police bills of rights, for instance, often protect officers at the expense of holding them accountable for their actions. But perhaps one of the strongest barriers to police accountability is enshrined in two precedent-setting Supreme Court cases.

August 4, 2017
seth rich

Rod Wheeler Sues Over Seth Rich Story

The suit, filed by Rod Wheeler, a private investigator who regularly appears on Fox News, claimed the channel coordinated a meeting with then-press secretary Sean Spicer and gave President Donald Trump an advance copy of the article, according to an exclusive NPR report Tuesday.

August 2, 2017
Westchester_County,_New_York

‘The 100th Nail In The Coffin’ For Integration In Westchester County

For years, Westchester County insisted its zoning laws did not prevent black and Latino families from moving into wealthy suburbs north of New York City — even in a town like Pound Ridge, which is 94 percent white. Almost all homes in that bucolic community accommodate single families. Apartments are hard to come by;

August 2, 2017
Immigration Ban, Trump, Resistance

Policy Encouraging Citizens To Act Like Anti-Immigrant Snitches Sparks Wave Of Protest

On Wednesday, DACA recipients and allies from across the country arrived in Austin, Texas for a rally and sit-in to show their commitment to protecting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Fifteen people were arrested for blocking traffic in front of the Texas Capitol (four DACA recipients and 11 allies).

August 2, 2017
trolls

“Alt-Right” Ship Detained In Mediterranean For Apparent Human Trafficking

Defend Europe, an anti-immigrant group that attempts to disrupt humanitarian search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean Sea, recently chartered a boat that was stopped in a Cyprus port, where several members were arrested for forging documents and engaging in potential human trafficking.

July 30, 2017
Handguns turned in from the public as part of the "Gun Turn-in" event where a gift card is given for every firearm turned over to Chicago Police are seen in a box at Universal Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. May 28, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

NRA Exploits Rape Victimhood To Defend Reckless Gun Owners

Yesterday, a National Rifle Association spokesperson appeared on NRATV—the NRA network—to defend NRA positions with an NRATV host. Yet somehow, the messaging still managed to go off-the-rails.

July 30, 2017

Trump Pressures Sessions To Replace The Acting FBI Director

In two tweets Wednesday morning, Trump criticized Sessions for not replacing Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, whose wife ran for office in Virginia as a Democrat in 2015 and received contributions from the state Democratic Party.

July 27, 2017
Jail cells are seen in the Enhanced Supervision Housing Unit at the Rikers Island Correctional facility in New York March 12, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

On Rikers Island, A Move Toward Reform Causes Trouble

In the most secure levels, inmates who have committed violent infractions — caused injury to another inmate or guard, or attempted to stab or slash someone in jail — can leave their cells for a minimum of seven hours every day, but must be locked to the desks for much of that time.

July 27, 2017

The Sadly Public Last Days Of Charlie Gard

Charlie Gard’s parents were working on the last major decision they will make for him: how he will die. Chris Gard and Connie Yates had given up their fight to secure an effective therapy for their severely brain-damaged 11-month-old baby. They’ve just agreed to have him spend his last days at a hospice.

July 27, 2017
Comey's testimony

The Rule Of Law Has Never Been Weaker In Washington

As President Trump drops increasingly broad hints that he believes he is above the law, Congress and the public face an impending crisis that will test whether the Republican Party is more loyal to Trump or to the rule of law. The crisis is all but certain, and the outcome is very much in doubt.

July 27, 2017

Modern-Day Eugenics? Prisoners Sterilized For Shorter Sentences

A Tennessee county has greenlit a modern-day eugenics program under the guise of offering prisoners a better future. Judge Sam Benningfield of White County issued an order in May that reduces jail sentences for inmates who agree to undergo birth control procedures. For male inmates, a credit of just 30 days is offered in exchange for vasectomies, which are permanent.

July 27, 2017
Kushner

Jared Kushner Is Giving Himself Ample Room To Lie To Congress

“I did not collude,” says Jared Kushner, President Trump’s embattled son-in-law. Facing questions about a June 9, 2016, meeting with a Russian government attorney, Kushner has released an 11-page statement notable for its slippery claims and veiled admissions.

July 26, 2017
Trump, Wall, Border

Mike Pence’s Opportunity

Donald Trump and those around him have made a long series of mistakes stemming from his campaign’s contacts with Russians and subsequent inquiries into the matter, which raise the real possibility of his impeachment. But none of those compares to his biggest blunder: choosing Mike Pence as his running mate.

July 25, 2017
drug

Meet America’s Most Powerful Drug Reformer

Led by Ethan Nadelmann since its formation 17 years ago, the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) has been the most influential drug reform organization in the country, with a hand in advancing the causes not only of medical marijuana and marijuana legalization, but of drug law reform more broadly, in all its manifestations and intersectionality.

July 24, 2017