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Trump Administration “Rewards” Private Prison Campaign Donors with Government Contracts

Common Dreams - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 10:28
Every Voice

Following the Trump Administration’s decision to reverse course from the the Obama Administration’s policy on private prisons, money-in-politics watchdog Every Voice released the following statement criticizing the President for rewarding his private prison campaign donors:

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State Dept. Memo Warning Employees Against Leaking Is Immediately Leaked

Common Dreams - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 10:09
Jon Queally, staff writer

The leaks just keep on coming.

While President Donald Trump has repeatedly expressed frustration over the unsanctioned release of internal documents and information, the Washington Post reported Friday morning on the existence of a State Department memo specifically warning agency employees against unauthorized leaks.

How did the paper know about the memo? Because it was leaked, of course.

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Justice Update: President Misleads on Crime, Republicans Push for Sentencing Reform

Brennan Center - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 09:22
Justice Update: President Misleads on Crime, Republicans Push for Sentencing ReformFebruary 24, 2017

Without broad belief in a national crime wave, the defense for many of President President Donald Trump's policies would crumble. And, recent comments from Republican leaders show bipartisan support for criminal justice reform continues.

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Texas Lawmakers Want to Tweak Court-Ordered Changes to the Voter ID Law

Brennan Center - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 09:08
Texas Lawmakers Want to Tweak Court-Ordered Changes to the Voter ID LawFriday, February 24, 2017 - 9:00amMedia Source: KUT 90.5Texas Lawmakers Want to Tweak Court-Ordered Changes to the Voter ID Law
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As U.S. Signals Reversal on Private Prisons, Minnesota Facility is Back in Play

Brennan Center - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 09:07
As U.S. Signals Reversal on Private Prisons, Minnesota Facility is Back in PlayFriday, February 24, 2017 - 9:00amMedia Source: Star Tribune As U.S. Signals Reversal on Private Prisons, Minnesota Facility is Back in Play
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Contrived Chaos and States of Confusion

Common Dreams - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 09:05
Randall Amster

There has been a lot of analysis suggesting that the executive-level politics we’re seeing play out right now are about incompetence or irrationality. The psychology of the President himself has been called into question, with bizarre public performances and blatant falsities being propagated, mirroring that of others in the Administration. To those accustomed to the presidency (irrespective of ideology) requiring certain levels of comportment, decency, and accountability, this moment can be dizzying and even terrifying.

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Paul Ryan's Next Attack on Workers' Retirement a Win for Wall Street

Common Dreams - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 08:52
Dean Baker

As everyone knows, the fundamental principle of the Republican party is to redistribute as much income as possible from the rest of us to the rich. In keeping with this principle, Paul Ryan and the Republicans in Congress are pushing through a proposal to make workers pay larger fees on their retirement accounts. Unlike conventional taxes, which could be wasted on things like education or child care, these fees go directly into the pockets of the financial industry.

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Plaintiffs Oppose Texas & Justice Department Effort to Delay Hearing on Photo ID Law

Brennan Center - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 18:25
Plaintiffs Oppose Texas & Justice Department Effort to Delay Hearing on Photo ID LawFebruary 23, 2017

Plaintiffs argued that new voter ID legislation filed in the Texas Legislature has no bearing on whether or not the state intended to discriminate when it passed its strict voter ID law in 2011.

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The Most Troubling Part of the DHS Memos on Immigration Enforcement

Brennan Center - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 17:41
The Most Troubling Part of the DHS Memos on Immigration EnforcementElizabeth (Liza) GoiteinFebruary 23, 2017

Memoranda on immigration enforcement released on Tuesday are raising concerns that the Trump administration intends to pursue a policy of mass deportation.

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Coalition of 80+ Groups Raise Concerns About Harm to American Muslims from Terrorism Designation

Brennan Center - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 16:07
Coalition of 80+ Groups Raise Concerns About Harm to American Muslims from Terrorism Designation

Media reports suggest that the Trump administration is considering designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. The undersigned coalition of organizations is deeply concerned that such a designation could lead to the stigmatization and targeting of American Muslim civil society, including non-profits, charities, religious organizations, and activists.

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House Panel to Hold Hearing on Foreign Surveillance Law

Brennan Center - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 15:09
House Panel to Hold Hearing on Foreign Surveillance LawThursday, February 23, 2017 - 3:15pmMedia Source: The HillHouse Panel to Hold Hearing on Foreign Surveillance Law
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An Open Letter to Jeff Sessions

Brennan Center - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 15:07
An Open Letter to Jeff SessionsFebruary 23, 2017

I hope you will remember that it is never too late to do what is right.

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Carson and Other Republicans Show Support for Criminal Justice Reform

Brennan Center - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 13:16
Carson and Other Republicans Show Support for Criminal Justice ReformGrainne DunneFebruary 23, 2017

President Trump's tough-on-crime rhetoric so far in office has largely echoed what he said throughout the campaign. But, there have been some positive indicators that criminal justice reform may still be possible under the new administration.

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Trump's CVE Program: Going From Bad to Worse

Brennan Center - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 11:43
Trump's CVE Program: Going From Bad to WorseThursday, February 23, 2017 - 11:45amMedia Source: Just SecurityTrump's CVE Program: Going From Bad to Worse
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Obama Lawyers Form 'Worst-Case Scenario' Group to Tackle Trump

Brennan Center - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 11:42
Obama Lawyers Form 'Worst-Case Scenario' Group to Tackle TrumpThursday, February 23, 2017 - 11:45amMedia Source: PoliticoObama Lawyers Form 'Worst-Case Scenario' Group to Tackle Trump
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The Trump Administration's Islamophobic Holy Grail

Brennan Center - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 11:41
The Trump Administration's Islamophobic Holy GrailWednesday, February 22, 2017 - 11:45amMedia Source: Foreign PolicyThe Trump Administration's Islamophobic Holy Grail
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