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Democracy Fails the Turing Test

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 17:51
Democracy Fails the Turing TestCiara Torres-SpelliscyApril 28, 2017

The spread of fake news in the 2016 election shows that Americans need to be more sophisticated about what they read.

Categories: Human Rights

Why Mitch McConnell Will Keep the Legislative Filibuster

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 14:29
Why Mitch McConnell Will Keep the Legislative FilibusterVictoria Bassetti April 28, 2017

The filibuster has already been so diminished that McConnell can advance the GOP agenda without having to worry about it.

Categories: Human Rights

Fair Courts E-lert: NC Gov. Fills Vacancy After Judge Resigns; WI High Court Rejects Recusal Rule Change

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 14:12
Fair Courts E-lert: NC Gov. Fills Vacancy After Judge Resigns; WI High Court Rejects Recusal Rule ChangeApril 28, 2017

Our latest Fair Courts E-lert highlights a NC Court of Appeals Judges' resignation, proposed recusal rule changes in WI, and more.

Categories: Human Rights

Brennan Center Files FOIA Request for Information on DHS Social Media Monitoring Software

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 13:16
Brennan Center Files FOIA Request for Information on DHS Social Media Monitoring Software

On April 26, 2017, the Brennan Center for Justice filed a Freedom of Information Act request with two arms of the Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – seeking records regarding their purchase and use of social media monitoring software.

Categories: Human Rights

Mike German on The Truth on Terrorism: Thinking Like a Terrorist

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:49
Mike German on The Truth on Terrorism: Thinking Like a TerroristApril 28, 2017 Thinking Like a Terrorist.mp3

In Thinking Like a Terrorist, former FBI counterterrorism agent Mike German contends that the overarching problem is a fundamental failure to understand the terrorists — namely, what they want and how they intend to get it.

Categories: Human Rights

Redistricting Without Politics

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:38
Redistricting Without PoliticsThursday, April 27, 2017 - 11:45amMedia Source: The Detroit NewsRedistricting Without Politics
Categories: Human Rights

100 Days Along, Sessions Lays Foundation for Future Agenda

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:24
100 Days Along, Sessions Lays Foundation for Future AgendaFriday, April 28, 2017 - 11:30amMedia Source: The Crime Report100 Days Along, Sessions Lays Foundation for Future Agenda
Categories: Human Rights

The Time to Fix Presidential Primaries is Now, Not in 2020. Here’s How.

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 18:28
The Time to Fix Presidential Primaries is Now, Not in 2020. Here’s How.Walter ShapiroApril 27, 2017

At The Washington Post, Walter Shapiro argues that both parties' presidential nomination systems are ripe for reform.

Categories: Human Rights

The Time To Fix Presidential Primaries Is Now, Not In 2020. Here’s How.

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 09:54
The Time To Fix Presidential Primaries Is Now, Not In 2020. Here’s How.Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 9:45amMedia Source: The Washington PostThe Time To Fix Presidential Primaries Is Now, Not In 2020. Here’s How.
Categories: Human Rights

The Chosen One: Thoughts on a Better, Fairer, and Smarter Way to Choose Presidential Nominees

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 05:30
The Chosen One: Thoughts on a Better, Fairer, and Smarter Way to Choose Presidential NomineesApril 26, 2017Walter Shapirohttp://www.brennancenter.org/sites/default/files/publications/PresidentialNominationsFINAL%20.pdf

There are a series of practical and effective reforms that could be put in place to create a more representative system that limits the chances of unpopular or controversial presidential candidates.

Categories: Human Rights

100 Days of Harm to Women and Counting

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 16:42
100 Days of Harm to Women and CountingDorothy SamuelsApril 26, 2017

Well, it could have been worse. That is the best that can be said of the assaults on women’s equality and reproductive freedom carried out during the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency.

Categories: Human Rights

Legislating In the Super Pac Era

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 16:14
Legislating In the Super Pac EraWalter ShapiroApril 26, 2017

The power of Super PACs is one of the reasons for Trump’s thin legislative record.

Categories: Human Rights

President For Sale? The State Department’s Troubling Blog Post

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 13:40
President For Sale? The State Department’s Troubling Blog Post

Ethics mavens have continually criticized members of the Trump administration for their habit of promoting the president’s private businesses while on the job. A recent State Department blog post — that has since been taken down — on Mar-a-Lago came dangerously close to an advertisement for buying the president's favor.

Categories: Human Rights

Trump and Sessions Peddle Fear Instead of Solutions to Crime

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 10:00
Trump and Sessions Peddle Fear Instead of Solutions to CrimeWednesday, April 26, 2017 - 10:00amMedia Source: The HillTrump and Sessions Peddle Fear Instead of Solutions to Crime
Categories: Human Rights

Nebraska Lawmakers Pass Bill to Restore Voting Rights Immediately Upon Completion of Sentence for Past Criminal Conviction

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 17:14
Nebraska Lawmakers Pass Bill to Restore Voting Rights Immediately Upon Completion of Sentence for Past Criminal ConvictionApril 24, 2017

Under current Nebraska law, citizens who have successfully completed a sentence for a felony conviction must wait two years before their rights are restored. This bill would remove that waiting period.

Categories: Human Rights

Liza Goitein on All Things Considered: What is Section 702?

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 17:00
Liza Goitein on All Things Considered: What is Section 702?April 24, 2017 NPR-702.mp3

Brennan Center's Liza Goitein joins NPR's "All Things Considered" to explain how Section 702 allows for warrantless surveillance of Americans.  

Categories: Human Rights

Liza Goitein on All Things Considered: Unmasking 101

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 16:53
Liza Goitein on All Things Considered: Unmasking 101April 24, 2017 NPR-Unmasking 101.mp3

Brennan Center's Liza Goitein joins NPR's "All Things Considered" to discuss the next phase in Congress' investigations of Russian interference in U.S. elections. 

Categories: Human Rights

Watching Burger King’s Newest Ad Puts Your Privacy in Jeopardy

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 16:10
Watching Burger King’s Newest Ad Puts Your Privacy in JeopardyMichael PriceApril 24, 2017

Through the use of a “wake phrase,” a 15-second Burger King commercial successfully activated Google Home devices, essentially hijacking American’s private devices.

Categories: Human Rights

U.S. News Legal Rulings Could Force Texas Back Into Federal Oversight

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 11:14
U.S. News Legal Rulings Could Force Texas Back Into Federal OversightFriday, April 21, 2017 - 11:15amMedia Source: Associated PressU.S. News Legal Rulings Could Force Texas Back Into Federal Oversight
Categories: Human Rights

Watching Burger King's Newest Ad Puts Your Privacy in Jeopardy

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 09:56
Watching Burger King's Newest Ad Puts Your Privacy in JeopardySaturday, April 22, 2017 - 10:00amMedia Source: FortuneWatching Burger King's Newest Ad Puts Your Privacy in Jeopardy
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