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Lauren McCauley – Fears Grow that Rule of Trump Will Suppress Rule of Law Under Sessions

Updated 2pm EDT: Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee invoked a procedural move called the two-hour rule—which, according to The Hill, prevents “holding committee meetings beyond the first two hours of the Senate’s day”—to push the attorney general vote until Wednesday. The move stalls the controversial confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions and came at the same time that Democrats on …

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Leid Stories—Confirmation Hearings for Trump’s Cabinet Nominees Begin—01.10.17

Confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump’s nominees for Cabinet-level posts begin today. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) faces off with the Senate Judiciary Committee at 9 a.m., and the Senate Homeland Security Committee questions retired Marine general John Kelly at 3 p.m.

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Marc Ash – The Very Dishonest Viability Argument

very pro-Clinton nomination argument contains or is built around the viability argument. Expressed by an inner-child, it goes something like this: “Bernie Sanders should stop causing trouble … Hillary Clinton is more electable … If Bernie Sanders doesn’t stop it, he will open the door for the Republican nominee.” Or, to quote Clinton digital media strategist Peter Daou, “With Bernie …

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Leid Stories – 08.17.15

Detroit’s Home County Accepts State’s Plan to Avoid Bankruptcy Horace Julian Bond: Remembering A Stalwart Soldier Last Thursday (Aug. 13), Wayne County, the home county of the City of Detroit, avoided declaring bankruptcy. But just like once-vibrant Motor City, the county’s fiscal future is far from sound or settled. Eight months after a federal judge approved a contentious, state-imposed bankruptcy …

The Violence of Police Politics Posted By Steve Martinot

Insofar as the state, and the prison administration, know that solitary confinement drives people insane through isolation and torture, its use signifies that the state desires this outcome. That is a political desire, a desire to do irrevocable damage to people. It happens silently, as punishment for thinking autonomously, for self-respect against the violence of imprisonment, as a political stance. …

Obama’s Prison Charade By Margaret Kimberley

The list of Barack Obama’s crimes is a long one, but one of the worst is his refusal to even attempt a dismantling of the mass incarceration state in America. In criminal justice as in other issues, Obama fakes left while actually moving to the right. He is suddenly interested in “reform” and is on a cross country marketing blitz …

The dark side of America’s reluctant part-time workers – Quentin Fottrell

Many part-time workers were left behind by the economic recovery. Nearly half of the 26.5 million Americans (46%) who work part-time are desperate to work full-time, according to a new report — “A Tale of Two Workforces: The Benefits and Burdens of Working Part Time” — by Rutgers University. The vast majority of the nation’s 26 million part-time workers — …

Ask Beatty – Elizabeth Massey – 05.11.15

Beatty talked about having attended a Moral Monday breakfast at Union Theological Seminary in New York City with guest speaker Reverend Doctor William, Director of the North Carolina NAACP. As a society, despite different party lines, we need to all get in touch with our moral selves personally and politically and not just on Monday’s.  Her guest tonight was Elizabeth …

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School segregation still impacts African-Americans’ minds decades later

As the nation observes the May 17 anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that ended racial segregation in public schools, a new study has found that desegregated schooling is tied to better performance for certain cognitive abilities in older African American Adults. This research is published in an article titled “Education Desegregation and Cognitive Change in African American Older Adults,” …