New Additions to AllGov

Date: Monday, May 18, 2009 2:37 AM
Category: Allgov Blogs

This week we have added to AllGov pages about four nations and one non-nation. They are: Venezuela, Vietnam, Vatican City, Uzbekistan and Western Sahara. We welcome any suggestions to add to the information in these articles.

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Half of All American Adults are in a Police Facial Recognition Database

Many of the photos held by police agencies are of law-abiding Americans. The report found that 16 states allow officials to compare the faces of people suspected of criminal acts to photos on driver’s licenses without a warrant, “creating a virtual lineup of their state residents. This is unprecedented and highly problematic." Because African-Americans are disproportionately more likely to come into contact with, and be arrested by, police, their photos will most likely be over-represented.   read more

Justice Dept. to Dispatch Fewer Election Observers Due to Supreme Court Gutting of Voting Rights Act

The reduction is likely to diminish the ability to detect voter intimidation and other potential problems at the polls. It comes as more than a dozen states have adopted new voting rules, and as Donald Trump warns without evidence that the Nov. 8 election will be rigged and exhorts his followers to be vigilant. "It's cause for concern," said ACLU's Dale Ho. Vanita Gupta of the Justice Dept's Civil Rights Division said there's no way to "sugar coat" the impact of the Supreme Court decision.   read more

Claims of Falsified Patient Wait Lists at Colorado V.A. to Be Investigated by Federal Government

It's alleged Colorado kept unofficial lists of veterans waiting for health care that could conceal how long it takes to get an appointment, possibly broadening a nationwide scandal. The inquiry will look into the whistleblower's allegations that records at the clinic were falsified after a veteran took his own life while awaiting treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. Unofficial or secret lists have been used at VA facilities across the country to hide lengthy delays in care for veterans.   read more

Americans Backing Marijuana Legalization Hits 60% Record High

According to Gallup's new poll, released on Wednesday, 67% of Democrats support legalization, compared to 42% of Republicans and 70% of independents. Support among adults aged 18-34 was 77%, compared to 45% among those over 55. Tom Angell, chairman of Marijuana Majority, said the two polls suggested that prospects were good for the state ballot measures. "More politicians — presidential candidates included — would do themselves a big favor to take note of the clear trend," he said.   read more

St. Louis Medical School Ends Controversial Use of Sedated Cats in Neonatal Training

Critics have contended that the animals suffer pain and injuries ranging from cracked teeth to punctured lungs. Protests broke out in 2013 after an undercover video of the university's training in pediatric advanced life support was released by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The video shows a trainee putting tubes down the throat of a sedated cat, sometimes struggling to get it right. However, the medical school continued using sedated cats in other training programs.   read more
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