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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November Election Put Power to Change U.S. Constitution within Republicans’ Reach

The GOP already controls Congress, the White House and more governorships than in a century. But with control of state legislatures, they have power for an unprecedented opportunity: change the Constitution. A convention dominated by delegates from a single party is "alarming," said DLCC's Fiddler. "There are no rules. They can just throw out the whole Constitution if they want to. It's the wildest of Wild West situations."   read more

FBI’s Warrantless Collection of Emails Upheld by Federal Court

The ruling was particularly important because it upheld the government’s use of emails gathered without a warrant under the FISA Amendments Act of 2008. The law permits the government, on domestic soil, to collect phone calls and emails of noncitizens abroad, even when they are communicating with an American. The government gathered the emails via the PRISM program, which collects messages in the accounts of targeted foreigners from webmail providers.   read more

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U.S. Rep.Cummings said he'd "fight any effort to roll back civil service protections." He worries that whistle blowers could lose their legal right to be immune from retaliation. Evan Osborne said these protections date to the 1800s when federal employees couldn't be fired on the whim of new administrations coming to power. "The idea of civil servant protections has a long history in the country," Osborne said.   read more

New York State Prison System Infested with Racial Bias

Racial bias in the New York state prison system is a fact of life. It is also measurable. A review by The New York Times of tens of thousands of disciplinary cases against inmates in 2015, hundreds of pages of internal reports and three years of parole decisions found that racial disparities were embedded in the prison system. Blacks and Latinos were disciplined at higher rates than whites and were sent to solitary confinement more frequently and for longer durations.   read more

Trump’s Appointed National Security Adviser Traffics in Clinton Conspiracy Theories

Six days before the election, Flynn posted on Twitter a fake news story that claimed N.Y. police had found evidence linking Clinton and her staff to pedophilia, money laundering, perjury and other felonies. “U decide,” Flynn wrote in the message, though it appeared there was little doubt what he thought. Flynn's views on social media, including messages viewed as Islamophobia and spreading fake news, had already prompted questions about his fitness to be Trump’s national security adviser.   read more
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