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In 75 Largest U.S. Cities, 60% of Police Live Outside the City They Patrol

In 75 of the biggest cities in the country 60% or more of the police officers live outside the city in which they work. Overall, 49% of black officers, 47% of Hispanic officers and only 35% of white officers live and work in the same city.   read more

FBI Criminal Database Includes 77 Million Americans

But many of the Americans with a database entry are in the system only because they were arrested, even though they were never charged or convicted of a crime. Records are often not updated to reflect that an individual was found not guilty or guilty of a minor offense, such as trespassing while exercising free speech rights during a demonstration.   read more

If Ferguson is 67% African-American, Why are the Mayor, the City Council Majority and 50 of 53 Police White?

Although the population of Ferguson is 67% African-American, the mayor is a white Republican and five of the six members of the city council are white, as are 50 of Ferguson’s 53 police officers. One of the main reasons for this disparity is that the city holds its local elections separate from state and federal balloting. Residents vote for governor or president in even-numbered years, but Ferguson residents go to the polls to elect the mayor and city council in April of odd-numbered years.   read more

Lawsuit Accuses White House of Setting Roadblocks to Freedom of Information Act Requests

The plaintiffs claim the trouble started in April 2009, when then-White House counsel Gregory Craig informed Executive Branch operations that any FOIA requests that might have “White House equities” should go through his office. The term has never been defined, but some agencies are taking it to mean any document that mentions the White House.   read more

Rick Perry First Texas Governor to be Indicted while in Office Since World War I

The Public Integrity Unit at the time was focused on one of Perry’s pet projects, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. One of its executives, Jerry Cobbs, was indicted last December after an $11 million grant went through the agency without proper review, according to The Dallas Morning News. The money went to Peloton Therapeutics, one of whose investors had given $440,000 to the campaigns of Perry and Lt. Governor David Dewhurst.   read more

Defendants who Claim Stand Your Ground Defense more likely to Win if Victim is Black

The ABA’s National Task Force on Stand Your Ground laws found that when a white shooter kills a black victim, the shooting is 350% more likely to be ruled justified than when a white shooter kills a white victim. A Texas A&M study cited by the ABA reported that states with stand-your-ground laws saw an 8% increase in homicides.   read more

Islamic State (ISIS) may not be a Recognized Nation, but it Controls a Population Larger than Ireland

ISIS controls or has a presence in much of northeastern Syria and northwestern Iraq, with its footprint there nearly matching that of al-Qaeda in Iraq during its zenith in 2006. ISIS has received financial backing from the Sunni-led governments in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, Cockburn and others have written.   read more

Militarization of the Police…Ferguson Edition

Until Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) ordered the state highway patrol to take charge of security in Ferguson, the police officers patrolling the city’s streets were carrying 5.56-mm rifles similar to the M4 carbine employed by the U.S. Army. They also had sidearms, body armor, multiple ammunition clips, and they rode around in armored vehicles reminiscent of the kind used to shuttle soldiers through Iraq.   read more

Equal Rights Amendment Back 32 Years after States’ Approval Fell Short

The passage of the amendment, which would have guaranteed that equal rights could not be denied on account of gender, was passed by 35 states by the 1982 deadline, leaving it three short of ratification. To get the effort going again, two measures have been introduced in Congress. One would erase the 1982 deadline but keep intact the ratification by 35 states, so backers would have to get only three more states to sign on.   read more

Despite Opposition from Majority of Americans, Obama Fast Tracks Deportation of Children

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll revealed 51% of respondents said the children coming to the U.S. from Central America should be permitted to remain in the country, at least temporarily. Only 32% said the children should be immediately deported, indicating Obama is bending to the will of the minority by ordering immigration courts to fast track the children’s hearings.   read more

Why is Obama Still Hiding the 28-Page Report on Saudi Royal Family Involvement in the 9/11 Attacks?

In a court filing produced two years ago for a lawsuit brought by 9/11 victims against the Saudi government, Graham said: “I am convinced that there was a direct line between at least some of the terrorists who carried out the September 11th attacks and the government of Saudi Arabia.”   read more

10 States with Highest Uninsured Rates are all Run by Republicans

The 10 states with the highest uninsured rates in the country, all run by Republican governors or legislatures or both, have all refused to accept the expansion of Medicaid and have declined to participate in the state exchanges. Those states are Texas, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Montana, Arizona, Oklahoma, Alaska, and New Mexico.   read more

Louisiana Government Tricked Hospital into Supplying Execution Drug

“We assumed the drug was for one of their patients, so we sent it. We did not realize what the focus was,” Ulysses Gene Thibodeaux, a board member of Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, a private, nonprofit institution and chief judge of the Third Circuit Court of Appeal, told The Lens. “Had we known of the real use,” he said, “we never would have done it.” The hospital sold the drug to Elayn Hunt Correctional Center.   read more

Texas Leads the Nation in Voter Discrimination

A new report says despite the assertions of the U.S. Supreme Court that voting discrimination isn’t a major problem anymore, hundreds of such cases have been documented in the South, particularly Texas. The report says there were 332 cases between 1995 and 2014 of voting rights lawsuits or the U.S. Department of Justice preventing a state or county from changing their voting laws that were submitted for preclearance in compliance with the now-void terms of the Voting Rights Act.   read more

Economy Grows Faster under Democratic Presidents…and Corporations Make more Profits

Blinder and Watson also pointed out in their paper that under Democratic presidents, there were fewer quarters of recession, more job creation, better unemployment figures and more earnings for big business. “The corporate profit share of gross domestic income was also higher under Democrats: by 5.6% versus 4.7%,” the report said. “Though business votes Republican, it prospers more under Democrats.”   read more

Senators Complain about Obama Administration Censorship of Torture Report

Some of the redactions imposed by the administration addressed phony names that the committee gave to CIA officers to protect their identity. Officials insisted that the pseudonyms had to be excised to secure the identities of agents. However, the sections considered most controversial are said to have concluded that the torture techniques used by the CIA were more brutal than previously admitted and that their effectiveness in obtaining useful information was greatly exaggerated.   read more
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In 75 Largest U.S. Cities, 60% of Police Live Outside the City They Patrol

In 75 of the biggest cities in the country 60% or more of the police officers live outside the city in which they work. Overall, 49% of black officers, 47% of Hispanic officers and only 35% of white officers live and work in the same city.   read more

FBI Criminal Database Includes 77 Million Americans

But many of the Americans with a database entry are in the system only because they were arrested, even though they were never charged or convicted of a crime. Records are often not updated to reflect that an individual was found not guilty or guilty of a minor offense, such as trespassing while exercising free speech rights during a demonstration.   read more

If Ferguson is 67% African-American, Why are the Mayor, the City Council Majority and 50 of 53 Police White?

Although the population of Ferguson is 67% African-American, the mayor is a white Republican and five of the six members of the city council are white, as are 50 of Ferguson’s 53 police officers. One of the main reasons for this disparity is that the city holds its local elections separate from state and federal balloting. Residents vote for governor or president in even-numbered years, but Ferguson residents go to the polls to elect the mayor and city council in April of odd-numbered years.   read more

Lawsuit Accuses White House of Setting Roadblocks to Freedom of Information Act Requests

The plaintiffs claim the trouble started in April 2009, when then-White House counsel Gregory Craig informed Executive Branch operations that any FOIA requests that might have “White House equities” should go through his office. The term has never been defined, but some agencies are taking it to mean any document that mentions the White House.   read more

Rick Perry First Texas Governor to be Indicted while in Office Since World War I

The Public Integrity Unit at the time was focused on one of Perry’s pet projects, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. One of its executives, Jerry Cobbs, was indicted last December after an $11 million grant went through the agency without proper review, according to The Dallas Morning News. The money went to Peloton Therapeutics, one of whose investors had given $440,000 to the campaigns of Perry and Lt. Governor David Dewhurst.   read more

Defendants who Claim Stand Your Ground Defense more likely to Win if Victim is Black

The ABA’s National Task Force on Stand Your Ground laws found that when a white shooter kills a black victim, the shooting is 350% more likely to be ruled justified than when a white shooter kills a white victim. A Texas A&M study cited by the ABA reported that states with stand-your-ground laws saw an 8% increase in homicides.   read more

Islamic State (ISIS) may not be a Recognized Nation, but it Controls a Population Larger than Ireland

ISIS controls or has a presence in much of northeastern Syria and northwestern Iraq, with its footprint there nearly matching that of al-Qaeda in Iraq during its zenith in 2006. ISIS has received financial backing from the Sunni-led governments in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, Cockburn and others have written.   read more

Militarization of the Police…Ferguson Edition

Until Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) ordered the state highway patrol to take charge of security in Ferguson, the police officers patrolling the city’s streets were carrying 5.56-mm rifles similar to the M4 carbine employed by the U.S. Army. They also had sidearms, body armor, multiple ammunition clips, and they rode around in armored vehicles reminiscent of the kind used to shuttle soldiers through Iraq.   read more

Equal Rights Amendment Back 32 Years after States’ Approval Fell Short

The passage of the amendment, which would have guaranteed that equal rights could not be denied on account of gender, was passed by 35 states by the 1982 deadline, leaving it three short of ratification. To get the effort going again, two measures have been introduced in Congress. One would erase the 1982 deadline but keep intact the ratification by 35 states, so backers would have to get only three more states to sign on.   read more

Despite Opposition from Majority of Americans, Obama Fast Tracks Deportation of Children

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll revealed 51% of respondents said the children coming to the U.S. from Central America should be permitted to remain in the country, at least temporarily. Only 32% said the children should be immediately deported, indicating Obama is bending to the will of the minority by ordering immigration courts to fast track the children’s hearings.   read more

Why is Obama Still Hiding the 28-Page Report on Saudi Royal Family Involvement in the 9/11 Attacks?

In a court filing produced two years ago for a lawsuit brought by 9/11 victims against the Saudi government, Graham said: “I am convinced that there was a direct line between at least some of the terrorists who carried out the September 11th attacks and the government of Saudi Arabia.”   read more

10 States with Highest Uninsured Rates are all Run by Republicans

The 10 states with the highest uninsured rates in the country, all run by Republican governors or legislatures or both, have all refused to accept the expansion of Medicaid and have declined to participate in the state exchanges. Those states are Texas, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Montana, Arizona, Oklahoma, Alaska, and New Mexico.   read more

Louisiana Government Tricked Hospital into Supplying Execution Drug

“We assumed the drug was for one of their patients, so we sent it. We did not realize what the focus was,” Ulysses Gene Thibodeaux, a board member of Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, a private, nonprofit institution and chief judge of the Third Circuit Court of Appeal, told The Lens. “Had we known of the real use,” he said, “we never would have done it.” The hospital sold the drug to Elayn Hunt Correctional Center.   read more

Texas Leads the Nation in Voter Discrimination

A new report says despite the assertions of the U.S. Supreme Court that voting discrimination isn’t a major problem anymore, hundreds of such cases have been documented in the South, particularly Texas. The report says there were 332 cases between 1995 and 2014 of voting rights lawsuits or the U.S. Department of Justice preventing a state or county from changing their voting laws that were submitted for preclearance in compliance with the now-void terms of the Voting Rights Act.   read more

Economy Grows Faster under Democratic Presidents…and Corporations Make more Profits

Blinder and Watson also pointed out in their paper that under Democratic presidents, there were fewer quarters of recession, more job creation, better unemployment figures and more earnings for big business. “The corporate profit share of gross domestic income was also higher under Democrats: by 5.6% versus 4.7%,” the report said. “Though business votes Republican, it prospers more under Democrats.”   read more

Senators Complain about Obama Administration Censorship of Torture Report

Some of the redactions imposed by the administration addressed phony names that the committee gave to CIA officers to protect their identity. Officials insisted that the pseudonyms had to be excised to secure the identities of agents. However, the sections considered most controversial are said to have concluded that the torture techniques used by the CIA were more brutal than previously admitted and that their effectiveness in obtaining useful information was greatly exaggerated.   read more
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