Los Angeles Times, By Melissa Healy, December 15
Overruling the objections of gun-rights advocates, the U.S. Senate on Monday confirmed Dr. Vivek Murthy, a British-born, American-educated internal medicine specialist, to become the 19th surgeon general of the United States.
The 51-43 vote makes Murthy, a 37-year-old graduate of Harvard University and Yale University Medical School, […]
Raw Story, By Arturo Garcia, December 16
The newly-passed $1.1 trillion federal spending bill also includes a bipartisan provision that signals the end of the federal ban on medical marijuana, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The provision bars federal agents from raiding medical marijuana retailers in the 32 states and the District of Columbia where […]
BBC, December 13
Thousands of people have marched through the US capital, Washington DC, to protest against the recent killings of unarmed black people by police.
Relatives of Michael Brown, shot dead in the Missouri town of Ferguson, and Eric Garner, who died being restrained in New York, were among them.
Both died after encountering […]
The Hill, By Julian Hattem, December 5
Retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) is being blamed for placing a secret hold on a bipartisan bill to update the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
The bill, which the Judiciary Committee unanimously approved last month, has broad support among transparency advocates who have begun vocally criticizing Rockefeller […]
Reuters, By Bill Trott, December 6
New federal restrictions on racial profiling will still allow some officials to use the controversial practice along the southwestern U.S. border and in screening of airline passengers, the Washington Post said.
The rules will ban racial profiling from national security cases for the first time and will bar the […]
not go into brain-freeze or a national seizure at the pace of militarized police killings, racial/religious/you-name-it hatred, and the racialized rightward whirlpool of the GOP’s appeal to fearful whites.
In the latest of a spate of fatal shootings, officers of the infamous Los Angeles Police Department raced to touristy Hollywood Boulevard, where they fired […]
Al Jazeera, By Lauren Carasik, December 4
On Wednesday, hours before his scheduled execution, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay for Scott Panetti, 56, amid a national outcry about the legality and morality of killing an inmate with a 35-year history of severe mental illness. Panetti’s guilt is not in doubt. […]
Guardian – A Missouri police union has condemned players from the St Louis Rams football team for making “hands-up” gestures on the field in solidarity with Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old shot dead in Ferguson, and has threatened to boycott NFL advertisers in response.
McClatchy, By Nancy A. Youssef, November 21
Washington — A House Intelligence Committee investigation of the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on U.S. outposts in Benghazi concludes that while the Central intelligence Agency had properly secured its compound in the Libyan city, the State Department knew its security precautions were inadequate at the U.S. Special Mission […]
The Michigan Citizen, November 13
Detroit, MI — In a blow to schoolchildren statewide, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled on Nov. 7 the State of Michigan has no legal obligation to provide a quality public education to students in the struggling Highland Park School District.
A 2-1 decision reversed an earlier circuit court ruling […]
Value Walk, By Mark Melin, November 21
After press reports reveal more than a cozy relationship, but sharing of confidential documents, investigation called for on eve of Senate testimony on the issue
After a withering expose in The New York Times that showed bank regulators at the New York Federal Reserve sharing confidential information with […]
IDG News Service, By Grant Gross, November 18
The U.S. Senate has voted against a bill that would rein in the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of telephone records within the country, possibly killing any NSA reforms until next year.
Supporters of the USA Freedom Act, in a Senate vote late Tuesday, failed to get […]
I should know.
Politico Magazine, By Frank Serpico, October 23
In the opening scene of the 1973 movie “Serpico,” I am shot in the face—or to be more accurate, the character of Frank Serpico, played by Al Pacino, is shot in the face. Even today it’s very difficult for me to watch those scenes, which […]
Associated Press, By Philip Marcelo, November 15
Boston – From Boston to Los Angeles, police departments are bracing for large demonstrations when a grand jury decides whether to indict a white police officer who killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri.
The St. Louis County grand jury, which has been meeting since Aug. 20, […]
US Marshals Service reportedly fitting aircraft with ‘dirtboxes’ that interrogate phones on ground for identity and location
The Guardian, By Spencer Ackerman, Dominic Rushe & Paul Lewis, November 13
New York – The US justice department is reportedly using electronic equipment on aircraft to simulate cellphone towers so it can collect phone location and identifying […]