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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Steve Mnuchin, Contender For Trump Treasury Secretary, Headed 'Foreclosure Machine' : NPR

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Steve Mnuchin, Contender For Trump Treasury Secretary, Headed 'Foreclosure Machine' : NPR

An Inmate Died Of Thirst In A Jail Run By A Loudly Pro-Trump Sheriff | The Huffington Post

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"WASHINGTON ― Authorities have ruled the death of an inmate at a jail run by a top law enforcement supporter of GOP nominee Donald Trump a homicide caused by “profound dehydration.” 
Terrill Thomas, 38, was found dead in a Milwaukee County Jail cell on April 24, nine days after being arrested in connection with a shooting. Other inmates heard Thomas beg for water in the days before he died, the Journal Sentinel reported in July. 
The Huffington Post has been tracking jail deaths ― more than 800 ― in the year since Sandra Bland died in a Texas jail on July 13, 2015. "

An Inmate Died Of Thirst In A Jail Run By A Loudly Pro-Trump Sheriff | The Huffington Post: ""

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Cops Are Watching Your Facebook Feed | The Nation

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 Last week, the Brennan Center for Justice released a map showing that 151 police departments, cities, and counties across the country have collectively spent millions of dollars on software enabling them to monitor activity on social media—a number that almost certainly understates both the number of jurisdictions and the amounts expended. These tools allow agencies to mine social media posts for individuals’ location and other data; Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram even supplied special data feeds to companies that allowed law enforcement to track protests in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri.

According to the Brennan Center’s research, big spenders include the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which spent nearly $200,000 over two and a half years; the County of Los Angeles, which also spent close to $200,000 over three years; and Harris County, Texas, which spent over $150,000 in the same number of years. Only a small fraction of the jurisdictions surveyed have publicly-available policies on how to use social media to monitor civilians.

The new revelations are not surprising. In a recent survey conducted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, over half of the responding law enforcement agencies reported that they used social media for “listening/monitoring,” and three-quarters for “intelligence.” On the federal side, the Department of Homeland Security, which already monitors social media domestically, recently floated a vague and illconceived proposal to request “social media identifiers” from twenty million travelers per year.

.Cops Are Watching Your Facebook Feed | The Nation

There Is No ‘Safe Space’ in Art: What Mike Pence Should Have Learned From ‘Hamilton’ - The Daily Beast

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"It is heartening, for those who work in arts and culture, to see their work migrate to the front pages. It’s rare: The world of culture is seen as more rarefied than the 24-hour news cycle. But the stratospheric success of Hamilton means it has often traversed both. It is that rare thing; an intelligent, stirring work of art that has found a populist home on stage on Broadway, feted not just by critics but by the general public who have been to see it. You’ll have seen its songs and stars on TV, if you haven’t seen them on stage. The difficulty of securing a ticket has become a mainstream joke. The weekend bought the show back to the front page. One of the actors, Brandon Victor Dixon, gracefully read out a statement to the Vice President Elect Mike Pence, who was in the audience. It wasn’t rudely phrased. It wasn’t rudely spoken. It wasn’t rude in any way. We know this because it was videotaped. We can see it. If you choose to see it as harassment or rudeness, you are willfully misreading what you are seeing or hearing. Dixon’s speech was a request from the heart, and—this seems to have been somewhat overlooked—a heartfelt plea to Pence to recognize and respect true diversity."

(Via.)  There Is No ‘Safe Space’ in Art: What Mike Pence Should Have Learned From ‘Hamilton’ - The Daily Beast

Monday, November 14, 2016

Comey really did elect Trump. Here's the data that shows it.

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"Trump’s analysts had detected this upsurge in the electorate even before FBI Director James Comey delivered his Oct. 28 letter to Congress announcing that he was reopening his investigation into Clinton’s e-mails. But the news of the investigation accelerated the shift of a largely hidden rural mass of voters toward Trump.

 

[snip] Trump’s team chose to focus on this electorate, partly because it was the only possible path for them. But after Comey, that movement of older, whiter voters became newly evident. It’s what led Trump’s campaign to broaden the electoral map in the final two weeks and send the candidate into states such as Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan that no one else believed he could win.

[snip] The message Trump delivered to those voters was radically different from anything they would hear from an ordinary Republican: a bracing screed that implicated the entire global power structure—the banks, the government, the media, the guardians of secular culture—in a dark web of moral and intellectual corruption. And Trump insisted that he alone could fix it."

Comey really did elect Trump. Here's the data that shows it.: ""

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Veteran Journalist Gwen Ifill Passes Away at 61

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RIP to both a groundbreaking and fabulous journalist. She was one of the bright lights of my generation and someone I always admired. She was the state of her art. We will sorely miss her and wish the best to her family.

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Veteran Journalist Gwen Ifill Passes Away at 61

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RIP to both a groundbreaking and fabulous journalist. She was one of the bright lights of my generation and someone I always admired. She was the state of her art. We will sorely miss her and wish the best to her family.

Veteran Journalist Gwen Ifill Passes Away at 61: ""

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Veteran Journalist Gwen Ifill Passes Away at 61. RIP to both a groundbreaking and fabulous journalist. She was one of the bright lights of my generation and someone I always admired. She was the state of her art. We will sorely miss her and wish the best to her family.

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Veteran Journalist Gwen Ifill Passes Away at 61: ""

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Veteran Journalist Gwen Ifill Passes Away at 61

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RIP to both a groundbreaking and fabulous journalist. She was one of the bright lights of my generation and someone I always admired. She was the state of her art. We will sorely miss her and wish the best to her family.

Veteran Journalist Gwen Ifill Passes Away at 61: ""

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Sunday, November 06, 2016

FBI: Review of new emails doesn't change conclusion on Clinton - CNNPolitics.com

"CNN)FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers Sunday the agency hasn't changed its opinion that Hillary Clinton should not face criminal charges after a review of new emails.

Comey had dropped a bombshell 11 days from the election when he informed Congress that the FBI had discovered emails in its separate investigation of Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, that could be connected to its investigation of whether Clinton mishandled classified information by using a private email server.
The news could help Clinton put to rest a controversy that has dogged her in the 2016 race's closing days, helping Donald Trump narrow a polling gap nationally and in key battleground states.
    "Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July," Comey said in the letter to top Republicans on the House Oversight Committee.














    FBI: Review of new emails doesn't change conclusion on Clinton - CNNPolitics.com

    FBI: Review of new emails doesn't change conclusion on Clinton - CNNPolitics.com

    "CNN)FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers Sunday the agency hasn't changed its opinion that Hillary Clinton should not face criminal charges after a review of new emails.



    Comey had dropped a bombshell 11 days from the election when he informed Congress that the FBI had discovered emails in its separate investigation of Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, that could be connected to its investigation of whether Clinton mishandled classified information by using a private email server.

    The news could help Clinton put to rest a controversy that has dogged her in the 2016 race's closing days, helping Donald Trump narrow a polling gap nationally and in key battleground states.

    Emotions run high in final days of the campaign

    Election 2016: Emotions run high in final days of the campaign

    "Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July," Comey said in the letter to top Republicans on the House Oversight Committee."



    FBI: Review of new emails doesn't change conclusion on Clinton - CNNPolitics.com

    Al Franken: FBI's James Comey should face Senate hearings - CNNPolitics.com

    "Washington (CNN)Sen. Al Franken called Sunday for the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold hearings on FBI Director James Comey's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private server. And the Minnesota senator said he thinks Hillary Clinton can rely on his state's voters despite a last-minute visit from Donald Trump, though he said he's always "nervous."



    "I think that there should be hearings, and I'm certain there will be hearings in the Judiciary Committee on this matter," the Franken told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union."

    His comments reflected the Democratic frustration with Comey telling lawmakers 11 days before the November 8 election that the FBI was reviewing new emails potentially connected to its investigation into whether Clinton mishandled classified information."





    Al Franken: FBI's James Comey should face Senate hearings - CNNPolitics.com