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The Justice Dept.’s Costly Reform Agreement with Baltimore Police Explains Basic Appropriate Behavior

Bryan Woolston/ZUMA Press/NewscomThere’s something to be said that the Department of Justice’s newly released consent agreement with the City of Baltimore’s Police Department seems to need to explain that officers should not just be total jerkholes when talking to citizens. Really, there’s a small section in the 227-page reform plan that explains how they expect […]

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FBI Investigated over Conduct on Clinton Emails, More Trump Team Hearings, EpiPen Gets Competition: P.M. Links

Riccardo Savi/Sipa USA/NewscomThe inspector general of the Department of Justice will be investigating the FBI and Director James Comey’s conduct regarding how they handled the investigation (and public disclosures) of Hillary Clinton’s private server scandal close to the election. Donald Trump’s Secretary of Defense pick, Gen. James Mattis, called Russia one of America’s principal threats […]

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Will Baltimore’s Police Reform Agreement Survive Under Sessions as A.G.?

As Senate testimony and questioning of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is wrapping up, sources with the City of Baltimore are announcing they’re finished with hammering out reforms to the police department in conjunction with the Department of Justice. According to the Associated Press, the agreement has been finalized and may be released on Thursday. The […]

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Trump’s Son-in-Law to Serve Administration, Expect Confirmation Fights, SCOTUS Tackles Court Fees: P.M. Links

President-elect Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner will reportedly be named a senior adviser in the new administration. Political news all week will revolve around Trump’s appointments and the rush to get Senate confirmations. Comments from Supreme Court justices in a case today suggest they’re likely to declare that courts must return fees paid by defendants […]

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Transgender Bathroom Panic Legislation Comes to Texas

Texas wants its own slice of North Carolina’s bathroom panic culture wars, or at least its lieutenant governor does. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has introduced Senate Bill 6, which mimics parts of North Carolina’s HB2, specifically the parts focusing on transgender bathroom and gender-segregated facility use. Senate Bill 6 forbids municipalities within Texas from passing […]

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Trump Tweets About Nukes, Ivanka Harassed on Flight, Suspect Sought in German Truck Attack: P.M. Links

Sdecoret / Dreamstime.comPresident-Elect Donald Trump tweeted that America should expand its nuke program until the rest of the world “comes to its senses” on nuclear weapons. Ivanka Trump was harassed by a passenger on a JetBlue flight. The passenger was booted off after apparently yelling at her that her father was “ruining the country.” When […]

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Thank Snowden? U.S. to Reveal Numbers of Americans Affected by Surveillance

Charlie Archambault/EPA/NewscomIntelligence officials are preparing a report at the request of members of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee to provide an estimate of how many Americans have had their personal data snapped up by federal surveillance. Can anybody imagine this happening before Edward Snowden revealed the evidence that our own national intelligence apparatus was collecting […]

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Google Releases Very Small Batch of National Security Letters to the Public

Vincent Jannink/EPA/NewscomFor the first time in 2015, Americans were able to see the contents of one of the extremely secretive federal National Security Letters (NSLs). These letters from the Department of Justice have been used to obligate tech and telecom companies to provide some metadata (name, address and other info) about specific users or customers […]

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Who’s Watching the Watchers? Reason Is, That’s Who

Who’s Watching the Watchers? Reason Is, That’s Who

We have an incoming administration under President-Elect Donald Trump that’s more likely to see surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden as a traitor than a protector of Americans’ right to privacy and government transparency. Indymedia.org.ukDuring the lengthy presidential election race, you would have been hard-pressed to find very much discussion or debate on surveillance issues at all, […]

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