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Sen. Coburn to US Dept of Education: Investigate For-Profit Education Regulations

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  • Senator Coburn’s request for an investigation validates concerns CREW has been voicing for months about the apparent unfairness of the regulatory process Education has used and the impropriety of investors who seek to influence Education’s regulations to benefit their own financial interests.
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  • Get Me Out of Here: Dispatches From the For-Profit College
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Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington (CREW)

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Yesterday (Nov 17) Senator Tom Coburn, citing specifically to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request CREW has made, asked the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Education to investigate actions of Education officials who appear to have leaked proposed regulations governing the for-profit education industry to parties supporting the administration’s position and to investors who stand to gain from the proposed regulations.

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CREW is seeking records of these communications between Education officials and outside interested parties, a request to which Education has yet to respond. Senator Coburn’s request for an investigation validates concerns CREW has been voicing for months about the apparent unfairness of the regulatory process Education has used and the impropriety of investors who seek to influence Education’s regulations to benefit their own financial interests.

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Click here to view CREW's original FOIA request from July 23, 2010.

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Click here to read Sen. Coburn's letter to the U.S. Dept. of Education from November 18, 2010.

Get Me Out of Here: Dispatches From the For-Profit College, radicalteacherblogeditor, Radical Teacher
When you first come to this school (Keiser University) they’ll have you believe that this is a quality institution, only concerned with providing a top notch education to every student. Once you’re here for a while though (you realize) this school’s primary concern above all else is making a profit. Keiser University is a business first and foremost.

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Arizona Legalizes Racial Profiling


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Arizona's new immigration legislation - requiring law enforcement officers to stop everyone whom they have “reasonable suspicion” to believe is an undocumented immigrant and arrest them if they fail to produce their papers - demeans us all by effectively legalizing racial profiling.

Marjorie Cohn, Jurist

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The conservative “states’ rights” mantra sweeping our country has led to one of the most egregious wrongs in recent U.S. history. New legislation in Arizona requires law enforcement officers to stop everyone whom they have “reasonable suspicion” to believe is an undocumented immigrant and arrest them if they fail to produce their papers. What constitutes “reasonable suspicion”? When asked what an undocumented person looks like, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who signed SB 1070 into law last week, said, “I don’t know what an undocumented person looks like.” The bill does not prohibit police from relying on race or ethnicity in deciding who to stop. It is unlikely that officers will detain Irish or German immigrants to check their documents. This law unconstitutionally criminalizes “walking while brown” in Arizona.

Former Arizona attorney general Grant Woods explained to Brewer that SB 1070 would vest too much discretion in the state police and lead to racial profiling and expensive legal fees for the state. But the governor evidently succumbed to racist pressure as she faces a reelection campaign. Woods said, “[Brewer] really felt that the majority of Arizonans fall on the side of, ‘Let’s solve the problem and not worry about the Constitution.’” The polls Brewer apparently relied on, however, employed questionable methodology and were conducted before heavy media coverage of the controversial legislation. No Democrats and all but one Republican Arizona legislator voted for SB 1070.

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Groups Condemn Merger of Criminal Justice & Immigration Systems

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  • The day after cities begin process to opt-out from Secure Communities, 500+ groups demand President Obama end Police/Ice Collaborations
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B. Loewe, National Day Laborers Organizing Network/Common Dreams

Citing systemic problems within both the immigration and criminal justice systems, 500 groups from across the country, including the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) today delivered a letter to President Obama demanding that he end the merger of immigration enforcement with criminal justice. The three‐page letter expressed concerns and presented proof that the Obama administration’s increased reliance on local law enforcement to arrest, detain, and deport immigrants has exacerbated existing problems in the criminal justice system.

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According to Pablo Alvarado, executive director of NDLON, “The letter we deliver today is a clear statement that the Arizona-like policies the president is intent on nationalizing must be stopped. How large must the chorus of denunciations grow before the president joins us in a sensible immigration policy that legalizes instead of criminalizes the millions who are here contributing to our country?”

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Lawless Courts, Jacqueline Stevens, The Nation

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  • The country's 238 adjudicators in fifty-nine immigration courts rule on everything from asylum applications to whether a marijuana conviction warrants deportation. Many, especially the good ones, are burned out from their share of the massive annual caseload: 390,000 cases were initiated across the country in 2009. The laws, regulations and infrastructure are inadequate to the high stakes of prolonged incarceration or banishment.
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  • Access To Justice In U.S. At Third-World Levels
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ACLU sues over 'stop and frisk' searches in Philly

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  • The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, seeks unspecified damages and a court injunction.
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  • It also alleges that police Commissioner Charles Ramsey has failed to train and discipline officers.
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the Grio

A civil liberties group filed a federal lawsuit Thursday challenging the use of "stop and frisk" searches by Philadelphia police, alleging that the policy is violating the rights of blacks and Latinos who have done nothing wrong.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania filed the lawsuit on behalf of eight men -- including a state lawmaker -- it says were subjected to illegal searches since the city started using "stop and frisk," a controversial element of first-term Mayor Michael Nutter's 2007 mayoral campaign.

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In the lawsuit, the ACLU cites city data showing that 253,333 pedestrians were stopped last year, compared with 102,319 in 2005. More than 70 percent of the people stopped last year were black and only 8.4 percent of the total stops led to an arrest, the ACLU said.

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Summary | Holding Political Leadership Accountable Before the Law: Week of October 31

"In a government of law, the existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for the law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy." Justice Louis Brandeis

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  • The House Is Duty-Bound to Bring Articles of Impeachment Against Clarence Thomas
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  • Justices Scalia And Thomas's Attendance At Koch Event Sparks Judicial Ethics Debate
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Pat Bagley

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Iraq war logs: These crimes were not secret, they were tolerated, Peter Beaumont, London Guardian | UK

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  • Why did we not investigate allegations of murder and torture in Iraq at the time, when it was well known what was going on?
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  • Thank you Wikileaks - Now Let's End Wars and Occupations
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The House Is Duty-Bound to Bring Articles of Impeachment Against Clarence Thomas, Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Huffington Post
The impeachment case against Thomas is based on clear legal and constitutional (Article III, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution) grounds, that a Supreme Court Justice that "lacks good behavior" can be impeached.
Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) Investigating Impeachment For Chief Justice John Robert

Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) Investigating Impeachment For Chief Justice John Roberts, Amanda Terkel, Huffington Post

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  • "I'm investigating articles of impeachment against Justice Roberts for perjuring during his Senate hearings, where he said he wouldn't be a judicial activist, and he wouldn't overturn precedents."
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  • A Serious Danger to Effective Self-Government
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  • The House Is Duty-Bound to Bring Articles of Impeachment Against Clarence Thomas
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Justices Scalia And Thomas's Attendance At Koch Event Sparks Judicial Ethics Debate, Sam Stein, Huffington Post
Their presence at the conference still raises questions of transparency and, for some, broader concerns about judicial independence.

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