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  • Tie Vote In Supreme Court Deals Devastating Blow To Millions Of Immigrants
  • They Live Here, They Work Here, They Stay Here
  • Related: A guide to the worst refugee crisis since WWII

Ian Millhiser, ThinkProgress 23, 2016 | In an anti-climatic end to what, at one point, appeared like it would be one of the most important immigration cases to reach the Supreme Court in decades, the justices split 4-4 on Thursday on a challenge to Obama administration programs that could have allowed nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants to temporarily work and remain in the country. Though this decision is a tie and will not bind future court decisions, it is, in effect, a shattering loss for the immigrants who hoped to benefit from these programs.

The plaintiffs in this case, led by the state of Texas, appear to have actively shopped around for a trial judge who is openly hostile to immigrants. That strategy has now paid off. The trial judge, Judge Andrew Hanen, issued an unusual nationwide injunction halting the new immigration programs. And a split decision in the Supreme Court is not enough to lift that injunction.

Ian Millhiser is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund and the Editor of ThinkProgress Justice. His writings have appeared in a diversity of legal and mainstream publications, including the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, U.S. News and World Report, Slate, the Guardian, the American Prospect, the Yale Law and Policy Review and the Duke Law Journal. Ian's first book is Injustices: The Supreme Court's History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted.

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A guide to the worst refugee crisis since WWII, Ben Norton, Mondoweiss

  • The struggles of refugees from Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, and elsewhere, for the moment, seem to not be given much attention as the media focuses on refugees from Syria and as the international community tries to grapple with the largest refugee crisis since World War II. 
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Teaching Violence — How American Police Went From Mayberry to Madness — And How To Stop It

  • Experts cited by the DoJ have explained, “that the high-stress paramilitary model of training results in police practices that are contrary to democratic governance and that a structure utilizing university connections, experiential learning, and critical thinking would be significantly more effective.”
  • So are law enforcement agencies incompetently ignoring the solution? Or, are they ignoring it by design?

Claire Bernish, The Free Thought Project June 5, 2016 | Policing in the United States metamorphosed drastically over the last few decades after the NDAA in 1990 allowed departments to obtain surplus military equipment free of charge. With the weapons and gear of war likewise came the warrior ethos. Though unprepared to handle accouterments of the battlefield, hapless American police waged war on the very communities in their charge — an epidemic level of violence by law enforcement has since erupted.

But this article isn’t a condemnation of police officers, many of whom spend their entire career without resorting to the use of excessive force. But because incidents involving excessively violent tactics resulting in serious injury and death have become so frequent people often don’t take notice, it’s necessary to point out the simplest means to end the epidemic already exists.

Claire Bernish: Avid anti-war activist, propaganda watchdog, corruption-buster, muckraker & dogged disinformation assassin

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Furor grows over sentencing in a college rape case.

  • The California judge who meted out what many consider a light, six-month sentence with probation to a former Stanford swimmer convicted of a campus rape now faces a recall led by a law professor there. Meanwhile, the defendant’s father, seeking to support his son during sentencing, outraged many even further during sentencing by characterizing the rape as merely “20 minutes of action."
  • Prosecutors said Brock Turner never accepted responsibility for the assault. His six-month sentence could be reduced to three for good behavior. As part of his sentencing, he will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
  • Part 1: Judge in Stanford sexual assault case faces recall effort over light sentence
  • Part 2: Telling the Story of the Stanford Rape Case

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Part 1: Judge in Stanford sexual assault case faces recall effort over light sentence

Stanford law professor leads campaign against judge who gave six months to the former Stanford swimmer who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman.

Sam Levin and Joanna Walters, Guardian Stanford is subject to five sexual violence investigations by the US Department of Education, making it the university with the highest number of active Title IX inquiries in the country. Photograph: Noah Berger/Reuters

Monday 6 June 2016 | The victim of a sexual assault by a former Stanford University swimmer said on Monday she was “overwhelmed and speechless” at the deluge of support for her as the judge who gave her attacker a light sentence faced a recall campaign.

Brock Allen Turner, 20, who was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on campus, was sentenced to six months in county jail and probation – a punishment that is significantly less severe than the minimum prison time of two years prescribed by state law for his felony offenses.

Sam Levin is a reporter for Guardian US in San Francisco.

Joanna Walters is a freelance news, features and travel journalist, based in New York City.

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Part 2: Telling the Story of the Stanford Rape Case

Two letters, one from the victim and one from the offender’s father, have pushed a California case to the forefront of a national conversation about sexual assault.

Marina Koren, Atlantic

Jun 6, 2016 | In the days after a 20-year-old former Stanford University student received his jail sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on the school’s campus, two letters related to the case and made public have been widely read: one by the victim, and one by the offender’s father.

The victim’s letter was published in full by BuzzFeed on Friday, a day after the 23-year-old woman, who has chosen to stay anonymous, read it aloud to Brock Allen Turner during his sentencing hearing. In the 7,244 word-letter, the woman provides a harrowing, detailed account of her attempted rape in January 2015 and the struggle of trying to survive it. At times, she directly addresses Turner, telling him how that night destroyed her life.

Marina Koren is a senior associate editor at the Atlantic. She was previously the news editor at National Journal.

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Feds cover up police killing of Jamar Clark, community renews fight for justice.

  • Family and community were shaken, but not surprised, by Thursday’s announcement. They are responding with action.
  • Related: Jamar Clark case - Freeman played dog-whistle politics in communicating the narrative

Jess Sundin, Fight Back! News If you like reading this article, consider joining the crew of all reader-supported Evergreene Digest by contributing the equivalent of a cafe latte a month--using the donation button in the above right-hand corner—so we can bring you more just like it. 3, 2016 | Anger at the police killing of Jamar Clark will fuel more protests, as demands for justice are renewed by the June 2 announcement that there will be no federal charges against the police who killed him last November. U.S. Attorney Andy Luger announced the results of a federal investigation in this case, speaking for 20 minutes at a closed-door press conference at the FBI headquarters in Brooklyn Park, a suburb of Minneapolis.

He and Minneapolis FBI director Richard Thornton claimed that hundreds of hours of investigation failed to produce evidence that the killing of the unarmed African American 24-yea- old man was unlawful. This press conference, much like that of Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman’s at the end of March, was dedicated to all the ways a defense attorney could work to exonerate the police who killed Clark 61 seconds after arriving on the scene.

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Jamar Clark case: Freeman played dog-whistle politics in communicating the narrative, Steven L. Belton, Miinneapolis (MN) Star-Tribune

  • Whether intentional or unintentional, the county attorney's presentation was peppered with gratuitous coded language designed or defaulted to dehumanize Clark. 
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Nothing About the 1994 Crime Bill Was Unintentional

  • In the ’90s, Bill Clinton exploited fears about crime in the same way that Donald Trump uses immigration today.
  • The 1994 crime bill is, like the Iraq war, an unwelcome guest showing up at feel-good candidate events.
  • Related: Clintonism screwed the Democrats: How Bill, Hillary and the Democratic Leadership Council gutted progressivism

Bruce Shapiro, the Nation  Bill Clinton has a heated exchange with a protester during a rally for Hillary Clinton, April 7, 2016, in Philadelphia. (Ed Hille / The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

April 11, 2016 |  “I know those young people were just trying to get good television,” said Hillary Clinton’s husband as he reflected on his earlier decision to go horns-first after Black Lives Matter protesters. Imagine, for a moment, if George W. Bush had said those words after being confronted by angry Iraq War veterans. Instead, the ex-president is Bill Clinton, and the protesters were young African Americans whose parents, siblings, friends, and neighbors still endure the consequences of his 1994 Violent Crime Control and Enforcement Act.

The 1994 crime bill is, like the Iraq war, an unwelcome guest continually showing up at feel-good candidate events. Twenty-two years ago, William Jefferson Clinton instigated the bill; Hillary Clinton lobbied for it; Bernie Sanders, then in the House, voted for it, reluctantly, after denouncing its core provisions. In recent months, both Clintons have stepped away from the crime bill’s legacy, allowing that, in the former president’s words, “too many laws were overly broad instead of appropriately tailored.” Candidate Hillary now declares that “the era of mass incarceration must end,” without quite saying who inaugurated it. But with 2.3 million Americans in behind bars and policing abuses a national scandal, the crime bill just keeps coming back.

Bruce Shapiro, a contributing editor to the Nation <>, is executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma.

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Clintonism screwed the Democrats: How Bill, Hillary and the Democratic Leadership Council gutted progressivism, Paul Rosenberg, Salon

Imagine there's no Clintons. It's easy if you try! Without pernicious DLC, liberalism is a stronger movement today.