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NC private prison among 14 impacted by Department of Justice announcement

When Elizabeth Forbes, director of the prisoner advocacy group NC-CURE, received a call from a family whose incarcerated son was planning to commit suicide, she immediately contacted the prison he was housed in: Rivers Correctional Institution, a private prison in Winton, North Carolina. After several phone calls, prison officials promised to follow up with her….

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Donald Trump’s baseless claims about the election being ‘rigged’

Donald Trump preemptively challenged the results of the November presidential election, claiming in media appearances and rallies that the entire system is “rigged.” Trump’s charges of election fraud are not new to his campaign. He’s tweeted aboutdead voters delivering President Barack Obama’s victory in 2012, floated charges about multiple voting in the primaries, and suggested…

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Writing Off Student Loans Is Only a Matter of Time

In her speech at the Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton exclaimed, “ Bernie Sanders and I will work together to make college tuition-free for the middle class and debt-free for all!” How she intends to do that remains something of a mystery, beyond higher taxes on “Wall Street, corporations, and the super-rich.” But it’s hard…

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Killer Instincts: When Police Become Judge, Jury And Executioner

Any police officer who shoots to kill is playing with fire. In that split second of deciding whether to shoot and where to aim, that officer has appointed himself judge, jury and executioner over a fellow citizen. And when an officer fires a killing shot at a fellow citizen not once or twice but three…

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Working ‘The Chain,’ Slaughterhouse Workers Face Lifelong Injuries

Teresa, an immigrant from Mexico has worked at a pork processing plant in Lincoln, Neb., since 2011. She didn’t want to use her last name because she feared that a family member, who still works at a plant, might get in trouble. Teresa worked on the line, or “the chain,” as workers call it. It…

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Scott Walker Supporter Files Class Action Over Milwaukee DA’s Secret Investigation

Legal wrangling over a probe launched by Milwaukee County District Attorney Mike Chisholm into Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s 2012 recall campaign continues as a Wisconsin-based free-market think tank has filed a class action lawsuit against Chisholm, employees of his office and senior staff of a now-defunct state board. Last week, the John K. MacIver Institute…

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ALEC’s War on Clean Government

I walked into my sixth American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) conference just in time to hear the queen of ALEC, state Senator Leah Vukmir, tell one of two familiar Wisconsin myths. It wasn’t the one Governor Walker likes to repeat, where newly elected Tea Party politicians faced down thousands of school teachers, firefighters and high school kids (aka…

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The Obscure Jim Crow Tactic Keeping Latinos Out Of Politics

Voting rights advocates are celebrating after a series of court rulings struck down discriminatory voter ID laws that make it harder for minorities to cast a ballot. But they’re not declaring victory just yet. Now, civil rights groups are turning their attention to districts where majority white legislatures are using an even more insidious way…

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