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Cyber Bill Gives Companies Perfect Cover to Gut Your Privacy
Following several high-profile data breaches — such as those at Sony and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management — Congress is once again feeling the pressure to push “cybersecurity” legislation. The problem is, the bill they’re laser-focused on is misguided, wouldn’t protect us — and is a huge...
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CISA: A Surveillance Bill by Any Other Name Smells Just As Foul
An impressive coalition has formed to oppose a new surveillance bill masquerading as cybersecurity legislation. Privacy and civil liberties organizations, free market groups, and others from across the political spectrum are joining this week in a common chorus call: Stop CISA . Proponents of CISA...
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Ukraine Is Ripe for the Shock Doctrine
While a crisis of faith, of sorts, has resounded in western discourse on the economic effectiveness of austerity, this scepticism, rather ironically, dissipates when you cross over into the remnants of the Iron Curtain. Neoliberalism’s flagellants reside east of the Elbe. There, ideological purity...
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The Battle Over Education and Civil Rights
“This is a historic moment to end 13 years of legislative malpractice” NEA president Lily Eskelsen Garcia says of the federal K12 education law that Congress is currently hashing out. Congress has failed to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act ever since George Bush rewrote the...
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The Americans With Disabilities Act Is a Model for the World — Literally
July 26 marks the 25 th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Its passage harkens back to a bygone era when Americans with disabilities could count on bipartisan efforts in the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness. Congress passed the ADA in 1990, and President George H.W. Bush...
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NSA to Destroy Phone Records, But 'Devil May Be in the Details'
The National Security Agency (NSA) will destroy all the metadata it swept up from U.S. citizens while operating a secretive surveillance program first exposed in 2013 by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) announced on Monday. That amounts to...
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Are You Haitian?
“Are you Haitian?” That’s the question the Dominican consular officer in New York City asked of Dan-el Padilla Peralta, a Dominican writer living in New York who describes himself as “dark-skinned and nappy-headed,” when he recently tried to renew his passport. Padilla, who eventually did get his...
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Fighting for 50 States, Sanders House Parties Expect Tens of Thousands
With recent polls showing Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders closing the gap with rival Hillary Clinton and out-polling all of the GOP's leading candidates, progressives nationwide will host coordinated house parties on Wednesday to further fuel the fire of enthusiasm for the self-...
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The Balance of Power in the Middle East Just Changed
Don't sweat the details of the July nuclear accord between the United States and Iran. What matters is that the calculus of power in the Middle East just changed in significant ways. Washington and Tehran announced their nuclear agreement on July 14th and yes, some of the details are still...
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Bernie Sanders: Strong Words on Structural Racism and Inequality
The stakes were high for the speech by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to the national gathering of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Saturday night. Sanders’ speech to the civil rights organization, whose first president was Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., came...
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