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Credder.com founders Austin Walter (left), Chase Palmieri (center), and Jared Fesler (right)
22 May 2019

Founders Of News Review Site Plan To Accelerate Shift In Media From Clicks To Credibility

A new platform called Credder seeks to create a community and develop a collective memory around journalists and media outlets that will empower news consumers.

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22 May 2019

The Rank Hypocrisy Of Rahm Emanuel

Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel took advantage of his elite privilege and joined The Atlantic, a major media publication, as a contributing editor.

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21 May 2019

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20 May 2019

Border Patrol Museum Demonstrators Targeted In Crackdown On Immigrant Rights Protests

Four activists turned themselves in to El Paso police on May 13 after the police issued warrants for their arrest related to a nonviolent demonstration inside a United States Border Patrol museum.

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Prison Protest

16 Feb 2015

New Wrongful Death Lawsuit Raises More Questions About Coming Rikers Island Reforms

Over 40% of Rikers inmates have diagnosed mental illness, and Offley and Ballard are just two of far too many people who have been maimed or killed by the prison’s pathetic delivery of medical care. Corizon has lied to families of deceased Rikers inmates, and is under scrutiny in other states for similar misconduct.

How many more reasons will the city need before it is willing to re-assess its relationship with Corizon and take prisoners out of harms way?

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07 Feb 2015

Conflict of Interest Brewing as Ohio Confronts Prison Overcrowding

Ohio’s prison system is facing a severe overcrowding crisis. With facilities hovering around 130% capacity, prison chief Gary Mohr considered declaring an overcrowding emergency for the first time in the state’s history. This would have granted early release to prisoners nearing the end of their sentences, but those plans were inexplicably scuttled less than a month

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28 Jan 2015

Report: For-Profit Medical Provider Killed Mentally Ill Inmate in Solitary Confinement on Rikers Island

The New York State Commission on Correction released a new report this week, detailing the findings from its investigation into the horrific and preventable death of mentally ill black inmate, Bradley Ballard. Ballard was left in his cell for six days straight in September, 2013. Guards shut the water off to his cell for over four

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23 Jan 2015

Emergency Early Release Taken Off The Table as Ohio Considers Options for Overcrowded Prisons

As prisoners, advocates and journalists warned of deteriorating conditions in Ohio’s prisons over the past year, the inmate population slowly crept back up to around 30% over capacity.

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22 Jan 2015

New Rules For Solitary Confinement On Rikers Island Attempt To Fix What Must Be Replaced

Would New York City’s new rules for solitary confinement have saved the life of 19-year-old Andy Henriquez? Henriquez was brought to Rikers Island when he was only 16. Three years later, he was still awaiting trial when he was placed in isolation. Henriquez had complained of chest pains for seven months before being thrown in ‘the bing,’ but no

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The Bullpen

11 May 2015

The Weekend Roundup for May 9-10th, 2015

Happy Mother’s Day!/Feliz Dia de Madre! International Politics Overall – The U.S., in spite of a Conservative victory in Britain, is a little hesitant to join with British Prime Minister David Cameron over the latter’s refusal to deal with foreign policy – The rebels in Yemen agreed to a five-day

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09 May 2015

The Roundup for May 8th, 2015

Folks, bear with us in terms of these changes. I’m sure it’s new and, in some cases, still tedious at times. However, if we are to make changes going forward, then this is the best to ensure our efforts can still be strong. International Politics Overall – Inspectors of chemical

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08 May 2015

Obama And Clinton Endorse USA Freedom Act After Court Ruling

Congress should move ahead now with the USA Freedom Act—a good step forward in ongoing efforts to protect our security & civil liberties. -H — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 7, 2015 In the aftermath of yesterday’s court ruling and the looming June 1st deadline to reauthorize the section of the

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07 May 2015

The Roundup for May 7th, 2015

Such a lively, lovely day. Argh, if only the live version of today’s song from their performance at Los Angeles in 2004 was available, then I would place it. International Politics Overall – Pew: Despite both German and U.S. citizens saying they are both reliable as an ally, they do

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Anti-TPP protest at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Photo by susanmelkisethian on Flickr.
07 May 2015

Bernie Sanders Hits Obama For Promoting TPP At Nike Headquarters

Bernie Sanders took President Obama to task for shilling for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) at the headquarters of Nike, Inc, demanding he cancel his trip.

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07 May 2015

NSA Phone Data Collection Program Revealed By Edward Snowden Ruled Illegal

Second Circuit says #DOJ's expansive definition of the word "relevant" is "unprecedented and unwarranted." #NSA pic.twitter.com/MkjN29NQwL — Brad Heath (@bradheath) May 7, 2015 The Second District US Court of Appeals has ruled that the NSA’s bulk collection phone records program “exceeds the scope of what Congress has authorized.” The appellate court decision

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