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Civil Rights Division to "Throw Tanner Under the Bus" to save Hans von Spakovsky's FEC nomination

by Publius Revolts

The leadership of the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division has reversed its July decision and is now signaling its willingness to permit Voting Rights Section Chief John Tanner to testify before Rep. John Conyers (D-MI)'s House Judiciary Committee. more...

 

USAID: We don't know how many contractors we have working for us in Iraq

by Susie Dow

Susie Dow points out that while USAID -- in answer to ePluribus Media FOIA requests -- claims not to have the aggregated data, CENTCOM data in response to an earlier ePluribus Media FOIA request included the data in question. more...

 

"The Real News" Junkies Get a Fix

by Alan F.

Withdrawal symptoms are brutal, especially when they last for decades. And we've been enduring withdrawal from journalism on the evening news for a long, long time. more...

 

Iraq Contractors: Raw Data From CENTCOM

by Susie Dow

Susie Dow digs deep into the CENTCOM data on civilian contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan that she received in response to her FOIA request. Take a look at what is there, but more importantly, at what is missing. more...

 

Palast, Progressives and Investigative Journalism

by ePluribus Media Staffwriters: Mark Johnston, Standingup and Aaron Barlow

Investigative journalist Greg Palast, one of the most vigorous of all progressive reporters and winner of six Project Censored Awards, originally brought story of the "caging lists" from Duval County, Florida to widespread attention in his report for an October 26th, 2004 BBC Newsnight program. more...

 

Voter Caging: Is this Tool still in the RNC Arsenal?

by Standingup

Shawn Reinschmiedt, Christopher Carr and Rich Beeson were party to emails identifying voters who could be challenged during the 2004 elections, and have recently been appointed to key RNC posts. This movement of RNC troops should be noted and followed. more...

 

Voter Suppression

by Mark Johnston

Voter suppression in America may have affected our last three Congressional and last two Presidential elections. The efforts uncovered so far have been aimed at suppressing minority votes or those who traditionally vote for Democratic political candidates. Have there been more? more...

 

Hans Von Spakovsky: Right choice for FEC Commissioner?

by Adam Lambert (clammyc)

Hans von Spakovsky, only recognizable to a small percentage of Americans, has over the past two decades had a tremendous impact on our right to vote. Why would a man whose career has been dedicated to voting rights be challenged so vigorously for a position on this country's highest Election Board? more...

 

Voter Rights: Is Robert Popper the Fox Guarding the Henhouse?

by Adam Lambert (clammyc) and ePluribus Staff Writers

Of all the governmental agencies that have been politicized, none are as crucial to the rights of Americans as the Department of Justice. After all the erosions of Americans' rights, the one avenue of recourse for US citizens has been through the justice system. more...

 

Dismantling Voting Rights Enforcement

by ePluribus Staff Writers: Publius Revolts, Cho, Standingup, Aaron Barlow & Roxy

Over the last several years there has been an exodus of unprecedented proportions of experienced voting rights personnel from DoJ's Civil Rights Division. The most striking feature of the exodus has been the hue of the professional staff members who have left and the hue and political affiliations of the individuals who have replaced them. more...

 

The GOP, GeorgeWBush.com and the line that jumped the Congressional Firewall

by ePluribus Staff Writers: Luaptifer and Todd Johnston

In the virtual worlds of computer security, networking, and email, the lines separating the inner workings of the current government in Washington D.C. and the outer world of partisan politics exist only in theory. It didn't start with georgewbush.com and gwb43.com; the lines became blurred years ago. more...

 

Resurrecting Jim Crow: The Erratic Resume of the Voting Rights Section Chief

by ePluribus Media Staff Writers

But Jim Crow, like the Dark Lord in the popular Harry Potter children's books, never completely died. And the resurrection, assisted by the seeding of political appointees and agreeable new hires within the very government institutions designed to protect the civil rights of Americans, is now dangerously close at hand. more...

 

Interview with Dr. Donald Shields

by Roxy Caraway

Recently, ePluribus Media was afforded the opportunity for an email interview with Dr. Donald Shields ... yes, the Dr. Shields of the now-famous ongoing study about the Political Profiling of Elected Democratic Officials referenced by Paul Krugman, Sen. Durbin, and even Steven Colbert. more...

 

Iraq, Contingency Contracting & the Defense Base Act: Part III

by Susie Dow

Part III focuses on the Defense Department's (unlike its counterparts in the State Department and United States Agency for International Development (USAID)) inability to provide information, training and access to low cost coverage. more...

 

The Voting Rights Act, Voter Disfranchisement and the Tail Wagging the Dog

by ePluribus Staff Writers: Cho, StandingUp, Aaron Barlow & Roxy

Just beneath the surface of the multiple U.S. Attorney scandals lie hints and teasers of the Bush Administration's potentially more damaging politicization of the Justice Department. Indeed, The Civil Rights Division appears to be morphing more...

 

Iraq, Contingency Contracting & the Defense Base Act: Part II

by Susie Dow

Part II concentrates on why the appropriate Defense Base Act clauses -- that could have made a difference -- went "missing in action." more...

 

Pair-a-dice...Guam's DOJ Gamble

by Duke Falconer

Long before the public was familiar with Kyle Sampson and his role in the firing of U.S. Attorneys Ryan, Lam, Charlton, Cummins, Iglesias, McKay, Bogden or Chiara by the Alberto Gonzales' Justice Department, his name surfaces in the shakeup that brewed thousands of miles away in the Territory of Guam. more...

 

Iraq, Contingency Contracting & the Defense Base Act: Part I

by Susie Dow

"Iraq contractor." Those two words evoke different reactions from different people. For the families of the contractors who have been injured, kidnapped or killed as a result of simply doing their jobs, there's a much more pressing concern than public opinion: insurance. more...

 

The Case of the Absentee Attorney - William Mercer, Montana

by TheFatLadySings, AvaHome, Cho & Roxy

Although never confirmed by the U.S. Senate, William W. Mercer serves as the Acting Associate Attorney General of the United States, the third highest-ranking official in the Justice Department, and a member of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' inner circle. more...

 

Meet the new boss? Same as the old boss ...

by Adam Lambert (clammyc)

With speculation rampant about the potentially imminent departure (either by resignation or being asked to step down) of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, it would only be appropriate to provide some relevant information about those who have been mentioned as a possible replacement. more...

 

AT& T(Cingular) Blocking Calls -- Bypassing FCC

by Todd Johnston

Cingular Wireless is selectively blocking calls placed to numbers in Iowa run by local phone companies currently involved in multiple suits with its parent company AT& T Inc. more...

 

Jane Smiley's Divell Theorie

by Rodger Cunningham

One of the latest and ugliest examples of the mainstream media's endless trashing of Appalachian people is a blog by Jane Smiley -- a novelist whose books I used to enjoy more...

 

Who IS Alberto Gonzales?

by Adam Lambert (clammyc)

His documents -- his advice and his counsel -- have been considered by some to lay the foundation for torture, suspension of habeas corpus, warrantless wiretapping, the expansion of power in the Executive Branch and more...

 

Go Big ... or Go Home: an Interview with Paul Jay

by Alan F.

Five part interview with Paul Jay. more...

 

The Gonzales Seven: Who They are and Who is Replacing Them

by ePuribus Media

ePluribus Media brings together background stories on the seven "fired" US Attorneys -- The Gonzales Seven -- who were all asked to step down by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, and ePluribus Media investigates why. more...

 

"Peacemaker of the Year" cleans DC streets

by Sharon Wilson

The 60 year old grandmother was busy picking up trash from the Washington, DC streets in blustery 20-degree weather to fulfill her sentence garnered from her September 2006 infraction while attending the DC-based Camp Democracy more...

 

Academic Freedom Beyond the Faculty: Students, the Institution, and the First Amendment

by Aaron Barlow

Demanding "intellectual diversity" as an aspect of "academic freedom" can lead to an insistence, for example, that contradictive "theories" be taught next to each other ... more...

 

Anti - Immigration Groups and the Masks of False Diversity

by Duke Falconer

As the immigration debate heats up, an increasing number of grassroots groups claiming to be efforts of non-whites advocating for increased restrictions and controls on illegal immigration have been formed. more...

 

Alberto Gonzales: Gaming the System Again in Arizona?

by Cho, Roxy & Standingup

The process for "hiring" a new U.S. Attorney to head up any of the 93 districts is traditionally a 3-parter: The Senators from the state in which the district is located provide a list of suggestions to the President, the President appoints the nominee, and the Senate confirms the appointment. more...

 

The Alberto Gonzales Appointments: How the Process Has Changed and Why this is so Important

by Adam Lambert (clammyc)

The news over the past few weeks regarding Alberto Gonzales and the resignations and replacements of US Attorneys has generated much attention. more...

 

The Gonzales Seven

by Cho, AvaHome & Roxy

It is no news by now that over the past few months (and gaining speed since the November elections returned the House, the Senate and many state governments to Democratic control) Alberto Gonzales' Justice Department has been moving stealthily to force at least 7 U.S. Attorneys out of their appointed positions. more...

 

Academic Freedom on the Rock(s): The Failures of Faculty in Tough Times

by Robert Jensen

Threats to academic freedom -- direct and indirect, subtle and not so subtle -- come from a variety of sources: Politicians, the general public, news media, administrators, corporations, and students. In my academic career, I have been criticized from all of those quarters. more...

 

Digital Learning Apartheid

by Charlie Guy, M.Ed.

Millions of our country's economically and socially disadvantaged learners are suffering a Digital Learning Apartheid. For them, digital isolation at home only further expands the gaps in digital learning participation.  more...

 

The Manchurian Veterns

by Jeff Huber

Stories of American service members returning from the Middle East wars with physical and emotional scars have focused national attention on the plight of the country's combat veterans.  more...

 

Corporate Responsibility: The Case of Big Tobacco

by Aaron Barlow

With the tobacco companies on the ropes from RICO lawsuits, Aaron Barlow remembers an earlier one, seen from the jury box. more...

 

FDR and the Unfinished Agenda

by Chris White, with AvaHome

In this five part series, White takes a hard look at FDR and his enduring legacy. Is there anything we can still learn from the greatest President since Lincoln? more...

 

Breaching the Levee of Faith: The Katrina Diaries

by Polydactyl

On the first year anniversary of Katrina, Louisiana resident and writer, Polydactyl reflects on her in-the-moment journals and diaries to remind us of what it was like in the eye of the storm. more...

 

Who really stalled the Voting Rights Act renewal?

by Duke Falconer

with Intranets

 

In late June 2006, 79 Representatives prevented the House from reauthorizing the hallmark Voting Rights Act. But they were not working alone. They had powerful allies in the anti-immigration lobby, allies with some rather disturbing skeletons in the closet.

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One Missing, One Dead: An Iraq Contractor in the Fog of War

by Susie Dow

with Steven Reich

 

From a chance meeting in 2001 for a wedding in Kyrgyzstan, to an attempt by employees to steal the business, to a new company in Afghanistan, Dow's article traces Ultra Services into the the fog surrounding the company in Iraq with One Missing, One Dead. more... 

 

Part D: Rx for Disaster

by Terri Emerick

 

The Medicare Moderization Act that took effect January 1, 2006 includes numerous serious flaws with the Part D drug benefit and places a burden on pharmacists and their elderly and sick clients. more... 

 

What Will Happen to FEMA?

 

After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, both the House and Senate drafted bills with the same goal: restoring FEMA to its independent agency status.

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The Ides of December: Smoke, Mirrors & War Powers

Jeff Huber

 

 

Dec. 2005 may prove critical to the future of the separation of powers among the branches of federal government for a very long time to come. more...

 

Peer Review and a Proposal for Revision

Aaron Barlow

 

Part II of the ePMedia Issues Series Responding to Criticism: The State of Education in America. Also read the series Introduction and Part I.

 

"This Isn't America's Mission"

Timothy D. Smith

 

 

 

An Ohio Pastor's Objection to the Marriage of Politics and Religion in the Ohio Restoration Project. more...
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