NSEERS began in September 2002. The domestic call-in program was ended in December 2003, and the remaining entry and exit program was suspended in 2011, when DHS removed all 25 countries from the list of required participants. At the time, civil-rights groups asked the Obama administration to remove the regulations entirely, to prevent the program from being resurrected, and had intensified their calls recently, after Trump suggested using “watchlists” or “registries” to surveil Muslims in the U.S. … [Read more...] about Obama Just Made It Harder for Trump to Create a Muslim Registry
Los Angeles-based group Equal Means Equal and three individual women from Massachusetts filed a lawsuit against the department in October, stating that these interim guidelines violate Title IX laws in nine different ways, including the application of "a tougher standard of evidence for sex-related abuses than for race or nationality-related ones," The Hill reported. … [Read more...] about DeVos, Education Department Sued for Rescinding Obama-Era Guidelines for Sexual Assault Investigations
Last week, President Obama traveled to Dallas, where he addressed a memorial of slain police officers, then met for hours with police and Black Lives Matter activists, and followed with a televised town-hall-style meeting on racism. In all of those forums, Obama articulated the same ideas that have been the core of his worldview since he appeared on the public stage. He acknowledges the persistence of racial bias in policing and the criminal-justice system while also expressing sympathy for the difficulties faced by police. He believes in draining anger and passion from the issues, acknowledging the legitimate points on all sides, and boiling disagreements down to their narrowest possible form, gathering all of the sides around the table. … [Read more...] about Does President Obama Believe What He Says About Race?
Over the past two weeks, as violence committed by and against cops has dominated national headlines, there’s been little distinction between the president’s rhetoric and that of the mainstream right. Sure, Obama has peppered his praise of law enforcement with statistics about racial disparities in the criminal-justice system. But Newt Gingrich and Republican senator Tim Scott have done essentially the same. It’s difficult to see what more conservatives could have wanted from Obama’s recent remarks (other than the announcement of his immediate resignation and/or the phrase “all lives matter”). … [Read more...] about Donald Trump Criticizes Obama’s Anti-Cop ‘Body Language’
“We saw the pain caused, of course, by economic globalisation and saw the degree to which many in our own communities were being left behind. But the idea that that would be laid squarely on political globalisation or on alliances or on the United Nations, it was not accurate, it seemed like too big a leap to get the fuel and the momentum that Trump has given it, so we were wrong to underestimate that,” she said. … [Read more...] about ‘Gross incompentence at highest levels’: ex-Obama adviser blasts Trump’s Covid response