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Who Guards Corrections Corporation of America as it Guards Our Immigration Prisons?

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Who Guards Corrections Corporation of America as it Guards Our Immigration Prisons?

A federal prosecutor is likely investigating claims that CCA used inmate violence to force prisoners to snitch on one another or be moved to extremely violent units.
In November, the Associated Press reported that a video obtained by its reporters showed Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) prison guards watching prisoners fight in an Idaho prison, ignoring the pleas of the prisoner being beaten, Hanni Elabed. While this was not an immigration detention facility, CCA operates many detention facilities under contract from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE needs to look closely at this incident and others reported this year and reassess whether it will continue to risk housing immigration detainees in CCA facilities.

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GOP’s Immigration Plan: They’re Taking Our Jobs!

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GOP’s Immigration Plan: They’re Taking Our Jobs!

Despite the harsh anti-immigration rhetoric from some Republicans on the campaign trail, the newly empowered GOP could be walking a tightrope when it actually comes to tackling the issue in the next Congress. The anti-immigration wing of the conservative base will demand that Republicans fulfill their promises to crack down on “birthright citizenship,” among other fringe issues. But in the run-up to the 2012 elections, the GOP also risks alienating Latino voters in key swing states if the party leadership adopts the flamethrowing stance of its far-right flank. In the face of such a conundrum, the Republicans’ game plan on immigration has begun to take shape: Keep focus on the economy by attacking illegal immigrants for taking away jobs from American citizens.

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Chicago Cop Who Oversaw Torture of Over 100 Prisoners Awaits His Sentence

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Infamous Police Commander Who Oversaw Torture of Over 100 Prisoners Awaits His Sentence

The depressing Jon Burge saga in Chicago reinforces the notion that racial bias is part of the institutional gene pool of the nation’s police departments.

G. Flint Taylor should be basking in the glow of vindication as he awaits the January 20 sentencing of Jon Burge, the retired Chicago police commander convicted for lying about a ring of torturing cops he led.

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Anti-Gay Iowa Republicans Will Try To Impeach Supreme Court Justices

Anti-Gay Iowa Republicans Will Try To Impeach Supreme Court Justices

For conservatives angry over the Iowa Supreme Court’s unanimous decision last year to legalize gay marriage, getting three of the seven justices booted from the bench just isn’t enough. Now, a handful of Republican lawmakers are now trying to impeach the remaining four.

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Kate Middleton’s ‘commoner’ status stirs up Britons’ old class divide

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Kate Middleton’s ‘commoner’ status stirs up Britons’ old class divide

LONDON – Since the royal engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton, one word describing the bride-to-be has stood out more than any other. She may be beautiful, graceful and fabulously rich, but Middleton is still a “commoner.”

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Take a peek at the queen’s royal panties

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Take a peek at the queen’s royal panties

Unusual pieces of history from one of South Florida’s most eccentric icons will be shown this weekend at a Coconut Grove estate.

Although Queen Elizabeth II’s undergarment can’t be purchased (yet), it will be on display during the estate sale of Coconut Grove’s larger-than-life character, the late Baron Joseph de Bicske Dobronyi, better known as Sepy.

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Bird uses physics to impress females

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Bird uses physics to impress females

The male six-wired bird of paradise – aka Lawes’s parotia – has a clever trick up his sleeve. Or rather, on his breast.
Native to Papua New Guinea, Lawes’s parotia males are mostly black, with six elongated wire-like feathers on their heads, and a colourful bib of iridescent feathers on their breast, shown off during their complex courtship dances. The feathers change colour depending on the angle of view, yet this effect differs from other species that use similar tricks.

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Fox News chief again caught demanding conservative spin

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Fox News chief again caught demanding conservative spin

Beautiful — Media Matters has another memo from Fox News Washington Bureau Chief Bill Sammon urging Fox’s supposed “straight news” anchors and reporters to adopt right-wing spin when discussing the news. This time, Sammon wants to make sure that no one on Fox ever admits that global warming is happening.

From: Sammon, Bill
To: 169 -SPECIAL REPORT; 036 -FOX.WHU; 054 -FNSunday; 030 -Root (FoxNews.Com); 050 -Senior Producers; 051 -Producers; 069 -Politics; 005 -Washington
Cc: Clemente, Michael; Stack, John; Wallace, Jay; Smith, Sean
Sent: Tue Dec 08 12:49:51 2009
Subject: Given the controversy over the veracity of climate change data…

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Are Right-Wing Libertarian Internet Trolls Getting Paid to Dumb Down Online Conversations?

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Are Right-Wing Libertarian Internet Trolls Getting Paid to Dumb Down Online Conversations?

There are daily attempts to control and influence content in the interests of the state and corporations: attempts in which money talks.

They are the online equivalent of enclosure riots: the rick-burning, fence-toppling protests by English peasants losing their rights to the land. When MasterCard, Visa, Paypal and Amazon tried to shut WikiLeaks out of the cyber-commons, an army of hackers responded by trying to smash their way into these great estates and pull down their fences.

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In The Navy Of The 1970s, Syphilis Was A Cartoon Vampire (VIDEO)

In The Navy Of The 1970s, Syphilis Was A Cartoon Vampire (VIDEO)

Sometimes a cartoon vampire named Count Spirochete* is the only way to get sailors to use protection.

In 1973, the Navy made a 20-minute animated movie warning sailors — in graphic detail — about the dangers of venereal disease. The plot: The annual Communicable Disease of the Year Awards sees a huge upset when Venereal Disease, represented by the syphilis-carrying Count Spirochete, wins the coveted Fourth Horseman award over diphtheria and smallpox.

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