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US signals intention to eliminate its land mines, join treaty | Al Jazeera America

US signals intention to eliminate its land mines, join treaty | Al Jazeera America | Politics | Scoop.it
Country maintains one of world’s largest stockpiles, while funding mine removal and assistance programs
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In 5 Tweets, a Glance at the Proposal to Trim the Fafsa – The Ticker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

In 5 Tweets, a Glance at the Proposal to Trim the Fafsa – The Ticker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Politics | Scoop.it
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Wealthy Clintons Use Trusts to Limit Estate Tax They Back

Wealthy Clintons Use Trusts to Limit Estate Tax They Back | Politics | Scoop.it
Bill and Hillary Clinton have long supported an estate tax to prevent the U.S. from being dominated by inherited wealth. That doesn’t mean they want to pay it.
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N.S.A. Collecting Millions of Faces From Web Images

N.S.A. Collecting Millions of Faces From Web Images | Politics | Scoop.it
The National Security Agency’s reliance on facial recognition technology has grown as it has used new software to exploit images in emails, text messages, social media, videoconferences and other communications.
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NSA pulls in 'millions of images' every day to aid facial recognition | Al Jazeera America

NSA pulls in 'millions of images' every day to aid facial recognition | Al Jazeera America | Politics | Scoop.it
Agency intercepts photos from e-mail, social media and video conference according to papers leaked to NYT
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Crossing alone: Children fleeing to U.S. land in shadowy system

Crossing alone: Children fleeing to U.S. land in shadowy system | Politics | Scoop.it
The unaccompanied children are housed in a labyrinthine network of more than 90 state-licensed shelters, foster homes and detention centers that the government describes as "safe havens." The system has repeatedly failed to hold abusers accountable, despite a federal law that makes sexual contact with a detainee a crime punishable by up to 15 years in prison, the investigation found. The Office of Refugee Resettlement, the federal agency responsible for the children's care, has no specific system that tracks abuse allegations all the way through the investigative process - from outcry to outcome. [...] for the first time, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Chronicle, the government has released copies of 101 "significant incident reports" from March 2011 to March 2013 involving abuse allegations against staff members. The Chronicle reviewed thousands of pages of records from federal, state and law enforcement agencies in five states and interviewed officials, former shelter staff and residents. 1 Children and teenagers reported having sexual contact - ranging from kissing to unwanted touching to intercourse - with staff in Texas, Florida, New York and Illinois, the federal records show. 1 The Office of Refugee Resettlement relies on state childcare licensing and local police to investigate abuses of the children in its care, instead of notifying the FBI of serious allegations. In the hands of local police and prosecutors, criminal cases have crumbled because of sloppy detective work, communication gaps with federal officials and jurisdictional confusion. 1 Youths in ORR custody in Texas were molested as they slept, sexually harassed and seduced by staff members during the past decade, records from state childcare licensing investigators and law enforcement show. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who authored the 2008 amendment that allows for federal prosecution of those who sexually abuse youths in ORR care, said in a statement that she was "extremely troubled" by the cases identified in the Chronicle's investigation. In response to the Chronicle's findings, she wrote a letter to the White House office reviewing ORR's Prison Rape Elimination Act regulation, urging regulatory officials to swiftly enact the provision to better protect children. Instead of entering immigration detention centers, youths are handed over to ORR, which houses the vast majority in state-licensed shelters and releases about 90 percent of them to relatives or other sponsors in the U.S. while their immigration cases are pending. Dozens of workers were fired or disciplined in connection with sexual, physical and verbal abuses, maltreatment, inadequate supervision and inappropriate behavior and relationships. The FBI came out to investigate allegations that a 41-year-old worker named Belinda Leal had sexually abused a string of teenage boys detained in a shelter in Nixon. [...] federal prosecutors determined they lacked jurisdiction to charge Leal under a federal law criminalizing sexual abuse of ward because it specifically applied to inmates in Department of Justice custody. A jury convicted the worker on six state charges and he served 14 months in prison, but several charges were overturned on appeal. Since Congress tightened the federal law, ORR has not notified the FBI of any abuse allegations involving staff members, said Jallyn Sualog, director of the children's program for ORR. Kelly Kleinvachter, a national FBI spokeswoman, did not respond to specific questions about whether the agency defers to local law enforcement or would investigate abuses within the federal shelter network if notified.
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U.S. Cites End to C.I.A. Ruses Using Vaccines

U.S. Cites End to C.I.A. Ruses Using Vaccines | Politics | Scoop.it
A top White House official has pledged that the C.I.A. will no longer use vaccination programs as cover for spying operations.
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Obama Angry Over Falsification of Veterans Affairs Data, Chief of Staff Says

Obama Angry Over Falsification of Veterans Affairs Data, Chief of Staff Says | Politics | Scoop.it
Denis R. McDonough said that the president has ordered a check of whether reforms are needed.
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Why Don’t We Know How Many People Are Shot Each Year in America?

Why Don’t We Know How Many People Are Shot Each Year in America? | Politics | Scoop.it
Has nonfatal gun violence increased or decreased over the past 10 years? No one really knows.
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Awaiting the F.C.C.’s Road Map to Net Neutrality

Awaiting the F.C.C.’s Road Map to Net Neutrality | Politics | Scoop.it
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, is expected to release his outline for protecting an open Internet, which is sure to open new debate.
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Surveillance reform bill moves forward in Congress | Al Jazeera America

Surveillance reform bill moves forward in Congress | Al Jazeera America | Politics | Scoop.it
More consensus needed before bill becomes law; not likely to see a final vote until after midterm elections in November
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Supreme Court to rule on political campaigns’ pretty little lies | Al Jazeera America

Supreme Court to rule on political campaigns’ pretty little lies | Al Jazeera America | Politics | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court may affirm a basic element of American campaigns: saying whatever they please, true or not
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U.S. Plans to Reduce Its Land Mine Stockpile

U.S. Plans to Reduce Its Land Mine Stockpile | Politics | Scoop.it
Washington announced that the military would no longer produce or acquire antipersonnel land mines, or replace old ones that expire.
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Detroit Shutting off Water for Poor While Corporations Go Scott Free (Video)

Detroit Shutting off Water for Poor While Corporations Go Scott Free (Video) | Politics | Scoop.it
From Rachel Maddow: Most in the U.S. have clean water to drink, unless you're one of 150,000 unfortunate people living in the stricken city of Detroit, MI.
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President Obama Just Took a Major Step to Combat Student Loan Debt

President Obama Just Took a Major Step to Combat Student Loan Debt | Politics | Scoop.it
He's putting his support behind what could be a major boon for student.
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N.S.A. Collecting Millions of Faces From Web Images

N.S.A. Collecting Millions of Faces From Web Images | Politics | Scoop.it
The National Security Agency’s reliance on facial recognition technology has grown as it has used new software to exploit images in emails, text messages, social media, videoconferences and other communications.
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Obama signals less direct military action for U.S. in foreign policy shift | Al Jazeera America

Obama signals less direct military action for U.S. in foreign policy shift | Al Jazeera America | Politics | Scoop.it
At commencement speech at West Point, president stresses consensus building, announces $5B fund for counterterroism
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Chicago Mayor Proposes Restrictions on Gun Sales

Chicago Mayor Proposes Restrictions on Gun Sales | Politics | Scoop.it
Among the proposals from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who has struggled to bring down violence in his city, is a requirement that all gun sales be videotaped.
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Colorado Gubernatorial Debate Features ‘The Dating Game’ To Woo Women Voters

Colorado Gubernatorial Debate Features ‘The Dating Game’ To Woo Women Voters | Politics | Scoop.it
If Republicans really wanted to debunk that there is any war on women, they might not want to start by talking about women as "ornamental" or voting as a dating game.
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New Jersey Mistakenly Tells 2,000 People They Underpaid On Taxes, Doesn't Tell Them About Error

New Jersey Mistakenly Tells 2,000 People They Underpaid On Taxes, Doesn't Tell Them About Error | Politics | Scoop.it
It's one thing for a state with nearly 4 million people filing tax returns to screw up on a couple of thousand of those filings. It's another when the state realizes it screwed up but doesn't make ...
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Durbin ‘confident’ that illegal immigrants will someday join military

Durbin ‘confident’ that illegal immigrants will someday join military | Politics | Scoop.it
“On that day America will be [a] stronger and better country,” the senator said.
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Guantánamo hunger strikers accuse US of manipulating force-feeding data

Guantánamo hunger strikers accuse US of manipulating force-feeding data | Politics | Scoop.it
Detainees' letters claim US keeps numbers artificially low as Defense Department admits it has recorded video of force-feedings
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Kerry: Apartheid if no Mid-East deal

Kerry: Apartheid if no Mid-East deal | Politics | Scoop.it
The US secretary of state warns that Israel risks becoming "an apartheid state" without a two-state solution to the conflict with the Palestinians.
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