From Cairo to New York: More of the Same

Posted on April 02, 2013

More of the Same from the NYPD

Within days of his appointment, the new Chief of New York’s Police Department (NYPD), Philip Banks III, came out in defense of the department’s controversial Stop-and-Frisk program. Stop-and-Frisk gives officers the authority to search people they believe may be committing a crime. It has also been revealed that the NYPD keeps a record of those it stopped, regardless of innocence. Banks, who is third in line behind Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and First Deputy Commissioner Rafael Pineiro, called Stop-and-Frisk...

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Mixed Opinions on Obama’s Middle East Trip

Posted on March 26, 2013
President Obama has returned to Washington from his trip to the Middle East last week, and reactions have been decidedly mixed. Obama seemed to genuinely impress and charm the Israeli public, succeeding in sending the message that he has a real understanding of Israeli history and culture.
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Iraq: We Wouldn’t Do That Again

Posted on March 19, 2013
Or would we? Today marks the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War, and it’s an opportunity for us all to reflect on how we let a small group of neo-conservatives capitalize on the fear of terrorism to launch our country into an unnecessary and counterproductive war.
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We Met With President Obama

Posted on March 12, 2013
Obama’s trip to the Middle East doesn’t officially start until next week, but he has already been hearing from key constituencies. Yesterday, the President hosted an Arab American meeting with community leaders at the White House. Pretty cool, huh? Well, it was about time!
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Smear Campaign Behind Us, Let’s Get Back to Business

Posted on February 27, 2013
Well, it’s finally over. Despite being subjected to the most bizarre confirmation hearings we’ve ever seen, despite totally inappropriate questions about Hagel’s loyalty to the United States, and despite Congressional fawning over Israel in a way that probably makes most Israelis uncomfortable, Hagel’s confirmation passed through the Senate yesterday.
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Hagel, Hate Crimes, and the Holy Land

Posted on February 20, 2013
We’ve made changes to Countdown before, but not like this. Now, every week, Countdown will have an additional a video component. After we post the Countdown articles to the web, check back with us two days later because we’ll transform it into YouTube news clip complete with graphics and b-roll. We’re really excited about this, so please share the videos with your friends.
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Droning On

Posted on February 12, 2013
Following last week’s revelations about the Obama Administration’s rather flimsy legal justifications for its drone program, drones have received long-overdue scrutiny in Washington this week. They were one of the major themes of the confirmation hearings last week for John Brennan, an architect of the drone program and President Obama’s nominee for CIA Director. Across the political spectrum, there seems to be broad agreement that giving the executive branch the right to incinerate people from the sky without oversight undermines the Constitution’s separation of powers.
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A Constitutional Guide to Assassinating U.S. Citizens

Posted on February 06, 2013
If you were disappointed with George W. Bush’s record on civil liberties, no need to worry anymore! President Obama’s assassination powers now make Bush look like a card-carrying ACLU member by comparison. Yesterday, a leaked Department of Justice memo made headlines for its Orwellian guidelines that determine the circumstances in which the administration can kill American citizens.
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Immigration, Drones and the Administration

Posted on January 29, 2013
Yesterday, a group of senators released a bipartisan framework for immigration reform. Finally, a pathway to citizenship for the nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants? Well, sort of. The plan forces undocumented immigrants to clear so many hurdles to gain permanent residency that the process is likely to take up to a decade. According to the proposal, enforcement measures must be complete “before any immigrant on probationary status can earn a green card.”
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