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Violated: Guilty though Proven Innocent

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Justice or Just Us?

Does it count as shameless self-promotion to promote my promotion of a friend’s event? Hopefully not. Scope my piece in this week’s Phoenix on the upcoming criminal justice reform festival, Justice or Just Us?, taking place at AS220 real soon.

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Sandra Day O’Connor Hearing Barrington Land Squabble

Welcome Sandra Day O’Connor! With her familiar bob of white hair, O’Connor yesterday joined Selya and Chief Circuit Judge Michael Boudin in peppering lawyers with questions in a half-dozen cases, including the Rhode Island case of James H. Reyelt v. William B. Danzell and Louisa

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Krist takes over at FairVote

Ari’s new boss, of sorts, is Krist Novoselic — the former bassist for Nirvana, who’s spent the last decade or so as a democracy activist: Krist Novoselic is best known as the bassist in the groundbreaking rock band Nirvana. But he recently added another title:

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The Bold and the Ball-less

On Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, James Carville recently quipped: “If she gave him one of her cojones, they’d both have two.” It was far from the first time that a political pundit used testicles as a metonymy for power, courage, boldness, or guts. In

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O-GUAM-a!

Anyone remember that scene in Hedwig and the Angry Inch in which Yitzhak says, “Fuck you, I’m going to Guam!” and threatens to leave the Angry Inch for a Pacific Island tour of Rent? Yeah, I haven’t heard anything about Guam since then either. BUT,

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Tom Friedman Pied by Brown Student

UPDATE: Footage, courtesy of the Greenwash Gorillas themselves… even as this was a pretty amazing spectacle, the footage kind of makes me want to give Tom a big hug. While I understand the criticisms of Friedman’s work, I wonder if this was an effective way

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Health Care Reform Community Meeting

Please Join Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts for a Health Care Reform Community Meeting Monday, April 28, 2008 — 6:30 PM Temple Beth El — 70 Orchard Avenue, Providence A discussion with Lt. Governor Roberts, other elected officials, community leaders, and your neighbors about how the

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What Obama should have said about the flag

In an ugly debate on Tuesday, one particularly ugly point was the ham-handed invocation of the always-relevant American Flag Lapel PinTM issue. Not just because it was done vicariously through a woman who publicly told the New York Times two weeks ago that she would

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National Popular Vote signed into law in Illinois. What about RI?

After passing in the Vermont Senate and the Maine Senate last week, more NPV news out of Illinois, where Gov. Rod Blagojevich just signed the plan to elect the president by national popular vote into law. A bill signed into law Monday by Gov. Rod

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The Odds of Drama in Denver

New York Magazine has this delicious read, a screen treatment of the nightmare that could be a Dener Convention. They say, “we asked Lawrence O’Donnell Jr., former West Wing writer-producer, to play out a scenario in movie-treatment form. The premise is that Barack Obama and

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Lou Dobbs=CottonPickin’Moron

Anyone catch this? Recently,Condoleeza Rice briefly stopped being a tool to describe the difficulties with discussing race in America, calling Obama’s speech “important” and slavery America’s “birth defect.” “Black Americans were a founding population,” she said. “Africans and Europeans came here and founded this country

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News Slap: International Edition

Opposition claims Zimbabwe election victory; Robert Mugabe mum with the “official count” still secret. Keith Richards is too high to write autobiography, remember life. Saudi Prince plans mile-high tower in Jeddah. Tower-of-Babel jokes not OK. Penis jokes inevitable. Russia wants to build a tunnel from

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50 Cent switches his endorsement

While he’s no John Lewis, or Alice Walker, or even a Jay-Z, as a former Clinton supporter 50 Cent‘s mostly incoherent endorsement of Obama is newsworthy. Of course, he tries hard to argue otherwise. Quoth Fiddy: Don’t look for my vote, for me to determine

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The fatcats come out swinging for fading Hillary

You know it’s bad when Slate starts a Deathwatch for your campaign. HRC’s increasingly desperate effort wasn’t helped much by her repeated fibbing about her “experience,” specifically that as “the first high profile American to visit Bosnia after the Dayton accords (false)” and “the first

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Election reforms in Senate today

Major bills on the FairVote RI agenda are coming up tomorrow for hearing in the Senate. Young people and parents will be present in support of two bills which would engage young people in civic participation and democracy. One is Youth Voter Pre-registration.  With new