Kennesaw State University Dean of Students sends memo warning of "unauthorized individuals are walking around with clipboards claiming they are registering students to vote," some of whom "are targeting particular student populations." An unnamed student at the college -- Georgia's third-largest public university -- says the scam basically pretends to register black students so they can't vote on Election Day. But please, right-wingers, keep complaining about how voter fraud always comes from liberals.
ITT Technical Institute closes all of its campuses around the country, mere weeks after the Department of Education bans it from enrolling students using federal student loans. Current ITT students with federal loans, as well as those who've left ITT within the last 120 days, will be able to have their loans forgiven, and California students with private loans can apply for relief from the state, which news makes the ITT spokeshack's whining -- "(t)he damage done to our students and employees, as well as to our shareholders and the American taxpayers, is irrevocable" -- particularly inappropriate.
You've heard that charter schools are a black family's only way out of failing public schools? Well, Jeff Bryant at the OurFuture blog informs us that that isn't true, either. When even your biggest charter school boosters tell you flatly that it's very hard for black kids to get into these schools, you know it's all a crock. Anyone else think the real solution would be to fund public schools properly, thus giving our schools the resources they need to produce top-notch students? Or is that quaint?
Judge issues arrest warrant for Riverside County (CA) district attorney who oversaw a surveillance operation so vast that it accounted, at one point, for almost one out of every five wiretapping warrants in America. The warrants were almost all drug-related, resulting in a lot of arrests and property seizures (though the article doesn't say much about convictions!) ranging as far east as Virginia. But, seriously: America has over 3,000 counties; how does one county account for close to 20% of all surveillance warrants? And no, we shouldn't applaud him because at least he got the warrants, unlike two recent U.S. Presidents I can name. Last I looked, America is not the land of lowered expectations.
Alec MacGillis at ProPublica wonders, quite reasonably, why so many hedge fund managers are still donating to Hillary Clinton's campaign, when Mrs. Clinton has made so many promises to rein in hedge fund excesses. It's easy to blame Donald Trump for the shift, but I still suspect elite opposition to Mr. Trump is a false flag operation, and it's more likely that hedge fund managers are putting all their chips on Mrs. Clinton because they expect something in return -- like continued inaction on the carried interest loophole. I mean, it's one thing to make a promise, and another thing entirely to keep it.
Finally, Donald Trump says the way keep ISIS from rising again after he defeats them is to go into Iraq and "take the oil." Well, it's not like "taking the oil" has been the cause of all our Middle East problems or anything. Seriously, was Mr. Trump asleep whenever Ron Paul went on about American culpability in the overthrow of Iranian Prime Minister Mossadegh after Mr. Mossadegh nationalized BP oil fields? Apparently he also doesn't remember that ISIS came together in Tha Bush Mobb's detainment camps in Iraq. Please, Americans, do not vote for this clown. Vote for Gary Johnson if you have to.