Earlier this month, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) sent letters to hundreds of groups--charities, think tanks, trade associations, restaurants, car dealerships, and many more--requesting that they disclose their ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and their position on “stand your ground” laws for a Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee hearing on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights. After similar abuses of power at the Internal Revenue Service were met with broad public condemnation earlier this year, it’s baffling that Durbin would choose to take this course of action. These strongly-worded requests, on official Senate letterhead, were a step beyond any of the IRS’s inappropriate actions, and miles outside Durbin’s responsibilities as a senator.
After 10 years of delayed justice, on Aug. 9 Acting Chairman Mignon Clyburn ended the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) abysmal record on interstate prison phone rates. The new rates and rules passed by the FCC will dramatically reduce the cost of interstate calls from prison and jails, keeping nearly 3 million children connected with their incarcerated parents.
Last week I attended a White House event honoring the life of Bhagat Singh Thind, a turbaned Sikh who migrated to the United States from India on July 4, 1913. Although the White House was right to celebrate his courageous fight against injustice, it has not addressed a lingering injustice that continues to hamper the Sikh American community.
Any system that fires workers due to government error is not good enough. I should know: I got fired because of errors with this system. The system was wrong, and I was left unemployed for three months while I struggled to find a new job.
A month ago, internal documents were released showing that the IRS claimed the power to read email and other private documents stored on the Internet without a warrant. The IRS argued that anyone who used the Internet had no reasonable expectation of privacy against governmental intrusion.
And I have two X chromosomes.