What We’re Reading: a daily round-up of quick hits, clips, and opinion pieces touching on key issues of democracy, justice, liberty and national security.
“They’d rather do the spending in the dark.” Adam Skaggs, senior counsel at the Brennan Center, comments on the National Organization for Marriage and its refusal to disclose donor information.
Civil cases are taking the back door when it comes to legal aid. A call for collective action among the government, law schools, and the law profession itself, is needed to improve the current justice gap, says the New York Times.
The Associated Press investigated CIA and NYPD intelligence tactics in the New York area. The story details numerous examples of racial profiling and intrusion into ethnic communities looking for “hot spots” of terrorist activity.
Katrina vanden Heuvel writes an opinion piece, “Governor for Sale” where she comments on Texas Governor Ricky Perry’s record breaking success in raising money for his campaign and his minimal accomplishments.
A New York Times review of thousands of documents shows that the FBI is focusing more on national security than ordinary crime.
San Fransicso, CA is facing the effects of budget cuts. Those involved in civil court proceedings are experiencing longer lines and delays for their cases. Difficulties will continue to grow in coming months when more employees are laid off.