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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Dec 16, 2011 Crippling the Right to Organize (Op-Ed)
QUOTE: three decades of Republican resistance to the board — an unwillingness to recognize the fundamental right of workers to band together, if they wish, to seek better pay and working conditions. But Mr. Obama is also partly to blame; in trying to install partisan stalwarts on the board, as his predecessors did, he is all but guaranteeing that the impasse will continue.
New York Times May 21, 2011 Behind Grass-Roots School Advocacy, Bill Gates
QUOTE: They described themselves simply as local teachers who favored school reform — one sympathetic state representative, Mary Ann Sullivan, said, “They seemed like genuine, real people versus the teachers’ union lobbyists.” They were, but they were also recruits in a national organization, Teach Plus, financed significantly by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
New York Times May 11, 2011 Squeezed Cities Ask Nonprofits for More Money
QUOTE: As recession-racked cities struggle to balance their budgets with everything short of feeling behind sofa cushions for loose change, a growing number are seeking more money — just don’t use the word taxes — from nonprofit institutions that occupy valuable land but by law do not pay property taxes.
New York Times Apr 03, 2011 Bring Donors Out of the Shadows
QUOTE: The Internal Revenue Service doesn’t allow tax filers to write off their donations to politicians or parties, because that would mean Republicans would be subsidizing Democratic political efforts, and vice versa. So why should gifts that often seek the same outcomes through nonprofit organizations be treated differently?
New York Times Mar 09, 2011 Wisconsin Senate Limits Bargaining by Public Workers
QUOTE: Democrats, meanwhile, condemned the move as an attack on working families, a violation of open meetings requirements (most of them did not know there was to be a vote until not long before), and a virtual firebomb in state that already found itself politically polarized and consumed with recall efforts, large scale protests and fury from public workers.
New York Times Apr 23, 2010 For Charter School Company, Issues of Money and Control
QUOTE: growing scrutiny from school boards and state regulators questioning how public money is spent and whether the company exerts too much control over the schools.... Imagine has elbowed the charter holders out of virtually all school decision making...
New York Times Apr 22, 2010 One-Fourth of Nonprofits Are to Lose Tax Breaks
QUOTE: The federal legislation passed in 2006 required all nonprofits to file tax forms the following year. Previously, only organizations with revenues of $25,000 or more — or the vast majority of nonprofit groups — had to file. The new law, embedded in the 393 pages of the Pension Protection Act of 2006, also directed the Internal Revenue Service to revoke the tax exemptions of groups that failed to file for three consecutive years.
New York Times Aug 17, 2009 Alternate Plan as Health Option Muddies Debate
QUOTE: The White House has indicated that it could accept a nonprofit health care cooperative as an alternative to a new government insurance plan, originally favored by President Obama. But the co-op idea is so ill defined that no one knows exactly what it would look like or how effectively it would compete with commercial insurers.
New York Times Aug 04, 2009 China snares NGOs with foreign funding: With little help at home, nonprofits often rely on outside aid. But the government may be using tax, licensing laws to shut them down.
QUOTE: The harassment of these and other foreign-funded NGOs in Beijing has raised fears of a Russian-style squeeze on civil society.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 30, 2009 Hepatitis Group Is Harassed in China
QUOTE: The raid on Mr. Lu’s [Jun] organization, the Yi Ren Ping Center, comes at a precarious time for China’s nongovernmental organizations, many of which operate in a kind of legal gray zone.
New York Times Jul 26, 2009 Reviews prompt suspension of Iraqi jobs program
QUOTE: The top U.S. aid agency has suspended a $644 million Iraq jobs program after two outside reviews raised concerns about misspending, including an inspector general's audit that found evidence of phantom jobs and money siphoned to insurgents.
USA TODAY Jul 23, 2009 Programs' Religious Ties Raise Concerns
QUOTE: The U.S. Agency for International Development funded programs that rebuilt Iraqi mosques and used biblical lessons to promote sexual abstinence in Africa, despite a prohibition on the use of taxpayer funds to support "inherently religious activities,"...
Washington Post Jul 15, 2009 Exchange students live American nightmare
QUOTE: Danielle Grijalva, director of the Committee for Safety of Foreign Exchange Students, said she once worked in the industry. The agencies, which she calls unregulated travel agents, can make millions of dollars enticing rich foreigners and lobbying for State Department grants to lure scholarship-eligible students here for a year of study.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jun 15, 2009 A.C.L.U. Report Says Antiterror Fight Undercuts Liberty of Muslim Donors
QUOTE: The fight against terrorism has dealt a harsh blow to Muslim charities and interfered with their donors’ religious freedom, a new report by the American Civil Liberties Union concludes.
New York Times May 05, 2009 Acorn Charged in Voter Registration Fraud Case in Nevada
QUOTE: A prominent antipoverty organization [ACORN] that drew criticism from Republicans during last year’s presidential race was charged by Nevada officials Monday with engaging in voter registration fraud.
New York Times Mar 21, 2009 Some Activists Barred From Government Work: Nonprofits and Public Interest Groups Are Hurrying to Meet Obama's Strict New Ethics Guidelines
QUOTE: But the standards [ethics guidelines] he [President Obama] has put in place are so broad that all lobbyists -- including those working for charities and public interest groups -- are prohibited from working in the administration unless they are granted an exception
Washington Post Dec 08, 2008 The Evidence Gap: Weak Patchwork of Oversight Lets Bad Hospitals Stay Open
QUOTE: in late 2006 a state commission recommended that it be scaled back and merged with another hospital. The state’s inability to follow through on that plan for University provides a stark example of how hard it can be — not just in New York, but around the nation — to close or shrink hospitals, even when there is evidence they are providing costly and below-average care.
New York Times May 30, 2008 Texas Loses Court Ruling Over Taking of Children
QUOTE: Bringing polygamist families closer to regaining custody of their children, a divided Supreme Court of Texas agreed Thursday that the state had illegally seized 468 girls and boys from a West Texas ranch last month on unproven grounds of physical and sexual abuse.
New York Times May 20, 2008 Not All Earmarks Are Paid in Full, and a Senator Wants to Know Why
QUOTE: While many of his questions remain unanswered, Mr. Nelson says that federal agencies have been taking a cut from earmarked funds for years, some for unrelated purposes as varied as staff salaries and postage stamps. Mr. Nelson calls the practice “earmark skimming,” and lately he has become increasingly vocal over what he describes as unaccountable federal bureaucrats diverting millions of dollars into agency “slush funds
New York Times May 17, 2008 Report Assesses Blame in Hepatitis Cases
QUOTE: The report, based on state and federal officials’ observations of patient procedures at the clinic, details a host of unsanitary practices, including nurses’ and anesthesiologists’ failing to wear gloves when they administered intravenous medications.
New York Times May 15, 2008 Serious Deficiencies in Nursing Homes Are Often Missed, Report Says
QUOTE: The accountability office found that state employees had missed at least one serious deficiency in 15 percent of the inspections checked by federal officials. In nine states, inspectors missed serious problems in more than 25 percent of the surveys analyzed from 2002 to 2007.
New York Times May 05, 2008 Polygamy roll shows 21 wives for one member
QUOTE: attorneys for the sect argued against a court review of the documents, claiming the documents should remain private under First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and association....The ages of the wives and their children are critical to investigators, who believe that underage girls were routinely married and forced to have sex with older men.
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 23, 2008 Congress Near Deal on Genetic Test Bias Bill
QUOTE: Congress reached an agreement clearing the way for a bill to prohibit discrimination by employers and health insurers on the basis of genetic tests.
New York Times Mar 03, 2008 Despite City Law, Few Assisted Living Centers Licensed
QUOTE: Most assisted living centers in the District have not been licensed or inspected eight years after the D.C. Council mandated government oversight of the facilities ...As a result, consumer advocates say, some of the District's most vulnerable residents have been left at greater potential risk for abuse and neglect...
Washington Post Feb 01, 2008 Now showing: 'Hillary: The Movie' and election-law gripes: The film's creators dispute a finding that election rules apply to their promotional ads. Next stop: the Supreme Court.
QUOTE: In an appeal to the US Supreme Court, [a lawyer for Citizens United] argues that the three ads [for a documentary on Hillary Clinton] are not "electioneering communications" advocating the election or defeat of a particular candidate...For the FEC to impose disclosure and disclaimer requirements is an unconstitutional infringement of free speech, Mr. Bopp says.
Christian Science Monitor Jan 22, 2008 Blood bank bias alleged against gay, bisexual men: Would-be donors say they're barred despite emergency
QUOTE: Would-be donors in the Seattle area are accusing blood banks of discriminatory policies banning most gay and bisexual men from giving blood.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Jan 18, 2008 Despite Doubts, Cancer Therapy Draws Patients
QUOTE: [High-intensity focused ultrasound] is not approved in the United States [as treatment for prostate cancer]. [Some cancer experts] argue that there is not yet enough evidence that the treatment stops cancer over the long run and they say the side effects are not as minimal as described by US HIFU, the company sponsoring the offshore treatment weekends.
New York Times Jan 18, 2008 Growth of Genetic Tests Concerns Federal Panel
QUOTE: The science of genetic tests is marching ahead...What is not keeping up is regulation and oversight, according to a federal advisory panel. The panel concluded that a growing number of the tests are being marketed with claims that are unproved, ambiguous, false or misleading.
New York Times Jan 10, 2008 Critics of Saudi Academy Say Textbooks Promote Intolerance
QUOTE: Some textbooks used by an Islamic school in Fairfax County contain language intolerant of Jews and other groups as well as passages that could be construed as advocating violence, according to two reviews of the materials.
Washington Post Dec 06, 2007 Are big-spending clergy abusing U.S. tax code? Tax exemptions for wealthy media-based ministries lead a senator to ask hard questions.
QUOTE: But church groups and other nonprofits worry that this probe could lead Congress to pass laws that slip into constitutionally protected territory – imposing excessive government oversight on a wide range of churches and other nonprofits.
Christian Science Monitor Dec 06, 2007 SAFE Act won't turn mom-and-pop shops into WiFi cops
QUOTE: ISPs already have a duty to notify authorities if they stumble across anything that appears to be child pornography or molestation evidence. The new [The Securing Adolescents from Exploitation-Online Act] bill ups the penalties for not reporting this information
Ars Technica Dec 02, 2007 Effort to Limit Junk Food in Schools Faces Hurdles
QUOTE: Federal lawmakers are considering the broadest effort ever to limit what children eat: a national ban on selling candy, sugary soda and salty, fatty food in school snack bars, vending machines and cafeteria lines.
New York Times Nov 08, 2007 Ohio Goes After Charter Schools That Are Failing
QUOTE: Behind the Ohio charter failures are systemic weaknesses that include loopholes in oversight, a law allowing 70 government and private agencies to authorize new charters, and financial incentives that encourage sponsors to let schools stay open.
New York Times Oct 31, 2007 Council Says Some Hospitals Don’t Follow New Law on the Uninsured
QUOTE: “Hospitals are in a fiscal crisis,” he said. “They are being squeezed by the payers and they are being squeezed by the uninsured, and then we have the social and moral imperative to do the right thing for the patient. We really are between a rock and a hard place.”
New York Times Oct 15, 2007 Many barriers keep organic food out of school lunches
QUOTE: Language proposed in the farm bill being debated now in Congress would remove a huge barrier by making it legal for schools to favor local farm suppliers. In Washington state, groups with interests as diverse as climate change, conservation and childhood obesity voted last week to make farm-to-school a top legislative priority for next year.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Oct 11, 2007 Report Recounts Horrors of Youth Boot Camps
QUOTE: Reports of abuse of troubled young people in privately run boot camps and other residential treatment centers are widespread, with examples numbering in the thousands, according to a federal report released Wednesday. The report also found that managers of these programs, which are largely unregulated, faced little or no punishment for their actions.
New York Times Oct 10, 2007 When US-made 'censorware' ends up in iron fists: Despite Burma's record of repression, it's probably legal for American companies to sell Internet filters there, export lawyers say. But is it ethical?
QUOTE: Absence of federal regulation has allowed so-called censorware of at least four California companies to end up in the hands of foreign governments shown to block citizens' access to political, religious, and other websites.
Christian Science Monitor Sep 28, 2007 Graduation: No Gr_du_te Left Behind
QUOTE: The Bush administration, having used the No Child Left Behind Act to impose accountability — and, critics would say, a sterile uniformity — on the reluctant world of public elementary and secondary schools, is now seeking to accomplish something similar in post-secondary education.
New York Times Sep 06, 2007 Secretary of Education Criticizes Proposal
QUOTE: Education Secretary Margaret Spellings on Wednesday criticized a Congressional proposal to soften provisions of President’s Bush signature education law, saying it would severely weaken the federal effort to raise achievement among poor and minority children.
New York Times Aug 16, 2007 Inquiry Into Study Abroad Launched in New York
QUOTE: The lawyer... said the inquiry was focusing on whether cash incentives and other perks that study-abroad agencies give universities influence their decisions about where students may study.
New York Times Aug 09, 2007 Scholars Push For Search Engine Regulation: Here's an idea sure to start some fires: Is it necessary to consider government regulation of search engines? Please hold your throwing-stones until the end
QUOTE: a natural oligarchy has developed whereby a few entities control what information is viewable to the public. That's not necessarily a bad thing, as long as the gatekeepers can be trusted. But there is an inherent possibility (and thus, temptation and motivation) that information can be manipulated to the benefit of the provider, or to the detriment of the competition.
WebProNews Aug 02, 2007 Top Private Education Lender Cuts Jobs: GAO Report Faults Industry Oversight
QUOTE: EduCap... laid off scores of workers yesterday and is considering shutting its loan business as federal officials investigate whether it has abused its tax-exempt status, according to current and former employees.
Washington Post Jul 25, 2007 Case Against Islamic Charity Opens: Now-Shuttered Organization Funneled Money to Militants, Prosecutors Say
QUOTE: Federal prosecutors opened their case yesterday against what was once the nation's largest Islamic charity, arguing in a Dallas courtroom that the organization funneled at least $12 million to Palestinian militants.
Washington Post May 16, 2007 Controversial CEO to Leave Smithsonian Business Ventures
QUOTE: Gary M. Beer, the founding chief executive of the Smithsonian's business unit and architect of a controversial deal with Showtime Networks Inc., has announced plans to leave amid internal and congressional inquiries into his management, expense account and promotions of a female subordinate...The era of Small and Beer was marked by corporate-style compensation, executive-rich expense accounts and deals with private partners that clashed with the scholarly, public-sector ethos of the 160-year-old institution.
Washington Post Apr 19, 2007 Orphanages brim, but Russia thwarts foreign adoption: This week, the last of 89 foreign-based adoption agencies failed to get reaccreditation.
QUOTE: Defenders of the government crackdown say it's about improving accountability and providing safeguards for Russian children who are adopted abroad. They cite claims that at least 14 Russian kids adopted in the US and Canada have died over the past decade, victims of parental abuse.
Christian Science Monitor Jan 08, 2007 U.S. Education Officials Question Diversity Standard: Critics Say the American Bar Association's New Criterion Promotes Racial Quotas at Law Schools
QUOTE: The Education Department's general counsel is challenging the American Bar Association's new standard on diversity in enrollment and hiring, which calls for the law schools it accredits to take "concrete action" to attract more minority students, faculty and staff. The 400,000-member law association, which has accredited nearly 200 law schools nationwide, said it updated its standards last year after a 2003 Supreme Court ruling that said law schools could use race and ethnicity as factors in admissions with certain restrictions.
Washington Post Dec 14, 2006 FEC Fines 3 '527' Groups for Use of Large Donations in '04
QUOTE: The Federal Election Commission yesterday slapped heavy fines on three independent fundraising groups it said had illegally injected tens of millions of dollars into the 2004 presidential campaign, concluding unanimously that the funds were drawn from large donors and corporations in violation of election laws.
Washington Post Oct 11, 2006 Muslim Anger Burns Over Lingering Probe of Charities
QUOTE: So far, the March 2002 searches have led to the convictions of two people, including prominent Muslim activist Abdurahman Alamoudi...But no charges have been filed against the principals of the Herndon-based cluster of companies and charities that are at the center of the investigation, and Muslims say the raids were no more than a fishing expedition.
Washington Post Oct 09, 2006 Where Faith Abides, Employees Have Few Rights
QUOTE: Legislators and regulators are not the only people in government who have drafted special rules for religious organizations. Judges, too, have carved out or preserved safe havens that shield religious employers of all faiths from most employee lawsuits, from laws protecting pensions and providing unemployment benefits, and from laws that give employees the right to form unions to negotiate with their employers. Some of these exemptions are rooted in long traditions, while others have grown from court decisions over the last 15 years.
New York Times Oct 08, 2006 In God’s Name: Secular Laws Cede to Religious Exemptions
QUOTE: In recent years, many politicians and commentators have cited what they consider a nationwide “war on religion” that exposes religious organizations to hostility and discrimination. But such organizations — from mainline Presbyterian and Methodist churches to mosques to synagogues to Hindu temples — enjoy an abundance of exemptions from regulations and taxes. And the number is multiplying rapidly.
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