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Blame a Black Man – The Ebola Version

African American news from Pasadena - Commentary - Chicken Little and Ebola in the U.S.In a country of 310 million people in which international and domestic airlines move millions of Americans and foreign nationals from one place to another every day, two people thus far have tested positive for the Ebola virus. Both of those people are nurses, members of the staff at the one hospital in Texas who treated the Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan, whose Ebola infection manifested itself after he had arrived in Dallas.

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U.S. Trails More Than 100 Countries in Voter Turnout

African American news from Pasadena - Commentary - U.S. ranks low in voter turnout among other countriesLost in the frenzy to erect barriers to voting, including reducing the hours available for early voting and imposing strict voter ID requirements, is the embarrassing fact that the United States lags behind more than 100 countries in the percentage of registered voters who show up on Election Day.

The U.S. ranks 120th with a voter turnout rate of 66.5 percent. That's well behind No. 1 Australia (94.5 percent) and even behind Guyana (88.5 percent), Belize (80.4

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Viewing Political Corruption More Broadly

Earlier this year, veteran political writer Thomas Edsall reported an eyebrow-raising fact about Americans' views toward government. Polling by Gallup, he noted, found that the proportion of Americans who believed that corruption is "widespread" in government had risen from 59 percent in 2006 to 79 percent in 2013. "In other words," Edsall wrote, "we were cynical already, but now we're in overdrive."

Corruption is hardly a negligible issue. Americans rightly have very little tolerance for public officials who are on the take. Officials who violate the law in this regard should face criminal prosecution and incarceration.

But what's notable about our corruption laws is how narrow they've become. This point is driven home by Fordham Law School Professor Zephyr Teachout in her new book, Corruption in America. "As a matter of federal constitutional law," she writes, "corruption now means only 'quid pro quo' corruption."

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For-Profit Colleges Deliver More Debt Than Degrees

High-Cost Schools Target Students of Color, Military Members

African American news from Pasadena - Commentary - For-Profit CollegesOctober 16, 2014 - Weeks before the U.S. Department of Education (DoE) announces a new rule governing career education programs, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) has released research that finds high-cost, for-profit colleges make millions each year by targeting students of color. While these college profits are generated largely from taxpayer funding, their students incur heavy debts with low graduation rates and nearly no marketable skills.

Titled, Do Students of Color Profit from For-Profit College?, the report compared educational and financial outcomes at public or private, non-profit schools with those at for-profit institutions. CRL researchers found that a student enrolling in for-profit, four-year colleges would pay over $40,000 more than a similar program at a public institution. Although for-profit colleges actually enroll only 13 percent of all college students, they account for nearly half of all student loan defaults.

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