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Posts made in September, 2016

Congress Passes Bipartisan Bill to Establish Native Children’s Commission

By on Sep 30, 2016 in Press Release | 0 comments

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has jurisdiction to study the unique problems of American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native peoples and to propose legislation to alleviate these difficulties. These issues include, but are not limited to, Indian education, economic development, land management, trust responsibilities, health care, and claims against the United States. All legislation proposed by Members of the Senate that specifically pertains to American Indians, Native Hawaiians, or Alaska Natives is under the jurisdiction of the...

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PRESS RELEASE: Dolphins Promote Douglas From Practice Squad

By on Sep 30, 2016 in Press Release | 0 comments

The Miami Dolphins today announced they have signed guard Jamil Douglas from their practice squad to the active roster. Douglas played in all 16 games with six starts – four at right guard and two at center – for the Dolphins in 2015. He spent the 2016 training camp with the Dolphins before being waived on Sept. 3, 2016. Two days later, Douglas was signed to the team’s practice squad. He originally entered the NFL as a fourth-round selection (114th overall) in the 2015 NFL draft by the Dolphins after playing collegiately at Arizona...

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Jane Kim Wants YouTube To Remove ‘Anti Asian-American’ Music Video

By on Sep 29, 2016 in Press Release | 0 comments

Locked in a tight battle for state senate, Supervisor Jane Kim is now seeking headlines in a campaign against a two-year-old music video that she says is “anti Asian-American.” In a press release sent out last night, the Supervisor alleges that the video for the song “Meet The Flockers” by Compton rapper YG encourages animosity between African American and Asian communities and promotes the targeting of Chinese for crimes. As such, Kim argues, YouTube should remove the video. “The lyrics detail a step-by-step guide to carrying out a burglary,” reads the press release. “Paired with the video’s imagery, which juxtaposes scenes of a home invasion with close-up visuals of weapons and framed photos of an Asian family, the message being sent is clear: Asian-American households are vulnerable, and make for ideal targets.” The song, which details a home robbery, may on the surface remind some of Kendrick Lamar’s “The Art Of Peer Pressure.” However, it is the description of an ideal victim — not the act of singing about crime itself — to which the Korean-American supervisor objects. “First, you find a house and scope it out,” the song instructs. “Find a Chinese neighborhood ’cause they don’t believe in bank accounts.” YG, it should be noted, has served jail time for burglary. While the video was uploaded to YouTube in May of 2014, a recent uptick in popularity (which in a “chicken or the egg” scenario may or may not be due to the controversy surrounding it) has prompted Kim to speak out. “The lyricism and imagery of this video is deeply offensive to Chinese-Americans, and dismantles community-based efforts that seek to build positive race relations among African-Americans and Asian-Americans,” says Kim via press release. And she’s not alone. Fox 11 reports that Asian business owners have called the video “sickening and distasteful.” “Our demand is simple, Youtube and Vimeo must remove these videos in compliance with hate speech guideline for online content,” Kim’s press release reads. “We also call on DefJam Records and Rapper YG to denounce this song.” In addition, Oakland-based activist Eddy Zheng, who himself served time for a high-profile Chinatown home invasion committed when he was 16 years of age says that “YG’s ignorant and...

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CFPB’s press release misleading, attorney says

By on Sep 28, 2016 in Press Release | 0 comments

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – A recent press release from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau doesn’t represent the actual allegations to which a for-profit education company has settled, a Philadelphia attorney says. The CFPB announced Sept. 12 it had entered into a consent order with Bridgepoint Education Inc., a for-profit, post-secondary education company based in San Diego, that does business as Ashford University and the University of the Rockies. The consent order stems from an investigation conducted by the CFPB, California Attorney General Kamala Harris and the Department of Education that led to allegations that Bridgepoint deceived students into taking out private student loans that cost more than the college advertised. The CFPB ordered Bridgepoint to discharge all outstanding private loans it made to students and to refund loan payments made by borrowers. In addition to more than $23.5 million in loan forgiveness and refunds, Bridgepoint must also pay an $8 million civil penalty to the CFPB. John L. Culhane Jr., an attorney and partner with Ballard Spahr LLP, told Legal Newsline the amount of the penalty seems excessive. “It’s always hard to assess [the amount of the penalties] because the CFPB has said very little about how it determines the amount of any civil money penalty,” he said. “As is often the case with the CFPB, the press release doesn’t line up with the allegations in the consent order. The press release implies that Bridgepoint deceived all of its student borrowers.  “The consent order doesn’t allege that the oral payment representations were made all of the time, or even most of the time. It doesn’t even allege that any students relied on the representations. It only asserts that these oral representations happened ‘many’ times and that ‘many’ students ended up making payments in excess of $25.” Culhane also emphasized that the CFPB’s consent order did not allege that Bridgepoint failed to provide truth-in-lending disclosure statements for the Bridgepoint loans, “so all of those students would have received a disclosure of their payment schedule before signing their loan documents,” he said. For-profit colleges have become a focal point of CFPB investigations in recent years. In February 2014, the CFPB filed a lawsuit against ITT Educational Services, Inc. for a host of...

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