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Tevor Timm: Everyone should know just how much the government lied to defend the NSA

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A web of deception has finally been untangled: the Justice Department got the US supreme court to dismiss a case that could have curtailed the NSA’s dragnet. Why?

It turns out neither of two statements that held up in the nation’s highest court were true – but it took Snowden’s historic whistleblowing to prove it.  

By Trevor Timm  theguardian.com  17 May 2014

If you blinked this week, you might have missed the news: two Senators accused the Justice Department of lying about NSA warrantless surveillance to the US supreme court last year, and those falsehoods all but ensured that mass spying on Americans would continue. But hardly anyone seems to care – least of all those who lied and who should have already come forward with the truth. Here’s what happened: just before Edward Snowden became a household name, the ACLU argued before the supreme court that the Fisa…

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Strauss: What Does Arne Think of New VAM Studies?

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Valerie Strauss notes the growing number of studies that debunk the value of judging teacher quality by the rise or fall of test scores, and naturally she wondered what Secretary Arne Duncan thought about them.

There was the report of the American Statistical Association, which said: l

“VAMs should be viewed within the context of quality improvement, which distinguishes aspects of quality that can be attributed to the system from those that can be attributed to individual teachers, teacher preparation programs, or schools. Most VAM studies find that teachers account for about 1% to 14% of the variability in test scores, and that the majority of opportunities for quality improvement are found in the system-level conditions. Ranking teachers by their VAM scores can have unintended consequences that reduce quality.”

Days ago, a new Gates-funded study found no correlation between “quality teaching and the appraisals teachers received.”

Another study by a…

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▶ Ralph Nader on How to Dismantle the Corporate State

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Published on May 9, 2014

Ralph Nader, Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State, joins Thom Hartmann on his new book.

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