Stunning shutdown of Texas schools investigation reveals Trump administration's pullback on civil rights

Beside a highway in Bryan, Texas, tucked between a motorcycle bar and the county jail, stands a low-slung, sprawling complex with tinted windows, sandstone walls and barbed wire lining parts of its roof. A roadside sign identifies it as the Brazos County Juvenile Justice Center.

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Betsy Devos pick to head civil rights office said she faced discrimination for being white

The new acting head of the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights once complained that she experienced discrimination because she is white.

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Former for-profit college lobbyist quits Education Department after criticism from Elizabeth Warren

A former lobbyist for an association of for-profit colleges resigned last Friday from the Department of Education, where he had worked for about a month.

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Who keeps billions of taxpayer dollars flowing to for-profit colleges? These guys

For-profit universities have had another rough year, with big players facing federal scrutiny for everything from predatory loans to outright fraud.

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Justice Alito defends lethal injection 'expert' who did his research on drugs.com

On Monday, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to uphold Oklahoma's use of midazolam, a controversial sedative that is used as part of its three-drug lethal injection protocol.

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Key 'expert' defending legal injection in Supreme Court case did his research on Drugs.com

When the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the highest-profile death penalty challenge in seven years, the justices will begin ruling on this question: Does Oklahoma's use of the common surgical sedative midazolam fail to make prisoners unconscious during lethal injections, thus violating the Eighth Amendment's protection against "cruel and unusual punishment"? For many court watchers, however, a subject of special scrutiny will be the credibility of Oklahoma's key expert witness, Dr. Roswell Lee Evans, who has testified that inmates "would not sense the pain" of an execution after receiving a high dose of midazolam.

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Will the Supreme Court's lethal injection review kill the death penalty?

Last week, the Supreme Court put three executions in Oklahoma on hold as it reviews the constitutionality of the state's death penalty protocol.

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