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  • Federal appeals court says tire-chalking by parking enforcement officers is unconstitutional

    04/22/2019 7:39:27 PM PDT · by kingu · 81 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 22 at 6:45 PM | Fred Barbash
    The age-old parking enforcement practice of tire-chalking is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Monday, saying it violated the Fourth Amendment’s bar on unreasonable searches. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, in a first-of-its-kind decision, ruled that marking a car’s tires to gather information is a form of trespass requiring a warrant, similar to police attaching a GPS to a vehicle to track a suspected drug dealer.
  • Delocation: The Slow Burn of Cash Forces N.Y. Companies to seek Alternate Locations

    04/22/2019 5:53:01 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 41 replies ^ | April 15, 2019 |  St Pete EDC
    According to recent data from the US Census Bureau, businesses and residents are exiting New York in droves, as the state lost more of its population than it gained between July 2017- July 2018. The Empire State lost 180,306 people— the biggest decrease of any U.S. state, with Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Delaware not far behind.  Even more, of the 25 cities that millennials are moving to, not a single one is in the Northeast, according to data on migration patterns from SmartAsset. With increasing tax burdens, skyrocketing housing costs, and brutal winter months, business owners and job seekers are saying enough...
  • Christians murdered in Sri Lanka? Washington Post makes it about the far-right

    04/22/2019 4:15:28 PM PDT · by Liberty7732 · 32 replies
    It has not even been 48 hours, and at least one major American newsroom has found a way to make the deadly Sri Lanka Easter bombings, which targeted Christians and claimed an estimated 290 lives, about right-wing fearmongering. “Christianity under attack? Sri Lanka church bombings stoke far-right anger in the West,” reads the headline to a Washington Post article published Monday morning. This feels like a bizarre and even more tasteless iteration of the press’ beloved “Republicans pounce” trope, where an extremely newsworthy event is used as the backdrop to a larger meta-story about how members of the Right are...
  • Yankees Drop Kate Smith's Version of 'God Bless America' Because People Were Racist in the 1930s

    04/19/2019 11:48:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04/19/2019 | Stephen Kruiser
    This is a tricky one, but is worth examining: Yankees drop Kate Smith’s "God Bless America" after questions of possible racism arise— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) April 19, 2019 From The Washington Post: The New York Yankees reportedly confirmed Thursday that they were no longer playing a Kate Smith version of “God Bless America” during the seventh inning of home games, after the team learned of a Depression-era song she’d recorded that raised questions of possible racism. Two songs cited by the New York Daily News, which broke the story, included “That’s Why Darkies Were Born,” a 1931 hit for...
  • Parents drop legal fight over an Illinois school system’s transgender policy

    04/18/2019 6:07:19 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/17/2019 | Moraiah Balingit
    A group of parents who fought to keep transgender students out of locker rooms and bathrooms that match their gender identity abruptly dropped their lawsuit against a Chicago-area school district, ending a four-year legal battle that drew national attention. Students and Parents for Privacy sued Township High School District 211 in Palatine, Ill., after the school board, facing pressure from the Obama administration, voted to allow a transgender girl to use the girlsÂ’ locker room. The case drew national attention as schools throughout the country grappled with accommodating transgender people in bathrooms and locker rooms,(snip) In 2016, Students and Parents...
  • Admit it: Fox News has been right all along (WAPO!)

    04/17/2019 7:40:24 PM PDT · by bitt · 62 replies
    WAPO ^ | 4/15/2019 | Gary Abernathy
    Throughout most of southern Ohio, residents who watch cable news are predominantly glued to one channel: Fox News. People there don’t watch Fox News to know what to think; they already know what they think, and they avoid news channels that insult their intelligence and core beliefs. Yes, Fox News is an echo chamber for the right, but no more than CNN and MSNBC are for the left, as far as conservatives are concerned. To be fair, when a Democrat is in the White House, the networks switch places, with Fox News criticizing every move, and MSNBC and CNN defending...
  • Trump moves to resist House inquiries, setting up fight over congressional subpoena powers

    04/17/2019 9:46:42 AM PDT · by Innovative · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Apr. 17, 2019 | Tom Hamburger , Karoun Demirjian , Josh Dawsey and Rachael Bade
    President Trump’s attorneys and the White House are moving to resist a growing number of congressional requests for information, increasing the likelihood of a protracted legal fight that could test the power of congressional subpoenas. The building battle will shape how much material House Democrats will be able to obtain about Trump’s policies and personal finances through multiple investigations launched by various congressional committees.

    04/12/2019 2:34:00 PM PDT · by little jeremiah · 72 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9:47 AM 04/12/2019 | Molly Prince
    The White House is moving to dissolve the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and reorganize the agency’s responsibilities into three existing departments in order to “drive what is needed to support the mission in all of government.” “When we really look at the need for government overall, and we looked at the [OPM’s] design to support those needs, there was a fundamental structural misalignment between the challenges of today around our workforce and what OPM was conditioned to do,” Margaret Weichert, deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget and acting OPM director, told The Daily Caller...
  • Why The Media Is At War With Saudi Arabia

    04/10/2019 11:23:51 AM PDT · by detective · 12 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 10, 2019 | David Reaboi
    Most news consumers understand that media, in general, plays favorites. They cheer on and protect Designated Heroes, and with seemingly boundless energy relish every opportunity to assail Designated Villains. We’ve long known, from polling and other quantifiable metrics, that journalists have very pronounced political biases. Even as journalists often indignantly tout the objectivity of their work product and defend the credibility of others in their profession, the sorry results stand for themselves. It’s no longer controversial—other than in the most surreal, eye-rolling conversations with committed left-wing partisans—to say the American media leans overwhelmingly left and has a strong preference for...
  • Trump administration preparing to roll out Kushner's Israeli-Palestinian 'peace plan': Sources

    04/13/2019 1:07:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 11, 2019 | Jordyn Phelps
    With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's reelection victory secured, the Trump administration is preparing to roll out Jared Kushner's "peace plan" as early as this month, sources familiar with the plan tell ABC News. President Donald Trump has been briefed on the plan, which Kushner and a small "peace team" have been quietly working on for months. The text itself remains a closely guarded secret -- even within the White House -- and has only been seen in its entirety by four people within the administration, the sources said.
  • WaPo Author: Reporting on Black Friday Violence is Classist, Racist

    11/30/2014 10:48:45 AM PST · by rightistight · 51 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 11/30/14 | Aurelius
    According to Luke O’Neil, reporting on “Black Friday brawls” is both classist and racist. The story, called “Black Friday brawl videos are how rich people shame the poor,” O’Neil says that rich people report on Black Friday violence in order to make fun of and shame poor people. Don’t think that people should be brawling in a Wal-Mart or mall? Then you’re a rich snob, O’Neil explains. You take your wealth for granted, he writes, and make fun of people fighting in Best Buy because you’re privileged. “Look at these hilarious poor people,” O’Neil writes, “struggling to take advantage of...
  • Black Friday Brawl Videos Are How Rich People Shame The Poor: Stop Gawking.

    11/29/2014 10:22:25 AM PST · by Steelfish · 57 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 29, 2014 | Luke O'Neil
    Black Friday Brawl Videos Are How Rich People Shame The Poor Stop Gawking. By Luke O'Neil November 28 The biggest movie in the country right now is “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1,” a film in which the ostentatiously wealthy people of Panem’s capital rule over the poorer districts from which tributes are selected each year to kill each other in a violent media spectacle. It’s a grotesque display in which the lives of the impoverished are offered up as entertainment for the comfortable. It’s hard to see the film and not think of the way TV news has covered...
  • Michael Moore, Mark Ruffalo claim to strategize for '2020 blue deluge'

    04/13/2019 9:42:15 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/21/2019 | Brian Flood
    Actor Mark Ruffalo and filmmaker Michael Moore claim to be strategizing for a “blue deluge” in 2020. Ruffalo, the far-left “Spotlight” and "Avengers" co-star, went on Twitter on Wednesday to tell his 4.7 million followers why he was hanging out with the liberal Moore. “Last night with @MMFlint and @WSUCampaign planning strategy for the 2020 blue deluge!” Ruffalo tweeted alongside a blue wave emoji. The liberal organization We Stand United was also tagged in the tweet. According to its website, the group was started “as an idea to foster connections and unity, and to provide a hopeful vision in the...
  • That time when Obama was considering dumping illegal aliens in Jeff Sessions' back yard

    04/12/2019 12:23:13 PM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 22 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 4/12/19 | Jon Dougherty
    Once again, Democrats are proving that in order to be a member of the Donkey Party you have to have been born without the hypocrisy gene. On Friday, the Washington Post, not much for journalistic ethics and integrity these days, ran with a story lamenting a Trump administration proposal to ‘relocate’ — as in, dump — masses of illegal aliens in cities where political rivals live. The Post noted: White House officials have tried to pressure U.S. immigration authorities to release detainees onto the streets of “sanctuary cities” to retaliate against President Trump’s political adversaries, according to Department of Homeland...
  • White House proposed releasing immigrant detainees in sanctuary cities, targeting political foes

    04/12/2019 3:47:25 AM PDT · by Libloather · 67 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 4/11/19 | Rachael Bade, Nick Miroff
    White House officials have tried to pressure U.S. immigration authorities to release detainees onto the streets of "sanctuary cities" to retaliate against President Donald Trump's political adversaries, according to Department of Homeland Security officials and email messages reviewed by The Washington Post. Trump administration officials have proposed transporting detained immigrants to sanctuary cities at least twice in the past six months - once in November, as a migrant caravan approached the U.S. southern border, and again in February, amid a standoff with Democrats over funding for Trump's border wall. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's district in San Francisco was among those...
  • Georgetown Students Agree to Create Reparations Fund

    04/12/2019 7:11:31 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 44 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 12, 2019 | Adeel Hassan
    Students at Georgetown University voted on Thursday to increase their tuition to benefit descendants of the 272 enslaved Africans that the Jesuits who ran the school sold nearly two centuries ago to secure its financial future. The fund they voted to create would represent the first instance of reparations for slavery by a prominent American organization. The proposal passed with two-thirds of the vote, but the student-led referendum was nonbinding, and the university’s board of directors must approve the measure before it can take effect. “We value the engagement of our students and appreciate that they are making their voices...
  • Georgetown students may pay reparations for slavery with new student fee

    02/06/2019 6:19:00 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 102 replies
    Georgetown students may pay reparations for slavery with new student fee Jennifer Kabbany - Fix Editor •February 6, 2019 UPDATED ‘We recognize the great privileges we have been given, and wish to at least partially repay our debts’ Georgetown University students will soon vote on whether they want to tax themselves to benefit the descendants of slaves sold by the university in the 1830s. Its student government recently authorized a campuswide student referendum on whether to establish a fund for the families of the 272 men, women and children sold by Georgetown in 1838. If approved, the semesterly fee would...
  • Georgetown University Students Overwhelmingly Voted In Favor Of Creating Reparations Fund

    04/12/2019 11:24:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 45 replies ^ | 04-12-2019 | Rachel Sadon, Margaret Barthel
    Georgetown University students voted overwhelmingly on Thursday in favor of creating a new student fee to benefit descendants of slaves sold nearly 200 years ago to benefit the school. Two-thirds of students voted yes to a non-binding referendum that says students “wish to at least partially repay our debts to those families whose involuntary sacrifices made these privileges possible” through a $27.20 fee each semester. It would generate nearly $400,000 a year for programs in communities where direct descendants of the 272 people sold in 1838 now live, such as Maringouin, Louisiana. A board of trustees, half of which would...
  • Georgetown University students vote to increase their tuition to pay slavery reparations

    04/12/2019 10:44:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 04/12/2019 | Daniel Jativa
    Georgetown University students overwhelmingly voted to increase their tuition to pay reparations to the descendants of slaves once owned by the school. The move comes as reparations are increasingly being discussed on the campaign trail for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. The Georgetown University Student Association held the referendum this week, with students supporting the measure by a two-to-one margin. The fee would increase tuition at the nation's oldest Catholic university by nearly $28 per semester for every student. The money would go into a fund for descendants of the 272 slaves the Jesuits sold in 1838 to keep the...
  • Amazon employees push for company to 'be a climate leader' to combat global warming

    04/11/2019 9:44:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | April 10, 2019 | by Jason Abbruzzese
    More than 3,500 Amazon employees have signed a letter urging the e-commerce giant to take action on climate change, adding to growing activism by technology workers directed at their companies. The letter, published Wednesday on the blogging platform Medium, calls for Amazon to publicly detail how it plans to handle disruption brought on by climate change and reduce its dependence on fossil fuels. "Amazon has the resources and scale to spark the world’s imagination and redefine what is possible and necessary to address the climate crisis. We believe this is a historic opportunity for Amazon to stand with employees and...