Extended News (News/Activism)

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Man Exonerated in Miami-Dade Double Murder After 3 Years in Jail

    03/28/2015 12:38:39 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Friday, Mar 27, 2015
    A man who spent nearly three years behind bars while charged in a Miami-Dade double murder is a free man. "I still got emotions, I broke down in tears," said David Foster, about the moment last week that he found out he'd be released. "I was incarcerated for quite some time. It'll take me time to understand I'm free, 'cause I was in there a while, but I'm doing ok." Foster, 35, was arrested in July 2012 in the May 2012 shooting outside the Shack night club on Dixie Highway. Two men were indicted for murder: Periquo Taylor, who fled...
  • Maine Has the Chance to Lead on Gun Rights

    03/28/2015 12:35:54 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Red207 ^ | Jim Fossel
    In the coming days, as many Mainers scramble to finalize their tax returns, the Legislature will begin debating what has already become one of the most bipartisan bills of the session. Sponsored by freshman Republican Sen. Eric Brakey of Auburn, this legislation seeks to bring constitutional carry (already the law in Vermont) to Maine. Currently, if one wishes to carry a concealed firearm in Maine, one needs to apply for a permit to do so, through either the Maine State Police or your local police department. This bill would repeal that requirement, allowing anyone who can legally purchase a firearm...
  • ISIS Posts Images of Women With Kalashnikovs

    03/27/2015 10:57:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    As reports on sex slavery and sidelining of women emerge out of territory controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the militant group’s supporters are trying to counter that by depicting a women-friendly utopia on social media. In one picture posted online, as shown by the Independent, a group of women pose in their burqas as they raise what appears to be Kalashnikov rifles, a sharp contrast to the role ISIS stipulates women should take. Another photo shows five women posing in front of a BMW with the ISIS flag on it. Another post shows a series...
  • Lee Kuan Yew's Other Legacy: Why Singapore Has One Of The World's Toughest Militaries

    03/27/2015 8:28:53 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 45 replies
    International Business Times ^ | March 24 2015 | Alberto Riva
    When Lee Kuan Yew died Monday at age 91, the founding father of Singapore did not leave just his legacy as the prime minister whose authoritarian policies shaped a backwater British colony into the world’s fourth-wealthiest nation. He also left Singaporeans with one of the most formidable armies in the world. The tiny island state of 5.4 million, with a land area far smaller than New York City’s, has more fighter jets than Spain, Poland or Sweden. Its army has as many tanks as Italy, which is more than 400 times the size. Its navy boasts the only stealthy ships...
  • George Takei Asks Twitter Followers to #BoycottIndiana Over Religious Objections Law

    03/27/2015 8:26:55 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 38 replies
    TIME ^ | March 26, 2015 | Eliana Dockterman
    Critics say the Religious Freedom Restoration Act legalizes discrimination Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law Thursday that allows business owners to deny same-sex couples service on religious grounds, then quickly defended it. Within hours, Star Trek actor and LGBT activist George Takei took his outrage to Twitter using the hashtag #BoycottIndiana, which began trending. Democratic lawmakers, LGBT rights activists and civil liberties groups have argued that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act legalizes discrimination.
  • Jewish group calls out Lena Dunham for 'tasteless' New Yorker essay 'Dog or Jewish Boyfriend'

    03/27/2015 7:21:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Friday, March 27, 2015 | PHILIP CAULFIELD
    Lena Dunham is in the doghouse with the Anti-Defamation League over her latest New Yorker essay. The ADL took a shot at the "Girls" creator over a satirical new essay comparing her dog with her Jewish boyfriend, calling the piece "tasteless" for playing "with offensive stereotypes about Jews." In the essay in the highbrow mag's March 30 issue, the 28-year-old actress asks, "Do the following statements refer to (a) my dog or (b) my Jewish boyfriend?" "He doesn't tip. And he never brings his wallet anywhere," she writes in one hint. Elsewhere in the "Shouts & Murmurs" column, she reveals...
  • OPERATION CHOKE POINT: Tipton Questions FDIC Cutting Off Bank Accounts Gun Stores, Small Businesses

    03/25/2015 8:39:37 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | March 24, 2015
    The head of the FDIC faced tough grilling today from members of a House Financial Services subcommittee including U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton on a rogue policy that essentially directed banks not to deal with businesses the Obama administration found objectionable. Dubbed “Operation Choke Point,” the Justice Department essentially directed the nation’s top financial regulator to intimidate banks into cutting off accounts or doing any business at all with a list of 30 different types small business owners. The list included gun shops, ammunition dealers ... Tipton also got the old DC song and dance when he asked if the federal...
  • Senate leader urges all 50 governors to not comply with EPA's Clean Power Plan

    03/27/2015 4:21:36 AM PDT · by thackney · 12 replies
    Power Engineering ^ | 03/23/2015 | Barry Cassell
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in a March 19 letter, called on the nation’s governors to reject the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed regulation that requires states to dramatically restructure their electricity systems based on how the agency thinks electricity should be produced and used in each state. The EPA’s demands under the proposed Clean Power Plan, McConnell noted, are “far beyond its legal authority.” In a letter to all 50 governors, McConnell wrote that he has “serious legal and policy concerns regarding the proposal.” McConnell asked the governors to “carefully review the consequences before signing up for...
  • Jury Finds Silicon Valley Firm Did Not Discriminate in Ellen Pao Case

    03/27/2015 6:40:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    A jury decided Friday that a prestigious venture capital firm did not discriminate or retaliate against a female employee in a case that debated gender imbalance and working conditions for women in Silicon Valley. The jury in San Francisco reached the verdict after three days of deliberations in a lawsuit filed by Ellen Pao against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Former Facebook Worker Sues for Sexual Discrimination The lawsuit claimed Pao was fired when she complained about discrimination at the firm.
  • Kercher family have a bitter pill to swallow after verdict

    03/27/2015 5:11:30 PM PDT · by Tired of Taxes · 10 replies
    The Guardian ^ | March 27, 2015 | Stephanie Kirchgaessner
    The mother of murdered British student Meredith Kercher said she was “surprised and very shocked” by an Italian court’s decision to overturn the convictions of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito. Ms Kercher, 21, from Coulsdon, Surrey, was sexually assaulted and stabbed to death in her bedroom in 2007 while studying in Perugia, Italy. ********************* Francesco Maresca, the lawyer for the Kercher family, was also disappointed by the ruling, saying: “I think that it’s a defeat for the Italian justice system.” On Friday night the long-running case appeared to have been brought to a conclusion after more than seven years of...
  • FReeper Canteen - Tunes For Our Troops - 28 March 2015

    03/27/2015 5:56:25 PM PDT · by AZamericonnie · 144 replies
    Our Troops Rock | Canteen DJ's
        ***** Tunes For Our Troops ***** ~ Support The Artists ~   Support the artists you hear throughout the Canteen! Click on the links below! Keep the music going! ArtistDirect l  Internet Radio l  AOL Music l  Sonique (Lycos) l  Real Radio Live365 l  971TheRiver  l  GotRadio  l  Wherehouse  l  Target  l Shoutcast AFRTS l  VH1 l XM Radio l  BET l  audiophile l  Virgin Radio l  Soma (Alternative) Acaza l AudioRealm l VH1 l  Yahoo! Launch Music l  Radio Disney l  Live-Radio Net ITunes l Amazon l Salsa Radio l MTV l CMT l Ticketmaster l...
  • Audit says Maryland overbilled federal government $28.4M in health exchange launch

    03/27/2015 5:39:43 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 5 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | March 27, 2015 | By John Fritze and Meredith Cohn
    A long-awaited audit of Maryland's health insurance exchange has found that the state improperly billed the federal government $28.4 million as former Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration struggled to launch what would become one of the most troubled websites in the nation. Though the year-long probe by the Department of Health and Human Services inspector general found no fraud or criminal wrongdoing, auditors said the state lacked oversight and internal controls — and they recommended that Maryland refund what the federal government paid to subsidize the cost of signing people up for coverage. The report — obtained by The Baltimore Sun...
  • Venezuela slashes oil shipments to Cuba, Caribbean in half

    03/27/2015 5:16:56 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 4 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | March 26, 2015 | By Antonio María Delgado
    Venezuela has cut in half its subsidized shipments of crude oil to Cuba and Petrocaribe member nations to 200,000 barrels per day, down from 400,000 shipped in 2012, a Barclays report says. Also, the British investment bank’s report considered it “ironic” that Venezuela would ship any oil at all, highlighting that while the country is going through extreme difficulties, it continues to subsidize oil sales to countries that have healthier economies. . . Because of the cuts in oil shipments to the Caribbean, the firm reduced its deficit forecast for Venezuela to $22.6 billion, down from more than $30 billion...
  • You Can 3D Print A Heavy-Caliber Gun — And It’s Totally Legal

    03/27/2015 3:34:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | March 27, 2015
    With a 3D printer and enough thermoplastic, you can mass produce deadly plastic guns from the convenience of your own home without going through a rigorous background check. Advanced 3D-printing technology now allows for people to make durable guns. And as far as current federal laws are concerned, it’s totally legal. Medium writer Keith Mizokami documented his experience building not just any regular firearm, but a full-on assault rifle. All it took was three hours and some light tools. “I was an AR-15 grease monkey,” Mizokami wrote. “During the course of several projects, I’d built an entire rifle from scratch....
  • ‘Senior Defense Officials’ Are Undermining Army’s Prosecution of Bergdahl

    03/27/2015 1:39:37 PM PDT · by drewh · 58 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 27, 2015 12:29 pm | BY: Aaron MacLean
    It could be possible to read the final tweet, from CNN's Barbara Starr, as implying that the two defense officials are only confirming for her why Bergdahl “says” he left base. But the three tweets from CNN’s National Security desk reference two defense officials who say Bergdahl walked off his post to “report what he believed to be problems with ‘order and discipline’ in his unit.” The direct quote from the “second official” reinforces the impression that he and his colleague are speaking to Starr on background, and that rather than merely reporting what Bergdahl “says,” they are endorsing a...
  • Hotel attacked in Somali capital

    03/27/2015 9:33:13 AM PDT · by Truth29 · 6 replies
    AlJazeera ^ | March 27, 2015 | Staff
    Seven people have been killed in an attack on a hotel popular with government officials in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, officials say. The African Union mission to Somalia, AMISOM, confirmed to Al Jazeera that there had been an explosion followed by gunfire at the Makka al-Mukarama hotel on Friday. An AMISOM spokesman said al-Shabab fighters got out of a car that then exploded. The armed men then entered the hotel and gunfire was heard. The fighters took hostages, the spokesman added.
  • 5 Investigates: Alleged marathon bombing victim indicted for stealing from One Fund

    Investigates has learned that a woman who claimed she was a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing is now facing criminal charges. Joanna Leigh, 41, of Jamaica Plain, has been indicted by a Suffolk County grand jury for allegedly stealing almost $40,000 in charitable donations, including money from the One Fund Boston and benefits from the state’s fund for victims of violent crime. Watch video report According to court records, Leigh allegedly faked injuries to obtain services and money from donors, a doctor, young students and the One Fund which was established with private donations to help the many victims...
  • Durbin vs Schumer? Harry Reid not seeking re-election in 2016

    03/27/2015 7:43:02 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 19 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 3-27-2015 | Lynn Sweet
    March 27, 2015 Durbin vs Schumer? Harry Reid not seeking re-election in 2016 Lynn Sweet WASHINGTON – Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid D-Nev., on Friday announced he would not seek re-election in 2016, throwing the succession spotlight on Sen. Dick Durbin D-Ill., the number two Democratic leader and Sen. Chuck Schumer D-NY, a rung down on the leadership ladder. Durbin and Schumer will now be pitted in a leadership fight – and be looking over their shoulders at other up and coming ambitious younger Democratic senators who may try to leapfrog over them. Among them: Sen. Patty Murray D-Wash. and...
  • Exclusive: Upset by Warren, U.S. banks debate halting some campaign donations

    03/27/2015 5:59:48 AM PDT · by McGruff · 15 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Mar 27, 2015 | EMILY FLITTER
    Big Wall Street banks are so upset with Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren's call for them to be broken up that some have discussed withholding campaign donations to Senate Democrats in symbolic protest, sources familiar with the discussions said. Representatives from Citigroup, JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America, have met to discuss ways to urge Democrats, including Warren and Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, to soften their party's tone toward Wall Street, sources familiar with the discussions said this week.
  • Viguerie to New York Times: Conservatives Aim to Unite Behind an Alternative to Jeb Bush

    03/27/2015 5:19:27 AM PDT · by xzins · 28 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 3/26/2015 | Richard A Viguerie
    Fearing that Republicans will ultimately nominate an establishment presidential candidate like Jeb Bush, leaders of the nation’s Christian right have mounted an ambitious effort to coalesce their support behind a single social-conservative contender months before the first primary votes are cast. In secret straw polls and exclusive meetings from Iowa to California, the leaders are weighing the relative appeal and liabilities of potential standard-bearers like Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and former Govs. Rick Perry of Texas and Mike Huckabee of Arkansas. “There’s a shared desire to come behind a candidate,” said Tony Perkins, the...
  • 7 ARMIES SMASH NAZIS IN DEEP THRUSTS; 1ST PASSES LIMBURG, 3D IS IN FRANKFURT (3/27/45)

    03/27/2015 4:25:31 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 35 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 3/27/45 | Drew Middleton, C.L. Sulzberger, Bruce Rae, Hanson W. Baldwin
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
  • Walker Denies Remarks Indicating Change in Immigration Stance

    03/26/2015 11:48:53 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 90 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 26, 2015 | Jason Horowitz and Patrick Healy
    Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, a possible candidate for president in 2016, told a private gathering of New Hampshire Republicans this month that he supported a pathway to legal status — but not citizenship — for undocumented immigrants in the United States, according to the chairwoman of the state’s Republican Party. The chairwoman, Jennifer Horn, described Mr. Walker’s statements on Thursday after The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post reported that Mr. Walker had endorsed eventual citizenship for those immigrants, which many Republicans oppose. A spokeswoman for Mr. Walker, Kirsten Kukowski, disputed those reports about Mr. Walker embracing a...
  • Turkish cxartoonists Sentenced to Jail for Insulting Erdoğan

    03/26/2015 11:05:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Two cartoonists for the popular satirical weekly Penguen have been jailed to 11 months in prison, over a satirical piece on free speech in which they were convicted of including a hidden gesture “insulting” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Cartoonists Bahadır Baruter and Özer Aydoğan were sued for the Aug. 21, 2014, cover of the magazine, which satirized Erdoğan’s election as Turkey’s president. In the drawing, Erdoğan is seen asking whether officials at the new presidential palace in Ankara have prepared “any journalists to slaughter,” referring to ritual sacrifice in Islam, to mark his inauguration. Soon after the publication, a...
  • French Alps plane crash: opera singers Maria Radner and Oleg Bryjak among dead

    03/26/2015 9:24:42 PM PDT · by nwrep · 25 replies
    Daily Record ^ | March 26, 2015
    Opera singing duo Oleg Bryjak and Maria Radner were jetting back from Barcelona when their flight smashed into the mountains. She was travelling with her husband and their baby - one of the two babies thought to have died in the crash The performers were flying home at the end of a run of Wagner's opera Siegfried in Barcelona.
  • Here’s Something For The “Ted Cruz Is Stupid And Crazy” Crowd

    03/26/2015 7:52:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | March 26, 2015 | Scott McKay
    He sat for an interview with the left-leaning Texas Tribune earlier this week, and was lectured about how out of touch he is with the younger voters he’d like to energize in his campaign because his policy positions on weed, gay marriage and global warming don’t sufficiently pander to the preferences of a large number of them (one surmises Cruz is most out of touch with the most low-information and low-engagement young voters and not so much with the ones most likely to vote or volunteer for a presidential campaign. And Cruz’ eyes lit up, as if to say “Oh?...
  • The FReeper Canteen - Just Hangin' Cafe - Friday, March 27, 2015

    03/26/2015 6:00:09 PM PDT · by LUV W · 46 replies
    The Best Troops and Veterans In The World and their families, too!! | Thursday, March 26, 2015 | Beachn4fun
    FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allied military and the family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe Come on in, we're open Need a place just to hang out? This is it. We serve coffee, tea, conversation and music. Our AWESOME military, our AWESOME allies, and their families are welcomed and honored here. No worries in the FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe. Grab a cup and start a conversation. You never know who you might meet in the Cafe. Glad you could...
  • Wooly Mammoth Genes Inserted into Elephant Cells

    03/26/2015 5:19:25 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 60 replies
    Discovery News ^ | 25 March 2015
    Researchers from Harvard University have successfully inserted genes from a woolly mammoth into living cells from an Asian elephant, the extinct giant's closest remaining relative. Harvard geneticist George Church used DNA from Arctic permafrost woolly mammoth samples to copy 14 mammoth genes -- emphasizing those related to its chilly lifestyle. "We prioritized genes associated with cold resistance including hairiness, ear size, subcutaneous fat and, especially, hemoglobin," Church told The Sunday Times. Then, using a kind of DNA cut/paste system called CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat), Church dropped the genes into Asian elephant skin cells. The result? A petri...
  • National Guardsman, cousin charged in ISIS plot

    03/26/2015 5:11:39 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 8 replies
    WND ^ | 26 Mar 15 | WND Staff
    A national guardsman from Aurora and his cousin were arrested Wednesday night, for allegedly conspiring to join the Islamic State terrorist group, and attack a military facility in Joliet. Federal prosecutors said 22-year-old Army National Guard Spc. Hasan Edmonds, 22, was arrested at Midway International Airport, while trying to fly to Cairo, Egypt. His cousin, 29-year-old Jonas Edmonds, was arrested at his home in Aurora. Each has been charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization.
  • House Committee Issues Subpoena For EPA Chief’s ‘Deleted’ Text Messages

    03/26/2015 4:44:48 PM PDT · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/25/15 | Michael Bastasch
    The top Republican lawmaker on the House Science Committee issued a subpoena Wednesday to compel the Environmental Protection Agency to produce text messages and phone records for administrator Gina McCarthy. “Because EPA has refused to provide a complete production of records in response to the Committee’s repeated requests, I am left with no alternative but to issue a subpoena to compel you to produce, among other things, unredacted cellular phone billing records and e-mails relevant to the Committee’s oversight,” Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas wrote to McCarthy in a letter sent out Wednesday. Republican lawmakers have been trying to obtain...
  • Wall Street Journal columnist slams Obama as 'Orwellian'

    03/26/2015 4:35:24 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 18 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | 25 Mar 15 | Israel Hayom Staff
    "Under Mr. Obama, friends are enemies, denial is wisdom, capitulation is victory," Wall Street Journal foreign affairs columnist Bret Stephens writes • Stephens advises Israeli government to "repay contempt with contempt." In an exceptionally sharp critique published on Monday, Wall Street Journal foreign affairs columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Bret Stephens ripped apart U.S. President Barack Obama's foreign policy. The op-ed, titled "The Orwellian Obama Presidency," detailed the flaws of Obama's approach to foreign affairs. "To adapt George Orwell's motto for Oceania: Under Mr. Obama, friends are enemies, denial is wisdom, capitulation is victory," Stephens wrote. "There is an upside-down...
  • New York Assembly Passes Bill Allowing Shooting Babies Through the Heart With Poison to Kill Them

    03/26/2015 4:17:18 PM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Life News ^ | 3/25/15 | Steven Ertelt
    **SNIP** For years, the state legislature has been embroiled in a mulch-year battle over a package of bills designed to push the interests of women. The bills have been held up in part because it includes a measure that would promote late-term abortions in the Empire State. Despite strenuous support from pro-abortion Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the legislature has refused to pass the package of bills because of the abortion measure. The abortion bill would allow an abortion procedure that has abortionists shooting poison through the hearts of unborn children to kill them. Now, the state Assembly has approved part of...
  • House Dem Warns Climate Change Will Force Millions Of Poor Women To Engage In ‘Transactional Sex’

    03/26/2015 4:12:46 PM PDT · by Libloather · 44 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 3/26/15
    WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., proposed a resolution Wednesday that warns climate change and ensuing natural disasters will force millions of vulnerable and poverty-stricken women to engage in “transactional sex” in order to provide their families with adequate food and water. Lee’s House Concurrent Resolution 29 says that food and water scarcity will be exacerbated by the effects of climate change, forcing increased “conflict and instability” that will particularly affect the strain on women farmers “who are estimated to produce 60 to 80 percent of the food in most developing countries.” “[F]ood insecure women with limited socioeconomic...
  • Barack Obama, Wire Superfan, Interviewed David Simon

    03/26/2015 3:53:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | March 26, 2015 | Nate Jones
    As a former journalist, The Wire creator David Simon probably had some pretty tough questions lined up for his visit to the White House. Well too bad, because Barack Obama is asking the questions here!
  • Germanwings crash prompts airlines to introduce cockpit 'rule of two'

    03/26/2015 12:26:50 PM PDT · by McGruff · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 26 March 2015 | Holly Watt
    Some airlines are to change their rules to ensure two crew members are in plane cockpits at all times, after a co-pilot appeared to deliberately crash a Germanwings plane into the French Alps this week, killing all 150 on board. Two low-cost European carriers – easyJet and Norwegian Air Shuttle – said on Thursday that they would bring the new rule into effect almost immediately.
  • Scott Walker Endorses Path to Citizenship for Illegal Immigrants at Private GOP Dinner

    03/26/2015 12:19:52 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 154 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 26 March 2015 | Dan Riehl
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker may be on the verge of burning himself down before he actually gets started, given what is now becoming something of a circus regarding his actual stance on immigration. According to this new Wall Street Journal report, it’s quite possible a supporter of Jeb Bush, or another candidate went to the media regarding Walker’s recent comments at a private GOP dinner, it doesn’t matter. With three sources now (anonymously) on record, he appears to have Walkered himself right into this one. If his name becomes synonymous with waffling on a critical issue like immigration, his next...
  • The Hillary backer who will pose problems for her 2016 bid

    03/26/2015 12:16:14 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 26, 2015 | Bob Cusack and Molly K. Hooper with Alexandra Oliveira
    An unlikely critic of Hillary Clinton could pose significant problems for the Democratic front-runner for the White House. Dan Metcalfe, who previously oversaw the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) at the Department of Justice, has been publicly ripping Clinton for her exclusive use of a private email account during her time as secretary of State. But the soft-spoken academic who resembles Santa Claus maintains he’s not looking to derail Clinton’s anticipated 2016 bid. To the contrary, he says. Metcalfe notes he is a registered Democrat and will vote for the former first lady if she runs for...
  • Nebraska senator won’t back down or apologize for saying he’d shoot a cop

    03/26/2015 11:46:50 AM PDT · by redreno · 83 replies
    http://watchdog.org ^ | March 26, 2015 | By Deena Winter
    LINCOLN, Neb. — State Sen. Sen. Ernie Chambers isn’t backing down. The state lawmaker froma Omaha defiantly stood Thursday on the floor of the Nebraska Legislature and rejected many of his colleagues’ calls for him to apologize — or even resign — for comparing cops to ISIS terrorists and suggesting he’d shoot a cop if he weren’t nonviolent and had a gun. “I meant what I said and I said what I meant,” Chambers said. He said the irony is that lawmakers were discussing freedom of expression on Wednesday, and said it was ignorant and “idle talk” to suggest taking...
  • How Do we Decide Who Is a ‘Real’ Candidate for President?

    03/26/2015 11:06:28 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    Ted Cruz was not the first person to officially declare his presidential candidacy when he announced on Monday. Scores of people are running just as officially as the junior senator from Texas, as measured by their having filled out the proper form with the Federal Election Commission. So why do we consider Cruz a "real" candidate and those other 200-odd candidates not worth mentioning? Is it viability? Few people think Cruz has much of a shot at the Republican nomination. The Upshot's Nate Cohn makes the case against his doing so pretty concretely. We looked at the strength of his...
  • Why Ted Cruz could become president without popular support: U.S. is an oligarchy, study finds

    03/26/2015 11:03:48 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Oregon Live ^ | Douglas Perry
    Republican Senator Ted Cruz has jumped into the 2016 presidential contest. Will it hurt his chances that he doesn't think much of climate-change science, seeing as more than six in 10 Americans believe global warming is indeed happening? Will it hurt Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a likely Republican presidential candidate, that he recently said he was "going to punt on that one" when asked for his opinion on evolution, considering that two-thirds of Americans buy into Darwin's famous theory? Neither of them has much to worry about as far as these issues go. Because American elections aren't really about gaining...
  • Jim Talent to Scott Walker's team

    03/26/2015 10:45:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    KWCH 12 ^ | March 26, 2015 | Erin McPike
    Former Sen. Jim Talent, R-Missouri, is joining Scott Walker's nascent presidential campaign as a leading adviser on foreign policy and defense, sources familiar with the move and Talent told CNN.... It's a big get for the Wisconsin governor as he draws up a campaign plan and team: In the coming election cycle, foreign policy figures are expected to loom especially large given the increased frequency of threats brought by ISIS and other terrorist groups. Talent was a foreign policy adviser to both of Mitt Romney's presidential bids, and nearly every major potential GOP hopeful this cycle has courted him. Talent...
  • CNN's Brooke Baldwin on Bowe Bergdahl's Desertion: Isn't Captivity 'Punishment Enough'?

    03/26/2015 10:17:21 AM PDT · by drewh · 72 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | March 25, 2015 | 5:42 PM EDT | Matthew Balan
    CNN's Brooke Baldwin slanted towards the sympathizers of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on Wednesday's CNN Newsroom, just minutes after the U.S. Army announced that the former captive would be charged with desertion. Baldwin asked special forces veteran Scott Mann, "You have those who...on the opposite end, [are] vilifying him. Again, this is someone who was held...for five years by terrorists. Is that not – this is what some say – is that not punishment enough?" [video below] Moments earlier, the anchor turned to Reuters correspondent David Rohde, who was held by the same Taliban-affiliated terrorist group that had captured Sgt. Bergdahl....
  • Germanwings co-pilot was certified by FAA

    03/26/2015 10:20:28 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 26, 2015 | Keith Laing
    The co-pilot of the Germanwings flight that authorities believe was deliberately crashed in the French Alps was certified by U.S. aviation officials. The co-pilot, 28-year-old Andreas Guenter Lubitz, was granted status as an airman by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Jan. 6, 2012, according to the agency’s online database. French authorities have accused Lubitz of locking the captain of Germanwings Flight 9525 out of the cockpit and intentionally crashing the plane, killing all 150 people who were on board. The FAA certification lists Lubitz as a “private pilot (foreign based)” who is proficient in single engine landings and gliders....
  • A tidal wave of nip­ples sweeps Ice­land

    03/26/2015 10:11:17 AM PDT · by rey · 132 replies
    Mbl.Is ^ | 27 Mar 2015 | Ann Margret Bjornsson
    To­day is a #freethenip­ple day in Ice­land, a day in which a fem­i­nist wave has swept the coun­try. The day was par­tic­u­larly cel­e­brated in Reyk­javik's Uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges and an end­less amount of women tweeted their sup­port, and their nip­ples, in­clud­ing an MP. Here's a look at the day in pic­tures in which women went bra­less or top­less to show their sup­port. The in­ter­na­tional #freethenip­ple cause ad­dresses equal rights for men and women, a more bal­anced view of cen­sor­ship and the rights for all women the world over to breast­feed in pub­lic.
  • Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on the Situation in Yemen

    03/26/2015 9:23:45 AM PDT · by mojito · 9 replies
    White House Office of the Press Secretary ^ | 3/25/2015 | Bernadette Meehan
    The United States strongly condemns ongoing military actions taken by the Houthis against the elected government of Yemen. These actions have caused widespread instability and chaos that threaten the safety and well-being of all Yemeni citizens. The United States has been in close contact with President Hadi and our regional partners. In response to the deteriorating security situation, Saudi Arabia, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members, and others will undertake military action to defend Saudi Arabia’s border and to protect Yemen’s legitimate government. As announced by GCC members earlier tonight, they are taking this action at the request of Yemeni President...
  • Welcome to Roseland, on Chicago's south side, where Obama first promised hope and change

    03/26/2015 7:23:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | John Breslin
    EXCLUSIVE: Welcome to Roseland, on Chicago's south side, where Obama first promised hope and change - and where just days ago a gun battle left a 77-year-old great grandfather dead and his two-year-old neighbor in critical condition Welcome to Roseland, on Chicago's south side, the poverty plagued neighborhood where Barack Obama became politicized and starting forming his ideas of hope and change as a community organizer. And this is where just days ago a gun battle between two rival street gangs erupted that left a 77-year-old great grandfather dead, his kindergartner great-grandchild nursing a bullet would to his left arm...
  • Here comes Florida: The president takes another golf weekend

    03/26/2015 6:29:04 AM PDT · by bkopto · 13 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 25, 2015 | Jennifer Harper
    President Obama is off to the Treasure Coast of Florida this weekend, specifically Palm City. The local press is attentive, reporting that Mr. Obama will play a few rounds at the Floridian National Golf Club. Yeah, well. Rather than prattle on about the cost of operating Air Force One ($206,000 an hour), here’s the description of the course, just for the heck of it. “This stunning, yet formidable Par 71 will certainly impress. At 7,114 yards, the 18-hole course offers perfectly manicured rolling fairways and greens, demanding hazards, breathtaking views of the St. Lucie River, and is surrounded by natural...
  • Scott Walker on Bowe Bergdahl: They knew about this when they put lives at risk to rescue him

    03/26/2015 4:48:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 65 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 26, 2015 | David Sherfinski
    ....“When I think about this desertion charge, the thing that gets me the most frustrated is this administration gave up five Taliban, five Taliban for this guy, and I can’t, I mean, logic tells you all this information that they’re bringing against the sergeant now isn’t something that just happened since then,” Mr. Walker told radio host Hugh Hewitt. “This is stuff they knew about when they put American soldiers’ lives at risk to try and rescue him. And they gave up five Taliban leaders in return for a guy who now is going to be charged.” Sgt. Bergdahl was...
  • CBS World News Today – March 25, 1945

    03/26/2015 4:36:59 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 1 replies
    archive.org ^ | 3/25/45
    Bob Trout CBS World News Today
  • Flight 4U9525 Crash: Who was the Pilot in the Cockpit? Germanwings Pressed to Release Names

    03/26/2015 4:29:21 AM PDT · by drpix · 151 replies
    ibtimes.co ^ | 3/26/2015 | Johnlee Varghese
    The latest revelations over Germanwings flight 4U9525 crash have turned the focus on the pilots, but the German budget carrier has so far refused to identify them. One of the pilots was locked out of the cockpit moments before the crash, the data from the cockpit voice recorder has reportedly revealed, placing the pilots at the focal point of the investigation. However, the company has refrained from disclosing the identity of the pilots. According to the New York Times , data showed the pilot inside the cabin ignored the appeals of his colleague to open the cabin door. As time...
  • Chechnya Speaker Vows To Arm Mexico If U.S. Gives Weapons To Ukraine

    03/26/2015 4:21:19 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 42 replies
    The head of the legislature in Russia's Chechnya region says that Russia will provide arms to Mexico if Washington supplies weapons to Ukraine. Chechen Parliament Speaker Dukvakha Abdurakhmanov said the arms would be aimed at reigniting U.S.-Mexican disputes over “territories annexed by the United States in the American states of California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and part of Wyoming.”  “We will perceive arms shipments to Ukraine as a signal to respond in kind,” Abdurakhmanov said in a March 24 statement posted on the Chechen parliament’s website. Abdurakhmanov is a close associate of Ramzan Kadyrov, the Kremlin-backed strongman who...