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  • MSNBC Guest: Hillary ‘Will Die A Death Of A Thousand Cuts’ [VIDEO]

    08/02/2015 10:57:31 AM PDT · by Crystal Palace East · 43 replies
    Former SC Democratic party chair Dick Harpootlian told MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki Sunday Vice President Joe Biden’s consideration of a presidential run actually gives Democrats the best chance of retaining the White House in 2016. Harpootlian said Hillary Clinton’s track record will cause her and the Democrats to “die a death of a thousand cuts,” yet Biden is “an inspirational figure” that voters can rally around. HARPOOTLIAN: I think Hillary comes into the race, as she did in ’08 with all kinds of baggage… There’s going to be distractions, we saw just this week with the Wall Street Journal about payments...
  • Gov. Hogan’s changes for Maryland come with an in-your-face attitude

    08/02/2015 5:04:41 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 26 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 1, 2015 | Ovetta Wiggins
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has slashed tolls on the state’s highways, canceled Baltimore’s long-planned Red Line light-rail project and, last week, dramatically announced the closure of the city’s deeply troubled Men’s Detention Center. Hogan, Maryland’s first Republican governor in nearly a decade, did not need the backing of the Democratic-controlled state legislature for any of those decisions. He announced them on his own, deriding inaction by past administrations and acknowledging that he had made little effort to seek Democratic legislative leaders’ input before he acted. The governor’s in-your-face approach contrasts with the pledges of bipartisanship he made after his election...
  • FEMA urges state to look elsewhere for disaster aid for riot recovery (Baltimore MD)

    08/01/2015 6:16:10 PM PDT · by GoneSalt · 13 replies
    baltimoresun.com ^ | 8/1/2015 | Andrea K. McDaniels
    After shooting down the state's request for disaster aid for the second time last week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Maryland could recover costs associated with rioting that broke out after the death of Freddie Gray in other ways. Federal government denies disaster Baltimore riot aid again Federal government denies disaster Baltimore riot aid again The state and city have unspent money from two other FEMA programs that could be reprioritized, an agency spokesman said. Under the State Homeland Security Grant Program, the state has $251,049 in fiscal year 2013 funds and $5.9 million in fiscal year 2014 funds...
  • Baltimore’s best mayor evah presides over homicide rate not seen in nearly half a century

    08/01/2015 1:28:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/01/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    You may recall that earlier this year, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was named President of the US Conference of Mayors for her outstanding work in serving the people of her city and demonstrating innovation in turning things around. As part of that process, she decided to summarily fire Police Commissioner Anthony Batts back in the beginning of July. To say the least, I expressed some reservations about the move, particularly considering that most of the questionable tactics employed by the cops during the Freddy Gray riots were handed down from City Hall. But who am I to second guess...
  • Baltimore’s best mayor evah presides over homicide rate not seen in nearly half a century

    08/01/2015 11:01:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | August 1, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    You may recall that earlier this year, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was named President of the US Conference of Mayors for her outstanding work in serving the people of her city and demonstrating innovation in turning things around. As part of that process, she decided to summarily fire Police Commissioner Anthony Batts back in the beginning of July. To say the least, I expressed some reservations about the move, particularly considering that most of the questionable tactics employed by the cops during the Freddy Gray riots were handed down from City Hall. But who am I to second guess the...
  • Baltimore Cops’ Attorneys Just Made Two Explosive Claims In Freddie Gray Case

    07/31/2015 8:20:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 30, 2015 | Chuck Ross, reporter
    The defense attorneys for the six Baltimore cops charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray made two explosive claims in a court motion filed on Thursday. According to The Baltimore Sun, the officers’ attorneys are claiming that the office of Baltimore city state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby has evidence that the 25-year-old Gray had “attempted to injure himself” in police custody prior to his April 12 arrest. They also claim that Mosby had a “private meeting” with the medical examiner who conducted Gray’s autopsy days before the report was released. Mosby’s office has failed to turn that evidence over...
  • Get your carrots, not cookies, from Howard County's vending machines [MD Freak State!]

    07/31/2015 7:53:53 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 7/31/15 | Amanda Yeager and Meredith Cohn
    Healthy options are coming to Howard County, but some think the carrot is a stick.Four of five Howard County Council members, all Democrats, voted Friday to overturn County Executive Allan Kittleman's veto of a bill that creates nutritional guidelines for the food and drinks sold in government vending machines.Kittleman, the county's first Republican executive since 1998, framed the issue as one of choice for workers and visitors to county buildings, even if that means they choose fluorescent orange doodles chased by a bubbly soda."I trust Howard County residents and employees to make their own decisions about what to eat," Kittleman...
  • Congressman: EPA Sexual Predator ‘Fed A Steady Diet Of Interns’

    07/31/2015 2:25:17 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    The Daily Caller News ^ | 07/31/2015 | Michael Bastasch
    Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz had some harsh words for EPA Chief Administrator Gina McCarthy during a hearing Wednesday regarding the agency’s handling of an employee who repeatedly sexually harassed interns. For the past couple of years, Republican lawmakers have been investigating reports of misconduct at the EPA from employees watching porn everyday while on the job to an agency employee who sexually harassed interns and was not reported to the authorities and continued to work at the agency for years. “This is a predator who was fed a steady diet of interns,” Chaffetz told McCarthy during the hearing. “The...
  • Baltimore killings soar to a level unseen in 43 years

    07/31/2015 1:18:13 PM PDT · by PROCON · 57 replies
    AP ^ | July 31, 2015 | JULIET LINDERMAN
    BALTIMORE (AP) -- Baltimore reached a grim milestone on Friday, three months after riots erupted in response to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody: With 43 homicides in July, the city has seen more bloodshed in a single month than it has in 43 years. The 43rd recorded homicide was Jermaine Miller, 18, who was shot in the head just before noon the day before.
  • Maryland governor to close Baltimore detention center

    07/30/2015 2:02:06 PM PDT · by detective · 13 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | July 30, 2015 | BRIAN WITTE
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has announced plans to immediately shut down a "deplorable" Baltimore jail that was the focus of a federal corruption investigation. Hogan said at a press conference Thursday that the state would save $10 million to $15 million a year by closing the "deplorable" Baltimore City Detention Center. It houses hundreds of inmates awaiting trial or serving short sentences. Current employees and inmates will be reassigned to other facilities.
  • Hillary's Such a Terrible Candidate, Obama's Talking About a Third Term

    07/28/2015 3:34:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | July 28, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Craig in Scarsdale, New York. Great to have you on the program. Hello, sir. CALLER: Thank you very much, Rush. I can't believe all these reporters out there who are just dumping on Trump. It's unbelievable. They gotta go back 30 years to find something that can actually stick to this guy. RUSH: No, no. They have to go back 30 years to make up something. CALLER: I'm sorry? RUSH: They had to go back 30 years to make up something. CALLER: To make up something. And not just that. Why don't we go back 30 years and look...
  • 14 people shot, 3 killed in weekend Baltimore violence: No arrests announced in any of the shootings

    07/27/2015 12:24:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    BALTIMORE —Fourteen people were shot, including three fatally, since Friday night in Baltimore City, police said. The most recent homicide occurred around 7:45 p.m. Sunday when a man was shot multiple times in the chest in the 5500 block of Rubin Avenue. Police said the man was taken to an area hospital, where he died. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call police at 410-396-2100. A 22-year-old man was found shot in the buttocks around 11:40 p.m. Sunday in the 4300 block of Adelle Terrace. Police said the shooting took place in the unit block of South...
  • Stuck on the Beltway? Virginia Offers Congestion Ideas to Maryland

    07/27/2015 11:29:54 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    Montgomery County GOP Newsletter ^ | July 26, 2015 | Mark Uncapher
    Public attention on Maryland transportation planning issues has primarily focused on the Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties’ Purple Line and Baltimore’s Red Line since Larry Hogan became governor. The largely limited impact these two projects would actually have on congestion has often been lost. Planners estimate that the Purple Line would add only 11,800 new daily transit riders by the year 2040, less than a one percent increase (0.8%) in metro area ridership.Earlier this month Virginia Deputy Secretary of Transportation Nick Donohue released the results of VDOT’s Potomac River crossings study.[1] Their main recommendation is to extend the Beltway’s HOV/toll...
  • Martin O’Malley: ‘Ban Sale Of Assault Weapons,’ Launch ‘National Gun Registry’

    07/27/2015 10:02:18 AM PDT · by rktman · 29 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/26/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    On July 24, the day after John Russell Houser allegedly used a handgun to kill two people in Lafayette, Louisiana, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley called on Congress to ban “the sale of assault weapons” and “[establish] a national gun registry.” He also said it is time to “[increase] inspections” on gun shops and mandate that gun owners lock up their guns in their homes.
  • Baltimore nonprofit collects guns for Google Chromebook laptops

    07/26/2015 11:58:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | July 25, 2015 | Doug Donovan
    Fifteen donated firearms lay on a table inside the Baltimore Urban League Center. A total of 17 weapons were anonymously exchanged for laptops provided by Street Geeks of Baltimore. Following the collection, the weapons will be destroyed by the Baltimore Police Department. As the lyrics of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" echoed through the wooden rafters of the historic Orchard Street Church on Saturday, Richard Wilson stood in a line waiting to pick up a Google Chromebook computer in exchange for turning in a gun to Baltimore police.. The 66-year-old Windsor Mills resident grew up attending services at the church...
  • De Blasio raves about presidential hopeful, but it’s not Hillary

    07/25/2015 4:23:15 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 25, 2015 | Rich Calder
    Mayor de Blasio is a big fan of presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders — because the Vermont senator is a proud “Democratic socialist.” [Snip] De Blasio was quick to correct CNN’s Carol Costello after she called Sanders a “socialist,” telling her the senator is a “Democratic socialist.” “I think there’s a lot to like in that title,” he gushed.
  • Red-state Democrats fret about leftward shift

    07/25/2015 4:44:29 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | July 24, 2015 | Kyle Cheney and Rachana Pradhan
    Governor’s races in South and Midwest could be lost if party brand becomes too liberal. Centrist Democrats were wiped out in the 2014 elections and in their absence emerged a resurgent liberal movement, embodied most recently by the surprisingly competitive presidential campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. But the suddenly ascendant left — its populist overtones becoming part of the mainstream Democratic pitch — is worrying Democrats who want to compete on Republican-leaning turf. The party lost every competitive gubernatorial and Senate race in the South last year. And Democrats didn’t fare much better in the heartland. Now, as Bernie...
  • Transit police union criticizes response to Baltimore riots

    07/26/2015 5:45:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | July 26, 2015 | By Kevin Rector
    The union representing state transit police in Baltimore says commanders and agency administrators made "detrimental and disturbing" decisions that endangered officers during April's riots — adding another layer of criticism to the response by law enforcement leaders. In a letter, AFSCME Local 1859 President Jerome Damon called on the Maryland Transit Administration to investigate the agency's handling of the April 27 unrest, noting that four officers dispatched without protective gear to a West Baltimore subway station had to be rescued by an armored vehicle after crowds set two MTA police vehicles and the nearby CVS pharmacy ablaze. The concerns —...
  • Martin O’Malley sides with illegal immigrants in lawsuit against Texas

    07/25/2015 8:57:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 70 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 24, 2015 | S. A. Miller
    Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley on Friday blasted Texas for denying birth certificates to some U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants without valid identification documents, declaring that “citizenship is a human right.” “Denying birth certificates to U.S, citizens is not only outrageous, it’s unconstitutional,” the former Maryland governor said in a statement released in English and Spanish. “The 14th amendment of the U.S. Constitution could not be clearer. It states that ‘all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside,’ ” he...
  • Hillary Clinton’s Unfavorable Rating Higher Than Those of All Her 2016 Democratic Rivals

    07/25/2015 2:02:09 PM PDT · by lbryce · 21 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | July 24, 2015 | Morgan Chalfant
    Hillary Clinton’s favorable rating has sunk to a new low as that of her 2016 rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) has doubled since March. A Gallup poll released Friday demonstrates that the share of Americans with a favorable view of Clinton has declined from 48 percent in April when she first announced her presidential campaign to 43 percent today. Meanwhile, Sanders is enjoying an incredible surge; the Vermont senator’s favorable rating has doubled since Gallup tested it in March, jumping from 12 to 24 percent. Unfortunately for Clinton, her unfavorable rating has been rising. The share of Americans holding...
  • ‘BLACK LIVES MATTER’: Hillary Clinton addresses nation’s racial inequality in meeting ...

    07/25/2015 12:58:36 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 56 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | July 23, 2015 | Cameron Joseph
    Complete Headline: ‘BLACK LIVES MATTER’: Hillary Clinton addresses nation’s racial inequality in meeting with South Carolina Democrats Hillary Clinton declared that "black lives matter" in South Carolina Thursday, as she repeatedly stressed that endemic racism must be tackled by government. "This is not just a slogan, this should be a guiding principle," she told a gathering of 400 local Democrats, many of them mayors and many of them African-American. "We have to also acknowledge we have some serious problems with race and justice and systemic racism which unfortunately is all too often present." [Snip] Clinton has been focusing heavily on...
  • Downtown Baltimore hotel occupancy is way down this summer

    07/24/2015 3:24:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 58 replies
    Baltimore Business Journal ^ | July 24, 2015 | by Asha Glover
    Baltimore’s hotel business is slumping this summer, just a year removed from a banner season for tourism and reflecting the lingering impact of April’s riots. Hotels in downtown’s central business district posted an average occupancy rate of 73.3 percent in June, down from 82.5 percent in the year-ago month, according to data from travel research firm STR Inc. The occupancy rate in May dropped 17.1 percent to 64.7 percent. As colleague Camille Harrison and myself reported in Friday’s cover story of the BBJ, hotels aren’t the only businesses feeling the sting from the riots. Museums and attractions are struggling, and...
  • Man arrested in shooting of 3 teens in east Baltimore

    07/24/2015 6:53:33 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 7 replies
    WBAL TV 11 ^ | 24 July 2015 | WBAL Staff
    "... Officers have arrested Keon White, 25, saying this shooting was over "neighborhood nonsense." and that the victims were intentionally shot. He faces 17 charges in the case, including first-degree attempted murder. Police said the incident happened because of a fight between two girls.
  • Handgun found in police station prisoner holding cell [East Baltimore]

    07/24/2015 4:06:42 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 7/23/15 | Colin Campbell
    A handgun was found in a prisoner holding cell in the Eastern District Police Station, prompting an internal investigation Thursday, officials said."The safety of our officers and citizens is paramount," police said in a news release. "All of the circumstances surrounding this incident will be thoroughly examined to ensure that this does not happen again."Any charges that are warranted will be brought, police said.
  • BlackLivesMatter Pays Homage to Marxist Cop Killer at Every Event It Holds (Chesimard)

    07/23/2015 8:55:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Jul 2015 | Lee Stranahan
    BlackLivesMatter—the activist group that demands a “racial justice agenda” that includes constant criticism and activism against police—invokes the words of convicted cop killer Assata Shakur at “all its events.” At a recent event for female bloggers, BlackLivesMatter leaders had a crowd of thousands repeating lines from a letter written by Shakur that include an explicit reference to the Communist Manifesto. The BlackLivesMatter group, which has met with President Obama and largely been given a free pass by the media, has skyrocketed to national prominence after its involvement with unrest and rioting in Ferguson, Baltimore, and a recent takeover of events...
  • Maryland man charged with death of boy beaten over cake

    07/23/2015 3:45:58 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 27 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | July 24, 2015 | Reuters
    A Maryland man has been charged with handcuffing and fatally beating his girlfriend's 9-year-old son over a missing piece of birthday cake, according to court records. The suspect, Robert Wilson, 30, of Hagerstown, was charged with second-degree murder by a Washington County grand jury on Wednesday. Prosecutors allege that Wilson handcuffed and beat Jack Garcia on June 30 when he took a piece of birthday cake without permission at the home in Hagerstown, about 50 miles northwest of Washington. Jack died on July 5 at a Washington hospital. Jack's mother, Oriana Garcia, 26, and his uncle, Jacob Barajas, 23, had...
  • Blackface performer plans fundraiser for 6 indicted Baltimore officers

    07/23/2015 5:43:05 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    FOX DC ^ | 7/22/15 | Brian White
    A former Baltimore police officer said Wednesday that he plans to perform an Al Jolson routine in blackface to raise money for the six Baltimore officers who have been indicted in the death of Freddie Gray. Bobby Berger, whose performances as Jolson created tension with the department in the 1980s, said Wednesday that 610 tickets have been sold in eight days at $45 each for the Nov. 1 fundraiser in Glen Burnie.
  • Leggett Says Work Underway to Remove Confederate Statue in Rockville [MD]

    07/23/2015 4:19:10 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 24 replies
    Bethesda Magazine ^ | July 21, 2015 | ANDREW METCALF
    Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett said Tuesday the process is underway to remove the Confederate statue from the Red Brick Courthouse grounds in Rockville. Leggett said in a phone interview with Bethesda Beat that the county is getting estimates from contractors to remove the statue, which he expects to receive by the end of the week. “We’re in the process of getting it done,” Leggett said. The county executive said the county hasn’t decided where to relocate the statue once it’s removed from the courthouse grounds. “The removal question is resolved,” Leggett said. “The only question now is where it...
  • [PG Co. MD] School board member accused of stealing Michelle O’s lunch money

    07/22/2015 6:42:07 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    EAG News ^ | 7/22/15 | Victor Skinner
    UPPER MARLBORO, Md. – A Prince George’s County school board member is under investigation after she allegedly lied about her income to secure free school lunch for her child.Lyn Mundey resigned from the board June 1, and her resignation takes effect August 24, but ABC 7 News reports several of her constituents want her gone immediately.“To take advantage of the system when there are people out here that really need it is ridiculous, it’s sad,” resident Brenda Payne said.The news site obtained an email from a federal investigator to the suburban Washington, D.C. school district authored in April identifying Mundey...
  • Rawlings-Blake: 'Confusion' remains over who ordered buses shut down before riot

    07/22/2015 6:40:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | July 22, 2015 | Luke Broadwater
    Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Wednesday that she and other city leaders are still not sure who ordered state-run buses and a subway to be shut down the day rioting broke out near Mondawmin Mall.. "There's still some confusion about where the order came from," Rawlings-Blake said. "It definitely came in real time from the ground at Mondawmin." Some, including local teachers, have suggested that the decision to shut down public transportation near the mall April 27, the day of Freddie Gray's funeral, escalated tensions because students were stranded with no ride home from school. Rioting later erupted across the city....
  • How Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley Botched #BlackLivesMatter

    07/22/2015 12:53:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    The Root ^ | 7/21
    Instead of getting frustrated and, in O’Malley’s case, saying “White lives matter,” presidential wannabes O’Malley and Sanders should have been much more politically savvy when they were confronted by #BlackLivesMatter activists at Netroots Nation.Being a politician is a tough job because unless you’re in a dictatorship, of royalty or Dr. Doom, you actually have to deal with dissent, disagreement and protests from the people you rule. Is it fun? Of course not, but just about every elected official in America, right or left, has to deal with it. President Barack Obama got heckled by an undocumented transgender woman in his...
  • Request for protective order in Freddie Gray case (in Baltimore) denied

    07/21/2015 7:41:44 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | July 21, 2015 | Colin Campbell
    A judge has denied the request of State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby to keep attorneys in the Freddie Case from publicizing evidence before the trial. Mosby, who is prosecuting six police officers in Gray's death, wanted a court hearing to argue for a protective order that would bar the release of any evidence — or, if the officers' attorneys agreed, to post all of it online. Mosby said she was concerned that the defense attorneys would leak only evidence that supported their clients' defense, jeopardizing the ability to conduct a fair trial.
  • O’Malley Blames Climate Change for Rise of Islamic State

    07/21/2015 5:45:31 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 34 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 21, 2015 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley blamed climate change in part for the rise of the Islamic State terrorist organization Monday in an interview with Bloomberg’s With All Due Respect. “One of the things that preceded the failure of the nation state of Syria and the rise of ISIS was the effect of climate change and the mega-drought that affected that nation, wiped out farmers, drove people to cities, created a humanitarian crisis that created the symptoms, or rather, the conditions of extreme poverty that has now led to the rise of ISIS and this extreme violence,” he said.
  • The Daily 202: Bernie’s base problems

    07/20/2015 5:50:05 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/20/15 | James Hohmann and Elise Viebeck
    PHOENIX—Bernie Sanders is unaccustomed to being heckled by protesters. The self-identified democratic socialist was caught off guard here Saturday when African-American and Latino activists jeered him at Netroots Nation. Sanders’ inability to control the audience – he tried to shut them up and then he tried to yell over them – underscores his broader struggle to expand his appeal and highlights why his summer surge is unlikely to last. The huge crowds Sanders draws are overwhelmingly white, and polling consistently shows that virtually all of his support comes from whites. After Iowa and New Hampshire, the first two contests on...
  • Is she delusional? Baltimore mayor claims #FreddieGray riots were ‘over in hours’ [video]

    07/19/2015 4:51:01 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 28 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | 07/19/2015 | Twitchy Staff
    Justin Fenton ✔ @justin_fenton MayorSRB on riots "lasting only a few hrs": "There's a lot of cities that would love to have that record" pic.twitter.com/zP4LCYGd8c Nelson Vasconcelos @nvasconcelos @justin_fenton "OK let me watch the video it must be different in context HOLY CRAP THAT'S TOTALLY WHAT SHE MEANT" Baltimore Sun crime reporter Justin Fenton posted a rather amusing video of Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake earlier this morning where she defends her leadership of the city during the Freddie Gray riots in April.According to the mayor, you see, she did a really good job because the riots only occurred for “few hours...
  • California May Let Undocumented Immigrants Buy Obamacare

    07/19/2015 12:16:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/17/15 | Rachana Pradhan
    Uniting the two highly combustible issues of Obamacare and immigration could reignite a fierce health-care reform controversy. By 5:11 AM EDT California lawmakers and activists are spearheading a first-in-the-nation plan to let undocumented immigrants buy Obamacare health insurance. Supporters say the California proposal, which would need federal approval and couldn’t start until 2017, is the next logical step in expanding health insurance to a population that was intentionally excluded from the president’s health-care law. But uniting the two highly combustible issues of Obamacare and immigration could reignite a fierce health-care reform controversy. Story Continued Below There’s no guarantee the California...
  • Democrats lose control of presidential event

    07/19/2015 7:43:18 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 38 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/19/15 | Chris Moody
    A town hall for liberal activists featuring two Democratic presidential candidates was interrupted by dozens of demonstrators on Saturday who shouted down the contenders and demanded they address criminal justice issues and police brutality. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders planned to attend a public sit-down interview with journalist Jose Antonio Vargas in front of a left-leaning crowd here at the annual Netroots Nation conference, a gathering of progressives, when the tone of the program shifted just a few minutes into the event. O'Malley was answering questions from Vargas on stage when dozens of boisterous conference...
  • O'Malley apologizes for saying 'all lives matter' at liberal conference

    07/19/2015 7:06:57 AM PDT · by GoneSalt · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | July 19, 2015 | Chris Moody
    Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley apologized on Saturday for saying "All lives matter" while discussing police violence against African-Americans with liberal demonstrators. Several dozen demonstrators interrupted the former Maryland governor while he was speaking at the Netroots Nation conference, a gathering of liberal activists, demanding that he address criminal justice and police brutality. When they shouted, "Black lives matter!" a rallying cry of protests that broke out after several black Americans were killed at the hands of police in recent months, O'Malley responded: "Black lives matter. White lives matter. All lives matter." The demonstrators, who were mostly black, responded by...
  • Police accused in Freddie Gray's death say they gave statements under duress

    07/18/2015 2:02:26 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 13 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | 07/18/2015 | Kevin Rector
    Three of six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray argued in court filings this week that they provided statements to police investigators under duress because they feared losing their jobs. Two of the officers said that when investigators asked them to provide statements about the circumstances surrounding Gray's arrest, they were led to believe they were doing so as witnesses — not as suspects.
  • Elite Army unit at Fort Meade searching for ways to fight ISIS

    07/18/2015 7:17:45 PM PDT · by markomalley · 41 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 7/18/15 | Ian Duncan
    elite Army unit based at Fort Meade is sending battle-hardened soldiers to Iraq to get a close look at the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria so they can develop ways to fight America's newest adversary. Lt. Col. Justin Sapp, a commander in the Asymmetric Warfare Group, describes ISIS militaries as a new kind of challenge: a force of fighters informed by a decade of war in Iraq and beyond, with legions of recruits, high-end weaponry and stable funding sources, that has proved adept at changing its strategy and tactics as it draws more attention from the United States and...
  • Martin O’Malley booed off stage at Netroots Nation after saying “all lives matter”

    07/18/2015 6:06:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/18/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    The long knives are out at Netroots Nation 2015, but for once they aren’t pointed at the Republicans. The infighting has gotten ugly because the non-Hillary Democrat candidates were apparently not focused intently enough on the #BlackLivesMatter movement. No other topics of discussion seem to be acceptable this year, and the high profile speakers got an earful if they strayed from that script or dared say something more general about the needs of the entire population of the nation. The first, and probably biggest loser of the day was Martin O’Malley, who showed up there and foolishly began talking...
  • Nancy Pelosi’s daughter has a message for ‘fellow white progressives’ at Netroots conference

    07/18/2015 1:55:14 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | 07/18/2015 | Twitchy Staff
    Looks like Martin O'Malley caused an interesting meltdown at Netroots Nation by saying, "All lives matter." My fellow White Progressives, please understand "all lives matter" is received as erasure not inclusion to #BlackLivesMatter. #NN15TownHall If a #BlackLivesMatter usage manual is written, who better to write the instruction book than the white daughter of a rich, white member of Congress?
  • [MD] Leggett wants Rockville statue of Rebel soldier off lawn near courthouse

    07/17/2015 6:42:21 PM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/17/15 | Bill Turque
    Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett stepped into the national debate over symbols of the Confederacy on Friday, saying that he has ordered a 102-year-old bronze statue of a Confederate soldier removed from the lawn next to Rockville’s Red Brick Courthouse. Leggett (D) had been staying out of a community discussion over the Montgomery County Confederate Monument, sparked by the movement to remove the Rebel battle flag from South Carolina’s state capitol grounds. Last week, he said he wanted to hear various points of view on the statue, and the Rockville City Council is scheduled to hold a hearing Monday evening....
  • Jihad on U.S. troops is not a “circumstance”

    07/17/2015 9:06:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | Michelle Malkin
    Four U.S. Marines, barred from carrying weapons at naval training facilities despite explicit ISIS threats against our military, are dead in Tennessee. Another service member and a Chattanooga police officer survived gunshots after Thursday’s two-stage massacre at the hands of 24-year-old jihadist Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus called the terrorist’s spree “insidious and unfathomable.” resident Obama bemoaned the “heartbreaking circumstance” in which the murdered Marines found themselves. “Unfathomable?” Not if you’ve been paying attention. Islam-inspired hate crimes against our troops have continued unabated since the Obama White House first dismissed the 2009 Fort Hood massacre as “workplace violence.”...
  • Clinton proposes tax breaks for corporate profit-sharing

    07/16/2015 11:02:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 16, 2015 2:00 PM EDT | Jill Colvin
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is proposing new incentives to encourage corporations to share profits with workers. Her plan is to give businesses that offer employees a share of profits a two-year tax credit equal to at least 15 percent of their profit-sharing payments. The plan would exclude high-income workers and firms where only a small percentage of employees benefit. …
  • East Baltimore anti-violence group work suspended after guns, drugs found in raid

    07/16/2015 8:41:08 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    baltimoresun.com ^ | 7/14/2015 | Kevin Rector and Justin Fenton
    Police said this week's investigation began when they were called about 2:26 a.m. Monday to the intersection of Hillen and Forrest streets, just south of East Monument Street, where a man said he was just robbed at gunpoint by two men in a gray SUV. Soon after, an officer spotted the vehicle parked in the 2300 block of E. Monument and saw men dart inside the Safe Streets office. When officers eventually raided the office, they found guns, heroin, cocaine, and other items used in the manufacturing and sale of drugs, including cutting agents and scales, police said.
  • Subprime Revisionism In Clinton’s War On Wall St.

    07/16/2015 5:10:14 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 16 replies
    Investors Busniness Daily ^ | 7/15/2015 | IBD Editorial
    2016: If only Wall Street bankers had listened to St. Hillary during the subprime mortgage frenzy. She now claims she warned about the risky loans. Yep, a Clinton actually went there. Her campaign may regret it. While bashing Wall Street for risky acts and "criminal behavior," Clinton in her first economic stump speech portrayed herself as the voice of financial sanity in a casino of wild greed. "As we all know, in the years before the crash, financial firms piled risk upon risk," she intoned, "and regulators in Washington either wouldn't or couldn't keep up. "I was alarmed by this...
  • AP-GfK Poll: Clinton’s standing falls among Democrats

    07/16/2015 1:11:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 16, 2015 3:47 AM EDT | Lisa Lerer and Emily Swanson
    Hillary Rodham Clinton’s standing is falling among Democrats, and voters view her as less decisive and inspiring than when she launched her presidential campaign just three months ago, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. The survey offers a series of warning signs for the leading Democratic candidate. Most troubling, perhaps, for her prospects are questions about her compassion for average Americans, a quality that fueled President Barack Obama’s two White House victories. Just 39 percent of all Americans have a favorable view of Clinton, compared to nearly half who say they have a negative opinion of her. That’s an...
  • Baltimore Church Dedicating Youth Center To Freddie Gray

    07/15/2015 9:49:02 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 22 replies
    CBS Baltimore ^ | July 11, 2015 | Tracey Leong
    Remembering Freddie Gray. There’s now a Baltimore youth center that honors the 25-year-old who died in police custody. The Freddie Gray Youth Empowerment Center is located just 10 miles from where Gray lived, serving as a memorial and symbol of hope. It will ideally set Baltimore’s youth up for success in a city working to rebuild after being rocked by violence and chaos following the death of Freddie Gray. “There’s another side of Baltimore that the uprising didn’t show,” said Dr. Jamal Bryant, Empowerment Temple Church pastor. Bryant’s Empowerment Temple Church dedicated the center to the city’s kids, giving them...
  • Voters see Hillary as more extreme than all GOP presidential candidates

    07/15/2015 4:49:18 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/14/2015 | John Merline
    Ask any journalist or pundit to name the most out-of-the-mainstream candidates in the presidential race, and you're almost certain to hear names on the Republican side of the aisle — people like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio. But it turns the real extremists are the ones leading the pack for the Democratic nomination — at least in the public's mind.