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  • Americans don't trust the media, and for good reason

    08/18/2017 4:14:31 PM PDT · by KC_Lion · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/18/17 | Sharyl Attkisson
    ....As journalists, we’re supposed to sort through press releases, talking points and propaganda, using them only to the extent they enlighten us as to what special interests want to believe: Is it true? Is it the whole story? Who wants you to think it and why? Are they trying to deflect attention from other facts or a more important story? Finding these answers is a basic part of our job. Instead, we’re willing repositories for all kinds of narratives. We report — as if news — press releases from the government, corporations, special interests or nonprofits (that are often undisclosed...
  • Rove warns Senate GOP: Don't put only focus on base

    01/19/2019 3:57:27 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 89 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/19/19 | Alexander Bolton
    Former White House political strategist Karl Rove warned Senate Republicans in a meeting this week not to become overly reliant on their conservative base as they head into what could be a tough 2020 presidential election. Rove, who served as former President George W. Bush’s top political strategist, was brought in by Senate GOP leaders to speak to the 22 Republican incumbents up for reelection at an all-day planning session Thursday hosted at Nationals Park in southeast Washington, D.C. GOP lawmakers are getting nervous about next year’s election as polls show President Trump’s approval rating dropping during the 28-day government...
  • Majority in poll want Trump impeached or censured

    12/28/2018 4:16:48 PM PST · by Dahoser · 134 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12-28-2018 | Max Greenwood
    Nearly 60 percent of U.S. voters surveyed say President Trump should be either impeached and removed from office or formally censured, according to a new Harvard CAPS/Harris poll released exclusively to The Hill. The poll shows that a majority of voters polled think some kind of action should be taken against Trump, though they are divided on how far lawmakers should go as Democrats prepare to take over the House majority. Asked whether Trump should be impeached and removed from office for his actions, censured by Congress or whether Congress should take no action, 39 percent of respondents said Trump...
  • “NIKKI HALEY STUCK A KNIFE IN HIS BACK”: ROGER STONE IS WRITING THE STORY OF TRUMP’S DOWNFALL

    12/13/2017 1:33:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 70 replies
    DECEMBER 13, 2017 | GABRIEL SHERMAN
    “NIKKI HALEY STUCK A KNIFE IN HIS BACK”: ROGER STONE IS ALREADY WRITING THE STORY OF TRUMP’S DOWNFALL (Vanity Fair can only be linked to)
  • Anatomy of a Stunner: How Roy Moore Lost an Unlosable Race in Alabama

    12/13/2017 1:46:16 PM PST · by detective · 167 replies
    Townhall ^ | Dec 13, 2017 | Guy Benson
    In a shocking political earthquake, the Republican Party has lost a Senate election in Alabama.  For perspective on how difficult that feat was, the closest previous Senate contest in that state over the last two decades was a...19-point GOP victory.  Just three years ago, Jeff Sessions ran unopposed.  Donald Trump carried 'Bama by 28 points last fall.  In my election preview post yesterday, I wrote that an upset by liberal Doug Jones was improbably plausible, due exclusively to the disastrously awful candidate Republicans had nominated.  Apologies for quoting myself, but here you go:
  • Full 35-Page Report Alleging Trump Was "Cultivated, Supported And Assisted" By Russia

    01/10/2017 6:22:33 PM PST · by Lorianne · 58 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10 January | Tyler Durden
    As reported moments ago, CNN is leading with a story about a 35-page dossier compiled by a former member of British intelligence, which had been distilled into a 2-page appendix presented to Trump last Friday by the US intel community, and which contains "explosive, but unverified, allegations" that the Russian government has been "cultivating, supporting and assisting" President-elect Donald Trump for at least 5 years and "endorsed by Putin" gained compromising information about him, with the aim of "encouraging splits and divisions in the western alliance." ... the documents have circulated for months, and were available to the Clinton campaign...
  • On rare Israel visit, Egyptian FM calls for 2-state solution

    07/10/2016 1:03:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 10, 2016 2:41 PM EDT | Daniella Cheslow and Mohammed Daraghmeh
    Egypt’s foreign minister paid a rare visit to Israel on Sunday, saying that his country remains a “steadfast and unwavering” supporter of a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians but warning that conditions for achieving that are deteriorating. Sameh Shoukry’s trip was the first official visit to Israel since 2007 and reflected the strong but low-profile ties that have developed between the two countries in recent years. The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said Shoukry’s visit was aimed at reviving the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. …
  • Obama, Crowley, and White Guy Politics

    07/27/2009 5:54:01 PM PDT · by skimbell · 5 replies · 516+ views
    The New Republic ^ | 26.07.2009 | Michael Crowley
    With his phone calls to Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates and Cambridge police sergeant James Crowley last week, Barack Obama seems to have defused the furor over his comment that Crowley had acted "stupidly" in handcuffing Gates on his own front porch. (I agree with Obama' final verdict, which is that Crowley did overreact, even if it appears that Gates got hysterical.) It may be that Obama was admirably taking advantage of what he calls "a teachable moment," and showing America that racial disputes can lead to dialogue and not just name-calling. But Obama was also mindful of what has...
  • Power, Racism Mix Toxically In Gates Arrest (Barf alert!!!)

    07/27/2009 6:53:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 844+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 27, 2009 | EUGENE ROBINSON
    If race were the only issue, there would be much less hyperventilation about Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates' unpleasant run-in with the criminal justice system. After all, it would hardly be the first time a black man had unjustly been hauled to jail by a white police officer. The debate — really more of a shouting match — is also about power and entitlement. This is a new twist. Since the triumph of the civil rights movement, minorities have been moving up the ladder in politics, business, academia, just about every field. Only in the past decade, however, has a...
  • A Presidential Pitfall: Speaking One’s Mind

    07/27/2009 10:07:28 AM PDT · by Panzerlied · 22 replies · 583+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 26, 2009 | PETER BAKER
    There is no owner’s manual for the Oval Office, no school to learn how to be a president. Perhaps most challenging for any new president is learning how powerful that megaphone really is. Every offhand word, every spontaneous remark, every comment informed more by emotion than calculation risks profound consequences.
  • Director Affleck Casts Literal Bible Believers as 'Neanderthals'

    06/08/2007 7:56:31 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 70 replies · 2,342+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    As NewsBuster Geoffrey Dickens has noted, Ben Affleck appeared on yesterday evening's edition of Hardball. And while it's true that the actor/director/Dem activist offered a generally innocuous analysis, he did manage to engage in a bit of religious bigotry. Affleck's foul foray arose in the course of his discussion of the way the various Republican candidates have dealt with the issue of evolution and creationism. Talk turned to the former governor of Arkansas. BEN AFFLECK: I think Huckabee actually framed his position in a much less dramatic way than had been made out. Which was he said it could...
  • Powell partly faults Gates (He's back!!!)

    07/28/2009 5:31:20 PM PDT · by GOPsterinMA · 25 replies · 772+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | July 28, 2009 06:35 PM | Foon Rhee
    General Colin Powell, one of the nation's most prominent African-American leaders, put some of the blame on Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. for the confrontation that has become a raging controversy. Asked in an interview airing on CNN's "Larry King Live" tonight whether Gates was wrong to confront Cambridge police Sergeant James Crowley before being arrested in his own home, Powell replied, "I'm saying that Skip, perhaps in this instance, might have waited a while, come outside, talked to the officer, and that might have been the end of it. "I think he should have reflected on whether or...
  • NYT 'Ethicist' Urges Henry Louis Gates to Sue

    07/28/2009 6:31:15 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 29 replies · 1,365+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | July 26, 2009 | P.J. Gladnick
    The ethically-challenged "ethicist" of the New York Times Magazine, Randy Cohen, who writes The Ethicist column has inserted himself into the Henry Louis Gates situation by urging the Harvard professor to sue in order to "pursue social justice." To see where Mr. Ethicist is coming from, let us start off with his laughable money quote in his current column on the subject of lawsuits: Gates should enjoy a cool one and then file suit, assuming he has legal grounds to do so. We Americans are often mocked for being overly litigious, but we are not nearly litigious enough. In the...
  • Prof. Gates' Unconstitutional Arrest: There's a First Amendment right to be rude to a cop.

    07/30/2009 6:36:55 AM PDT · by Captain Kirk · 250 replies · 4,344+ views
    Forbes ^ | July 28, 2009 | Harvey Silverglate
    The now-infamous Gates story has gone through the familiar media spin-cycle: incident, reaction, response, so on and so forth. Drowned out of this echo chamber has been an all-too-important (and legally controlling) aspect: the imbroglio between Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley has more to do with the limits (or breadth) of the First Amendment than with race and social class. The issue is not how nasty the discourse between the two might have been, but whether what Professor Gates said--assuming, for argument's sake, the officer's version of events as fact--could by any stretch...
  • Gates Arrest Not About Race But Free Speech

    07/23/2009 4:46:52 PM PDT · by parsifal · 120 replies · 2,154+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 19, 1997 | Deborah Sontag and Dan Barry
    After dropping her young daughter with a baby sitter, Taquana Harris rushed to her hostess job at the fashionable Bowery Bar one night last February, her leopard-print evening gown sweeping elegantly through the dark, icy streets of the East Village. Then a strange woman crudely grabbed her by the arm and demanded to know what she had done with the drugs. Within seconds, Ms. Harris recalled, she found herself pinned to the steel grating of a bodega by two plainclothes officers engaged in a neighborhood drug sweep.
  • Police are safer under Obama than they have been in decades

    07/10/2016 2:16:52 PM PDT · by blueyon · 72 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/09/16 | Christopher Ingraham
    In the aftermath of the mass shooting of a dozen police officers in Dallas this week, some conservatives rushed to lay blame for the incident at the feet of the Obama administration. Former Republican congressman Joe Walsh said on Twitter that "Obama's words & [Black Lives Matter]'s deeds have gotten cops killed." Rep. Roger Williams (R-Tex.) said, "the spread of misinformation and constant instigation by prominent leaders, including our president" contributed to the killings. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said the shooting had "roots" in the "anti-white/cop events illuminated by Obama." These statements are part of a broader narrative of a...
  • WATCH: Sheriff David Clarke Takes on Cop Killer Advocate on CNN

    09/01/2015 12:16:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 1, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    In case you missed it last night, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke made an appearance on CNN with cop killer advocate and CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill to discuss the recent execution of Harris County Sheriff Deputy Daron Goforth at a Houston area gas station.Sheriff Clarke is holding the #BlackLivesMatter responsible for fueling a war on cops with their rhetoric. Over the weekend, #BlackLivesMatter activists in Minnesota chanted, "Pigs in a blanket, fry em' like bacon.""This is part of a pattern now. You would have to stick your head in the sand to think that this thing here wasn't fueled...
  • Investigation Into MN Officer-Involved Shooting Uncovers Explosive Evidence

    07/09/2016 2:46:00 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 68 replies
    Bearing Arms ^ | 07-09-2016 | Jenn Jaques
    Do Shooting Lies Matter? The investigation into the Falcon Heights, MN officer-involved shooting of Philando Castile has taken a sharp turn from the story we first heard in the video his girlfriend shot immediately following the incident.
  • David Brooks: ‘It Doesn’t Help’ That There’s ‘Basically One All-White Party’

    07/09/2016 2:29:56 PM PDT · by dennisw · 84 replies
    breitbart ^ | 9 Jul 2016 | Ian Hanchett
    On Friday’s “PBS NewsHour,” New York Times columnist David Brooks argued that in the discussions after the shooting of police officers in Dallas, and the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, “it doesn’t help that we have an American political debate with basically one all-white party.” Brooks began by saying, “The question, to me, is, are we going to speak out in a way that is actual dialogue and conversation, or are we going to drift into tribal thinking? There’s been a lot of rancid overgeneralizations in our society, that all African men behind the wheel are dangerous, that...
  • Here’s what liberals DON’T want you to know about Louisiana shooting victim

    07/09/2016 1:03:17 PM PDT · by milford421 · 147 replies
    Allenbwest.com ^ | July 7, 2016 | Matt Palumbo
    "So who is Alton Sterling? For starters, liberals should know he possessed an illegal firearm. As a felon with a lengthy rap sheet, Sterling is legally prohibited from possessing a firearm. Police records show Sterling had been a member of the Bloods gang, and had a list of offenses including battery, assault, drugs and weapons charges, and owed $25,000 in child support. He was also a registered pedophile, having impregnated a 14-year-old girl when he was 20. The media, by contrast, has portrayed him as a loving father of five."