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  • The Blatant Ignorance of Republican Presidential Candidates

    07/02/2015 9:30:44 PM PDT · by Mariner · 30 replies
    Esquire ^ | July 2nd, 2015 | By Charles P. Pierce
    The symptoms of the prion disease are beginning to become so obvious that even some of our more prominent pundits are beginning to notice them. For example, even former Karl Rove life-coach Ron Fournier has noticed the severe lack of Abraham Lincolns in the current GOP presidential candidates. And noted climate-denialist and baseball drone George Effing Will has staked out the bold position that many of these candidates have gone so far around the bend that they've crossed some kind of termination barrier. It is, therefore, especially disheartening that Cruz, who clerked for Chief Justice William Rehnquist and who is...
  • NRA board member blames victim for Charleston shooting

    06/20/2015 4:27:34 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 37 replies
    AP ^ | 6/19/2015 | MICHAEL GRACZYK
    HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston attorney on the National Rifle Association's board of directors is blaming the deadly Charleston church shooting on one of the victims, saying the slain pastor had opposed concealed carry legislation as a state senator that could have saved him and his fellow worshippers. Related Stories 1. NRA executive suggests slain Charleston pastor to blame for gun deaths Reuters 2. Slain Pastor Clementa Pinckney’s Mission Suited His Storied Church The Wall Street Journal 3. And The First Person To Blame The Charleston Shooting On A Lack Of Guns In Church Is... Huffington Post 4. White gunman...
  • AP Strokes the Circle of Jerks in Clinton Headline

    06/15/2015 5:46:19 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 17 replies
    sgberman.com ^ | 6/15/15 | Steve Berman
    The Associated Press won the Astroglide prize for stroke headline of the year when they went with this headline for Hillary Clinton’s “official” campaign kickoff.
  • State Dept Struggles to Explain Massive Nuke Concessions To Iran (7 minute video)

    06/13/2015 11:01:23 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 12, 2015 3:39 pm | Andrew Kugle
    State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke claimed Friday that the “goal posts haven’t moved” in Iran negotiations as he struggled to explain the administration’s latest concessions. The United States is in negotiations with Iran in regards to their nuclear program. During Friday’s press briefing, Rathke struggled to define what concessions or conditions were required for the Iranians to meet for a nuclear deal to be achieved. Associated Press reporter Matt Lee pressed Rathke to clarify what the United States objectives are for the negotiations.
  • Christian schools in Israel say budget cuts hurt community (AP vs. Israel)

    05/28/2015 10:58:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 28, 2015 8:20 AM EDT | Areej Hazboun
    It was an unlikely display of protesters: nuns cloaked in white, a black-clad priest clutching a golden scepter and dozens of Arab schoolchildren picketing outside the hulking headquarters of Israel’s Education Ministry. Their message, raised high on large banners: “Take your hands off our schools.” Private Christian schools are among Israel’s highest ranked educational institutions, established by churches in the Holy Land hundreds of years ago—long before Israel’s own creation. But school administrators are accusing Israel of slashing their funding as a pressure tactic to get them join the Israeli public school system—a move they say would interfere with the...
  • Fewer students study botany, more plant collections closing

    05/25/2015 9:39:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 25, 2015 12:36 PM EDT | Claudia Lauer
    The teeming plant world could become a virtual mystery in the coming decades as college students increasingly shy away from studying botany and universities across the U.S. shutter their long-standing herbaria. Since 1988, the number of research universities offering botany degrees has dropped by half, according to National Science Foundation research funding statistics. And the National Center for Education Statistics reports that fewer than 400 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral botany degrees were awarded in 2012. Educators say that’s because students are being pushed into more modern, technology-related majors. Current botanists fear that will lead to a dearth of people able...
  • SeeBS: GOP Could Suffer Fallout If Supreme Court Rules To Eliminate Obamacare For Millions

    05/25/2015 10:41:24 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 56 replies
    CBS SF Bay Area ^ | May 25, 2015 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) — A Supreme Court ruling due in late June could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by the president’s health care law. But it is Republicans — and not White House officials — who are talking about damage control. If that sounds wrong, check the math.
  • AFL-CIO, Chamber of Commerce clash over trade before Senate

    04/21/2015 7:38:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 21, 2015 10:31 AM EDT | Charles Babington
    America’s foremost labor federation is asking Congress to block the “fast track” authority that President Barack Obama seeks to advance trade deals being negotiated with numerous nations. But the Chamber of Commerce says the authority would significantly expand U.S. exports and jobs. AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka tells a Senate committee the fast-track legislation has pitfalls. The bill would let Congress reject or endorse—but not amend—proposed trade deals. …
  • Reporter To Earnest: Why Does Ayatollah Get ‘Benefit Of The Doubt,’ But Not Netanyahu? [VIDEO]

    04/16/2015 9:44:26 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4:37 PM 04/16/2015 | Al Weaver
    During Thursday’s White House briefing, the Associated Press’ Jim Kuhnhenn interrogated press secretary Josh Earnest over the Obama administration’s unequal treatment of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Kuhnhenn asked the White House flack why the Ayatollah is getting “the benefit of the doubt” from the administration over comments about the Iran deal last week, but Netanyahu does not after his comments that there would be no Palestinian state. JIM KUHNHENN: On Iran, with talks, I believe, scheduled to restart next week, I want to go back to something the president said on Saturday at a press...
  • Correction: Police Officer-Fatal Shooting story (Walter Scott - Michael Slager)

    04/11/2015 10:43:37 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 50 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | April 10, 2015
    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — In stories April 7 and 8 about the shooting of an unarmed black man by a white police officer, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Walter Scott was honorably discharged from the Coast Guard. Scott was granted a lesser discharge, known as a general discharge under honorable conditions, because of a drug-related incident.
  • Associated Press examining its use of the Redskins name

    03/31/2015 5:07:32 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 36 replies
    Yardbarker ^ | March 31, 2015 | Matt Yoder
    The Redskins nickname has been the forgotten NFL controversy of the past several months. With concussions and domestic violence dominating the off-field headlines, the nickname debate circling around the Washington NFL franchise has moved to the backburner recently. However, some interesting developments from The Associated Press could move it back front and center. The organization is considering whether to make a ruling against the polarizing nickname when it comes to the influential AP Stylebook.
  • AP president: Killing of journalists should be a war crime

    03/30/2015 8:02:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 30, 2015 9:10 AM EDT | Kelvin Chan
    The president and CEO of The Associated Press called on Monday for changes to international laws that would make it a war crime to kill journalists or take them hostage. Gary Pruitt said a new framework is needed to protect journalists as they cover conflicts in which they are increasingly seen as targets by extremist groups. […] Last year was a particularly deadly year for the AP—four of the news cooperative’s journalists were killed on assignment. Globally, 61 journalists were killed in the line of duty in 2014, bringing to more than 1,000 the number who have died since 1992,...
  • Obama takes Netanyahu ‘at his word’ on Palestinian state

    03/21/2015 7:45:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 21, 2015 8:50 PM EDT | Darlene Superville
    President Barack Obama said he takes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “at his word” for saying that an independent Palestinian state will never coexist with Israel as long as he is in office, yet another sign of the strained relations between longtime allies. […] Obama, who placed a congratulatory telephone call to Netanyahu on Thursday, said he indicated to the prime minister that the U.S. remains committed to a two-state solution as the only way to keep Israel secure. …
  • AP Exclusive: Iran limited to 6K (out of original 10 k) centrifuges in draft accord [ed]

    03/19/2015 8:30:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    AP ^ | March 19, 2015 | George Jahn and Bradley Klapper
    A draft nuclear accord now being negotiated between the United States and Iran would force Iran to cut the amount of hardware it could use to make an atomic bomb by about 40 percent for at least a decade, while offering immediate relief from sanctions that have crippled Iran's economy, officials told The Associated Press on Thursday. As an added enticement, elements of a U.N. arms embargo against Iran could be rolled back. The very existence of the draft provided perhaps the clearest indication that the sides were nearing a written agreement as they raced to meet a March 31...
  • AP: ‘Conservatives Say They’re Happy, But Liberals Show It’

    03/15/2015 10:44:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | March 12, 2015 | 3:49 PM EDT | Tom Blumer
    In a writeup which shows that the wire service obviously hasn’t studied the hateful examples of liberal-left hate collected by the Twitter curators at Twitchy, a Thursday afternoon Associated Press writeup claims that conservative “say” they’re happy (with an implication that they don't really mean it), while liberals “show it” (supposedly meaning that they’re genuine). The reporter assigned to this pathetic piece of pablum somehow deemed worthy of “Big Story” status is Seth Borenstein, whose normal beat is twisting his reportage to convince America in light of mountains of contrary evidence and 18 years of flat worldwide temperatures that global...
  • National Archives Tried to Hide Email About Living in Fear of White House

    03/14/2015 10:24:14 AM PDT · by PROCON · 35 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | March 13, 2015 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) tried to hide an email about its fear of upsetting the White House from Freedom of Information Act requests by the Associated Press, the AP reported Friday. Associated Press president Gary Pruitt reported in an op-ed on government transparency that, during the course of an AP investigation into Michelle Obama’s dresses, NARA used a privacy exemption to redact a line in an email that was actually about the agency’s fear of the White House: As the president said, the United States should not withhold or censor government files merely because they might be...
  • Zionism debate at heart of bitter Israeli vote

    02/22/2015 3:26:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 22, 2015 6:08 PM EST | Dan Perry
    What is Zionism? The ideological question, rooted in the 19th century, has gained surprising urgency in an Israeli election campaign that seems more open than had been expected. Seeking to take votes from the nationalistic right of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the relatively liberal opposition has rebranded itself as the Zionist Union—sparking a debate about a concept that some considered resolved when the Jewish state was declared and widely recognized in 1948. […] On the left, politicians speak of true Zionism as requiring the establishment of peace and equality in the land, including by making peace with the Palestinians and...
  • New Allegations Renew Old Questions About Saudi Arabia, 9-11

    02/07/2015 5:35:00 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 31 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | February 7, 2015, 8:25 AM ET | KEN DILANIAN AP Intelligence Writer
    Lynch said the classified 28 pages, which are drawn from intelligence collection and FBI investigations, "are consistent" with Moussaoui's testimony. The New York lawsuit argues that Saudi rulers were playing a double game in the years before the attacks, expelling Osama bin Laden and declaring opposition to al-Qaida, while secretly funding it to assuage the kingdom's religious conservatives. Moussaoui, in testimony from a supermax prison in Florence, Colorado, told plaintiff lawyers it was "an absolute lie" that Saudi Arabia severed its ties with bin Laden and al-Qaida in 1994. "This is a complete misleading ... assumption of people who are...
  • Dems give Israeli ambassador earful over Netanyahu speech

    02/04/2015 11:51:08 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 4, 2015 2:45 PM EST | Donna Cassata and Charles Babington
    In a sometimes heated meeting with Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., several House Democrats expressed anger Wednesday over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s acceptance of a Republican invitation to address Congress next month. Some of the seven lawmakers—all of whom are Jewish and strong supporters of Israel—urged the prime minister to postpone the speech or hold it somewhere other than Congress, participants said. They told Ambassador Ron Dermer that Netanyahu was unwise to accept a GOP invitation that bypassed President Barack Obama, and to schedule the speech only two weeks before Netanyahu seeks another term in Israel’s elections. The meeting’s purpose...
  • Bill Maher: Obama 'perhaps the worst' on press freedom

    02/01/2015 2:24:55 AM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/31/15 | Jesse Byrnes
    Bill Maher is throwing some shade on President Obama's credentials as a supposed champion of freedom of the press. The host of HBO's "Real Time" sat down Friday to discuss media coverage of secret government work with documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras, one of the journalists centrally involved in bringing revelations from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden to light. "I don't understand why he is perhaps the worst president we've had on clamping down on the press," Maher said. "He's used the Espionage Act more than any other president, right?" Maher added. Other members of the media have blasted...
  • Associated Press Takes Down “Piss Christ” Image After Complaints About Censorship Double Standard

    01/07/2015 3:59:26 PM PST · by Second Amendment First · 39 replies
    Slate ^ | Jan. 7 2015 | Ben Mathis-Lilley
    The Associated Press is among the numerous news outlets that have been self-censoring images of the Charlie Hebdo cartoons that may have provoked Wednesday's deadly Paris attack. In a statement, the news organization said that such censorship is standard policy: None of the images distributed by AP showed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. It’s been our policy for years that we refrain from moving deliberately provocative images. The conservative Washington Examiner publication then pointed out that the AP nonetheless continued to carry an image of Andres Serrano's 1987 "Piss Christ" photograph—which is certainly provocative, having been the subject of massive...
  • Israeli Cabinet moves to define Israel as Jewish

    11/23/2014 8:16:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | November 23, 2014 | Josef Federman and Aron Heller
    In a move likely to further inflame tensions with Israel's Arab citizens, the Israeli Cabinet on Sunday approved a bill to legally define the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people. The decision, which set off a stormy debate that could bring down Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's brittle coalition government, followed weeks of deadly Arab-Jewish violence and was denounced by critics as damaging to the country's democratic character and poorly timed at such a combustible moment. It now heads toward a full parliamentary vote on Wednesday....
  • Op-Ed: How the Murder of a Jewish Baby is Reported Worldwide

    10/25/2014 3:30:38 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/10/14 | Ariel Cahana
    International news agency Associated Press (AP) has been accused of anti-Israel bias before, but this time the agency has surpassed even itself in reporting the Jerusalem terror attack in which 3-month-old Chaya Zisel Braun was murdered. Its headline reporting the attack was "Israeli Police Shoot Man in East Jerusalem", referring to the terrorist (!) who was driving the car that drove into people waiting at a light rail station. The original article (later changed), began with the words: "Israeli police say they have shot a man whose car slammed into a crowded train stop in east Jerusalem, in what they...
  • AP Slammed for Biased Jerusalem Attack Headline

    10/25/2014 9:45:09 AM PDT · by xzins · 24 replies
    CBN ^ | October 25, 2014 | CBNNews.com
    JERUSALEM, Israel -- The Associated Press is facing some heat for its offensive headline following Thursday's terror attack in Jerusalem. The AP's initial headline read, "Israeli Police Shoot Man in East Jerusalem," with no mention that police were responding to a terror attack. The vehicular attack injured seven people and killed three month-old Chaya Zissel Braun, who held dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship. After repeated complaints, AP changed the headline to "Car Slams Into East Jerusalem Train Station. And finally, AP acquiesed to complaints, changing it to "Palestinian Kills Baby at Jerusalem Station." But there are still calls for the wire service...
  • The Associated Press is ruining its brand

    07/29/2014 2:10:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/29/2014 | Noah Rothman
    The Associated Press has a big social media problem. A string of poorly worded and misleading tweets from that news organization have begun to seriously damage that institution’s coveted brand as an apolitical and trusted reporting outlet. The series of terrible tweets from the AP began on July 22 when the organization rushed to promote a breaking story regarding the American intelligence community’s formal assessment of the parties involved in the July 17 attack on Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. BREAKING: US officials: Intel suggests Malaysia plane shot down by separatists, no link to Russia found.— The Associated Press (@AP)...
  • UN doubts legality of Israeli air campaign

    07/11/2014 7:59:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 11, 2014 10:17 AM EDT | John Heilprin
    Israel’s air campaign in Gaza may violate international laws prohibiting the targeting of civilians, the U.N.’s top human rights official said Friday. Navi Pillay, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, said the Israeli military, which claims to have hit more than 1,100 targets that it says are mostly rocket-launching sites, and the Gaza militants, who have fired more than 550 rockets against Israel, must abide by international law. […] Pillay says she’s seen for herself in Gaza how traumatic the airstrikes and rocket attacks are for civilians, particularly children. Her office says civilians bear the brunt of the conflict...
  • Obama camp angry, embarrassed over 2009 Nobel Prize: official

    05/15/2014 2:54:22 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 48 replies
    Obama camp angry, embarrassed over 2009 Nobel Prize: official The Associated Press Posted: May 15, 2014 5:24 PM ET Last Updated: May 15, 2014 5:24 PM ET A senior Norwegian diplomat says his country's former ambassador to the United States was given a verbal lashing by Barack Obama's chief of staff when the president was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009. Morten Wetland said Thursday the ambassador, Wegger Stroemmen, was approached by Rahm Emanuel, now Chicago's mayor, who accused Norway of "fawning" to the newly elected U.S. leader. Wetland, the Norwegian ambassador to the United Nations at the time,...
  • Wyoming is 1st state to reject science standards (standing up against AGW hoax)

    05/08/2014 3:24:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 8, 2014 3:11 PM EDT | Bob Moen
    Wyoming is the first state to reject adopting new K-12 science standards proposed by national education groups. The Wyoming Board of Education decided recently that the Next Generation Science Standards need more review after questions were raised about how the standards address man-made global warming. Wyoming is the nation’s leading coal producing state. …
  • House panel backs Pentagon on sex assault cases

    05/07/2014 7:56:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 7, 2014 10:48 PM EDT | Donna Cassata
    The Pentagon posted a narrow win Wednesday as a House panel endorsed leaving the authority to prosecute rapes and other serious crimes with military commanders. In an emotionally charged debate, the House Armed Services Committee rejected a measure that would have stripped the long-standing authority to decide whether to pursue a case, especially those related to sexual assault, and hand the job to seasoned military lawyers. The vote was 34-28. …
  • Declassified documents show Nixon warned of global warning 30 years ago

    05/07/2014 11:40:19 AM PDT · by stirrinthepuddin · 44 replies
    http://www.nydailynews.com ^ | Saturday, July 3, 2010, 4:00 AM | AP
    Just heard Rush talk about this so I went and looked it up! YORBA LINDA, Calif. — Documents released Friday by the Nixon Presidential Library show members of President Richard Nixon's inner circle discussing the possibilities of global warming more than 30 years ago. Adviser Daniel Patrick Moynihan, notable as a Democrat in the administration, urged the administration to initiate a worldwide system of monitoring carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, decades before the issue of global warming came to the public's attention. There is widespread agreement that carbon dioxide content will rise 25 percent by 2000, Moynihan wrote in a...
  • Wisconsin voter ID law struck down by federal judge

    04/29/2014 12:42:54 PM PDT · by dila813 · 62 replies
    Oregon Live ^ | April 29, 2014 at 12:08 PM | The Associated Press
    MILWAUKEE — A federal judge in Milwaukee struck down Wisconsin's voter identification law Tuesday, saying a requirement that voters show a state-issued photo ID at the polls imposes an unfair burden on poor and minority voters. U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman sided with opponents of the law, who argued that low-income and minority voters aren't as likely to have photo IDs or the documents needed to get them. Adelman said the law violated the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection.
  • Palin: Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst unlike any other

    04/27/2014 4:59:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says U.S. Senate hopeful Joni Ernst would bring Iowa's values to Washington, D.C., and is unlike any lawmaker the city has seen. Palin was one of many women in politics to attend the "Heels On, Gloves Off!" rally Sunday to support Ernst, a Republican state senator. Others who attended the rally included Nebraska U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer, former Nebraska Gov. Kay Orr and Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds. The event was put on by ShePAC...
  • Abbas: Unity gov't will recognize Israel

    09/21/2006 7:13:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies · 603+ views
    HoustonChronicle.com ^ | Sept. 21, 2006 | NA
    The Associated Press UNITED NATIONS — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told the U.N. General Assembly Thursday that the planned national unity government will recognize Israel. The Hamas-led Palestinian government that won elections in January has refused to recognize Israel, end violence, and honor past agreements between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, which Abbas heads. Abbas told the assembly's annual ministerial meeting that he has recently sought to establish a government of national unity "that is consistent with international and Arab legitimacy and that responds to the demands of the key parties promoting Mideast peace _ recognition, ending violence and...
  • Chrysler Vans Sitting Idle As Oil Boom Robs Rail Capacity

    04/24/2014 4:33:51 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 30 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 4/24/2014 | Derek Kreindler
    Several hundred Chrysler minivans are stuck indefinitely on a piece of prime Detroit real estate, unable to be transported across America. The reason? The fossil fuel boom in Canada and the United States is hogging much of the available rail capacity needed to transport the vans. Citing a report by the Associated Press, the Windsor Star reports that railway capacity – which is normally transport new vehicles – is being eaten up by deliveries of oil from both the Alberta Oil Sands and the Bakken shale formation in the United States. According to the AP, just 9,500 railway carloads of...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Sen. McCaskill's Husband's Businesses Benefitted From $20 Million in Stimulus Funds

    10/25/2012 12:23:24 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | October 25, 2012 | Ken Boehm
    An analysis of public records by the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) has found more than $20 million in federal stimulus funds benefitting real estate projects financially tied to Joseph Shepard, husband of Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill. Earlier this month, the Associated Press published an analysis , stating, "businesses affiliated with the husband of Senator Claire McCaskill have received almost $40 million in federal subsidies for low-income housing developments during her first five years in office..." The NLPC analysis released today showed more than $20 million in financial benefits from the federal stimulus law to real estate projects associated...
  • California rep sued over DUI death, questions raised about ties to driver [suspended license]

    04/24/2014 1:24:15 PM PDT · by topher · 14 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 24-April-2014 | FoxNewws.com
    California Rep. Lois Capps is being sued by the family of a young woman who was killed in a drunk-driving accident by one of her staffers, amid allegations her office initially tried to help the aide -- before abruptly cutting him off when the victim was taken off life support. Raymond Victor Morua III, an Iraq war veteran, was employed as a district representative for the Democratic congresswoman when he struck 27-year-old Mallory Rae Dies in a crosswalk on Dec. 6. Morua pleaded guilty on April 15 to hitting Dies with his Dodge Caliber and fleeing the scene after attending...
  • Judge Tosses Muslim Spying Suit Against NYPD...

    04/24/2014 8:21:50 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    The Intercept ^ | 21 Feb 2014 | Dan Froomkin
    A federal judge in Newark has thrown out a lawsuit against the New York Police Department for spying on New Jersey Muslims, saying if anyone was at fault, it was the Associated Press for telling people about it. In his ruling Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge William J. Martini simultaneously demonstrated the willingness of the judiciary to give law enforcement alarming latitude in the name of fighting terror, greenlighted the targeting of Muslims based solely on their religious beliefs, and blamed the media for upsetting people by telling them what their government was doing. The NYPD’s clandestine spying on daily...
  • Deal Reached On Calming Ukraine Tensions

    04/17/2014 10:58:59 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 32 replies
    AP/Time ^ | 4/17/14 | John Heilprin and Lara Jakes
    (GENEVA) — Top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine reached agreement Thursday on immediate steps to ease the crisis in Ukraine. The agreement, reached after seven hours of negotiation in Geneva, requires all sides to refrain from violence, intimidation or provocative actions. It calls for the disarming of all illegally armed groups and for control of buildings seized by pro-Russian separatists during the protests to be turned back over to authorities. It also gives amnesty to protesters who comply with the demands, except those found guilty of committing capital crimes. Monitors with the Organization of Security...
  • Court upholds EPA emission standards

    04/15/2014 1:17:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 15, 2014 4:05 PM EDT | Pete Yost
    A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's first emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. In its ruling, the court rejected state and industry challenges to rules designed to clean up chromium, arsenic, acid gases, nickel, cadmium as well as mercury and other dangerous toxins. The EPA’s determination in 2000 that regulating emission standards is appropriate and necessary, and the agency’s reaffirmation of that determination in 2012, “are amply supported by EPA’s findings regarding the health effects of mercury exposure,” said the court. Congress did not specify what...
  • Immigration activists urge Obama to act boldly

    04/15/2014 1:43:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 15, 2014 3:56 PM EDT | Erica Werner
    Latinos and immigration activists are warning of political peril for President Barack Obama and Democrats in the fall election unless the president acts boldly and soon to curb deportations and allow more immigrants to remain legally in the U.S. Many activists say Obama has been slow to grasp the emotions building within the Latino community as deportations near the 2 million mark for his administration and hopes for immigration legislation fade. With House Republicans unlikely to act on an overhaul, executive action by Obama is increasingly the activists’ only hope.“There is tremendous anger among core constituencies of the president and...
  • Judge: Christie ex-aides can withhold documents

    04/09/2014 1:50:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 9, 2014 4:35 PM EDT | David Porter and Angela Delli Santi
    Two former associates of Gov. Chris Christie do not have to hand over documents to a legislative committee investigating the traffic jam scandal engulfing the governor, a New Jersey judge ruled Wednesday. Former Christie loyalists Bridget Kelly and Bill Stepien had been fighting subpoenas calling for them to turn over documents regarding the plot to create traffic jams in Fort Lee to retaliate against the town’s Democratic mayor. The legislative panel asked for the court’s help in getting the two to comply with the subpoenas. Calling the decision one involving “complicated and untested jurisdictional issues,” Judge Mary Jacobson expressed reservations...
  • A New Democratic Poll Is Warning Of Midterm Disaster For Democrats [biased headline]

    04/08/2014 11:19:13 AM PDT · by grundle · 33 replies
    yahoo.com/Business Insider/Associated Press ^ | April 8, 2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    A New Democratic Poll Is Warning Of Midterm Disaster For Democrats
  • Feds Look For Child Porn On Lawmaker’s Computers

    03/23/2014 8:56:09 AM PDT · by markomalley · 34 replies
    WBBM/AP ^ | 3/23/2014
    Federal agents were searching for child pornography when they seized computers from former state Rep. Keith Farnham’s home and offices this month, according to a search warrant released to The Associated Press on Saturday. The search warrant released by the Illinois House shows authorities were seeking any evidence of the “possession, receipt, or distribution of child pornography” and documents “in any format and medium concerning minors visually depicted while engaged in sexually explicit conduct” from computers in Farnham’s Elgin home and office as well as his Springfield office. They also sought other computer equipment and cellphones, information about anyone contacted...
  • Longtime Hollywood reporter Bob Thomas dead at 92

    03/14/2014 10:24:30 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    AP via the Houston Chronicle ^ | March 14, 2014 | John Rogers
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bob Thomas, the longtime Associated Press writer and dean of Hollywood reporters who covered a record 66 Oscar ceremonies, reported on the biggest stars, from Clark Gable to Tom Cruise, and filed AP's bulletin that Robert F. Kennedy had been shot, died Friday. He was 92. Thomas, a last link to Hollywood's studio age who retired in 2010, died of age-related illnesses at his longtime Encino, Calif., home, his daughter Janet Thomas said. A room filled with his interview subjects would have made for the most glittering of ceremonies: Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, Katharine Hepburn...
  • NJ’s Christie keeps low profile as Dems attack

    02/22/2014 10:00:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 22, 2014 12:20 PM EST | Steve Peoples and Ken Thomas
    Moving cautiously to repair his image, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is maintaining a low profile this weekend as the nation’s governors gather in Washington. Republican officials have been eager to change the subject as Democrats link Christie’s troubles to vulnerable GOP governors in a challenging election season. The usually outspoken Christie is scheduled to attend just one public event over the three-day annual meeting. He avoided a media-sponsored forum on Friday, wasn’t granting interviews, won’t attend a White House dinner and was skipping a news conference hosted by the Republican Governors Association, an organization he heads. …
  • U.S. Secretly Shipping Weapons to Syria

    01/29/2014 11:11:11 AM PST · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 29, 2014
    Though it’s been well documented that opposition forces in Syria are mostly run by Islamic terrorists—mainly Al Qaeda—Congress has secretly approved U.S. weapons flow to what officials describe as “moderate” Syrian rebel factions. The problem with this is that there are no “moderate” rebel forces in Syria, according to a number of reputable news reports, both domestic and international. In fact, the New York Times published a piece last spring that confirms Islamist rebels—including the most extreme groups in the notorious Al Nusra Front, an Al Qaeda-aligned force—are running the show in Syria. “The Islamist character of the opposition reflects...
  • AP's San Fran Pro-Life March Coverage Outshines Much Larger DC March

    01/28/2014 7:14:55 PM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | January 28, 2014 | Tom Blumer
    I paused a bit before putting this post up because the last thing an AP reporter needs is some guy on the right telling him he did a good job. I suspect that it's not a resume enhancer. That said, there are two reasons not to to ignore Terence Chea's coverage of the Saturday's Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco. The first is how it contrasts with Brett Zongker's dismissive and incomplete coverage of the far larger DC March for Life the previous Wednesday. For starters, Chea appropriately described the San Francisco march as "massive"; Zongker's story covering...
  • LatAm summit in Cuba focus on poverty, inequality

    01/26/2014 4:49:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 26, 2014 5:48 PM EST | Andrea Rodriguez
    Leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean began arriving in Cuba on Sunday for a summit of a fledgling regional bloc that was conceived as a force for integration and a counterbalance to their most powerful neighbor, the United States. The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, or CELAC for its initials in Spanish, was formed in 2011 and comprises every nation in the Western Hemisphere except the U.S. and Canada. By Sunday, Presidents Cristina Fernandez of Argentina, Evo Morales of Bolivia and Dilma Rousseff of Brazil and several foreign ministers were already in Havana for the meeting. […]...
  • Supremes Let Little Sisters Have Their Way During Appeal;

    01/25/2014 1:41:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | January 24, 2014 | Tom Blumer
    On Friday, the Supreme Court issued a one-paragraph order in Little Sisters of the Poor et al v. Sebeluis et al. It told the Sisters that for the case to continue with no enforcement of the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate, they need only to inform the government in writing "that they are non-profit organizations that hold themselves out as religious and have religious objections to providing coverage for contraceptive services." That's easy, because that's what they are, and that's their position. As a result, the government has been "enjoined from enforcing against the applicants the challenged provisions of the...
  • As Feds Say to Stop Using Paper Obamacare Apps, AP Again 'Forgets' That HealthCare.gov Is Not Secure

    12/07/2013 8:30:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | December 8. 2013 | Tom Blumer
    So it's come to this. During the past week, the Associated Press reported today, "Federal health officials," meaning "the Obama administration," began "urging" (i.e., "telling") counselors and navigators around the country to stop using paper applications for Obamacare coverage, "because of concerns those applications would not be processed in time." It seems that either Team Obama or AP (my money is on AP) doesn't mind risking criticism for waiting to let this news out until a weather- and sports-dominated Saturday. It's apparently okay to keep those who don't know any better, i.e., those who went to the trouble of printing...