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  • ‘Allahu Akbar’ vs. ‘God Is Great’: AP Got It Wrong And Why It Matters

    04/19/2017 11:34:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2017 | Caleb Parke
    Kori Ali Muhammad is suspected of fatally shooting three people in Fresno, California. When the police were taking him into custody, he shouted an all-too-familiar phrase in the world of radical Islam. This is how the Associated Press described what Muhammad said: “Fresno police say suspect in triple slaying told them he hates white people, shouted ‘God is great’ before killings.” There’s just one, glaring problem. The Fresno police chief actually said Muhammad yelled “Allahu Akbar” — not “God is great.” So why would a trusted news organization like Associated Press change what he said but for the connotation? We...
  • Pence criticizes AP for publishing his wife's email address

    03/04/2017 6:54:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 4, 2017 8:13 PM EST
    Vice President Mike Pence is criticizing The Associated Press for listing his wife’s email address in a story about his frequent resistance to public records requests while Indiana’s governor. In a tweet Saturday, Pence said that by publishing the personal AOL address of his wife, Karen, the AP “violated her privacy and our security.” The vice president posted a letter his counsel sent to Gary Pruitt, the AP’s president and CEO. …
  • Obama racial legacy: Pride, promise, regret — and deep rift [barf]

    01/04/2017 5:31:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 4, 2017 3:31 PM EST | Sharon Cohen and Deepti Hajela
    He entered the White House a living symbol, breaking a color line that stood for 220 years. Barack Obama took office, and race immediately became a focal point in a way that was unprecedented in American history. No matter his accomplishments, he seemed destined to be remembered foremost as the first black man to lead the world’s most powerful nation. But eight years later, Obama’s racial legacy is as complicated as the president himself. […] Perhaps most strikingly, the president’s successor, Donald Trump, is seen by many as the antithesis of a colorblind society, a one-time leader of the “birther”...
  • Texas judge halts federal transgender health protections

    12/31/2016 5:12:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 31, 2016 7:07 PM EST | Paul J. Weber
    A federal judge in Texas on Saturday ordered a halt to another Obama administration effort to strengthen transgender rights, this time over health rules that social conservatives say could force doctors to violate their religious beliefs. The latest injunction signed by U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor comes four months after he blocked a higher-profile new set of transgender protections — a federal directive that required public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms consistent with their gender identity. Several of the Republican-controlled states that brought that lawsuit, including Texas, also sued over the health regulations that were finalized in May....
  • Why It Matters: The Role of Government

    08/31/2016 5:03:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 31, 2016 7:52 AM EDT | Josh Lederman
    It’s the Goldilocks conundrum of American politics: Is the federal government too big, too small or just right? Few think it’s just right. Ever since the first Americans bucked their colonial overlords in Britain, America has been wrestling with the delicate balance between a government that creates opportunity and one that inhibits it. Every four years, the presidential election offers a referendum on whether Washington should do more or less. Traditionally, Republicans have been viewed as the party of smaller government. This year, it’s not so simple. …
  • AP-NORC Poll: That's rude: More say GOP is discourteous

    04/15/2016 10:46:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 15, 2016 2:56 PM EDT | Laurie Kellman and Emily Swanson
    Ask Americans about bad manners in the 2016 presidential campaign and the conversation shifts immediately to Donald Trump, the GOP front-runner who has branded his critics “little,” “lyin’,” “low-energy” and worse. […] When it comes to rudeness in 2016 politics, the Republican presidential contest wins in a landslide, a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research has found. The survey shows that 78 percent of Americans, including most Republicans, see the GOP race as discourteous. Only about half as many — 41 percent — say the same about the Democratic campaign. […] It’s not just politics....
  • Fox: Trump has 'extreme, sick obsession' with Megyn Kelly

    03/18/2016 5:34:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 187 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 18, 2016 8:30 PM EDT
    Fox News is slamming GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump for his repeated Twitter tirades against anchor Megyn Kelly. “Donald Trump’s vitriolic attacks against Megyn Kelly and his extreme, sick obsession with her is beneath the dignity of a presidential candidate who wants to occupy the highest office in the land,” the network said in a statement Friday evening. The statement from spokeswoman Irena Briganti went on to praise Kelly as “an exemplary journalist and one of the leading anchors in America” and said the network will “continue to fully support her throughout every day of Trump’s endless barrage of crude...
  • Proclaiming innocence, ex-Israeli PM goes to prison

    02/15/2016 5:27:13 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 14 replies
    AP Via Washington Post ^ | 02/15/2016 | Josef Federman 
    Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday began a 19-month prison sentence for bribery and obstruction of justice, defiantly proclaiming his innocence in a farewell video as he became the first Israeli premier to be placed behind bars. His imprisonment capped a stunning fall from grace that ended Israel’s last serious round of peace efforts with the Palestinians and ushered in the era of Benjamin Netanyahu, a hardliner widely criticized in the region and around the world.
  • [Texas AG] Paxton: State workers can deny licenses to same-sex couples

    06/28/2015 4:00:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 28, 2015 6:37 PM EDT
    Texas’ conservative Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton calls the Supreme Court decision giving same-sex couples the right to marry a “lawless ruling” and says state workers can cite their religious objections in denying marriage licenses. He warned in a statement Sunday that any clerk, justice of the peace or other administrator who declines to issue a license to a same-sex couple could face litigation or a fine. But in the nonbinding legal opinion, Paxton says “numerous lawyers” stand ready to defend, free of charge, any public official refusing to grant one. …
  • GOP WH hopefuls deride gay marriage ruling

    06/27/2015 8:11:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 27, 2015 4:07 PM EDT | Kristen Wyatt
    Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told conservatives Saturday that the Supreme Court tried to “unwrite the laws of nature and the laws of nature’s God” when it legalized gay marriage across the nation. […] Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry derided the ruling but didn’t suggest a next step. “These decisions need to be made in the states,” said Perry, who noted that his states’ rights plank extends even to Colorado legalizing recreational marijuana in defiance of federal drug law. […] On Friday, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said the gay marriage ruling was “based on a lie” that gay-marriage opponents...
  • Gay mentor, belief in dignity at roots of Kennedy’s views (USSC justice Anthony)

    04/26/2015 9:50:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 26, 2015 7:40 AM EDT | Mark Sherman
    The Irish Catholic boy who came of age in Sacramento after World War II is an unlikely candidate to be the author of the Supreme Court’s major gay rights rulings. But those who have known Justice Anthony Kennedy for decades and scholars who have studied his work say he has long stressed the importance of valuing people as individuals. And he seems likely also to have been influenced in this regard by a pillar of the Sacramento legal community, a closeted gay man who hired Kennedy as a law school instructor and testified on his behalf at his high court...
  • Gay marriage a difficult issue for GOP White House hopefuls

    04/23/2015 9:27:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 23, 2015 11:36 AM EDT | David Crary
    For Democratic politicians, same-sex marriage has become an easy issue: They’re for it. Many Republican VIPs—notably the presidential hopefuls—face a far more complicated landscape. Looming ahead for these contenders are early contests in states such as Iowa and South Carolina, where a major role will be played by conservative Christian voters firmly opposed to same-sex marriage. Further down the road is the 2016 general election, where the nominee will likely need backing from independents and moderate Republicans who support gay unions. “Republicans are trying to thread the needle on this, with varying degrees of skill. It doesn’t take a genius...
  • Bush role in end-of-life dispute as governor now 2016 issue

    02/15/2015 7:25:31 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 15, 2015 9:08 AM ET | Michael J. Mischak
    Jeb Bush was preparing to release the emails he sent and received as Florida governor when he was excoriated by a letter-writer to The Miami Herald. The headline: “Don’t trust Jeb Bush with the power of the presidency.” The subject of many of the emails was Terri Schiavo. The letter-writer was her husband, Michael. Bush’s effort to stop Michael Schiavo from removing his brain-damaged wife’s feeding tube was a defining moment of Bush’s time in office. Bush, a devout Catholic, sided with Terri Schiavo’s parents in the end-of-life dispute and reached for unprecedented authority to intervene. Michael Schiavo said his...
  • Baker faces complaint for refusing anti-gay message on cake

    01/22/2015 3:15:49 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 22, 3:30 AM EST | Ivan Moreno
    A dispute over a cake in Colorado raises a new question about gay rights and religious freedom: If bakers can be fined for refusing to serve married gay couples, can they also be punished for declining to make a cake with anti-gay statements? A baker in suburban Denver who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding is fighting a legal order requiring him to serve gay couples even though he argued that would violate his religious beliefs. But now a separate case puts a twist in the debate over discrimination in public businesses, and it underscores the tensions...
  • 2-year-old accidentally kills his mom in Wal-Mart [media bias]

    12/30/2014 5:15:02 PM PST · by grundle · 44 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | December 30, 2014 | NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
    HAYDEN, Idaho (AP) — A 2-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his mother after he reached into her purse at a northern Idaho Wal-Mart and her concealed gun fired, authorities said Tuesday. The 29-year-old woman was shopping with her son and three other children, Kootenai County sheriff's spokesman Stu Miller told The Associated Press. Her family had come to the area to visit relatives, he said. The woman, whose identity was not released, had a concealed weapons permit. Miller said the young boy was left in a shopping cart, reached into the victim's purse and grabbed a small-caliber handgun, which...
  • AP poll: Police killings of blacks voted top story of 2014

    12/22/2014 9:31:53 AM PST · by PROCON · 60 replies
    apnews.myway ^ | dec. 22, 2014 | DAVID CRARY
    NEW YORK (AP) — The police killings of unarmed blacks in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere — and the investigations and tumultuous protests they inspired — was the top news story of 2014, according to The Associated Press' annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors. In a year crowded with dramatic and often wrenching news developments around the world, the No. 2 story was the devastating outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, followed by the conflict in Iraq and Syria fueled by the brutal actions of Islamic State militants. Among the 85 voters casting ballots, first-place votes were spread among...
  • Evangelicals with gay children challenging church (AP vs. Christianity)

    11/27/2014 12:19:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 90 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 27, 2014 2:00 PM EST | Rachel Zoll
    Rob and Linda Robertson did what they believed was expected of them as good Christians. When their 12-year-old son Ryan said he was gay, they told him they loved him, but he had to change. He entered “reparative therapy,” met regularly with his pastor and immersed himself in Bible study and his church youth group. After six years, nothing changed. A despondent Ryan cut off from his parents and his faith, started taking drugs and in 2009, died of an overdose. “Now we realize we were so wrongly taught,” said Rob Robertson, a firefighter for more than 30 years who...
  • Polish town opposes Pooh Bear for unclear gender

    11/22/2014 10:22:54 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 22, 2014 2:26 AM EST
    Officials in a Polish town (Tuszyn) have opposed a proposition to name a playground after Winnie-the-Pooh due to the bear’s unclear gender and immodest clothing. […] Voice recordings of the meeting were leaked to the media in which officials complained that Pooh Bear is immodestly dressed and also lacks a clear gender. One called the bear a “hermaphrodite.” …
  • Another top Ohio Republican speaks on gay marriage

    11/14/2014 8:17:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 14, 2014 5:24 PM EST | Julie Carr Smyth
    A Republican justice on the Ohio Supreme Court says the legal obstacles facing his lesbian daughter, her partner and their two children have made him view the state’s protections for same-sex couples and their families as inadequate. The comments by Justice Paul Pfeifer come as the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that could settle the issue across the nation once and for all. He said his daughter, Lisa, has a partner and two children, ages 9 and 5, whom he and his wife consider grandchildren. But under Ohio law, his...
  • Germany tops USA as world’s favorite country (per GfK)

    11/12/2014 4:01:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 12 Nov 2014 11:17 GMT+01:00
    Market researchers GfK found that Germany has knocked the USA off the top spot for global image for the first time since 2009. The pollsters asked 20,000 people in 20 countries their opinion of 50 leading nations across six categories: exports, government, culture, people, tourism, and immigration and investment. Germany’s biggest gain over 2013 was in the “Top sporting performance” category, as people had become familiar with the grinning faces of the World Cup-winning football team over the summer. But GfK found other key factors helped put Germany on top, including its leading role in European politics, strong economic performance...