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  • Christie blames Obama in part for Mideast unrest

    07/12/2014 9:24:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 12, 2014 10:42 PM EDT | Steve Peoples
    Partly blaming unrest in the Middle East on President Barack Obama, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Saturday that Obama has not spoken firmly and forcefully on Israel’s behalf and that the country no longer trusts it has the full support of the United States because of him. The Republican governor’s remarks came as Israel targeted civilian institutions with suspected ties to the militant organization Hamas and declared it would step up its bombardment of northern Gaza. Israel says it is acting in self-defense against Hamas rockets. …
  • Texas GOP advances ‘reparative therapy’ for gays

    06/06/2014 2:49:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 6, 2014 2:51 AM EDT | Paul J. Weber and Will Weissert
    The Texas Republican Party would endorse psychological treatment that seeks to turn gay people straight under a new platform partly aimed at rebuking laws in California and New Jersey that ban so-called “reparative therapy” on minors. A push to include the new anti-gay language survived a key vote late Thursday in Fort Worth at the Texas Republican Convention where, across the street, tea party star U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz fired up attendees at a rally to defend marriage as between a man and a woman. Under the new proposed plank, the Texas GOP will “recognize the legitimacy and efficacy of...
  • Pope gives Palestinians boost of support

    05/26/2014 1:53:32 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 32 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 5/25/14 | JOSEF FEDERMAN and MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Pope Francis delivered a powerful boost of support to the Palestinians during a Holy Land pilgrimage Sunday, repeatedly backing their statehood aspirations, praying solemnly at Israel's controversial separation barrier and calling the stalemate in peace efforts "unacceptable." -snip- Palestinian officials hailed Francis' decision to refer to the "state of Palestine." In its official program, the Vatican referred to President Mahmoud Abbas as the president of the "state of Palestine," and his Bethlehem office as the "presidential palace." He pointedly called Abbas a "man of peace." -snip-
  • Nintendo life-simulation game doesn’t allow same-sex couples

    05/07/2014 5:50:10 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 22 replies
    CBS News ^ | 05-07-2014 | The Associated Press
    The publisher of such gaming franchises as "The Legend of Zelda" and "Mario Bros." said Tuesday it wouldn't bow to pressure to allow players to engage in romantic activities with characters of the same sex in English editions of "Tomodachi Life." This follows a social media campaign launched by fans last month seeking virtual equality for the game's characters, which are modeled after real people. "Nintendo never intended to make any form of social commentary with the launch of 'Tomodachi Life,'" Nintendo of America Inc. said in a statement. "The relationship options in the game represent a playful alternate world...
  • AP Impact: Deadly side effect to fracking boom (really tenuous)

    05/05/2014 9:30:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May. 5, 2014 12:09 PM EDT | Kevin Begos and Jonathan Fahey
    Booming production of oil and natural gas has exacted a little-known price on some of the nation’s roads, contributing to a spike in traffic fatalities in states where many streets and highways are choked with large trucks and heavy drilling equipment. An Associated Press analysis of traffic deaths and U.S. census data in six drilling states shows that in some places, fatalities have more than quadrupled since 2004—a period when most American roads have become much safer even as the population has grown. “We are just so swamped,” said Sheriff Dwayne Villanueva of Karnes County, Texas, where authorities have been...
  • Defend 'Obamacare' unabashedly, some Democrats say.

    04/21/2014 8:11:58 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 17, 2014 | AP Staff
    Democrats reluctant to embrace President Barack Obama's much-maligned health care overhaul in this year's congressional elections may be having second thoughts now that enrollment in the program is higher than expected and cost estimates are lower. "I think Democrats have the ability to steal the health care issue back from Republicans," health care industry consultant Bob Laszewski said. "The Democratic Party can become the party of fixing Obamacare." The Congressional Budget Office said the new law will cost taxpayers $100 billion less than previously estimated. Republicans already were pushing their luck by vowing to "repeal and replace" the health care...
  • Associated Press suffers massive memory lapse in recent article

    04/06/2014 10:43:58 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/6/14 | Doug Book
    According to its website, the Associated Press is one of the “…most trusted sources of independent news gathering.” AP journalists operate “…in more than 280 locations worldwide, including every statehouse in the U.S.” AP employees have won 51 Pulitzer prizes. The AP proudly announces that its journalists “…have gone to great lengths, overcome obstacles and, too often, sacrificed to ensure that the news has been reported quickly, accurately and honestly.” Most importantly, the AP claims that the organization “…fights for freedom of the press and the public’s right to know.” (my italics) On March 26th, the Washington Post published an...
  • AP SOURCES: HEALTH LAW SIGN-UPS ON TRACK TO HIT 7M

    04/01/2014 8:02:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 83 replies
    AP ^ | 04/01/2014 | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and JOSH LEDERMAN
    Beating expectations, President Barack Obama's health care overhaul was on track to sign up more than 7 million Americans for health insurance on deadline day Monday, government officials told The Associated Press. The 7 million target, thought to be out of reach by most experts, was in sight on a day that saw surging consumer interest as well as vexing computer glitches that slowed sign-ups on the HealthCare.gov website. Two government officials confirmed the milestone, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter ahead of an official announcement. Seven million was the original target...
  • The Decline and Fall of the ‘H’ Word (Homosexual)

    03/23/2014 7:31:00 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 100 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 21, 2014 | JEREMY W. PETERS
    To most ears, it probably sounds inoffensive. A little outdated and clinical, perhaps, but innocuous enough: homosexual. But that five-syllable word has never been more loaded, more deliberately used and, to the ears of many gays and lesbians, more pejorative. “ ‘Homosexual’ has the ring of ‘colored’ now, in the way your grandmother might have used that term, except that it hasn’t been recuperated in the same way,” said George Chauncey, a Yale professor of history and an author who studies gay and lesbian culture. Consider the following phrases: homosexual community, homosexual activist, homosexual marriage. Substitute the word “gay” in...
  • Phelps’ hate seen by some as aiding gay rights

    03/21/2014 10:42:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 21, 2014 10:17 AM EDT | John Hanna and David Crary
    Fred Phelps Sr. led his small Topeka church for more than two decades in a bellicose crusade against gays and lesbians, saying they were worthy of death and openly declaring—often at military funerals—that the U.S. was doomed because of its tolerance of homosexuality. But in targeting grieving families of troops killed overseas, taunting people entering other churches and carrying signs with anti-gay slurs and vulgar language or symbols, Phelps and his Westboro Baptist congregation created public circuses that may have helped the gay-rights movement. Following Phelps’ death Wednesday at age 84, some gay-rights advocates suggested that he and his church...
  • AP, Dallas News, WashPo, etc., Lie About Ted Cruz’ Abortion Statement

    03/13/2014 1:28:50 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 13 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | March 13, 2014 | 14:13 | Katie Yoder
    You’d think conservatives Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are outspoken enough without liberal media sources having to lie about their words. But you’d be underestimating the unscrupulous partisanship of political “journalists." Case in point: the dishonest reporting of the comments from both GOP senators at the Susan B. Anthony Campaign for Life Summit in Washington, D.C. on March 12. An AP report appearing on The Dallas Morning News, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, U.S. News and World Report and several other organizations cherry-picked and twisted statements from Sen. Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Lee (R-UT) from the pro-life event.  Here’s what Sen. Cruz actually said: (More after video.)...
  • GOP candidate: Some groups contemplate infanticide

    03/12/2014 6:08:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 12, 2014 2:43 PM EDT
    A Republican Senate candidate in North Carolina is defending his remarks that some abortion rights groups contemplate infanticide. Greg Brannon, who is challenging Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan, told a group in November that killing babies who survived abortions could happen in America, according to a report Wednesday in Mother Jones magazine. …
  • Anti-abortion voters look for one of their own

    03/12/2014 6:25:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 12, 2014 6:39 PM EDT | Philip Elliott
    Calling their opponents Satan worshipers and savages, anti-abortion lawmakers on Wednesday insisted that Republican contenders keep an intense focus on social issues in the upcoming midterm elections and the 2016 presidential race. Like many abortion opponents, the Susan B. Anthony List is in search of a White House contender who won’t shy from social issues after back-to-back presidential nominees in 2008 and 2012 who focused their campaigns on the economy and came up short. Several potential 2016 candidates were making their pitches in blunt terms, urging the group members to stick to their principles and fight those who would stand...
  • Effort to build gay marriage support heads south

    02/24/2014 11:11:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 24, 2014 8:36 PM EST | Christina A. Cassidy
    Less than two weeks after a federal judge declared Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, a new effort has been launched in the South seeking to build wider acceptance of gay and lesbian couples in the hope of overturning similar bans across the region. The $1 million effort will be focused on field organizing and sharing the stories of gay couples through local community and business events as well as social media in 14 Southern states. The key, supporters say, will be to share stories like those of Linda Ellis and her partner, Lesley Brogan, who appeared at Monday’s event....
  • For Fort Hood shooter, is execution punishment?

    08/24/2013 8:21:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 83 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 24, 2013 11:15 AM EDT | Ramit Plushnick-Masti
    Maj. Nidal Hasan and many of his victims in the Fort Hood shooting seem to want the same thing—his death. But while survivors and relatives of the dead view lethal injection as justice, the Army psychiatrist appears to see it as something else—martyrdom. …
  • Extremists attack Montenegro’s first gay pride

    07/24/2013 6:23:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 24, 2013 9:08 AM EDT | Predrag Milic
    Several hundred extremists shouting “Kill the gays” attacked gay activists and clashed with police on Wednesday in a bid to disrupt the first ever pride event in staunchly conservative Montenegro, which is seeking to improve its human rights record as it bids to join the European Union. Angry assailants threw rocks, bottles, glasses and various other objects—including chairs from local cafés—at several dozen flag-waving gay activists who shouted back “Kiss the gays.” A shower of stones and bottles also landed on special police securing the gathering in the coastal town of Budva. Police then intervened to push the attackers away...
  • Confirmed: (Racist) Left Wing Plant at Houston Pro-Zimmerman Rally is Far Left Activist

    07/23/2013 6:58:26 AM PDT · by kristinn · 127 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | Tuesday, July 23, 2013 | Kristinn Taylor
    LEFTIST PLANT INFILTRATES HOUSTON PRO-ZIMMERMAN RALLY– Liberal Media runs with it A photo from the Houston pro-Zimmerman counter-rally of the NBPP anti-Zimmerman rally picked up by the AP shows a woman holding a sign that read, “Racist & Proud.” That looked incongruent with the other reports from the pro-Zimmerman side. The Houston Chronicle identified her as Renee Vaughan: One woman in the Zimmerman group held a sign that said, “We’re racist & proud.” Austin resident Renee Vaughan echoed the sign’s ugly sentiments by yelling, “We’re racist. We’re proud. We’re better because we’re white,” at the Martin group as they passed,...
  • AP REPORTER ON ZIMMERMAN VERDICT: 'SO WE CAN ALL KILL TEENAGERS NOW?'

    07/13/2013 8:22:03 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 103 replies
    Breibart ^ | 13 Jul 2013 | TONY LEE
    After George Zimmerman was found not guilty of all charges on Saturday evening, an Associated Press reporter, Cristina Silva, tweeted this out from her verified twitter account: "So we can all kill teenagers now? Just checking."
  • Obama's Berlin speech: History raises the stakes

    06/18/2013 11:51:27 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 19, 2013 | JIM KUHNHENN
    Five years and 50 years. As President Barack Obama revisits Berlin, he can't escape those anniversaries and the inevitable comparisons to history and personal achievement. His 26-hour whirlwind visit to the German capital caps three days of international summitry for the president and marks his return to a place where he once summoned a throng of 200,000 to share his ambitious vision for American leadership. That was 2008, when Obama was running for president and those who supported him at home and abroad saw the young mixed-race American as a unifying and transformational figure who signified hope and change. Five...
  • Gay pride parade march for NBA's Jason Collins (Boston)

    06/08/2013 5:51:15 PM PDT · by massmike · 38 replies
    http://bostonherald.com/ ^ | 06/08/2013 | Associated Press
    NBA veteran center Jason Collins, the first active athlete in one of the four U.S. major professional sports leagues to come out as being gay, marched Saturday for nearly three miles in Boston's gay pride parade with U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, his onetime roommate at Stanford University. The parade also featured former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank — the first sitting member of Congress to enter into a same-sex marriage — who also represented Massachusetts' 4th Congressional District before Kennedy. U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate seeking the seat once held by John Kerry, who stepped down...
  • 'Bogus' AP tweet about explosion at the White House wipes billions off US markets

    04/23/2013 12:14:47 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 26 replies
    The UK Telegraph ^ | April 23, 2013 | Peter Foster
    The US stock market went into a temporary tailspin after hackers broke into the Twitter account of the Associated Press and announced that two bombs had exploded at the White House, injuring Barack Obama. “Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured,” said the fake “alert” from one of America’s most trusted news sources, briefly fooling some news outlets and sending the Dow Jones plunging 145 points in the space of two minutes — or 1 per cent. The benchmark S&P 500 index also fell nearly 1 percent in the space of three minutes as the...
  • CAIR Claims Victory Over AP Stylebook’s Restrictions on Word 'Islamist'

    04/06/2013 9:26:51 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 20 replies
    CAIR Claims Victory Over AP Stylebook’s Restrictions on Word 'Islamist' April 5, 2013 By Elizabeth Harrington (CNSNews.com) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) praised the Associated Press (AP) for revising its stylebook to forbid the use of the word “Islamist,” if it is used to describe Islamic militants or extremists. In a press release on Friday, CAIR said revising the term is a "step in the right direction,” and that they helped influence the AP’s decision. “Late last year, the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) approached AP about modifying the reference, which had been added to its influential...
  • AP Pussyfoots Around Extremism, Revises Use of the Word ‘Islamist'

    04/05/2013 3:01:35 PM PDT · by rustyweiss74 · 11 replies
    Mental Recession ^ | 04/05/2013
    Rather than focusing on the real issues here, the AP is doing everything in its power to avoid pointing out the relationship between radical Islamists and terrorism. Similar to the Benghazi terror attack, in which the media found every possible angle to focus on other than the link between Islamic extremists and the attacks. They pointed to Mitt Romney for his statements, they pointed to Newsweek’s ‘Muslim Rage’ cover, at the author, Ayaan Ali Hirsi, and they pointed it at an obscure film that was at that time unknown to the general public. The relationship between radical Islam and terrorism...
  • Associated Press Drops 'Illegal Immigrant' From Stylebook

    04/02/2013 3:45:40 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 32 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 2,2013 | CRISTINA COSTANTIN
    The Associated Press, the largest news-gathering outlet in the world, will no longer use the term "illegal immigrant." The news came in the form of a blog entry authored by Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll on Tuesday afternoon, explaining that the decision is part of the company's on-going attempt to rid their Stylebook of labels."The Stylebook no longer sanctions the term 'illegal immigrant' or the use of 'illegal' to describe a person. Instead, it tells users that 'illegal' should describe only an action, such as living in or immigrating to a country illegally," Carroll wrote. The company's...
  • AP Caves Into Gay PC: 'His Husband' and 'Her Wife' Are Now Accepted Stylebook Terms

    02/21/2013 8:44:50 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    newsbusters ^ | 2/21/13 | Tim Graham
    After overwrought pressure from the usual gay "anti-defamation" lobbyists, the Associated Press has caved in and made another new statement approving the use of "his husband" and "her wife" in news stories. as if they've taken a stand for neutrality, instead of rewriting the gender dictionary. "Victory!" was the headline on several gay websites as AP issued a new entry in its AP Stylebook Online, and is scheduled to appear in the 2013 print and mobile additions: husband, wife Regardless of sexual orientation, husband or wife is acceptable in all references to individuals in any legally recognized marriage. Spouse or...
  • Gun buyback in downtown Seattle draws big crowd (funded by Amazon.com)

    01/27/2013 12:19:02 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 21 replies
    Hundreds of people showed up Saturday morning for a gun buyback in Seattle. One man even brought a rocket launcher. He said it had already been used and could not do any harm. Mason Vranish said he bought it from a man for $100, but within seconds police took it off his hands. “Their reason was even though it was single time use item it is still military property concern that a soldier had stolen it from the base or whatever and it wasn't theirs to own... so it somehow ended up in the civilian market illegally,” said Vranish. Officers...
  • Do black people support Obama because he's black?

    10/13/2012 2:35:19 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 58 replies
    AP ^ | 10/13/12 | Jesse Washington
    ...Are black people supporting Obama mainly because he's black? If race is just one factor in blacks' support of Obama, does that make them racist? Can blacks' support for Obama be compared with white voters who may favor his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, because he's white? ...Stacey Dash, who also has Mexican heritage, is best known for the 1995 film "Clueless" and the recent cable-TV drama "Single Ladies." On Twitter, she was called "jigaboo," "traitor," "house nigger" and worse after posting, "Vote for Romney. The only choice for your future." ...Twitter users are by no means representative of America, and...
  • Poll: Four in 10 believe in Obama healthcare law ‘death panels’

    09/26/2012 3:29:32 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/25/2012 | Elise Viebeck
    About four in 10 U.S. adults believe that President Obama's healthcare reform law will create "death panels" to decide patients' fitness for care, according to a new Associated Press-GfK survey. Support for the widely challenged claim has remained steady since 2010, when 39 percent believed "death panels" would result from the healthcare law. Today, 41 percent say the same is true. Overall, most people believe the law will go into effect in spite of Republican pledges to repeal it. About seven in 10 adults said the law will be implemented with some changes, while 11 percent believe it will be...
  • FACT CHECK: Anti-Obama film muddy on facts

    08/28/2012 9:04:54 AM PDT · by Buck-I-Guy · 39 replies
    AP ^ | 8-28-12 | By BETH FOUHY
    WASHINGTON (AP) — ‘‘2016: Obama’s America,’’ a new conservative film exploring the roots of President Barack Obama’s political views, took in $6.2 million to make it one of the highest-grossing movies of last weekend. The film, written and narrated by conservative scholar Dinesh D'Souza, argues that Obama was heavily influenced by what D'Souza calls the ‘‘anti-colonial’’ beliefs of his father, Barack Obama Sr., a Kenyan academic who was largely absent from the president’s life.
  • FACT CHECK: Questionable claims in veep debut (AP at it already)

    08/11/2012 12:58:34 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 32 replies
    AP/pioneer press ^ | 8-11-12 | CALVIN WOODWARD and HENRY C. JACKSON
    WASHINGTON—In his debut as Mitt Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan promised "America's comeback team" won't duck tough budget issues, although the man standing next to him has kept his head low so far. Romney vowed the duo would "preserve" Medicare, an eye-popping claim considering Ryan wants to transform the program from the ground up. Not all the rhetoric fit neatly with reality or with the record when Romney introduced his Republican vice presidential choice to the nation Saturday. A look at some of the claims by the Wisconsin congressman and Romney, and how they compare with the facts. ROMNEY: "Unlike...
  • Rush Limbaugh’s Associated Press Frustration

    03/22/2012 6:26:45 PM PDT · by conservatism_IS_compassion · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Vanity | N/A | conservatism_IS_compassion
    "I'm going to have to find another way to do this - the AP's been getting away with this” There is a better way, Rush, and here it is. 1 - During the Founding era, and up to the founding of the AP in the middle of the Nineteenth Century, NOBODY THOUGHT JOURNALISM WAS OBJECTIVE. Newspapers were about the opinions of their printers, just lile the EIB Network is about the opinion of Rush Limbaugh. Jefferson famously asserted that advertisements were the only truths to be relied on in newspapers. 2. The telegraph line between Washington and Baltimore was first...
  • Obama joins Jagger, B.B. King, to belt out blues

    02/21/2012 8:08:36 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 21, 2012 | NANCY BENAC
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The president just couldn't say no: Mick Jagger held out a mic almost by way of command, and soon Barack Obama was belting out the blues with the best of them. The East Room of the White House was transformed into an intimate blues club on Tuesday night for a concert featuring blues all-stars of the past, present and future - and the president himself.
  • Ohio voters reject restrictions on collective bargaining, AP projects

    11/08/2011 6:37:59 PM PST · by Perdogg · 140 replies · 1+ views
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  • Conservatives limit consumer, rights lawsuits

    06/25/2011 4:17:27 PM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 6/25/11 | MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press
    The Supreme Court's conservative majority made it harder for people to band together to sue the nation's largest businesses in the two most far-reaching rulings of the term the justices are wrapping up on Monday. The two cases putting new limits on class-action lawsuits were among more than a dozen in which the justices divided 5-4 along familiar ideological lines, with the winning side determined by the vote of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Women made up one-third of the nine-member court for the first time ever this year, but missing from the court's docket was a case that could be called...
  • Obama going to Missouri to offer help in healing

    05/29/2011 9:28:05 AM PDT · by upchuck · 77 replies
    Ass Press/Yahuh ^ | May 29,2011 | Erica Werner
    President Barack Obama is pivoting from diplomacy on the world stage to the intimate and delicate domestic task of acting as healer-in-chief to a devastated community. The president travels to tornado-wrecked Joplin, Mo., on Sunday, a day after returning from a six-day European tour of Ireland, England, France and Poland. After days of focusing on the U.S. relationship with the rest of the world, he'll turn to an even more critical connection: his own, with the American people. The president will visit with survivors and family members of the worst tornado in decades, a monster storm that tore through Joplin...
  • Ultra right-wing to protest at Republican meeting

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Dozens of ultra-conservatives plan to gather in Bartlesville Monday night to protest the Legislature's plan to focus more on the economy than on social issues. The more conservative Republicans, including tea party members, want lawmakers to focus on abortion restrictions, immigration and fewer regulations on firearms. Republican leaders who will direct the agenda want to concentrate first on improving Oklahoma's struggling economy. Charlie Meadows, with the Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee, said Monday he expects up to 200 protesters. Meadows says Monday's gathering at the Bartlesville Community Center is a way to send a message to...
  • WaPo/AP Caught Revising the O’Donnell Story Without Issuing a Correction

    10/20/2010 2:23:01 PM PDT · by MichaelNewton · 24 replies
    Patterico ^ | 10/20/2010 | Aaron Worthing
    How much did the left show its keister on O’Donnell’s alleged gaffe? So much so that the AP/WaPo story on the subject was almost completely rewritten last night, and without an official correction. After the break I will have screen caps and a cut and paste of the text of the article, but let’s start with just the first paragraph. Before: WILMINGTON, Del. — Republican Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell of Delaware on Tuesday questioned whether the U.S. Constitution calls for a separation of church and state, appearing to disagree or not know that the First Amendment bars the government from...
  • Islamic militants raid Chechen parliament, 6 dead

    10/19/2010 12:46:26 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 28 replies
    GROZNY, Russia – Islamic insurgents attacked Chechnya's parliament Tuesday in a brazen suicide raid that left six people dead and 17 wounded, defying Kremlin claims of stability in the volatile southern region.
  • Republicans block bill to lift military gay ban

    09/21/2010 2:34:24 PM PDT · by PMAS · 76 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | September 21, 2010 | ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press Writer Anne Flaherty, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON – Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked legislation that would have repealed the law banning gays from serving openly in the military. The partisan vote was a defeat for Senate Democrats and gay rights advocates, who saw the bill as their last chance before November's elections to overturn the law known as "don't ask, don't tell." With the 56-43 vote, Democrats fell short of the 60 votes needed to advance the legislation. It also would have authorized $726 billion in defense spending including a pay raise for troops.
  • Ex-Hartford, Conn., mayor gets 3 years in prison

    09/14/2010 12:04:53 PM PDT · by Phlap · 7 replies
    AP ^ | 09/14/2010 | STEPHANIE REITZ
    A judge on Tuesday sentenced former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez to three years in prison for taking a bribe and attempted extortion, saying he had to be held accountable for his actions despite all his good deeds. Hartford Superior Court Judge Julia Dewey said Perez also must serve three years of probation after the jail time.
  • Lawyer says alleged NYC cabbie stabber has PTSD

    09/13/2010 11:21:53 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sept. 13, 2010
    NEW YORK (AP) -- A defense lawyer says a student accused of cutting a Muslim taxi driver's neck in New York City has post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic alcoholism. A Manhattan judge said Monday he'll decide at arraignment whether to grant bail for Michael Enright, of Brewster, N.Y.
  • 'The AP will not distribute images or audio that specifically show Qurans being burned'

    09/09/2010 9:37:17 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 98 replies
    Poynter ^ | 9/9/10 | Tom Kent
    Memo sent to AP staff From: Kent, Tom Sent: Thursday, September 09, 2010 11:53 AM Subject: Standards Center guidance: Planned Sept. 11 Quran burning Colleagues, As you know, a group known as the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., has announced that it intends to burn copies of the Quran on Sept. 11. -snip- Should the event happen on Saturday, the AP will not distribute images or audio that specifically show Qurans being burned, and will not provide detailed text descriptions of the burning.
  • Wright criticizes those who think Obama is Muslim

    08/29/2010 3:11:28 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 34 replies
    hosted ^ | Aug 29 | ANDREW DeMILLO
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, President Barack Obama's controversial former pastor, accused people who wrongly believe Obama is Muslim of catering to political enemies during a fiery speech Sunday in Arkansas. In his sermon at New Millennium Church in Little Rock, Wright criticized supporters of the Iraq war and defended former state Court of Appeals Judge Wendell Griffen for speaking out against it. Griffen serves as the church's pastor. Wright's only reference to Obama came when he compared Griffen's opponents to those who incorrectly think Obama is Muslim....
  • AP Orders Staff: ‘Stop Using the Phrase “Ground Zero Mosque”’

    08/19/2010 1:26:29 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 148 replies · 2+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 8/19/10 | Alana Goodman
    <p>AP Orders Staff: ‘Stop Using the Phrase “Ground Zero Mosque”’ By Alana Goodman Created 08/19/2010 - 16:10 In an unusual move, the Associated Press has publicly released an advisory memo [1] to its reporters on how to cover of the Ground Zero mosque story - and the first rule is that journalists must immediately stop calling it the "Ground Zero mosque" story.</p>
  • Congress: Charlie Rangel's world (CAPTION the corrupt, sad sack, RAT, tax-cheat as he gets BOOTED!)

    07/08/2010 10:37:58 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies · 4+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 7/06/10
    Congress: Charlie Rangel's world The AP takes a long look at the personal side of Charlie Rangel and his relationship with other members of Congress: "His wife, Alma, warns him not to be naive about the glad-handling. 'You know,' she tells him, 'they're putting you on.' ... 'She says it's unseemly,' Rangel says of his wife's advice. 'I say, 'Suppose it's not real. As long as they keep saying these things until I die, what difference does it make?' But he admits, 'It's still painful. It's times like this when I have to reinforce the facts: I'm alive, I'm well,...
  • Americans are treated, and overtreated, to death (shut up and die, already)

    06/28/2010 10:25:06 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 43 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 06/28/2010 | MARILYNN MARCHIONE
    The doctors finally let Rosaria Vandenberg go home. For the first time in months, she was able to touch her 2-year-old daughter who had been afraid of the tubes and machines in the hospital. The little girl climbed up onto her mother's bed, surrounded by family photos, toys and the comfort of home. They shared one last tender moment together before Vandenberg slipped back into unconsciousness.
  • Poll: People want Democrats to retain control of Congress

    06/16/2010 7:20:16 AM PDT · by autumnraine · 97 replies · 2,164+ views
    LA Times ^ | 06-16-2010
    There are glimmers of hope for Democrats battling to retain control of Congress in this fall's elections, with the party holding a slender edge in public trust for shepherding the economy and small gains in those saying their finances are healthy, according to a new poll. The reeling economy remains the American public's top concern, according to an Associated Press-GfK Poll conducted earlier this month, making public attitudes about it crucial for both parties' hopes in November. The good news for Democrats: By a slim margin (47% to 42%), people trust them more than Republicans to guide the economy. And...
  • AP Grasps at ObamaCare 'Fix It' Straw Amidst Public Discontent

    06/01/2010 12:41:13 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 1 replies · 387+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | June 1, 2010 | P.J. Gladnick
    Amidst the general public discontent with ObamaCare, the Associated Press is spinning that it is not repeal that is favored but merely a bunch of revisions. Left unsaid is if all these revisions are necessary, why did Congress pass such a flawed bill in the first place? Let the AP spin cycle begin: WASHINGTON — Toss it or fix it?Anxious backers of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law are starting to see a flicker of hope.While polls show Americans remain sharply divided over the Democrats' landmark legislation, they aren't clamoring for its repeal. Really? A few paragraphs later AP...
  • Conservative friends rise in support of Kagan (barf)

    05/14/2010 11:48:01 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 18 replies · 373+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 14, 2010 | MARK SHERMAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Conservative lawyers and academics are voicing support for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, praise that could soften criticism from the right and provide cover for any Republican senators inclined to vote for her nomination. The essence of their take on Kagan, the former Harvard Law School dean who now serves as solicitor general, is that she clearly has the smarts to be a justice and has shown an ability to work with all sides on thorny issues.
  • Why we can’t trust the media, AP: Mojave Memorial Cross was stolen for its value as scrap metal

    05/13/2010 5:34:56 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 12 replies · 867+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | May 13, 2010 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    How much stupid can you squeeze into one liberal’s head? Three weeks ago American veterans won their long hard court battle to save their memorial cross honoring American soldiers killed in World War I. The case went to the Supreme Court and was finally won by a slim 5 to 4 majority. Anthony Kennedy wrote: “Here one Latin cross in the desert evokes far more than religion. It evokes thousands of small crosses in foreign fields marking the graves of Americans who fell in battles, battles whose tragedies are compounded if the fallen are forgotten.” This week we heard the...