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  • Did White House plant Gates question?

    07/28/2009 4:55:29 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 16 replies · 1,333+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | July 26, 2009 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM – Although the reporter involved denies she coordinated with the White House, speculation abounds over the genesis of the press conference inquiry last week by Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times, whose question about Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. prompted a national race scandal involving President Obama. Several blogs have picked up on unanswered questions surrounding the event and have speculated that the White House may have coordinated the question. "Sweet was prepped, planted and performed on cue," was the title of a piece on The Real Barack Obama blog. "Lynn Sweet has earned her bones as a...
  • Police are safer under Obama than they have been in decades

    07/10/2016 2:16:52 PM PDT · by blueyon · 70 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...
  • Trump, seeking GOP unity, has tense meeting with Senate Republicans

    07/07/2016 10:16:51 AM PDT · by ObozoMustGo2012 · 89 replies
    WaPo ^ | 7/7/16 | Sean Sullivan and Philip Rucker
    Donald Trump’s private meeting Thursday with Senate Republicans — designed to foster greater party unity ahead of the national convention in Cleveland — grew combative as the presumptive presidential nominee admonished three senators who have been critical of his candidacy and predicted they would lose their reelection bids, according to two Republican officials with direct knowledge of the exchanges. Trump’s most tense exchange was with Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who has been vocal in his concerns about the business mogul’s candidacy, especially his rhetoric and policies on immigration that the senator argues alienate many Latino voters and others in Arizona....
  • Trump’s favorite dictators: In reviled tyrants, GOP nominee finds traits to praise

    07/07/2016 5:48:12 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 42 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 6, 2016 | Jose De Real
    Donald Trump’s regular praise for authoritarian governments and dictators has come under fresh scrutiny this week following his latest laudatory comments about the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, whose human rights abuses and support for international terrorism made him a top enemy of the United States for decades. “He was a bad guy, really bad guy. But you know what he did well? He killed terrorists. He did that so good,” Trump said during a campaign event in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday evening. “They didn’t read them the rights — they didn’t talk, they were a terrorist, it was over. Today,...
  • Libya Epitomizes Clinton's Not-So-Smart Power (In which she escalates terrorism)

    07/06/2016 3:13:14 PM PDT · by yoe · 3 replies
    National Interest ^ | Feb. 5, 2016 | Christopher A. Preble
    A long profile on Hillary Clinton in the Washington Post earlier this week highlights (the 2011 Libyan intervention) as a key indicator of her approach to foreign policy. Clinton claims that the Libyan bombing campaign was an example of “smart power at its best.” If she actually believes that, it raises serious questions about her judgment, as well as about her ability to analyze foreign policy dispassionately and with the best interests of the United States at heart. If Clinton is willing to point to Libya as a “signature moment in her four-year tenure” as secretary of state, as the...
  • Erik Wemple Urges MSM to 'Slam Hillary Clinton Over Emails'

    07/06/2016 9:52:16 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 4 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 6, 2016 | P.J. Gladnick
    Hey Andrea Mitchell! You are being challenged to ask probing questions of Hillary Clinton in the wake of FBI Director James Comey's scathing report about her State Department emails yesterday. Is it some "vicious rightwinger" calling out Andrea Mitchell? Nope. It is Erik Wemple of the Washington Post who has urged the mainstream media in general, and Andrea Mitchell in particular, to 'slam Hillary Clinton over emails':
  • Trump’s anti-trade rhetoric rattles the campaign message of Clinton and unions

    07/04/2016 5:20:52 PM PDT · by Mariner · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 4th, 2016 | By David Nakamura and David Weigel
    PHILADELPHIA — Three dozen union workers gathered outside city hall here on Thursday to rally against the global free-trade deals they believe have harmed Americans like them. Their candidate was Katie McGinty, the Democrats’ nominee for Senate in Pennsylvania. But their spiritual leader was Republican Donald Trump. “He recognized there’s some problems we need to solve,” said McGinty, who is challenging Sen. Patrick J. Toomey (R), a free-trade advocate. “One, we have to stop bad trade agreements. . . . And two, we have to take the Chinese on when they manipulate their currency and dump goods in our markets.” Just two...
  • Spelman, Morehouse investigate gang-rape allegations posted by anonymous Twitter account

    07/04/2016 9:19:44 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 5 | Elahe Izadi
    Two historically black colleges in Atlanta are investigating sexual-assault allegations posted on an anonymous Twitter account that described the rape of a Spelman student by four Morehouse students. The alleged gang rape at a party was detailed in series of tweets posted Monday under the handle @RapedAtSpelman, which self-identified as a freshman at the women’s college.
  • Sanders delegates shocked they need cash for DNC trip

    07/04/2016 10:51:46 PM PDT · by NYRepublican72 · 48 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 7/4/2015 | Mary Kay Linge
    Some of Bernie Sanders’ 1,831 New York delegates can’t scrape up enough cash to attend this month’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia — so they’ve turned to crowdfunding websites to raise the cash. “The cost definitely was a surprise,” said Jessica Frisco, 23, a delegate from the Upper West Side. “People are freaking out.” Unlike the savvy operators who usually win slots as convention delegates, some from Sanders’ campaign say they had no idea they would have to spend up to $5,000 on travel expenses.
  • Can Hillary Clinton overcome her trust problem? (WaPo puff piece combo LOL/barf alert)

    07/04/2016 1:29:01 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 3, 2016 | Anne Gearan
    Hillary Clinton's weekend interview with the FBI stands as a perfect symbol of what is probably her biggest liability heading into the fall election: A lot of people say they don't trust her. [Snip] "Trust is the glue that holds our democracy together," Clinton said last week as part of a direct effort to address the issue in this small lull between the end of primary voting and the start of full-on campaigning for the fall vote. "I take this seriously, as someone who is asking for your votes, and I personally know I have work to do on this...
  • Finnish was the second language of Sweden for centuries. Now Arabic is overtaking it.

    04/07/2016 12:57:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/07/2016 | Adam Taylor
    Officially, Sweden doesn't keep a record of the languages its inhabitants speak. That fact was infuriating to Mikael Parkvall, a linguist at Stockholm University, so he decided to find out for himself. What is the most popular non-Swedish language in Sweden? After poring over various statistics and studies, Parkvall came to a conclusion: Arabic was very likely to now be the second most popular language in the Scandinavian country. Parkvall's study focused on native languages rather than second languages, which he says are a better judge of what languages are actually spoken in a country (while English is widely spoken...
  • Gingrich: New York Times, Washington Post in 'all-out war' against Trump

    07/03/2016 5:10:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box Blog ^ | July 3, 2016 | Harper Neidig
    Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said in an interview broadcast Sunday that two of the country’s most prominent newspapers are in an “all-out war” against Donald Trump. During a radio interview with John Catsimatidis, Gingrich blasted the news outlets, saying they are lying about the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. “Both The New York Times and The Washington Post have been in an all-out war to try to redefine Donald Trump,” he said. Gingrich pointed to a Times article that portrayed Trump as often being inappropriate with women. The report relied on testimony from dozens of women who have interacted with...
  • How everyone looks bad because Bill Clinton met with Loretta Lynch (the ComPost is sweating alert)

    07/02/2016 7:28:30 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 90 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 2, 2016 | Dan Balz
    Bill Clinton has made a mess. It was either out of foolish indifference or plain foolishness, but it has created a terrible moment for his wife and the Democrats, and for President Obama and perceptions of the integrity of his administration. [Snip] The meeting has provided fodder for Donald Trump and Republican leaders to cast doubt on whatever conclusions the career prosecutors and Comey come to. Trump called it "so horrible" and said he was "flabbergasted" by the reports of it. On Friday, he questioned the description of the conversation that took place. "I love my grandchildren so much," he...
  • ‘Our worst nightmare’: New legal filings detail reporting of Rolling Stone’s U-Va. gang rape story

    07/03/2016 5:51:06 AM PDT · by detective · 24 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 2, 2016 | T. Rees Shapiro
    Rolling Stone journalist Sabrina Rubin Erdely spent five months investigating a shocking claim of a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity, and the 9,000-word account of the brutal attack published online on Nov. 19, 2014, sent a tremor through the Charlottesville campus and beyond. Then, on Dec. 5, at 1:54 a.m., Erdely sent an e-mail to the magazine’s top-tier editors, Will Dana and Sean Woods, with a simple subject line: “Our worst nightmare.” The body of the message detailed how Erdely no longer trusted the primary source for the most striking anecdote in her article: a U-Va. junior...
  • GOP delegate fight to stop Trump heats up in federal court

    07/02/2016 1:41:21 PM PDT · by Innovative · 100 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 1, 2016 | Ed O'Keefe
    Last-ditch attempts by a group of Republican delegates seeking to stop Donald Trump from becoming the GOP presidential nominee are quickly fading -- and now their fight is facing a federal legal challenge. At issue is whether delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland are bound to vote for the results of state caucuses and primaries. A group that claims the support of hundreds of convention delegates has been pushing to change Republican presidential nomination rules so that delegates can "vote their conscience" -- reviving a long-simmering debate led by GOP purists who believe that only convention delegates --...
  • Obama retreats from Putin in Syria — again

    07/02/2016 8:41:31 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    WaPo ^ | July 2, 2016
    Obama retreats from Putin in Syria — again By Editorial Board July 2 at 4:46 PM FOR SEVERAL years, the Obama administration’s Syria policy has been stuck in a cycle of failure. Secretary of State John F. Kerry negotiates deals with Russia to end the fighting or create a new government in Damascus, while warning that if they are not respected by Russian President Vladi­mir Putin or Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the United States will consider other options, such as stepping up support for Syrian rebels. In every case, the Russian and Syrian regimes have betrayed their commitments, continuing to...
  • Claim that jet stream crossing equator is ‘climate emergency’ is utter nonsense

    07/02/2016 8:32:21 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | June 30 | Jason Samenow
    The two bloggers who have perpetuated this misinformation are Robert Scribbler, who describes himself as ” a progressive novelist, non-fiction writer and emerging threats expert,” and Paul Beckwith, who is working on a PhD with “a focus on abrupt climate system change” at the University of Ottawa. Scribbler says the cross-equator flow is a manifestation of man-made global warming, supported by the hypothesis that disproportionate heating of the Arctic is destabilizing the jet stream. “The Hemispherical Jet Streams have moved out of the Middle Latitudes more and more,” he writes. “More and more it has invaded regions both within the...
  • It's time to wind down the Clinton email investigation

    07/02/2016 4:16:09 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 67 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 1, 2016 | Editorial Board
    NO DOUBT it's difficult to refuse a visit with a former president of the United States. Still, Attorney General Loretta Lynch should have found a polite way to excuse herself when Bill Clinton dropped by her airplane, parked next to his at a Phoenix airport Monday. Given that Ms. Lynch has ultimate responsibility for the federal investigation related to Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server to conduct official business while secretary of state. Our view of the matter, stated in previous editorials and supported by a fair reading of the law and publicly available evidence, is that Ms....
  • It’s time to wind down the Clinton email investigation

    07/02/2016 4:18:26 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 27 replies
    It’s time to wind down the Clinton email investigation By Editorial Board July 1 at 8:21 PM NO DOUBT it’s difficult to refuse a visit with a former president of the United States. Still, Attorney General Loretta Lynch should have found a polite way to excuse herself when Bill Clinton dropped by her airplane, parked next to his at a Phoenix airport Monday. Given that Ms. Lynch has ultimate responsibility for the federal investigation related to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server to conduct official business while secretary of state, even an impromptu chat between the attorney general...
  • Venezuela’s democratic façade has completely crumbled

    07/02/2016 7:17:40 AM PDT · by NRx · 47 replies
    WaPo ^ | 07-01-2016 | Moisés Naim and Francisco Toro
    ...Chávez was either admired as a progressive visionary who gave voice to the poor or dismissed as just another third-world buffoon. Reality was more complex than that: Chávez pioneered a new playbook for how to bask in global admiration even as he hollowed out democratic institutions on the sly.Step one was his deft manipulation of elections. Chávez realized early that, as long as he kept holding and winning elections, nobody outside Venezuela would ask too many questions about what he did with his power in the interim. And so he mastered the paradoxical art of destroying democracy one election at...
  • Obama proposes new military partnership with Russia in Syria (Like it was Obama's idea!)

    07/01/2016 9:21:11 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 11 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | June 30 | Josh Rogin
    The Obama administration has proposed a new agreement on Syria to the Russian government that would deepen military cooperation between the two countries against some terrorists in exchange for Russia getting the Assad regime to stop bombing U.S.-supported rebels. The United States transmitted the text of the proposed agreement to the Russian government on Monday after weeks of negotiations and internal Obama administration deliberations, an administration official told me. The crux of the deal is a U.S. promise to join forces with the Russian air force to share targeting and coordinate an expanded bombing campaign against Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda’s branch...
  • Donald Trump used money donated for charity to buy himself a Tim Tebow-signed football helmet

    07/01/2016 11:33:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 88 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 7/1/2016 | David A. Fahrenthold
    Did Donald Trump violate IRS rules, by using a charity's money to buy himself a signed football helmet? Four years ago, at a charity fundraiser in Palm Beach, Donald Trump got into a bidding war at the evening's live auction. The items up for sale: A Denver Broncos helmet, autographed by then-star quarterback Tim Tebow, and a Tebow jersey. Trump won, eventually, with a bid of $12,000. Afterward, he posed with the helmet. His purchase made gossip-column news: a flourish of generosity, by a mogul with money to burn. "The Donald giveth, and The Donald payeth," wrote the Palm Beach...
  • WashPost's Cillizza: Hillary Has 'Large-Scale Problems,' Trump 'Can Win This Race'

    06/30/2016 11:00:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | June 30, 2016 | Tom Blumer
    Apparently following up on his Washington Post column earlier this week, the paper's Chris Cillizza appeared on Thursday's Morning Joe show and observed that Hillary Clinton has "large-scale problems on honesty and trustworthines," that "she is the status quo" and "represents the past." Because of that, and despite the conventional wisdom in much of the establishment press that Mrs. Clinton can't possibly lose in November, Cillizza argues that her Republican opponent "can win this race." Cillizza has previously staunchly denied media bias in the coverage of Mrs. Clinton's campign. That's hard to square with what Tim Graham at NewsBusters observed...
  • Six maps that will make you rethink the world

    06/29/2016 8:35:55 AM PDT · by lulu16 · 57 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 29, 2016 | Ana Swanson
    "We don’t often question the typical world map that hangs on the walls of classrooms — a patchwork of yellow, pink and green that separates the world into more than 200 nations. But Parag Khanna, a global strategist, says that this map is, essentially, obsolete. Khanna is the author of the new book “Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization,” in which he argues that the arc of global history is undeniably bending toward integration. Instead of the boundaries that separate sovereign nations, the lines that we should put on our maps are the high-speed railways, broadband cables and shipping...
  • I hate Donald Trump. But he might get my vote.

    06/28/2016 9:57:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 28, 2016 | Jim Ruth
    No Trump campaign buttons or bumper stickers for me. I’m part of the new silent majority: those who don’t like Donald Trump but might vote for him anyway. For many of us, Trump has only one redeeming quality: He isn’t Hillary Clinton. He doesn’t want to turn the United States into a politically correct, free-milk-and-cookies, European-style social democracy where every kid (and adult, too) gets a trophy just for showing up. Members of this new silent majority, many of us front-wave baby boomers, value hard work and love the United States the way it was. We long for a bygone...
  • A majority of millennials now reject capitalism, poll shows

    06/28/2016 5:00:42 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 77 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 26, 2016 | Max Ehrenfreund
    In an apparent rejection of the basic principles of the U.S. economy, a new poll shows that most young people do not support capitalism. The Harvard University survey, which polled young adults between ages 18 and 29, found that 51 percent of respondents do not support capitalism. Just 42 percent said they support it. It isn't clear that the young people in the poll would prefer some alternative system, though. Just 33 percent said they supported socialism. The survey had a margin of error of 2.4 percentage points. The results of the survey are difficult to interpret, pollsters noted. Capitalism...
  • Democrats go too far on guns

    06/28/2016 4:16:26 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 11 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 28 june 2016 | Ben Boychuk
    Once upon a time, Democrats would sit-in to press for civil rights. Today, they sit-in to take civil rights away. How else to describe the goal of last week's 24-hour sit-in by House Democrats? They took to the floor Wednesday demanding a vote on gun control legislation in the wake of last week's terrorist attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando. Gun ownership is a right. Due process of law is a right. The government needs to meet a very high threshold before denying citizens either one. Rep. John Lewis led the protest, which devolved into screaming matches early Thursday....
  • Slate Writer asks for Facts on Guns and Gun Law Coverage

    06/28/2016 4:17:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 June, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Rachael Larimore, a Senior Editor at Slate, has written a unusual piece for the publication.  It is titled Bullet Points.  You can be forgiven for expecting this will be another uninformed diatribe against those evil conservatives, who if they would only stop licking the boots of their NRA masters, would allow common sense legislation to pass that would prevent crime by outlawing evil guns.  The expected would, in this case, be wrong. Ms Larimore, who has been at Slate since 2002, was, as of 2008, the only Republican at the publication.  That makes her remarkable.  She actually knows how...
  • Trump promised millions to charity. We found less than $10,000 over 7 years. (Smell the desperation)

    06/28/2016 5:55:33 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 44 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | June 28, 2016 | David A. Fahrenthold
    In May, under pressure from the news media, Donald Trump made good on a pledge he made four months earlier: He gave $1 million to a nonprofit group helping veterans’ families. Before that, however, when was the last time that Trump gave any of his own money to a charity? If Trump stands by his promises, such donations should be occurring all the time. In the past 15 years, Trump has promised to donate earnings from a wide variety of his money-making enterprises: “The Apprentice.” Trump Vodka. Trump University. A book. Another book. If he honored all those pledges, Trump’s...
  • George Will on Why He Really Supports Hillary Clinton: ‘I’m a Conservative’

    06/26/2016 5:04:33 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 114 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 06/26/16 | Pam Key
    On this weekend’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” Washington Post columnist George Will explained why he left the Republican Party over presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Will said, “I left it for the same reason I joined it in 1964 when I voted for Barry Goldwater, because I was a conservative. I leave for the same reason, I’m a conservative. To give you a time line, shortly after Trump became the presumptive nominee he had a summit meeting with Paul Ryan where they stressed their vast shared ground, which is more important than their differences. I thought that was puzzling...
  • Many experienced GOP strategists unwilling to work for Trump (Some of Cruz's Crew)

    06/26/2016 1:49:19 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 161 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 25, 2016 | Steve Peoples
    WASHINGTON — Donald Trump has finally acknowledged that to best compete against Hillary Clinton he needs more than the bare-bones campaign team that led him to primary success. But many of the most experienced Republican political advisers aren’t willing to work for him. (Snip) While there are exceptions, many strategists who best understand the mechanics of presidential politics fear that taking a Trump paycheck might stain their resumes, spook other clients and even cause problems at home. They also are reluctant to devote months to a divisive candidate whose campaign has been plagued by infighting and disorganization. “Right now I...
  • NPR issues large correction about stay-at-home mom/gun-control activist(STW)

    06/26/2016 7:02:58 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 6/23/2016 | Erik Wemple
    This report refers to Shannon Watts as one in a group of “regular people” who began advocating for stricter gun control measures in recent years. After the December 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., she created the “One Million Moms for Gun Control” Facebook page. It later became “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.” We should have noted that Watts has a background in corporate communications. From 1998 to mid-2012, she was a corporate communications executive or consultant at such companies as Monsanto and FleishmanHillard. Before that, Watts had what she says was a...
  • Clinton Opens 12-Point Lead on Trump as Two-Thirds See Him as Biased (POLL)

    06/26/2016 6:48:30 AM PDT · by John W · 132 replies
    abcnews.com ^ | June 26, 2016 | Gary Langer
    Hillary Clinton surged to a broad advantage against Donald Trump in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, capitalizing on Trump’s recent campaign missteps. Two-thirds of Americans see him as biased against groups such as women, minorities or Muslims, and a new high, 64 percent, call Trump unqualified to serve as president. These and other doubts about Trump have produced a sharp 14-point swing in preferences among registered voters, from +2 points for Trump in mid-May, after he clinched the GOP nomination, to +12 points for Clinton now, 51-39 percent. That snaps the race essentially back to where it was in...
  • This autonomous, 3D-printed bus starts giving rides in Washington, DC today

    06/21/2016 10:08:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Verge ^ | June 16, 2016 | Tamara Warren
    Local Motors, the Arizona-based automaker that crowdsources vehicle design, has introduced a 3D-printed, autonomous, electric shuttle bus that is partially recyclable called Olli. Local Motors says that it's the first vehicle to use IBM Watson’s car-focused cognitive learning platform, Watson Internet of Things (IoT) for Automotive. It’s a boxy, far-out concept that may be the first of its kind, but that’s the point for a company that isn’t focused only on making vehicles — it’s about remaking the car manufacturing business. If all goes according to plan, Olli will be giving autonomous rides at the company’s introductory event on the...
  • She Has Down Syndrome But She Just Graduated From High School With a 3.7 GPA

    06/23/2016 10:44:35 PM PDT · by kathsua · 19 replies
    lifenews ^ | Jun 23, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    Young people with Down syndrome are constantly surprising their communities by showing how much they can achieve. They are learning to read and write, graduating from high school and college, and becoming fashion models and business owners. Now, a Washington, D.C. teen made history last week when she became the first student with Down syndrome to graduate with a full high school diploma from the D.C. Public Schools, The Federalist reports. Madison Essig graduated with 3.7 GPA and National Honor Society honors, but her mother had to fight to ensure her daughter had that opportunity, Fox 5 News reports. Madison’s...
  • Work Begins to Try to Save Christianity’s Holiest Shrine: Jesus’ Tomb

    06/23/2016 6:44:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 39 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 6/20/16 | William Booth
    JERUSALEM — Work has begun to save the holiest shrine in Christendom. It won’t be a simple patch-and-paint job. This is the alpha and omega of restoration projects. They are going to repair Jesus’ tomb — with titanium bolts. Over the next nine months, a team of Greek conservationists will restore the collapsing chapel built above and around the burial cave where the faithful believe that Jesus was buried and rose from the dead after the Crucifixion. To fix the chapel, which is buckling under its own weight, the crew will have to enter a few square meters of the...
  • House sit-in guarantees gun control will be a top issue in fall election

    06/23/2016 7:38:06 AM PDT · by Innovative · 58 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 23, 2016 | James Hohmann
    THE BIG IDEA: Paul Ryan calls it “a publicly stunt.” That may be true. But it is proving to be a darn effective one. Republicans, unsure about how to deal with a sit-in that started on the House floor yesterday at 11:30 a.m., tried to talk over Democrats and hold routine votes. Then, around 3:30 a.m., they adjourned the chamber until after July Fourth – two days earlier than planned. In so doing, they’ve guaranteed that the debate about gun control will roil the congressional recess and remain a dominant storyline for the next two weeks. Democrats continue to occupy...
  • Trump’s challenge to official Washington (Pete Hoekstra)

    06/22/2016 7:06:48 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 7 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | Pete Hoekstra
    The bipartisan Washington elite still cannot grasp the Donald Trump phenomenon. How can someone possibly succeed in politics by telling grass-roots America that he understands their anxieties and intends to do something about them? The Beltway crowd has for years conditioned the country to expect lofty platitudes followed by failure and inaction. When the presumptive Republican nominee for president speaks, large constituencies hear a straightforward message. Then official Washington — in all of its contempt for voters — anatomizes and reads between the lines until they have grossly distorted his words. For example, Mr. Trump’s policy of “America First” says...
  • White TV anchor fired after racial comments fights back with discrimination lawsuit

    06/21/2016 6:24:32 AM PDT · by orchestra · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/21/2016 | Katie Mettler
    In March, a white award-winning broadcast news anchor in Pittsburgh posted on her professional Facebook page what she claimed was a heartfelt call to action on the perceived black-on-black crime epidemic in the United States, particularly in the city she’d covered for almost 20 years. The post came two weeks after she covered a mass shooting at a backyard barbecue that left four people injured and six dead, including a pregnant woman, in Wilkinsburg, a majority black borough. The district attorney called the heinous crime calculated, planned and one of the “most brutal” he had seen in his 18-year tenure.
  • Israel wants someone to build a $5 billion island off Gaza — for a seaport, hotels, airport

    06/20/2016 11:52:21 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    The Israeli government is considering a proposal to build an artificial island off the Gaza Strip that a top official says would give Palestinians living in the besieged enclave their one and only seaport — and maybe a hotel and an international airport, too. The Israeli minister of intelligence who is promoting the plan, Israel Katz, said the Jewish state is actively seeking financial partners for the $5 billion project. Katz mentioned the Saudis and Chinese as possible builders of the port — or maybe a mysterious Israeli entrepreneur. He declined to name names. ... He said the plan is...
  • Fact Check: WaPo Gives Democrats Many Pinocchios For These False Claims on Guns

    06/20/2016 9:51:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 20, 2016 | Guy Benson
    The entire purpose of my satirical piece demanding the immediate defunding of Planned Parenthood and reconsideration of the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling "as a result of" the Orlando terrorist attack was to promote fact-based rationality in policymaking, even in the wake -- or especially in the wake -- of a terrible event.  "Public policy should be crafted based on evidence and empiricism, ever mindful of the constitution, even when it's politically inconvenient. Our discourse should encourage thoughtful disagreement, not seek to squelch it by serially impugning others' motives.  Our analysis of stomach-turning violent instances should be rooted in reality and fact, not shoe-horned into pre-existing ideological narratives," my author's note...
  • Down the Memory Hole: In 2008 Obama campaign booted 3 newspapers off his campaign plane

    06/19/2016 7:06:38 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 19 June 2016 | Thomas Lifson
    The mainstream media have been hysterical this week in their response to Donald Trump’s revocation of the Washington Post’s campaign press credentials in response to coverage and headlines so unfair that the paper went back and changed them. Yet those same media outlets remained silent in 2008 when the Obama presidential campaign booted 3 major newspapers that had been writing unfavorably about the campaign off its press plane. Joe Concha of Mediaite remembers what happened 8 years ago, and contrasts the media response in the two instances: The year was 2008. The candidate had a big lead in the polls...
  • Donald Trump says it's 'not nice' to call women 'tough'

    06/19/2016 3:54:01 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Washington ComPost ^ | Saturday, June 18, 2016 | Jenna Johnson and Ryan Van Velzer
    Donald Trump lavished praise on former Arizona governor Jan Brewer (R) at a Saturday afternoon rally, asking her to stand and be recognized by his crowd of several thousand. "She's an amazing person," Trump said, as Brewer stood in a small penned-off area for VIPs. "And, you know, it's not nice to say about a woman, but you are tough. Aren't you? Huh? She is tough. She's smart." When asked why it is "not nice" to say that a woman is tough, Trump's spokeswoman forwarded this comment from him: "She's tough and she's smart and she was a great Governor...
  • Helen Thomas, JFK went on date

    10/05/2013 5:18:38 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 72 replies
    Helen Thomas, JFK went on date By: Andrew Glass October 5, 2013 03:47 PM EDT Helen Thomas covered 10 presidents, from Eisenhower through Obama, in her time as a White House correspondent. She also went on a date with one of them, it emerged during a memorial service attended by about 500 people Saturday at the National Press Club for Thomas, who died on July 20 at age 92. As told by Suzanne Geha, Thomas’s niece, who presided, Thomas arrived in Washington in 1942, at age 22, shortly after graduating from Detroit’s Wayne State University. United Press (later UPI) hired...
  • FBI agents: Hillary 'bullied' Vince Foster to death

    06/03/2016 4:43:28 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 60 replies
    WND ^ | Bob Unruh
    The author of a book about Hillary Clinton and Vince Foster, the aide whose death in 1993 was ruled a suicide, says Clinton triggered Foster’s death by bullying him unmercifully, calling him out from among his colleagues as a failure. The claim comes from Ronald Kessler, formerly an investigative reporter with the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, and the author of “The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents and The Secrets of the FBI.” Kessler wrote about his claim in the London Daily Mail on Thursday. The controversies surrounding Foster’s death...
  • The interesting thing that happened when Kansas cut taxes and California hiked them

    06/18/2016 11:23:17 AM PDT · by napscoordinator · 42 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 17, 2016 | By Jim Tankersley and Max Ehrenfreund
    In 2012, voters in California approved a measure to raise taxes on millionaires, bringing their top state income tax rate to 13.3 percent, the highest in the nation. Conservative economists predicted calamity, or at least a big slowdown in growth. Also that year, the governor of Kansas signed a series of changes to the state's tax code, including reducing income and sales tax rates. Conservative economists predicted a boom. Neither of those predictions came true. Not right away -- California grew just fine in the year the tax hikes took effect -- and especially not in the medium term, as...
  • Several GOP delegates working to block Trump's nomination: report

    06/17/2016 1:29:35 PM PDT · by Mechanicos · 165 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 17, 2016 | Ben Kamisar
    At least 30 delegates are mounting a longshot attempt to deny Donald Trump the GOP presidential nomination on the convention floor, The Washington Post reported Friday. The delegates hope to change party rules next month to take away delegates who are pledged to the presumptive nominee but who may not actually support him. The attempt comes on the heels of a tough stretch for Trump, who has seen his favorability plummet and any lead over Democrat Hillary Clinton evaporate over his attacks on a Hispanic federal judge, comments this week about banning Muslims and other controversies. http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/283912-several-gop-delegates-working-to-block-trumps-nomination
  • The Gun the Orlando Shooter Used Was a Sig Sauer MCX, Not an AR-15. That Doesn’t Change Much.

    06/15/2016 2:15:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 14 | Thomas Gibbons-Neff
    In the hours after Sunday’s mass shooting at an Orlando night club, Chief John Mina of the Orlando Police Department said the gunman’s weapons included a pistol and an “AR-15-type assault rifle.” On Monday night, officials clarified that the rifle Omar Mateen used in the shooting was not an AR-15, but a Sig Sauer MCX rifle. While aesthetically similar to and just as lethal as an AR-15, the MCX is internally a different beast, thus all but removing it from the AR-15 family of rifles. Yet while the weapon is different, the MCX and the AR-15 share the same design...
  • Why Trump was 100 percent right to revoke the Washington Post’s press credentials

    06/15/2016 12:12:26 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/15/16 | Dan Calabrese
    They flat-out lied about his Orlando comments. And they know it too. You have heard in the past few days that Donald Trump has “banned” the Washington Post from covering his campaign. He has done no such thing. He can do no such thing. The Post can write about Trump’s campaign every day, and they have continued to do so. What Trump has done is revoked the press credentials of the Post’s reporters who want to attend his campaign events as working media. And had I been Trump after the events of the past few days, I would have done...
  • Top Republicans join Obama in condemning Trump’s words

    06/15/2016 5:33:19 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 70 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/15/2016 | Sean Sullivan, Mike DeBonis
    Top Republicans joined with President Obama and other Democrats Tuesday in sharply condemning Donald Trump’s reaction to the nightclub massacre in Orlando, decrying his anti-Muslim rhetoric and his questioning of Obama’s allegiances as divisive and out of step with America’s values. Trump — who just a week ago signaled an intent to snap his campaign into a more measured tone for the general election — showed no sign of backing down from his suggestions that Obama was somehow connected to or sympathetic with terrorists, telling the Associated Press that the president “continues to prioritize our enemy” over Americans. In separate...