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  • Senate Democrats Leave Door Open To Skip Netanyahu Speech

    01/30/2015 10:36:33 AM PST · by Dave346 · 54 replies
    Buzz Feed ^ | Jan. 29, 2015, at 6:38 p.m. | Jacob Fischler
    WASHINGTON — When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint session of Congress in March, it is unclear whether everybody invited will actually show up. Democrats have criticized House Speaker John Boehner for circumventing the administration when he invited Netanyahu to speak, and the White House has already said Obama will not meet with him when he’s here. BuzzFeed News asked several Senate Democrats whether they planned on skipping the speech or not. Most said they either hadn’t thought about it or they hadn’t decided. But there were no hard answers in the negative. Only one senator definitively said...
  • PPP Poll: Hillary falls within MOE of top GOP candidates

    01/30/2015 12:28:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/30/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Mitt Romney’s not running for President again, telling supporters that it’s time for the Republican Party to look to other leaders for its future. Democrats may wonder whether they have to tell Hillary Clinton the same thing. In a PPP poll taken this week, Hillary Clinton can’t get to 50% against any Republican challenger paired against her, even Romney: The automated poll of nearly 900 registered voters, conducted last week by Public Policy Polling, found that 48 percent of respondents had an unfavorable opinion of Clinton, compared to 43 percent who viewed the former secretary of State favorably.While Clinton...
  • John Kerry fined $50 for failing to shovel snow outside home

    01/29/2015 7:27:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 29, 2015 8:33 PM EST
    John Kerry has many titles—secretary of state, former senator, one-time Democratic candidate for president. The globe-spanning diplomat can add one more: snow shoveling scofflaw. […] On Thursday, (Boston) officials tagged Kerry with a $50 fine at 9:45 a.m. for failing to clear the snow from the side of his Beacon Hill mansion. Kerry was in Saudi Arabia attending the funeral of King Abdullah with President Obama. …
  • Loretta Lynch Belonged to Jew-Hating, Pro-Terrorist Harvard Group

    01/29/2015 2:04:44 PM PST · by COUNTrecount · 37 replies
    Got News ^ | NOVEMBER 12, 2014 | CHARLES C. JOHNSON
    Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch belonged to a student group that brought Jew-hating Palestinian terrorists to Harvard Law School every year she was a member. Lynch belonged to the Harvard Black Law Students Association (BLSA) from 1981-1984 when she was a student. During those years the radical black group brought representatives from the Palestinian Liberation Operation (PLO). The group’s leader, Mohammed Kenyatta, called for the “liberation of Palestine” and expressed support for the terrorist organization. The BLSA defended bringing the terrorists in a letter to the editor of the Harvard student newspaper, The Harvard Crimson. Jewish student organizations protested the...
  • Liberal Infighting: Elizabeth Warren-Supporting Group Attacks Rahm Emanuel

    01/27/2015 6:09:46 PM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 27 Jan 2015 | Caroline May
    One of the left-wing groups pushing for an Elizabeth Warren presidency is no fan of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Democracy for America (DFA) announced this week that it will be supporting seven progressive Chicago Aldermen that the group says Emanuel, President Obama’s former White House chief of staff, has attacked. The DFA’s effort highlights the ever-more apparent rift in the Democratic Party between the progressive so-called Warren-wing of the party and more establishment Democrats.
  • Democratic stunner: It isn’t even close in Elizabeth Warren vs. Hillary showdown

    01/27/2015 9:00:25 AM PST · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 26, 2015 | David Sherfinski
    As she reportedly lays the groundwork for an all-but-declared presidential run in 2016, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton leads Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts by commanding margins in new polls testing Democrats’ preference for their 2016 presidential nominee. In a head-to-head matchup, Mrs. Clinton leads Mrs. Warren, 62 percent to 22 percent, when respondents were asked who they would vote for if the 2016 Democratic presidential primary were held in their state today, according to a Rasmussen poll. Sixteen percent were undecided and 18 percent said they had not heard of Mrs. Warren.
  • Massachusetts Nuclear Reactor Shuts Down During Snowstorm

    01/27/2015 6:21:31 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 27, 2015
    PLYMOUTH, Mass. - Officials say a Massachusetts nuclear power plant was forced to shut down during the blizzard but there was no danger to the public. In a statement, officials at the Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Plymouth said it stopped operating in accordance with procedure after distribution lines that send power from the plant to the electric grid became inoperable because of the weather. The plant said safety systems worked as designed and there was no threat to plant workers or the public.
  • Secretary of State John Kerry demonstrates why Huma Abedin’s background mattered

    01/26/2015 5:58:33 PM PST · by george76 · 44 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | March 27, 2013
    When folks like Andrew McCarthy articulated why our findings about then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s close adviser Huma Abedin were important, his camp was smeared as being discriminatory. His argument had nothing to do with discrimination or Islamophobia. It had everything to do with Abedin’s familial ties compromising her judgment and allegiances to the U.S. Constitution. Here we have an example that demonstrates this reality further and it comes via Kenneth Timmerman, who has picked up on the fact that the new Secretary of State – John Kerry – has a son-in-law with family still living in Iran. This...
  • 2024 Olympics in Boston? Not so Fast, Say Taxpayers

    01/26/2015 4:26:46 PM PST · by Rockitz · 19 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 25 January 2015 | Howie Carr
    After 30 years of disastrous multi-billion-dollar public construction disasters, cost overruns, and scandals, it appears that a bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Boston may be the last straw for overtaxed voters in the deep-blue state of Massachusetts. Two weeks ago, the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) gave Boston the nod as the American city to bid for the 2024 summer games. In its presentation, the pro-games group Boston 2024 smugly informed the USOC that “Boston is overwhelmingly united in its bid.” Er, no. Critics quickly began comparing the Olympics to the “Big Dig,” the ambitious downtown Boston highway project...
  • Patriots' Day: Battles of Lexington and Concord -1775- "The Shot Heard 'Round The World"

    04/19/2011 7:06:58 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 39 replies
    AIPNews.com ^ | April 19, 2011
    Minute Man Monument at Lexington Green "By The Rude Bridge That Arched The Flood, Their Flag to April's Breeze Unfurled, Here Once The Embattled Farmers Stood, And Fired The Shot Heard Round The World."  wpi.eduDepartment of Military Science - Worcester Polytechnic Institute On the 15 of April 1775, when General Thomas Gage, British Military Governor of Massachusetts, was ordered to destroy the rebel's military stores at Concord. To accomplish this he assembled the "Flanking units", including Light Infantry and Grenadiers, from his Boston Garrison. In charge he put Lieutenant Colonel Francis Smith and Marine Major John Pitcairn. He also composed...
  • A Guide to 2016 Republican Candidates' Positions on Illegal Immigration

    01/25/2015 12:02:31 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 71 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/16/2015 | Ben Shapiro
    With Republicans in Congress split over the best approach to Obama's executive amnesty - and with many establishment Republicans splitting form grassroots Republicans on the issue of illegal immigration more generally - it's clear that immigration will be a hot-button primary issue in 2016. ... So where do the potential candidates stand? Here's a rundown: ...
  • Major Blizzard to Shut Down Boston, NYC Area

    01/25/2015 6:06:13 AM PST · by dirtboy · 41 replies
    Accuweather ^ | 1/25/2015 | Brian Lada
    major winter storm will unfold across the Northeast early this week, eventually becoming an all-out blizzard over parts of New England and the New York City area. Those in the Northeast should prepare for the storm now rather than wait until the snow starts to fall, especially for those across eastern New England. "While the storm from Saturday may have been a mere nuisance to travelers and a delight to skiers, the storm Monday night into Tuesday could be far more disruptive in terms of travel and daily activities," said AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski. The greatest impacts are expected...
  • Donald Trump slams Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush as possible presidential candidates at GOP event

    01/24/2015 11:59:23 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 25 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Jan 25 2015 | Rich Shapiro
    The Donald doesn’t think much of Mitt or Jeb. Donald Trump came out guns blazing at a high-profile GOP event in Iowa on Saturday — blasting possible presidential contenders Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush. “It can’t be Mitt, because Mitt ran and failed. He failed,” Trump bellowed, drawing cheers from the riled-up audience at the Freedom Summit. “He choked. He had that election won.” Trump was equally blunt in assessing former President George W. Bush’s younger brother. “You can’t have Bush,” Trump said. “The last thing we need is another Bush.”
  • NFL adds all-pro lawyer to inquiry into Patriots

    01/23/2015 9:26:48 PM PST · by Colofornian · 113 replies
    BostonHerald.com ^ | Jan. 24, 2015 | Owen Boss
    The NFL is upping the stakes in its probe of the New England Patriots and unleashing one of the country’s top lawyers and a high-powered investigative firm to uncover the truth behind a scandal that has cast a dark cloud over the team as they prepare for the Super Bowl. League officials broke their silence on the Deflategate scandal yesterday, announcing that high-powered white-collar crime lawyer Ted Wells will join NFL Executive Vice President Jeff Pash on the investigation into whether the Pats knowingly used under-inflated footballs in the American Football Conference championship game. “He is one of the premier...
  • Harvard prof embroiled in Chinese food bill flap wants retraction from Globe site

    01/23/2015 11:17:07 AM PST · by pabianice · 19 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 1/23/15 | Boss
    The Harvard professor accused by the Boston Globe’s Boston.com of sending a racist email to a Chinese restaurant in a dispute over a food bill says “good journalistic practices” dictate that the website should officially retract the story. Harvard Business School professor Ben Edelman said then-deputy editor Hilary Sargent, demoted after the website said it could not verify that Edelman had written the racist email, never contacted him before posting the story. “My sense is that good journalistic practices would call for both a retraction and an admission that they didn’t follow the procedures understood to be appropriate — for...
  • America's first offshore wind project dealt major setback after utilities bolt

    01/23/2015 10:42:31 AM PST · by woodbutcher1963 · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 23, 2015 | Hillary Vaughn
    An ambitious and controversial push to erect America's first offshore wind farm has been dealt what some call a potentially "fatal" blow after two utility companies pulled out of commitments to buy energy from the lagging operation. The $2.6 billion Cape Wind project, a private operation benefiting from millions in federal subsidies, is attempting to pioneer offshore wind energy in pursuit of an eco-friendly, sustainable energy supply. Wind turbines would be installed off the coast of Massachusetts' Cape Cod in Nantucket Sound. But Cape Wind is now in limbo after utility companies terminated huge purchase agreements. They pulled out after...
  • Evidence suggests Patriots deliberately deflated footballs

    01/21/2015 7:44:52 PM PST · by randita · 145 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 1/21/15 | Ben Volin
    The Patriots’ run to the Super Bowl has turned into an episode of “Law & Order.” And three days into Deflategate, it is becoming increasingly clear that the “law” was broken. Now the tricky part: Figuring out the appropriate punishment. The NFL’s investigation into the Patriots using under-inflated footballs in Sunday night’s AFC Championship is still ongoing. The league has said very little about the investigation or the timetable for its conclusion. The NFL sent a letter to the Patriots on Monday informing them that the league concluded that under-inflated footballs were used on Sunday. The investigation is now centered...
  • State Gives Illegal Aliens $35 Mil in Healthcare, Meds, Physical Therapy (MA)

    01/20/2015 12:50:06 PM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 20, 2015
    Though it violates both state and federal law, Massachusetts spent tens of millions of dollars to give illegal immigrants medical care—including prescription drugs, physical therapy and dental services—through its taxpayer-funded healthcare program for low-income individuals. Tax-paying residents of the Bay State should be outraged, to say the least. The information comes straight out of a scathing report that contains the findings of an investigation conducted by Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne Bump. It reveals that questionable or prohibited medical claims totaling $35,137,347 were reimbursed by the state’s Medicaid agency known as MassHealth. A chunk of it went to non-emergency services for...
  • Mass. urges owners on coast to elevate homes (More Global Warming BS)

    05/25/2008 11:53:32 AM PDT · by PROCON · 16 replies · 47+ views
    boston.com ^ | May 24, 2008 | Robert Knox
    The state is urging property owners along the Massachusetts coast to elevate their homes 1 to 3 feet to protect against storms and the threat that rising seas will bring the waters to their doorsteps. more stories like thisIt's just a recommendation - not a requirement - but the message being delivered by the new StormSmart Coasts program is a sign that many municipal and state officials are concerned about the risk global warming may bring to property owners along the 1,700-mile Massachusetts coastline. "It's scary," said Vincent J. Kalishes III, Scituate's conservation agent, who took part in planning the...
  • White #BlackLivesMatter Boston Protesters Found Living with Parents in Luxury Mansions

    01/18/2015 3:21:33 PM PST · by servo1969 · 53 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 1-18-2015 | Kristinn Taylor
    Screen grab by TurtleBoySports.comBoston reporters went to the homes of several Boston area protesters who were arrested for blocking highways on Thursday. What they found were adult children playing revolutionary while living with their rich parents. A reporter for WBZ-TV, Ken MacLeod was run off a property while seeking to interview protesters. At another he was told he was harassing the protester he was seeking to interview by ringing her apartment call box. “WBZ-TV’s Ken MacLeod went to (Mark) Schwaller’s apartment in Jamaica Plain hoping for some perspective. He didn’t get that but he did get tossed by another man...
  • Marty Walsh sacks city worker for role in barrel sit-in, citing safety risk

    01/18/2015 12:22:15 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 18 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 1/18/15 | Richard Weir
    Mayor Martin J. Walsh has fired a 25-year-old city youth worker after learning the Roxbury woman was among 11 protesters who chained themselves to 1,200-pound, concrete-filled barrels in Milton on Thursday, snarling morning rush-hour traffic and stalling at least two ambulances, the Herald has learned. As mayor, you have to make tough, difficult decisions. This is not a difficult decision,” Walsh said. “This was not based on the fact of this woman protesting. It was based on the fact of putting the public safety of other people at risk.” Nelli Ruotsalainen, a part-time youth communication specialist for the Boston Centers...
  • Protesters React To Negative Backlash Following I-93 Sit-In

    01/18/2015 9:30:29 AM PST · by Lazamataz · 64 replies
    Video at link. It's worth watching. These morons can inconvenience 1000's, maybe even costing lives, but THEY feel harassed when the news comes to visit them. Good job, morons. With PR like this, you are minting new conservatives every day.
  • A Tip for Deval Patrick: Be Like Bush

    01/17/2015 7:12:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 16, 2015 | Jeff Jacoby
    LAST WEEK Deval Patrick shed the title he had worn for eight years. This week he donned the first of what will doubtless be a batch of new titles: The commonwealth's former governor announced plans to join the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a "visiting innovation fellow" at the school's Innovation Initiative.As Patrick re-acclimates to life in the private sector, there will be plenty to keep him busy. He told Fortune magazine that he has been approached by venture firms, equity firms, and corporations. He will have his pick of speaking engagements and media appearances. And the political hive will...
  • # blacklivesmatter protesters block ambulance from hospital in Boston

    01/16/2015 6:35:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 15, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    If you were upset about tensions between community members and police officers across racial lines, what would be the first avenue to address these issues that came to mind? Obviously you would unload a bunch of heavy barrels, chain yourself to them and block traffic on the interstate. Protesters who said they were trying to call attention to racial oppression blocked traffic on Interstate 93 north and south of Boston Thursday morning. The actions surprised police, snarled the commute for thousands, and forced the diversion of an ambulance rushing a car crash victim to a Boston hospital, State Police said....
  • Women's College Cancels 'Vagina Monologues' Because It Excludes Women Without Vaginas

    01/16/2015 9:43:24 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 72 replies
    reason.com ^ | Jan. 15, 2015 | Elizabeth Nolan Brown
    Good riddance! Yet... Since the 1990s, students from Mount Holyoke College, an all-women's school in Massachusetts, have staged an annual production of The Vagina Monologues. Not this year. The college is retiring the ritual over concerns that the play—penned by Eve Ensler in 1996 as a way to "celebrate the vagina" and women's sexuality—is not inclusive enough. In a school-wide email from Mount Holyoke's student-theater board, relayed by Campus Reform, student Erin Murphy explained that "at its core, the show offers an extremely narrow perspective on what it means to be a woman ... Gender is a wide and varied...
  • Loafers scraped bottom for these barrel bums

    01/16/2015 9:02:12 AM PST · by AU72 · 14 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | January 16, 2015 | Howie Carr
    This was a terrorist attack — on the working people of Boston, by non-working blow-in drifters, losers and knuckleheads. A guy I know from my radio show was using his cellphone to record everything in East Milton Square yesterday during the worst of it. A couple of these bums were on the overpass, wearing the green caps they used to wear during Occupy. (What a coincidence!) The hippies were watching the girls down below blocking traffic coming into the city. Handcuffed to the 50-gallon drums, the gals looked like a pair of beached whales. My friend says to these two...
  • All-Women’s College Cancels “Vagina Monologues” Play Because It’s Not “Inclusive” of Transgender

    01/16/2015 5:51:02 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 32 replies
    How many transgender students are currently enrolled at Mount Holyoke? . . . Zero. Via Campus Reform: Mount Holyoke College, an all-women’s college in Massachusetts, is retiring its annual production of the Vagina Monologues this year because the play is not inclusive of transgender students. The annual production of the play is part of a country-wide tradition to perform Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues on Valentine’s Day to raise awareness about gender-based violence and usually coincides with the V-Day campaign. The proceeds are donated to sexual assault prevention organizations or women’s rights organizations.
  • Protests on I-93 Cause Major Traffic Delays; 17 Arrested

    01/15/2015 6:43:43 AM PST · by bryan999 · 43 replies
    Protesters shut down I-93 Northbound at East Milton Square and I-93 Southbound in the Medford-Somerville area during the Thursday morning commute causing major traffic backups, according to Massachusetts State police. State Police reported that 17 people from the Medford protest were under arrest and being processed. The protest was organized by the Boston contingent of the group Black Lives Matter, according to an Associated Press report. In a statement posted Thursday morning on the group’s Facebook page, the protest was held “to ‘disrupt business as usual’ and protest police and state violence against Black people.” The protesters have been removed...
  • Boston area highway blocked by protesters

    BOSTON — State police say a group of protesters has blocked a busy Boston area highway at the height of the morning commute. Police say in response they have shut down Interstate 93 north at East Milton Square south of the city, and I-93 south at Mystic Avenue north of the city. A state police spokeswoman says some protesters have chained themselves to highway barriers. The spokeswoman did not know what the people were protesting, but broadcast outlets say one person is holding a sign that reads "united against racism."
  • Westport Car Dealership Messes With Pizza Delivery Guy, Feels Internet’s Wrath

    01/14/2015 6:53:25 PM PST · by Wilderness Conservative · 54 replies
    Boston.com ^ | 1/15/15 | Eric Levenson
    A video of car dealership employees in Westport getting into a heated argument with a local pizza delivery man over $7 has led to Internet anger and a personal apology. The video, posted on Liveleak, begins with a delivery man returning $7 in cash to the dealership that he had thought was a tip. By the end of the video, one dealership worker threatens to “put my foot in your ass” and another says he will call the delivery man’s manager and get him fired.
  • Gallup CEO Blasts US Leadership "The Economy Is Not Coming Back"

    01/14/2015 10:57:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/14/2015 | Jim Clifton, Gallup CEO & Chairman,
    Authored by Jim Clifton, Gallup CEO & Chairman,The U.S. now ranks not first, not second, not third, but 12th among developed nations in terms of business startup activity. Countries such as Hungary, Denmark, Finland, New Zealand, Sweden, Israel and Italy all have higher startup rates than America does.We are behind in starting new firms per capita, and this is our single most serious economic problem. Yet it seems like a secret. You never see it mentioned in the media, nor hear from a politician that, for the first time in 35 years, American business deaths now outnumber business births.The...
  • Labor board hit with second lawsuit over 'ambush' elections

    01/14/2015 11:37:48 AM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 14, 2015 | Tim Devaney
    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is facing a second lawsuit from business groups upset about a controversial rule they contend will unfairly speed up union elections. The business groups are challenging what they refer to as the NLRB's "ambush election" rule. The Texas chapters of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) filed the lawsuit late Tuesday in federal court seeking to overturn the rule. "We are proud to join the legal fight against the ambush rule, which is designed to deprive employers, particularly small businesses who typically do not employ legal counsel,...
  • U.S. Chamber head criticizes 'economic populist' Elizabeth Warren

    01/14/2015 11:38:42 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    reuters ^ | Wed Jan 14, 2015 2:16pm EST | Susan Cornwell
    The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce charged on Wednesday that Senator Elizabeth Warren and other backers of what he called "economic populism" were actually seeking a state-run economy. ... "Today we're hearing a lot of talk about so-called economic populism. Its advocates claim they are standing up for the average citizen - but what they really stand for is the unbridled growth of the central government and a state-run economy," ...
  • 'Klansville USA' PBS Documentary Takes Cheap Shot at Republicans

    01/14/2015 10:38:39 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 40 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | January 14, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    "Klansville U.S.A." which was broadcast nationally last night is a PBS American Experience production by WGBH in Boston based on a book of that title by David Cunningham. It is an interesting look at the rise and fall of the North Carolina Ku Klux Klan in the 1960s. A very good historical documentary marred by the jarring flaw of taking a cheap shot at Republicans. It was almost as if the producer and director, Callie T. Wiser, just couldn't restrain herself from taking a shot at Republicans. The documentary stuck to the facts until just a couple of minutes before...
  • Boston.com’s Boehner poisoning article sparks furor

    01/14/2015 8:42:48 AM PST · by outpostinmass2 · 26 replies
    The Boston Globe’s boston.com this morning was silent amid a furor of criticism over their article mocking death threats aimed at Republican House Speaker John Boehner. Boston.com spokeswoman Mary Zanor did not return an email or call for comment today. The story, written by Boston.com associate editor Victor Paul Alvarez and posted on the website’s “Top News” section last evening, was headlined “Would Anyone Have Noticed if Bartender Succeeded in Poisoning John Boehner?” “The question is: Would anyone have noticed? Stories about Boehner’s drinking have circulated for years. His drinking inspired a blog called DrunkBoehner, and in 2010 he brought...
  • Academic Admits Farce of Affirmative Action

    01/14/2015 6:58:30 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 14 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 13, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Every now and then, academics drop their guard and reveal that one or another of the shibboleths that the modern academic world holds dear is—a sham. “The loud debate over affirmative action is a distraction that obscures the real problem, because right now affirmative action simply mirrors the values of the current view of meritocracy,” Harvard law professor Lani Guinier wrote in The Chronicle Review on January 9, 2015. “Students at elite colleges who are the beneficiaries of affirmative action tend to be either the children of immigrants or the children of upper-middle-class parents of color, children who have been...
  • Tsarnaev lawyers: Suspend jury selection over Paris attacks

    01/13/2015 4:28:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 13, 2015 6:52 PM EST | Denise Lavoie
    Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a judge Tuesday to suspend jury selection in his trial for at least a month because the recent terrorist attacks in France have again placed the marathon bombings “at the center of a grim global drama.” The lawyers said a delay would allow some time “for the extraordinary prejudice flowing from these events—and the comparison of those events to those at issue in this case—to diminish.” …
  • Elizabeth Warren Says She Is Not Going To Run For President

    01/13/2015 1:32:51 PM PST · by Libloather · 76 replies
    Huffington Post via MSN ^ | 1/13/15 | Paige Lavender
    <p>Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) gave her most definitive answer to date about her 2016 plans in an interview with Fortune published Tuesday.</p> <p>So are you going to run for President? No.</p> <p>In the past, Warren has denied that she's running for president, always speaking in the present tense.</p>
  • Springfield man, enraged EBT card would not cover $14 bill, threatens to kill store clerk

    01/13/2015 9:32:41 AM PST · by Vermont Lt · 70 replies
    Masslive ^ | 1/13/2015 | Masslive
    SPRINGFIELD - Police arrested a 23-year-old Springfield man who threatened to kill a Sumner Avenue convenience store clerk during a 2 a.m. dispute over $14 in merchandise and an out-of-state electronic benefits debit card, police said.
  • 'First Daughter' Of First State With Same-Sex Marriage To Wed Partner

    01/12/2015 11:00:31 PM PST · by Steelfish · 96 replies
    CNN ^ | January 3, 2015 | Kevin Conlon
    'First Daughter' Of First State With Same-Sex Marriage To Wed Partner Kevin Conlon, January 3, 2015 Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announces daughter's engagement Katherine Patrick, 25, will marry partner Alisha Lemieux, 21 Massachusetts became first state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2003 (CNN)Katherine Patrick was 14 years old when Massachusetts legalized same-sex marriage. Now 25, the "first daughter" of the first state to legalize same-sex marriage is engaged to be married, her father, Gov. Deval Patrick, has announced. "The Governor and Mrs. Patrick joyfully announce the engagement of their daughter Katherine Wintersmith Patrick to Alisha Marie Lemieux of New Bedford,"...
  • Kennedy sent men to the moon in less time than Obama's spent dithering on Keystone XL

    01/08/2015 5:19:33 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 20 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 1/7/2015 | John Merline
    President Obama said Tuesday he would veto any bill that tries to start construction on the Keystone XL pipeline before a federal review is finished — a process in its seventh year. You can argue whether Obama is being sincere in his desire to follow procedure, or just trying to run out the clock so he doesn't have to make a decision, but by any measure, six-plus years is a long time. Jason Russell tries to put this in perspective at the Washington Examiner by calculating what other things someone could do while Obama's reviews held up the pipeline. Among...
  • Americans don't want a revolution despite Elizabeth Warren's sounds of alarm for the middle class

    01/11/2015 4:42:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | January 11, 2015 | Peter Foster in Washington
    Ideological splits among Republicans have been part of the fun of the American political fair for more than 50 years now, but what of potential divisions on the Left? When Barack Obama departs the White House in 2016, the question already being asked is whether Democrats will now suffer the same kind of upheaval that the Tea Party inflicted on Republicans after George W. Bush left office in 2008. Last week in Washington DC it was possible to hear the opening shots of what some left-wing Democrats hope will become a similarly fierce fight for the ideological soul of their...
  • Former MIT Professor 'robbed Manhattan bank and filmed the whole heist for art project'

    01/11/2015 6:41:44 AM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/10/15 | Pete D'amato
    **SNIP** He handed the bank teller a note, which asked for a donation to be made to his church, according to documents filed in court. Rhode Island police believe that the former professor, who currently lives in a Boston suburb, is responsible for a similar heist at a bank in Providence. According to the Providence Journal, a middle-aged man robbed a Citizens Bank in November, telling the clerk who handed over $3,000, 'Thank you, this is for the church.' The Post reports that while waiting to be arraigned for the incident on New Year's Eve, Gibbons told another man who...
  • Jeb In 94: I Would Do ‘Probably Nothing’ For African-Americans

    01/10/2015 8:40:48 PM PST · by Bratch · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 10, 2016 | SCOTT GREER
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush appears poised for a presidential run and is currently leading the polls among potential Republican candidates for 2016, but the comments he made in 1994 during his first run for Florida’s highest office may come back to haunt him.The Associated Press reports that Bush described himself then as a “head-banging conservative” and used fiery rhetoric — such as claiming he would do “probably nothing” for African-Americans if he became governor — in his ultimately unsuccessful bid. Bush made that statement in response to a question on what he would for African-Americans if elected to office.“It’s time...
  • Elizabeth Warren Says Economy Is Rigged Against Middle Class

    01/09/2015 5:06:35 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 56 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 01/08/2015 | John Merline
    Is the economy rigged against the middle class? The Democratic left's dream candidate -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren -- thinks so. "I see evidence everywhere of the pounding working people are taking," Warren said on Wednesday at an AFL-CIO summit on raising wages. "These families are working harder than ever, but they can't get ahead. Many feel that the game is rigged against them, and they are right. The game is rigged against them." Her argument, of course, is that the government must intervene to level the playing field. But Warren must not be looking very hard if she can't see...
  • Former Holyoke (MA) police chief says President Obama created era of mistrust in race relations

    01/08/2015 5:15:26 AM PST · by libertarian27 · 10 replies
    The Republican ^ | Jan 8, 2015 | Anthony R. Scott
    I have been putting off writing this op-ed piece for the past several months hoping in vain that our President and Attorney Eric Holder would become real leaders and not continue down the racist road they have been traveling. However the most recent police murders in New York City have prompted me to break my silence. I did not vote for President Obama when he first ran nor did I vote for him in 2012. When he was first elected I hoped that as a person of color he would move race relations forward and become a good, if not...
  • Does Harvard Hate Obamacare?

    01/07/2015 6:09:30 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 23 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | Malcolm A. Kline
    Harvard not only educated the president but has steadfastly supported not only him and even his more controversial policies, until now. “For years, Harvard’s experts on health economics and policy have advised presidents and Congress on how to provide health benefits to the nation at a reasonable cost,” Robert Pear reported in The New York Times on January 5, 2015. “But those remedies will now be applied to the Harvard faculty, and the professors are in an uproar.” “Members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the heart of the 378-year-old university, voted overwhelmingly in November to oppose changes that...
  • Oldest US time capsule will be opened today in Boston

    01/06/2015 2:59:06 PM PST · by PROCON · 16 replies
    abcnews ^ | Jan. 6, 2015
    The oldest time capsule discovered in the country that dates back to 1795 will be opened Tuesday in Boston, ABC News reported.American Revolution patriot Paul Revere and then-Gov. Samuel Adams originally placed the relic under a cornerstone of the Boston Statehouse in 1795.
  • No second chance to make first impression, Gov. Baker

    01/06/2015 4:19:02 AM PST · by luke1825 · 1 replies
    lowell sun ^ | 1/5 | peter lucas
    Memo to incoming Gov. Charlie Baker: Don't touch the drapes. Outgoing Gov. Deval Patrick spent $27,000 on those damask drapes in the governor's office, along with some fine furniture, when he first became governor, and he took a lot of heat over it. So leave the drapes alone. First impressions are very important. Do not repeat his initial mistakes. Also, be careful where you sit. The entire governor's suite on the third floor of the Statehouse has recently been refurbished to its historic 1798 Charles Bulfinch setting at a cost of $11.3 million.
  • Judge Gives Rules at Start of Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

    01/05/2015 11:41:50 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 24 replies
    NY Times ^ | JAN. 5, 2015 | By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE and RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr.
    Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, thin and pale, arrived in court Monday looking like the college student he was before he was accused of bombing the Boston Marathon... ...Judge O’Toole told prospective jurors that picking a jury could take up to three weeks, with opening statements possibly starting Jan. 26... ...Mr. Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to a 30-count indictment against him, including 17 counts that carry the death penalty. If the jury finds him guilty on even one of those counts, it must then decide whether to sentence him to life in prison or to death... ... on Monday, he proceeded...