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  • Elle Magazine Features Photo Of Supermodel Breastfeeding (Obama's America alert!)

    05/22/2015 10:32:51 AM PDT · by drewh · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 22, 2015 5:46 AM CDT
    (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Breastfeeding is in Vogue and, now, in Elle magazine. The cover of Elle Australia features supermodel Nicole Trunfio with her young son. Inside, it features a photo of Trunfio breastfeeding the baby. The photo is going viral, along with the hashtag "normalize breast feeding." Trunfio posted the picture on her Instagram page with the caption, "Whether you breastfeed or not, we gave birth, we are women, we are mothers. Thank you to Elle for being so bold and making such an encouraging, positive and healthy statement. #WomenUnite."
  • Incoming Boston University professor talks about the time she impersonated another woman online

    05/22/2015 7:41:53 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 05.21.15 | Charlotte Wilder and Allison Manning
    Incoming Boston University sociology professor Saida Grundy was convicted of a misdemeanor in 2008 after she made a fake account for another woman on an adult website. Grundy was a graduate student at the University of Michigan at the time. Grundy first gained widespread attention this month because of tweets in which she called white, college-aged males a “problem population.” She’s most recently been in the news due to comments she posted on a Facebook thread in February, when she argued with a woman who’d been sexually assaulted. ... Grundy was charged with felony counts of identity theft and using...
  • Skeptical Academics & Questionable Research

    05/22/2015 7:25:50 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 21, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    In the final decade of the Cold War, President Reagan urged Americans to “trust by verify” when engaged in arms control negotiations with the Soviet Union. When digesting academic research, it might be a good idea to reverse this formula and verify first, and then, if possible, trust, the information offered. Case in point: Harvard historian Naomi Oreskes. In a chapter in the book How Well Do Facts Travel? Oreskes attempts to unearth a connection between global warming skeptics and the energy industry, specifically a company called Western Fuels. Oreskes asserts that she has in her possession “leaked Western Fuels...
  • Big Dig into our wallets fuels Boston 2024 fears

    05/22/2015 5:42:45 AM PDT · by luke1825 · 4 replies
    lowell sun ^ | may 21 | Peter Lucas
    You can hardly blame the public for its lack of enthusiasm in bringing the 2024 Summer Olympics to Boston. People have memories, short and long. Still fresh in their minds is the breakdown of mass transportation in Greater Boston when the MBTA and its commuter rail network shut down during the series of snowstorms that paralyzed the city. Yes, there was a failure of equipment that had not been properly maintained, but there was also a failure of management leadership
  • The Obama-Boehner-McConnell 'Fast Track' to a Poorer America

    05/20/2015 12:28:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2015 | Terry Jeffrey
    President Barack Obama is negotiating a multilateral trade agreement with the governments of 11 nations. These include Malaysia and Vietnam -- as well as Japan, Brunei, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Peru. This so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership would govern most of the commercial relations between the nations that sign it. "With over 20 chapters under negotiation," explains a Congressional Research Service report published in March, "the TPP partners envision the agreement to be 'comprehensive and high-standard,' in that they seek to eliminate tariffs and nontariff barriers to trade in goods, services, and agriculture, and to establish or expand...
  • 'Clinton Cash’ Author: ‘We’re Finding Some Interesting, Compelling Things’ on Jeb

    05/18/2015 8:00:50 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/12/15 | Ian Hanchett
    “Clinton Cash” author Peter Schweizer said that he is ” finding some interesting, compelling things” in his investigation of Jeb Bush on Tuesday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show.” Schweizer reported, “We’re about four months into the research project, obviously not as global in scope as the Clintons, but you know, as governor of the state of Florida, you have a lot of things that you can do. So we’re following the money. We’re looking at land deals. We’re looking at an airport deal. We are looking at some of the educational reforms that were instituted, and some of the big corporate winners...
  • I’ve Read Obama’s Secret Trade Deal. Elizabeth Warren Is Right to Be Concerned

    05/19/2015 12:43:16 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 57 replies
    Politico ^ | 05/19/2015 | MICHAEL WESSEL
    You need to tell me what’s wrong with this trade agreement, not one that was passed 25 years ago,” a frustrated President Barack Obama recently complained about criticisms of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). He’s right. The public criticisms of the TPP have been vague. That’s by design—anyone who has read the text of the agreement could be jailed for disclosing its contents. I’ve actually read the TPP text provided to the government’s own advisors, and I’ve given the president an earful about how this trade deal will damage this nation. But I can’t share my criticisms with you. I...
  • Adriana Cohen: Tsarnaev death sentence sends message

    05/19/2015 8:01:27 PM PDT · by Adriana Cohen News · 7 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | May 17, 2015 | Adriana Cohen
    A miracle happened Friday in ultra-liberal, bleeding-heart Massachusetts. After 14 hours of deliberation, 12 jurors sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a radicalized Islamist terrorist, 
to death. Bravo to these courageous patriots who made the 
right call. Tsarnaev and his dead brother, Tamerlan, committed an act of war against our country — right on Boylston Street — where we shop, eat, work and, yes, run marathons. They cowardly killed innocents and wounded hundreds. But despite the horrors they committed in this great city, the radicalized, pot-smoking terrorist showed zero remorse for his premeditated and heinous acts
  • Boston Universit Prof in Racist Tweet Flap Accused of Trolling White Rape Victim

    05/18/2015 9:49:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 18, 2015 | Maxim Lott
    Boston University, which has already condemned the racist Tweets of an incoming faculty member, has now been sent an outrageous Facebook exchange in which a poster who identifies herself as the controversial sociology professor mercilessly ridicules a white rape victim. Saida Grundy, a newly hired professor at Boston University who recently said she regrets tweeting that white males are a "problem population," and other racially charged comments, is now accused of Facebook posts in which she appeared to taunt a white rape victim. That victim, Meghan Chamberlin, told FoxNews.com that the posts, made in a February public chat, felt “like...
  • Boston University prof in racist tweet flap accused of trolling white rape victim (Saida Grundy)

    05/18/2015 11:05:05 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 43 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | Maxim Lott
    Saida Grundy, a newly hired professor at Boston University who recently said she regrets tweeting that white males are a "problem population," and other racially charged comments, is now accused of Facebook posts in which she appeared to taunt a white rape victim. That victim, Meghan Chamberlin, told FoxNews.com that the posts, an a February public chat, felt “like a kick in the stomach.” *snip* Chamberlin, the rape survivor, responded: “No really. I got it. You can take your claws out, thanks.” To which Grundy exploded: “^^THIS IS THE S**T I AM TALKING ABOUT. WHY DO YOU GET TO PLAY...
  • Patriots Owner Robert Kraft: Tom Brady Told Me He’s Innocent In Deflategate Scandal

    05/18/2015 10:55:22 AM PDT · by drewh · 19 replies
    NESN.com ^ | Mon, May 18, 2015 at 4:09AM | by Doug Kyed
    New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft continues to lash out against the NFL for their Deflategate punishment because he has unwavering trust in his quarterback. Kraft, who’s already in San Francisco for the NFL Spring Meeting, where he’ll be face-to-face with commissioner Roger Goodell and the other 31 team owners, told the MMQB.com’s Peter King that he believes Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had no knowledge of deflated footballs. “Yes. Because we had the discussion — if you did it, let’s just deal with it and take our hit and move on,” Kraft said. “I’ve known Tommy 16 years, almost half...
  • Exclusive: Mother Of Boston Marathon Bomber Says US Will Burn

    05/18/2015 1:19:34 AM PDT · by matt1234 · 50 replies
    vocativ.com ^ | 5/17/2015 | Sarah Kaufman
    Family friend tells Vocativ that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s mother sent a distraught message after her son was given the death penalty. With her terrorist son sentenced to death, the mother of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sent raging messages to his supporters saying the United States will burn “in the flames of an eternal and terrifying fire,” her close friend told Vocativ. “They think that they are killing us and they celebrate this, but we are the ones who will rejoice when Allah grants us the chance to behold them in the flames of an eternal and terrifying fire, an otherworldly...
  • High schools changing rules for gowns at commencement

    05/17/2015 3:55:43 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 48 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | May 16, 2015 | Jeremy C. Fox
    For years, Sharon High School parents had help finding their sons and daughters among the sea of gowns on graduation day: boys all sported deep maroon, while girls wore pristine white. But last year, students approached principal Jose Libano with a proposal: end the tradition, which alienated some students. Now, all graduates wear maroon. Around the region, longstanding customs of assigning graduation colors by sex are giving way to new realities, driven by transgender student activists and supportive educators and classmates of all stripes. The change reflects a growing awareness that simple categories of male and female do not fit...
  • Death Sentence for Boston Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Unsettles City He Tore Apart

    05/17/2015 10:33:53 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 74 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 16, 2015 | Katharine Q. Seelye, Abby Goodnough and Jess Bidgood
    Since a federal jury on Friday sentenced the convicted bomber to death, the [Boston Marathon] finish line suddenly seems to be a place of ambivalence. Fresh flowers are accumulating. A sense of sorrow lingers in the air. Sightseers who come to snap a photo feel a little self-conscious. Residents train their gaze on the line, and the conversations turn to death — and disappointment. “I was shocked,” said Scott Larson, 47, a records manager who works near the finish line. “The death penalty — for Boston.” To many, the death sentence almost feels like a blot on the city’s collective...
  • Ronald Reagan doesn’t live here anymore: Why it’s high time liberals stop tiptoeing around race

    05/17/2015 2:22:24 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Salon ^ | May 16, 2015 | Elias Isquith, staff writer at Salon, focusing on politics.
    http://media.salon.com/2015/05/hillary_warren_de_blasio.jpgEarlier this week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, along with a gaggle of bored reporters and some boldfaced names in the progressive movement, unveiled a “Progressive Agenda to Combat Income Inequality.” Much like the media event that accompanied its unveiling, the agenda is supposed to be understood as a kind of 21st-century, liberal version of the storied “Contract with America,” the PR stunt that, as legend (erroneously) has it, rocketed Newt Gingrich and the Republican Party to power after the 1994 midterm elections. As my colleague Joan Walsh reported on Thursday, this backward-looking attempt to lay out a...
  • Why Boston Is Queasy About the Tsarnaev Death Sentence

    05/16/2015 9:07:19 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 82 replies
    Politico ^ | May 16, 2015 | TOM KEANE
    BOSTON - APRIL 8: Camille Lerner, 21, of Boston, painted the words 'B Strong' on the window of Sugar Heaven on Boylston Street, across from the Finish Line where the first bomb went off, after the verdict came down in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Boston on April 8, 2015. No victim of the Boston Marathon bombings was more poignant, perhaps, than eight-year-old Martin Richard. It was a photo of a smiling Martin, who was from Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood, holding up a handmade sign saying, “No more hurting people,” that seemed to underscore the callousness of the acts and...
  • Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Likely Won’t Face Execution For A Very Long Time

    05/16/2015 12:59:28 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 25 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | May 15,2015 | By BEN CASSELMAN
    The vast majority of those cases took place at the state level. Federal prisoners like Tsarnaev are even less likely to be executed. Between 1988, when Congress reinstated the death penalty for federal cases, and 2013, 71 federal defendants were sentenced to death; only three were executed, compared with 10 who had their sentences or convictions overturned on appeal. (One inmate died on death row, and another had his sentence commuted to life by President Bill Clinton in 2001.) No federal execution has taken place since 2003. Of those still awaiting execution, the typical inmate has already spent a decade...
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren Faults Reagan for GOP Attack on Middle Class in CA Speech

    05/16/2015 4:09:38 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | May 16, 2015 | MICHAEL R. BLOOD
    Democrat Elizabeth Warren warned Saturday that Republican policies being promoted by its emerging presidential field would create an "American nightmare" that would crush opportunities for students and workers, deepen wage inequality and favor Wall Street banks and huge corporations. Warren's speech before several thousand party loyalists at a California Democratic convention in Anaheim was greeted with thunderous cheers while scores of delegates waved signs emblazoned with her name. The Massachusetts senator and favorite of the party's left wing ridiculed the GOP's potential 2016 field, including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has proposed a double-digit cut in state aid for higher...
  • Is Harvard racist? Asian-Americans claim unfair Harvard admission quotas

    05/16/2015 10:19:25 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 29 replies
    CSM ^ | May 16, 2015 | Jesse J. Holland
    Washington — An alliance of Asian American groups on Friday filed a federal complaint against HarvardUniversity, saying that school and other Ivy League institutions are using racial quotas to admit students other than high-scoring Asians. More than 60 Chinese, Indian, Korean and Pakistani groups came together for the complaint, which was filed with the civil rights offices at the Justice and Education departments. They are calling for an investigation and say these schools should stop using racial quotas or racial balancing in admission. "We are seeking equal treatment regardless of race," said Chunyan Li, a professor and civil rights activist,...
  • Poll: Most Bostonians Oppose Death Penalty for Marathon Bomber

    05/16/2015 12:37:07 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 58 replies
    UPI ^ | April 27, 2015 | Thor Benson
    According to a new poll, most Boston and Massachusetts residents oppose the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The Boston Globe poll found that fewer than 20 percent of Massachusetts residents supported the death penalty for the Boston Marathon bomber. Only 15 percent of Boston residents believe he should be executed. One-third of Massachusetts residents and one-quarter of Boston residents believe execution is typically appropriate for egregious crimes. "It seems that voters have concluded that Tsarnaev does not deserve a quick death, but rather should spend the remainder of his days in a windowless cell contemplating the heinous acts that put...
  • Jury sentences Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death for marathon attack

    05/15/2015 4:17:29 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 45 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | May 15 2015 | Laurel J. Sweet, Joe Dwinell and Owen Boss
    A jury's ruling today to sentence marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death is "justice" and a warning Boston "will not tolerate terrorism," survivors and police said after the verdict. "This is nothing to celebrate. This is justice," said survivor Michael Ward. "He wanted to go to hell and he's going to get there early." The verdict against Tsarnaev, who'll turn 22 in July, was announced by U.S. District Court Judge George A. O'Toole Jr.'s courtroom clerk Paul Lyness. Tsarnaev showed no emotion as the verdict was read. Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who lost a third of her left leg...
  • Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's Father on Death Sentence: 'We Will Fight Until the End'

    05/15/2015 7:01:13 PM PDT · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 58 replies
    Good Morning America/YAHOO! ^ | DADA JOVANOVIC, TANYA STUKALOVA and EMILY SHAPIRO
    "We will fight until the end," Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's father told ABC News by phone after Tsarnaev was sentenced to death today for the Boston Marathon bombings. "What a parent can feel at such moment? It is hard," Dzhokhar's father, Anzor Tsarnaev, said from Dagestan, Russia. "Hope exists always. We had hope and still do." Anzor Tsarnaev's brother, Saeed Tsarnaev, said they will appeal. Saeed Tsarnaev blamed the lawyers for giving the family hope and said they are all "very worried" about Dzhokhar. He called the decision a "big tragedy" for the family and "insulting to our name." Anzor Tsarnaev's sister,...
  • Kerry and the Iran Surrender Caucus need to get their stories straight

    05/15/2015 1:47:50 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 05/14/2015 - 4:02 PM EDT | JOHNATHAN GREENBERG
    One hundred and fifty members of Congress – all Democrats and, among them, most of the small group of bitterly anti-Israel lawmakers – signed a letter supporting President Obama’s diplomatic efforts vis-ŕ-vis the Iranian nuclear weapons program. Authored by Reps. Jan Schakowsky (Illinois), Lloyd Doggett (Texas), and David Price (North Carolina), the letter exemplifies the hyper-partisanship that has driven the left wing of the Democrat party on this issue even as that wing has cried “partisan extremism” at the responses from Republicans. As if trying to prove Churchill right, this Iran Surrender Caucus, whenever presented with a choice between dishonor...
  • Tsarnaev gets death penalty

    05/15/2015 12:32:01 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 206 replies
    twitter | 5/15/15 | Laurel Sweet
    BREAKING: Dzhokhar #Tsarnaev is to be executed for the Boston Marathon bombing.
  • The Jihadi Threat to International Order

    05/15/2015 12:56:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 15 | Barak Mendelsohn
    However, this challenge is usually of limited scope, with political objectives confined to such conventional goals as assuming power in a state or gaining independence. Their violence, however disruptive, still accepts the state-based international order as an organizing principle. One might even claim that by aspiring to eventually become recognized state authorities, most terrorist groups reaffirm and strengthen an international order that is based on states. The challenge posed by the Islamic State and al-Qaeda is different. These groups have many more state enemies than most terrorist groups, and they challenge the practical sovereignty of their target states in more...
  • FLASHBACK— Boston Bomber Mom: “AMERICANS CAN BURN IN HELL”

    05/15/2015 1:59:18 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 37 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 15 May 15 | Jim Hoft
    The mother of the Boston bombing suspects says she does not believe her sons carried out the marathon attacks. “My sons were framed by the US authorities.” [VIDEO AT LINK]
  • "Rolling Stone" Cover Boy Sentenced To Death

    05/15/2015 1:42:23 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 50 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 15,2015 | John Nolte
    In a first for the embattled publication, one of Rolling Stone’s cover boys was sentenced to death by a federal jury in Boston late Friday afternoon. This is a double whammy this week for the left-wing publication. On top of losing its cover boy, Rolling Stone was also sued this week over a fake rape story published earlier this year.
  • Boston Marathon bombing victims: Promising lives lost

    05/15/2015 12:50:44 PM PDT · by Conscience of a Conservative · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | April 8, 2015 | Steve Almasy
    (CNN)—They were standing near the finish line, cheering the runners in the Boston Marathon. It was a beautiful, cool day when two bombs unleashed chaos and killed three people. Friends of those killed say they are devastated by the senseless deaths. Here is some of what we know about each of the victims.
  • Live Coverage: Jury sentences Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death

    05/15/2015 12:31:47 PM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    FOX CT ^ | May 15, 2015 | Staff
    Jurors in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have reached a verdict over whether he should be sentenced to life in prison or the death penalty. Tsarnaev is dressed in a dark blazer and light shirt. U.S. marshals are stationed around the courtroom.
  • Penalty decision reached in Boston terrorist attack

    05/15/2015 11:52:15 AM PDT · by cll · 148 replies
    Jurors have reached a decision in the penalty phase of the Boston Marathon bombing trial. The jury was tasked with deciding whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be sentenced to life in prison or death for his role in killing four people and wounding hundreds more. Court was to convene at 3 p.m. for the reading of the verdict. Get complete coverage of the Tsarnaev decision on CNN TV, CNN.com and CNN Mobile.
  • I Became Pregnant at 14 After Rape. If You Think I Should Have Had an Abortion, Consider This

    05/14/2015 8:30:21 PM PDT · by kathsua · 24 replies
    Life News ^ | May 14, 2015 | Crystal Blount
    I am a birthmother from rape. I know what many people think about abortion in cases of rape, and I’m sharing my story to give an alternate point of view to consider. I can understand how this issue might tug on your heart, and how it may seem really hard to consider it realistic to expect a woman to carry a pregnancy to term in the case of rape — that it seems impossible to fathom. I used to think I was the only one in the world it happened to. I’m not alone though, and now I have many...
  • Charlie Baker gets cold shoulder... while Patrick got generous storm aid often

    05/14/2015 9:17:51 AM PDT · by Riflema · 10 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 05/14/2015 | Kimberly Atkins
    WASHINGTON — Gov. Charlie Baker is getting a pittance in disaster aid from the Obama White House compared to the tens of millions of dollars former Gov. Deval Patrick scored for lesser storms than the worst winter in memory inflicted on the Bay State, a Herald review found.The Federal Emergency Management Agency rejected Baker’s request yesterday to extend the time available to Bay State communities to apply for reimbursement for the late-January blizzard.Only $67.5 million in federal relief is expected to be available.That’s a drop in the bucket for the estimated $350 million or more in expenses incurred during the...
  • Josh Earnest: Sherrod Brown Should 'Apologize' to Obama

    05/13/2015 5:53:04 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 20 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Fire up the popcorn popper: this is getting fun. The MSM is reluctant to report it, but you might say that a trade war is breaking out among liberal Dems, and it's getting personal. A few days ago, criticizing Elizabeth Warren for opposing his TPP trade bill, President Obama said that “the truth of the matter is that Elizabeth is, you know, a politician like everybody else.” Yesterday, Sen. Sherrod Brown, also a TPP opponent, said that Obama had thereby been "direspectful" to Warren, suggesting he had been sexist. Appearing on today's Morning Joe, Obama spokesman Josh Earnest said that...
  • NOW president: Obama's Warren critique sexist

    05/13/2015 7:24:09 AM PDT · by PROCON · 21 replies
    thehill.com ^ | May 12, 2015 | Kevin Cirilli
    Greg Nash National Organization for Women (NOW) president Terry O'Neill on Wednesday called President Obama's critique of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sexist. O'Neill told The Hill she took issue with Obama calling Warren by her first name during an interview with Yahoo News published Saturday. "Yes, I think it is sexist," O'Neill said. "I think the president was trying to build up his own trustworthiness on this issue by convincing us that Senator Warren's concerns are not to be taken seriously. But he did it in a sexist way."
  • Senator suggests gender played into Obama-Warren spat

    05/12/2015 1:57:44 PM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | May 12, 2015 | Seung Min Kim
    Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, one of the top Democratic opponents of President Barack Obama’s trade agenda, criticized Obama on Tuesday for what the senator saw as “disrespectful” comments toward Sen. Elizabeth Warren and indicated that Warren’s gender may have played a role. “I think by just calling her ‘another politician’,” Brown told reporters Tuesday when asked how Obama was being disrespectful to Warren. “I’m not going to get into more details. I think referring to her as first name, when he might not have done that for a male senator, perhaps? I’ve said enough.”
  • Senate deals stinging defeat to Obama trade agenda (fails 52-45)

    05/12/2015 12:04:31 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 115 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/12/2015 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Democrats on Tuesday delivered a stinging blow to President Obama’s trade agenda by voting to prevent the chamber from picking up fast-track legislation. A motion to cut off a filibuster and proceed to the trade bill fell short of a 60-vote hurdle in the 52-45 vote. Sen. Tom Carper (Del.) was the only Democrat to back it. Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) switched his vote from yes to no to reserve his ability to return to the measure at a later date. Fast-track is a top legislative priority for the White House, but it has run into significant...
  • Patriots done in by their own defiance [Boston columnist raises Deflategate's open questions]

    05/12/2015 11:49:37 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 53 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | May 12, 2015 | Ben Volin
    ...The Patriots have no one to blame for this but themselves. They have been arrogant and defiant from the start — demanding apologies when none were deserved, ignoring Goodell’s orders of full cooperation and obstructing Ted Wells’s investigation... Why did Wells find it “more probable than not” that the Patriots tampered with the footballs? Forget the science, which has giant holes. It’s because the Patriots couldn’t, or wouldn’t, answer Wells’s legitimate and unbiased questions. Why did McNally slip out of the locker room with the bag of footballs without Walt Anderson or another official as his escort? Why did McNally...
  • Redemption for 'Bountygate' wasn't happening with 'Deflategate' penalties

    05/12/2015 7:04:40 AM PDT · by BerniesFriend · 7 replies
    Times Picayune (New Orleans) ^ | 05/11/2015 | Larry Holder
    Nothing short of suspending Tom Brady and Bill Belichick for the 2015 NFL season would satisfy many New Orleans Saints fans for the New England Patriots' involvement in Deflategate. The NFL announced Monday a four-game suspension for Brady and several other sanctions for the Patriots for the intentional use of deflated footballs last season. Some penalties levied on the Patriots organization were harsher than what the Saints received in the bounty scandal.
  • Police Arrest Man Trapped In Boston Tunnel Walls

    05/12/2015 6:19:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | April 21, 2015 | CBS
    BOSTON (CBS) — A Somerville man is facing charges after calling for help while allegedly trespassing in Boston’s tunnels. Massachusetts State Police said they responded at 9:20 p.m. Monday to a man who said he was trapped in a storm drain. “Dispatchers were able to determine the man was located somewhere in the Boston tunnels,” police said. Troopers kept the man on the phone as he described the white walls and light blue floor around him. Police said they then asked all troopers to slowly drive around the D ramp and Ted Williams/Connector tunnels with their sirens on to see...
  • Elizabeth Warren fires back at Obama: Here’s what they’re really fighting about[TPP]

    05/11/2015 7:12:25 PM PDT · by Theoria · 32 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 11 May 2015 | Greg Sargent
    THE PLUM LINE: What’s your response to the latest from President Obama?SENATOR WARREN: The president said in his Nike speech that he’s confident that when people read the agreement for themselves, that they’ll see it’s a great deal. But the president won’t actually let people read the agreement for themselves. It’s classified. PLUM LINE: But don’t you get 60 days to review it after the deal is finalized, with the authority to revoke fast track?WARREN: The president has committed only to letting the public see this deal after Congress votes to authorize fast track. At that point it will be...
  • Aaron Hernandez Facing New Charge in 2012 Double Murder

    05/12/2015 12:05:10 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    NECN ^ | May 11, 2015 | Daniela Christenakis
    Former New England Patriot and convicted killer Aaron Hernandez has been indicted on a new charge in connection to a 2012 double murder.Former New England Patriot and convicted killer Aaron Hernandez has been indicted on a new charge in connection to a 2012 double murder. Hernandez has been charged with witness intimidation for allegedlly shooting a witness to the 2012 homicides of Daniel de Abreu and Safrio Furtado in Boston's South End. On the morning of Feb. 13, 2013, Hernandez allegedly shot this former associate in the face and left him to die in Rivera Beach, Florida. The victim survived...
  • NFL Suspends Tom Brady, Punishes Patriots For "Deflategate" [Slap On The Wrist?]

    05/11/2015 5:55:09 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 96 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 11, 2015
    May 11, 2015 NFL Suspends Tom Brady, Punishes Patriots For "Deflategate" The NFL announced Monday that it was suspending New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for his role in a scheme to deflate footballs used in last season's AFC championship game, a controversy that came to be known as "Deflategate." In a statement released Monday afternoon, the league said the Super Bowl MVP "will be suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2015 regular season for conduct detrimental to the integrity of the NFL." The league also fined the Patriots $1 million and took away two draft...
  • Obama’s Crackdown on Dissent Has Made Conservatives a Little Paranoid — and Rightly [Read this]

    05/11/2015 2:37:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The National Review ^ | May 11, 2015 | David French
    The year is 2023, and President Ted Cruz is ending the second of his contentious terms in the Oval Office. While his policies have been controversial — for example, undoing major social legislation (Obamacare) without a single Democratic vote — his administration’s continual expressions of hostility toward dissent have finally proved intolerable to millions of Americans. Liberal grievances date back to 2017, the first year of Cruz’s administration, when his Department of Homeland Security issued a report declaring that fears about economic stagnation and inequality combined with liberal hatred of a conservative Latino could foster left-wing extremism. Specifically, failure to...
  • Dems press Obama to 'ban the box' (convictions)

    05/11/2015 12:10:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 11, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Twenty-seven senators want President Obama to block federal agencies and contractors from asking job applicants about prior criminal convictions. The senators, including 26 Democrats and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), want Obama to take executive action to "ban the box," referring to a question on job applications that asks if an applicant has any convictions. "We ask you to require federal contractors and agencies to refrain from asking job applicants about prior convictions until later in the hiring process," they said in a letter to Obama on Monday. "This policy would eliminate unnecessary barriers to employment for all job...
  • Boston bomber told nun 'no one' should suffer as his victims did

    05/11/2015 12:51:09 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Scott Malone and Elizabeth Barber
    Since testimony began in Boston federal court in early March, the jury has heard from about 150 witness, including parents who lost children in the attack, first responders who attended to victims who had lost limbs, and Tsarnaev's Russian relatives who remembered him as a loving young boy. But the closest they came to hearing from Tsarnaev himself was Monday's testimony from the nun, Sister Helen Prejean, 76, who described meeting him five times over the past year at the request of defense lawyers. Prejean, whose story inspired the 1993 book and 1995 film "Dead Man Walking," said she believed...
  • Boston Marathon bombing victims [of Islam]

    05/11/2015 1:18:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    Slideshow at the link
  • Tom Brady Suspended 4 Games, Pats Lose 1st Round Pick In 2016 and 4th In 2017, Team Fined $1 million

    05/11/2015 2:35:44 PM PDT · by drewh · 122 replies
    ESPN ^ | 2 minutes ago | Adam Schefter
    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter · 2m 2 minutes ago Filed to ESPN: Tom Brady suspended four games, Pats lose 1st round pick in 2016 and a 4th in 2017, and team fined $1 million, per source:
  • Boston University Assistant Professor Saida Grundy Attacks Whites, Makes False Statements on Twitter

    Saida Grundy is an “incoming Assistant Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies at Boston University”, according to her bio on BU’s African American Studies Department’s website. Among other things, she is an active Twitter user, having racked up over 57,000 tweets. It would be beyond a chore to go through everything that she has ever put on Twitter, however, we at SoCawlege went through her timeline for just the past three to four months. And if that was any indication, BU has a problem on their hands.
  • Republican rep explains how Obama incited race riots, starting with the ‘Beer Summit’

    05/10/2015 12:31:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Bizpac ^ | 5/10/15
    Iowa Rep. Steve King took President Obama to task Saturday, blaming him for the conditions that caused civil unrest in Baltimore and Ferguson. “President Obama has consistently driven wedges between people. And he perceives a difference on race, maybe on ethnicity, well yes on ethnicity, sexual orientation—wedge after wedge after wedge. I didn’t really imagine they were going to drive a wedge between the law and law-breakers,” King told reporters at the South Carolina Freedom Summit in Greenville. King cited the example of Obama’s “Beer Summit” early in his first term with Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt. James Crowley and Harvard...
  • Elizabeth Warren Targets Clinton Foundation Donors

    05/09/2015 3:57:37 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 18 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 5/8/2015 | Brent Scher
    A new blog post written by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) may appear to be an attempt to align with Hillary Clinton, but it takes direct aim at multiple Clinton Foundation donors. Warren’s post, “I agree with Hillary Clinton,” details her concerns with a provision in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that she says “would let foreign companies challenge American laws outside of American courts.” “The Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provision isn’t a one-time, hypothetical problem—we’ve seen it in past trade agreements,” Warren wrote. Three of the five companies Warren uses as examples of companies that have abused similar...