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  • Berkeley Profs Take Stand—Against Free Speech

    09/13/2017 8:15:34 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 29 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 13, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The university that has proudly proclaimed itself to be the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement may also become its graveyard. "In a letter addressed to the UC Berkeley campus and the larger Berkeley community, 76 faculty members from various departments have called for a complete boycott of classes and campus activities during the so-called 'Free Speech Week' to be held on campus September 24-27," Hank Reichman writes in the Academe blog maintained by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). "The week is sponsored by the Berkeley Patriot, a conservative student newspaper, and includes 'Feminism Awareness Day' and a...
  • Russia Has Deployed Its MiG-29SMT Multirole Combat Aircraft To Syria For The Very First Time

    09/13/2017 8:09:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Sep 13 2017 | David Cenciotti
    Once again the Syrian Air War is the testbed for the most recent Russian Air Force weapons system. This time is the turn of the MiG-29SMT. The Russian Air Force has deployed some MiG-29SMT multirole combat aircraft to Hmeymim airbase, near Latakia, in western Syria, the Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed on Sept. 13, 2017. It’s the first time the modernized version of the baseline Fulcrum jet is deployed to take part in the Syrian Air War. The MiG-29SMT is an upgraded variant of the MiG-29 featuring a big 950-litre spine CFT (Conformal Fuel Tank) and an in-flight refueling system...
  • Hillary Clinton: Time to abolish the Electoral College

    09/13/2017 8:04:29 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 128 replies
    CNN ^ | September 13, 2017 | Dan Merica
    Hillary Clinton told CNN on Wednesday that it is time to abolish the Electoral College, part of a sweeping interview where the former Democratic nominee sought to explain why she lost the 2016 election. Clinton, in the interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, displayed her animus for fired FBI Director James Comey, reflected on her love for the people -- namely former President Bill Clinton -- who helped her get through the crushing loss and blasted the arcane election body that she believes helped Donald Trump win the presidency.
  • Democrats say they have deal with Trump on young immigrants

    09/13/2017 7:39:57 PM PDT · by Mariner · 80 replies
    AP ^ | 13 Minutes ago | By ERICA WERNER and JILL COLVIN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The top House and Senate Democrats said Wednesday they had reached agreement with President Donald Trump to protect thousands of younger immigrants from deportation and fund some border security enhancements — not including Trump’s long-sought border wall. The deal announced by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi following a White House dinner would enshrine protections for the nearly 800,000 immigrants brought illegally to this country as kids who had benefited from former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. The program provided temporary work permits and protection from...
  • Florida mother charged in suspected revenge killing over 6-year-old daughter’s rape

    09/13/2017 7:36:04 PM PDT · by ETL · 101 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | September 1, 2017 | Jessica Schladebeck
    According to the complaint she told officers “it’s all my fault” and that she didn’t want her brother to get in trouble. She asked police to book her, telling detectives: “So, I don’t care, he raped my daughter ... she told me everything.” Her hands also tested positive for gunshot residue, according to the complaint. Serbu’s daughter reportedly told her mother over Memorial Day weekend in 2016 that Sierra sexually assaulted her on two separate occasions several years prior — when she was just six years old. Police said Serbu often talked to friends and other witnesses about wanting to...
  • Trump and Democrats reach a DACA deal — without the border wall

    09/13/2017 7:32:27 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 131 replies ^ | September 14, 2017 | Jacob Pramuk
    The top congressional Democrats on Wednesday night said they reached a deal with President Donald Trump to shield about 800,000 young immigrants from deportation — without the president's proposed border wall as a condition. "We had a productive meeting at the White House with the President. The discussion focused on DACA," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement following a White House dinner with Trump. "We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that's acceptable to both...
  • Schumer, Pelosi say they have deal with Trump to protect 'Dreamers'

    09/13/2017 7:31:47 PM PDT · by AJFavish · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 13, 2017
    Democratic congressional leaders emerged from a meeting with President Donald Trump Wednesday vowing to pursue an agreement protecting immigrants who were brought illegally into the U.S. as children from deportation. In a joint statement, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said they and Trump had "agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that's acceptable to both sides."
  • Did ESPN do enough to address Jemele Hill's Trump tweets? (poll)

    09/13/2017 7:31:21 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 10 replies ^ | 13 Sept 2017 | Brent Axe
    Thank you for voting! Too light. She should have been fired or suspended. 75.99% Fair. She received a warning. 10.69% Too harsh. She should express her opinion freely 11.72% Other: 1.59% a ESPN fired baseball analyst Curt Schilling, who has strong conservative opinions, in 2016 for a Facebook post about transgender people.

    09/13/2017 7:26:03 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 15 replies
    Ann Coulter Dot Com ^ | 13 Sep 2017 | Ann Coulter
    Donald Trump is being told that amnesty for "Dreamers," or DACA recipients, will only apply to a small, narrowly defined group of totally innocent, eminently deserving illegal immigrants, who were brought to this country "through no fault of their own" as "children." (Children who are up to 36 years old.) Every syllable of that claim is a lie, and I can prove it. To see how DACA will actually work, let's look at another extremely limited amnesty that was passed in 1986. Farmers wanted temporary guest-worker permits for their cheap labor, so that they could continue pretending that the Industrial...
  • Trump Blocks China-Backed Bid to Buy U.S. Chip Maker

    09/13/2017 7:25:58 PM PDT · by Innovative · 3 replies
    NY Times ^ | Sept. 13, 2017 | ANA SWANSON
    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the chairman of the review committee, said in a statement on Wednesday that its recommendation on the deal was “consistent with the administration’s commitment to take all actions necessary to protect national security.” “Cfius and the president assess that the transaction poses a risk to the national security of the United States that cannot be resolved through mitigation,” Mr. Mnuchin said.
  • President Trump Applauds Lindsey Graham’s Bill to Repeal Obamacare

    09/13/2017 7:25:19 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 38 replies ^ | 13 Sep 2017 | Sean Moran
    President Donald Trump on Wednesday applauded Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy’s (R-LA) new legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare through block grants. President Trump released a statement on Wednesday cheering the Graham and Cassidy bill to replace Obamacare. Graham and Cassidy, along with Sens. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Dean Heller (R-NV), and former Sen. Rick Santorum, unveiled their legislation on Wednesday – otherwise known as Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson (GCHJ). The legislation would repeal Obamacare’s individual and employer mandate, Obamacare’s medical device tax, and deliver health care dollars to the states so that they can design a health care system that...
  • Federal officers arrested for hazing victims using 'rape table': Officials

    09/13/2017 7:18:08 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 43 replies ^ | 9-13-2017 | AARON KATERSKY
    Three Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to a specialized screening team at Newark Airport were arrested Wednesday for assaulting fellow officers, allegedly pinning the victims to what was known as a “rape table,” according to court records. Tito Catota, Parmenio Perez and Michael Papagni are charged with forcibly assaulting, impeding, intimidating, and interfering with two men identified in court documents as “Victim One” and “Victim Two” while the victims were on duty as CBP officers.(Snip) According to court records, the officers locked the victims in a secure room in Newark’s Terminal C and pinned them to a conference table...
  • Professional Clowns Plan Rally Outside NYC Movie Theater, Blaming Movie 'It' for Drop in Business

    09/13/2017 7:14:31 PM PDT · by MV=PY · 25 replies
    NBC New York ^ | Sep 13, 2017 | Michelle Kim
    A professional clown claims his business in and around New York City has dropped because of the marketing around the horror clown movie "It."  John Nelson, who runs Clowns in Town with a partner, says his business has gotten several cancellations in the last couple of weeks, and he's blaming the supernatural horror movie for scaring the public. ...
  • Tough Love: Democratic Operatives Tear Apart the Party's Current Strategy for 2018

    09/13/2017 7:12:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | September 13, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    Democrats may be hoping to gain a midterm wave. They may be hoping even more to boot Donald J. Trump from the White House in 2020. The president’s response to the Charlottesville violence, the rolling back of the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals, Russian collusion hysteria, the slow pace of enacting his agenda—all of these things have Democrats grinning, expect that they shouldn’t. The party’s own operatives and data crunchers have run through the numbers based on focus groups, and Democrats are still heading for the electoral ditch. They still have yet to mount an effective attack against the...
  • Hillary, won’t you please go now?

    09/13/2017 6:55:47 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 47 replies
    The Blade ^ | September 12, 2017
    Well, Hillary Rodham Clinton is publishing a book called What Happened. It’s not called What Happened? and that’s too bad because that seems more like what the former secretary of state, first lady, and senator would like to call it. Maybe even What the hell happened? Or something stronger. Or perhaps, most apt of all How could this happen? That’s really the question Mrs. Clinton has been asking since the election. Over, and over, and over again. It just wasn’t supposed to occur. Her defeat was supposed to be politically and numerically impossible. How could a political amateur, and someone...
  • Anaheim City Council's emergency declaration sets stage for removal of homeless encampment

    09/13/2017 6:46:02 PM PDT · by Angels27 · 23 replies
    Los Angeles Slimes ^ | 9-13-17 | Anh Do
    Anaheim has declared a state of emergency over the ballooning homeless community along the Santa Ana River, clearing the way for the removal of hundreds of people living in a landscape dotted with trash and used hypodermic needles and lacking toilet facilities. The move underscores the growing homeless crisis facing Orange County and on ongoing struggles of communities to deal with the problem. Earlier this summer, Anaheim removed bus benches across the street from Disneyland following complaints about the homeless population sleeping on them around the amusement park. A survey last year placed the number of those without shelter in...
  • Fenway Park Security Confiscate 'Racism Is as American as Baseball' Fan Banner

    09/13/2017 6:35:50 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 43 replies
    bleacher report ^ | 9-13-17 | adam wells
    Fans were removed from Fenway Park during Wednesday's game between the Oakland Athletics and Boston Red Sox after a banner with the caption "Racism is as American as baseball" was hung from the Green Monster. Comcast SportsNet New England's Evan Drellich provided an image of the banner being displayed: Marly Rivera, third base umpire Joe West and Boston police officials worked in conjunction with Fenway Park security to remove the fans holding the sign from the stadium. The fans unraveled the sign and displayed it on the Green Monster in left field after the top of the fourth inning....
  • Mass Evacuations in Russian Cities Continue After Bomb Threats

    09/13/2017 6:35:41 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 21 replies
    Schools, government buildings and shopping malls in more than a dozen Russian cities continue to be evacuated four days after local authorities started receiving anonymous bomb threats, the Interfax news agency reported Wednesday. The evacuations began in Omsk on Sunday and continued in Ryazan that evening. Chelyabinsk, Ufa, Stavropol and Kopeisk received as many as 42 bomb scares in total on Monday. By Tuesday, the anonymous threats were reported in Perm, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and other cities, forcing the evacuation of an estimated 45,000 people.
  • White House Spokesman: ESPN's Jemele Hill's Anti-Trump Tweets 'a Fireable Offense'

    09/13/2017 6:26:03 PM PDT · by Liberty7732 · 16 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9/13/17
    White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn't hold back when asked about an ESPN host's now-famous anti-Trump Twitter tirade calling the president a white supremacist. SportsCenter co-host Jemele Hill began her tirade by saying, "Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists." A reporter asked Sanders if the president was aware of the comment. "I'm not sure if he's aware [of that comment] but I think that's one of the more outrageous comments that anyone could make -- and certainly something that I think is a fireable offense by ESPN," Sanders answered.
  • 'People will say they have an arrangement. Yeah, it's called a marriage': Hillary publicly [tr]

    09/13/2017 6:22:13 PM PDT · by kevcol · 22 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | September 13, 2017 | Nikki Schwab
    'People will say, "they have an arrangement,"' Clinton told the co-hosts of the gossip often whispered about her relationship with the ex-president. 'Yeah, it's called a marriage,' she shot back, being awarded with laughs. . . . I am very proud and grateful that I am married to my best friend, that he has been my biggest source of encouragement and support over all the years,' Clinton said. 'Many more than some of you have been alive, that we've been together.'