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  • Columbia Journalism School Ratchets Up Bias

    09/25/2017 7:11:01 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 12 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 22, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Whenever a journalism school claims it has found a new and improved way to train reports, it seems, the result is an even more partisan and ideological training camp than what is already in place. Columbia University leads the way in this sort of pedagogy. “Independent journalism requires skepticism as a mandatory practice,” Giannina Segnini writes in the Columbia Journalism Review. “No matter how truthfully a presidential administration conducts itself, reporters should always question, contrast, and complement official information to find the closest version to the truth.” So far so good, but where has she been for the past eight...
  • Weiner due in court for sentencing in sexting scandal

    09/24/2017 10:51:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 25, 2017 12:31 AM
    Anthony Weiner is scheduled to be sentenced on Monday in a sexting scandal that some blame for Hillary Clinton’s presidential loss. The former New York congressman faces up to 27 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to one charge of transferring obscene material to a minor. Prosecutors say he broke the law by having illicit contact with a 15-year-old girl, including asking her to “sexually perform” for him in conversations on Skype and Snapchat. The Democrat’s obsessive sexting habit not only destroyed his career in the U.S. House, but it also doomed his campaign for mayor and his marriage...
  • Teen who punched principal in face gets sweet deal from judge

    09/23/2017 10:29:19 AM PDT · by Menehune56 · 95 replies
    New York Post ^ | 9/22/2017 | Rebecca Rosenberg
    A hot-headed teen got a slap on the wrist Friday for slugging a Manhattan principal who told him to turn down his music. Judge Edwina Richardson-Mendelson granted Luis Penzo, 19, youthful offender status and sentenced him to a conditional discharge — as long as he stays out of trouble for three years he’ll dodge prison and a criminal record. “You made us very proud,” the judge said of the surly teen’s compliance with a family therapy program. Penzo, who sauntered into Manhattan Supreme Court Friday wearing a white T-shirt and red gym shorts, offered no apology.
  • The Elephant in the Blue Room

    09/23/2017 7:18:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2017 | Angela Morabito
    Freshly returned from August recess, legislators find themselves embattled in heated debates on immigration, tax reform, and health care.The democratic process passed down to us by the Founding Fathers has long ensured that American voters have their voices heard, via representatives in the House and Senate chambers. Now more than ever, these debates are happening outside the marble halls of the Capitol.Policy debates are now ubiquitous and constant. Anyone who wants to participate needs two things: an opinion and an internet connection. Welcome to the world of digital activism.Online activism, even online petitioning, is not a new concept. However, it...
  • Uncertainty over Trump infrastructure plan jeopardizes transit projects, jobs

    09/22/2017 10:14:35 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | June 9, 2017 | Damian Paletta and Mike Debonis (WaPost)
    Dozens of public transit projects around the country are in danger of stalling as the White House's plan to boost U.S. infrastructure fails to gain momentum - with thousands of jobs at risk. The uncertainty over these projects has worsened in recent days as President Donald Trump - who had vowed to make the week's focus infrastructure - faced a series of distractions, including a congressional hearing featuring former FBI director James Comey. The president, who had called for $1 trillion in new infrastructure programs to create millions of jobs, now faces an increasing probability that not only will his...
  • Syracuse crack dealer freed by Obama faces jail over missed drug tests

    09/21/2017 7:23:15 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 12 replies
    Post Standard, Syracuse NY ^ | 09/21/17 | By Julie McMahon jmcmahon@syracuse.com,
    A Syracuse crack cocaine dealer granted clemency by President Barack Obama for his role in a large '90s drug ring is facing jail over missed drug tests. Dewayne Comer, 47, will appear in federal court Friday to ask a judge not to send him back to prison. Probation officials said in court papers that Comer failed to report for four drug tests, most recently over Labor Day Weekend. Testing was required as part of Comer's supervised release. Comer served nearly 21 years of a life sentence before Obama commuted his and 213 other defendants' sentences in 2016.
  • Schumer Pushes Algae Plan

    09/21/2017 11:39:10 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    East Hampton Star ^ | September 21, 2017 | By Christopher Walsh
    Senator Charles Schumer has called on Congress to quickly pass the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act, which he said would help combat the rise in toxic algae found in Long Island waterways. Left unchecked, said Mr. Schumer, these toxic blooms could contaminate Long Island’s drinking water and damage economies dependent on fishing and recreation. Starting in 2019, it would authorize $22 million per year for five years to help conduct research on harmful algal blooms and continue an interagency working group to advance the understanding of hypoxia, or low oxygen, and harmful algal blooms. The bill...
  • University forces students to attend mandatory ‘healthy sex and sexuality’ performance

    09/21/2017 5:58:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    College Fix ^ | September 21, 2017 | Coy Westbrook
    An elite university is forcing its students to attend a performance that teaches about consent, boundaries, hooking up and relationships. Syracuse University mandates that “all new first-year and transfer students” must attend an event called “Speak About It,” which the private research institution describes as “a performance-based presentation [that] includes thought-provoking and sometimes humorous skits and monologues, all based on true accounts, dealing with sexual consent, assault, misconduct and bystander intervention.”
  • U.S. Seeks Up to 27 Months in Prison for Ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner

    09/20/2017 4:08:43 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 23 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 9/20/17 | reuters
    (Reuters) — U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday sought a prison sentence of 21 to 27 months for former U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner, who admitted to sending sexually explicit messages to a teenage girl in a "sexting" scandal that played a role in last year’s U.S. presidential election. "Weiner, a grown man, a father, and a former lawmaker, willfully and knowingly asked a 15-year-old girl to display her body and engage in sexually explicit conduct for him online," prosecutors said in a filing in Manhattan federal court. "Such conduct warrants a meaningful sentence of incarceration." A lawyer for Weiner, who is scheduled...
  • Mob Serial Killer ‘Sammy The Bull’ Released From Prison After 15 Years Behind Bars (5 Years Early)

    09/20/2017 3:12:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    Radar Online ^ | Dylan Howard
    The notorious mob boss was released five years early from an Arizona prison on September 18, and will remain on federal parole for life, a spokesperson for the Division of Offender Operations, Special Services Unit confirmed to Radar: The 72-year-old was serving a 20-year sentence for buying and selling the drug Ecstasy after a 2002 conviction. In the early 90’s, he was notorious for turning on his mafia family and helping the government bring down his former boss, John Gotti, in exchange for a generous plea deal. As part of the deal, Gravano confessed to murdering a shocking 19 people...
  • Hundreds of Cornell Students Occupy Willard Straight Hall After Delivering Demands to University

    09/20/2017 12:06:15 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 71 replies
    © Copyright 2017, The Cornell Daily Sun ^ | 09/20/17 | By Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs
    More than 300 students marched with Black Students United to Willard Straight Hall on Wednesday afternoon and are occupying the building at Cornell University after delivering a list of demands to the University’s president Martha Pollack. The protest follows the arrest of a Cornell student on Friday who police charged with assault after a black student said he was punched by a group of white men who had called him the N-word in Collegetown. The group’s 12 demands to Cornell include requiring coursework on “privilege and power,” hiring additional mental health personnel of color, and permanently banning the Psi Upsilon...
  • Hotline, Rapid Response Network to Aid County’s Undocumented Immigrants

    09/20/2017 9:13:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Cornell University The Cornell Daily Sun ^ | September 20, 2017 | By Dena Behar
    The Tompkins County Immigrant Rights Coalition launched a rapid response network and hotline for immigrants last week in an effort to “stand in solidarity with undocumented immigrants.” Volunteers who are part of the network will respond to calls from people in the area if they are being pursued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and are facing arrest, detention or deportation. When called, a team of volunteers will arrive at the scene or otherwise document the event, including a description of the persons arrested, the identification of law enforcement agencies present at the arrest, the location where the person...
  • Three Democratic congressmen arrested at Trump Tower protest

    09/20/2017 9:03:46 AM PDT · by Hadean · 15 replies
    UPI ^ | Sept. 20, 2017 | Ray Downs   
    Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Three Democratic congressmen were arrested outside Trump Tower in New York City while protesting for immigrants' rights. Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva of Arizona, Luis V. Gutierrez of Illinois and Adriano Espaillat of New York were arrested on civil disobedience charges. Melissa Mark-Viverito, speaker of the New York City Council, and six other protesters were also arrested. "I stood in front of Trump Tower today with a whole lot of DREAMers, immigrants and Americans to say enough to Trump and his criminalization of our immigrant communities," Grijalva wrote on his official Facebook page. In a statement, Guttierez...
  • Did 'The View' Cut Jedediah Bila for being tough on Hillary Clinton?

    09/19/2017 7:15:54 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 19, 2017 | Brian Flood
    ABC’s “The View” has denied a report that conservative co-host Jedediah Bila was removed from the show because she asked a tough question to Hillary Clinton last Wednesday. Citing a “source,” The New York Post reported that Bila’s exit had something to do with the way she treated Clinton during the recent interview. Bila asked the former Democratic presidential candidate how she felt about liberals who criticize her new book, “What Happened.” The source told the Post that there were, “a lot of staff who were upset about how that interview was handled.” The Post reported that “The View” executives...
  • New York State rated “F” for financial practices

    09/18/2017 3:42:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    WIVB News 4 ^ | September 18, 2017
    The Chicago-based group Truth in Reporting gives the state a grade of “F” in its new 50-state analysis of government spending and budgeting. Specifically, the report’s authors faulted New York for its relatively high pension and health care obligations, as well as its high tax burden. California, New Jersey, Illinois and Massachusetts earned similarly low scores from the group.
  • Sean Hannity Show,M-F,3PM-6PM,EDT,WOR AM,September 18-22,2017

    09/18/2017 1:41:09 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 10 replies
    Sean Hannity Show ^ | September 18, 2017 | Sean Hannity
    Good Afternoon And Welcome!
  • Eric Schneiderman Needs to Recuse Himself from Trump Investigations

    09/18/2017 12:45:20 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/18/17 | Dan McLaughlin
    New York’s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, has reportedly been assisting with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.... Schneiderman’s public comments and civil lawsuits against Trump’s agenda make it impossible for the public to have confidence that he could be impartial on the subject of the president.... Prosecutors are expected to be fair and impartial in the administration of justice....Rule 3.8 of the New York Bar’s ethics rules, addressing the “Special Responsibilities of Prosecutors and other Government Lawyers,” states: A prosecutor has the responsibility of a minister of justice and not simply that of an...
  • Did Jedediah Bila exit ‘The View’ because of Hillary Clinton?

    09/18/2017 11:43:49 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 58 replies
    pagesix.com ^ | 09-18-2017 | By Mara Siegler
    <p>Jedediah Bila shocked audiences when she departed “The View” on Monday — and according to a source, this sudden departure may have something to do with Hillary Clinton.</p> <p>Clinton was on the show last Wednesday promoting her book “What Happened,” with conservative Bila calling her “tone deaf” and asking the former presidential candidate a tough question.</p>
  • The Big Remedial Apple

    09/18/2017 10:36:03 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 8 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 18, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    New Yorkers like to think they are more sophisticated than us common folk. Perhaps they define sophistication as a big expensive ineffective school system. “City high-school grads pay at least $63 million a year for remedial classes, thanks to a school system that hands them worthless diplomas,” The New York Post claims.
  • Columbia allows students to vote on gender-neutral bathrooms [LGBT Lost]

    09/18/2017 9:45:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | September 18, 2017 | Toni Airaksinen
    Columbia University students recently voted against a proposal that would make all restrooms on a dorm-floor “gender inclusive.” Students living in at least five of the elite school’s residence halls voted floor-by-floor to determine whether their male- and female-designed restrooms would be made “gender inclusive,” a practice made possible under a new Columbia University Residence Life Policy.