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  • Trump [26%] Steady in NC; Biden Polls Well (Rand and Lindsey now at 0%)

    09/29/2015 11:44:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | September 29, 2015
    PPP's newest North Carolina poll finds that Donald Trump is holding his ground- at least compared to where he was in the state six weeks ago. Trump leads with 26% to 21% for Ben Carson, 12% for Carly Fiorina, 10% for Marco Rubio, 9% for Ted Cruz, 6% for Mike Huckabee, 5% for Jeb Bush, 4% for John Kasich, and 2% for Chris Christie. Rounding out the field are Rick Santorum and Bobby Jindal at 1%, and Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, and Rand Paul all at less than 1%. Trump's 26% is almost identical to his 24% standing...
  • Brown University rescinds honorary degree from Bill Cosby....

    09/29/2015 4:28:20 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 12 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 1:17 AM | Ginger Adams Otis
    Bill Cosby lost yet another honorary degree Monday, this time from Brown University. It was the first time the Rhode Island institution ever rescinded an honorary degree, a top official told the Brown Daily Herald, the university’s newspaper. It was the third honorary degree stripped from Cosby in recent weeks amid an ongoing scandal that he drugged and sexually assaulted more than 50 women.
  • Mayors Of Eighteen U.S. Cities Tell Obama They Are Ready To Take More Syrian Refugees

    09/26/2015 6:08:54 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 117 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 09/24/15 | Kerry Picket
    Mayors from eighteen U.S. cities signed a letter to President Obama saying they are willing to take even more refugees than what has been proposed by the administration. “We will welcome the Syrian families to make homes and new lives in our cities,” wrote the mayors, all of whom are part of the Cities United for Immigration Action coalition. “Indeed, we are writing to say that we stand ready to work with your Administration to do much more and to urge you to increase still further the number of Syrian refugees the United States will accept for resettlement.” “This is...
  • Corker: WH foreign policy talks 'bizarre'

    05/23/2014 1:12:24 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 23, 2014 | Justin Sink
    Top White House officials have reportedly been holding private meetings with lawmakers this week to boost support for the president’s foreign policy strategy, although the outreach effort appears to have left some lawmakers confused and upset. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) described a meeting with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough and National Security Adviser Susan Rice earlier this week as “one of the most bizarre I've attended on Foreign Relations on foreign policy in our country.” “I know several of us were involved in a very bizarre discussion last night. This continues a very bizarre discussion,” Corker added, according...
  • New Labor Day Polls Show Trump Leading in GOP Favorability & Defeating Every Democrat Challenger

    09/05/2015 2:04:00 PM PDT · by Sontagged · 47 replies
    Two Labor Day Polls Portend ‘Splodey Heads For The Anti-Trump Advocates…. Earlier today Gallup released a poll showing that Trump is the most heavily favored candidate (63% Approval Rating) amid Republicans. A devastating defeat for the establishment GOP (GOPe) who are seeking to push their preferred candidate Jeb Bush. Such substantive favorable opinion of candidate Trump puts the RNC/GOPe in a difficult position as they plot to begin their collective assault against the unpalatable frontrunner. But tonight the news for the Vichy Republican crowd is infinite degrees worse. As they plot the best course of Trump’s annihilation – national polls...
  • Judge Andrew Napolitano’s Bizarre Op-Ed on RFRAs: He argues that RFRAs are unconstitutional

    04/06/2015 9:47:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/06/2015 | Ed Whelan
    In a challenging field of competitors, Fox News Channel’s Andrew Napolitano has a strong entry for the most laughable legal analysis of the Indiana religious-freedom law. In an April Fool’s Day op-ed that he evidently means to be taken seriously, Napolitano argues that state Religious Freedom Restoration Act laws are unconstitutional. Napolitano’s core claim is that the Supreme Court, in its 1997 ruling in Boerne v. Flores, ruled that the 1993 federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act is unconstitutional. In Boerne the Court ruled that Congress lacked the constitutional power to apply the federal RFRA against the states. Napolitano accurately summarizes...
  • Rhode Island Church Taking Unusual Step to Illuminate Its Slavery Role

    08/24/2015 11:31:40 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 23, 2015 | By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — One of the darkest chapters of Rhode Island history involved the state’s pre-eminence in the slave trade, beginning in the 1700s. More than half of the slaving voyages from the United States left from ports in Providence, Newport and Bristol — so many, and so contrary to the popular image of slavery as primarily a scourge of the South, that Rhode Island has been called “the Deep North.” That history will soon become more prominent as the Episcopal diocese here, which was steeped in the trans-Atlantic slave trade, establishes a museum dedicated to telling that story, the...

    08/22/2015 3:25:13 PM PDT · by Nep Nep · 30 replies
    NumbersUSA ^ | Fri, Aug 21st 2015 @ 11:08 am EDT | Roy Beck
    BUSH: changed Rating from No Action to VERY HARMFULCARSON: from No Action to VERY GOODCHRISTIE: from No Action to GOODCRUZ: from No Action to VERY GOODFIORINA: from Unhelpful to VERY HARMFULJINDAL: from No Action to VERY GOODPERRY: from No Action to UNHELPFULRUBIO: from No Action to VERY HARMFULTRUMP: from No Action to EXCELLENTIn addition, the following candidates stuck with the positions (and Ratings) that they had previously staked out. (Santorum and Paul deserve special recognition for taking strong stands long before Trump stirred the media's interest this past week.)EXCELLENT: SantorumVERY GOOD: Paul1st STEPS: GrahamNO POSITION: Chaffee, WalkerUNHELPFUL: Biden, Clinton, Sanders,...
  • As Hillary implodes, the Democrats have no real Plan B

    08/22/2015 1:26:48 PM PDT · by bryan999 · 84 replies
    The summer has not been kind to Hillary Clinton. The drip-drip-drip of revelations about her possible misuse and mishandling of classified information threatens to become a deluge in the fall. They have taken a serious toll on her reputation — and even more notably, her treatment by liberal media figures who surely would rather she be elected even if the Risen Christ were to be the Republican nominee. Democrats are worried — so worried five donors who raised millions for President Obama as well as Obama’s chief Florida strategist have both sworn off Hillary and joined an effort to draft...
  • East Providence Puts Perfect Puppy Out Of Business -- Must It Pay?

    08/19/2015 1:30:59 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 19, 2015 | George Leef
    In an ideal world, the law would shield people from aggression by others, allowing them to peacefully use their lives, liberties, and property as they desire. In our actual world, however, many people cannot resist the urge to turn the law into a sword – into a weapon they can use against anyone who doesn’t live or act in “the right” way. Examples of such legal plunder and coercive busybodyism pop up constantly. Here’s one that recently came to my attention. The Perfect Puppy is a family owned business in Rhode Island. It sells healthy, well cared-for puppies. Pet stores...
  • It’s too late for Democrats to start rethinking Clinton’s 2016 viability [shill alert]

    08/16/2015 10:57:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Dear Democrats: It’s too late to start over. As in, there’s no replacing Hillary Rodham Clinton as your party’s front-runner for the presidential nomination. Not with Vice President Biden — even if he runs. Not with former vice president Al Gore. (I mean, come on.) Not with your ideal rich-person-with-no-record-and-a-fresh-faced-appeal. This may come as a shock to some of you. After all, you argue, it’s only August! The Iowa caucuses won’t be until February! That’s, like, four political lifetimes. Sure. But modern presidential politics isn’t as simple as announcing that you’ve decided to run and watching yourself soar to the...
  • Planned Parenthood and the Eugenics Movement

    08/15/2015 9:49:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/15/15 | Joseph Loconte
    There is a haunting familiarity to the arguments defending Planned Parenthood’s sale of body parts from aborted babies for medical research: an echo of another era of medical innovation amid moral ambiguity. Then, as now, the response of cultural leaders — especially religious leaders — is a story about the corruption, and potential renewal, of Western civilization. Today we’re told there is no other way to achieve the research results we desire, because fetal tissue is a “uniquely rich source” of stem cells, which provide invaluable clues to human development. Second, we’re led to believe that research on aborted babies...
  • Millennial hawk: Why the GOP needs to answer Hillary’s $350B college subsidy plan

    08/13/2015 5:23:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/13/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Forget the Twitter blog for emoji responses to how millennials feel about student debt. As the New York Daily News’ Alejandro Alba notes, the condescending approach didn’t generate much respect from Hillary Clinton’s target audience. The beleagured Democrat tried to shift attention to policy from the e-mail scandal, focusing on her $350 billion proposal to overhaul higher-education finances, which is in a shambles largely due to federal government intervention in the first place.Mission not accomplished: While some users thought the question was “relatable,” others believed the question was offensive and condescending.Many users began to reply to the tweet with...
  • Oceanographers solve mystery of beach explosion

    08/13/2015 12:10:33 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 35 replies ^ | August 13, 2015 | by Todd Mcleish & Provided by: University of Rhode Island
    URI Oceanography Professors John King (second from right) and Arthur Spivack (right) watch as core samples are collected at Salty Brine State Beach following the explosion in July. Credit: Chris Deacutis ============================================================================================================================================= When an explosion beneath the sand at Salty Brine State Beach in Narragansett injured a visiting vacationer, state and local police and the bomb squad found no evidence of what may have caused the blast. So state officials turned to scientists at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography for answers. It didn't take long before they had solved the mystery. Janet Coit, director of the...
  • O'Malley: Sparse debate schedule 'undemocratic' (Outrage before the coronation?)

    08/10/2015 9:03:32 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/10/15 | Jesse Byrnes
    Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is keeping pressure on the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to increase the number of Democratic presidential debates. "We're making a big mistake, as Democrats, if we try to limit debate and have an undemocratic process," O'Malley said Monday on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports." "Shame on us as a party if the DNC tries to limit debate and prevents us from being able to put forward a better path for our people that will make the economy work for all of us again," he said. O'Malley — who trails front-runner Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders...
  • MSM Fails to Note that #SorosMoneyMatters Only Targeting Hillary Opponents

    08/09/2015 10:25:41 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 23 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | August 9, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    Imagine if the Koch brothers had financed a group that was regularly disrupting and shutting down events of candidates that they opposed. Does anybody doubt that the Koch connection would come up in the first paragraph, if not the first sentence, of most news stories about such disruptions? Yet somehow, complete silence from the MSM on the connection of George Soros to #BlackLivesMatter even though he is the providing most of the finances to that organization. Also mysterious is how the MSM also fails to note that Hillary Clinton, whom Soros supports, has not had her events disrupted by #SorosMoneyMatters (also...
  • Sherrod Brown Dodges Obamacare Question At Netroots Nation; Al Gore Deletes Tweet

    06/10/2012 6:48:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/10/12 | Dana Loesch
    Yesterday afternoon at Netroots Nation in Providence, RI, I attempted to ask the embattled Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) about his campaign, specifically his record as the deciding vote for Obamacare. Ohio voters passted an amendment to their constitution outlawing the Democrats' health care law by a wide margin in 2011: Ohioans overwhelmingly rejected the healthcare mandate provisions of Obamacare. They did this by handily passing an amendment to the state’s constitution that reads, in part, as follows: No federal, state, or local law or rule shall compel, directly or indirectly, any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in...
  • America Tires of Hillary Again

    08/04/2015 1:19:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Rush ^ | August 4, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: A new Fox poll out yesterday, last night shows Donald Trump is just soaring. Trump is gaining ground on everybody in the GOP field and over Hillary. It's a Fox News poll, NBC poll, and in both of these polls, Hillary, the bottom is starting to fall out identically, exactly as it started to happen in 2008. And that's why the Democrats are starting to push out these stories about what a great guy Biden is and those gaffes that he makes, why, they just make him more lovable. That's old Joe. Telling the guy in a wheelchair to...
  • MSNBC Guest: Hillary ‘Will Die A Death Of A Thousand Cuts’ [VIDEO]

    08/02/2015 10:57:31 AM PDT · by Crystal Palace East · 65 replies
    Former SC Democratic party chair Dick Harpootlian told MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki Sunday Vice President Joe Biden’s consideration of a presidential run actually gives Democrats the best chance of retaining the White House in 2016. Harpootlian said Hillary Clinton’s track record will cause her and the Democrats to “die a death of a thousand cuts,” yet Biden is “an inspirational figure” that voters can rally around. HARPOOTLIAN: I think Hillary comes into the race, as she did in ’08 with all kinds of baggage… There’s going to be distractions, we saw just this week with the Wall Street Journal about payments...
  • Rhode Island mandates HPV vaccine for seventh-graders

    07/31/2015 6:54:39 PM PDT · by Morgana · 50 replies ^ | Jul 29, 2015 | By Associated Press
    Seventh-graders in all public and private schools in Rhode Island are now required to get the HPV vaccine. Starting this fall, seventh-graders who do not get the vaccine will not be allowed to attend school unless their parents seek an exemption for medical or religious reasons, the Providence Journal reported Tuesday. Tricia Washburn, chief of the office of immunization for the Rhode Island Department of Health, said the Centers for Disease Control found no safety concerns with the vaccine. "The bottom line is that HPV is the most sexually transmitted disease in the U.S." she said. "We are interested in...
  • Hillary's Such a Terrible Candidate, Obama's Talking About a Third Term

    07/28/2015 3:34:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Rush ^ | July 28, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Craig in Scarsdale, New York. Great to have you on the program. Hello, sir. CALLER: Thank you very much, Rush. I can't believe all these reporters out there who are just dumping on Trump. It's unbelievable. They gotta go back 30 years to find something that can actually stick to this guy. RUSH: No, no. They have to go back 30 years to make up something. CALLER: I'm sorry? RUSH: They had to go back 30 years to make up something. CALLER: To make up something. And not just that. Why don't we go back 30 years and look...
  • R.I. offshore wind farm starts construction

    07/28/2015 9:25:06 AM PDT · by thackney · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/27/15 | Timothy Cama
    The developer of the nation’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm installed the first steel foundation for the project off Rhode Island’s coast. The Sunday installation of Deepwater Wind Block Island Wind Farm came just in time for a Monday tour of the site that will include Obama administration officials, lawmakers and Rhode Island’s governor, among others. ADVERTISEMENT “It was a very big moment,” Jeffrey Grybowski, Chief Executive Officer of Deepwater Wind, told the Providence Journal shortly after watching the first foundation’s installation from a boat. The company had hoped to install the foundation on Thursday, but the weather did not...
  • Researchers predict material with record-setting melting point [4,400 kelvins / 7,460°F]

    07/27/2015 10:36:43 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 45 replies ^ | 07-27-2015 | by Kevin Stacey & Provided by: Brown University
    Using powerful computer simulations, researchers from Brown University have identified a material with a higher melting point than any known substance. The computations, described in the journal Physical Review B (Rapid Communications), showed that a material made with just the right amounts of hafnium, nitrogen, and carbon would have a melting point of more than 4,400 kelvins (7,460 degrees Fahrenheit). That's about two-thirds the temperature at the surface of the sun, and 200 kelvins higher than the highest melting point ever recorded experimentally. The experimental record-holder is a substance made from the elements hafnium, tantalum, and carbon (Hf-Ta-C). But these...
  • De Blasio raves about presidential hopeful, but it’s not Hillary

    07/25/2015 4:23:15 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 25, 2015 | Rich Calder
    Mayor de Blasio is a big fan of presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders — because the Vermont senator is a proud “Democratic socialist.” [Snip] De Blasio was quick to correct CNN’s Carol Costello after she called Sanders a “socialist,” telling her the senator is a “Democratic socialist.” “I think there’s a lot to like in that title,” he gushed.
  • Red-state Democrats fret about leftward shift

    07/25/2015 4:44:29 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | July 24, 2015 | Kyle Cheney and Rachana Pradhan
    Governor’s races in South and Midwest could be lost if party brand becomes too liberal. Centrist Democrats were wiped out in the 2014 elections and in their absence emerged a resurgent liberal movement, embodied most recently by the surprisingly competitive presidential campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. But the suddenly ascendant left — its populist overtones becoming part of the mainstream Democratic pitch — is worrying Democrats who want to compete on Republican-leaning turf. The party lost every competitive gubernatorial and Senate race in the South last year. And Democrats didn’t fare much better in the heartland. Now, as Bernie...
  • Headstones for veterans' graves plundered to build carport floor

    07/25/2015 6:02:12 PM PDT · by pabianice · 25 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 7/25/15 | Rein
    When headstones on the graves of fallen servicemen crack or fade with age, they're hauled away to be honorably destroyed. Then the Department of Veterans Affairs replaces them. But at veterans' cemetery in Rhode Island, an employee who was supposed to be taking care of the graves pillaged more than 150 granite headstones, many of them still inscribed with the names of the veterans. Then he took the markers home to build a floor for his carport. When investigators arrived at Kevin Maynard's house in Charlestown, R.I., this spring, they came upon an eerie scene, according to a federal affadavit:...
  • Hillary Clinton’s Unfavorable Rating Higher Than Those of All Her 2016 Democratic Rivals

    07/25/2015 2:02:09 PM PDT · by lbryce · 21 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | July 24, 2015 | Morgan Chalfant
    Hillary Clinton’s favorable rating has sunk to a new low as that of her 2016 rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) has doubled since March. A Gallup poll released Friday demonstrates that the share of Americans with a favorable view of Clinton has declined from 48 percent in April when she first announced her presidential campaign to 43 percent today. Meanwhile, Sanders is enjoying an incredible surge; the Vermont senator’s favorable rating has doubled since Gallup tested it in March, jumping from 12 to 24 percent. Unfortunately for Clinton, her unfavorable rating has been rising. The share of Americans holding...
  • Lincoln Chafee: Awful Bad, Awful Sad

    07/25/2015 9:39:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | July 25, 2015 | Arthur Schaper
    For the first time in national history, a Rhode Island native son is running for President: Lincoln Chafee. “Stumbling” is more accurate, since shortly after declaring an exploratory committee, he fumbled into making himself a full-fledged candidate, and all the campaign finance hoopla which accompanies it. A one-term Republican US Senator, then one-term Independent Governor, Chafee entered the 2016 Presidential Election as a Democrat. Confused? Cable news program Common Sense openly derided his ambitions: “Are you kidding me?” MSNBC took his campaign seriously enough, asked him serious questions, and Chafee already looked like a deer in headlights. Joining the repeal...
  • 911 call from Salty Brine beach blast released

    07/21/2015 11:10:09 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 11 replies
    NBC 10 ^ | 7-21-15 | unattributed
    Narragansett police on Tuesday released a 911 call made after an explosion on Salty Brine State Beach. A Waterbury, Connecticut, woman was injured in the blast. A family member said she was thrown about 10 feet. The caller tells the 911 operator she doesn't know exactly what happened, but that the injured woman needs help. Caller: "Hi, I'm at Salty Brine Beach ... The rock, like, fell on her." Operator: "The rock fell on her? At Salty Brine? Do you know if they're pinned under the rock?" Caller: "I heard a bang. People are saying that the rocks exploded." Operator:...
  • It’s not Dixie’s fault

    07/20/2015 8:02:32 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 34 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 17,2015 | Thomas J. Sugrue
    Education remains separate and unequal nearly everywhere in the United States, but Confederate-flag-waving Southerners aren’t responsible for the most racially divided schools. That title goes to New York, where 64 percent of black students attend schools with few, if any, white students, according to a recent report by the Civil Rights Project. In fact, the Northeast is the only region where the percentage of black students in extremely segregated schools — those where at least 90 percent of students are minorities — is higher than it was in the 1960s. Schools in the South, on the other hand, saw the...
  • The Daily 202: Bernie’s base problems

    07/20/2015 5:50:05 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/20/15 | James Hohmann and Elise Viebeck
    PHOENIX—Bernie Sanders is unaccustomed to being heckled by protesters. The self-identified democratic socialist was caught off guard here Saturday when African-American and Latino activists jeered him at Netroots Nation. Sanders’ inability to control the audience – he tried to shut them up and then he tried to yell over them – underscores his broader struggle to expand his appeal and highlights why his summer surge is unlikely to last. The huge crowds Sanders draws are overwhelmingly white, and polling consistently shows that virtually all of his support comes from whites. After Iowa and New Hampshire, the first two contests on...
  • It’s time to draft Al Gore: If Democrats want to win, it’s clear neither Hillary nor Sanders..

    07/18/2015 1:10:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 72 replies
    Salon ^ | July 17, 2015 | Sean Illing
    It’s time to draft Al Gore: If Democrats want to win, it’s clear neither Hillary nor Sanders is the way The presidential election is still sixteen months away, but this much is clear: Hillary Clinton is a vulnerable candidate. Since announcing her candidacy in April, Clinton’s stature has steadily slipped. Things got even worse this week. We learned, first, that Bernie Sanders eclipsed Clinton in small, individual donations, which is an indicator of popular support among likely voters. Second, and more problematic, the newest AP poll revealed significant weaknesses among Democrats on a host of issues, including trust, character, and...
  • Feds: Headstones for veterans' graves plundered to build carport floor

    07/14/2015 6:28:17 PM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 7/14/15 | Lisa Rein
    <p>When headstones on the graves of fallen servicemen crack or fade with age, they're hauled away to be honorably destroyed. Then the Department of Veterans Affairs replaces them.</p> <p>But at veterans' cemetery in Rhode Island, an employee who was supposed to be taking care of the graves pillaged more than 150 granite headstones, many of them still inscribed with the names of the veterans. Then he took the markers home to build a floor for his carport.</p>
  • Rhode Island’s Chafee largely funding his own 2016 bid

    07/13/2015 2:15:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 13, 2015 1:26 PM EDT | Jennifer McDermott
    Donors have given just $30,000 to Lincoln Chafee’s Democratic run for president, leading him to acknowledge that Democratic competitor Bernie Sanders is filling the role he hoped to play in the 2016 contest. Chafee lent his campaign $364,000, according to federal campaign finance filings. The former Rhode Island governor trails by a wide margin in fundraising. The campaign for Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton said it raised $45 million since mid-April, while Sanders, a Vermont senator, has raised $15 million since he joined the race in late April. “I always thought that there was fundraising potential for an honest progressive...
  • Report: explosion at Salty Brine Beach (RI)

    07/11/2015 10:25:05 AM PDT · by PROCON · 37 replies ^ | July 11, 2015 | Neil Remiesiewicz
    NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WPRI) -Police and firefighters have responded to Salty Brine Beach for a report of an explosion. The Department of Environmental Management confirms that they received reports of an explosion on the beach and a person injured at about 11:15 Saturday morning.
  • Dem. Senator Hopes The DOJ Sues Global Warming ‘Deniers’

    06/25/2015 1:12:25 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 45 replies ^ | june 25, 2015 | Michael Bastasch
    Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is not a fan of anyone who disagrees with him about man-made global warming. And at an event hosted by environmentalists, he made it clear just how much he doesn’t like skeptics. “But, this vast denial apparatus that propagates the false doubt, that props up the phony science, that gets these yahoos who can’t survive … peer-reviewed scrutiny onto Fox News, onto the cable shows, saying that their scientists, they create an artificial conflict about this and that’s why I think there’s doubt,” the Rhode Island Democrat told attendees at a League of Conservation Voters event in...
  • Tensions build as Supreme Court readies blockbuster rulings

    06/21/2015 10:44:20 AM PDT · by Johnny Navarone · 114 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 06/21/2015 | Lawrence Hurley
    <p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tensions are building inside and outside the white marble facade of the U.S. Supreme Court building as the nine justices prepare to issue major rulings on gay marriage and President Barack Obama's healthcare law by the end of the month.</p>
  • Republicans criticize Rice over Iraq, Iran, Hamas

    02/15/2006 10:29:50 AM PST · by jmc1969 · 29 replies · 1,034+ views
    AP ^ | February 15 2006
    Republican senators criticized the Bush administration Wednesday over its policies in Iraq, Iran and the Palestinian territories, as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's first testimony on Capitol Hill in months exposed her to a tough grilling from some members of her own party. "I don't see, Madame Secretary, how things are getting better. I think they're getting worse in Iraq, they're getting worse in Iran," Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., told Rice as she appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Rice also had a tense exchange with moderate Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee, R-R.I., over the pace of progress toward Israeli-Palestinian...
  • Who is the most conservative Republican candidate for president? [CRUZ!]

    06/17/2015 9:45:26 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 93 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 16 at 2:00 PM | Pablo Barberá
    The Republican field is crowded, which implies that primary voters have little information about where some of the candidates stand. That is particularly the case this season, with a few relatively unknown contenders who lack legislative experience or a long history of campaign contributions that would allow researchers to precisely identify where they stand on the liberal-to-conservative political dimension.However, one characteristic all candidates share is that they have active and popular Twitter accounts. And as I showed in an article published earlier this year in the journal Political Analysis — now freely available online as an Editors’ Choice article —...
  • Dem unveils automatic voter registration bill

    06/10/2015 3:29:19 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 10, 2015 | Ben Kamisar
    Greg Nash Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) has proposed a bill to automatically register Americans to vote, fresh off of similar calls by Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton. “Today, too many politicians are trying to make it harder than ever for citizens to make their voices heard at the ballot box,” Cicilline said in a statement on Wednesday. “The Automatic Voter Registration Act will protect the right to vote and expand access for eligible voters across the United States. I thank my colleagues who have co-sponsored this important legislation that helps to expand one of our most essential rights as...
  • Revealed: The Rubio “luxury speedboat”

    06/09/2015 2:45:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/09/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Earlier today, the New York Times clucked its tongue over Marco Rubio’s “penchant for luxury,” embodied primarily in the purchase of an $80,000 “speedboat.” One man’s luxury is another man’s … fishing boat. The Rubio team sent Dylan Byers a link to the model of the boat Rubio bought, which ain’t exactly a yacht: But while Rubio did indeed spend $80,000 on a boat, the vessel in question is not the glamorous “luxury speedboat” the Times article portrayed. It is, in fact, an offshore fishing boat.On Tuesday, Rubio spokesperson Alex Conant sent POLITICO a link to a website showing...
  • Hillary's high risk faux Primary race

    06/07/2015 2:45:43 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 12 replies
    Red State ^ | June 4, 2015
    So Linc Chafee is in the race. This brings the number of contenders up to four. You have an embittered, kleptocratic and entitled Social Security recipient; you have a sex-obsessed, corrupt septuagenarian Socialist; you have a big city machine Progressive; and you have the Wonder-Bread-and-Velveeta pragmatist. Of this crew, the only one that is a real contender is Martin O’Malley. But the real reason this bunch of northeastern Progressive white guys are in the race is to give the illusion that Hillary is not cruising to a coronation. There is undoubtedly some hope, too, that inevitable debates with one or...
  • Lincoln Chafee’s presidential platform? America to adopt the metric system, of course.

    06/04/2015 6:31:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/04/2015 | By Amber Phillips
    Well, this is a new one.While announcing his candidacy for the highest office in the land, newly minted Democratic presidential candidate and former Rhode Island senator and governor Lincoln Chafee made the bold case for … the U.S. to switch to the metric system?Bloomberg's Dave Weigel was there: Chafee, a Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat, gave a brief and chipper address that called for America to re-engage with "international community" with diplomacy and "symbolic" moves. That meant everything from barring campaign donors from becoming diplomats, to allowing Edward Snowden to come home without punishment, to bringing America into the Metric system."It doesn't take long...
  • Boston jihadis met with third man on Rhode Island beach to plot beheading of Pamela Geller

    06/05/2015 3:49:02 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 6/5/2015 | Robert Spencer
    This Providence Journal report doesn’t say so, but the jihadis’ beheading target was Pamela Geller. “Court complaint: 2 Mass. terror suspects met on R.I. beach to plot beheading,” by Amanda Milkovits, Providence Journal, June 3, 2015: WARWICK, R.I. — Two Massachusetts men under surveillance by terrorism investigators met with an unidentified third person on a Rhode Island beach in Sunday’s rain to discuss a plot to behead people in another state, according to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court Wednesday.The plan that Usaamah Abdullah Rahim and David Wright shared with the third person changed early Tuesday morning, when Rahim...
  • Evans: Police, FBI killed armed man in Roslindale (terrorist surveillance)

    06/02/2015 6:38:23 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 13 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 6/2/15 | Owen Boss
    An armed man in his 20s being surveilled by the FBI counterterrorism unit was shot and killed by an FBI agent and a Boston police officer in Roslindale this morning, according to Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. Evans said the suspect was wielding a large military-style black knife. FBI Special Agent in Charge Vincent B. Lisi is at the scene, and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh is expected as well, FBI spokeswoman Kristin Setera told the Herald. Dozens of police officers have swarmed the small shopping plaza and officers are seeking surveillance video from a nearby Dunkin' Donuts, employees said....
  • Boston police: Man killed by FBI agent, cop in terror probe

    06/02/2015 9:26:59 AM PDT · by islander-11 · 22 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 6/2/15 | Owen Boss
    An armed man in his 20s being surveilled by the FBI counterterrorism unit was shot and killed by an FBI agent and a Boston police officer in Roslindale this morning, according to Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. "He was on foot, under surveillance," Evans said. "The officers have been surveilling him and again they wanted to speak to him ... and he turned and our officers gave several commands for him to drop the weapon and unfortunately he came at the officers and they did what they were trained to do and that's never an easy decision for any officer...
  • Brother of Usaama Rahim, Terror Suspect Shot to Death in Boston, Lives in Oakland, Asks For Prayers

    06/02/2015 8:12:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 6/2 | Michelle Roberts
    A man with ties to the Bay Area was shot and killed by police in Boston on Tuesday. Officials say the suspect was being followed by the Joint Terrorism Task Force and was wielding a military-style knife at officers. Officials told NBC News the officer and agent had been investigating whether the man, identified as Usaama Rahim, had become radicalized by ISIS-inspired social media messages. The man’s brother, who is from Oakland, is asking for prayers. Back on the East Coast, the case remains under investigation.
  • Black Knives Matter! (terror police shoot man dead in B)

    06/02/2015 12:11:59 PM PDT · by Robert357 · 16 replies
    "....At a rainy press conference near the crime scene, Commissioner Evans described the man as in "mid 20s", travelling on foot, and carrying a black "military-style knife". Some US media have reported the weapon as a machete. The suspect was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The two officers are in hospital to be examined for stress, but did not suffer physical injuries, police said...."
  • Two men plotted to behead a police officer, official says

    06/03/2015 6:27:24 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 18 replies
    Bos Globe ^ | 6/3/15 | By Maria Cramer, Evan Allen, Laura Crimaldi and Lisa Wangsness
    The man fatally shot by anti-terrorism officers in Boston on Tuesday and the suspect arrested Tuesday night in Everett had conspired to kill a police officer, according to two law enforcement officials briefed on the case. “We believe the intent was to behead a police officer,” one official said Wednesday morning. “We knew the plot had to be stopped. They were planning to take action Tuesday.” (snip)They had a brief exchange near a bus stop, according to an official with knowledge of the investigation, before Rahim lunged with the knife. The weapon was more than a foot long with a...
  • CBS News: 2 Men In Boston Terror Probe Were Communicating About Attacks In U.S. (Wright 6'11, 511#)

    06/03/2015 5:43:52 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 25 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | 6/3/15 | CBS Boston
    A man arrested in connection with a terror investigation in Boston will be in federal court Wednesday. David Wright was taken into custody at his home in Everett Tuesday afternoon, hours after a Boston police officer and an FBI agent shot and killed a man who was under 24-hour surveillance by terrorism investigators in Roslindale. According to CBS News, Wright and the man killed, 26-year-old Usaama Rahim, were communicating about attacks in the U.S. and that’s why he was arrested. Investigators are continuing to look for other people both men were communicating with. Wright will face federal charges in U.S....