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  • Democratic Task Forces Deliver Biden A Blueprint For A Progressive Presidency

    07/08/2020 4:50:28 PM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    NPR ^ | 7/08/20 | Scott Detrow
    A joint effort by former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to unify Democrats around Biden's candidacy has produced a 110-page policy wish list to recommend to the party's presumptive presidential nominee. Throughout the Democratic primary, Biden stuck to a more moderate platform, while Sanders, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and much of the rest of the crowded field courted progressives and advocated for broader structural changes. But as the United States faces a growing pandemic and unemployment rates at the highest levels in generations, Biden has been talking more and more about a presidency that approaches Franklin...
  • As local news crumbles, should the federal government intervene?

    07/08/2020 9:03:15 AM PDT · by rintintin · 67 replies
    Columbia Journalism Review ^ | July 8 2020 | Lauren Harris
    Journalism is just one of the industries hard-hit by the economic fallout from the pandemic. While we reimagine journalism’s structures and funding models, what role might the government play in intervening to support the role of a functioning press—not just someday, but now? In a new report published by the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina, Penny Abernathy—a collaborator on our Cutback Tracker project—underlines the stakes. Since 2005, more than a quarter of the country’s newspapers have disappeared. In the same fifteen-year span, the number of local journalists working in newsrooms has dropped by...
  • Stop Misquoting The Great Abolitionist Frederick Douglass To Slander America

    07/08/2020 8:08:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 8, 2020 | Jimmy Sengenberger
    Black Lives Matter activists cite Douglass’s 1852 speech ‘What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?’ as proof America is evil. They utterly miss his point. Last week on CNN, as contributor Angela Rye accused White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnaney and President Trump of failing to understand the history of black America, she referred to the legendary Frederick Douglass. “Frederick Douglass said about Independence Day in this country, what to the slave is the Fourth of July?” she said. “And I would invite them to even start there, as a reading principle, to see how different we see...
  • NPR: “Mounting Evidence” Suggests COVID Not As Deadly as Thought. Did the Experts Fail Again?

    07/03/2020 7:47:19 AM PDT · by teeman8r · 88 replies
    NPR ^ | July 3, 2020 | NPR
    A new NPR report suggests the global response to COVID-19 may have been reached on a flawed premise. Mounting evidence suggests the coronavirus is more common and less deadly than it first appeared. The evidence comes from tests that detect antibodies to the coronavirus in a person's blood rather than the virus itself. The tests are finding large numbers of people in the US who were infected but never became seriously ill. And when these mild infections are included in coronavirus statistics, the virus appears less dangerous. "The current best estimates for the infection fatality risk are between 0.5% and...
  • Transcript: NPR's Full Interview With Attorney General William Barr

    06/28/2020 6:17:52 PM PDT · by bitt · 15 replies
    NPR.COM ^ | 6/25/2020
    In an interview with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep, Attorney General William Barr denied that the Justice Department is continually upholding the interest of the president, dismissed concerns about the firing of federal prosecutor Geoffrey Berman and said he does not believe an election conducted mainly by mail can be secure. Steve Inskeep: Thank you again for taking the time. I'm appreciative to have this opportunity. Attorney General William Barr: Thank you. I want to note that in the last few days, there have been three acts of yours that have made the news, sometimes not for the first time. The...
  • Three drivers have accelerated toward Seattle protesters this month. Nationwide, concerns grow

    06/19/2020 4:51:32 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 25 replies
    KUOW ^ | 6/15/2020 | Liz Brazile
    The Seattle Bike Brigade, a group of cyclists who have provide security for protesters amid local demonstrations, had blocked off an alleyway near 9th Avenue and Virginia Street. The aim was to protect mostly teenage protesters participating in a march for racial justice last Wednesday, June 10, in downtown. A white man, driving a black Honda Civic, reportedly demanded that the cyclists move from his path so he could access his residence at a nearby condominium complex. Part of that confrontation was filmed and shared on Twitter and Facebook by Robert Svercl, a member of the bike brigade. "Get the...
  • NPR: ‘Vehicle Attacks Rise As Extremists Target Protesters’

    06/21/2020 1:34:44 PM PDT · by rintintin · 87 replies
    NPR ^ | June 21 2020 | Hannah Allam
    Right-wing extremists are turning cars into weapons, with reports of 50 vehicle-ramming incidents since protests against police violence erupted nationwide in late May. At least 18 are categorized as deliberate attacks; another two dozen are unclear as to motivation or are still under investigation, according to a count released Friday by Ari Weil, a terrorism researcher at the University of Chicago's Chicago Project on Security and Threats. Weil has tracked vehicle-ramming attacks, or VRAs, since protests began.
  • DDA staffer on leave after Facebook comments about Trump rally attendees (Downtown Development Authority)(CO)

    06/20/2020 7:42:56 AM PDT · by real saxophonist · 28 replies
    Greeley Tribune ^ | June 19, 2020 | JADYN WATSON-FISHER
    DDA staffer on leave after Facebook comments about Trump rally attendees By JADYN WATSON-FISHER Greeley Tribune June 19, 2020 The Greeley Downtown Development Authority placed a staff member on administrative leave after expressing ill will toward attendees of President Donald Trump’s upcoming rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. According to an NPR report shared on Facebook, a judge denied a request to require physical distancing at the rally. Greeley DDA Director of Downtown Experience Alison Hamling commented negatively on that post. “Good. They can give (COVID-19) to each other,” Hamling, who contracted the virus earlier this year, said in the now-deleted thread....
  • Planned Parenthood Plays with Pro-Life Language in Biden Endorsement

    06/18/2020 10:24:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 18, 2020 | Katie Yoder
    The nation’s largest abortion provider regularly claims that it provides “life-saving” services while highlighting “pro-life” abortionists. But as it continues toying with double entendres, Planned Parenthood’s language appears less as a mere coincidence and more as a blatant mockery of the pro-life movement. The latest example came on June 15, when Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the abortion giant’s political arm, announced its endorsement of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden as he challenges President Trump in the upcoming election. According to Planned Parenthood’s acting president, the November election will be a matter of “life and death.” Speaking with NPR, Alexis McGill...
  • Will the 2020 elections come down to Trump vs. social anarchy? How Will Evangelicals Vote in 2020?

    06/17/2020 7:42:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/17/2020 | Michael Brown
    Many of us who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 had serious misgivings about him as a person and a candidate. Yet it was either Trump or Hillary Clinton, so our vote for Trump was effectively a vote against Hillary.Now, in 2020, the stakes are considerably higher. As expressed by George P. Bush, “Trump is the only thing standing between America and socialism.”That’s why many voters will support Trump again, even if they are put off by some of his tweets and public statements. In their minds, it’s either Trump or Antifa, either Trump or chaos on our streets. In...
  • NPR: Antibody Tests Point To Lower Death Rate For The Coronavirus Than First Thought

    06/15/2020 3:55:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    NPR ^ | 05/28/2020 | Jon Hamilton
    Mounting evidence suggests the coronavirus is more common and less deadly than it first appeared. The evidence comes from tests that detect antibodies to the coronavirus in a person's blood rather than the virus itself. The tests are finding large numbers of people in the U.S. who were infected but never became seriously ill. And when these mild infections are included in coronavirus statistics, the virus appears less dangerous. "The current best estimates for the infection fatality risk are between 0.5% and 1%," says Caitlin Rivers, an epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. That's in contrast with...
  • LinkedIn CEO Condemns Employees' 'Appalling Comments' On Race

    06/08/2020 4:45:41 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 41 replies
    NPR ^ | June 5, 2020 | Shannon Bond
    LinkedIn's CEO has apologized to staff after anonymous employees made "appalling comments" about racism and diversity during a companywide meeting. "We are not and will not be a company or platform where racism or hateful speech is allowed," Ryan Roslansky wrote in an email to staff that was also posted on LinkedIn. Roslansky took over as CEO of the professional networking company this week. The company, which is owned by Microsoft Corp., convened a virtual town hall over video Wednesday. Roslansky said more than 9,000 of the company's 16,000 global employees joined to discuss racial bias following the death of...
  • The Morning Briefing: We've Reached the Book Burning Phase of 2020 Riot Wokeness

    06/08/2020 8:50:44 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 49 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 8, 2020 | Stephen Kruiser
    Well, Ray Bradbury warned us, didn’t he? Or he tried to, anyway. As this once great land descends even further into this “check your privilege” wokescold madness, the lawless not only want to govern your actions but your thoughts as well. What so many are hailing as a transformative moment in American history is really a dystopian thought-policing nightmare. A recurring theme in history is that the thought fascists like to tightly control what the people it seeks to oppress read. Propaganda doesn’t work well if the masses can read whatever they want. Social justice warriors have been coming after...
  • Now NPR political correspondent Mara Liasson is calling D-Day the ‘biggest antifa rally in history’

    06/06/2020 6:43:49 PM PDT · by kevcol · 41 replies
    Twitchy ^ | June 6, 2020 | Brett T.
    Earlier Saturday we reported on “the dumbest tweet in history,” credited to a Bernie Sanders adviser. Yes, to commemorate D-Day, Matt Duss took that famous photo of allied forces off the coast of France and called it the “largest ANTIFA operation in history.” He’s not the first to compare World War II veterans to Antifa — CNN’s Chris Cuomo famously did as well — but as plenty pointed out, Antifa defaced the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C. this week. Now NPR political Mara Liasson is making the same dumb comparison: Biggest antifa rally in history. https://t.co/ypa46PvYx1 — Mara...
  • White Woman Who Called Police On Black Bird Watcher In Central Park Has Been Fired

    05/26/2020 1:32:43 PM PDT · by SJackson · 361 replies
    NPR ^ | May 26, 2020 | Brakkton Booker
    A black man says he asked a white woman in Central Park to put her dog on a leash. Then, video shows her calling police and telling emergency operators that the man was threatening her and her dog. The woman, who has been identified as Amy Cooper, has apologized. But by Tuesday afternoon she was fired from her job at an investment management firm. "Following our internal review of the incident in Central Park yesterday, we have made the decision to terminate the employee involved, effective immediately. We do not tolerate racism of any kind at Franklin Templeton," the company...
  • Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words

    05/25/2020 6:03:12 PM PDT · by beejaa · 14 replies
    PBS SoCal ^ | May 25, 2020 | Michael Pack, Director
    The movie is free at the link until June 2.
  • Trump targeted Michigan's top 3 officials because they're all women, state AG says

    05/24/2020 5:10:59 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 48 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 23 2020 | Brie Stimson
    Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel continued her criticism of President Trump on Friday, claiming he had “risked the health, safety and welfare” of all Michiganders by removing his mask during a tour of a Ford Motor Co. factory in the state Tuesday. “I will not remain silent and just twiddle my thumbs as I see him do that," Nessel told NPR's "All Things Considered." Nessel said she believes Trump has been at odds with the state’s top three leaders recently, in part because they’re all women.
  • Liberal Jewish Opposition to Israel’s Sovereignty is Cowardly

    05/19/2020 9:04:01 PM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 5 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | Mon May 20, 2020 | Daniel
    Liberal Jewish Opposition to Israel’s Sovereignty is Cowardly The Saudis stopped hating Israel. Wouldn’t it be nice if liberal Jews did too? Wed May 20, 2020 Daniel Greenfield 2 Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism. The House of Saud, the oldest enemies of an independent free Jewish state, have at least temporarily abandoned their project to destroy it by replacing it with the Islamic terrorist colony of ‘Palestine’. That’s more than you can say for liberal Jews. It’s a sad day when...
  • Why Congress needs to support your local news sources in this crisis

    05/17/2020 7:25:52 PM PDT · by rintintin · 47 replies
    newspapers.org via lasvegassun.com ^ | April 26, 2020 | newspapers.org
    During this coronavirus pandemic, access to accurate and trustworthy information in your community is as critical to life under quarantine and as sought after as hand sanitizer and face masks. Your local newspaper provides news and information unique to your community. Where are the testing sites and who’s eligible, which businesses are open, what is the online unemployment benefit application process, and much more. But your access to local news and information is gravely threatened by the economic carnage COVID-19 has wrought. While local newspapers continue to field reporters and bring news and advice from public health authorities in print...
  • The Nasty Truth (PBS)

    04/16/2020 12:21:34 PM PDT · by Drango · 53 replies
    PBS ^ | 4/16/20 | Ricardo Sandoval-Palos
    PBS NewsHour stands up to presidential diatribes and viewer complaints A global pandemic demands tough questions from journalists. Amid the coronavirus crisis, journalist Yamiche Alcindor has delivered robust and sober reporting that some PBS NewsHour critics mistake as political bias. On March 29th, in this Year of the Pandemic, the nation had ground to a halt. We were heeding orders and pleas to stay home and collectively disrupt deadly waves of COVID-19 infection. With the crisis deepening, President Donald Trump was on television, live, launching verbal salvos at the media. Once again, he’d been set off by a hint of...