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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Navy report: Crews detained by Iran were 'derelict' in their duties

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"The crews of two U.S. Navy boats detained briefly by Iran in January were "derelict" in their duties during a mistake-prone mission in the Persian Gulf, a Navy investigation released Thursday concluded.



The investigation found that the crews of the riverine boats took an unauthorized shortcut through Iranian territorial waters because they were in a hurry, and were not prepared to resist or evade the Iranian naval ships that surrounded them off the coast of Iran's Farsi Island on Jan. 12."





Navy report: Crews detained by Iran were 'derelict' in their duties

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Mississippi House passes 'Jesus Take the Wheel Act' How about Jesus help us ope our hearts and get rid of this racist flag and help improve our educational system.

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"Mississippi lawmakers are once again tackling the big issues in the state. The highest poverty rate of any state in the country? Hahahaha ... no. The second-highest high school dropout rate in the country? No, no. The second-highest teen pregnancy rate in the country? Awww, hell no. What is more pressing than extreme poverty? Well, the Mississippi House did pass a bill (HB 132), nicknamed the 'Jesus Take the Wheel Act', that would exempt churches from commercial driver's license requirements:"

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Friday, June 24, 2016

David Cameron resigns after UK votes to leave European Union | Politics | The Guardian

"David Cameron has resigned, bringing an abrupt end to his six-year premiership, after the British public took the momentous decision to reject his entreaties and turn their back on the European Union."

David Cameron resigns after UK votes to leave European Union | Politics | The Guardian

Thursday, June 23, 2016

NYTimes: Britain Votes to Leave the European Union

"LONDON — Britain has voted to leave the European Union, a historic decision sure to reshape the nation’s place in the world, rattle the Continent and rock political establishments throughout the West."

NYTimes: Britain Votes to Leave the European Union

Judge: Cleveland's Restrictions on RNC Protests Are Unconstitutional - The Atlantic

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A judge has ruled that a 3.3-mile zone around the convention, to be held in July, infringes on demonstrators’ rights."

 Cleveland's Restrictions on RNC Protests Are Unconstitutional - The Atlantic

Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action in College Admissions - NBC News

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the affirmative action program at the University of Texas at Austin, ending a protracted legal battle.



It was not immediately clear how far-reaching the ruling will be because of the specifics of the Texas program at issue.



A Texas law guarantees admission to the university for students in roughly the top ten percent of the graduating class of any Texas high school. To fill the remaining slots, about one fourth of each entering class, the school considers several other factors, including an applicant's race.



Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action in College Admissions - NBC News

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Apple won't aid GOP convention over Trump - POLITICO

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"Apple has told Republican leaders it will not provide funding or other support for the party’s 2016 presidential convention, as it's done in the past, citing Donald Trump’s controversial comments about women, immigrants and minorities.

Unlike Facebook, Google and Microsoft, which have all said they will provide some support to the GOP event in Cleveland next month, Apple decided against donating technology or cash to the effort, according to two sources familiar with the iPhone maker’s plans.

Apple’s political stand against Trump, communicated privately to Republicans, is a sign of the widening schism between Silicon Valley and the GOP’s bombastic presumptive nominee. Trump has trained his rhetorical fire on the entire tech industry, but he's singled out Apple for particular criticism -- calling for a boycott of the company's products, and slamming CEO Tim Cook, over Apple's stance on encryption.

Asked about Apple's absence, a spokeswoman for the GOP's convention host committee replied: 'We are working with a variety of major tech partners who are focused on being part of the American political process.'"

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Apple won't aid GOP convention over Trump - POLITICO

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"Apple has told Republican leaders it will not provide funding or other support for the party’s 2016 presidential convention, as it's done in the past, citing Donald Trump’s controversial comments about women, immigrants and minorities.

Unlike Facebook, Google and Microsoft, which have all said they will provide some support to the GOP event in Cleveland next month, Apple decided against donating technology or cash to the effort, according to two sources familiar with the iPhone maker’s plans.

Apple’s political stand against Trump, communicated privately to Republicans, is a sign of the widening schism between Silicon Valley and the GOP’s bombastic presumptive nominee. Trump has trained his rhetorical fire on the entire tech industry, but he's singled out Apple for particular criticism -- calling for a boycott of the company's products, and slamming CEO Tim Cook, over Apple's stance on encryption.

Asked about Apple's absence, a spokeswoman for the GOP's convention host committee replied: 'We are working with a variety of major tech partners who are focused on being part of the American political process.'"

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Donald Trump's poll ratings in a historic hole - POLITICO

 

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"In 2016’s race to the bottom, Donald Trump is going to find out if you can become president when two-thirds of Americans don’t like you — and a majority can’t stand you.

Recent polls have showed Trump’s unfavorable rating spiking again, after a brief improvement last month. That’s also coincided with a slide in national horse-race polls, which now unanimously show Hillary Clinton leading the presumptive Republican nominee. Clinton is also more unpopular than past nominees, but her negatives are neither as wide nor as deep as the broadly detested Trump.

Trump is setting modern records for political toxicity — at least for a major-party candidate this far out from an election. Seventy percent of Americans surveyed in an ABC News/Washington Post poll out this week had an unfavorable opinion of Trump, up 10 points over the past month. The poll showed Trump’s favorable rating cratering at 29 percent, down from 37 percent last month.

 

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Officer’s Murder Trial in Freddie Gray Death Turns on ‘Rough Ride’ - The New York Times

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"BALTIMORE — In opening the state’s case against Caesar R. Goodson Jr., the driver of the police van in which Freddie Gray suffered the spinal cord injury that killed him, the prosecutor uttered two crucial words: ‘Rough ride.’

Officer Goodson, the prosecutor said, intended to ‘bounce’ Mr. Gray, a black man, around in the van that morning.

Officer Goodson, who is also black, is facing the toughest charge — second-degree ‘depraved heart’ murder — of the six officers accused in Mr. Gray’s death. And legal experts say the prosecution’s chances of a conviction on that count hinge in large part on being able to prove that Officer Goodson intentionally, and with disregard for his life, drove him dangerously. The defense rested its case Friday, and closing arguments are set for Monday."

 

(Via.  )Officer’s Murder Trial in Freddie Gray Death Turns on ‘Rough Ride’ - The New York Times

Monday, June 13, 2016

Orlando Gunman Attacks Gay Nightclub, Leaving 50 Dead - The New York Times

A former co-worker, Daniel Gilroy, said Mr. Mateen had talked often about killing people and had voiced hatred of gays, blacks, women and Jews.





Police officers in Orlando, Fla., directing people away from a nightclub where a gunman opened fire early Sunday. Credit Phelan M. Ebenhack/Associated Press

Photo by: Phelan M. Ebenhack/Associated Press

Around the time of the massacre, Mr. Mateen called 911 and declared his allegiance to the Islamic State, the brutal group that has taken over parts of Syria, Iraq and Libya, Agent Hopper said. Other law enforcement officials said he called after beginning his assault.



Hours later, the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, claimed responsibility in a statement released over an encrypted phone app used by the group. It stated that the attack “was carried out by an Islamic State fighter,” according to a transcript provided by the SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks jihadist propaganda.



But officials cautioned that even if Mr. Mateen, who court records show was briefly married and then divorced, was inspired by the group, there was no indication that it had trained or instructed him, or had any direct connection with him. Some other terrorist attackers have been “self-radicalized,” including the pair who killed 14 people in December in San Bernardino, Calif., who also proclaimed allegiance to the Islamic State, but apparently had no contact with the group.



The Islamic State has encouraged “lone wolf” attacks in the West, a point reinforced recently by a group spokesman, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, in his annual speech just before the holy month of Ramadan. In past years, the Islamic State and Al Qaeda ramped up attacks during Ramadan.



American Muslim groups condemned the shooting. “The Muslim community joins our fellow Americans in repudiating anyone or any group that would claim to justify or excuse such an appalling act of violence,” said Rasha Mubarak, the Orlando regional coordinator of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.





Orlando Gunman Attacks Gay Nightclub, Leaving 50 Dead - The New York Times

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Shooting at Orlando Nightclub Kills About 20, Police Say - The New York Times





America, the unapologetic gun capital of the world and home to so may bigots who do not understand the maxim live and not live. My deep condolences go out to the families of the people killed and to the many bystanders who have been scared for lives. This was a massacre, a hate crime of massive proportions. America needs to solemly look at itself in the mirror. We, the American people must choose to fight this bigotry and no longer say "this is not my business".



"About 20 people were killed and at least 42 people were wounded when a gunman armed with an assault-style rifle, a handgun and possibly an explosive device opened fire inside a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., at about 2 a.m. on Sunday, Police Chief John Mina said.



The police classified the attack at the Pulse nightclub as a “terror incident.” Local and federal authorities were investigating, and the F.B.I. set up a hotline for tips.



The police and the federal authorities said they were pursuing several angles in the terrorism investigation, both overseas and in the United States.



The gunman, who was found dead inside the club and whose name had not been released, was not from the Orlando area and was organized and well prepared, the police said.



It was one of the three deadliest shootings in United States history: 32 people were killed at Virginia Tech in 2007, and 26 died in Newtown, Conn., in 2012."



Shooting at Orlando Nightclub Kills About 20, Police Say - The New York Times

Shooting at Orlando Nightclub Kills About 20, Police Say - The New York Times





"About 20 people were killed and at least 42 people were wounded when a gunman armed with an assault-style rifle, a handgun and possibly an explosive device opened fire inside a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., at about 2 a.m. on Sunday, Police Chief John Mina said.



The police classified the attack at the Pulse nightclub as a “terror incident.” Local and federal authorities were investigating, and the F.B.I. set up a hotline for tips.



The police and the federal authorities said they were pursuing several angles in the terrorism investigation, both overseas and in the United States.



The gunman, who was found dead inside the club and whose name had not been released, was not from the Orlando area and was organized and well-prepared, the police said.



It was one of the three deadliest mass shootings in United States history: 32 people were killed at Virginia Tech in 2007, and 26 died in Newtown, Conn., in 2012.





Shooting at Orlando Nightclub Kills About 20, Police Say - The New York Times

Saturday, June 11, 2016

New York Daily News Blasts Ryan For Standing By 'Racist' Trump

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

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 They Daily News has come a long way since I used to deliver it and the NY Times seven days a week from when I was 12-14. 5:30AM six days a week and 3:30AM on Sundays for $8.00 per week. LOL

(Via.)  New York Daily News Blasts Ryan For Standing By 'Racist' Trump: "

New York Daily News Blasts Ryan For Standing By 'Racist' Trump

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They Daily News has come a long way since I used to deliver it and the NY Times seven days a week from when I was 12-14.   5:30AM six days a week and 3:30AM on Sundays for $8.00 per week. LOL

 

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Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Hillary Clinton makes history | MSNBC

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"Almost eight years to the day after ending her first presidential bid while celebrating the 18 million cracks her supporters put in the ‘highest, hardest glass ceiling,’ Hillary Clinton took a major step towards breaking through that final barrier Monday evening, and towards becoming the country’s first woman president.

THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW, 6/6/16, 9:07 PM ET Clinton as presumptive nominee, how the projection was made

Clinton surpassed the ‘magic number’ of delegates needed to clinch the Democratic Party’s nomination, according to NBC News projections, to become the first woman in America’s 240 year history to be selected as the nominee of a major political party."

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Monday, June 06, 2016

AP count: Clinton has delegates to win Democratic nomination - WTOP





"LOS ANGELES (AP) — Striding into history, Hillary Clinton will become the first woman to top the presidential ticket of a major U.S. political party, capturing commitments Monday from the number of delegates needed to become the Democrats’ presumptive nominee.

The victory arrived nearly eight years to the day after she conceded her first White House campaign to Barack Obama. Back then, she famously noted her inability to “shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling.”
Campaigning this time as the loyal successor to the nation’s first black president, Clinton held off a surprisingly strong challenge from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. He mobilized millions with a fervently liberal message and his insurgent candidacy revealed a deep level of national frustration with politics-as-usual, even among Democrats who have controlled the White House since 2009.


AP count: Clinton has delegates to win Democratic nomination - WTOP

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Trump’s Racist Judicial Attack Deliberately Obscures the Larger Story: For-Profit Schools | The Nation

 

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By now this should be a familiar Trump tactic: Distract attention from hard ethical questions by playing to everyone’s most base instincts.

(Via.)  Trump’s Racist Judicial Attack Deliberately Obscures the Larger Story: For-Profit Schools | The Nation: ""

 

 By now this should be a familiar Trump tactic: Distract attention from hard ethical questions by playing to everyone’s most base instincts.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

The Benghazi Committee’s Dead End - The New York Times

 

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"If things had gone his way, Mr. Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, would have found a way to torpedo Mrs. Clinton’s presidential ambitions. After all, Republican lawmakers have admitted that this is precisely what they set out to do.

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Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Hillary Clinton to Portray Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy Positions as Dangerous - The New York Times

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"Mrs. Clinton’s campaign aides said the speech, which she will deliver in San Diego, would be the start of a persistent assault to portray a potential Trump presidency as a dangerous proposition that would weaken American alliances and embolden enemies.
The argument will include specific criticism of comments Mr. Trump has made about rethinking the United States’s support of NATO; his proposal to allow Japan, South Korea and Saudi Arabia to acquire nuclear weapons; his vow to temporarily bar Muslims from entering the United States; and his pledge to advance the use of torture and kill the families of suspected terrorists.Hillary

(Via.)  Clinton to Portray Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy Positions as Dangerous - The New York Times: ""