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China Executes 13 on Terror Charges

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 16th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

China Executes 13 on Terror Charges
China executed 13 people Monday who were indicted on terrorism charges related to attacks on public places in Xinjiang province in recent months, according to Xinhua news agency. Those executed are believed to be close to or part of China’s Uyghur minority, a mainly Turkic-speaking Muslim population. Chinese authorities say they apprehended more than 200 terror cells in Xinjiang last year and, according to Xinhua, China’s leaders have “vowed to resolutely stop terrorism and severely punish terrorists.”


Aaron Hernandez challenges evidence in murder case

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 16th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Aaron Hernandez challenges evidence in murder case
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Aaron Hernandez’s attorneys on Monday challenged the evidence one’s of the former NFL star’s murder cases, arguing at a pretrial hearing that prosecutors have not established probable cause in a semi-pro football player’s slaying.

Alibaba’s growth slips to slowest pace in 6 years
NEW YORK (AP) — Alibaba is pulling back the curtain a little bit more, providing more information about its partnership structure and financials ahead of its planned initial public offering.

Properties in U.S. Metro Areas Get Slightly Smaller in Last Decade
Developers capitalizing on high living costs means units are now smaller – depending on where you live.


Sen. Tom Coburn: VA problems “much deeper” than scheduling

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 16th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Sen. Tom Coburn: VA problems “much deeper” than scheduling
Oklahoma Republican draws on his experience as a doctor and cancer survivor to condemn treatment delays, misconduct at Veterans Affairs hospitals

Obama to sign order protecting LGBT rights for federal contractors
A day before Democratic LGBT fundraiser, White House announces Obama will extend new protections to LGBT workers


Why Isn’t Chris Christie Derided For Being “Testy”?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 16th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Why Isn’t Chris Christie Derided For Being “Testy”?

The gaffe police were on vigilant patrol last week, keenly monitoring Hillary Clinton’s book release media tour and pronouncing much of it to be a failure.

The former first lady, senator, and secretary of state sat for a series of lengthy interviews that covered an array of topics, from the Iraq War to transgender rights, and spoke for hours to some the country’s leading journalists during long-form Q&A’s. (So much for the claim that Clinton shields herself away from the news media.)

By setting aside the substance and parsing Clinton’s words in search of stumbles, the press announced Clinton suffered a “rough week” because of two alleged miscues: She spoke accurately about the state of her personal finances in early 2001 when she and her husband Bill Clinton were “broke.” And she pushed back against National Public Radio’s Terry Gross when she repeatedly tried to pigeonhole Clinton on the sensitive and personal issue of gay marriage. (i.e. Hillary got “testy” according to the GOP operatives who circulated the audio and much of the media who reported on it).

Those were the “gaffes” that earned her a mostly thumbs down review from the theater critics who pass as Beltway political pundits and who declared her performance was “rusty”; that Clinton had become “rattled” and emotional, according to Maureen Dowd. (Texas Governor Rick Perry last week likening homosexuality to alcoholism? That wasn’t really treated as a major political gaffe for a possible 2016 candidate.)

Bloomberg’s Albert Hunt summed up the agreed-upon conventional wisdom nicely when he wrote that Clinton suffered a “rough rollout for her new book” because the week contained “gaffes” and “awkward answers.”

Well, at least she didn’t cackle.

Note that the “broke” “gaffe” consisted of Clinton repeating commonly known facts about her at-times precarious finances more than a decade ago; facts that have been reported many times in the press. The Clintons, the New York Times noted on September 19, 1999, “are the least prosperous couple to live in the White House in many years.” The Times noted “the Clintons have slightly more than $1 million in assets, but are still saddled by a $5 million legal debt.” (In 2001, The New Yorker pegged the Clinton’s legal bills at “eleven or twelve million dollars.”)

The press seemed especially judgmental following the NPR interview with Gross who created the false impression that Clinton had stonewalled and dodged over the issue of marriage equality, despite the fact Clinton repeatedly answered Gross’ question. What’s a politician supposed to do when an interviewer repeatedly tries to assign cynical motivations for a policy shift if the politician insists that motivation isn’t accurate? Should the politician simply go along with the allegation or should she push back and clarify, even as the interviewer again and again clings to the same position?

Clinton response was to push back a bit on NPR: “I think you’re reading it very wrong.” And “That’s just flat wrong.”  

But apparently she was supposed to roll over. Because by standing up for herself (while never raising her voice), Clinton was breathlessly tagged as combative and unnerved in the wake of a mildly contentious back-and-forth:

Instapundit called her testy,” as did MSNBC, and New York Magazine does, too, also writing that Hillary won’t say she evolved on gay marriage.”  The Wall Street Journal also picks up the “testy” line, while the New York Daily News prefers “lashes out” in a “tense interview.  Mediaite says she “snaps” at NPR’s interviewer.  Oh, and Politico prefers “testy.”

The media message to Clinton was clear last week: You can’t lose your cool when dealing with the press. You can’t try to intimidate reporters. And you certainly can’t try to bluster them off tough questions. Those are the guidelines established for Clinton if she plans to run to become the country’s first woman president.

Who is allowed to do all those things? Chris Christie, for one.  


A Bitter After-Taste

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 16th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

A Bitter After-Taste
Thomas Sowell, RealClearPolitics
The news from Iraq that Islamic terrorists have now taken over cities that American troops liberated during the Iraq war must have left an especially bitter after-taste to Americans who lost a loved one who died taking one of those cities, or to a survivor who came back without an arm or leg, or with other traumas to body or mind. Surely we need to learn something from a tragedy of this magnitude. Some say that we should never have gone into Iraq in the first place. Others say we should never have pulled our troops out when we did, leaving behind a weak and irresponsible government in…

Are Attacks on America Coming?
David Ignatius, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON — As al-Qaeda splits and morphs into different affiliates and offshoots, U.S. counterterrorism officials worry about what one calls a “potential competitive dynamic” in which different factions — including the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, now sowing civil war in Iraq — seek to bolster their credibility by attacking the United States. This new danger of attacks on the U.S. homeland is what concerns the Obama administration most about the splintering process that has created ISIS, a group so extreme that it has been denounced by Ayman al-Zawahiri, the nominal leader of the…


SDLP thwarts Kelly exclusion move

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 16th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

SDLP thwarts Kelly exclusion move
The SDLP has thwarted an attempt to exclude Gerry Kelly, Sinn Féin, from the Assembly for five days.

A different way of doing politics?
Ross Hawkins on political campaigning without politicians

Welsh pupils ‘behind UK in English’
Pupils in Wales continue to lag behind the rest of the UK in English lessons despite recent improvements, say school inspectors.


Gregg: Troubles of party system laid bare

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 16th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Gregg: Troubles of party system laid bare
OPINION | Once there was a Republican Party; today there is not.


Obama Will Propose Vast Expansion Of Pacific Ocean Marine Sanctuary

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 16th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Obama Will Propose Vast Expansion Of Pacific Ocean Marine Sanctuary
President Obama on Tuesday will announce his intent to make a broad swath of the central Pacific Ocean off-limits to fishing, energy exploration and other activities, according to senior White House officials.


Egypt to Free Ill Journalist Who Staged Hunger Strike

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 16th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Egypt to Free Ill Journalist Who Staged Hunger Strike
Abdullah Elshamy, an Al Jazeera reporter, had been detained without charges since last August.



What Don’t You Understand About the Crisis in Iraq?
Ask a question about the insurgency in Iraq, the impact on the ground or the region’s geopolitics, and our correspondents will respond this week.

In Europe and U.S., Divergent Attitudes Toward Capital Punishment
Ambivalence about legally administered death has long run much deeper among Europeans than among Americans. In the United States, there is new pressure to scale it back.




Degrees of Education: If Affirmative Action Is Doomed, What’s Next?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 16th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Degrees of Education: If Affirmative Action Is Doomed, What’s Next?
Two new books offer ideas on how to achieve diversity in higher education without using race-based systems.