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Archive for August 12th, 2014

Hillary: Comments Not Attack on Obama

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 12th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Hillary: Comments Not Attack on Obama
Hillary Clinton called President Barack Obama on Tuesday to Â?make sure he knows that nothing she said was an attempt to attack himÂ? when she recently discussed her views on foreign policy in an interview with The Atlantic. Her spokesman Nick Merrill said, “She continues to share his deep commitment to a smart and principled foreign policy that uses all the tools at our disposal to achieve our goals. Earlier today, the secretary called President Obama to make sure he knows that nothing she said was an attempt to attack him, his policies, or his leadership.”


Swazi PM reportedly threatens activists

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 12th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Swazi PM reportedly threatens activists
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Two activists from Swaziland who were in Washington during a recent summit of African leaders say they are concerned about their safety after the Swazi prime minister reportedly said they should be strangled.

Like stocks, junk bonds show investor jitters
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market isn’t the only place that’s been signaling jitters among investors. The $2.3 trillion market for risky U.S. corporate debt has also been under pressure.


Google exec hired to help fix government websites

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 12th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Google exec hired to help fix government websites
Following the HealthCare.gov debacle, a former Google engineer is put in charge of new digital team in Washington

Storm holds up Hawaii’s Democratic Senate primary
The race between Sen. Brian Schatz and Rep. Colleen Hanabusa remains too close to call – and that won’t change anytime soon


NY Times Public Editor Criticizes Paper For Amplifying Flimsy Right Wing Plagiarism Accusation Against Historian

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 12th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

NY Times Public Editor Criticizes Paper For Amplifying Flimsy Right Wing Plagiarism Accusation Against Historian

Perlstein

New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan criticized the paper’s decision to publish an article promoting specious allegations of plagiarism against historian Rick Perlstein.


Who Cares What Ideology Drives the High-Speed Train?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 12th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Who Cares What Ideology Drives the High-Speed Train?
Froma Harrop, RealClearPolitics
In Texas, a private company wants to build a bullet train joining Dallas and Houston. In California, the state is raising its own billions to create a very fast ride between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Two very different ways to fund high-speed rail, but they have one thing in common. They bypass the thousand-car pileup that is Washington politics. Perhaps it’s time for fans of high-speed rail to let some air into their thought box. Perhaps they should stop looking to Washington for direction and money. There are several routes to this destination, and who cares which ideology drives the…

The K Street President
Michelle Malkin, RealClearPolitics
Wonder of wonders: The Washington press corps woke up. Finally, mainstream journalists are onto Barack Obama’s game. Their breaking-news shocker? Turns out all that “hope and change” stuff was just hot air. A new report from the D.C.-based press shows that — gasp — the White House is infested with Beltway lobbyists. Good morning, sleepyheads! According to Politico’s analysis published on Monday, the “Obama administration has hired about 70 previously registered corporate, trade association and for-hire lobbyists. And many of these former lobbyists work at the highest levels of…


Tighter scrutiny call by Tory leader

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 12th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Tighter scrutiny call by Tory leader
The first minister needs tighter scrutiny to improve faith in the political system, the Welsh Conservatives claim.

Warning over release of Davey letter
An ex-cabinet secretary warns that releasing a letter between the energy secretary and No 10 would be “detrimental to good government”.

Is the pound the best currency for Scotland?
Is the pound the best currency for Scotland?


GOP gets hip with Uber

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 12th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

GOP gets hip with Uber
Republicans hope they can attract a broader spectrum of voters.


Lens Blog: A Mountain of Uncertainty in Iraq

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 12th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Lens Blog: A Mountain of Uncertainty in Iraq
Adam Ferguson has been covering the refugee crisis in northern Iraq, where a persecuted minority has been trapped on a mountaintop.



After Human Rights Watch Report, Egypt Says Group Broke Law
The government also alleged that the group had violated Egypt’s sovereignty and insulted the judiciary after it issued a report criticizing top officials for mass shootings of Islamist protesters.



World Briefing: Denmark: Fatal Outbreak Tied to Meat
An outbreak of listeria tied to contaminated Danish meat has killed 12 people since last September, with most of the deaths in the past three months, the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries said Tuesday.




Daniel Snyder Dismissed Tribal Member Who Told Him ‘Redskins’ Was Offensive

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 12th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Daniel Snyder Dismissed Tribal Member Who Told Him ‘Redskins’ Was Offensive

The team’s owner “snapped back with, ‘We are a football team,'” a tribal member wrote this week.

The post Daniel Snyder Dismissed Tribal Member Who Told Him ‘Redskins’ Was Offensive appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Washington owner Daniel Snyder

Washington owner Daniel Snyder

CREDIT: AP

A Native American tribal member said Monday that Daniel Snyder, owner of Washington’s professional football team, dismissed him when he told Snyder that he found the team’s continued use of “Redskins” problematic.

Jim Enote, the director of the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center, Zuni, New Mexico, said he spoke with Snyder last November about “A:shiwi heritage, our deep knowledge of cosmological processes, and of our artistic sensibilities and scholarly accomplishments as contributions to the universal human experience.” But when Enote brought up the name of the team, Snyder had none of it.

“Later I walked Snyder to his car, put my hand on his shoulder and told him I was not pleased with the Redskins mascot and team name and he snapped back with, ‘We are a football team,’” Enote wrote in a piece titled “We Are Not Redskins” published Monday on the Indian Country Today Media Network. “I saw at that moment quite clearly, my objection did not concern Snyder.”

The franchise held an event with the Zuni Puebla tribe this week in which it sought to purchase artwork from the tribe’s artists. “The Zunis and the Washington Redskins are economic partners, and successful ones at that. Today we expanded that relationship, creating more jobs and economic opportunity, and we hope that Mr. Enote doesn’t object to the relationship that his tribe has agreed to,” the team told USA Today in a statement.

Snyder spent last week on a short media tour defending the name and dismissing its critics.

“A Redskin is a football player,” Snyder said in an interview with ESPN. “A Redskin is our fans. The Washington Redskin fan base represents honor, represents respect, represents pride. Hopefully winning. And it’s a positive. Taken out of context — you can take things out of context all over the place — but in this particular case, it is what it is. It’s very obvious.”

During a separate interview on ESPN980, the Washington-area radio station Snyder owns, Snyder said criticism of the name was “chit-chat, cocktail talk,” and his allies have maintained that criticism of the name is largely coming from out-of-touch politicians pushing a “white, liberal agenda” against it.

Enote, however, is only the latest member of a Native American tribe to speak out against it. Native Americans have opposed it for decades, and the National Congress of American Indians, the nation’s largest Native American organization, opposed the name in a 1968 resolution. The Oneida Indian Nation of New York and NCAI organized a campaign against the name since 2013. Other Native Americans, like Suzan Shown Harjo, have long called for a change and filed claims against its trademark protections — the latest of which was successful — with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), one of just two Native American members of Congress, is among the numerous politicians who have called for a name change. The team was also rebuffed by a Nevada tribal leader it wanted to meet in May, as USA Today’s Erik Brady reported, and the Fort Yuma Quechan (Kwatsan) Tribe in Arizona recently refused a donation offered to it by Snyder’s Original Americans Foundation, which was roundly criticized by Native American leaders and activists when it was formed in May.

The team picked up another non-Native American ally inside the sports world this week when Los Angeles Lakers president Jeannie Buss tweeted her own small protest of the name. In drafting her fantasy football team, Buss tweeted, she avoided all Washington players “in deference to those offended by the name.” Buss is among the highest-ranking executives inside sports to publicly take a stand against the name — the only NFL official who has is Green Bay Packers chief executive Mark Murphy, who said the name was “very derogatory to a lot of people” last year.

The University of Minnesota, meanwhile, said last week that it would ask the team to wear throwback uniforms that do not feature its name or logo when Washington visits the Minnesota Vikings in November. The university’s public stadium is hosting all Vikings home games while the team completes construction on its new venue. The university has also asked the team not to use the name on promotional materials or merchandise at the game.

Snyder and his team have not wilted. The owner has long insisted that he will “NEVER” change the name. Former Washington kicker Mark Moseley this week said that “somebody would have to drop a bomb on FedEx Field to get us to change” the name.

The post Daniel Snyder Dismissed Tribal Member Who Told Him ‘Redskins’ Was Offensive appeared first on ThinkProgress.


The Death of Michael Brown and the Search for Justice in Black America

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 12th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

The Death of Michael Brown and the Search for Justice in Black America
From: Mychal Denzel Smith

Theodore Wafer’s guilty verdict allowed us to breathe easy for a second, but the killing of Michael Brown sucked all the oxygen right back out of the room.

Students Stand Up and Speak Out in Sacramento, Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington, DC
From: StudentNation

As deportations and state violence heat up, struggles collide.

Jezebel’s Porn Problem and the Price of Social Media
From: Michelle Goldberg

Jobs that demand constant social media interaction create different burdens for men and women.