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Coburn Seeks Convention to Amend Constitution

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 3rd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Coburn Seeks Convention to Amend Constitution
Sen. Tom Coburn and other conservatives are pushing for a national convention to amend the Constitution. The Oklahoma Republican, who has grown disenchanted with gridlock in Washington, will officially launch his effort after he retires from the Senate in a few months. “I think [George] Mason was prophetic that we would devolve to where the federal government became too powerful, too big and too unwieldy. That’s why he put Article V in,” Coburn said. Article V of the Constitution stipulates that two-thirds of the states may call a convention to propose amendments to the nation’s founding document. It has never been successfully invoked.

Krugman: The Medicare Miracle
Paul Krugman, New York Times: Something remarkable has been happening on the health-spending front, and it should (but probably won’t) transform a lot of our political debate: Health spending has slowed sharply, and it’s already well below projections made just a few years ago. The falloff has been especially pronounced in Medicare, which is spending $1,000 less per beneficiary than the Congressional Budget Office projected just four years ago. This is a really big deal, in at least three ways.


Would Martin O’Malley Really Run Against Hillary Clinton?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 3rd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Would Martin O’Malley Really Run Against Hillary Clinton?
The Maryland governor posits the risks and rewards of a primary challenge.

Fed survey finds moderate growth across the US
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy strengthened in all regions of the country in July and August, in areas from consumer spending to auto sales to tourism, the Federal Reserve reported in a survey released Wednesday.


Obama: U.S. mission to “degrade and destroy” ISIS

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 3rd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Obama: U.S. mission to “degrade and destroy” ISIS
After ISIS beheaded a second U.S. journalist, the president in a press conference offered up a more careful approach for dealing with the militant group going forward.

No mistreatment of immigrant minors, probe reveals
A report says there has been no evidence of wrongdoing that some unaccompanied children apprehended at the border were treated poorly


Bill O’Reilly Continues To Insist White Privilege Doesn’t Exist Because Asian-Americans Are Successful

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 3rd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Bill O’Reilly Continues To Insist White Privilege Doesn’t Exist Because Asian-Americans Are Successful

From the September 3 edition of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor:

Previously:

O’Reilly: Welfare Culture, White Condescension, Gangster Rappers, And Beyoncé Have Harmed Blacks

O’Reilly Renews Debate With Megyn Kelly And Calls White Privilege A Lie

Watch Bill O’Reilly And Megyn Kelly Spar Over The Existence Of White Privilege


Mine Workers Union Backs Tennant in W.Va. Senate Race

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 3rd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Mine Workers Union Backs Tennant in W.Va. Senate Race
Adam O’Neal, RealClearPolitics
The United Mine Workers of America waded into the Senate race in West Virginia Monday, endorsing Democratic candidate Natalie Tennant. “Don’t let anyone fool you — Natalie Tennant is standing with coal miners again in our fight against the EPA’s rules that threaten our members’ jobs, our retirees’ security, and our communities’ ability to survive,” said UMWA International president Cecil E. Roberts in a statement. The endorsement could provide a boost for Tennant, who has trailed her opponent, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, in fundraising and polling….

Celebs Nix Nude Pix: Whose Problem?
Froma Harrop, RealClearPolitics
The FBI is looking into what millions of people are looking at: hacked photos of naked celebrities. Pictures from the formerly private collections of Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera and others are being posted for the world to see. We now hear that compromising pix of Kim Kardashian are also circulating. Shocking beyond words. Cynicism alert: These and other stars habitually thrust titillating photos of themselves before our noses. Google their names, and you will find corporate-approved images that the cheesecake censors at the old tabloids would have rejected,…

Cory Gardner Says He’s “a New Kind of Republican”
Nicholas Riccardi, RealClearPolitics
DENVER (AP) — Senate candidate Cory Gardner has released a pair of campaign ads reaching out to Colorado’s all-important centrist voters, who have soured on some GOP positions, and cast himself as a “new kind of Republican” who supports over-the-counter birth control pills and renewable energy. The TV spots released this week come in a close race against Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in a swing state that has become increasingly reluctant to elect conservatives as coastal transplants have pushed the politics to the left. Democrats have won every top-of-the-ticket statewide race in Colorado…

Gillespie Piles Up Mileage in Pursuit of Warner
Salena Zito, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON — Ed Gillespie is trying to chip away at Mark Warner’s “Main Street appeal” to Virginians. Gillespie, the former Republican National Committee chairman, is challenging Warner for his Senate seat in the November election. Gillespie has put 40,000 miles on his car, driving to more than 700 campaign stops during the past six months, and he acknowledges this campaign is a tough one. “We have the lowest labor force participation rate in over 35 years, and that’s why I say I worry that … the policies of President Obama and Sen. Warner are not just killing U.S….


MPs keep heat on Bercow over clerk

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 3rd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

MPs keep heat on Bercow over clerk
John Bercow tells MPs to stop quizzing him over the recruitment of a Commons clerk and “rise to the level of events”.

Obama lands in Wales for Nato summit
Barack Obama arrives in Wales for the Nato summit, the first US president in office to visit the country.


Will the 2012 bribery scandal torpedo Rand Paul’s 2016 hopes?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 3rd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Will the 2012 bribery scandal torpedo Rand Paul’s 2016 hopes?
The saga took down Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) likely campaign manager.


Former First Lady of France Colors In Details of an Affair

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 3rd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Former First Lady of France Colors In Details of an Affair
Valérie Trierweiler, France’s former unofficial first lady, has written a book describing her version of events that led to her separation with President François Hollande.



News Analysis: Commitments on 3 Fronts Test Obama’s Foreign Policy
New defensive initiatives, in Asia and Europe and against Islamic extremists, are bound to upend President Obama’s military budget plans and challenge his military doctrine.



Video Feature: Surviving an ISIS Massacre [includes graphic images]
Ali Hussein Kadhim, an Iraqi soldier, was captured with hundreds of other soldiers by Sunni militants in June. As a Shiite, he was marked for death. [Video includes graphic images.]

World Briefing: Pakistan: Protesters Told to Pull Back
Protest leaders in Islamabad said Wednesday that their supporters would vacate the Parliament area, where they converged last week, after violent clashes with the police.




North Carolina Republicans Used This Exonerated Inmate To Scare People Into Voting GOP

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 3rd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

North Carolina Republicans Used This Exonerated Inmate To Scare People Into Voting GOP

In the years before Henry McCollum’s exoneration, the Republican party demonized politicians who sought to ensure justice for McCollum and other potentially innocent black men in death row.

The post North Carolina Republicans Used This Exonerated Inmate To Scare People Into Voting GOP appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Texas Death Chamber

CREDIT: AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File

Two inmates with mental disabilities were released from jail Wednesday after 30 years behind bars for the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl that new DNA evidence shows they didn’t commit. One of them, Henry Lee McCollum, 50, was facing a death sentence. Both he and his brother Leon Brown, 46, insisted repeatedly that they didn’t commit the crime. At the age of 19, McCollum was pushed to confess during a five-hour interrogiation in which he was not represented by an attorney, and Brown, just 15, signed confession shortly thereafter.

McCollum said recently in an interview with the News & Observer, “I had never been under this much pressure, with a person hollering at me and threatening me. I just made up a story and gave it to them so they would let me go home.”

But in the years before the brothers’ exoneration, the Republican party demonized politicians who sought to ensure justice for McCollum and other potentially innocent black men in death row. A campaign mailer issued by the North Carolina Republican Party in 2010 warned that McCollum “might be moving out of jail and into Your neighborhood sometime soon” because Democratic lawmaker Hugh Holliman voted for a law known as the Racial Justice Act. On the reverse side of the ad was an image of a man wearing a ski mask and holding a crow bar.

The ad called Holliman a “criminal coddler,” depicting Holliman as a dangerous soft-on-crime candidate because he aspired to help those wrongly imprisoned and spare death sentences for the innocent:

NCCampaignMailer

CREDIT: WRAL

The Racial Justice Act, which has since been repealed, allowed inmates to challenge their death sentence if they could show racial bias. In North Carolina, as in the United States overall, blacks are dramatically more likely to face death sentences, sometimes in cases in which raced played an overt role.

But criminal justice reforms to correct false convictions that may pose a more genuine danger to many black men have historically faced a difficult political road, thanks to campaigns like this one that punish views depicted as soft on crime, even by judges. In Oklahoma, legislators moved to impeach several state justices who suspended death sentences using secret lethal injection drugs not regulated by the FDA. Days later, one of those inmates was executed in a prolonged, botched execution in which Clayton Lockett slowly suffocated for 43 minutes. And in South Carolina, the Republican Governors Association ran a vicious political ad against Democratic candidate Vincent Sheheen for representing criminal defendants as a lawyer. The ad alleged that Sheheen, a former prosecutor, “protects criminals not South Carolina.”

In the North Carolina instance, the Republican party later apologized for the mailer after learning that Holliman’s own daughter had been murdered, and he was a witness to the killer’s execution. Holliman said he believed in capital punishment but believed the Racial Justice Act would improve the system.

The emergence of DNA testing in 1989 and the accompanying scientific proof that convicted defendants were innocent called into question many tactics once considered reliable, including false confessions. In 2013, 17 percent of cases in which defendants were exonerated involved false confessions like those by McCollum and Brown. Many involve factual scenarios in which police feed information to suspects who later repeat it back. Many involve mentally disabled individuals like McCollum and Brown or youths who are more susceptible to coercion, or even beatings, offering leverage in exchange, or simply lying by officers during interrogations of which there is no recording.

In the case of McCollum and Brown, both of whom have IQ scores low enough that they are considered intellectually disabled, the unrecorded confessions that they said they were tricked into giving and later recanted were the only evidence against them.

“The whole case rests on the confessions,” said District Attorney Johnson Britt, the county’s lead prosecutor, “and the DNA evidence threw those confessions under the bus.”

The post North Carolina Republicans Used This Exonerated Inmate To Scare People Into Voting GOP appeared first on ThinkProgress.


How Did New York Become the Most Unionized State in the Country?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 3rd, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

How Did New York Become the Most Unionized State in the Country?
From: Michelle Chen

Unions are more welcome in New York than most places in the country, but a revival of the labor movement will require new traditions of workplace activism.

Top Ten Back-to-School Songs
From: StudentNation

An incomplete list of ten of the best songs ever written about school.