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St. Louis Cop Tries to Get Twitter Critic Fired

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 17th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

St. Louis Cop Tries to Get Twitter Critic Fired
A woman who criticized police on Twitter says a St. Louis officer called her boss in an attempt to get her fired, so she filed a formal complaint “to return the favor.” The officer doesn’t deny placing a call to the woman’s boss. His union says he was within his rights. The police department says it is investigating. “To me this feels like intimidation,” said Leigh Maibes of the call her employer received from Officer Keith Novara.

$11 Trillion Advantage Shields U.S. from Turmoil
Household purchases make up almost 70 percent of the $16.8 trillion U.S. economy and have climbed an average 2 percent in the recovery that’s now in its sixth year. Spending growth will accelerate to 2.7 percent next year after 2.3 percent in 2014, according to the latest Bloomberg survey of economists.The poll, taken from Oct. 3 to Oct. 8 in the midst of the meltdown in equities, showed little change in the median projections from the prior month. The economy is forecast to expand 3 percent in 2015 after 2.2 percent growth this year, according to the survey.


Morgan hurts ankle again as US beats Guatemala 5-0

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 17th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Morgan hurts ankle again as US beats Guatemala 5-0
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) — Star forward Alex Morgan left in the 37th minute after turning her left ankle, a blow to the United States in its 5-0 win over Guatemala in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship.

Arabs from Israel risk arrest for ‘Arab Idol’ show
MAJD AL-KRUM, Israel (AP) — Their goal is to win Arab Idol, the Arab world’s premiere television song competition.

Mother tells of reunion with son taken to Syria
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The mother of an 8-year-old boy who was taken to Syria by his jihadi father says an emotional reunion with her son left her speechless.


Obama to name Ron Klain to serve as Ebola czar

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 17th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Obama to name Ron Klain to serve as Ebola czar
Klain previously served as chief of staff for Vice President Joe Biden and for Vice President Al Gore

Lawmakers push for travel restrictions over Ebola concerns
Lawmakers are slamming the CDC for its handling of the Ebola crisis and are calling for a travel ban from affected countries. Meanwhile, President Obama is considering an Ebola “czar” to oversee the government’s response. Nancy Cordes reports from Washington.

Tax returns show Chris Christie and his wife made almost $700K in 2013
It was a significant jump from the New Jersey governor’s 2012 income


While Media Promote Claim Of Equal Influence, The Koch Bros. Outspend Steyer By Huge Margins

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 17th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

While Media Promote Claim Of Equal Influence, The Koch Bros. Outspend Steyer By Huge Margins

Koch, Steyer

Conservative financiers Charles and David Koch have spent far more to influence the 2014 midterm elections than progressive activist Tom Steyer, yet for months media outlets have equated the two.


Former Biden Chief of Staff to Lead Ebola Response

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 17th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Former Biden Chief of Staff to Lead Ebola Response
Jim Kuhnhenn, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is naming Ron Klain, a former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden and a trusted adviser at the Obama White House, as the point man on the U.S. government’s response to the Ebola crisis, the White House said Friday. Obama has been under pressure to name an Ebola “czar” to oversee health security in the U.S. and actions to help stem the outbreak in West Africa, where nearly 4,500 people have died from the virus. Klain has been out of government since leaving Biden’s office during the Obama’s first term. The White House said that Klain would…

Obama Alters Plans, Announces Increased Ebola Response
Alexis Simendinger, RealClearPolitics
President Obama — alarmed that a second nurse in Dallas contracted Ebola and flew on Frontier Airlines Monday — altered his schedule Wednesday so he could reassure the public and announce “more aggressive” follow-up by the government’s disease detectives. The Centers for Disease Control and Protection will respond to the next Ebola case in the United States by deploying a rapid response group, which the president likened to a SWAT team during brief remarks in the Cabinet Room. The White House predicts that additional Ebola infections will occur. “We’re going to…


Labour donor in union power warning

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 17th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Labour donor in union power warning
Labour Party donor Assem Allam says Ed Miliband cannot afford to alienate business leaders.

Cameron urges more EU action on Ebola
David Cameron urges European countries to introduce Ebola screening at airports, saying they “must do more” to stop the virus spreading.

Where does UKIP stand on health?
We know about Europe but where does the party stand on health?


Frontier Airlines President Says Nurse On Flights May Have Been At More Advanced Stage Of Ebola Than Thought

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 17th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Frontier Airlines President Says Nurse On Flights May Have Been At More Advanced Stage Of Ebola Than Thought
DENVER (AP) — The president of Frontier Airlines says a nurse who was on flights between Dallas and Cleveland and who later tested positive for Ebola may have been at a more advanced stage of the illness than previously thought.

Barry Biffle emailed employees Friday about the findings by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He said the CDC has assured the Denver-based airline that crewmembers on the flights are at a very low risk of exposure.

The airline put the pilots and flight attendants on leave for 21 days, which health experts consider the outer limit of how long it would take someone exposed to Ebola to become sick.

Biffle says passengers on Amber Joy Vinson’s flight from Dallas to Cleveland on Oct. 10 and her return flight to Dallas on Monday have been notified.


Much of Bermuda Is Without Power as Hurricane Gonzalo Arrives

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 17th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Much of Bermuda Is Without Power as Hurricane Gonzalo Arrives
Power was knocked out to 80 percent of Bermuda’s electricity grid due to Hurricane Gonzalo, the island’s only power company, Bermuda Electric Light Co., said on Friday evening.

Some Charges Are Dropped in Scandal in Turkey
A Turkish prosecutor on Friday dismissed charges against dozens of defendants in a sprawling corruption case that had reached the highest levels of Turkish politics.

U.S. Commander Reports Heavy ISIS Losses in Syrian City of Kobani
The head of the United States Central Command indicated that even if the Islamic State managed to take Kobani, the victory would be costly to the group.



Making Merkel Wait, Finding Time for Truffles
President Vladimir V. Putin kept Chancellor Angela Merkel waiting for hours, met after 2 a.m. with Silvio Berlusconi, and joked at a news conference, but budged little on the Ukraine crisis.




Some Migrants Deported Back To Violent Home Countries Are Hiding In Fear, Report Finds

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 17th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Some Migrants Deported Back To Violent Home Countries Are Hiding In Fear, Report Finds

Migrants who claimed that they would return to violence in their home countries were often ignored or even fast-tracked for deportation by immigration officials.

The post Some Migrants Deported Back To Violent Home Countries Are Hiding In Fear, Report Finds appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Frederico F. and his six-year-old son attended a rally in April 2014 asking the President to stop deportations.

Frederico F. and his six-year-old son attended a rally in April 2014 asking the President to stop deportations.

CREDIT: ThinkProgress/ Esther Y. Lee

Deported migrants said that fears of returning to their home countries often went unheard or ignored by immigration officials, according to a new Human Rights Watch report. The report is the latest critique lobbed by advocates and professionals who are accusing the government of largely ignoring the legal process for immigrants in deportation proceedings and are returning them back to conditions that could place them in serious harm.

“Virtually all of those we interviewed who had been apprehended at or near the border were deported summarily, via expedited removal or reinstatement of removal,” the report charged. “Many said they had expressed their fears to US Border Patrol officials charged with screening for fear of return before being deported, but fewer than half of these were referred by US Border Patrol for a further assessment of whether they had a ‘credible’ or ‘reasonable’ fear of returning to Honduras.”

The HRW report, which is based on interviews with 10 Central American migrants in detention and 25 recently deported Hondurans, found that migrants often received cursory screenings even when they expressed a fear of returning to their home countries. Some of those deported “had fear so acute that they were living in hiding, afraid to go out in public.”

Jacobo E, a deported Honduran man, told HRW that he wouldn’t leave his sister’s house and feared telling his four young children that he was back in the country because he was afraid to be found by gangs. On the rare occasion that he left the house, he wore a motorcycle helmet with a darkened visor. He told HRW that the gang MS-18, “is nearly everywhere. Being locked up like this is ugly. I think about my children all the time. I can’t contact them or tell them that I’m back in the country though. That would be dangerous.”

Alicia R, a deported woman said that she moved from house to house because she was afraid of retaliation by gangs for witnessing the murder of her mom. “The people from the gangs don’t have any heart, whether with adults, children,” Alicia said. “They don’t have hearts. We buried my mother … and then I had to leave the house we lived in because they came to look for us. I left everything.”

Still others interviewed said that they had fled to the United States because they “had been subject to serious threats from gangs in Honduras” including one man who was shot seven times in the back. HRW also interviewed people who refused to make payments to gangs, victims or witnesses to gang crimes, feared being recruited into a gang, or fled abusive domestic partners or violence related to sexual origin, which HRW stated is “grounds for asylum under US law.” Those deported back to Honduras did not feel that Honduran authorities were willing or even able to protect them and many said that they would make the journey again.

But once they were detained by U.S. immigration officials, migrants told HRW that border agents “ignored their expressions of fear and removed them with no opportunity to have their claims examined; others said border officials acknowledged hearing their expressions of fear but pressured them to abandon their claims.” Individuals who were referred to USCIS for credible fear interviews felt pressured and unable to navigate the “complex immigration court asylum proceedings.” Though HRW was unable to independently verify the specific details of their interviews, the interviews echo similar statements made in the past by migrants who felt coerced into returning to their home countries.

When undocumented migrants are apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border, both Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and USCIS officials are required to screen migrants and ask whether they are being persecuted or feel threatened in their home countries. If their claims are credible, immigrants are referred to immigration court where a judge decides whether that person can stay in the country based on asylum or under some other humanitarian protection.

As data from previous years indicate, migrants crossing the border are becoming less likely to be deemed eligible for asylum. Between 2011 and 2012, at least 80 percent of Hondurans were fast-tracked for expedited removal and reinstatement of removal proceedings, while CBP agents deemed about 1.9 percent for valid “credible fear” screenings. Migrants from Mexico, El Salvador, and Guatemala, the three other Latin American countries that have seen an increased exodus in recent years into the United States, similarly were often fast-tracked for deportation.

Obama administration officials said that the rate of migrant crossings sharply dropped in August, but migrants are just as at risk of death in their home countries now as they had been before. As a case in point, a Honduran morgue director said that between five and ten migrant children have been killed since February after they were deported.

U.S. immigration attorneys are scrambling to help detainees stay in the country, but it’s been difficult. Affidavits by lawyers representing clients at an immigration detention center in Artesia, New Mexico charge that the center was created to “limit successful asylum claims,” with one agent telling a lawyer, “Our job is to get them deported and there’s maybe one in 1,000 entitled to stay in the United States, and the rest are going to go.”

The post Some Migrants Deported Back To Violent Home Countries Are Hiding In Fear, Report Finds appeared first on ThinkProgress.


One Thing Hillary Clinton Understands About Politics in 2014

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 17th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

One Thing Hillary Clinton Understands About Politics in 2014
From: John Nichols

Hillary Clinton may not be a populist, but she is a savvy politician.

Why Black Women Are the Voting Bloc to Watch in the Midterms
From: Dani McClain

It may be tough to get voters enthused about midterm elections, but organizers working to get black women to the polls are determined.

Workers Bring $15 Hourly Wage Challenge to Walmart
From: Michelle Chen

In protests around the country on Thursday, Walmart workers presented a simple demand: full-time work at $15 an hour.

Comedian Hari Kondabolu with a ‘Solution’ to Changing the Name of the Washington Football Team
From: Dave Zirin

“Since logic and human decency have not led to a name change, perhaps it’s best we attempt to destroy their brand through public mockery.”