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Archive for October 25th, 2014

Bystanders Take Down Violent Man at DFW Airport

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 25th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Bystanders Take Down Violent Man at DFW Airport
A man yelling homophobic slurs at an older man at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport assaulted the man and was taken down by a crowd of bystanders in around six seconds, as caught on video. Airport officials confirmed the incident took place and the man was arrested. The video doesn’t show what startsed the incident, but the man said before the assault he was upset about being filmed.


Kentucky Senate candidates spar over new ads

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 25th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Kentucky Senate candidates spar over new ads
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The campaign for Democratic senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes challenged a new ad from Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell that boasted his support among women, contending it featured a woman who is registered to vote in Pennsylvania.

NYC museum plans Basquiat exhibition
NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Museum plans an exhibition on graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (zhahn mee-SHEHL’ BAH’-skee-aht) that includes eight rarely seen notebooks filled with his handwritten texts and sketches.


Rep. Don Young apologizes for suicide remarks that offended students

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 25th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Rep. Don Young apologizes for suicide remarks that offended students
Longtime Alaskan congressman says he’s sorry for implying that friends and family of suicide victims bear some blame

Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren team up
The two potential 2016 rivals were on the same side Friday to help Massachusetts Democrat Martha Coakley

Poll: Martha Coakley approaching another big loss in Massachusetts
Coakley, a Democrat running for governor, has fallen short in a closely-watched statewide contest before


Into the Morass?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 25th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Into the Morass?
Eugene Robinson, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON — “I don’t oppose all wars,” said Barack Obama, then an Illinois state senator, in 2002. “What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war.” Few would describe Obama’s use of military force against the Islamic State as rash, given the time he took in deciding to act. But the more we learn about this intervention, the more it appears to violate the “dumb” half of the president’s dictum. The purposes, parameters and prospects of the war are increasingly uncertain. Americans have a right to be concerned about the whole enterprise. I realize that the war has only…

The Most Boring California Election Ever
Debra Saunders, RealClearPolitics
Most years, California offers up supersize election stories — an embarrassment of riches for the opinion columnist. This year, other states are getting all the drama while California looks as staid as a bored accountant. In 2010, the big story was Meg Whitman’s millions vs. Jerry Brown’s cheapskate comeback campaign. Whitman spent $140 million of her own money on her campaign for governor, only to watch attorney Gloria Allred chastise her on TV for firing a nanny because she had come to the country illegally. The previous two elections — one a recall — starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, the…


Peer condemns ‘chronic underfunding’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 25th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Peer condemns ‘chronic underfunding’
Successive UK governments are responsible for the “deliberate” and “chronic underfunding” of Welsh public services, says former Plaid Cymru leader Lord Wigley.

Britain must pay EU bill, says MEP
The rest of Europe expects the UK to settle a £1.7bn EU budget demand “and that’s that”, a vice president of the European Parliament has said.

Benefit claims wait ‘unacceptable’
A charity calls for the rollout of a new benefit payment to be halted until a backlog is cleared.


Chen Ziming, Dissident in China, Is Dead at 62

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 25th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Chen Ziming, Dissident in China, Is Dead at 62
A reform-minded intellectual, Mr. Chen, was accused by the government of fomenting the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989 and spent more than a decade in prison and under house arrest.



As Brazil’s Presidential Race Draws to Close, Voters Lament Its Ugliness
Many Brazilians have been stunned by what may be the country’s most contentious election since the end of military rule.



Rights Groups Condemn Execution of Iranian Woman
The execution of a woman in Iran who killed a doctor she said had tried to rape her was carried out Saturday despite international condemnation.




‘We Have No Choice’: Texas Latino Leaders Say They’ll Compromise On Immigration Reform

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 25th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

‘We Have No Choice’: Texas Latino Leaders Say They’ll Compromise On Immigration Reform

“The Republican party does not have a platform for Latinos, that is true,” he said. “But we’re voting for the man.”

The post ‘We Have No Choice’: Texas Latino Leaders Say They’ll Compromise On Immigration Reform appeared first on ThinkProgress.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, left, and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate David Alameel greet each other at the start of their debate at Mountain View College campus, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in Dallas.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, left, and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate David Alameel greet each other at the start of their debate at Mountain View College campus, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in Dallas.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

DALLAS, TEXAS — For the last twelve years he’s been in office, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) has resisted efforts to bring citizenship to the 11 million undocumented people living in the United States. He’s voted to militarize the southern border, has opposed the federal DREAM Act, and once sponsored a bill to more quickly deport Central American children.

So when it comes to the upcoming election for his Senate seat, it might not seem like Cornyn is the ideal choice for progressive Texans who want comprehensive immigration reform. But after a debate Friday night between Cornyn and his Democratic opponent Dr. David Alameel, some Latino leaders told ThinkProgress that they would be voting for Cornyn anyway.

“I have never voted for [Cornyn], but this time I’m going to, because we have no choice,” said Rene Martinez, a district director for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and staunch supporter of progressive immigration reform. “Alameel doesn’t have a chance, so I’d rather be standing right behind [Cornyn], and have him turn to people like us for advice.”

Cornyn is widely expected to win his race. His war chest is exponentially bigger than Alameel’s, raising more than $14 million for his own campaign while Alameel, a doctor, has largely supported his campaign with his own wealth.

And Alameel’s positions on immigration aren’t totally in line with progressive immigration reform advocates. At the debate, Alameel said undocumented immigrants who commit crimes “should be deported immediately.” He also recommended deploying the National Guard at the border to prevent people from crossing it.

This didn’t sit well with Beatrice Martinez, a board member at the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce who also said she’s supporting Cornyn.

“We don’t need any more policing [at the border],” she said. “We need economic development there. And [Cornyn] supports that.”

Beatrice and Rene said there are reasons to hope that Cornyn will be willing to compromise. One of the Senator’s VIP guests to the debate was the ex-president of LULAC, Hector Flores. Cornyn said at the debate that he now supports the DREAM Act, which gives permanent residency to undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as minors and acquired a college degree. He said he would support increasing the number of Visas given to people who want to live in the U.S., “particularly for people who have skills we need.” When asked if he would support measures to help undocumented immigrants get affordable college tuition, Cornyn shook his head “yes.”

These positions are important because Cornyn, the senior U.S. Senator for the state at the focal point of the immigration debate, will likely be at the center of the Senate effort to craft reform legislation if re-elected. If that happens, Rene wants to be on Cornyn’s good side.

“Sen. Cornyn’s position on immigration reform is OK,” Rene said. “When he’s re-elected, I think he’s going to need a lot of advice. We are at the forefront of immigration reform in Texas, we’ve got close ties to the Senator, and we’re going to be advising him.”

Still, voters like Jessica Ruvalcaba don’t trust the Cornyn’s seemingly evolved position on immigration, or his promise to fix the system.

“We’ve been with Cornyn for so long and we haven’t seen any progress [on immigration],” Ruvalcaba, a student at the University of Texas at Arlington, said. “So that’s the only thing that’s stopping me from trying to vote to re-elect him — the fact that he hasn’t done anything since he’s been Senator.

Some of that distrust on the issue comes from the mere fact that Cornyn is a Republican. Robert Chavez Sr., founder of the Hispanic rights group Tejanos Unite, said he doesn’t believe Republicans are interested in tackling the problem because the party itself is out of touch with the state’s large Hispanic population. “I’m here for the party that’s going to do the right thing for our race,” Chavez said.

Rene Martinez agreed, but said party is not factoring into his decision to vote for Cornyn.

“The Republican party does not have a platform for Latinos, that is true,” he said. “But we’re voting for the man — the individual. We have always been fairly close to Cornyn, and we’re going to put enough pressure on him that he’s gotta show some leadership.”

The post ‘We Have No Choice’: Texas Latino Leaders Say They’ll Compromise On Immigration Reform appeared first on ThinkProgress.


McConnell’s Challenge in Kentucky

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 25th, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

McConnell’s Challenge in Kentucky
Timothy Carney, Washington Examiner

Republicans Are Surging in the Prediction Markets
Justin Wolfers, NYT

NY Doc Should Have Had Isolation Time
Eric Braverman, MSNBC

The Case for Conservative Realism
Sen. Rand Paul, The National Interest