"J osephine Okiakpe, a 69-year-old African-American woman, grew up in a small town in North Carolina in the Jim Crow South. She attended segregated schools, where black students received textbooks only after white students were done with them.
After Okiakpe moved to Virginia, she brought her birth certificate, Social Security card, voter-registration card, and bank statement to the polls with her, but was unable to vote under the state’s strict voter-ID law, which required a government-issued photo ID to cast a ballot. The only photo IDs she had were a North Carolina driver’s license and an expired Virginia DMV card, neither of which were accepted.
As she argued with poll workers, other voters in line snickered at Okiakpe. “I felt very frustrated, very upset,” she told a federal court, the Associated Press reported reported. Okiakpe wept as she told the story.
She was ultimately given a provisional ballot, which was only counted after Okiakpe obtained a valid voter ID in Manassas days after the election.
On Thursday, federal district court judge Henry Hudson upheld Virginia’s voter ID law, despite hearing many stories like Okiakpe’s of voters burdened by the law. Hudson, a George W. Bush appointee once known as “Hang ‘Em High Henry” for his tough on crime record, was also the first judge to rule against Obamacare. His decision will make it harder for the 200,000 Virginia voters without a driver’s license to cast a ballot."
Saudi officials were 'supporting' 9/11 hijackers, commission member says
Source: The Guardian
A former Republican member of the 9/11 commission, breaking dramatically with the commission’s leaders, said Wednesday he believes there was clear evidence that Saudi government employees were part of a support network for the 9/11 hijackers and that the Obama administration should move quickly to declassify a long-secret congressional report on Saudi ties to the 2001 terrorist attack.
The comments by John H Lehman, an investment banker in New York who was Navy secretary in the Reagan administration, signal the first serious public split among the 10 commissioners since they issued a 2004 final report that was largely read as an exoneration of Saudi Arabia, which was home to 15 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11.
“There was an awful lot of participation by Saudi individuals in supporting the hijackers, and some of those people worked in the Saudi government,” Lehman said in an interview, suggesting that the commission may have made a mistake by not stating that explicitly in its final report. “Our report should never have been read as an exoneration of Saudi Arabia.”
He was critical of a statement released late last month by the former chairman and vice chairman of the commission, who urged the Obama administration to be cautious about releasing the full congressional report on the Saudis and 9/11 – “the 28 pages”, as they are widely known in Washington – because they contained “raw, unvetted” material that might smear innocent people.
You’re one of the few Republicans that met with the president Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, you called him a “man of accomplishment,” and somebody with a quote, “keen intellect.” But you also believe that you want to wait for the election. You think the voters should have a say in this before dealing with the Supreme Court vacancy. Now that Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee, have you changed your mind on that pledge?
SENATOR JEFF FLAKE:
I think Republicans are more than justified in waiting. That is following both principle and precedent. But the principle is to have the most conservative, qualified jurists that we can have on the Supreme Court, not that the people ought to decide before the next election. I’ve never held that position.
If we come to a point, I’ve said all along, where we’re going to lose the election, or we lose the election in November, then we ought to approve him quickly. Because I’m certain that he’ll be more conservative than a Hillary Clinton nomination comes January."
So, as we've been saying, the GOP is again putting politics in front of their constitutional duty and the country.
"All I know is what's on the internet" Donald
Bought into birtherism, Ted Cruz father in the JFK conspiracy, saw thousands of U.S. muslims cheering 9/11, the list is looooong.
Maybe you want to sell this clown a bridge but do you really want him as POTUS?
in large part because the other 16 choices were the most absurd , incompetent candidates ever assembled by a major political party.
Ben Carson? Really? #$%$ qualifies him to be POTUS??
" Rob Reiner tried to get the Morning Joe crew to go after hard news, to ask the hard questions. After getting angry and defensive, they went on to prove his point!
The most telling part of the interview was when Rob Reiner was asked why so many people supported Trump even if they didn't watch Morning Joe. When he answered that there were a lot of racist in America, the shock, and then fear of having to discuss that, led the panelists try to twist Rob's words while never directly confronting the question. The look on Mika's face was priceless, a mixture of shock that he said that, fear that they might get have to discuss it, and disbelief that that could actually be the case.
Fear of alienating their audience, and their corporate masters whose only concerns in this whole process are ratings and sponsors, prevents hard news! Unless it makes ratings, it is dead. Especially if it means telling the majority of their viewers, who are white, that racism is alive and well and thriving in the USA. "
Coincidently, every one with socialized healthcare , strong gun laws and a substantial safety net.
"Among the highlights of today’s posting:
White House officials of the Ford administration attempted to keep a presidential review panel—the Rockefeller Commission—from investigating reports of CIA planning for assassinations abroad.
Ford administration officials suppressed the Rockefeller Commission’s actual report on CIA assassination plots.
Richard Cheney, then the deputy assistant to the president, edited the report of the Rockefeller Commission from inside the Ford White House, stripping the report of its independent character.
The Rockefeller Commission remained silent on this manipulation.
Rockefeller Commission lawyers and public relations officials warned of the damage that would be done to the credibility of the entire investigation by avoiding the subject of assassinations.
President Ford passed investigative materials concerning assassinations along to the Church Committee of the United States Senate and then attempted—but failed—to suppress the Church Committee’s report as well.
The White House markup of the Rockefeller Commission report used the secrecy of the CIA budget as an example of excesses and recommended Congress consider making agency spending public to some degree.
During those 1975 investigations, particularly those of the Rockefeller Commission and the Church Committee, allegations of CIA involvement in assassinations were among the most important lines of inquiry. President Gerald R. Ford himself had a key role in triggering the investigations, inadvertently but artlessly revealing the fact of CIA involvement in plotting assassinations during a meeting with press editors.[i]
The current controversy over drone attacks has an important backstory. During the 1970s it became known that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had plotted the murder of foreign individuals. These persons for the most part were prominent leaders or even heads of state. That the U.S. government had in any way been engaged in murder became a dark charge against th
"Washington, DC, February 29, 2016 – The Gerald Ford White House significantly altered the final report of the supposedly independent 1975 Rockefeller Commission investigating CIA domestic activities, over the objections of senior Commission staff, according to internal White House and Commission documents posted today by the National Security Archive at The George Washington University . The changes included removal of an entire 86-page section on CIA assassination plots and numerous edits to the report by then-deputy White House Chief of Staff Richard Cheney.
Today’s posting includes the entire suppressed section on assassination attempts, Cheney’s handwritten marginal notes, staff memos warning of the fallout of deleting the controversial section, and White House strategies for presenting the edited report to the public. The documents show that the leadership of the presidentially-appointed commission deliberately curtailed the investigation and ceded its independence to White House political operatives.
This evidence has been lying ignored in government vaults for decades. Much of the work of securing release of the records was done by the John F. Kennedy Assassinations Records Board in the 1990s, and the documents were located at the National Archives and Records Administration at College Park, Maryland; or at the Gerald R. Ford Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Additional mandatory declassification review requests filed by Archive fellow John Prados returned identical versions of documents, indicating the CIA is not willing to permit the public to see any more of the assassinations story than we show here. The documents in this set have yet to be incorporated into standard accounts of the events of this period."
‘Choose me’: Sarah Palin says she’s ‘as vetted as anybody in the country’ for Trump’s VP!
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) on Sunday said that she is ready to serve as Donald Trump’s vice presidential running mate, but she worried about being a “burden” to the presumptive nominee.
“I think I’m pretty much as vetted as anybody in the country could be vetted,” Palin told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “I think there are so many other great people out there in American that could serve in this position.”
“I think if somebody wanted to choose me, they already know who I am, what I stand for,” she added. “They wouldn’t be in for any surprises.”
But Palin acknowledged that she also came with baggage."
Tell Gestapo Don she's a perfect fit!!
Denial has given way to anger, frustration, panic. I didn’t want to do a bunch of screen captures, so I am retyping tweets and comments from tonight that you might find interesting. Just a small taste of what is going down on the conserva-sphere. Enjoy:
33 years as a Republican ends now. Good-bye GOP. I didn't leave you, you left me.
Ben Howe, Editor of Redstate
I don't want to congratulate Hillary Clinton on winning the Presidency tonight, but she just did.
If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed... and we will deserve it.
Nat. Review’s Charles C.W. Cook
McCain 08 Chief Campaign Strategist, Steve Schmidt
Republicans need to ask whether they love their country more than their party.
Conservative Blogger, Matt Walsh
Goodbye, Republican Party.
Mark Salter, GOP strategist
The GOP is going to nominate for President a guy who reads the National Enquirer and thinks it's on the level. I'm with her.
Managing Editor of the rightwing Conservative Examiner, Philip Klein
I have officially de-registered as a Republican.
Because of ignorant, low info, gullible morons, the best chance in freaking years to get a true principled conservative is blown. And this opportunity was wasted with the help of Fox News, Ben Carson, Sarah Dingbat Palin, faux Christian Robert Jeffress et al. Not to mention some who flat out stayed in the race too long...
Ok… NOW you admit Sarah is a dingbat?
I know you are terrified of the thought of having such a moron run our great country, but at the very least, now you know exactly how we felt. Don’t worry, though:
The Democratic nominee will definitely be the one in charge.
Compare and contrast. Under Trump or another Teapotty loser we could have 100's of thousands troops on the ground in Iran right now, instead we're getting ready to sell them Boeing jets.
Bo the Conqueror !
It's true, HRC must beat Trump and her chances are improving according to the oddsmakers. And yes, the oddsguys are factoring in the investigations and deem them irrelevant, as they should.
The mindless bloviating on this bored is simply idle, weak minds stroking each other. Can't they find a public restroom to get their rocks off?
If we can't afford to educate our children, to heal our sick, to care for our elderly or fair elections, then just what exactly is it the defense budget is defending???
Post series on police shootings wins Pulitzer Prize for national reporting
After covering several high-profile incidents involving the killings of civilians by police officers in 2014, Washington Post staff writer Wesley Lowery was surprised to discover that there were no official statistics about such fatalities. So Lowery pitched an idea to his editors: The newspaper, he suggested, should collect the information itself and analyze it for patterns in law enforcement.
The Post soon marshaled an extraordinary team of reporters, editors, researchers, photographers and graphic artists to do just that. The result was a database containing the details of 990 fatal police shootings across the nation in 2015 and a series of articles describing trends in the data. ... On Monday, The Post’s series was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in the national reporting category. The prizes, in their 100th year, are newspaper journalism’s highest honor.
The police-shootings database — painstakingly assembled by researchers Julie Tate and Jennifer Jenkins from official and unofficial sources — included more than a dozen details about each incident, including the age and race of the person killed, whether and how the person was armed, and the circumstances that led to the encounter with police. It soon yielded new insights into the use of deadly force by the nation’s police officers.
Should've dropped the embargo 35 years ago, GOP stupidity kept it going. Castro used it to excuse his economic woes and it actually kept him in power. Now the old leaders see the writing on the wall and are making their new excuses.
Look at Vietnam, once we allowed communism to fail on its own merits, they turned into a capitalist paradise.The entire Cold War was idiotic. A Global conflict based on competing economic systems??? Had we just let the "communists" alone we could have saved millions of lives and $Trillions in resources.
A day after Wisconsin’s strict voter ID law helped cause long lines at the polls and kept some would-be voters from casting a ballot at all, a former GOP staffer told MSNBC his party actively intended for it to disenfranchise Democratic voters.
Todd Allbaugh, who served as chief of staff to a Republican state senator, said in an interview Wednesday that at a closed-door caucus meeting in 2011, GOP lawmakers openly discussed how the the ID bill would hit minorities and students hardest.
“One of the senators said, ‘We need to think about the ramifications here, what this means, particularly in Milwaukee and college campuses across the state, what that could mean for us,’” said Allbaugh.
“What I’m interested in here is winning, and we need to use the opportunity, because if Democrats had the power to do it to us, they’d do it,” another senator said, according to Allbaugh.
“I was in the room when this thing was conceived and birthed,” Allbaugh added. “Some bills work differently in reality than they were intended. This one worked exactly as intended.”
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—President Obama’s proposal to give workers six weeks of paid leave is meeting strong opposition from a group of people who annually receive thirty-three weeks of paid leave.
Members of the group heard the President’s proposal on Tuesday night, one of the few nights of the year when they are required to report to their workplace.
The opponents of paid leave, who show up for work a hundred and thirty-seven days per year and receive paid leave for the other two hundred and twenty-eight, were baffled by other moments in the President’s speech.
For example, they were confused by Obama’s challenge to try to survive on a full-time job that pays fifteen thousand dollars, since they all currently hold a part-time job that pays a hundred and seventy-four thousand dollars.
Kansas governor signs funding bill to keep schools open
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback said on Thursday he signed a bill enacting a new school funding formula to replace one found to be unconstitutional by the state supreme court, which set a June deadline for legislative action.
The Kansas Supreme Court ruled in February that the funding system approved in 2015 by the Republican-controlled legislature was inequitable, falling $54 million short in funding for primary and secondary students in poor districts. Justices also warned that schools would be ordered to close if the legislature failed to take action by June 30.
"This bill is the result of a delicate legislative compromise – one that I respectfully endorse and that the court should review with appropriate deference,” the Republican governor said in a statement.
But Alan Rupe, an attorney representing four public school districts that sued the state, said the new law does not remedy the inequity problem and that he will ask the supreme court to review the law.
The White House on Thursday said Hillary Clinton is qualified to serve as president, rebutting comments from her Democratic primary opponent, Bernie Sanders.
“The president has said that Secretary Clinton comes into this race with more experience than any other non-vice president in recent campaign history,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters aboard Air Force One.
Schultz added the president was “fortunate” enough to have Clinton as his secretary of State for four years, when they “worked together on complicated, on complex issues.”
The White House came to Clinton’s defense after Sanders said his rival was unqualified to serve as president.