Monday, April 10, 2017

Bear Cubs - Trump "who needs 'em"?


One of the problems I have with liberty is that it allows you to speak too.


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What a difference a color makes.



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Loans 'Designed to Fail': States Say Navient Preyed on Students

By STACY COWLEY and JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG

Lawsuits filed by Illinois and Washington against the Sallie Mae spinoff firm say high-risk loans were part of a growth strategy that has left former students buried in debt.

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Fort Collins Police Under Fire After Release Of Brutal Take Down Of Colorado State University Student

by jonathanturley
A new videotape has raised questions of excessive force in Colorado. The video shows Michaella Surat, 22, was thrown to the ground with such violence that it could easily have caused serious head and face injury. The sorority girl was arrested after she allegedly struck an officer who has responded to a fight involving Surat's boyfriend.  Surat is a junior at Colorado State University.






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• Texans in Congress mainly back President Trumps' recent airstrikes in Syria. That's not how they felt in 2013.

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The Rice Controversy: Is The Media Proving Trump Correct?

by jonathanturley
Susan_Rice,_official_State_Dept_photo_portrait,_2009Below is my recent column in The Hill Newspaper on the Rice controversy.  Media spins for Rice continue including MSNBC “AM Joy” host Joy Reid describing the softball interview with Andrea Mitchell as “She was on with our own Andrea Mitchell yesterday trying to explain how government works, for those that don’t know.”  Of course, unmasking political opponents (if the allegations are proven to be true), would not be how the government is supposed work.  Nor is alleging lying about knowing nothing about the unmasking in prior interviews -- a curious conflict with Reid's take that Rice was trying to explain government. This was Rice's second or third explanation.  It appears that Trump is the temptation that many journalists simply cannot resist.  It is a Faustian bargain: media is so intent on pursuing Trump that they have lost any sense of their own navigational beacons of objectivity and neutrality.
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Claremont McKenna Protesters Disrupt Pro-Police Speaker

by jonathanturley
Claremont_Mckenna_College_SealHeather_Mac_DonaldWe have been discussing the alarming rollback on free speech on United States campuses with the active or passive support of university and college administrators (with the exception of schools like University of Chicago).  Students now treat free speech as itself a threat and seek to prevent other students from hearing from speakers with whom they disagree.  The latest such example is at Claremont McKenna College where students succeeded in preventing other students from hearing from Heather MacDonald due to her pro-police views.







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Trump Signs New Law Allowing Hunters To Shoot Hibernating Bears and Wolf Cubs In Dens

by jonathanturley
Mexican_wolf_pup_(6411046205)In a blow to environmentalists and animal rights supporters, President Donald Trump has signed a new law that revokes the Obama Administration's rule against "predator control" hunting on Alaska's refuges.  The rule prevented hunters from killing bears as they hibernated in their dens or killing wolf cubs in dens. It also bars hunting from helicopters.
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Did Bipartisan Russia Hysteria Help Fuel Trump's Rush to Bomb Assad?

In part two of our interview, journalist Rania Khalek argues that the U.S. strike on the Assad regime continues policy that tacitly helps Al Qaeda and ISIS, all the while raising the threat of conflict with Russia - a threat exacerbated by the recent bipartisan frenzy over President Trump's ties to Moscow.
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Pulitzer Prizes: Daily News and ProPublica Share Public Service Award; New York Times Wins 3

The New York Daily News and ProPublica won the Pulitzer Prize for public service on Monday for a series on the New York Police Department’s widespread abuse of a decades-old law to force people from their homes and businesses over alleged illegal activity.
The investigation, which involved the examination of more than 1,100 nuisance abatement cases, found that the Police Department almost exclusively targeted households and shops in minority neighborhoods. The reporting drove New York City to re-examine the nuisance law and pass sweeping reforms.

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The Times’s Pulitzer Announcement

Watch a broadcast from inside The Times’s newsroom, with reporters and editors speaking about their prize-winning work.

The New York Times won three awards — for breaking news photography, feature writing and international reporting. Daniel Berehulak won for photographs that provided a haunting portrait of a violent campaign in the Philippines; C.J. Chivers won for a magazine piece on a young veteran of the war in Afghanistan suffering from PTSD; and the Times reporters won for international reporting for a series on Russia’s surreptitious assertion of power.
Mr. Berehulak won in the feature photography category two years ago for his moving portraits depicting the spread of Ebola in West Africa.

David A. Fahrenthold of The Washington Post won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for his work on Mr. Trump’s charitable foundation.
The Pulitzers this year come as newsrooms across the country face daunting challenges, with financial pressure draining many news organizations of the resources to pursue top-flight journalism. They also come in the face of a Trump administration that is openly hostile to much of the news media. Mr. Trump has called the news media “the enemy of the American people.”
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Can Bill O'Reilly Keep His Scold's Perch?

By JIM RUTENBERG

Mr. O'Reilly's rise was built on railing against the ethical failures of others. But with his own conduct in question, his fans' trust may not be enough.

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