The media, to its credit, has been getting progressively (no pun intended) louder and louder in its calls for Hillary to hold a press conference. Her lack of media access is bothering them, and they want in. The Clintons are, after all, celebrities to the Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself), and they want to get a chance to talk to her and ask her questions.
I’m not convinced many of them don’t just want to bask in the warm glow of her presence.
But, it’s problematic for Clinton because time she speaks, the American people trust her less and less. She isn’t beating Donald Trump on the issues, after all. She’s beating him simply because she’s not him. Enter Peter Daou, a man whose last name I cannot accept as being real, complaining about the “real” reason the media is demanding Clinton speak to them.
About a year ago, Colin Kaepernick’s Instagram was a typical football player’s Instagram. Pictures of himself playing football, being involved in charity events, pictures of his family.
Then his Instagram takes a radical switch, with virtually every post talking about police attacking/killing black people, quoting the common tropes pushed by Black Lives Matter, also quoting Shaun King and Malcolm X.
A top Hillary Clinton surrogate denied Sunday that it was at all unusual for donors to and allies of the Clinton Foundation to ask the Democratic nominee for help or access during her time at the State Department.
“This notion that, somehow or another, someone who is a supporter, someone who is a donor, somebody who’s an activist, saying I want access, I want to come into a room and I want to meet people, we often criminalize behavior that is normal. I don’t see what the smoke is,” Donna Brazile told ABC’s “This Week.”
“I’ve been a big supporter of The Clinton Foundation,” added Brazile, a former adviser to Bill Clinton and the current acting chair of the Democratic National Committee.
One of the top guardians of American freedoms just entered the fight against the Obama administration’s insane excesses in the name of “trans rights.”
The Department of Health and Human Services recently issued rules telling doctors they can’t decline to perform gender-reassignment surgery on kids if it’s recommended by a “mental health professional.” Refusal could be a career-ender.
How crazy is the rule? Well, for starters, most trans teens identify differently later in life — yet reassignment surgery is often irreversible, and even less-radical procedures can be harmful, as HHS’ own medical experts note.
Who would have thought that a tiny section on Facebook’s homepage would cause so much controversy?
The “Trending” feature, where a few popular news topics are listed on the social network’s homepage, is getting a makeover,Facebook said on Friday. Most notably, Facebook’s hot topics will no longer appear next to descriptions that are written by humans.
Instead, Facebook will show each subject—usually a celebrity’s latest scandal or a current event—next to the number of people discussing it on the service. Human editors will no longer play a role in hand-picking the topics featured other than for verifying quality.
These changes follow a controversy earlier this summer when tech news site Gizmodo published a report alleging that the Facebook’s Trending section was biased against conservative news outlets. According Gizmodo’s report, which cite accounts from anonymous former contract employees who worked on the Trending section, these employees were instructed to ignore topics that conservative users clicked on by keeping them out of the list.
Stanford University has deleted a page warning women about the dangers of alcohol after critics complained the page was sexist and patronizing, and constituted “victim-blaming” because it linked drinking to sexual assault.
The page, titled “Female Bodies and Alcohol,” was mostly a straightforward description of the effects alcohol has on women, and in particular, how the effects differ from those alcohol has on men.
“A woman will get drunk faster than a man consuming the same amount of alcohol,” the guide warns. The rate of inebriation holds true even at the same body weight, it notes, because men have a higher amount of water in their bodies (which dilutes alcohol more) and have higher levels of the enzyme that metabolizes alcohol. The guide also says that women develop alcohol-related organ damage (such as liver cirrhosis) more easily than men.
Three people were killed and at least 23 others have been wounded in shootings since Saturday afternoon, officials said.
The first fatal shooting happened at about 12:15 p.m. in the city’s Park Manor neighborhood on the South Side.
Three people were shot in the 7100 block of South Rhodes Avenue after an argument broke out between them and two other men. One of the men they were arguing with pulled out a gun and began firing.
A boy, 17, was shot in the thigh and taken to Stroger Hospital where he was listed in good condition. A 19-year-old man suffered a wound to the head and was taken in critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The third victim, a 34-year-old man, drove himself to Provident Hospital of Cook County with a gunshot wound to the neck. His condition was stabilized, police said.
Iran has arrested a member of the negotiating team that reached a landmark nuclear deal with world powers on suspicion of spying, a judiciary spokesman said on Sunday.
The suspect was released on bail after a few days in jail but is still under investigation, Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei said at a weekly news conference, calling the unidentified individual a “spy who had infiltrated the nuclear team,” state media reported.
The deal that President Hassan Rouhani struck last year has given Iran relief from most international sanctions in return for curbing its nuclear program, but it is opposed by hardliners who see it as a capitulation to the United States.
Last month the Democratic National Committee announced a $32 million fundraising haul, suggesting this was evidence of “energy and excitement” for Hillary Clinton’s nomination for the White House .
However , said Bloomberg , the influx of money also owed in part to an “unprecedented workaround of political spending limits that lets the party tap into millions of dollars more from Clinton’s wealthiest donors.”
At least $7.3 million of the DNC’s July total originated with payments from hundreds of major donors who had already contributed the maximum $33,400 to the national committee, a review of Federal Election Commission filings shows, said Bloomberg.
The contributions, many of which were made months earlier, were first bundled by the Hillary Victory Fund and then transferred to the state Democratic parties, which “effectively stripped the donors’ names and sent the money to the DNC as a lump sum.”said the report.
A $400 million cash delivery to Iran to repay a decades-old arbitration claim may be unprecedented in recent U.S. history, according to legal experts and diplomatic historians, raising further questions about a payment timed to help free four American prisoners in Iran.
The money was sent to Iran on Jan. 17, the same day Iran agreed to release the prisoners. The Obama administration claimed for months the events were separate, but recently acknowledged the cash was used as leverage until the Americans were allowed to leave Iran. Only then, did the U.S. allow a plane with euros, Swiss francs and other foreign currency loaded on pallets to take off in the other direction for Tehran.
“There’s actually not anything particularly unusual about the mechanism for this transaction,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said this week of the initial cash payment.
But diplomatic historians and lawyers with expertise in international arbitration struggled to find any similar examples.
Asked to recall a similar payment of the U.S. using cash or hard money to settle an international dispute, the office of the State Department historian couldn’t provide an example.
The acknowledgement that the prisoners and the payment were linked, and the unusual cash delivery, have fueled Republican claims that a “ransom” was paid. At a news conference this month, President Barack Obama said cash was used because the U.S. and Iran don’t have a banking relationship after years of U.S. sanctions on Iran, making a check or wire transfer impossible.
The $400 million was the principal owed by the U.S. on a 1970s Iranian account for buying U.S. military equipment. After Iran’s 1979 overthrow of the U.S.-backed shah and the U.S. Embassy hostage crisis in Tehran, the weapons were never delivered. Iran has wanted the money back plus interest ever since. Seven months ago, two sides put the matter to rest with a $1.7 billion settlement.
Jewish actress/comedian Roseanne Barr repeatedly slammed Hillary Clinton on Twitter, saying Clinton “will be the absolute death of Israel.”
Barr posted numerous inflammatory remarks, videos and articles about the Democratic presidential nominee this week, including one that refers to her as “Hitlery Clinton” and another that labels her “anti-Semitic Hillary.”
On Friday alone, Barr tweeted and re-tweeted several posts about Clinton and her aide Huma Abedin, whom Barr labeled “a filthy nazi whore.” A Muslim American, Abedin is married to former Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner, is Jewish.
Children from a German school in Buenos Aires wearing swastika armbands and fake Hitler moustaches attacked pupils from a Jewish school in a resort where several Nazi war criminals lived for decades after the Second World War, including Dr Josef Mengele, Auschwitz’s “Angel of Death”.
The incident drew swift condemnation for the pupils and the parents who were accompanying them during the school’s end-of-course trip to San Carlos de Bariloche, in the Andes.
The town became a haven for fleeing Nazis who were welcomed by the sympathetic Peronist regime.
According to witnesses, pupils from the Lanús German School arrived at a party in a nightclub dressed as Nazis.
“Some of them were in leathers with swastikas painted on their chests and backs,” Dan, one of the students who was attacked, told Argentina’s TN television channel.