The red, white and blue is going back into the U.S. history being taught to college-bound high schoolers, after critics blasted the curriculum-setting test as biased against America.
The College Board, which writes the test that much of the nation’s advanced placement course lessons are based on, last week issued a new course and exam description that has more focus on the positive role of the framers, America’s effort to rid the world of the Nazi threat during World War II and how entrepreneurs transformed the world’s most dynamic economy. Those points of emphasis are expected next year to replace the previous test questions, which some historians and teachers say took a negative view of the U.S.
“The result is a clearer and more balanced approach to the teaching of American history,” the College Board announced Thursday.
In yet another savvy move that helps to explain his growing appeal, Donald Trump turned what was supposed to be a public humiliation handed to him by the left-wing nihilists at Gawker, into yet-another triumph against the media.
Monday Gawker got a hold of and published the billionaire businessman’s cell phone number.
By Tuesday, Trump had turned the voice mail on the cell phone into a “Make America Great” campaign commercial. Everyone who calls the number, thanks to Gawker’s free advertising, will hear a pro-Trump campaign spiel. Better still, the publicity this deft move created has resulted in the recorded ad receiving all kinds of free airtime on the cable networks. You can listen for yourself at 917-756-8000.
Supporters of Tremain Wilbourn, the Memphis ex-con accused of shooting Officer Sean Bolton when he interrupted a drug deal on Saturday night, have started an IndieGoGo campaign to funnel money to him and his family.
Wilbourn turned himself in after a two-day manhunt. “I want you to know that one, I’m not a cold-blooded killer and two, I am not a coward,” he reportedly told Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong. The campaign repeats his claims and says that cops are waging “terrorism” on black communities, and so they have to support ex-cons who kill.
Donald Trump voiced his support in shutting down the federal government in order to defund Planned Parenthood.
The Republican presidential contender was asked on the “Hugh Hewitt Show” Monday night if he supported letting the government shut down in September in order to defund Planned Parenthood. “Well I can tell you this: I would,” Trump replied.
The comments come in the wake of a series of controversial undercover videos showing organization officials discussing the sale of fetal tissues. Republicans have expressed outrage, while pro-abortion rights groups say the videos have been heavily edited and are extremely misleading.
The transcript accompanying the latest undercover Planned Parenthood video has an employee of the group admit she finds it “fun” to dissect fetuses for their organs and would “enjoy” the opportunity to do it on behalf of fetal tissue purchasers.
The exchange isn’t included in the 15-minute edited video released Tuesday by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), but is instead buried deep in the 119-page transcript accompanying it (a full-footage version of the video hasn’t been released yet). In the exchange, Melissa Farrell, director of research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, admits she and her co-worker would find it enjoyable if a tissue buyer wanted them to dissect dead fetuses for parts.
“It would be exciting too if you needed it dissected, because LaShonda and I are the most Curious George of the group,” Farrell says. “I know it’s sickening on some level, but it’s fun.”
Kelly Osbourne found herself on the receiving end of a deluge of condemnation Tuesday after she made a racially charged comment about Hispanics while attempting to slam Donald Trump for his own racially charged comments about Hispanics.
The former “Fashion Police” host and current “Project Runway Junior” judge was guest co-hosting “The View” on Tuesday morning when she called out the 2016 Republican presidential candidate for his claim that he would win the Hispanic vote despite his controversial remarks on immigration.
“In what way does he think that people are going to vote for him after he’s just called them rapists and murderers?” Osbourne asked, later adding, “If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilet, Donald Trump?”
Osbourne’s stunned co-hosts immediately pushed back against her remark, with permanent panelist Rosie Perez telling the reality TV star, “Latinos are not only the only people doing that.”
Perez later apologized to Osbourne for being “sensitive,” saying that her “disdain should go to only Donald Trump.”
Maybe you’ll only watch to see what Donald Trump does. But President Barack Obama wants you — or those of you who are Democrats — to watch the Republican presidential debate in Cleveland on Thursday night for another reason.
Democrats need to “listen carefully to what the Republican candidates for president say, and then hold them accountable for trying to undo all of the hard work we’ve done to move this country forward,” Obama said in an email message sent today by the Democratic National Committee.
“I can’t overstate what an important difference you can make by doing this.”
Obama’s email probably wasn’t necessary. Many Democrats, like Republicans, are holding debate-watching parties. Unless viewers suddenly flock to NBC’s “Dateline,” ABC’s “Mistresses” or CBS’s “Big Brother,” the Thursday ratings for Fox News are likely to soar above above the norm for the 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. summertime slot.
Obama even previews the show, from a Democrat’s perspective.
“I’m gonna bet that they’ll all promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act,” he writes. “They’ll all tell us that even though they aren’t scientists, we shouldn’t believe in the science behind climate change. They’ll all want to reverse course on immigration reform and marriage equality.
The gruesome hits keep coming for the baby butchers of Planned Parenthood. President Obama and his top health officials have one last-ditch response left: Quick, hide behind the imaginary mammogram machine!
As more graphic, money-grubbing undercover videos of Planned Parenthood’s for-profit aborted-baby-parts racket emerge, thanks to the investigative work of the Center for Medical Progress, desperate Democrats are in full deflection mode. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell defended federal funding for Planned Parenthood this week by invoking the women’s-health shield. “What I think is important is that our HHS funding is focused on issues of preventative care for women, things like mammograms,” Burwell told the House Education and Workforce Committee.
Just one teeny, tiny problem with this defense: It’s a completely calculated fabrication. The breast-cancer screening charade casts Planned Parenthood as a life-saving provider of vital health services unavailable anywhere else. You may recall that during the 2012 presidential campaign, Obama himself falsely claimed during a debate that the abortion provider administers mammograms to “millions” of women — and liberal CNN moderator Candy Crowley let him get away with it.
Angry vandals defaced the vacation home of lion killer Walter J Palmer overnight on Monday, while also littering the American dentist’s driveway with pig’s feet in a show of outrage over the death of a beloved lion named Cecil.
Pictures taken Tuesday morning outside the 55-year-old’s $1million vacation home in Marco Island, Florida show the garage door spray painted with the words ‘Lion killer!’ and a handful of orange pig’s feet scattered across the front of the house.
Palmer has been in hiding ever since he was identified last month as the big game hunter behind the cruel killing of a well-known lion named Cecil, who was illegally baited out of a protected Zimbabwe wildlife reserve and let to suffer an arrow wound for 40 hours before he was finally brought down.
This is one case where getting the whole picture made the difference.
A video recorded by a bystander of two Kansas police officers wrestling a man on the ground began to go viral for purportedly showing police engaging in excessive force — until the cops provided their own videos.
While footage of the “brutality,” shot by the bystander looked rough, it started when the suspect John Harrison, 30, was already on the ground and police were attempting to handcuff him. What it didn’t show was what initially caused the rough response from police.
The family of Sandra Bland has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the trooper that pulled her over and other local law enforcement authorities.
Bland was pulled over weeks ago by state trooper Brian Encinia for failure to signal a lane change. The confrontation got heated, he told her to get out of the car, and arrested her. After three days in jail, she was found dead.
The official autopsy says it was most likely suicide, but Bland’s own family has some serious doubts.
According to NBC News, the suit they filed today calls Encinia reckless and says the jailers had a “conscious disregard” for Bland while she was being held. They’re seeking damages.
At Bland’s funeral, her mother said, “I’m the mama, and I’m telling you that my baby did not take herself out.”
Authorities in Mississippi are searching for two men who allegedly opened fire at a group of soldiers at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center in Hattiesburg Tuesday, according to a report by WDAM-TV.
No injuries were reported.
The station reported that shots were fired from a pickup truck around 12:30 p.m. at a group of soldiers who were training near the military facility.
The sheriff of Perry County, Dale Smith, told WDAM a search was underway for a two-door red pickup with “broken arrow” written across the top.
The station reported that police are looking for two white males, Lt. Col Dierdre Smith at Camp Shelby public affairs told Fox News Tuesday afternoon she “can’t confirm or deny anything,” but that about 4,500 soldiers are conducting a large training exercise at Camp Shelby this week.
Wisconsin governor Scott Walker encountered what looked like a group of young supporters during a campaign stop on Monday at a local pizza shop, only to be presented with a fake check from the billionaire Koch brothers by a group of climate activists.
Walker, one of the top-tier candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, was in the midst of a meet-and-greet with prospective voters in the early primary state of New Hampshire. The governor held the event ahead of a forum on Monday evening where 14 Republican contenders are set to participate in what has evolved into a pre-debate before the first official GOP debate on Fox News later this week.
For the most part, the dozens of New Hampshire residents gathered at the eatery – Theo’s Pizza & Restaurant – were enthusiastic about Walker’s visit and eagerly waited their turn for a handshake and quick chat with the candidate. Among them was Tyler McFarland, who approached Walker for a picture while holding a sign that read “Walker 4 president”.
But as the photo was snapped, McFarland flipped the sign to reveal a supposed $900m check made out to Walker from the Kochs, the industrialist family and Republican mega-donors, for the “presidency”.
“I’d like to present you with this check from the Koch brothers for climate denial,” McFarland, 23, told Walker.
Ian interview with the Center for Medical Progress’ David Daleiden, CNN’s New Day host Alisyn Camerota asked the activist behind the undercover Planned Parenthood videos to respond to criticism he was a “violent extremist.”
“Your critics– critics of your organization I should say– say that you’re not journalists as you purport to be on your website, but rather you’re violent extremists,” Camerota said to Daleiden.
“They say that you are operating under the guise of investigative reporting, but really you’re trying to shut down all Planned Parenthoods and women’s access to things like birth control and other services they provide,” she continued. “Do you have any ties to Operation Rescue?”