The Democratic National Committee has rolled back restrictions introduced by presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008 that banned donations from federal lobbyists and political action committees.
The decision, which may provide an advantage to Hillary Clinton’s candidacy, was viewed with disappointment Friday morning by good government activists who saw it as a step backward in the effort to limit special interest influence in Washington.
“It is a major step in the wrong direction,” said longtime reform advocate Fred Wertheimer. “And it is completely out of touch with the clear public rejection of the role of political money in Washington,” expressed during the 2016 campaign.
Judge Andrew Napolitano said Thursday that “the FBI now has leverage” in the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server and can indict Clinton’s top aides and trade less punishment for testimony against her.
Citing the report by Fox News’s Catherine Herridge and Pamela K. Browne, Napolitano said on Fox News’s “America’s Newsroom” that “Mrs. Clinton’s top aides regularly received from Mrs. Clinton via her private server Top Secret emails. These are emails which the aides lacked the security clearance to receive.”
“So this tells us a couple things,” Napolitano said. “One, Mrs. Clinton was so reckless in the manner in which she sent out Top Secret emails, knowingly sending them to people who weren’t authorized to receive them.”
“We know two, their acceptance, discussion and transfer of this is a felony. We know three, that the FBI now has leverage. The Justice Department can indict her top aides and trade with them,” Napolitano said. “What would they want? Testimony against Mrs. Clinton in return for a deal with them. This is the way the government works.”
Bernie Sanders called bull on tonight’s Democratic debate stage as Hillary Clinton proclaimed that she was not bought and paid for by Wall Street, despite bankers throwing money at her presidential campaign.
‘The people aren’t dumb,’ Sanders said. ‘Let’s not insult the intelligent of the American people. Why in God’s name does Wall Street make huge campaign contributions? I guess just for the fun of it, they want to throw money around.’
Sanders has waged a war against the ‘corrupt campaign finance system’ throughout his presidential campaign and used rival Clinton as a convenient punching bag for both having a super PAC, one that she inherited from President Barack Obama, and for lapping up Wall Street’s money.
POLICE ARE crediting a vigilant gun owner with saving the life of an Upper Darby cop Friday after he saw the officer being attacked and surrounded by a large group of teens.
“There were 40 kids. If it wasn’t for the good Samaritan stepping forward, he’d have been dead meat,” Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said. “There’s no doubt they would have attacked him.”
About 3 p.m. every weekday, from six to eight township police officers patrol the area near Upper Darby High School as nearly 4,000 kids pour out of the building on Lansdowne Avenue near School Lane.
Most kids and most days are good, Chitwood said.
Friday was not.
That afternoon alone, police responded to three fights in three locations near the school. When the dust settled, eight teens, ages 13 to 17, were charged with crimes, and two officers were injured so severely that it’s unclear when they’ll be able to return to work, Chitwood said.
The most egregious of the incidents took place on Wayne Avenue near Marshall Road, less than a mile from the high school.
An officer who broke up a fight between two teen boys that had attracted a large crowd at that location was holding one of the combatants at bay when the teen’s opponent attacked the officer, Chitwood said.
“As he breaks up the fight, he takes one kid and then the other jumps [on] him. Now he’s fighting two of them and he’s calling for an assist officer at the same time,” Chitwood said. “There’s a crowd of 40 or 50 kids watching the fight, and they all move in towards the officer.”
That’s when the good Samaritan, who lives on the block, came out of his house with a gun in his hand and told the teens to get away from the cop, Chitwood said.
“He had the gun in his hand, but he didn’t point it at the kids, he just told them to back off,” Chitwood said. “If this guy didn’t come out and come to the aid of the officer, this officer would have had significant problems.”
Columbus police have shot and killed a man after they say he went into a Mediterranean restaurant on the Northeast Side this evening and attacked several patrons with a machete.
According to a dispatcher, police were called just after 6 p.m. to the Nazareth Restaurant, 5239 N. Hamilton Road. The dispatcher said that six people were transported to area hospitals from the restaurant, though their names and the extent of their injuries aren’t known at this time.
The suspect then reportedly fled and was stopped by police about 5 miles away, off Stelzer Road and just south of Montclair Drive.
He was shot by police, the dispatcher said, and died at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center at 6:24 p.m.
Further information and the name of the suspect aren’t available at this time.
CBS News has identified the suspect as Mohamed Barry, however neither 10TV nor Columbus Police have confirmed the suspect’s name. CBS News also reports Barry has a Somali background and may have traveled to Dubai in 2012.
Law enforcement tells them the incident appears to be the type of “lone wolf terrorist attacks they’re trying to stop.”
“We have been in America for 460 years. We did not come on The Mayflower, or the [Columbus ships] Nina, Pinta, or Santa María. We came in the holds of ships as slaves, and we have lived under tyranny from that day to this day.”
Officials at Rochester’s World School of Inquiry spent last week fielding dozens of calls from parents angry about a “World Hijab Day” event that encouraged girls to wear the Muslim religious head covering.
Sophomore Eman Muthana wears a hijab to school and wrote a letter to principal Sheela Webster asking if the school can put on its own World Hijab Day at the school last Friday, WHAM reports.
Webster approved the event – designed to educate students about the religious purposes behind the hijab – but did not inform parents until after the media reports of the event sparked backlash online, and angry calls to the school, according to WHEC.
“As a high school teacher for over 30 years, let me say that this is wrong on so many levels,” Jim Farnholz wrote, according to the news site.
“All religions are taught in our global studies classes. That being said, that is where understanding, tolerance and the good and bad of religion and history are taught. This, however, is a clear violation of separation of church and state.”
WHEC reports teachers brought in about 150 scarves in on Friday and wrapped up volunteers before the first bell. The school set up tables in the cafeteria, where girls tried on a hijab and boys were given carnations for support, according to WHEC, which described the event as “student run.”
Drew — Yesterday was simply amazing. After Donald Trump’s big win in New Hampshire, it was critical that we hit our one-day 5,000 supporter goal — and our incredible grassroots supporters like you made it happen! Thank you! We’re getting right to work:
Holding Republicans accountable for their failed policies
Launching Phase One of our groundbreaking Mobilization Protect
Putting staff on the ground in several battleground states
Now, back to Trump. His New Hampshire victory showed us that we have to take him seriously. We CANNOT allow this “racist, sexist demagogue” (Huffington Post) anywhere near the White House.
Hey Bernie, if Congress doesn’t do what a President wants, the President doesn’t have the right to break the law or make new law. We already have had one lying dictator, we don’t need another.
What was Hillary’s debate response? Hillary said she agreed with all of Obama’s unconstitutional executive orders.
Moderators not only didn’t challenge the candidates’ proposals to break the law, the moderators also didn’t question the candidates about the Court decision finding Obama’s immigration executive actions illegal. So the candidates apparently would just continue the illegal actions Obama started. And Sanders said he would go even further than did Obama.
As David Brock said, it’s time to tarnish up Sanders’ ‘purity’. The Congressional Black Caucus has endorsed Hillary so naturally Rep. John Lewis suddenly casts aspersions on Sanders, did he do what claimed he did during the Civil Rights era.
I’d bet more on Sanders civil rights record than I would on Hillary being ‘under fire’ in Bosnia…
I expect some desperation from Grandma tonight, so it may be fun to see her completely losing what’s left of her mind.
Bernie: there is no one who has the power to take on Wall St. and media alone. It’s not just about electing a president, it’s about creating a political revolution. [people don’t get what he’s saying here and they should]. It isn’t just about progressive agenda, it’s about bringing everyone together and not just 1%
Hillary: we agree on Wall St, but I am not a single issue candidate. Whether it’s poison of the kids in Flint or the poor coal miners, or if you feel put down by racism and sexism and lgbt, we have to stand up for unions and working people [who else can I pander too, please give me more groups!]
Q: Sanders, Can you name two leaders who have influenced you?
Bernie: FDR [figures the origin of the expansion of government into the lives of everyone].and that’s what it’s about now. Don’t listen to the Trumps of world. We can have everything. Winston Churchill as a war time leader rallied the people against the nazi juggernaut.
Hillary: I agree with Bernie on FDR for all the reasons he said. I would choose Mandela for his generosity of heart [and pandering to blacks in South Carolina] Talking about leadership Sanders attacked Obama, I don’t think he gets credit he deserves considering what he inherited from Republicans. I expect criticism of him form Republicans not from you.
Bernie: That’s a low blow. I have worked with President Obama for 8 years. We have made enormous progress. Last I heard we are a free society. I have expressed criticisms.
Hillary: calling him weak is not fair, is personal.
Bernie: one of us ran against Obama, I was not that candidate. Read all »
The University of Texas at Austin police department issued a disorderly conduct citation to an outdoor preacher on Tuesday after students complained that his message had offended them. The preacher, who was standing just off campus, recorded his interaction with several university police officers, who explained that it was illegal for him to offend the students.