The Albuquerque Police Department Bomb Squad confirmed on Sunday a bomb was found under a rental car at the Avis car rental station.
The Avis car rental is near the Albuquerque International Airport.
The Albuquerque Police Department Bomb Squad confirmed on Sunday a bomb was found under a rental car at the Avis car rental station.
The Avis car rental is near the Albuquerque International Airport.
Note to Rubio: The majority watching the debate speaks English.
Marco Rubio swiped at Ted Cruz for attacking him over a comment Rubio made to Univision on President Obama’s executive action on immigration, saying Cruz wouldn’t know what he said because he doesn’t speak Spanish.
During a lengthy attack on the Florida senator over his record on immigration, Cruz laid out several instances in which he deemed Rubio to be weak on combating illegal immigration, including Rubio’s support of the DREAM Act while speaker of the house in Florida and telling Univision’s Jorge Ramos that he would not rescind Obama’s executive action.
Cruz made the comments after his consistent riff against Rubio for backing the Gang of Eight immigration bill in 2013.
“Not only that, Marco has a long record when it comes to amnesty,” Cruz said. “In the state of Florida as speaker of the house, he supported in-state tuition for illegal immigrants. In addition, Marco went on Univision in Spanish and said he wouldn’t rescind President Obama’s illegal executive amnesty on his first day in office. I have promised to rescind every single illegal executive action, including that one.”
Obama said Saturday that he intends to be the one to choose Scalia’s replacement.
Here’s who’s on deck:
The 48-year-old moderate D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals judge, has already been labeled Obama’s “Supreme Court nominee in waiting,” by The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Tobin.
Widely seen as the most likely choice, he would be the first Indian-American justice on the highest court.
Srinivasan is poised to be chosen for the Supreme on the D.C. Circuit Court, the second-highest court where John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg all were nominated from.
The Lawrence, Kansas native most famously argued against the Defense of Marriage Act while he was the Obama Administration’s principal deputy solicitor general.
Watford, a 48-year-old African-American Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge who Obama said “has displayed exceptional dedication to the legal profession throughout his work,” after his 2012 confirmation.
He was nominated with broad bipartisan support to the Ninth Circuit Court in 2011.
Even Daniel Collins, Antonin Scalia’s clerk at the time, praised Watford’s confirmation.
“I don’t think he’ll approach the job with any kind of agenda other than to do what is right and consistent with precedent as he understands it,” Collins said in 2011, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Preserving the history of transgenders is of utmost importance.
Via Boston Globe:
A digital transgender archive was launched Thursday at the College of The Holy Cross, a compendium of historic documents, oral-history transcripts, photographs, and newsletters from years past. Organizers believe it is the first time such a trove of transgender-related digital material has been available.
The archive materials have been gathered from 13 collaborating institutions, with eight more poised to donate in the coming months. Seven are universities and include Harvard, Cornell, the University of Victoria, and the University of Michigan.
Holy Cross spokeswoman Cristal Steuer called it the first digital undertaking of its kind. The archive, www.digitaltransgenderarchive.net, came about after a local academic struggled to find transgender-related research materials for his Ph.D.
“I had a lot of conversations about how extensive the problem was,” said K.J. Rawson, an assistant professor of English at Holy Cross and director of the archive. “Eight years after I first encountered these challenging research experiences, I finally started developing this resource.”
Historically speaking, transgender is a relatively new term, appearing at the end of the 20th century, Rawson said. In the midst of his research, he looked at issues of privacy, language, and ethics as well as the broader idea of challenging and transgressing gender norms throughout history.
Scummy, it’s what they are.
Via Weekly Standard:
Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia died today and already the Democratic party is fundraising off his death.
In an email sent out by the Democratic National Committee, supporters are asked to chipping in some money for the coming Supreme Court nomination fight.
The fundraising email reads:
Breaking news from the GOP debate stage:
In tonight’s debate, the Republican presidential candidates were asked whether or not President Obama should nominate a new justice to the Supreme Court. They said Congress should block, delay, or otherwise refuse to allow the President to fill this vacancy.
There’s no excuse for this, You. It’s putting partisan politics above theConstitution and the rule of law, and it’s appalling to hear from any public official — let alone someone who thinks he should be the next President of the United States.
And they’re not alone. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — who is responsible for scheduling votes in the Senate — has already said that “this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President.”
But no matter what Mitch McConnell says, President Obama is going to fulfill his constitutional obligation to nominate a successor to fill thevacant seat on the Supreme Court — and that nominee deserves a fair hearing in the Senate.
Add your name to call on Republicans to follow the Constitution instead of obstructing the confirmation of our next Supreme Court justice:
Time for another Bork nomination process.
The ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee said Congress should move forward with confirming a Supreme Court justice to replace the late Antonin Scalia.
“I hope that no one will use this sad news to suggest that the president or the Senate should not perform its constitutional duty,” Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said Saturday. “The American people deserve to have a full functioning Supreme Court. The Supreme Court of the United States is too important to our democracy for it to be understaffed for partisan reasons. It is only February. The president and the Senate should get to work without delay to nominate, consider and confirm the next justice to serve on the Supreme Court.”
Going full Dolezal.
Via NY Post:
Bill Clinton still wants to be known as America’s “first black president.”
The former president downplayed President Obama’s historic presidency, telling a Memphis crowd Friday everyone has some African ancestry.
“Unless your ancestors, every one of you, are 100 percent, 100 percent from sub-Saharan Africa, we are all mixed-race people,” he said, according to reports.
Clinton credited Obama for doing “a better job than he has gotten credit for,” but chided the current president for doing little to end Washington gridlock.
“A lot of people say you don’t understand — it’s rigged now,” he said. “Yeah, it’s rigged now because you don’t have a president that’s a change-maker.”
He praised Hillary Clinton for being “the best change-maker I’ve ever known.”
“She’s always making something good happen,” he added.
Bill Clinton has hit the campaign trail in recent months to boost his spouse’s presidential prospects as the primary season rolls onward.
She has referred to him as her “secret weapon,” but some Democratic observers fret that his remarks and past scandals could become a liability.
As the FBI focuses on its criminal investigation at the national wildlife refuge taken over by an armed group, land managers must get ready to reopen the 300 square-mile area, which draws birdwatchers, anglers and hunters and is a key economic engine of the surrounding area.
Meanwhile, snow is melting and filling the untended irrigation canals at the refuge. Tourist groups are beginning to plan summer trips. Local business owners are wondering what their normally busy summer season will look like. Residents are wondering if the deep divisions in the community created by the 41-day standoff will leave lasting scars.
In other words, the clock is still ticking for a community eager to resume normal life.
“People need to heal,” said Linda Gainer, owner of The Narrows restaurant and RV park. The business is just a few miles from the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and counts on the dollars spent by birdwatchers and other tourists. “I didn’t have any people say, ‘I’ll never be your friend again.’ But we did have crappy emails. I’m hoping the birders come back.”
One National Audubon Society group from Portland has already contacted the business to make a dinner reservation for their annual trip, which left Gainer feeling relieved. “That was one of the best emails I think I’ve ever had,” she said.
A group of armed protesters angry about federal land-use policy seized the southeastern Oregon property on Jan. 2, demanding the U.S. turn over public lands to locals and exposing simmering anger over the government’s control of vast expanses of Western range. Several people have been arrested during the standoff, and one protester was shot during a confrontation with police several miles from the refuge.
The last four holdouts at the refuge surrendered Feb. 11.
Larry Karl, the assistant special agent in charge for the FBI in Portland, said it will take several weeks for officials to collect evidence and clear the crime scene. Then the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be tasked with cleaning up the site, including garbage or debris left by the people who occupied the refuge during the standoff. Because dirt was moved — potentially damaging prehistoric archaeological sites — and thousands of artifacts are stored at the refuge, archaeologists and members of the Burns Paiute Tribe will have to spend time making sure nothing is missing or damaged and repairing any problems.
Here’s your answer when the left screams delay.
President Obama’s expressed hope today in his weekly address “that we can avoid the political posturing and ideological brinksmanship that has bogged down this (Supreme Court nomination) process, and Congress, in the past” runs against another historical first for the 44th president: his unique role in history as the first US President to have ever voted to filibuster a Supreme Court nominee.
So while there is little indication Republicans intend to filibuster President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, the GOP will likely invoke the President’s unique history whenever he calls their tactics into question.
In January 2006, then-Sen. Obama joined 24 colleagues in a futile effort led by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., to filibuster the Supreme Court nomination of now-Justice Samuel Alito.
On January 29, 2006, Mr. Obama told George Stephanopulos on “This Week” that he would “be supporting the filibuster because I think Judge Alito, in fact, is somebody who is contrary to core American values, not just liberal values, you know. When you look at his decisions in particular during times of war, we need a court that is independent and is going to provide some check on the executive branch, and he has not shown himself willing to do that repeatedly.”
What are the odds of a refugee posing as a musher?
Via The Guardian:
For the first time in its 33-year history, dog mushers competing in a gruelling 1,000-mile dog sled race from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Whitehorse, Yukon, have been asked to present travel documents to Canadian border officials.
Earlier this week, Brent Sass, a 36-year-old musher from Eureka, Alaska, became the first of 22 competitors in the 2016 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race to reach Canada, gliding into a checkpoint at Dawson City, Yukon, on Wednesday.
There, he presented his passport to a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) official.
Asked if he had anything to declare, Sass, the defending champion, replied: “Fourteen dogs.”
Few points along any of North America’s international borders are as remote, wild or forbidding as this, and few travellers are intrepid enough to reach it by dog sled. Yet passports must now be checked.
In previous years, Canadian immigration officials were more relaxed about the Yukon Quest dog-sledders, and did little beyond pre-screening competitors. This year, like all other dog-sled enthusiasts in the city, CBSA personnel in Dawson tracked the progress of the dog teams along the trail via GPS to time their arrival at the checkpoint, said race manager Alex Olesen.
“That’s the first year they’ve actually checked us here,” said the victorious Sass. “We were warned of that, and that’s why we were told to bring our passports with us.”
Need to make the refugees feel welcome. Update to this previous story.
Via The Rebel:
“I regret to inform you that we are sold out of those dates. Aside from the sporting events, we have taken in our military members long term while they house refugees at CFB Kingston.”
So it’s really happening, just as we reported exclusively this week:
Canadian soldiers are being kicked out of their homes on military bases and Muslim migrants from Syria are being flown in to live in our soldiers’ homes.
Hey, I’ve got a better idea:
We should house these refugees in Parliament.
Seriously. Not the actual chamber of the House of Commons, but all the offices around them. Surely that’s a lesser convenience and humiliation than is being done to our troops.
Here’s the link to the debate.
The death of Justice Scalia will factor deeply in debate. If people did not understand the vital importance of making the right choice here, this should bring it home today.
K: I’m going to send a lot of power money and influence back to where we live. The lord made all of us special,and I’ll send the power back. But the spirit of America rests with all of us. It’s taking care of the lady next store, taking care of our kids. We need to heal this country.
Carson: This is the first generation not expected to do better than their parents. Stalin: if you want to undermine America attack morality, spirituality. You will get with me someone who is accountable to everyone but beholden to no one. [that’s a good closing]
Bush: You need someone with experience behind the big desk.
Rubio: Wrong is considered right and right wrong. And we are in decline around the world. But 2016 can be a turning point. I will unify this party and we will win election.
Cruz: you have a critical choice. Do you want someone who will grow govt or a principled conservative. Today we saw how grave the stakes are, if we nominate the wrong candidate, everything hangs in the balance. Who do you know will stand up to our enemies and uphold the constitution?
Trump: Politicians are responsible for where we are. WE are going to make our country great again. I’m working for you, I’m not working for anyone else.
Bush: we need someone who has a proven record. And I’m that person
Trump: I’ve used the laws to my benefit. I never went bankrupt.
Q: Does anyone tell you you are wrong about anything?
T: My wife does. I spent 3 million in NH and Jeb spent 44 million and he came in fifth. That’s what we need more of.
Q: People wish you would cut out the profanity.
T: I have used them. But I wouldn’t use them again. I was a very good student at a very good school, I have no problem with that.
Kasich: I’m a uniter, I can give hope. I love blue collar Dems, I promise they will vote for us.
Trump: You have to have flexibility. Reagan made some of the changes that I’ve made. But I think I’m a common sense conservative, some ideas I don’t agree with.
Q: what ideas?
Trump: Eminent domain is good idea.
Bush: Shouldn’t use for private use like taking elderly woman’s home.
Cruz: Flexibility is a good thing but you can’t be a flexible on core principles.
Trump: Nasty guy. Lied about Ben Carson quitting race.
[sorry fight is going so fast I can’t keep up]
Q: how deal with people in shadows.
Trump: We have to take care of our people, have to have a wall. We don’t have country without borders.
Rubio: we first need to see that illegal immigration is under control before can talk about anything else.
Cruz: there are sharp differences on amnesty. Some stood with Schumer (Rubio), I stood with Jeff Sessions. Question is where were you in that fight.
Rubio: now his position is different. [yet your actual vote was for Gang of Eight]
Cruz: Marco went on Univision and said he would not rescind Obama’s illegal.
Rubio: I don’t know how he would know what I said on Univision since he doesn’t speak spanish
Cruz then speaks Spanish.
Cruz: Sessions said Cruz was reason that Rubio Schumer bill failed.
Kasich: give them a path to legalization
Trump: I will save jobs, bring more jobs back
Cruz: Overtime we lessen the burdens on small business, that’s when you get growth.
Q: Should George W. Bush be impeached?
T: He lied about weapons of mass destruction and destabilized the middle east [GWB Did NOT lie about WMDs]
WTC came down in his time.
Bush: My father great, mother is great
T: she should be running.
[descent into the maelstrom]
Q: You’ve said the Kurds would be the ground forces.
C: We have Kurds in Iraq and Syria and they are fighting them now, and they have been allies. We’re not using the tools we have with air power because Commander in Chief is not focused on defeating the enemy.
Q. Would you have a litmus test?
B: No, the next president needs to appoint someone with a proven conservative record. President has every right to nominate, but should be a consensus pick.
Cruz: We are one justice away from a Supreme Court that will do away with right to keep and bear arms, and losing religious liberty. Need someone who will appoint principled Constitutionalist to Court.
Q: Death of Scalia
Trump: If I were president I would certainly would like to nominate a justice. I hope Mitch and the entire group will stop it. It’s a tremendous blow to the country. I think he’s going to do it whether everyone is for it or not, it’s called delay, delay, delay.
Kasich: It’s not even two minutes after his death, that we run so fast into politics. Would like the President to put the country first and let the people decide.
Carson: fully agree should not allow judge to be appointed within his time.
Rubio: we need to put people on bench that Constitution is not a living and breathing doc, it is to be interpreted as originally meant.
Moment of silence for Justice Scalia.
Rubio and Bush got the loudest cheers, for whatever that’s worth as to who is in the audience.
She doesn’t get charged by DOJ and if she wins, then he gets the Supreme Court nod.
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton said she “loves” the idea of appointing Barack Obama to the Supreme Court if she’s elected president.
At a campaign event in Iowa Tuesday, Mrs. Clinton told the crowd the next president may have to appoint up to three Supreme Court justices. When one attendee mentioned Mr. Obama as a contender, she seemed excited by the recommendation.
“Wow, what a great idea. No one has ever suggested that to me, I love that, wow,” Mrs. Clinton said. “He may have a few other things to do, but I tell you, that’s a great idea.
“I mean, he’s brilliant, he can set forth an argument and he was a law professor,” she added. “So he’s got all the credentials, but we would have to get a Democratic Senate to get him confirmed.”
People magazine first reported the exchange.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Saturday that the Senate should wait until a new president is elected to confirm a replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia, whose sudden death Saturday shook Washington and threatened to reshape the 2016 presidential race.
Democrats said that with 11 months left in Mr. Obama’s tenure, the Senate has enough time — and indeed an obligation — to confirm a replacement.
Mr. McConnell, though, said voters must be given a say in the matter, and that means picking a president who will nominate the replacement.
“The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president,” the Kentucky Republican said in a statement.
And Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley, who controls the committee schedule for handling nominees, likewise said he supports deferring until next year, saying Mr. Obama has already turned the courts into a political battleground, so voters should be asked to referee.
Melissa Click has to be the media advisor.
Via The College Fix:
A “Concerned Town Hall” meeting advertised to “black students and students of color” at the University of Missouri on Wednesday turned out to be less-than-inclusive to white reporters attempting to cover the event.
The gathering was organized by Concerned Student 1950, which led protests on campus last fall accusing the institution of racism; it describes itself as seeking the “liberation of all BLACK collegiate students” on Twitter.
As the meeting began Wednesday night inside the A. P. Green Chapel at the public university, a student organizer announced: “If there are any reporters in here, can you please exit? That was my nice warning.”
That according to a video of the event taken by Mark Schierbecker, a student at the school and freelance videographer who contributes to The College Fix.
His video shows a white male reporter from the mainstream city newspaper, The Columbia Tribune, introduced himself and say “we will definitely respect your privacy. Just curious, um – why are you guys afr — why are you guys asking us to leave? …”
“Um, just because I asked you to,” came the reply. “We just want to discuss some things.”
Nothing can interrupt Obama’s Valentine Weekend with the boys.
President Obama was on the golf course this afternoon when the news broke that Justice Antonin Scalia had passed away.
He arrived at the renowned TPC Stadium Course golf course in La Quinta, California this afternoon at around noon pacific time with his three golfing partners Greg Orme, Bobby Titcomb, and Mike Ramos. The president’s golf games traditionally last 5-6 hours.
While he was on the course, the White House issued a statement from Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz.
“This afternoon the President was informed of the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia,” he said. “The President and First Lady extend their deepest condolences to Justice Scalia’s family.”
Schultz didn’t say whether or not Obama interrupted his golf game after hearing the news but specified to reporters that the president would have additional reaction later in the day.
There was no movement away from the golf course, according to the White House Press traveling pool, which monitors the president’s movements.
And that’s just a few of them. Biggest lie of all? That either of these people have the ability or understanding to be president.
Feel the Bern connects with the young black voters.
Via US News:
The daughter of Eric Garner – the unarmed African American man who died after a New York City police officer put him in a chokehold – has recorded an ad for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
In the ad, Erica Garner, 24, praises the Vermont senator’s activism and his attention to the myriad criminal justice and civil rights issues affecting African Americans, including the #BlackLivesMatter movement partly inspired by Garner’s death.
But her support for Sanders contradicts that of Eric Garner’s mother, who endorsed Hillary Clinton, the Democrats’ front-runner in January. It also mirrors a generational split between younger black voters who side with Sanders, and older ones who prefer Clinton.
The four-minute spot, titled “It’s Not Over,” shows Erica Garner with her young daughter, at home and taking her to school, and marching in twice-weekly protests in honor of her father. Eric Garner’s death was ruled a homicide but a Staten Island grand jury declined to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo.
“She just learned about Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King,” Erica Garner says of her daughter in the ad. “I had to explain to her that it’s not really over.”
Garner casts herself as at the forefront of of modern-day version of the civil rights movement King led, and describes Sanders as the candidate whose actions and values are most in line with her own.
“This is what mommy is. I’m an activist I’m the same thing Martin Luther King was. He fought for our rights,” she says. “That’s the same thing I’m doing in honor of her pop-pop.”
And here they are, hoping Clarence Thomas is next:
HT: News Ninja
Folks are smarter than Obama thinks.
Via The Hill:
President Obama is pushing for greater civility in politics while acknowledging the harsh rhetoric that has so far dominated political discourse in the final year of his presidency.
“My faith in the generosity and fundamental goodness of the American people is rewarded every day. But I’ll be the first to admit that the tone of our politics hasn’t gotten better, but worse,” Obama said in his weekly address taped during a visit to the Illinois State Senate and released Saturday.
“Too many people feel like the system is rigged, and their voices don’t matter. And when good people are pushed away from participating in our public life, more powerful and extreme voices will fill the void,” Obama said, emphasizing remarks he made earlier this week at the Illinois State Capitol.
“The good news is there’s also a lot we can do about this, from reducing the influence of money in our politics, to changing the way we draw congressional districts, to simply changing the way we treat each other,” the president added.
His call for unity comes amid fierce debate among those running to replace him, especially between the two Democrats vying to carry the progressive mantle.
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders sparred over their respective support of Obama during a debate Thursday night, with Clinton accusing Sanders of not sufficiently supporting the president.