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U-Va. students challenge Rolling Stone account of attack

Source: The Washington Post

It was 1 a.m. on a Saturday when the call came. A friend, a University of Virginia freshman who earlier said she had a date that evening with a handsome junior from her chemistry class, was in hysterics. Something bad had happened.

Arriving at her side, three students —“Randall,” “Andy” and “Cindy” as they were identified in an explosive Rolling Stone account — told The Washington Post that they found their friend in tears. Jackie appeared traumatized, saying her date ended horrifically, with the older student parking his car at his fraternity, asking her to come inside, and then forcing her to perform oral sex on a group of five men.

In their first interviews about the events of that September 2012 night, the three friends separately told The Post that their recollections of the encounter diverge from how Rolling Stone portrayed the incident in a story about Jackie’s alleged gang rape at a U-Va. fraternity. The interviews also provide a richer account of Jackie’s interactions immediately after the alleged attack, and suggest that the friends are skeptical of her account.

The scene with her friends was pivotal in the article, as it alleged that the friends were callously apathetic about a beaten, bloodied, injured classmate reporting a brutal gang rape at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. The account alleged that the students worried about the effect it might have on their social status, how it might reflect on Jackie during the rest of her collegiate career, and how they suggested not reporting it. It set up the article’s theme: That U-Va. has a culture that is indifferent to rape.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/u-va-students-challenge-rolling-stone-account-of-attack/2014/12/10/ef345e42-7fcb-11e4-81fd-8c4814dfa9d7_story.html?Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Wed Dec 10, 2014, 08:59 PM (3 replies)

The biggest reason why President Bush will not be prosecuted for torture

Barack Obama has a little over two years left in his presidency. After that, someone else will be President. That President may very well be a Democrat, but someday down the road there will be a Republican in the White House. If Mr. Obama sets the precedent of prosecuting former Presidents, he is opening himself up for prosecution. If you can be prosecuted for torturing suspected terrorists, you can be prosecuted for using drones to blow up suspected terrorists.
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Wed Dec 10, 2014, 11:48 AM (96 replies)

Profiling guidelines to be unveiled

Source: Politico

The Obama administration will Monday unveil its long-anticipated updates to its guidelines on racial profiling, tightening limits on the practice but still allowing federal law enforcement agencies to employ it at airports and along the border.

The new rules replace guidelines created by the Bush administration in 2003, which banned racial profiling for federal law enforcement, but included broad exemptions for national security and border security. The Bush rules applied only to race, but the new policy also bans profiling on the basis of religion, national origin, sexual orientation and gender identification.

The release of the new guidelines comes at a moment of heightened national attention on the role that race plays in law enforcement, amid continued protests spurred by the killings of black men in New York and Ferguson, Missouri, by white police officers.

But it has been in the making for more than five years, with Attorney General Eric Holder pressing to complete the project before his departure from the Justice Department, expected early next year. During the past two weeks, it was the first agenda item at his daily senior staff morning meetings, a department official said, adding: “It will be one of the signature accomplishments of his tenure.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/12/guidelines-racial-profiling-113386.html?hp=r3_3
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Mon Dec 8, 2014, 08:01 AM (0 replies)

Obama Considering Lazard Banker for Treasury Post

Source: The Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON—The White House is expected to tap investment banker Antonio Weiss as the next U.S. Treasury Under Secretary for Domestic Finance, according to people familiar with the matter.

Mr. Weiss, 48, is currently head of global investment banking at Lazard, a mergers-and-acquisitions and restructuring shop on Wall Street well known for helping arrange corporate marriages and aiding distressed companies. If nominated and confirmed, Mr. Weiss would succeed Mary Miller, who stepped down from the senior Treasury post in early September. Matthew Rutherford has been filling the role in an acting basis.

Mr. Weiss’s nomination isn't final and the White House could decide to nominate someone else.

Mr. Weiss couldn’t be reached for comment.

Read more: http://online.wsj.com/articles/obama-considering-investment-banker-for-top-treasury-post-1415822173
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Wed Nov 12, 2014, 04:07 PM (5 replies)

U.N. Says U.S. Marijuana Legalization Violates International Law

Source: Reuters

Moves by some U.S. states to legalize marijuana are not in line with international drugs conventions, the U.N. anti-narcotics chief said on Wednesday, adding he would discuss the issue in Washington next week.

Residents of Oregon, Alaska, and the U.S. capital voted this month to allow the use of marijuana, boosting the legalization movement as cannabis usage is increasingly recognized by the American mainstream.

"I don't see how (the new laws) can be compatible with existing conventions," Yury Fedotov, executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), told reporters.

Asked whether there was anything the UNODC could do about it, Fedotov said he would raise the problem next week with the U.S. State Department and other U.N. agencies.

Read more: http://www.newsweek.com/un-says-us-marijuana-legalization-violates-international-law-283912
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Wed Nov 12, 2014, 03:50 PM (20 replies)

Reid: 'No desire' to obstruct GOP

Source: The Hill

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday pledged to work with the new Republican majority and eschew the strategy of obstruction he has accused them of using against Democrats.

“I am ready, Mr. President, to work with him in good faith to make this institution function again for the American people. I saw firsthand how a strategy of destruction was debilitating to our system,” he said, addressing the Senate chair.

“I have no desire to engage in that manner,” he said.

Democrats accused Republicans of using filibusters over the past four years to paralyze the Senate and drive down public opinion of Congress and government as part of a broader political strategy.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/223898-reid-no-desire-to-obstruct-gop
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Wed Nov 12, 2014, 03:25 PM (111 replies)

Obama says momentum building on 'historic' trans-Pacific trade deal

Source: Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday he sees momentum building for a Washington-backed free trade agreement in the Asia-Pacific, after arriving in Beijing on the first leg of an eight-day Asia tour.

U.S officials have ruled out a major announcement on the ambitious 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in Beijing, where Obama will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum and hold talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

But business leaders attending the APEC forum have been looking for signs of progress on the TPP, especially as China is pushing for a separate trade liberalization framework called the Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific (FTAAP).

Obama said the TPP, in a deadlock largely due to disagreement between the United States and Japan over how widely Japan will open its doors to farm exports, had the potential to be an "historic achievement".

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-says-momentum-building-toward-trade-deal-spur-054651699--business.html
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Mon Nov 10, 2014, 09:10 AM (83 replies)

Jameis Winston claims he was extorted for $7M by rape accuser, TMZ reports

Source: WDBO

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State University's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston is claiming that the woman who accused him of rape last year offered her silence in exchange for $7 million, TMZ Sports is reporting.

The report has not been confirmed by other media outlets.

According to TMZ, Winston's lawyer sent a letter to FSU saying that Winston would cooperate with the school's investigation into the handling of the rape charges. But Winston wanted the school to know about the extortion plot moving forward, TMZ said.

This is the first time there's been any public discussion about an extortion plot related to the Winston rape allegations.

Read more: http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/claim-heisman-winner-winston-extorted-7m-rape-accu/nhS7Z/
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Wed Sep 24, 2014, 10:40 AM (4 replies)

Speaking At Women’s Event, Joe Biden Praises Senator Who Was Forced Out Over Sexual Harassment

Source: Business Insider

In the middle of a Friday morning speech championing women's issues, Vice President Joe Biden offered warm words for a senator who resigned amid a sexual harassment scandal.

According to attendees, Biden singled out former Sen. Bob Packwood of Oregon as the sort of Republican who used to be reasonable on issues like expanding voter access. Packwood was reportedly accused by 10 women of unwanted sexual harassment and ultimately resigned in 1995.

"It was Republicans that were involved," Biden said in a speech at a DNC Women’s Leadership Forum breakfast. "Guys like Mac Mathias and Packwood and so many others. It wasn't Democrats alone. Republicans were the sponsors of the raises of the minimum wage. I could go on and on. I'm not joking: This is not your father's Republican Party, or your mother's Republican Party."

According to The Washington Post, the details of Packwood's scandal were especially lurid.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/joe-biden-praises-bob-packwood-at-womens-event-2014-9
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Fri Sep 19, 2014, 01:10 PM (28 replies)

Buffett to help finance Burger King's acquisition of Tim Hortons: WSJ

Source: Reuters

Berkshire Hathaway Inc chairman and CEO, Warren Buffett, is helping finance Burger King Worldwide Inc's take over of Canadian chain Tim Hortons Inc, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Buffett will invest in the merger in the form of preferred shares, the people told the WSJ, adding that Berkshire is expected to provide about 25 percent of the deal's financing. (http://on.wsj.com/VL74SY)

The exact structure of Buffett's participation remains unclear, and discussions are ongoing, the Journal said.

Shares of the Canadian coffee and doughnut chain and U.S. fast-food company Burger King confirmed late on Sunday that they were discussing a merger. Investors and analysts said the deal was spurred in part by Canada's attractive tax policies.

Read more: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140826/buffett-help-finance-burger-kings-acquisition-tim-hortons-wsj
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Tue Aug 26, 2014, 08:00 AM (13 replies)
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