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DeRay Mckesson files to run in Baltimore mayoral race



In a surprise move, civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson jumped into the already crowded contest for Baltimore mayor Wednesday night, shaking up the Democratic field minutes before the deadline to file.

"Baltimore is a city of promise and possibility," the Black Lives Matter member told The Baltimore Sun. "We can't rely on traditional pathways to politics and the traditional politicians who walk those paths if we want transformational change."

He said he planned to release a platform within a week. He said it would include a call for internal school system audits to be made public.

Mckesson was the 13th and final candidate to jump into the primary race. In deep-blue Baltimore, the Democratic primary has long determined the winner of the general election.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has declined to run for re-election. Leading candidates include former Mayor Sheila Dixon, state Sen. Catherine E. Pugh, City Councilmen Carl Stokes and Nick J. Mosby, lawyer Elizabeth Embry and businessman David L. Warnock.
Mckesson, 30, a Baltimore native and former public school administrator here and in Minnesota, is part of a team called Campaign Zero, which seeks to end police killings in America. The group wants to end "broken windows" policing, increase community oversight of police and limit use of force, among other goals.

Mckesson, 30, a Baltimore native and former public school administrator here and in Minnesota, is part of a team called Campaign Zero, which seeks to end police killings in America. The group wants to end "broken windows" policing, increase community oversight of police and limit use of force, among other goals.

Mckesson has gained widespread attention in the protest movement that began in Ferguson, Mo., and came to Baltimore last year to demonstrate against police brutality after the death of Freddie Gray. He has nearly 300,000 followers on Twitter.


baltimoresun.com

Elizabeth Warren Shames Republicans For Trying to Shield Corporate Criminals



“We have one set of laws on the books, but there are really two legal systems. One legal system is for big companies, for the wealthy and the powerful…In this legal system, instead of demanding actual punishment for breaking the law, the government regularly accepts token fines and phony promises to do better next time,” Senator Warren said. “The second legal system is for everyone else…In this legal system, the government locks up people up for decades, ruining lives over minor drug crimes, because that’s what the law demands.”

At issue is the Republicans running to the rescue of white-collar criminals again, even when there is evidence that it is already very difficult to prosecute corporate actors for suspected criminal deeds because it is hard to prove intent. Instead, regulators have relied on civil actions and fees, which clearly shows the disparity in justice between everyday people and the wealthy and powerful.

So Republicans are trying to make it harder to prove intent for white-collar criminals. They are doing this by holding up a bill that is supposed to help reduce mandatory sentences for low-level drug offenders unless Congress includes a “mens rea” amendment that would make it harder to prosecute white-collar criminals.

“If adopted, this amendment would severely weaken the already anemic enforcement of federal white-collar criminal laws,” Warren wrote in a report called “Rigged Justice” that she released last week.

Republicans didn’t leave off their protection of the wealthy there, however. They have another bill (H.R.766) that would make it harder to investigate and prosecute bank fraud. Senator Warren was not impressed with that bill, either. It is set for a vote Wednesday.


more: politicususa I love Senator Warren!

Chloe Goins Drops Lawsuit Against Bill Cosby

Chloe Goins has dropped her civil lawsuit against embattled comedian Bill Cosby.

According to paperwork obtained by ABC News, Goins, a model, voluntarily dropped the suit, filed last October, without explanation on Tuesday.

Lawyers for Goins and Cosby have not yet commented on this development.

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In the lawsuit, Goins alleged that when she was about 17, Cosby invited her to the Playboy mansion, gave her a drink that made her dizzy and took her into a bedroom where, she said, she passed out. She claimed that when she awoke, her clothes had been removed and Cosby was biting her toes.

Through his attorneys, Cosby previously denied the allegations and said he was not at the party at the Playboy mansion when the alleged incident occurred. Cosby has also repeatedly denied, through his legal team, sexual allegations from dozens of other women.

Because of the possibility that Goins’ allegations may have fallen within the California criminal statute of limitations, her claims were investigated by cops and prosecutors in Los Angeles, but no charges were filed. Prosecutors were unable to corroborate her story.


Video: ABCNews

‘She’s a Liar’ Donna Brazile Tears Into Palin for Saying Obama Disrespects Veterans



CNN political commentator Donna Brazile lit into Sarah Palin on Wednesday, taking the former Alaska governor to task for trying to pin her son’s domestic violence arrest on President Barack Obama.

“You have known me for a long time, so I’m just gonna say it: she’s a liar,” Brazile told host Anderson Cooper. “That’s a damn lie.”

Brazile noted that the Republican-controlled House cut more than $1.4 billion in funding that Obama had intended to be used for veterans’ services.

“I care for all veterans — I am the daughter of a veteran,” she continued. “And to go out there and to insinuate that the president of the United States is trying to hurt veterans when in fact he is trying to put more resources so that we can give our young and old veterans the care we need, that’s just a damn lie. You can say Donna Brazile said it. I approve this message.”

Police in Wasila, Alaska arrested Track Palin on Monday — a day before his mother publicly endorsed Donald Trump — and charged him with assault and possession of a firearm while intoxicated. His girlfriend accused the younger Palin of punching her in the head.

The former vice-presidential candidate responded to the arrest on Wednesday by saying that her son came back from his military service “hardened,” and was one of many service members “wondering” if they were even respected.

Brazile’s fellow contributor Jeffrey Lord — a Trump supporter — argued that Palin was actually trying to bring to light the issues plaguing the Veterans’ Administration Bureau.

“Of course should be held responsible for his own personal behavior,” Lord argued. “But we have been told time and time and time again that there is a serious problem within the VA treating veterans. And I think that’s the point she’s trying to make.”

“Drink the water, Jeff” Brazile replied. “Drink the water.”

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More: RawStory

Black Lives Matter Would Like To See A Little More Help From Congressional Black Caucus

Both groups agree a dual-pronged attack on racism would work best.

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WASHINGTON -- It's no secret that many Black Lives Matter and other African-American activists feel disconnected from members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

From Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) telling protesters in Baltimore to "go home" after Freddie Gray's death to Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) scolding protesters for drowning out Hillary Clinton's remarks in Atlanta, the generation gap is clear.

The Black Lives Matter movement has reignited a long-ignored conversation about police brutality, pushed two Democratic presidential candidates to release criminal justice platforms, and even infiltrated pop culture as a topic on "Law & Order: SVU."

Meanwhile, younger activists wonder what the CBC is really doing for black people.

"I had no idea it was actually a group in Congress," said Kwame Rose, a 21-year-old Baltimore activist best known for confronting Fox News anchor Geraldo Rivera.

"Are they relevant? I don't think a lot of people are relevant in the form that they aren't effectively creating change for the people they are representing," Rose added. "A lot of people get attention for putting 'black' or 'activist' in front of their name, but if they aren't on the ground doing work, they aren't relevant."

Several CBC members who spoke with The Huffington Post were surprised to hear suggestions about a generation gap.

"You're questioning the relevance of the Congressional Black Caucus? Therein lies a problem right there," said Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-N.J.), who granted that the caucus may need to better explain its work. "We are fighting every single day for the things they are talking about. We have been at it for years. We know how important this is. They're our children. They're our babies. They're our grandchildren. They matter to us."



More: HuffPo

Larry Wilmore: January 13, 2016 - Barack Obama's final State Of The Union!

See ya Sucka's on the video --> The Nightly Show

The Final Year Of Obama Derangement Syndrome Is Gonna Be A Doozy



It didn't take long for conservative commentators to start hurling childish insults at their television sets last night during President Obama's State of the Union address. As he mapped out his vision for America, he was called a "crapweasel president," a "shameless snake" and a "bad man" giving a "stupid shit" speech.

Viewers disagreed, of course, and gave Obama's address sky-high marks last night.

If you follow these regular vile eruptions you can't be surprised. Over the years during Obama's annual, thoughtful national address, his feral critics have excitedly denounced him in real time as an "arrogant," "flippant" "jerk." He was "fake," "thin-skinned," "cocky and snide"; "patronizing," "demagogic," "unpresidential," and really, really "arrogant." And he often gave a "stupid," "Castro-like," "evil speech."

By all indications Obama's final year in office is going to feature a never-ending geyser from the far-right press, where every move and utterance from the president is met with overwrought name-calling and desperate cries of help. His critics have bronzed and memorialized the art of indignation. (And also berated the president's wife, endlessly.)

It must be exhausting.

It's only the second week of January and already, aside from the State of the Union outburst, we witnessed the weird and childish media attacks on the president after he teared up in public while remembering child victims of gun violence. ("Check that podium for like a raw onion ... It's not really believable.")

Just four weeks ago two Fox News talkers were suspended, one for calling the president of the United States a "pussy" on national television, the other for claiming, on the same day, that Obama just didn't "give a shit" about combating terrorism.

It's classic Obama Derangement Syndrome: the inability of adults to rationally deal with the actions of the Democratic president. Remember the collective 2014 meltdown when Obama appeared on comedian Zach Galifianakis' comedy show? (It was "dreadful" and "gross.") When he ordered "spicy mustard" on his hamburger? ("What kind of man orders a cheeseburger without ketchup but Dijon mustard?") Or when feverish critics blamed Obama for golfing when an earthquake hit the East Coast of America?

And note we're not talking about anonymous online commenters, or a group chat of College Republicans. We're talking about people who are supposed to be leading lights within the conservative movement. But it turns out they're immune to intellectual pursuits when it comes to Obama.

The amazing part is very little of this batty behavior seems to disqualify the participants in the eyes of the elite Beltway media. There seems to be few baseless allegations or insults that critics can hurl at Obama (or Hillary Clinton) these days that's deemed out of bounds, which of course only fuels the spoiled-rotten behavior.

So on and on the insults come, under the guise of "debate."

Obama haters are told that not only does he not love America and he tilts toward terrorist sympathies, but the dead-enders' bottom line has always been that Obama's a failure and America has suffered incalculable losses under his leadership.

His fevered critics made that same claim in 2012, only to watch Obama waltz to reelection.

And that's the catch: Virtually every claim they made about Obama turned out to be wrong, whether it was how Obamacare was going to bankrupt the economy (not to mention kill off old people), how he was driving gas prices through the roof, he couldn't create American jobs, he was going to take away your guns, he was letting Iran obtain nuclear weapons and letting Ebola sweep our shores, how he gave the Benghazi stand down order, and unleashed the I.R.S. on his enemies.

All of it turned out to be wrong. (Obama being a Muslim and a socialist, too.)

Under Obama, the stock market's up more than 9,000 points, the unemployment rate has nearly been cut in half, and USA Today reports that drivers in many states may soon see gas stations advertising $1 per-gallon fill-ups.

So where's the seething anger from?


More: Media Matters

Now Hiring...How NASA’s planetary defense officer will protect Earth from asteroids

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It’s not hard to find innovative job titles in Corporate America – Apple has the genius, eBay has the chief curator and AOL has the digital prophet. But NASA may have just topped all of them with a truly out-of-this-world innovation title: planetary defense officer.

The job description for planetary defense officer, the official title for the head of NASA’s newly formed Planetary Defense Coordination Office, essentially boils down to this: Protect the planet from collisions with a near-Earth object such as an asteroid or comet. You know, just like in the movies Armageddon or Deep Impact, where a near-Earth object threatens to obliterate the planet.

The current holder of the planetary defense officer position is Lindley Johnson, a longtime near-Earth object program executive at NASA, who will now head up the Planetary Defense Coordination Office. The office remains within NASA’s Planetary Science Division in Washington. The group is responsible for supervision of all projects to detect and track potentially hazardous objects such as asteroids and comets that pass near Earth’s orbit.

The officer will also play a leading role in coordinating interagency and intergovernmental efforts in response to any potential impact threats, including coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In a Hollywood movie, the planetary defense officer would likely be one of the individuals on the call to the White House, informing the president of a potential catastrophic deep impact.

“The formal establishment of the Planetary Defense Coordination Office makes it evident that the agency is committed to perform a leadership role in national and international efforts for detection of these natural impact hazards, and to be engaged in planning if there is a need for planetary defense,” said Johnson.




For more about job title: WaPo

Everyone but FOX news viewers knows that they have the dumbest viewers.

It's been written about many, many times.

http://www.alternet.org/media/science-fox-news-why-its-viewers-are-most-misinformed

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2011/11/21/fox-news-viewers-uninformed-npr-listeners-not-poll-suggests/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/17/fox-news-viewers-are-the-_n_798146.html

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/118066/brookings-survey-fox-news-home-most-conservative-republicans

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2011/jun/20/jon-stewart/jon-stewart-says-those-who-watch-fox-news-are-most/

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2012/05/23/university-study-determines-fox-news-has-least-informed-national-audience-based-on-these-questions/

http://www.poynter.org/news/mediawire/174826/survey-nprs-listeners-best-informed-fox-news-viewers-worst-informed/

FOX trys to answer (as they always do). FOX News

etc, etc, etc!!!

"You guys need to calm down and trust that Hillary has your back....."?????!

WTF... At 71 y/o and I hate when people start trying to Whitesplain to me. Hillary didn't have my back in 2008, that's why I didn't vote for her then. And I'm sick of hearing people talk about Bernie and Hillary their fanbase telling me that their particular candidate has my back. I've been here long enough to know when a particular candidate has my back.

All I said was YUCK to Don Lemon. And Now I've got to calm down because Hillary's got my back? pfftt!

and who the hell is BPM?

ETA: I agree with Maxine Waters...


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