HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home

Enter Discussion Forums

219,641 user registrations and 67,260,550 posts since 2001

The Left Column

Judi Lynn

Ferguson prosecutor says he knew some witnesses were ‘clearly not telling the truth.’ They testified

(WaPo) St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Bob McColluch knowingly placed witnesses who were not telling the truth in front of grand jurors investigating this summer’s police officer-involved shooting death of Michael Brown, according to a radio interview he gave Friday.

After nearly a month of silence following the the grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, McCulloch told St. Louis radio station KTRS 550 AM that some of the witnesses were “clearly not telling the truth,” but were allowed them to testify anyway.

kpete

Obama is Finally Free

(Political Wire) “Obama’s turnaround in recent weeks – he’s seized the offensive with a series of controversial executive actions and challenges to leaders in his own party on the budget — can be attributed to a fundamental change in his political mindset, according to current and former aides. He’s gone from thinking of himself as a sitting (lame) duck, they tell me, to a president diving headlong into what amounts to a final campaign – this one to preserve his legacy, add policy points to the scoreboard, and – last but definitely not least – to inflict the same kind of punishment on his newly empowered Republican enemies, who delighted in tormenting him when he was on top.”

Cali_Democrat

Obama Administration Issues Executive Order to Protect Transgender Rights in Public Employment

(Mediaite) President Barack Obama issued an executive order Thursday to prohibit transgender discrimination in public employment, another unilateral move by the administration in the wake of the 2014 midterms.

According to the new order, the Justice Department will now interpret the Civil Rights Act as covering transgender employees in workplace discrimination disputes, allowing the DOJ to bring suits against public employers for firing employees on the basis of gender identity.

KamaAina

Indiana church that booted gay choir director to close due to falling attendance

(LGBTQ Nation) A Methodist church in Indiana that suffered a massive walk-out after forcing its gay choir director to resign, will close its doors for good at the end of 2014.

David Mantor, pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Ind., says the decision to close the church resulted from falling attendance, membership and financing problems, reports The Herald Bulletin.

babylonsister

Marco Rubio’s fury over the Cuba shift shows why Obama made the right move

(WaPo) Rubio’s emotional — and at times inaccurate — response to the policy change shows why Obama’s move to normalize ties to Cuba after more than half a century is both good policy and good politics. It’s good policy because it jettisons a vestigial policy that has stopped serving a useful purpose, and because it is a gutsy move by Obama that demonstrates strong leadership and will help revive him from lame-duck status. It’s good politics because it will reveal that the Cuban American old guard, whose position Rubio represents, no longer speaks for most Cuban Americans.

inanna

Jimmy Carter Calls US-Cuba Diplomacy 'Courageous'

(AP) Former President Jimmy Carter says he is "proud and grateful" for the president's efforts to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba. Carter calls the shift in policy "courageous."

Carter rejects accusations that President Barack Obama is appeasing Cuba's communist leaders.

He said Thursday on MSNBC that the best way to bring democracy to Cubans is to let Americans "go there and trade and invest." Carter says that will show Cubans that Americans are "not the enemy."

mfcorey1

Not much chance of Congress stopping Cuba policy

(AP) Opponents of President Barack Obama's sudden move to re-establish ties with Cuba have little chance of scuttling his effort in Congress.

His initiative faces some strong resistance among lawmakers and opened fissures in both parties. Criticism came mostly from Republicans, who say the new policy rewards Cuba's decades-long policies of repression, human rights abuses and aggression, but some prominent Democrats voiced opposition, too.

Katashi_itto

Texas GOP congressman who owns ‘blow-me.org’ website accused of sexual harassment

(Raw Story) According to Mediaite, Rep. Blake Farenthold was accused of harassing a female staffer in a lawsuit filed last Friday. On Monday, it emerged that Farenthold is the owner of the URL “www.blow-me.org,” a currently inactive web address.

Freshman congressman and Tea Party favorite Farenthold was accused of sexual misconduct and of creating a hostile work environment in a lawsuit filed by former staffer Lauren Greene.

Around DU

Good Reads

Politics 2014

General Discussion

Topics

Places

Latest Breaking News

Happy day: Elton John, David Furnish marry in England

46 min ago - LONDON (AP) — Entertainer Elton John and longtime mate David Furnish officially married Sunday on the ninth anniversary of the day they entered into a civil partnership. The couple converted their civil bond under new laws implemented in England ear ... (AP)

Florida police officer shot dead; suspect in custody

56 min ago - PINIELLAS COUNTY, Fla. - A police officer was shot and killed early Sunday in Tarpon Springs, Fla. The shooting occurred around 3 a.m. at an apartment complex on Grand Boulevard in Tarpon Springs, about 25 miles from Tampa. Police were originally cal ... (USA Today)

Saudi Arabia says won't cut oil output

1 hr ago - BY RANIA EL GAMAL AND MAHA EL DAHAN Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it would not cut output to prop up oil markets even if non-OPEC nations did so, in one of the toughest signals yet that the world's top petroleum exporter plans to ride out the market's ... (Reuters)

Backlash, finger-pointing begin after 2 NYPD officers are ambushed, killed

2 hrs ago - By Faith Karimi, CNN updated 5:59 AM EST, Sun December 21, 2014 (CNN) -- Not too long after a man ambushed and killed two police officers sitting in a patrol car in New York City , the finger-pointing started. Ismaaiyl Brinsley walked up to office ... (CNN)

Obama Vows to 'Do Everything I Can' to Close Guantanamo: CNN Interview

3 hrs ago - Obama vows 'do everything I can' to close Guantanamo: CNN interview Sun Dec 21, 2014 8:06am EST WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. president Barack Obama said in a TV interview set for broadcast on Sunday that he will do "everything I can" to close the U. ... (Reuters)

Hillary Clinton *drops* to a 49-point lead for the Democrats’ 2016 nomination

4 hrs ago - By Scott Clement The year 2014 brought a mixed bag for Hillary Clinton's presidential hopes. Her popularity continued to decline, her book tour drew mixed reviews (along with her book), and some in the liberal wing of the part are urging Elizabeth W ... (W Post)

Kurds push into Sinjar; Iraqis battle for airport

5 hrs ago - By DALTON BENNETT SINJAR, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Kurdish fighters, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State group, pushed their way Sunday into the town of Sinjar, captured by the Sunni militants last summer. Further to the east ... (AP-Excite)

Iran Says U.S.-Cuba Thaw Proves Sanctions Are Useless

6 hrs ago - The normalizing of ties between the U.S. and Cuba after decades of estrangement is proof sanctions don’t work, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said. “Policies of isolationism and sanctions do not yield results,” Afkham was quoted ... (Bloomberg)

Drone spotted over Belgium nuclear plant

7 hrs ago - An unexplained drone has been spotted flying over a Belgium nuclear facility, a day after one of the plant's reactors came back on line after a four-month closure caused by sabotage. The mystery appearance by an unmanned aircraft on Saturday, on whi ... (Agence France-Presse)

US seeks China help against North Korea cyberattacks after Sony hack – report

9 hrs ago - The US government has reportedly asked China to help block North Korea’s ability to launch cyberattacks, in the wake of the massive hack of Sony Pictures. Administration officials told the New York Times the sought-for cooperation was one of the fir ... (The Guardian)

Arthur Gardner dies at 104; produced TV's 'Rifleman,' 'Big Valley'

9 hrs ago - For producer Arthur Gardner, known for his TV western series "The Rifleman" and "The Big Valley," life in the business was "a picnic," his favorite catchphrase.. Gardner, who was a voting member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences into ... (LA Times)

Muhammad Ali in hospital with pneumonia, his spokesman says

10 hrs ago - Famed boxer Muhammad Ali was admitted to an undisclosed hospital Saturday with pneumonia, his spokesman Bob Gunnell said. Ali's treatment prognosis is good, he said. "Ali, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, is being treated by his team of doctor ... (CNN)

Former Houston mayor Bob Lanier has died

10 hrs ago - Bob Lanier, a 6-foot-4 cowboy boot-wearing, sports-crazy political sharpshooter who rose from modest beginnings in blue-collar Baytown to become one of Houston's biggest developers and most influential mayors, died Saturday. He was 89. In January 19 ... (Houston Chronicle)

President Obama: No justification for murder of NYC police

11 hrs ago - President Barack Obama says he unconditionally condemns the murder of two police officers shot in broad daylight on Saturday in New York. Obama says there's no justification for the slayings. He says police offers risk their own safety to serve and ... (ABC News)

Kurds advance against IS group in Syria, Iraq

11 hrs ago - By BASSEM MROUE BEIRUT (AP) — Kurdish fighters advanced on the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and Syria on Saturday, pushing into the contested, refugee-packed Sinjar mountains and gaining ground in the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani ... (AP-Excite)

White House 'pleased' Sony is looking for ways to distribute movie after cyberattack

12 hrs ago - The White House on Saturday said it was “pleased” that Sony is looking at ways to distribute the movie “The Interview,” after company executives cancelled cinema showings in the wake of a massive and damaging cyberattack. "We are pleased to hear tha ... (Faux News)

N.J. police union blames 'hatred aimed at officers' after 2 NYPD cops killed

13 hrs ago - By Brian Amaral The head of the state Policemen's Benevolent Association says the unchecked climate of "hatred" against police officers contributed to the shooting deaths of two New York cops Saturday. "The attack on these officers is nothing less ... (NJ.com)

Protesters: 'It's not the time' for more Cuba ties

13 hrs ago - By CHRISTINE ARMARIO and RACHEL LA CORTE MIAMI (AP) — Cuban opposition leaders from the island joined Cuban American politicians and activists on Saturday, pledging to oppose President Barack Obama's plan to normalize relations with the communist na ... (AP-Excite)

Prosecutor: No charges in church disturbance death

15 hrs ago - Prosecutor: No charges in church disturbance death | December 20, 2014 | Updated: December 20, 2014 3:26pm INDIAN LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — Churchgoers won't face any charges in the death of an armed man they restrained after he caused a violent disturba ... (Associated Press)

U.N.'s Ban Ki-moon hails Obama for 'courageous' Cuba move

15 hrs ago - U.N.'s Ban Ki-moon hails Obama for 'courageous' Cuba move By Tribune wire reports December 20, 2014, 7:19 PM U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon praised U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday for what he called courage and vision in renewing ties ... (Reuters)

Republicans to Back 'The Interview' if it Gets to Theaters

15 hrs ago - Republicans to Back 'The Interview' if it Gets to Theaters World | Associated Press | Updated: December 21, 2014 06:05 IST Washington: The Republican Party is calling on supporters to buy a ticket to the "The Interview" if theater owners reverse t ... (Associated Press)

Obama approves U.S. World War One memorial in Washington

15 hrs ago - (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has approved the creation of a national memorial to commemorate World War One in which more than 116,000 Americans died, the memorial's commission said on Saturday. The site will complete the quartet of national me ... (Reuters)

Sharpton 'outraged' at fatal NYPD police shootings

16 hrs ago - The Rev. Al Sharpton said Saturday he is "outraged" at the shooting deaths of two New York City police officers. ... (USA Today)

Ferguson prosecutor says he knew some witnesses were ‘clearly not telling the truth.’ They testified

16 hrs ago - Ferguson prosecutor says he knew some witnesses were ‘clearly not telling the truth.’ They testified anyway. By Peter Holley December 20 at 7:00 PM St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Bob McColluch knowingly placed witnesses who were not telling t ... (Washington Post)

Hacker posts nuclear plant blueprints

16 hrs ago - The design blueprints of nuclear reactors and other parts of the nation’s two largest nuclear power plant complexes were leaked, raising alarm about lax protection of sensitive information that could be used by terrorists. Blueprints of Korea’s nucl ... (Korea Joon Gang Daily)

New Mexico dairy shuts down after undercover activist videotape

16 hrs ago - New Mexico dairy shuts down after undercover activist videotape Animal activist videotapes dairy cows being whipped with chains and wire. Dairy shuts down as a result December 20, 2014, 3:50 PM Strapped with a surveillance camera, the animal righ ... (Los Angeles)

Protesters shut down part of Mall of America in Minnesota

17 hrs ago - Hundreds of protesters against police violence shut down part of the Mall of America in Minnesota on Saturday, during the final weekend before Christmas as shoppers scrambled to buy gifts at one of the nation's largest shopping centers, a community g ... (Reuters)

Protesters: 'It's not the time' for more Cuba ties

17 hrs ago - MIAMI - Waving U.S. and Cuban flags and chanting "Obama, traitor," anti-Castro protesters gathered Saturday in a Little Havana park in a show of opposition to the president's plan to normalize relations with the communist nation. Cuban-American exil ... (Local ABC affiliate (Arizona))

MPs in bid to force release of Iraq report: Cross-party move to end 'intolerable' delay amid suspici

17 hrs ago - MPs in bid to force release of Iraq report: Cross-party move to end 'intolerable' delay amid suspicions it is part of plot by Blair's allies A powerful cross-party move to end the ‘intolerable’ delay in the publication of the Chilcot Inquiry report ... (Mail On Sunday)

City Councilman: 2 Police Officers Shot Dead In Brooklyn

19 hrs ago - NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two police officers have been shot dead in Brooklyn, City Councilman Robert Cornegy said at a news conference Saturday afternoon. As 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten reported, there is a huge police presence at the corner of Myrtle ... (WCBS New York)

Blogroll

.