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Alex Malzone rescues Brother Rice just in time vs. De La Salle - Detroit Free Press

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“After last year, I knew they would be coming after me a lot and we'd have to adjust to that,'' Malzone said. “They have a great defense; they're great-coached team, and they played great tonight, but we played a little bit better.'' Loading… Post to ...
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Fence Jumper Entered White House

Huffington Post News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 11:31pm

A man who jumped the White House fence on Friday evening prompting an evacuation was able to enter the North Portico doors of the White House, the Secret Service said.

APNewsAlert: Secret Service says fence-jumper made it through North Portico doors of White House.

— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) September 20, 2014


He was apprehended just inside the doorways, and has been identified by the U.S. Secret Service as Omar J. Gonzalez. A law enforcement official said that the man's breach of the premises was unacceptable and that the incident was under investigation, according to NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker.

ABC posted video of the intruder on the White House lawn.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — WASHINGTON (AP) — A man jumped over the fence of the White House on Friday and made it into the presidential residence before officers managed to apprehend him, the U.S. Secret Service said. President Barack Obama and his family were not at home at the time.

Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, of Copperas Cove, Texas, was taken into custody just inside the North Portico doors, Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said. He was placed under arrest and was transported to a Washington hospital after complaining of chest pain.

Donovan said the suspect appeared to be unarmed to officers who spotted him jumping the fence, and a search of the suspect turned up no weapons.

The incident prompted a rare evacuation of much of the campus. White House staffers and Associated Press journalists inside the West Wing were evacuated by Secret Service officers, some with their weapons drawn.

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There Is A Constitutional Right To Be Free Of Excessive Fines

Daily Kos Michigan Feed - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 10:48pm

As reported by Fox17 News, a woman in Kalamazoo County stands to lose her home for missing one property tax payment.

According to their reports, Deborah Calley had a terrible car accident in 2008, in which she suffered severe injuries including brain damage.  Since she could no longer drive, she bought a home walking distance to several stores and businesses and her children's schools.  She paid the entire $164,000 purchase price in cash.  So unlike people with mortgages, whose property taxes are usually rolled in with those monthly payments, she was responsible for keeping track of her property taxes and paying them on time.

And she got confused.  Apparently some taxes go to Kalamazoo County and some go to the city of Richmond.  I don't have brain damage (really, I don't), and I found that part confusing.  At any rate, she missed part of her 2010 payment, but paid the next year at the office in question, and they never mentioned that she hadn't paid the year before.  They had already quietly sent that bill to be handled via foreclosure.  More below the orange storm cloud.

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Syria and the Ukraine -- A Contrast?

Huffington Post News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 9:41pm

"Preachers say, 'Do as I say, not as I do.'" -- John Selden, Preaching

Today's question is what is the difference between what the United States may or may not do in Syria and what Russia may or may not have done in the Ukraine. The main difference is that according to Vladimir Putin what happened in Crimea and eastern Ukraine has nothing to do with anything Mr. Putin or Russia did whereas what's about to happen in Syria has a great deal to do with what the United States plans to do. If Mr. Putin were not credible, the differences between what's happening would be less pronounced.

Russia now owns Crimea and rebel forces in eastern Ukraine are trying to take over that part of Ukraine. This is all being done without any help from Vladimir Putin. If anyone has any doubts about that they were put to bed by a spokesman for the foreign ministry, Alexander Lukashevich. On September 11 he reaffirmed that:

No Russian troops are fighting in south-eastern Ukraine. There were no and there are no Russian troops in Ukraine. The Russian army is not fighting there. There are volunteers who cannot stay away from the suffering and events unfolding in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

NATO members and non-NATO members are of course upset with Mr. Putin because (a) they don't believe him or his spokesman and (b) they don't think he has a right to engage in military action in a sovereign country irrespective of his reasons for doing so. That is why sanctions are being placed on Russia.

What Mr. Obama proposes to do in Syria is quite different. Syria is governed by Bashar al-Assad. Three years ago Syrian Sunnis began a revolt against Mr. Assad and the result has been three years of a brutal and bloody civil war. During the war Mr. Assad has used poison gas, barrel bombs and other cruel methods of waging war to kill some of the 88.7 percent of the people who reelected him as president on June 3, 2014. The Sunnis being less well armed have been unable to drive Mr. Assad from power and as a result of the conflict more than 200,000 Syrians have been killed, and more than one million have become refugees. The Sunnis who began the revolt have been joined by some exceptionally violent Sunni types known as ISIS or Islamic State who have been fighting the less extreme Sunnis as well as Mr. Assad and his forces. When ISIS captured a government base near the Syrian city of Raqqa in July 2014 it beheaded the officers and soldiers it had captured and placed the severed heads on posts in the central town square for all to see. In September and August ISIS beheaded two American journalists and one British journalist and posted videos of the beheadings on line. Those three beheadings (but not the earlier ones) galvanized the west. Although the United States had been flying bombing missions over Iraq to fight Islamic State, following release of the videos of the beheadings it determined to do more. In an address to the nation on September 10, 2014, President Obama announced that in order to defeat ISIS he will authorize direct attacks against ISIS not only in Iraq but also in Syria.

Bombs may be dropped inside Syria without the permission of its president. As Mr. Obama explained in his speech to the nation: "I will not hesitate to take action against ISIS in Syria, as well as Iraq... If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven." Mr. Lukashevich commented on the president's plan saying: "This step (bombing in Syria) in the absence of a UN Security Council decision, would be an act of aggression, a gross violation of international law." (Since Russia was uninvolved in the Ukraine he did not need to explain why Russia had not taken those steps or why what it did was not a similar violation.) So here is how it all is working out.

Mr. Putin invaded Crimea and is engaged in efforts to take over eastern Ukraine but says he did not do that. Mr. Obama acknowledges that he plans to bomb a country that has not given consent to being bombed because Islamic State is taking refuge there. Mr. Obama does not plan to put any U.S. troops in combat operations in Iraq or Syria although less than a week after he offered that assurance, General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the joint chief of staffs, said at some point he might recommend to the president that the United States have troops involved in attacks on Islamic State when accompanying Iraqi troops. His remarks were followed the next day by Mr. Obama saying there would be no American troops engaged in combat in Iraq. Neither Mr. Obama nor General Dempsey mentioned the possibility of ground troops in Syria. It will only be subject to bombing-at least for the next few weeks.

Christopher Brauchli can be emailed at brauchli.56@post.harvard.edu. For political commentary see his web page at Humanraceandothersports.com

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Friday Talking Points -- Congress Briefly Interrupts 3-Month Vacation to 'Work'

Huffington Post News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 8:25pm

Congress followed up their recent five-week vacation with almost two whole weeks of actually doing their jobs, so to reward themselves they're now going to take off on another vacation. Until mid-November. The American people will show their disgust at this pathetic work ethic by returning upwards of 90 percent of them to office, if this year is anything like a typical one. The big question on everyone's mind is whether the Democrats will hold onto control of the Senate, which will mean two years of gridlock with the Republican House, or whether Republicans will gain control of the Senate, which will mean two years of gridlock with both the Tea Party and the president.


Sorry to start off on a negative note, but there is indeed little positive to be seen in the biannual frenzy of congressional campaigning which is about to begin in earnest. There is one bit of comic relief to be found in this midterm dance, and it is coming from an unexpected state: Kansas. The Democratic Senate candidate just won a court case which will keep his name off the ballot. The Republican official in charge of elections, after arguing in this court case that he legally needed to print the ballots starting today, is now saying he's going to wait a week so that the Democrats can call a convention and name a replacement to the ballot. Democrats are not going to do this, however, so like I said we've got at least one more week of amusement from the heartland in store. The "What's the matter with Kansas?" jokes just write themselves, don't they?


Little noticed outside of Baltimore, we just celebrated the bicentennial of our national anthem. I wrote about this earlier in the week, and last weekend the anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore (or the Battle of Fort McHenry) was celebrated in the city, even if the rain put somewhat of a damper on the day.


The coalition against the Islamic State began to come together this week, although (amusingly) both Syria's Assad and Iran tried to join, but were rebuffed. Insert your own witty "enemy of my enemy" quip here.


An act of terrorism happened against a United States congressman, and the suspected perpetrator was quickly arrested. You'd think this sort of thing would attract more media attention, but, sadly, you would be wrong.


The United States Air Force very quietly changed a rule last October, to mandate that anyone enlisting or re-enlisting use the phrase "...so help me God" in their oath. When the matter was noticed and legal action begun, the Air Force last week very quietly reversed their position and brought it back into line with every other branch of the armed services -- meaning the phrase is now optional (as it should be).


A court down in Florida ruled that it was OK for schoolchildren to be given religious books, so the Satanic Temple announced it would be joining in the fun and handing out copies of The Satanic Children's Big Book Of Activities. Hey, fair's fair -- if it's OK for one side of the debate, it has to be OK for everyone, right?


In other church/state news, a teenager in Pennsylvania is facing two years in jail for desecrating a statue of Jesus -- not by physically harming or altering it, mind you, but merely by taking (and publicly posting) a photograph of him in an amusing (to him, obviously) position with the statue. I could have sworn America decided "blasphemy" laws were unconstitutional a long time ago, but I guess I would be wrong. In related "teens posting stupid stuff online which comes back to bite them" news, a 19-year-old Republican candidate for state government in Wisconsin had to withdraw from his race after disgusting and racist comments were uncovered from his past online postings.


Moving back to politics, Hillary Clinton went to a steak fry in Iowa, followed by 200 "journalists" who were there to report on the experience for the rest of the world. Jason Linkins at the Huffington Post has a hilarious write-up, which is well worth a read if you want a chuckle. I had to follow up on his column yesterday, by proclaiming Hillary the perfect Schrödinger's candidate, for those who enjoy a bit of quantum physics with their political commentary.


Republicans have been busy little beavers in Washington, during their two weeks of "work" in the midst of three solid months of vacation, by conducting all the important business of the nation. Ha! Not really -- instead, they found time to vote on a bunch of bills they had already passed, and to also tackle the important issue of the handful of people who have withdrawn federal dollars inside a marijuana shop in Colorado. No really -- that was more important than voting on whether President Obama had the legal authority to start another war or not. You just can't make this stuff up, folks.


The best example of "our tax dollars at work" from last week, though, had to have been the group who attempted to turn in a half-million signatures in support of restoring the Voting Rights Act. The civil rights group thought they'd turn it in to House Speaker John Boehner's office, since he's the one who could make such a thing happen. On Wednesday, during business hours, they could not turn in their signatures, because Boehner's office door was locked and nobody responded to a knock.


Nice work if you can get it, eh?


 



A few weeks ago, this column came out strongly for providing all cops with body cameras to record every interaction they have with the public. At the time, there was a petition on the White House website asking President Obama to come out in favor of the idea. We are happy to report that the White House has now done so. This is an idea whose time has come, and what studies have been done seem to show that members of the public and cops themselves both act a lot better when they know that their actions are being filmed. Seems like a win-win all around, so President Obama deserves at least an Honorable Mention for getting behind the idea.


While not technically a Democratic organization, we are going to bend the rules (as we are wont to do, at times) and hand out an Honorable Mention to the Marijuana Policy Project, for their recent advertising campaign in Colorado. Colorado has already legalized recreational marijuana use, but M.P.P. has now begun an ad campaign to educate people (tourists especially) as to what marijuana will actually do to you. This is most important when it comes to "edibles," or marijuana products that are eaten and not smoked. While many people have had some experience with smoked marijuana (and therefore are able to regulate their dosage), the world of edibles is currently unregulated and unrestrained -- meaning strength varies wildly from one candy bar to another.


Maureen Dowd, a national newspaper columnist, famously took a recent trip to Colorado and bought an edible (candy bar) and ate so much of it she got zonked out of her brain. She then wrote about the experience, which angered many pro-marijuana folks for its one-sided take on the situation. But now M.P.P. is addressing the very real need for educating the public better about edibles with their ad campaign, and they rather obviously poked a little fun at Dowd while doing so.


For taking on the responsibility for this public service education campaign, and for getting in a dig at the Queen of Snark herself while doing so, M.P.P. deserves at least an Honorable Mention.


But we have to give the Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week this week to Harry Reid, who held the fourth vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act right before the midterm campaign got rolling. Republicans blocked it, yet again. This gives Democrats a good talking point to use out on the hustings -- Democrats are trying to guarantee equal pay for women, and Republicans are fighting against the idea. Women voters may be key to the midterm election, and this was an excellent political move by Reid to showcase which party is on whose side in the debate.


For his political acumen in bringing the Paycheck Fairness Act up for a vote right before campaign season, Harry Reid is our Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week.


[Congratulate Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on his Senate contact page, to let him know you appreciate his efforts.]


 



Sigh.


We really wish we didn't have to, but it seems Joe Biden deserves another Most Disappointing Democrat Of The Week award. On multiple occasions this week, Biden's mouth got him in trouble. First it was using the Shakespearean term "Shylock" (which has blatant anti-Semitic overtones) when speaking about bankers. Biden did quickly apologize for that one, but what really earned him the award came soon after. While speaking to a Democratic women's conference, Biden praised a few members of Congress for working to get things done in the face of divided government. The problem arose when Biden decided to say some kind words about former senator (and Republican) Bob Packwood -- who was disgraced when it came out that he was somewhat of a serial sexual harasser. Packwood was known for groping and kissing women without their consent, in fact.


Right in the midst of the domestic violence problems in the NFL (and elsewhere) is, quite frankly, not the time to say kind words about Bob Packwood. Furthermore, in front of a women's conference is never really the place to say kind words about Bob Packwood, no matter what you may think of his legislative record.


So, for Joe Biden being Joe Biden, he has earned his third Most Disappointing Democrat Of The Week. Think before you speak, Joe. Please?


[Contact Vice President Joe Biden via the White House contact page, to let him know what you think of his actions.]


 



Volume 320 (9/19/14)


Continuing the theme from the awards section, many of our talking points this week center around the Republican War On Women, and the chasm between what Democrats want to do and what Republicans refuse to accept. In any case, these talking points (as always) are offered up for all Democrats to use, most especially those who are being interviewed on Sunday's political talk shows. Enjoy, and use responsibly.


 



   The doctor is out


This one is just too, too funny.


"A little earlier this year, many Republican pundits were predicting that they had a shot at a Senate seat in Oregon because they had nominated such a stellar candidate. Not only was she a woman (helping them with their War On Women image), but she was a prominent doctor and surgeon. Monica Wehby was supposed to be one of the point people in the fight against the horrors of Obamacare, we were told just a few months ago. Because she was a doctor herself, she would help personalize the issue in a way that Republican consultants never could. Well, it turns out she cribbed most of her health care plan from a Republican consulting group. That's right -- she plagiarized boilerplate anti-Obamacare language from Karl Rove's group, and then offered it up on her website as her own idea. Polling now shows she is quite likely going to lose this race by a healthy margin, and that was before the plagiarism story made the news. We can now confidently say 'the doctor is out' in Oregon."


 



   Knuckleheads!


John Boehner commits Washington gaffe by telling the truth. This is a dandy quote all Democrats should now use, for as long as the Tea Party is still a force within the Republican Party, in fact.


"You may think it partisan of me to state the obvious -- that the Tea Party is nothing more than a group of obstructionists devoted to doing absolutely nothing in Washington. Coming from a Democrat, such a comment might be discounted as partisan rhetoric. So allow me to quote Speaker John Boehner, so that partisanship can't even enter into the equation. This past week, Boehner said, and I quote: 'On any given day, 16 of my members decide they're going to go this way, and all the sudden I have nothing. You might notice I have a few knuckleheads in my conference. Dealing with Democrats is one thing, dealing with the knuckleheads is another.' Unquote. I propose that the media immediately begin following Boehner's lead, and instead of speaking of Tea Partiers in Congress, use the term 'Knucklehead faction' instead."


 



   War On Women (part 1)


What century do these people think they're living in?


"A Republican House member from Florida recently decided it was a good idea to hold a guys-only fundraiser for his re-election campaign. I guess he thinks that women still only control their husband's household budget, and have no access to any money for such male-oriented things as political campaigns. When the campaign of his challenger, Gwen Graham, called the event 'offensive,' Steve Southerland dug himself a deeper hole by replying: 'Has Gwen Graham ever been to a lingerie shower? Ask her. And how many men were there?' You know, it's pretty easy to see why the Republican Party has such a gigantic and growing problem with women voters. It's because of attitudes like Southerland's and other Republicans who seem not to have gotten the memo that women can now actually vote and they do not appreciate being disrespected in the political arena."


 



   War On Women (part 2)


Or maybe that should read: "Tales from the Stone Age, part 2."


"Out in Arizona, the vice-chair of the state Republican Party was just forced to resign after stating that he'd like to see Medicaid recipients sterilized. On the radio recently, Russell Pearce said the following: 'You put me in charge of Medicaid, the first thing I'd do is get Norplant, birth-control implants, or tubal ligations. Then we'll test recipients for drugs and alcohol, and if you want to [reproduce] or use drugs or alcohol, then get a job.' Pearce, in his resignation statement, made a laughable attempt to walk back these remarks: 'This was a mistake. This mistake has been taken by the media and the left and used to hurt our Republican candidates.' So, let me get this straight -- the lefty media is using Pearce's own words to report on Republican values as publicly expressed by a party official, and that is now hurting Republican candidates, which is somehow supposed to be unfair? Do these guys ever listen to themselves? I mean, honestly."


 



   Make it easier by making it more expensive


Ah, but those crafty Republicans think they've got a way to deflect all that "War On Women" stuff. This one is fairly sophisticated (as political ploys go), and it needs to be fought back against by Democrats.


"I see that several Republican Senate candidates have now come out in favor of selling oral birth control 'over the counter,' instead of by prescription. They are desperately trying to get rid of their party's whole 'War On Women' image with this ploy, but what they are actually in favor of is making life more difficult for women, as usual. It sounds like they're for making birth control pills more accessible to all, but in reality they are trying to shift all the costs of birth control from insurance companies to the women's own pocketbooks. Obamacare -- which Republicans are still trying to kill -- mandates insurers pay for birth control costs. But insurers rarely pay for over-the-counter medicine, meaning that women would have to foot the bill themselves rather than the Obamacare guarantee that the insurers pay the costs. I would welcome moving birth control pills to over-the-counter status, as long as the bill doing so also mandated that all the costs would still be paid by women's health insurance. By leaving this part out, Republicans are trying to fool women into thinking that they're for wider access -- when, in fact, they are doing this to make life more expensive for women. But I'm pretty confident that women understand the difference, even if the Republicans think they can fool all of them."


 



   Impeach!


There isn't really even anything partisan about this one, because most Democrats have been just as silent as most Republicans have been.


"I call on the House of Republicans to immediately begin impeachment proceedings against federal judge Mark Fuller, and I further call on every senator to vote in favor of removing him from office. This man was just convicted of beating his wife in an Atlanta hotel room, and does not belong on the federal bench. While politicians may decry the problems in professional football, this is a problem in our own backyard which needs immediate action. Domestic abuse is a serious offense that should automatically disqualify someone from a lifetime appointment as a federal judge. While the court he works for has stripped him of his docket, the American taxpayers are still paying his full-time salary, and will for his entire life if Congress does not act. Fuller has made a statement saying he hopes to resume his work on the bench. He should not be allowed this opportunity, and if he does not immediately resign, Congress should exercise its constitutional power and duty by removing him from office."


 



   Barracks humor


And, finally, one that will give everyone a laugh.


"I see that the National Senatorial Committee just sent out an email urging their supporters to 'fire Harry Reid' because he is nothing more than a lackey of a person they identified as 'Barrack Obama.' That's B-A-R-R-A-C-K Obama. It seems that six years into his term in office, the folks trying to get Republicans elected to the Senate still haven't learned how to spell the president's name. Or maybe it was just their attempt at 'barracks humor,' who knows?"


 


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Biden Uses Denver Appearance To Make Passionate Case For Domestic Violence Advocacy

Huffington Post News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 8:04pm

Vice President Joe Biden took time before a fundraising event in Denver Friday afternoon to attend a roundtable discussion on domestic violence.

Biden, seated with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and a panel of domestic violence advocates, survivors, and service providers, applauded progress since the passage of the Violence Against Women Act 20 years ago -- a legislative victory during his time in the U.S. Senate -- yet acknowledged much remains to be done.

"We will have won," Biden said, describing what success in the fight against abuse might look like, "when every young woman in America knows it's never appropriate to ask, 'What did I do?'"

The vice president also promoted the White House's new "It's On Us" campaign, which encourages people to pledge to intervene when they see abuse, and "not be a bystander to the problem."

"Men ... have to understand you have an obligation to intervene when you see violence take place," Biden explained. "That's manhood. That's being a man."

Toward the end of his remarks, Biden grew fiery, raising his voice as he said, "Without consent, no man has a right to touch a woman."

In his introduction, Hancock touted Denver's forthcoming "Rose Andom Center," which he described as a "one-stop shop" for victims of domestic violence, who can find immediate refuge in the city center, instead of "re-victimizing the victim" by forcing them to various offices around the city.

The event comes amid heightened scrutiny of the NFL following high-profile domestic violence cases against former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice and Minnesota Vikings player Adrian Peterson. Commenting on the scandal Friday, Biden said "The NFL hasn't seen nothing yet."

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Royal Oak High School Hall of Fame honors local and world famous graduates - The Oakland Press

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Royal Oak High School Hall of Fame honors local and world famous graduates
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Royal Oak Mayor Jim Ellison is among 20 new inductees into the Royal Oak High School Hall of Fame on Sunday. Joe Ballor - Daily Tribune. By Michael P. McConnell, mike.mcconnell@dailytribune.com, @MMcconnell01 on Twitter. Posted: 09/19/14, 3:48 ...

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Garden Party raises $55000 for Oakland Community College culinary students - The Oakland Press

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Garden Party raises $55000 for Oakland Community College culinary students
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The Garden Party Foundation held its sixth-annual Garden Party event June 8 at Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester Hills. The event featured food from Michigan's best restaurants and 100 of the finest wines and had more than 700 people in attendance.

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Royal Oak crime: Man arrested at motel; suspects sought in checkbook theft at ... - The Oakland Press

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Royal Oak crime: Man arrested at motel; suspects sought in checkbook theft at ...
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Someone stole a woman's Mac Book laptop computer that she left on a coffee table inside her apartment in the 2100 block of Wickham. The woman told police Sept. 10 that she left her apartment unlocked for a time while she was away and discovered the ...

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GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Says His Call To Drug-Test Lawmakers Was Just 'A Joke'

Huffington Post News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 7:34pm

In a radio interview Friday morning, Neel Kashkari, the Republican candidate for California governor, made a push for regularly drug-testing state lawmakers. There was some blowback.

By Friday afternoon, Kashkari was saying his drug-testing comment was just "a joke," the Merced Sun-Star reported. "It was 6 a.m., I'm trying to entertain people," he said during an interview at the California Republican Party's fall convention.

Entertainingly or not, Kashkari had declared just hours earlier, "Every statewide officeholder and everyone in the Assembly and the Senate, why don't we just have an annual mandatory drug test?"

Speaking on the Mark Larson Show on KCBQ in San Diego, the candidate added that with so many California lawmakers getting into trouble recently, he couldn’t imagine that many would agree to be tested.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Kashkari's remarks were "met with derision from lawmakers."

"The only thing tripping is Mr. Kashkari’s desperate campaign," said a spokesman for Darrell Steinberg, the Democratic state Senate leader.

Three Democratic state senators -- Leland Yee, Ron Calderon and Rod Wright -- were suspended this year over criminal charges, stripping the Democrats of their supermajority in the upper chamber. Earlier this month Democratic state Sen. Ben Hueso was charged with misdemeanor drunk driving. None of the incidents, the Sacramento Bee noted, involved use of illegal drugs.

Kashkari, a former official in the U.S. Treasury Department, came in second to California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) in the state's open primary in June. The two will face off again in the November general election. Polls suggest that Brown has a significant lead.


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U.S. Fighter Jets Intercept Russian Aircraft

Huffington Post News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 7:21pm


WASHINGTON, Sept 19 (Reuters) - U.S. and Canadian fighter jets intercepted Russian aircraft that were flying near U.S. and Canadian air space this week, a military spokesman said on Friday.

The United States and Russia are increasingly at odds over Ukraine, where Russian-backed separatists have been fighting for control of parts of the former Soviet state.

On Wednesday, six Russian aircraft entered the United States' air defense identification zone (ADIZ), an area beyond sovereign U.S. airspace, according to a statement from NORAD, a U.S. and Canadian aerospace command, and U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM).

In response, "two Alaskan-based F-22 fighter jets acting under the authority of NORAD identified and intercepted two Russian IL-78 refueling tankers, two Russian Mig-31 fighter jets and two Russian Bear long-range bombers in the ADIZ, west of Alaska," the statement said.

On Thursday, Canadian fighter jets intercepted two Russian Bear long-range bombers in the Canadian ADIZ.

The Russian bombers did not enter the United States' or Canada's sovereign airspace.

John Cornelio, a spokesman for NORAD and NORTHCOM, said that such intercepts had happened over 50 times in the last five years as Russian aircraft conducted exercises.

"We do not see these flights as a threat," he said.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko secured over $50 million in U.S. assistance during a visit to Washington this week but did not clinch U.S. weapons his soldiers might use to fight the separatists. Poroshenko also visited Canada this week and received aid in the form of a C$200 million ($182 million)five-year loan. (Reporting by Missy Ryan; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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The People's Climate March: Join Us on September 21 to Make History

Huffington Post News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 7:07pm

An old friend recently got in touch to let me know he'll be joining me at the People's Climate March in New York City this weekend. He's coming from pretty far out of town, and he's not the type some people would consider a traditional climate activist. But he's making the effort to join us. To me, that's what this march is about. The realization that climate change touches all our lives, and that none of us can afford to be complacent about it. That's why thousands of people, young and old, from all walks of life, will be raising our voices together to demand climate action.



This will be the largest climate march in history, and the timing is key: We will take to the streets on Sunday, September 21, just as world leaders begin to gather in New York City for the U.N. Climate Summit.





Our presence will demonstrate the groundswell of support for climate action that has grown around the country and across communities. More than 1,100 organizations, including community, labor, environmental justice, faith and progressive groups will be participating in the March to demand action on climate change. Every single U.S. state will be represented. Students from more than 300 college campuses are mobilizing to come to New York.



This diverse group of concerned citizens is united by a desire to see a more just and sustainable future. Another friend and colleague, a litigator like me, is also coming to march. He and I successfully argued one of the two cases that led to Supreme Court rulings which established the EPA's authority to limit carbon pollution from power plants. You bet we want to see the EPA use that authority to cut power plant pollution and protect our health.



And we are both marching because we know that the EPA's Clean Power Plan is being attacked ferociously by the fossil fuel industry; this march will make clear to our policy makers that they should listen to the vast majority of people who want a clean future, not the few who profit from the dirty present.



My friend who's coming from far outside the city works in land conservation. Back in the day, land conservation and climate change were considered separate concerns. They attracted different supporters. Now, the urgency and reach of the climate problem is bringing all of us together.



Climate has a tremendous impact on land conservation -- just think of the coastlines being swallowed by sea level rise. Areas that have been preserved as habitat for certain species will soon no longer be suitable habitat -- they may become too warm, too wet, or invaded by new species that thrive in the new environment. Wetlands dry up. Plant and animal species that have been brought back from the brink of extinction by conservation efforts may end up in peril, once again.



But land conservation in turn can also limit climate damage. Protected forests help soak up carbon, and open lands likewise help soak up heavy rainfall and floodwaters, reducing the impacts of extreme weather.



My daughter invited her friends to join her at the march -- she'll be celebrating her birthday there with a cast of thousands. Young people like her are marching because they are the generation that will bear the brunt of the consequences if world leaders continue to kick the can down the road instead of facing up to our shared responsibilities.



Climate change -- and efforts to curb it -- affect us all.



All of us are marching -- conservationists, litigators, old school and new blood, labor and faith, moms and kids -- not just to draw attention to the problem, but because we're all part of the solution, too. Action to combat climate change will clean up air pollution so kids breathe easier; it creates good, local jobs in clean energy and energy efficiency -- hundreds of thousands of jobs in the United States alone; it means better transportation systems with more choices to get from one place to another; it means cooler, greener, walkable neighborhoods that are more pleasant to live in; it means we are finally stepping up to protect future generations from a legacy of rising seas, storms, dirty air, droughts and heat waves.



Citizen action is a powerful force for change. When so many of us, from so many disparate backgrounds, ages and interests, take to the streets together, our message cannot be ignored. We need swift, decisive solutions that will stabilize the climate and protect our future.



Join the People's Climate March on September 21 in New York City. Show the leaders of the world as they gather at the UN a clear message: The people demand bold climate action, now.



This post originally appeared on the Natural Resources Defense Council Staff Blog.

This blog post is part of the #WhyICare blog series, curated by the editors of HuffPost Generation Change in recognition of the People's Climate March in New York City on September 21, 2014. To see all the other posts in the series, click here.

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The Drought of Climate Change Support

Huffington Post News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 6:50pm

This summer, we've seen a continuation of the record-breaking heat and drought in the Southwest that began several years ago. In parts of Texas and Oklahoma, it's as bad as it was during the "Dust Bowl" years of the 1930s. Crops have withered, water restrictions are in place, and air conditioning costs are going through the roof. None of this is good for people, livestock or the local economy.



Is this just a natural variation, or is it connected to global warming? Certainly, there have been unusual episodes of drought in the past that were unrelated to global warming. But we also know that because of greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels, temperatures have been steadily shifting to higher levels. This means that when we get unusually hot, dry conditions, it starts out from a higher base, which makes things a lot worse. Even minor fluctuations push us into more and more extreme territory.



Across the globe, we've loaded the atmosphere with so much pollution from burning fossil fuel that the climate is warming up everywhere, and our weather and climate is changing to a "new normal." The conditions we were used to are a thing of the past, and this is especially true for Oklahoma, Texas and the southwestern states.



Almost every study of what the future has in store for us shows that this region is Ground Zero for climate change, as carbon dioxide levels continue to rise. People living there will experience higher temperatures, less rainfall and more extreme weather in the years ahead. In other words, the "unusual conditions" that the region has experienced over the last few summers will be more like normal conditions in the future. So the message is pretty clear -- get used to it.



Remarkably, congressional leaders from the region -- led by Senator James Inhofe and Texas Congressman Joe Barton -- have refused to accept what almost every climate scientist who has studied this problem can see as plain as day. They insist that global warming is a myth, that the climate isn't changing and that carbon dioxide pollution has nothing to do with the changes we have all experienced. You have to wonder who they are really representing on this matter. Is it the farmers who are losing their shirts to the increasingly common droughts? Or those blasted by tornadoes and severe storms? Or the hard-working families of the region who face ever higher electricity bills as they try to stay cool in the sweltering heat? If that's who they represent, they have a strange way of showing it.



Senator Inhofe and Congressman Barton have blocked legislation that would help turn down the temperature dial by controlling heat-trapping pollutants. Only big oil and gas companies benefit from this, and they don't seem to need all that much help right now. It's time to apply some pressure to those in Congress who can help put the brakes on the rate of climate change. That's not a lot to ask -- for them it's all indoor work and no heavy lifting.

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Why the Failed Paycheck Fairness Act Vote Matters

Huffington Post News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 6:33pm

It has been quite the week for fair pay for women. On Monday, we witnessed a shameful act when opponents blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act in the Senate. On Tuesday, new data from the U.S. Census Bureau revealed that there has been no significant progress in closing the national gender-based wage gap. And on Thursday, our analysis of the wage gap's impact, based on new data, served as a sobering reminder of just how much is at stake for women and families, and for our economy, in this debate.

The week's developments put Monday's vote into high relief. First, we saw yet again the terrible toll that unfair pay is taking on women and families in every single state. According to the new Census data and our analysis, women who are employed full time, year round in the United States are paid, on average, 78 cents for every dollar paid to men. That's $10,876 in lost income each year. It's much worse for African American women and Latinas, who are paid just 64 and 56 cents, respectively, for every dollar paid to white men.

With more than 15.2 million households nationwide now headed by women, and about 31 percent of them living below the poverty level, losses of this size are no small matter. In fact, the National Partnership found that eliminating the gap would mean that a working woman would have enough money for 1.6 years' worth of food for her family, more than seven more months of mortgage and utilities payments, 12 more months of rent, or 3,208 additional gallons of gas. And that's in just one year.

Second, we learned that things are not getting appreciably better. The fact that what appears to be a slight improvement in the size of the national wage gap -- a decrease from 23 cents to 22 cents on the dollar since last year - was deemed "not statistically significant" by the Census provides further evidence that the wage gap is not going to close on its own any time soon. In fact, experts still estimate that it would take more than 40 years, until 2058, for that to happen.

And finally, we had a painful reminder that some lawmakers are not serious about ensuring fair pay for women. Despite members of Congress from both sides of the political aisle claiming to support equal pay, the Senate failed to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.

America's women and families are fed up with elected officials who claim to care about their economic well-being but refuse to advance measures that would help. The Paycheck Fairness Act is common sense legislation that would prohibit employers from retaliating against workers for discussing their wages, recognize employers with good pay practices, and provide assistance to small businesses that need help adopting such practices. It would also create training programs for women and enhance the ability of federal agencies to investigate and enforce pay discrimination laws.

Members of Congress will spend the next several weeks at home. Every one of them should take a hard look at the impact the gender-based wage gap is having in their states and districts. When they do, they will see how badly the country needs the Paycheck Fairness Act. It's about time.

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When Will We Learn?

Huffington Post News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 6:31pm

Since the 2010 elections, much has been said about the growing importance of the Latino vote, an inexorably rising segment of the American electorate. The Latino electorate is growing in mostly blue states and President Obama captured greater than 70 percent of the Latino vote in 2012. Meanwhile, over the last four years, support for legislative action on immigration reform has intensified among Latino voters and support for executive action on behalf of immigrants is equally as high. Still, some Democrats have blocked the Latino community from getting what it desperately wanted; immediate, though temporary, relief and protection for immigrant workers and families.

President Obama's decision on September 6th to delay using executive action for immigrants brought to a close a relatively quiet campaign among Democratic Party elites to get the Administration to walk back its pledge to act by summer's end. The delay was driven by fear stoking voter backlash in Senate battleground states. But underlying the President's belief among some influential party elites that measures that directly benefiting immigrants and Hispanics are too divisive and unsettling; a more evergreen concern likely to live on past this political season and stall progress.

The legislative battle over immigration reform in many ways has brought to the surface the concerns and anxieties that the American public have with demographic change in the country. Some pundits have put the pieces together and noted that we are in the midst of a great debate over the future of our country and that the immigration debate is just the vehicle or proxy for that sensitive conversation. In light of this, both political parties will be defined by a choice about how best to navigate through the troubled waters of race/ethnic inclusion; to cultivate a party brand that embraces cultural diversity or one that resists it.

Despite strong support for Democrats among immigrant, Latino, and minority voters, the commentary surrounding the President's decision to delay executive action confirm that some influential leaders in the Democratic Party are just as uncomfortable with immigrants as Republicans. Ironically, the storyline of the 2014 election has boiled down to a battle for white votes in southern states.

Sound familiar?

The fact that operatives and lawmakers in both political parties have expressed great concern and fear of taking steps that may anger white male voters is an important clue. If anyone wondered why the Congress has achieved so little in recent years they should look no further. In placing the fears of white men above other considerations, some Senate Democrats are now complicit in turning this election into a fight for the status quo.

Looking ahead, the Congress will continue to produce very little for Latinos or advance any social change so long as both political parties cater to the will of voters fearful and anxious about demographic change and effectively voting to return the country to the past. Though considerably better for Democrats, diversity levels are abysmal in both parties and it's likely that up and down the line very few political operators, campaign managers, and strategists have any meaningful peer relationships with immigrants.

The President may act after the election to provide temporary protection to immigrants. In doing so the President may be less acting to bypass a dysfunctional Congress unable to pass immigration reform legislation, but rather acting to transcending a broken political system trapped in its own institutional biases and unable to stop itself from systematically sorting and separating out immigrants from our society and treating them as sub-human.

For Latinos we should take great care to recognize that our political institutions are built for a time now past when the country was much more culturally homogeneous. This does not mean, however, that all is lost. Instead, once we realize that the playing field is not level, we must make it level. We have the numbers. We have the power to change the outcomes of countless elections -- no matter the cycle.

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Obama To Tout U.S. Action On Climate At U.N. Summit

Huffington Post News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 6:06pm

WASHINGTON –- The Obama administration plans to emphasize strongly its climate change efforts at next week's United Nations climate summit in New York, officials said this week.

"We are taking this summit seriously both to show the world that the U.S. is leading on climate change, and to call on other leaders to step up to the plate," John Podesta, who serves as a counselor to President Barack Obama, said Thursday in a call with reporters. "Expect to hear about tremendous progress that the U.S. has made under the Climate Action Plan," he said, referring to the steps Obama laid out last year to cut domestic emissions.

Obama will address the U.N.'s General Assembly session on climate change on Tuesday. Podesta said the president will announce additional actions the administration is taking on climate change and "use the speech to call on other leaders to keep their ambitions high."

Podesta said Obama will not unveil a target for cutting post-2020 emissions at next week's meeting. Within the current negotiations through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, countries have been asked to submit targets by the first quarter of 2015, in preparation for negotiations in Paris at the end of that year.

The U.N. climate day is expected to draw 120 heads of state. China and India's heads of state will not be there, however; the countries are sending their vice premier and environment minister, respectively. Podesta said he thinks the U.S. will be able to "fully engage with China and India's leadership" despite this.

"This gathering of global leadership in one place at one time is unprecedented," Bob Orr, assistant secretary-general for policy coordination and strategic planning in the executive office of the U.N. Secretary-General, said Wednesday in Washington. He echoed the hope that the involvement of high-level officials next week will improve the negotiation process. "They can assert their leadership before negotiators go into a room to ink a big deal," said Orr.

Todd Stern, the State Department's special envoy for climate change and the lead negotiator for the U.S. in the UNFCCC meetings, said that while Tuesday's meeting is not a negotiation session, he hopes it will "provide momentum" for leaders as they work to finalize a new global climate pact by the 2015 Paris meeting.

"Negotiations are very important, but they're only part of the puzzle," Stern said. "We also need actions on the ground, and this summit provides a showcase for some of those actions."

What everyone seems eager to avoid is a repeat of 2009's much-hyped climate negotiations in Copenhagen, which were expected to produce a new climate treaty but failed to do so. Since then, there has been slow progress toward a new deal that includes actions from all countries, and negotiators are working toward completing that agreement at the Paris meeting.

Stern said he thinks the difference between this year and the Copenhagen negotiations is that there is "some greater sense of perhaps realism as well as ambition among parties than perhaps there was in 2009. … I think people have memories of that and are looking for ways to find common ground, but it's still difficult. There's no question about that."

The U.S. also wants to ensure the eventual agreement is not a replication of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which did not include major growing economies like China and India, and which the U.S. Senate would not ratify.

The difficulty of getting a treaty approved in the Senate is one reason the U.S. has pursued alternative legal formats for the agreement. Whether the agreement will be a treaty or some other type of legal framework is still not clear. "What the form of this agreement is going to be is a matter that is completely open for question and for discussion," Stern said Thursday.

Obama cabinet officials are also emphasizing climate action ahead of the Tuesday meeting. White House Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan gave a speech Friday morning at the Center for American Progress warning about the budgetary need to address climate change.

"Climate denial will cost us billions and billions of dollars," said Donovan. "The costs of climate change add up, and ignoring it only makes it worse." Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will give a speech Monday "about the cost of climate inaction," Podesta said, which "will be the first speech of its kind by a sitting Treasury secretary."

There are many side events at the General Assembly, including a number of expected announcements on climate commitments from the private sector. A "People's Climate March" also will take place Sunday in New York and is expected to draw 100,000 participants. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon plans to join the march.

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Shylock and Ponzi Schemers

Huffington Post News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 6:06pm

Anti-Semitism in Europe in the Middle Ages? Yes.

Anti-Semitism in the United States in the 21st Century? Sadly, I am afraid that the answer is yes, too.

I never thought it would be necessary to point out the obvious in my last piece, but I guess I am going to have to do so.

There is no denying that Shylock, whom Joe Biden recently invoked in referring to unscrupulous money lenders who ripped off our troops on housing loans, is a despicable man, as I wrote in my last piece.

But for people to regard Shylock as a stand-in for all Jews or all Jewish businessmen is not only ignorant, it is also dangerous.

That is the reason why I objected and still object to Joe Biden's use of the word, Shylock, when he gave a speech on Tuesday at the Legal Services Corp. in Washington.

Consider some of the comments I have already received from my last piece.

One commenter, Catherine Malick Ploughman, cited Bernie Madoff and "the endless list of Jewish crooks," presumably as evidence in her mind that many Jews are Shylocks. She later added in a separate comment, devoid of punctuation, "Watch American Greed sadly Jewish businessmen are a majority of the Ponzi schemers."

Bernie Madoff is indeed a crook, a depraved and evil slimeball, and so are all Ponzi schemers, irrespective of their race, ethnicity, gender or religion. But the ignorance and hatred evinced by commenters like Ms. Ploughman suggest to me that some people in this country and around the world still view Jewish businessmen as being corrupt and unethical like Shylock.

To be fair to Joe Biden, as I tried to be in my previous piece, he probably was not thinking about the Jewish content of the word when he lambasted "Shylocks who took advantage of" troops who had come home from war and got bad housing loans.

But for many others, the name, Shylock, conjures all the vicious lies, caricatures and tropes of Jews that pervaded Europe for centuries.

It reminds Jews like me that there are hatemongers out there who truly believe that we Jews control international finance.

It is worth remembering that for centuries Jews in many European nations were denied the right to work in numerous occupations. Jews were denied the right to be teachers or soldiers or much of anything else. They were denied the right to intermarry. And they were consigned to professions that Christians detested such as banking and trading.

Why were Jews consigned to such professions? In all likelihood, it is because Christ, a Jew, banished the money changers from the Second Temple in Jerusalem.

Thus, Jews had no choice in many cases but to be merchants.

It must be pointed out that enemies of Israel, to this day, have been known to tout as propaganda "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion." An infamous forgery over a century old, that text propagated, among other conspiracy theories, the one about the Jews running the world banking system.

That the document has long been refuted as a lie does not seem to matter to anti-Semites.

I have always known that some ignoramuses still scapegoat Jews and want to believe that we are the cause of economic problems in the world. But I have been horrified at the vitriol directed at Jews and Israel in some European countries and even on some college campuses in this country.

Perhaps, it is no surprise that hundreds, if not thousands, of Jews have reportedly started moving out of countries such as France, where acts of intimidation against Jews have been particularly severe of late, and immigrating to Israel.

The BDS movement has not helped, and it should be condemned. Boycotting Jewish goods exudes a rankness that is rare in its hatred and painful for its historical resonance.

Thank God, I live in the United States at a time when Jews can work in any profession. And thank God, I live at a time when there is a bipartisan agreement in the Congress to support Israel, our ally, fighting on the front lines of a hideous war against extremists.

Had I lived in Shylock's day, in Italy or anywhere else in Europe, I would have been excluded from so many jobs that I too might have ended up a bitter merchant. I would not have sought a pound of flesh, but I might have railed against the fates that had left me a disempowered man living in exile.

And by the way, it goes without saying that Mr. Ponzi was not Jewish.

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