Charges dismissed against Planned Parenthood videographers (Houston Chronicle) The Harris County District Attorney´s office on Tuesday dismissed all charges against anti-abortion activists who secretly videotaped Planned Parenthood officials in Houston.
PHILADELPHIA — Democrats are alarmed over a cluster of new polls showing Donald Trump enjoying a healthy bounce in support after the Republican National Convention. Worried Democrats say they thought some of the “dark” themes that Trump and his allies raised in Cleveland wouldn’t gain traction in modern-day America. Yet a flurry of polls have suggested that the GOP presidential nominee is ahead or in a dead heat with presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Some Democrats can’t believe they are in a close race. “It shouldn’t be this close. I don’t think there’s any question that the closeness of this
Washington, D.C., isn´t the only place where the separation of powers and constitutional forms are under attack. In Virginia, Governor Terry McAuliffe was rebuked by his state´s Supreme Court on Friday for his attempt to circumvent the language of the Virginia Constitution—and the will of the General Assembly—by unilaterally decreeing voting rights for some 200,000 released felons. (President Obama defeated Mitt Romney by less than 150,000 votes in Virginia in 2012.) Now, after the state´s high court ruled that McAuliffe has no power to issue an order that effectively changes the Virginia Constitution, McAuliffe has defiantly responded by suggesting he´ll
The National Collegiate Athletic Association has announced that all cities and college campuses seeking to host future NCAA championship events must fill out a lengthy, seven-page questionnaire about whether men can use women’s bathrooms and waltz into women’s locker rooms to take showers. The NCAA Board of Governors announced its new bathroom-and-locker-room survey on Friday. “The board’s decision reaffirms the NCAA’s commitment to operate championships and events that promote an inclusive atmosphere in which student-athletes participate, coaches and administrators lead and fans engage,” the 391-word introduction to the survey declares. “Has your city, county/parish, and/or state passed anti-discrimination laws that
"Before I even got into the race, one of Murphy’s donors and I had lunch together and he told me, ‘If you run, they will destroy you.’ I asked, ‘Who’s they?’ And he said, ‘Harry Reid and the DSCC [Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee].’ They’re certainly doing their best.” Alan Grayson, the Florida representative and liberal firebrand hoping to win Marco Rubio’s U.S. Senate seat, was attempting to explain the recent avalanche of explaining he’s had to do as he runs in the Democratic primary against his congressional colleague Patrick Murphy, the preferred candidate of the Democratic Establishment. About, for instance, the
PHILADELPHIA — Negotiations are underway to have Bernie Sanders officially nominate Hillary Clinton for president at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night, a move that would further signal party unity. According to a source, the Vermont senator would nominate the presumptive Democratic nominee after the roll call vote that will be held on the convention floor. NBC News first reported the negotiations. Sanders delivered a speech Monday night that thanked his loyal supporters and called on them to rally behind Clinton as she faces GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump in the fall. Clinton will officially accept the Democratic presidential nomination in
The Harris County District Attorney´s office on Tuesday dismissed all charges against anti-abortion activists who secretly videotaped Planned Parenthood officials in Houston. David Robert Daleiden and Sandra Merritt were charged with tampering with a governmental record, for using a fake identification to gain access to the facility. In a surprise move before a hearing on the legitimacy of the indictment, prosecutors dismissed the charges. Deleiden and his attorneys claimed victory for the anti-abortion movement, saying they were satisfied with the decision. Daleiden, 27, and Sandra Merritt, 62, both of Davis, Calif., were indicted by a Harris County grand jury in
The church in Normandy was the scene of a shocking attack this morning where a priest was murdered by two knifemen shouting "Allah Akbar". The information about it being on a hit list was discovered on Sid Ahmed Ghlam, 24, who was arrested last April. He called an ambulance in Paris after shooting himself in the leg. Investigators believe he was a terrorist planning ´imminent attacks´ in France on the instructions of Isil leaders. ISIS have claimed responsibility for the attack and have said it was their soliders who carried out the barbaric attack. Investigators found weapons in Ghlam´s car, which was parked nearby,
PHILADELPHIA — When many reporters heard that the Democratic National Convention would be in Philadelphia there was excitement. It’s a bigger city than Cleveland, better suited for large events with plenty of hotels and a great food scene. Instead, the first day in Philadelphia is turning into a sweltering day of sweaty reporters in unhappy circumstances, loudly complaining to one another after a relatively easy (and cooler) experience in Cleveland. (Snip) Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia is on the southern tip of the city and not within walking distance of many media hotels or their hubs, which seem to be
What if Hillary Clinton were a man? What if she were a 68-year-old man rather than a 68-year-old woman? Would we think differently of her? Her raised voice would be lower. She would be better at physically commanding the stage. Her indomitability might be seen as manly. If she were taller and bigger, might she have been able to get away with saying nothing about her email server -- as Donald Trump has with his tax returns? As they say, I´m just askin´. I am asking because the dislike of Hillary Clinton is so palpable that it has become akin to
CAIRO - Two Islamic State ´soldiers´ carried out the Normandy church attack in France, the group´s Amaq news agency said in a statement on Tuesday. Two hostage takers killed a priest in a church in Normandy, northern France earlier on Tuesday, before being shot dead by French police. "They carried out the operation in response to the call to target the countries of the crusader coalition," the Amaq statement said. Earlier Tuesday, French President Francois Hollande said the two hostage takers who killed a priest in a church in Normandy, northern France, were terrorists who had pledged allegiance to Islamic State. "Daesh has
View comments Military veterans yelled ´Lock her up!´ on Tuesday when Donald Trump raised Hillary Clinton´s name at the national convention of Veterans of Foreign Wars. Clinton spoke at the Charlotte, North Carolina event Monday, criticizing Trump without mentioning him by name. The billionaire didn´t return the favor, complaining that she has downplayed corruption in the Department of Veterans Affairs. ´The other candidate in this race, you know her name – crooked Hillary Clinton – and believe me folks, she is crooked ... recently said of the VA scandal that it´s not as widespread as it´s puported to be. It´s like she´s trying to
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Conference of Teamsters union endorsed Republican Sen. Rob Portman over former Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat who had won its support in previous elections. The union, which represents more than 50,000 members across Ohio and nearly always supports Democrats, had endorsed Strickland in 2006 and 2010. But in the tight 2016 Senate race, they chose his competitor, Portman, of Terrace Park. "Rob is fighting for middle-class jobs and higher wages for the people of Ohio, and he has fought with us to protect our pensions," said Pat Darrow, president of the Ohio Conference of Teamsters, in
Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, says that the Democratic Party needs to move beyond divisions and rally around its presumptive nominee. In an interview with CBS’s “This Morning” on Tuesday, Podesta applauded the Democratic convention speeches given by Michelle Obama and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Monday night. “So, I think we began that process last night, I think that as Sarah Silverman said … we’ve got to get over it.” Podesta added that the party took the opportunity to honor Sanders’s campaign on Monday night, “but we need to move on and consolidate around Hillary.” “I’ve worked for
At the Republican National Convention last week in Cleveland, none of the speakers used the phrase “white people.” Anti-racists, however, need to make EVERYTHING about race, so they made it about white people anyway. Appearing on a panel helmed by MSNBC’s lesbian-faced Chris Hayes, an old white man named Charles Pierce of Esquire magazine racially taunted fellow old white man Steve King, a Republican congressman from Iowa: If you’re really optimistic, you can say that this is the last time that old white people will command the Republican Party’s attention, its platform, its public face. That hall is wired by
Polish police have arrested an Iraqi immigrant in possession of explosives and a series of notes on preparing terrorist acts against supermarkets in Poland, according to local reports. Although police only found small amounts of explosives on the 48-year-old man, “not sufficient to make an explosion,” traces of explosives were found on the man’s luggage and clothes at hotels in Lodz and Krakow. Police arrested the man at a hotel in Lodz on Sunday. Among his personal effects were memos regarding preparation of a terrorist attack, which included a list of French shopping centers and supermarkets in Poland
Pope Francis learned "with pain and horror" of an elderly priest´s killing at a church near the northern French town of Rouen by suspected jihadists and is praying for the victims of the "absurd violence", the Vatican said Tuesday. "The Pope has been informed and shares people´s pain and horror at this absurd violence and the strongest condemnation of every form of hatred and joins in prayers for those involved," said Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi. "We are especially shocked that this horrible violence, the barbaric killing of a priest and the involvement of worshippers, took place in a church, a
Waving off the clerics who had come to administer last rites, Voltaire said: “All my life I have ever made but one prayer to God, a very short one: ‘O Lord, make my enemies look ridiculous.’ And God granted it.” The tale of the thieved emails at the Democratic National Committee is just too good to be true. For a year, 74-year-old Socialist Bernie Sanders has been saying that, under DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the party has been undercutting his campaign and hauling water for Hillary Clinton. From the 19,200 emails dumped the weekend before Clinton’s coronation, it appears the old boy
Accountability is for peons. Barack Obama can lie about health care or Benghazi, Hillary Rodham Clinton can intentionally mishandle top-secret information in a way that potentially exposes U.S. intelligence assets, Lois Lerner can weaponize the IRS at the behest of Democratic grandees in the Senate — and nothing happens. If you think Debbie Wasserman Schultz has finally received her long-awaited and well-deserved comeuppance, you’ve got another thing coming. Wasserman Schultz, the political stinkbomb from Florida who is a serious contender for dumbest person in American politics (in a world in which Donald Trump exists) was point person for a Democratic
PHILADELPHIA — Buoyed by increased support among Republicans in Ohio, Donald Trump has pulled even with Hillary Clinton in a head-to-head match-up in the state, and he is ahead of her in a four-way contest, according to a survey taken in the days after the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton were tied at 45 percent head-to-head in the poll released Monday by the Democratic-leaning firm Public Policy Polling, after Mrs. Clinton had held a 4-point, 44 percent to 40 percent lead, in June. Mr. Trump’s support among Republicans increased from 66 percent to 82 percent, while Mrs.
Eight years after a gaffe-filled performance damaged his wife’s White House hopes, a more disciplined Bill Clinton has emerged on the campaign trail — but analysts say the former president remains the ultimate risk-reward surrogate, a “Shakespearean character” with unmatched political talent who is simultaneously unable to prevent himself from creating political headaches. For Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, the upside of her husband’s dual political personality soon will be on full display. Mr. Clinton will address the Democratic National Convention this week, four years after his 2012 speech stole the show in what was perhaps the most full-throated endorsement of President
I doubt you could find a more apropos visual representation for day #1 at the DNC convention in Philadelphia than this one: (Photo)A very hastily constructed interior wall surrounding the stage using metal crowd barriers and blue cloth drapes. What/who do you think they were attempting to “block”?
A priest has been ´beheaded´ by two ISIS knifemen who cut his throat after bursting into a French church and taking nuns and worshippers hostage before being shot dead by police. Five people including the 86-year-old priest, two nuns and two parishioners were held by assailants who raided the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen in Normandy during morning mass at 9am. The clergyman, named as Jacques Hamel, is believed to have been beheaded during the attack while another hostage, believed to be a nun, is fighting for life in hospital. The two attackers were ´neutralised´ by marksmen as they emerged
Michelle Obama attacked Donald Trump without actually mentioning his name once during an emotional and powerful speech on the first night of the Democratic National Convention. The First Lady, who was wearing a custom-made blue dress by US designer Christian Siriano, began the speech with a fun anecdote about her teenage daughters who arrived at the White House as children. But the niceties soon morphed into a harsh criticism of the Republican nominee, as she declared her staunch backing for Hillary Clinton. ´This country is great,´ she declared at one point, while firmly stating, ´I´m with her,´ referring to Clinton.
Now let us praise the most damaging hoax of our generation: The ‘hands ups, don’t shoot’ fairy tale surrounding the shooting death of St. Michael Brown of Ferguson -- which is about to be glorified at the Democrat convention tonight. (snip) Turns out Philadelphia is a perfect place for a ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ protest. Though not the kind the Hillary Clinton likes to tell during her stump speech. This story happened to an old white dude walking his dog through the kind of place where a few brave white souls have convinced themselves it is perfectly safe for white people
Stipulating that nothing is certain, it’s always seemed rather plausible if not outright obvious that Vladimir Putin prefers Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton. There’s the mutual praise, the Manafort connections and the shared vision. The mere fact that a major party nominee is openly talking about undermining NATO and bad-mouthing the UN is itself a major coup for the Russians. When Trump’s one-man-brain Trust mused this week that NATO-ally Estonia wasn’t worth defending, there must have been cheers across the Kremlin. Putin has long sought to sow dissension and strife within both NATO and the EU. From the vantage point
PHILADELPHIA — Three of the biggest names in Democratic politics sought to get their national convention back on track Monday evening after the party flirted with potentially disastrous disunity for much of the day. The prime-time session saw clear-cut statements of support for presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton from her main primary rival, Bernie Sanders; an emotional and widely praised address from first lady Michelle Obama; and a prolonged attack on Donald Trump from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.). But Sanders’s most fervent backers, who are unreconciled to Clinton becoming the nominee, caused significant disruption during the previous hours. Even respected Democratic officeholders