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Five Prominent Faculty at U. Illinois – Urbana Champaign come out against Salaita hire

Posted by  ▪  January 7, 2015

“we wish him success in seeking a faculty position elsewhere”

In late December, the faculty Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure (CAFT) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign issued a Report and recommendations on the refusal of the Board of Trustees to grant tenure to former Virginia Tech Professor Steven Salaita. We covered the CAFT Report in detail, U. Illinois Faculty Committee fails to call for Steven…
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To help Palestinians, take spotlight off Palestinians

Posted by  ▪  January 7, 2015

Abbas’ non-negotiation strategy reflects desire for struggle over reality.

In The Dream Palace of the Arab, an excellent column about Palestinians’ inability to place their fantasies about the destruction of Israel over the reality of Israel, Bret Stephens focuses on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ latest attempts to avoid negotiating with Israel. Stephens observes: “Mr. Abbas consistently refuses a Palestinian state bec…
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Bridgeton, NJ: Another Alleged “Hands Up” Police Killing of Black Man

Posted by  ▪  January 7, 2015

Two New Jersey police officers fire when a traffic stop goes bad, killing 36-year-old Jerame Reid

Two Bridgeton NJ police officers shot and killed 36-year-old Jerame Reid during a traffic stop last night, reports NBC 10 News our of Philadelphia (see embedded video, below).  The officers, Braheme Days and Roger Worley, are on paid leave as the killing remains under investigation.  Prosecutors have released little inform…
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Thune Keeps Gas Tax Hike on Table

Posted by  ▪  January 7, 2015

This “trial balloon” is filled with lead.

When it was confirmed that the Republicans would be taking over the US Senate after November’s historic election many of us, fueled by a potent combination of conservative activism and Obama administration incompetence, were expecting big things. One of the items on the “Wish List” was tax reform. As the old adage…
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#JeSuisCharlie — Attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo (Live Updates)

Posted by  ▪  January 7, 2015

We are all Charlie now.

There was an attack on a French satirical publication, Charlie Hebdo, using automatic weapons and a rocket-propelled grenade, killing 12. The killers are at large as of this writing. The NY Times reports: Masked gunmen with automatic weapons opened fire in the offices of a French satirical newspaper on Wednesday in Paris,…
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Who’s Obstructionist now? White House Threatens to Veto Keystone

Posted by  ▪  January 7, 2015

Standing in the way of progress.

The new Republican congress was sworn in yesterday, and one of their first orders of business is an attempt to advance plans for the Keystone XL Pipeline. Unfortunately, obstructionist Democrats in the Obama administration are standing in the way of progress. Timothy Gardner and Richard Cowan of Reuters reported: Republicans push Keystone bill, White…
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Cuban Relations

Why would Cuba follow through?

Posted by  ▪  January 7, 2015

It’s hard to think of a single reason

Promises, shmomises: An air of secrecy surrounds the fate of 53 political prisoners whom Cuba agreed to free in its historic deal with the United States last month, as Washington and Havana’s refusal to publicly identify the dissidents is fueling suspicion over Cuba’s intentions… …[O]fficials said a prisoner release was not a precondition…
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Fort Bliss Under Fire

Posted by  ▪  January 7, 2015

2 dead, questions remain unanswered

Yesterday afternoon, a man walked into the El Paso VA Health Care System clinic and shot a doctor before turning the gun on himself. Via Fox 14 El Paso: At a press conference Tuesday evening, Maj. Gen. Stephen Twitty confirmed the shooter was killed along with one victim. Fort Bliss did not…
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Could Texas be the first state with an official state hat

Will Texas be first state with official State Hat?

Posted by  ▪  January 6, 2015

There’s only one hat fit to be the National Hat of Texas

Texas State Representative Marsha Farney filed a bill yesterday that would make the cowboy hat the official hat of Texas. Dr. Farney is an Aggie and former educator from Georgetown, Texas (a smallish town north of Austin). According to the Houston Chronicle: The proposed resolution cites the significance of the cowboy headgear…
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Stanley Cohen off to prison, Hamas to the end

Posted by  ▪  January 6, 2015

Lawyer convicted of tax offenses keeps photo with two founders of Hamas as his Twitter profile pic.

One chapter in the saga of Stanley Cohen has closed, another started. Cohen was to report today to prison to begin serving his 18 month sentence, the result of a plea bargain, for concealing and failing to report large cash transactions and failing to file income tax returns for several years. Cohen pledged…
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As Gov. Brown touts CA’s “comeback,” another city mired in fiscal scandal

Posted by  ▪  January 6, 2015

Something smells in Pasadena, and it’s not the roses.

Californians are starting 2015 with a fresh round of new taxes, and the inauguration of Democrat Jerry Brown for an unprecedented fourth term as California’s governor. As part of his inaugural address, Brown derided critics of the state’s current economy, and conjured up a fantasy of balanced budgets and robust employment. “We…
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Krauthammer: “The grown-ups are now in control of the Congress”

Posted by  ▪  January 6, 2015

Today is Day 1 of the GOP-controlled Congress

Last night Charles Krauthammer took the outgoing Congressional leadership to task over their legacy of obstructionism. Watch: Via the Daily Caller (emphasis mine): ”It sounds like Schumer is saying that, for the first time in living memory, we’re going to have amendments introduced in the U.S. Senate, which is a remarkable…
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Live Updates: the Vote for Speaker

Posted by  ▪  January 6, 2015

Will Boehner survive the vote?

Here we go! The Washington Post has the updated whip count as of 10 this morning. They have also confirmed Reps. Amash and Webber as firm “nos,” giving the anti-Boehner coalition 2 more votes toward an alternative candidate. Boehner is predicted to lose more votes than in his previous bid…
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Dershowitz presumed innocent in zero-sum defamation game (Update: Affidavit and Lawsuit)

Posted by  ▪  January 6, 2015

Accuser and her lawyers need to prove their claims, not hide behind court pleading privilege.

Alan Dershowitz, along with others including Prince Andrew of Britain, were accused in a court filing involving convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein of participating in forced sex with a 17-year old. The court filing was not criminal, and was not even under oath. It merely was a motion suing prosecutors for agreeing…
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Inside Account: How Anti-Israel Resolutions Were Defeated at American Historical Association

Posted by  ▪  January 6, 2015

Procedure and the rule of law matter, and so does substance: AHA is a scholarly, not political, organization.

[WAJ Intro: University of Maryland Professor Jeffrey Herf helped lead the battle to defeat anti-Israel resolutions at the American Historical Association, as we wrote about on Sunday.  I asked him to submit this Guest Post to recount the events and strategies, in the hope they will inform others facing similar anti-Israel tactics.] ————— By…
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Dennis Ross: “Stop Giving Palestinians a Pass”

Posted by  ▪  January 6, 2015

An Obama supporter takes issue with his foreign policy.

In an op-ed published in The New York Times on Monday, former American peace negotiator Dennis Ross wrote that it’s time to hold the Palestinians responsible for turning down peace. Since 2000, there have been three serious negotiations that culminated in offers to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Bill Clinton’s parameters in 2000,…
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Bill de Blasio blasts officers who turned their backs

Posted by  ▪  January 5, 2015

What a perfect time to run offense against the NYPD

During this past Saturday’s services for fallen NYPD Officer Wenjian Liu, officers again turned their backs on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as he stood to speak. The silent protest did not please Mr. Mayor, and now he’s speaking out against the officers who chose to pivot away from…
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