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William Jacobson Leslie Eastman

Leslie Eastman’s “flaming hot” stories of 2014

Posted by  ▪  December 27, 2014

Here’s to hoping for some “global cooling” on breaking news stories in 2015.

As we wrap-up another eventful year, I wanted to share some favorite posts featuring the many diverse areas I cover as part of Professor Jacobson’s wonderful team of authors. Infectious Diseases: “Health and Safety Moms” Could Swing 2014 Elections I was nothing if not optimistic about the election results this November, but the…
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http://www.salon.com/2014/10/26/thomas_frank_we_are_such_losers/

It was the best of years, it was the worst of years…

Posted by  ▪  December 27, 2014

A Tale of Two Views of America 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, it’s expected for some writers to look back on the last twelve months and analyze the year that was. Two recent columns from well known outlets offer a very different view of where we are. Michael Grunwald of Politico is pretty sure everything is coming up…
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Al-Shabaab shake-up hits Somalia

Posted by  ▪  December 27, 2014

The fractured group is still gaining ground.

Just days after al-Shabaab insurgents attacked an African Union military base in Somalia, one of the group’s leaders has been captured along the Somalia-Kenya border. From the AP: A leader with the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, who had a $3 million bounty on his head, surrendered in Somalia, a Somali intelligence official said…
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Attacking dog

Is there a Constitutional right of self-defense against attacking animals?

Posted by  ▪  December 27, 2014

An illustration of why “bad cases make for bad law.”

Eugene Volokh has an interesting post over at his Volokh Conspiracy blog about a Washington-state Court of Appeals decision finding that there exists a Constitutional right of self-defense against attacking animals.  That decision, State v. Hull (Wash. Ct. App. Dec. 18, 2014),  is embedded at the bottom of this post. Professor Volokh’s post on the…
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Democrats Snub Obama

Republicans to pick apart the Obama Coalition in 2016

Posted by  ▪  December 27, 2014

“The Democrats have no coalition of their own.”

2016 is still quite a way off but that hasn’t stopped speculation about the chances for each of the major parties. Bill Barrow of the Associated Press looks back at the last few elections and raises an important question for the next one: Can GOP shatter ‘Obama coalition’ in 2016? Republicans crowed in 2004…
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Funeral for #NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos (LIVE)

Posted by  ▪  December 27, 2014

Tens of thousands of police officers attend.

Today is the funeral for fallen New York Police Department Officer Rafael Ramos, executed along with officer Wenjian Liu. Live Video and Twitter feeds below, as well as our own select updates. [Funeral over, video feeds removed] Family, friends and city officials remember slain NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos: http://t.co/vKk0AScwfJ pic.twitter.com/xqgxMiEcuh— New York Daily News…
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Honoring the Life of Fallen #NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos

Posted by  ▪  December 27, 2014

“He had an infectious smile”

UPDATE: You can watch the funeral here. Today, New York City will lay to rest Officer Rafael Ramos, one of the victims of last week’s brutal assassination that took the lives of Ramos and his partner, Officer Wenjian Liu. More than 20,000 officers from all over the country, along with Vice President…
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CI Politcally Incorrect

Politically Incorrect Week at College Insurrection

Posted by  ▪  December 27, 2014

Your weekly report from the world of higher education.

Bill Maher finally got back at all those progressive students who were trying to silence him. Bill Maher Finally Gives Speech at Berkeley, Bashes Republicans There was more fallout from Rolling Stone’s UVA story. UVA Enters Damage Control Mode Over Rolling Stone Rape Story People Who Vandalized UVA’s Phi Kappa Psi House Unrepentant Columbia School of…
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Palestine Contingent Millions March NYC2Palestine w border

The Anti-Israel, Anti-Police Alliance (#NYPD)

Posted by  ▪  December 26, 2014

My column at The NY Post.

I previously have written about the activities of anti-Israel activists in fomenting confrontation in Ferguson and New York City: Intifada Missouri – Anti-Israel activists may push Ferguson over the edge Anti-Israel activist still stoking fires in #Ferguson “Pigs in a blanket” chanted in #Ferguson long before #NYPD executions I have a column at The NY…
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Rick Perry: “This is not a miracle. We know how this happened.”

Posted by  ▪  December 26, 2014

Some say *he’s* the “Texas Miracle.”

Greg Abbott won a decisive victory in Texas’ recent gubernatorial election, but he’ll have some big shoes to fill come January. Outgoing Governor Rick Perry may be stepping down from his post at the Texas capitol, but he’s nowhere near close to making his exit from the national stage. In addition…
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The Government’s Final Gift of 2014: A Bad Flu Season

Posted by  ▪  December 26, 2014

Egypt and India report deaths from H1N1/Swine Flu

I got the gift of karma last night, after returning home from a wonderful Christmas dinner with the in-laws. Why karma?  Because  one of the articles about infectious diseases I missed covering noted that this year’s flu shot was ineffective against the most dominant strain of the virus: The flu vaccine may not…
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Life is Beautiful

Miracles do exist

Posted by  ▪  December 26, 2014

Still skeptical? Read this.

This story came across my Twitter feed the other day and my eyes might have leaked a little bit. And by a little bit, I mean I cried like a baby because this story is just that kind of story. Brandon Finnigan over at Ace of Spades shared this incredible story…
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Mohammad Zoabi

Palestinian threats against Mohammad Zoabi and why there is no peace

Posted by  ▪  December 26, 2014

He’s hiding in the U.S., while his anti-Israel Knesset member cousin is lionized in Western media.

Prof. Jaccobson blogged yesterday about the tribulations of Israeli Member of Knesset Haneen Zoabi, who is privileged and free to serve in the legislature of the country that she reviles. But there’s another Zoabi, in fact a distant cousin, who also has been in the news. Mohammad Zoabi. He’s a teenager who…
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Video: #NYPD widow visits execution scene

Posted by  ▪  December 26, 2014

As protesters refuse plea to hold off until after funerals.

Via The NY Daily News: The weeping widow, her eyes spilling tears and her heart filled with anguish, stood unsteadily where her hero husband was executed. Pei Xia Chen, with her slain spouse’s parents and six other relatives, made a heartbreaking pilgrimage on Wednesday to the Brooklyn block that became a weekend killing…
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Rubio Jindal

Likely GOP 2016 Field Diverse but Not Hyphenated

Posted by  ▪  December 26, 2014

Unwilling to play racial and ethnic politics.

Ballotpedia lists the following Democrats (in alphabetical order) as potential 2016 presidential candidates: Joe Biden Hillary Clinton Andrew Cuomo Kirsten Gillibrand Amy Klobuchar Martin O’Malley Bernie Sanders Brian Schweitzer Party Mark Warner Elizabeth Warren Jim Webb My goodness.  Not much diversity there.  Actually, none. Mostly old white people, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but considering the years of demagoguery from Democrats,…
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Bush 41 in hospital over Christmas

Posted by  ▪  December 26, 2014

Pray for our Skydiving President

Former President George H.W. Bush spent Christmas this year in the hospital after experiencing shortness of breath. From the Associated Press: Family spokesman Jim McGrath said Thursday evening that the 90-year-old Bush remained at Houston Methodist Hospital. McGrath said Bush “had another terrific day and is in great spirits.” He said Bush was visited…
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Is Russian Economy Rushing to Disaster?

Posted by  ▪  December 26, 2014

Plummeting oil prices and Western sanctions have severely wounded the Russian Bear

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas 1998. Back in 1998, there was a resurgent US economy while Europe, Japan, and emerging markets floundered. The dollar strengthened and oil prices plummeted. We also had an embattled second-term Democratic president with Republicans in control of both houses of Congress. But most reminiscent of…
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