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Palestinian teen killed in Jerusalem — who did it and why?

Posted by  ▪  July 2, 2014

Reckless speculation could get more people killed.

Overnight the body of a Palestinian teenager from Jerusalem was found in a forest in the city. It appears to be confirmed that his name is Mohammed Abu Khdeir. The featured image is from Twitter. Immediately, there was speculation in the media and social media that it was a revenge killing…
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Dem candidate Sean Eldridge (#NY19) called “DCCC mystery meat” … by left-wing blog

Posted by  ▪  July 2, 2014

Eldridge may find that there are some things money just cannot buy — happiness and NY-19

It’s been a while since we checked in on Democratic challenger Sean Eldridge, running in NY-19 against incumbent Republican Chris Gibson, Facebook, I mean Sean Eldridge, trying to buy NY-19 congressional district: The congressional race in NY-19 has been off my radar this cycle, even though the district is just over the…
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New York’s top court strikes down cyberbullying law

Posted by  ▪  July 2, 2014

Local law as drafted “is overbroad and facially invalid under the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment.”

The New York Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled that a local law intended to protect children from cyberbullying violated the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment because it was too broad. From the Wall Street Journal: New York’s top court struck down a law that made cyberbullying a crime, in what had…
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2 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (97% score)
 
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Major Networks go quiet on VA Scandal

Posted by  ▪  July 2, 2014

Just not a priority anymore to those who decide what gets reported.

*Graphic courtesy of the Media Research Center This past April, a whistleblower at the VA Medical Center in Phoenix revealed to the world that agency officials were falsifying their wait lists in exchange for bigger bonuses and the appearance of efficiency. The scandal gave birth to a flurry of media activity, and…
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Protesters block San Diego Area illegal immigrant processing site

Posted by  ▪  July 2, 2014
Thousands of unaccompanied minors have flooded across our border, overwhelming border agents leading to immigration officials opening processing centers around the country. In the San Diego area, protesters force buses carrying undocumented immigrants to leave Murrieta, the local border patrol processing site designated to handle these arrivals. Protesters gathered in Murrieta on Tuesday where around 140…
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3 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (97% score)
 
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Surprise: Unaccompanied children crossing border may have right to stay

Posted by  ▪  July 1, 2014

Little known law could allow many of the unaccompanied children to remain in the U.S. legally if they are “abandoned”

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. If you haven’t heard of it before now, you probably will as tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors flood across the border, having been “abandoned” by their parents in Central America. A Legal Insurrection reader tipped us off to what could be a coming legal onslaught to give these…
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Argentina Enters Technical Default – 30 Days ‘Til Bust?

Posted by  ▪  July 1, 2014
During the past two weeks Argentina’s soccer team has rolled over its competition to advance to the World Cup Quarterfinals. Meanwhile, the team’s country has, yet again, collapsed into default. For 12 years, Argentina has been engaged in a financial and legal row with private creditors in the US over payments on…
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Three Israeli teens murdered, what comes next?

Posted by  ▪  July 1, 2014

What we now know about what happened, and what it says about Palestinians, Israelis and Americans

In the wake of yesterday’s awful discovery that Eyal Yifrach, Gil-ad Shaar and Naftali Frankel had been murdered by the abductors, it’s now clearer what happened. The Times of Israel reported What happened on the night of the kidnapping: The prevailing assessment within the defense establishment is that the kidnappers, at least at…
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The FIRE launches national litigation effort against campus speech codes

Posted by  ▪  July 1, 2014

Fighting “Shut-Up Culture” on Campuses

Almost daily we report here and at College Insurrection on the almost insane application of campus speech codes, frequently utilized disproportionately against non-politically correct (i.e. conservative) students and groups. Speech codes are closely related to other forms of campus oppression, like the stripping of due process rights for men accused under vague…
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6 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (98% score)
 
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While you were focused elsewhere, Ukraine-Russia confrontation just heated up

Posted by  ▪  July 1, 2014

On the brink of civil war, confrontation with Russia

This seems like a broken record, but the last 24 hours have turned the standoff in Eastern Ukraine from a “ceasefire” to a hot war that doesn’t appear to be cooling down soon. On Friday, June 20, Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko announced a unilateral one-week cease-fire by his government as a way…
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Fact Check: Mostly true that Martha Robertson “Out of This World” (#NY23)

Posted by  ▪  July 1, 2014

Legal Insurrection research findings drive the race

Martha Robertson is the Emily’s List-backed, DCCC “Red to Blue” Democratic challenger in NY-23, my home district. We have been following the race closely, and have exposed a number of issues that have helped frame the narrative of the race, including Robertson’s false fundraising claim that GOP operatives hacked her website during…
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5 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (98% score)
 
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@SCOTUSblog trolls confused haters on Twitter

Posted by  ▪  July 1, 2014

Angry tweeters mistake SCOTUSblog for SCOTUS.

By now you’ve seen Monday’s Supreme Court decisions here and here, which – quite predictably – set off a nuclear reaction on Twitter. Some of that outrage was misguidedly directed at SCOTUSblog by angry tweeters who thought they were surely tweeting the actual Supreme Court Justices. But as many of us know,…
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What will be America’s reaction to murder of three Israeli teens?

Posted by  ▪  July 1, 2014

A nod is as good as a wink to a blind foreign policy.

What will be America’s reaction to the killing of the three kidnapped Israeli teenagers? We already know Obama’s reaction: the mouthing of platitudes, urging restraint, and a plea for both sides to work together to find the perpetrators. Yes, you heard that right: From the outset, I have offered our full…
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The really old Constitution had a pretty good month

Posted by  ▪  June 30, 2014

And the Bill of Rights, too.

Who can forget this snippet of wisdom from 2010? I’d say June 2014 was a pretty good month for that old document. Last week the Supremes shot down Obama’s “recess” appointments because under that old document, they were not really recess appointments. And also free speech buffer zones, because even people protesting to protect…
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14 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (99% score)