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Warren v. Manchin

Posted by  ▪  July 10, 2013

Warren v. Manchin

Posted by
7/10/2013 at 11:33am
Elizabeth Warren’s student loan proposal to utilize the overnight rate the Fed loans money to banks has been widely criticized even by some liberal commentators as a “cheap political gimmick.” [Note – link is to LI and is safe, some people are getting warnings] There seems to be an emerging deal to lower rates,…
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Breaking – Jury will not get to see Trayvon fighting texts

Posted by  ▪  July 10, 2013

Also, Animated Video Not Evidence

Breaking – Jury will not get to see Trayvon fighting texts

Posted by
7/10/2013 at 9:15am
The Judge in the Zimmerman trial just ruled that the jury will not get to see numerous text messages on Trayvon Martin’s phone regarding his prowess at fighting, including texts as to how to punch someone in the nose and make them bleed. https://twitter.com/JeffWeinerOS/statuses/354774555711123456 The Judge did not give an explanation for her…
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Zimmerman Trial Day 12: Live Video, Analysis of Defense’s Case & Witnesses

Posted by  ▪  July 10, 2013

Zimmerman Trial Day 12: Live Video, Analysis of Defense’s Case & Witnesses

Posted by
7/10/2013 at 9:00am
Today we will again be covering the Zimmerman Trial live, all day, with streaming video. Continuing commentary will be posted in the Twitter feed of selected contributors below the first video feed. We have brief summaries of the previous day’s events (including last night’s fireworks!) along links to detailed more…
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“Newsjacking” With a Dark Twist: When Hoaxes Infiltrate the News Cycle

Posted by  ▪  July 10, 2013

“Newsjacking” With a Dark Twist: When Hoaxes Infiltrate the News Cycle

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7/10/2013 at 8:15am
There is a term known as “newsjacking,” and it refers to the takeover of a news story or narrative and using it for other purposes.  See the example in that link about when Oreo took over the power outage during the Super Bowl 2013, and you’ll understand exactly why such a…
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Zimmerman judge needs to read this case on authentication of text messages

Posted by  ▪  July 10, 2013

Zimmerman judge needs to read this case on authentication of text messages

Posted by
7/10/2013 at 7:11am
In my post last night I noted a near shouting match between defense attorney Don West and Judge Debra Nelson over whether text messages on Trayvon Martin’s phone regarding fighting were “authenticated.” Judge Nelson stated that there was no evidence that Trayvon typed the texts even though the messages were on his…
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Judge to rule in morning about Trayvon fighting texts after contentious nightime hearing

Posted by  ▪  July 9, 2013

Judge to rule in morning about Trayvon fighting texts after contentious nightime hearing

Posted by
7/9/2013 at 10:00pm
A hearing was held this evening, concluding just before 10 p.m.,  on the attempt of the defense to introduce expert testimony as to text messages regarding fighting found on Trayvon Martin’s cell phone. The judge previously had ruled that such social media evidence could not be mentioned in jury selection or…
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Did Egyptian military commit or prevent a coup?

Posted by  ▪  July 9, 2013

Was Muslim Brotherhood rule the end of democracy as Egypt briefly knew it?

Did Egyptian military commit or prevent a coup?

Posted by
7/9/2013 at 8:15pm
While violence in Egypt has been increasing, it’s important to remember that there was a coup in Egypt prior to the June 30th protests. That coup occurred November 22, 2012. That’s when President Morsi attempted to seize power for himself by fiat. Here’s how Eric Trager later characterized the events: The Brotherhood’s most…
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Noted Forensic Pathologist Says Zimmerman Story “Consistent” with Evidence, As Defense Case Nears End

Posted by  ▪  July 9, 2013

Noted Forensic Pathologist Says Zimmerman Story “Consistent” with Evidence, As Defense Case Nears End

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7/9/2013 at 6:40pm
By far the biggest news of the day came mid-afternoon when defense attorney Mark O’Mara informed Judge Nelson that his next witness, Elouise Dilligard, would be his last of the trial, and that he expected the defense to rest their case tomorrow. Given the expectations of many, including this lawyer, that…
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Did Israel just destroy Syrian depot holding Russian missiles?

Posted by  ▪  July 9, 2013

Another “who bombed it” mystery in Syria

Did Israel just destroy Syrian depot holding Russian missiles?

Posted by
7/9/2013 at 4:15pm
This is another Syrian “who bombed it” mystery. What is not disputed is that a major Syrian arms depot in the town of Latakia in the Alawite region was destroyed (h/t Israel Matzav, also here). The Syrian rebels says Israel destroyed a large weapons depot which stored components of the Russian S300 air defense…
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Citizenship the political game, set and match

Posted by  ▪  July 9, 2013

Citizenship the political game, set and match

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7/9/2013 at 2:13pm
I’ve flagged the pathway to citizenship (even more so than other forms of legalization) as the critical issue in the immigration debate. Granting citizenship to adults who came here illegally is horrible policy which historically has proven a huge carrot to increased illegal immigration regardless of the rhetoric about how it never…
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Deleted Tweet Triggers Reports on Snowden Asylum Decision

Posted by  ▪  July 9, 2013

Deleted Tweet Triggers Reports on Snowden Asylum Decision

Posted by
7/9/2013 at 12:29pm
UPDATES below the post. Multiple outlets are reporting that NSA leaker Edward Snowden has accepted asylum in Venezuela, and the news is spreading like wildfire.  But there doesn’t seem to be reliable confirmation of this news, as most reports appear to be based on a single source – a Russian lawmaker who…
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Zimmerman Trial Day 11: Live Video, Analysis of Defense’s Case & Witnesses

Posted by  ▪  July 9, 2013

Zimmerman Trial Day 11: Live Video, Analysis of Defense’s Case & Witnesses

Posted by
7/9/2013 at 8:45am
Today we will again be covering the Zimmerman Trial live, all day, with streaming video. Continuing commentary will be posted in the Twitter feed of selected contributors below the first video feed, and breaking news will be added at the bottom of this post. Live Stream Video WITH COMMENTARY FROM CHANNEL 9 IN…
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Car bomb in Hezbollah stronghold in Beirut

Posted by  ▪  July 9, 2013

Car bomb in Hezbollah stronghold in Beirut

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7/9/2013 at 8:34am
Many weeks ago we suggested that one outcome of Hezbollah’s involvement in the Syrian civil war on behalf of Assad, particularly the conquest of Qusayr, would be car bombings in pro-Hezbollah sections of Beirut. That prediction appears to be coming true. Via The Daily Star of Lebanon: A car bomb ripped through Tuesday Beirut’s…
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It’s like a whole other country, and it’s not Texas

Posted by  ▪  July 9, 2013

It’s like a whole other country, and it’s not Texas

Posted by
7/9/2013 at 7:00am
The #fem2 hashtag is “A catch-all for Feminist tweets, sometimes combined with #p2.” The Pebble Mine is the latest worst thing ever to happen to the environment. From Nick, with the subject line “Portland Crazy”: I couldn’t help but think of you when I saw this near the Portland, OR Airport this morning, Professor! I…
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NY Gun law amended in middle of night to exempt retired cops from magazine limit

Posted by  ▪  July 8, 2013

Literally, the middle of the night, just before dawn.

NY Gun law amended in middle of night to exempt retired cops from magazine limit

Posted by
7/8/2013 at 9:50pm
We have written many times about the rush to pass the new New York gun law, resulting in many unintended consequences, including a magazine capacity limit that was unworkable and the potential criminalization of police officers: Heller case attorney: NY 7-round limit “clearly unconstitutional” NY to ease 7-round magazine limit DA in upstate NY…
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Implosion: Police Testify Trayvon’s Father Originally Denied Son Was Screaming

Posted by  ▪  July 8, 2013

Also, Trayvon pot smoking to come into evidence via toxicology report

Implosion: Police Testify Trayvon’s Father Originally Denied Son Was Screaming

Posted by
7/8/2013 at 6:55pm
There were some big wins for the defense today, including several important rulings just before the Court recessed for the day. By far the biggest news, however, is the utter implosion of the State’s “scream” narrative into which they had invested the heart and soul of their theory of the c…
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New Snowden Interview Footage: “NSA lied about existence of Boundless Informant tool”

Posted by  ▪  July 8, 2013

New Snowden Interview Footage: “NSA lied about existence of Boundless Informant tool”

Posted by
7/8/2013 at 5:00pm
The Guardian today released a second part of its exclusive video interview with NSA leaker Edward Snowden, purportedly recorded on June 6th, as a follow-up to the initial interview released on June 9th. A couple highlights, transcribed from today’s video release: “We were actually involved in misleading the public, and misleading all publics, not…
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