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New Obamacare contraceptive rule seeks way around conservative legal victories

Posted by  ▪  August 22, 2014

Has the administration found a way around conservative legal victories, or run afoul again?

The Obama Administration announced today that they’re once again changing the rules governing health care plans provided by religiously-oriented nonprofit organizations. Via The Hill: Under the rule, the government would step in and cover the law’s contraception requirements in instances where employers announce their religious objections in writing. The organizations would not have…
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5 votes, 4.20 avg. rating (85% score)
 
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Chancellor issues campus-wide email explaining Salaita decision (Update: Trustees and officials support)

Posted by  ▪  August 22, 2014

“The decision regarding Prof. Salaita was not influenced in any way by his positions on the conflict in the Middle East nor his criticism of Israel.”

Prior to a few minutes ago, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign had not commented publicly about the reasoning behind the decision not to complete the hiring process for Professor Steven Salaita. There was a lot of protest, including a petition and academic boycotts, meant to pressure the university into changing its…
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5 votes, 4.60 avg. rating (91% score)
 
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All the News That’s Fit for Hamas

Posted by  ▪  August 22, 2014

Forbes investigative journalist exposes biased coverage of Hamas and the Gaza conflict

At his Muckraker column at Forbes, The Media Intifada: Bad Math, Ugly Truths About New York Times In Israel-Hamas War, investigative journalist Richard Behar exposes many of the problems – really scandals – with the MSM reporting on Gaza. Though he focuses a lot on The New York Times, he focuses on…
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5 votes, 4.40 avg. rating (88% score)
 
http://politiken.dk/indland/politik/ECE2368209/tavs-demonstration-mod-joedehad-var-pakket-ind-i-politi-og-presse/

Copenhagen Jewish school vandalized with anti-Israel graffiti, broken windows

Posted by  ▪  August 22, 2014

Well, that Copenhagen Yarmulke (Kippah) March didn’t solve anything

We previously featured the Yarmulke (Kippah) March in Copenhagen, after a series of attacks on Jews wearing Jewish symbols or dress: Copenhagen “Yarmulke March” held with minor disruptions “Yarmulke March” planned for Copenhagen to protest anti-Semitic violence At the end of my last post I predicted: While it’s great that the march was held, it’s…
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3 votes, 3.67 avg. rating (77% score)
 
(Police Protecting Courthouse, Ferguson MO)

Thankfully, the presumption of innocence applies even in Ferguson

Posted by  ▪  August 22, 2014

New Republic post suggests self-defense defendants should be presumed guilty.

At The New Republic, author Yishai Schwartz argues that “Convicting Darren Wilson Will Be Basically Impossible” because of the presumption of innocence mixed with race and Missouri self-defense law : We may never know what actually happened during the violent encounter between teenager Michael Brown and policeman Darren Wilson. But legal judgments rarely happen…
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8 votes, 4.12 avg. rating (83% score)
 
http://youtu.be/4pbCKnpdXck

Hamas conducts mass executions of alleged collaborators

Posted by  ▪  August 22, 2014

Successful Israeli attack on senior Hamas military leadership further stokes paranoia and alarm among Gaza terrorist groups.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made headlines at a recent press conference by specifically comparing Hamas to ISIS. As if to prove Netanyahu right, Hamas conducted the execution without trial of several alleged collaborators on Thursday, followed up by a reported 18 today. This is on top of dozens previously…
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3 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (97% score)
 
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SCOTUS blocks same sex marriage in Virginia

Posted by  ▪  August 22, 2014

…at least for now.

Last month, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down as unconstitutional Virginia’s same sex marriage ban. This week, however, the Supreme Court put a hold on that ruling, meaning that for the time being gay marriages are blocked in Virginia: While nearly all federal and state courts have ruled in favor…
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7 votes, 3.43 avg. rating (71% score)
 
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Rick Perry refuses to be derailed by Texas Democrats

Posted by  ▪  August 21, 2014

The Governor of Texas won’t let a little thing like an indictment stop him.

Texas democrats may be keeping busy wallowing in the shallow victory of the recent indictment of Governor Rick Perry, Rick Perry himself is doing what he does best—his job. Today, Governor Perry gave a speech at the Heritage Foundation in Washington D.C. detailing the dangers inherent in Barack Obama’s tacit open borders…
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7 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (98% score)
 
http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/bergdahl-prisoner-swap-cbs-news-poll-shows-majority-say-u-s-gave-up-too-much/

GAO: Obama admin broke law in Bergdahl swap

Posted by  ▪  August 21, 2014

So what are you going to do about it? Huh, Congress?

Now this is interesting. The General Accounting Office has just issued a report concluding that the Department of Defense broke the law in the Bergdahl-Taliban swap (h/t @JakeTapper). It has to do with the requirement of congressional notification prior to transferring a detainee at Gitmo. Bowe Bergdahl was swapped for 5 high…
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10 votes, 4.20 avg. rating (84% score)
 
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/08/18/ferguson-national-guard-michael-brown-jay-nixon/14219621/

#Ferguson Updates – Is the worst over?

Posted by  ▪  August 21, 2014

What will the media do now?

The latest developments, a growing list, feel free to add more in the comments: NY Times, Missouri National Guard to Withdraw From Ferguson as Tensions Ease: As tensions on the streets here seemed to ease on Thursday, Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from the city. “I greatly appreciate…
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8 votes, 4.62 avg. rating (92% score)
 
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Three senior Hamas commanders killed, fate of Mohammed Deif uncertain

Posted by  ▪  August 21, 2014

Hamas suffers a big blow, but is its military chief dead or alive?

Following up on an airstrike that hit the house of terror mastermind Mohammad Deif, Israel killed three Hamas commanders last night. Raed al-Attar, Mohammad Abu Shmallah and Mohammad Barhoum. While there are still conflicting accounts as to whether Deif was killed or not, including a disappearing death certificate; three of his…
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1 vote, 5.00 avg. rating (95% score)
 
http://www.mytwintiers.com/story/d/story/republicans-claim-robertson-fat-shaming-reed-with/55514/gKeceoroN0aKL7Mek9eXJA#.U_UyYlwqEOA.twitter

“Fat Shaming” becomes big issue in key congressional race (#NY23)

Posted by  ▪  August 21, 2014

Political analyst: “a lot of folks” will say “this is an outrageous depiction of Tom Reed when he was a lot heavier.”

Martha Robertson is the Democratic challenger to Republican Tom Reed in the key NY-23 swing congressional district in upstate New York. Robertson is a “Red-to-Blue” DCCC designee, meaning that they rate her as one of the top prospects to flip a Republican seat. But the campaign has not been going well for…
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4 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (98% score)
 
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Wendy Davis campaigns on sexual assault reform

Posted by  ▪  August 21, 2014

Interesting how this proposal comes just over two months before the election.

Earlier this month, Wendy Davis fell into the gutter with a new ad accusing current Texas Attorney General and fellow gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott of being soft on rape. Politicos on both sides of the aisle were put off by the ad, and many consultants believe that she may have actually…
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3 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (97% score)
 
http://6abc.com/news/temple-student-assaulted-on-move-in-day/274275/

Pro-Israel student attacked at Temple U.

Posted by  ▪  August 21, 2014

Students for Justice in Palestine admits pro-Israel student assaulted, but denies claimed anti-Semitic slurs.

When I told you on July 16 that I was Expecting anti-Israel violence on campuses this fall, you might have thought I was needlessly worried. But I have observed over the past academic year the increasing fury and frustration of the campus BDS movement – and that was before Gaza. So in my…
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5 votes, 5.00 avg. rating (98% score)