Monday, June 27, 2016

Your Views: Was Orlando Really Worst Mass Shooting In U.S. History?


By Gazette Xtra, June 26, 2016 

My 89-year-old mother sent me an email Wednesday pointing out that all of our newspaper writers must have been sleeping in their..





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F. Lee Bailey, OJ Simpson's Attorney, Files For Bankruptcy


By Fox News, June 26, 2016 

PORTLAND, Maine –  Famed defense attorney F. Lee Bailey, whose legion of high-profile cases includes the O.J. Simpson murder trial, has filed for bankruptcy in Maine in an effort to discharge an IRS debt of more than $5 million.

Debts to the IRS aren't normally discharged in bankruptcy proceedings, but the 83-year-old Bailey said Friday that they can be if one abides by certain conditions, such as filing and paying his taxes on time since the original taxes and penalties were assessed.


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Brent Scowcroft - Prominent Republicans Backing Hillary Clinton - Pictures


By CBS News, June 25, 2016 

Brent Scowcroft, a Republican who served as national security adviser to former presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, endorsed Hillary Clinton, who he said "appreciates" the importance of maintaining a "strong military advantage" while still retaining force "as a last resort."

In this photo, Ford and U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, left, are briefed by Scowcroft on the evacuation of Saigon on April 28, 1975, at the White House in Washington.
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Bill Maher Wants President Obama To Go On A Real-Life Apology Tour


By Washington Post, June 25, 2016 

Bill Maher has a provocative idea: As long as Republicans regularly accuse President Obama of apologizing for America, why not just go do it?

Maher's idea for an Obama Apology Tour boils down to three things:

He's in the final months of his presidency, when anything goes
Donald Trump is giving us plenty to apologize for
We have apologized for many of these things internally anyway
Here's a list of the things Maher thinks Obama should apologize for, on behalf of America:


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‘God, Take Care Of This’: Gunmen Attack Grandma In Home Invasion


By NT Post, June 26, 2016 

An 80-year-old Brooklyn grandma is grateful to be alive after three crooks wearing masks and gloves robbed her at gunpoint, forcing her down on the kitchen floor as they ransacked her apartment.

“I said, ‘Oh thank God they left, they left me alive.’ They could have done something bad to me,” a still-distraught Maria Lugo Sr. told The Post on Saturday.

“I was thinking they could start shooting.”


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Do Civilians With Guns Ever Stop Mass Shootings?

By Washingtonpost, Oct 03, 2015

Backers of laws that let pretty much all law-abiding people carry concealed guns in public places often argue that these laws will sometimes enable people to stop mass shootings. Opponents occasionally ask: If that’s so, what examples can one give of civilians armed with guns stopping such shootings? Sometimes, I hear people asking if even one such example can be found, or saying that they haven’t heard of even one such example.

 
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Democrats See Danger Signs In States Where Clinton Has Not Fully Engaged

By Washington Post, June 25, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. — Hillary Clinton’s campaign strategists look at the general-election map and see a bounty of electoral college votes that are hers for the taking: in Florida and Virginia, Colorado and Nevada — all places where Donald Trump has badly damaged his standing with nonwhites and women.

Yet as Clinton plots her march to the White House, there are warning signs elsewhere — in states where her campaign is not yet making a full investment. And that has sparked concern from allies who say Trump must not be underestimated.

 
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CCW Weekend: Concealed Carry Stops Mass Shootings And Here Is Proof

By Daily Caller, June 25, 2016

Could an armed citizen with a CCW have stopped the massacre in Orlando? It’s easy to surmise that one would have. It’s impossible to know for sure. Any event of this nature involves a huge number of variables that are totally unique; the events of the incident in question unfolded exactly the way they did because of the exact circumstances at the time. Any number of things could have happened to dramatically alter the outcome, including whether or not any bar patrons or staff were armed.

 
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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Top IT Official: Disabling Security For Clinton Server Laid Out 'Welcome Mat' For Hackers


By Fox News, June 25, 2016 

A 2010 decision temporarily disabling State Department security features to accommodate Hillary Clinton’s private server effectively laid out a "welcome mat" for hackers and foreign intelligence services, a leading IT official who oversaw computer security at the Defense Intelligence Agency told Fox News.

"You're putting not just the Clinton server at risk but the entire Department of State emails at risk," said Bob Gourley, former chief technology officer (CTO) for the DIA. "When you turn off your defensive mechanisms and you're connected to the Internet, you're almost laying out the welcome mat for anyone to intrude and attack and steal your secrets."


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'This Is Not My Party': George Will Goes From GOP To Unaffiliated


By PJ Media, June 24, 2016 

WASHINGTON – Conservative columnist George Will told PJM he has officially left the Republican Party and urged conservatives not to support presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump even if it leads to a Democratic victory in the 2016 presidential election.

Will, who writes for the Washington Post, acknowledged it is a “little too late” for the Republican Party to find a replacement for Trump but had a message for Republican voters.

“Make sure he loses. Grit their teeth for four years and win the White House,” Will said during an interview after his speech at a Federalist Society luncheon.

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Edison High Students Use Gut-Wrenching slam poetry as an antidote to adversity


By Philly, June 26, 2016 

As hundreds of teenagers thump into their folding seats in the cavernous downtown theater, the poets of Edison High huddle under the dim lights backstage.

Turn in a pitch-perfect performance today and make the finals. Otherwise, season's over.

The odds are not with them.


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High Test Scores At A Nationally Lauded Charter Network, But At What Cost?


By NPR, June 24, 2016 

Since its inception nearly a decade ago in Silicon Valley, Rocketship has been among the most nationally applauded charter networks, hailed as an innovative model of blended learning.

Founder John Danner, who made a fortune in Internet advertising, originally envisioned enrolling 1 million students by 2020, relying on the strength of three pillars — "personalized learning" with software, excellent teachers and parent involvement — to raise the achievement of underserved students.


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Does The Brexit Vote Effect The U.S. presidential Race?


By McClatchy DCc, June 24, 2016 

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The 2016 race for the White House has weathered more shocks than an old pickup truck bumping along a pothole-covered road.

Now there’s Brexit, Britain’s stunning decision this week to bolt from the European Union, and possibly another jolt in America’s journey to the November election.

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Comic Book Movies Are Killing the Movie Industry


By Weekly Standard, June 25, 2016 

Have you been to the movies lately? If so, you may have noticed that just about every other weekend there's a new comic book movie out: Deadpool, Batman v. Superman,Captain America, X-Men. If you're a comic book fan (like me) this is pretty great.

But it may not be great for the industry. Over the weekend, I watched a short video essay called The Hollywood Crash Is Coming, which suggests that my beloved comic book movies may be killing the movie industry itself.


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Dems adopt $15 minimum wage in platform draft


By The Hill, June 24, 2016 

Democrats' platform draft includes some major victories for the Bernie Sanders camp but diverges from his policies enough to give him ammo going into the convention.

The platform draft committee took a first step toward giving Sanders a major concession, voting to adopt language in support of a $15 minimum wage. 

The 15-person committee, chaired by Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), finalized its draft of the guiding document Saturday in St. Louis after lengthy negotiations.


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Republicans Echo Trump's Brexit Applause

By Politico, June 24, 2016

Republicans largely met the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union on Friday with varying degrees of approval, none brighter than Donald Trump, the party's presumptive presidential nominee, who declared it a moment for Americans to follow in their ally’s footsteps and “re-declare their independence” this November.


House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) sounded a more cautious note, saying he respects the choice of the United Kingdom’s electorate but maintained Friday that its exit will have no impact on America’s “special relationship” with the country.

 
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