For the average Iowan flipping open Monday’s Des Moines Register, the opinion piece from Hillary Clinton that it contains might suggest that the candidate’s brief listening tour was something of a success. It mentions five Iowans — just like them! — whose stories seem to have energized Clinton.
“Everywhere I went,” she writes, “I met Iowans with great ideas for how we can get there.”
The five Iowans mentioned in the article, however, were all attendees at one of Clinton’s staged roundtables and were invited by the campaign or the host. The five attended only two roundtables — somewhat undermining that “everywhere I went” line — attended by 13 total Iowans.
Baltimore police are warning that there is a “credible threat” to “take-out” law enforcement officers, according a press release from the Baltimore Police Department.
“The Baltimore Police Department / Criminal Intelligence Unit has received credible information that members of various gangs including the Black Guerilla Family, Blood, and Crips have entered into a partnership to ‘take-out’ law enforcement officers,” the warning reads.
“This is a credible threat. Law enforcement agencies should take appropriate precautions to ensure the safety of their officers. Notification will be sent via NLETS. Further informationw ill be sent through appropriate channels.
“Media is requested to distribute this information to the public and law enforcement nationwide.”
After the Rainbow Battalion descended on him for hosting the event he suddenly realized Cruz is against gay marriage leaving him “shocked.” Hmmm, anyone else want to join me in calling BS on that claim?
One of the two gay hoteliers who hosted Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) for a reception last week apologized on Facebook Sunday night, saying he had made a “terrible mistake” in receiving the GOP presidential contender.
“I’ve spent the past 24 hours reviewing videos of Cruz’ statements on gay marriage and I am shocked and angry,” Reisner wrote.
Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass told the New York Times last week they had mostly chatted with the conservative candidate about foreign policy, but also indicated a potential softening on Cruz’s private feelings about gay marriage.
The White House is sending a delegation to the funeral of Freddie Gray, a black man who died of a spinal cord injury while in police custody in Baltimore.
Broderick Johnson, a White House Cabinet secretary and chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, will represent the Obama administration. Broderick, a native of Baltimore, will be joined by Heather Foster, an adviser in the White House Office of Public Engagement, and Elias Alcantara, with the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.
Gray, 25, died one week after sustaining a spinal injury while he was detained by police in West Baltimore on April 12. His death set off a wave of protests around the city, which turned violent over the weekend.
Gray’s funeral will take place Monday in Baltimore. Thousands are expected to attend, including relatives of Eric Garner, a black man who died in July, after police in New York City placed him in a chokehold.
“I have been asked by many in the Baltimore area since day one to get involved in the justice for Freddie Gray movement. Though I have discussed it on my daily radio and TV shows and been in touch with our NAN Baltimore chapter, I resisted personal involvement until we saw what the promised May 1 investigation report would bring.
I am saddened and disappointed that there now may not be a report released on May 1. It is concerning to me that a deadline that the police themselves had set and announced they have now conveniently changed. Therefore, I will come to Baltimore this week at the invitation or Rev. Westley West, who has led vigils daily there, along with local clergy, and morning radio show host Larry Young who has headed our Baltimore chapter of NAN for the last decade.
It is my intention to come and have a meeting with grassroots activists and faith leaders to schedule a two-day march in May from Baltimore to Washington. The march will bring the case of Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, Eric Harris to the new Attorney General, Loretta Lynch. Ms. Lynch, in her new role that we all supported, must look and intervene in these cases. Justice delayed is justice denied.”
Reverend Al Sharpton, President, National Action Network
President Obama is rumored to be in talks to move to New York and teach as a professor at Columbia Law School once his time in the White House is over.
The president has strong links to Columbia University — he was a transfer student from California’s Occidental College in 1981 as a 20-year-old junior, and graduated from Columbia in 1983.
Obama also taught courses in constitutional law at the University of Chicago from 1992 until his election to the US Senate in 2004. He was a senior lecturer from 1996 to 2004, during which time he taught three courses per year.
Hey Bill, there’s a reason it’s called a “Bronx cheer.”
Mayor de Blasio whined to a crowd of hayseeds in the Midwest about how New Yorkers are too mean to him at baseball games — and said he was jealous how well his Milwaukee counterpart is greeted by fans.
“I had the pleasure of taking in a Brewers game with Mayor Tom Barrett last night,” de Blasio told a group at a speech Saturday in Milwaukee. “I was struck by how many people kept coming up to the mayor to thank him for his service.”
“I go to quite a few baseball games in my city of New York, and I gotta admit — the reception isn’t always that cordial,” he added. “People recognize me, all right. But oftentimes our exchanges are limited to a few choice words . . . or even a particular finger!”
Fans at the Subway Series Sunday night said that New York fans aren’t going to pretend to be nice — and if de Blasio wants to get treated better he better earn it.
“He’s the worst,” said Diane McGrath, 48, a city worker, who has rooted for the Yankees for 30 years.
“What kind of reaction does he expect to get? He disrespects this city, disrespects the cops in this city, gets booed at their funerals, and seriously expects to get treated nice when he comes to the baseball games?” she said. “Get out of here. New Yorkers don’t forget.”
Hillary Clinton rounded up her first campaign swing with an op-ed in a top Iowa newspaper in which she emphasized her campaign’s commitments to regular Americans and echoed the progressive platform she’s been touting on the campaign trail.
Americans have come back from tough economic times. But the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top,” she wrote in The Des Moines Register.
“Americans are working harder and getting more productive, but they aren’t seeing the reward in their paychecks. So it’s time to reshuffle the deck and deal a better hand to the middle class.”
Clinton’s op-ed summarized the main message of her campaign by mentioning stories from a handful of Iowans she met with by name. That strategy seeks to take the emphasis off her political celebrity in favor of more personalized discussions with voters.
“When I came to Iowa, I wanted to do something a little different. No big speeches or rallies. Just talking directly with everyday Iowans,” she wrote.
National Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency – has arrested a would-be suicide bomber who says he was gang-raped by Taliban commanders before sending him out for a suicide attack.
A statement issued Sunday by NDS states that the victim of the gang-rape planned to carry out a suicide attack on the police headquarters of Bagrami District of Kabul but he was arrested before he could reach to his target.
According to NDS statement rape cases are not unusual within the ranks of Taliban and Haqani network.
Bilal, the rape victim-turned suicide bomber has told NDS that he was gang-raped by Taliban commanders Muzamil, Hijrat alias Abuzar, Tahir and Hanzila in Bati Kot District of eastern Nangarhar province and then sent for a suicide attack.
Bilal narrates his rape story in a video released by NDS.
He says he was raped by a Taliban commander which was followed by another rape.
“Abuzar raped me. He closed my mouth, opened my trouser and raped me”, Abduzar said.
Bilal said after this he went home but when returned he faced the same again. This time it was not by a Taliban commander but another fellow suicide bomber.
Islamic State (Isis) has banned Nike clothing and footwear in Syria and Iraq as part of a widespread crackdown on “sexual” words and terms.
The Islamist group has published a list of banned words, which include “bitch”, “whore” and “hussy” as well as religious terms such as “vicar” and “cross”.
IS distributed leaflets in Raqqa warning: “Beware guys, from serious foreign words,” and listed Nike alongside a list of 20 other banned words, which included musician Madonna.
It is not clear whether the group objects to the veteran singer’s name – which is religious – or her musical output but given IS’s feelings about music generally, it is likely to be both.
The group has gone a step further than simply banning the term Nike, which it claims sounds like the Arabic word “Neikh” [نكح] , which translates as “sexual intercourse”.
In leaflets distributed in Raqqa and published on 23 April by anti-IS Syrian activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, IS warns shopkeepers or market traders who sell Nike products could be fined, jailed or publicly flogged.
Matt Zeller is an Afghan war veteran. He came back to his car today outside the Safeway, and noticed this note stuck to it.
This note would be unbelievably offensive to any Afghan war veteran. But perhaps it is even more so because of what Matt Zeller does. We’ve mentioned Zeller before, because he started “No One Left Behind”. The purpose of the organization is to assist those who are in danger of being killed by the Taliban for having the nerve to help Americans by being interpreters. The U.S. promised them visas in exchange but have been slow in coming though on the promise.
Many of the men are in danger of death. Zeller is working to save them, because of our promise made to them. Few people who after leaving war would still be working to try to save people left behind, that’s the kind of man Matt Zeller is.
Here’s Zeller talking about his fight to save his best friend Janis Shinwari, an interpreter for their unit who help saved their lives.
Following the tragic earthquake which shook Nepal yesterday claiming the lives of thousands and leaving many injured in a swathe of destruction, Israel is joining the international effort to offer relief to victims of the quake, as an Israeli Defense Force delegation heads out to Nepal.
Ahead of the team heading out for their mission, Brig. Gen. Dr. Dudu Dagan of the IDF Medical Corps spoke at a briefing about the field hospital his forces plan to build at the disaster site.
The Jewish State is world-renowned for dealing with emergencies, as well as for setting up small and effective field hospitals just about anywhere and fast.
As Dagan said, the field hospital the IDF intends to set up would be a tertiary hospital, “meaning we can operate, we can have intensive care, we can hospitalize, and even escort…the injured to Israel.”
At the same time, Col. Yoram Laredo, the commander of the Israeli delegation to Nepal said that even arriving safely to assist will be a challenge as Kathmandu airport was heavily damaged in the earthquake.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Laredo on Sunday, telling him “you are being sent on an important mission. This is the true face of Israel – a country that offers aid over any distance at such moments. Good luck. We are counting on you.”