“I want you to cut the card in the toolkit and keep it in your wallet and use it in cases of emergency. Use this card only if you are arrested and detained by an immigration official. If the police pull you over for a bad taillight or you were going a little fast, that’s not when you pull this out. It explains in English and Spanish that you’re eligible for DACA or DAPA,” he added. “By using this card after you have been arrested or detained, you can explain that under the policy in place today, you should be released because you’re not a priority for deportation.”
Documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation indicate that the wife of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders may have been able to use her clout to get away with loan fraud, nearly bankrupting the small college she was president of and collecting a sizable severance package in the process.
These revelations come amid growing speculation that Sen. Sanders, a self-described socialist who has blasted the U.S. government asan oligarchy run by billionaires and railed against the golden parachutes received by top corporate executives, will contend for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Jane Sanders was the president of tiny Burlington College in Burlington, Vermont for seven years, from 2004 until 2011. During her tenure, Sanders masterminded an ambitious expansion plan that would have more than doubled the size of the school. To do so, she had the college take on $10 million in debt to finance the purchase of a new, far more expansive campus. The move backfired massively, leading to Sanders’ departure from the college and the near-collapse of the institution.
Harry Reid endorsed Chuck Schumer to succeed him as Senate minority leader after he retires in 2016.
“I think Schumer should be able to succeed me,” the Nevada Democrat said about the New York Democrat in an interview Friday with the Washington Post.
Reid, 75, whose Senate career has spanned three decades, has led Senate Democrats since 1995. He announced Friday he would not seek re-election in 2016.
Reid predicted Schumer, the third-ranking Democrat in Senate leadership, would win the post without opposition. He also suggested any competition — specifically Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois, with whom he spoke on the phone with Friday morning — should stand down.
Reid called Schumer “extremely smart” in the interview, adding that he would bring a “different style” to Senate leadership compared with Reid’s soft-spoken nature.
The Senate approved a budget amendment Thursday that supports a repeal of the estate tax.
Senators voted 54-46 on the amendment. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) broke rank and voted against the amendment, while Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) voted for it.
The amendment, offered by Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), aims to repeal the estate tax, sometimes referred to as the “death tax.” Under the tax, an estate, or assets, have to be worth more than $5.43 million before they are taxed.
Thune, ahead of the vote, said “a death in the family should not be a taxable event. … It also hits farmers particularly hard.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) fired back that “this amendment is not about family farms or small business. This amendment exclusively the wealthiest 0.3 percent of the families in this country.”
Like many votes taken during the “vote-a-rama,” the approval isn’t binding, but it sets the stage for a decision later in the appropriations process.
This is not good. Three people have corroborated to the WSJ that Scott Walker is flip-flopping on a path to citizenship for illegals, denouncing it publicly but supporting it at a private dinner:
WSJ – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told a private dinner of New Hampshire Republicans this month that he backed the idea of allowing undocumented immigrants to stay in the country and to eventually become eligible for citizenship, a position at odds with his previous public statements on the matter.
Mr. Walker’s remarks, which were confirmed by three people present and haven’t been reported previously, vary from the call he has made in recent weeks for “no amnesty”—a phrase widely employed by people who believe immigrants who broke the law by entering the country without permission shouldn’t be awarded legal status or citizenship.
As we reported yesterday, the “illness” would appear to be mental in nature, and that it was still an issue on the day of flight.
(Reuters) – German authorities found torn-up sick notes showing that the pilot who crashed a plane into the French Alps was suffering from an illness that should have grounded him on the day of the tragedy, which he apparently hid from the airline.
French prosecutors believe Andreas Lubitz, 27, locked himself alone in the cockpit of the Germanwings Airbus A320 on Tuesday and deliberately steered it into a mountain, killing all 150 people on board.
“Documents with medical contents were confiscated that point towards an existing illness and corresponding treatment by doctors,” said the prosecutors’ office in Duesseldorf, where the co-pilot lived and where the doomed flight from Barcelona was heading.
“The fact there are sick notes saying he was unable to work, among other things, that were found torn up, which were recent and even from the day of the crime, support the assumption based on the preliminary examination that the deceased hid his illness from his employer and his professional colleagues,” the German prosecutors said.
Three major Shi’ite militia groups pulled out of the fight in Tikrit against the Islamic State on Thursday, immediately depriving the Iraqi government of thousands of their fighters on the ground even as US warplanes readied for an expected second day of airstrikes there.
The militia groups, some of which had Iranian advisers with them until recently, withdrew in protest of the US military airstrikes, which began late Wednesday, insisting that the Americans were not needed to defeat the extremists in Tikrit.
A fourth Shi’ite militia group said it would remain in the battle but vowed to attack foreign members of the US-led coalition, raising the possibility that it might turn antiaircraft fire against US planes from what had been Iraqi positions.
US military leaders were seen as likely to welcome the exit of the Shi’ite groups, so long as enough Iraqi fighters remain to keep the pressure on the Islamic State’s holdouts. Before starting the airstrikes, US officials demanded that Iranian officials and the militias closest to them to stand aside, and had expressed concerns about sectarian abuses in areas controlled by the Shi’ite militias.
One of the commanders of the biggest Shi’ite militia, the Badr Organization, also criticized the American role and said his group might pull out.
“We don’t need the American-led coalition to participate in Tikrit. Tikrit is an easy battle; we can win it ourselves” said Mueen al-Kadhumi.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland—Efforts by the Obama administration to stem criticism of its diplomacy with Iran have included threats to nations involved in the talks, including U.S. allies, according to Western sources familiar with White House efforts to quell fears it will permit Iran to retain aspects of its nuclear weapons program.
A series of conversations between top American and French officials, including between President Obama and French President Francois Hollande, have seen Americans engage in behavior described as bullying by sources who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.
The disagreement over France’s cautious position in regard to Iran threatens to erode U.S. relations with Paris, sources said.
Tension between Washington and Paris comes amid frustration by other U.S. allies, such as Saudi Arabia and Israel. The White House responded to this criticism by engaging in public campaigns analysts worry will endanger American interests.
Western policy analysts who spoke to the Free Beacon, including some with close ties to the French political establishment, were dismayed over what they saw as the White House’s willingness to sacrifice its relationship with Paris as talks with Iran reach their final stages.
A recent phone call between Obama and Hollande was reported as tense as the leaders disagreed over the White House’s accommodation of Iranian red lines.
All those ‘gym accidents’ must be wearing on him a bit. He does slip in a truth, that “we have to think about the country” and because of that he should retire. We still have 22 months of him, but then buh bye, Harry! Don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out.
Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced in a video Friday morning that he will retire at the end of his term and not seek re-election.
The liberal firebrand, who has led the Democrats in the Senate since 2005, said a recent eye injury and the loss of a Democratic majority were not factors in his decision.
“We have to make sure the Democrats take control of the Senate again and I felt it is inappropriate for me to soak up all those resources on me when I could be devoting those resources to the caucus,” Reid said. “And that’s what I intend to do.”
“I haven’t been perfect but I’ve really tried my hardest to represent the people in the state of Nevada.”
“The decision that I have made had absolutely nothing to do with my injury, it has nothing to do with my being minority leader, it certainly has nothing to do with my ability to be re-elected because the path to re-election is much easier than probably anytime that I’ve run for re-election,” he added.
A firestorm of controversy has erupted on the normally quiet campus of Connecticut College in New London over a philosophy professor’s Facebook post [shown above] that many are claiming was racist toward Palestinians.
The professor, Andrew Pessin, said the entire event has been taken out of context and that the outcry is not about his alleged racism, but is a concerted effort to attack his reputation because of his pro-Israel point of view.
The Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity at Connecticut college, as well as the history department have issued statements to the college community condemning hate speech, and raising the issue of censorship on college campuses.
The “CCSRE would like to clearly state that we do not condone speech filled with bigotry and hate particularly when that speech uses dehumanizing language and incites or celebrates violence and brutality,” an email read. […]
Pessin posted a message on his Facebook wall last August wherein he referred to the “situation in Gaza” as “a rabid pit bull chained in a cage” that, when set free, “comes roaring bounding out, snarling, going for the throat.”
At that time, Israel was fighting Hamas in Gaza in a seven-week battle that left thousands dead or injured, most of them from Palestine.
Pessin’s post went relatively unnoticed until a student saw it in February and reached out to Pessin, saying his post offended her. He told WNPR that he apologized, and removed the post.
Early last week, the Ithaca College Student Government Association passed a resolution to create an anonymous, online system for students to report “microaggressions” on campus. FIRE has closely monitored the bill’s progress, as its language presents obvious problems for freedom of expression at the private New York college.
First, the measure resolves to create a “school-wide online system to report microaggressions”—but does not define the term “microaggressions.” This glaring lack of clarity is deeply troubling. Without a stable understanding of what a microaggression is or is not, students run the risk of being reported for speech that crosses an invisible line, drawn by and known only to the offended listener. Of course, the inherent subjectivity of microaggressions is an even bigger problem, and the squirrely elasticity of the term makes the lack of clear definition all but unavoidable. One student’s microaggression is another’s earnest attempt to discuss different life experiences. The chill on student speech would be severe. In fact, chilling speech appears to be the point; as one supporter of the bill toldThe Ithacan student newspaper, “Just like any other resolution that we want to pass with microaggression and diversity in the institution, what it does is it helps to make people think a little more before they do or say something.”
If the bill had included a definition, the threat to free expression would likely be clearer still. In an interview with The Ithaca Voice, one of the bill’s authors defined microaggressions as “statements by a person from a privileged group that belittles or isolates a member of an unprivileged group, as it relates to race, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability and more.” This is an unequivocal attempt to police speech, and it only prompts more questions: What groups are privileged or unprivileged? Who decides? What makes a statement “belittling” or “isolating”? Who decides? What other class statuses might make a student a member of an unprivileged group? Who decides? Again, the inescapable subjectivity of the term means that student expression is only as safe as the most sensitive student on campus allows it to be, however unreasonable his or her determination.
“Some of the ugliest gay-panic humor to befoul a studio release in recent memory.”
That is how industry bible Variety described Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart’s new comedy Get Hard.
“Racist as f**k,” was the slightly less eloquent verdict from one audience member at a SXSW Festival screening of the Etan Cohen flick earlier this month.
Neither appraisal is wrong. Get Hard tells the story of James King (Ferrell), a wimpy white collar banker who is charged with fraud and sentenced to 10 years in maximum-security prison, San Quentin.
To increase his chances of survival while in the big house, he enlists the help of down-on-his-luck car wash owner Darnell Lewis (Hart), whom he assumes has spent time in jail thanks to racial profiling.
Unbeknownst to King, Lewis is one of those “rare” black men who has not spent time behind bars, and the ensuing chaos as Lewis bluffs his way through a prison crash course is the basis for most of the movie.