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A Lack of Affirmative Action Isn’t
Why Minority Students Are Suffering

Daily Beast, by Ron Christie

Original Article

Posted By:Pluperfect, 4/23/2014 5:03:51 AM

The Supreme Court let states ban race as a factor in college admissions. That’s a good first step toward race-blind education that can focus on root problems. Shortly before his assassination President Kennedy addressed the nation on June 11, 1963 to explain his decision to federalize the Alabama National Guard to integrate the University of Alabama. In part, Kennedy offered: It ought to be possible in short for every American to enjoy the privileges of being an American, without regard to his race or his color. In short, every American ought to have the right to be treated, as he or she

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: BocaLaura, 4/23/2014 10:46:44 AM     (No. 9821571)

The author couldn´t bring himself to give credit to a republican for fighting segregation. Eisenhower sent federal troops into Little Rock on September 25, 1957, six years before Kennedy.

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Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/5/2014 11:01:17 AM     Post Reply
The Hinds County, Mississippi Sheriff´s Department is investigating why three people, including a staffer for Republican senate candidate Chris McDaniel ended up locked in the county courthouse on election night, according to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. Given how close the contest between McDaniel and Sen. Thad Cochran ended up on Tuesday night -- the two are separated by less than 1,500 votes -- the situation certainly raises eyebrows. Let´s get one thing out of the way at the outset. There is no evidence that the presence of McDaniel campaign coalition coordinator Scott Brewster and the others affected the results in the

Last original ‘code talker,’ WWII
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Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/5/2014 5:03:50 AM     Post Reply
The last of 29 Navajo Americans who developed a code that helped the Allies win the Second World War died in New Mexico on Wednesday at the age of 93, local media reported. Family members confirmed the death of Chester Nez to Albuquerque’s Action 7 News. He was the last remaining member of an original group of 29 Navajos recruited by the US Marine Corps to create a code based on their language that the Japanese could not crack. About 400 code talkers used their unique battlefield cipher to encrypt messages sent from field telephones and radios throughout the Pacific theater during

NYC Council to Walmart: Stop sending your
“dangerous dollars” to our city’s charities
Hot Air, by Erika Johnsen    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/5/2014 4:57:26 AM     Post Reply
I don’t even know what to say. Via the New York Post (hat tip to NRO), more than half of the members of the New York City Council have served Walmart with a letter demanding that the company stop making millions of dollars in charitable donations to local groups: Twenty-six of the 51 members of the Council charged in the letter that the world’s biggest retailer’s support of local causes is a cynical ploy to enter the market here. “We know how desperate you are to find a foothold in New York City to buy influence and support here,” says

Chiquita Is Blocking a 9/11 Victims’ Bill
Daily Beast, by Tim Mak    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/5/2014 4:38:42 AM     Post Reply
For years, the conglomerate paid off Colombian militias. So it’s no wonder the company is now furiously lobbying to stop a bill that would make it easier to sue terror financiers. Washington makes for strange alliances—and even stranger enemies. But this could wind up being the oddest confrontation of all. Chiquita, the world’s largest banana producer, is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to block a 9/11 victims’ bill, The Daily Beast has learned. And outraged supporters of the legislation accuse a senior lawmaker, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, of working with the fruit kings to stand in their way. According to Congressional lobbying

Bergdahl, Boko Haram and Benghazi
CNN, by Newt Gingrich    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/5/2014 4:33:21 AM     Post Reply
The third "B" in the collapse of our national security system and the State Department hit this week. The release of five very high-value terrorist leaders as a swap for one U.S. serviceman was the third strike against the Obama administration´s policy of defeat, dishonesty and self-delusion. When Congress starts investigating the Bergdahl case it must broaden the analysis to look at the common patterns which connect it to the administration´s approach on two other national security questions: Boko Haram and Benghazi. The first was Hillary Clinton´s State Department´s decision from 2011 to 2013 to reject requests by the FBI, CIA, Justice Department

   

 

  


 
Longtime Baseball Fixture
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Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/5/2014 4:29:32 AM     Post Reply
St. Petersburg, FL.- Don Zimmer wasn´t a fixture in baseball forever. It just seemed that way. He played alongside Jackie Robinson on the only Brooklyn Dodgers team to win the World Series. He coached Derek Jeter on the New York Yankees´ latest dynasty. And his manager once was the illustrious Casey Stengel. For 66 years, Zimmer was a most popular presence at ballparks all over, a huge chaw often filling his cheek. Everyone in the game seemed to know him, and love him. Zimmer was still working for the Tampa Bay Rays as a senior adviser when he died Wednesday

Fear, Fire But No Injuries
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Associated Press, by Elliot Spagat & Matt Hamilton    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/5/2014 4:26:25 AM     Post Reply
IMPERIAL, Calif.-- A military jet slammed into a Southern California neighborhood dense with homes and exploded in flames, but the pilot and everyone on the ground emerged unscathed, officials said. Moments after the pilot ejected to safety Wednesday afternoon, the Harrier jet went down in a residential area of Imperial and destroyed two homes and heavily damaged a third. Eleven-year-old Christopher Garcia was watching TV with his father and brother when he heard a frightening boom. Outside, he said he saw a pilot in a parachute falling from the sky, and what looked like a mushroom cloud of dark smoke two blocks

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Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/4/2014 12:05:04 PM     Post Reply
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Carbon standards for
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Associated Press, by Felicia Fonseca    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/4/2014 4:57:47 AM     Post Reply
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To help our furry friends,
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New York Post, by Diana Culp    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/4/2014 4:53:50 AM     Post Reply
With 70 million households in America owning pets, it’s no surprise that the TV ads with sad music showing needy cats and dogs tug at our heartstrings. Americans give hundreds of millions a year to national animal charities. Sadly, a good chunk of that money isn’t going to help those animals. It’s going to pay a racketeering lawsuit settlement. Last month, several animal-rights groups including the Humane Society of the United States agreed to pay $16 million to settle a suit over their alleged behavior in a different lawsuit. The payout settles claims that they’d engaged in illegal payments to a witness as

   

 

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Supreme Court could deliver
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Washington Examiner [DC], by Sean Higgins    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/4/2014 4:39:24 AM     Post Reply
In the first year since the Wolverine State adopted a right-to-work law in 2013, SEIU Healthcare Michigan lost a staggering 80 percent of its members. The case illustrates a dirty secret of the modern labor movement: A lot of its rank and file members don´t want to be in a union in the first place and will leave if given the chance. What right to work did in Michigan, the Supreme Court might soon do nationally: In the case of Harris v. Quinn, the justices must decide if Illinois state government can force its own public sector employees to participate in a

Congress has had concerns about
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CBS News, by Nancy Cordes    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 6/4/2014 4:35:59 AM     Post Reply
House Republican aides say congressional leaders from both parties expressed deep misgivings about a proposed prisoner exchange when they were briefed on the idea in 2011 and 2012. The prisoner swap was first proposed to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, along with the top Democrats and Republicans of relevant Senate and House committees, on November 30, 2011. In the briefing, officials from the State Department, the National Security Council, the Department of Defense, and the CIA, laid out the outlines of an arrangement they said had been working on since early 2011: to exchange five Taliban members being held at



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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday that he didn’t know of any troops who had died in the search for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, amid a growing controversy over whether the former Taliban prisoner deserted his unit. “I do not know of specific circumstances or details of U.S. solders dying as a result of efforts to find and rescue Sgt. Bergdahl," Hagel said at a press conference in Brussels, Belgium, where he met with NATO defense ministers, Reuters reported. Bergdahl’s release sparked controversy after the Obama administration’s decision to swap him for five Taliban commanders being held in the prison at

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Posted By: Attercliffe- 6/3/2014 5:12:09 PM     Post Reply
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NBC News Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Tuesday that the White House has been surprised by the concerned reaction to the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. He said that the White House expected criticism of the decision to release five Taliban in exchange for Bergdahl, but they also expected “euphoria” over the release of the last American soldier held captive in Afghanistan. “What’s been interesting, Andrea, what’s cost the White House off guard here, they were expecting Gitmo criticisms of the detainees that were chosen,” Todd said. “They did not expect this

   

 

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Creators Syndicate, by Michelle Malkin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 6/4/2014 4:49:00 AM     Post Reply
Five years ago, I publicly raised questions about Bowe Bergdahl’s desertion from Blackfoot Company, 1-501 Infantry (Airborne), 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division. A few weeks after his so-called “capture” in late June 2009, three conflicting accounts had surfaced: U.S. officials told the Associated Press Bergdahl had “walked off” the base with three Afghans; the Taliban claimed on its website that “a drunken American soldier had come out of his garrison” and into their arms; and Bergdahl claimed in his Taliban “hostage video” that he had “lagged behind a patrol” before being captured. I asked on my blog: Were the

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Des Moines, IA - State Sen. Joni Ernst has won the Republican primary for an Iowa U.S. Senate seat held for 30 years by retiring Democrat Tom Harkin. The 43-year-old Ernst won the nomination over five candidates. She´ll face Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley in the November general election. All the Republicans seeking the nomination described themselves as deeply conservative, but Ernst managed to stand out in part due to two television ads. One featured her on a farm, talking about her experience castrating hogs, and the other showed her firing a handgun. Ernst also received endorsements from a variety of groups and individuals,

What if Team Obama had just told
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Washington Examiner [DC], by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 6/4/2014 2:33:51 PM     Post Reply
Bill Clinton´s critics in Arkansas used to say that he would rather climb a tree and tell a lie than stand on the ground and tell the truth. In other words, Clinton would lie when the truth would do -- and when telling the truth would be easier. The saying might apply to the Obama administration´s public statements about Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier released from captivity in Afghanistan in a trade for five Taliban commanders held at Guantanamo Bay. There is substantial evidence to suggest that Bergdahl abandoned his post in 2009 -- he went AWOL, he deserted, whatever

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Washington Post, by Michael B. Mukasey    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 6/4/2014 10:25:43 PM     Post Reply
The seeds of what blossomed grotesquely in the Rose Garden last weekend — a celebration of the release of five senior Taliban military leaders in exchange for a U.S. sergeant purported to be a deserter — were sown a long time ago: on the second and third days of President Obama’s first term, to be precise. On his second day in office, the president signed an executive order directing that the Guantanamo Bay detention facility be closed. You can watch the cringe-inducing video of the signing ceremony on YouTube, as the president stumbles through a reading of the order to

Outraged by Bergdahl case, fellow
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Washington Examiner [DC], by Byron York    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 6/5/2014 5:20:59 AM     Post Reply
One of the most striking elements of the Bowe Bergdahl affair is word that top Army officers were so anxious to keep the matter a secret that they directed Bergdahl´s fellow soldiers to sign a pledge of silence about his 2009 decision to walk away from duty in Afghanistan. "Many of Bergdahl´s fellow troops…signed nondisclosure agreements agreeing to never share any information about Bergdahl´s disappearance and the efforts to recapture him," wrote CNN´s Jake Tapper, who first reported the agreements last Sunday. Now, with Bergdahl back in U.S. hands, many of those former soldiers are ignoring the agreement they signed. They

   

 



 
Civil rights leaders press
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Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 6/4/2014 3:54:20 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK — The Rev. Al Sharpton and other civil rights leaders pressed for greater diversity in NBA front offices in a meeting with Commissioner Adam Silver on Wednesday amid discussions about racial issues raised by the ouster of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. A group including Sharpton, National Urban League President Marc Morial and incoming NAACP President Cornell Brooks met with Silver for more than an hour at the league’s Manhattan offices. They described the session as constructive and pressed for diversity in front offices and among suppliers. “There must be serious dialogue around ownership and business engagement

Surrender without honor
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New York Daily News, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Honeybadger- 6/4/2014 8:07:45 AM     Post Reply
President Obama betrayed the highest obligation of his office — safeguarding national security — in trading five hard-core Taliban for the American serviceman who appears to have deserted in Afghanistan. The five sworn enemies of the United States are now in the Gulf state of Qatar, where they are free to come and go as they like, beyond the watch of American agents. In just one year, they will be free to return to Afghanistan to fight there and stage terror attacks far beyond that country’s borders.

Should Bowe Bergdahl
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Slate, by Bing West    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 6/3/2014 2:36:01 PM     Post Reply
Acting as commander-in-chief, President Obama exchanged five terrorist leaders for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. The rationale was that the United States leaves no soldier behind on the battlefield or in enemy hands. That is half of the equation. The disconcerting other half is that Bergdahl may have left behind his own unit and gone over to the enemy. In 2009, then Pvt. Bergdahl (automatically promoted in absentia to the rank of sergeant) left his frontline unit under the cover of darkness. Soon after, the Taliban reported him in their custody. For weeks, thousands of American soldiers risked their lives to

WH apologizes to Senate intel
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The Hill (Washington, DC), by Alexander Bolton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 6/3/2014 3:45:13 PM     Post Reply
The White House has apologized to Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) for failing to alert her in advance of a decision to release Taliban commanders from Guantanamo Bay. Feinstein told reporters that she received a call from Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken on Monday evening apologizing for what the administration is calling an “oversight.” “I had a call from the White House last night, from Tony Blinken, apologizing for it,” she said. “He apologized and said it was an oversight,” she added. Feinstein also said leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence panels were almost unanimously against

   

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