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The Boston Marathon bombing and subsequent manhunt for the suspects have already become part of the debate over immigration reform in Washington, with one high ranking Republican questioning the screening process that allows immigrants into the United States.
The move follows the 54-46 defeat of a compromise to expand background checks, the most critical of a series of amendments that failed to pass the Senate on Wednesday.
With dueling press conferences, fact-checking wars and talk radio bonanzas, the fight over immigration reform seemed to finally begin in earnest on Thursday as the Senateâs bipartisan âGang of Eightâ formally presented their compromise legislation to overhaul the way immigrants come to live and work in the United States.
After a couple stutter-steps as they waited for the full text of the bill, statements from outside groups began pouring in this morning in reaction to the Senate immigration legislation that dropped overnight.
Itâs not yet been two months since the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester went into effect, but some members of Congress are already unhappy with the results.
Despite an impassioned push by President Barack Obama and an emotional lobbying effort by the families of mass shooting victims, proponents of a compromise measure to expand gun background checks on Wednesday fell six votes short of passage in the Senate.
Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who is running for his old congressional seat, responded to a complaint that he trespassed at the home of his ex-wife, Jenny Sanford, by saying that he simply was watching the Super Bowl with his son.
First Read: Former President George W. Bush has returned to the news â in both big and small ways.
When the Tea Party movement made its official debut on April 15, 2009, it made quite a political splash with events across the country protesting President Obama's policies on that Tax Day. Four years later, that splash looks more like pebble thrown into a pond.
UPDATE: Authorities captured Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Friday night, after police surrounded a Watertown, Mass. backyard where he was hiding in a boat. Residents broke into applause when police announced that Tsarnaev had been apprehended. The slideshow below has been updated with pictures from the scene.
One of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing is the subject of a massive manhunt after, authorities said, he was involved in a firefight with police on Friday morning.
Authorities say brothers and bombing suspects 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev set off explosives in the direction of officers before the shootout began. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in the incident, while Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is still at large.
LOS ANGELES — Sheriff's transcripts released Friday indicate deputies didn't fire a single shot during the final two hours of a standoff with Christopher Dorner, a former Los Angeles police officer who authorities said killed four people in a nearly weeklong rampage.
The standoff came after a furious gunbattle that erupted shortly after Dorner arrived at a cabin in the San Bernardino Mountains on Feb. 12.
One deputy was killed and another was seriously wounded in the exchange.
Flames eventually broke out, and six minutes later, a single gunshot was heard from inside the cabin. Authorities believe it was Dorner taking his own life.
The transcripts provide the most detailed glimpse yet of the final hours of the manhunt that covered several states and grabbed the attention of the nation.
The radio dispatch transcripts from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department cover the roughly nine hours after a 911 call from Jim and Karen Reynolds, who were tied up by Dorner in their Big Bear condo. The audio was not provided.
The transcripts show law enforcement officers poured in and deputies were told not to fire unless they saw Dorner. They tried using tear gas to force him out of the dwelling, and when that failed, seven canisters of incendiary tear gas were used.
The 30-page transcript describes a chaotic scene where information was being relayed from multiple sources – a 911 call, carjacking victim, concerned neighbors, and the owner of the mountain cabin – to law enforcement officers on the ground.
Deputies were provided details by the cabin's owner about the floor plan and told there was no other way out of the basement, where authorities later found Dorner's body.
A school camp director called in to say 550 students were on lockdown and had provisions for the night if necessary.
Law enforcement officers described blood spatter on the cabin walls and mattresses up against them as a barricade.
Multiple agencies offered resources, including high-powered weapons, ammunition and armored vehicles. Fifteen members of the Los Angeles Police Department SWAT team dressed in black landed in the nearby hills only to be turned back to the airport, the transcript says.
Near the end of the standoff, as SWAT officers in an armored BearCat methodically tore down the walls of the cabin, they saw "green smoke" coming from the inside. Authorities believe Dorner was throwing smoke grenades to obscure any view of him.
Eleven minutes later "seven burners deployed, fired (sic) started" – a reference to incendiary tear gas being lobbed into the cabin to end the standoff. Within minutes walls of the cabin were fully engulfed in flames.
At 4:22 p.m., dispatchers relayed the message, "one single gunshot heard from inside of residence."
Authorities say Dorner killed four people during a nearly weeklong rampage to avenge what he called an unfair firing from the Los Angeles Police Department.
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Editor's note: An earlier version of the photos below were first featured in a post last year. We thought maybe you'd want to see them again.
It's been a long, painful and emotionally draining week. If you've visited The Huffington Post at all, you already know why. In an effort to decompress and perhaps lighten the mood a little bit, we're rolling out a post to remind you what it's like to smile.
Saturday is 4/20, a day that many typically celebrate as a holiday. It's become difficult to imagine a nation on edge taking part in a pot-centric celebration, but perhaps these high-looking dogs and marijuana facts can somehow help us all remember that through all of the upsetting things that have happened this week, life will go on.
Stay safe, and enjoy your Saturday, however you end up spending it!
Alicia Keys has settled a lawsuit with Earl Shuman, who in 1962 co-authored the composition, "Lonely Boy," a popular 1960s song.
A debate in Florida's House of Representatives over a Republican-sponsored ban on race- and sex-selective abortions became extremely heated Thursday, causing several black women lawmakers to walk out in protest.
House Bill 845, sponsored by Rep. Charles Van Zant (R-Keystone Heights), would make it a third-degree felony in Florida to perform an abortion based on the race or gender of the fetus. In his closing statements on Thursday, Van Zant accused Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers of intentionally targeting black people. "The fact is, 80 percent of abortion clinics nationwide are located in minority neighborhoods where 43 percent of all black babies are aborted," Van Zant said, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
"In America alone, without the Nazi Holocaust, without the Ku Klux Klan, Planned Parenthood and other abortionists have reduced our black population by more than 25 percent since 1973," he said. "This is called discriminatory targeting."
Several black lawmakers became insulted during the debate, and at least five women walked out. Rep. Barbara Watson (D-Miami), one of the members who left, told HuffPost in a phone interview that she felt as if Van Zant was manipulating information to reflect his personal beliefs about abortion.
"I don't appreciate anyone trying to explain what any other ethnic group's lifestyle is and what they do, when you really don't have any authority to interpret it," she said. "I think the women and people of color in that chamber deserve an apology from him, but I don't know that it would actually change his point of view."
Rep. Darryl Rouson (D-St. Petersburg) said he felt the bills' sponsors were disingenuous in their mission to save the black population from abortion. "If these representatives truly care about even the subject matter of black genocide, I've got a few bills they could file," he said. "That's what got me upset. They could have talked about the bill and its intent without trying to use black genocide and black babies to sway a vote."
Van Zant was not immediately available for comment.
Anti-abortion activists have long accused Planned Parenthood of targeting African Americans, but a 2011 fact-check by the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive rights research organization, showed that only 9 percent of abortion clinics are located in predominantly black neighborhoods, while 63 percent of clinics are in non-Hispanic white neighborhoods. While black women have a disproportionately high abortion rate compared to other ethnic groups, Guttmacher research shows that could be attributed to higher rates of poverty among black women and the fact that 69 percent of pregnancies among black women are unintended, compared with 40 percent of pregnancies among whites.
Florida representatives passed the anti-abortion bill after a long, fiery debate on Thursday by a vote 71-44, sending it to the state Senate. Rouson said that bill cosponsor Rep. Keith Perry (R-Gainesville) wrote him a personal letter after the vote to apologize for offending him.
Rouson said he hopes the legislature can focus on something else now. "I've been up here five sessions now, and every last one we're dealing with abortion bills," he said. "You would think we could deal with some women's rights issues or things of great governmental concern, other than every year coming back and trying to do something with abortion."
UPDATE: 6:10 p.m. -- Rep. Keith Perry acknowledged in a phone interview with HuffPost on Friday that he did send an apology letter to Rouson out of a concern that he had offended him. But Perry said he stands by the comments he made on the House floor.
"What I did was speak some facts about percentages of abortion that are performed, and the ratios [for black women] far exceed the norm of the population," he said. "And I'm not saying the facts are wrong, because they weren't, but the way it was presented, it certainly offended [members of the black caucus]."
Perry added, "The concern is whether or not there's a strategic marketing approach by people who provide abortions to target certain groups. I don't know if they do or not, but there's a concern that some people may share."
At the premiere of EPIX Original Documentary âAmarâe Stoudemire: In The Momentâ, the star of the show came out and invited his close friends to celebrate.
His bio-film that premieres today on EPIX, shows his hard journey to the top. Itâs no secret that the New York Knicks power forward has a dapper sense of style, but it was nice to see he surrounds himself with well dressed friendsâ like Rachel Roy and Carmelo Anthony.
See who came out to support Amarâe on the next pages!
Oh, "American Idol"!
"Big Bang Theory" beat you in the ratings with both hands tied around its metaphorical back.
Thursday night's original "Idol" on Fox had 11.9 million viewers and a 2.9 rating among adults 18-49.
As the search continues for Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the country has begun to dig deeper into details of the suspects' lives, and one topic has repeatedly come into question--race.
After Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were identified by the authorities as suspects, details emerged online, providing more information about the two young men. The brothers, who are originally from Chechnya, and their ethnicity have been the subject of a good deal of scrutiny even when their identity remained unknown.
CNN's John King, who was the first to report that authorities had identified a suspect in Monday's horrific attack, stirred controversy when he described the individual as a "dark-skinned male."
NABJ later released a statement, condemning that description as "offensive" and urging the media to use "extreme caution" in order to avoid potential stereotyping.
But even after both boys were identified, race and ethnicity remained a hot topic. Conspiracy broadcaster Alex Jones claimed to identify the suspects before the media knew who they were, making assertions about their country of origin.
âThese guys kind of look like Israelis," he said. "Iâm not saying Israel is involved in it, we donât have any evidence of that. Itâs just that they kind of look Israeli.â
Jones added that they could be "North Africans" or "Spanish Muslims."
In addition to race, the suspects' musical preference has come into question. TMZ reports that the suspects were 'heavy into hip-hop' and The Hollywood Reporter pointed out that Dzhokhar quoted Jay-Z in a tweet.
On the day of the Boston Marathon, during which Tsarnaev and his 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, allegedly planted two bombs that killed three people and injured more than 170, the teen quoted a lyric from Jay-Z's 2001 single "Heart of the City (Ain't No Love)."
To be clear, Bobby Bland's 1974 hit, "Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City" was sampled and used as the track's chorus.
Dark-skinned, light-skinned; Chechen, Israeli; hip-hop lovers or pop rock fans: does it really matter? What role does race and ethnicity play in the continued search for the remaining suspect? How does inform reports from the media and the subsequent opinions formed by the public?
We'd love to hear your take on this. What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
"Glee" has been renewed for not one, but two more seasons!
"Glee debuted as the first and only successful musical comedy series on television, and more than four years later, it continues to defy genres, break new ground and have a significant impact on popular culture,â Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly said in a statement. âWeek in and week out, Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan, Dante DiLoreto and the entire Glee team deliver a series that not only delights and surprises fans, but also inspires them to talk about, share, debate and engage with the show -- and Iâm absolutely thrilled to have them on board for another two seasons.â
"Glee's" renewal doesn't exactly come as a surprise, but the double season pick up certainly is.
Longtime star Lea Michele tweeted about "Glee's" renewal:
Such great news! Glee will be back for season 5 and 6! I'm so happy!!! Can't wait to see what Rachel will be up to next year! #gleeseason5â Lea Michele (@msleamichele) April 19, 2013
This isn't the first time Fox has done a double pickup: Seasons three and four of "Glee" were also renewed at once in 2010.
"Glee," which stars Michele, Chris Colfer, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison and more, is currently in its fourth season and though viewership has dwindled, the series recently returned to the spotlight due to a controversial school shooting episode.
Are you surprised "Glee" has been renewed? Are you still watching? Sound off in the comments!
"Glee" airs on Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.
"The Eric Andre Show" has been renewed for a second season, Adult Swim announced Friday.
The off-kilter "talk show," featuring comedian Andre and disinterested co-host Hannibal Buress, will come back in October. Prior to the show's return, Andre and Buress will perform "The Eric Andre Show Live!" for two shows in California on July 16 and 20 in Los Angeles and San Diego, respectively.
They will be joined by Derrick Beckles of the upcoming Adult Swim show "Hot Package," which is described as "a live-action fictional Canadian entertainment news program in the vein of 'Entertainment Tonight,' 'EXTRA' or 'E! News.'"
Like "The Eric Andre Show," "Hot Ticket" will be produced by Abso Lutely, which is behind "Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!", "Comedy Bang! Bang!" and "Nathan For You."
Andre's show got attention in its first season for bringing on Demi Lovato for a bizarre appearance that left viewers wondering whether the teen star was aware what show she agreed to appear on.
This week has been quite eventful for Lauryn Hill. In addition to making claims as to why she stopped paying taxes, the Grammy Award-winner is also reportedly being sued by her landlord for eviction.
According to TMZ, Hillâs South Orange, NJ landlord has filed an eviction lawsuit in response to the singer failing to pay rent last month. The documents revealed that Hill has been renting the mansion since 2009.
The report comes on the heels of the singer-actorâs forthcoming April 22 tax evasion sentencing, where she faces a maximum of one year in prison and 0,000 in fines for each count.
Writer Jamilah Lemieux would prefer not to see your pants sagging off your behind. Writing at Clutch magazine, Lemieux complains about grown men who do not seem to have wardrobes that correspond with their age.
There's no universal standard of style that all men or women can be held to, nor do I advocate for one. But I am one of many women who is getting a bit tired of seeing men over the age of 21 (and especially over 25) who dress like teenagers. Rocking "urban wear" is one thing (btw -- I hate that term; just the fashion industry's way of saying 'Black people sh*t' without saying it), but showing everybody on the block your Polo boxers? Or, worse, your worn-out tighty formerly whiteys? Come on, son.
(The Root) -- Early last week I breathed a sigh of relief when I stumbled across several black sites offering commentary on the findings of a report from the United Negro College Fund stating that black women were enrolling in college in record numbers -- more so, in fact, than any other race, ethnic group or gender.
"Yes!" I thought when I read that. Finally some good news about black women.
Turns out, it's actually old news. Many of the sites linked to a story from the Seattle Times that was published in 1997. So black women being high achievers is actually old news.
(The Root) -- This image is part of a weekly series that The Root is presenting in conjunction with the Image of the Black in Western Art Archive at Harvard University's W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research.
The art of the Italian Renaissance embraced a wondrously varied range of imagery and subjects. One of the most remarkable, as seen here, takes the form of an allegory in which enigmatically playful figures do obeisance to an imposing black ruler. It was painted by Giovanni Pietro Birago, the primary manuscript illuminator at the court of Ludovico Sforza, ruler of the Italian duchy of Milan during the latter part of the 15th century.
Shaun Ossei-Owusu at the Huffington Post parses Bill Cosby's tough love toward the black community and finds areas of his argument that need improvement. Ossei-Owusu urges Cosby and others to distinguish between structural racism (prison industrial complex, underfunded public school schools, etc.) and the "cultural explanations" of inequality.
Imara Jones wants black and Latino people to pay close attention to reports about the government's surveillance activities as of late. Writing at Colorlines, Jones describes a program called Prism that targets social media, which is used disproportionately by people of color.
(The Root) -- Drive beyond the tall iron gates of Highland Lakes in Shelby County, Ala., where homes range from 0,000 to a couple of million, and you'll see that change has come to the South. Children of different races play together outside, while adults tend the yard or jog along the roads and trails.
In the blue-collar Shelby County town of Calera, billboards downtown advertise black-owned businesses. At the Hardee's restaurant on the edge of downtown, blacks and whites, mostly sporting University of Alabama or Auburn paraphernalia, laugh and talk together over a morning biscuit and gravy with coffee on the side.
Henry Louis Gates Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and the director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research at Harvard University. He is also the editor-in-chief of The Root. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.
(The Root) -- The folks at Facebook must be feeling some pressure from Twitter's latest hole-in-one. Rumors are swirling that on June 20, Facebook will announce that users of Instagram (which Facebook owns) will be able to share video with the app. The assumption is that this development is to compete with Vine, Twitter's video-sharing app that lets users share six-second clips.
TechCrunch reports that since Vine hit the iOS app store in January, the number of shares there has surpassed those of Instagram, especially since Vine was made available on Android this month.
Read more of The Root's Frederick Douglass coverage here.
Henry Louis Gates Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and the director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research at Harvard University. He is also the editor-in-chief of The Root. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.
Throughout the years-long debate about fate of the Guantánamo prison, there's always been one unanswered question: how many detainees are in permanent limbo? That is, how many of them are considered unquestionably too dangerous to release, but just as unquestionably not prosecutable. Now we know:
The Obama administration Monday lifted a veil of secrecy surrounding the status of the detainees at Guantánamo, for the first time publicly naming the four dozen captives it defined as indefinite detainees — men too dangerous to transfer but who cannot be tried in a court of law.
....Administration officials have through the years described a variety of reasons why the men could not face trial: Evidence against some of the indefinite detainees was too tainted by CIA or other interrogation torture or abuse to be admissible in a court; insufficient evidence to prove an individual detainee had committed a crime; or military intelligence opinions that certain captives had undertaken suicide or other type of terrorist training, and had vowed to engage in an attack on release.
The formal classification for these prisoners is "continued detention pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (2001), as informed by principles of the laws of war," as you can see in the excerpt below.
There are lots of Guantánamo detainees who have no near-term prospect of being prosecuted or released, but still could be if circumstances change. However, even if we handled every single one of them, there's still a hard nut of 46 prisoners with no recourse at all. They will never be tried, and they will never be released.
A new Pew poll tells a remarkable story: not only does the American public not want to get more involved in Syria, the American public doesn't even want to send arms to the rebels. What's more, this feeling is entirely bipartisan: Democrats, Republicans, and Independents all oppose arming the rebels by a margin of about 70-20. When was the last time that happened? It's a sign of the strength of the Beltway consensus in favor of intervention that despite this, President Obama was feeling pressure from all sides to do exactly the opposite of what 70 percent of the public wants. The war gods are strong in America.
The US Supreme Court on Monday struck down an Arizona law that required people to provide proof of citizenship when registering to vote. The case, Arizona v. The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, concerned Arizona's Proposition 200, which was passed by voters in 2004 during the fight over President George W. Bush's immigration reform proposal. The now-defunct law required new voters to prove that they're citizens during the voter registration process. That proof could be in the form of a driver's license number, a copy of a birth certificate, a copy of a passport, copies of naturalization documents, a Bureau of Indian Affairs card number, a tribal treaty card number, or a tribal enrollment number.
Unfortunately, millions of US citizens—mostly poor and elderly people—lack documentary evidence of their citizenship. Because of that, thousands of US citizens who should otherwise have been able to vote—31,000, according to the American Civil Liberties Union—were denied access to the ballot box under Proposition 200.
The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 requires only that potential voters check a box on a form attesting that they are citizens and eligible to vote. During oral arguments before the high court in March, the groups challenging Proposition 200 said that the federal voter registration law and the stricter Arizona law were incompatible, and the federal statute should take precedence. Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, defending Proposition 200, said the federal requirement was "essentially an honor system" and that the two laws should be allowed to coexist. The Supreme Court decided the anti-Proposition 200 forces were right, and the federal law trumped Arizona's.
But voting rights advocates aren't out of the woods yet. At SCOTUSblog, Lyle Denniston notes that although the justices ruled that the state's requirements were out of line with federal election law, states that want to require potential voters to provide proof of citizenship may still be able to convince the Election Assistance Commission or Congress to implement such a requirement. The court also said that states could claim they had a constitutional right to require proof of citizenship for voter registration—an argument Arizona did not make in this particular case. In other words, there's a strong chance that Arizona or any other state that wants to could eventually get strict proof-of-citizenship requirements into law.
"The opinion seemed to leave little doubt that, if Arizona or another state went to court to try to establish such a constitutional power, it might well get a very sympathetic hearing, because that part of [Justice Antonin Scalia's] opinion laid a very heavy stress on the power of states under the Constitution to decide who gets to vote," Denniston wrote.
Arizona voting rights advocates will also have to deal with a batch of election-reform bills sitting on Republican Gov. Jan Brewer's desk right now that could derail mail-ballot collection drives and purge the state's permanent early voting list.
In 1990, a pregnant low-income mother with one child would have received an EITC tax credit of ,250. A mother with two children would have received the same amount, because back then EITC didn't take into account the number of children you had.
That changed in 1993, and the change was fully phased in by 1996. So in 1996, the first mother would have received ,250, while the second mother would have received ,750.
This provides us with the ability to perform a lovely little natural experiment. In the 1990 group, both pregnant mothers get the same amount of money, so you can use this as a baseline. In the 1996 group, pregnant mothers with two children get more money. Do their newborn babies do any better relative to this baseline? Last year a team of researchers did the legwork to find out, and as it turns out, the answer is yes:
We find that increased EITC income reduces the incidence of low birth weight and increases mean birth weight. For single low education (<= 12 years) mothers, a policy-induced treatment on the treated increase of 00 in EITC income is associated with a 6.7 to 10.8 percent reduction in the low birth weight rate.
So an extra ,000 produces about a 10 percent reduction in low birth weights. That's a pretty persuasive argument that having more money really does produce better health. As Bill Gardner puts it, "The bottom line is that redistributing income to poor families improves the health of their infants. It is, in effect, a form of prenatal care."
Last week, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow US banks to get out of new financial regulations by operating through their overseas arms. Financial reformers say this is dangerous because markets are global, and a bad bet made by a US bank operating in another country could easily affect banks in the US and cause the US economy to crash again. Bad for America, but good for banks that want to avoid tough new rules. Perhaps that's why lawmakers who received more money from banks and the finance industry in recent years were more likely to vote in favor of the bill. House members who supported the bill received more than twice as much in contributions from the financial industry over the past two years as lawmakers who voted against it, according to a new analysis from the MapLight Foundation, an independent research group that tracks campaign finance.
Interest groups supporting the bill, including securities and investment companies, banks, and chambers of commerce, contributed an average of 102 percent more to House members who supported the bill than to those who voted no. Check it out:
Democratic House members who voted yes on the bill received 75 percent more money from from the financial services industry than Democrats who voted no.
In 2011 and 2012, groups that supported this bill gave five times more to House members than groups that opposed the bill did. The gap was even larger for donations to Democrats. Over those two years, House Democrats received less than 0,000 from interests that opposed this measure. During the same time period, groups in favor of allowing the banks to skirt regulation gave Dems 28 times as much—close to million. Here's what that looks like:
What's remarkable is that some Democrats held firm. Although the bill passed the House last week by a vote of 301 to 124, most Democrats voted against it, which financial reformers say is a significant turn of events. "A majority of Democrats voted against a pro-Wall Street bill...even though it was co-sponsored by Democrats… that was heavily lobbied by Wall Street and everyone had predicted would win by a landslide," Marcus Stanley, policy director at Americans for Financial Reform, told Mother Jones after the vote last week. "I'm pretty psyched."
As happens with so much news these days, the Edward Snowden revelations about National Security Agency (NSA) spying and just how far we've come in the building of a surveillance state have swept over us 24/7—waves of leaks, videos, charges, claims, counterclaims, skullduggery, and government threats. When a flood sweeps you away, it's always hard to find a little dry land to survey the extent and nature of the damage. Here's my attempt to look beyond the daily drumbeat of this developing story (which, it is promised, will go on for weeks, if not months) and identify five urges essential to understanding the world Edward Snowden has helped us glimpse.
1. The Urge to be Global
Corporately speaking, globalization has been ballyhooed since at least the 1990s, but in governmental terms only in the twenty-first century has that globalizing urge fully infected the workings of the American state itself. It's become common since 9/11 to speak of a "national security state." But if a week of ongoing revelations about NSA surveillance practices has revealed anything, it's that the term is already grossly outdated. Based on what we now know, we should be talking about an American global security state.
Much attention has, understandably enough, been lavished on the phone and other metadata about American citizens that the NSA is now sweeping up and about the ways in which such activities may be abrogating the First and Fourth Amendments of the US Constitution. Far less attention has been paid to the ways in which the NSA (and other US intelligence outfits) are sweeping up global data in part via the just-revealed Prism and other surveillance programs.
Are pro-mining forces trying to sway the Environmental Protection Agency on Pebble Mine?
Last month, I reported on the potential environmental threats posed by the massive proposed gold and copper mine in Alaska. The EPA conducted a watershed analysis, released in April, that showed that the mine would endanger rivers and the Bristol Bay, as well as the region's salmon fishery. The EPA extended the comment period through the end of June, allowing more time for the public to weigh in.
A number of organizations, both pro- and anti-Pebble, had circulated mass mailings asking supporters to comment. You've seen the type; they're form letters that people can sign onto via email. As of Friday, pro-mining groups had generated 118,294 comments from those mass mailings. But 117,401 of those comments—or 99.25 percent—came from a single group called Resourceful Earth. Here's a sample of one of its letters:
I am writing to voice my strong opposition to the EPA’s draft watershed assessment for the vast Bristol Bay region of Alaska because it sets a dangerous precedent, is wholly unnecessary, and relies on dubious source material from biased anti-mining organizations and scientists that recently admitted to falsifying reports submitted in legal proceedings.
Resourceful Earth is a project of the conservative think-tank Competitive Enterprise Institute. Started in 2011, the project's mission is to "promote access to natural resources and oppose special interests that abuse the regulatory process to lock up the raw materials of prosperity." CEI is generally opposed to environmental regulations, and has taken millions of dollars over the years from industry like ExxonMobil, the American Petroleum Institute, and groups associated with the Koch brothers. CEI was critical of the EPA the last time the agency used the Clean Water Act to block a permit for a coal mine in West Virginia (which is what activists in Alaska are asking it to do on Pebble).
CEI President Fred Smith also signed onto a letter from conservative groups opposing the assessment of Pebble sent to the EPA on June 4. Other groups signing onto that letter include Americans for Limited Government, Americans for Prosperity, and Americans for Tax Reform.
The Save Bristol Bay coalition—which is working to block Pebble Mine—tallied all the comments from the EPA's docket. As of Friday, the agency had received 424,492 comments. The vast majority—306,198—were against the mine and in support of the EPA's evaluation of the risks. Many of those came from major environmental groups as well, including Trout Unlimited, Earthworks, and the Sierra Club.
Today, the Guardian hosted a live chat with former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who disclosed classified information about top-secret NSA surveillance programs. Readers and journalists asked the 29-year-old, who was reportedly chatting over a secure internet connection, about his departure to Hong Kong, his new disclosures on the US hacking foreign countries, and his thoughts on the Obama administration. Here are the seven most significant revelations:
1. Snowden denies having any contact with the Chinese government…in colorful language.
Because Snowden is allegedly taking refuge in Hong Kong and recently disclosed information about US cyberattacks on China, he was asked whether he's prepared to make a deal with the Chinese government in exchange for amnesty. Snowden insists that he has not had any contact with the Chinese government. He adds, "I did not reveal any US operations against legitimate military targets. I pointed out where the NSA has hacked civilian infrastructure such as universities, hospitals, and private businesses because it is dangerous." He also says that "the US media has a knee-jerk 'RED CHINA!' reaction…If I were a Chinese spy, why wouldn't I have flown directly into Beijing? I could be living in a palace petting a phoenix by now." Snowden did not address the close relationship between the Chinese government and its military, business, and civilian institutions.
2. Snowden suggests that the NSA reviews the email and phone calls of Americans on a daily basis, without a warrant. But then he says there are some protections against this, even if the security measures are weak.
Addressing a question on whether the NSA can listen to domestic phone calls without a warrant, Snowden says, "Americans' communications are collected and viewed on a daily basis on the certification of an analyst rather than a warrant. They excuse this as 'incidental' collection, but at the end of the day, someone at NSA still has the content of your communications." Snowden adds that the only thing protecting Americans' email is changing policy protections—which he says he doesn't trust—and a filter that "is constantly out of date, is set at what is euphemistically referred to as the 'widest allowable aperture,' and can be stripped out at any time. Even with the filter, US comms get ingested, and even more so as soon as they leave the border."
3. When the NSA taps into email, it collects content (not just metadata).
"If I target for example an email address…and that email address sent something to you, Joe America, the analyst gets it. All of it. IPs, raw data, content, headers, attachments, everything. And it gets saved for a very long time—and can be extended further with waivers rather than warrants."
4. He doesn't say whether the NSA listens in to calls without an order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC).
Asked what advice he would give whistleblowers and "what evidence do you have that refutes the assertion that the NSA is unable to listen to the content of telephone calls without an explicit and defined court order from FISC?" Snowden simply said, "this country is worth dying for."
5. He claims that NSA warrants aren't real.
"Even in the event of 'warranted' intercept, it's important to understand the intelligence community doesn't always deal with what you would consider a 'real' warrant like a Police department would have to, the 'warrant' is more of a templated form they fill out and send to a reliable judge with a rubber stamp."
6. He explains why he decided not to go to Iceland.
"I had to travel with no advance booking to a country with the cultural and legal framework to allow me to work without being immediately detained. Hong Kong provided that. Iceland could be pushed harder, quicker, before the public could have a chance to make their feelings known, and I would not put that past the current US administration."
7. He says there's more information about "direct access" coming.
Tech companies deny that the NSA has "direct access" to their servers, but Snowden claims that "more detail on how direct NSA's accesses are is coming."
A loyal reader just emailed to beg me to write about something other than NSA surveillance. I make no promises for the future, since I'm pretty caught up by the story, but perhaps a breather is in order. Luckily, Ann Kim and Ed Kilgore have served up a perfect little morsel to warm the heart of any liberal.
As you know, conservatives are doing everything they can to sabotage Obamacare. This includes court fights, refusal to expand Medicaid even though it's practically free, declining to set up state exchanges, and, of course, the flat rejection of any tweaks to Obamacare from House Republicans. The problem is that any big law is likely to need small adjustments here and there to clarify things or fix small bugs, but Republicans don't want to fix bugs. They want Obamacare to fail, so as far as they're concerned, bugs are good things. But what happens if one of those bugs happens to impact a key part of the GOP base?
For the first time, a constituency group to whom the GOP normally pays close attention—religious institutions—is asking for a legislative "fix" of the Affordable Care Act to make it work as intended....Without the requested "fix," as many as one million clergy members and church employees now enrolled in church-sponsored health plans could soon face the choice of leaving these plans (designed to meet their unique needs, such as the frequent reassignment of clergy across state lines) or losing access to the tax subsidies provided by the ACA to help lower-to-middle income Americans purchase insurance.
Observers generally agree that the exclusion of church health plans from eligibility for the exchanges, which occurred because they do not sell policies to the general public, was an oversight caused by staffers scrambling to draft bill language under tight deadlines. Because employees of religious institutions are usually paid modestly, many will qualify for subsidies made available on a sliding scale to families earning up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level. But the subsidies can only be used to purchase insurance from the exchanges.
Apparently this problem is starting to attract the attention of religious groups, including large, conservative denominations like the Southern Baptist Convention, who don't want their clergy to lose access to tax breaks just because of an unintentional drafting error. But can even the Christian Right persuade House Republicans to take a short break from their scorched-earth campaign against Obamacare? Stay tuned.
There's a lot more heat than light in Edward Snowden's live Q&A over at the Guardian, which is too bad. We could use more clarity on the scope of NSA's surveillance. Along those lines, I was glad to see Josh Marshall picking up on this point:
For all the back and forth about Phoenixes and what exactly he expected a spy organization to do, the one interesting and significant thing to come out of this Snowden live chat is his focus on what is technically possible within the NSA vs whatever policy restrictions are in place to protect privacy, constitutional protections for US citizens and so forth. It’s not even totally clear, reading these answers, how much Snowden and his nemeses within the Intel Community are even disagreeing about how things work.
I'd guess there's not much disagreement at all. After all, Snowden has so far presented no evidence that NSA has abused its statutory powers. He obviously doesn't like NSA's statutory powers, but that's a different thing. At one point, for example, he says that the focus on whether NSA is sweeping up domestic communications is a "distraction from the power and danger of this system. Suspicionless surveillance does not become okay simply because it's only victimizing 95% of the world instead of 100%." Maybe so, but spying on foreigners is NSA's whole reason for existence.
And that gets to the nub of things: If you simply disapprove of spying on foreigners, then you're obviously not going to think much of the NSA. But that's a disagreement with U.S. policy, not a criticism of the agency itself.
Ditto for Snowden's comments about NSA being restricted only by "policy." Well, of course that's what restricts them. Once the technical capability is available to do something, then policy is always the only restriction. That policy can take the form of laws, of executive orders, of court oversight, or of internal NSA rules. Some of those are better than others, and all are subject to abuse if oversight is poor, but they're all policies. Pointing this out is like saying that Social Security is insecure because it's merely a policy of the federal government. That's true, but what isn't?
NOTE: There is, of course, a difference between Social Security and NSA surveillance. They're both creatures of policy, but NSA's actions are largely constrained by secret policies. That's a legitimate beef. The simple fact that NSA's constraints are policy-based isn't.
President Obama speaks to the American people about the act of terror at the Boston Marathon that wounded dozens and killed three innocent people on Monday, and says that through it all, Boston’s spirit remains undaunted and Americans have proven they refuse to be terrorized.
President Barack Obama makes a statement at the White House following the capture of the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, April 19 2013. Seated in the background are Jay Carney, Lisa Monaco, Christine Abizaid, and Ben Rhodes. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
After a daylong manhunt that saw police searching door-to-door through Boston, law enforcement officials captured the remaining suspect believed to be responsible for Monday's bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. He was ultimately found in Watertown, Massachusetts.
In a statement from the James Brady Briefing Room after the arrest, President Obama commended the response from the state and local police and federal investigators.
"We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to all our outstanding law enforcement professionals," he said. "These men and women get up every day, they put on that uniform; they risk their lives to keep us safe -- and as this week showed, they don't always know what to expect. So our thoughts are with those who were wounded in pursuit of the suspects and we pray for their full recovery."
While tonight's arrest closes one chapter in this tragedy, we're still left with many questions about these young men. President Obama pledged to put the full weight of the federal government behind finding answers.
"I've instructed the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security and our intelligence community to continue to deploy all the necessary resources to support the investigation, to collect intelligence, and to protect our citizens," he said. "We will determine what happened. We will investigate any associations that these terrorists may have had. And we'll continue to do whatever we have to do to keep our people safe."
It's been a long week, and the events in Boston have in some ways overshadowed another tragedy -- the explosion that took the lives of at least 14 people in West, Texas and wounded more than 200. Before the President closed, he made sure to remind the people of that community that they hadn't been forgotten.
"Our thoughts, our prayers are with the people of West, Texas, where so many good people lost their lives; some lost their homes; many are injured; many are still missing," he said. "I've talked to Governor Perry and Mayor Muska and I've pledged that the people of West will have the resources that they need to recover and rebuild. And I want everybody in Texas to know that we will follow through with those commitments."
This week, the President responded to the terror attack in Boston, met with AmeriCorps volunteers, invited the Wounded Warrior riders to the White House, and for the first time, asked a citizen to deliver the weekly address.
President Barack Obama delivers remarks at an interfaith prayer service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, Mass., April 18, 2013. The service was dedicated to those who were gravely wounded or killed in the bombings in Boston. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama today were at Boston's Cathedral of the Holy Cross to attend Healing Our City, an interfaith service dedicated to those who were gravely wounded or killed in Monday’s bombing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
In his remarks, the President paid tribute to those whose lives were taken by the bomb blasts on Boylston Street -- to Krystle Campbell, 29, who was "always smiling." And to Lingzi Lu, a 23-year-old graduate student from China who had come to "experience all this city has to offer." And finally to Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy from Dorchester whose mother and sister remain in the hospital, fighting to recover from their own injuries. Martin, said President Obama, leaves us with two enduring images, 'forever smiling for his beloved Bruins, and forever expressing a wish he made on a blue poster board: 'No more hurting people. Peace.'"
President Obama also praised the people of Boston, a city both he and the First Lady once called home. Like thousands every year, the two lived there as students -- just one of the many reasons, the President said, that Boston has a hold on so many hearts. "Every fall, you welcome students from all across America and all across the globe, and every spring you graduate them back into the world -- a Boston diaspora that excels in every field of human endeavor," he said. "Year after year, you welcome the greatest talents in the arts and science, research -- you welcome them to your concert halls and your hospitals and your laboratories to exchange ideas and insights that draw this world together."
On Monday, I attended the launch of EMPOWERED, Alicia Keys’ new campaign with Greater than AIDS to reach and inform women about HIV/AIDS, at an event hosted by the Kaiser Family Foundation. This is the second event that Alicia Keys and I have attended at Kaiser within the last year, both focused on ending AIDS.
The women were thrilled to meet Alicia Keys, and Alicia, who was deeply moved by their stories, committed to add her powerful international voice to helping to end the epidemic here in the U.S. Alicia and I intended to lift up the women. But really, it was their strength, courage, resilience, good spirit, and humor that lifted us up.
The HIV crisis touches every corner of the globe. And it’s personally touched so many of us, including here at home. We all have tragic stories about how HIV/AIDS has affected our family and friends, and these stories propel us all to continue to fight to end this disease.
Monday's event addressed one of the tragic realities of HIV in our country. The HIV epidemic continues in the United States, with about 50,000 new HIV infections each year. And while about one-quarter of new HIV infections are among women, three-quarters of new infections among women occur among black and Latina women.
Surrounded by Americans whose lives and families had been forever changed by gun violence, President Obama spoke from the Rose Garden about today’s Senate vote on expanded background checks for gun sales.
A few months ago, in response to too many tragedies -- including the shootings of a United States Congresswoman, Gabby Giffords, who’s here today, and the murder of 20 innocent schoolchildren and their teachers –- this country took up the cause of protecting more of our people from gun violence.
Families that know unspeakable grief summoned the courage to petition their elected leaders –- not just to honor the memory of their children, but to protect the lives of all our children. And a few minutes ago, a minority in the United States Senate decided it wasn’t worth it. They blocked common-sense gun reforms even while these families looked on from the Senate gallery.
“A majority of senators voted “yes” to protecting more of our citizens with smarter background checks,” President Obama said. “But by this continuing distortion of Senate rules, a minority was able to block it from moving forward."
Thanks to your courage and your resolve, we've been able to end one war, and begin winding down another. But for you, and for all our wounded warriors, coming home doesn't mean that the fight is over. In some ways, it's only just begun -- President Barack Obama, April 17, 2013
Today we are privileged to celebrate the upcoming journey of some of our amazing Wounded Warriors. These inspiring Veterans will accomplish the daunting task of riding over the next three days and inspiring us all. For these combat-wounded veterans, Soldier Ride uses cycling and the bonds of service to overcome physical, mental, or emotional wounds of war. It’s a wonderful connection as they return to an active lifestyle.
President Barack Obama gives a high-five to a rider as he and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki welcome the Wounded Warrior Projectâs Soldier Ride to the South Lawn of the White House, April 17, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
President Obama is committed to caring for our wounded warriors by expanding access to the best health care available and helping them to overcome their injuries, assisting in pursuing employment, and connecting them to the best education available to meet their personal goals. The Administration understands that a successful recovery requires access and connection to quality care and services. That is why in August of last year the President signed a Military Mental Health Executive Order that increases the number of VA mental health professionals and peer-to-peer support counselors.
First Lady Michelle Obama watches Maryland Governor Martin OâMalley sign the Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013 during a ceremony at the State House in Annapolis, Md., April 17, 2013. Seated, from left are, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., Gov. Martin O'Malley, and House Speaker Michael Busch. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
President Obama and the First Lady are committed to doing everything in their power to assist the brave men and women who have served our country in re-entering civilian life and finding employment. Over the last year and a half, the President has overseen the first re-design of the military’s transition assistance program in twenty years; created new tax credits to spur veteran hiring; expanded re-employment services, including the Veterans Job Bank and the Veterans Gold Card; and launched a series of initiatives to expand the number of veterans that get jobs in healthcare and first responder fields. Additionally, under the great leadership of the First Lady and Dr. Biden, Joining Forces has expanded hiring and training partnerships with the private sector in an effort to help our veterans and their spouses get back to work.
Yet, our veterans still face major hurdles as they transition out of the military and into the civilian workforce. According to a 2012 survey by Prudential and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, 60 percent of survey respondents said they had trouble translating their military skills into civilian job experience, creating a significant barrier to employment. Many high-demand, good-paying jobs like paramedics, truck drivers, nurses, and welders, require either a national certification or state occupational license to be hired, and currently our national and state systems make it very difficult for service members and veterans to obtain these civilian certifications and licenses that directly translate to their military training. Often times service members and veterans are required to repeat education or training in order to receive these occupational credentials, even though much, and in some cases, all, of their military training and experience overlaps with credential training requirements. And employers, many with significant needs for skilled workers, are left waiting for these military members to complete these, oftentimes lengthy, credentialing training programs – programs that many veterans could have taught themselves.
This afternoon, Dan Pfeiffer sent the message below to the White House email list asking people to pledge to speak out in favor of reducing gun violence. If you didn't get the email, be sure to sign up.
Update: The Hangout with Vice President Biden has concluded. Watch the full video below or on YouTube.
This week, Vice President Biden will host a virtual conversation with mayors around the country to discuss commonsense steps to reduce gun violence. Mayors know first hand the impact of gun violence on communities across the country – and they've come together to demand action.
On Wednesday, April 17th, at 2:45 p.m. EDT, the Vice President and mayors will discuss how we can protect our children and communities by reducing gun violence. We hope you'll tune in.
During the Google+ Hangout, Vice President Biden will be joined by:
- Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Gary, IN
- Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore, MD
- Mayor R.T. Rybak, Minneapolis, MN
- Mayor Steve Scaffidi, Oak Creek, WI
President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the explosions that occurred in Boston, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, April 16, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Following a briefing from FBI Director Mueller, Attorney General Holder, Secretary Napolitano, and homeland security advisor Lisa Monaco, President Obama went to the Brady Press Briefing Room to update Americans on developments in Boston, following two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon.
"We continue to mobilize and deploy all appropriate law enforcement resources to protect our citizens, and to investigate and to respond to this attack," the President said in a televised address. "Obviously our first thoughts this morning are with the victims, their families, and the city of Boston. We know that two explosions gravely wounded dozens of Americans, and took the lives of others, including a 8-year-old boy.
"This was a heinous and cowardly act. And given what we now know about what took place, the FBI is investigating it as an act of terrorism. Any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians it is an act of terror. What we don’t yet know, however, is who carried out this attack, or why; whether it was planned and executed by a terrorist organization, foreign or domestic, or was the act of a malevolent individual."
Each year, 4-H members and their chaperones from Moffat, Routt, Rio Blanco, Grand, Jackson, Eagle and Garfield counties meet to participate in a District 11 Retreat. This yearâs retreat was held at the Marriott Residence Inn in Glenwood Springs from March 1 through 3.
A reconstruction project on Colorado Highway 13 south of Meeker and north of Rifle will take place from mile marker 25 south to mile marker 22.
Moffat Countyâs elected officials continue to rip a bill now making its way through the Colorado House of Representatives that would require Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association to increase its renewable energy portfolio to 25 percent by 2020.
Most outdoor spring sports in Northwest Colorado are used to dealing with cold weather, snowy conditions and indoor practices at the beginning of the season. With another significant snowfall in Craig during the weekend, the baseball team, now a month and a half into its season, still has not played a home game.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is inviting families to come out April 27 for the sixth annual Outdoor Heritage Day in Palisade.
Years ago, people routinely prepared recipes such as eggnog, ice cream and mayonnaise without cooking whole eggs or egg yolks. However, according to Karen Massey, Routt County Extension director and Family Consumer and Science agent, recent research has shown that pathogens are found inside the egg shell as well as on the outside.
Gas prices as of 5 p.m. Friday in Craig, heading into the weekend of April 20.
Government update for April 20, 2013
Nine students from Moffat County High School will look to showcase their business skills starting Sunday.
There is a Craig resident who always seems to have a smile on his face and a friendly wave when he passes you on the street.
On the Record Police, fire and ambulance calls â some minor calls omitted
The countryâs former military leader Pervez Musharraf is expected to face charges on May 4 over his decision to fire senior judges while in power in 2007.
The earthquake struck the western region of Sichuan province, where a previous quake killed 70,000 people.
The teenage suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, was taken into custody in Watertown, Mass., after a search that left his brother dead and the Boston area virtually shut down.
The alleged attack on a young girl struck a chord in the nation, which is still dealing with the trauma of another rape case.
Veterans Affairs said that it would issue provisional rulings on 250,000 disability claims one year or older, a move that would allow those approved to receive benefits immediately.
A Communist Party official said that the earthquake that hit Chinaâs Sichuan provinces left at least 32 people dead and injured more than 600.
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman is planning to ask a judge to release the entirety of a review of a deadly 1971 uprising at Attica and the stateâs retaking of the prison.
The teenage suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, was taken into custody in Watertown, Mass., after a search that left his brother dead and the Boston area virtually shut down.
Despite strong recent job growth, 7.6 million Americans who want to work more hours have been stuck in part-time jobs.
Nearly 2,700 students were wrongly told they were not eligible for seats in public school gifted and talented programs because of errors in scoring admission tests.
Two police officers involved in last nightâs chase became friends as classmates in a police academy; now one is dead, and the other is hospitalized, fighting for his life.
LONDON (AP) The material sat in a Florida storage facility for many years, apparently forgotten, until the storage company finally sold it off in bulk because payments had not been made.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A TV miniseries and movie comeback will mean more Emmy Awards than expected at this year's ceremony.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles judge has approved a divorce settlement between Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries.
SATURDAY, APRIL 20
UPPER MERION - The gloomy skies were a fitting backdrop to the matchup between Upper Dublin and Upper Merion, two teams that share similar hope of climbing out of the doldrums of the Suburban One American league is dwindling. It was Upper Merion who finally got the upper hand, 3-1, to earn its first victory of the season.
WEST GOSHEN - Friday night's Warrior Invitational meet at West Chester Henderson's J. Oscar Dicks Stadium provided North Penn's boys track and field team with the opportunity to face some quality competition. And, it gave North Penn a chance to put some of its impressive talent on display.
PHILADELPHIA - People spoke up. From the luxury boxes to the cheap seats, candidly and anonymously, loudly and under their breaths, over the airwaves and from the comfort of their homes, it was no secret.
CHESTER - There's no love lost between D.C. United and the Philadelphia Union.
A 19-year-old college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings was taken into custody Friday evening after a manhunt that left the city virtually paralyzed and his older brother and accomplice dead.
NORRISTOWN - Eisenhower Science & Technology Leadership Academy students decorated paper bags to raise environmental awareness Friday afternoon. The Blue Bell Giant Supermarket donated the bags in which gifted students from Eisenhower, Stewart and East Norriton Middle School decorated with their own drawings and slogans. The Blue Bell Giant was...
BOSTON - Key moments related to the search for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, based on reports from the Massachusetts governor, the Middlesex County district attorney, Massachusetts State Police and Boston police.
I can lose weight because I love my healthy self more than the taste of food!
Girl.........my mama told me that a man will only love me as much as I love me and that is why I love me some me!
Brothers and Sisters.................. you need to know where your children are; mentally, emotionally, socially and physically!
Check out the video of the beating of a Black woman in Jasper Texas by police. The video is in the video section of this web site.
If something has already been done, I can do it and if it has not been done, I can become a pioneer!
No population in the United States has a higher obesity rate than African American women, four out of five of whom are overweight or obese, according to a 2012 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.