Thursday October 23, 2014

Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Army vet not allowed to hang jacket on U.S. Airways flight

On Flight 1930 between Portland, Ore., and Charlotte, N.C., First Sgt. Albert Marle asked a flight attendant to hang his navy-blue Army Ranger and combat veteran’s jacket to stop it from wrinkling, according to WSOC-TV. The attendant refused saying the closet is reserved for first-class passengers.  More…

Paltrow gushes to Obama at fundraiser: “You’re so handsome!”

Gwyneth Paltrow, who was joined by her children Apple and Moses, introduced the President to a crowd of 200 Hollywood supporters. She gushed: "You’re so handsome that I can’t speak properly.”  More…

Food Stamp Recipients Top 46 Million for 35th Straight Month

The number of Americans on food stamps has topped 46,000,000 for 35 straight months, according to data from the Department of Agriculture (USDA). In 2013, one in five American households, or 20 percent, participated in the SNAP food stamp program, compared to less than 2 percent in 1969.  More…

Seattle Replaces Columbus Day With Indigenous Peoples’ Day

The Seattle school board unanimously resolved on Wednesday to direct public schools across the city to celebrate “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” instead of Columbus Day on the second Monday of each October. Further, according to board members, Seattle’s taxpayer-funded schools have “a responsibility to oppose the systematic racism towards Indigenous people in the United States.  More…

Ben Bernanke turned down for mortgage refinancing

Do you want proof that it’s tough to get a mortgage? Ben Bernanke, the former Federal Reserve Chairman, is having trouble refinancing his home. Bernanke spoke of his problems during an appearance Thursday at a conference in Chicago hosted by the National Investment Center for Senior Housing and Care.  More…

The end of power in Washington

Power in Washington used to be centered on the White House, the Congress, the Cabinet, the diplomatic corps and the journalists. Today, all of those groups depend on money for their very existence. The real power lies with the lobbyists, the money-raisers, the super PACs, the bundlers, the corporations and rich people.  More…

Dallas Ebola patient vomited outside apartment on way to hospital

Two days after he was sent home from a Dallas hospital, the man who is the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States was seen vomiting on the ground outside an apartment complex as he was bundled into an ambulance.  More…

St. Louis to forgive 220,000 warrants in city with a total population of only 318,000

Offenders of the city’s municipal laws with outstanding warrants will soon get a free pass. St. Louis officials said the city’s municipal court will automatically clear outstanding warrants for nonviolent traffic violations. About 220,000 outstanding warrants issued before Oct. 1 in the city will automatically be forgiven, according to Jeff Rainford. “In light of Ferguson, we were thinking of how we can be more fair,” Rainford said.  More…

Secret Service Director Resigns

The resignation of Secret Service Director Julia Pierson on Wednesday is an acknowledgment by President Obama of what he has long denied: that the force charged with protecting him is in deep turmoil and struggling to fulfill its mission. Pierson, who once worked at Walt Disney World as a costumed character, has said: “We need to be more like Disney World. We need to be more friendly, inviting.”  More…

Secret Service missed man with gun in elevator with Obama

A man with a gun that the Secret Service did not know about rode in an elevator with President Obama during his recent visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The previously undisclosed breach, confirmed by two sources familiar with the case, raises new questions about the agency’s ability to protect the president.  More…

Keystone Cops to replace incompetent White House security?

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson acknowledged on Tuesday the agency failed in executing its plan to protect the White House when a man with a knife entered the mansion. Pierson disclosed that there have been six fence-jumpers this year alone, including one just eight days before Army veteran Omar J. Gonzalez scaled the fence on Sept. 19.  More…

Eric Holder To Step Down As Attorney General

Eric Holder Jr., the nation’s first black U.S. attorney general, is preparing to announce his resignation Thursday after a tumultuous tenure marked by civil rights advances, national security threats, reforms to the criminal justice system and 5 1/2 years of fights with Republicans in Congress.  More…