Headstones Vandalized At Jewish Cemetery In Philadelphia : The Two-Way : NPR: "Philadelphia police say more than 100 headstones have been damaged at a Jewish cemetery in the northeastern part of the city. The vandalism occurred less than a week after a similar episode in a Jewish cemetery near St. Louis, where more than 150 graves were targeted. Local police arrived at Mt. Carmel Cemetery Sunday morning after getting a call from a man reporting that the headstones of three of his relatives had been damaged. WHYY's Bobby Allyn spoke with Shawn Zevit, a Philadelphia rabbi who described the vandalism as "a hateful act, an attempt to create fear and to tarnish the memory of those who have died and attack their dignity."" 'via Blog this'
House Science Chairman Sees Liberal Cover-Up on Warming Pause - Scientific American: "John Bates, who recently retired from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center, told the Daily Mail newspaper in England that a 2015 federal study was intended “to discredit the notion of a global warming hiatus” and was rushed “to time the publication of the paper to influence national and international deliberations on climate policy.”
Bates said his NOAA colleagues relied on “unverified” data to prove their hurried claims."
3 Injured in Attack in Germany’s Heidelberg - The Daily Beast: "Three people were injured Saturday when a man reportedly drove a car into a group of pedestrians in Heidelberg, authorities said. The attacker, who was carrying a knife, was reportedly shot and injured by police after fleeing the scene, the BBC reported. Police said terrorism is not suspected and the man acted alone. No further details have been released." 'via Blog this'
GOP Obamacare Plan Would Cover Fewer People; Blowback Grows - Bloomberg: "Access Versus Coverage At the core of the Republican argument in favor of their plan is that it will expand access to insurance for those who want it, rather than expanding total coverage by forcing people to. The requirements for repealing the ACA mean it’s not possible to keep the same number of people covered, said Representative Trent Franks, an Arizona Republican. “You can’t do that,” Franks said in an interview. For the Republican plan to work, it needs to make sure tax subsidies get people to buy insurance who wouldn’t otherwise, said Rebecca Owen, a health research actuary with the Society of Actuaries." 'via Blog this'
Between the Nov. 8 election and Feb. 19, the New York Police Department received 143 hate-crime complaints, 42 percent more than during the same period a year earlier. Seventy-two of the post-election offenses targeted Jews, compared with 39 a year earlier, according to data provided by the department. " 'via Blog this'
The fundraiser, titled “Muslims Unite to Repair Jewish Cemetery,” had raised more than $40,000 from more than 1,400 donors as of around 10 p.m. on Tuesday night, pushing well past its $20,000 fundraising goal.
An update on the campaign’s website via Launch Good says the fundraising goal was reached in just three hours." 'via Blog this'
This leaked draft memo is the Trump administration’s starting point for a border crackdown - Vox: "Allowing some state governors to deputize the National Guard to help arrest and detain immigrants isn't the only step the Trump administration considered to carry out the president's executive order on immigration. The administration also sketched out plans for wide-scale, mandatory detention of asylum seekers; sending immigrants back to Mexico while their cases were still pending in immigration court; and making it much easier to deport unauthorized immigrants living in the US without a court hearing at all." 'via Blog this'
“We know for a fact she tries to book herself on this show,” Brzezinski said. “I won't do it, 'cuz I don't believe in fake news or information that is not true. And that is — every time I've ever seen her on television, something’s askew, off or incorrect.”" 'via Blog this'
The Creeping Stalinism of Donald Trump | Vanity Fair: "The vilifying of the press has gotten so bad that some solace was provided Sunday by The Washington Post, which reported from Abu Dhabi that "Defense Secretary Jim Mattis...does not see the media as the enemy of the American people." Now all journalists have to do is find a viable business model and all worries will disappear! While that Post headline might have inspired huzzahs among the Trump-obsesssed national media, The Wall Street Journal's editorial page writers are frequently finding themselves at odds in a Civil War of political ideas." 'via Blog this'
Trump inherits Obama boom - POLITICO: "On the campaign trail, Donald Trump repeatedly described the U.S. economy as a hollowed-out disaster of high unemployment and stagnant growth. But the latest numbers show the president-elect will in fact inherit a fairly robust economy with the lowest jobless rate in nearly a decade, record home and stock prices and a healthy growth rate." 'via Blog this'
Miller Doubles Down on Voter Fraud Lie - The Daily Beast: "Refusing to cite any evidence, White House policy advisor Stephen Miller repeatedly claimed voter fraud had influenced New Hampshire's election. During a Sunday morning interview with George Stephanopoulos, Miller doubled down on unsubstaniated claims that thousands of illegal voters were transported from Massachusetts to New Hampshire, causing Hillary Clinton to win the state. “Voter fraud is a serious problem in this country," Miller said, while claiming that "this morning on this show is not the venue for me to lay out all the evidence." When Stephanopoulos pressed Miller for evidence, Miller told him to "go to New Hampshire, talk to anybody who's worked in politics there for a long time. Everybody's aware of the problem in New Hampshire." Asked a third time for evidence to support his claims, Miller told Stephanopoulos that "if this is an issue that interests you, then we can talk about it more in the future." He went on to accuse immigrants of illegally registering to vote and "cancelling out the franchise of lawful citizens of this county."" 'via Blog this'
Joe Scarborough: Trump’s dangerous lie about Russia - The Washington Post: "recent claim that the United States is morally on par with Russia’s corrupt dystopian regime was so historically ignorant that even Republicans felt compelled to speak out this week. Perhaps that is because remaining silent in the face of such a morally disorienting claim would make them look like fools. Vladimir Putin is, after all, the same ruthless autocrat who kills journalists and political rivals who dare to cross him. He is also the same man who called the Soviet Union’s collapse “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century.”" 'via Blog this'
The revelation, which was first reported by the Huffington Post, is the latest development about Puzder, who has faced criticism over reports of wage violations at his restaurants, his views on the minimum wage and his use of ads that critics say are demeaning to women." 'via Blog this'
The Only Major Tech Companies Not Fighting Trump on Immigration Are the Ones Helping Him [Updated] | Inc.com: "Following the publication of this piece, Tesla and SpaceX, both of which have Elon Musk as CEO, joined the amicus brief as signees. Along with them, nearly 30 more companies signed onto the brief, including Slack. Still not involved are Palantir, Oracle and IBM.] Where are Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, Ginni Rometty, and Safra Catz? That's the big question following the Sunday filing of an amicus brief signed by nearly 100 technology companies in opposition to President Trump's executive freeze on refugees, immigrants, and travelers from Muslim countries." 'via Blog this'