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Saturday, July 26, 2014

In an intensely awkward congressional hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday, freshman Rep. Curt Clawson misidentified two senior U.S. government officials as representatives of the Indian government. Even though Nisha Biswal and Arun Kumar are Americans who were introduced as U.S. officials of the State Department and Commerce Department, the Florida Republican made several references to them being foreign and said, "I'm familiar with your country; I love your country. Anything I can do to make the relationship with India better, I'm willing and enthusiastic about doing so." read more


Ted Nugent's recent spate of offensive and racist comments that have sparked protests and canceled shows are damaging his image and could well cripple his income if he continues, according to veteran concert promoters and industry journalists.

In a week when two casinos operated by different Native American tribes canceled three separate Nugent shows set for next month and dozens protested a concert in New Jersey, concert touring experts say the National Rifle Association board member and conservative commentator is doing real damage to his money-earning potential.
Although Nugent has long been a hardline conservative and pro-gun advocate, his "subhuman mongrel" comments triggered a massive media firestorm and led prominent Republicans to disassociate themselves from the rocker earlier this year. Nugent's offensive and racist comments have more recently caused a backlash against his concerts.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

YouGov asked how intelligent each of the last eight elected presidents were, on a scale from "not at all intelligent" to "very intelligent". Bill Clinton comes out on top, with 49% considering the Yale Law graduate and Rhodes Scholar "very intelligent". Another 30% put him in the "somewhat intelligent" category. Nearly as many remember Ronald Reagan as either very (44%) or somewhat (28%) intelligent. Reagan's only diploma was from Eureka College, a small liberal arts college in Illinois. By contrast, the only man on the list to have attended both Yale and Harvard, George W. Bush, is considered least intelligent of all. Only 52% say George W. Bush is at least somewhat intelligent.


A three-year federal investigation into groups of suburban white teens crossing into Mississippi's capital city of Jackson to attack blacks has grown to 10 indictments and six convictions. The most recent indictments -- two men and two women -- were made public Wednesday. The June 2011 death of James Craig Anderson, who was run over by a pickup truck outside a Jackson hotel, sparked a broader investigation into reports that groups of young white men and women would drive from the mostly white Rankin County into majority-black Jackson to assault blacks. Prosecutors said the suspects usually sought out the homeless or people under the influence of alcohol.


Monday, July 14, 2014

John Michael Farren, who served as a White House lawyer in both Bush administrations, was convicted of attempted murder on Friday. Prosecutors alleged that Farren choked his wife, Mary Margaret Farren, and beat her with a metal flashlight until she lost consciousness at their multimillion-dollar home in New Canaan, Connecticut, in January 2010. She managed to flee the house with her two young daughters. The attack occurred two days after she had served him with divorce papers, authorities said. Farren was deputy White Counsel during President George W. Bush's second term and undersecretary for international trade in the Commerce Department under the elder Bush; he also served as deputy manager for Bush's failed 1992 re-election campaign.


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