One of the most basic tasks of any presidential hopeful is to articulate their ambitions for America. But when CNN asked Ben Carson to do that, he completely lost his sh*t, arguing with the interviewer and crying foul.
CNN host Alisyn Camerota played back footage of two controversial remarks by Republican candidate Ben Carson. In the first, he called sections of the American public stupid. In the second, he stated that without Fox News, "we'd be Cuba."
She asked Dr. Carson to explain which sections of the American public were stupid, and the candidate answered that those who believed social programs helped the disadvantaged were stupid. Camerota began her follow up question: Hilarity ensued. read more
The death of Fox Lake, Illinois, police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz was "a carefully staged suicide," Lake County Major Crimes Task Force commander George Filenko said Wednesday. "This staged suicide was the end result of extensive criminal acts that Gliniewicz had been committing." Gliniewicz was under increasing levels of stress from scrutiny into what the investigators found to be criminal activity, Filenko said. The officer had been stealing and laundering money from the police department program that mentored young people hoping to become law enforcement officers, Filenko said. Gliniewic was a leader in that program, and had been stealing money for at least seven years, he said. The investigation found that the officer -- who had experience creating mock crime scenes -- staged his suicide to make it look like a homicide. read more
So this came up:
A bombshell White House memo has revealed for the first time details of the deal in blood' forged by Tony Blair and George Bush over the Iraq War.
The sensational leak shows that Blair had given an unqualified pledge to sign up to the conflict a year before the invasion started.
It flies in the face of the Prime Minister's public claims at the time that he was seeking a diplomatic solution to the crisis.
He told voters: We're not proposing military action' in direct contrast to what the secret email now reveals.
In a blistering New York Times column, Brooks accuses today's Republican Party of betraying the actual tenets of conservatism. "By traditional definitions," he writes, "conservatism stands for intellectual humility, a belief in steady, incremental change, a preference for reform rather than revolution, a respect for hierarchy, precedence, balance and order, and a tone of voice that is prudent, measured and responsible."
Today's Republicans, he continues, have abandoned all that. The GOP is increasingly driven by a faction that "regards the messy business of politics as soiled and impure. Compromise is corruption. Inconvenient facts are ignored. Countrymen with different views are regarded as aliens. Political identity became a sort of ethnic identity, and any compromise was regarded as a blood betrayal." read more
A Texas history textbook used in high schools referred to Africans brought to American plantations between the 1500s and 1800s as "workers" rather than slaves and on another page referred to Europeans coming to America as "indentured servants" but did not describe Africans the same way. Parent Roni Dean-Burren, whose son is a freshman who noticed the mentions, shared them on social media. "It's no accident that this happened in Texas," said Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network, a group that has criticized the content of state-approved textbooks. "We have a textbook adoption process that's so politicized and so flawed that it's become almost a punch line for comedians." read more