Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) is on Hillary Clinton's short list of potential vice presidential nominees. He's also actively pushing bank deregulation this week as he campaigns for the job.
Kaine signed two letters on Monday urging federal regulators to go easy on banks ― one to help big banks dodge risk management rules, and another to help small banks avoid consumer protection standards.
Gerald Duane Lewis, 26, who claims membership in Israel United in Christ, was arrested by police in Evansville, Indiana, on Monday, a day after Crystal Raquel Cash was shot in the face with a 9mm handgun. The victim told police the gunman used a homophobic slur during the assault, which occurred in a building where the victim operates a massage parlor and advertises "adult services" on Backpage.com.
On his Facebook page, the suspect claimed affiliation with Israel United in Christ (IUIC), a black separatist group that is one of 180 such hate groups currently identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The shooting victim was hospitalized and is expected to recover. read more
A 32-year-old St. Paul, Minnesota, man died Wednesday night after being shot by a police officer during a traffic stop in the Falcon Heights suburb. The girlfriend of Philando Castile aired live video on Facebook of the incident that has been viewed over three million times. Lavish Reynolds claimed that Castile, a Montessori school cafeteria supervisor, told the officer he was licensed to carry a firearm and was reaching for his identification. The incident follows another in Baton Rouge that has revived the national debate over police treatment of black men. "We're not going to stand apart and allow this violence to continue," said Minnesota DFL Chair Ken Martin. "We're going to make the changes that need to be made and finally put a stop to this."
Asian-American enrollment at Brown and Yale has been stagnant since 1995 and at Dartmouth since 2004 despite an increase in highly qualified Asian-American students applying during that time.
In fact, data show Asian-Americans must score on average approximately 140 points higher than a White, 270 points higher than a Hispanic and 450 points higher than a Black student on the SAT, in order to have the same chance of admission. The groups suspect schools "impose racial quotas and caps to maintain what they believe are ideal racial balances," harkening back to the days of the Chinese Exclusion Act and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.
Though the concept of race-preferential admissions undoubtedly came from a place of good intentions, it's become increasingly clear that these policies are doing more harm than good. read more
The ad is so brazenly racist that it delivers a visceral shock.
A young Chinese woman is doing laundry. A young black man appears in the doorway, his face and white T-shirt smudged with paint. He gives the woman a classic wolf whistle, and winks. She gestures suggestively; he approaches, and leans in for a kiss. Then she pops a laundry detergent pod in his mouth, and shoves him in the washing machine. Moments later, he emerges as a fair-skinned Chinese man. She looks delighted.
A sales agent for Qiaobi rejected accusations of racism, claiming that the ad was "kind of fun."
"Why did foreigners say that [the ad was racist]? We only paid attention to the product itself. We didn't even notice [the racial angle]. It's only an artistic exaggeration." read more