Warren "enraged tribal groups and other minorities concerned about her reliance on a test to measure ethnicity," The Washington Post reported last month. "That episode injected uncertainty over the decision-making by Warren and her campaign staff and subjected her to both anger and mockery just as she was gearing up for a potential presidential effort." Wow, this sounds bad! Let's see what all these tribal chiefs and Native people are saying about Warren's DNA test and why her decision to release it was so outrageous. Oops. Neither of these stories included comments from any elected tribal leaders. The Post story didn't include comments from Native people at all. Of the three Native voices mixed in with political pundits in the Times story, one is a known Warren critic and one is a congresswoman-elect whose positive comments were buried ― a stunning distortion of how many tribal leaders and Native people in general feel about Warren's move.
Saudi Arabia's state media says the 11 suspected killers of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi have attended their first court hearing in the capital, Riyadh. The official Saudi Press Agency said the prosecutor, the country's attorney general, has demanded the death penalty for five of the 11 suspects. A statement from prosecutors said the suspects attended the hearing with their lawyers. read more
Residents of northeastern Syria were bracing Thursday for the fallout of President Trump's unexpected move to withdraw U.S. troops, a decision that many in the region regard as a betrayal that will reverberate well beyond this corner of Syria. With Turkey threatening to invade from the north, the Syrian government threatening to retake the area by force and the Islamic State regrouping in their midst, Kurds and Arabs were unsure -- and divided -- over what most to fear next. In the Syrian town of Kobane, where the United States' alliance with Syria's Kurds began in 2014, thousands of Kurds marched in anger and dismay toward a U.S. military base, many clutching photographs of their children killed fighting the Islamic State alongside U.S. forces. They urged Trump to reverse his decision.
Chuck Strouse: The best news for Democrats from the recent midterm elections was that Florida's racist and ridiculously difficult road to voting rights restoration for felons was overturned -- you know, the one that stopped one in five black voters from casting ballots. Now it looks as if Republicans don't want the 65 percent of the population that approved the measure to get their way.
Sen. Orrin Hatch blasted the Affordable Care Act while speaking about the massive GOP tax overhaul at the American Enterprise Institute. read more