By a vote of 57 to 40 this afternoon, the Senate failed to invoke cloture on the defense-authorization bill that contains the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Voting in favor were all the Democrats (except Blanche Lincoln, who didn’t vote for some reason) and West Virginia’s recently elected Joe Manchin, who will probably do this type of thing a lot. Voting to maintain the filibuster was every Republican except for Maine’s Susan Collins. A number of Republicans, including Collins, Scott Brown, and Lisa Murkowski, had expressed support for repealing DADT but demanded sufficient time to debate and amend the bill. Apparently, only Collins was satisfied, although just barely. … [Read more...] about Is DADT Repeal Done for Good?
Bloomberg acknowledged in November that crime levels "did not go back up" after the number of stops fell. In fact, crime in New York City had declined steadily since 1990 -- under Mayor David Dinkins, again under Giuliani, again under Bloomberg, and yet again under Bloomberg's successor Bill de Blasio, whose administration has made much less extensive use of stop and frisk than Bloomberg did. In 2018, there were only 11,008 stops recorded by the NYPD. … [Read more...] about Fact check: Bloomberg leaves out key parts of his history of stop and frisk policy
Fox News asked Swae Lee if he envisioned himself as the multi-threat he’s become in the recording and fashion industries respectively. To that, the “Unforgettable” crooner immediately pointed to his intense work-ethic and overall love of playing with different elements of fashion that when brought together, mesh into eye-opening combinations. … [Read more...] about Rapper Swae Lee says his gender-neutral fashion collab with Giuseppe Zanotti ‘reflects my artistry’
And, quite frankly, I feel safer driving after it has snowed. With the way Denver plows — remember the compacted, icy roads in November? — and the fact that homeowners and businesses don’t shovel, it is safer to go door to door in my car and avoid walking and crossing icy streets to take a bus. … [Read more...] about Letters: Still debating bike lanes; Let the public vote on introducing the gray wolf (2/12/20)
But even if these arguments for a big Bernie grievance are pretty empty, you can appreciate that the close nature of this year’s nominating contest makes it easy to assume something fishy happened, particularly if you begin with the assumption, as some Sanders supporters do, that your opponents are unprincipled corporate shills. It’s like Florida 2000: In a race this close, you can blame the outcome on anything that makes you mad, from Joe Lieberman’s support for counting overseas military ballots to Ralph Nader’s presence on the ballot to dozens of single events like the Brooks Brothers Riot. … [Read more...] about Sanders Needs to Talk Down His Supporters and Explain That Nothing Is Being ‘Stolen’