If you’re looking for a shortcut to get your kid into a prestigious college, but your little one doesn’t have high enough cheekbones to claim to be an Indian, consider the petal-strewn path of the newly elected San Francisco district attorney, Chesa Boudin. Chesa’s sparkling credentials are: He is the son of celebrated cop-killers Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert! That was enough to win him admission to Yale, Oxford and Yale Law School.His mother consciously parlayed her way to success by becoming a violent revolutionary after realizing that she wasn’t going to set the world on fire with her SAT and LSAT scores. Poor Kathy couldn’t get into Oberlin — and then she couldn’t get into Yale Law. She was terrified of “losing her place” as her father Leonard Boudin’s “most cherished offspring,” as Susan Braudy put it in her book, “Family Circle: The Boudins and the Aristocracy of the Left.” (All this is covered … [Read more...] about COULTER: Want To Get In Harvard Without Good Test Scores? Become A Liberal Activist
Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)A former presidential candidate and journalist is being held by Nigeria's security forces despite being twice granted bail, his lawyer told CNN. Omoyele Sowore, is an investigative journalist and founder of the New York-based news site Sahara Reporters, who was arrested in August by the country's intelligence agency, the Department of State Services (DSS). He is charged with treason felony for organizing a Revolution Now protest, which the government said was an attempt to disrupt peace in the nation. He is also charged with cyberstalking President Muhammadu Buhari and money laundering. Sowore has pleaded not guilty to the charges. One week after meeting his bail conditions, the journalist is still being held, his lawyer Femi Falana said Wednesday. 'A full-blown dictatorship' Read More DSS officials said in a statement sent to CNN that Sowore was yet to be released because the appropriate persons -- his sureties-- had not come to pick him up and those that … [Read more...] about Fears over crackdown on free speech as Nigeria refuses to release prominent journalist
FILE - Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., joined at left by Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Frank Pallone, D-N.J., speaks at an event to announce legislation to lower health care costs and protect people with pre-existing medical conditions, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2019. In an interview published in the New York Times over the weekend, Pelosi accused President Donald Trump of something remarkable: She feared he would not be willing to give up power peacefully in 2020 if the election were close. less FILE - Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., joined at left by Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Frank Pallone, D-N.J., speaks at an event to announce legislation to lower health care costs and protect ... more Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, STF / Associated Press … [Read more...] about Nancy Pelosi is worried Trump won’t give up power in 2020. He just underscored why.
SACRAMENTO — California property taxes are one area that U.S. presidents have no control over, but that hasn’t stopped candidates for the Democratic nomination from lining up behind a prospective ballot measure to overhaul Proposition 13, the state’s landmark tax-cutting law. The audience for the presidential hopefuls’ message is not so much ordinary Californians — most of whom are not yet paying close attention to a 2020 measure that would boost property taxes for large businesses — as it is organized labor, a key Democratic constituency. The state’s powerful public employee unions have made the initiative an election-year priority. If passed, it would unleash billions of dollars for schools and local governments that employ union workers. And for Democratic presidential candidates jockeying for labor’s backing, showing support for key goals such as the Prop. 13 overhaul is crucial. A union endorsement could bring money and volunteers … [Read more...] about Proposition 13 overhaul backed by leading 2020 Democrats
Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick launched a late-entry bid for the Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday morning, joining an already crowded field with a campaign that will aim to position him as a pragmatist well-positioned to take on President Trump.“I admire and respect the candidates in the Democratic field. But if the character of the candidates is an issue in every election, this time is about the character of the country,” he said in a video launching his candidacy.In an interview with his hometown newspaper, Patrick did not minimize the long odds against his candidacy.“I recognize running for president is a Hail Mary under any circumstances. This is a Hail Mary from two stadiums over,” he told the Boston Globe. Advertisement In a spirit of profound gratitude for all the country has given to me, with a determination to build a better, more sustainable, more inclusive American Dream for everyone: https://t.co/hObdLNiFMJ … [Read more...] about Deval Patrick enters Democratic presidential race