While the apparent chokehold fueled much of the initial public outcry, community leaders have begun asking whether focusing police officers so intently on such petty offenses makes sense in a city that is far different and far safer than the one Mr. Bratton left in the mid-1990s.
“I think we need to look at whether we still need these arrests,” said Eric L. Adams, the Brooklyn borough president and a former captain in the Police Department.
“This is a good moment,” he said, “to re-evaluate what comes after ‘broken windows,’ now that the windows are no longer broken.”
And with the number of stop-and-frisk encounters down sharply, the community groups that mobilized against those street stops are turning their attention to the number of low-level arrests, saying they will push for changes.
“It’s the new stop-and-frisk,” Robert Gangi, director of the Police Reform Organizing Project, said of the low-level arrests, which, he added, were eclipsed in recent years by the public debate over the stop-and-frisk tactic.
What makes these funds different from the giant banks, investment firms and mortgage securities markets that were fatalities of the global financial crisis is this: It has taken until now for the United States government to do much of anything to try to stop it from happening again.
The fact that it has taken so long to put in rules to try to make the sector less prone to 2008-style runs — the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted new rules Wednesday on a 3-to-2 vote — is a depressing indication of the challenges that stand in the way of creating a more stable financial system.
Whatever you think of the Dodd-Frank Act and other related efforts by regulators to tighten the screws on giant banks, there’s no disputing that they are having an effect. Regulators are monitoring the inner workings of big banks more closely, and the banks in turn are holding more capital and engaging in less risky trading activity. Bankers would argue those efforts go too far and restrict the availability of capital in the economy, while some advocates would argue that they don’t go far enough. But no one disputes that the banking industry looks different than it did five years ago (see our analysis of Citigroup last week for a specific example).
But to me the key lesson is this: Even when a sector of the shadow banking system has clearly exhibited vulnerability and has been studied every which way for decades, it will take years of bureaucratic infighting to put in place rules to reform it.
President Obama on Thursday called for Congress to strip away tax advantages that have encouraged a rush of mergers and acquisitions that give companies an overseas base while they maintain their presence in the United States.
In an appearance at a technical college that was intended to focus on job training, the president used unusually harsh language to describe American companies that acquire overseas companies to relocate for tax reasons, known as inversions. He said they were renouncing their American citizenship by “cherry-picking” the nation’s tax laws at the expense of ordinary taxpayers.
“These companies are cherry-picking the rules, and it damages the country’s finances,” Mr. Obama said. “It adds to the deficit. It sticks you with the tab to make up for what they are stashing offshore.”
Democrats were thrilled when John Walsh of Montana was appointed to the United States Senate in February. A decorated veteran of the Iraq war and former adjutant general of his state’s National Guard, Mr. Walsh offered the Democratic Party something it frequently lacks: a seasoned military man.
On the campaign trail this year, Mr. Walsh, 53, has made his military service a main selling point. Still wearing his hair close-cropped, he notes he was targeted for killing by Iraqi militants and says his time in uniform informs his views on a range of issues.
But one of the highest-profile credentials of Mr. Walsh’s 33-year military career appears to have been improperly attained. An examination of the final paper required for Mr. Walsh’s master’s degree from the United States Army War College indicates the senator appropriated at least a quarter of his thesis on American Middle East policy from other authors’ works, with no attribution.
When will NPR interview Zack Jud to clear the air?
News item number one: Lauren Arrington, a Florida sixth grader, was featured on NPR, CBS, and many other media outlets for her science report on Indo-Pacific lionfish, a predatory reef fish species that has invaded ocean waters along the Southeastern United States and the Caribbean. The NPR story, “Sixth Grader’s Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists,” quotes Lauren on the line of thinking that led to her discovery:
“Scientists were doing plenty of tests on them, but they just always assumed they were in the ocean,” Lauren, now 13, tells NPR’s Kelly McEvers. “So I was like, ‘Well, hey guys, what about the river?’ “
Unfortunately, the finding indicated in the headline—that lionfish can thrive in low-salinity estuaries—was was not a new discovery, nor was it Lauren’s. Zack Jud had reported these same findings as a Ph.D. candidate at Florida International University in 2011, three years before Arrington first presented her science fair project, in a paper titled “Recent invasion of a Florida (USA) estuarine system.” That paper lists Lauren’s father, D. Albrey Arrington, as a courtesy author, and as such, one can assume that he was aware of Jud’s discovery of lionfish in low-salinity environments well before his daughter embarked on a national media tour claiming the discovery as her own.
The Ukrainian army on Friday claimed that soldiers came under artillery fire from the Russian side of the border overnight and were attacked by rebels in several other places in the restive east.
Ukrainian forces are trying to close in on the rebels, cutting them off from the border with Russia which Kyiv believes is the source of arms and reinforcement. Moscow has vehemently denied a role in the conflict between pro-Russian separatists and government troops which has left more than 400 people dead and displaced tens of thousands.
In a statement on Friday, the headquarters of the government’s military operation in the east listed at least seven locations where rebels attacked Ukrainian troops. They also claimed that attacks on two locations including a border crossing were supported by artillery fire from Russia.
A French military unit dispatched to secure the site in Mali where an Air Algerie jetliner with 116 people aboard crashed Thursday found no survivors, but was able to recover a black box, French President Francois Hollande announced Friday.
The jet, an MD-83, disappeared from radar less than an hour after departing Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, en route to Algiers.
Officials in Burkina Faso said burned wreckage with human remains was located in Mali, 31 miles from the border with Burkina Faso. A search had been underway for wreckage in the remote region known for separatist violence.
Wrongly Jailed Man Not Adequately Compensated
By JEFF D. GORMAN
A Nebraska man who was wrongfully convicted of murder may not have received enough compensation, the state’s highest court ruled.
James Dean and Ada JoAnn Taylor were convicted of second-degree murder in the 1985 death of Helen Wilson, who was brutally raped and killed in Beatrice, Neb. The case remained cold for four years before the plaintiffs and four other suspects were arrested.
Dean originally claimed innocence, but he confessed after a dreaming of the murder. He believed that a psychologist who visited him in prison had removed a “block” of repressed memories of the crime.
Taylor also doubted her own memories and confessed after seeing a videotape of the crime scene.
Dean and Taylor testified against Joseph White at his trial, and White was convicted of first-degree murder.
More: Courthouse News Service
As another example of the tenuous hold The Gateway Pundit has on accuracy, check out this xenophobic, scaremongering headline:
BREAKING: HHS Has Released 30,340 Unaccompanied Illegal Minors Across US This Year
So breaking!! that it’s been going on for the last six months, but to continue with the post.
According to the Office of Refugee Resettlement 30,340 illegal children were secretly released to sponsors across the United States in the first six months of this year.
I’ve got some problems with the term “illegal children,” but let’s focus on the “secretly released to sponsors” aspect of this story.
First of all, it’s not a secret if the ORR announces it’s happened. And second, by law, the government is prohibited from revealing the precise whereabouts of minor children. So, in that respect, there is some secrecy.
Who are these sponsors? From the ORR website:
We try to place the child with a parent, and if that is not possible, with a relative, and if that is not possible, with a family friend. We do not restrict placements based on the immigration status of the parent or other sponsor. All sponsors receive a background check that includes a public records name and address check to search for criminal history; review of any criminal history the sponsor self-reports during the reunification process; and through interviews with the child. If the sponsor is not a parent or legal guardian of the child, a fingerprint check is also conducted.
Oh, and the kids are not released until they get a clean bill of health, so they’re not carrying plague or TB or ebola as some kind of Typhoid Marys. [Seriously, some people really believe these kids are major threats to the health of the nation.]
The secrecy bit seems to refer to one incident in Iowa referred to by one article published elsewhere. qctimes.com But Hoft has a bad habit of declaring major trends on the basis of one data point.
His post concludes:
And, it is widely known that HHS is not notifying state agencies when dumping the children in their state.
“Widely known” — as in “nobody knew about this until I wrote these very words widely known.”
“Dumping” — as in driving the kids across the state line, and pushing them out the door? As in dropping the kids off at the state child welfare office with a name tag that says, “Please take care of little Enrique. We can’t do it. Kthxbai, The US ORR”?
Not hardly, Jim. One hundred thirty-eight children were being brought to Iowa to meet their sponsors (see above). That’s not exactly dumping.
As for not notifying state agencies, the law requires the states be notified, so I rather suspect Hoft and his source material are playing fast and loose with reality. Somebody official has to know they’re coming, but the public does not have to.
Think about it: does the Department of Corrections in your area send out a news bulletin every time a prisoner is bused somewhere? So, why should the ORR notify the Iowa press, “Oh, we’re sending a busload of immigrant children your way. Be sure to notify the hordes of raving xenophobic lunatics to greet them when they arrive.”
Hoft’s evidence for the statement is limited to one article, and the jaw-dropping insensitivity of Iowa’s Republican governor, who may be even as clueless as Jim Hoft. He swears no one told anyone in his state the kids were coming.
(Factoid: the population of Iowa is a hair over 3 million. The number of unaccompanied minor immigrants assigned to Iowa is 139. That’s one kid for every 21,600 Iowans. Iowa must pretty hard up if 21,600 people can’t handle adding one kid to the fold.)
But you know, this is latest outrage among the conservatives. While unaccompanied children have been crossing the Mexican border into the USA for years, suddenly it’s become a Thing, a Horrible Thing, an Normandy-like invasion of disease-ridden juvenile criminals, and it’s all the fault of President Barack Obama.
Except it isn’t. Obama and the Executive branch are obeying a law signed by the previous president, a Republican from Texas. Maybe you remember him.
Sadly it has been estimated that we waste of 300 Million tons of food a year. This seems almost criminal when you consider that there are many people in the world who are literally starving to death. In part this has come about due to certain foods not meeting the exacting aesthetic standards that the modern consumer now expects. Supermarkets won’t buy ‘Ugly’ fruit and vegetables, for risk of not being able to sell them…Until now that is.
Watch this video to see how this French supermarket won hearts and minds and reduced food waste significantly…