At L.L. Hotchkiss Elementary School, parents rushed to pull their children out of school after they received calls a student who may have had contact with the patient diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus.
“I’m scared,” said Kia Collins, who has four children at the school ages 5-11. “I may keep them home all week.”
It was the latest development since a man identified by multiple media organizations as Thomas Eric Duncan, tested positive for Ebola.
A divided 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court ruling this morning, restoring same-day voter registration and reinstating out-of-precinct provisional voting on Voting Rights Act grounds.
However, other key provisions, such as reduction of early-voting days and the expansion of allowable voter challengers, will go into effect before the election in November.
Writing for the majority, Circuit Judge James Wynn Jr. acknowledged that “North Carolina will have little time to implement the relief we grant. But for some of the challenged changed, such as the elimination of same-day registration, systems have existed, do exist, and simply need to be resurrected.
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Family hospital shops for one that will keep brain dead patient on life support.
On Jan. 3, the family and hospital agreed, through a compromise forged in court, that Jahi’s mother could remove her from the hospital as long as she took responsibility for the child’s care. As part of the agreement, the Alameda County Coroner’s Office issued a death certificate, allowing her to be released from the hospital on the condition that when her organs shut down, the family would have to notify the coroner and bring her body back to Oakland.
A request to amend Jahi’s death certificate could be a first for the county, and by law would have to amended by the state, according to Alameda County Counsel Donna Ziegler. The California Department of Public Health, which oversees vital records, allows death records to be amended — but only to correct spelling errors and add information that was not known at the time of death. Changes to the time, place and cause of death have to be performed by a physician or coroner.
Jahi left the Oakland hospital on Jan. 5. For three months, little was known about her whereabouts until reports emerged that the teen was taken to Saint Peter’s Children’s Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J. She likely went there because a 1991 state law gives patients and their families the right to reject a medical diagnosis of brain death on religious grounds and decide whether to continue organ support.
Broun, a skilled purveyor of a Southern politics of persecution, was an early alarmist, predicting a violently oppressive, explicitly Hitlerian regime just days after President Obama’s election in 2008. Broun’s repeated evocation of Hitler and Stalin would later find its way into the crass iconography of Tea Party protests. The stakes have always been existential to Broun. In an almost mystical ritual, Broun, a born-again Christian, snuck onto the inaugural stage in 2009 to anoint the door through which Obama would pass with holy oil, entreating God to come to the aid of His besieged and cleanse the new president of his tyrannical evil. Broun’s persecution narrative, dismissed by many at the time as hayseed hyperbole, now forms the basis of conservative arguments on nearly every issue. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, likely 2016 presidential candidate whose star is still rising, adopts the “we want our country back” language and eschatological stakes of the Tea Party. Cruz is joined by newcomer Sens. Ron Johnson, Mike Lee and Rand Paul to form a conservative insurgency in a chamber historically governed by staid and statesmanlike members.
There is a problem, though, for the GOP in the 2014 and subsequent elections: Once the Fort Sumter-like salvo of superlatives and hyperbole is launched, it is likely impossible to quiet the fear and anger of the party’s base. Broun’s successor to represent the shamed land of Sherman’s path brings his own scorched earth rhetoric, sounding more 1860 than 2014. The presumptive successor, Rev. Jody Hice, whose primary win makes November’s general little more than a formality in the heavily conservative district, speaks uniformly in the language of persecution and insurrection. Like, actual insurrection. Hice regularly demands that Americans be permitted the full means of war — e.g., rockets, missiles, etc. — in order to prepare for an eventual armed conflict with the “secular,” “socialist” state. Hice, an evangelical pastor, is an unapologetic theocrat whose persecution complex pervades the entirety of his apocalyptic politics. Hice makes Broun look cuddly by comparison.
The GOP suffers through an internecine fight that shows little sign of slowing. The party’s internal conflict reached its latest peak in primary battles in two prominent Confederate locales: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s historic loss in the old capital of the Confederacy and Sen. Thad Cochran’s controversial victory in Jefferson Davis’ Mississippi, a state whose flag still bears the Confederate battle emblem. Cantor’s primary defeat would have been inconceivable just a few years ago, but the very fervor stoked by Cantor for what many saw as an eventual run at the speakership metastasized further into an implacable anti-establishment impulse from which even Cantor was not exempt. Cochran, targeted as an establishment senator, had to resort to DEFCON 1 tactics and openly beseech Mississippi’s black Democrats to lift him over Tea Party candidate Chris McDaniel, a move that became something of a right-wing Alamo. In a late primary strategy, Jody Hice went public with the assertion that his opponent, a pro-business, establishment candidate, was courting the enemy in what the Hice campaign called a “Mississippi Strategy.”
The background to this is that Microsoft is facing a disruptive threat from tablet and smartphone computing platforms. These mobile devices have dramatically different user interfaces optimized for taps and gestures rather than keyboards and mice. With Windows 8, Microsoft tried to create an operating system that could be all things to all people. A new generation of Windows 8 applications were supposed to work well with a keyboard and mouse the way PC software always has. And they were also supposed to work well on a new generation of Windows-based tablets.
But the result was a mess. Old users found the new interface confusing. New users found it clunky. No one was as excited about it as people are about iPads and Android phones.
The Republican Party is slowly beginning to accept the existence of gay people among its ranks. As I wrote last month, there are two openly gay GOP candidates running for the US House this year—both with the support and financial backing of the national party (a third prominent openly gay candidate lost in a primary). But the social-conservative groups that have long held sway over the party aren’t taking the change lightly.
Late last week, three anti-gay-rights groups—the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the Family Research Council (FRC), and CitizenLink—sent a letter to national Republican leaders declaring their intention to actively oppose openly gay Republican House candidates Carl DeMaio and Richard Tisei, as well as Oregon Senate candidate Monica Wehby, who has endorsed gay marriage. “This decision was reached,” the groups wrote, “only after having exhausted all attempts to convince the Republican leadership of the grave error it was making in advancing candidates who do not hold core Republican beliefs and, in fact, are working to actively alienate the Republican base.”
The groups sent the letter to John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and the leaders of the Senate and House election committees, claiming DeMaio, Tisei, and Wehby are “terrible role models for young people.” The organizations not only criticized the official Republican apparatus from supporting such candidates, but also vowed to launch a “concerted effort” to encourage people to vote against them.
Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine advanced Wednesday on the government-held airport in Donetsk, pressing to seize the key transportation hub even as the two sides bargained over a troop pullout under a much-violated truce.
Fighting for the airport has raged for months as the insurgents have tried to dislodge the government forces using it to shell rebel positions in Donetsk, the largest rebel-held city. At least nine people were killed in the crossfire Wednesday in residential areas near the airport.
Civilian and military casualties have continued to rise in eastern Ukraine despite a cease-fire Sept. 5 and a second agreement Sept. 20 that spelled out how to create a buffer zone. While that helped to enforce the cease-fire in areas where Ukrainians troops and rebels chose to retreat, non-stop fighting has continued at the airport and other strategic locations.
The Justice Department is not expected to bring civil rights charges against George Zimmerman in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, according to three law enforcement officials, despite allegations that the killing was racially motivated.
The federal investigation of Zimmerman was opened two years ago by the department’s civil rights division, but officials said there is insufficient evidence to bring federal charges. The investigation technically remains open, but it is all but certain the department will close it.
Investigators still want to “dot their i’s and cross their t’s,” said one official, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment on the matter.
With the Republican takeover in the Senate in 1980 for the first time in 26 years, and then with the Gingrich-driven GOP takeover in the House in 1994 for the first time in 40 years, we saw a sea change in politics that amplified the impact of the permanent campaign. From then on, every election has had within it the seeds of a turnover in party control in one chamber or the other, or both. The stakes became much higher—and were made higher yet by the increasing ideological polarization of the parties in both houses. Suddenly, working with those on the other side of the aisle had potentially larger consequences—it might make voters feel better about the other party, and might reward them for popular policies or just for working together.
Now add in two more powerful disincentives to working together for the common good. What drove the huge GOP victory in 1994? The broad sense that Washington wasn’t working—driven by the Gingrich-led Republican unity against any significant initiative from President Clinton. This dragged down approval of both parties in Washington, but for a public that believes presidents drive action and should just make things happen, it worked especially well against the president’s party. A strategy of gridlock, of thwarting ballyhooed White House signing ceremonies while working hard to demonize the president, brought benefits. The same approach, doubled down in 2009-2010 with the twist of delegitimizing any policies enacted by one party, worked even better in the 2010 midterms.
The owners of an Oregon bakery that made national headlines last year after turning away a pair of lesbian brides-to-be are now facing a fine of up to $150,000, which could reportedly leave them bankrupt.
Speaking at the conservative Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., Sweet Cakes by Melissa owners Aaron and Melissa Klein told The Daily Signal that such a fine would “definitely” be enough to bankrupt the couple and their five children.
“Ironically, the state was in violation of its own anti-discrimination laws,” Aaron Klein told the publication, pointing to the fact that federal judge didn’t strike down Oregon’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage until May 2014, well after the cake controversy.
He also said he and his wife will appeal after the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries determined that “substantial evidence” proved the Kleins had violated the lesbian couple’s civil rights by refusing to make the cake.
Added Melissa Klein: “It’s definitely impacted us pretty hard financially, and it’s been a little stressful, but…we have the Lord and so He’s been keeping us strong.”
Meanwhile, the Kleins shared a Rick Warren passage on Facebook after C-SPAN footage of Melissa’s emotional appearance at the Value Voters Summit went viral earlier this week.
Meanwhile they’re scraping by, making cakes for homophobic events.