Tom Corbett running for re-election in Pennsylvania as Governor,is so far behind his Democratic rival Tom Wolf he can’t see the tail lights. This grifting do nothing worthless puppet of monied interests is reaching for something, anything, to be a legacy besides the complete and utter ineptitude and duplicity of his joke of an administration.He says he increased funding, not cut it, to education. No. I think the other Republicans who stood shoulder to shoulder with this toad, now have some dancing to do. Tom Corbett has a great history as a valued member of the GOP. He takes care of the people who take care of him. Problems? What problems? He also let the Gas Corporations ride free without any severance tax like every other freaking state that gets drilled. Shortfall? We could have done what?
I’m just happy that this asshole is gone, baby, gone come 2015 and that the healthcare expansion that the citizens of Pennsylvania should have had years ago will now become reality. Kiss off, scumbag. One Last Kiss.
Caution as always, early reports can be wrong. But damn this just hurts to see again.
The Los Angeles Police Department shot and killed a black man in South L.A. on Monday.
Police conducted an “investigative stop” in the Newton area around 8:20 p.m., according to a news release from the LAPD. “During the stop a struggle ensued, which resulted in an officer-involved-shooting. It is unknown if the suspect has any gang affiliations,” the release continues. “The suspect was transported to a local hospital and after lifesaving efforts he succumbed to his injuries.”
A woman claiming to be the deceased man’s mother called KTLA and identified the man as Ezell Ford. Tritobia Ford said her son was lying on the ground and complying with the officers when he was shot three times.
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The police chief in a St. Louis suburb where a police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager said he’s holding off on publicly identifying the officer because of death threats.
Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said he planned to release the officer’s name on Tuesday but changed course after threats were called into the police department and City Hall, and posted on social media. The officer was placed on administrative leave Saturday after fatally shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown.
“If we come out and say, ‘it was this officer,’ then he immediately becomes a target,” Jackson said. “We’re taking the threats seriously.”
Jackson didn’t disclose specifics of the threats, but he said the decision came after a stream of death threats against the officer and other officers.
So busted. Oh sooo busted.
Anyone doubt the truth now?
UPDATE-Okay apparently there can be a pretty rough location with Instagram depending on if the location was taken from a cell tower, or the guys phone had his GPS on and his Instagram set is a certain way. Perhaps this will become more clear later. Thanks to Klys and TimothyWatson for the correction.
From NY Post-the photo map
The Instagram account of a Russian solider may have landed under-pressure Vladimir Putin in hot water after the app’s photomap placed 24-year-old Sanya Sotkin’s selfies in rebel-held Ukrainian territory.
The selfie-addicted solider’s Instagram may be vital in proving Russia’s involvement in the Ukrainian civil war after images show the active-duty Sotkin operating in the disputed territory.
This is despite Moscow denying any involvement in the conflict which saw Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 tragically shot down, killing 298 people on board.
One selfie posted on 5 July, shows Sotkin in rebel controlled territory near the town of Krasny Derkul.
US-UN plan for 72-hour ceasefire and talks falls apart, as Hamas breaches truce with Rafah attack and kidnapping; after five soldiers killed Thursday, IDF death toll rises to 61
The Times of Israel is liveblogging events as they unfold through Friday, the 25th day of Operation Protective Edge. The US and UN announced a 72-hour truce from Friday morning to be followed by negotiations, but the truce quickly collapsed as Hamas carried out an attack in Rafah in which a soldier was kidnapped. Thursday saw 90 rockets fired at Israel, several Israelis hurt by mortar fire, ongoing IDF strikes at Hamas targets in Gaza and tunnel demolitions, and US criticism of an Israeli strike that killed a reported 15 people at a UN school in Gaza on Wednesday
Five IDF soldiers were killed late Thursday in a mortar attack inside the Israeli border; 61 soldiers and three civilians have been killed on the Israeli side in the 25 days of fighting, while Gazan health officials put the death toll there at over 1,400. Israel says hundreds of those are Hamas fighters.
Adrianna McIntyre, Vox: Why a Federal Court Just Ruled Obamacare Subsidies Are Illegal in 36 States - Vox
The success of the Affordable Care Act hinges crucially on the subsidies. The primary purpose of the law was to extend affordable health coverage to millions of Americans; the two main ways the law achieves this is through the Medicaid expansion and through subsidized coverage on the insurance exchanges.
Without subsidies, private insurance become unaffordable for many people who have already enrolled. The judicial process is still playing out, but according to recent analysis from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this decision could affect over 7.3 million people expected to receive federal subsidies in 2016.
If the plaintiffs prevail and subsidies are withdrawn, healthy people would drop their coverage, and only the people who are very sick — and therefore very expensive to insure — would keep their plans.
This sets up the classic insurance “death spiral”. By putting coverage out of financial reach for so many people, it would undermine the entire purpose of the Affordable Care Act.
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“No sentient being following the health care debate could argue, in good faith, that Obamacare’s architects intended for the federal government to set up exchanges without subsidies,” wrote Jonathan Cohn in 2012. “It would completely subvert the law’s intent.”
The government will ask for en banc review of the 2-1 decision, and likely get it reversed since a heavy majority of the D.C. Circuit judges are Democrats. But then it will go to SCOTUS. If they accept it for review, it will be because Scalia, Alito, Thomas and Kennedy loathe Obamacare and want to kill it. It would then be up to Roberts to interpret the law correctly and save it again, or this time join his fellow conservatives to let it die. Ironically, killing Obamacare, devoutly wished for by conservatives, could unleash a massive anti-GOP backlash, as millions of Americans watch the decision cause their premiums to soar to the point they lose their newly acquired coverage. It might even force a bunch of red states to launch their own exchanges to keep the subsidies so many of their citizens will have come to depend on.
KIEV, Ukraine — The United States has confirmed that Russia supplied sophisticated missile launchers to separatists in eastern Ukraine and that attempts were made to move them back across the Russian border after the Thursday shoot-down of a Malaysian jet liner, a U.S. official said Saturday.
“We do believe they were trying to move back into Russia at least three Buk [missile launch] systems,” the official said. U.S. intelligence was “starting to get indications…a little more than a week ago” that the Russian launchers had been moved into Ukraine, said the official.
The official’s comments, made on condition of anonymity to speak about intelligence matters, came as a top Ukrainian counterintelligence official said that his service has conclusive proof that Russia supplied the missile that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over territory controlled by the separatists.
A man and a woman who shot two police officers and then a civilian in Las Vegas on Sunday may have been white supremacists, according to Las Vegas newspapers.
The Las Vegas Sun quoted neighbors at the couple’s apartment complex saying that the two “had a reputation for spouting racist, anti-government views, bragging about their gun collection and boasting that they’d spent time at Cliven Bundy’s ranch during a recent standoff there between armed militia members and federal government agents.”
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that police found Swastika symbols in the apartment.
If the two are involved with neo-Nazi or white supremacists groups, the Vegas slayings would be one of several linked to hate movements.
Among recent killings: A former Ku Klux Klan “grand dragon” killed three at two Jewish facilities in a Kansas City suburb in April; a man killed six before killing himself at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin in 2012; and a man killed three officers in Pittsburgh in 2009.
The tragedy in Las Vegas unfolded Sunday afternoon as two police officers ate lunch at CiCi’s Pizza — a world away from the glitz and glamour of the Las Vegas strip.
Without warning, they were fatally shot at point-blank range by a man and a woman who then swiped the officers’ weapons, ammunition and badges, according to the Review-Journal. “This is a revolution,” one of the suspects shouted, according to witnesses.
The couple then reportedly covered the officers’ bodies with a cloth showing a Revolutionary War-era flag.
The newspaper reported it was the Gadsden flag, a yellow background with a coiled snake above the words, “Don’t tread on me.” Named for Christopher Gadsden, the Revolutionary War general who designed it, the flag has been more recently associated with the American Tea Party movement and, by some, with the Confederacy.
My bold. This is just infuriating.
By Laura Zuckerman
HAILEY Idaho (Reuters) - The hometown of U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, feeling a backlash over allegations that he was a deserter, has canceled a rally planned for later this month celebrating his release from five years of Taliban captivity, officials said on Wednesday…
…The decision came as the community came under mounting pressure to cancel the rally in the face of rising anger, expressed in emails and phone calls directed at city officials and businesses, over claims by Bergdahl’s onetime Army comrades that he had deliberately abandoned his post in Afghanistan.