Google plans to sever its relationship with the controversial American Legislative Exchange Council following a wave of public scrutiny about the conservative group’s climate-change views.
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt indicated in an interview Monday with NPR’s Diane Rehm that Google would drop its ALEC membership “in the future,” but did not specify a date.
“We funded them as part of a political [campaign] of something unrelated,” Schmidt said in response to a caller asking if Google “is still supporting” the influential conservative organization. “I think the consensus within the company was that that was some sort of mistake, and so we’re trying to not do that in the future.”
Rehm then asked Schmidt why Google first involved itself with ALEC.
Family planning is a good thing - when pregnancy rates fall so do abortion rates - so the zealots who are against all birth control might want to pay attention to this.
Some cite more effective contraceptives and straight talk in schools. Some point to the stigma of abortion and even the long economic slowdown.
For Jasmin Robinson, a Lee’s Summit West High School senior, it was a health course that gave some classmates artificial infants to carry around. They wailed and needed changing at the worst times.
“It’s this huge hassle that’s so annoying. You just knew, I’m not ready to have kids,” Robinson said.
For Trevor Wright, a 2014 graduate of the Barstow School, MTV’s “16 and Pregnant” and other reality shows presented such gritty portraits of kids raising kids that he joined a national group of teens that met with Washington lawmakers to push pregnancy prevention.
Celebrities, activists and political leaders are expected to join more than 100,000 people in New York Sunday for what could be the largest climate change protest in history, organizers said.
Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio, former US vice president turned advocate Al Gore, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio are due to take part in the “People’s Climate March.”
The event has been endorsed by more than 1,400 organizations, including environment, faith and justice groups, as well as labor unions. Students have mobilized marchers at more than 300 college campuses.
The protest will wind its way through Midtown Manhattan on a two-mile (3.2-kilometer) route starting at 11:30 am (1530 GMT).
The Secret Service is coming under intense scrutiny after a man who hopped the White House fence made it all the way through the front door before being apprehended.
President Barack Obama and his daughters had just departed the White House on Friday evening when an intruder scaled the north fence, darted across the lawn and into the presidential residence, where agents nabbed him. The security breach triggered a rare evacuation of much of the White House, with Secret Service officers drawing their guns as they rushed staffers and journalists out a side door.
For the Secret Service, the incident was a devastating episode that prompted fresh questions about the storied agency and its ability to protect the president. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who chairs the House subpanel on national security oversight, called it “totally unacceptable” but said the incident was just one of a string of security failings on the Secret Service’s watch.
What’s more, not only did he chase off the home invader with a freakin’ spear, neither he nor the guy who broke in died as a result. What is this, Sweden? Somewhere out there, Wayne LaPierre haz a sad. (h/t BoingBoing)
The federal government this week made moves to respond to months of political protests earlier this year over Bureau of Land Management policies for public lands by charging five people who rode ATVs into a protected Utah canyon last May.
The Bureau of Land Management closed the canyon to motorized use in 2007 to keep wheels off its many archaeological sites, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. But in response, about 50 riders drove into the canyon to denounce what they saw as a gross overreach of federal authority.
“We respect the fact that the citizens of this State have differing and deeply held views regarding the management and use of Recapture Canyon, and recognize that they have the right to express those opinions freely,” Christensen said in a prepared statement. “Nevertheless, those rights must be exercised in a lawful manner and when individuals choose to violate the law, rather than engage in lawful protest, we will seek to hold those individuals accountable under the law.”
The New York Police Department has increased security in Times Square after a post on an Islamic State-affiliated message board encouraged “Lone Wolves in America” to attack New York and other locations across the country. However, law enforcement officials stressed that they have no credible information about specific terror plots in the city, according to the Associated Press.
(c) Provided by Washington Post New York City police officers stand guard in Times Square on Sept. 17. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NYPD Commissioner William Bratton said the beefed up security “is something we’d normally do at this time of year anyway,” referring to upcoming Jewish holidays and the annual gathering of international dignitaries for the United Nations General Assembly in the city. Bratton, the New York Times reported, acknowledged that the Islamic State’s online recruitment efforts are “a current threat.” But, the Bratton said: “There is no direct actionable intelligence in our possession that indicates an attack in the Times Square area or anywhere else in the city for that matter.”
To its chagrin, the Kansas City area has become a hotbed for abusive online payday loan operations. A couple of dozen or more area businessmen have made quick fortunes by offering short-term cash to low-income consumers and then slamming them with ruinous interest rates and fees.
The amount of money to be made by trapping people into endless debt is mindboggling. One Johnson County businessman sold his internet payday loan business for $50 million in 2012. Scott Tucker of Leawood, the most notorious of the online lenders, used his earnings to finance a fleet of race cars, a private Learjet and an $8 million vacation home in Colorado.
Payday for at least some of these lenders may be coming to an end, however. A number of federal agencies are cracking down on unscrupulous practices. And none too soon.
Pennsylvania authorities have identified the gunman as 31-year-old Eric Matthew Frein, a man, state police commissioner Frank Noonan said, who should be “considered armed and extremely dangerous.”
“He has been described as a survivalist,” Noonan told a Tuesday news conference. “He has made statements about wanting to kill law enforcement officers and also about wanting to commit mass acts of murder.”
At a news conference today, state police Lt. Col. George Bivens said Frein is a military re-enactor, who, “in his current state of mind” now “appears to have assumed that role in real life,” according to Scranton Times-Tribune.
Bivens also said Frein has a “long-standing grudge against law enforcement and government in general since at least 2006” and altered his appearance before the shooting, shaving the sides of his head with a “wider than a Mohawk” on top.
“I’d like to directly address Eric Frein again,” the police colonel said. “In the event you are listening to this broadcast on a radio, on a portable radio while cowering in some cool, damp hiding place, I want you to know one thing: Eric, we are coming for you. It’s only a matter of time we bring you to justice for committing this cowardly act.”
Although authorities described the suspect as having antigovernment views and survivalist skills, no further details were provided about any political affiliations or ideology.
Reminder: this is a suspect, and unconfirmed breaking news - with a manhunt still underway the 48 hour rule is in effect.
BREAKING: Police say suspect in barracks ambush a survivalist who expressed desire to commit mass murder.
Pennsylvania State Police have identified a suspect in the killing of a trooper and the critical wounding of another outside a rural barracks, a man in his 30s who recently lived about 20 miles from the scene of the ambush, a law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the investigation said Tuesday.
The suspect lived with his parents in Canadensis until a few months ago, said the official, who was not authorized to release the information and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Investigators found his Jeep in a swampy area near the Blooming Grove barracks, where an assailant opened fire with a rifle Friday night, the official said.
The gunman killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, and critically wounded Trooper Alex Douglass outside the barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania, then slipped away.
UPDATE: Eric Matthew Frein, 31, has been named as the suspect in the fatal shooting at a Pennsylvania State Police Barracks. He is not in custody, police say, and is considered armed and “extremely dangerous.”