Was the widespread sexual contact between students and teachers at Horace Mann in the 1960s and ’70s a crime, or just a sign of the times? The latter, says Gary Alan Fine, a 1968 Mann graduate. Of the allegations that have recently rocked the prep school, he told The New Yorker: “This was the late ’60s, and what we now think of as rape or sexual assault didn’t quite mean the same thing in that age of sexual awakening.”
Barack Obama put himself on the road to winning the 2008 Iowa caucuses, the Democratic nomination, and the presidency by raising the specter of Clinton-era investigations, polarization, and bitterness. Now he’s facing the same thing, with overlays of gridlock, dysfunction, soaring deficits, mass unemployment, and ideological cable networks. Are he and his party doomed, or are Republicans overplaying their hand?Talk of impeachment is in the air. It was striking that, asked point blank Sunday on ABC whether Obama should be impeached over Benghazi, Sen. John McCain did not say no....
While it is already illegal in West Virginia for adults to send sexually explicit text messages to minors, a new law in the state would punish juveniles for sexting with each other.
Signed on May 6, the new law makes possessing, distributing or producing sexually inappropriate photos, videos or other media, an act of delinquency for those under 18. However, if the minor completes an educational diversion program, the delinquency charge could be dropped from his or her record, according to the Associated Press.
The AP goes on to report that the educational diversion program is being created by the state Supreme Court and will inform minors about the consequences of sexting in order to prevent them from doing it again. It will clear the delinquency charge so that a single mistake does not follow an offender around for the rest of his or her life.
As of December 2012, at least 20 states had passed laws punishing minors for sexting in some form. In New Jersey, juveniles risk being required to register as a sex offender; however, juveniles in West Virginia would not run that risk.
Crystal Kirk, a West Virginia parent, told NBC local affiliate WVVA that she is happy about the new law.
"I think it's awesome," she said. "I think it's long overdue. I think [sexting] gets our [nation's] kids in a lot of trouble, gets them active in sex way earlier than they should be."
The law will go into effect on July 12.
NEW YORK -- The government has filed a last-second appeal that will delay the sale of the morning-after contraceptive pill to girls of any age without a prescription.
The appeal was filed shortly before a noon Monday deadline.
Brooklyn federal Judge Edward Korman says politics is behind efforts by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius (seh-BEEL'-yuhs) to block the unrestricted sale of the Plan B pill.
Justice Department lawyers had asked for a stay of the month-old decision while they appeal.
Korman denied the request but postponed the enforcement of his order to allow them to take the matter to a federal appeals court.
Earlier this month, the FDA announced the contraception could be sold without a prescription to those 15 and older. But Korman's ruling removed age limits.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
The government is running out of time to try to halt implementation of a federal judge's ruling that would lift age restrictions for women and girls wanting to buy the morning-after pill.
U.S. District Judge Edward Korman in Brooklyn last week refused to delay enforcement of his month-old decision while the government challenges his ruling, but said it would have until Monday to appeal to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan.
Korman said politics is behind efforts by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to block the unrestricted sale of the Plan B One-Step morning-after pill and its generic competitors.
Justice Department lawyers want the ruling stayed while they appeal.
If the government fails, it would clear the way for over-the-counter sales of the morning-after pill to younger girls. The FDA announced earlier this month that the contraception could be sold without a prescription to those 15 and older, a decision Korman said merely sugarcoated the appeal of his order lifting the age restriction.
Sales had previously been limited to those who were at least 17.
The government warned that "substantial market confusion" could result if Korman's ruling was enforced while appeals are pending. The judge dismissed the reasoning as a "silly argument."
Korman ordered levonorgestrel-based emergency contraceptives be made available without a prescription, over-the-counter and without point-of-sale or age restrictions. The order was supposed to take effect on Friday.
The judge said he ruled against the government "because the secretary's action was politically motivated, scientifically unjustified and contrary to agency precedent" and because there was no basis to deny the request to make the drugs widely available.
In court papers, attorneys for the Center for Reproductive Rights have said that every day the ruling is not enforced is "life-altering" to some women.
Last week the Heritage Foundation delivered a report claiming that legalizing undocumented immigrants will create a more-or-less permanent underclass of benefit-sucking, wage-lowering, economy-crippling parasites, with a cost to American taxpayers of "” megaphone, please "” SIX POINT THREE TRILLION DOLLARS! The report was promptly denounced, not least by reputable conservative economists, for example here and here and here. Then one of the report's co-authors resigned from Heritage after The Washington Post discovered that he had once proposed...
There are over 300 million Americans, but you’d never know it from the Beltway edition of the Almanach de Gotha:CBS News President David Rhodes and ABC News President Ben Sherwood, both of them have siblings that not only work at the White House, that not only work for President Obama, but they work at the NSC on foreign policy issues directly related to Benghazi. Let’s call a spade a spade.
(Detail of Winslow Homer's "The Veteran in a New Field," reprinted by permission of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876-1967), 1967, 67.187.131 Image: Â© The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)Â Confiding to a friend after her son returned from the Civil War, a Massachusetts mother named Henrietta Maria Benson Homer wrote: "He came home so changed that his best friends did not know him, but is well & all right now."One factor in helping make her son "well" is that he...
It's not just people like you and me who like vacations. The leaders of the free world have also been known to enjoy some ice cream at the beach. Or a few rounds of golf. Or, more recently, a jaunt on a Segway.
This wasn't always the case. President Theodore Roosevelt was the first U.S. president to take his professional responsibilities on vacation. In the summer of 1902 he headed for Oyster Bay, New York for a working holiday.
Throughout the last 100 years, the tradition of presidential sojourns has become more established. Truman had the Little White House in Florida, Nixon had the La Casa Pacifica in California, George W. Bush had the "Western White House" in Texas, Obama has Hawaii and since 1935, all of them have used Camp David.
Jimmy Carter is the modern president with the least amount of vacation days, only 79 in his four years in office. There isn't any data on George Washington's vacation days, but he did spend at least one year in office without taking a day off.
Click through the slideshow for a glimpse into the sweet world of presidential relaxation -- do these photos inspire any trips of your own?
The cicadas are back ... and they've missed a lot.
By late May 2013, millions of cicadas will emerge from the ground along the U.S. East Coast for the first time in 17 years. Most of the noisy, inch-and-a-half long insects -- dubbed "Brood II" -- have been living underground since 1996.
Not all cicadas lie in wait for 17 years. "Annual" cicadas also appear every summer in some areas.
Since these guys have clearly been living under a rock, it's time to show them what they've missed in the past 17 years:
WASHINGTON -- The Republican chairman of the House oversight panel is asking a veteran diplomat and a former chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff for sworn testimony about their investigation into the deaths of four Americans at a diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya.
Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, planned on Monday to seek depositions from retired Ambassador Thomas Pickering and retired Adm. Mike Mullen. Issa, who is leading Republicans' investigations into the attacks on a State Department consulate last September, said he wants to know with whom the pair spoke to reach their conclusion that then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton did not direct the response to the pair of nighttime attacks in Libya.
"This is a failure, it needs to be investigated. Our committee can investigate. Now, Ambassador Pickering, his people and he refused to come before our committee," Issa said Sunday.
Pickering, sitting next to Issa during an appearance on one Sunday show, disputed the chairman's account and said that he was willing to testify before the committee.
"That is not true," said the former top diplomat, referring to Issa's claim that he refused to appear before the committee. Pickering has served in Republican as well as Democratic administrations.
Issa said he would like to speak with Pickering and Mullen privately and under oath.
Pickering, a seasoned diplomat who penned a highly critical report on security at a U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya, defended his scathing assessment but absolved Clinton. "We knew where the responsibility rested," said Pickering, whose career spans four decades.
"They've tried to point a finger at people more senior than where we found the decisions were made," Pickering said of Clinton's critics.
In a separate interview, Pickering said he asked, via the White House, to appear at Wednesday's session. He said he could have answered many of the questions lawmakers raised, such as whether U.S. military forces could have saved Americans had they dispatched F-16 jet fighters to the consulate, some 1,600 miles away from the nearest likely launching point.
"Mike Mullen, who was part of this report and indeed worked very closely with all of us and shared many of the responsibilities directly with me, made it very clear that his view as a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff that there were nothing within range that could have made a difference," Pickering said.
Republicans and Gregory Hicks, the former deputy chief of mission in Libya, have questioned why the military couldn't move faster to stop the two nighttime attacks over several hours. Hicks, who testified before the House Oversight panel this past week, said a show of U.S. military force might have prevented the second attack on the CIA annex that killed security officers Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.
The Accountability Review Board, which Pickering headed with Mullen, did not question Clinton at length about the attacks but concluded last December that the decisions about the consulate were made well below the secretary's level.
"I was surprised today that they did not probe Secretary Clinton in detail," Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., said of the review board.
Pickering and Mullen's blistering report found that "systematic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels" of the State Department meant that security was "inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place."
Issa spoke on NBC's "Meet the Press." Pickering spoke on CNN's "State of the Union," CBS' "Face the Nation" and NBC. Ayotte appeared on CBS.
"Groundhog Day" comes to the House of Representatives this week, as Republicans plan to vote on repealing Obamacare. Again.It's not that GOP leaders believe the 37th time -- literally -- is the charm. They know that repeal legislation will never make it through the Senate, let alone the president, and that the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act last June. In fact, House Speaker John Boehner is on record as acknowledging that the vote is primarily cathartic. He and Majority Leader Eric Cantor apparently believe that bringing a repeal vote to the floor Wednesday is...
What were Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton thinking? Why did they keep pitching the line that the 9/11/12 Benghazi attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans started as a spontaneous protest against an anti-Muslim video?One possible explanation is confusion. There was such an attack on our embassy in Cairo earlier that day that fit that description.When Hillary Clinton on Sept. 14 talked of a "mob" and "violent attacks" over the caskets of the Americans slain in Benghazi, she could have been referring to the attacks in Cairo. In that case,...
MILWAUKEE -- Public officials are very selective about when violence and death matter.Massacres and terrorist incidents cannot be ignored, but the day-to-day toll from gun violence is often swept aside. Politicians who tout themselves as advocates of law and order don't want to be unmasked as caring even more about their ratings from gun lobbyists.And opponents of the most moderate gun reforms engage in a shameless game of bait-and-switch. Because measures such as background checks would not stop every murder, they're declared useless even though they'd still save lives. Then...
The owner of a small gun shop here sits on a wooden stool behind a glass-topped counter filled with handguns. The only thing folks talk about when they come into this store is what Washington will do next to attack gun owners, says the man, dressed in a crisp white shirt, dark blue pants and a ballcap from a local paint store.
President Obama’s latest cabinet-level nominees are running into deep resistance in the Senate, pitching Democrats and Republicans into another tense standoff over White House appointments.
Spitzer and Matalin debate if Benghazi will prove to be more Whitewater than Watergate. Is Toomey gutsy to chide the Right for opposing his bipartisan bill just to stymie Obama? Are tyrannical feds buying up ammo to undermine gun rights? Would you prefer your teen daughter get a pill or get pregnant?
Eliot Spitzer and Mary Matalin discuss several politically incorrect assertions that challenge conventional wisdom. Were Senator Toomey, Jonathan Karl and Darrell Issa daring or foolish when they implied, respectively, that some GOP Senators were just spiteful of Obama, that POTUS 44 was already a "lame duck,' and that Benghazi was a coverup by a scheming Hillary MacBeth?
*On Toomey & Guns/GOP. In a local interview, Senator Pat Toomey (R. - PA) attributed the defeat of his bipartisan background checks bill to a polarized atmosphere where "some people on my side didn't want to help Obama." Mary argues that it was Obama who originally told "naïve little Eric Cantor that 'I won, you lost'" and that, in any event, Toomey's bill "has nothing in there to stop these tragedies." She laments "feel-good, fact-free politics."
Eliot applauds Toomey's admission-against-interest because, since the Inauguration, the GOP "will oppose anything Obama suggests even if they proposed it originally." Mary replies that it was Obama who originally told "naïve Eric Cantor that 'I won, you lost'." Eliot rebuts that "in the aggregate" this bill and others could certainly reduce gun violence, which is 100 times higher in the U. S. than some comparable industrialized nations.
The duo then discuss the cultural power of guns in the context of a family that buys their five-year-old an actual gun for his birthday and then it discharges killing his two-year-old sister...a calamity that doesn't shake their community's faith in kids having guns. "Five year olds don't drive -- they shouldn't have guns," says the former governor. Mary agrees, adding however that "it's a parenting problem, not a government problem."
What about folks like radio shock jock Alex Jones and Senator Jim Inhofe (R. - Okla.) implying that the right to bear arms helps protect Americans from a tyrannical government and that the feds are engaged in a plot to buy ammo so people can't buy bullets? Mary explains that she did recently try to buy ammo only to be told there's a shortage due to a government buy-up. Eliot will have none of it: "Did you try Walmart?... Inhofe is way out-of-line here. Next he'll be talking about black helicopters overhead..."
Host: Conclusion -- the NRA is sticking to its guns but, given the plunging polls of Senators Ayotte & Flake after voting no on expanded background checks vote and the rise of the Giffords-Newtown bloc, get ready for a mulligan that could attract 60 votes in the Senate.
*On Obama's lack of 'juice.' The president is challenged for lacking legislative mojo and defensively denies it. We refer of course to Bill Clinton's presidential press conference on April 18, 1995 when he explains why he's still "relevant." Nearly identically, ABC's Jonathan Karl asks President Obama about whether his frustrations with guns & the Sequester show that he lacks the "juice" to get his agenda enacted.
Mary argues that at some point second term presidents become lame ducks and it's now happening "precipitously" due to Obama's lack of relationships. Eliot instead focuses on obstructionist Republicans (see Toomey above) and asks "whether any set of relationships would close the partisan chasm?" He also goes on make the usual reference to LBJ's congressional magic. The Host wonders: is it fair to compare today's current situation to a former senate majority leader who follows a martyred president and has two-thirds majorities in both chambers and moderate Republicans to work with? Mary still pins the tail on the donkey.
*On Benghazi. We listen to witnesses at the Issa hearings express their dismay at what happened at the consulate last September 11. Mary and Eliot exchange whether this was a tragedy in a world with terrorists or a political cover-up implicating the likely Democratic nominee for president in 2016?
Mary maintains that the Issa hearings are not partisan and that the facts show that the White House lied about the attack in its response. "If Reagan, Bush or Jesus Christ had done that, we'd be outraged!" But didn't the Pickering-Mullen independent review describe State Department incompetence but exonerate the Department and Secretary of a political cover-up? "There are two disparate sets of facts," says Mary, "and those that support me were based on contemporaneous notes." Eliot thinks that Obama and Clinton acted in a proper and ethical way in this incident and, if the Pickering-Mullen report is regarded as inadequate, "then let's have George Mitchell and James Baker do an investigation."
And the effect of this continuing saga on Hillary in 2016? Mary: "I think she would like to clear this up... but in the end, I think it will be shown that she was forced to be complicit."
The Host too would like to be unPC: based on the aphorism that "all looks yellow to the jaundiced eye," the facts no longer matter. Yes, Congress and State neglected to provide resources to protect this consulate before the attack and yes a State-CIA dispute created confused talking points over the role of a hateful video that did cause riots the prior day in Cairo.
But did Democrats immediately investigate and blame Bush43 after 9/11 for dereliction of duty when not 4 but 2873 died... or when several embassies were attacked and American personnel killed in his two terms? Nope. Republican partisans who have tried to make Fast & Furious and Solyndra into Obama's "Watergate" will keep insisting that talking points for Sunday tv news shows are tantamount to an actual criminal cover-up led by a president in which 29 officials went to jail. Or "10 times Watergate" according to Rep. Stephen King (R. - IA). It helps ratings, fund-raising and base turnout to keep banging the Benghazi drum for 2014 and 2016. "Remember the Maine" has lasted over a century... and that explosion was likely an accident.
So we watch the spectacle of such paragons of ethics and judgment as Oliver North, Elliott Abrams and Dick Cheney sermonize about the scandal of Benghazi. And if all this turns out to be merely a Whitewater accusation confusing smoke for a fire that didn't exist, whatever...
*On Plan B. Where do our panelists stand on federal Judge Edward Korman's decision that girls of any age have access to over-the-counter morning-after pills because they might be too scared to consult with their parents if they think they're pregnant.
Mary regards such a result as "obscene and preserve. You can't get Sudafed without a prescription but can get Plan B? This shows the degradation of the family, churches and other institutions because of a government that takes control of everything." Eliot agrees that ideally teens would talk first to parents or friends but many may not... and young girls and boys have been having pre-marital sex for millennia. Eliot: "Mary, you're the one who wants government to intercede and say a child has no rights here" -- i.e., the issue is to choose a pill or an unwanted pregnancy. Mary admires "Eliot's jujitsu here but a child has no right to make such a life and death decision."
Mark Green is the creator and host of Both Sides Now.
Send all comments to Bothsidesradio.com, where you can also listen to prior shows.
Both Sides Now is available
Sat. 5-6 PM EST From Lifestyle TalkRadio Network
& Sun. 8-9 AM EST from Business RadioTalk Network.
In 1934 Adolf Eichmann was appointed to the Jewish section of the "security services" of the SS. From then on he became deeply involved with the formulation and operation of the "final solution to the Jewish question". He drew up the idea of deportation of Jews into ghettos, and went about concentrating Jews in isolated areas with murderous efficiency. He took great pride in the role he played in the death of 6 million mainly European Jews. A number of the top Nazis were captured after the war and tried at Nuremberg. Many escaped. Many, too, were sought out by members of...
Of all of the world's chemical compounds, none has a worse reputation than carbon dioxide. Thanks to the single-minded demonization of this natural and essential atmospheric gas by advocates of government control of energy production, the conventional wisdom about carbon dioxide is that it is a dangerous pollutant. That's simply not the case. Contrary to what some would have us believe, increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will benefit the increasing population on the planet by increasing agricultural productivity.
WASHINGTON, May 12 (Reuters) - A top Republican on Sunday said he expected more witnesses to step forward with information about last year's deadly attack on a U.S. mission in Benghazi and how President Barack Obama's administration responded to the unfolding events.
"I do think we're going to see more whistle blowers. I certainly know my committee has been contacted," Representative Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said in an interview on "Fox News Sunday".
Last week, Republican charges that White House covered up details of the Sept. 11, 2012 attack gathered more steam after former U.S. diplomat Greg Hicks told lawmakers he believed more could have been done to stop the assault by suspected Islamist militants.
Hicks, the second in command at the U.S. Embassy in Libya at the time, expressed his frustration in an emotionally charged congressional hearing that a U.S. military jet and special forces were not sent to help in Benghazi.
A report by ABC News provided additional momentum to the highly partisan flap over whether the administration tried to avoid casting the attack as terrorism at a time when the presidential election was less than two months away.
ABC released 12 versions of the administration's "talking points" on Benghazi that appeared to show how various agencies - particularly the State Department and the CIA - shaped what became the Obama administration's initial playbook for explaining how four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the attack.
The report showed the final talking points went through a series of revisions that scrubbed references to previous terror warnings, including one regarding the potential threat from al Qaeda in Benghazi and eastern Libya.
"I would call it a cover-up in the extent that there was willful removal of information," Senator John McCain, an Arizona Republican, said on ABC's "This Week".
McCain called for a select congressional committee with a mandate to interview "everybody," including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has already testified before Congress on the matter and accepted responsibility for the tragedy.
But McCain's call was brushed off by fellow Republican Representative Darrell Issa, who chairs the House of Representatives Oversight and Government committee that heard from Hicks last week.
"You know, let's not blow things out of proportion. This is a failure, it needs to be investigated. Our committee can investigate," Issa said.
Issa said he would be sending a request on Monday to privately depose two former U.S. officials that headed the Accountability Review Board, which investigated the Benghazi attacks and issued a scathing report on Dec. 18 that criticized security at the mission and leadership "deficiencies".
Issa said he wanted to hear from Thomas Pickering, a former U.S. ambassador in the Middle East, Russia and India, and retired Admiral Michael Mullen, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, privately "so we can get the facts in a nonpartisan way."
Senator Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, told ABC News there was no basis to Republican charges of a cover up.
The Obama administration has provided over 25,000 pieces of documentation to Congress, which has already held 11 hearings on the matter, Reed said.
Meanwhile, Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, a Republican who served in Obama's Democratic administration, told CBS' "Face the Nation" it would have been "very difficult, if not impossible" to rescue the U.S. embassy officials and said he would have not have approved such an operation.
"To send some small number of special forces or other troops in without knowing what the environment is, without knowing what the threat is, without having any intelligence in terms of what is actually going on the ground, I think would have been very dangerous," Gates said.
"It's sort of a cartoonish impression of military capabilities and military forces" to think the United States could have mounted a rescue, Gates said.
It would have been risky just to send in a military jet to try to scare off the insurgents, "given the number of surface-to-air missiles" on the loose in Libya, he said. (Reporting by Doug Palmer, Douwe Miedema and David Brunnstrom)
Democrats consider Republican Gov. Rick Scott to be one of the most vulnerable incumbent governors facing re-election next year, which gives them hope they can put one of their own in the governor's office for the first time since January 1999.
On this Mother's Day we remember our moms and say a special prayer to those moms who have lost their children. After morning cuddles with my Isabella, I went to San Francisco City Hall this morning to join the Healing Circle to connect with moms who have lost children to gun violence.
"We will get between our kids and guns any way we can," I told them. "The attention on the tragedy of Newtown gives us the opportunity to shine a light on gun stories in all neighborhoods. Newtown showed the nation that you can't 'other' this away. You can't say 'this only happens in black neighborhoods or poor neighborhoods or to people out walking dark streets alone at night.' This can happen anywhere. So we must value every life and mourn every life equally - democratize the hope and democratize the solutions. We must get between our kids and guns with love, with safety, with opportunity, with hope, with actions to address the root causes."
"It hurts me when I hear someone call out 'Mom' on the street because I know it will never be for me" said one Healing Circle mother who lost a child to an unsolved gun homicide.
"I lost four babies to guns," said another mother who came despite declining health to our sweltering sunny gathering through a van service whose driver agreed to stay and pray so that she could join hands in a Healing Circle. Person after person talked about the scourge of gun violence and the need for healing. "My boy was working to bring down the gangs and he was gunned down himself" said a mother holding a photo of her boy wearing a Cesar Chavez tee-shirt. That young man is organizing with Cesar in heaven, and here on earth as another gun violence victim -- President John F Kennedy -- said, "God's work must truly be our own."
Part of that work is political action that our representatives, including my mother Nancy Pelosi, do in Washington, and most is the community work that we must do here at home. For me, that community work includes our project with the San Francisco Interfaith Council "Building Bridges to Reduce Gun Violence"
http://sfinterfaithcouncil.org/Monthly_breakfast.html to shine a light on the people and the organizations that address root causes of poverty, crime, anger, and hunger for which guns are an accelerator.
On Mother's Day we are conscious that we are living for the generations who came before us -- our grandmothers and great grandmothers who only dreamed of the possibilities we have today. But we are also living for the generations we lost -- for the children millions parents have had to bury all too soon.
"This isn't a club any mother wants to join" said one grieving mom today. As we celebrate our moms and mother figures, let us resolve to get between our kids and guns any way we can, so that fewer mothers have to suffer next Mother's Day.
Absolutely right! If you believe in tolerance and equality, the thing you really need to do is . . . shut other people up.Â Â It's only decent. If you believe in diversity, eliminate anyone who doesn't fit the mold, and if you think hate speech is bad, build a campaign of organized loathing.Perfectly logical.