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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Cheat Sheet - White Pride Leader Sticks Up for Steve Scalise

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December 30, 2014
The incoming Republican whip just received received the most unwelcome endorsement ever. Tim Mak interviews Kenny Knight, the man who invited Steve Scalise to speak at the site of a racist conference in 2002. "Poor Steve Scalise is getting a bad rap," Knight said, adding it was basically by mistake that the Republican talked to a group of "educated, white folks who were worried about the heritage of their race."

The New York Police Department has dramatically cut down on arrests since two of its own were murdered in cold blood. In the past two weeks, overall arrests have fallen 66 percent compared to the same period last year. During that same time, traffic tickets and summons for minor offenses have fallen a whopping 94 percent year-over-year. Police sources told the New York Post that the drop in activity was mostly fueled by safety concerns, but part of the motive was a slowdown to protest Mayor Bill de Blasio. "This is not a slowdown for slowdown's sake. Cops are concerned, after the reaction from City Hall on the Garner case, about de Blasio not backing them," said a source.

As the wreckage from AsiaAir 8501 is recovered from the Java Sea, the wait is on for who will receive the flight's vital data in leading the crash investigation. The airline crashed in Indonesia but is based in Malaysia, and—as Clive Irving points out—the country just can't be trusted to investigate air crashes after MH370's disappearance.

The Department of Education announced Tuesday that Harvard Law School has been found to be in violation of federal rules regarding its policy toward investigating sexual assault. The federal investigation found that the school did not appropriately respond to sexual-assault claims in at least two cases. In one of the cases, Harvard Law took more than a year to make a final determination and the complainant was not permitted to participate in the extended appeal process, a violation of Title IX of the federal education discrimination laws. In response, Harvard will have to revise its sexual-assault policies and submit all reports of sexual-harassment complaints filed during 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 for review.


Gallup's U.S. Economic Confidence Index has popped into positive territory for the first time since the Great Recession. It averaged +2 last week, a significant marker that Americans are more optimistic about the state of the national economy. Nearly half of all Americans said they felt the economy was "getting better," outnumbering the 45 percent who felt the economy was getting worse by four points.

Putin Critic Breaks Out of House Arrest
Alexei Navalny rallied protesters.
Hackers Can Now Fake Fingerprints
By using photos.
Cops Killed by Guns Jumped 56%
Ambushes hit 20-year high.
Alleged Mumbai Mastermind Arrested Again
After a court ordered his release.
2 More Tested for Ebola in U.K.
Confirmed case sent to London hospital.

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