The mascot got out of his chair, ran after Brandon and punched him in the back, Greenwell said. Upon a trip to the doctor, Greenwell said, he saw a "red, swollen" bruise where Brandon said Gritty had punched him. "My son could've been crippled from it," he said. "It's lucky that he's OK." … [Read more...] about Philadelphia police investigate claim that Flyers’ mascot Gritty punched a teenage fan in the back
Investigating specialized discourse
“The court understands the government to have concluded, in view of the material misstatements and omissions, that the court's authorizations in [two applications] were not valid,” wrote Judge James Emanuel Boasberg, a federal district judge in Washington who also serves on the FISC, in the court’s latest order. … [Read more...] about DOJ says surveillance of Trump campaign adviser Page lacked evidence
“We call on Babson to immediately reverse course and reinstate Phansey to his positions at the college,” the PEN America letter says. “Any other outcome risks permanently tarnishing the reputation of Babson and jeopardizing the climate for speech on campuses across the country.” … [Read more...] about Authors, academics defend Babson College professor fired for Facebook post on Iran bombing
And now, President Trump is embroiled in yet another foreign policy scandal -- accused of abuse of power for using military assistance to Ukraine to leverage dirt on a political opponent (though the allegation is central to his impeachment trial, he denies that was his intent). The election is still 10 months away, and voters tend to focus on the here and now. But both Russia and Ukraine will now constitute key reference points in framing Trump's presidency. These issues are guaranteed to live on as Democrats make them key points of attack and Trump will have no alternative but to continue defending himself against them. … [Read more...] about The surprising wild card Trump faces in 2020
One possible cause of this asymmetry is the aforementioned bias of the congressional map: Thanks to Republican gerrymandering and the Senate’s malapportionment, right-leaning voters punch well above their weight in American elections. It’s possible that this year’s “blue wave” will allow Democrats to overcome this disadvantage, and put the party in a position to claim majorities in both chambers by 2020. But even if they are so fortunate, their legislative majorities will live and die on the whims of senators like Joe Manchin, Jon Tester, and Joe Donnelly (whose latest campaign ad is a declaration of war against Progressive Activists) — along with those of a wide array of House members who were elected on the strength of their support from college-educated white women with centrist sensibilities. At present, Nancy Pelosi’s caucus is already home to 18 “Blue Dog Democrats” (a faction of moderate lawmakers who derive their name from … [Read more...] about America Already Has a Centrist Party. It’s Called the Democrats.