Trump says to Sanders, ‘Get your people in line, Bernie’, Ignoring his Own

From Jerry Diamond and Eugene Scott at CNN: Donald Trump on Saturday denounced the protests that led him to cancel a scheduled rally the previous night in Chicago, calling them “a planned attack” that was “professionally done” and blaming Bernie Sanders supporters for inciting violence. Sanders, however, pushed back against Trump, calling on him to[…]

Human Rights Activist and Indigenous Leader Berta Cáceres Is Assassinated in Honduras

After years of environmental activism and fighting for indigenous communities, human rights champion Berta Caceres was assassinated in Honduras on March 3, as reported by SOAWatch: At approximately midnight last night, the General Coordinator of COPINH, Berta Caceres was assassinated in her hometown of La Esperanza, Intibuca. At least two individuals broke down the door of the house where Berta[…]

It is Not Possible for a Citizen to Infringe Upon the Freedom of Speech of Another Citizen

A Twitter exchange between Andrew Seidel, an Constitutional attorney who specializes in the first amendment (as he points out), and Trump/supporters makes a very important point: He makes the point that the first amendment protects infringe upon the free speech of citizens from the government, not other people.  That’s the whole purpose of the Bill[…]

Chicago Police: We Never Told Trump Campaign To Shut Down Rally

From Suzanne Le Mignot at CBS Chicago: The Chicago Police Department disagreed with Donald Trump’s suggestion that local authorities recommended he cancel a political rally at the University of Illinois-Chicago Friday evening because of safety concerns. Trump – facing the embarrassment that mobs of protesters shut down his planned appearance — indicated he spoke to[…]

Man Targets Non-English Speaking Neighbors in Triple Homicide – ‘You guys got to go’

Elena Yrlas of Milwaukee says a prayer after placing flowers at the apartment doorstep of her friend and colleague Mai K. Vue, 32, who was shot and killed there on Sunday. (Photo Mike De Sisti / Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel) From Ashley Luthern at the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel: A 39-year-old Milwaukee man methodically shot and killed[…]

Making Sense of the Scalia Conspiracy Theory

Graphic pipmedia.com Following Justice Antonin Scalia’s death on February 13, a former criminal investigator for Washington, D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department named William O. Ritchie took to Facebook. “My gut tells me there is something fishy going on in Texas,” he wrote. With those words, Ritchie helped draw national attention to an emerging conspiracy theory: that[…]

Are ‘Extremist’ Candidates Electable?

Can “extremist” candidates like Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump win general elections? Are they “electable”? The correct answer sounds like a cop-out. It depends. Most importantly, it depends on the state of the economy. But these candidates’ broad support also tells us something interesting about how political elites – like elected officials, candidates and activists[…]

A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words

Woman raising right hand in “Hitler salute” at Chicago rally (Chicago Tribune) By Matthew A. McIntosh / 03.12.2016 When something happens once or twice, one can dismiss it as an anomaly.  When it happens consistently around the same person, one can no longer dismiss it as such. Trump’s planned rally Friday night was canceled amid[…]