What the Black Men Who Identify With Brett Kavanaugh Are Missing

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On Tuesday night, I was in an auditorium with 100 black men in the city of Baltimore, when the subject pivoted to Brett Kavanaugh. I expected to hear frustration that the sexual-assault allegations against him had failed to derail his Supreme Court appointment. Instead, I encountered sympathy. One man stood up and asked, passionately, “What happened to due process?” He was met with a smattering of applause, and an array of head nods.

If you think Kavanaugh receiving some measure of support from black men in inner-city Baltimore is as strange as Taylor Swift suddenly feeling the need to become a modern-day Fannie Lou Hamer, then brace yourself: The caping for Kavanaugh does make a twisted kind of sense. Countless times, black men have had to witness the careers and reputations of other black men ruthlessly destroyed because of unproved rape and sexual-assault accusations. And as that Baltimore audience member also argued, if the claims were made by a white woman, expect the damage to be triple.

 

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Billy Graham and the Gospel of Fear

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Billy Graham was a preacher man equally intent on saving souls and soliciting financial support for his ministry. His success at the former is not subject to proof and his success at the latter is unrivaled. He preached to millions on every ice-free continent and led many to his chosen messiah.

Graham also left behind a United States government in which religion plays a far greater role than before he intruded into politics in the 1950s. The shift from secular governance to “In God We Trust” can be laid squarely at this minister’s feet.

Graham’s message was principally one of fear…fear of a wrathful god…

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Obama Shows Support For Presbyterian Hospital, Where Revenue Plummets

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — Most assumed that Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas would suffer after treating the nation’s first diagnosed Ebola patient. For the first time, we’re seeing exactly how much the exposure has affected the hospital.

Through the first three weeks of October, revenue at the hospital is down 25 percent — or more than $8 million. Emergency room visits also fell 53 percent.

The hospital is attributing much of the decline in ER visits to a nine-day period when the hospital stopped receiving ambulances.

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President Barack Obama continues to voice his support for the hospital and its employees. On Wednesday, employees listened on as Chief Nursing Officer Cole Edmonson spoke with the President on the phone. The President thanked workers for their courage and perseverance in dealing with the country’s first case.

The hospital…

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Airline passengers refuse to fly after a blind man and his guide dog are removed from the plane

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Airline passengers refuse to fly after a blind man and his guide dog are removed from the plane (via Raw Story )

Airline passengers rallied around a blind man Wednesday night after he and his guide dog were removed from the plane. Albert Rizzi and his seeing eye dog tried to board a US Airways express flight from Philadelphia International Airport to Long Island but passengers said flight attendants would not allow him to bring the animal onto the plane unless it could travel under a seat.

The flight was delayed for about an hour and a half on the tarmac, and the dog became restless, and other passengers said a flight attendant ordered Rizzi and his guide dog off the plane.

“The lady comes back and gets very insistent, and I said, ‘Look, I don’t understand what you want me to do,’” Rizzi said. “’He’s as best as he can, he’s where he needs to be,’ and I hear nobody else moving, and as I’m walking to the front, I’m like, wait a second, why am I the only one getting off?”

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Even Texas Voters Support Background Checks On Guns

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry waits to be introduced at a gun shop in Dallas, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010. Perry, touting his pro-gun credentials in his re-election campaign, was on hand to pick up the endorsement of the National Rifle Association.

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Gov. Rick Perry (R) likes to argue that America has no need for new gun control laws. A poll released Wednesday found that most voters in his home state of Texas have a different view.

The survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling found that 72 percent of Texas voters support “requiring background checks for all gun sales, including gun shows and the Internet,” while only 22 percent are opposed.

PPP has taken the lead in gauging the political fallout from the Senate’s failure in April to pass legislation that would have expanded background checks. The background check legislation, co-authored by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA), fizzled with only four Republican senators voting “yes” and four red state Democrats voting “no.”

Since the legislation went down, PPP found that some members — namely Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) — suffered a huge public backlash at home for their opposition to background checks, whilered state Democrats who supported the measure, like Sens. Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA), actually drew a boost following their votes.

Along with South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R), Perry traveled to Connecticut last monthto court gun makers that have threatened to leave over the state’s new gun control measures, which include restrictions on high-capacity magazines and the nation’s first dangerous weapon offender registry. Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D) signed the reforms into law in April, nearly four months after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary.

In April, Perry dismissed universal background checks for gun buyers as a “kneejerk reaction.” A month later, speaking at the National Rifle Association’s convention in Houston, Perry went a step further.

“I am not sure there is any gun reform that’s needed in this country,” Perry said.

By Tom Kludt, Talking Points Memo

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Gun bill clears key Senate hurdle with bipartisan support

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A new gun control law cleared a major Senate hurdle Thursday, with 16 Republicans voting with most of the chamber’s Democrats to begin the process of moving one of President Barack Obama’s top domestic initiatives through a long, legislative slog.

Senators voted 68 to 31, with a handful of Republicans joining most Democrats, on a procedural measure to begin consideration of a proposed gun law that would expand background checks for gun sales, and strengthen mental health and school safety programs.

The vote is just the opening step, though, of a debate that could stretch out for weeks and encounter any number of obstacles – namely, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives – before reaching Obama’s desk.

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Family Research Council Defends Akin

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Rep. Todd Akin has one far-right group in his corner.

“This is an effort to try to direct attention away from … Claire McCaskill, who has been supportive of Planned Parenthood — an organization that’s been under investigation for criminal activity,” FRC President Tony Perkins said in between meetings of the RNC platform committee.

Perkins lashed out at Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) for saying Akin should get out of the race.

“He should be careful because based on some of his statements there may be call for him to get out of his race,” he said of Brown. “He has been off the reservation on a number of Republican issues, conservative issues I should say. His support among conservatives is very shallow.”

Connie Mackey, the president of FRC Action PAC, said Republicans trying to ease Akin out lack “backbone.”

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