July 2, 2013 at 8:45 am #91919
The First Family is in Tanzania.
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AND video of the University of Capetown Speech:July 2, 2013 at 8:47 am #91920
Good Morning, EveryoneJuly 2, 2013 at 8:48 am #91921
It Happened So Fast
Mon Jul 1st, 2013 at 07:08:44 PM EST
One of the amazing things about the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case is how quickly it all unfolded. Zimmerman’s phone call to the non-emergency number began at 7:09:34 and the fatal gunshot went off six minutes and twenty-two seconds later at 7:16:55. In fact the time between the end of Zimmerman’s phone call (7:13:41) and the gunshot (7:16:55) was a mere three minutes and fourteen seconds. The time between the end of Zimmerman’s phone call and the first witness 911 call (7:16:11) was two minutes and thirty seconds.
What’s more, Trayvon Martin was on the phone with his friend during the majority of Zimmerman’s non-emergency phone call. Martin and Rachel Jeantel were on the phone from 6:54 to 7:12, when the call was dropped roughly halfway through Zimmerman’s (7:09:34-7:13:41) call. She called him back immediately. And she was still on the phone with him at least at the beginning of the fatal 7:16 minute.
When you read the earwitness and one witnesses’s testimony, they talk about an altercation that began with heated words, then moved to grunting, then to yelps, then to cries for help, and finally a gunshot. But the whole thing seems to have taken no more than about 50 seconds. I say that because the first witness 911 call happened a mere 44 seconds before the gunshot, and yet Martin was still on the phone at the beginning of the 16th minute.
Meanwhile, Zimmerman claims that he walked down the sidewalk past where the shooting would shortly take place to Retreat View Circle and back to the T, all in this short period of time. That’s why it matters that you don’t hear any wind on his telephone past the (roughly) 7:12:19 point of his non-emergency phone call. It appears that he was back in his car at that point, and he remained there until the end of his call at 7:13:41. I don’t think he had time to exit his vehicle and walk past the ‘T’ all the way to Retreat View Circle and back to the ‘T’ in a mere two minutes and twenty seconds. But he wanted to say that he wasn’t pursuing Trayvon and that he was retreating to his car.
In fact, he lied to the police when he said that he had arranged to meet the police at his car. In fact, he had arranged for the police to call them when they arrived so that he could tell them where he was precisely because he did not plan to be at his car.
If you look at his reenactment video, you can that his lies are even more obvious.July 2, 2013 at 8:49 am #91922
Glenn Greenwald and Fox ….. a match made in heaven.July 2, 2013 at 9:15 am #91929
Atty for #RachelJeantel live on @TJMShow stated that #Trayvon Martin was the only male who didn’t make fun of her or tease her. I knew this!July 2, 2013 at 9:19 am #91930
India rejects NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s request for political asylum – @APJuly 2, 2013 at 9:21 am #91931
Had a wonderful tea with Mrs. Kikwete @salmakikwete — such an inspiring advocate for women and girls in Tanzania.
Loved this performance at the Baba wa Watoto Center, an org that helps kids from challenging backgrounds reach their full potential. -moJuly 2, 2013 at 9:23 am #91932
Give Me a Break With That Crap
Tue Jul 2nd, 2013 at 08:48:17 AM EST
Maggie Haberman goes all Politico on us while discussing the possibility that Hillary Clinton will not run for the presidency in 2016.
For Democrats, there is no fallback: It’s Hillary Clinton or probably a long bout of depression ahead of 2016.
With expectations hitting a fever pitch three-and-a-half years out that Clinton is running for president again, every move she makes – a video endorsing gay marriage, a coy line about supporting a woman president – moves the excitement a notch higher. So too do endorsements from former critics – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, among others.
Democrats openly describe their surprise at seeing such consensus around a candidate so early. The hope of retaining the White House in an open-seat election is very real — and the letdown that will set in among Democratic activists and operatives will be very deep if Clinton takes a pass on a campaign, as she may well do.
I have my problems with Hillary Clinton, and I have my problems with most of the likely alternatives to Hillary Clinton, but the idea that there are no alternative is idiotic.
For starters, we have Vice-President Joe Biden. He might not be able to beat Clinton in a primary, but the premise here is that Clinton won’t be running. I’d argue that Biden is in a stronger position both with the base of the party and with the country at large than the Iran-Contra-embroiled Poppy Bush was at the outset of the 1988 campaign. Obama’s coalition is still bigger than Clinton’s, and Biden’s loyalty will be rewarded.
Whatever you think about him, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo would be a formidable and well-funded candidate. I can’t think of any sitting Republican governors from the last two cycles who were as well-situated as Cuomo will be if Clinton doesn’t run.
Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley would be a serious candidate who could easily hold together the Obama coalition in the event he secured the nomination.
Progressives would probably rally behind Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, who might be a sitting U.S. Senator by 2016. That makes it unlikely that he will run for president, but one never knows. He has the potential to expand the Democrats’ appeal in the West and among some of the more libertarian-minded folks, while simultaneously invigorating the base of the party.
I don’t think Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick should be underestimated. Nor should Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York or Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. While I’m now getting down into long-shot territory, all of these candidates make a mockery of the 2012 Republican field, and they seem superior to flawed candidates like Bobby Jindal, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, or Marco Rubio who are currently being discussed as 2016 candidates.July 2, 2013 at 9:26 am #91933
Nina Turner announces bid for Ohio secretary of state; Democrat hopes to unseat Jon Husted
on July 01, 2013 at 10:38 AM
CLEVELAND, Ohio — State Sen. Nina Turner has spent months wooing Democratic activists at chicken dinners and raising her profile on national cable news.
Now Turner is prepared to take her message directly to Ohio voters.
On Monday the Cleveland lawmaker declared herself a candidate for secretary of state. Barring the unlikelihood of a successful primary challenge next spring, Turner will face Republican incumbent Jon Husted in the November 2014 election.
“I am running for secretary of state because I believe Ohio needs to be the gold standard for elections,” Turner said during an event at the Harvard Community Services Center, which sits in her southeast side neighborhood.July 2, 2013 at 9:28 am #91934
Fox News analyst on immigration reform: ‘Baloney,’ just focus on white people
Monday, July 1, 2013 12:23 EDT
Fox News analyst Brit Hume said Monday that the Republican Party’s tepid embrace of immigration reform is part of a “baloney” political strategy to curry favor with Latinos, who Hume said are unimportant to future presidential elections, hence his conclusion that Republicans should just keep the party’s focus on white people instead.
Hume’s comments came in response to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who suggested recently that America’s quickly changing demographics will pose a real challenge to Republicans in future presidential elections.
“Look, I’ve read all kinds of analysis of this… I am absolutely convinced that this troupe that you’re hearing, that says if the Republicans don’t go for immigration reform much as the Senate has done, they’re never gonna win another presidential election,” Hume said. “Oh, baloney.”
“If you look at the statistics, you’ll find that there was one significant bloc of voters that turned out in smaller numbers this time in a major, major way, way below expectations, below even their ’08 turnout, and that was white voters,” he added. “Now, that doesn’t mean if they turned out Romney would have gotten them all. But it shows you that this Hispanic vote — which I think now is about 8.5 percent of the U.S. electorate or something like that — is not nearly as important, still, as the white vote, which is above 70 percent.”
“So, if you look at it from an ethnic point of view, that addresses the question of whether you need to get right with the Hispanics,” he concluded.
“A fascinating analysis,” host Bill Hemmer replied. “Something to watch. Brit, well done!”July 2, 2013 at 9:30 am #91935
Pictures of the First Lady with Laura Bush in Tanzania.July 2, 2013 at 9:31 am #91936
POTUS gives FLOTUS a kiss helloJuly 2, 2013 at 9:32 am #91937
First Lady Michelle Obama and Former First Lady Laura Bush attended a summit on African women in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. The two reflected on what they each learned about being First Lady. (July 2)July 2, 2013 at 9:33 am #91938
Connecting Continents: Remarks by the First Lady Michelle ObamaJuly 2, 2013 at 9:42 am #91941
President Obama and former President George W. Bush laid a wreath at the memorial for the 1998 bombing of the US Embassy in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. (July 2)
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