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Jeb Bush's Former Classmates Say He Was A Hash-Smoking Bully

talkingpointsmemo.com — The newspaper spoke with several of Bush's former classmates from the elite Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., who portrayed the former Florida governor as a stoner and a bit of a bully. Former classmate Peter Tibbetts told the Globe that he smoked marijuana for the first time with Bush and other classmates in the woods outside their dorm building.
Jan 31, 2015

"Thanks to the Boston Globe, we know what it's like to get high with Jeb Bush." talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/jeb-b…

Jan 31, 2015

RT @TPM: Jeb Bush's former prep school classmates remember him as a hash-smoking bully: bit.ly/1tKV2ZR pic.twitter.com/4Liej4uljk

Jan 31, 2015

RT @TPM: Jeb Bush's former prep school classmates remember him as a hash-smoking bully: bit.ly/1tKV2ZR pic.twitter.com/4Liej4uljk

Rand Paul Hits Jeb Bush For 'Hypocrisy' On Prep School Pot Use

talkingpointsmemo.com — "You would think he'd have a little more understanding then," Paul told The Hill of Bush's reported marijuana use as a student at the elite Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. "I think that's the real hypocrisy, is that people on our side, which include a lot of people who made mistakes growing up, admit their mistakes but now still want to put people in jail for that," he added.

White House: Science Says Parents Should Vaccinate Their Kids

talkingpointsmemo.com — President Barack Obama's spokesman, Josh Earnest, said Friday that decisions about vaccinations should be left to parents, but the science on vaccinations "is really clear." Some parents continue to believe debunked research linking vaccines to autism and refuse vaccinate their children.

Instant Americans: What Happens When Transnational Adoptees Learn About Race?

talkingpointsmemo.com — She was the first person I spotted when I walked into the room. She sat behind a school desk, two thick black braids, denim overalls resting over a Gap T-shirt. Her skin, not entirely like mine, had a reddish undertone. She wasn't half-black like me, I was sure of that.
Jan 31, 2015

RT @collier: I wrote a piece about race and transnational adoption, an issue very close to my heart. You'll see why: talkingpointsmemo.com/theslice/what-…

Jan 31, 2015

RT @collier: I wrote a piece about race and transnational adoption, an issue very close to my heart. You'll see why: talkingpointsmemo.com/theslice/what-…

Jan 30, 2015

What happens when transnational adoptees learn about race? Beautifully-written piece by @collier via @kierafeldman talkingpointsmemo.com/theslice/what-…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @Ladelman: everybody take a moment and be thankful for @collier and @tpm's the slice bit.ly/1KeLXek

Jan 30, 2015

RT @JillFilipovic: How could families do better for kids adopted transnationally? @collier offers some excellent reading: talkingpointsmemo.com/theslice/what-…

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Powerful NY Assembly Speaker Resigns Post As He Faces Corruption Charges

talkingpointsmemo.com — Silver filed a letter with the Assembly clerk making his resignation effective Tuesday, his spokesman Michael Whyland told the Associated Press. He has held the speaker's post since 1994. Democratic lawmakers said earlier this week that they planned to install an interim replacement for Silver on Monday.
Jan 31, 2015

Powerful New York Democrat announces he's stepping aside as Assembly speaker but will keep his seat -- for now: goo.gl/D1rgbK

Fox Panelist Thinks Romney's Still Going To Run: 'It's A Chess Move' (VIDEO)

talkingpointsmemo.com — "I think the fact that he is a numbers guy, makes me believe that this is a chess move," Dash said from her perch on the "Outnumbered" couch. "I don't believe he's not going to run." The rest of the panelists reacted to that observation with a one-word chorus of "Really?"
Jan 31, 2015

Fox panelist says repeatedly she still thinks Romney will run, no matter his announcement: goo.gl/dZsuar pic.twitter.com/eEDait3gCQ

Jan 30, 2015

Fox Panelist Thinks Romney's Still Going To Run: 'It's A Chess Move' (VIDEO) @TPM talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/stace…

Jan 30, 2015

Fox News panelist thinks Mitt Romney is still in it to win it: "I don't believe he's not going to run." goo.gl/pyXYcW

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Vatican Ridiculed For Using 'Sexy' Actress In Outreach Video For Women

talkingpointsmemo.com — But the program is going ahead, and an inaugural meeting this week will study women's issues in ways that are utterly new for the Holy See. No, there is no talk of ordaining women priests.

Diplomacy, Remedial Edition

talkingpointsmemo.com — Last night, I flagged a press release from House Speaker John Boehner's office in which - inter alia - Boehner says he told Israeli Ambassador Dermer not to inform the White House or the State Department about the speech to Congress Dermer and Boehner's staff were planning.

Head Of EPA To Work With Pope Francis On Global Warming

talkingpointsmemo.com — EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told reporters that her aim in visiting was to show the Vatican how aligned President Barack Obama and Francis are on climate change. She said she wanted to stress that global warming isn't just an environmental issue, but a public health threat, and yet also a chance for economic opportunity.
Jan 30, 2015

Amazing! Church AND Military MT @rebleber: EPA chief to work with Pope Francis on global warming. #GOP heads explode bit.ly/1Dfp1Jn

Jan 30, 2015

RT @rebleber: EPA chief will work with Pope Francis to combat global warming. ::GOP heads explode:: bit.ly/1Dfp1Jn

Jan 30, 2015

RT @rebleber: EPA chief will work with Pope Francis to combat global warming. ::GOP heads explode:: bit.ly/1Dfp1Jn

Jan 30, 2015

EPA chief will work with Pope Francis to combat global warming. ::GOP heads explode:: bit.ly/1Dfp1Jn

Jan 30, 2015

RT @TPM: The head of the EPA will work with Pope Francis on global warming bit.ly/1znxMR3

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Once Again George Zimmerman Won't Face Charges After Girlfriend Recants

talkingpointsmemo.com — State Attorney Phil Archer said he couldn't prosecute Zimmerman because the victim had recanted her statement. "While it is clear that the officers had probable cause to arrest Mr. Zimmerman which was affirmed by the circuit court judge at initial appearances, the subsequent recantation by the victim of her initial statement along with new documents provided by the victim and her attorney precludes my office from proceeding further," Archer said, according to the Sentinel.
Jan 30, 2015

MT @joshtpm: George Zimmerman Wont Face Charges After Girlfriend Recants - 3 domestic violence attacks post-Trayvon talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/georg…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @joshtpm: Once Again George Zimmerman Wont Face Charges After Girlfriend Recants - three domestic violence attacks post-Trayvon talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/georg…

Jan 30, 2015

This is the third time George Zimmerman has had a domestic violence case dropped since his murder acquittal: goo.gl/OtRC14

Jan 30, 2015

RT @joshtpm: Once Again George Zimmerman Wont Face Charges After Girlfriend Recants - three domestic violence attacks post-Trayvon talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/georg…

Jan 30, 2015

Once Again George Zimmerman Wont Face Charges After Girlfriend Recants - three domestic violence attacks post-Trayvon talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/georg…

Michael Moore: Clint Eastwood Once Told Me 'I Will Kill You' If You Interview Me

talkingpointsmemo.com — "Ten years ago this past week, Clint Eastwood stood in front of the National Board of Review awards dinner and announced to me and to the crowd that he would 'kill' me if I ever came to his house with my camera for an interview," Moore wrote.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @deep_beige: i’ve reached out to Eastwood’s people to ask about the time he reportedly told Michael Moore “I’ll kill you” talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/micha…

Jan 30, 2015

This, shld be entertaining>Michael Moore: Clint Eastwood Once Told Me 'I Will Kill You' If You Interview Me @TPM talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/micha…

Bill Would Allow Texas Teachers To Kill Students Threatening School Property

talkingpointsmemo.com — State Rep. Dan Flynn (R), who's previously fought to roll back concealed handgun license requirements, filed the Teacher's Protection Act authorizing educators to use deadly force to protect themselves or another person on school grounds. The bill would also authorize the use of deadly force to protect school property and shield any teacher who uses deadly force from prosecution should they cause injury or death.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @joshtpm: New bill in Texas Legislature wld authorize teachers to use lethal force against students to protect school property talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/texas…

Jan 30, 2015

New bill in Texas Legislature wld authorize teachers to use lethal force against students to protect school property talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/texas…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @TonyNormanPG: Yet another brilliant idea involving guns in school in Texas. What could possibly go wrong in this scenario? talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/texas…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @judeinlondon: Go home Texas, you're drunk RT @TPM: A Texas bill would allow teachers to kill students threatening school property bit.ly/1Dn3Mpl

Jan 30, 2015

@TPM: TX bill would allow teachers to kill students threatening school property bit.ly/1Dn3Mpl” || Fair law wd include depreciation

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The Sounds of Solidarity: Remembering Pete Seeger at Selma

talkingpointsmemo.com — One of the few missing ingredients in the film Selma is the centrality of music during the Selma-to-Montgomery, Alabama march. A tiny snippet of field recordings from the march can be heard at the very end of the movie's credits, but otherwise the movie ignores the constant singing that emboldened the marchers during the four-day, 54-mile trek.

Romney Folks Are Sad But Saw Decision Not To Run Coming

talkingpointsmemo.com — When Mitt Romney announced on Friday that he had decided not to run for president in 2016, there was sort of a sigh of relief among some supporters and a confirmation of what others had been suspecting earlier in the week -that despite all the hype, Romney just wasn't taking the steps he would take if he planned to run a third time.
Jan 31, 2015

RT @TPM: Romney folks are sad, but they saw his decision not to run coming bit.ly/1A8prDM

Jan 30, 2015

""I think the candidates that are shitty to him do so at their own peril" talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/mitt-romney…

WATCH: Chris Christie Takes A Tumble In Sports Radio Host's Revenge Video

talkingpointsmemo.com — One recent poll showed that a huge majority of New Jersey residents couldn't have cared less that Gov. Chris Christie (R) pledged allegiance to the Dallas Cowboys football team. But one New Jerseyan, who happens to be a sports radio host, cared very much.

5 Points On How New York State Got So Damn Corrupt

talkingpointsmemo.com — How quickly the mighty fall: less than a week after longtime New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D) was arrested on federal corruption charges, his fellow Democrats have decided to replace him. Although the criminal complaint from U.S.

Report: Former Gov. Strickland Will Challenge Sen. Rob Portman

talkingpointsmemo.com — The Ohio paper cites sources close to Strickland, and writes that attempts to reach Strickland himself were not returned. Strickland is arguably one of the most well-known Democrats in the state who could challenge Portman. The former Ohio governor currently runs the Center for American Progress Action Fund in Washington D.C.

The Mitt Media Fail: These News Outlets Blew The Call On Romney 2016

talkingpointsmemo.com — The spark began with Bloomberg News, which published a scoop early Friday morning by Mark Halperin reporting that Romney would declare his intentions about whether to run. That of course turned out to be accurate. But then the trouble began.

Bill O'Reilly Confronts Donald Trump: You're Not Running For President

talkingpointsmemo.com — The two spoke by phone during the show after Trump had taken to Twitter Wednesday accusing O'Reilly of "bad and very deceptive journalism" for his coverage of the potential presidential field earlier in the week. Trump was mad that the Fox host hadn't taken him and former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin more seriously.
Jan 30, 2015

Most media feuds are stupid, but Bill O'Reilly v. Donald Trump? Now there's a heavyweight ego matchup for the ages: talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/bill-…

Jan 30, 2015

Fox host Bill O'Reilly calls BS on @realDonaldTrump talking up a 2016 campaign: "I don't think you're going to run." talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/bill-…