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“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Is this an outdated promise?
H. A. Goodman
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Actually, each state has its own alert system, and national coordination
takes place through the National Center for Missing and Exploited
Children, a private nonprofit, untouched by the federal stalemate. Only a federal webpage promoting the program was closed for security.
Even after subtracting California, Illinois, D.C.
and New Jersey which have some of the strictest gun control laws in
the U.S, the firearm-related homicide rate
in the United States is still about four times higher than the rate in
Belgium and the rest of Europe.
Fabricated story published by National Report, a news and political satire web publication that makes up stories that are picked up and circulated as fact.
has compiled more than 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the
2008 and 2012 campaigns and is tracking their progress on our Obameter.
45 percent were kept and 25 percent were compromised. Check it out.
A document obtained by The Associated Press sheds light on the history of how the Catholic Church has evolved in it's handling of child sex abuse by priests. 1/17/2014
A U.N. hearing in Geneva criticized the Vatican for its handling of clergy sex abuse cases, particularly for failing to require bishops to
report suspected abuse to local authorities.
In 2010 153,000 applications to purchase a firearm or obtain a permit were blocked. Thousands of individuals continue to be denied a
firearm because of background checks by authorities and gun sellers. Few are convicted.
Existing research doesn’t
clearly show support for or against the death penalty as a deterrent, so
Coburn can't prove his viewpoint is correct. (In England, when the sentence for picking someone’s pocket could be death by hanging, pickpockets were known to work the crowds at public executions.)
However, executions, along
with prison sentences and other punishments for crime, do generally
For this declaration to hold water, one would have to assume illegal
immigrants committed nearly half of the state’s homicides since 2008. His comment is not even supported by the study he says he relied on. These were charges, not convictions over a lifetime. This claim was repeated by Greg Abbott, TX Attorney General, and gubernatorial candidate.
Texas GOP Attorney General could not produce any data to support his claim. Less than 5 percent of people apprehended by the Border
Patrol from October 2012 through June 2014
had a U.S. criminal conviction or immigration violation.
A 2010 study shows children who witnessed any intimate partner violence are 2.6 times as likely to perpetrate it themselves. Children who witnessed any
violence were 1.6 times as likely to become perpetrators. We need new studies.
This organization, supported by an extensive list of notable Republican politicians and public servants, has posted an impressive statement called, Why Sam Brownback’s Policies are Taking Kansas in the Wrong Direction.
They say these Republican policies have caused deficit spending, drastic cuts in education and highway spending, hurt job growth, benefited special interests at the expense of the people, and downgrades Kansas character and creates embarrassing headlines.
There was no statistical evidence to support Giuliani’s
claim,and even if there was statistical evidence it would have been cherry-picking data.
Garner may not have died if he had not been obese, but most agree that it is unlikely this would not have happened to a white man. Rep. King only wishes race was not involved.
The number of deaths by firearm averages over 3,000 per year. We don't have the stats in yet for 2014, but the trend should hold. Two thirds of these are suicides, an often ignored stat in the gun rights debate.
The Pentagon has reported that Guantanamo’s cost comes down to about $3 million per detainee per year -- about 100 times the average annual cost of a federal prisoner
The viral photo of a Ferguson protester was Photoshopped.(It is blatant lies like this that incite the prejudice --that creates the violence.) The real picture says, "No mother should have to fear for her son's life every time he leaves home."
The truth is Obama has continuously encouraged working with police to find solutions and has also repeatedly emphasized the importance of law enforcement and the fact that police officers have a dangerous job.
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed the suit for an unnamed juror to lift a lifetime gag order regarding the case. A juror disagrees with what has been revealed by McCulloch and feels the jury was ill informed. Legislators have asked for a review to see if McCulloch "manipulated" the grand jury.
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report confirms the amount
of money was spent on a variety of things between 2005 and 2009, and other news organizations revealed the actual names of the two men, but additional information is needed.
The United States far and away incarcerates more people than its peers,
in terms of the portion of its population behind bars, despite having a
comparable amount of crime.
Giuliani attacks the Justice Department's scathing report of racial bias within the Ferguson Police Department, claiming that there was little evidence to prove racism within the department. On the contrary, most people can see plenty of evidence in the report.
There is research to indicate that handgun waiting periods are linked
with lower suicide rates. But Politifact did not find evidence that waiting
periods coincide with less violence being committed by one person
Yes, the American homicide rate is pretty bad, at least compared to most
of its high-income peers. But it’s not even close to being as bad as
Brand suggests. For instance, the homicide rate in the United States is
just three times higher than that in the United Kingdom.
PolitiFact researched by looking at the National Crime Victimization Survey does confirm his
claim, with a 2012 report finding nearly 300,000 estimated victims of
This calculation, according to PolitiFact, is 14 years
old, and changes in the underlying data suggest that the actual odds of
incarceration may be somewhat smaller today. Still, other evidence
suggests that blacks have a disproportionate likelihood of ending up in
There were 3,384 homicides in Texas for the three years between 2011 and 2013, compared to an estimated 584 murder charges involving undocumented immigrants over a period stretching nearly four years.That’s nowhere near half, despite counting an additional year of murder charges involving undocumented immigrants.
PolitiFact found that in 2013, there were fewer than 100,000 noncitizens -- legal and
undocumented -- in federal and state prisons. Though it’s also possible that
many of these individuals are held for immigration violations as opposed
to other crimes.
Cosby admitted in a recently released deposition, to pursuing sex with young women with the aid of
Quaaludes, which can render a person functionally immobile. “I used
them,” he said, “the same as a person would say, ‘Have a drink.’ ” In this article, 35 women not only tell about being lured in, drugged, and assaulted, but they include the aftermath and trauma.
Kasich defended Ohio's Medicaid expansion by saying, when skeptics arrive in heaven, "Saint Peter isn’t going to ask them how
small they’ve kept government, but what they have done for the poor.
" He quotes Matthew 25.
Healthy people are employable, and Medicaid money helps, rehabilitate prisoners and drug users, which saves money. Ohio's budget has a surplus and he has cut taxes.
The retired neurosurgeon and GOP candidate has not clarified whether he'd back lethal force from drones on the border, or how drone strikes could be used without sacrificing innocent lives.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a 2011 report that 873 miles
of the U.S. Mexico border was under "operational control." The other
1,120 miles, or about 56 percent, fell under two classifications "not
acceptable for border security." That doesn’t mean there is an utter
lack of control, but that the agency’s ability to detect or respond (or
both) to crossings was hampered by a lack of resources or
1. End Broken-Windows Policing; 2. End Policing for Profit; 3 .Limit Use of Force; 4. Demilitarization; 5. Body Cams/Film the Police; 6. Improved Training; 7. Community Oversight; 8. Community representation; 9. Fair Police Contracts; 10. Independent Investigations and Prosecutions.
Bush points to reports that many criminal illegal immigrants have been
released, and there is evidence that it sometimes happens. But it is an
exaggeration to say that none are deported. Last year, ICE deported
about 86,000 illegal immigrants convicted of previous crimes.
The number of gun deaths since 1968 — including, as Kristof was careful
to note, both homicides and suicides — was higher than war fatalities by
roughly 120,000 deaths, or almost four years’ worth of gun deaths in
the United States.
Eleven unnamed teens are suing Gov. Rick Snyder, the Michigan Department
of Corrections and 15 wardens from facilities around the state for failing to protect an at-risk segment
of the prison population and demonstrating "deliberate indifference to
The data found by PolitiFact shows that among countries more like America economically,
nations with stricter regulation have much lower rates of gun-related
The Black Lives Matter movement has been protesting police brutality and calling for criminal justice reform. Remarks like Palin's are exactly what creates the rage in the first place. Her bigotry dehumanizes people across the country and gives Christians a black eye.
The House Minority Leader said, "There's already a Select Committee on Benghazi, and there will likely be
one to investigate Planned Parenthood." She now wants to create a committee to investigate
the "crisis" of mass shootings. In 2015 alone, there have been 45 mass shootings
Studies of prisoners who had a gun when committing
a crime showed that 3% to 11% purchased the
weapon at a store or gun show.
But the studies only tell us where the guns came from, not whether they were acquired legally.
Cruz misquoted a study
of voting registration of
all felons (not just violent felons) after being released from prison in three states. It does not address their political choice when committing the crime. Less than half registered to vote after release, and most of those were Democrats.
In Fact, crime rates have been falling almost without fail for roughly a quarter-century. This includes violent crimes of murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault; as well as property crimes like burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft. News coverage of crime may have increased.
As of June 10, 2016, PolitiFact has reviewed 154 statements by Donald Trump. Twelve (12) were true or mostly true. Forty nine (49) were 1/2 True of Mostly-False. And Ninety three (93) were False or Pants-on-Fire. Below are just a few:
There are more criminal acts in Germany these days because there are
more people, thanks to the influx of 1.1 million refugees in 2015 alone.
But the data suggest that the refugees tend to be better-behaved than the typical German.
Clinton supports easing how the criminal justice system treats nonviolent offenders. Trumps claim is pure fabrication.
With threats around the world like war, terrorism,
kidnappings, and other violence, U.S. cities are nowhere near the most dangerous in the world. Four American cities — though not Oakland or Ferguson — have some of
the highest murder rates in the world. However, with vast differences in reporting, experts told us homicide
rates alone are not enough to gauge whether a city is dangerous or not.
A day after a black activist was kicked and punched by voters at a Donald Trump rally in Alabama, Trump tweeted an image packed with racially loaded with fictitious murder statistics. The stats show that 82% of whites are killed by other whites -Not 16% as Trump stated; and 15% of whites are killed by blacks- not the 82% Trump fabricated.