White GOP Rep. Ted Yoho Says Civil Rights Act May Be Unconstitutional

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White GOP Congressman Ted Yoho Says Civil Rights Act May Be Illegal

Another white Republican is trying his hand at whitesplaining civil rights….

Florida Congressman Ted Yoho, who is “so thankful for the Constitution,” tried to give his two cents on the Civil Rights Act to Melvin Flournoy, a black constituent from Gainesville.

FLOURNOY: Do you think that any part of the Civil Rights Act of 1965 [sic], do you think any part of that is constitutional? And then if you’d discuss why. [...]

YOHO: This country grew through a lot of growing pain. We’re going through it again. As we grow as a country and prosper, we’re going to go through it again in the future. That’s why I’m so thankful for the Constitution because it allows us to do that. Is it constitutional, the Civil Rights Act? I wish I could answer that 100 percent. I know a lot of things that were passed are not constitutional, but I know it’s the law of the land.

Once again, we have a white Republican trying to tell blacks what they should believe to be true….

 White GOP Rep. Ted Yoho Says Civil Rights Act May Be Unconstitutional

President Obama: Republicans Are Restricting Voting Rights of Americans

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President Obama: Republicans Are Restricting Voting Rights of Americans

During a speech at Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network convention, President Obama said the Republicans have been conducting a campaign to deny the voting rights of many Americans.

Mr. Obama accused Republicans of trying to rig the elections by making it harder for older people, women, minorities and the impoverished to cast ballots in swing states that could determine control of the Senate.

“The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago,” Mr. Obama said in a hotel ballroom filled with cheering supporters, most of them African-American. “Across the country, Republicans have led efforts to pass laws making it harder, not easier, for people to vote.”…

“America did not stand up and did not march and did not sacrifice to gain the right to vote for themselves and for others only to see it denied to their kids and their grandchildren,” he said.

Republicans in some swing states have advanced new laws that go beyond the voter identification requirements of recent years. Among other things, state lawmakers are pushing measures to limit the time polls are open and to cut back early voting, particularly weekend balloting that makes it easier for lower-income voters to participate. Other measures would eliminate same-day registration, make it more difficult to cast provisional ballots or curb the mailing of absentee ballots.

Over the last 15 months, at least nine states have enacted voting changes making it harder to cast ballots.

Hank Aaron: Obama House GOP Critics Like KKK in “Neckties and Starched Shirts”

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Hank Aaron: House GOP Critics of Obama Like KKK in “Neckties and Starched Shirts”

Famed slugger Hank Aaron, speaking on the anniversary of his record-breaking home run, told USA Today that congressional Republicans are an updated version of the Ku Klux Klan.

Aaron said, “Sure, this country has a black president.” “But when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated…The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.”

Hank Aaron added, “We are not that far removed from when I was chasing the record.” He noted that the percentage of black baseball players had declined since he played. He said,  “If you think that, you are fooling yourself. A lot of things have happened in this country, but we have so far to go. There’s not a whole lot that has changed.”

 Hank Aaron: Obama House GOP Critics Like KKK in Neckties and Starched Shirts

Melissa Anne Hixon ID’d as Woman Kissing ‘Christian Conservative’ Rep. Vance McAllister

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Melissa Anne Hixon ID’d as Woman Kissing ‘Christian Conservative’ Rep. Vance McAllister (Credit: Facebook)

Melissa Anne Hixon Peacock has been identified as the staffer Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA) was seen passionately kissing on a surveillance video. Her husband, Heath Peacock, said today, “I’m just freaking devastated….I loved my wife so much. The Peacocks were married for six years and have a six year old son. So much for Christian conservative family man Vance McAllister doing right by his family. He is begging for forgiveness, saying, “There’s no doubt I’ve fallen short and I’m asking for forgiveness.”

Rep. McAllister happens to be Heath Peacock’s childhood friend. Um, sounds a little like a recent episode of hit-show ‘Scandal.’

Peacock told The Ouachita Citizen:  ”I’m just freaking devastated by the whole deal, man. I loved my wife so much. I cannot believe this. I cannot freaking believe it. I feel like I’m going to wake up here in a minute and this is all going to be a bad nightmare.” He added, “He has wrecked my life. We are headed for divorce.”

Peacock, 34, said he was informed of his wife’s infidelity a few hours before the scandal broke on Monday. He donated $10,000 to Vance McAllister’s campaign fund. He also said he has yet to receive a public apology from the congressman. Melissa Anne Hixon Peacock no longer works for McAllister.

Duck Dynasty-backed Vance McAllister is married with five children.

 Melissa Anne Hixon IDd as Woman Kissing Christian Conservative Rep. Vance McAllister

Equal Pay: White House Under Fire for Gender Pay Gap Among Female Staffers

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White House Under Fire for Lack of Income Parity of Male and Female Staffers

The White House is catching heat for President Obama’s push for equal pay despite some findings that isn’t the case among some female White House employees. The American Enterprise Institute found that female White House staffers make a median income of $65,000 while male counterparts make $74,000. That’s 88 cents for every dollar a man makes, which is 10 cents higher than the national average. This comes as President Obama is set to sign two executive orders dealing with equal pay for women and minorities.

Jay Carney said that men and women in the same jobs at the White House earn the same salaries.

“We have two deputy chiefs of staff, one man and one woman, and they make the same salary,” Carney said. “We have 16 department heads. Over half of them are women, all of whom make the same salary as their male counterparts.”

“What I can tell you is that we have, as an institution here, have aggressively addressed this challenge, and obviously, though, at the 88 cents that you cite, that is not a hundred, but it is better than the national average,” Carney said. “And when it comes to the bottom line that women who do the same work as men have to be paid the same, there is no question that that is happening here at the White House at every level.”

The discrepancy is likely explained by concentrations of women in lower-paying jobs at the White House, and, conversely, more men holding higher-level positions. Although workers are paid the same regardless of gender — a female assistant makes the same as a male in the same position — more women hold lower-paying jobs. Source: The Hill

The fact is the numbers don’t lie. Increasingly women are sole supporters or breadwinners for their families. We need to have an economy that works for everyone, not just men. Of course, the Republican Party has no response to address the staggering differences, in some states for what women are making compared to men. Many Republicans voted against the Lily Ledbetter Act and Mitt Romney was on the offensive during the 2012 presidential campaign about the issue.

 Equal Pay: White House Under Fire for Gender Pay Gap Among Female Staffers

The Smoking Gun: MSNBC Host Rev. Al Sharpton Was a FBI Informant

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The Smoking Gun: MSNBC Host Rev. Al Sharpton Was a FBI Informant (Credit: TSG)

The Smoking Gun is reporting that civil rights activist and MSNBC host Rev. Al Sharpton has been an FBI information on matters concerning the Mafia since the 1980s.

A lengthy investigation by The Smoking Gun has uncovered remarkable details about Sharpton’s past work as an informant for a joint organized crime task force comprised of FBI agents and NYPD detectives, as well as his dealings with an assortment of wiseguys.

Beginning in the mid-1980s and spanning several years, Sharpton’s cooperation was fraught with danger since the FBI’s principal targets were leaders of the Genovese crime family, the country’s largest and most feared Mafia outfit. In addition to aiding the FBI/NYPD task force, which was known as the “Genovese squad,” Sharpton’s cooperation extended to several other investigative agencies.

TSG’s account of Sharpton’s secret life as “CI-7” is based on hundreds of pages of confidential FBI affidavits, documents released by the bureau in response to Freedom of Information Act requests, court records, and extensive interviews with six members of the Genovese squad, as well as other law enforcement officials to whom the activist provided assistance…

In an interview Saturday, Sharpton again denied working as a confidential informant, claiming that his prior cooperation with FBI agents was limited to efforts to prompt investigations of drug dealing in minority communities, as well as the swindling of black artists in the recording industry. He also repeatedly denied being “flipped” by federal agents in the course of an undercover operation. When asked specifically about his recording of the Gambino crime family member, Sharpton was noncommittal: “I’m not saying yes, I’m not saying no.” Source: The Smoking Gun

 The Smoking Gun: MSNBC Host Rev. Al Sharpton Was a FBI Informant

Giant Artwork of a Child Shows Drone Operators Face of Targets in Pakistani Region

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Giant Artwork of a Child Shows Drone Operators Face of Targets in Pakistani Region

An art collective to raise awareness about civilian casualties of U.S. drone strikes, has installed a giant portrait of a child facing upward in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region of Pakistan, which is frequently hit by drone strikes.  

The portrait, entitled #NotABugSplat, when viewed by a drone camera, shows the face of a child staring back, not seen by a screen in a control room as a dot against a grainy landscape. This has led to the creation of the term “bug splat.”

The campaign was launched by Reprieve UK and The Foundation for Fundamental Rights, in conjunction with JR’s Inside Out Project-connected artists collective.

 Giant Artwork of a Child Shows Drone Operators Face of Targets in Pakistani Region

‘Christian Conservative’ Rep. Vance McAllister Allegedly Caught on Video Kissing Staffer

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‘Christian Conservative’ Rep. Vance McAllister Allegedly Caught on Video Kissing Staffer

(Opinion) — Rep. Vance McAllister  (R-LA), who ran as a Christian conservative (AKA right wing evangelical wingnut), was caught on video having a romantic encounter with a part-time congressional staffer shortly before Christmas.

The Ouachita Citizen, a newspaper based in West Monroe, La., posted a Dec. 23 surveillance video purportedly from inside McAllister’s district office in Monroe.

The video shows McAllister kissing a woman identified by the newspaper as a congressional staffer for the first-term lawmaker. Federal payroll records show she is a part-time aide who began working for McAllister the day after he won his seat last year.

Vance McAllister won the special election on Nov. 16 to replace Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La.). McAllister won in the heavily Republican district by playing up his conservative credentials, including his Christian faith and his 16-year marriage. Source:  Politico

Rep. McAllister is now begging for forgiveness for breaking one of the Ten Commandments:

“There’s no doubt I’ve fallen short and I’m asking for forgiveness. I’m asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve,” he said in a statement issued from his office. “Trust is something I know has to be earned whether you’re a husband, a father, or a congressman. I promise to do everything I can to earn back the trust of everyone I’ve disappointed.”

He said he was “very sorry” and did not want to make a political statement about the video’s release.

“From day one, I’ve always tried to be an honest man,” he said. “I ran for Congress to make a difference and not to just be another politician. I don’t want to make a political statement on this, I would just simply like to say that I’m very sorry for what I’ve done. While I realize I serve the public, I would appreciate the privacy given to my children as we get through this.”

I would say this is a private matter between he and his family, but he ran on his ‘Christian values,’ so yeah, this makes him a hypocrite. The usual kind we have come to expect from Republicans.

Watch Rep. Vance McAllister make out with female staffer:

 Christian Conservative Rep. Vance McAllister Allegedly Caught on Video Kissing Staffer

White House Upset Samsung Promoted David Ortiz ‘Selfie’ with President Obama

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White House Upset Samsung Promoted David Ortiz ‘Selfie’ with President Obama (Credit: Getty Images via Twitter)

Trouble for Samsung over the David Ortiz selfie with President Obama. Last week, the White House warned warned Samsung against using the president’s likeness for commercial gain, after baseball star David Ortiz used one of its cell phones to snap a photo of himself and Obama.

The picture shows President Obama smiling broadly and holding a Red Sox jersey as he stood next to Ortiz. The White House was peeved after Samsung tweeted the shot and it went viral. Now White House lawyers are now pursuing the matter.

Here’s Samsung’s retweet:

 White House Upset Samsung Promoted David Ortiz Selfie with President Obama

President Obama to Sign Executive Orders on Equal Pay for Women

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President Obama to Sign Executive Orders on Equal Pay for Women (Credit: White House/Pete Souza)

President Obama will sign two executive orders on Tuesday, which is Equal Pay Day. One of the two orders will prohibit federal contractors from retaliating against workers who discuss their salaries, which is a move a White House official called, “a critical tool to encourage pay transparency.”

Obama will also sign a presidential memorandum instructing Labor Secretary Tom Perez to create new regulations requiring federal contractors to report salary summary data to the government, including sex and race breakdowns, Politico reports.

 President Obama to Sign Executive Orders on Equal Pay for Women