Former President Jimmy Carter seemed to have a little fun at President Trump’s expense Saturday with a comment about crowd size. During his commencement address at Liberty University, Carter said, “This is a wonderful crowd.” He then shared that the school’s president, Jerry Falwell Jr., had told him beforehand that “it’s even bigger…than it was last year.” After the audience reacted with some laughter and applause, Carter joked, “I don’t know if President Trump will admit that or not.” Trump had been the commencement speaker last year, and while there was reportedly some controversy about his appearance at the school, this year’s higher attendance figures were likely due to an exceptionally large graduating class of more than 20,000 students. RELATED: Jimmy Carter through the years 18 PHOTOS Jimmy Carter through the years See Gallery Jimmy Carter … [Read more...] about Jimmy Carter pokes fun at Trump with crowd size quip during Liberty University address
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Jeff Stein, The Washington Post Published 8:36 am, Thursday, May 17, 2018 Two candidates from the Democratic Socialists of America won Democratic primary races for the Pennsylvania state assembly Tuesday night, putting them on track to become the first self-identified socialists in the legislature since the 1930s. The candidates, Summer Lee and Sara Innamorato, defeated two longtime Democratic incumbents in the Pittsburgh area. They are both expected to win the general election, as no candidates ran in the Republican primaries for the seats, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Two other candidates backed by DSA - Elizabeth Fiedler and Kristin Seale - also won Democratic primaries for statehouse seats in the Philadelphia area Tuesday night, and Fiedler does not face a GOP opponent in the general election. If they win, the candidates would be just four of the 203 members of Pennsylvania's House of Representatives in Harrisburg, and so their election would not on its own … [Read more...] about Two Pennsylvania socialists just won Democratic primaries. What do they want?
Three candidates are seeking the Republican nomination in the May 15 primary election to run for Pennsylvania governor — commercial litigation attorney Laura Ellsworth, former health care systems consultant Paul Mango and state Sen. Scott Wagner — and contest the re-election campaign of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. A look at where they stand on some key issues: ABORTION All three said they oppose abortion rights and support legislation vetoed by Wolf last year. The bill banned elective abortions after the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, compared with 24 weeks in current law. It kept in place exceptions under current law for when a mother's life or well-being is at risk, but it did not add exceptions for rape, incest or fetal abnormalities. Opponents said the bill effectively outlawed the most common method of second-trimester abortion. The bill's sponsor disputed that. BUDGETING Wagner would institute a private-sector concept called "zero-based budgeting" in state government that … [Read more...] about Where Pennsylvania’s GOP Governor Candidates Stand on Issues
Lansing — Legislation requiring more sports and other officials to report suspected child abuse would cost the state of Michigan at least an extra $54 million a year, a state health official said Wednesday. The proposal inspired by sports doctor Larry Nassar’s scandal at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics would trigger increases in Child Protective Services complaints that would cost roughly $53.6 million, a Michigan Department of Health and Human Services official said. “That’s solely staffing,” Colin Parks, manager for CPS programs and policies, said following the House Law and Justice Committee hearing. The bill, introduced by Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, would increase the penalty for a mandatory reporter who failed to report suspected child abuse or neglect from a misdemeanor to a two-year felony. The bill also would create a penalty for volunteers who failed to report, but were required to do so. An accompanying House bill, introduced by … [Read more...] about Nassar-inspired bill could cost the state $54M
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Grade Point by Cleve R. Wootson Jr. and Susan Svrluga by Cleve R. Wootson Jr. and Susan Svrluga Email the author April 25 at 10:58 AM Email the author In a late-night tweetstorm, Randa Jarrar taunted the chorus of people demanding that she be fired from her tenured position at California State University at Fresno after she called the recently deceased Barbara Bush “an amazing racist” and exulted, “I’m happy the witch is dead.” “I will never be fired,” Jarrar wrote on Twitter. To scores of critics, it was “challenge accepted.” They tagged Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro … [Read more...] about Fresno State says it can’t discipline the professor who called Barbara Bush an ‘amazing racist’