…..as sweeping as restrictions on the use of weapons may be, deciding whether an officer acted correctly in firing at a suspect is not cut and dried. A host of outside factors, from the officer’s perception of a threat to the suspect’s behavior and even his size, can emerge as mitigating or damning…..Share on Facebook
Despite the movement of troops and equipment by Russia, Brideau says he believes that Russian President Vladimir Putin does not want a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, and that keeping the separatist movement alive and chipping away at Ukraine’s military are enough to keep the situation unsettled without resorting to all-out war.Share on Facebook
Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest 8/22/14…Another ‘New Hampshire’ Republican shows us how not to carpetbag
NH-Gov: Carpetbaggers are frequently tripped up by a very simple mistake: They swear up-and-down that they’re really, truly a resident of the state they’re running in, but often, they’ve accepted tax credits in their real home state that are only available to people who declare that state as their primary residence. Republican businessman Walt Havenstein, who’s running for governor in New Hampshire, found himself in precisely these crosshairs earlier this year when Democrats challenged his eligibility to run in the Granite State on account of the tax breaks he’d accepted as a Maryland homeowner.Share on Facebook
Still, the political dynamic of the fight over the healthcare law appears to have shifted from several months ago, where attacks on the law were central to the GOP’s campaign strategy.
News has been improving for ObamaCare since April, despite one recent poll showing that opposition to the law is at an all-time high, the political debate has cooled as GOP attacks dwindle.Share on Facebook
Lately there’s a lot of admiration for Johnson, who’s often portrayed, in this age of entrenched dysfunction and colorless politicians, as a charismatic, needy rogue who knew how to make Washington work. The truth is that the things Johnson did for the purpose of amassing power would make Rick Perry quiver like a little girl….Share on Facebook
National Polling: This is an interesting article about how tracking polls can show movement without any real change in the voting preferences of the electorate (which is usually rigid and inflexibile). Simply put, the reason candidates go up when their side has positive media attention isn’t because undecided voters are moving towards them, but because their supporters become more likely to respond to polls….Share on Facebook