No-knock police raids and warrantless invasions of property in Minneapolis prior to Republican Convention.
On the weekend before the Republican National Convention, law enforcement agencies detained dozens of people and issued a series of search warrants aimed at groups believed to be organizing demonstrations while delegates and Republican officials are in town. - NY Times
Olbermann on the last minute McCain endorsement of rapture lusting, Texas mega-church pastor, John Hagee, right before the Texas primary. Hagee is ridiculously over-the-top in his hatred of everyone not in his small sliver of christianity. McCain is so far still embracing his new pal. The Catholics are getting pissed.
The squabble surrounding San Antonio televangelist John Hagee’s endorsement of Republican presidential hopeful John McCain reminds me of why there should be less religion in politics — incendiary faith is the opposite of consensus building.
McCain has said that he is proud to be associated with Hagee. This must be in part because McCain’s strategists think he needs to burnish his evangelical credentials and Hagee’s vote, along with his 19,000-member strong congregation, is just the solution.
Thing is, this country is big. Real big. And you need to bring together a lot of people to vote for you if you want to be president. That may be a little harder for McCain to accomplish thanks to his association with Hagee, who in recent years has offended many, including but not limited to Catholics, homosexuals, Muslims and Harry Potter-author J.K. Rowling. He has suggested that Hurricane Katrina was God’s wrath for the city’s “gay parade” and he has called the Roman Catholic Church a “false cult system.”
(CBS) Is Don Siegelman in prison because heâ€™s a criminal or because he belonged to the wrong political party in Alabama? Siegelman is the former governor of Alabama, and he was the most successful Democrat in that Republican state. But while he was governor, the U.S. Justice Department launched multiple investigations that went on year after year until, finally, a jury convicted Siegelman of bribery.
Now, many Democrats and Republicans have become suspicious of the Justice Departmentâ€™s motivations. As correspondent Scott Pelley reports, 52 former state attorneys-general have asked Congress to investigate whether the prosecution of Siegelman was pursued not because of a crime but because of politics. Did Ex-Alabama Governor Get A Raw Deal?
“A nation of courage – People of compassion – Land of opportunity.” That’s funny I thought RNC stood for “Really No Compassion. ” I had to pass through several guarded gates on Seventh Avenue to get this photo. I’m surprised they didn’t dig a moat.