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• President Obama Marks the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington [28+ mins]
• The 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom [5+hours]
• President Clinton, “A great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon.”
• Tea-partying deadbeat dad Joe Walsh has ‘a dream’ that black men won’t be deadbeat dads: Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) ignored his own personal history in invoking civil rights history on his radio show on Wednesday in a concern-trolling appropriation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech. According to Mother Jones, Walsh, who was sued in 2011 for owing more than $100,000 in child support, accused leaders in the African-American community of avoiding responsibility for their own problems and placing the blame on larger institutions. “I have a dream that young black men won’t become fathers until after they’re married and they have a job,” Walsh said at one point. “I have a dream that young unmarried black women will say “no” to young black men who want to have sex. I have a dream that today’s black leadership will quit blaming racism and “the system” for what ails black America.”
• Bill O’Reilly, Wrong Again: On Conservative Invitations To The MLK Event: Bush was invited but declined because he is still recuperating from heart surgery. And even Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal reported that the claim that all conservatives were deliberately excluded was false. In fact, GOP House Speaker John Boehner was invited. The GOP majority leader of the House, Eric Canter, was invited. Both declined. Former NAACP president Julian Bond appeared on MSNBC lamenting that organizers invited “a long roster of Republicans who all said no. They did, however, attend their own Republican-sponsored affair.
• Every Republican That Was Asked Refused to Attend March On Washington Event : John Boehner, Eric Cantor, John McCain, and every other Republican who were asked refused to attend the March on Washington event. It is obvious why Republicans made sure that they were “busy” on the day of the event. None of them wanted to be seen on or near a stage with President Obama. Republicans also view ignoring or antagonizing minorities as good politics. By refusing to attend this event, Republicans affirmed that they are not interested in bipartisanship of any kind. Congressional Republicans don’t want to give the impression to their base that they are capable of agreeing with Democrats on anything, including honoring a one of the most important moments of the last half century. By refusing to even show up, Republicans sent the message to the country that only one party cares about inclusion and diversity, and it isn’t them. Their decision wasn’t just bad optics. It was bad politics. Most of all, it was a completely unnecessary snub of the King family, and Martin Luther King’s legacy. The message has been effectively sent that Republicans don’t care about civil rights, equality, and inclusiveness.
• Ontario’s ombudsman apologized Wednesday for wrongly naming a Durham region detective as the culprit behind a series of offensive tweets, an incident that led to a public tiff between the watchdog and the police force. Andre Marin publicly identified a police officer who he believed was behind a Twitter account using the fake name “Joe Mayo” that was directing offensive messages at him. The tweets appeared on Aug. 8, before Marin was to give a news conference on the death of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim in police shooting on a Toronto streetcar.
• Toronto Mayor Rob Ford: ‘I’ve smoked a lot’ of marijuana: Mayor Rob Ford says he’s smoked “a lot” of marijuana. Ford smiled and casually said, “Oh yeah” when asked by a reporter Wednesday if he has used the drug. Asked how frequently, he said, “I’ve smoked a lot of it.” Ford did not answer when asked how recently he had smoked it. Ford’s previous marijuana use was already known. In 1999, before he was elected, he was arrested in Florida after he drove with a joint in his pocket; a possession charge was dropped. (He was convicted for the offence of driving under the influence of alcohol.) Ford told the Toronto Sun in 2010 that he no longer uses marijuana. Premier Kathleen Wynne said Wednesday that she has smoked it, but that last time was 35 years ago. Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau acknowledged that he had a “puff” of marijuana at a dinner party while serving as an MP three years ago.
• Mayor Rob Ford says he’s ‘smoked a lot of’ pot: Ford — who has been battling drug allegations for months — was asked Wednesday for his reaction to federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Premier Kathleen Wynne’s pot-smoking confessions. “I don’t know why they are all coming out,” Ford shrugged. “You’ve got to ask them.” The mayor of Canada’s largest city was then asked if he’s ever smoked marijuana. “Oh, yeah,” Ford said smiling. “I won’t deny that. I’ve smoked a lot of it.” Ford was then whisked away by his handlers as reporters tried to ask when was the last time he burned one or tried any other drug. Ford’s press secretary did not respond to a request to clarify if the mayor has smoked a spliff since taking office.
• Citizens Call For an Audit of Ford’s Campaign Finances: Two Toronto residents have filed a complaint with the City’s Compliance Audit Committee, a citizen body that reviews allegations of municipal election violations. The complaint claims that Mayor Ford contravened municipal campaign finance rules during the 2010 election.
• NYPD secretly labeled mosques as terror groups: Last year, the AP reported in a Pulitzer Prize-winning series that the NYPD has been carrying out a vast and covert surveillance operation on New York and New Jersey’s Muslim communities. The NYPD were shown to have investigated and surveilled thousands of innocent Muslims. New documents reveal that the police department specifically designated a number of entire mosques as “terror organizations,” to enable greater surveillance. Lawsuits from the ACLU and other civil liberties groups contend that the tactics are at base unconstitutional, since a person can be treated as a potential terror suspect simply by virtue of attending a designated mosque.
• Maine candidate questioned by Secret Service after posting Obama photo labelled ‘shoot the ni**er’: A conservative candidate for Maine town selectman received a visit from the Secret Service after he posted a photo of President Barack Obama on Facebook that was labelled “Shoot the ni**er.”
According to the Bangor Daily News, David Marsters of Sabattus, ME has taken the post down, but remains defiant in the face up the uproar sparked by his remarks. “(The Secret Service) didn’t see no pictures of Obama with bullet holes in his head,” Marsters told the Daily News. “It’s not a threatening statement, in my opinion. People take it out of context as a threat.”
• Snowden impersonated NSA officials, sources say: Edward Snowden accessed some secret national security documents by assuming the electronic identities of top NSA officials, said intelligence sources. The NSA still doesn’t know exactly what Snowden took. But its forensic investigation has included trying to figure out which higher level officials Snowden impersonated online to access the most sensitive documents. The NSA has already identified several instances where Snowden borrowed someone else’s user profile to access documents, said the official.
• Congressional leaders and relevant committee members will be briefed today by administration officials about the situation in Syria, specifically about the intelligence gathered in the wake of a recent alleged chemical weapons attack.
• Two prisoners have been transferred from the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba to the government of Algeria as part of ongoing efforts to close the controversial prison, the Pentagon announced Thursday.