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Source: Government to announce civil rights suit against Ferguson

Source: Chicago Tribune

The federal government was expected to file a civil-rights lawsuit against the city of Ferguson on Wednesday, one day after the city council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb.

The lawsuit was confirmed by a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because a formal announcement had not yet been made.

Read more: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/midwest/ct-ferguson-justice-department-plan-20160209-story.html

The federal government sued the city of Ferguson on Wednesday, one day after the city council voted to revise an agreement aimed at improving the way police and courts treat poor people and minorities in the St. Louis suburb.

The civil-rights lawsuit filed by the Justice Department alleged that Ferguson routinely violated residents’ rights and misused law enforcement to generate revenue – a practice the government said was “ongoing and pervasive.”

Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Ferguson’s decision to reject the agreement left the department no choice except to sue.

“The residents of Ferguson have waited nearly a year for the city to adopt an agreement that would protect their rights and keep them safe. … They have waited decades for justice. They should not be forced to wait any longer.”

Ferguson spokesman Jeff Small declined to comment. Messages left with Mayor James Knowles III were not returned.



“If 99 % of us voted, it wouldn’t matter how much the 1 % spent on elections”

President Obama says

Not a great look for MSNBC

A day after his resounding victory in New Hampshire, Donald Trump made a point to thank two of his "supporters" -- the hosts of MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

"You guys have been supporters," Trump told co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski at the end of an interview on Wednesday. "And I really appreciate it. And not necessarily supporters, but at least believers. You said there's some potential there."

Trump also told the hosts "it was great" seeing them the previous evening. Scarborough and Brzezinski visited Trump's hotel room on Tuesday night while the New Hampshire primary results were rolling in, according to two sources with knowledge of their visit. Scarborough and Brzezinski did not respond to a request for comment.


Chris Christie to suspend presidential campaign: report

Source: Washinton Times

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is huddling with top aides Wednesday and is expected to formally suspend his 2016 presidential campaign, CNN reported.

CNN, citing two sources close to Mr. Christie, reported that “all indications” are that they expect him to end his bid for the Republican nomination, though details are still being worked out.

Mr. Christie was on track to finish in sixth place in the New Hampshire GOP primary this week. He said Tuesdayhe would go back to New Jersey Wednesday to take stock of his numbers.

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/feb/10/chris-christie-expected-suspend-presidential-campa/


This is usually followed by "Ask your doctor if Viagra is right for you":


John McCain Just Openly Mocked ‘Dangerous’ GOP Candidates On The Senate Floor

“It’s been so disappointing to see some presidential candidates on the campaign trail engaged in loose talk about reviving waterboarding and other inhumane interrogation techniques. It might be easy to dismiss this bluster as cheap campaign rhetoric, but these statements must not go unanswered because they mislead the American people about the realities of interrogation, how to gather intelligence, what it takes to defend our security and at the most fundamental level what we are fighting for as a nation.”


What worries me most.....

GOP shatters its turnout record; Democrats lag behind

AlGiordano @AlGiordano
Why Democratic turnout is underperforming GOP turnout may be the most important question to answer today.

AlGiordano @AlGiordano
The roughly 250,000 voters in NH Democratic primary underperformed from the 280,000 in 2008 even with the influx of Ron Paul Independents.

AlGiordano @AlGiordano
GOP turnout in NH however increased from 2008’s 234,000 to about 290,000 even with the exodus of libertarians. Who are these new voters?

AlGiordano @AlGiordano
Lower turnout is even more of an alarm button for Democrats considering that we’re only talking about white voters so far in Iowa and NH.

AlGiordano @AlGiordano
The numbers show that even among white Democrats a significant part of “base” feels neither inspired by Sanders nor Clinton.

Ta-Nehisi Coates Says He'll Vote For Bernie Sanders (confirmed)

Just now on Democracy Now, he said that he’d vote for Bernie Sanders. Once I get the transcript, I’ll give his full answer to you. This is kind of pretty big news, given that Ta-Nehisi Coates had criticized Bernie Sanders on the issue of reparations.



Luckovich’s cartoon today highlights a few historic quotes.

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