"I just don't want to end up like Katie Couric. I want people to take me seriously."
- Miss USA, Rachel Smith, on her journalistic aspirations.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said if elected president he would decline the position of Honorary Chairman of the Boy Scouts of America because of that organization’s policy barring participation by openly gay males, he said at a Democratic presidential debate Wednesday night.
When asked if he would accept the position, Richardson said, “No, I wouldn’t, because I think as president I would commit myself, number one, that I will be a leader that prevents discrimination on the basis of race, gender and sexual orientation.”
Last month, Richardson angered gay rights supporters by saying at a presidential forum that he believed being gay was a "choice," but he later clarified that he misspoke.
In one of the sharpest cuts taken at Hillary Clinton in last night's Democratic debate at Dartmouth College, John Edwards criticized the senator from New York for stating recently that she planned to keep some combat forces in Iraq for years to come. "I heard Senator Clinton say on Sunday that she wants to continue combat missions in Iraq," Edwards said, referring to Clinton's remarks on the political talk shows. "To me, that's a continuation of the war. I do not think we should continue combat missions in Iraq. When I'm on a stage with the Republican nominee come fall 2008 I'm going to make clear I'm for ending the war."
Edwards' hope was to paint Clinton as a hawk who would not deliver the clean break from President Bush's Iraq policy that most Democratic voters long for. But is Edwards' thinking on Iraq really all that much different? Even as he attacks Clinton for her plan to "continue combat missions," he has made clear in recent months that after pulling troops out of Iraq, he would leave some behind in the region -- most likely Kuwait -- for the express purpose of conducting targeted combat missions inside Iraq, whether to attack Al Qaeda strongholds, quell a genocide or protect the U.S. Embassy. In a Sept. 7 speech in lower Manhattan in which he laid out his counter-terrorism platform, Edwards said, "Even though the presence of U.S. troops has served as an attractive target for terrorists, our eventual withdrawal will not remove the threat. As president, I will redeploy forces, troops, into quick reaction forces outside of Iraq to perform targeted missions against Al Qaeda cells and to prevent genocide or a regional spillover of civil war."
So Bill O'Reilly went to lunch with Al Sharpton at Sylvia's Restaurant in Harlem and was surprised to find that the famed soul food eatery was just like any other restaurant in the city, this despite the fact that it's run and patronized by black folks, Media Matters reported on its web site today.
I "couldn't get over the fact that there was no difference between Sylvia's restaurant and any other restaurant in New York City. I mean, it was exactly the same, even though it's run by blacks, primarily black patronship. It was the same," O'Reilly said on September 19 edition of his nationally syndicated radio program.
Later during his conversation with NPR correspondent and Fox News contributor Juan Williams, O'Reilly noted "There wasn't one person in Sylvia's who was screaming, 'M-Fer, I want more iced tea.' You know, I mean, everybody was—it was like going into an Italian restaurant in an all-white suburb in the sense of people were sitting there, and they were ordering and having fun. And there wasn't any kind of craziness at all."
(CNN) -- An Ohio police officer has been put on paid administrative leave after his own police cruiser's dash camera captured him using a stun gun to subdue a handcuffed woman, an attorney for the city of Warren, Ohio, told CNN on Thursday.The lesson here? Go out, get drunk, act a fool, resist arrest, file a lawsuit claiming police brutality (which Im sure Heidi will) and become rich. And just in case poor Heidi thinks she's in this alone, the liberal mafia has already announced that they have her back.
Warren City police are investigating a September 2 incident in which the officer repeatedly used a Taser to control the woman, who police allege was wildly out of control after being forced from a bar.
According to Officer Rich Kovach's own police report, he shocked Heidi Gill, 38, seven times -- twice after she had been handcuffed.
In the report, filed September 4, Kovach describes responding to a "fight/disturbance inside the bar" and finding a belligerent Gill, who began cursing, refused to give her real name, then tried to flee.