BREAKING: Harvard Rescinds Visiting Fellowship for Chelsea Manning

Harvard University has rescinded its invitation to have Bradley Chelsea Manning serve as a visiting fellow at the Kennedy School for Government. The move comes after former CIA deputy director Michael Morell resigned his post at the school over the invitation of convicted spy Manning.

Morell’s statement read, in part:

“Senior leaders in our military have stated publicly that the leaks by Ms. Manning put the lives of US soldiers at risk. Upon her conviction, then Rep. Mike Rogers and Rep. Dutch Puppersberger, the top Republican and Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee at the time, praised the verdict, saying ‘justice has been served today’. They added, ‘PFC.Manning harmed our national security, violated the public’s trust and now stands convicted of multiple serious crimes’”

In a statement, Douglas Elemendorf, Dean of the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School, explained both the reasons for inviting and disinviting Manning:

We invited Chelsea Manning because the Kennedy School’s longstanding approach to visiting speakers is to invite some people who have significantly influenced events in the world even if they do not share our values and even if their actions or words are abhorrent to some members of our community. We do this not to endorse those actions or legitimize those words, but because engaging with people with fundamentally different worldviews can help us to become better public leaders.

[…]

We invited Chelsea Manning to spend a day at the Kennedy School. Specifically, we invited her to meet with students and others who are interested in talking with her, and then to give remarks in the Forum where the audience would have ample opportunity—as with all of our speakers—to ask hard questions and challenge what she has said and done. On that basis, we also named Chelsea Manning a Visiting Fellow. We did not intend to honor her in any way or to endorse any of her words or deeds, as we do not honor or endorse any Fellow.

However, I now think that designating Chelsea Manning as a Visiting Fellow was a mistake, for which I accept responsibility. I still think that having her speak in the Forum and talk with students is consistent with our longstanding approach, which puts great emphasis on the value of hearing from a diverse collection of people. But I see more clearly now that many people view a Visiting Fellow title as an honorific, so we should weigh that consideration when offering invitations.

Manning’s reaction of course reflects no understanding of the controversy surrounding her conviction but instead blames the “military/police/intel state”:

BREAKING: Shooting at New Hampshire Hospital Results in Lockdown, Arrest

A shooting at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH caused the hospital to go on lockdown and resulted in the arrest of a suspect.

It’s not clear yet whether there are any injuries or fatalities, but authorities locked down the facility and urged area residents to seek safe shelter. Schools went on lockdown as well. One employee told reporters that someone has issued a “Code Silver” warning that indicated an active shooter, while another employee told a local television station that staff had received notifications on their computers that a shooting had taken place on the fourth floor in the intensive care area of the hospital.

Authorities were on the lookout for a man in a red camo shirt with salt-and-pepper blonde hair. Shortly before 3:00 p.m., police arrested an unidentified suspect.

BREAKING: Trump Being Investigated for Obstruction of Justice – Report

President Donald Trump is the subject of an obstruction of justice investigation, according to a report by the Washington Post.

The Post cites five anonymous sources with personal knowledge of special counsel Robert S. Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference with the presidential election.

The move by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate Trump’s conduct marks a major turning point in the nearly year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates, officials said.

To make matters worse for the administration, the obstruction of justice investigation reportedly did not begin until Trump abruptly fired Comey in May.

The obstruction-of-justice investigation of the president began days after Comey was fired on May 9, according to people familiar with the matter. Mueller’s office has taken up that work, and the preliminary interviews scheduled with intelligence officials indicate that his team is actively pursuing potential witnesses inside and outside the government.

This development comes only two days after a report that Trump is considering firing Mueller.

JUST IN: Rand Paul Describes Shooting Scene

Rand Paul gives an incredible first hand account of the shooting at the GOP baseball practice early Wednesday morning.

Capitol Police were on site since Rep. Steve Scalise is in the line of succession.

BREAKING: THREE Attacks in London

Reports are coming out now about a van running over pedestrians on London Bridge.  Armed police are on the scene.  15-20 people are said to have been hit.  There are also unconfirmed reports of stabbings as well.  Police are advising everyone to stay away from the bridge for now.  No details on suspects or motives yet.

More…

From the London Ambulance Service:

UPDATE:

A second incident:

More:

Two men reportedly entered a restaurant and stabbed victims inside:

Mass evacuations underway:

 

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BREAKING: DOJ Looking Into Comey’s Pre-Election Email Probe

The Blaze is reporting inspector general’s office of the DOJ has just announced plans to open an investigation into James Comey and the FBI regarding Comey’s pre-election letter to Congress announcing that the FBI was reopening the Hillary Clinton email probe. The letter came just days before the election, thrusting the email scandal back into the pubic eye and possibly swaying voters.

According to the inspector general’s statement, the investigation will include:

• Allegations that Department or FBI policies or procedures were not followed in connection
with, or in actions leading up to or related to, the FBI Director’s public announcement on
July 5, 2016, and the Director’s letters to Congress on October 28 and November 6, 2016,
and that certain underlying investigative decisions were based on improper considerations;

• Allegations that the FBI Deputy Director should have been recused from participating in
certain investigative matters;

• Allegations that the Department’s Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs
improperly disclosed non-public information to the Clinton campaign and/or should have
been recused from participating in certain matters;

• Allegations that Department and FBI employees improperly disclosed non-public
information; and

• Allegations that decisions regarding the timing of the FBI’s release of certain Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) documents on October 30 and November 1, 2016, and the use of a
Twitter account to publicize same, were influenced by improper considerations.

There has been so much outrage boiling over the DNC email hack and possible Russian involvement. People on both sides of the aisle are irate about how the release of this information may have swayed the election. However, no one is addressing the fact that the information was true. Was it the “hack” or the release of Comey’s letter that was the problem? Or was it what was in the DNC emails and the fact that Hillary was so cavalier and careless with classified emails that was the problem?

This outrage assumes that voters were somehow fooled or tricked into disliking Hillary. Worse, it assumes that important information such as what was revealed in the Podesta emails and what might have been stolen from Clinton’s server should be withheld from the voting public, lest it change their minds.

Every indication is that the information did change the minds of voters, or at least (further) suppress their enthusiasm for an already weak candidate. Perhaps alongside this new investigation someone needs to be addressing the underlying issue of how candidates lie to and loathe their voters and expect to get away with it.

 

New York Times Fail

I have noticed in the past 4 months or so that New York Times breaking news alerts get to my iPhone quicker than any other news outlet. But today I had to turn them off. I rely on the push notifications for breaking news.

I still, at RedState, get up five mornings of the week at 4 o’clock in the morning to check for breaking news items. If they are there, I have to amend the Morning Briefing, which I’ve started compiling before I go to bed. If there is no breaking news, I can let it go without changes. Otherwise, I have to make the change.

Today, the New York Times got itself taken out of my notifications. It decided that instead of breaking news, I needed to know this:

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Seriously. That warranted an alert? The answer is no, which is why the New York Times will not be sending me any more push notifications.