Bill Maher was a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Tuesday night. Discussing the lawsuit filed against him by Donald Trump, Maher said that he didn't want to continue the feud with him because "I don't even think Donald Trump is a real person."
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If you can stomach watching, big name Republicans like failed presidential contender Mitt Romney and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) are some of the headliners of this year's 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference.
The gathering brings Republicans to National Harbor near Washington, D.C., to hear conservative "all-stars" ... *cough* like former Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and Donald Trump speak. The 40th annual conference takes place March 14th to 16th.
Some of the latest highlights from Twitter:
@ singernews : "McConnell says Democratic candidates for 2016 look like "a re-run of the Golden Girls" (Hillary/Biden) #CPAC
@ USATMoore : Mitch McConnell: "Don’t tell me we’re the party of intolerance when ... some pac is sending out racist tweets about my wife." #cpac2013
@ howardfineman : #CPAC, begun decades ago as an earnest effort to mix ideas, policy and grassroots politics, is ending now not in Triumph but in Trump.
@ maggiepolitico : Dead silence for most of Trump's speech. Now getting some applause for Gingrich suggesting he pay for WH tours
There were five of them, not even men yet, accused of a violent rape. They were prosecuted aggressively by district attorneys and vilified by a tabloid press, then sent to prison for as many as 13 years.
In 1989, the case of the Central Park Five, as the attack on a 28-year-old white investment banker in uptown Manhattan has come to be known, roiled the country, touching on race and class and fears about crime.
But the defendants -- all black or Latino, none older than 16 -- didn't commit the attack on the Central Park jogger. They were the victims of coerced confessions and authorities eager for scapegoats.
Then in 2002, after the five had all spent years in jail, a previously unknown man admitted to beating and sexually assaulting the woman. All five of the convictions were vacated.
An explosive new documentary looks at a case once referred to as "the crime of the century": the Central Park Five. Many people have heard about the case, but far too few know that innocent teenagers were imprisoned as a result. The film tells the story of how five black and Latino teenagers were arrested in 1989 for beating and raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park. Media coverage at the time portrayed the teens as guilty and used racially coded terms like "wolf pack" to refer to the group of boys accused in the attack.
Donald Trump took out full-page ads in four city newspapers calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty so they could be executed. However, the convictions of the five were vacated in 2002 when the real rapist came forward and confessed to the crime, after the five defendants had already served sentences of almost seven to 13 years.
New York City is refusing to settle a decade-long civil lawsuit brought by the men. And now lawyers for the city are seeking access to footage gathered for the new film.
Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! speaks to one of the Central Park Five, Raymond Santana; filmmaker Sarah Burns; and journalist Natalie Byfield.
Full transcript after the jump.
New from the folks at Moveon.org:
First, Donald Trump demanded that President Obama show his birth certificate, repeating a racist conspiracy theory that Obama isn't really American. Then Trump wanted to see his academic transcripts, implying that he got into Harvard because he's black. And on Election Night, Trump accused President Obama of essentially stealing the election and called for a "revolution."
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The Illuminator - Occupy's Bat Signal - comes to Trump Tower to project the truth about Donald Trump's efforts to bulldoze the 99% and a Scottish environmental legacy to build a golf course for elite jet-setters.
Justin Wedes, from the OWS Media Team, narrates.
The Illuminator - Occupy's Bat Signal - journeyed to Midtown Manhattan earlier this week to project a film trailer on the side of Trump Tower calling out Donald Trump for the environmental atrocities he is committing on the Scottish coast, which include destroying pristine dunes and coastal land so the 1% can play golf. As Justin Wedes of the OWS Media Team narrates, Susan Forste captures the crew as they unspool the trailer for "You've Been Trumped," before a crowd of spectators.
Filmmaker: Susan Forste
Bill Moyers talks with independent filmmaker Anthony Baxter, director of You’ve Been Trumped, a new documentary about the perils of rampant capitalism and gluttonous conspicuous consumption, epitomized by Donald Trump’s aggressive efforts to build “the greatest golf course in the world” across ancient sand dunes in Scotland. A veteran journalist, Baxter says what Trump and the Scottish government are hailing as an economic boon is actually a disaster to the environment and a callous disruption of people’s lives by a ruthless one-percenter run amok.
“It seems to me there’s one rule for the super-rich and one rule for everybody else,” Baxter says. “And the 99 percent of people in the world are tired and fed up of having money and power riding roughshod over their lives and our planet… Our planet, I don’t think, can afford these kinds of decisions.
The full transcript of the exchange is available here, and the official trailer for You've Been Trumped follows below the fold...
The Tax Dodgers celebrated yet another record-breaking season at the headquarters of their sponsors, GE, Verizon, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America. The team was joined by their hula-hooping cheerleading squad, The Loopholes, and together, they will be personally thanking everyday New Yorkers for paying their taxes for them.
Members of the 99% gathered early in the morning in the five boroughs on Tuesday for planned Tax Day activities and protests. They spoke with people throughout the day as they dropped off their taxes in the mail about how they paid less taxes than corporations, and members of the 1% like Mitt Romney. They passed out information sheets about tax dodgers and talked to people as they walked by or into the post office.