CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A multiracial group of police officers stood with the white officer who arrested a black Harvard scholar and asked President Barack Obama and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick apologize for comments union leaders called insulting. Officers say they resent any implication that race played a role in Sgt. James Crowley's arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr. at his home near Harvard University last week. At a news conference Friday, union leaders said Crowley acted appropriately when he arrested the scholar for disorderly conduct. Police say Gates flew into a rage when officers responding to a report of a burglary asked him to show identification. Obama said the officers "acted stupidly." Patrick, the state's first black governor, said the arrest was "every black man's nightmare." THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The only other Cambridge police officer who was in the … [Read more...] about Gates Case: Should Obama Apologize?
Self-Sabotage: Obama claims responsibility for oil crisis http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100527/ap_on_bi_ge/us_obama_15 We’ll have two eggs, coffee and a side of self-sabotage please. Clearly President Barack Obama is not reading the Root.com. We’re not sure why he’s coming out now to claim responsibility for the BP Oil disaster – you know the one that dwarfs the amount of damage done by the Exxon Valdez oil spill. So what if Palin said that he was slow to respond because of his ties to big oil? Coming from someone whose party receives 76% of all political contributions from oil companies, who cares? Why let BP off of the hook and accept responsibility for the most devastating U.S. oil spill in history? You work for the United States of America, not BP. Your “strong” words would be more believable had the response to the spill by the government been stronger and faster, sooner. It wasn’t. Deal with it, but not at the expense of your … [Read more...] about NEWS STAND: Why Does Obama Apologize, Mortgage Rates Dip, LA’s Killing Fields, and more..
Following criticism for referring to Kamala Harris as "the best-looking attorney general in the country," President Obama has apologized, reports the New York Times. He praised Ms. Harris as being "brilliant," adding, "she is dedicated and she is tough" before commenting on her looks. There was a quick reaction on social media sites, with some people accusing Mr. Obama of being sexist and others defending his comment as harmless. But the president's aides apparently knew the potential for political damage. Soon after Air Force One returned Mr. Obama from his West Coast fund-raising trip, he called Ms. Harris and apologized, according to Jay Carney, the White House press secretary … Read more at the New York Times. … [Read more...] about President Obama Apologizes to Kamala Harris
President Obama accomplished something yesterday that most presidents before him have struggled with severely. The president apologized. Obama told Chuck Todd during an interview with NBC News at the White House that he was sorry for promising Americans that they would be able to keep their current health care plans, and that some of them are being forced to change. "I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me," the president said. According to the Associated Press and Yahoo News, some 3.5 million people have had their health care plans canceled. Most of these are individuals who purchased private health care plans and not health care provided through employment. What was unclear about the process that has now become apparent is that once a health care provider changes the policy—a frequent practice—a current insured person's plan is not grandfathered in, making their existing plans void. So people who purchased … [Read more...] about Obama Apologizes for Canceled Health Plans
Welcome to Zero Day's Week In Security, our roundup of notable security news items for the week ending December 12, 2014. Covers enterprise, controversies, reports and more.This week Cisco acquired Neohapsis, Symantec warns of apps snatching PII, the Sony hack got uglier and the FBI said it's not North Korea, and much more.New research by Symantec shows a third of Android apps take a shocking amount of user PII; the company used its Norton Mobile Insight tool to find when apps obtain PII (personally identifiable information, such as a phone number) and what the apps do with it. Symantec says they have collected about 15 million Android apps from app stores worldwide. Norton Mobile Security warns users in detail about potential privacy problems as they browse the app in the app store. Wednesday Cisco announced its plans to acquire Neohapsis, a Chicago-based security advisory company providing services to address customers' evolving information security, risk management and compliance … [Read more...] about Zero Day Weekly: Cisco acquires Neohapsis, Sony Obama apology, iRobot’s hackable Roomba