The Daily Beat

Premiere DateAug 28, 2013
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Yesterday Think Progress published an article titled “New York Times And AP Will Now Respect Chelsea Manning’s Wishes, Refer To Her As Female.”
The article reads:

The Associated Press and the New York Times will henceforth use female pronouns to refer to Pvt. Chelsea Manning, five days after she announced she intends to live as a woman and wants to be referred to as such.

In a blog post announcing the decision on Monday, the AP said the new policy is in conformity with its style guidelines:

The use of the first name Chelsea and feminine pronouns in Manning’s case is in conformity with the transgender guidance in the AP Stylebook. The guidance calls for using the pronoun preferred by the individuals who have acquired the physical characteristics of the opposite sex or present themselves in a way that does not correspond with their sex at birth.

The New York Times confirmed on Monday that it too will refer to Manning as female, beginning Tuesday. Its Manual of Style and Usage notes that for a transgender individual, “[u]nless a former name is newsworthy or pertinent, use the name and pronouns (he, his, she, her, hers) preferred by the transgender person.”

Yesterday The Raw Story published an article titled “ACLU seeks to rein in NSA mass surveillance.

The article reads:

The National Security Agency’s mass tracking and collection of Americans’ phone call data violates the constitution, has a chilling effect on first amendment rights and should be halted, accord to a court motion filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on Monday.

In a detailed, legal critique of the NSA programme, the ACLU warned that such long-term surveillance “permits the government to assemble a richly detailed profile of every person living in the United States and to draw a comprehensive map of their associations with one another.”

The motion is part of a lawsuit filed by the ACLU in June, one of several against the NSA following the Guardian’s disclosures via whistleblower Edward Snowden, of the agency’s mass surveillance of US citizens. Documents from Snowden revealed a secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order directing Verizon to give the NSA all call detail records or “metadata” relating to every domestic and international call for three months, in a court direction that is renewed on an ongoing basis.

It “allows surveillance that is essentially indefinite”, the motion says.

Today Reuters published an article titled “New York Times, Twitter hacked by Syrian group.”

The article reads:

Media companies, including the New York Times, Twitter and the Huffington Post, lost control of some of their websites Tuesday after hackers supporting the Syrian government breached the Australian Internet company that manages many major site addresses.

The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), a hacker group that has attacked media organizations it considers hostile to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, claimed credit for the Twitter and Huffington Post hacks in a series of Twitter messages.

Security experts said electronic records showed that, the only site with an hours-long outage, redirected visitors to a server controlled by the Syrian group before it went dark.


Today AFP published an article titled “US rules out unilateral military action in Syria.”

The article reads:

The United States has ruled out unilateral military action against Syria and is conferring with allies on potential punitive strikes that could last for more than a day, a senior US official said Wednesday.

“Any military action would not be unilateral. It would include international partners,” the senior administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told reporters.

The strikes against Syria, if ordered, could extend beyond a single day, the official said.

“The options are not limited just to one day.”

Amid speculation Britain and France would join in the possible strikes, US officials declined to comment on whether the military action under consideration would go beyond the use of cruise missiles and require fighter aircraft to enter Syrian airspace.

“We’re exploring every option,” the official said.

Today The Associated Press published an article titled “UN envoy to Syria says chemical ‘substance’ used.”

The article reads:

Evidence suggests that some kind of chemical “substance” was used in Syria that may have killed more than 1,000 people, but any military strike in response must first gain U.N. Security Council approval, the U.N.’s special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said Wednesday.

Brahimi spoke to reporters in Geneva as a U.N. inspection team was investigating the alleged poison gas attack near Damascus on Aug. 21 and momentum built for Western military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime in the civil war that he called the most serious crisis facing the international community.

“With what has happened on the 21st of August last week, it does seem that some kind of substance was used that killed a lot of people: hundreds, definitely more than a hundred, some people say 300, some people say 600, maybe 1,000, maybe more than 1,000 people,” Brahimi said.

Yesterday AFP published an article titled “In jab at Russia, US says no doubt on Syria culprits.”

The article reads:

The United States on Tuesday said it was “preposterous” to think anyone but Syrian forces were behind a chemical weapons attack, in an apparent new jab at Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin told Britain’s David Cameron on Monday that there was no evidence yet that President Bashar al-Assad’s forces were to blame for the outrage, British officials said.

And other Russian officials have also cast doubt on Washington’s version of the strike which is alleged to have killed hundreds of civilians in a Damascus suburb last week.

Some Russian sources have even compared US claims to the discredited intelligence on weapons of mass destruction that led to the American invasion of Iraq in 2003.


Yesterday Think Progress published an article titled “Federal Appeals Court: Police Can’t Paralyze You To Search Your Body For Drugs.”

The article reads:

The stop of Felix Booker in Oak Ridge, Tenn. started with a traffic stop for Booker’s expired tags. It ended with police transporting Booker to a hospital, where he was involuntarily paralyzed, according to a federal appeals court ruling Monday. Overturning Booker’s conviction for possession with intent to distribute, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held 2-1 that police could not use drugs discovered in Booker’s buttocks as evidence against him, because doctors’ paralysis, intubation, and anal probe violated Booker’s Fourth Amendment rights.

Yesterday The Raw Story published an article titled “Obama administration asks court to force New York Times reporter to reveal source.”

The article reads:

The Obama administration is trying to dissuade federal judges from giving the New York Times reporter James Risen one last chance to avoid having to disclose his source in a criminal trial over the alleged leaking of US state secrets.

The Department of Justice has filed a legal argument with the US appeals court for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Virginia, in which it strongly opposes any further consideration of Risen’s petition. Risen’s lawyers have asked the court to convene a full session of the 15-member court to decide whether the journalist should be granted First Amendment protection that would spare him from having to reveal the identity of his source to whom he promised confidentiality.

A three-member panel of the same court last month issued a 2-1 majority ruling in which they found that reporters had no privilege that would safeguard the confidentiality of their sources in a criminal trial. The judgement leaves Risen, a prominent investigative reporter specialising in national security issues, facing the prospect of having to break his promise to his source or go to jail.

Yesterday Think Progress published an article titled “California Lawmakers Buck The National Trend And Vote To Expand Abortion Access.”

The article reads:

As state legislatures across the country have rushed to enact record-breaking numbers of restrictions on abortion that have severely limited women’s access to reproductive health care, California is bucking the trend. Instead of restricting health services, the Golden State is advancing a proposal that would actually expand access to first-trimester abortions.

On Monday evening, the California Senate gave final approval to Assembly Bill 154, a measure that would allow more medical professionals to perform early abortions. Under the bill, midwives, nurse practitioners, or physician assistants who complete a specialized training would be able to perform abortions during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. After the Assembly reconciles the measure’s new amendments, it will head to Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) desk.