Bill Frelick of Human Rights Watch says what the U.S. is seeing is dwarfed by the massive flow of refugees into other countries, such as Italy.
Republicans had Hurricane Isaac, now Democrats have severe weather on the way. Predicted thunderstorms are forcing party officials to move President Obama’s acceptance speech on Thursday night indoors, to the smaller Time Warner Cable Arena. There have been reports that Democrats– worried that Obama wouldn’t fill the 74,000 seat Bank of America stadium– were handing out tickets at bars and even to political opponents.
Meanwhile, The Washington Post reports that former Obama chief of staff and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is dropping his honorary chairmanship of the Obama 2012 campaign so that he can join a pro-Obama SuperPAC:
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel…has dropped his honorary chairmanship of the Obama campaign to help raise big-dollar contributions so that Democrats can compete with what is emerging as a clear GOP fundraising advantage this election cycle, according to campaign and fundraising individuals.
Emanuel said in a brief interview early Wednesday that he was “helping, not running” the super PAC [Priorities USA]. “It’s that simple. I’m going to help where I can to get the President re-elected and this is where I can probably be most helpful in the final days.”