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Colorado doctor who called Michelle Obama ‘monkey face’ resigns from hospital job

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The Colorado doctor who came under fire this week for calling First Lady Michelle Obama a “monkey face” who speaks “poor ebonic English” has resigned from her job as a pediatric anesthesiologist.

The New York Daily News reported Saturday that Dr. Michelle Herren stepped down from her position at Denver Health Medical Center after her racist comments on Facebook kicked off a firestorm of controversy.

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This is the second post she has lost since the remarks became public. Earlier this week, she was fired from her teaching position at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.

Herren was responding to a Facebook post about Michelle Obama’s eloquence as a public speaker and the pedigree of the First Lady’s Princeton and Harvard education when Herren wrote, “Doesn’t seem to be speaking too eloquently here, thank god we can’t hear her!” She then added, “Harvard??? That’s a place for ‘entitled’ folks said all the liberals!”

Herren’s friend JoAnn Nieto saw the comments and was disgusted.

“It really outraged me to see that she works at Denver Health, which serves a huge minority population,” Nieto said.

Herren’s comments following the first were even worse.

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“Monkey face and poor ebonic English!!! There! I feel better and am still not racist!!! Just calling it like it is!” she said.

Since the comments went viral, Herren has claimed that she was taken out of context and had no idea that calling a black woman a monkey was racist at all.

Denver Health suspended Herren as soon as they were informed about the racist comments, prohibiting her from treating patients or providing anesthesia.

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On Friday, she formally resigned. A press release from the hospital said that Herren and the administrators “mutually agreed” to go their separate ways.

Since Nov. 8, a number of public officials have made their disdain for Mrs. Obama clear, often in the crude, racially offensive ways.

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In West Virginia, Clay County mayor Pamela Taylor wrote, “It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady in the White House,” referring to Melania Trump. “I’m tired of seeing an ape in heels.”

She has since stepped down.


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The Postal Service fired 44,000 workers for getting injured while delivering and processing your mail

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One night in 2009, Madelaine Sattlefield lifted an 80-pound tray of letters carefully sorted by Missouri ZIP code. She had done this task thousands of times in nine years, but on this night, her arm seared with pain and went limp by her side. The tray crashed and sent envelopes cascading around her. She could barely move but immediately worried about what an injury might mean for her job.

“Anxiety had kicked in. I was like, what are they going to say, what are they going to do?” Sattlefield said.

Within months, the U.S. Postal Service fired her, one of about 44,000 employees who were either fired or left their jobs under pressure over five years in a program that “targeted” employees with work-related injuries, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. A commission ruling on the class action complaint also found that the Postal Service discriminated against an additional 15,130 injured workers by changing their work duties or accommodations, and unlawfully disclosed the private medical information of injured workers across the country.

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Student with two moms banned from writing paper ‘taking a stand’ in favor of same-sex marriage

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A family in Michigan is speaking out after their daughter, a high school junior, was banned from writing a paper in favor of same-sex marriage for an honors English class where the assignment was to "take a stand" on an issue of great cultural importance.

The teacher, whose name the school district will not release, first said the topic was too controversial and might offend some students. She then confessed she did not want to read or hear about marriage equality, according to MLive and The Advocate.

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Is corporate media creating a misleading impression of voter sentiment? 91 percent of Nevada Dem voters said ‘no’

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We caution readers to be very careful in interpreting the Democratic primary election results so far for reasons cited below. We think the way our major news organizations are reporting the primary results can easily create a misleading impression of voter sentiment.

The analysis below should give you pause whether you think Sanders is, and should be, a shoo-in to beat Trump or you fear that a Sanders nomination will ensure a second Trump term and a romp by Republican Congressional candidates.

We ask ardent supporters and foes of Sanders, or any other candidate, to avoid a hot or presumptive reaction to what follows, a concern based on many responses to some of my caucus night tweets and Facebook posts in recent weeks.

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