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Racial Threats From Man Justice Thought Should Get Slap on Wrist

 Color Bind

One of the members of the New Black Panther Party, who brandished a nightstick outside a Philadelphia polling place on Election Day in November 2008, is on camera making inflammatory comments about white people.

King Samir Shabazz was charged with voter intimidation for that Philadelphia incident and has been enjoined from displaying a weapon within 100 feet of any polling location on any election day in Philadelphia.

The video posted online Tuesday shows a very vocal Shabazz:

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SHABBAZZ: You want freedom? You're going to have to kill some crackers. You're going to have to kill some of their babies.

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A spokesman for the New Black Panthers says those statements are not the group's official position.

Another member of the New Black Panther Party who was involved in that Philly incident in 2008 is Jerry Jackson Jr. He reportedly applied to be a Democratic poll watcher in this year's May 18 primary. He was also on the ballot running for a position to be a Democratic committee member.

Mourning Sickness

CNN says it has taken action regarding the story we told you Tuesday about CNN Middle East affairs senior editor Octavia Nasr, who posted a message on her Twitter account over the weekend mourning the death of a Shiite cleric classified as a terrorist by the U.S.

Nasr wrote, "Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah -- one of Hezbollah's giants I respect a lot." Nasr later admitted the simplistic Tweet was an "error of judgment... it's something I deeply regret."

A CNN spokesman echoed that and added, "This is a serious issue that did not meet CNN's editorial standards and is being dealt with appropriately."

To Boldly Go

We've also been following remarks by NASA administrator Charles Bolden, who said President Obama wants one of the space agency's top priorities to be Muslim outreach. But that doesn't mean other media outlets have covered the story.

Byron York at the Washington Examiner points out there was zero coverage on the story on any of the network nightly news shows, The New York Times print edition, or The Washington Post. There is a blurb on the Post website that links to a Foxnews.com article.

No Harm Done

An independent review in Britain has largely cleared the scientists involved in "Climate-gate" of any wrongdoing.

The inquiry found there was no evidence of dishonesty or corruption in the more than 1,000 hacked e-mails from the climatic research unit, but there was a lack of transparency: "We find that their rigor and honesty as scientists are not in doubt -- but we do find that there has been a consistent pattern of failing to display the proper degree of openness."