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  • Obama: ‘Immigrants and Revolutionists…That’s the Story of Looking Forward’

    05/06/2015 11:08:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    MRC TV ^ | 05/06/2015 | Craig Bannister
    In a Cinco de Mayo speech at the White House yesterday, Pres. Obama touted his plan to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants by suggesting revolution is necessary to accomplish his goals. […] “As one of my predecessors, Franklin Roosevelt once said, ‘Remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.’ […] (N)ow, that’s not the story of looking backwards; that’s the story of looking forward. That’s what we’re doing today.” …
  • Oklahoma City chamber urging governor to veto gun bill

    05/06/2015 10:03:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 6, 2015 10:03 PM EDT | Sean Murphy
    A proposal that would prohibit private entities from banning firearms in parks, recreational areas or fairgrounds in Oklahoma could threaten dozens of events held in Oklahoma City, including horse shows, basketball tournaments and the Women’s College World Series, the head of the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce said Wednesday. Chamber President Roy Williams said he’s urging the governor to veto the measure, which is headed to the governor’s desk after passing the Senate Tuesday on a 39-7 vote. “We could potentially lose Women’s College World Series. We could lose all the Big 12 NCAA sporting events. We could potentially lose...
  • GAO: Gov’t waste of natural gas costing taxpayers millions

    05/06/2015 7:39:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 6, 2015 6:09 PM EDT | Hope Yen
    Significant amounts of natural gas on federal lands are being wasted, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars each year and adding to harmful greenhouse gas emissions, a congressional investigation has found. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office also said the Bureau of Land Management failed to conduct production inspections for hundreds of high-priority oil and gas wells—roughly 1 out of 5—to ensure full payment of royalties to the U.S. The report, obtained by The Associated Press before its public release, is the latest to highlight substantial gaps in oversight. An AP review of government records last May found the agency,...
  • California transgender inmate’s lawyers seek swift surgery

    05/06/2015 7:11:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 6, 2015 9:46 PM EDT | Don Thompson
    Attorneys for a transgender prison inmate said Wednesday that she could have sex reassignment surgery as early as next month if California correctional officials quickly approve the procedure. Corrections officials said they are working to schedule the surgery but need more time. U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar last month ordered the state to pay for the surgery. Michelle-Lael Norsworthy’s lawyers said in a court filing that a qualified surgeon is available as early as June 5. Surgeons also are available in July and August to operate on the 51-year-old, whose birth name is Jeffrey Bryan Norsworthy. …
  • Obama Takes Credit for ‘Reforming Our Schools,’ Then Thanks Private Sector for Teaching Poor Kids…

    05/05/2015 10:53:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 5, 2015 | 10:00 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    At an event in New York City on Monday, President Obama said “reforming our schools for all of our kids” was one of his accomplishments. He also described “public-education institutions” as “pathways for success.” But in the same speech, the president hailed a new private sector effort to teach black and Latino kids to read at grade level by third grade; increase their high school graduation rates; and get more young black and Latino men into higher education or career training, all of them things that a “reformed” education system might be expected to do. …
  • McConnell Moves to Shut Down Debate on Iran Nuke-Deal Review Bill

    05/05/2015 10:36:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 5, 2015 | 8:56 PM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday evening moved to end debate on bipartisan legislation that will allow Congress to review an Iran nuclear deal, after amendments proposed by some Republicans threatened to cost it Democratic support. McConnell’s action sets up a vote on Thursday to end debate. That would clear the way for a vote on the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, a bill crafted by Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and ranking member Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) in such a way as to ensure maximum bipartisan support and fend off an earlier White House veto...
  • Ferguson mulls removing Brown shrine from middle of street

    05/05/2015 8:56:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 5, 2015 8:26 PM EDT | Jim Suhr and Alan Scher Zagier
    To some, a makeshift shrine in the middle of the Ferguson street where Michael Brown was killed last summer is a hallowed symbol of a new civil rights movement over race and policing. To others, it has served its purpose and is now more of an eyesore and a road hazard. Within hours of Brown’s Aug. 9 shooting death by a white police officer, people began placing stuffed animals, candles and other tributes in the middle of Canfield Drive, where the unarmed black 18-year-old’s body lay for about four hours before it was removed. […] Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III,...
  • Hawaii bill for birth certificate gender change passes

    05/05/2015 2:56:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 5, 2015 5:42 PM EDT | Cathy Bussewitz
    The Hawaii Legislature has passed a bill that could make it a lot easier for transgender people to change their gender on their birth certificates. Right now, people in Hawaii are required to undergo gender reassignment surgery if they want to make that change. But the state House and Senate approved a bill Tuesday that removes the surgical requirement, sending the bill to Gov. David Ige. …
  • Obama administration approves first ferry service to Cuba

    05/05/2015 2:54:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 5, 2015 5:46 PM EDT | Michael Weissenstein
    The Obama administration approved the first ferry service in decades between the United States and Cuba on Tuesday, potentially opening a new path for the hundreds of thousands of people and hundreds of millions of dollars in goods that travel between Florida and Havana each year. Baja Ferries, which operates passenger service in Mexico, said it had received a license from the Treasury Department. Robert Muse, an attorney for Baja Ferries, said he believed that other ferry service petitions had also been approved. The Treasury Department said it could not immediately confirm that, but Florida-based Havana Ferry Partners told the...
  • ‘We’re Giving Up Our Freedoms so as Not to Offend Savages’ (Garland TX)

    05/05/2015 12:32:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    INN ^ | 5/5/2015, 9:55 PM | Ari Soffer
    Pamela Geller, the outspoken head of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, has spoken out after her group’s Mohammed Cartoon event was targeted in a shooting attack by Muslim terrorists on Sunday night. In an interview with CNN, Geller lashed out at the media “elites” for criticizing her group—the attackers’ intended victims—as opposed to radical Islamists responsible for such violent attacks. The event had offered a $10,000 award for the best cartoon depicting the founder of Islam, Mohammed, and featured a speech by Dutch MP Geert Wilders, among other prominent critics of Islam. […] The prize was won by an ex-Muslim,...
  • China Forces Muslims to Sell Alcohol to ‘Weaken Islam’

    05/05/2015 10:56:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    INN ^ | 5/5/2015, 4:29 PM | Ari Yashar
    China has employed an unusual method in trying to crack down on Muslim violence and attacks by Uyghurs in the western Xinjiang region—in a new notice, it has ordered Muslim merchants to sell alcohol prominently to “weaken” Islam, which forbids the consumption of alcohol. In the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region separatist Sunni Muslim Uyghur factions have conducted numerous attacks, including those with guns and explosives. China has cracked down in response and is trying to have them blacklisted as terrorists, although much of the international community has denounced the Chinese actions accusing the state of repression. In its latest move,...
  • Pro-life Activist: In 35 Years of China’s One-Child Policy, 360 to 400 Million Babies Aborted

    05/04/2015 8:49:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 4, 2015 | 3:16 PM EDT | Penny Starr
    A Chinese attorney who escaped house arrest in his home country for his efforts to protect women from forced abortion for violating the government’s one-child policy said on Thursday that in the 35 years since the practice hundreds of millions of babies have been killed. “Over the past 35 years, China has killed a total of 360 to 400 million young lives as a result of its inhumane and violent birth control policies,” Chen Guangcheng, now senior fellow at Catholic University of America said at a hearing of the Congressional Executive Commission on China. “During a six-month period of 2005,...
  • 20.7% of Jobs in Baltimore Are Government Jobs

    05/04/2015 3:47:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 4, 2015 | 4:04 PM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20.7 percent of the nonfarm jobs in the City of Baltimore in March were government jobs. Nationally, 15.5 percent of all jobs are government jobs. Within the borders of Baltimore City in March, according to BLS, there were 364,200 total “employees.” These employees included both people who lived in the city as well as people who lived outside the city but worked within its limits. Singular individuals who were employed in two different jobs at the same time are counted as two employees in the BLS survey. Of the 364,200 total jobs in...
  • Scientist: Humans Are Helping the Planet’s Ecology—Carbon Dioxide Is ‘Very Good’ for Plants, Animals

    05/04/2015 3:41:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 4, 2015 | 2:38 PM EDT | Penny Starr
    Freeman Dyson, an award-winning British scientist and retired professor of physics at the Institute for Advanced Study, said that the science on climate change isn’t “at all clear,” and in fact, humans are actually helping the planet. […] “Well, what I would like to emphasize is that human actions have very large effects on the ecology which have nothing to do with climate. Carbon dioxide is what we’re producing in big quantities and putting into the atmosphere,” Dyson said. “It happens to be a very good fertilizer for all kinds of vegetation, good for wildlife, good for agricultural production. “So...
  • Ag Secretary Vilsack to announce national conservation work

    05/04/2015 9:31:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 4, 2015 11:32 AM EDT
    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is traveling to Colorado to announce funding for conservation projects in all 50 states. […] The Department of Agriculture says the projects concern water quality, soil health, wildlife habitat and agricultural viability. …
  • Vice President Biden touts community policing at NAACP event

    05/03/2015 8:45:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 3, 2015 11:33 PM EDT | Corey Williams
    Vice President Joe Biden has told a crowd at an NAACP event in Detroit that law enforcement officers and the people they are sworn to protect need to “see each other” to know one another. Referencing outrage over the treatment of black men by police, Biden pointed to the successes of federally funded community policing programs that required officers to meet with residents and business owners in their patrol areas. “Everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect and the only way that happens is if we see one another. And that only happens if we know...
  • Madison bans discrimination against atheists, non-religious (WI)

    05/03/2015 10:30:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 3, 2015 11:04 AM EDT | Dana Ferguson
    While conservatives in Indiana and Arkansas were explaining last month why their new religious objections laws weren’t invitations to discriminate against gays, the leaders of Wisconsin’s capital city were busy protecting the rights of another group: atheists. In what is believed to be the first statute of its kind in the United States, Madison banned discrimination against the non-religious on April 1, giving them the same protections afforded to people based on their race, sexual orientation and religion, among other reasons. It’s hardly surprising that such a statute would originate in Madison, an island of liberalism in a conservative-leaning state...
  • Friend of Charged Baltimore Officers: ‘They Have Hearts of Gold’

    05/02/2015 8:24:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 68 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | May 01, 2015 10:30 pm
    Megyn Kelly spoke tonight with a Baltimore police officer who works with all six officers who were criminally charged in the death of Freddie Gray. In an effort to keep him safe, his identity was disguised and voice was masked during The Kelly File interview. At his request, he wanted to be called “Mike.” […] “None of them actually had any knowledge he was injured until they got to the station,” Mike stated. ”You know, Freddie is always one of those types where when you go to arrest him on the streets, he always puts on a show and whatnot.”...
  • Baltimore prosecutor’s swift action, link to victim’s lawyer raise questions

    05/02/2015 4:53:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 57 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 02, 2015
    The Maryland prosecutor who brought charges Friday against six Baltimore police officers within hours of receiving a medical examiner’s report on the death of Freddie Gray is facing accusations that her swift action was over zealous and perhaps politically motivated. The Baltimore police union leader, Gene Ryan, made the most clear-cut accusations, after he raised concerns about Marilyn Mosby being married to City Councilman Nick Mosby. “It is clear that your husband’s political future will be impacted, for better or worse, by the outcome of your investigation,” Ryan, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, wrote Mosby after her...
  • Obama While Trying to Kill School Choice in D.C.: We Need to Make Sure ‘All Children’ Get…

    05/02/2015 12:23:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 2, 2015 | 11:41 AM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    After having presented a budget to Congress that would phase out a school-choice program that allows a limited number of children to escape Washington, D.C.’s public schools, President Barack Obama delivered a weekly address today that said all Americans have a responsibility to make sure all children—not just their own—get a great education. Obama’s two daughters go to Sidwell Friends, one of the most expensive private schools in Washington, D.C. […] Obama’s address was titled: “Ensuring Every Child Gets a Great Education.” In 2003, Congress enacted a program for “opportunity scholarships” in Washington, D.C. These allowed some students in public...
  • Fed rate hike in June ‘on the table,’ two policymakers say

    05/01/2015 5:34:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri May 1, 2015 6:06pm EDT | Ann Saphir and Jonathan Spicer
    The Federal Reserve could well raise interest rates as soon as June, two top U.S. central bankers said on Friday, so long as economic data strengthens as expected from a dismal first quarter. That view—from the hawkish-leaning chief of the Cleveland Fed and from the centrist head of the San Francisco Fed—is at odds with the view of many traders, whose bets in the interest-rate futures markets suggest they have all but discounted a June rate hike and now expect the Fed to wait until December before raising rates for the first time since 2006. The Fed has kept interest...
  • Apple says EU probe of Irish tax policy could be ‘material’

    05/01/2015 5:26:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Apr 29, 2015 2:44pm EDT | Devika Krishna Kumar
    Apple Inc. said the European Commission’s investigation into Ireland’s tax treatment of multinationals could have a “material” impact if it was determined that Dublin’s tax policies represented unfair state aid. Apple said that if the EU’s investigations concluded against Ireland, the company could be required to pay past taxes for up to 10 years “reflective of the disallowed state aid.” The EU began a formal investigation against Ireland in June last year for alleged state aid to Apple. …
  • Baltimore Gangbanger to Toure: We Made Ties with ‘Political Officials’ in City

    05/01/2015 4:27:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | April 29, 2015 | 5:04 PM EDT | Ken Shepherd
    Bloods member Nikko Caldwell insisted in an interview with MSNBC’s Toure that the gang’s truce with their rivals the Crips would continue indefinitely because they have made the right ties with certain “political officials” in the city. The Cycle co-host completely dropped the ball after such a shocking admission, however, when he failed to ask Caldwell to name names. What’s more, when Pastor Donte Hickman insisted that tapping the “natural power and influence” of gangs like the Bloods and the Crips was “the democratic way,” Toure seemed completely unfazed. …
  • Navy Secretary: ‘We Don’t Have Enough Women in Navy or Marine Corps’

    05/01/2015 2:20:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 1, 2015 | 7:19 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    “We don’t have enough women in either the Navy or the Marine Corps, and we’ve got to do a better job of recruiting and we’ve got to do a better job of retaining those women,” Navy Secretary Raymond Mabus Jr. said on Thursday. He told a gathering at the National Press Club that he’s in the process of changing the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps uniforms—“so that when you look out, you see American sailors and Marines, not particularly female sailors or male sailors…And this is symbolic in terms of not segregating women, of making sure that they are substantively...
  • Ex-commander: Nukes on high alert are vulnerable to error

    04/30/2015 11:39:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 30, 2015 3:36 AM EDT | Robert Burns
    A former commander of U.S. nuclear forces is leading a call for taking U.S. and Russian nuclear missiles off high alert, arguing that keeping them less ready for prompt launch would reduce the risk of miscalculation in a crisis. It also could keep a possible cyberattack from starting a nuclear war, he said, although neither Washington nor Moscow appears interested in negotiating an agreement to end the practice of keeping nuclear missiles on high alert. Retired Gen. James Cartwright said in an interview that “de-alerting” nuclear arsenals could foil cyber intruders by reducing the chance of firing a weapon in...
  • UN to ‘Review’ its Bookstore’s Anti-Semitic Selection

    04/30/2015 9:58:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    INN ^ | 4/30/2015, 4:12 PM | Tova Dvorin
    The United Nations (UN) will be “reviewing” the book selection at its official bookstore at the Palais des Nations, UN Watch noted Thursday, after protest was raised over several books unequivocally attacking Israel and Jews. Notable titles on display included such seminal works as How I Stopped Being a Jew, Israel’s War Against the Palestinians, and The Punishment of Gaza.UNWatch’s Hillel Neuer wrote to the UN over the issue, noting that no other books in the store targeted any other country for ridicule. …
  • ISIS Supporters Claim Terror Group Has Spread to Rome

    04/30/2015 8:23:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Apr 29, 2015 2:28 pm
    ISIS supporters are claiming on social media that the group is now in Rome. Catherine Herridge reported on “Happening Now” that social media accounts with known ties to ISIS are posting threatening images, alleging that the group has spread to Rome and is poised to attack. […] One tweet reads, “Now we act with photos in your street… soon we will act with our sharp knives…the future is not far away.” …
  • Missouri governor vetoes bill cutting welfare benefits

    04/30/2015 12:06:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 30, 2015 2:35 PM EDT | David A. Lieb
    Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed Republican legislation Thursday that would drop thousands of low-income families from Missouri’s welfare rolls by paring back benefits to what he said would be one of the shortest time periods in the nation. But Nixon’s veto may be only a last-grasp attempt to stop the tougher restrictions. Republicans, who hold overwhelming legislative majorities, said they expect to get the two-thirds vote needed in each chamber to override his veto. Missouri’s legislation would reduce the lifetime limit for receiving TANF benefits from five years—which is the national norm—to three years and nine months, starting Jan. 1....
  • UN is warned of ‘active Iranian nuclear procurement network’

    04/30/2015 12:02:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 30, 2015 2:43 PM EDT | Cara Anna
    Britain has told a U.N. panel of experts that it is aware of an “active Iranian nuclear procurement network” linked to two Iranian companies. […] The warning names two companies, Iran’s Centrifuge Technology Company and Kalay Electric Company, but it gives no details. …
  • Boehner: Killing Export-Import Bank risks thousands of jobs

    04/30/2015 11:38:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 30, 2015 2:15 PM EDT | Andrew Taylor
    Thousands of jobs would “disappear pretty quickly” if the Export-Import Bank were to expire abruptly when its charter runs out at the end of June, House Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday. The Ohio Republican has asked Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, to come up with a plan to overhaul or wind down the operations of the bank, which helps finance exports of U.S. products such as jetliners and wind turbines. […] Many conservative Republicans want to kill the bank outright, saying it finances too many questionable projects and favors some businesses over others. But the bank enjoys sweeping...
  • Report: IRS takes big steps to stop tea party targeting

    04/30/2015 11:02:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 30, 2015 2:00 PM EDT | Stephen Ohlemacher
    A government watchdog says the IRS has taken significant steps to stop agents from targeting political groups based on their names and policy positions. The agency’s inspector general says the IRS is doing a better job processing applications for tax-exempt status. In a report issued Thursday, he says the IRS has eliminated intrusive, unnecessary questions, and is processing applications faster. …
  • Illegal border tunnel found leading from Mexico (to San Ysidro)

    04/29/2015 8:36:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 28, 2015 6:42 PM EDT
    U.S. Border Patrol agents have found a suspected drug tunnel with lighting and a rail-car system that connected to a home across the border in Tijuana, Mexico. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Lauren Mack said agents patrolling west of the San Ysidro port of entry Tuesday morning found a sinkhole close to the U.S. border fence that opened up into the tunnel. …
  • Obama lives up to pledge to slow immigrant deportations

    04/29/2015 12:27:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 29, 2015 3:16 PM EDT | Alicia A. Caldwell
    President Barack Obama has failed live up to a campaign promise to push through immigration legislation, but he has met a post-election pledge to slow deportations with or without approval from Congress. Since October, the Homeland Security Department has sent home the fewest immigrants in the country illegally since Obama took office in 2009, according to internal government data obtained by The Associated Press.In fact, with 127,000 removals though the first six months of the government’s fiscal year that started in October, the administration is on track to remove the fewest immigrants since the middle of former President George W....
  • FAA chief: Gyrocopter ‘indistinguishable’ from birds, kite

    04/29/2015 12:02:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 29, 2015 2:48 PM EDT | Matthew Daly
    A small gyrocopter that flew through miles of the nation’s most restricted airspace before landing at the U.S. Capitol was “indistinguishable” on radar from non-aircraft such as a flock of birds, a kite or a balloon, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told a House committee that the slow-moving gyrocopter appeared as an “irregular symbol” on radar monitored by air traffic controllers. Huerta and other officials said the small, unidentified object did not pose an apparent threat before landing on the Capitol’s West Lawn April 15. Forensic analysis conducted later identified a slow-moving...
  • Can you run from police? US courts apply a double standard

    04/29/2015 11:04:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 29, 2015 12:34 PM EDT | Curt Anderson and Juliet Linderman
    When police spotted Freddie Gray and he took off running through his Baltimore neighborhood, officers made a split-second decision to give chase, setting in motion his death in custody and rioting in the streets. Fleeing from police is not, by itself, illegal in America, and the U.S. Supreme Court has made clear that in safe neighborhoods, people not suspected of criminal activity can ignore a police officer who approaches them, even to the point of walking away. But courts have set a different standard for places where street crime is common, ruling that police can chase, stop and frisk people...
  • ‘You Will Burn In Hell!’: Protester Disrupts Supreme Court During Gay Marriage Arguments

    04/28/2015 7:53:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5:01 PM 04/28/2015 | Scott Greer
    As the Supreme Court heard opening arguments on gay marriage Tuesday, one anti-gay marriage protester disrupted the calm of the courtroom and issued an afterlife warning for those who support same-sex unions. “If you support gay marriage, you will burn in hell!” the protester screamed before he was detained by police and escorted out of the building, CNN reports. But that didn’t stop the man from continuing to shout his views about homosexuality and damnation as he was dragged out of the Supreme Court. …
  • Japan PM sidesteps question on apologizing for WWII abuses

    04/28/2015 4:21:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 28, 2015 12:55 PM EDT
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sidestepped a question on whether he would apologize for the sexual enslavement of women by Japan’s army during World War II. Abe instead said he was “deeply pained” by the suffering of “comfort women.” He was using a euphemism for tens of thousands of Asian women who were forced to serve Japanese troops. …
  • House GOP bill blocks new air flights, cruise ships to Cuba

    04/28/2015 4:18:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 28, 2015 2:06 PM EDT | Andrew Taylor
    House Republicans unveiled legislation on Tuesday to sharply curb the Obama administration’s recent moves to ease restrictions on travel to Cuba. The provision by Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Cuban-American from Florida, would block new flights and cruise ship travel to Cuba. The provision was attached to a must-pass transportation spending bill that the House will consider next month. Diaz-Balart’s move comes in response to new rules issued by the administration in January that would significantly ease travel restrictions to Cuba and permit regularly scheduled flights for the first time, the result of a rapprochement after a half century of Cold...
  • Michael Douglas warns nukes more powerful ‘than ever before’

    04/28/2015 8:13:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 28, 2015 9:34 AM EDT
    Actor Michael Douglas is reminding world powers that the threat of nuclear weapons is “no less important today than it was in my childhood.” […] Douglas said there may be fewer nuclear weapons these days, but they are “more powerful and more sophisticated than ever before.” …
  • Latest on Boston trial: Tamerlan’s wife researched martyrdom

    04/28/2015 7:40:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 28, 2015 10:31 AM EDT
    A computer expert testifying for the defense in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev says his brother Tamerlan’s wife did research on her computer to try to find out what the rewards would be for the wife of someone who dies as a martyr fighting in a holy war. Mark Spencer testified Tuesday that Katherine Russell’s computer showed search terms more than a year before the bombings that included: “rewards for wife of mujahedeen” and “if your husband becomes a shahid what are the rewards for you?” …
  • DOJ: ‘No Scientific Basis' for Saying Same-Sex Couples ‘Not Fit to…Become Parents’

    04/27/2015 2:47:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 27, 2015 - 11:25 AM | (CNSNews.com Staff)
    In an amicus brief submitted to the Supreme Court in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, which the court will hear tomorrow, the U.S. Department of Justice argues that state laws prohibiting two people of the same sex from marrying each other are unconstitutional. In its argument to the court, DOJ approvingly cites a statement issued by the government relations office of the American Psychological Association that says: “There is no scientific basis for the assertion that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons are not fit to marry or to become parents of health and well-adjusted children.” …
  • Latest on Boston trial: Wife says Tamerlan home for bombings

    04/27/2015 2:11:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 27, 2015 4:59 PM EDT
    A woman has testified that Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s wife texted her the day of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings to say as far as she knew, her husband was at home at the time of the attacks. Gina Crawford is the best friend of Katherine Russell, Tamerlan’s wife. She testified Monday for the defense in the federal death penalty trial of Tamerlan’s younger brother, Dzhokhar. The brothers committed the bombings together. Dzhokhar was convicted of all 30 charges against him, and jurors will decide whether to sentence him to life in prison or to death. Tamerlan was killed days after the...
  • Capitol Hill Buzz: Dems push higher pay for Senate workers

    04/27/2015 2:07:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 27, 2015 5:03 PM EDT | Erica Werner
    Reports about a Senate cafeteria worker who makes so little money he is homeless are prompting calls for change from Democrats on Capitol Hill. Lawmakers led by the No. 2 Senate Democrat, Dick Durbin of Illinois, released a letter Monday urging the Senate Rules Committee, which oversees Senate services, to provide a preference to contractors that pay a living wage and fair health insurance and benefits. […] It followed reports in the Washington Post and CNN profiling Charles Gladden, a 63-year-old who makes about $360 a week in take-home pay doing janitorial work in the Senate cafeteria. He said he...
  • Supporters of Senate Iran bill swatting away amendments

    04/26/2015 11:25:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 26, 2015 7:50 AM EDT | Deb Riechmann
    Senate proponents of a bill empowering Congress to review and potentially reject any Iran nuclear deal must first win a battle with some colleagues determined to change the legislation in ways that could sink it. “Anybody who monkeys with this bill is going to run into a buzz saw,” Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina warned ahead of this week’s debate. Also trying to discourage any changes, Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey urged senators to stick with the plan as it emerged from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. […] GOP Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a presidential...
  • Spying Close to Home: German Intelligence Under Fire for NSA Cooperation

    04/26/2015 10:40:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | April 24, 2015 – 07:20 PM | Maik Baumgärtner, Nikolaus Blome, Hubert Gude, Marcel Rosenbach, Jörg Schindler and Fidelius Schmid
    It was obvious from its construction speed just how important the new site in Bavaria was to the Americans. Only 4½ months after it was begun, the new surveillance-proof building at the Mangfall Kaserne in Bad Aibling was finished. The structure had a metal exterior and no windows, which led to its derogatory nickname among members of the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), the German foreign intelligence agency: The “tin can.” The construction project was an expression of an especially close and trusting cooperation between the American National Security Agency (NSA) and the BND. Bad Aibling had formerly been a base for US...
  • Gay mentor, belief in dignity at roots of Kennedy’s views (USSC justice Anthony)

    04/26/2015 9:50:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 26, 2015 7:40 AM EDT | Mark Sherman
    The Irish Catholic boy who came of age in Sacramento after World War II is an unlikely candidate to be the author of the Supreme Court’s major gay rights rulings. But those who have known Justice Anthony Kennedy for decades and scholars who have studied his work say he has long stressed the importance of valuing people as individuals. And he seems likely also to have been influenced in this regard by a pillar of the Sacramento legal community, a closeted gay man who hired Kennedy as a law school instructor and testified on his behalf at his high court...
  • Germany pushes climate insurance for developing countries

    04/25/2015 8:52:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 22/04/2015 - 16:28 | Nicole Sagener (translated by Samuel White)
    Catastrophic droughts, floods and heatwaves: climate change is making environmental disasters increasingly common. Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks wants the G7 to look at insurance policies as an alternative to traditional development aid. […] Supporters of the idea say such insurance policies present a sustainable alternative to traditional aid funds, as they would shift the emphasis from cleaning up after natural disasters towards preventing them from occurring.Berlin is making its move. Barbara Hendricks plans to use Germany’s G7 presidency to pave the way for the entry of climate change insurance into mainstream environmental and development policy, and climate protection is high...
  • HSBC looks at moving HQ from Britain as tax and regulations bite (also “Don’t leave EU!”)

    04/25/2015 8:46:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Apr 24, 2015 11:34pm BST | Steve Slater and Sinéad Cruise
    HSBC, Europe’s biggest bank, has ordered a review into whether it should move its headquarters out of Britain and potentially back to its former home in Hong Kong, threatening London’s reputation as a global hub for finance and investment. The announcement from HSBC, founded in Asia but a key part of the British establishment, prompted a warm response from Hong Kong, where it is revered as “The Bank”, and silence from the British government. The commitment to the review comes less than two weeks before British parliamentary elections on May 7 and poses challenges for both Prime Minister David Cameron...
  • John Kerry urges Houthis to come to negotiating table (Yemen)

    04/25/2015 8:35:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 25.04.2015 | [bw/bk (Reuters, AFP, AP)]
    US Secretary of State John Kerry urged the Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen to participate in UN-brokered negotiations to end violence ravaging the country. “This has to be a two-way street,” Kerry told reporters in Canada after taking part in a summit of Arctic nations. “We need the Houthi and we need those that can influence them to make sure that they are prepared to try to move… to the negotiating table,” Kerry said. Yemen’s former President Ali Abdullah Saleh had called on Friday for all Yemenis to enter a political dialogue to end the conflict. …
  • [Germany’s foreign minister] Steinmeier: Armenia wasn’t genocide

    04/25/2015 8:11:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 24 Apr 2015 15:58 GMT+02:00 | (AFP/The Local)
    Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier insisted on Friday that calling Armenian massacres genocide risks belittling the Holocaust, after President Joachim Gauck broke a taboo by using the word on Thursday. Steinmeier stuck to his guns on Friday, arguing in an interview with Spiegel that “We in Germany need to be careful not to give justification to those who follow their own political agenda and say the Holocaust started before 1933.” […] Steinmeier has come in for fierce criticism this week, with one high profile politician comparing him to Germany’s First World War leadership. Both Gauck and Bundestag (German parliament) president Norbert...