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Saturday, April 25, 2015


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Massive earthquake in Nepal;
tremors felt across North India
The Hindu [New Delhi, India], by Damakant Jayshi    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 4/25/2015 4:45:36 AM     Post Reply
A high-intensity quake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, struck Nepal at around 11.50 a.m. on Saturday. The quake also rocked many parts of east and north India, including Delhi. In Kathmandu, many buildings have collapsed. The famous Dharahara tower in the city has collapsed and the police fear many might be trapped inside. Many have been injured and the police were working to get people to the hospital, the police spokesperson said. As it was the weekend, there were many visitors at the nine-storey structure. Agencies add: There are reports of the deaths of a 15-year-old

Hillary Clinton’s cheapskate campaign
Politico, by Annie Karni & Kenneth P. Vogel    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/25/2015 4:44:54 AM     Post Reply
By the time she dropped out of the presidential race in June 2008, Hillary Clinton had lent her campaign $13 million and owed almost as much in debts to various consultants. This time around, the Clintons have signaled they do not intend to rack up any significant debt — personal or otherwise, according to sources familiar with their political and personal finances. The debt avoidance strategy is already reflected in the early roll-out, where campaign manager Robby Mook is intent on creating a new culture around money, spending and flashy displays by staffers. There are no business cards — a move that’s emblematic

The Coming GOP Divide
Weekly Standard, by Stephen F. Hayes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/25/2015 4:39:18 AM     Post Reply
Nashua, N.H.- For three years, Republicans have shown remarkable unity on one of the most important—and potentially perilous—issues of the day: entitlement reform. The consensus didn’t come easy. And the rhetoric surrounding a mid-April Republican Leadership Summit here suggests it may be falling apart. There are prospective candidates for and against Social Security reform, Paul Ryan’s Medicare reforms, and the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare. If the emerging cracks in the entitlement consensus grow into full-blown fissures—and the coming dominance of super-PACs virtually ensures that they will—the divisions could have enormous implications for the 2016 general election.



Nepal earthquake triggers
avalanches in Mount Everest
One India [New Delhi, India], by Shubham Ghosh    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 4/25/2015 4:38:48 AM     Post Reply
Kathmandu: Reports of avalanches came from the Mount Everest region following a 7.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday morning. The avalanche came from the direction of Pumori. According to a CNN report, sources of Nepal´s largest Everest expeditions reported about landslides. Conditions of several climbers were not known. A 34-member team of the Indian Army team is in Nepal for a summer expedition to the Everest. Details about the team´s condition were also awaited.

Hillary’s trade-deal flip-flop
angered fellow Democrats
New York Post, by Geoff Earle    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/25/2015 4:36:41 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s rationale for flip-flopping to support a contentious Colombian free-trade agreement in 2009 was rejected by most Democrats in Congress, who voted against it, records show. Trying to fend off critics who charge her change of heart came after millions flowed into the Clinton Foundation, the former secretary of state insisted she shifted only because Colombia agreed to substantive changes in its treatment of trade unionists. In 2008, she cited a shocking level of violence, including murder, against union activists in opposing the deal. “It doesn’t matter who talks to me,” Clinton said that year. “It doesn’t matter any

7.9 quake rocks Nepal;
extensive damage reported
Los Angeles Times, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 4/25/2015 4:30:23 AM     Post Reply
A magnitude-7.9 earthquake shook Nepal´s capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings, officials said. Dozens of people with injuries were being brought to the main hospital in central Kathmandu. There was no immediate estimate on fatalities. Several buildings collapsed in the center of the capital, including centuries-old temples, said resident Prachanda Sual. He said he saw people running through the streets in panic. Ambulance sirens blared and government helicopters hovered overhead. National radio warned people to stay outdoors because more aftershocks are feared. It is also asking people

A Brief Appeal to the Democratic Party
New York Times, by Ross Douthat    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/25/2015 4:13:02 AM     Post Reply
Over the past year or so of punditry, I’ve made no secret of my belief that Hillary Clinton is the strongest candidate the Democrats can field in 2016, and certainly the candidate best-suited to keeping the Obama coalition more or less intact. I’ve also made it clear that I think she’s the near-inevitable nominee: That her strengths are so considerable and her party has become so disciplined that it’s unlikely-to-impossible to imagine a potent challenger emerging from the field of non-Clinton possibilities. My views on these questions survived the first round of Clinton Foundation scandals and the State Department email affair,



Did Bill and Hillary Clintons’ greed
threaten America´s national security?
Fox News, by Fred Fleitz    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/25/2015 4:08:31 AM     Post Reply
Although Peter Schweitzer’s new book “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich” will not hit bookstores until May 5, it has already set off a firestorm of controversy that foreign governments bought influence with the Clintons – including when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State – by contributing millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation and paying the Clintons millions in speaking fees. Bill Clinton, according to Schweizer, earned $48 million in speaking fees while Mrs. Clinton was Secretary of State. Although Hillary Clinton claimed she and her husband

Court: Family of Teen Shot
Across Border Can´t Sue in US
Associated Press, by Kevin McGill    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/25/2015 4:03:42 AM     Post Reply
A U.S. Border Patrol agent who killed a teenager when he fired across the border from Texas into Mexico cannot be sued in U.S. courts by the Mexican teen´s family, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. The unanimous ruling was issued by the full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, reversing most of an earlier 2-1 ruling by a three-judge panel of the court. The border agent´s lawyer said the opinion vindicated his client. An attorney for the teen´s family said they haven´t decided whether to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. "We leave for others to decide whether this court has lost

Protesters Plan to ´Shut Down´
Baltimore as Questions Remain
Associated Press, by Amanda Lee Myers & Tom Foreman, Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/25/2015 3:59:32 AM     Post Reply
BALTIMORE-- Protesters who´ve been holding near-daily demonstrations this week over the death of Freddie Gray are promising their biggest march yet a day after the Baltimore Police Department acknowledged that it failed to get him the medical attention he needed after his arrest. Protesters vowed to "shut down" the city by marching through the streets and snarling traffic. The president of a black lawyers´ group predicted thousands of people would turn out for the demonstration, when good weather is forecast and the Baltimore Orioles host the Boston Red Sox. "Things will change on Saturday, and the struggle will be amplified," said Malik

Thousands honor soldiers on
100th year of Gallipoli battle
Associated Press, by Desmond Butler    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/25/2015 3:56:16 AM     Post Reply
GALLIPOLI, Turkey — As dawn broke, families of soldiers, leaders and visitors gathered near former battlefields, honoring thousands of Australians and New Zealanders who fought in the Gallipoli campaign of World War I on the 100th anniversary of the ill-fated British-led invasion. Britain´s Prince Charles and the prime ministers of Australia and New Zealand spoke of the soldiers´ heroism on Saturday, in an emotional early ceremony marking exactly 100 years since the dawn landings by Australian, New Zealand and other Allied troops on this peninsula. "For so many, the rising sun that day would be their last," Australia´s Chief of Defense, Air



Hillary Clinton: People’s
champion or greedy sellout?
Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 4/25/2015 12:37:39 AM     Post Reply
Hillary Clinton said very little in her presidential campaign kickoff video. But what she did say may come back to bite her. She declared that “the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top. Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion.” But if anything, we have seen that the deck is always stacked in the Clintons’ favor and that Hillary Clinton is willing to sell America down the drain. Consider her excuse for violating administration guidelines and preventing oversight into her doings. Her excuse was that “when I got to work as secretary of state, I opted for convenience to use my personal e-mail

Mpls. Man Charged with Making
Threats in Islamic State Group Case
KSTP-TV [Minneapolis, MN], by Joe Augustine    Original Article
Posted By: voxpopuli- 4/25/2015 12:22:36 AM     Post Reply
A Minneapolis man is accused of threatening federal agents, the U.S. Attorney in Minnesota, and a criminal informant who assisted in the arrest of six men accused of trying to join the Islamic State terrorist group in Syria. Mahamed Abukar Said was charged in federal court Friday after posting a series threats on his Twitter page, according to an FBI affidavit. (snip) Another tweet said, "The feds are getting two choices. Either they gon free my bros or they gon have a massacre happen then they gon take me too." Said is also accused of trying to retaliate against an informant who

Ted Cruz signs pledge
not to raise taxes if
elected as president
Washington Times, by Seth McLaughlin    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/25/2015 12:10:45 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas signed the influential Americans for Tax Reforms’ pledge not to raise taxes if elected president in the 2016 election. “Grover Norquist, at Americans for Tax Reform since 1986, has given voters tangible proof of which candidates won’t raise their taxes and which candidates will,” Mr. Cruz said in a statement. “My record supporting tax cuts is clear, and I am pleased to be able to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge again as a candidate for president so taxpayers can be assured that I will do what I say I will do.” Grover Norquist, the head

GOP presidential hopefuls skip
White House Correspondents
Dinner, opt for faith in Iowa
Washington Times, by Jennifer Harper    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/25/2015 12:07:47 AM     Post Reply
Nine Republican presidential hopefuls will not be among the 3,000-ish guests at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner in the nation’s capital. They have a different calling on Saturday. Though politically attuned to every opportunity, this group will be in Waukee, Iowa, at the Point of Grace church - talking up weightier topics at the 15th annual Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition’s “kick-off” gathering and voter outreach. On hand: Sens. Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz; Govs. Scott Walker and Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee. Sen. Lindsey Graham, Jeb Bush and Ben Carson



Bruce Jenner said he’s
Republican. Only 21 percent
of LGBT Americans are.
Washington Post, by Hunter Schwarz    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/25/2015 12:03:58 AM     Post Reply
In an interview with ABC Friday, Bruce Jenner said he is transgender, and also Republican. "I´ve always been on the more conservative side," Jenner said when asked by Diane Sawyer his thoughts on President Obama being the first president to say the word "transgender" in a State of the Union address. Jenner also said he identified as a Republican when Sawyer asked. That puts Jenner in the minority among LGBT Americans, politically. According to a July Gallup poll, 21 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans are Republican or lean Republican, compared with 63 percent who identify or lean

Why Rubio is running away
from the most prominent
item on his résumé
Washington Post, by David A. Fahrenthold    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/24/2015 11:58:58 PM     Post Reply
Marco Rubio had changed his mind. It was December 2012. The Senate gym. Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) was making the ask. “You ought to be a part of this,” Durbin told Rubio (R-Fla.), as Rubio rode a stationary bike. Durbin and six other senators wanted to rewrite U.S. immigration laws. In the process, they wanted to give illegal immigrants a way to become legal residents and — eventually — citizens. Just two years earlier, Rubio had been against doing that. “It is unfair,” he had said, as a tea party candidate for Senate, “to create an alternative pathway for

Foreign donations leave Hillary in a cloud
Washington Post, by Ruth Marcus    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/24/2015 11:53:56 PM     Post Reply
In thinking about donations to the Clinton Foundation from foreign governments and interests, an adage attributed to Benjamin Franklin and a Yiddish word come to mind. From Franklin — actually, from Franklin’s alter ego, Poor Richard — comes the saying, “He that lieth down with dogs shall rise up with fleas.” In foreign policy, as in fundraising, lying down with dogs goes with the territory. Combine the two, and fleas become an occupational hazard. Foreign interests, like their U.S. counterparts, may give to the Clinton Global Initiative out of the goodness of their hearts and their commitment to the foundation’s

Bill Nye: Climate change is
“not something you should
be debating or denying”
Washington Post, by Chris Mooney    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/24/2015 11:51:05 PM     Post Reply
“Shooting the messenger isn’t going to help you on climate change.” Bill Nye is talking by phone on an early morning bus ride to Ithaca, N.Y., where his alma mater, Cornell University, is set to celebrate its 150th birthday and he’s scheduled to speak. It has been a busy week — including, most notably, a Wednesday trip with President Obama on Air Force One to visit the Florida Everglades on Earth Day — and Nye is answering the political critics who sniped at the visit. When Nye tweeted about the trip, political conservatives made a giant fuss about the amount

Donald Trump honored at
Marine Corps charity gala
New York Post, by Ian Mohr    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/24/2015 11:28:05 PM     Post Reply
Donald Trump pledged at the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation gala he’d give $100,000 to the charity. Trump unveiled the donation during his speech at the Waldorf Astoria, where he was honored with Col. G.F. Robert Hanke. More than 700 attended the 20th annual gala, including Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., Bill Bratton, Ray Kelly, Roger Ailes, Roger Staubach, Rush Limbaugh, John Mack, Matthew Zames and Bruce Mosler. Trump said of the honor, “It was very special to me.” He’s also hinted at another potential presidential run, telling “Extra,” “The country is going to hell, and


The Hill´s party kicks off WHCD weekend
The Hill (Washington DC), by Judy Kurtz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/24/2015 11:22:51 PM     Post Reply
The Hill got the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner weekend off to a glamorous start, kicking off the countdown to the annual soiree Friday with a star-studded bash at the Embassy of Canada in downtown Washington. (Snip) "This party has fast become the must-attend event of the White House Correspondents´ weekend, said Bob Cusack, editor in chief of The Hill. "We salute all of the great reporters at the White House but more importantly, we celebrate the First Amendment and the freedom of the press." The high-profile crowd of hundreds sipped the Canadian beers Molson and Labatt, along with

Photos: Obama’s Granny Sara
Omar Attends Hajj in Mecca
Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/24/2015 11:16:33 PM     Post Reply
Obama’s grandmother Sara Omar recently attended the Hajj in Mecca. (Photos) FirstPost.com reported: US President Barack Obama’s paternal grandmother Sara Omar went to Makkah to perform the Muslim pilgrimage of Umrah, according to a report by ArabianBusiness.com. Umrah involves visiting Makkah, which is considered to be the holiest city in Islam , and can be undertaken at any time of the year, unlike the Hajj. Omar, who is in her 90s, arrived in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, with her son Saeed Obama, uncle to the US president, and grandson Mousa. After finishing Umrah, she visited an exhibition about

Steny Hoyer: Same-Sex Couples
Are Endowed ‘By God’ With Right to Marry
Cybercast News Service, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/24/2015 11:09:16 PM     Post Reply
Citing the Declaration of Independence, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) argued on the House floor yesterday that same-sex couples are endowed by “their Creator—by God” with a right to marry. “Our Declaration of Independence, as all of us quote so often, says: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men’—of course, if Jefferson were writing today, it would be either all people or all humankind—‘are created equal, that they are endowed by’—not a Congress, not by a Constitution, not by a will of the majority—‘their Creator’—by God—‘with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and

´I´m a woman´: Bruce Jenner reveals he is
transitioning to his ´true self´ in Diane Sawyer
interview which will be his last as a man
Daily Mail [UK], by Sophie Jane Evans & Rachel Mcgrath    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/24/2015 10:22:21 PM     Post Reply
Bruce Jenner has revealed that he identifies as a woman - his ´true self´ and a childhood dream - in an explosive ABC interview with Diane Sawyer. The 65-year-old Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star sparked rumors about his gender identity last year after visibly altering his appearance. And tonight, he confirmed that he is reinventing himself physically in a bid to transition from male to female in the highly-anticipated, intimate sit-down. Speaking in front of millions of viewers, including Kim Kardashian and her family, Bruce tearfully revealed: ´To all extents and purposes, I am a woman. ´My brain is much more

Brian Williams Inquiry Is Said to Expand
New York Times, by Ravi Somaiya    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/24/2015 9:49:37 PM     Post Reply
An NBC News internal investigation into Brian Williams has examined a half-dozen instances in which he is thought to have fabricated, misrepresented or embellished his accounts, two people with knowledge of the investigation said. The investigation includes at least one episode that was previously unreported, these people said, involving statements by Mr. Williams about events from Tahrir Square in Cairo during the Arab Spring. The investigation, conducted by at least five NBC journalists, was commissioned early this year after Mr. Williams was forced to apologize for embellishing an account of a helicopter

Georgia university cancels classes
amid uproar over American flag protest
CBS News & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/24/2015 9:46:25 PM     Post Reply
VALDOSTA, Ga.- Student demonstrators who walked on an American flag to protest racism have sparked a counter movement, prompting a south Georgia university to cancel classes Friday ahead of a rally expected to draw large crowds of flag supporters to Valdosta. Valdosta State University found itself in the center of a controversy after a video shared on social media showed an Air Force veteran, Michelle Manhart, taking an American flag away from demonstrators who had walked on it to protest racism. At the protest, held a week ago, Manhart was detained by police when she refused to return the flag. Manhart

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