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Sunday, April 26, 2015


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Unforgettable Hubble
Space Telescope Photos
New York Times, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/26/2015 12:08:36 AM     Post Reply
"This is a really new birthplace of stars," Jennifer Wiseman, senior project scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope, said of the new image, which shows a cluster of 3,000 stars known as Westerlund 2 in the constellation Carina. "The cluster is only about two million years old, which in stellar terms is very young. And it contains some of the galaxy’s hottest, brightest and most massive stars that we know of." Tadpole Galaxy, 2002: John Grunsfeld, astronaut and associate administrator for science, NASA: Mr. Grunsfeld is best known as the Hubble repairman for journeying to space to make repairs on Hubble three different times.

Analysis: A new redline on Iran?
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/25/2015 11:59:37 PM     Post Reply
If Arab media reports that the air force once again attacked targets in Syria are to believed, it can be interpreted as a new Israeli policy. According to the Al Jazeera and Al Arabia TV channels and Syrian opposition social media, the targets attacked last Wednesday and overnight Friday were Syrian Scud missiles – but the messages sent were to Iran and its proxy, Hezbollah. This policy is intended to draw new and clear redlines vis-a-vis Iran to slow down its rush for regional hegemony. Until recently, the Israeli diplomatic and covert operations were directed against Tehran’s nuclear program. It seems that despite the Israeli

Obama jokes at WHCA dinner:
‘I have something that rhymes with bucket list’
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/25/2015 11:55:37 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama says he’s bringing a new attitude to the final quarter of his presidency: Bucket! “After the midterm elections, my advisers asked me, ‘Mr. President, do you have a bucket list?” he told those attending the annual dinner of the White House Correspondents’ Association. “And I said, well, I have something that rhymes with bucket list …” “Take executive action on immigration? Bucket! New regulations? Bucket!” The correspondents’ association dinner, nearly a century old, has become a night when the president does stand-up comedy for the cause of raising money for scholarships for young



Woman Texting During National
Anthem At White House Correspondents
Dinner Outrages America [VIDEO]
Daily Caller (DC), by Heather Smith    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/25/2015 11:07:07 PM     Post Reply
Shortly after President Barack Obama arrived on the stage for the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the band began to play the National Anthem. First Lady Michelle Obama was seen singing every word as the band played. Everyone on stage including CBS News correspondent Major Garrett, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest and President Barack Obama proudly held their hand over their heart as the anthem played. Then CNN cameras panned the crowd, showing dinner attendees with their hand over their heart — except for one woman who was buried in her cell phone. Social media reacted with disgust:

Chuck Todd: Clinton Scandals Are
´Circumstantial,´ Usually Fade Away
Newsbusters, by Tim Graham    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/25/2015 10:53:22 PM     Post Reply
NBC Meet the Press host Chuck Todd granted an interview to their affiliate station WWQC in Davenport, Iowa. He unloaded the conventional wisdom on anchor Marcia Lense when she asked if the newest uranium scandal with the Clinton Foundation and Team Obama would change the game with voters, or if this would fade away. Todd picked (b). Journalists think scandals never end up hurting the Clintons. They’re just “circumstantial scandals” that the Clintons always survive – in part because the liberal journalists very much want them to survive [hat tip Ulysses Arn]: (Video) CHUCK TODD: If history is a guide,

Black Rioters in Baltimore Smash
Police Cars, Attack Motorists
in Frenzied Protest
Breitbart Big Government, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/25/2015 10:47:07 PM     Post Reply
****LIVE UPDATES****9:58 PM: Investigative reporter Matthew Boyle reports that both he and a family member both tried to escape the scene of destruction and chaos, but were prevented by a forcible lockout. No one is allowed to leave Oriole Park at Camden Yards. There are at least 15,000 people trapped in the stadium — and it’s the bottom of the tenth inning. From the wires: Baltimore (AFP) — Protesters smashed police cars and shop windows in downtown Baltimore on Saturday when the biggest demonstration over the death of a young African-American man in police custody turned violent. More than 1,000

Veteran defense lawyers see
possible criminal inquiry for Clintons
Fox News, by James Rosen    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/25/2015 10:34:12 PM     Post Reply
With a sitting Democratic senator recently indicted on federal bribery and corruption charges, top criminal defense lawyers in the nation’s capital say Democratic presidential front runner Hillary Clinton could conceivably face similar scrutiny, amid mounting disclosures about the tangled finances of her family’s philanthropic foundation. The new book “Clinton Cash” by Peter Schweizer, an investigative reporter affiliated with the right-leaning Hoover Institution, has unleashed a torrent of conflict-of-interest allegations relating to the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton’s own conduct during her tenure,



Bobby Jindal says he´d ´absolutely´
attend same-sex wedding
CNN, by Ashley Killough    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/25/2015 10:26:57 PM     Post Reply
Waukee, Iowa - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Saturday that his preference for what he calls the "traditional view of marriage" wouldn´t stop him from attending the same-sex wedding of a loved one. "Sure, if it´s somebody I loved and cared for, absolutely," Jindal told reporters. "Now, the reality is I don´t like attending a lot of weddings," he joked. Jindal has been an outspoken opponents of same-sex marriage and voiced strong support Saturday for religious liberty laws like the one in Indiana earlier this year, which sought to protect individuals who objected to participating in same-sex weddings but came under fire for being

Florida frat suspended
after allegedly harassing veterans
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/25/2015 10:21:18 PM     Post Reply
Gainesville, FL - A University of Florida fraternity has been suspended after reports that some of its members harassed wounded military veterans vacationing recently in Panama City Beach. The Gainesville Sun reports that Zeta Beta Tau fraternity has been charged by the university with offenses including yelling and spitting at vets last weekend. UF said the university has charged the fraternity with "causing physical or other harm, obscene behavior, public intoxication, theft and damage to property." An investigation by school officials is ongoing. Panama City Police responded to the incident and no charges were filed.

Officials pick up possible
ISIS threat to U.S. military, police
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/25/2015 9:56:41 PM     Post Reply
U.S. law enforcement officials were warned Friday of a possible plot by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. Officials say information about the plot against U.S. military and law enforcement facilities and personnel came from chatter from known ISIS associates overseas who specifically mentioned California. They were continuing to attempt to inspire lone wolf attacks in the United States. U.S. officials have not identified any individuals linked to the plot within the country, and none of these threats are new. U.S. intelligence officials pointed to the recent arrests of a 14-year-old in the U.K. and other youths in Australia as examples of

Volcanic ash cancels flights to Chile,
Argentina, and Uruguay (+video)
Reuters, by Sarah Marsh    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/25/2015 9:47:48 PM     Post Reply
Santiago, Chile - Ash from the Chilean volcano Calbuco, which erupted without warning this week, reached as far as southern Brazil on Saturday and prompted some airlines to cancel flights to the capitals of Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. Calbuco, considered one of the most dangerous along Chile´s chain of around 2,000 volcanoes, erupted twice in 24 hours on Wednesday and Thursday, sending up a spectacular 17-km-high (11 miles) cloud and coating nearby towns in a thick layer of gray ash. Authorities have set up a 20-km (12 mile) cordon around Calbuco, in the scenic Los Lagos region, around 1,000 km (620 miles) south of the



Russian Hackers Read Obama’s
Unclassified Emails, Officials Say
New York Times, by Michael S. Schmidt & David E. Sanger    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/25/2015 9:33:01 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Some of President Obama’s email correspondence was swept up by Russian hackers last year in a breach of the White House’s unclassified computer system that was far more intrusive and worrisome than has been publicly acknowledged, according to senior American officials briefed on the investigation. The hackers, who also got deeply into the State Department’s unclassified system, do not appear to have penetrated closely guarded servers that control the message traffic from Mr. Obama’s BlackBerry, which he or an aide carries constantly. But they obtained access to the email archives of people inside the

See Michelle Obama´s glam #NerdProm gown!
USA Today, by Andrea Mandrell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/25/2015 8:43:21 PM     Post Reply
(Tweet) Gorgeous! Michelle Obama looks stunning in her gold gown at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, happening now in Washington. We’ll let you know who her liquid gold number was designed by soon. Meanwhile, everyone is REALLY into her new, curly ‘do. (More Tweets)

Katie Couric, Ivanka Trump and pregnant
Naya Rivera join A-listers and
politicians at the annual White
House Correspondents´ Dinner
Daily Mail (UK), by Sophie Jane Evans    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/25/2015 8:37:47 PM     Post Reply
Hollywood stars are partying with reporters, politicians and the President of the United States at the annual White House Correspondents´ Dinner tonight. Journalist Katie Couric, 58, and her husband, John Molner, 52, were spotted arriving at the glittering event at around 6pm - both dressed in their finest. The Yahoo Global News Anchor was donning a pretty floral, floor-length gown, while her spouse of 10 months was sporting a black suit and a bow tie. They were joined on the red carpet by businesswoman Ivanka Trump, who was wearing a red fishtail dress, and pregnant Glee actress, Naya Rivera. Modern Family

FBI agent´s sniper rifle stolen out
of car´s safe through the WINDOW
at Salt Lake City hotel... just days
before President Obama´s Utah visit
Daily Mail (UK), by Anneta Konstantinides    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/25/2015 8:00:46 PM     Post Reply
An FBI agent´s sniper rifle was ripped out of his car´s window and stolen from a Salt Lake City hotel parking lot just days before President Obama visited Utah earlier this month. The gun was inside a hard rifle case and was ´secured properly´ to a truck safe with padlocks and chains while the car was parked at the Marriott Springhill Suites, according to police. Police believe the thief stole the rifle by breaking the rear right passenger-side window, tying a rope around the rifle case´s handle or a cable lock, and using the momentum from another vehicle to then



Obama Takes Cheap Shot at
FL Gov. Rick Scott During
Sparsely Attended Everglades Speech
PJ Media, by Debra Heine    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 4/25/2015 7:32:44 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama could not resist taking a cheap shot at Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) while he was visiting the governor’s state Wednesday afternoon. The thinly veiled insult came during the president’s speech at the Florida Everglades, which only a small handful of Floridians attended. The speech was televised by Al Jazeera America but none of the major cable news networks, according to Mediaite. As the president made his case for taking action on climate change, he scoffed at one denier in particular who supposedly refuses to even allow the words “climate change” to be said in his state.

Homeland Security Working
Overtime to Add ‘New Americans’
by 2016 Election
PJ Media, by J. Christian Adams    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 4/25/2015 7:27:32 PM     Post Reply
President Obama’s amnesty by edict has always been about adding new Democrats to the voter rolls, and recent action by the Department of Homeland Security provides further proof. Sources at the Department of Homeland Security report to PJ Media that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is reallocating significant resources away from a computer system — the “Electronic Immigration System” — to sending letters to all 9,000,000 green card holders urging them to naturalize prior to the 2016 election. This effort is part of the DHS “Task Force on New Americans.” PJ Media has obtained an internal

‘Are You Afraid of Turkey?’:
Harf Gets Owned on Armenian
Genocide Questions
PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 4/25/2015 7:23:52 PM     Post Reply
Reporters tried to get the G-word out of the administration today on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, but both the White House and State Department went through every verbal dance possible to not anger Turkey. President Obama edited the word Ankara hates out of Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, issuing a lengthy statement marking “Armenian Remembrance Day.” He promised as a presidential candidate in 2008 to recognize the Armenian Genocide once in the Oval Office, but has never done so.(Snip)At the State Department today, Marie Harf got exasperated with questions about the Armenian Genocide. “You’ve asked the same question

The world’s languages,
in 7 maps and charts 4
Washington Post, by Rick Noack & Lazaro Gamio    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/25/2015 6:46:00 PM     Post Reply
These seven maps and charts, visualized by The Washington Post, will help you understand how diverse other parts of the world are in terms of languages. 1. Some continents have more languages than others(skip for graph)Not all continents are equally diverse in the number of spoken languages. Whereas Asia leads the statistics with 2,301 languages, Africa follows closely with 2,138. There are about 1,300 languages in the Pacific, and 1,064 in South and North America. Europe, despite its many nation-states, is at the bottom of the pack with just 286. 2. These are some of the languages with the most native speakers

Hillary Clinton´s Machine Sputters
Bloomberg View, by Margaret Carlson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/25/2015 6:40:44 PM     Post Reply
You might as well make yourselves comfortable. That’s advice Republican presidential candidates might want to follow, given how often they will be summoned to Iowa over the next nine months or so to explain themselves to the state´s notoriously demanding voters. This weekend, they´ll be turning up to prove their evangelical fervor at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, part of the national organization created by Ralph Reed in 2009, after his fall from grace as head of the Christian Coalition. Reed has sufficiently rehabilitated himself to have some status as a Republican power broker. So the party´s candidates and would-be


How to help victims of
the Nepal earthquake
CNN, by Christopher Dawson    Original Article
Posted By: Lalo- 4/25/2015 6:39:48 PM     Post Reply
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal with devastating force Saturday, killing more than 1,400 people. As the rescue and recovery efforts get underway, many charities and NGOs are sending teams, essential aid and medical assistance. Here are some of the organizations that you can assist. The Nepal Red Cross Society is the epicenter of the relief efforts and is a direct way to help the people of Nepal. Here is its online donation link; please note that their website connectivity is on and off, so you might not be able to get through. AmeriCares has sent its response team to

A calculated corruptor of justice
Washington Times, by Sidney Powell    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/25/2015 6:37:00 PM     Post Reply
The first attorney general to be held in contempt of Congress has demonstrated shocking contempt for the law, and the ability to abuse and corrupt it for the political and social agenda of this president. He has assaulted freedom of speech and press at every turn, stonewalled all investigations into widespread corruption within the administration, undermined and obstructed the work of the agencies’ own inspectors general, and targeted individuals who dared challenge any of it. He has tirelessly protected and promoted corrupt prosecutors and scattered ticking time bombs. Ironically, it was April 1, 2009, when newly sworn

Is America ready for President Graham?
Washington Post, by George F. Will    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/25/2015 6:36:37 PM     Post Reply
In 1994, Lindsey Graham, then a 39-year-old South Carolina legislator, ran for Congress in a district that he said had not elected a Republican since Union guns made it do so during Reconstruction. He promised that in Washington he would be “one less vote for an agenda that makes you want to throw up.” He was elected to the Senate in 2002 and soon almost certainly will join the Republican presidential scramble, enlivening it with his quick intelligence, policy fluency, mordant wit and provocative agenda. He has the normal senatorial tendency to see a president in the mirror and an ebullient

Islamists Seize Control of
Syrian City in Northwest
New York Times, by Anne Barnard & Hwaida Saad    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/25/2015 5:38:19 PM     Post Reply
Beirut, Lebanon - Insurgents seized more parts of the northern Syrian province of Idlib on Saturday in a significant advance toward the government-held coast that seemed to signal new coordination among antigovernment fighters, some using advanced antitank weapons. (Snip) Last year, the United States provided a small number of TOW antitank missiles to some rebel groups. But those groups were largely routed or co-opted by the Nusra Front, further complicating what was already a murky battlefield that has left American officials wary of providing more robust aid to insurgents. Now, though, some opposition advocates

Re-branding Clinton Inc: ´New Hillary´
has the same old problems
Telegraph [UK], by Peter Foster    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/25/2015 5:11:16 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Modern US presidential campaigns are first and foremost exercises in personal branding, where voters are asked to buy into a vision of America´s future embodied in a candidate´s personal story and public image. In the end, says one longtime Democrat strategist, it´s a "gut" thing – which is why this past week has been a particularly scarring one for Hillary Clinton. (Snip) Unfortunately for Mrs Clinton, unlike in the world of savings plans and soap powder, in presidential politics the rival concerns get to fire back, and this week Republicans began the process of pre-emptively destroying the New Clinton brand.

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