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Archive for June 1st, 2014

Mitt Romney is Campaigning in Iowa

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 1st, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Mitt Romney is Campaigning in Iowa
Mitt Romney returned to Iowa Friday for the first time since he lost the presidential election in 2012 in an effort to showcase U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst to mainstream Republicans, and said he’s opening his campaign donor list to the little-known farmer and national guard officer. Romney has also endorsed candidates in Virginia, New Jersey, Idaho, Massachusetts, Florida, Nevada, Louisiana, Kentucky, Montana, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, California, New York, Georgia, Utah, Arizona, Utah, Oregon, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Colorado and Alabama.

‘Brady Bunch’ Actress Ann B. Davis Dies
Ann B. Davis, known for her role as Alice the housekeeper on the 1970s sitcom The Brady Bunch, died Sunday after falling a day earlier in her home, close friend Bishop William Frey said. She was 88. Her first big break in acting was the role of Schultzy the secretary on the 1950s sitcom The Bob Cummings Show. Since 1976, Davis has lived in an Episcopal commune led by Frey, first in Denver and then in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. “I decided to sell my house in L.A. and yield control to the Lord,” she told People in 1977.


Smugglers kill 6 soldiers in Egypt gunbattle

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 1st, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Smugglers kill 6 soldiers in Egypt gunbattle
CAIRO (AP) — Smugglers have killed six Egyptian army border guards, including an officer, in a gunbattle in the remote southwest, the military announced on Sunday.

Can South Korea conduct fair trial of ferry crew?
INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — Less than two months after the ferry Sewol sank, court proceedings over the disaster are set to begin for 15 crew members over the disaster — four of them for homicide. The job of defending them falls almost entirely on six state-appointed lawyers, three of whom started practicing law only this year.

Cruz wins presidential straw poll at GOP summit
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has won the latest 2016 presidential straw poll at a conservative summit in Louisiana.


Obama, Jay Carney share goodbye bro hug

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 1st, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Obama, Jay Carney share goodbye bro hug
After President Obama announced White House press secretary Jay Carney would step down, the president went in for the handshake, Carney went in for the hug, and awkwardness ensued.


Fox Panel Laughs At Laura Ingraham’s Unrelenting Benghazi Focus

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 1st, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Fox Panel Laughs At Laura Ingraham’s Unrelenting Benghazi Focus

From the June 1 edition of Fox News’ Fox News Sunday:

Previously:

The Benghazi Select Committee That Fox Built

Explainer: A Year Of Benghazi Myths

The Already Asked-And-Answered Questions Fox Wants To Know From The Benghazi Select Committee  


Why Prosecuting Snowden Is Unfair — Until NSA Answers for Misconduct

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 1st, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Why Prosecuting Snowden Is Unfair — Until NSA Answers for Misconduct
Joe Conason, RealClearPolitics
What America learned from Edward Snowden’s interview with “NBC News” anchor Brian Williams on Wednesday evening was much less than what we still need to know. Snowden described himself as a highly trained espionage agent, rather than a low-level hacker; he insisted his actions were patriotic, not treacherous; and said he yearns to return to the United States. He claimed to have warned his superiors about the surveillance excesses committed by the National Security Agency, and he doesn’t believe a fair trial would be possible for him under the Espionage Act if he did return. But we still don’t…

Despite Thomas Piketty, Voters Reject Economic Redistribution
Michael Barone, RealClearPolitics
The opinion pages, economic journals and liberal websites are atwitter (a-Twitter?) these days over French economist Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century.” Left-wingers cite Piketty’s statistics showing growing wealth inequality — though some have been challenged by the Financial Times — in support of Piketty’s policy response, huge taxes on high incomes and accumulated wealth. One suspects that many of his fans have another agenda in mind. They’d like to gull a majority of the 99 percent to vote for parties that would put their friends in control of an engorged state…


‘Carbon offset’ homes scheme touted

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 1st, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

‘Carbon offset’ homes scheme touted
Plans to allow developers to offset carbon emissions from new homes will be in the Queen’s Speech, the Lib Dems say.

UK’s ‘EU quit warning’ on president
German magazine Der Spiegel says PM David Cameron warned the UK could leave the EU if Jean-Claude Juncker became president.


Bowe Bergdahl’s release bumps VA scandal from political spotlight

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 1st, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Bowe Bergdahl’s release bumps VA scandal from political spotlight
The Taliban’s release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl dominated the Sunday talk shows.


Krasnyy Luch Journal: At Ukraine’s Perilous Border, Law Is Dispensed by Men in Masks

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 1st, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Krasnyy Luch Journal: At Ukraine’s Perilous Border, Law Is Dispensed by Men in Masks
Ukraine’s easternmost province of Luhansk has become a lawless expanse where dying coal mines and joblessness feed an insurgency.



President of Georgian Abkhazia Resigns Under Pressure
President Aleksandr Z. Ankvab, whose popularity had plummeted amid deteriorating economic conditions, stepped down as the leader of Abkhazia, a breakaway region of Georgia.



Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Sisi and the Palestinians
In the past, a strong and stable Egypt has meant more support for Palestine in the region and abroad.




Anti-Gay Uganda Politician Will Soon Preside Over UN General Assembly

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 1st, 2014 11:08 pm by HL

Anti-Gay Uganda Politician Will Soon Preside Over UN General Assembly

This anti-gay legislator will preside over the UN General Assembly for one year starting in mid-June.

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Sam Kutesa, Minister for Foreign Affairs from Uganda, addresses the U.N. General Assembly in 2006

Sam Kutesa, Minister for Foreign Affairs from Uganda, addresses the U.N. General Assembly in 2006

CREDIT: Ed Betz/ AP

Uganda’s foreign minister, who once derided homosexuality as something that the majority of Africans “abhor,” will soon take over as UN General Assembly President for one year. The anti-gay politician Sam Kutesa will “chair all meetings of the UN’s general assembly, and play host to world leaders” including President Barack Obama, according to the European news site Pink News. Some world leaders and human rights organizations have criticized Kutesa’s uncontested appointment saying that his support for his country’s anti-gay legislation runs counter to the United Nations charter, which promotes equality and justice.

The Guardian reported the African Union had elected Kutesa “by acclamation” since it was the African Union’s turn to choose a candidate and that he had been the only candidate. But there has been massive condemnation of his past record as his June 11th appointment date draws near. According to Black Star News, both New York Sens. Chuck Schumer (D) and Kristen Gillibrand (D) condemned Kutesa’s appointment. In mid-May, Schumer said that Kutesa’s appointment “is in contradiction to the UN charter and denies equality for members of the LGBT community.” In a statement to Black Star News a few days later, Gillibrand said, “The United Nations’ mission should remain focused on bringing the world community together rather than embracing divisiveness and intolerance. I urge the UN to raise Uganda’s human rights violations with Mr. Kutesa and stand with Uganda’s LGBT community facing injustice and persecution at home.”

In February, Kutesa threw his support behind Uganda President Yoweri Museveni for signing the Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA) that enforces a penalty of life in prison for couples in a committed relationship. The law also criminalizes people who perform same-sex marriage ceremonies and others who counsel gays or lesbians. At the time, Kutesa said that “the majority of Africans abhor” the practice of homosexuality and that “we shall not accept promotion and exhibition, because we think that is wrong for our young people and it offends our culture,” according to The Guardian.

Since the AHA passed in February, Sexual Minorities Uganda reported in May that there has been a ten-fold increase in violence against the LGBT community, about 162 reported incidents of violence. The report also found that “the passing of AHA has given permission to a culture of extreme and violent homophobia whereby both state and non-state actors are free to persecute Uganda’s LGBTI people with impunity.” The BBC reported in 2007 that there were about 500,000 LGBT people living in Uganda.

Although Kutesa’s appointment is largely figurative, Milton Allimadi, publisher and editor of the New York-based Black Star News wrote in April that this would cause “irreparable damage to the UN’s reputation.” Allimadi has started a petition asking Secretary of State John Kerry to deny Kutesa’s visa into the United States.

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WSJ: EPA Rule Will Cut Power Plant Emissions By 30 Percent By 2030

The Wall Street Journal reports that new EPA rule will aim to cut power plant emissions by 30 percent by 2030.

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power-plant-sunset

CREDIT: Shutterstock

The proposed rule on carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants slated to be released by the Environmental Protection Agency Monday will aim to cut emissions by 30 percent by 2030, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The paper reported Sunday that according to “two people who have been briefed on the rule,” the regulations will seek a 25 percent cut in CO2 emissions by 2020 and a 30 percent cut by 2030 from 2005 emissions levels. Since power plant emissions in the U.S. fell from 2005 to 2012, the 2005 baseline indicates a less stringent cut than a 2012 baseline would have, but 30 percent is still larger than the previous estimate of up to 20 percent.

The proposed rule is scheduled to be completed one year from now and will go into effect in 2016. The EPA did not confirm the specifics of the rule to the Wall Street Journal, saying they would not comment on the rules until they are announced on Monday. In his weekly radio address Saturday, President Obama lauded the health benefits of the new rule, which he said will lead to major cuts in asthma and heart attacks in its first year.

“Today, about 40 percent of America’s carbon pollution comes from power plants. But right now, there are no national limits to the amount of carbon pollution that existing plants can pump into the air we breathe. None,” Obama said. “We limit the amount of toxic chemicals like mercury, sulfur, and arsenic that power plants put in our air and water. But they can dump unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into the air. It’s not smart, it’s not safe and it doesn’t make sense.”

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