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Scandals risk tainting Obama's second term

Monday, May 20, 2013

Scandals risk tainting Obama's second term (via AFP)

With time ticking down to get things done in his final term, President Barack Obama risks suffering long-term consequences from a series of scandals that have hit the White House in recent days. After wavering initially, the US leader launched an all-out offensive to contain fallout from the trio of…


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Yahoo! to buy blog-maker Tumblr for $1.1 bn

Yahoo! to buy blog-maker Tumblr for $1.1 bn: report (via AFP)

Yahoo!'s board has approved a deal to purchase the popular blogging platform Tumblr for $1.1 billion in cash, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. The deal, if confirmed, would be the largest for Yahoo! since Marissa Mayer took over as chief executive last year and could help the struggling Internet…


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EU, China have 'much to lose' in case of trade war

EU, China have 'much to lose' in case of trade war (via AFP)

The latest tit-for-tat EU-China trade disputes could signal worse to come but both sides have a lot to lose if things get out of hand and harm the much-needed economic growth they seek, analysts said. In May alone, the two have locked horns over solar panels, steel tubes and telecoms equipment, sparking…


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German energy shift faces headwinds

German energy shift faces headwinds (via AFP)

Tense engineers have their eyes peeled on complex colour-coded diagrams on a wall-sized screen that makes their control room look like the inside of a spaceship. They work with a power system that would have seemed equally futuristic not so long ago. It is also prone to solar turbulence and other unexpected…


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Virginia Republican: ‘Black civil rights leaders’ responsible for ‘genocide’

Virginia Republican: ‘Black civil rights leaders’ responsible for ‘genocide’ (via Raw Story )

A Virginia Republican who on Saturday secured the nomination to run for Lt. Governor said in an online video published last year that he believes “black civil rights leaders” are responsible for a “genocide” of African-American children by supporting Democrats and reproductive choice. E.W.…


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Jewish group demands Sen. Chuck Grassley apologize for Hitler comment


Jewish group demands Sen. Chuck Grassley apologize for Hitler comment (via Raw Story )

A liberal-leaning Jewish organization on Sunday called on Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to apologize for linking U.S. foreign policy to the rise of Adolf Hitler. “Senator Grassley’s Hitler comparison is absolutely inappropriate,” Aaron Keyak of the National Jewish Democratic Council said. “Grassley…


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Right-Wing Mouth-Piece, Jennifer Rubin, demands CNN ‘mute’ David Shuster for ‘Media Matters talking points’


Jennifer Rubin demands CNN ‘mute’ David Shuster for ‘Media Matters talking points’ (via Raw Story )

Neoconservative Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin on Sunday demanded that CNN “mute” Take Action News host David Shuster for using what she insisted were “Media Matters talking points” to slam ABC News White House correspondent Jonathan Karl for inaccurately reporting details about the…


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Obama to discuss counterterrorism strategy

Obama to discuss counterterrorism strategy (via AFP)

President Barack Obama will discuss his counterterrorism strategy Thursday, revealing to the American public his plans for unmanned drones and Guantanamo Bay, the White House said Sunday. During his speech at the National Defense University in Washington, the president will discuss "our broad counter…


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Pathological Asshat Rove says his super PAC is same as NAACP because it’s for ‘social welfare’


Rove says his super PAC is same as NAACP because it’s for ‘social welfare’ (via Raw Story )

Republican strategist Karl Rove says that Crossroads GPS, which is a part the American Crossroads super PAC that he founded, is a legitimate tax-exempt organization because it promotes “social welfare” like the NAACP. During a panel discussion on Fox News Sunday about the IRS scrutinizing tea party…


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Venezuela in rare diplomatic overture to US

Venezuela in rare diplomatic overture to US (via AFP)

Venezuela on Sunday made a rare diplomatic overture to the United States, suggesting it could be time for better ties. "We are going to remain open to normalizing relations with the United States," Foreign Minister Elias Jaua said on Televen television Sunday. "The first thing would be to resume diplomatic…


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Florida parent says ‘religious zealots’ got teen daughter arrested for lesbian relationship (via Raw Story )

An 18-year-old girl was arrested for statutory rape over a same-sex relationship in Florida because of bigoted parents, according to the mother of the arrested teen. Kaitlyn Ashley Hunt was arrested February 16 by the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office on two counts of lewd or lascivious battery…


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Obama touts second term agenda in graduation speech

Obama touts second term agenda in graduation speech (via AFP)

US President Barack Obama, in a rousing speech to graduating college students here Sunday, touted his second term agenda, steering clear of scandals that have engulfed the White House in recent days. "My job, as president, is to advocate for policies that generate more opportunity for everybody --…


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Paul "Granny Starver" Ryan: IRS connection to Obamacare is ‘rotten to the core’


Paul Ryan: IRS connection to Obamacare is ‘rotten to the core’ (via Raw Story )

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Sunday used the news that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had scrutinized tea party groups to slam the agency’s connection to President Barack Obama’s heath care reform law. Host Chris Wallace pointed out to Ryan on Fox News Sunday…


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Gay marriage vote poses problems for Cameron

Gay marriage vote poses problems for Cameron (via AFP)

Prime Minister David Cameron faces further dissent from within the ranks of his Conservative Party as a bill to legalise gay marriage returns to Parliament Monday. Cameron faces a setback in the House of Commons, if the Labour Party joins forces with Tory rebels in a vote on his bill. While Cameron…


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Time To Prosecute The Climate Criminals

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Pfeiffer to Fox News host: ‘Offensive’ to suggest Obama let Americans die in Benghazi


Pfeiffer to Fox News host: ‘Offensive’ to suggest Obama let Americans die in Benghazi (via Raw Story )

White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer on Sunday told Fox News host Chris Wallace that it was “offensive” to suggest that President Barack Obama had allowed last year’s attacks in Benghazi that killed four Americans. In an interview with Pfeiffer on Fox News Sunday, Wallace explained that there…


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