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Hillary Clinton's first 2016 rally set for June 13

(Politico) Hillary Clinton will hold her presidential campaign’s first major event, a formal announcement rally, on June 13, according to a post on her official Twitter account Thursday afternoon.


Michelle Obama’s knockout response to President Obama’s #GimmeFive challenge

First lady Michelle Obama just delivered a knockout response to a “Let’s Move” challenge delivered by President Barack Obama, who posted a YouTube video to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the first lady’s initiative.


Josh Duggar Admits Molestation, Resigns from Family Research Council

(TMZ) Josh Duggar has resigned as Executive Director of the Family Research Council, acknowledging he sexually molested underage girls including some of his sisters, calling his conduct inexcusable.

Josh just told People, "Twelve years ago, as a young teenager. I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret." He continues, "We spoke with authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling."


Baltimore Grand Jury Indicts Six Officers in Freddie Gray's Death

(NBC) A grand jury in Baltimore has indicted six officers in the death of Freddie Gray, the city's top prosecutor said Thursday. In a hasty news conference, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby reeled off the charges handed down by the grand jury against the officers, Garrett Miller, Alicia White, Edward Nero, Caesar Goodson Jr., Brian Rice and William Porter.


Boy Scouts’ President Calls for End to Ban on Gay Leaders

(NYT) The president of the Boy Scouts of America on Thursday called for an end to the group’s blanket ban on gay adult leaders, warning Scout executives that “we must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be,” and that “any other alternative will be the end of us as a national movement.”

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The NRA Rides To The Rescue Of Men Who Beat Up Their Dates In Louisiana

(Think Progress) If a man in New Orleans drives over to his girlfriend’s home and beats her senseless, the National Rifle Association has his back. Under existing Louisiana law, a person convicted of using “force or violence” against another member of their “household” loses their right to possess a firearm. If someone abuses a romantic partner that they do not live with, however, they are still allowed to carry a gun.


Study: Lawmakers Assume Voters Are Way More Conservative Than They Are

(TPM) Researchers from UC Berkeley and the Univeristy of Michigan dug up some surprising results after posing the question: How much do lawmakers really know about their voters' political views?

"Pick an American state legislator at random, and chances are that he or she will have massive misperceptions about district views on big-ticket issues, typically missing the mark by 15 percentage points," David Broockman and Christopher Skovron wrote in a study for the Scholarly Strategy Network originally published in 2013.

To investigate the question, the duo surveyed thousands of state legislators and compared their perceptions of voters to people's actual views, derived from a large body of public opinion data.


Oregon Bans Conversion Therapy

(Advocate) Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Monday signed into law House Bill 2307, which bans the use of so-called conversion therapy on minors.

The bill passed the Oregon Senate earlier this month by a vote of 21-3, after passing the House in March. Oregon now joins California, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia in outlawing the scientifically discredited therapy, which attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.


The Slow-Mo Scandal That Could Crush Scott Walker's Presidential Hopes

(Mother Jones) In 2010, Scott Walker was the young, hyperambitious executive of Milwaukee County and one of three candidates angling for the Wisconsin Republican gubernatorial nomination. Part of his official duties included overseeing Operation Freedom, a charity event that raised money for veterans and their families. When Walker's chief of staff caught wind that $11,000 of the nonprofit's money had gone missing, Walker had his office ask the local district attorney to investigate. Now that he's seeking the Republican presidential nomination, he probably wishes it hadn't.

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Iraq announces launch of operation to drive IS from Anbar

46 min ago - BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq on Tuesday announced the launch of a military operation to drive the Islamic State group out of the western Anbar province, where the extremists captured the provincial capital, Ramadi, earlier this month. Iraqi state TV declared ... (AP)

Report: Iran Summons Saudi Envoy Over Yemen Strike

2 hrs ago - Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency says the Foreign Ministry has summoned Saudi Arabia's envoy over an airstrike near Tehran's embassy in Yemen. It says Iran warned the Saudi charge d'affaires late Monday against any violations of the diplomatic ... (AP)

Brazil prison riot leaves 8 dead, officials say

6 hrs ago - RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A prison riot in northeastern Brazil left eight inmates dead after a fight between two gangs quickly escalated, prison officials said. Nearly 50 people, mostly visiting family members, were held hostage for several hours, but w ... (Yahoo! News / AP)

Rest home fire in central China kills 38

7 hrs ago - BEIJING (AP) — A rest home fire in central China killed 38 people and injured six, Chinese state media reported Tuesday. The official Xinhua News Agency said that the Monday night fire swept through an apartment building being used as a privately ru ... (Yahoo! News / AP)

Russia begins massive air force exercise

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Jeb Bush to get own home at family compound in Kennebunkport

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NYC-based investment firm helps Detroit residents pay water bills, avoid shutoff

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Mexican tornado near Texas border kills 13

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New documents show cost of Russian floating nuclear power plant skyrockets

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BB King may have been poisoned, daughters allege

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FDA ticks off first drug to treat radiation sickness after nuclear disasters

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Cleveland Reaches Settlement With Justice Department Over Police Conduct

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Allies Bicker As Islamic State Threatens To Kill Hundreds

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Syrian Warplanes Batter Jihadists In Ancient Palmyra

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Fighter Jets Scramble Following Reports of Multiple Threats to Passenger Planes, Officials Say

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18 shot this weekend in Baltimore

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China warned over 'insane' plans for new nuclear power plants

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Charter Said to Be Near Deal to Buy Time Warner Cable

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Obama pays tribute to fallen service members at Arlington

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The Latest on weather: 12 people missing in Texas floods

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Turkey and US "Agree in Principle" to Provide Air Support to Syrian Rebels

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Tunisian soldier shoots seven dead at military base

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Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant: IAEA Report Slams Japan For Not Acting On Tsunami Danger Knowledge

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Redford to college graduates: World needs you; be fearless

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