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Pope Francis’ Meeting Wasn’t an Endorsement of Kim Davis, Vatican Says

(NYT) Vatican officials announced on Friday that Pope Francis did not hold a private meeting with Kim Davis last week in Washington — as has been widely reported — but that Ms. Davis was among dozens of guests ushered into the Vatican’s Embassy in Washington for a brief meeting with him.

“The pope did not enter into details of the situation of Ms. Davis, and his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular and complex aspects,” he said.


GOP Leader Booed While Defending Benghazi Committee

(TPM) Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), the chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, was booed by the audience at the Washington Ideas Forum Thursday while defending the GOP's congressional investigations into the Benghazi attack, The Huffington Post reported.

According to The Huffington Post, the audience booed, hissed and yelled "You're lying!" while McMorris Rodgers attempted to deny that the Benghazi committee was politically-motivated. She had been asked by ABC's Jonathan Karl to weigh in on comments made by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) in which he boasted that the committee's investigation had taken a toll on Hillary Clinton's poll numbers.


HP Employees Won’t Give Carly Fiorina a Dime

(Daily Beast) Of the 302,000 employees at the company, not one has given a reportable amount to help Fiorina fund her 2016 presidential campaign, according to the campaign’s most recent FEC filings, which lists all donations over $200. HP’s corporate leadership also doesn’t seem keen on the idea of Fiorina in the White House. Among the 12-member board of directors, just one, Ann Livermore, has given a donation above that threshold.

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Up to 10 dead in shootings at Umpqua Community College in Ore.

(KOMO) Seven to 10 people are dead after a shooting incident at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., according to the Oregon State Police. More than 20 other people are reported to be injured.

A school official says shots were fired at Snyder Hall around 10:30 a.m. The official said the school was locked down.


Alabama to stop issuing driver’s licenses in counties with 75% black registered voters

(Raw Story) The state of Alabama, which requires a photo ID to vote, announced this week that it would stop issuing driver’s licenses in counties where 75 percent of registered voters are black.

Due to budget cuts, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said that 31 satellite DMV offices would no longer have access to driver’s licenses examiners, meaning that residents will need to travel to other counties to apply for licenses. The move comes just one year after the state’s voter photo ID law went into effect.


Powell: I stay Republican 'because it annoys them'

(The Hill) “Yes, I’m still a Republican,” he said about his party affiliation during the Washington Ideas Forum in Washington, D.C., according to the Daily Mail.

“I want to continue to be a Republican because it annoys them,” Powell quipped to host Walter Isaacson.


Conservatives wonder: Why aren’t Planned Parenthood’s poll numbers falling?

(WaPo) Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) was perplexed. Two long months had passed since the Center for Medical Progress started releasing undercover videos in which current and former Planned Parenthood employees described the grim economics of fetal tissue harvesting. Since then, a long congressional recess had come and gone and Republican-run states had redoubled their efforts to defund the family planning titan. Yet in the most recent poll from Reuters/Ipsos, 54 percent of voters still favored federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

"Those numbers are news to me," said King. "I haven’t paid any attention to the polls. But am I surprised? Yes. That would explain some of the reasons why the leadership is not committing to defund."

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Mark Kelly calls for nationwide gun-control campaign

2 hrs ago - October 04, 2015, 09:38 am Mark Kelly calls for nationwide gun-control campaign By Alexander Bolton Mark Kelly, the husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was seriously injured in a mass shooting, is calling on people across the country ... (the Hill)

World's 'extremely poor' to fall below 10 percent of global population: World Bank

2 hrs ago - NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of people living in extreme poverty is likely to fall for the first time below 10 percent of the world's population in 2015, the World Bank said on Sunday as it revised its benchmark for measuring th ... (Yahoo! News / Reuters)

Islamic State militants blow up ancient Arch of Triumph in Palmyra

2 hrs ago - DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Islamic State militants have blown up the Arch of Triumph, a major monument in the 2,000-year-old Roman city of Palmyra, Syria's antiquities chief said on Sunday, after they destroyed two ancient temples at the central Syrian sit ... (Yahoo! News / Reuters)

South Carolina hit by torrential rainfall; seven dead

2 hrs ago - CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Torrential rainfall that South Carolina's governor called a once-in-a-millennium downpour flooded the southeastern U.S. state on Sunday, causing at least seven deaths in the Carolinas. The storm had dumped more than 18 i ... (Yahoo! News / Reuters)

Majority of EU nations seek opt-out from growing GM crops

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Lingering issues delay Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal

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Saudi Arabia Cuts Oil Prices Amid OPEC Price War

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TPP negotiators to announce deal 'in principle'

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Doctors Without Borders: Kunduz Airstrike Was 'War Crime'

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Russia's Orthodox church backs 'holy war' against ISIS

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Ben Bernanke: More execs should have gone to jail for causing Great Recession

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Putin Reportedly Sending 150,000 Troops to Syria to Wipe Out ISIS

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CHRISTIE: I'd Rather JUMP OFF A BRIDGE Rather Than Be In Congress !

9 hrs ago - The Associated Press Chris Christie wants to come to Washington. Just don't ask him to make the leap from governor of New Jersey to Capitol Hill legislator. How strongly does the Republican presidential candidate feel? "I would rather jump off ... (Miami Herald)

Bipartisan push grows for no-fly zones in Syria

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Law Firm Labeled Hate Group Leading Kim Davis' Crusade

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Boy Beheaded In Suspected Case Of Human Sacrifice In India's Prakasam District

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Terrorist kills two, wounds toddler and mother in capital's Old City

20 hrs ago - A Palestinian terrorist murdered two Jewish men and wounded a mother and son in the Old City of Jerusalem in a Saturday stabbing and shooting spree, before he was shot dead by police. The victims were Rabbi Nehemia Lavie, 41, an Old City resident wh ... (J Post)

Congaree River rising; next 24 hours could determine extent of statewide river flooding [SC]

23 hrs ago - Rivers across South Carolina continued to swell Saturday as local, federal and state officials watched nervously, worried that possible record floods could pound waterfront neighborhoods, damage public recreation areas and cause sewage spills. The f ... (The State)

US searches Bahamas for ship lost during Hurricane Joaquin

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24 killed in Baghdad suicide attack claimed by IS

Yesterday - Baghdad (AFP) - Blasts killed at least 24 people in one of Baghdad's main Shiite neighbourhoods Saturday when suicide bombers tried to breach a checkpoint in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. "Three suicide bombers tried to cross the che ... (Yahoo News / AFP)

12 dead after heavy flooding in French riviera: officials

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Obama offers condolences over 'tragic incident' in Kunduz

Yesterday - Washington (AFP) - US President Barack Obama offered his "deepest condolences" over a suspected US airstrike on a hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz that killed 19 people, and promised a thorough probe of the incident. "On behalf of the American ... (AFP)

Egypt says Russia's intervention in Syria will counter terrorism

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Survivor: Gunman spared 'lucky one' to give police message

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Sanders Draws Big Crowds in Mass. Campaign Swing

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Fundraiser For Oregon Shooting Hero Chris Mintz Raises More Than $650G In One Day

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Kunduz Air Strikes 'Inexcusable', 'Possibly Criminal': UN Rights Chief

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