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Hillary Clinton won't answer Keystone XL pipeline question

Source: CNN

Nashua, New Hampshire (CNN)Hillary Clinton declined to say whether she supported the Keystone XL pipeline expansion Tuesday, telling a New Hampshire voter that if the matter is still undecided by the time she becomes president, she will give him an answer then.

"I am not going to second guess because I was in a position to set this in motion," Clinton said, referencing the fact that she started the investigation into the Keystone XL pipeline as secretary of state. "I want to wait and see what he and Secretary Kerry decide."

She added, "If it is undecided when I become president, I will answer your question."

The question came from Bruce Blodgett, a software developer from Amherst, New Hampshire who told CNN he identifies as a Republican and supports building the Keystone XL pipeline, the 1,179-mile-long project that would move oil from Canada to refineries in the United States.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/28/politics/hillary-clinton-keystone-xl-pipeline/

Good for her. No need to pander on this issue, especially since it may be resolved before she become President.
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Tue Jul 28, 2015, 01:45 PM (82 replies)

Dr. Dena Minning - romantically linked to Alan Grayson - files to run for his Congress seat

Source: Orlando Sentinel

Dr. Dena Marie Minning, a biochemist and medical doctor who has been romantically linked for months to U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, filed paperwork late Friday to run for election to his seat in Congress.

A Democrat, Minning, 44, has no Florida political background. She is a medical doctor and a biotechnology entrepreneur who founded and runs MedExpert Consulting Inc.

In the past two years she was listed as a federal lobbyist with her company to represent Biocryst Pharmaceuticals, which advertises the drug Rapivab as a “first-and-only one-dose intravenous treatment for influenza.”

Grayson is declining a re-election bid for his seat, for now, to run for the U.S. Senate in 2016. That has opened up what is becoming a Democratic free-for-all to replace him in Florida's 9th Congressional District, which has a solid Democratic voter base.

Read more: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-dena-minning-to-run-for-beau-alan-graysons-post-20150725-post.html
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Mon Jul 27, 2015, 12:58 PM (8 replies)

New York Times alters Clinton email story

Source: Politico

The New York Times made small but significant changes to an exclusive report about a potential criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's State Department email account late Thursday night, but provided no notification of or explanation for of the changes.

The paper initially reported that two inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation "into whether Hillary Rodham Clinton mishandled sensitive government information on a private email account she used as secretary of state."

That clause, which cast Clinton as the target of the potential criminal probe, was later changed: the inspectors general now were asking for an inquiry "into whether sensitive government information was mishandled in connection with the personal email account Hillary Rodham Clinton used as secretary of state."

The Times also changed the headline of the story, from "Criminal Inquiry Sought in Hillary Clinton’s Use of Email" to "Criminal Inquiry Is Sought in Clinton Email Account," reflecting a similar recasting of Clinton's possible role. The article's URL was also changed to reflect the new headline.

Read more: http://www.politico.com//blogs/media/2015/07/new-york-times-alters-clinton-email-story-211176.html
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Fri Jul 24, 2015, 08:29 AM (59 replies)

Obama lowers White House flag

Source: The Hill

President Obama has ordered flags at the White House and other public buildings to fly at half-staff after mounting criticism over the delay in honoring five armed forces members killed last week by a gunman.

Obama's proclamation calls for the flags to remain at half-mast through Saturday “as a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on July 16.”

“Our thoughts and prayers as a Nation are with the service members killed last week in Chattanooga. We honor their service. We offer our gratitude to the police officers and first responders who stopped the rampage and saved lives,” Obama said in a presidential proclamation released Tuesday.

“We draw strength from yet another American community that has come together with an unmistakable message to those who would try to do us harm: We do not give into fear. You cannot divide us. And you will not change our way of life.”

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/248646-obama-lowers-white-house-flag
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Tue Jul 21, 2015, 03:57 PM (17 replies)

Greek PM Tsipras sacks leftist party rebels in reshuffle

Source: Reuters

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sacked left-wing Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis and two deputy ministers on Friday as he reshuffled his cabinet following a party revolt against a tough new bailout deal adopted this week.

The 40 year-old prime minister moved to clear out the rebels after 39 Syriza hardline lawmakers refused to back the government over the measures, which were demanded by European partners as a pre-condition for beginning talks over a new bailout.

The main economic ministries remain unchanged, with Euclid Tsakalotos remaining in place at the finance ministry and George Stathakis staying at the economy ministry.

But Labor Minister Panos Skourletis, one of Tsipras' closest allies, will replace Lafazanis in the key energy portfolio, where he will be responsible for sensitive privatization dossiers. Administrative Reforms Minister George Katrougalos will take over at the labor ministry.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/17/us-eurozone-greece-reshuffle-list-idUSKCN0PR1Z820150717?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=twitter
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Fri Jul 17, 2015, 03:38 PM (17 replies)

Our Chance to Capture the Center

By Martin O'Malley and Harold Ford Jr.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007

With President Bush and the Republican Party on the rocks, many Democrats think the 2008 election will be, to borrow a favorite GOP phrase, a cakewalk. Some liberals are so confident about Democratic prospects that they contend the centrism that vaulted Democrats to victory in the 1990s no longer matters.

The temptation to ignore the vital center is nothing new. Every four years, in the heat of the nominating process, liberals and conservatives alike dream of a world in which swing voters don't exist. Some on the left would love to pretend that groups such as the Democratic Leadership Council, the party's leading centrist voice, aren't needed anymore.

But for Democrats, taking the center for granted next year would be a greater mistake than ever before. George W. Bush is handing us Democrats our Hoover moment. Independents, swing voters and even some Republicans who haven't voted our way in more than a decade are willing to hear us out. With an ambitious common-sense agenda, the progressive center has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win back the White House, expand its margins in Congress and build a political and governing majority that could last a generation.

A majority comes hard for Democrats. In the past 150 years, only three Democrats, one of whom was Franklin Roosevelt, have won the White House with a majority of the popular vote.

more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/06/AR2007080601158.html
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Thu Jul 16, 2015, 10:55 PM (14 replies)

Feds take steps to comply with immigrant work-permit court order

Source: Politico

Federal immigration officials are taking dramatic steps to comply with a court order involving President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, including knocking on doors of immigrants and warning that their protection from deportation will be cut off by month’s end.

The problem for the Obama administration escalated earlier this month, when U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen demanded that Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and other top immigration officials appear in his Brownsville, Texas, courtroom to explain why they shouldn’t be held in contempt of court.

The Department of Homeland Security, which is overseeing implementation of Obama’s immigration actions, had mistakenly issued three-year work permits to immigrants protected from deportation – even after the February injunction from Hanen that blocked such documents.

About 2,500 such work permits have been issued, and Christopher Bentley, a spokesman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services – an agency under DHS – said officials have retrieved roughly 900 of the documents.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2015/07/feds-take-steps-to-comply-with-immigrant-workpermit-210729.html
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Thu Jul 16, 2015, 10:53 PM (0 replies)

Planned Parenthood apologizes for exec's 'tone' in video

Source: The Hill

The president of Planned Parenthood on Thursday apologized for the “tone and statements” of its chief medical officer, whose candid comments about fetal organ removal have generated heavy attacks against the organization.

“Our top priority is the passionate care that we provide. In our video, one of our staff members speaks in a way that does not reflect that compassion,” president Cecile Richards said in a video statement released Thursday afternoon.

“This is unacceptable, and I personally apologize for the staff member’s tone and statements,” she said.

A video of Dr. Deborah Nucatola, senior director of medical services, openly discussing the demand for fetal organs such as livers, lungs and “intact” hearts now has more than 1.5 million views since it was released Tuesday.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/248204-planned-parenthood-president-apologizes-for-staffers-tone-in-video
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Thu Jul 16, 2015, 02:52 PM (56 replies)

Martin O’Malley campaign raises $2 million in first month

Source: Politico

Martin O’Malley’s presidential campaign raised roughly $2 million in its first month, a person familiar with its fundraising confirmed to POLITICO on Wednesday.

The former Maryland governor’s haul lags far behind that of Hillary Clinton — whose campaign raised $45 million — and Bernie Sanders — whose campaign raised $15 million — the party’s two leading candidates in early-state and national polling.

O’Malley informed donors of the numbers on a conference call on Wednesday morning, which was first reported by the Washington Post.
The candidate’s campaign will also be supported by a super PAC, Generation Forward, which has yet to report how much it has raised.

The campaign is required to file its fundraising disclosure paperwork with the Federal Election Commission by the end of the day

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/07/martin-omalley-fundraising-2016-120149.html?ml=tl_1
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Wed Jul 15, 2015, 01:12 PM (3 replies)

White House backs House GOP highway fix

Source: The Hill

President Obama will sign an $8 billion highway patch that is being voted on Wednesday by the House, the White House said, despite an earlier veto hint by Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

House Republicans unveiled an approximately $8 billion highway patch Monday evening that would extend federal transportation spending until December as a July 31 deadline for expiration of the current highway bill looms large in Washington.

Obama has complained bitterly about previous transportation funding patches, and Foxx said last week that he might tell the president to veto a quick fix this time, but White House officials said Wednesday that it is too important to prevent an interruption in the nation's infrastructure spending.

"With surface transportation authorization expiring at the end of July, the unfortunate reality is that, due to inaction, Congress will need to pass a short-term extension of these authorities to keep Federal funding for the nation’s surface transportation system flowing," the White House said in a Statement of Administration Policy about the GOP patch.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/247980-white-house-backs-house-gop-highway-fix
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Wed Jul 15, 2015, 12:17 PM (9 replies)
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