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Clinton’s Historic Moment Tempered by Sanders, Who Won’t Go Away

Hillary Clinton stands on the cusp of history as the first woman to be the presidential nominee of a major U.S. political party, after a drawn-out campaign against Bernie Sanders that exposed her vulnerabilities as a candidate as well as divisions among Democrats.

With Democrats in six states still to make their choices on Tuesday, the Associated Press said that its count shows Clinton had secured the number of pledged delegates and superdelegates required to claim the Democratic nomination. The sudden conclusion of a contest that ran longer than Clinton—or anyone else—anticipated when she started her run will put new pressure on Sanders to end his insurgent campaign. It also puts a burden on Clinton to find a way to unify her party after a sometimes bitter fight.

Clinton signaled she wouldn't declare outright victory before voters cast ballots and caucused in California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, and South Dakota, though her campaign used the AP designation moments after it was released to solicit campaign donations.

“According to the news we are on the brink of an historic, historic, unprecedented moment,” Clinton said Monday at a rally in Long Beach, California. “But we still have work to do, don't we? We have six elections tomorrow and we’re going to fight hard for every single vote, especially right here in California.”

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http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-06-07/clinton-s-new-task-after-clinching-democratic-nomination-is-unifying-party

Susan Rice Criticizes Israel But Promises Largest Aid Package In History

Source: i24 News

US National Security Advisor rules out support for global peace initiative, slams Israelis and Palestinians

By i24news
Published: 06/07/2016 - 07:08am, updated: 08:48am

As France intensifies its bid to revive Israel-Palestinian peace talks, US National Security Advisor Susan Rice warned that conditions in Israel and the West Bank were deteriorating, which she blamed on actions by both sides.

In an exclusive interview with US Jewish weekly the Forward on Monday, Rice ruled out support for a global peace initiative, while expressing unusual criticism of both Israeli and Palestinian behavior.

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Rice, who addressed the American Jewish Committee’s Global Forum on Monday, said that negotiations over a 10-year military aid deal for Israel is evidence of the United States’ support for Israel. “Even in these days of belt-tightening, we are prepared to sign the single largest military assistance package with any country in history,” Rice said.

She also noted that Israel already “receives more than half of the US’s entire foreign military assistance budget.”

Read more: http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/diplomacy-defense/115901-160607-susan-rice-criticizes-israel-but-promises-largest-aid-package-in-history

Brooklyn Pool That Reserves Women-Only Hours Sparks Controversy

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New York City municipal pool that maintains female-only hours so that Hasidic Jewish women can swim with no men present has raised alarms among critics who say the accommodation to a particular religious group violates the constitutional separation of church and state.

But defenders say the women-only swim sessions at the Metropolitan Recreation Center in Brooklyn give women whose community separates the sexes a rare chance to exercise.

“Why deprive them?” said New York state Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Democrat who represents a heavily Orthodox Jewish district in Brooklyn.
Really, you’re not taking away from anyone else.”

The rec center in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood has apparently kept women-only pool hours since the 1990s, but the practice only came to the attention of the wider public when someone complained about it to the city’s Commission on Human Rights.

Commission spokesman Seth Hoy said it received an anonymous tip “a few months back” that the indoor pool might be violating the city’s human rights law, which bans sex discrimination in public accommodations.

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http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/06/06/brooklyn-pool-that-reserves-women-only-hours-sparks-controversy/

U.S. Economy Projected to Expand This Year by Least Since 2012

Economic growth will slacken in 2016 to its slowest pace in four years as uncertainty about the presidential election weighs on the outlook, according to a survey of forecasters by the National Association for Business Economics.

They see gross domestic product expanding 1.9 percent this year on a fourth quarter-to- fourth quarter basis. That’s down from a projected 2.5 percent gain in the last quarterly survey released in March and compares with growth last year of 2 percent.



Almost 60 percent of forecasters say uncertainty surrounding the November presidential election will hurt the economy, the association said.

“If I’m an owner of a medium-sized business and I’m hearing very rattling news about the election, on the margin I’ll be a little more cautious about hiring or making an investment,” said Lisa Emsbo-Mattingly, president of NABE.

Emsbo-Mattingly, who is also director of research for asset allocation for Fidelity Investments in Boston, said the biggest factor behind the markdown in the 2016 outlook is weak business investment. Spending on equipment, structures and intellectual property is projected to stall in 2016, after expanding 2.8 percent last year.

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-06/u-s-economy-projected-to-expand-this-year-by-least-since-2012

Hillary Clinton’s Million Little Lies

To hear Hillary Clinton tell it, she was named for Sir Edmund Hillary, the conqueror of Mount Everest — even though she was already 6 years old when he made his famous ascent.

On a visit to war-torn Bosnia in 1996, she claimed she and her entourage landed under sniper fire and had to run “with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base” — although videos of her arrival show her waltzing serenely across the tarmac, waving to the crowd.

She blamed the 2012 attack on American diplomatic and intelligence-gathering installations in Benghazi on “a disgusting video” when she knew almost from the first moment that it was a jihadist assault that took the lives of four Americans, including the ambassador to Libya.

No wonder the late William Safire, writing in The New York Times in 1996, at the height of the Whitewater investigation, called her a “congenital liar.” Said Safire: “She is in the longtime habit of lying; and she has never been called to account for lying herself or in suborning lying in her aides and friends.”

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http://nypost.com/2015/11/28/hillary-clintons-million-little-lies/

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Russia Dismisses U.S. Sanctions Against Iran As "Illegitimate"

Source: Xinhua

MOSCOW, Feb. 11 (Xinhua) -- Russia's deputy foreign minister on Tuesday dismissed the expansion of U.S. sanctions against Iran as "illegitimate."

Sergei Ryabkov told reporters at the Iranian embassy in Moscow that the unilateral sanctions have no legal ground and will destroy "a healthy and positive basis for further progress to settle the Iranian nuclear issue."

Last week, the U.S. Treasury Department announced actions targeting a number of companies and individuals around the world for evading sanctions.

However Ryabkov said the sanctions contradict the normal advancement of international relations and hamper the progress of nuclear talks.


Read more: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2014-02/11/c_126117148.htm

Ukraine Radicals Steer Violence as Nationalist Zeal Grows

By Daryna Krasnolutska and Volodymyr Verbyany Feb 11, 2014

Mikhail Zhyzneuski’s pallbearers wore black balaclavas and camouflage jackets as they carried his coffin through crowds of mourners in Ukraine’s capital Jan. 26.

The 25-year-old from Belarus died last month from gunshot wounds as anti-government protests in Kiev turned deadly. He was part of the nationalist Pravyi Sektor movement, whose supporters joined demonstrators demanding an end to Viktor Yanukovych’s presidency. The group claims it played a central role in the violent lurch in Ukraine’s crisis.

The radicals, who joined the 11-week-old protests sparked by Yanukovych spurning European integration for a Russian bailout, don’t answer to Kiev camp leaders and are threatening to renew the unrest that’s sparked warnings of civil war. Their arrival may also bolster nationalist forays into mainstream politics, like in other European countries such as Greece.

“The opposition now has limited control over the protest camp,” said Iryna Bekeshkina, director of the Democratic Initiative Foundation, a Kiev-based research group that focuses on Ukraine’s integration to the West. “If the radicals want more clashes, they’ll happen.”

Weeks of peaceful protests turned violent Jan. 19 as new anti-rally laws sparked clashes. Activists hurled Molotov cocktails and stones at riot police, who responded with rubber bullets and tear gas. Three protesters died of gunshot wounds and more than 1,000 are in hospitals. Three policemen died.

White Hammer

At the heart of the violence is Pravyi Sektor, an umbrella group uniting nationalist organizations. They include Tryzub, which aims to foster an independent Ukraine free of foreign influence. Bilyi Molot, or White Hammer, opposes mass immigration and bases its ideology on Stepan Bandera, who fought Soviet rule in the 1930s, at times alongside Nazi Germany.

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-11/ukraine-radicals-steer-violence-as-nationalist-zeal-grows.html

UAW Vote at Volkswagen Confronts Union Aversion in South

By Jim Efstathiou Jr. Feb 11, 2014

Growing up in Tennessee, all Justin King ever heard about labor unions was that they were bad.

This week, after three years working at the Volkswagen AG plant in Chattanooga, King said he will vote to join the United Auto Workers, and the prospect of a union win has officials across the South on edge. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has tried to talk Volkswagen out of going along, warning that the vote will discourage other companies from investing in the state where only 6.1 percent of the workforce was in a union in 2013.

“What I’ve told them is our concerns are your long-term objectives,” Haslam told the editorial board of the Tennessean newspaper Feb. 5 about his talks with Volkswagen. “You’ve been saying you need to cut the costs of producing the vehicle and you want a better supply network close to you. And I’m not certain how the UAW helps either one of those.”

For decades, the South has been able to capitalize on its lower wages and lack of labor unions to lure companies and jobs from northern states. The UAW vote, which would make the Volkswagen plant the first foreign-owned car factory in the U.S. with a labor union, threatens to change that, and both sides are working hard to steer the outcome their way.

Outside lobby groups, including one tied to anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist, have entered the fray, using billboard advertising and editorials in local newspapers to build opposition to the UAW. Labor advocates say a victory for the UAW will boost efforts to organize other companies and perhaps begin to reverse a decades-long trend in declining membership.

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-11/uaw-vote-at-volkswagen-confronts-union-aversion-in-south.html

Senator Demands Pentagon Turn Over Info On Sexual Assault Cases

In the wake of troubling revelations about the handling of sexual assault charges on U.S. military bases in Japan, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is calling on the Pentagon to hand over detailed information about sexual assault cases at major U.S. military bases.

Gillibrand, the chief sponsor of a bill to combat sexual assault in the military, sent a letter Monday to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, demanding information pertaining to reports of sexual assault and related offenses from January 1, 2009 through January 1, 2014 at Fort Hood, Naval Station Norfolk, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Gillibrand’s spokesperson, Glen Caplin, said in a statement that the senator has a “responsibility” to review the data in light of documents revealing the chaotic way the U.S. military handled sexual assault cases in Japan. The documents, obtained by the Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request, shed light on more than 1,000 reports of sex crimes involving U.S. military personnel based in Japan from 2005 through early 2013.

"As the Chair of the Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, it would be irresponsible to assume or conclude the 'chaotic' nature of 'random and inconsistent judgments' in Japan is an anomaly, a further review of data from additional bases is essential to provide transparency and accountability,” Caplin said in a statement to CBS News.

The AP report showed that charges of rape were often reduced, even in cases with strong evidence. Of the 244 servicemembers whose punishments were detailed in the records, nearly two-thirds were not incarcerated.

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http://www.cbsnews.com/news/senator-demands-pentagon-turn-over-info-on-sexual-assault-cases/
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