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Ted Cruz to campaign for Pat Roberts

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) will campaign for Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) later this week, Roberts's campaign announced Monday. The tea party star becomes the latest well-known Republican to join the effort to rescue Roberts, who polls show is trailing independent candidate Greg Orman.

The Texas senator will help launch a Roberts campaign bus tour on Thursday. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) will also join the effort.

"To stop the liberal Harry Reid-Barack Obama agenda, we must win the Senate Majority – and we can’t do that without Pat Roberts back in the Senate," Cruz said in a statement.

An NBC News/Marist poll released Sunday showed Roberts trailing Orman by 10 points. Orman has not said which party he would caucus with if the majority comes down to him.



Alleged online troll found dead

LONDON (AP) — A woman who was accused of sending Internet abuse to the parents of missing girl Madeleine McCann has been found dead in a hotel room. Her death has revived debate about media responsibility and how best to respond to online "trolls."

Television channel Sky News identified 63-year-old Brenda Leyland as a Twitter user who had attacked Kate and Gerry McCann under the name "sweepyface."

Last week, a Sky News reporter confronted Leyland — who lived in the same county as the McCanns — on camera about the alleged abuse. She replied that she was entitled to send the tweets.

Police confirmed that Leyland's body was found in a hotel room near Leicester in central England on Saturday.

"Ms. Leyland's death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is being prepared for the coroner," police said. "Officers acting on behalf of the coroner will look into the circumstances surrounding and prior to her unexpected death."



Mayor of Iguala disappears after mass grave found

The mayor of Iguala in Guerrero State (southwestern Mexico), José Luis Abarca, left for an unknown direction by the authorities with his family, after he took leave for 30 days of absence and the Party of the Democratic Revolution ( PRD) expelled him from their midst.

Before the council of the city of Iguala, covers requested permission to leave his post for 30 days, according to him to help with investigations that advance the authorities of Guerrero by the violence against students Rural Normal School Ayotzinapa last 26 September, which left six dead, 17 wounded and 58 missing.

On Tuesday authorities located 14 students, but the whereabouts of the remaining 44 is unknown. Abarca left his post as Attorney mayor Oscar Chavez and after being approved your application said: “access my application I make a call to political prudence, not to lose objectivity, which should govern the role and participation of all and each of the political and social actors, to these heinous acts. ”

After finishing his speech, he left the hall with his family and left town without telling your destination, so that members of the Ministerial Police surrounded the town hall to inquire the whereabouts of the mayor, as they took a warrant for his arrest .


Has North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Been Toppled?

Out of sight for a month, young Kim is supposedly ill. But rumors are swirling he’s been deposed—and North Korea’s second most powerful man now feels confident enough to travel South.

Hwang Pyong So must be feeling pretty good about himself right now. At the latest Supreme People’s Assembly meeting, he was made vice chairman of the National Defense Commission. This was after his promotion to director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People’s Army, making him the top political officer in the military. In a country where there is supposed to be no No. 2 official, he is called the second-most powerful figure.

Now he has crossed the border into South Korea on a one-day, short-notice trip, triggering hopes of reconciliation between the arch-rival republics—and heightening speculation about the fate of Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s young supremo, who has not been seen in public since September 3.

Hwang’s trip South on Saturday comes on the heels of a widely publicized report that Kim has been deposed. Jang Jin Sung, a former North Korean counterintelligence and propaganda official, is claiming that the Organization and Guidance Department of the Korean Workers’ Party, responsible for promotions within the regime, has taken over the country. Kim, according to Jang, is now merely a “puppet.”



RNC Chairman Reince Priebus Flips Out and Blames President Obama For Ebola

Chuck Todd pointed out that unemployment is below six percent and asked him how this was bad for Democrats.

Priebus answered by blaming Obama for Ebola, “I think you guys spelled it out pretty well when you had Mr. Pfeiffer on. From the real unemployment rate, for how many people are out of work. The labor participation rate is at record lows. People don’t feel better off than they were five years ago, and obviously whether it’s the GSA, the IRS, Syria, Ebola, the Secret Service, I means what’s going well in regard to this administration and those senators who have followed him in lockstep?”

Priebus can’t discuss the fact that the economy is doing better, so he had to change the subject by blaming President Obama for Ebola. Republicans, obviously, do not understand how crazy they sound. The leader of the Republican National Committee is blaming the President for a fake IRS scandal that Republicans created, a Secret Service scandal that is based on the agency’s repeated failures to keep the president safe, and Ebola.

Out of the roughly 320 million people in this country, two people got Ebola. In the Republican mindset, this means that Obama is now responsible for unleashing Ebola on the American people. Republicans never seemed too concerned about the real unemployment rate when George W. Bush was president, but under Obama falling unemployment rates no longer count.



Friend of accused Boston bomber was too stoned to lie, lawyer says

A college friend of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect could not have lied to the FBI about visiting the man's dorm room and removing a backpack because he was too intoxicated by marijuana to remember what he did that day, his defense attorney said on Monday.

Robel Phillipos, a 21-year-old resident of Cambridge, Massachusetts, is one of three people who prosecutors say went to accused bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's room at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth on April 18, 2013, after the FBI released images of the Tsarnaev brothers, and removed a backpack containing empty fireworks shells.

U.S. prosecutors said in their opening statements that Phillipos had repeatedly lied to FBI interviewers about his actions that day. His attorney, Derege Demissie, contended that his client had no memory of his actions that day.

"There will be ample evidence ... much of it is undisputed that Robel spent he entire day of April 18 smoking marijuana, highly intoxicated, with several friends," Demissie said. "His memory is jumbled, confused and completely discombobulated."



U.S. Supreme Court rejects appeal of Ohio teacher fired over religious materials in class

Source: Columbus Dispatch/AP

The Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of an Ohio public school science teacher who was fired for promoting the theory of creationism and refusing to remove religious materials from his classroom.

The justices today let stand an Ohio Supreme Court ruling that found the Mount Vernon school district had grounds to fire John Freshwater in 2011 for insubordination for keeping religious books and a poster of a praying president.

The state court said the district infringed on Freshwater’s First Amendment rights by ordering him to remove his personal Bible from his desk, but found he was insubordinate for keeping the other items.

Freshwater’s attorney had argued that the firing violated the teacher’s free speech rights.

Read more: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/10/06/Supreme-Court-freshwater-case.html


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