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Vatican to Recognize Palestinian State in New Treaty

Source: New York times

JERUSALEM — The Vatican announced Wednesday that it would soon sign a treaty that includes recognition of the “state of Palestine,” lending significant symbolic weight to an intensifying Palestinian push for international support for sovereignty that bypasses the paralyzed negotiations with Israel.

Palestinian leaders celebrated the Holy See’s endorsement as particularly important, given the international stature of Pope Francis. For Israelis, it was an emotional blow, since Francis has deep relationships with Jews dating back decades, and Christians are critical backers of their enterprise.

“The Vatican is not just a state. The Vatican represents hundreds of millions of Christians worldwide, including Palestinians, and has vast moral significance,” said Husam Zomlot, a senior Palestinian foreign-affairs official.

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Dear Tea-Partiers:


CLIMATE CHANGE: Which Makes More Sense?

The idea of a climate change hoax makes no logical sense

Earth's Carbon Dioxide Levels Cross Terrifying New Threshold

A brief reminder that conservative media and ISIS are funded by the same people.


A Conversation About Growing Up Black

In this Op-Doc video, “A Conversation about Growing Up Black,”we ask African-American boys and young men to tell us candidly about the daily challenges they face because of these realities. They speak openly about what it means to be a young black man in a racially charged world and explain how they feel when their parents try to shelter and prepare them for a world that is too often unfair and biased.


The President, after capturing Texas




Obama’s Texas Invasion Plans Revealed

Greg Carey https://twitter.com/Greg_Carey/status/595577492414529537 made this image and shared it on Twitter,.....There is actually serious irony to several of the arrows. Climate scientists invading from Alabama? Evolutionists from Kansas? I suppose the anti-gay legislation in Arizona might motivate gays to begin an exodus – but why would they head for Texas rather than California?

Perhaps something similar could be said of all these groups – people who accept mainstream science might have good reason Alabama and Kansas. In which case, perhaps Texas is going to be confronting less of an invasion and more of a refugee crisis.

I just hope they have room for all of them in the tunnel system under their Wal-Marts…


Walmart issues statement denying underground tunnels beneath stores used in Obama plot to take over Texas. Really.

Oh Dear Me: Jeb Says George Is His Most Influential Adviser

Jeb Says George Is His Most Influential Adviser

May 7, 2015

“When asked this week at an exclusive Manhattan gathering about who advises him on U.S.-Israel policy, Jeb Bush surprised many of the 50-plus attendees by naming his brother, former president George W. Bush, as his most influential counselor,” the Washington Post reports.

Said Bush: “If you want to know who I listen to for advice, it’s him.”

The remark came as part of an answer to a question about Bush’s political advisers and their policy views. Bush was pressed for details about who he surrounds himself with and consults as he thinks through his positions, guests said.


Appeals Court Rules NSA Phone Program Not Authorized by Patriot Act

Appeals Court Rules NSA Phone Program Not Authorized by Patriot Act
ACLU lawsuit argued the data collection should be stopped because it violates Americans’ privacy rights
Updated May 7, 2015 10:09 a.m. ET

WASHINGTON—A federal appeals court ruled Thursday the National Security Agency’s controversial collection of millions of Americans’ phone records isn’t authorized by the Patriot Act, as the Bush and Obama administrations have long maintained.


The court's ruling came in a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union arguing the data collection should be stopped because it violates Americans' privacy rights. A lower court judge ruled the program was constitutional, and the civil liberties group appealed, leading to Thursday's decision.

"The text of (Section 215) cannot bear the weight the government asks us to assign to it, and...does not authorize the telephone metadata program," the court wrote.

The court declined to address the issue of whether the program violates Americans' rights, because, they found, it was never properly authorized by existing law.


How Bible-Thumpers Can Rethink Same-Sex Marriage In One Simple Chart

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