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Royal & Ancient Votes to Admit Female Members

Source: Associated Press

By The Associated Press
— Sep. 18, 2014 1:51 PM EDT

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews has voted overwhelmingly to admit female members for the first time.

The club, exclusively for men since it was founded in Scotland 260 years ago, released a statement Thursday saying 85 percent of those who took part in the ballot voted in favor of allowing female members. The club has a worldwide membership of 2,500.

Peter Dawson, secretary of the R&A, says "the membership has also acted to fast-track a significant initial number of women to become members in the coming months."

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/2520c1339f1046a09128e6b89b26deb3/royal-ancient-votes-admit-female-members

How the Bush Administration Covered Up the Saudi Connection to 9/11


How the Bush Administration Covered Up the Saudi Connection to 9/11

It's a story of how the White House sought to suppress evidence that would reveal how much it knew of the attack plot.

September 16, 2014 |

In his New Yorker article, posted on the magazine’s web site last week, Lawrence Wright tells how the Bush administration deleted 28 pages in the 2002 report of the Joint Congressional Inquiry on 911 probably because they describe in detail the Saudi connection to the Al Qaeda attack and Saudi financing of its operatives in the United States—people who knew two of the hijackers, and may well have been used as conduits for Saudi cash. Some of the money may have come from the royal family through a charity.

In removing the 28 pages Bush said the publication of the information would damage American intelligence operations. The Saudis deny all this.

In fact no one would be talking about it now were it not for families of victims of the attack and insurers, who are suing the Saudis.

Wright goes on to report:

“There’s nothing in it about national security,” Walter Jones, a Republican congressman from North Carolina who has read the missing pages, contends. “It’s about the Bush Administration and its relationship with the Saudis.” Stephen Lynch, a Massachusetts Democrat, told me that the document is “stunning in its clarity,” and that it offers direct evidence of complicity on the part of certain Saudi individuals and entities in Al Qaeda’s attack on America. “Those twenty-eight pages tell a story that has been completely removed from the 9/11 Report,” Lynch maintains. Another congressman who has read the document said that the evidence of Saudi government support for the 9/11 hijacking is “very disturbing,” and that “the real question is whether it was sanctioned at the royal-family level or beneath that, and whether these leads were followed through.” Now, in a rare example of bipartisanship, Jones and Lynch have co-sponsored a resolution requesting that the Obama Administration declassify the pages.

But there are other questions here, and they involve the story of how the Bush administration sought to suppress evidence that would reveal how much it knew of the attack plot —and didn’t do anything to stop it.

- snip -

This story and the new piece by Wright strongly suggest the President, Vice President and head of the FBI were engaged in obstruction of justice. If so, that would call for the convening of a federal grand jury. Would the Justice Department, which runs the FBI, do that? Probably not.


Magnitude 7.1 Earthquake Strikes Off Pacific island of Guam - USGS

Source: NBC News

@BreakingNews: Magnitude 7.1 earthquake strikes off the Pacific island of Guam - USGS http://t.co/urCPCrrj7c/s/_Riz

Read more: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/at00nc180o#summary

TOM TOMORROW: The Existential Threat

DAILY KOS LINK: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/15/1328974/-Cartoon-The-existential-threat

Pulitzer-Winning Editorial Cartoonist Tony Auth Dies at 72

Source: Associated Press

@AP: Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Tony Auth has died of cancer at 72: http://t.co/2kzBifE1ww/s/RCwJ


Sep. 14, 2014 8:39 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Tony Auth, whose sharp and creative commentary appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer for more than 40 years, died of cancer on Sunday. He was 72.

Auth had worked for the past two years as the artist-in-residence at NewsWorks/WHYY, which announced his death.

"Tony Auth was a great cartoonist, a fine journalist and an even better friend," said Chris Satullo, WHYY's vice president for news and civic engagement. Satullo previously served as the Inquirer's editorial page editor, where he also worked with Auth.

Family members told the Inquirer that Auth had been battling brain cancer and recently went into hospice care.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/pulitzer-winning-cartoonist-tony-auth-dies-72

BREAKING: Swedish Prime Minister (Right-Wing, Rove Friend) Resigns After Election Loss

Source: Bloomberg News

@AP: BREAKING: Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt concedes election defeat, says he will step down.


— Sep. 14, 2014 5:30 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt says he will resign after his center-right coalition lost a parliamentary election to a left-leaning opposition led by the Social Democrats.

Reinfeldt told supporters in Stockholm late Sunday that he will also step down as leader of the conservative Moderate Party next year.

With more than 90 percent of precincts counted, official preliminary results give the bloc headed by Social Democratic leader Stefan Lofven 43.7 percent of the votes, compared to 39.4 percent for Reinfeldt's coalition, which has been in power for the past eight years.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/power-shift-expected-swedish-election-0


Social Democratic Bloc Emerges as Largest in Swedish Election

By Johan Carlstrom
September 14, 2014 2:07 PM EDT

Sweden’s Social Democratic-led opposition looks set to form a minority government after a surge in support for the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats prevented either side from winning a majority.

The three-party opposition is poised to win 44.8 percent, versus 39.7 percent for the four-party government of Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, according to an exit poll by state broadcaster SVT. The Sweden Democrats won support from 10.5 percent. Voting ended at 8 p.m. Stockholm time.

The result, if borne out by the final count, marks an end to eight years of rule by Reinfeldt’s conservative-led coalition, which has cut taxes and scaled back some benefits programs. The Social Democrats and their allies say the measures have eroded Sweden’s welfare system, arguing the policies failed to tackle Scandinavia’s highest unemployment.

“It’s time to vote for a change,” Social Democratic leader Stefan Loefven said before casting his ballot today in Stockholm. “We have high unemployment, we have deteriorating school results, we have cracks in our welfare and that also what means that change is needed in Swedish politics.”

Transgender Girl Crowned Homecoming Princess (at Colorado High School)

Source: Associated Press

Transgender Girl Crowned Homecoming Princess

By The Associated Press Sep 13, 2014, 3:34 PM

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A transgender girl was crowned homecoming princess at a Colorado Springs high school.

The Gazette of Colorado Springs reported Saturday (http://bit.ly/1BBtjuy) that Scarlett Lenh received the majority of the votes from her junior class at Sand Creek High School, besting three biological girls for the honor. Lenh, biologically a boy, was born Andy Lenh. She was bestowed the honor during Friday night's football game.

The 16-year-old began identifying as a transgender girl this school year and began using the girls' bathroom. She said she's known she was a girl since about age 7 or 8.

"It was really exciting. It felt really good. I couldn't stop smiling," Scarlett said after she found out at an afternoon assembly that the majority of the junior class had voted for her.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/transgender-girl-crowned-homecoming-princess-25481568

Report: ISIS, Syrian Rebels Reach Ceasefire

Source: The Hill

@trevortimm: ISIS reportedly agrees to a ceasefire w/ the Syrian rebels that are supposed to be the US's key to "destroying" ISIS http://t.co/FhgYEaGTmE/s/3gJW

Report: ISIS, Syrian rebels reach ceasefire

By Rebecca Shabad - 09/13/14 12:43 PM EDT

Moderate Syrian rebels and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) reportedly struck a cease-fire deal on Friday, according to a group that has monitored Syria's civil war.

The groups agreed to a non-aggression pact in which they promised not to attack each other.

The development could influence members of Congress to vote “no” on an authorization to train and equip moderate rebel groups as early as next week. The White House has requested the authorization, but some lawmakers have already been skeptical the opposition groups can be trusted.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group based in the United Kingdom, said the groups reached the agreement in a suburb of Damascus, Syria’s capital.

Under the deal, "the two parties will respect a truce until a final solution is found and they promise not to attack each other because they consider the principal enemy to be the Nussayri regime,” Agence France-Presse reported.
Nussayri is a negative term for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite regime.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/international/217645-syrian-rebels-isis-agree-to-non-aggression-pact

US Rep Sanford Calls Off Engagement to 'Soul Mate'

Source: Associated Press

— Sep. 12, 2014 8:11 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford said Friday that he is calling off his engagement to Maria Belen Chapur because of the ongoing contention with his ex-wife, Jenny, four years after their divorce.

Sanford, then governor of South Carolina, famously disappeared from the state for five days in 2009, telling aides he was out hiking the Appalachian Trail. He returned to the state and at a tearful news conference confessed he was in Argentina and had been having an affair with Chapur.

Jenny Sanford, who has four children with Sanford, soon sued for divorce, which was granted in 2010.

Later, Sanford and Chapur — whom he once called his "soul mate" — became engaged. But Sanford, in a rambling message posted on his Facebook page Friday, said that he and Chapur are ending their engagement.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/mark-sanford-calling-engagement-fiancee#overlay-context=article/family-slain-american-journalist-launches-fund

Breaking: Judge Rules in Favor of Man Seeking Death Benefits in Challenge to AZ Gay Marriage Ban

Source: Associated Press

Judge rules in favor of man seeking death benefits in challenge to Arizona gay marriage ban

September 12, 2014 - 2:35 PM

PHOENIX — A judge has handed a victory to a gay man who lost his spouse to cancer last month and was denied death benefits because Arizona does not recognize same-sex marriage.

Fred McQuire and George Martinez were partners of 45 years who got married in California this summer, fulfilling one of their final wishes as they both dealt with serious health issues.

Martinez died in late August, but McQuire was unable to receive Social Security and veteran benefits because Arizona bans gay marriage.

McQuire went to court Friday as his lawyers asked U.S. District Judge John Sedwick to let McQuire be listed as Martinez's spouse on the death certificate. The judge quickly issued a ruling in favor of McQuire.

Read more: http://www.startribune.com/business/yourmoney/274858081.html
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