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BREAKING: Scotland Rejects Independence

Source: Bloomberg

Scotland Rejects Independence as U.K. Wins Reprieve

By Rodney Jefferson
September 19, 2014 1:02 AM EDT

Scotland voted to remain in the U.K. after an independence referendum that put the future of the 307-year-old union on a knife edge and risked years of political and financial turmoil.

After counting through the night, 55 percent of Scottish voters supported the “no” campaign compared with 45 percent who backed independence. The pound surged ahead of the result, which gave the Better Together campaign a wider margin of victory than suggested in opinion polls. The result was based on 29 of the 32 local authorities declared after a record turnout of more than 90 percent in some regions.

“I am deeply disappointed like the thousands across the country who put their heart and soul into this campaign,” Nicola Sturgeon, the deputy first minister in Scotland’s devolved government, said on BBC Television. “Our country is never going to be the same after this campaign.”

The referendum outcome follows two years of increasingly bitter arguments over the economic viability of independence, the currency to be used, custody of the health service and North Sea oil revenue, leaving a legacy of a divided Scotland while inspiring self-determination movements across Europe.

Scotland Decides

29 of 32 counts

Read more: http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-19/scotland-rejects-independence-as-u-k-wins-reprieve.html

Bloomberg: LIVE RESULTS: Scotland independence vote: Yes 45.2% No 54.8% with 5 results out of 32

@BloombergNews: LIVE RESULTS: Scotland independence vote: Yes 45.2% No 54.8% with 5 results out of 32 http://t.co/iLOT6vatz2/s/DT_X #indyref

@BreakingNewsUK: Orkney votes No in Scotland's independence referendum; 33% Yes, 67% No

@BreakingNews: RT @BreakingNewsUK: Orkney votes No in Scotland's independence referendum; 33% Yes, 67% No, 83.7% turnout - @BBCBreaking http://t.co/2EAhm4O8Gh/s/0rO8

Senate Sends Syrian Rebel Arms Bill to Obama

Source: Reuters / CBS News

@BreakingNews: Senate passes bill authorizing support for moderate Syrian rebels and funding government until Dec. 11 - @Reuters http://t.co/L7ATlCOr2V/s/qfH6

Senate sends Syrian rebel arms bill to Obama

Sep 18, 2014 6:33 PM EDT

With a bipartisan vote, the Senate on Thursday approved a request from President Obama to arm and train Syrian rebels in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), sending a bill to Mr. Obama for a final signature.

The measure was part of a spending bill that funds the government through Dec. 11, averting the chance of a repeat of the 2013 government shutdown when the current funding bill runs out at the end of the month.

The bill passed 73-22.

Read more: http://t.co/L7ATlCOr2V/s/qfH6

BREAKING: Kansas Supreme Court Orders State to Remove Democrat's Name from Ballot in Senate Race

Source: Associated Press

@AP: BREAKING: Kansas Supreme Court orders state to remove Democrat's name from ballot in Senate race.


— Sep. 18, 2014 6:03 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas must remove the name of the Democratic candidate against Republican Sen. Pat Roberts from the ballot, the state Supreme Court declared Thursday, in a unanimous ruling that could influence the fight for control of the U.S. Senate.

The court's decision leaves Democrats without a candidate, potentially making it easier for independent candidate Greg Orman to defeat the three-term incumbent. Republicans have counted on Roberts winning re-election in GOP-leaning Kansas as they seek to recapture a Senate majority.

Some Democrats nudged party nominee Chad Taylor out of the race earlier this month to avoid a major split of anti-Roberts votes. Taylor announced his withdrawal, but Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a conservative Republican publicly backing Roberts, declared that Taylor didn't comply with a state election law limiting when nominees can withdraw. Taylor petitioned the Supreme Court to remove his name from the ballot.

The justices unanimously agreed with Taylor, saying his formal letter of withdrawal to the secretary of state's office was sufficient to get his name off the ballot.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/7a4dc22244254a03a970fea8cbaecfdb/kansas-court-remove-democrat-senate-ballot



— Sep. 16, 2014 11:36 AM EDT

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, center, walks with members of his staff and legal team into the Kansas Judicial Center to file documents in a legal dispute before the state Supreme Court over the Democratic nominee's attempt to get off the ballot in the U.S. Senate race, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Topeka, Kan. With Kobach are, to his left, special projects coordinator Jameson Beckner and attorney Bradley Scholzman and, to his right, attorney Thomas Knutzen. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Several Kansas Supreme Court justices are questioning why a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate who wants his name off the ballot should be prevented from doing so by the state's chief election officer.

The court heard arguments Tuesday in a case that has national implications because it could affect the battle for control of the Senate.

Democrat Chad Taylor's withdrawal could help independent candidate Greg Orman's chances to unseat vulnerable Republican incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts.

Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach ruled that Taylor's name must remain on the ballot because he didn't comply with state election law.

Everything (Almost) You Need to Know About The CIA Torture Report in Less Than 4 Minutes

Published on Sept. 18, 2014

ReThink Media Info

If someone tries to hide something from you for ten years, it's probably pretty embarassing or shameful. Over the past ten years, the CIA has misled Congress about the post-9/11 torture program, withheld evidence, and tried to cover up the facts. In the next few weeks, a new bipartisan Senate report is expected to reveal the truth about the CIA's torture programs. Here's why you want to know what's in the #TortureReport.

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
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