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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

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
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