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Obama, Putin meet; 1st time since Ukraine crisis

Source: AP via Bloomberg Businessweek

By Julie Pace June 06, 2014

BENOUVILLE, France (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama has spoken with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the margins of a lunch for world leaders during D-Day commemorations in France.

It's the first face-to-face exchange between Obama and Putin since the start of the crisis in Ukraine.

The White House says the two leaders held an informal conversation and not a formal, bilateral meeting. The conversation lasted 10 to 15 minutes.

The exchange came during a lunch hosted by French President Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH' oh-LAWND'). Obama and Putin were both in France for the 70th anniversary of Allied troops storming the beaches at Normandy.

Read more: http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2014-06-06/obama-putin-meet-1st-time-since-ukraine-crisis

gotta love that phonetic spelling

June 3 Primaries: The Top 10 Races To Watch

Huffpost, Tueday 06/02/2014:


Eight states have elections Tuesday: Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota. . . . Here's a look at the key races The Huffington Post is watching:

MISSISSIPPI SENATE: The Mississippi GOP Senate primary. . . .

IOWA SENATE: In recent weeks, state Sen. Joni Ernst has taken the lead in the polls in the crowded GOP primary to replace Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). . . .

CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR: {Jerry's had it sewn up for years so forget this one};

CALIFORNIA-17: The top-two House primary in this Silicon Valley area, Asian-American majority distric . . . .

CALIFORNIA-31: Democrats fear that three of their candidates could split the vote in this heavily Latino and Democratic-leaning district, in a repeat of what happened in 2012. The outspoken former Rep. Joe Baca (D-Calif.), Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar and attorney Eloise Gomez-Reyes are vying for the opportunity to represent the seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Gary Miller (D). On the GOP side, retired Navy officer and businessman Paul Chabot is favored to advance from the primary over former Miller aide Lesli Gooch. The primary has caused a rare split in both the national Democratic establishment and among progressive women's groups: Reyes has been endorsed by both Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) and EMILY's List, while Aguilar has the backing of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and NARAL Pro-Choice America. { I voted for Aguilar};

CALIFORNIA-33: In this Hollywood, Malibu and Beverly Hills-area Democratic stronghold, a crowded field of candidates are running to succeed retiring Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) . . . .

MONTANA HOUSE: Five candidates are competing in the GOP primary for Montana's sole House seat. . . .

SOUTH DAKOTA SENATE: Former Gov. Mike Rounds (R) has been the GOP frontrunner in the race to replace retiring Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.). . . .

NEW JERSEY-3: The impending retirement of Rep. Jon Runyan (R-N.J.), a former Eagles player, initiated what he called an "ugly as hell" Republican primary between two ex-mayors . . . .

IOWA-3: Six GOP candidates are facing off for the seat being vacated by Rep. Tom Latham (R). . . .

more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/02/mississippi-election-2014_n_5428998.html

so exciting . . . don't forget to vote if you haven't!

Tonight: Brian Williams reveals little-known secret of Snowden's past

He was one of the vets in John Kerry's swiftboat!

Incredible isn't it?

p.s. yes this is

Sinn Fein's Lynn Boylan is first MEP [EU rep] to be elected in Dublin

Source: Belfast Telegraph

26 MAY 2014

Sinn Fein’s Lynn Boylan has been elected after the third count in the Dublin constituency for the European elections.

Boylan was elected with 89,764 votes exceeding the quota of 88,144 to take the first of three seats in the Dublin constituency.

A large crowd of supporters cheered the announcement which took place in the RDS in Dublin.

She has been an active Sinn Féin member for eight years and has long been considered a favourite for the seat.

Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/elections/sinn-feins-lynn-boylan-is-first-mep-to-be-elected-in-dublin-30304715.html

A big win for Sinn Fein that's making Gerry Adams very happy

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Gerry Adams freed in Jean McConville murder inquiry

Source: BBC Northern Ireland

4 May 2014 Last updated at 12:48 ET

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has been released from custody over a 1972 murder and a file will be sent to the Public Prosecution Service, police have confirmed.

Mr Adams had been questioned at Antrim PSNI Station since Wednesday, after he was arrested in connection with the murder of Jean McConville.

The 37-year-old widow and mother of 10 was abducted from her home in west Belfast, shot and secretly buried by the IRA.

Her body was found a beach in County Louth in 2003.

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-27278039

This is definitely new news, and not an update to last week's arrest story. Props to RB TexLa for posting this in GD.

House Panel Subpoenas Kerry To Testify on Benghazi

Source: AP

Associated Press 11:07 a.m. EDT May 2, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is subpoenaing Secretary of State John Kerry to testify this month on the deadly 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya.

Rep. Darrell Issa of California wants Kerry to appear before the panel on May 21 about why emails released this week by a conservative watchdog were omitted from previous administration submissions to Congress.

The email from deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes shows that within days of the attack the White House embraced talking points for U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice that blamed the turmoil that erupted in North African and Middle East cities in September 2012 on an anti-Islamic video.

U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans died in the attack.

Read more: http://www.wltx.com/story/news/2014/05/02/house-panel-subpoenas-kerry-to-testify-on-benghazi/8606289/


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Béatification, canonisation : les étapes pour devenir saint

Par Pierrick de Morel - franceinfo.fr - Dimanche 27 avril à 00:10

Dimanche 27 avril, soit à peine plus de neuf ans après cette disparition, le pape François s'apprête à répondre à la requête des milliers de catholiques qui, à Rome et dans le monde entier, ont émis le souhait de voir Karol Wojtyla devenir saint. Au cours d'une cérémonie publique qui se déroulera au Vatican, le pape argentin canonisera également un autre de ses prédécesseurs, le pape Jean XXIII.

D'abord la béatification, puis la canonisation

Dans l'Eglise catholique, seul le pape a le pouvoir de canoniser une personne dont la vie et les actes lui ouvrent les portes de la sainteté. Un sacre qui se fait en deux étapes, la personne devant auparavant être béatifiée.

La décision pontificale n'intervient qu'au bout d'un processus long et complexe, et qui débute dans le diocèse où le candidat est décédé. Un groupe de fidèles - appelé Acto Causae - s'adresse à un prêtre - un postulateur - pour qu'il dépose une demande auprès de l'évêque de ce diocèse.

Ce dernier, après avoir analysé les pièces du dossier - écrits, preuves de miracles - va formuler, environ deux ans après, une requête officielle auprès de la Congrégation des causes des saints, qui se tient au Vatican. Si la Congrégation juge que le candidat mérite d'être canonisé, elle donne son accord - la nulla ostra - et commence l'évaluation des preuves : c'est le contrôle de la légitimité, une étape qui peut durer une douzaine d'années.

Pas de miracle, pas de saint

Précision importante : il n'y a ni béatification, ni canonisation sans miracle. C'est pourquoi un groupe de médecins et de théologiens se penchent sur des actes prétendument miraculeux, pour les évaluer.

Si un miracle est avéré et que la vie du candidat est jugé vertueuse, le pape autorise un décret de béatification, et la date de la cérémonie est fixée. Pour Jean-Paul II, elle a eu lieu le 1er mai 2011, alors que Jean XXIII avait été béatifié par le pape polonais le 3 septembre 2000.

Ensuite, si un second miracle est avéré, une cause en sanctification est ouverte, qui mène à la canonisation. Au total, l'ensemble de la procédure peut prendre des années, voire des siècles comme ce fut le cas pour Jeanne d'Arc, brûlée vive en 1431 et canonisée en 1920, comme l'explique le site internet de La Croix.

Les miracles des deux futurs saints

Pour devenir saint, il faut donc avoir réalisé deux miracles : un pour être béatifié, et un second pour être canonisé.

Dans le cas de Jean-Paul II, les deux miracles qui vont lui permettre d'être canonisés dimanche ont eu lieu après sa disparition :

Le premier, c'est la guérison de la nuit du 2 au 3 juin 2011 de la Soeur Marie Simon-Pierre, âgée de 44 ans, brusquement guérie de la maladie de Parkinson.

Le second date de la même année : victime d'un anévrisme cérébrale, la Costaricienne Floribeth Mora avait été guérie alors qu'elle suivait la cérémonie de béatification de Jean-Paul II à la télévision.

Quand au pape Jean XXIII, un seul miracle aura permis sa béatification et sa canonisation, comme le rappelle le Point : la guérison d'une religieuse italienne, Soeur Caterina Capitani, de la congrégation des Filles de la charité. Donnée pour morte après une opération en vue de l'ablation d'une tumeur à l'estomac, la femme avait survécu après avoir adressé ses prières au souverain pontife.

De plus en plus de canonisations

L'événement que constitue cette double canonisation permet de préciser que les proclamations de sainteté sont en hausse constante: lors des trente dernières années, la Congrégations a produit plus de saints que durant les trois siècles précédents : 500 depuis 1978, contre 302 entre 1574 et 1978.

Avec 482 canonisations entre 1978 et 2005, Jean-Paul II s'affirme même comme un champion de la catégorie, lui qui avait simplifié en 1983 une procédure inchangée depuis six siècles avec la constitution Divinus perfectionis Magister, qui simplifiait la canonisation et a permis de donner un nouvel élan au culte des saints.


Ségolène Royal denies banning cleavage at French ministry

France24 - Latest update : 2014-04-24

Ségolène Royal, French President François Hollande's former partner and the mother of his four children, has denied claims she ordered female staff at the Environment Ministry to "dress appropriately" and avoid revealing tops.

The report, published by French weekly Le Point on Thursday, claimed Royal, who joined Hollande's Socialist government following a cabinet reshuffle earlier this month, had also banned smoking in the ministry’s courtyard and gardens in her presence.

Denying the “ridiculous rumours” on her Twitter account, Royal said the only instruction she had given colleagues was to be sparing in their use of public funds.


This is not the first such report to emerge in the French press.

Last week, L’Express, another French weekly, said the new environment minister had also banned the “bise”, France’s traditional cheek kiss, urging staff to greet her with a more formal handshake instead.

A formal presidential runner-up, Royal, 60, has made a remarkable comeback after a string of political setbacks, including a humiliating defeat in parliamentary elections in 2012.

She has been criticized in the past for her allegedly dictatorial behavior and is often described by French media as the “Iron Lady”.

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