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New French government characterised by youth, centrism and loyalty to Hollande

French president François Hollande: has gone from saying ‘finance is the enemy’ during the 2012 presidential campaign to espousing supply-side economics.

Lara Marlowe, Irish Times, Wed, Aug 27, 2014

France’s rebel finance minister Arnaud Montebourg was replaced yesterday in the new government by Emmanuel Macron (36), the outgoing deputy secretary general of the Élysée and a former banker at the Banque Rothschild.

Mr Macron’s appointment reconfirms Mr Macron is considered the architect of the “pact of competiveness” and the “pact of responsbility,” the business-friendly mainstays of Mr Hollande’s economic policy.

As the economic daily Les Échos noted, the government crisis created by Mr Montebourg’s rejection of what he considered to be French austerity policies “will have at least led to a clear economic line.”

Mr Macron’s appointment was characteristic of the promotion of newer, younger and loyal faces from the centre in the third government of Mr Hollande’s presidency. Women and ethnic minorities were also favoured.

Women ministers

The Franco-Moroccan outgoing minister for women’s rights, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem (36) was appointed France’s first female minister for education, responsible for the largest government budget and 15.3 million students and educators.

Fleur Pellerin (41), who was a junior minister for foreign trade and tourism, landed the prestigious culture ministry. Ms Pellerin was born in Korea, where she was abandoned in the street as an infant and adopted by a French couple.

Christiane Taubira, the French Guyanese minister of justice whose job was at risk due to her leftist leanings and spats with prime minister Manuel Valls, hung on to her job.

The socialist old-timers and government “heavyweights” Bernard Cazeneuve, Laurent Fabius, Jean-Yves Le Drian, Sebastien Le Foll, Ségolène Royal and Michel Sapin remain in the ministries of the interior, foreign affairs, defence, agriculture, ecology and finance.

more: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/new-french-government-characterised-by-youth-centrism-and-loyalty-to-hollande-1.1908824

Foley murder video 'may have been staged'

Source: The UK Telegraph

The video of James Foley’s execution may have been staged, with the actual murder taking place off-camera, it has emerged.

Forensic analysis of the footage of the journalist’s death has suggested that the British jihadist in the film may have been the frontman rather than the killer.

The clip, which apparently depicts Mr Foley’s brutal beheading, has been widely seen as a propaganda coup for Islamic State miltant group.
But a study of the four-minute 40-second clip, carried out by an international forensic science company which has worked for police forces across Britain, suggested camera trickery and slick post-production techniques appear to have been used.

A forensic analyst told The Times that no blood can be seen, even though the knife is drawn across the neck area at least six times.

Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/journalists/bill-gardner/11054488/Foley-murder-video-may-have-been-staged.html

No blood in the Daniel Pearl video either as I recall. Hmm.

British ISIS Militants Dubbed 'Beatles' Guarded Syria Hostages

Source: NBC News via Google News

Three Islamist militants with British accents have been dubbed "The Beatles" by hostages taken in Syria, who recount tales of particular brutality at the hands of European captors. The presence of British jihadists fighting for ISIS is in sharp focus following the release of a video showing the beheading of American freelance journalist James Foley. The video is narrated by a male voice that appears to be British — and has set off alarm bells about the dangers of foreign fighters taken up arms in Syria and Iraq.

Several escaped and freed hostages initially seized in Syria have spoken of a trio of Brits who acted as guards, according to a person close to several recent hostage negotiations. According to the source, "The Beatles" were harsher than other guards. "They were really rough with them," the person told NBC News on Thursday. "Whenever the Beatles showed up, there was some kind of physical beating or torture."

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/james-foley/british-isis-militants-dubbed-beatles-guarded-syria-hostages-n185926

subhead: "Terrorism analyst: ISIS ‘looking for a confrontation’ with US"

. . . ya think?

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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