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Obama Drops A Veto Bomb On GOP By Threatening To Veto Every Bill That Uses Sequester Cuts

(Politicus USA) The White House made it clear that President Obama wants the sequester cuts gone by threatening to veto every appropriations bill that uses sequester cuts to establish funding levels.


Apple’s Tim Cook Delivers Blistering Speech On Encryption, Privacy

(TechCrunch) Apple CEO Tim Cook was honored for ‘corporate leadership’ during EPIC’s Champions of Freedom event in Washington. Cook spoke remotely to the assembled audience on guarding customer privacy, ensuring security and protecting their right to encryption. “Like many of you, we at Apple reject the idea that our customers should have to make tradeoffs between privacy and security,” Cook opened. “We can, and we must provide both in equal measure. We believe that people have a fundamental right to privacy. The American people demand it, the constitution demands it, morality demands it.”


Poll Finds 80% Of REPUBLICANS Agree With Bernie Sanders On Citizens United

(Politicus USA) Sen. Bernie Sanders is often characterized by the media as an out of the mainstream presidential candidate, but a new CBS/New York Times poll revealed that 80% of Republicans agree with Sanders on the issue of getting money out of politics.


Wealth inequality has widened along racial, ethnic lines since end of Great Recession

(Pew) The Great Recession, fueled by the crises in the housing and financial markets, was universally hard on the net worth of American families. But even as the economic recovery has begun to mend asset prices, not all households have benefited alike, and wealth inequality has widened along racial and ethnic lines.

The wealth of white households was 13 times the median wealth of black households in 2013, compared with eight times the wealth in 2010, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of data from the Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances. Likewise, the wealth of white households is now more than 10 times the wealth of Hispanic households, compared with nine times the wealth in 2010.

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Ted Cruz believes JFK ‘would be a Republican today’

(MSNBC) Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) made a campaign stop in, of all places, Massachusetts over the weekend, where he spoke to several hundred supporters in one of the nation’s bluest states. As BuzzFeed noted, the far-right Texan even connected his message to one of the Bay State’s favorite sons.

“JFK would be a Republican today. There is no room for John F. Kennedy in the modern Democratic Party.”


Met Senator Sanders tonight.

We were working in New York today and had to catch a late train back to Philadelphia (which was really late by 55 minutes).

I was walking out of the waiting area when I spotted Senator Sanders, with one aide, standing in the concourse, also waiting for a late train. Walked up to him, said "Good evening, Senator. I want to thank you and tell you that you've made this old left-wing, commie hippie fuck very happy. Good luck."


Fox News Repeatedly Mocks And Misgenders Caitlyn Jenner

(Think Progress) "A segment on Fox Business’ Cavuto repeatedly mocked Caitlyn Jenner, who debuted her new identity Monday on the cover of Vanity Fair, and misidentified her with male pronouns.

Neil Cavuto introduced the segment by asking in an exaggerated voice, “What the hell is going on?!?” The reporter, Dagen Mcdowell then proceeded to incorrectly use the pronouns “him” and “his” to refer to Caitlyn seven times.

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Caitlyn Jenner to Receive ESPYs Courage Award

(Hollywood Reporter) Caitlyn Jenner will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs this year. Formerly known as Bruce Jenner, the Olympian-turned-reality star made her debut as a transgender female on Monday via a Vanity Fair cover.


Martin O'Malley's Views on Women's Rights Are Pretty Amazing — Women's Advocates Think So, Too

This may come to a surprise to some, considering his Catholic faith and his noted “Catholic values,” but Martin O’Malley is a full supporter of both abortion rights and increased access to contraception. O’Malley has received a “100 percent” rating from NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland, who once praised him for chewing out former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on state-mandated ultrasounds. “Nothing says jobs like transvaginal probes,” O’Malley said in 2012, throwing some very public shade at McDonnell.

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Raid destroys huge IS car bomb plant in Iraq: officials

9 min ago - Kirkuk (Iraq) (AFP) - An air strike in Iraq completely levelled one of the Islamic State jihadist group's largest car bomb factories on Wednesday in a massive explosion heard for kilometres (miles), officials said. The strike hit a facility at the e ... (AFP)

Wikileaks Drops Another Damning Trove Of Secret Trade Deal Documents

21 min ago - WASHINGTON -- The latest trove of secret trade documents released by Wikileaks is offering opponents of the massive deals currently being crafted by the Obama administration more fodder to show that such agreements can impact United States laws and r ... (Huffington Post)

Urgent - 51 Labs In 17 States With Questionable Anthrax

39 min ago - POSTED: 01:41 PM CDT Jun 03, 2015 (CNN) -- Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work told a Pentagon press conference that 51 labs in 17 states, plus the District of Columbia and three countries, may have received suspect shipments of anthrax. Work ... (CNN)

Report says Guinta had no right to campaign money; Congressman still insists $355,000 is his - See m

43 min ago - U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta’s mother and sister contradict his claim that $355,000 given to his 2010 campaign was his own money, newly released Federal Election Commission documents show. There is no evidence to support the “family pot defense,” a theory ... (Manchester Union-Leader)

FBI to investigate Russia, Qatar World Cup bids

45 min ago - The FBI's investigation of alleged corruption at FIFA includes scrutiny of how soccer's governing body awarded the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 competition to Qatar, a U.S. law enforcement official said. The review would be part of a probe ... (Reuters)

Bankrupt Patriot Coal picks Blackhawk Mining as lead bidder

47 min ago - By JOHN RABY CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Blackhawk Mining LLC is offering to buy most of bankrupt Patriot Coal Corp.'s assets. Patriot said Wednesday it's teaming with Lexington, Kentucky-based Blackhawk on a $643 million bid. The "stalking horse" bid ... (AP)

Harvard Gets Biggest Financial Gift Ever From Wall Street Alum

50 min ago - BOSTON (AP) -- Harvard has received its biggest gift in school history - a $400 million donation from Wall Street hedge fund billionaire John Paulson - the university said Wednesday. The endowment from Paulson will support the School of Engineering ... (Associated Press)

Police: 5 relatives arrested after teen beaten to abort baby

1 hr ago - DALLAS (AP) — Dallas police say five family members have been arrested after a teenage girl said she was raped and impregnated by a relative three years ago and beaten to induce an abortion. Four relatives have been arrested on charges of engaging i ... (AP)

California agrees to proposed execution method

2 hrs ago - California's death penalty system, dormant for nine years, might soon move slowly toward resuming executions. As part of a court settlement reached on Tuesday, the state's corrections department agreed to unveil a new execution method by the fall th ... (San Jose Mercury)

Hate crime task force eyes subway shove; victim transgender

2 hrs ago - NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police say the hate crime task force is now investigating the case of a transgender woman who was shoved onto the subway tracks. Authorities say the 28-year-old woman was pushed around 9 a.m. Monday as she stood on the ... (AP)

Nigeria's army behind countless acts of torture and 8,000 deaths, Amnesty says

2 hrs ago - Senior military officers in Nigeria should be investigated for war crimes including the starvation, suffocation and torturing to death of 8,000 people, Amnesty International has said. An investigation carried out over several years, perhaps the most ... (The Guardian)

Federal officials find 8 infractions at Florida monkey farm

3 hrs ago - LABELLE, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture found eight instances of non-compliance with the federal Animal Welfare Act at a southwest Florida primate breeding facility. Primate Products Inc. on Wednesday released the USDA report to the ... (AP)

Netanyahu's Stance On Palestine Erodes Israel's Credibility - Obama

3 hrs ago - By: Dan Williams, Reuters June 3, 2015 11:35 AM JERUSALEM -- US President Barack Obama said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's terms for diplomacy that might lead to a Palestinian state meant Israel had lost international credibility as a ... (Reuters)

President Obama To Deliver Eulogy For Biden's Son

3 hrs ago - Washington (AFP) - US President Barack Obama will deliver a eulogy Saturday at the burial of Vice President Joe Biden's son Beau, who died of cancer aged 46. The White House said that memorial events for the former military lawyer and Delaware attor ... (Agence France-Presse)

Iraq, Iran Fighters Deployed To Defend Damascus: Security Source

3 hrs ago - Beirut (AFP) - Thousands of Iranian and Iraqi fighters have been deployed in Syria in past weeks to bolster the defences of Damascus and its surroundings, a Syrian security source told AFP on Wednesday. "Around 7,000 Iranian and Iraqi fighters have ... (Agence France-Presse)

Rick Santorum Tells Pope Francis To ‘Leave Science To The Scientists’ On Climate Change

4 hrs ago - On June 16, Pope Francis is expected to release an encyclical letter on the environment, the Catholic Church’s strongest statement to date on the moral issues associated with climate change. It’s a move that has environmentalists very excited — and ... (Think Progress)

Marco Rubio, David Rivera sell Tallahassee home

4 hrs ago - Marco Rubio and David Rivera have sold the house the owned together in Tallahassee, a property that for years tied the Florida senator to the former Miami congressman. The two friends sold the house this week for $117,000, a Rubio aide confirmed Wed ... (The Miami Herald)

Sheriff's Report: One Of Josh Duggar's Alleged Victims Was 5-Year-Old Girl

4 hrs ago - A 5-year-old was among the young girls Josh Duggar, the eldest son of the family made famous by TLC's "19 Kids and Counting," allegedly molested when he was a teenager, according to a sheriff's report published Wednesday by tabloid magazine In Touc ... (TPM)

Wikileaks Offers $100,000 Bounty For Asian Trade Pact Pushed By Obama

5 hrs ago - By Krista Hughes | Reuters – 11 hours ago WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Whistleblower website WikiLeaks offered a $100,000 bounty for copies of a Pacific trade pact that is a central plank of President Barack Obama's diplomatic pivot to Asia on Tuesday. W ... (Reuters)

Muslim Boston Man Killed Holding Knife Was Planning Beheading, Officials Say

5 hrs ago - On Tuesday, 26-year-old Usaama Rahim was shot and killed in Boston by a police officer and FBI agent after he allegedly threatened them with a knife when approached for questioning. On Wednesday, anonymous officials told the Boston Globe that Rahim a ... (Slate)

Service Industries in U.S. Expand at Slowest Pace in a Year

5 hrs ago - June 3, 2015 — 10:00 AM EDT Service industries expanded in May at the slowest pace in 13 months as orders eased, signaling tempered improvement in the biggest part of the U.S. economy. The Institute for Supply Management’s non-manufacturing index, ... (Bloomberg)

Storage bunkers sealed off at nuclear dump closed by leak

5 hrs ago - Hundreds of containers of waste have been entombed at the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico now that workers have closed off storage areas affected by a radiation leak, officials said Tuesday. After mon ... (Associated Press)

U.S. trade deficit narrows as exports of services hit record high

6 hrs ago - Markets | Wed Jun 3, 2015 8:37am EDT The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in April as exports of services hit a record high and imports fell. The U.S. Commerce Department on Wednesday said that the U.S. trade gap shrunk to $40.9 billion, down from Ma ... (Reuters)

Venezuela's economy is imploding

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ADP National Employment Report: Private Sector Employment Increased by 201,000 Jobs in May

7 hrs ago - ROSELAND, N.J. – June 3, 2015 – Private sector employment increased by 201,000 jobs from April to May according to the May ADP National Employment Report®. Broadly distributed to the public each month, free of charge, the ADP National Employment Repo ... (ADP® (Automatic Data Processing))

Ukraine says government forces halt rebel attempt to advance on eastern town

7 hrs ago - An attempt by pro-Russian separatists to advance on Ukrainian troop positions near the town of Maryinka in eastern Ukraine has been halted for now, Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said on Wednesday. "For the moment, storming operations have been ha ... (Reuters)

Airbus says 3 of 4 engines failed on crashed A400M

8 hrs ago - By GREG KELLER PARIS (AP) — Airbus said Wednesday that three of the four engines on an A400M military plane failed before it crashed near Seville, Spain last month, killing four people. In a statement, Airbus Defense and Space says the faulty engin ... (AP)

Nurses' union says strike authorized if negotiations fail

8 hrs ago - NEW YORK (AP) — The union representing more than 18,000 registered nurses at 14 of New York City's private hospitals said members have voted to authorize a strike if contract negotiations aren't carried out in good faith. The New York State Nurses A ... (AP)

World stocks dulled by Greek bailout saga, await ECB meeting

8 hrs ago - By YURI KAGEYAMA TOKYO (AP) — Global stock markets were lackluster Wednesday as Greece's bailout woes dampened investor sentiment ahead of a European Central Bank meeting. KEEPING SCORE: France's CAC 40 fell 0.1 percent to 4,999.71 while Germany's ... (AP)

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal To Make 'Major Announcement' About 2016 Race On June 24

12 hrs ago - WASHINGTON (AP) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a possible GOP presidential candidate, will make a "major announcement" on the 2016 race on June 24 in New Orleans. That's according to Jindal's chief political adviser, Timmy Teepell. Jindal had ann ... (Huffington Post)