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Hillary Clinton's first 2016 rally set for June 13

(Politico) Hillary Clinton will hold her presidential campaign’s first major event, a formal announcement rally, on June 13, according to a post on her official Twitter account Thursday afternoon.


Michelle Obama’s knockout response to President Obama’s #GimmeFive challenge

First lady Michelle Obama just delivered a knockout response to a “Let’s Move” challenge delivered by President Barack Obama, who posted a YouTube video to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the first lady’s initiative.


Josh Duggar Admits Molestation, Resigns from Family Research Council

(TMZ) Josh Duggar has resigned as Executive Director of the Family Research Council, acknowledging he sexually molested underage girls including some of his sisters, calling his conduct inexcusable.

Josh just told People, "Twelve years ago, as a young teenager. I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret." He continues, "We spoke with authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling."


Baltimore Grand Jury Indicts Six Officers in Freddie Gray's Death

(NBC) A grand jury in Baltimore has indicted six officers in the death of Freddie Gray, the city's top prosecutor said Thursday. In a hasty news conference, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby reeled off the charges handed down by the grand jury against the officers, Garrett Miller, Alicia White, Edward Nero, Caesar Goodson Jr., Brian Rice and William Porter.


Boy Scouts’ President Calls for End to Ban on Gay Leaders

(NYT) The president of the Boy Scouts of America on Thursday called for an end to the group’s blanket ban on gay adult leaders, warning Scout executives that “we must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be,” and that “any other alternative will be the end of us as a national movement.”

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The NRA Rides To The Rescue Of Men Who Beat Up Their Dates In Louisiana

(Think Progress) If a man in New Orleans drives over to his girlfriend’s home and beats her senseless, the National Rifle Association has his back. Under existing Louisiana law, a person convicted of using “force or violence” against another member of their “household” loses their right to possess a firearm. If someone abuses a romantic partner that they do not live with, however, they are still allowed to carry a gun.


Study: Lawmakers Assume Voters Are Way More Conservative Than They Are

(TPM) Researchers from UC Berkeley and the Univeristy of Michigan dug up some surprising results after posing the question: How much do lawmakers really know about their voters' political views?

"Pick an American state legislator at random, and chances are that he or she will have massive misperceptions about district views on big-ticket issues, typically missing the mark by 15 percentage points," David Broockman and Christopher Skovron wrote in a study for the Scholarly Strategy Network originally published in 2013.

To investigate the question, the duo surveyed thousands of state legislators and compared their perceptions of voters to people's actual views, derived from a large body of public opinion data.


Oregon Bans Conversion Therapy

(Advocate) Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Monday signed into law House Bill 2307, which bans the use of so-called conversion therapy on minors.

The bill passed the Oregon Senate earlier this month by a vote of 21-3, after passing the House in March. Oregon now joins California, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia in outlawing the scientifically discredited therapy, which attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.


The Slow-Mo Scandal That Could Crush Scott Walker's Presidential Hopes

(Mother Jones) In 2010, Scott Walker was the young, hyperambitious executive of Milwaukee County and one of three candidates angling for the Wisconsin Republican gubernatorial nomination. Part of his official duties included overseeing Operation Freedom, a charity event that raised money for veterans and their families. When Walker's chief of staff caught wind that $11,000 of the nonprofit's money had gone missing, Walker had his office ask the local district attorney to investigate. Now that he's seeking the Republican presidential nomination, he probably wishes it hadn't.

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Josh Duggar's Police Records Destroyed

56 sec ago - Arkansas police have destroyed the records of the investigation into Josh Duggar's alleged molestation of five underage girls, a police spokesman announced Friday, a day after the reality TV star resigned his position as head of FRC Action. Springda ... (Talking Points Memo (TPM))

Obama Stresses Support for Israel, but Refuses to ‘Paper Over’ Discord

57 sec ago - By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVISMAY 22, 2015 WASHINGTON — President Obama sought to reassure American Jews that he is a fierce supporter of Israel as he visited an influential synagogue here on Friday to defend his quest for a nuclear agreement with Iran. ... (New York Times)

Senate Blocks House Bill That Would Have Ended NSA's Bulk Collection of Domestic Phone

29 min ago - @AP: BREAKING: Senate blocks House bill that would have ended NSA's bulk collection of domestic phone records: http://t.co/ry8Mywn4FJ/s/YhE7 Senate blocks House surveillance bill and 2-month extension BY KEN DILANIAN MAY. 23, 2015 1:07 AM EDT WASHI ... (Associated Press)

Colombia's FARC rebels suspend ceasefire over air strike

1 hr ago - Peace talks to end Colombia's five-decade conflict were plunged into fresh crisis Friday after FARC guerrillas suspended their unilateral ceasefire in response to a government air strike that killed 26 rebels. The December ceasefire announcement by ... (AFP)

Labor Dept. orders subcontractor to pay workers unpaid wages

1 hr ago - GLOUCESTER, Va. (AP) — An electrical subcontractor has been ordered to pay more than $87,000 to several employees who were underpaid for their work on a new $27 million Gloucester school. The Daily Press reports an investigation late last year by th ... (AP)

Report: Criminal actions found in GM ignition switch case

2 hrs ago - Chris Woodyard The Justice Department has found criminal wrongdoing by General Motors in failing to disclose its ignition-switch defect that has cost at least 104 lives, the New York Times reported Friday night. The discovery could put General Moto ... (USA Today)

Woman found pushing dead 3-year-old son in swing

3 hrs ago - By KASEY JONES BALTIMORE (AP) — A woman was found pushing her dead 3-year-old son in a park swing Friday, and authorities say she may have been there for hours, or even since the day before. There were no obvious signs of foul play, but it has not ... (AP)

BREAKING: Senate Approves Trade Bill in Major Win for President

4 hrs ago - @AP: BREAKING: Senate approves trade bill in major win for President Barack Obama. Senate approves Obama's hard-fought trade negotiating bill MAY. 22, 2015 9:23 PM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led Senate has handed President Barack Obama a ... (Associated Press)

Dead animals found in oil spill: 3 pelicans, 1 dolphin

4 hrs ago - By BRIAN MELLEY LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials say a dead dolphin and three dead pelicans have been found near the area of an oil spill on the California coast. Veterinarian Michael Ziccardi said Friday it's not clear if the dolphin found in Santa Ba ... (AP)

West Coast dockworkers union ratifies 5-year contract

4 hrs ago - BY JUSTIN PRITCHARD LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The labor dispute that hobbled international trade through West Coast seaports earlier this year officially ended Friday when the union representing dockworkers announced its members had ratified a five-year ... (AP)

US stocks fall slightly on lower oil, mixed earnings news

5 hrs ago - By BERNARD CONDON NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market capped a quiet week of trading on a down note. Major indexes fell from the start on Friday as oil drillers and other energy-related companies followed oil prices lower. Stocks spent much of the res ... (AP-Excite)

Wal-Mart's push on animal welfare hailed as game changer

6 hrs ago - By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart's push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say. Though the steps are voluntary, Wal-Mart, whi ... (AP-Excite)

Gov. John Kasich rescinds union rights for Ohio care workers

6 hrs ago - By Julie Carr Smyth COLUMBUS (AP) — Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Friday rescinded a pair of directives issued by his predecessor that allowed independent home health care and child care workers under contract with the state to unionize, argui ... (News Herald)

Adult dating site investigating breach of user data

6 hrs ago - By BRANDON BAILEY PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — The operator of a popular adult dating website said Friday it's investigating a data security breach following reports that hackers stole names, email addresses and information about the sexual orientation o ... (AP-Excite)

Lavrov: Russia Ready To Meet Iraq Demand For Weapons To Fight Terrorism

7 hrs ago - Russia will try to satisfy all possible Iraq’s requests for the supply of arms, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, TASS reports. "We will try to maximally ... (News.Az)

Clinton E-mails Show Concern About Image After Benghazi Attacks

8 hrs ago - WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – Top aides to former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fretted over how she would be portrayed after the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed the US ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, e-mails released on Friday show ... (Reuters)

Mexican official: About 40 dead in shootout in cartel area

8 hrs ago - MEXICO CITY (AP) — About 40 people were killed in large-scale firefight Friday between law enforcement and criminal suspects in western Mexico, a Mexican official said. Almost all the dead were suspected criminals, said the official, who spoke on co ... (AP)

France to force big supermarkets to give unsold food to charities

8 hrs ago - France to force big supermarkets to give unsold food to charities Legislation barring stores from spoiling and throwing away food is aimed at tackling epidemic of waste alongside food poverty French supermarkets will be banned from throwing away o ... (The Guardian)

Earthquake: 5.4 quake strikes near Caliente, Nev.

9 hrs ago - A shallow magnitude 5.4 earthquake was reported Friday morning 24 miles from Caliente, Nev., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 11:47 a.m. PDT at a depth of 3.7 miles, the USGS said, and quakes of magnitude 3.8 and 3.0 ... (LA Times)

Jeralean Talley, world's oldest person, will turn 116

11 hrs ago - Jeralean Talley's age has earned her international attention. The Inkster woman was born in 1899, named the oldest living person in the world last month and will turn 116 on Saturday. Birthday greetings have already started coming, including a lett ... (Detroit Free Press)

Currency Tumbles as Venezuelans Look to Offload Bolivars

11 hrs ago - A staggering plunge in the free market value of Venezuelan currency sent people scrambling to sell off their depreciating bolivars Friday. The widely followed website DolarToday, which tracks exchanges along the Colombian border, reported that the S ... (ABC News)

Mike Huckabee: Duggar Family The Victim Of An 'Insensitive Bloodthirst'

11 hrs ago - Mike Huckabee, whose presidential campaign website still boasts of his endorsement from the Duggar family, responded on his Facebook page today to the revelation that the reality TV family’s eldest son, Josh, sexually assaulted several girls, inclu ... (Right Wing Watch, people for the American Way)

TLC Pulls '19 Kids and Counting' in Wake of Josh Duggar Molestation Admission

11 hrs ago - The network sparked outrage Thursday after airing a marathon of the reality series hours after Duggar’s confession. TLC has pulled 19 Kids and Counting from its schedule in the wake of star Josh Duggar’s admission that he molested several underage g ... (Yahoo News)

Mom signs consent for son's circumcision to get out of jail — but now faces new criminal charge

12 hrs ago - After months and years of fighting to stop her son from being circumcised, a West Boynton mother on Friday signed her consent for the procedure moments after a judge had again ordered her to remain in jail until she did. ... A defiant Hironimus, 31 ... (Sun Sentinel)

Saudi Arabia attack: Islamic State claims Shia mosque bombing

12 hrs ago - The Islamic State (IS) group says it was behind a suicide bombing on a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia that killed at least 10 people. The attack in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province is the first to be claimed by the Saudi branch of IS, which was formally ... (BBC)

Core U.S. Consumer Prices Rose in April by Most in Two Years

14 hrs ago - by Michelle Jamrisko 8:30 AM EDT May 22, 2015 The cost of living excluding food and fuel rose at a faster pace than expected in April, indicating inflation is inching toward the Federal Reserve’s goal. The core consumer-price index climbed 0.3 per ... (Bloomberg)

Fresh Fighting Erupts In East Ukraine, Three Ukrainian Soldiers Killed

14 hrs ago - KIEV (Reuters) - Three Ukrainian servicemen have been killed and 12 wounded in the latest clashes between government forces and Russian-backed separatists, further eroding a three-month-old ceasefire, Kiev's military said on Friday. Military spokesm ... (Reuters)

Louis Johnson, Legendary Bassist, Dead at 60

14 hrs ago - Louis Johnson, the bassist who scored a string of hits in the 1970s and 1980s as one-half of the Brothers Johnson, passed away at the age of 60 on Thursday (May 21). The Brothers Johnson got their start with 1976′s Look Out for #1, which lived ... (boombox)

VA must find millions to finish troubled Denver hospital

14 hrs ago - By DAN ELLIOTT DENVER (AP) — Construction crews are returning to work at the veterans hospital outside Denver after a last-minute deal with congressional leaders avoided a shutdown of the half-finished project. But the really heavy lifting will be ... (AP)

US stocks open mostly lower; oil price slides

15 hrs ago - NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are mostly lower in early trading as energy companies decline along with the price of oil. The Dow Jones industrial average fell nine points, or 0.1 percent, to 18,277 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time Friday. The Standard & Poor' ... (AP)