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Sunday, March 31, 2013

North Korea Leader Vows Nuclear Weapons Are 'Nation's Life' - YouTube

NK leader Kim Jon Un shows no signs of backing down from threat of using nuclear weapons.

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North Korea Leader Vows Nuclear Weapons Are 'Nation's Life' - YouTube

Families Flee After Ruptured Pipeline Spills Thousands of Gallons of Oil - YouTube

Oil giant Exxon Mobil says they "regret the spill" and will be on site until cleanup completes.

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Families Flee After Ruptured Pipeline Spills Thousands of Gallons of Oil - YouTube

'This Week' Web Extra: Cory Booker Answers Viewer Questions From Facebook, Twitter - YouTube

Newark Mayor Cory Booker answers viewer questions.

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'This Week' Web Extra: Cory Booker Answers Viewer Questions From Facebook, Twitter - YouTube

The North Korean Threat: Martha Raddatz 'This Week' Report - YouTube

ABC News' Martha Raddatz reports on dangerous signs from North Korea.

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The North Korean Threat: Martha Raddatz 'This Week' Report - YouTube

People Skills Class Offered for Geeky Students - YouTube

Premiere science school offers classes for the socially awkward student.

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People Skills Class Offered for Geeky Students - YouTube

Alumna Advises Princeton Women to Find a Man on Campus - YouTube

Woman writes open letter that recommends sticking with an Ivy League mate.

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Alumna Advises Princeton Women to Find a Man on Campus - YouTube

Pope Francis Celebrates Easter Sunday - YouTube

Tens of thousands gather in the Vatican to attend Easter mass.

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Pope Francis Celebrates Easter Sunday - YouTube

Texas District Attorney, Wife Found Dead Inside Home - YouTube

Police look for connections between DA's death and the earlier shooting of a prosecutor.

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Texas District Attorney, Wife Found Dead Inside Home - YouTube

South Africans Pray for Nelson Mandela's Recovery - YouTube

The 94-year-old former leader is being treated for pneumonia.

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South Africans Pray for Nelson Mandela's Recovery - YouTube

Legoland Hotel Offers Escape for Kids of All Ages - YouTube

Cameron Mathison gets an exclusive look at the next big thing for Legos.

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Legoland Hotel Offers Escape for Kids of All Ages - YouTube

Missing Hiker Found Alive on Oregon's Mt. Hood - YouTube

Young woman recovers from frostbite, injured ankle after successful rescue efforts.

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Missing Hiker Found Alive on Oregon's Mt. Hood - YouTube

Va. Gov. McDonnell on two-way street with chief executive of struggling company - The Washington Post

Va. Gov. McDonnell on two-way street with chief executive of struggling company - The Washington Post

Blumenthal: Nothing in Current Bill Would Have Prevented Newtown - By Eliana Johnson - The Corner - National Review Online

Blumenthal: Nothing in Current Bill Would Have Prevented Newtown - By Eliana Johnson - The Corner - National Review Online

Graham: Background-Check Bill ‘Going Nowhere’ - By Eliana Johnson - The Corner - National Review Online

Graham: Background-Check Bill ‘Going Nowhere’ - By Eliana Johnson - The Corner - National Review Online

Cardinal Timothy Dolan: Catholic Church’s Nature Means It Will be Out of Touch Sometimes - ABC News

Cardinal Timothy Dolan: Catholic Church’s Nature Means It Will be Out of Touch Sometimes - ABC News

Judd is out, but Kentucky Senate race still holds many wildcards - The Hill's Ballot Box

Ashley Judd’s exit from the Kentucky Senate race may have dimmed the spotlight on Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) reelection efforts, but a handful of wildcards there are still drawing attention. 

Democrats have yet to front a candidate, and it’s unclear if their supposed top pick, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, will jump in the race. The Tea Party is still seeking a challenger to McConnell. And National Democrats are gearing up for what they see as one of their best opportunities at a pickup in 2014.

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Judd is out, but Kentucky Senate race still holds many wildcards - The Hill's Ballot Box

Bucking the trend: The House Democrats who oppose gay marriage - The Hill


Eleven House Democrats are on record as opposing gay marriage, even as support within their party for the issue builds.

Another nine haven't taken definitive positions in support of or against gay marriage.

President Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and a number of Democratic senators have flipped on the issue, and a majority of voters support gay marriage according to polls.


Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/291097-bucking-the-trend-the-house-democrats-who-oppose-gay-marriage#ixzz2P7Ntz3nL 
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Bucking the trend: The House Democrats who oppose gay marriage - The Hill

Rubio warns against ‘rush to legislate’ on immigration reform - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room


Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is warning Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) not to rush an immigration-reform bill through his committee, calling for extensive hearings on the legislation’s many provisions.

In a letter to Leahy on Saturday, the Tea Party favorite and member of the Senate “Gang of Eight” immigration group cautioned against a “rush to legislate.”


Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/291099-rubio-warns-leahy-against-rush-to-legislate-on-immigration#ixzz2P7G5NbJf 
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Rubio warns against ‘rush to legislate’ on immigration reform - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Chamber, labor reach deal on low-skilled guest worker program - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room


Business and labor groups have reached an agreement to establish a new low-skilled worker program, clearing one of the last major hurdles to legislative efforts to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and AFL-CIO resolved differences on how many visas should be offered in a program for temporary workers and how much those workers should be paid, according to a report from the Associated Press.


Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/291089-chamber-labor-reach-deal-on-low-skilled-guest-worker-program#ixzz2P7Fq6Hx5 
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Chamber, labor reach deal on low-skilled guest worker program - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Obama walking into political minefield as he taps new FCC chairman - The Hill's Hillicon Valley

President Obama is walking into a political minefield as he decides whom to nominate for chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

Industry groups, consumer advocates and Democrats are splintering over the contenders, putting Obama in a bind as he narrows his short list for the powerful post.

"You're going to offend a whole lot of people no matter which way you go," one communications industry source said.

Obama is looking to replace Julius Genachowski, who is leaving the chairman’s post after a controversial tenure that included the creation of new rules for Internet providers.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/291061-obama-facing-political-minefield-in-fcc-decision#ixzz2P7FfnPUJ 
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Obama walking into political minefield as he taps new FCC chairman - The Hill's Hillicon Valley

Tech companies, labor unions clash over cap on high-skilled worker visas - The Hill's Hillicon Valley

Senators negotiating a comprehensive immigration bill will get reminded on Monday of the need for temporary worker visas, as the cap is expected to be hit a few days after the government starts accepting applications.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency that oversees immigration, starts accepting applications for 65,000 H-1B visa slots on Apr. 1. But this year the agency anticipates that it may hit the visa cap within the first week that it starts accepting applications and could revert to a lottery system for first time since 2008.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/291067-tech-companies-and-unions-clash-over-temporary-worker-visas#ixzz2P7FUD9pc 
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Tech companies, labor unions clash over cap on high-skilled worker visas - The Hill's Hillicon Valley

Furloughs may become way of life at Pentagon - The Hill's DEFCON Hill


Furloughs and other temporary budget patches could become a way of life for the Pentagon unless congressional Republicans and the White House reach a long-term budget deal.

Few think a decade of furloughs is the best way to close the budget deficit. Pentagon leaders this week suggested eliminating and prioritizing specific programs would be more efficient.


Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/budget-appropriations/291051-furloughs-could-become-way-of-life-at-pentagon#ixzz2P7FI4MdU 
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Furloughs may become way of life at Pentagon - The Hill's DEFCON Hill

Momentum growing to revamp Washington’s ‘broken’ budget process - The Hill's On The Money


There is new momentum to revamp Washington’s Groundhog Day-like budget process.

The Senate’s recent vote to embrace a biennial budget, coupled with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) endorsement, has significantly boosted the chances it could pass in this Congress.


Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/budget/291069-momentum-builds-to-revamp-washingtons-broken-budget-process#ixzz2P7F5SQuc 
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Momentum growing to revamp Washington’s ‘broken’ budget process - The Hill's On The Money

Obama plays first round of golf since sequester budget cuts took effect - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room


President Obama took advantage of mild Washington weather on Saturday by heading out to the golf course, his first visit to the links since across-the-board sequester cuts took effect on March 1.

On the day before Easter, Obama trekked over to Andrews Air Force Base for a round with Marty Nesbitt, Michael Brush and Marvin Nicholson on an afternoon with temperatures nearing a spring-like 60 degrees, according to a White House pool report.

Nesbitt is a Chicago businessman and one of Obama's best friends.


Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/291087-obama-makes-first-post-sequester-visit-to-the-golf-course#ixzz2P7EphUDx 
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Obama plays first round of golf since sequester budget cuts took effect - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

White House says it’s taking North Korean ‘state of war’ threat ‘seriously’ - The Hill's Global Affairs


The White House on Saturday said it was taking threats of war from North Korea “seriously,” while acknowledging that Pyongyang has a “long record of bellicose rhetoric.”

“We take these threats seriously and remain in close contact with our South Korean Allies,” said Caitlin Hayden, a spokesperson for the National Security Council in a statement. “But, we would also note that North Korea has a long history of bellicose rhetoric and threats and today's announcement follows that familiar pattern.”


Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/global-affairs/asia-pacific/291085-white-house-says-its-taking-north-korean-threat-of-war-seriously#ixzz2P7EdGFrF 
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White House says it’s taking North Korean ‘state of war’ threat ‘seriously’ - The Hill's Global Affairs

White House urges Kenyans to ‘peacefully accept’ election results - The Hill's Global Affairs


The White House on Saturday called on Kenyans to peacefully accept a final decision from the nation's high court upholding the election of Uhuru Kenyatta as the country’s president.

Kenya's Supreme Court on Saturday unanimously upheld the election victory of Kenyatta, setting aside questions of voter fraud.


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White House urges Kenyans to ‘peacefully accept’ election results - The Hill's Global Affairs

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Senator Rubio Calls For Open And Transparent Consideration Of Immigration Legislation


Press Releases

Rubio: “[E]xcessive haste in the pursuit of a lasting solution is perhaps even more dangerous to the goals many of us share. ... A rush to legislate, without fully considering all views and input from all senators, would be fatal to the effort of earning the public’s confidence.”
Washington, D.C. - As members of the bipartisan Senate group working on immigration legislation continue to finalize the bill as a starting point for debate by the full Senate, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio urged Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy to prepare for a series of several hearings thoroughly examining the proposal.
Rubio cautioned against rushing any proposal through the Senate and instead advocates for a deliberative process that engages the American public and all senators.
The full text of the letter follows:
March 30, 2013
Dear Chairman Leahy:
As you know, I am part of a bipartisan group of Senators that has spent the last several months attempting to craft a consensus bill to fix our nation’s broken immigration system.  We have made considerable progress towards an approach that will secure our nation’s borders, provide for robust interior enforcement, establish an effective entry and exit system, and maintain a lawful future flow of immigrants and workers to meet the needs of a dynamic and growing economy. We also create a tough but fair approach that will allow many people currently here illegally to earn the ability to apply for legalization and eventually, after certain triggers are met, removes prohibitions for them to apply for a green card.
You have stated on multiple occasions that you believe immigration reform should be the legislative priority of your Committee this year.  We are grateful for that commitment and look forward to your leadership, and that of Ranking Member Grassley, as the process moves forward.  Sensitive to your prerogatives as Chairman, I write to express my strong belief that the success of any major legislation depends on the acceptance and support of the American people.  That support can only be earned through full and careful consideration of legislative language and an open process of amendments.
While you and your colleagues on the Judiciary Committee will agree on the details, I respectfully suggest that such a process must begin with a careful examination in the Committee including: hearings that explore multiple perspectives on the scope of the problems we face and the efficacy of the solutions we propose, markups in which a broad range of amendments can be considered, and a robust floor debate.  All of this, and any Conference Committee deliberations, should occur in the full view of the American people, broadcast on CSPAN, and streamed live on the internet.
I am aware that the Judiciary Committee, both under your leadership and under the leadership of your predecessors, has conducted a number of hearings related to immigration reform.  I am certain that those hearings deepened your knowledge of these issues and will guide much of your work this Congress.  But they cannot be a substitute for fresh hearings to consider specific legislation as part of a national conversation.  You have said the well-meaning disagreements senators have about these issues should be part of “a discussion we need to have out in the open, in front of the American people.”  I agree.
I cannot urge strongly enough that such a discussion start with meaningful hearings.  Of particular importance is a full consideration of border security proposals, including testimony from border security experts, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and others.  A key feature of our bipartisan approach has been an insistence on meeting border security and other enforcement triggers before unauthorized immigrants can apply for permanent residence.  But the success of these triggers will require examining what the American taxpayer’s commitment must be in order to make this security plan a reality.
For example, the legislation we will propose as a starting point for debate provides an estimate of money that will be required to fully implement the border security and fencing plan. But we need hearings to determine exactly how much money must be appropriated and which measures are most needed to achieve our border enforcement goals.
You have said that “delay for delay’s sake” would be a mistake in this matter, I agree. But excessive haste in the pursuit of a lasting solution is perhaps even more dangerous to the goals many of us share.  We owe it to the American people to get immigration reform right this time, so that future Congresses and future generations do not face the broken system we see today.  A rush to legislate, without fully considering all views and input from all senators, would be fatal to the effort of earning the public’s confidence.

Respectfully,
Marco Rubio

The shipping industry: Sinking under a big green wave | The Economist

The shipping industry: Sinking under a big green wave | The Economist

Brett Shadle Dead: Navy SEAL Killed In Arizona Parachuting Accident

Brett Shadle Dead: Navy SEAL Killed In Arizona Parachuting Accident

Judge rules 9/11 museum can include WTC cross | National News - KMBC Home

Judge rules 9/11 museum can include WTC cross | National News - KMBC Home

White House responds to N. Korea's 'state of war' comment, says taking threat 'seriously' | Fox News

White House responds to N. Korea's 'state of war' comment, says taking threat 'seriously' | Fox News

From Dallas to Damascus: The Texas ’straight shooter’ who could replace Syria’s Assad

From Dallas to Damascus: The Texas ’straight shooter’ who could replace Syria’s Assad

Deandre Poole, FAU Professor Who Told Students to ‘Stomp on Jesus’ Placed on Administrative Leave | Fox News Insider

Deandre Poole, FAU Professor Who Told Students to ‘Stomp on Jesus’ Placed on Administrative Leave | Fox News Insider

The Weekend Interview with Timothy Thomas: Why China Is Reading Your Email - WSJ.com

The Weekend Interview with Timothy Thomas: Why China Is Reading Your Email - WSJ.com

Predicting the future - YouTube

25 years ago, writer Nicole Yorkin penned an article predicting innovations that would come in the year 2013. Interestingly, many of those predictions came true.

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Predicting the future - YouTube

Billionaires embroiled in wine battle - YouTube

William Koch is suing fellow billionaire Eric Greenberg for allegedly selling him fake wine for over $13000 a bottle. Food & Wine executive editor Ray Isle and CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin explain how wine can be fake and if there is truly a case here.

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Billionaires embroiled in wine battle - YouTube

The amazing Emanuel brothers - YouTube

Ezekiel, Rahm, and Ari Emanuel have truly taken their respective jobs by storm, making a name for themselves in entertainment, public service, and medicine. Eldest brother Ezekiel Emanuel talks about growing up with his brothers and their new memoir.

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The amazing Emanuel brothers - YouTube

What decisions will the Supreme Court make? - YouTube

The Supreme Court took on two landmark cases dealing with same-sex marriage but won't make their decisions known till the summer. Yale Law School professor Linda Greenhouse tries to make educated guesses as to how the Supreme Court will rule in these cases.

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What decisions will the Supreme Court make? - YouTube

Wife of imprisoned pastor speaks out - YouTube

Pastor Saeed Abedini's wife speaks to Jake Tapper about her husband being imprisoned in Iran for his Christian faith.

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Wife of imprisoned pastor speaks out - YouTube

Justin Timberlake Reinvents Scavenger Hunt in '20/20 Experience' Promotion - YouTube

Popular musical artist, actor hides signed copies of new album, reveals locations on Instagram.

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Justin Timberlake Reinvents Scavenger Hunt in '20/20 Experience' Promotion - YouTube

Navy SEAL Team 6 Member Killed in Parachute Accident - YouTube

Routine military training exercise turns deadly when SEALs collide in midair.

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Navy SEAL Team 6 Member Killed in Parachute Accident - YouTube

North Korea Says It Is in 'State of War' With South Korea - YouTube

The White House responds to the increasingly aggressive rhetoric of rogue nation.

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North Korea Says It Is in 'State of War' With South Korea - YouTube

Family Uses Sleep Consultants for Fussy Baby - YouTube

Dream Team Baby helps parents at their wits end get their kids to sleep through the night.

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Family Uses Sleep Consultants for Fussy Baby - YouTube

How Well Do You Know Your Best Friend? - YouTube

Meili Cady says a friendship during her early days in Hollywood led her to be a pot trafficker.

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How Well Do You Know Your Best Friend? - YouTube

Crazy Stupid Love: Surprise - YouTube

Part 2: Hicks says she never knew her boyfriend turned harasser was also married.

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Crazy Stupid Love: Surprise - YouTube

Crazy Stupid Love: Revenge Porn - YouTube

Part 1: Bruce Stimon gave Soraida Hicks an iPhone he later used to cyber harass her.

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Crazy Stupid Love: Revenge Porn - YouTube

Gay-rights groups ready backup plan in case marriage law survives - The Hill

Gay rights activists are working on a back-up plan to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in case the law survives the Supreme Court.
 
The Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal DOMA, has not been re-introduced in either the House or the Senate this Congress. But lobbyists are pushing to revive the bill in hopes of capitalizing on the outpouring of support for same-sex marriage in the Senate.


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Gay-rights groups ready backup plan in case marriage law survives - The Hill

GOP closes ranks against Young to save effort to woo Hispanics - The Hill

Republican leaders on Friday closed ranks in denouncing fellow GOP lawmaker Don Young’s use of the term “wetbacks” to refer to Hispanic laborers.

The rapid fire GOP condemnation of the Alaska Republican’s slur showed the danger that the remark may have done to the party’s effort to woo Hispanic supporters. 

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GOP closes ranks against Young to save effort to woo Hispanics - The Hill

Alaska's Young may have met his match in backlash over slur, ethics probe - The Hill

Alaska's Young may have met his match in backlash over slur, ethics probe - The Hill

Obama breaks from politics to celebrate ‘promise of Easter’ - The Hill's Video


President Obama took a break from politics on Saturday to speak about his Christian faith, as millions around the world prepared to worship and celebrate on Easter Sunday.

“This weekend, Michelle, Malia, Sasha and I will join Christians around the world to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the hopeful promise of Easter,” Obama said in his weekly address.


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Obama breaks from politics to celebrate ‘promise of Easter’ - The Hill's Video

GOP presses Obama to approve ‘no-brainer’ Keystone XL pipeline - The Hill's Video


Republicans are stepping up pressure on the Obama administration to approve work on the long-delayed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.

Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) called on the White House to help lower the nation's energy costs, create a total of about 140,000 jobs and provide a boost to the economy by moving forward on the pipeline.


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GOP presses Obama to approve ‘no-brainer’ Keystone XL pipeline - The Hill's Video

Rising GOP star Carson defends comments on same-sex marriage - The Hill's Video


Dr. Ben Carson on Friday defended comments he made earlier this week that linked homosexuality to bestiality. 

Carson, a rising GOP star who came to fame in conservative circles with remarks critical of President Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast, said in an interview on MSNBC that his comments had been taken out of context. 


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Rising GOP star Carson defends comments on same-sex marriage - The Hill's Video

HHS withdraws plan to consider coverage of sex-change operations - The Hill's Healthwatch


The Health and Human Services Department said early Friday that it would accept public comments on whether to reexamine its decision not to cover sex changes.

But a spokesperson said Friday evening that the proposal has been withdrawn. HHS pulled information from its website Friday after various news media outlets reported on the issue.


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HHS withdraws plan to consider coverage of sex-change operations - The Hill's Healthwatch

Group uses Reagan shooting to push tougher gun laws - The Hill's Video


A pro-gun-control group is using footage of the attempted assassination of President Reagan in a new ad. 

The ad from the United Network of Rational Americans uses the footage to argue expanded background checks might have prevented John Hinckley Jr. from shooting the president. It also says Reagan himself made that argument. 

"President Reagan believed something could have prevented the attack," the ad's narrator says. "Ten years later, he wrote the attack might never have happened if a bill requiring background checks had been law."


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Group uses Reagan shooting to push tougher gun laws - The Hill's Video

Ultimate Betrayal Continued - YouTube

Part 2: Christopher Wells put a hit out on his wife, sister and brother-in-law.

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Ultimate Betrayal Continued - YouTube

Ultimate Betrayal - YouTube

Part 1: In Colorado, the family of a controlling husband say they've lived in fear for 24 months.

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Ultimate Betrayal - YouTube

Stealth "Practice Run" Provokes N. Korean Threat - YouTube

How far did B-2 stealth bombers travel for a "practice run" in South Korea? Why is North Korea threatening missile strikes against U.S. cities like Austin, Texas? WSJ's Jason Bellini has the Short Answer.

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Stealth "Practice Run" Provokes N. Korean Threat - YouTube

Friday, March 29, 2013

Orange County Woman Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison for Providing Material Support to Terrorists by Sending Money to Pakistan to be Used in Attacks Against U.S. Forces Overseas

FBI Los Angeles Division Press Release:


Orange County Woman Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison for Providing Material Support to Terrorists by Sending Money to Pakistan to be Used in Attacks Against U.S. Forces Overseas

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeMarch 29, 2013
  • Central District of California(213) 894-2434
SANTA ANA, CA—A Turkish citizen who resides in Orange County was sentenced this morning to five years in federal prison after admitting she provided material support to terrorists by wiring money to Pakistan to help fund attacks against American military personnel.
Oytun Ayse Mihalik, 40, of La Palma, a lawful permanent resident of the United States, was sentenced by United States District Judge Josephine Staton Tucker. Mihalik pleaded guilty on August 10, 2012, to one count of providing material support to terrorists. When she pleaded guilty, she specifically admitted that she provided money to an individual in Pakistan with the intention that the money would be used to prepare for and carry out attacks against United States military personnel and other persons overseas. Using the alias Cindy Palmer, Mihalik sent a total of $2,050 in three wire transfers to the person in Pakistan over the course of three weeks at the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011.
“International terrorists require a steady pipeline of money to maintain and support their operations,” said United States Attorney AndrĂ© Birotte, Jr. “The defendant in this case knowingly and deliberately made wire transfers to fund terrorist operations overseas, where contributions like these could have a significant and devastating impact on American interests.”
Mihalik’s “support for terrorism was knowing and intentional—not the product of undue influence or misguided good intentions and not aberrant conduct,” federal prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memo. “In fact, as [Mihalik] herself told the FBI shortly after her arrest, she believed [the person in Pakistan] was a member of the Taliban and al Qaeda, and she knew he was using the money for mujahadin operations against American military forces in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region.”
“The FBI is committed to the prevention of terrorist attacks targeting the United States,” said Bill Lewis, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office. “Through the partnerships of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, we will continue to hold accountable those who support terrorist causes by financing operations that target Americans and her interests.”
Mihalik has been in federal custody since she was arrested on August 27, 2011, as she was preparing to board a flight to her native Turkey with a one-way ticket. As part of this case, Mihalik agreed that the United States can take away her immigration status and that she will be removed from the United States to Turkey after serving her prison sentence.
“While the sum of money involved in this case may not seem substantial, there’s no doubt the funds this defendant sent overseas would have covered the cost of an attack on U.S. soldiers,” said Claude Arnold, special agent in charge for HSI Los Angeles. “Money is the mother’s milk of terrorism, and we will move aggressively against those who provide financial support to groups and individuals bent on harming the U.S. and its allies.”
The case against Mihalik was investigated by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. The JTTF includes special agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, as well as investigators with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Manhattan Accountant Pleads Guilty to Embezzling More Than $500,000

FBI Kansas City Division Press Release:


Manhattan Accountant Pleads Guilty to Embezzling More Than $500,000

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeMarch 29, 2013
  • District of Kansas(316) 269-6481
TOPEKA, KS—An accountant in Manhattan, Kansas has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $500,000 from the commercial construction company where he worked, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.
Larry D. Lord, 63, of Manhattan, Kansas, pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud and one count of filing a false tax return. In his plea, Lord admitted the crimes occurred from 1995 to 2012 while he worked as an accountant for Cheney Construction Incorporated in Manhattan, Kansas.
He used his position to embezzle funds from CCI’s bank account to pay his personal expenses, including his and his wife’s personal credit cards. Lord wrote checks on CCI’s bank account and mailed the checks to a credit card company. To conceal the crimes, he falsified the company’s check register log to make it appear the check was written to a legitimate payee. He wrote checks totaling $535,179. In addition, he failed to report the embezzled funds on his federal income tax, resulting in taxes owed for 2006 through 2011 of $103,962.
Sentencing is set for July 1. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the mail fraud count and a maximum penalty of three years and a fine up to $250,000 on the income tax charge. Grissom commended the Internal Revenue Service, the FBI, the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Kenney for their work on the case.

Former Mississippi Corrections Officer Pleads Guilty to Orchestrating Assault on Inmate

FBI Jackson Division Press Release:


Former Mississippi Corrections Officer Pleads Guilty to Orchestrating Assault on Inmate

U.S. Department of JusticeMarch 29, 2013
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Kenny McLaughlin, 35, a corrections officer at the Stone County Regional Facility in Stone County, Mississippi, pleaded guilty today in federal court to ordering the beating of an inmate at the detention facility.
According to court documents filed in connection with his guilty plea, on May 12, 2008, McLaughlin, while working as a corrections officer, ordered an inmate to arrange an unwarranted assault on another inmate. As a result of McLaughlin’s order, the victim was assaulted by two fellow inmates in the shower area of the cellblock. McLaughlin was aware of the assault as it happened but did not notify any other officer or medical personnel of the assault. The victim suffered fractured ribs, cuts to his face and bruises to his chest.
“Law enforcement officers do not have the right to order that an individual, whether incarcerated or not, be beaten by others,” said Deputy Assistant Attorney General Roy L. Austin, Jr. of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. “The Justice Department is committed to prosecuting law enforcement officers who violate the constitutional rights of individuals in their custody.”
The statutory maximum sentence for this offense is 10 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for June 26, 2013.
This case was investigated by the Gulfport Resident Agency of the Jackson, Mississippi Division of the FBI and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Glenda R. Haynes of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi and Trial Attorney Dana Mulhauser of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.