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Chipotle to Stop Serving
Genetically Altered Food
New York Times, by Stephanie Strom    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/27/2015 1:25:41 AM     Post Reply
In a first for a major restaurant chain, Chipotle Mexican Grill on Monday will begin serving only food that is free of genetically engineered ingredients. “This is another step toward the visions we have of changing the way people think about and eat fast food,” said Steve Ells, founder and co-chief executive of Chipotle. “Just because food is served fast doesn’t mean it has to be made with cheap raw ingredients, highly processed with preservatives and fillers and stabilizers and artificial colors and flavors.” In 2013, Chipotle was the first restaurant chain to indicate which items contained genetically modified organisms,

Officer Involved Shooting
at MSP International Airport,
2 Hospitalized
KSTP-TV [Minneapolis St Paul], by Morgan Wolfe    Original Article
Posted By: voxpopuli- 4/26/2015 11:40:35 PM     Post Reply
An officer and one other person were hospitalized following a shooting at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Saturday night. There was a report of suspicious individuals at the Terminal 1 rental car ramp on the second floor around 9:30 p.m., according to airport police. Once officers arrived and began investigating, police said a vehicle intentionally drove at them, resulting in the officers opening fire on the vehicle. Abdulkadir Sheikh Mahmoud, 36, was the driver of the vehicle and faces aggravated assault charges.

Our Mean-Spirited President Cuts Loose
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/26/2015 11:07:14 PM     Post Reply
There has been quite a bit of news coverage of this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Don’t ask me why. The annual lovefest between Democratic politicians and Democratic journalists hasn’t generated any actual news in a long time. But this year’s event was perhaps notable because it exposed our president’s bitterness, as he approaches the end of his term. Humor is often revealing. Obama began with a joke that would be considered crude in a junior high school locker room: After the midterm elections, my advisors asked me, “Mr. President, do you have a bucket list?” And I said, “Well,



Clinton Foundation addresses
disclosure of $31M Canadian
donation, re-filing IRS revenue forms
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/26/2015 11:01:37 PM     Post Reply
The Clinton Foundation acknowledged Sunday that the nonprofit group “made mistakes” in IRS filings and defended its disclosure of controversial contributions from a Canadian financier, following days of intense public scrutiny about foundation finances. “We made mistakes, as many organizations of our size do, but we are acting quickly to remedy them,” foundation executive Maura Pally wrote on the foundation website. “And [we] have taken steps to ensure they don´t happen in the future.” The donations were called into question last week by Peter Schweizer, author of the soon-to-be-released book “Clinton Cash.” Schweizer found Canadian financier Frank Giustra gave $31.1

Gay marriage advocates expect
Supreme Court to rule in their favor
Washington Times, by Valerie Richardson and Cheryl Wetzstein    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/26/2015 10:57:43 PM     Post Reply
Advocates on both sides of the gay marriage issue prepared Sunday for High Noon — at 10 p.m. Tuesday. At that hour, perhaps the nation’s most contentious political issue will get its day in court, as the Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments in four cases that gay marriage advocates say will go down in history as landmarks of anti-discrimination law. Competing rallies have been planned outside the high court Tuesday morning. More than a dozen people had already started camping out on the sidewalk near the court by Saturday morning in hopes of getting one of the coveted

Obama equals Ronald Reagan
popularity as economy, gas
prices boost job approval
Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/26/2015 10:55:38 PM     Post Reply
President Obama has reached Reagan-like levels of popularity in the twilight of his tenure, but analysts say his bounce can be attributed largely to the fact that he is fading into the political background as the next presidential race kicks into high gear and as Congress claims a surprising number of concrete legislative accomplishments. Mr. Obama’s job approval rating stands at 46.4 percent, his highest mark in nearly two years, according to a recent Gallup survey. The figure puts him in the company of President Reagan, whose approval rating also hovered around 46 percent at the same point in his

George W. Bush, saying voters
do not like dynasties, plans
to stay off campaign trail
Washington Post, by Matea Gold    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/26/2015 10:51:54 PM     Post Reply
LAS VEGAS — Former president George W. Bush plans to stay off the 2016 campaign trail as his younger brother prepares to mount a presidential bid, telling a group of Republican Jewish donors here that he does not want to fuel an anti-dynastic backlash. At a closed-door dinner Saturday night before nearly 800 members of the Republican Jewish Coalition, the 43rd president noted that it could hurt former Florida governor Jeb Bush if he campaigned alongside another Bush who served in the White House, according to several attendees. “He said that one of the challenges his brother is going to



Clinton Foundation acknowledges
‘mistakes,’ emphasizes transparency
Washington Post, by Rosalind S. Helderman    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/26/2015 10:39:33 PM     Post Reply
With scrutiny of the Clinton Foundation’s financial practices threatening to create political problems for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign, the organization on Sunday took the unusual step of acknowledging “mistakes,” but insisted that it is committed to transparency regarding its donors and operations around the world. Nevertheless, the foundation explained for the first time publicly that one of its affiliates — a Canada-based charity that bears Bill Clinton’s name — would continue to keep its donors secret because of restrictions in Canadian law. The statement, in a blog post from the foundation’s acting chief executive, Maura Pally, followed the organization’s

Carly Fiorina, in Iowa, vows to keep
throwing punches at Hillary Clinton
Washington Post, by Jenna Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/26/2015 10:23:15 PM     Post Reply
Waukee, IA — Within seconds of taking the stage in the packed suburban megachurch Saturday night, Carly Fiorina was mocking Hillary Rodham Clinton — and offering herself as a Republican alternative. Fiorina, a wealthy former corporate chief executive, compared Clinton’s recent visit to the state with her own five-day tour: Clinton traveled 1,200 miles from the East Coast in a luxury van, while she drove 1,222 miles on Iowa roads. Clinton stopped for a Chipotle burrito or a “carefully scripted meeting,” while Fiorina said she talked openly to 2,400 Iowans in 15 cities and towns. “I have to tell you, I will take Casey’s pizza in

Campaigning on the future, not the past
Washington Times, by Grayson Brulte    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/26/2015 10:00:53 PM     Post Reply
When the 45th president of the United States of America is sworn into office on Jan. 20, 2017, it will be a moment to rejoice and reflect upon how one person reached the highest office in the land. To get there, the newly elected president would have been forced to make difficult decisions, which led to winning his (or her) party’s nomination for president. One of those decisions is whether to embrace innovation and technology, or pass it over as a mere blip on the radar. The candidate who disregards innovation and technology will not become the 45th president. Instead, victory will go to the candidate who wholeheartedly embraces it.

George W. Bush Bashes
Obama on Middle East
Bloomberg View, by Josh Rogin    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 4/26/2015 9:45:32 PM     Post Reply
In a closed-door meeting with Jewish Donors Saturday night, former President George W. Bush delivered his harshest public criticisms to date against his successor on foreign policy, saying that President Barack Obama is being naïve about Iran and the pending nuclear deal and losing the war against the Islamic State. One attendee at the Republican Jewish Coalition session, held at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas with owner Sheldon Adelson in attendance, transcribed large portions of Bush’s remarks. The former president, who rarely ever criticizes Obama in public, at first remarked that the idea of re-entering the political arena was



Israeli airstrike kills team of militants
laying explosive on northern border
United Press International, by Fred Lambert    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/26/2015 9:43:44 PM     Post Reply
Majdal Shams, Israel - The Israeli Air Force killed a team of four militants planting an explosive device near the country´s northern border on Sunday, according to reports. The Israeli Defense Force eliminated a "a group of armed terrorists" that was "identified while clearly laying a mine," near the Golan Heights town of Majdal Shams, on the slopes of Mount Hermon, IDF spokesman Col. Peter Lerner was quoted by the Times of Israel as saying. The IDF released a statement saying it would "not accept any attempt to attack or infringe Israel´s sovereignty," and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quoted by

Justices to Hear Challenge That Argues
Lethal-Injection Drug Causes Agony
New York Times, by Erik Eckholm    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/26/2015 9:36:37 PM     Post Reply
The use of a lethal-injection drug involved in prolonged, apparently agonizing executions last year will come under scrutiny in the Supreme Court on Wednesday as the justices hear a case brought by three condemned prisoners from Oklahoma. The prisoners, convicted murderers, are challenging the use of the sedative midazolam as the first step in executions. Lawyers for the prisoners, with the support of many medical experts, say that even if properly administered, the drug cannot reliably cause deep unconsciousness before the injection of other extremely painful agents that cause death. Oklahoma and several other states have

Russian hackers obtained Obama´s
unclassified emails, report says
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/26/2015 9:19:39 PM     Post Reply
Russian hackers reportedly obtained some of President Obama’s emails when the White House’s unclassified computer system was hacked last year, indicating that the breach was significantly more intrusive than originally thought. (Snip) Officials did not tell The Times how many emails were obtained, but admitted that the unclassified system often contains highly sensitive information that includes schedules, email exchanges with ambassadors and diplomats, and debates about policy and legislation. The president’s email account itself does not appear to have been hacked No classified networks were compromised and hackers

Fleeing Hillary: Top Dem money
man departs because Clinton
hasn’t answered ethics questions
Washington Times, by S. A. Miller    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 4/26/2015 8:56:17 PM     Post Reply
A top Democratic moneyman recruited by Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign has put fundraising activities on hold, saying he can’t do it with a clear conscience because the former secretary of state has too many unanswered questions swirling around her. New York businessman Jon Cooper, who Team Clinton enlisted for its elite corps of early fundraisers known as “HillStarters,” said that he decided not to tap his donor network for Mrs. Clinton because she hasn’t provided enough answers about foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation while she ran the State Department, her exclusive use of private email for



Three teens arrested after
Colorado Springs carnival brawl
The Gazette (Colorado Springs), by Ryan Maye Handy    Original Article
Posted By: zephyrgirl- 4/26/2015 8:55:00 PM     Post Reply
Three juveniles were arrested following a Saturday night brawl at a Colorado Springs carnival, where El Paso County Sheriff´s deputies and Colorado Springs Police officers struggled to control a crowd of more than 150 people. Deputies were called the Wright´s Amusements Giant Carnival at Powers and Palmer Park Boulevards just before 9 p.m. to break up a 15-person fight. "When deputies arrived it ended up being more like 75," said Jacqueline Kirby, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office. Noelle Drobny was getting ready to leave the carnival with her husband, 6-year-old daughter and Drobny's 11-year-old

Illegal immigration plummets
along southwest border: DHS
Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/26/2015 8:54:34 PM     Post Reply
Illegal immigration across the U.S.-Mexico border is at its lowest rate in years, according to Department of Homeland Security figures released last week that signal the administration has managed not only to cut the flow of children and families from Central America, but also to keep Mexican migration slow. The border patrol caught just 151,705 illegal immigrants trying to cross the southwest border in the first six months of the fiscal year, which is a drop of 28 percent from the previous year, and is the lowest monthly average in recent records dating back to the end of the Clinton administration. Just as striking is the drop in

Gay Businessman Who
Hosted Cruz Event Apologizes
New York Times, by Maggie Haberman    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/26/2015 8:44:45 PM     Post Reply
Ian Reisner, one of the two gay hoteliers facing boycott calls for hosting an event for Senator Ted Cruz, who is adamantly opposed to gay marriage, apologized to the gay community for showing “poor judgment.” Mr. Reisner put the apology on Facebook, where a page calling for a boycott of his properties, the gay-friendly OUT NYC hotel and his Fire Island Pines holdings, had gotten more than 8,200 “likes” by Sunday evening. “I am shaken to my bones by the e-mails, texts, postings and phone calls of the past few days. I made a terrible mistake,” wrote Mr. Reisner. The New York Times first reported on the event,

Cowboy cook Kent Rollins
at home on the range
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/26/2015 8:07:00 PM     Post Reply
(Video) For hungry cowboys out on the range, nothing hits the spot like the chuck wagon. Scott Simon of NPR has been sampling the menu: Kent and Shannon Rollins offer bright smiles and hot coffee on a cold prairie at 4 a.m. (along with eggs, sausage, gravy and biscuits), on the Calthan Cattle Company ranch near the very small town of Seymour, Texas. And company's coming! Cowboys ride up in trucks, hauling snorting horses in trailers behind them. They warm their hands over cups of coffee and take off their hats under the first streaks of sun, for a morning prayers. "Lord, I ask you to make us ever-mindful of the little

Stephanopoulos Floored as Gingrich,
Bloomberg Editors Detail Seriousness
of ‘Clinton Cash’
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/26/2015 6:12:25 PM     Post Reply
The former public face of Bill Clinton’s White House—and current host of ABC News’ This Week—George Stephanopoulos was floored as two prominent journalists and the Republican Speaker of the House from his Clinton days, Newt Gingrich, laid out for him just how bad the “Clinton Cash” book is for his old bosses. During the show’s roundtable panel after Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer appeared on the show for a lengthy interview, Stephanopoulos teamed with Democratic strategist Donna Brazile in an attempt to discredit Schweizer. But it started with Stephanopoulos making a shocking admission: Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign wouldn’t send out


Michelle Obama unveils new curly
hairstyle as she leads the way at the
annual White House Correspondents´
Dinner with Katie Couric, Ivanka
Trump and Bradley Cooper
Daily Mail (UK), by Sophie Jane Evans    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/26/2015 5:27:28 PM     Post Reply
She typically wears her dark hair straight and glossy. But last night, First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled a new, curlier hairstyle for the annual White House Correspondents´ Dinner in Washington DC. Mrs Obama, 51, was spotted sporting tight curls and a glamorous gold dress as she chatted with Hollywood A-listers, politicians and reporters. She was joined at the glittering event by her husband, President Barack Obama, who later spoke in front of attendees and millions of viewers. In his speech, Obama lashed out at seven of his Republican enemies - and also made jokes about both Hillary Clinton and his

Desalination plants aren´t a good
solution for California drought
Los Angeles Times, by Michael Hiltzik    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 4/26/2015 4:34:12 PM     Post Reply
As surely as the hot, dry Santa Ana winds bring blue skies to the coast and wildfires to the hills, severe California droughts bring calls to build desalination plants up and down the seashore. All that ocean water, begging to be converted to fresh and pumped into our pipelines, would solve our water supply problems instantly and permanently, boosters say. In the coming months, the drumbeat will only get louder. That´s not only because the current drought is the longest and most severe in memory, but because a $1-billion desalination project scheduled to start operating in Carlsbad this fall will

Must We Ask a Rude Question
About the Clintons?
Commentary Magazine, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/26/2015 3:47:00 PM     Post Reply
On the surface, it isn’t that hard to understand the Clinton Cash scandal that Democrats are trying very hard to ignore this week. We have a former president making millions giving speeches and doing favors for wealthy foreign entities and nations that give massive sums to the Clinton family charity that subsidizes the lavish lifestyle of the former First Family. He did this at the same time as his wife spent four years as secretary of state where she made decisions that influence the fortunes of those donors. And all this was happening while said former first lady/secretary of state

‘That Devil Wilkes’
Washington Free Beacon, by Senator Mike Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/26/2015 3:42:23 PM     Post Reply
At the time of our nation’s founding, few men were more admired than the English dissident whom King George III called “that devil Wilkes.” A sometime member of Parliament and a sometime political prisoner, John Wilkes argued that the King’s subjects had rights, and the King’s powers had limits. He spoke out against the king’s tyrannical tendencies before there was a Stamp Act, a Boston Tea Party, or a Declaration of Independence. In colonial America, Wilkes’s name was synonymous with liberty. The story of how his liberty was won inspired one of the most important parts of our Constitution—the Fourth

Clinton Foundation Acknowledges
Mistakes as Schweizer Calls for Investigation
Bloomberg News, by Ali Elkin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/26/2015 3:22:10 PM     Post Reply
The Clinton Foundation´s acting CEO, Maura Pally, on Sunday admitted to some mistakes in the organization´s listing of donations from foreign governments on its tax forms. In a statement, Pally wrote, "Our total revenue was accurately reported on each year´s form—our error was that government grants were mistakenly combined with other donations. Those same grants have always been properly listed and broken out and available for anyone to see on our audited financial statements, posted on our website." The statement comes as Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer has been delineating claims in his forthcoming book, which he says shows a pattern in

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