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Emanuel orders police
bodyguards to slow down

Chicago Sun-Times, by Fran Spielman

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Posted By:MissMolly, 5/8/2014 5:14:23 AM

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday he’s ordered his police bodyguards to slow down and stop running red lights after two vehicles in the mayor’s motorcade were caught on camera speeding and blowing through stoplights. “As soon as I saw that or heard about the story, I said, ‘Look. Follow the law. Nobody’s above the law. Slow down. Period. Non-stop,’” the mayor said. Emanuel stayed on message when told the black SUV and tail car that whisk him across the city have $400 in unpaid parking tickets that make the vehicles eligible for the wheel-locking Denver boot. “You have exactly what


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Emanuel orders police
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Chicago Sun-Times, by Fran Spielman    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 5/8/2014 5:14:23 AM     Post Reply
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday he’s ordered his police bodyguards to slow down and stop running red lights after two vehicles in the mayor’s motorcade were caught on camera speeding and blowing through stoplights. “As soon as I saw that or heard about the story, I said, ‘Look. Follow the law. Nobody’s above the law. Slow down. Period. Non-stop,’” the mayor said. Emanuel stayed on message when told the black SUV and tail car that whisk him across the city have $400 in unpaid parking tickets that make the vehicles eligible for the wheel-locking Denver boot. “You have exactly what




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Posted By: MissMolly- 5/7/2014 11:31:57 AM     Post Reply
The "John Doe" investigation into conservatives is dead. At least for now. In a monumental victory for targeted conservatives in the secret Wisconsin investigation, Judge Rudolph Randa on Tuesday granted a preliminary injunction to stop the politically charged probe, ruling in favor of conservative activist Eric O´Keefe, his Wisconsin Club for Growth and "others." The probe had been looking into possible illegal coordination between conservative groups and Republican Gov. Scott Walker´s recall election campaign, but came under fire for the opaque way it was conducted. O´Keefe and the club in February filed a civil rights lawsuit against Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm,

Monica Redux: Why Lewinsky is playing the
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Fox News, by Howard Kurtz    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 5/7/2014 11:29:27 AM     Post Reply
Monica Lewinsky wants to be heard. Which is another way of saying she wants her life back—or at least a plausible second act. Having been “possibly the first person whose global humiliation was driven by the Internet,” thanks to the Drudge Report, she is taking to the pages of Vanity Fair to offer her reflections on the sexual encounters that led to Bill Clinton’s impeachment. Did we really think we were going to get to a 2016 presidential campaign involving Hillary without hearing from Monica? In excerpts posted by the magazine, Lewinsky doesn’t let herself off the hook: “I, myself, deeply regret what happened

Shouting protestors shut
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News-Leader [Springfield, MO], by Jonathan Sherman    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 5/7/2014 5:12:29 AM     Post Reply
JEFFERSON CITY – For about an hour Tuesday morning, Medicaid expansion demonstrators shut down the Senate, shouting and praying as police led them away. Twenty-three people were arrested in a demonstration that involved more than a hundred protestors. Though not technically recessed, the Senate was described as "at ease" as shouts of "Medicaid expansion! Do it now!" drowned out debate on the floor. "Missouri Senate expand Medicaid, bring dignity, do your jobs!" the demonstrators shouted. Capitol Police began removing protestors a few minutes after the protest began. Several senators remained on the floor through the demonstration. Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield,

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Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 5/7/2014 5:05:58 AM     Post Reply
GENEVA -- The Vatican revealed Tuesday that over the past decade, it has defrocked 848 priests who raped or molested children and sanctioned another 2,572 with lesser penalties, providing the first ever breakdown of how it handled the more than 3,400 cases of abuse reported to the Holy See since 2004. The Vatican´s U.N. ambassador in Geneva, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, released the figures during a second day of grilling by a U.N. committee monitoring implementation of the U.N. treaty against torture. Tomasi insisted that the Holy See was only obliged to abide by the torture treaty inside the tiny Vatican City State,

Thom Tillis Wins GOP Nomination
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Posted By: MissMolly- 5/7/2014 5:02:18 AM     Post Reply
North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis scored a major victory on Tuesday night, when he won the GOP primary outright to become his party’s nominee to challenge Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C. Tillis garnered 46 percent of the vote when The Associated Press called the race for him around 9:20 p.m. He defeated Greg Brannon, an obstetrician aligned with the tea party who had support from Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who finished with 27 percent of the vote, and Mark Harris, a pastor, who had focused his appeal on social conservatism and was backed by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who had




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Posted By: MissMolly- 5/7/2014 4:57:29 AM     Post Reply
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The Obama administration is withholding the full contents of a "media strategy" discussion over a Fox News report on Benghazi, claiming that releasing them would have a chilling effect on their "frank deliberations." The seven-page email chain was in reference to a Fox News report on Sept. 27, 2012, that the intelligence community knew within 24 hours that Benghazi was a terrorist attack. The emails, with the subject line "Fox News: US officials knew Libya attack was terrorism within 24 hours, sources confirm,” was circulated at senior levels of the administration. Denis McDonough, the president´s deputy national security adviser during

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