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Free overseas trip? Yeah, your
congressperson has probably taken one.

Washington Post, by Jeff Simon

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 5/30/2014 4:54:29 AM

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) is on his way to Estonia at the moment – the final stop in a weeklong four-country trip paid for in full by a conservative nonprofit group called Secure America Now. We don’t know how much the trip cost – but we will soon, thanks to congressional disclosure rules. So far this Congress, nonprofits have funded 2,844 trips for lawmakers, including the most expensive such trip ever funded – a $49,635 trip to Australia for Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) and his wife in February. That trip was paid for by Defence Teaming Centre Inc., an Australian defense


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Free overseas trip? Yeah, your
congressperson has probably taken one.
Washington Post, by Jeff Simon    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/30/2014 4:54:29 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) is on his way to Estonia at the moment – the final stop in a weeklong four-country trip paid for in full by a conservative nonprofit group called Secure America Now. We don’t know how much the trip cost – but we will soon, thanks to congressional disclosure rules. So far this Congress, nonprofits have funded 2,844 trips for lawmakers, including the most expensive such trip ever funded – a $49,635 trip to Australia for Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) and his wife in February. That trip was paid for by Defence Teaming Centre Inc., an Australian defense




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Forbes, by Adrian Bonenberger    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/30/2014 4:42:48 AM     Post Reply
There’s a saying in the U.S. Army: “When everything’s an emergency, nothing’s an emergency.” Since the end of the Cold War, regional and local conflicts throughout the world have tested our ability to provide reactive and flexible assistance, in the absence of any coherent foreign policy. This worked so long as executive leadership was, on a personal level, willing to project the appearance of strength, as evidenced by the administrations of George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. At last, the chickens have come home to roost—the one thing we were supposed to be able to provide, a believable military

Husband of Woman Stoned to Death
Had Killed First Wife: Report
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/30/2014 4:37:23 AM     Post Reply
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif demanded to know on Thursday why police stood by while a pregnant woman was beaten to death by her family in front of one of the country´s top courts. Farzana Iqbal, 25, was killed by a group of attackers, including her father, on Tuesday because she had married the man she loved and prompted the anger of her family. An investigation into the case showed that her husband had earlier killed his first wife, said a source in Sharif´s administration. A statement from Sharif´s office described Iqbal´s death as a "brutal killing" and said it was "totally unacceptable." "I

Interpol Trying to Make It Difficult for
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ABC News, by Josh Margolin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/30/2014 4:34:14 AM     Post Reply
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A 1st in 52 Years: Co-
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Associated Press, by Joseph White    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/30/2014 4:31:35 AM     Post Reply
OXON HILL, Md. -- When the confetti flew, the two boys stood in the center of the stage and shook hands. They held up the trophy together. Both were champions, a Spelling Bee finish unseen in more than half a century. Sriram Hathwar and Ansun Sujoe had essentially used up the entire list of words the Bee had to offer. The one time Sriram misspelled, Ansun did too. Then they were spot on for their final 12 spellings combined, acing words such as "thymelici," "encaenia," "skandhas," "sdrucciola" and "holluschick." Sriram had been a favorite to win. Ansun had come out of nowhere.

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Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/29/2014 6:07:08 PM     Post Reply
We shouldn’t read too much — not yet we shouldn’t — into those Texas Republican primary outcomes hailed, depending on your viewpoint, as victories for patriotism or right-wing nuttiness. Only about 750,000 voted in the run-off election, whose top contest featured two conservatives vying for the lieutenant governorship. This was a bit more than half the number who voted in the March primary. The statewide Democratic slate in this onetime citadel of conservative Democrats couldn’t win a municipal election. That includes the celebrated State Sen. Wendy Davis, who has offered herself for the governorship. The Republican primary certainly wasn’t a filtering process




A Ticker-tape Parade for Treason?
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Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/29/2014 6:06:40 PM     Post Reply
“For the foreseeable future,” says President Obama, “the most direct threat to America at home and abroad remains terrorism.” Yet his remarks at the United States Military Academy Commencement Ceremony included no acknowledgement that NSA traitor Edward Snowden has made this kind of terrorism more likely. And there were no demands for Moscow to turn him over to U.S. authorities to face espionage charges. Our intelligence experts are worried that more terrorism is being planned. S. Eugene Poteat, a retired senior CIA Scientific Intelligence Officer and the current President of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, tells the most recent edition

Man Finds $125,000 in Cash
& Gives It Back, Gets Reward!
KMPH [San Joaquin Valley, CA], by Erik Rosales    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/29/2014 10:45:36 AM     Post Reply
A $5,000 reward, that´s how much a Fresno man is getting after he returned a bank bag filled with hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash. It may not sound like much of a payoff. But Joe Cornell says it was never about the reward. It´s about doing the right thing. Cornell says, "I just did it because it was the right thing to do. I wasn´t sure it anything would come from it that wasn´t what I was thinking, However, Cornell says he is thankful to The Brinks Company for giving him a $5,000 debit card for returning a deposit bag. The company says

Hillary Clinton allies mobilize on Benghazi
Politico, by Jake Sherman & Maggie Haberman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/29/2014 10:42:05 AM     Post Reply
An array of Democrats — including Hillary Clinton’s allies — are meeting this week to hammer out a united front on national security issues, including a clear response to Republicans over the Benghazi controversy. They see an opportunity to wrest control of a narrative that some allies fear could be damaging to Clinton if she moves ahead with a 2016 presidential campaign.A major milestone in the effort will take place this Friday, when a coalition of Democratic-leaning groups and influentials converges at the headquarters of the centrist think tank Third Way for a briefing that includes top Clinton adviser Philippe Reines.

Corrine Brown: No VA problems in Florida
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A stampede of Florida politicians, Republicans and Democrats, have joined the national outcry about problems at the VA. But Rep. Corrine Brown remains convinced about one thing: “We’re doing fine in Florida,” she said this evening at a VA hearing, listing projects in the state. Her comfort level caught the attention of the GOP opposition group America Rising, which clipped the video below, particularly since the VA in Gainesville has come under question for having a secret waiting lists such as the ones at the Phoenix facility.

Poll: Media bias tops money as
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Washington Examiner [DC], by Paul Bedard    Original Article
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More Americans believe that biased media coverage is a bigger problem in politics than donations from fat cats, according to a new poll. Rasmussen Reports found that when given a choice, 48 percent of voters believe media bias is the No. 1 villain while 44 blamed big campaign contributions. And among Tea Party members, 77 percent said media bias and reports against the movement are the top problem in politics. The poll found that voters clearly despise the money from special interests pouring into politics, but their opinion of the media is even harsher, fed by a general perception that the press goes



VA investigators: Delayed
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USA Today, by Gregg Zoroya    Original Article
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Delaying medical care to veterans and manipulating records to hide those delays is "systemic throughout" the Department of Veterans Affairs health system, the VA´s Office of Inspector General said in a preliminary report Wednesday. "Our reviews at a growing number of VA medical facilities have thus far provided insight into the current extent of these inappropriate scheduling issues throughout the VA health care system and have confirmed that inappropriate scheduling practices" are widespread, the report said. Investigators with the Inspector General´s Office also said their probe into charges of delays in health care at a VA hospital in Phoenix shows that the

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