Poll: Republicans Think Obama Is A Greater Threat Than Putin, Assad


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This speaks volumes about the Republican Party generally, as well as their negative messaging to constituents regarding the President of the United States.   Therefore, I’m not surprised…just saddened by the fact that in 2015 prejudice and ignorance still reign supreme in the United States of America.

TPM LiveWire

Republicans also said they saw Democrats as a threat. Twenty-seven percent of Republicans said that the Democratic party was a an imminent threat to the U.S., and 22 percent of Democrats said they felt the Republican party was an imminent threat to the U.S.

Reuters/Ipsos surveyed 2,809 Americans, including 1,083 Democrats and 1,059 Republicans, online March 16-24 with a margin of error plus or minus 2.1 percentage points.

10 things you need to know today: March 30, 2015

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The Week

1.Iran backs away from shipping uranium abroad as nuclear deadline looms
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi told Iranian media on Sundaythat Tehran would not ship its enriched uranium abroad for conversion to rods incapable of fueling atomic weapons. Western diplomats noted that there are other ways of rendering Iran’s nuclear fuel unusable in weapons, such as diluting it or turning it into pellets inside Iran. Outside experts disagree on how much of a setback this is for the talks with a Tuesday deadline looming.

Source: The New York Times, Los Angeles Times

2.Two bodies found in rubble from Manhattan apartment building collapse
Search crews recovered two bodies on Sunday from the smoldering rubble where a gas explosion destroyed four New York City apartment buildings last week. Twenty-two other people were injured. Authorities were trying to confirm that the bodies found were those of two people unaccounted for after the explosion and fire — Moises Lucon, age 27 or 28, and Nicholas Figueroa, 23. The disaster drove 144 people out of homes in 11 buildings.

Source: Reuters

3.Duke and Michigan State win to round out Final Four
Duke and Michigan State won the final two Elite Eight games of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament on Sunday, rounding out a Final Four that also includes Wisconsin and a dominant Kentucky team that has the longest undefeated season in history. Duke, a regional No. 1 seed, beat No. 2 seed Gonzaga 66-52 to put coach Mike Krzyzewski in his 12th Final Four. Michigan State, a No. 7 seed, took the East Region championship with a 76-70 overtime victory over No. 4 seed Louisville.

Source: USA Today

4.British parliament dissolved, starting election campaign
Queen Elizabeth II dissolved the British parliament on Monday, officially launching a 40-day campaign ahead of May 7 elections. The move marked the symbolic end of a five-year coalition government between incumbent Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives and the center-left Liberal Democrats. Cameron is promising a 2017 referendum on staying in the European Union if he wins, but the Conservatives are locked in an unusually tight race with opposition Labour as the campaign begins.

Source: The Globe and Mail, The Christian Science Monitor

5.Olmert convicted in bribery retrial
A Jerusalem court on Monday found Ehud Olmert guilty of accepting money from a U.S. supporter before becoming Israel’s prime minister in 2006. Olmert was forced to resign in 2009 over corruption allegations. He was acquitted in this case, then retried after a former aide produced recordings of Olmert discussing bribes. When Olmert left office he said he was on the verge of a Palestinian peace deal with the Palestinians. His departure set up elections won by hard-liner Benjamin Netanyahu.

Source: The New York Times

6.Apple’s Tim Cook slams so-called religious freedom laws as anti-gay
Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote a Washington Post opinion piece condemning Indiana’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which critics say promotes discrimination against gays and lesbians. Cook, who publicly announced last year that he is gay, said the Indiana law and similar ones in 20 states are part of a “very dangerous” wave of laws that “rationalize injustice” by protecting businesses that deny services to gays citing religious beliefs. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence blamed critics’ “shameless rhetoric” for the controversy.

Source: The Washington Post, NBC News

7.Cockpit recording shows Germanwings captain desperately tried to get back into cockpit
The captain of Germanwings Flight 9525 can be heard on the cockpit voice recorder shouting, “Open the damn door!” shortly before the airliner crashed into the French Alps last week, killing all 150 people on board, the German magazine Bild reported Sunday. The captain, Patrick Sondheimer, had told co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, that he needed to go to the bathroom because he had not had the opportunity before the plane left Barcelona for Dusseldorf. Sondheimer tried for eight minutes to get back into the cockpit after Lubitz locked him out.

Source: Los Angeles Times

8.Medicare spending on hepatitis C treatment skyrockets
Medicare spent $4.5 billion in 2014 on new drugs to treat the liver disease hepatitis C, according to newly disclosed federal records. The total expense last year was 15 times greater than the amount spent the previous year on older forms of treatment. The new drugs can cost more than $1,000 a day. The increase costs will be borne largely by taxpayers, but some of the burden will fall on patients in the form of higher deductibles and maximum out-of-pocket costs for Medicare’s 39 million seniors and disabled enrollees.

Source: The Dallas Morning News

9. Ex-HP chief executive Carly Fiorina says presidential bid very likely
Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina said Sunday that the probability she would run for president was “higher than 90 percent.” Fiorina ran HP for six years before resigning under pressure in 2005 after the computer maker’s stock price fell sharply. She then served as an advisor to 2008 Republican nominee John McCain. Fiorina said she would make a final decision on whether to seek the GOP nomination depending on how much support and financial backing she could line up.

Source: Business Standard

10.Woods set to drop out of golf’s top 100 for first time since 1996
Tiger Woods is set to fall out of professional golf’s top 100 ranked players for the first time since 1996, when he broke into the elite group with his first PGA tour victory. The once dominant Woods recorded the highest round of his career last month when he shot an 82 at a tournament in Phoenix. Woods, who has been plagued by back problems and his short game, fell to No. 96 last week and could sink to No. 102 after the latest results are calculated into new rankings.

Source: The Independent

The Path We Are On: Barack Obama and the Nobel Peace Prize

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Spandan has given me the opportunity to share some of my thoughts and ideas. I spend a lot of time in thought and something that I have given a lot of thought to is the human condition. Due to the human condition we have basic human needs and I understand one of those needs as being the need to feel safe.

As an infant it is vitally important to be provided with a sense of safety in order to develop into becoming a healthy adult. When you feel safe you feel at ease and are therefore in a better position to be at your best. When you don’t feel safe you are tense and are likely to feel the need to defend yourself from that which you perceive has caused you to feel unsafe.

Humanity as a group has created a world in which it is impossible to feel safe. We have created a world in which we have to compete for access to basic human needs. If you are a winner in this competition it’s possible to have access to way more than you need and if you are a loser in this competition it’s possible you won’t survive.

The inequity and disparity that is the outcome of existing in a world of competition creates a great tension which has the potential of exploding into a war between those who have nothing and who are therefore fighting for survival and those who want to protect themselves from those who they believe want to take away that which they have in excess.

If a war were to break out that war has the potential to grow and become a major war and due to the technology of today that war could become a nuclear war and a nuclear war would destroy all live on planet earth for millions of years.

We are headed down a path and when you are headed down a path it’s a good idea to be aware of where that path is leading otherwise you might end up somewhere you would not prefer to be. Right now humanity as a group is headed down the path of self destruction.

Early in President Obama’s first term he was given the Nobel Peace Prize. The expected reaction to this took place with most people saying he didn’t deserve it yet and probably would never deserve it. So why did the committee award him this prize? Was it because he wasn’t GWB? Was it because they hoped he would work towards peace? Was it because of his work in the senate? I guess only the committee knows why they gave him the award.

A short time ago I got an email from Dennis Kucinich saying that I should contact my representatives and tell them not to give the president any more war powers as we have had enough war. I would agree that we have had enough war but that’s not the question. The question is how can we end war. The idea Mr. Kucinich has seems to me to be like what would happen if you tried to lose weight by going on a starvation diet. You might lose weight but you’re likely to get sick and then put it all back on because it’s not a healthy balanced approach. You aren’t helping if by trying to solve one problem you create another.

Creating peace in a world that is at war is difficult and requires someone to have an understanding of many issues in order to make it possible to do more good than harm. From my perspective President Obama is a man who possess a great deal of understanding of a vast range of issues and he has the awareness of the vital need  to move in the direction of peace.

The path that humanity as a group is on at this time is the path towards self destruction so it’s clear that we need to take a different path. On the path that we have been on we have seen ourselves as separate competing against each other for survival. In order to get on a different path we are going to have to change our fundamental understanding of ourselves. We are going to have to understand ourselves as One which is the reality.

We are profoundly interwoven, interconnected and interdependent. You can understand this if you observe a tree. If you pull the tree from the ground it will die. It is only able to thrive as a tree through it’s connection to the whole of life. The reality of this tree helps to prove that we are One. When you look into the eyes of “the other” you are looking into your own eyes because we are One. Therefore when anyone hurts the whole of humanity hurts because we are One.

It’s possible to not realize that or feel that because we have cut ourselves off and separated ourselves through creating a world in which we need to compete for survival therefore we have been creating a world in which no one can feel safe.

In order to understand and experience ourselves as One it is necessary to have an open heart. When you live in a predatory world that we experience today it is very difficult to live with an open heart as that is seen as as sign of weakness by those who are looking to exploit those who they perceive as weak.

United we stand and divided we fall is not just a nice slogan or idea, it represents one of the basic laws of life. In Oneness we thrive and in separation we self destruct. This is the reality that we must face in a sober way. President Obama is working on earning that Nobel Peace Prize although in observing the man winning that prize is not what is important. My sense is that he is looking towards the day that the Nobel Peace Prize would be given to humanity as a group because we have decided to take a path that is different than the path we are on today.


A comment worth noting from the above article:

mwm341 a day ago

Barack Obama won the Prize for his international relations work, with special emphasis on nuclear weapons reduction BEFORE he was elected.

The timing of both his nomination – 12 days after his taking office, and, the award of the Prize a few months later confused a lot of people – and brought out a lot of people who were happy to insist that there was no good reason for the prize.

Too many of these people – many on the Left! have insisted on keeping that myth alive, and maintain that President Obama must earn the Prize in a way that lets them decide that he deserves it.

I find it disconcerting that these people still believe that a Black man should have to achieve twice as much to receive grudging recognition, and am even more disappointed that this sentiment is expressed by people who count themselves as members of the progressive community.

Indiana Religious Freedom Law Unwittingly Ushers In First Church Of Cannabis For Weed Worshipers

Gov. Mike Pence (R-Indiana) | Reuters

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Oops. Indiana Governor Mike Pence is probably facepalming right about now.

Due to Republicans and their discriminatory “Religious Freedom” law, marijuana users will now be able to build a mid-west sanctuary where they can light up all the joints they desire without fear of harassment by the police. And there isn’t a thing the police can do about it because they would be violating the religious beliefs of a group of people, which is now protected by the law.

Bill Levin is the founder of the First Church of Cannabis and he filed paperwork with the Indiana Secretary of State to open the church before the ink from Pence’s signature was even dry on the RFRA he signed on Thursday. And it was a Mary Jane miracle as he received approval from the state, which he immediately announced on his Facebook page.

Folks…. I have GOOD NEWS. Together we will Pray as CANNATAERIANS.
THE FIRST CHURCH OF CANNABIS INC. – Status: Approved by Secretary of State of Indiana – “Congratulations your registration has been approved!”
Now we begin to accomplish our goals of Love,Understanding and Good Health.

Levin also added,

Our first goal is to lease a building to pray in. Creating THE CHURCH.
Ultimately I see a HOUSE OF HEMP built with Love by Hoosiers for all to participate in. We will offer family services to help those in need. We will reach our hands out to those that need it. We will love, honor and respect each other.
We will celebrate “ONE UNIVERSAL LOVE” in our daily lives.
LOVE is the cornerstones of this church. ALL WELCOMED!

So while conservative Christians are having a field day with their hate, Levin and his new church are welcoming everyone and anyone to participate.

And it’s all legal according to attorney Abdul-Hakim Shabazz.

“I would argue that under RFRA, as long as you can show that reefer is part of your religious practices, you got a pretty good shot of getting off scot-free,” Shabazz wrote.

“What ‘compelling interest’ would the state of Indiana have to prohibit me from using marijuana as part of my religious practice? I would argue marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol and wine used in religious ceremonies. Marijuana isn’t anymore ‘addictive’ than alcohol and wine is used in some religious ceremonies. And marijuana isn’t any more of a ‘gateway’ drug than the wine used in a religious ceremony will make you go out any buy hard liquor. (At least not on Sunday.)”

In addition, Shabazz pretty much dared Indiana officials to wage war in court, writing that he wants a front seat to watch them make fools out of themselves thanks to the law they enacted.

“I want a front row seat at the trial that we all know is going to happen when all this goes down.”

And there you have it. By passing the RFRA, Indiana inadvertently rolled out the welcome mat for tokers. March Madness may be coming to Indiana, but so is reefer madness and the weed worshipers are ready to start rolling.

GOP congresswoman gets surprise on Facebook after asking constituents for Obamacare horror stories

Anti-Obamacare image on the 5th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act | attribution: Cathy McMorris Rodgers Facebook page

 Daily Kos

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers posted an image on her official Facebook page, slamming the Affordable Care Act on the fifth anniversary of President Obama signing it into law. She asked constituents to share their Obamacare nightmare stories and well, the response probably wasn’t what she expected. Below are a small sample of the comments constituents left on her page:

My story is that I once knew 7 people who couldn’t get health insurance. Now they all have it, thanks to the ACA and President Obama, and their plans are as good as the one my employer provides–and they pay less for them. Now, that’s not the kind of story you want to hear. You want to hear made-up horror stories. I don’t know anyone with one of those stories.

I work for cancer care northwest. We actually have more patients with insurance and fewer having to choose treatment over bankruptcy. Cathy, I’m a die hard conservative and I’m asking you to stop just slamming Obamacare. Fix it, change it or come up with a better idea! Thanks

With Obamacare, I saved 300 bucks a month premium.. I have more coverage.. I like ObamaCare and can’t wait til we go to the next step… Medicare for ALL.

And now my daughter, diagnosed with MS at age 22, can have insurance. What do you plan to do with her?

My daughter is fighting for her life with stage 3 breast cancer! We are about to enter a second go round of diagnostic procedures and possibly more treatment after two full years of treatment! So yah! The ACA is more than helping! I resent that our rep thinks the only problems involve her personal story!

My whole family now has coverage. The ACA is the cause for this, I work in health care, I have seen the increase in covered patients first hand. The next step is universal coverage, this will truly lower costs and provide the best care. Cathy, you barely work, spend most of your time catering to special interests so you can be re-elected.. All while receiving a large wage and the best health insurance and care. Stop telling us how it doesn’t work while enjoying your tax payer funded care and life.

Instead of trying to repeal it why don’t you improve it? Our local rural clinics are packed daily with people who have needed healthcare for years!! it is a godsend. It is pitiful this nation does not have healthcare for all and that doesn’t mean the EMERGENCY room!!

Thanks to the ACA, my cousin was able to get affordable insurance despite her preexisting condition. So grateful.

I think we should repeal Obamacare, and replace it … with universal socialized medicine – like the rest of the industrialized nations of the world.

Hello Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers!I work as the facilitator of a task force that is overseeing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Washington State. I have learned that the ACA is helping people who did not previously have health insurance get it. It is helping bring down medical costs. It is improving the quality of care. It is improving experiences of both patients and their families.

I work with doctors, nurses, hospital and clinic managers, non-profit service providers, citizens-at-large. Each of them can site an improvement they would like to make to the Act. But whether they are Republican or Democrat, from urban or rural areas, powerful or not, they all say the ACA is working.

Can’t you and your Republican colleagues stop trying to repeal this Act and work to make it even more effective? Please?

Obama Care saved us when my husband was unemployed and we couldn’t afford coverage. We might have been ruined without it. My husband could not have had the eye surgery needed after an accident. So grateful.

We now have patients that can see a doctor in the clinic on time rather than waiting till they are too ill ACA is saving lives and you are too stupid to realize that. Get your political view out of the way and see what is happening in our community because you have shown again and again it is not your community. I see that your son has downs but not everyone in our community has it so get done with this supporting downs to the neglect of everything else.

My plans are intact, premiums have increased as always, but what seems to be a lesser rate, my plan was not cancelled, I did not lose my doctor, I have not experienced reduced work hours, and it’s actually freed me from the chains of employer based being the ONLY path to coverage. #FEARMONGER

Those are just a small sample of the hundreds or even thousands of comments left on her Facebook page. It is damn clear that her constituents are loving the Affordable Care Act. Will she take their comments to heart and abandon attempts to take insurance coverage away from her constituents?


Mike Pence Spends 20 Minutes Lying To ABC News About His Anti-Gay Discrimination Law

Crooks & Liars

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) on Sunday insisted that people on the Internet had conspired to create a “misunderstanding” that a so-called “religious freedom” law was about denying services to LGBT people. But at the same time, he repeatedly refused to answer if it effectively gave Christians a legal defense for discriminating against same-sex couples.

“I understand that there’s been a tremendous amount of misinformation and misunderstanding around this bill, and I’m just determined — and I appreciate the time on your program — I’m just determined to clarify this,” Pence told ABC’s George Stephanopolous.

“So this is a yes or no question,” the ABC host noted. “Is Advance America right when they say a florist in Indiana can now refuse to serve a gay couple without fear of punishment?”

Pence, however said that the purpose of the bill that he signed was to “empower” religious people.

And this was a pattern that would be repeated over the next 20 minutes: Stephanopolous asking if the bill allowed anti-LGBT discrimination, followed by Pence dodging the question.

“And so yes or no, if a florist in Indiana refuses to serve a gay couple at their wedding, is that legal now in Indiana?” Stephanopolous asked. “Yes or no?”

“This is where this debate has gone, with misinformation,” Pence replied. “There’s been shameless rhetoric about my state and about this law and about its intention all over the Internet. People are trying to make it about one particular issue. And now you’re doing that, as well.”

“That was one of your supporters who was talking about the bill right there,” Stephanopolous pressed. “It said it would protect a Christian florist who — against any kind of punishment. Is that true or not?”

“George, look, the issue here is, you know, is tolerance a two way street or not?” Pence opined. “I mean, you know, there’s a lot of talk about tolerance in this country today having to do with people on the left. But here Indiana, steps forward to protect the constitutional rights and privileges of freedom of religion for people of faith and families of faith in our state and this avalanche of intolerance that’s been poured on our state is just outrageous.”

“So when you say tolerance is a two way street, does that mean that Christians who want to refuse service or people of any other faith who want to refuse service to gays and lesbians, that it’s now legal in the state of Indiana?” the ABC host tried again.

And again, Pence deflected: “I’m telling you, George, it is a red herring and I think it’s deeply troubling to millions of Americans and, frankly, people all across the state of Indiana who feel troubled about government overreach.”

The Indiana governor added that he had no plans to add protections for LGBT people to the state’s civil rights laws. But officials had been “been doing our level best, George, to correct the gross mischaracterization of this law that has been spread all over the country by many in the media.”

“I mean, frankly, some of the media coverage of this has been shameless and reckless,” he insisted. “The online attacks against the people of our state, I’m just not going to stand for it.”

Pence said that he would be open to a bill that “amplifies” the current law, but “we’re not going to change this law.”

“A final question, a final yes or no question, Governor,” Stephanopolous pushed. “Do you think it should be legal in the state of Indiana to discriminate against gays or lesbians?”

“It’s a yes or no question,” the host added.

“Hoosiers don’t believe in discrimination,” Pence insisted. “I mean this is not about discrimination. This is about protecting the religious liberty of every Hoosier of every faith.”

“We’re going to continue to explain it to people that don’t understand it. And in — and if possible, we will find a way to amplify what this bill really is in a legislative process. But I stand by this law,” he concluded. “I’m proud that Indiana has adopted the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.”

Ohio Republicans Sneak A Vote Suppression Rider Into State’s Transportation Budget

Thanks Ted for dropping this and other great news items in my inbox.  I’m using the following item because my reaction to that article was, “OMG!”


Jon Husted Ohio

Every time a Republican sneaks an unrelated rider into a law, it’s a guarantee that someone will get screwed. Art Pope’s Republicans in North Carolina included last minute anti-choice provisions in a motorcycle safety bill.  Often, but not always, these riders come in at the last possible moment.  It’s the political version of the frowned upon court room tactic of unfair surprise.  Unfair because opponents don’t have a chance to research the provision and the public doesn’t have a chance to comment at all.

This was one of those riders. This time, the targets are college students who Republicans clearly want to disenfranchise because they tend to vote Democrat.

This time, Republicans in Ohio snuck a vote suppression rider into a transportation budget bill in an effort to disenfranchise out of state students.

Plunderbund explains,

The new language in the bill will have these students convert to an Ohio driver’s license, register their cars with Ohio plates and assume a few other costs that would raise their out-of-pocket expenses to an estimated $100.

This amounts to pricing young, mostly Democratic voters, out of the franchise. According to Cleveland, 116,000 college students will have to pay what amounts to a poll tax.

Of course, the rider’s sponsor claims there is nothing to see here. It’s all about regulating vehicle registration laws.  The fact that this will also make it harder to vote for college students (who tend to vote Democrat) is just the cherry on top.

10 things you need to know today: March 29, 2015

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The Week

1.Arab leaders agree in principle to form joint military force
Arab leaders on Sunday announced a tentative agreement to create a joint military force to combat violence and extremism in the region. “We recognize the clear challenges in the Arab world and the need to take measures to combat them,” Nabil al Araby, chairman of the Arab League, said on the final day of the group’s summit in Egypt. The announcement came days after a Saudi-led coalition began launching airstrikes in Yemen against the Houthi rebels who have overrun the country and forced President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi to flee.

Source: The Guardian, USA Today

2.Kentucky, Wisconsin advance to Final Four
The Kentucky Wildcats are headed to the Final Four after holding off Notre Dame’s upset bid on Saturday, and they now sit just two games away from a perfect season. The undefeated Wildcats did not miss a shot from the field in the final 12 minutes of the game, and then watched as a potential game-winning desperation three sailed over the rim. Also Saturday, the Wisconsin Badgers punched their ticket to the Final Four with a convincing win over Arizona. On Sunday, Michigan State and Louisville will meet and Duke will take on Gonzaga to determine the final two teams in the national semifinal round.

Source: Yahoo Sports

3.Germanwings pilot may have had vision problem
Andreas Lubitz, the pilot believed to have deliberately crashed a Germanwings airliner last week, sought treatment for a vision problem that could have been psychosomatic and impacted his ability to fly, according to investigators. In addition, investigators on Saturday revealed they found antidepressants while searching Lubitz’s home earlier in the week, though it was not clear whether the medication factored into the crash. Also this weekend, a woman who identified herself as an ex-girlfriend of Lubitz told a German newspaper that the 27-year-old co-pilot once vowed to do something so dramatic that “everyone will know my name and remember.”

Source: The New York Times, AFP

4.Indiana will ‘clarify’ anti-gay law, governor says
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) said Saturday his sate would move to “clarify” the intent of a controversial so-called religious freedom law that critics contend will allow businesses to discriminate against gays. “I support religious liberty, and I support this law,” Pence told the Indianapolis Star. “But we are in discussions with legislative leaders this weekend to see if there’s a way to clarify the intent of the law.” The law, which will go into effect in July, bars the state from enacting legislation that could “substantially burden” the ability of people and businesses to practice their religious beliefs.

Source: Indianapolis Star

5.Nigerian election extended one day due to violence, technical glitches
Voting continued on Sunday in Nigeria’s presidential election after faulty equipment and terror attacks forced polls in some areas of the country to remain open for an extra day. In use for the first time, digital voter verification scanners in some places failed to work, even forcing President Goodluck Jonathan to spend more than 20 minutes casting a ballot. Boko Haram militants also disrupted the vote, killing an estimated 41 people in multiple attacks.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

6.Israel PM blasts framework of Iranian nuclear deal
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday assailed the emerging details of a nuclear agreement intended to curb Iran’s nuclear program. “This deal, as it appears to be emerging, bears out all of our fears, and even more than that,” he said, according to a Reuters translation. The U.S. and Iran have three days left before the deadline to reach a framework deal.

Source: Reuters

7.Yemeni President says Shiite rebels are ‘puppets of Iran’
Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi on Saturday blamed Iran for his country’s current chaos, calling the Shiite rebels “puppets of Iran.” Hadi fled the country and made his way to Saudi Arabia earlier this week after the rebels, known as Houthis, pushed farther toward the southern Yemen city of Aden, where he had been staying. “You have destroyed Yemen with your political adolescence and by manufacturing domestic and regional crises,” Hadi said, speaking directly to the rebels and their backers.

Source: The Associated Press

8.Researchers find Ebola virus not undergoing rapid mutations
Virologists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases say the Ebola outbreak has not given rise to an even more virulent form of the virus despite “extensive and prolonged human-to-human transmission,” according to new research published Thursday in the journal Science. Earlier research suggested the virus was mutating at nearly double the rate as in past outbreaks. “Whereas from a public health perspective, the current Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa continues to be an extremely pressing emergency, it is doubtful that either virulence or transmissibility has increased,” the researchers said.

Source: NPR

9. Leading suspect in Tunisian terror attack killed
A prime suspect in the attack on Tunisia’s Bardo Museum has been killed in an overnight anti-terror raid, Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid said Sunday. The news came as tens of thousands of Tunisians took to the streets Sunday for an anti-terrorism rally. The March 18 museum attack left 23 dead.

Source: NBC, Reuters

10.Leonard Nimoy’s son to direct Spock documentary
Saying he wanted to create “a tribute to my dad and Spock,” Adam Nimoy toldVariety on Friday that he plans to produce and direct a documentary about the iconic Star Trek character played by his father, Leonard Nimoy. The elder Nimoy died in February at the age of 83 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Zachary Quinto, who has played Spock in two recent film takes on the franchise, will narrate, and William Shatner, who played James T. Kirk in the original series, plans to appear in the documentary.

Source: Variety

Bill Maher Slams Liberals For Slamming Liberals (Viewer Discretion Advised)

The Huffington Post

“Don’t throw the synthetic baby out with the bathwater,” said Bill Maher on Friday.

During his “New Rules” segment on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” the talk show host took some time to call out liberals for attacking other liberals. Maher ran through a number of topics, including Elton John’s boycott of Dolce and Gabbana over comments on gay adoption and in vitro fertilization, backlash The Economist got over a cover and a college president who was forced to apologize for sending out an email that said “all lives matter” instead of “Black lives matter.”

“What is the point of attacking people who are 95 percent on your side?” said Maher, later adding, “I see atheists and agnostics bitching at each other. Why is this even a thing? Do you believe in a talking snake? Me neither. We’re on the same team.”

“Real Time with Bill Maher” airs Fridays at 10:00 p.m. ET on HBO.

Sunday Talk: The father, the sun, and the holy ****!

attribution: Silly Rabbit

Daily Kos

9/11 changed everything.

Never in Earth’s (roughly) 6,000 yearhistory has that statement been more true than with regard to @TedCruz’smusical preferences.

Prior to that horrific day, like many of his fellow Canadians, Ted considered himself a fan of numerous (American)rock ‘n’ roll artists.

But, after witnessing their responseto the tragic events of September 11,he renounced his foreign citizenship(in June 2014), and devoted himself to God (Jesus) and country music.

That (ultimately) set him on the path to Liberty UniversityGo Flames!—where, Monday morning, TedCruz.ORG formally announced his #campaign for president of the United States.

To say that his speech was warmly received would be a monumental understatement;every utterance was met with more rapturous applause than even John Lennon could’ve imagined.

In fact, many of the faithful attendees were cheering like their afterlives depended on it.

As a Jewish Democrat—though, obviously, not in that order—I, for one, welcome these developments.

Viva la revolucíon!

Morning lineup:

Meet the Press: Erin Bowen (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University); Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. H.E. Adel A. Al-Jubeir; Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq/Chief U.S. Negotiator on Nuclear Disarmament Christopher Hill; Ted Kennedy’s WidowVictoria Kennedy; Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI); Roundtable: Kathleen Parker (Washington Post), Joe Scarborough (MSNBC), Sam Stein (Huffington Post) and Neera Tanden (Center for American Progress).

Face the Nation: Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC); Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA); Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R); “Ted Kennedy’s Legacy” Panel: Sen. John McCain(R-AZ), Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Former Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME); Roundtable: Dan Balz (Washington Post), Manu Raju(Politico), Scott Conroy (Huffington Post) and Nancy Cordes (CBS News).

This Week: Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D); Ted Kennedy’s Widow Victoria Kennedy; Roundtable: Bill Kristol (Weekly Standard), Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D), Republican Strategist Matthew Dowd and Fareed Zakaria (CNN).

Fox News Sunday: Former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn; Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina; Roundtable: George Will (Washington Post), Carol Lee (Wall Street Journal), Matt Kibbe (FreedomWorks) and Former Sen.Evan Bayh (D-IN).

State of the Union: House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH); Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX); Others TBD.

Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will feature: an interview with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad (preview); and, a report on a clinical trial being conducted at Duke University using polio to treat cancer (preview).


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