Photos: Britain’s royals welcome the new baby princess

The Week


Kate Middleton and Prince William emerged from St. Mary’s Hospital in London on Saturday evening, after the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to the couple’s second child and first daughter earlier that morning.

Prince William had brought his son Prince George to meet the newborn earlier on Saturday:

As for Queen Elizabeth, she attended a Saturday parade decked out in a pink suit, in honor of her new great-granddaughter. —Sarah Eberspacher


10 things you need to know today: May 2, 2015

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The Week

1.Freddie Gray’s death ruled a homicide, six officers charged
State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced in a Friday press conference that a medical examiner ruled the death of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old man who died of a fatal neck injury while in police custody, a homicide. Mosby said that charges, including misconduct and involuntary manslaughter, are being brought against the six officers involved. Not only did the officers ignore Gray’s “obvious” need for medical assistance, Mosby said, they also had no grounds to arrest him. Mosby added that Gray’s fatal neck injury was the result of his being handcuffed and shackled by his feet, then placed in a Baltimore police wagon without a seatbelt.

Source: The Associated Press

2.Two indicted, Christie ally pleads guilty in connection with Bridgegate scandal
U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced the Bridgegate-related indictments of Bill Baroni, the former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and Bridget Anne Kelly, the former deputy chief of staff to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, on Fridayon multiple counts of conspiracy for their involvement in the politically motivated closure of three lanes onto the George Washington Bridge and subsequent coverup in 2013. The indictments came after David Wildstein, Christie’s childhood friend and a former top official at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, pled guilty Friday morning to two counts of conspiracy for his role in the scandal.

Source: The New York Times

3.Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gives birth to baby girl
Prince George has a little sister, as of 8:34 a.m. (7:34 a.m. GMT) Saturdaymorning. Britain’s Prince William and his wife arrived at St. Mary’s hospital in London early in the morning, and the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to the girl, who has not yet been named, two and a half hours later. Kensington Palace first announced the news via Twitter, adding that both mother and daughter are doing well. The new princess reportedly weighed 8 lbs 3 oz at birth, and she becomes fourth in line to the throne, following Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince George.

Source: Time, The Guardian

4.Nigerian army reports troops have freed hundreds more Boko Haram prisoners
The Nigerian military released a tweet on Thursday declaring that “another set of 234 women and children were rescued,” from Boko Haram militants. The operation in the country’s Sambisa Forest — one of the last Boko Haram strongholds in Nigeria — comes several days after the army reportedly freed around 300 women and children in a separate offensive against the Islamic militants. Outgoing Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has pledged to “hand over a Nigeria completely free of terrorist strongholds,” when he leaves office at the end of May. It is unclear whether any of the hundreds of rescued women are among those who were kidnapped from a school in Chibok last year, sparking international outrage against Boko Haram.

Source: BBC News, The Associated Press

5.DOJ to spend $20 million on police body cameras
Incoming Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced on Friday that the Department of Justice will spend $20 million to provide body cameras to police, mostly in major cities. Of that sum, $17 million will purchase the equipment, while the remaining $3 million will cover training and effectiveness evaluation programs. “Body-worn cameras hold tremendous promise for enhancing transparency, promoting accountability, and advancing public safety for law enforcement officers and the communities they serve,” Lynch said.

Source: NBC News

6.China passes Mexico as No. 1 source of U.S. immigrants
Research presented Friday at the Population Association of America conference revealed that China and India are sending more immigrants to the United States than Mexico. In 2013, 147,000 immigrants came to the U.S. from China, and 129,000 immigrants arrived from India. Meanwhile, 125,000 immigrants came to the U.S. from Mexico, according to data from the Census Bureau. Immigration to the U.S. from China and India has been on the rise for a decade, while immigration from Mexico is declining. Hispanic people are still the largest ethnic minority group in America, but two-thirds of the U.S. Hispanic population was born in the country.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

7.Sexual assault in the U.S. military has reportedly declined in the past two years
The Pentagon released its annual report on sexual assault in the militaryon Friday, and the survey found a 27 percent drop in cases of “unwanted sexual contact” over the last two years. There were 18,900 cases reported in 2014, as compared to 26,000 reported cases in 2012. The report also noted that while the number of assaults has decreased, the number of people reporting the cases actually increased; 6,131 people reported a military sexual assault in 2014, a 70 percent increase from the number of reported cases in 2012. Still, “that’s clearly far, far too many,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said. “The report makes it crystal clear that we have to do more.”

Source: Reuters

8.Stand By Me singer Ben E. King dies at age 76
Ben E. King, the R&B soul singer most famous for the song Stand By Me, died Thursday of natural causes at age 76. Born in North Carolina and raised in Harlem, New York, King started his career with The Drifters, releasing hits such as There Goes My Baby, and Save the Last Dance for Me. But King’s Stand By Me was his biggest hit; it charted nine times on the U.S. Billboard 100, and has been covered by some 400 artists ranging from John Lennon to boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

Source: The Telegraph

9. Iowa governor declares state of emergency due to avian flu outbreak
Governor Terry Branstad announced on Friday that Iowa would enter a state of emergency due to an avian flu outbreak, effective immediately and continuing at least through the end of May. Minnesota and Wisconsin have also declared states of emergency due to the viral outbreak, which does not pose a risk to humans, but is highly contagious among poultry populations. Iowa is the top egg-producing state in the U.S., and officials believe up to one-quarter of the state’s flock — at least 16 million chickens — could be infected and would have to be exterminated.

Source: Reuters

10.Filipino energy officials tell citizens to conserve electricity for Pacquiao fight
Filipino boxing champ Manny Pacquiao is set to take on Floyd Mayweather for the WBC World welterweight title on Saturday night in Las Vegas. An ocean away, his supporters in the Philippines hope their televisions will stay tuned in. Energy officials warned residents on Fridayto disconnect refrigerators, washing machines and air conditioners — “just leave electric fans and TVs on” — in order to duck one of the chronic, hours-long power outages with which the country is too familiar. Pacquiao is a national hero in his native Philippines, and fans are eagerly awaiting this matchup, which has been years in the making and could earn Pacquiao as much as $120 million.

Source: Al Jazeera America

Royal baby born: Kate Middleton gives birth to a girl! – live updates

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London Evening Standard Online

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a daughter at 8.34 this morning.

The baby weighs 8lbs 3oz and the Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth.

The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news.

Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.

Kate delivered her second child at the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their first child, Prince GeorgeThe Duchess, who gave birth to Prince George in the same hospital wing in July 2013, was driven to the Lindo Wing by her Royal Protection Officers.

Kensington Palace announced the birth in a tweet. A bulletin on an ornate golden easel will then be placed in front of Buckingham Palace.

The new baby is the fourth in line to the throne.

Right Wing Round-Up – 5/1/15

Right Wing Watch

  • Jeremy Hooper: Tony Perkins is denying he calls for pro-equality judges to be impeached; he’s lying and here’s empirical proof.
  • Ahiza Garcia @ TPM: Ron Paul Unsure If Military Will Take Over Texas, But Glad Governor Is Monitoring.
  • Travis Gettys @ Raw Story: Texas GOP ex-lawmaker schools governor for ‘pandering to idiots’ who fear Jade Helm 15 military takeover.


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Former Marine to CNN: When I Fought for U.S., I Was ‘Patriot,’ but When I Fight for My People I’m ‘Thug’

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Shortly after Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced charges against six officers involved in the incident that led to 25-year-old Freddie Gray‘s death, CNN caught an uncensored moment from a protester shouting at police officers.

“We gave our lives for this country,” the man, who identified himself as a former Marine, said to a line of riot police. “Is this what it’s coming to, man? I love this fucking country, too. Just as much as you do. We’re fighting for a reason, man. I was willing to give my life for this country, man. Look at this community now, man.”

“You’re the same people I went to war with,” he shouted, in a clip first flagged by RealClearPolitics.

When the man began walking away, a CNN reporter caught up with him and asked him to explain where his anger comes from. “They tell me we are apart of this country, man. How can we be?” he explained, asking her to look around at the police lined up.

As for the charges against the officers, the man was not satisfied: “We got to stop being pacified every time they throw us a bone where they want us to calm down, man. We need to wait for the end result to come in,” he said.

“I was willing to give my life for this country,” he continued. “When I was in the Marine Corps, they called me a ‘patriot.’ A marine. But now that I’m fighting for my people they call me a fucking ‘thug.’ They called me a ‘thug’ when I fight for my people,” he said. When the reporter recoiled at his cursing, he said he would not “sweeten up” anything.

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Princess Kate In Labor With Royal Baby Number 2

July 23, 2013 - London, England, United Kingdom: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Catherine introduced baby Cambridge to the press and well wishers outside the Lindo Wing before William loaded his newborn son into his car seat and drove the family to Kensington Palace. (Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/Polaris)

July 23, 2013 – London, England, United Kingdom: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Catherine introduced baby Cambridge to the press and well wishers outside the Lindo Wing before William loaded his newborn son into his car seat and drove the family to Kensington Palace. (Robin Nunn/Nunn Syndication/Polaris)


Kate and William are preparing to welcome a little brother or sister for Prince George

Kensington Palace has said that the “labor is progressing as normal” for Kate.

The royal couple have claimed that they don’t know whether the baby will be a boy or girl, though bookmakers in the U.K. are tipped towards it being a girl, with odds favoring “Charlotte” and “Alice” as the new name. Prince Charles said during an official engagement earlier this week that he’s hoping for a granddaughter.

According to the rules of succession, the new baby will be fourth in line to the throne, behind Charles, William and older brother Prince George, who was born in July 2013. Prince William’s brother Harry — currently fourth in line to the throne — will be bumped to fifth in line.

 – 5:18 AM ET

Republicans Seek To End Birthright Citizenship, Exposing Their Seething Xenophobia

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If you think there is  no way the Republican Party can move further to the right, you’d be dead wrong. Apparently their psychotic tirade against anyone who is not white, rich, straight and Christian isn’t enough. Now they want to attack the Constitution and hundreds of years of tradition in the United States in an effort to spite immigrants.

House Republicans on the Judiciary Committee’s Immigration Subcommittee held a hearing on April 29 to potentially eliminate the birthright American citizenship guaranteed in the 14th amendment. The 14th Amendment states:

“…all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States.”

It’s not that hard of a concept. If you are born in the United States you become a citizen. That’s the way it’s been since our nation’s founding. When it comes to, let’s say, marriage, Republicans say we can’t tamper with tradition, but when it’s citizenship they have no problem destroying the longstanding tradition of granting citizenship to children born on American soil, even if their parents are not citizens.

Take a wild guess at who’s trying to push this xenophobic, asinine notion through Congress — none other than “calves the size of cantaloupes” Steve King, a Republican Representative from Iowa, and Louisiana Republican David Vitter. Defending his notion, King said:

“I don’t think I’m hearing an argument as to why it would be a good idea to grant automatic citizenship to any baby that could be born in the United States to any mother who could find a way to get into the United States. That hands over the immigration policy to everyone except Americans. So I don’t know that that’s even a debate before this committee unless you want to expand your political base by any means necessary.”

I have one argument. Repeat after me: This is how it’s been done since the nation’s founding. And, for argument’s sake, if we’re going to talk about “expanding your political base,” can we talk about how it’s ideas like these that will drive away Hispanic and Latino voters from the GOP? With President Obama in the White House, I say let the Republicans pass it, just so he can veto it. Then the Republicans can suffer the consequences in 2016.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), issued a blistering statement against King and Vitter’s notion, calling the GOP a “radical, anti-immigrant” party:

“Evidently, there is no American principle too sacred not to be surrendered in Republicans’ race to pander to the most radical, anti-immigrant corners of their party.  Today’s hearing is an appalling Republican effort to reverse one of our most fundamental constitutional guarantees: people born on American soil are Americans.”

Pelosi went on to describe it as “one of the most loathsome, xenophobic proposals in recent memory.”

Republicans accuse President Obama of shredding the Constitution, yet they’re doing just that. Gotta’ love how hypocritical they are.

Representative Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) took it a step further, calling the party a “nativist wing” that will see consequences from Spanish speakers:

“In Spanish-language media there will be one more piece of evidence that Republicans will do anything and everything to keep their nativist wing happy.”

The Republicans have unleashed an unconscionable assault on birthright citizenship that not only dishonors our Founders’ visions, but it betrays the future and growth of our country, and insults millions of proud first-generation American citizens.

Image via Gage Skidmore


The Huffington Post

Marilyn Mosby Emerges As Baltimore’s Conscience… Charges 6 Officers With Murder, Manslaughter, Assault In Freddie Gray’s Death…Seen As Tough On Police Misconduct… ‘No Crime Had Been Committed By Mr. Gray’… Protesters Rejoice… Sergeant: ‘It’s About To Get Ugly’… Obama: ‘Absolutely Vital’ That Truth Come Out… 2nd Police Van Passenger Denies Gray Hurt Himself… TIMELINE…

10 things you need to know today: May 1, 2015

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The Week

1.Baltimore police finish initial investigation into Freddie Gray’s death
Baltimore police on Thursday gave prosecutors the results of their initialinvestigation into the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died after sustaining a lethal neck injury in custody. Six officers have been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the case, which has triggered riots and peaceful protests. The report included the revelation that the police van in which Gray was injured made a previously unknown stop on the way to the police station that was caught on a privately owned surveillance camera, suggesting none of the officers mentioned it.

Source: The New York Times

2.A day after two miraculous rescues, Nepal’s earthquake death toll rises
Search teams resumed rescue and recovery efforts in Nepal on Friday, a day after crews freed two survivors who spent five days trapped in rubble left by a 7.9-magnitude earthquake. The official tally of the dead passed 6,200 on Friday. Nepal’s prime minister has said the toll could reach 10,000, and the army general leading the rescue effort said it could go higher. “Our estimates are not looking good. We are thinking that 10,000 to 15,000 may be killed,” Gen. Gaurav Rana said.

Source: Reuters, NBC News

3.Sen. Bernie Sanders officially launches his presidential campaign
Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday officially launched a campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. The Vermont independent, a self-described socialist who caucuses with the Democrats, will challenge frontrunner Hillary Clinton from the left. In a press conference outside the Capitol, he called for “an economy that works for all of our people, rather than a small number of billionaires.” He contrasted himself with Clinton by noting that, unlike her, he voted against the Iraq war.

Source: The Washington Post

4.Tesla jumps into the home battery market
Elon Musk on Thursday unveiled Tesla Energy, an offshoot of his electric-car company that aims to revolutionize the market for batteries that store solar and other sources of energy at homes and offices. The first unit Tesla Energy will bring to market is the “Powerwall,” a 6-inch-thick 10kWh lithium-ion battery that can hang on the wall of a house and provide enough power for about 10 hours. It’s based on the same battery used in the Tesla Model S sedan. “You can be free of the grid,” Musk said.

Source: Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg

5.Applications for jobless benefits have fallen to a five-year low
The Labor Department announced Thursday that first-time applications for unemployment benefits fell last week to 262,000, the lowest since April 2000. The number of people receiving jobless benefits also fell — by 74,000 to 2.25 million, the lowest number since December 2000. The changes come as job openings are at a 14-year high. Analysts said the tightening job market could soon put pressure on employers to compete for workers by raising wages, a missing element in the economic recovery.

Source: Bloomberg

6.Saudi Arabia fights off Houthi border attack
Saudi Arabia said it repelled an attack on its border by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels from Yemen late Thursday. Dozens of Houthi fighters and three Saudi soldiers were killed in the fighting, which started at a border post in Najran province. It was the largest cross-border attack since Saudi airstrikes against the rebels began five weeks ago. A border guard was also killed by a shell fired by the Shiite Muslim Houthis. The rebels are loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was ousted during the 2012 Arab Spring protests.

Source: The Telegraph, Voice of America

7.Obama reportedly chooses Chicago as site for his presidential library
President Obama’s foundation has picked Chicago as the home for his presidential library, according to two people briefed on the decision. The city, where Obama first won elected office, always was considered the favorite, but New York City’s Columbia University, where Obama went to college, and Hawaii, where he grew up, were also in the running. Representatives at the University of Chicago declined to comment lateThursday on reports that the school would get the library. The University of Illinois at Chicago also put in a bid.

Source: The New York Times, USA Today

8.Grooveshark shuts down in copyright infringement settlement
Music-streaming site Grooveshark shut down on Thursday to settle a copyright infringement suit filed by major record labels. As a trial started this week, Escape Media, Grooveshark’s parent company, risked having to pay more than $736 million in damages to Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group. Instead, it agreed to close the streaming service and surrender ownership of its website and mobile apps, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.

Source: CNET

9. Messenger spacecraft ends mission with crash into Mercury
NASA’s unmanned Messenger spacecraft crashed into Mercury on Thursday at 8,750 miles per hour in a violent but planned end to an historic mission. Messenger was the first spacecraft ever to orbit Mercury, the solar system’s innermost planet. The only other probe to study it up close, NASA’s Mariner 10, did three flybys in 1974 and 1975. Messenger’s close look was extended from one year to four, allowing it to map Mercury in unprecedented detail and revolutionize scientists’ understanding of the planet.


10.Florida State’s Jameis Winston picked first in NFL draft
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston in the first pick of the NFL draft on Thursday night. Winston won the Heisman Trophy in 2013, but he has been plagued with off-the-field troubles. A former fellow student accused Winston of sexually assaulting her, although he said the sex was consensual and was never charged. The struggling Bucs are counting on Winston to help turn them around. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota was the No. 2 pick, going to the Tennessee Titans.

Source: CBS News

Time Magazine’s “THE BRIEF” – 5-1-2015

Scientists Say This Is the Secret to Keeping Cells Young

Researchers say it may be possible to slow and even reverse aging by keeping DNA more stably packed together in our cells

Americans Rescued in Nepal Tell Their Story of Survival

Speaking exclusively with TIME, they describe their rescue from the barren Langtang mountains following the Nepal earthquake

Go Behind TIME’s Baltimore Cover

When protests erupted in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death, amateur photographer Devin Allen found himself propelled onto the global stage

This Map Shows How All the Future Marvel Movies Are Connected

A guide to the 19 Marvel movies and TV shows coming out in the next four years

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