Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton Drops A Bomb On The Kochs By Vowing To Take Away Big Oil’s Taxpayer Subsidies




Hillary Clinton vowed to take away big oil’s subsidies and use the money for clean energy while campaigning in Iowa.

During a speech in Des Moines, Iowa, Clinton laid out her vision for combating climate change by encouraging clean energy technology.

In the process, she dropped a bomb on the Koch brothers:

We will make America the world’s clean energy superpower.

We will develop and deploy the clean energy technologies of the future. Transform our grid to give Americans more control over the energy they produce and consume. And yes, I will defend President Obama’s Clean Power Plant—Clean Power Plan against attacks from Republicans and their corporate backers.

We’ll launch a Clean Energy Challenge that supports and partners with states, cities, and rural communities that are ready to lead on clean energy.

We’ll stop the giveaways to big oil companies and extend, instead, tax incentives for clean energy, while making them more cost-effective for both taxpayers and producers.

We’ll support—and improve—the Renewable Fuel Standard that has been such a success for Iowa and much of rural America.

The Koch brothers are fossil fuel barons who have spent almost $80 million funding climate change deniers. What Hillary Clinton is proposing is that the federal government take the $4.8 billion in subsidies that are currently given to big oil and create clean energy tax incentives.

Clinton’s proposal is exactly what the Koch Brothers fear the most. Fossil fuel industries are extremely profitable. They don’t need federal subsidies. Federal subsidies should be used to develop clean energy sources for the future. Republicans and their big oil masters frame the energy issue as an either/or choice between fossil fuels and clean alternatives. Hillary Clinton is offering a forward-thinking energy future that will be better for the planet and consumers.

Progress is inevitable, and not even the vast Koch wealth can hold off America’s clean energy future forever.

10 things you need to know today: July 14, 2015

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1. Landmark Iran nuclear deal reached
On Tuesday morning, Iran and six world powers announced a long-awaited deal limiting Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for relieving economic sanctions over time. “This deal demonstrates that American diplomacy can bring about real and meaningful change,” President Barack Obama said. “Change that makes our country and the world more secure.” Iran had been working on the deal with the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany for 20 months.

Source: YouTube, The Associated Press

2. Netanyahu calls Iran deal ‘a bad mistake of historic proportions’
Before the details of the historic deal with Iran had even been made public, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was on the offensive. “This is a bad mistake of historic proportions,” he said in Jerusalem on Monday, calling the agreement “a sure path to nuclear weapons.” Netanyahu has been against the deal from the beginning, condemning it as “Iran’s path to the bomb” in a March speech to Congress that the Obama administration called “destructive.”

Source: NBC News, CNBC

3. Obama commutes sentences of 46 prisoners
President Obama announced in a video Monday that he will grant clemency to 46 prisoners. “These men and women were not hardened criminals,” the president said. “But the overwhelming majority had been sentenced to at least 20 years,” many for “non-violent drug offenses.” “Their punishments didn’t fit the crime,” Obama said. “And if they’d been sentenced under today’s laws, nearly all of them would have already served their time.” Obama has now commuted 89 prisoners — the most since Lyndon Johnson in the 1960s.

Source: The White House

4. New York City settles with Eric Garner’s family for $5.9 million
The family of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died after being placed in a chokehold by police, reached a settlement with New York City for $5.9 million. The family filed a notice of claim, the first step in filing a lawsuit against the city, in October, asking for $75 million. Last July, police stopped Garner outside a Staten Island store for selling loose cigarettes. A bystander captured video of officers taking Garner down to the ground. He was heard saying, “I can’t breathe,” before losing consciousness.

Source: The New York Times

5. Pentagon aims to lift transgender ban in the military
Pentagon leaders are expected to announce this week that they will try to lift the ban on transgender individuals in the military, senior officials told The Associated Press. Scrapping the transgender ban would end “one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service.” After this week’s announcement, there will be a six-month period for the Pentagon to assess the plan, during which transgender individuals will still not be able to join the military.

Source: The Associated Press

6. Hillary Clinton attacks GOP on income inequality
Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton spoke of her goal to fight income inequality in a speech Monday in New York. As expected, she called the need to raise middle-class income “the defining economic issue of our time.” Clinton also singled out Republicans for allegedly deepening income inequality in a speech designed to lay out her would-be administration’s economic agenda. “Twice now in the past 20 years a Democratic president has had to come in and clean up the mess,” she said.

Source: The New York Times, Huffington Post

7. Boy Scouts lift gay leadership ban
Boy Scouts of America unanimously voted to end its ban on gay scout leaders, the organization announced Monday. The president of the organization, Robert Gates, had called for the ban to be lifted back in May. The new rule is effective immediately. “While this policy change is not perfect — BSA’s religious chartering partners will be allowed to continue to discriminate against gay adults — it is difficult to overstate the importance of today’s announcement,” said Zach Wahls, the executive director of Scouts for Equality.

Source: BuzzFeed News

8. Mexico offering $3.8 million reward for ‘El Chapo’
A 60 million peso ($3.8 million) reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who escaped from the maximum security Altiplano prison on Saturday. During a news conference, Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said that Guzman, the leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel, had to have received help escaping. Three prison officials, including the director and the national prisons director, have been let go, and 34 prison staffers are being questioned.

Source: NBC News

9. Spacecraft gets first close-up images of Pluto
NASA spacecraft New Horizons captured the first close-up pictures of Pluto on Tuesday after traveling 9.5 years and 3.3 billion miles. Scientists know little about the dwarf planet. “There’s a feeling among scientists that Pluto probably will tell us what the early solar system looked like, and it’s now locked in deep freeze and maybe it will tell us what we once were, a long time ago,” said Ed Kruzins, the director of the Australian tracking station that will first receive the images.

Source: Reuters, Popular Science

10. Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman released
Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman was released at midnightTuesday. The book, written before To Kill a Mockingbird but set in later years, has already made waves due to its portrayal of Atticus Finch as a segregationist. There’s also controversy over the circumstances of the book’s discovery, and if Lee, 89, had the mental faculties to consent to its release by HarperCollins. The Guardian published chapter one online last week.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Julie Kliegman

Clinton Advisers Admit to Being Worried About Bernie Sanders’ Growing Support In Iowa

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As Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign continues to draw large crowds in Iowa, Hillary Clinton’s campaign advisers are admitting that they have a real race on their hands. One Clinton staffer admitted that Clinton’s campaign had originally underestimated Sanders. Another adviser, communications director Jennifer Palmieri, spoke candidly during an interview on “morning Joe”, admitting:

We are worried about him, sure. He will be a serious force for the campaign, and I don’t think that will diminish.

Although Hillary Clinton remains the frontrunner in Iowa, Bernie Sanders has closed the gap from a 35-point deficit in May to a 19-point gap at the end of June. Sanders is also drawing enormous crowds at campaign events in Iowa, as well as in other parts of the country.

Sanders’ economic populist message that calls for raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans in order to pay for a bold one trillion dollar public works program for creating jobs and rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure, is resonating with Iowa voters.

Given that the Democratic Caucuses tend to attract the most passionate activists in the party, Sander’s poses a real threat to pull off an upset victory in Iowa. With Vermont’s next door neighbor, New Hampshire, hosting the nation’s first Democratic primary, Sanders might even be able to deliver a stunning one-two punch, carrying the first caucus state and the first primary state in rapid succession.

While many national reporters are still treating Bernie Sanders like a gadfly candidate, the Clinton campaign is wisely taking him seriously. Some national reporters may view Sanders as a Dennis Kucinich or Ralph Nader style also-ran. However, the Clinton staffers are concerned that Sanders could be more like the 2008 version of Barack Obama. In the 2008 election cycle, Obama scored a stunning victory over Hillary Clinton in Iowa. That victory was followed by many more victories as Obama defeated Hillary Clinton in a fiercely contested race for the Democratic nomination.

While it is too early to tell whether the Sanders campaign will continue to build enough momentum to win Iowa, it is clear that his campaign needs to be taken seriously. The Clinton campaign acknowledges that Sanders is a real threat to win in Iowa. If that happens, there is no telling when and where, or even if,  his momentum will come to a halt.

Keith Brekhus

Bernie Sanders Is Officially Making Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Nervous

Image Credit: AP


Hillary Clinton’s campaign wants you to know they are taking the threat from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) very seriously. On Monday, Clinton campaign officials made it clear that Sanders’ insurgent candidacy is on their radar, following weeks of the independent senator drawing huge crowds and climbing in the polls in two crucial early states.

The Clinton campaign is right to worry. Recent polls in Iowa and New Hampshire have placed Sanders within striking distance of Clinton. Over the weekend, Sanders drew the biggest crowd for any candidate in Iowa so far this cycle, attracting more than 2,500 to a rally in Council Bluffs. Earlier in the week, his campaign reported raising $15 million from 250,000 donations in the first two months of his campaign — 99% of which were contributions of $250 or less.

In other words, the Sanders surge is undeniable. Rather than deny this fact, the Clinton campaign has chosen to acknowledge the closing gap between the candidates, revealing two imperatives for Clinton as she seeks to fend off her liberal challenger: avoiding the appearance of taking the nomination for granted, and managing performance expectations in the early primary and caucus states, where a Sanders victory could throw her quest for the nomination off track.

What the Clinton camp is saying: Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Monday, Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri offered up a clear indication that the campaign is very much aware of the threat posed by Sanders. MSNBC’s Willie Geist asked Palmieri if the Clinton campaign was worried about Sanders, and Palmieri indicated that they certainly are.

“We’re worried about him, sure. He’s a force,” Palmieri said. “He’ll be a serious force for the campaign and I don’t think that will diminish … We’ve said from the start that it’s going to be really competitive.”

Source: Mic/MSNBC

“Of course we’re worried about him. This is an election,” she continued when pressed by Geist. “He is doing well. And we’ll have to, you know, we’ll have to make our case. We knew this was going to happen … So, yeah, it’s going to be a slog.”

Later Monday, the New York Times reported on the Clinton campaign’s apparently sudden realization that Sanders could defeat her in Iowa, the first contest in the Democratic nomination process:

“I think we underestimated that Sanders would quickly attract so many Democrats in Iowa who weren’t likely to support Hillary,” said one Clinton adviser, who like several others spoke on the condition of anonymity to candidly share views about the race. “It’s too early to change strategy because no one knows if Sanders will be able to hold on to these voters in the months ahead. We’re working hard to win them over, but yeah, it’s a real competition there.”

The Times also quotes Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook, who says, “We take nothing for granted in Iowa because the caucuses are always such a tough proving ground. But Hillary Clinton’s regular travel to the state and the organization we have established on the ground show how committed we are to prevailing there.”

A fine line: Why would Clinton’s campaign downplay its candidate’s chances of winning Iowa and acknowledge the viability of Sanders’ candidacy? Because doing so is smart politics — and one way to make sure her supporters stay engaged.

Clinton is seeking to avoid the aura of inevitability that surrounded her disastrous 2008 run, in which her campaign embraced her role as the all-but-certain nominee and failed to do the work necessary to actually win the nomination. This apparent certainty was off-putting for voters, particularly in Iowa, where Democratic caucus-goers relish the opportunity to upend conventional wisdom. If Clinton’s supporters believed that she had the nomination wrapped up, why would they devote time or energy to help her get elected?


Felon Dinesh D’Souza Spreads Fake Photo Of Hillary Clinton Posing By Confederate Flag

Dinesh DSouza

attribution: None


Convicted felon and right-wing activist, Dinesh D’Souza posted a doctored image of a young Hillary Clinton posing in front of a Confederate flag to his Twitter and Facebook accounts on July 7th. D’Souza captioned the photo with the rhetorical question:

Look closely at this Hillary photo; isn’t that a Confederate flag behind her on the bookshelf?

The problem for D’Souza, of course is that the Confederate flag was photoshopped into the picture of Hillary Clinton.The 1960s era image of Clinton taken while she was student at Wellesley College is part of a gettyimages collection online. However, in the original photo there is no Confederate flag on the bookshelf behind her. The flag was apparently photoshopped into the image that D’Souza circulated through his social media accounts.

It is unclear whether D’Souza knew the image was altered, or if he is simply a useful idiot who was unwittingly duped by the fake picture. Either way it damages what little credibility D’Souza might have had left.

D’Souza’s film 2016: Obama’s America was splattered chock full of falsehoods about the president, so it certainly wouldn’t be beneath D’Souza to knowingly spread lies about Hillary Clinton. However, it is equally possible that D’Souza could just simply be so lacking in discernment that he will believe anything that supports his jaundiced view of Democrats, without verifying the information first.

Despite the fact that Dinesh D’souza is a convicted felon and a serial liar, he is still something of a folk hero on the far right, because of his strident criticisms of President Obama and Hillary Clinton. To his followers, whether or not his attacks against Democratic political leaders are accurate or not is largely irrelevant. They, like him, will choose to believe whatever they want to believe as long as it casts their political adversaries as enemies or villains. D’Souza is a frequent guest on CNN and FOX, where he is given a forum to mangle facts and push his partisan agenda.

However, by circulating a doctored photo of Hillary Clinton, Dinesh D’Souza has merely confirmed what was already obvious to all but the cable news networks and his most ardent right-wing supporters. Dinesh D’Souza lacks intellectual honesty and critical discernment, and he doesn’t have an ounce of integrity.

Keith Brekhus

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

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis answers questions from the media. AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza


1. Tsipras reverses after suggesting he would accept bailout concessions
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday urged his constituents to reject a bailout deal in a Sunday referendum. His remarks came less than 24 hours after he wrote creditors a letter seeming to agree to financial reforms in exchange for more help. Tsipras said Greece was being “blackmailed.” A day earlier, Greece became the first developed economy to default on International Monetary Fund debt. European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted that “Europe wants to help Greece. But cannot help anyone against their own will.”

Source: Reuters

2. Episcopal church decides to let same-sex couples marry in church
Episcopalians voted Wednesday to allow religious weddings for gay couples. Some bishops already permitted priests to officiate in civil wedding ceremonies. The decision was approved overwhelmingly at the Episcopal General Convention in Salt Lake City days after the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples had a constitutional right to marry nationwide. The Rev. Brian Baker of Sacramento said the change came after decades of discussions.

Source: The Associated Press

3. Hillary Clinton sets fundraising record in campaign’s first quarter
Hillary Clinton is on track to raise a record $45 million in the first quarter of her presidential campaign, outpacing President Obama’s previous high mark of $41.9 million set in the first three months of his re-election campaign. Clinton has raised an average of $555,000 daily since officially launching her campaign for the Democratic nomination in April. Ninety-one percent of Clinton’s funds came from donations of $100 or less.

Source: Bloomberg Business

4. Feds investigate suspected airline fare-price fixing
The Justice Department is investigating major airlines on suspicion ofcolluding to keep fares high, officials with knowledge of the case saidWednesday. A Justice Department spokesperson confirmed that an investigation was underway but declined to name the airlines. Delta, Southwest, American, and United airlines said they were among the carriers being examined. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said consumers were suffering because of “possible misuse” of the big carriers’ market power.

Source: The Washington Post

5. Macy’s dumps Trump’s clothing line over immigration remarks
Macy’s on Wednesday dropped Donald Trump’s clothing line over the real estate magnate and Republican presidential candidate’s recent derogatory remarks about Mexican immigrants. He said many were criminals. Macy’s said Trump’s statements did not “portray an accurate picture” of Mexican immigrants. Trump said he was the one who ended the relationship to defend his principles against pressure critics were aiming at Macy’s. Despite the controversy, Trump has shot to second in recent GOP polls.

Source: New York Post, The Washington Post

6. Man attacked by shark off North Carolina’s Ocracoke Island
A man in his 60s was attacked by a shark off North Carolina on Wednesday. The attack was the seventh in the state this year, and the latest in a string over the last two weeks. The man was swimming just beyond the first breaking waves off of Ocracoke Island in the Outer Banks. Witnesses said the six- to seven-foot shark pulled the man under water, biting him in the rib cage, hip, lower leg, and both hands. “There was a big trail of blood from the water to the sand,” one witness said.

Source: CNN

7. TV Land dumps Dukes of Hazzard over rebel flag on car
TV Land has pulled re-runs of the 1980s show Dukes of Hazzard over the Confederate battle flag emblazoned on the Dodge Charger driven by the Duke boys. A national debate broke out over displaying the controversial flag in public places after a white gunman murdered nine black people in Charleston’s historic Emanuel AME Church. Supporters say the flag represents Southern heritage. President Obama, at the funeral of one of the shooting victims, said removing the flag acknowledges that the cause Confederate soldiers fought for — slavery — was wrong.

Source: TIME

8. Polygamist applies to legally marry his second wife
Polygamist Nathan Collier, who has appeared on the TLC reality showSister Wives, announced Wednesday that he had applied for a marriage license with his second wife, Christine, saying he was inspired by last week’s Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage. The reality TV star and his wives Victoria and Christine applied in Billings, Montana. Collier said he would sue if the application is turned down. “It’s about marriage equality,” he said. “You can’t have this without polygamy.”

Source: The Washington Times

9. Japan earns spot in women’s World Cup final against the U.S.
Japan’s women’s soccer team beat England 2-1 on Wednesday to advance to the Women’s World Cup final against the United States. The winning goal was not scored by one of Japan’s players, but by England defender Laura Bassett, who tried to clear a ball but accidentally sent it into the net. Japan, the defending champion, will meet the U.S. on Sunday in a rematch of the 2011 final, which Japan won in a shootout.

Source: CNN

10. “Britain’s Schindler” Nicholas Winton dies at age 106
Nicholas Winton, a British man who almost single-handedly saved more than 650 Jewish children from the Holocaust, died Wednesday in a hospital near his hometown of Maidenhead, west of London. He was 106. Winton, dubbed “Britain’s Schindler” by admirers, overcame bureaucracy at home and abroad and arranged trains to carry children from Nazi-occupied Prague to Britain. He kept his achievements quiet for decades after World War II.

Source: NBC News

Harold Maass

Hillary Clinton to attend S.C. funeral service for Rev. Pinckney

FLORISSANT, MO - JUNE 23:  Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters on June 23, 2015 at Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant, Missouri. Clinton's visit to the St. Louis suburb neighboring Ferguson, Missouri focused on racial issues.  (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)

Clinton joins dozens of lawmakers, including President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. | Getty


Hillary Clinton will attend the Charleston, S.C. funeral of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney — a state senator who was killed in the church shooting last week — on Friday, a campaign aide confirmed to POLITICO.

The Democratic presidential front-runner will join dozens of lawmakers, including President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, at the service, which she was initially slated to miss. She canceled a campaign fundraising event in Philadelphia in order to make the funeral.

Clinton was in Charleston on the day of the shooting, which killed nine African-American churchgoers on June 17, though she left the state earlier in the evening after a pair of campaign stops and a fundraiser in town.

Obama is scheduled to deliver Pinckney’s eulogy on Friday, and multiple members of the congressional leadership teams are expected to be in attendance.

New Poll Shows Hillary Clinton Is Destroying Everyone In The Race

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If today’s polling is any indication, there isn’t a single Republican that stands a chance of becoming president. Hillary Clinton beats every single candidate, including the GOP frontrunners and (unfortunately, perhaps, in the eyes of some progressives) Bernie Sanders.

Compared to the massive Republican presidential field, the Democratic field is very small and not very competitive. According to theNBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, Clinton is winning in a potential primary vote by 75 percent. Bernie Sanders is currently sitting at 15 percent, despite articles like this claiming that Hillary will lose.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Bernie Sanders and I think he would make a great president. He also has momentum on his side, while Hillary’s support could remain relative stagnant because she’s so well-known. But he has an uphill battle if he’s going to seriously challenge Clinton. Therefore to make it a “Bernie or go home” election on the part of Democrats would be a big mistake and will guarantee a Republican president and god knows how many more years of a conservative Supreme Court.

Looking at the general election things get a little bit closer when Hillary is matched up against the top GOP candidates, but she’s still winning. By a lot. Jeb Bush comes the closest and he loses to Hillary by 8 percent (48-40) among registered voters. The difference is even more dramatic for Scott Walker and Marco Rubio, 51-37 percent and 50-40 percent respectively.

This is not to count Bernie, or any of the Republican candidates out. Obviously we’re still over a year away from Election Day and at this time in 2007, Barack Obama was an unknown. Bernie draws large crowds and his polls are only going up.

Unfortunately for Bernie, the “Red Scare” of the Cold War has left the majority of Americans terrified of the word “socialist” which hurts his chances, even though with Bernie’s vision of socialism would address people’s most basic needs while they are allowed to pursue happiness.

10 things you need to know today: June 14, 2015

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1.New report: No one heard cop warn Tamir Rice before fatal shooting
The Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office released a new report Saturday revealing new details in the fatal shooting of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy waving a toy gun, by a police officer in November. The investigation says although Cleveland police insisted officer Tim Loehmann warned Rice before shooting him, no witnesses heard, The New York Times reports. The report did not make a recommendation as to whether Loehmann and his partner, Frank Garmback, should be charged with any crimes.

Source: The New York Times

2.Hillary Clinton kicks off campaign with rousing populist speech
Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton gave her first big campaign speech Saturday to a crowd of thousands on New York’s Roosevelt Island. She drew on her mother’s history as the inspiration for her campaign’s vision. “My mother taught me that everybody needs a chance and a champion,” Clinton said, describing how her mom worked as a maid starting at age 14. She expressed support for environmental reform, women’s reproductive rights, gay rights, and lessening student debt, universal preschool and childcare, universal healthcare, automatic voter registration, and paid sick days.

Source: NBC News

3.Gunman who fired on Dallas police headquarters dies
The gunman who opened fire on the Dallas police headquarters from an armored van early Saturday morning is dead, the Dallas Police Department confirmed Saturday. Authorities say a SWAT sniper shot the gunman, who identified himself as James Boulware, around 5 a.m.Saturday. No police officers or civilians were injured. Authorities originally believed multiple gunmen were involved, but later confirmed it was one man firing from various locations.

Source: The Washington Post

4.Pentagon may put heavy weaponry in Eastern Europe
The Pentagon may put heavy weaponry along Russian borders as a deterrent to the country’s possible aggression, officials told The New York Times on Saturday. It would be enough tanks and infantry vehicles to equip about 5,000 soldiers. Possible sites include Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, and Hungary. The proposal would need approval from Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and the White House.

Source: The New York Times

5.European Space Agency makes contact with comet lander
The European Space Agency made contact with comet lander Philae for the first time since its November 15 shutdown, their blog post says. The communication lasted 85 seconds. Project manager Stephan Ulamec deemed it ready for operations. Scientists found historical data from Philae that suggests it had been “awake” even earlier, but unable to make contact via orbiter Rosetta.

Source: European Space Agency

6.Nuclear deal ‘within reach,’ Iran president says
As the June 30 deadline for a final nuclear deal between Iran and world powers nears, President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday an agreement was “within reach.” Rouhani will allow inspections of Iran nuclear facilities, he said at a news conference, The Associated Press reports, but won’t allow international powers to find his nation’s “secrets.” Iran has been negotiating with the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany. They hope to curtail Rouhani’s nuclear program in exchange for easing economic sanctions enforced in Iran.

Source: The Associated Press

7.South Korean hospital at center of MERS outbreak suspends service
A South Korean hospital stopped most services Sunday after being identified as the epicenter of the deadly respiratory disease spreading through the country. In the past few weeks, 15 South Koreans have died of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. There are 145 known cases in the country. The World Health Organization will hold an emergency meeting Tuesday about the largest MERS outbreak outside of Saudi Arabia.

Source: Reuters

8.Doctors Without Borders: World still not equipped to handle Ebola
Health authorities aren’t much better equipped to handle an Ebola flare-up than they were a year ago, international medical charity Doctors Without Borders claimed Saturday. “The reality today is if Ebola were to hit on scale it did in August and September, we would hardly do much better than we did the last time around,” organization president Joanne Liu said. She expressed disappointment over recent vague resolutions to combat the epidemic made by the World Health Assembly and the G7.

Source: Reuters

9. Zoo animals escape in deadly Georgian flood
Animals including lions, bears, tigers, jaguars, wolves and a hippopotamus escaped Tbilisi Zoo and were roaming around Georgia’s capital Sunday after a flood killed at least 10 people, including two zoo workers. Some animals also died, while others were shot with tranquilizer darts. Officials called it the worst natural disaster to hit the country in recent memory.

Source: The Washington Post

10.Chicago Blackhawks have Stanley Cup within reach after 2-1 victory
Antoine Vermette scored the tie-breaking goal in the third period for the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, putting them ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 in the Stanley Cup finals. The 2-1 Game 5 victory in Tampa means the Hawks will take a stab at claiming the championship title on home ice. Game 6 is Monday night.

Source: ESPN

Julie Kliegman

10 things you need to know today 6-13-2015

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1.House cripples Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership deal in landslide vote
The House voted 302-126 against the Trade Adjustment Assistance bill, a key worker-related measure included in President Obama’s 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal Friday, severely imperiling the future of the deal that Obama hoped would be a part of his legacy. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) stand against the bill and the resulting landslide vote were a major blow to the president, likely torpedoing Obama’s larger push to gain “fast track” authority for the TPP, and possibly even sinking the entire trade deal.

Source: The Hill

2.New survey reports one in 5 women are sexually assaulted in college
A poll jointly conducted by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation found that one in five women have been sexually assaulted on a college campus. Five percent of men reported experiencing a sexual assault while in college. The poll found a high potential risk factor in the use of alcohol. Fifty-eight percent of male respondents said they believe the number of women sexually assaulted on their college campus is less than 1 in 5.

Source: The Washington Post

3.Local NAACP leader maintains she is black amid media scrutiny
Rachel Dolezal, 37, the president of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the NAACP and a part-time professor of Africana Studies, is insisting she is black in response to claims from her estranged Caucasian parents she is white. “I do consider myself to be black,” she told local station KREM-TV on Friday. Ruthanne Dolezal hasdescribed her daughter’s ethnic background Thursday as German, Czech, and Swedish, with “faint traces” of Native American mixed in.

Source: KREM-TV, The Spokesman-Review

4.California announces sharp water cuts for agriculture
As the state of California faces a historic drought, state officials announced Friday that nearly 300 farmers with water rights in the San Joaquin and Sacramento watersheds and delta will face sharp cutbacks, their first since 1977. Further curtailments will be announced weekly. Governor Jerry Brown (D) has faced intense criticism after he issued mandatory regulations on urban water use but initially left agriculture, which uses about 80 percent of water consumed in the state, unregulated.

Source: The New York Times

5.Gunmen fire on officers outside Dallas police headquarters
Multiple gunmen fired on Dallas police officers outside their headquarters early Saturday. The suspects fired from an armored van parked outside the building and are now in a standoff with officers at a nearby Jack in the Box parking lot. Police also found two explosives in the area, one of which detonated. No injuries have been reported. Nearby residents were evacuated as a precaution. Authorities have not determined the exact number of suspects, but it could be as many as four, based on witness accounts.

Source: The Associated Press

6.Clinton set to host first official campaign rally
Hillary Clinton is hosting her first official campaign rally Saturday on New York’s Roosevelt Island. She declared her candidacy in April but is expected to give a speech today extensively laying the direction of her campaign. Thousands of people are expected to attend her rally, which precedes her five-day tour through the early voting states.

Source: ABC News

7.Iowa GOP officially cancels the Iowa Straw Poll
The Iowa Straw Poll, the carnival-like fundraising event for the Republican Party of Iowa that has been a presidential campaign tradition since 1979, is officially no more, after the Iowa Republican Party voted unanimously Thursday to cancel the event scheduled forAug. 8, citing high costs to candidates and a lack of interest. The poll, which usually takes place the summer before the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses, has recently been cast as increasingly irrelevant to the presidential race, as some say it tends to favor fringe candidates.

Source: Politico, Bloomberg

8.All chimpanzees are now considered endangered
On Friday, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service announced that all chimpanzees will now be considered endangered. Previously, there was a distinction in the treatment of captive chimps, which were listed as “threatened,” whereas wild chimps have been labeled “endangered” for decades. In the ’90s, about a million chimpanzees existed in the wild, but that number has dwindled to somewhere between 172,000 and 300,000, according to the Jane Goodall Institute.

Source: The New York Times

9. ‘Full House’ actor John Stamos arrested for DUI
John Stamos, who played Uncle Jesse on Full House, was arrestedFriday night for driving under the influence, the Beverly Hills Police Department confirmed to Variety. Police pulled over the actor, who was alone in the car, after they received complaints of erratic driving in the area. Stamos was hospitalized due to a possible medical condition.

Source: Variety

10.U.S., Sweden play to scoreless draw in Women’s World Cup
The U.S. and Sweden tied at zero in their Women’s World Cup Group D match Friday night. The second-ranked U.S. team leads the group with four points, following a win over Australia earlier this week. The U.S. women would secure a spot in the round of 16 with either a victory or a draw against Nigeria on Tuesday.

Source: ESPN