Trump Plans To Steal The Spotlight Back With Cabinet Announcements



The presumptive GOP nominee loves to make a huge splash in the news, but his VP announcement failed to deliver.

WASHINGTON ― Frustrated at the lack of enthusiasm for his vice presidential pick Mike Pence, Donald Trump is now telling those close to him that he wants a do-over of sorts, which he aims to get by rolling out the names of potential cabinet members, a source who spoke to Trump told The Huffington Post.

Trump was disappointed with the rollout of Pence, and the reaction to him, on several levels. He was first piqued that the news leaked before he’d gotten around to telling the runners-up, Newt Gingrich and Chris Christie, about his choice. He then had second thoughts, postponed the announcement and spent Thursday night trying to find a way to back out of his choice, according to multiple news reports and the source close to Trump.

Trump sees Pence as a politically safe but unexciting choice, the source said. When non-politicians fantasize about running for president, they delight in imagining the unorthodox, thrilling running mate they might choose. For Trump to have ended up paired with such a standard pol, after a year of violating every campaign norm in the book, must be a major letdown.

Multiple sources say that Trump wants to name Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey, as his attorney general, although knowing Trump, he could change his mind at any moment. Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law who plays a major role in the campaign, fought against Christie as a VP pick, as reported this week by HuffPost blogger Laura Goldman and later corroborated elsewhere.

Retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, whom Trump at one point floated as a potential VP, will surely be on the short list for defense secretary, unless of course Kid Rock makes himself available.

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Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar,rampant xenophoberacistmisogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims ― 1.6 billion members of an entire religion ― from entering the U.S.

Chris Christie never turned in cell phone during ‘Bridgegate’ investigation: feds

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on ABC's This Week - ABC screenshot

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on ABC’s This Week – ABC screenshot


What happened to Christie’s Bridgegate cell phone?

TRENTON —  What happened to the cell phone Gov.  Chris Christie was using during the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge is becoming a crucial part of the criminal defense of a key Bridgegate defendant.

During a Monday afternoon Statehouse press conference, the governor told reporters it “doesn’t matter to me” if defense attorneys for Bill Baroni, the federally indicted former appointee to the Port Authority, get access to the phone, which Christie said he’d turned over to federal investigators two years ago.

“It’s in the hands of the government,” said Christie. “As far as I know. I don’t know exactly who has it. But I turned it over in response to a request from the government, as I said I would. They have the information, they’re more than welcome to it.”

But the office of U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Paul Fishman has never actually had the phone, according to a spokesman.

“The governor’s telephone was never in the possession of federal authorities,” wrote Matthew Reilly, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, in an email to NJ Advance Media on Monday.

“As is typical in grand jury investigations, where an institution is represented by outside counsel, those lawyers review records, including those contained on mobile phones and computers, to identify and provide material that is responsive to subpoenas. That procedure was followed in this case.”

Baroni, Christie’s former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, is under federal indictment on nine counts of conspiracy, fraud and other charges related to the improper lane closures at the George Washington Bridge in 2013.

Last week, Baroni’s lawyer Michael Baldassare subpoenaed the governor’s Bridgegate smartphone, which was among the items reviewed by Christie administration’s lawyers at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher to prepare a report that exonerated the governor of any wrongdoing in the lane closures.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher was  paid $8 million to investigate if Christie played a part in the lane closures, ultimately finding that he “played no role” in the Bridgegate scandal.

Christie to Iowans: Bridgegate ‘not a murder’

Hours after Baldassare filed a formal request seeking access to the governor’s cell phone last week, Gibson, Dunn filed a motion to quash his subpoena.

“Last Thursday, Gibson Dunn made the unbelievable claim that the prosecutors never even asked for the governor’s phone,” said Baldassare. “Based on what the governor said today, we expect Gibson Dunn to give up the phone and stop trying to keep it hidden.”

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher principal Randy Mastro, a former federal prosecutor who authored the firm’s report exonerating the governor, did not respond to an e-mail seeking comment.

On Monday, Chrisite described the dispute over access to the phone “a fight between prosecutors and defense attorneys.”

“Having been U.S. Attorney, I wouldn’t appreciate it if a politician got into that fight,” said Christie, who was the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey from 2002 through 2009.  “And you can be damn sure I’m not going to. It’s between them and the U.S. Attorney.”

Brian Murray, a spokesman for the office of the governor, said in an email that “The governor’s phone was reviewed by lawyers and any documents responsive to any of the government’s several subpoenas were already produced to the government.”

The attorneys are seeking a hearing on June 6 to argue the question before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton.

Last December, Wigenton issued a ruling  sharply criticizing Gibson, Dunn for intentionally failing to preserve documentation of the more than 70 interviews it conducted in preparing its Bridgegate report.

“The taxpayers of the State of New Jersey paid [Gibson Dunn] millions of dollars to conduct a transparent and thorough investigation. What they got instead was opacity and gamesmanship,” Wigenton wrote. “They deserve better.”

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WATCH: Christie Gets Defensive About His Support For Trump On Jimmy Fallon




Christie was repeatedly pressed by host Jimmy Fallon to defend his support for the bombastic GOP presidential frontrunner, and to explain his awkward stone-faced appearance at Trump’s side during Trump’s Super Tuesday victory speech.

“You look like you were having a blast,” Fallon said sarcastically. “Were you being held hostage at this time?”

“This is what you would look like if you were standing behind Jay Leno when he was doing his monologue,” Christie said, prompting groans from the crowd.

“If you’re used to talking, it’s awkward not to talk,” he continued. “So if you’re standing there, I’m listening.”

After Fallon pulled out a cardboard cutout of Christie and positioned it behind Christie’s shoulder, the New Jersey governor maintained that it was not “distracting” and instead cut a “serious” figure.

Christie tried to keep the mood light, joking that he would have supported Fallon had he run for president, but got few laughs from the audience.

Watch the interview below.

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Christie Calls Obama A ‘Feckless Weakling,’ Internet Responds With A Brutal Reminder For Him

LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 15: Republican presidential candidate New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during the CNN Republican presidential debate on December 15, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)


During CNN’s Republican debate, Chris Christie hoped to pull his dismal poll numbers out of the gutter by attacking President Obama. In typical Christie fashion, he did so in the most disgusting, unpresidential way possible. Thankfully, the internet is here to remind Christie that not only was his attack on Obama pathetic, but he’s also a raging hypocrite.

Christie – who currently polls within the statistical margin of error – suggested he would be a stronger president than Obama because he would be willing to start a world war by shooting down a Russian plane in Syria. For the Republican crowd, war-mongering stood in place of sound foreign policy. Taking things a step further, however, Christie also took a cheap shot at the president.

“Maybe because I’m from New Jersey I have this plain-language hang-up. I would talk to Vladmir Putin a lot, and I’d say listen, Mr. President, there’s a no-fly zone and it applies to you and yes we’d shoot down the planes of Russian pilots if they were stupid enough to think that this president was the same feckless weakling that the president we have in the Oval Office is right now.”

One might think that calling the sitting president a “feckless weakling” would be taboo, even for the Republican crowd, but here we are.

While an attack such as that would be pathetic coming from anyone, the idea that Christie would go there is particularly galling for one obvious reason: Just three years ago, when Christie needed Obama’s help after New Jersey had been devastated by Hurricane Sandy and the Republican Party had turned their backs on the state (including some members sharing the debate stage with him), President Obama came through in a big way. Christie, and the entire state of New Jersey, praised Obama for his leadership.

Here’s how the Washington Post described Christie’s praise of Obama in 2012:

Here’s how the Washington Post described Christie’s praise of Obama in 2012:

But no photo opp in the world can top the praise of a job well done that comes from an affected, outspoken governor from the other party. In comments that perfectly encapsulated not only the severity of the storm but the divisiveness of our national politics and the bluntness of the speaker, New Jersey governor Chris Christie—primetime GOP convention speaker and frequent campaign surrogate for Mitt Romney—heaped praise on Obama’s initial reaction to the storm.

Christie told news outlets that the president’s response had been “outstanding,” said that coordinating with the administration had been “wonderful,” and remarked that “the president has been all over this and he deserves great credit.” He even told Fox News the president had done a “great job for New Jersey.”

Needless to say, not everyone has forgotten Obama’s outstanding actions in the middle of that crisis and the internet let Christie know it.

Many people also noted how astoundingly disrespectful it was to slander the president just because your political campaign is withering on the vine.


It was certainly a surprise to see that on a stage with Donald Trump, Chris Christie managed to come across as the biggest asshole of the night. It’s both impressive and sad at the same time.

Hypocrite Chris Christie Caught Hiding 10,000 Emails From Federal Investigators

attribution: NONE


New Jersey Governor and longshot Republican presidential candidate spent most his time at the last kid’s table debate ripping on Hillary Clinton, raising the specter of the fabricated “email server” scandal to hide his inability to provide answers to a question about raising interest rates, but distracting the audience with tales of how his abrasive and crude personality would somehow defeat the Democratic front-runner and former Secretary of State: “She doesn’t want one minute on that stage with me next September when I’m debating her and prosecuting her for her vision for America.”

Which is all very ironic since it is now Chris Christie who is in hot water – for some very real crimes. You may recall the“Bridgegate” scandal of a few years ago, where Chris Christie used his powers as governor to shut down the busiest bridge in the world in order to punish his constituents for voting against him. Shortly afterward, the Department of Justice opened an investigation to prosecute Christie for his vision of governance, which includes embezzling taxpayer funds and awarding no-bid contracts to family members. The icing on the cake is the fact that just hours after the debate, prosecuting lawyers filed briefs accusing Christie and his cronies of “inappropriately” hiding documents:

Among the hidden documents, the lawyers say, are emails to and from the governor’s personal and work email accounts and a calendar entry from the week when an order was delivered to close lanes at the George Washington Bridge in 2013. All told, Christie’s taxpayer-funded attorneys at the Gibson Dunn law firm have withheld or redacted 9,428 emails and other documents. 

At least 16 of those emails were sent from top Christie aides to former Port Authority appointee David Wildstein, who pleaded guilty in May to felony corruption charges for the politically-motivated lane closures, and Bill Baroni, the former top Port official who has pleaded not guilty in the case. 

While it has been proven again and again that Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server did not constitute any wrongdoing, the case is very different for Mr. Christie. The improper closure of the bridge resulted in massive traffic gridlock, causing the death of a 91-year-old woman (cardiac arrest) in an ambulance and forcing “ambulance attendants to leave their vehicles and respond to an emergency on foot because traffic was so bad.” On top of all this, a recent ethics and integrity study gave the state of New Jersey a grade of D+ and found a plethora of “journalists, advocates and academics [who] have accused the Christie administration of fighting and delaying potentially damaging public records requests and meddling in the affairs of the State Ethics Commission.”

It’s very clear that the corruption in New Jersey stems from the Governor’s office. Chris Christie has no grounds to be accusing anyone of unethical conduct, since his entire governorship has come to be defined by shady practices and politically motivated retribution. Justice is finally coming for Mr. Christie and his associates. His comeuppance is long overdue.

Here are the other allegations filed in the briefs, courtesy of WNYC-NEWS:

*David Wildstein removed Bill Baroni’s (former top Port Authority official) hard drive from the Port Authority offices and took it home with him after he was fired in December 2013, though he left his own family photos at his desk.

*Christie’s former campaign manager, Stepien, passed along at least two emails to Christie from [former Port Authority appointee David Wildstein, who has plead guilty], one concerning the meetings with Fulop, the other regarding the New Jersey Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association’s decision not to endorse Christie for re-election.

*Federal prosecutors have turned over 1.7 million documents in a form that isn’t searchable. The lawyers estimate it would take three attorneys three years to read all the documents in that form.

*Citing the case’s intense media coverage and potentially tainted jury pool, Baroni wants a federal judge to move the trial to another venue. It’s scheduled to begin in April in Newark.

*Critchley, [sacrificial lamb and former deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly]’s attorney, alleges that Christie’s lawyers at the Gibson Dunn firm tried to “destroy” notes of interviews their lawyers did with Christie and other administration officials.

*A lawyer for Phil Kwon, a Port Authority lawyer and one-time Christie nominee to the state Supreme Court, has told federal authorities that he has information related to Bridgegate, according to Critchley.

*Wildstein was apparently cooperating with federal authorities early on in the case in 2014, getting interviewed by investigators at least four times.

*Unlike governors in other states, Christie keeps his meeting calendars secret. But Baroni’s attorney revealed a redacted copy of the governor’s calendar from the week in August 2013 when the “time for some traffic problems” email was sent. It shows a meeting with lobbyist Jeff Michaels, whose brother was a police lieutenant at the Port Authority who allegedly helped Wildstein execute the lane closures. It also shows phone calls with Neil Bush, brother of Jeb and George W. Bush, and Michelle Rhee, the controversial school reform leader.

H/t: DB

Chris Christie Threatens To ‘Go Nuclear’ In The Next GOP Debate


“We may be changing tactics.”

Ignore Chris Christie at your own risk, CNN.

The cable network will host the next Republican debate on Sept. 16, and Christie said — perhaps jokingly — that there could be fireworks if he’s ignored the way he was during last month’s debate on Fox News Channel.

On Monday’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” the New Jersey governor and presidential candidate said that at one point during the debate, 20 questions went by with none directed at him.

“I was waiting for you to talk,” Fallon told him.

“Me too!” said Christie.

So what will be different at the second GOP debate?

Stay tuned on Sept. 16th. We may be changing tactics,” Christie said. “You know, if I get to like 15 questions in a row — count ’em at home — if I get 15 in a row, you’re going to go ‘Uh oh, he’s going to go nuclear now.'”

“That’s what I’m talking about,” Fallon said. “That’s what we want to see!”

Check it out in the clip above.

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

Greek pensioners try to get into a bank in Athens. AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza


1. Greece signals readiness for concessions after defaulting on IMF debt
Greece missed a Tuesday deadline to make a $1.8 billion loan payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first developed country to default on a debt to the IMF. Hours earlier European ministers rejected the Greek government’s request for an extension on its bailout. European finance ministers, who are demanding tax hikes and social spending cuts in exchange for new financing, are meetingWednesday to discuss a new bailout proposal from Greece, after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras signaled he was willing to make most of thebig concessions demanded by creditors.

Source: The Washington Post, The Associated Press

2. U.S. and Cuba to reopen embassies 
The Obama administration announced Tuesday that the U.S. and Cuba have reached a deal to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals. The initiative is the biggest step President Obama can make toward restoring normal ties with America’s neighbor and former Cold War rival. It also is the most decisive move Obama can make on his own. Only Congress can lift the economic embargo against Cuba, which the communist Caribbean nation’s leaders say must be part of any rapprochement.

Source: Los Angeles Times

3. Chris Christie launches bid for GOP presidential nomination
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie formally announced Tuesday that he would run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. “I am now ready to fight for the people of the United States of America,” the straight-talking second-term governor said in the gymnasium of his old high school in Livingston, New Jersey. Christie criticized Congress and President Obama as dysfunctional, and said the country needs his “strong leadership and decisiveness.”

Source: The New York Times

4. Death toll from Indonesia crash reaches 142
The death toll from the crash of an Indonesian military transport plane into a residential neighborhood has risen to 142, a police official saidWednesday. The C-130 Hercules aircraft slammed into a densely populated area on the island of Sumatra and exploded. Authorities said 122 people were on the plane, including 12 crew members. Search crews do not expect to find any survivors. The rest of the victims were on the ground when the plane hit.

Source: Time

5. Iran nuclear talks extended until July 7 as deadline passes
Nuclear talks with Iran have been extended to July 7 as a June 30 deadline passed without a deal. The announcement coincided with the return of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to the talks, boosting hopes that an agreement can be reached to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for world powers lifting economic sanctions against the country. The Obama administration has until July 9 to send any agreement to Congress, which would then have 30 days to review the deal.

Source: ABC News

6. Seventh Southern church burns
A fire on Tuesday destroyed a South Carolina church that was torched by the Ku Klux Klan in 1995. The church, Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville, was the seventh predominantly African-American church to burn since a white gunman shot and killed nine people during a Bible study at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church. Investigators could not immediately say what caused the blaze.

Source: The Post and Courier

7. Oregon law legalizing recreational marijuana takes effect
A law legalizing the smoking and growing of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use took effect in Oregon on Wednesday. Voters approved the measure in November. Pot is expected to become available in shops in the state by next year. Oregon became the latest in a string of states on the West Coast to make recreational marijuana use legal. Alaska and Washington state already have put similar laws into force.

Source: Reuters

8. Misty Copeland becomes first black top-ranked dancer at American Ballet Theater
Misty Copeland, one of the country’s most famous ballerinas, was promoted to become the first African-American female principal dancer ever in the American Ballet Theater. Copeland has been performing with the 75-year-old company for more than 14 years — eight of them as a soloist. Copeland has said becoming the first black woman to be named as a principal dancer at the prestigious company was one of her goals.

Source: The New York Times

9. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner call it quits
After 10 years of marriage, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are calling it quits. “After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce,” the pair told People in a joint statement. “We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children.” The celebrity power couple originally met on the set of 2001’s Pearl Harbor, and became involved two years later when they were costars in 2003’s Daredevil. They have three children together.

Source: People

10. U.S. women beat Germany to advance to World Cup final
The U.S. women’s soccer team upset top-ranked Germany 2-0 on Tuesday to advance to the finals of the World Cup. The U.S. on Sunday will play the winner of a match between England and reigning champion Japan. The U.S. will be making its second appearance in the Women’s World Cup final in four years. Midfielder Carli Lloyd led the U.S. squad with a goal and an assist. “I’ve just been training my tail off for the last 12 years,” Lloyd said after the match. “These are the moments that I live for.”

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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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