Supreme Court Backs Hobby Lobby In Contraceptive Battle.


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From The Associated Press:

 

Supreme Court backs Hobby Lobby in contraceptive mandate challenge

 

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that certain “closely held” for-profit businesses can cite religious objections in order to opt out of a requirement in ObamaCare to provide free contraceptive coverage for their employees.

 

The 5-4 decision, in favor of arts-and-crafts chain Hobby Lobby and one other company, marks the first time the court has ruled that for-profit businesses can cite religious views under federal law. It also is a blow to a provision of the Affordable Care Act which President Obama’s supporters touted heavily during the 2012 presidential campaign.

 

“Today is a great day for religious liberty,” Adele Keim, counsel at The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty which represented Hobby Lobby, told Fox News.

 

The ruling was one of two final rulings to come down on Monday, as the justices wrapped up their work for the session. The other reined in the ability of unions to collect dues from home health care workers.

 

Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion in the ObamaCare case, finding the contraceptive mandate in its current form “unlawful.” The court’s four liberal justices dissented.

 

 

Today’s entire Hobby Lobby ruling on religious freedom in two quotes — from Ginsburg and Alito:

 

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The Obama administration, two years ago, already negotiated with religious-based schools, hospitals and other non-profits to reach an accommodation on the issue of contraception coverage. In the wake of Monday’s ruling, the question now before the administration is how it might try to accommodate for-profit businesses that claim religious objections while also extending contraceptive coverage to female workers.

 

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday afternoon that the decision “jeopardizes the health of women who are employed by these companies,” but said the administration would respect the ruling.

 

“We will work with Congress to make sure that any women affected by this decision will still have the same coverage of vital health services as everyone else,” he said. Earnest did not get into specifics, saying they are still assessing the decision and trying to determine which companies are affected.

 

Alito suggested two ways the administration could ensure women get the contraception they want. It could pay for pregnancy prevention, he said. Or it could provide the same kind of accommodation made available to non-profits — by letting the groups’ insurers or a third-party administrator take on the responsibility of paying for the birth control.

 

The court stressed that its ruling applies only to corporations that are under the control of just a few people in which there is no essential difference between the business and its owners.

 

But Alito held that in the case before the court, the religious objections cited were legally legitimate, under a law that bars the government from taking action in certain cases that “substantially burdens” freedom of religion. He noted that fines for one company could total $475 million per year if they did not comply with the ObamaCare rule.

 

“If these consequences do not amount to a substantial burden, it is hard to see what would,” Alito wrote.

 

The Supreme Court challenge was brought by Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby and a furniture maker in Pennsylvania, Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. The for-profit businesses challenged the requirement in the Affordable Care Act that employers cover contraception for women at no extra charge among a range of preventive benefits in employee health plans.

 

It was the first major challenge to ObamaCare to come before the court since the justices upheld the law’s individual requirement to buy health insurance two years ago.

 

Dozens of companies, including Hobby Lobby, claim religious objections to covering some or all contraceptives. The methods and devices at issue before the Supreme Court were those the plaintiffs say can work after conception. They are the emergency contraceptives Plan B and ella, as well as intrauterine devices, which can cost up to $1,000.

 

The court had never before recognized a for-profit corporation’s religious rights under federal law or the Constitution. The companies in this case, and their backers, argued that a 1993 federal law on religious freedom extends to businesses.

 

The Obama administration had argued that a victory for the companies would prevent women who work for them from making decisions about birth control based on what’s best for their health, not whether they can afford it.

 

Democratic leaders blasted the court’s decision on Monday, with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tweeting: “It’s time that five men on the Supreme Court stop deciding what happens to women.”

 

In a dissent she read aloud from the bench, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called the decision “potentially sweeping” because it minimizes the government’s interest in uniform compliance with laws affecting the workplace. “And it discounts the disadvantages religion-based opt outs impose on others, in particular, employees who do not share their employer’s religious beliefs,” Ginsburg said.

 

The Obama administration argued earlier this year that the case is not just about birth control, and that a Supreme Court ruling in favor of the businesses could undermine laws governing immunizations, Social Security taxes and minimum wages.

 

Alito clarified that the decision Monday is limited to contraceptives under the health care law. “Our decision should not be understood to hold that an insurance-coverage mandate must necessarily fall if it conflicts with an employer’s religious beliefs,” Alito said.

 

Thank you The Associated Press.

 

Supreme Court Decision Rolls Back Religious Liberty

 

Published on Jun 30, 2014

Patricia Miller and Tarso Luís Ramos say that the decision actually harms religious liberty of individuals and is really a win for the religious right-wing.

 

 

 

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SCOTUS Rules Against Workplace Contraceptive Coverage for Women: What About MALE ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION DRUGS?!

 

Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that anti-abortion protesters enjoyed a special status not accorded to the normal run of protester.

 

This week The UnSupreme Court ruled that corporations are persons whose owner’s religious convictions must be accommodated, and they also ruled that home health workers in Illinois didn’t have to pay union dues if they weren’t directly members of those unions, even though the unions negotiated on their behalf.

 

Within one week, the UnSupreme Court has done more to any personal rights women’s and labor rights.

 

Nina Turner on Reproductive Rights

 

Published on Mar 31, 2013

Ohio State Sen. Nina Turner addressed the meeting of the Abortion Care Network March 17, 2013 about the legislative assault on women’s rights and our response to it.

 

 

 

Nina Turner on Viagra Legislation

 

Published on Apr 1, 2013

State Senator Nina Turner of Ohio introduced legislation that would require special precautions for men seeking erectile dysfunction drugs, similar to the process imposed on women seeking abortion. In this humorous clip she explains her reasoning.

 

 

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The Hobby Lobby decision passed down this afternoon by the unsupreme court is a direct slap in the face of Americans near and far.  By a 5 to 4 judgement, the Supreme Court Of The United States Of AmeriKKKa, decided that women are pieces of shit who can and should be controlled by racist caucasian males who use Christ and religion as weapons.

 

Now I am sure there are ten metric tons of American women who will rush to the polls on “NO”vember 4th, 2014 to vote for the TeaTardedRepubliCANT Pseudo-Freudian Psycho-Sexual Secret-Whore Pro-caucasian Pro-Racist Anti-LGBTQA1 Anti-Feminist Reich Wing GOPretender Conselfishservative NRA-Gun Loving Nut Bag Party. I of course do not understand voting against your own best interest, but then again I don’t understand house nigger Clarence Thomas voting against common sense legislation while he pretends to be a caucasian male.

 

Clarence thinks a dumbass caucasian wife makes him acceptable at the caucasian mans table. Epic failure.

 

Much like this 113th CongrASS, this Un Supreme Court is a joke.

 

 

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Nigeria’s Military Knows Location Of Girls Kidnapped By Boko Haram: Defense Official.


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Nigeria‘s Military Knows Location Of Girls Kidnapped By Boko Haram: Defense Official.

 

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From The Huffington Post & | MICHELLE FAUL:

 

Associated Press Writers Bashir Adigun in Abuja and Will Lester in Washington D.C. contributed to this report.

 

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s military has located nearly 300 school girls abducted by Islamic extremists but fears using force to try to free them could get them killed, the country’s chief of defense said Monday.

 

Air Marshal Alex Badeh told demonstrators supporting the much criticized military that Nigerian troops can save the girls. But he added, “we can’t go and kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back.”

 

He spoke to thousands of demonstrators who marched to Defense Ministry headquarters in Abuja, the capital. Many were brought in on buses, indicating it was an organized event.

 

Asked by reporters where they had found the girls, Badeh refused to elaborate.

 

“We want our girls back. I can tell you we can do it. Our military can do it. But where they are held, can we go with force?” he asked the crowd.

 

People roared back, “No!”

 

“If we go with force what will happen?” Badeh asked.

 

“They will die,” the demonstrators responded.

 

That appeared to leave negotiation the sole option, but a human rights activist close to negotiators said a deal to swap the girls for detained Boko Haram members was agreed last week and then scuttled at the last minute by President Goodluck Jonathan.

 

The activist who is close to those mediating between Boko Haram extremists and government officials said the girls would have been freed last week Monday.

 

Jonathan had already told British officials that he would not consider an exchange. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

 

Nigeria’s military and government have faced national and international outrage over their failure to rescue the girls seized by Boko Haram militants from a remote northeastern school six weeks ago.

 

President Jonathan was forced this month to accept international help. American planes have been searching for the girls and Britain, France, Israel and other countries have sent experts in surveillance and hostage negotiation.

 

A U.S. Defense Department spokesman said the department cannot confirm the reports about the Nigerian girls at this point. The official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the situation, spoke on background.

 

Jonathan’s reluctance to accept offered help for weeks is seen as unwillingness to have outsiders looking in on what is considered a very corrupt force.

 

Soldiers have told The Associated Press that they are not properly paid, are dumped in dangerous bush with no supplies and that the Boko Haram extremists holding the girls are better equipped than they are.

 

Some soldiers have said officers enriching themselves off the defense budget have no interest in halting the five-year-old uprising that has killed thousands.

 

Soldiers near mutiny earlier this month fired on the car of a commanding officer come to pay his respects to the bodies of 12 soldiers who their colleagues said were unnecessarily killed by the insurgents in a night-time ambush.

 

The military also is accused of killing thousands of detainees held illegally in their barracks, some by shooting, some by torture and many starved to death or asphyxiated in overcrowded cells.

 

More than 300 teenagers were abducted from their school in the town Chibok on April 15. Police say 53 escaped on their own and 276 remain captive.

 

A Boko Haram video has shown some of the girls reciting Quranic verses in Arabic and two of them explaining why they had converted from Christianity to Islam in captivity. Unverified reports have indicated two may have died of snake bites, that some have been forced to marry their abductors and that some may have been carried across borders into Chad and Cameroon.

 

Boko Haram — the nickname means “Western education is sinful” — believes Western influences have corrupted Nigerian society and want to install an Islamic state under strict Shariah law, though the population 170 million people is divided almost equally between Christians and Muslims.

 

Thank you The Huffington Post & | MICHELLE FAUL, Associated Press Writers Bashir Adigun in Abuja and Will Lester in Washington D.C. contributed to this report.

 

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It Is Disgusting That Humans Care So Little For The Lives Of Other Humans. Now If These Young Nigerian Girls Were Dolphins, Whales Or Baby Seals….Even Wolves….The Planet Would Be Up In Arms….But These Are Just Little Black Girls.

 

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You Think I Have Forgotten? Why No International Effort For 200 Plus Kidnapped Young Nigerian Girls?


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Why no international effort for 200 kidnapped girls?

 

From CNNFrida Ghitis

 

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Frida Ghitis is a world affairs columnist for The Miami Herald and World Politics Review. A former CNN producer and correspondent, she is the author of “The End of Revolution: A Changing World in the Age of Live Television.” Follow her on Twitter @FridaGhitis. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

 

They are also MY opinions and thoughts daily concerning these 200 plus young Nigerian Girls.

 

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(CNN) — If it had happened anywhere else, this would be the world’s biggest story.

 

More than 230 girls disappeared, captured by members of a brutal terrorist group in the dead of night. Their parents are desperate and anguished, angry that their government is not doing enough. The rest of the world is paying little attention.

 

The tragedy is unfolding in Nigeria, where members of the ultra-radical Islamist group Boko Haram grabbed the girls, most believed to be between 16 and 18, from their dormitories in the middle of the night in mid-April and took them deep into the jungle. A few dozen of the students managed to escape and tell their story. The others have vanished. (Roughly 200 girls remain missing.)

The latest reports from people living in the forest say Boko Haram fighters are sharing the girls, conducting mass marriages, selling them each for $12. One community elder explained the practice as “a medieval kind of slavery.”

While much of the world has been consumed with other stories, notably the missing Malaysian plane, the relatives of the kidnapped girls in the small town of Chibok in northeastern Nigeria have struggled for weeks with no resources to help them. The Nigerian government allayed international concerns when it reported — incorrectly — that it had rescued most of the girls. But the girls were still in captivity. Their parents raised money to arrange private expeditions into the jungle. They found villagers who had seen the hostages with heavily armed men.

 

Relatives are holding street protests to demand more help from the government. With a social media push, including a Twitter#BringBackOurGirls campaign, they are seeking help anywhere they can find it.

Nigerians demand government do more to save abducted girls

It’s hard to imagine a more compelling, dramatic, heartbreaking story. And this is not a one-off event. This tragedy is driven by forces that will grow stronger and deadlier if the captors manage to succeed.

I think of these girls as trapped in the rubble of a collapsed building. Their mothers and fathers try to dig them out with their bare hands, while the men who brought down the building vow to blow up others. Everyone else walks by, with barely a second glance.

Perhaps this story sounds remote. But at its heart it is a version of the same conflict that drives the fighting in other parts of the world. These young girls, eager for an education, are caught in the crossfire of the war between Islamic radicalism and modernity. It’s the Nigerian version of the same dispute that brought 9/11 to the United States; that brought killings to European, Asian and Middle Eastern cities; the same ideological battle that destroyed the lives of millions of people in Afghanistan; that drives many of the fighters in Syria and elsewhere.

In Nigeria, the dispute includes uniquely local factors, but the objectives of Boko Haram sound eerily familiar.

Boko Haram wants to impose its strict interpretation of Sharia — Islamic law. It operates mostly in the northern part of Nigeria, a country divided between a Muslim-majority north and a Christian-majority south. Islamic rule is its larger objective, but its top priority, judging from the group’s name, explains why it has gone after girls going to school.

Boko Haram, in the local Hausa language, means roughly “Western education is sin.”

But women are just the beginning, and Boko Haram goes about its goals not only by kidnapping, but also by slaughtering men and women of all ages and of any religion.

These militants view a modern education as an affront, no matter who receives it. In February, they burst into a student dormitory in the northern state of Yobe, where teenage boys were sleeping after a day of classes. They killed about 30 boys, shooting some, hacking others in their beds, slitting the throats of the ones trying to flee. In July, also in Yobe state, they shot 20 students and their teacher.

The gruesome attacks are not restricted to remote areas. A few weeks ago, a bus bombing in the capital of Abuja killed more than 75 people. Boko Haram took responsibility. It was the deadliest terrorist act in the city’s history.

Boko Haram has killed thousands of people since 2009 and has caused a humanitarian crisis with a “devastating impact,” causing nearly 300,000 to flee their homes, according to Human Rights Watch.

Nigeria is a resource-rich nation whose people live in grinding poverty. It is also plagued with endemic corruption. That triple combination — poverty, corruption and resource-wealth — creates fertile ground for strife and extremism. And the instability in Nigeria sends tremors through a fragile region. Boko Haram keeps hideouts and bases along the border with neighboring countries Cameroon and Chad.

This is an international crisis that requires international help. Is there anything anyone can do? Most definitely.

First, it is urgent that the plight of these girls and their families gain the prominence it so clearly deserves.

Global attention will lead to offers for help, to press for action. Just as the intense focus on the missing Malaysian plane and the lost South Korean ferry prompted other nations to extend a hand, a focus on this ongoing tragedy would have the same effect.

Nigeria’s government, with a decidedly mixed record on its response to Boko Haram, will find it difficult to look away if world leaders offer assistance in finding and rescuing the kidnapped girls from Chibok, and another 25 girls also kidnapped by Boko Haram in the town of Konduga a few weeks earlier.

This is an important story, a wrenching human drama, even if it happened in a part of the world where news coverage is very difficult compared with places such as Malaysia, South Korea or Australia. The plight of the Nigerian girls should remain in our thoughts, at the forefront of news coverage and on the agenda of world leaders.

Thank you CNN & Frida Ghitis.

 

 

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#BringBackOurGirls #BringBackOurDaughters

 

 

#BringBackOurGirls #BringBackOurDaughters: The Global Village.

 

#BringBackOurGirls #BringBackOurDaughters. Chilling Video From Boko Haram Imam, Abubakar Shekau.

 

#BringBackOurGirls: U.S. Vows To Help Nigeria In The Search For Kidnapped Girls. #BringBackOurDaughters.

 

#BringBackOurGirls: Extremist Islam Is Scared Of Little Girls.

 

Petitioning All World Leaders: Bring Back Nigeria’s 200 Missing School Girls #BringBackOurGirls.

 

An Open Letter To Nigerian President  Goodluck Jonathan.

 

#BringBackOurGirsl #BringBackOurDaughters: Updates.

 

New Zealanders support Bring Back Our Girls campaign

 

Out Of Maryland, A Cry For Nigeria: ‘Bring Back Our Girls!’

 

‘Bring back our girls’: Dozens rally in downtown Portland for Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram

 

Interview: “Bring back our girls,” UN official says

 

Lawmakers Mull Special Forces to Find Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls

 

Associated Press: Nigeria Opens The Door For Talks With Boko Haram.

 

Nigeria Refuses To Swap Militant Prisoners For Kidnapped Girls. New Video. #BringBackOurGirls.

 

Brand New Boko Haram Video Shows Missing Kidnapped Nigerian Girls. #BringBackOurGirls

 

The Bring Back Our Girls Hashtag Campaign.

 

#BringBackOurGirls #BringBackOurDaughters: The Global Village.

 

Report: Nigerian Military Knew Of Kidnapping Threat Hours Beforehand

 

#BringBackOurGirls: U.S. Vows To Help Nigeria In The Search For Kidnapped Girls. #BringBackOurDaughters.

 

 

#BringBackOurGirls: Extremist Islam Is Scared Of Little Girls.

 

Petitioning All World Leaders: Bring Back Nigeria’s 200 Missing School Girls #BringBackOurGirls.

 

#BringBackOurGirls – Part 1

 

#BringBackOurGirls – Part 2

 

#BringBackOurGirls – Part 3

 

 

#BringBackOurGirls Worldwide Protest 

 

Published on May 7, 2014

Images of people the world over weeping and protesting for the return of 276 young girls kidnapped from a Nigerian boarding school. #BringBackOurGirls #BringBackOurDaughters #276

 

 

 

#BringBackOurGirls

 

Published on May 5, 2014

The leader of an Islamic extremist group in Nigeria says his group has started kidnapping women and children as part of its bloody guerrilla campaign against the country’s government, according to a video released Monday. Scores of girls and young women kidnapped from a school in Nigeria are being forced to marry their Islamic extremist abductors, a civic organization reported Wednesday.

 

 

 

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The Bring Back Our Girls Hashtag Campaign.

Published on May 9, 2014
All across the globe a campaign has started using the hashtag ‪#‎BringBackOurGirls‬. Be a part of this magnificent effort to bring the kidnapped Nigerian girls home. Make your own sigh and post it on social media today.

 

 

 

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Song for Peace in Nigeria …. #BringBackOurGirls!

 

“Bring Back Our Girls” …. Nigeria!

 

‘Bring Back Our Girls’ campaign (pictures)

 

NRA comes out against #BringBackOurGirls campaign

 

Brand New Boko Haram Video Shows Missing Kidnapped Nigerian Girls. #BringBackOurGirls

 

#BringBackOurGirls …. can’t let this go!!

 

#BringBackOurGirls …. a Gallery!!! THE NAMES…

 

 

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President Obama: “We Do Not Leave Anybody Wearing the American Uniform Behind”

 

Published on Jun 5, 2014

President Obama discusses his decision to recover Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl from captivity at a press conference in Brussels.

 

 

 

President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron Hold a Joint Press Conference

 

Published on Jun 5, 2014

President Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom deliver remarks in a joint press conference in Brussels, June 5, 2014.

 

 

 

West Wing Week: 6/6/14 or, “Dispatches: Europe”

 

Published on Jun 5, 2014

Welcome to a special edition of West Wing Week, Dispatches: Europe. This week, the President embarked on a three country tour which took him to Poland, the G7 Summit in Brussels, Belgium and then onto France where the President reaffirmed the United States commitment of support for the people and government of Ukraine, announced broader efforts to strengthen and modernize NATO; highlighted our work to diversify European energy security; and deepened our negotiations around the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

 

 

 

Woman’s Shrieking Racist Rant Goes Viral & You’ll See Why

 

Published on Jun 5, 2014

“Earlier this morning, a video was posted onto Reddit showing a woman spewing incredibly racist statements towards a black man. The video shows the woman’s two children witnessing her rant, while the man sits calmly in his car recording her comments.
Note: This article contains explicit language that some readers may find offensive.

 

“You’re a nigger. Nasty fucking nigger,” she tells him.

 

Despite her use of the racial slur, she goes on to repeatedly accuse the man as the one who is actually the racist in the situation, calling him a “racist nigger” and failing to acknowledge the blatant irony in her bizarre accusation.”* The Young Turks hosts Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian break it down.

 

 

 

Seattle Pacific University Shooting Leaves At Least 1 Dead

 

Published on Jun 5, 2014

Multiple students were wounded, including one fatally, in a shooting at Seattle Pacific University on Thursday afternoon.

 

At least three people were shot in the school’s science and engineering building, according to the Seattle Police Department.

 

One man who was taken to Harborview hospital later died, the Associated Press reported.

 

Officials at the hospital told KIRO-TV that a 20-year-old woman with life-threatening injuries was undergoing surgery. A 24-year-old man and a 22-year-old man are in satisfactory condition. According to the Associated Press, one of those men was not shot. olice say they apprehended the one and only suspect after earlier reporting via Twitter that they were searching for a second suspect.

 

The gunman, who opened fire in a building foyer around 3:30 p.m. with a shotgun, was disarmed by a student building monitor when he tried reloading, Seattle PD Capt. Chris Fowler said at an evening press conference. As the suspect was subdued, other students piled on to help. Pepper spray was used to subdue the suspect, Fowler said.

 

The university announced via Twitter that the shooting took place near Otto Miller Hall. SWAT officers checked additional SPU buildings around the private college after capturing the suspect, police said. The campus lockdown ended a little after 5 p.m. as the student union building was prepared to house grief counseling for students and faculty.

 

One physics student told a Seattle Times reporter that he walked through “pools of blood” when police evacuated his building.

 

The waterfront Christian university has about 4,000 students and is 10 minutes from downtown Seattle, according to the Associated Press.

 

 

 

One Dead in Seattle Campus Shooting

 

Published on Jun 5, 2014

One person is dead and others are injured when a shooter opened fire on the campus of Seattle Pacific University Thursday. (June 5)

 

 

 

Fatal shooting at Seattle Pacific University

 

Published on Jun 5, 2014

Police say one suspect has been arrested in a shooting incident at Seattle Pacific University

 

 

 

CNN’s Tapper Grills McCain over His Bergdahl Deal Flip-Flopping

 

Published on Jun 5, 2014

Yesterday CNN’s Jake Tapper called out John McCain for what looked a lot like flip-flopping over the Bowe Bergdahl case, and today Tapper grilled McCain about his initial support of a deal he now condemns and ridicules as something that could put America’s national security at risk.

 

Months ago, McCain said he “would be inclined to support” a prisoner exchange in which the U.S. handed over Gitmo detainees for Bergdahl, but now he doesn’t. And the reason, McCain argued, is because “the details are outrageous” and it’s completely unacceptable that dangerous Taliban fighters will be back on the battlefield.

 

He told Tapper the deal puts American servicemen and women at risk, and dangerous terrorists shouldn’t be released, even for a deal like this. Tapper replied, “But Senator, they’re not going to free members who are members of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, I mean, it’s going to be bad guys who are released in an exchange for an American.”

 

As for the charges of hypocrisy, McCain dismissed the “attack by the Obamaphiles” and charged that anyone accusing him of flip-flopping is lying.

 

 

 

PBS News Hour For Thursday, June 5, 2014

 

Published on Jun 5, 2014

Thursday on the NewsHour, GM’s internal probe into the recalls of millions of faulty cars reveals decade-long problems. Also: new details on the deal to free Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a historic moment for New Orleans as it moves to all public charter schools and possible sweeping changes to regulation of U.S. financial markets.

 

 

 

Associated Press: Today in History for June 6th

 

Published on Jun 5, 2014

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Highlights of this day in history: The D-Day invasion of World War II; Israel invades Lebanon to drive out Yasser Arafat; Remains of fugitive Nazi doctor Josef Mengele exhumed in Brazil; First drive-in theater opens in Camden, N.J. (June 6)

 

Highlights of the day in history – a retrospective view on political events, historic battles, and life changing decisions.

 

 

 

 

President Obama on Tumblr

 

On Tuesday, June 10, President Obama will take part in his first-ever Tumblr Q&A to answer your questions about education, college affordability, and reducing student loan debt.

 

A higher education is the single-most important investment students can make in their own future, but it’s never been more expensive. That’s why since taking office, the President has made historic investments to make college more affordable — and it’s why he’s inviting you to join a conversation about the issue.

 

Find out how you can get involved:

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President Barack Hussein Obama Attends The G7 Summit

 

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Obama arrives in Brussels for G7 meeting | RAW VIDEO

 

Published on Jun 4, 2014

US President Barack Obama arrived in Brussels on Wednesday afternoon for a meeting with the 7 world’s leading industrialised nations. For the first time in 17 years, the G7 will meet without Russia, leaving President Vladimir Putin out of the talks in retaliation for his seizure of Crimea and Russia’s role in destabilising eastern Ukraine.

 

 

 

Barack Obama – G7 – Bruxelles – Passage du convoi rue Belliard – 5 juin 2014

 

Published on Jun 5, 2014

Barack Obama – G7 – Bruxelles – Passage du convoi rue Belliard – 5 juin 2014

A la 24ième seconde on entend quelqu’un interrompre sa communication téléphonique. Celle-ci a probablement été brouillée volontairement par une voiture du convoi.

At the 24th second we hear someone interrupting his phone call. It was probably intentionally blurred by a car in the convoy.

 

 

 

Speeches and Remarks – June 05, 2014

 

Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom in Joint Press Conference

 

Remarks by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Dr. Biden

 

 

Statements and Releases – June 05, 2014

 

Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

 

Statement by the President on the Confirmation of Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the Secretary of Health and Human Services

 

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

 

Op-Ed by President Obama in Indian Country Today

 

The Brussels G-7 Summit Declaration

 

FACT SHEET: The 2014 G-7 Summit in Brussels

 

G-7 Leaders Statement – Foreign Policy

 

 

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Friday

The President will travel to Normandy. He will deliver remarks at Omaha Beach for a French-American commemoration, D-Day ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery Memorial. In the afternoon, the President will travel to Sword Beach, where he will attend a lunch hosted by President Hollande with the other leaders that the French have invited for the 70th anniversary commemorations. And then he will attend the international ceremony that the French are hosting with all the leaders of the various belligerent countries in World War II. After that, the President will depart France and come home to Washington, D.C. on Friday night.

 

 

 

Friday, June 6

  • President Obama departs Paris for Normandy, France.
  • President Obama and President Hollande participate in a ceremony at the American cemetery close to Omaha Beach, the site of the American landing in Normandy.
  • President Obama then attends a lunch with leaders, hosted by France.
  • Later that afternoon, President Obama attends the official international 70th D-Day commemoration ceremony at Sword Beach, Normandy, and then departs for the USA.

 

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Nigerian Military Says It Has Located Missing Girls, BUT A Rescue Is Too Risky/Dangerous For The Girls.


 

By Jueseppi B.

Gbenga Olamikan/AP -  Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, the government’s chief of defense staff, center, speaks during a demonstration Monday calling on the government to rescue the kidnapped girls.

Gbenga Olamikan/AP – Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, the government’s chief of defense staff, center, speaks during a demonstration Monday calling on the government to rescue the kidnapped girls.

 

Nigerian Official: Nigerian Kidnapped Girls Located: Video From CNN

 

CNN|Added on May 27, 2014

 

A top Nigerian official claims to know where the missing schoolgirls are located, as Arwa Damon reports.

 

LAGOS, Nigeria — A top Nigerian military official said Monday that the government knows the whereabouts of several hundred kidnapped girls but cannot reveal their location and cannot use force to rescue them, according to the Web site of the Ogun state television service.

“The good news for the parents of the girls is that we know where they are, but we cannot tell you,” Air Marshal Alex Badeh, the government’s chief of defense staff, was quoted telling a group of visitors at his office in the capital, Abuja. He reportedly told the group, “Just leave us alone, we are working to get the girls back.”

 

Badeh’s comments could not be independently confirmed but were reported by Ogun, Al Jazeera and other major TV channels in Nigeria. They marked the first time that a Nigerian official has revealed having any information about the location of the girls, whose abduction six weeks ago by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram created an international uproar.

A U.S. Defense Department spokesman in Washington told the Associated Press that the Pentagon cannot confirm the reports about the Nigerian girls.

Nigerian forces have been searching for the missing girls with help from U.S. and other Western experts, as well as aerial surveillance provided by U.S. drones. Until now, officials have said they believe the girls are probably being hidden somewhere in the vast Sambisa forest in northeast Nigeria, but they have not hinted at suspecting a specific location.

There have been unconfirmed reports in the past week that Nigerian officials were close to making some agreement with Boko Haram in which they would release the girls in exchange for the government freeing some captured members or their relatives. The government denied the reports, with senior officials saying they would not negotiate with the terrorist sect.

It was difficult to know how specific Badeh intended to be in his statement, which appeared aimed more at reassuring his visitors — a group of Nigerians concerned about security issues — that the military was doing its job but would not use force to try and rescue the girls for fear of endangering their lives.

“We want our girls back. I can tell you that our military can and will do it, but where they are held, can we go there with force?” he was quoted by Ogun as saying. “Nobody should say Nigerian military does not know what it is doing; we can’t kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back.”

The government has come under intense public criticism for failing to locate and rescue the girls, who were abducted from a remote village school in Borno State on April 15. Women’s rights groups have held daily protests in the capital, and a social media campaign, #BringBackOurGirls, has continued to draw wide support.

Badeh expressed concern that the military was being unfairly criticized and defended its efforts to fight the Islamist militants. He said it was a difficult mission because the adversaries are homegrown “brothers,” rather than foreign enemies. Many Boko Haram fighters are young, jobless Muslims lured by Boko Haram’s message of creating a pure Islamic state.

 

“We are not happy at all, because we are killing our own kinsmen and we are killing mostly the youths,” Badeh said.“This war should not be fought by the military alone, but by all Nigerians.” He asked the public not to “disparage” the military, because “you don’t have another one.”

 

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From Reuters:

 

Nigerian military says location of girls known, but wary of using force

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LAGOS – Nigeria’s military knows where the more than 200 girls abducted by Boko Haram are but has ruled out using force to rescue them, the state news agency quoted Chief of Defence Staff Air Marshal Alex Badeh as saying on Monday.

“The good news for the parents of the girls is that we know where they are, but we cannot tell you,” Badeh was quoted as saying. “But where they are held, can we go there with force? We can’t kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back.”

Most officials think any raid to rescue them would be fraught with danger and probably not worth the risk that the girls would be killed by their captors – an Islamist group that has shown a degree of ruthlessness in killing civilians.

 

Since the girls were captured seven weeks ago, at least 470 civilians have been killed by Boko Haram, which says it is fighting to establish an Islamic state in religiously mixed Nigeria, in various locations, according to a Reuters count.

Britain’s BBC reported on Monday that a deal was close to being agreed to rescue the girls in exchange for Boko Haram prisoners – a demand the group had made public – but that it was called off at the last minute.

Over the weekend, Senate President David Mark, the country’s number three, ruled out doing a deal with Boko Haram.

“This government cannot negotiate with criminals and … will not exchange people for criminals. A criminal will be treated like a criminal,” he was quoted by local media as saying.

SURVEILLANCE DRONES

Nigeria accepted help from the United States, Britain, France and China last week and around 80 U.S. troops have started arriving in neighboring Chad to start a mission to try to free the girls. Surveillance drones are scanning the Sambisa forest, where parents say the girls were last sighted.

But the forest covers 23,000 square miles, more than twice the size of Rwanda, and the rebels know the terrain intimately.

Nigeria and its neighbors say Boko Haram, which has killed thousands during its five-year insurgency inAfrica’s top oil producer and largest economy, now threatens the security of the whole region.

Gunmen killed four Nigerian soldiers on Monday in an ambush on a military patrol in central Plateau state, about 110 miles southeast of Jos, a local government official said, although it was not confirmed if this was Boko Haram.

The Islamists have made inroads into Plateau state in the past month, setting off a bomb in Jos last Tuesday that killed 118 people, although it failed to trigger the kind of widespread communal violence to which Plateau has been prone for a decade.

Over the years Boko Haram has slowly morphed from a radical clerical movement opposed to Western cultural influences to a violent network of Islamist fighters and associated criminal gangs that kill, kidnap and extort money.

The insurgents initially attacked security forces and government officials after they launched their uprising in the northeast city of Maiduguri in 2009. When Jonathan ordered an offensive a year ago to flush them out, civilians formed vigilante groups to help out, which then made them targets too.

 

Thank you Reuters.

 

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The leader of an Islamic extremist group in Nigeria says his group has started kidnapping women and children as part of its bloody guerrilla campaign against the country’s government, according to a video released Monday. Scores of girls and young women kidnapped from a school in Nigeria are being forced to marry their Islamic extremist abductors, a civic organization reported Wednesday.

 

 

 

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