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AP Wire
May 7, 2014

1. HOW GLOBAL WARMING IS IMPACTING THE U.S.

A new federal report says that the effects of climate change in America range from heat waves to wild storms to longer allergy seasons.

2. CHINA'S ALIBABA GROUP FILES LONG-AWAITED IPO

The company has emerged as an e-commerce powerhouse that has been making more money than Amazon.com and eBay combined.

3. WHAT POLITICAL INSIDERS ARE WATCHING

A spate of springtime primaries in the U.S. pits the GOP establishment against tea party challengers in a state-by-state struggle for control of the Republican Party.

4. U.S. PLEDGES TO HELP FREE KIDNAPPED SCHOOLGIRLS

Finding the Nigerian teens is the immediate priority, Obama says — and dealing with the Boko Haram extremists is a close second.

5. VATICAN DETAILS ITS EFFORTS TO COMBAT SEX ABUSE

It says 848 priests accused of raping and molesting children have been defrocked and another 2,572 given lesser sanctions over the past decade.

6. MONICA LEWINSKY SPEAKS OUT ON AFFAIR WITH CLINTON

The former White House intern, now 40, writes in Vanity Fair magazine that the relationship was consensual.

7. BERNANKE AGREES TO BOOK DEAL

The book, scheduled for 2015, will cover his years at the Fed and his response to the economic crisis.

8. WHO'S HOPING TO DEFY GRAVITY

Drought-stricken California is considering costly and unusual engineering that would pump water uphill to communities with shortages.

9. TOWN REMADE BY TORNADO

After the twister wiped out most of Greensburg, Kansas, in 2007, the town seized the chance to rebuild from the ground up with the latest green technology.

10. EX-HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMP DIES AT 74

Jimmy Ellis rose through the amateur ranks with Muhammad Ali in their hometown of Louisville, Ky., sparred with Ali, and lost to him in 12 rounds in 1971.

Comments

Straightjacket

6. Monica and Bill are still searching for the meaning of "is" if they actually new, they could have answered some questions truthfully earlier in their lives.
5. Must make a chatholic proud.
4. US playing world police again while their own country crumbles.
2. China will be the worlds number one economy before the end of the year get your green t-shirt and red bandana now at Wallmart.

Vladtheimp

#1. http://1-ps.googleusercontent.co...

#4. U.S. Selectively Helping Kidnapped Schoolgirls

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/0...

#6. War On Women

In addition to Bill Clinton's sexual harassment of an intern, his rape of Juanita Broaddrick, and his fondling of Catherine Willey and his long history of sexual abuse, http://www.freerepublic.com/focu...

The wife of Bill Clinton's then girlfriend claimed the girlfriend was a “narcissistic loony toon” as part of the democrat effort to smear her:

“Sure, my boss took advantage of me, but I will always remain firm on this point: it was a consensual relationship. Any ‘abuse’ came in the aftermath, when I was made a scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position. . . . The Clinton administration, the special prosecutor’s minions, the political operatives on both sides of the aisle, and the media were able to brand me. And that brand stuck, in part because it was imbued with power.” http://www.vanityfair.com/online...

#11. 'Rogue' Agency? EPA under fire for allegedly obstructing investigations http://www.foxnews.com/politics/...

Lanivan

1. I found a funny cartoon, too...http://www.pinterest.com/pin/336...

6. The timing of Monica's coming out party is perfect, what with the turmoil taking place (#3). Not to mention that Obamacare is a done deal and nobody's buying the "Benghazi!!! Special Investigation".

11. Calm down, Captain America. It seems it's more a matter of, "The two offices do not agree on what role the IG should play in these cases or what obligations the EPA has to keep the IG informed of actions related to referrals made to the FBI,” Cummings said.

As well as, "What seems to be a problem here is that … there’s a question as to when disputes that involve whether or not someone is disclosing classified information should be referred to the FBI or other agencies, and what is EPA’s obligation to include the Office of Inspector General within that process,” said Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.).

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/energy...

Vladtheimp

Here, calm yourself:

An EPA employee has been viewing pornography while at work, and has even received performance awards for his time at the agency. The employee was even watching porn when inspector general agents visited his office. The employee had 7,000 porn files on his computer and had been watching porn for two to six hours per day since 2010. This employee still works at the EPA.

Another EPA employee was actually selling jewelry and weight loss pills out of her office. Renee Page is the director of the the agency’s Office of Administration, but that didn’t stop her from using her from selling her own products during business hours using her government email account, according to the OIG.

Page also hired 17 of her family members and friends as paid interns. She also paid her daughter — who also works at the EPA — from her agency’s budget account. But instead of being punished, Page received a prestigious Presidential Rank Award in 2010, for which she got $35,000 in cash.

“[T}he OIG conducted an investigation into serious misconduct by another EPA manager who allowed an employee to stay at home and not report for duty for several years,” said deputy assistant inspector general Allan Williams. Based on a long-standing arrangement with the employee… this EPA manager not only entered fraudulent time-and-attendance records for the absent employee but also approved the same fraudulent records.”

“It is estimated that the manager’s approval of fraudulent time-and-attendance records cost the government more than $500,000,” Williams added. “Even more egregious is that this EPA manager authored and approved exemplary performance appraisals that resulted in a cash award for the absent employee.”

“Under the heavy cloak of `national security,’ the Office of Homeland Security has repeatedly rebuffed and refused to cooperate with the OIG’s ongoing requests for information or cooperation,” EPA inspector general for investigations Patrick Sullivan wrote in his prepared congressional testimony. “This block unquestionably has hamstrung the Office of Inspector General’s ability to carry out its statutory mandate to investigate wrongdoing of EPA employees.”

Sullivan said that OHS even conducted its own investigation of convicted fraudster John Beale, who stole about $1 million from the agency while posing as an agent for the Central Intelligence Agency. Sullivan said that OHS’s investigation of Beale’s activities impeded his own investigation.

EPA OHS was set up in 2003 through an administrative order, but has no legal authority to enforce the law or conduct investigations. Since 2012, however, it has been the point of contact for investigations connected to national security. http://dailycaller.com/2014/05/0...

Do you wish to revise and extend your attempted spin my friend?

Lanivan

Yes, I would, if you would be so gracious as to allow it. If these allegations are found to be true, the whole lot of them should be summarily dismissed, with proper professionals hired to take their place. There is no way this should be tolerated one more day.

Now - If it is found that these are trumped up charges, designed to act as cover to justify the desire to disenfranchise the EPA with the purpose of closing it down strictly for partisan political reasons, then the whole lot of youse should be summarily dismissed.

Barry Soetoro

6. I admire a girl that would hang on to something like a "blue dress" for nostalgic purposes.

Lanivan

I recently came across an orange mini-skirt I used to wear in hs - why my mother saved it all these years is a mystery as she had conniptions every time I wore it. You know how nostalgic mothers can be, I guess.

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