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AP Wire
Jun 26, 2014

1. WHY U.S. WAS CAUGHT FLAT-FOOTED BY IRAQ INSURGENCY

Officials tell the AP that the CIA has pulled back its spies since American troops left the country.

2. JUSTICES SIDE WITH PRIVACY

The Supreme Court rules that police generally can't search the cellphones of people they arrest without first getting search warrants.

3. FEDERAL APPEALS COURT RULES FOR GAY MARRIAGE

The three-judge panel declares that states cannot deprive people of the right to marry simply because they choose a partner of the same sex.

4. WHO LOST A FIGHT TO STREAM TV

The Supreme Court sides with broadcasters and says Internet startup Aereo will no longer be able to take programming from the airwaves for free.

5. VETERAN DEMOCRAT STAVES OFF PRIMARY CHALLENGE

With the narrow win, New York Rep. Charles Rangel moves a step closer to what he says will be his 23rd and final term in the House.

6. WHAT RUSSIA IS DOING TO AVOID SANCTIONS

The Kremlin renounces the right to send troops into Ukraine and voices support for a peace plan.

7. MORE VIOLENCE WRACKS NIGERIA

An explosion blamed on Islamic extremists rocks a shopping mall in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, killing at least 21.

8. NEW HOPE FOR BONE MARROW TRANSPLANT RECIPIENTS

Scientists are developing injections of cells specially designed to fend off viruses patients are vulnerable to in the months after surgery.

9. 'I NEVER LOST MY APPETITE FOR ACTING'

Masterful character actor Eli Wallach, whose most notable role was playing a Mexican outlaw in "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," dies at 98.

10. GIANTS' TIM LINCECUM NO-HITS PADRES — AGAIN

The 30-year-old righty becomes just the second pitcher in MLB history to twice no-hit the same team.

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Vladtheimp

11. Grouse hits 400,000 Acres Out of Energy Production

"The federal government’s decision to ban energy development across a wide swath of Colorado and eastern Utah to protect the Gunnison sage grouse habitat has raised concerns the action would inflict economic damage.

Although the Obama administration was not expected to make its decision as to whether the bird warrants the endangered listing until November, the Bureau of Land Management’s decision this week effectively puts an oil, gas and coal moratorium on 400,000 acres – roughly 90 acres per bird." http://thecoloradoobserver.com/2...

12. OUR EPA AT WORK

"The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the IRS share a problem: officials say they cannot provide the emails a congressional committee has requested because an employee’s hard drive crashed." http://thehill.com/policy/energy...

Just like they (we Taxpayers) were fined for destroying e=mails in the Clinton administration http://sharylattkisson.com/epa-i...

Just bein bureaucrats

EPA Memo To Employees: Please Stop Pooping In The Hallway http://talkingpointsmemo.com/liv...

12. Lerner sought IRS audit of sitting GOP senator, emails show

""We have seen a lot of unbelievable things in this investigation, but the fact that Lois Lerner attempted to initiate an apparently baseless IRS examination against a sitting Republican United States Senator is shocking," Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., said in a statement.

"At every turn, Lerner was using the IRS as a tool for political purposes in defiance of taxpayer rights." http://www.foxnews.com/politics/...

Lanivan

#1. 'It's not our fault, it's not our fight — and we can't fix it'

Last week, as Islamic militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fought their way towards Baghdad, a trio of Senate Republicans — John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio — harshly criticized the Obama administration for ruling out the deployment of military units to buck up the Iraqi government.

“Some people just don’t want to hear what we’re saying,” a retired senior Army officer told me this week. “There’s just no appetite for us getting re-involved in this mess. We made a lot of sacrifices in getting this right, and when we left the Iraqis screwed it up. Then too, if the Congress wants us to do this, they can vote us the money. Because right now, we just don’t have it.”

Nor is there any desire among military leaders to engage in what many view as an escalating conflict between Sunnis and Shias. The Army officer with whom I spoke scoffed at the notion. “We should work to prevent a Sunni-Shia war,” he said, “but the last thing we need to do is plop our soldiers into the middle of it.” He then concluded with a well-worn Pentagon phrase: “It’s not our fault, it’s not our fight, and we can’t fix it.” http://america.aljazeera.com/art...

#12. “Looked like they were inappropriately offering to pay for his wife. Perhaps we should refer to Exam?” Lerner wrote to Matthew Giuliano, then a tax law specialist.

“We would need to wait for: (i) Grassley to accept and attend the speaking arrangement, and (ii) then determine whether [Group] issues him a 1099. And even without the 1099, it would be Grassley who would need to report the income on his 1040.”

Lerner seemed to accept that response, according to the email chain.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/20...

Meanwhile - a comparison:

Bush Used the IRS, FBI, CIA and Secret Service to Go After Opponents -- Where Was the Fox and GOP Outrage?

The recent IRS flap shows an obvious double standard in Washington's reactions to Bush era and Obama era misconduct.

Fox News apparently doesn’t even know (or is pretending not to know) the Bush administration used the IRS in the same way the Obama adminstration allegedly did.

And here’s the even more incredible thing: the Bush cabal didn’t just use the IRS for its political hackery – it mounted a full-scale government-wide assault on its enemies, marshaling disparate agencies in its smear efforts. http://www.alternet.org/bush-use...

Vladtheimp

13. HISTORIC OBAMANOMICS IS NOT NEWS

US Economy Shrinks By 2.9% – The Most Since Great Recession

"The U.S. economy contracted at a much steeper pace than previously estimated in the first quarter, but there are indications that growth has since rebounded strongly.

The Commerce Department said on Wednesday gross domestic product fell at a 2.9 percent annual rate, the economy’s worst performance in five years, instead of the 1.0 percent pace it had reported last month." http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/...

But, According To The Authors of Obamanomics Only 2 Months Ago

White House: Obamacare Prevented Q1 Contraction in GDP http://youtu.be/M4oK4mGcxQw

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