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AP Wire
Jul 3, 2014

1. WHY U.S. WANTS MORE SECURITY AT FOREIGN AIRPORTS

Intelligence officials are concerned about a new al-Qaida effort to create a bomb that would go undetected through airport security.

2. 32 STATES TRAIL U.S. AS A WHOLE IN JOB RECOVERY

Five years after the Great Recession officially ended, most states still haven't regained all the jobs they lost, even though the nation as a whole has.

3. SERIAL CHILD RAPIST LEAVES MYSTERIES IN WAKE OF SUICIDE

A Georgia man left behind more than 50,000 images of girls he raped and molested, and the FBI wants victims to come forward so they can be helped.

4. WHAT ARTHUR WILL BRING TO THE EAST COAST

The storm is expected to become a hurricane by Thursday, bringing high winds, rough seas, dangerous rip currents and possible flooding.

5. KILLING OF PALESTINIAN TEEN HEIGHTENS TENSIONS

Palestinian leaders accuse extremist Israelis of murdering the youth in revenge for killings of three kidnapped Israeli teens.

6. CIVIL RIGHTS WATCHDOGS DISAPPOINTED WITH NSA REPORT

Activists say the bipartisan board's recommendations allow the government to continue spying on citizens and their associates without cause.

7. LAWYER FOR LIBYAN MILITANT SAYS EVIDENCE LACKING

The attorney argues prosecutors have failed to show that Abu Khattala was in any way connected to the Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans.

8. HOW ISIL TIGHTENS GRIP IN IRAQ AND SYRIA

The Sunni extremist group stormed villages on the border and is demanding people in its self-declared Islamic state pledge allegiance to its leader.

9. UK PROBES FACEBOOK'S PSYCH EXPERIMENT

British regulators are investigating revelations that the company treated hordes of its users like laboratory rats in an experiment probing into their emotions.

10. PATRIOTS SAY THEY DON'T OWE HERNANDEZ ANY CASH

The NFL team says the $3.25 million signing bonus went out the window when it terminated his contract, shortly after he was charged with murder.

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Vladtheimp

11. HILLARY'S HEAD BONK MORE SERIOUS THAN THOUGHT

While proclaiming herself deeply disturbed by the Supreme Court upholding Bill Clinton's Religious Freedom and Restoration Act, she apparently has forgotten that the "HILLARYCARE" socialized medicine legislation she supported would have completely protected Hobby Lobby and all corporations, health care workers, and insurers from having to supply contraception, much less abortificants or participate in activities that violate their "religious beliefs or "moral convictions." (Not just "sincerely held" ones as enunciated by Alito.

" Senate Bill 2351 (1994) Health Security Act

SEC. 21223. PROVISIONS RELATING TO RELIGIOUS BELIEF OR MORAL CONVICTION.

Nothing in this title shall be construed to–
(1) prevent any individual from purchasing a standard benefits package which excludes coverage of abortion services, if the individual objects to abortion on the basis of a religious belief or moral conviction;
(2) prevent any employer from contributing to the purchase of a standard benefits package which excludes coverage of abortion or other services, if the employer objects to such services on the basis of a religious belief or moral conviction;
(3) require any health professional or health facility to perform or assist in the performance of any health care service, if the health professional or facility objects to performing or assisting in the performance of such a service on the basis of a religious belief or moral conviction; and
(4) require any commercial insurance company, Blue Cross plan, integrated health plan, or any other organization that assumes health insurance risk to offer a package including abortion or other services, if the health plan sponsor objects to covering such services on the basis of a religious belief or moral conviction… "

What a crock! Saint Hillary was a Field General in the "War on Women" back in the day . . . .

12. DAWN OF THE AGE OF OLIGARCHY: THE ALLIANCE BETWEEN GOVERNMENT AND THE 1%

"When our current President was elected, many progressives saw the dawning of a new epoch, a more egalitarian and more just Age of Obama. Instead we have witnessed the emergence of the Age of Oligarchy.

The outlines of this new epoch are clear in numerous ways. There is the diminished role for small business, greater concentration of financial assets, and a troubling decline in home ownership. On a cultural level, there is a general malaise about the prospect for upward mobility for future generations.

Not everyone is suffering in this new age. For the entitled few, these have been the best of times. With ever more concentration of key industries, ever greater advantage of capital over labor, and soaring real estate values in swanky places such as Manhattan or San Francisco which , as one journalist put it, constitute “vast gated communities where the one percent reproduces itself." The top hundred firms on the Fortune 500 list has revenues, in adjusted dollars, eight times those during the supposed big-business heyday of the 1960s." http://www.thedailybeast.com/art...

TheBee

13. TRIBUNE REMOVES "ADD NEW COMMENTS" BOX FROM "FAMILY REGAINS CUSTODY" ARTICLE; NOW IMPOSSIBLE TO FEED THE TROLLS

Lanivan

#2. Interesting factoids. Of the 32 states that have not registered gains in employment to 2007 levels since the end of the recession five years ago, about 2/3 have Republican legislatures; many of them are Right-to-Work states, most all of them have been busy passing laws that restrict women's rights; many have passed Voter Suppression laws; and, many have cut Corporate Income taxes while raising various taxes on citizens.

Most of the 32 states that have seen little job growth have governed according to the rules of ALEC, the conservative bill mill that writes bills for conservative politicians that have been given the seal of approval by the corporations that fund ALEC - and the politicians.

#14. With the 4th of July nearly upon us, this might be interesting:

A scholar is now saying that the official transcript of the document produced by the National Archives and Records Administration contains a significant error — smack in the middle of the sentence beginning “We hold these truths to be self-evident,” no less.

The error, according to Danielle Allen, a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., concerns a period that appears right after the phrase “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” in the transcript, but almost certainly not, she maintains, on the badly faded parchment original.

The period creates the impression that the list of self-evident truths ends with the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” she says. But as intended by Thomas Jefferson, she argues, what comes next is just as important: the essential role of governments — “instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed” — in securing those rights.

“The logic of the sentence moves from the value of individual rights to the importance of government as a tool for protecting those rights,” Ms. Allen said. “You lose that connection when the period gets added.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/0...

Lanivan

#11. You have added to the confusion (go figure). The 1994 Health Security Act covered contraceptive devices and family planning, with the prescription drug portion covering birth control pills. Abortion services were not covered then or now. What are you implying? Surely not that you are lumping abortion onto contraceptives. So what's your point, if you have one? http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/t...

Vladtheimp

Ah, the squid puts out more inky emissions to cloud reality. I gave the bill and the citation. Not good enough for you, then keep on ignoring reality that Hillarycare was far more protective of religious rights than Obamacare - actually, given the unpopularity and unconstitutionality of Obamacare, as a Hillary supporter you should embrace this difference.

You want to keep on denying reality? Eat this:

In 1994 Senator Mitchell introduced S 2351, which was adopted by Bill Clinton as the "Hillary Care" bill. The University of Virginia has a summary of the actions surrounding Hillary Care, which can be found here (GoogleDoc Version Page 8).

August 2[1994] Senate Majority Leader Mitchell unveiled a Senate leadership bill. (1994 CQA)

August 4[1994] President Clinton announced that he would support the Mitchell bill. (NYT, 9/27/94)

August 9[1994] The Senate began floor debate on Mitchell's bill, S. 2351. Republican Senators as a group opposed Mitchell's plan, and they were joined by a number of conservative Southern Democratic senators. Even at this early date, the Mitchell bill was in big trouble. (CQA, 1994)

Section 21223 of that bill provided for the exact same "Kennedy Clause" language that is in the Blunt Amendment.

`SEC. 21223. PROVISIONS RELATING TO RELIGIOUS BELIEF OR MORAL CONVICTION.

`Nothing in this title shall be construed to--

`(1) prevent any individual from purchasing a standard benefits package which excludes coverage of abortion services, if the individual objects to abortion on the basis of a religious belief or moral conviction;

`(2) prevent any employer from contributing to the purchase of a standard benefits package which excludes coverage of abortion or other services, if the employer objects to such services on the basis of a religious belief or moral conviction;

`(3) require any health professional or health facility to perform or assist in the performance of any health care service, if the health professional or facility objects to performing or assisting in the performance of such a service on the basis of a religious belief or moral conviction; and

`(4) require any commercial insurance company, Blue Cross plan, integrated health plan, or any other organization that assumes health insurance risk to offer a package including abortion or other services, if the health plan sponsor objects to covering such services on the basis of a religious belief or moral conviction.

Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY) sponsored this legislation on behalf of the Democratic leadership. This Bill was the Hillary Care bill that Majority Leader Mitchell brought to the floor of the Senate. This bill was never voted on, and is the Hillary Care legislation that was proposed.

A direct exemption for employers, allowing them to purchase health coverage that excludes "abortion or other services".

The Massachusetts Democratic Party, too liberal not only for Senator Kennedy, but Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and Hillary Clinton. oup.com/diary/14062/hillary-care-contained-provision-allowing-employers-to-restrict-health-coverage-by-moral-conviction

Lanivan

It's very possible that between August 4 and August 9, the Dems had an "a-ha moment" and, upon the realization that SEC. 21223 could allow businesses to eventually find objections to any government regulation they dislike based on the religious whims of the corporate owners, decided to stay on the low-down and let the Repubs deep six it. Did the universal health care plan that looked a lot like the ACA proposed by the 20 Repubs led by Grassley in '93-'94 contain religious exemptions for employers?

And don't rush to judgement about my "supporting" Hillary. I don't recall ever having stated that I supported her, only that I think she would be a very capable president, far better than anything the Repubs have presented (coughed up), including the flip-flopping, lying "I'll never run again" Mitt Romney.

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