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AP Wire
Jun 13, 2013

1. SURVEILLANCE DEFENDED

The NSA's director tells Congress that information collected through the agency's programs disrupted dozens of terrorist attacks.

2. RAID HIGHLIGHTS SECTARIAN HATRED IN SYRIA

The killing of 60 Shiite fighters and civilians by Sunni rebels comes at a time that the West is worried about extremists' role in the war.

3. WHY TURKEY'S LEADER IS PROPOSING A REFERENDUM

Erdogan is hoping to end almost two weeks of protests, but demonstrators continue to gather in Istanbul.

4. EXTRAORDINARY SURGERY FOR 10-YEAR-OLD GIRL

Amid a debate over how organs are allocated, an adult donor is found for a Pennsylvania child's double-lung transplant.

5. WHAT'S CAUSING ALARM IN CUBA

Rising sea levels could seriously damage 122 Cuban towns or even wipe them off the map, scientists say.

6. ACCUSED CAPTOR PLEADS NOT GUILTY

Ariel Castro, accused of holding three women captive in Cleveland for years, pleads not guilty to rape and kidnapping. The defense hints his plea could change if the death penalty is ruled out.

7. HOW AMERICAN FAMILIES ARE CHANGING

Young fathers are doing more around the house, from packing school lunches to doing laundry, research shows.

8. DRIVEN TO DISTRACTION

A study finds that new technology that lets drivers use voice commands to text is more distracting than talking on the phone — but is being marketed as a safer alternative.

9. A MAJOR PLAYER ABANDONS 3-D

ESPN says there are too few viewers to justify continuing its 3-D TV broadcasts.

10. LAUGHTER'S NOW A SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE

"This is the End" is the funniest of several contemporary flicks that poke fun at disaster movies, says AP Entertainment Writer Jake Coyle.

 

Comments

Wingmaster

11. IRS Agents training with AR-15....for Audits????
http://gunssavelives.net/blog/ir...

Vladtheimp

"Targeting" conservatives now has a new meaning - no more Mr. nice guys.

Sandypants

On the taxpayers dime too no doubt. Wonder what the liberal “just say no to guns” crowd thinks about that?

Wingmaster

Well Sandy pants, guess you just got your answer! (See below) 2nd amendment, bill of rights, all a joke to the left.

Lanivan

If you are implying for one minute I think it's a joke that the NRA's tax-exempt 501(c)4 Social Welfare nonprofit received donations of $600,000 from Karl Rove's nonprofit 501(c)4 Social Welfare Crossroads GPS, (which was a huge bonus for all the NRA political campaign expenditures totaling millions) and they haven't been held to review or scrutiny by the IRS, you are sadly mistaken.

Sandypants

Whatevs. The left is a joke to me too.

Lanivan

I read on a website that the NRA arranged for a special "buy one get one free" deal for the IRS in exchange for looking the other way when reviewing the NRA 501(c)4 Social Welfare status.

Vladtheimp

The real villain in the NSA spy story and James Clapper lying to Congress is the liberal dirt-bag Senator from Oregon, Ron Wyden. His Progressive butt should be kicked off the Intelligence Committee for this stunt! http://www.powerlineblog.com/arc...

Lanivan

That "dirty", "oily" Senator Ron Wyden (Portlandia!) is a real villain on the order of a Senator McCarthy. Asking a simple direct question like that! Doesn't he know you shouldn't ask a simple direct question when questioning the NSA?

I bet he and "smoky" Darrall Issa are golf buddies. Issa has a different bad habit - he makes many allegations without delivering facts. His MO: Begin with an unsubstantiated allegation stated as an absolute declaration, then follow up with weasel words such as, "the indication is". In one interview alone, he cherry-picked evidence, overstated his case, and violated the sacred American principle of presumed innocence.

Talk about butts - this guy's a real horse's patoot. I'm sure you'd like to see him kicked out, too.

Vladtheimp

This is typical of Lanny and her ilk - when confronted by a particularly sleazy action by a progressive icon, instead of defending or explaining it, they attempt to deflect the sleaziness by attacking someone on the other side of the aisle. Come on Lanny, don't you at least recognize that the civil servant being taken advantage of by Wyden, who couldn't respond without revealing classified information he is sworn to protect, as was well known by the oleaginous Progressive Senator from Oregon, was appointed to his position by none other than the one, the only, Barack Hussein Obama MMM, MMM, MMM? Wyden's grandstanding before the tv cameras actually caused great harm to Obama, who is now faced with yet another scandal to deal with. Can't believe I'm defending Clapper and Obama, but compared to Wyden they are less oily.

Lanivan

So is Wyden's direct question to Clapper, of which Clapper was briefed the day prior, more oily or less than Darrell Issa's habit of making allegations without delivering facts? Or is the oiliness equally divided between the two.

I do know that James Clapper was appointed by Obama. Does Clapper's careful use of the word 'wittingly' suggest he was safeguarding the appointee or the appointer?

Vladtheimp

You wouldn't have written the first paragraph had you read the link I provided, unless (1) you didn't understand what Wyden did or (2) you chose to ignore it.

Lanivan

I read the link you provided; I understood it and am not ignoring it. Care to answer my question? Do you feel that both men are abusing the power with which they have been appointed? Or just Democrat Wyden?

Vladtheimp

Ron Wyden abused both the classified information he received as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and as a United States Senator. I believe Clapper was placed in an untenable position by Wyden - either obfuscate or reveal classified information he was sworn to keep secret, so Clapper did not abuse his power but was attempting to keep classified information classified. This is the reason he asserted that the question was akin to "When did you stop beating your wife." http://news.yahoo.com/did-intel-...

Lanivan

I should have been more clear. My abuse of power question was directed to Wyden and Issa.

rukidding

The "oily" Wyden certainly deserves to be ousted, of greater concern to me on a daily basis, is the general voting publics inability to place intelligent, honest, and commonsensical persons in office to represent us. This is not a left or right, or a liberal and conservative issue, in my mind anyway, but just laziness in research prior to going to the polls.

Actually, I think Wyden's actions are criminal and he should be treated as such.

Wingmaster

"Those gentlemen, who will be elected senators, will fix themselves in the federal town, and become citizens of that town more than of your state."
-George Mason, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788

rukidding

How true and what foresight, and only 12 years in.

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