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AP Wire
Jun 19, 2013

1. TALIBAN, U.S. AGREE TO PEACE TALKS

Obama cautions, though, that the process won't be quick or easy.

2. WHO'S TAKING A SWIPE AT ROE V. WADE

The House passes a bill restricting almost all abortions to the first 20 weeks after conception, defying most state laws.

3. NSA OFFERS JUSTIFICATION FOR SPYING

Officials at a rare open hearing on intelligence say an attack on the New York Stock Exchange was foiled by the agency's surveillance programs.

4. TOP GENERAL WORRIES ABOUT WOMEN AND SPECIAL OPS

Men might not accept women in units that have long operated as small, male-only teams, he says.

5. IN BRAZIL, COMPLAINTS OF A GOOD-FOR-NOTHING GOVERNMENT

Protests grow, with demonstrators from all walks of life voicing a central lament: The government provides woeful services despite high taxes

6. HOW IMMIGRATION OVERHAUL MIGHT BOOST THE ECONOMY

The labor force would swell, pushing up government revenue and shrinking the federal deficit by some $900 billion over two decades, the CBO says.

7. JORDAN PREPARES FOR THE WORST

U.S.-trained Jordanian commandos are holding a 12-day dress rehearsal of land, air and sea maneuvers should the civil war in Syria spread.

8. WHAT INVESTORS HOPE BERNANKE DELIVERS

When the Federal Reserve meets Wednesday, the markets will look for clarity amid conflicting messages on long-term interest rates.

9. SOLVING THE RIDDLE OF A SHIPWRECK

Underwater archaeologists say a timber embedded on the bottom of Lake Michigan is centuries old, and could be the bowsprit of the Griffin, a French vessel lost in 1679.

10. RECHARGE YOUR SPIRIT — AND YOUR CELLPHONE

NYC is teaming with AT&T to install free, solar-powered charging stations in parks and at beaches this summer.

Comments

Lanivan

2.) Once again, the Republican House spends taxpayer money, time and energy passing a bill, knowing full well right out the gate that it will go nowhere, is unconstitutional, and was resoundingly repudiated in the last election. Women neither need nor want politicians telling them what they can or can not do with their bodies. The sponsor of the bill, Trent Franks, R-Arizona, made a statement that the incidences of pregnancy resulting from rape "are very low". And he thinks he is capable of dictating the private health decisions of American women.

And yet, with all this sound and fury - where are the Jobs Bills?

3.) This was the important briefing held, amid serious revelations regarding the NSA and Americans, where only 47 out of 100 senators bothered to show up.

8.) With many pension plans now Defined Contributions, which are individually owned and managed, with many savings plans devastated by the Recession, and years of very low interest rates, middle class investments, especially retirement investments, keep taking a hit. Another contributor to the squeeze on the middle class and the problem of exploding wealth inequality.

Wingmaster

2.) Democrats using class warfare (gender, race) again to divide Americans.

3.) About 53% of Americans told Gallup that they disapprove of the NSA spying, while 59% responded negatively to the surveillance.

8.) Another example of Keynesian economics and the coming stagflation and sluggish economy effecting Americans future for years to come.

newsblogger

2. Though I agree that in cases of Rape, Incest or when there is a life threatening reason to either the mother or the child in the womb (or as you democrats call it.. a fetus as it is not a human being to you)that then and ONLY then are abortions acceptable. I do not think abortions should be allowed as a means of birth control or due to inconvenience. There are many ways to prevent pregnancy and one of the ways is 100% effective. Poor planning should not be a reason to abort. Just my opinion...

Lanivan

Although I agree with some of your opinions, politically, as an Independent, I do disagree with your stereotyping people regarding their beliefs on abortion. I personally do not favor abortion as a means of birth control either, but that doesn't mean I think the right to choose should be dictated by politicians. Politicians have no business marginalizing women - and, after all, we are in the majority; something this important should be a decision made between the woman, her doctor, her faith, and of course the father, if he is still in the picture.

Your comment regarding ways of preventing pregnancy shows either a lack of understanding or knowledge regarding birth control methods and human sexuality. Birth control methods can fail; not all sexual relations are planned out in advance; women should not be made to feel they are bad for having sex. Women should not bear the entire responsibility of a pregnancy occurring, nor should they be penalized for it by having their personal health decisions made for them in advance.

We know how you feel about the unborn (fetuses - proper medical term used by medical profession) - how do you feel about providing summer lunches for poor born children?

newsblogger

okay.. I admit there most likely are some democrats who may not think that way but I have yet to meet one. As for politicians dictating.. nobody told the people to lay down with no protection.. no mandates there, that was a conscious choice they themselves made to put them in that situation (with the exception of rape or incest). The law is to protect the unborn child, not to mandate womens rights. Not having sex is 100% effective birth control and I am very aware of the methods of birth control. There are many options besides abortion. FYI when was the last time a man had any say in whether or not the woman aborted her unwanted child?

Lanivan

Whoa! "when was the last time a man had any say in whether or not the woman aborted her unwanted child?" I see where you're coming from. My condolences.....The law is not to protect the unborn child, as these same legislators that passed this "humanitarian" bill (just a show, to boot) also oppose equal pay for equal work, not to mention most all legislation designed to protect indigent, poor, and homeless children that are individuals, born and living in the here and now. It's fueled by an underlying disrespect for women born of a fear of loss of power and control, in my humble opinion. I truly wish it wasn't so.

Meanwhile - Congress - enough focus on sex. What about jobs?

newsblogger

I agree.. what about jobs? And just so you are aware.. I have never put myself in a situation where an abortion was even remotely an option. I made sure of that!

Lanivan

"And just so you are aware.. I have never put myself in a situation where an abortion was even remotely an option. I made sure of that!"

Wish more were as responsible and thoughtful as you - regarding this topic anyway!

Lanivan

Although I agree with some of your opinions, politically, as an Independent, I do disagree with your stereotyping people regarding their beliefs on abortion. I personally do not favor abortion as a means of birth control either, but that doesn't mean I think the right to choose should be dictated by politicians. Politicians have no business marginalizing women - and, after all, we are in the majority; something this important should be a decision made between the woman, her doctor, her faith, and of course the father, if he is still in the picture.

Your comment regarding ways of preventing pregnancy shows either a lack of understanding or knowledge regarding birth control methods and human sexuality. Birth control methods can fail; not all sexual relations are planned out in advance; women should not be made to feel they are bad for having sex. Women should not bear the entire responsibility of a pregnancy occurring, nor should they be penalized for it by having their personal health decisions made for them in advance.

We know how you feel about the unborn (fetuses - proper medical term used by medical profession) - how do you feel about providing summer lunches for poor born children?

newsblogger

I do help provide lunches for unwanted children. Every day. I have taken in unwanted children and cared for them while the selfish parents went about their drug induced life styles and in my opinion, there are no unwanted children as many people want children and would gladly take any one of those "unwanted children" that you speak of. Abortion without medical reason (which includes rape or incest situations) is a selfish act.

Lanivan

It's great that you care for unwanted children - I salute your compassionate and generous spirit. But there goes that stereotyping again.

The triumph of compassion over cynicism is always a reason to rejoice.

GrandHavenTaxpayers

The fact is that abortion ends a human being's life. If a mother cannot or does not want to parent a child, she can choose an adoption. Make no mistake: at conception, she is a mother of a child. Abortion allows her to have that child murdered and asks taxpayers to pay for it. As for fathers, and they are fathers if they have impregnated a woman, they have primary influence on the mother's decision. It is sad they may urge an abortion instead of protecting their child.
As for rape victims, research shows that abortion after rape increases a woman's risk for depression and/or suicide. For incest victims, abortion allows the perpetrator to continue the abuse; pregnancy gives a victim a chance to be freed from it. As for so-called defective children: medical science is not perfect and mistakenly has declared healthy children in the womb to be defective . Would it not be a shame to kill a baby because he or she 'might' be defective?
If so, are you perfect and free from defects? I'm not.

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