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Apr 2, 2014

1. POWERFUL 8.2-MAGNITUDE QUAKE STRIKES OFF CHILEAN COAST

The tremor shakes buildings in nearby Peru and Bolivia, but there are no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

2. GM FACES CONGRESS ON RECALL DELAYS

The company's new CEO admits she doesn't know why it took years for the automaker to fix a faulty ignition switch linked to 13 deaths.

3. PALESTINIANS RESTART BID FOR U.N. RECOGNITION

The surprise decision signals a new crisis in the troubled efforts to bring peace to the Middle East.

4. U.S. WEIGHS RISK OF FREEING JONATHAN POLLARD

Releasing the convicted spy could spur talks between Israel and the Palestinians — or prove a costly embarrassment to the White House.

5. CONGRESS OKs $1B FOR UKRAINE

The loan guarantees are part of a bill giving lawmakers a way to denounce Russia for its military incursion and express support for Kiev.

6. WHICH YOUNG AMERICANS ARE STILL AT A CLEAR DISADVANTAGE

In every region of the country, white and Asian children are far better-positioned for success than black, Latino and American Indian youth.

7. 'GOOD NIGHT, MALAYSIAN THREE-SEVEN-ZERO'

Malaysia now says the last words from the cockpit of the lost plane were not, "All right, good night," raising further questions about the government's credibility.

8. WHY CANDIDATES REMAIN LEERY OF 'OBAMACARE'

The public by and large still views the law negatively — and that's unlikely to change much between now and the mid-term elections in November.

9. HOW APPLE SAYS SAMSUNG REACTED TO THE IPHONE

The South Korean company didn't have a product that could compete — so it stole the iPhone technology, Apple alleges in a patent infringement trial.

10. TIGER UNDERGOES BACK SURGERY

The world's most-recognized golfer will miss The Masters, denying him a chance this year for a fifth green jacket.

Comments

Vladtheimp

11. Heard Anything About the International Bridge from Detroit to Windsor Lately? (You know, the one where Matty Maroun allegedly paid for ballot initiatives to stop competition with his Bridge)

Probably will come as a surprise that the Obama Administration is blocking the new bridge by failing to come up with $250 Million while Canada has already pledged $3.65 Billion. http://washingtonexaminer.com/wh...

Wolverine49457

1 Billion dollars for the Ukraine? What are WE getting for the money? This is simply a shakedown of a weak willed community organizer under the advice of a dolt with little to no foreign policy expertise but a rich wife. By his only actions as Senator Obama he proved he cares nothing for human life so why send our hard earned dollars there and not the all too many places where the masses languish emaciated and dying?

Vladtheimp

12. In an important case strengthening citizens' First Amendment Rights, the Supreme Court struck down limits on the number of campaign contributions individuals may make, while maintaining the base limits governing each contribution. McCutcheon et al. v. Federal Election Commission.

"Contributing money to a candidate is an exercise of an individual's right to participate in the electoral process through both political expression and political association," the justices wrote. "A restriction on how many candidates and committees an individual may support is hardly a 'modest Restraint' on those rights. The Government may no more restrict how many candidates or causes a donor may support than it may tell a newspaper how many candidates it may endorse." http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g...

Lanivan

One must wonder: When SCOTUS decisions are supposed to reflect constitutional and legal reasoning, why is it that in so many cases they turn on 5/4 politics? Are these unelected Justices merely political hacks doing corporate dirty work? Why do Justices Scalia and Thomas not recuse themselves from these kinds of cases, seeing how both men have attended Koch Bros high-level pow-wows, and, in the case of Clarence Thomas, his wife, Ginni Thomas, is a hard right wing activist with many fingers in many pots?

This is but another of many recent 5/4 SCOTUS rulings that, in way too many cases, with one vote strikes down dozens of rulings, and a century of precedent.

I guess those with lots of money have a greater right to "freedom of speech" than those of us with less money. Although our vote has just diminished in monetary value, it is still the dealbreaker - they are trying, but they haven't entirely taken that away from us yet. Perhaps finally people will sit up and smell the coffee, increase their grassroots giving, and make sure they "give it to the man" and VOTE.

Lanivan

#13. The hypocrisy is beyond the pale.

"The owners of Hobby Lobby, a Christian-owned craft supply chain, were so offended by the idea of having to include emergency contraceptives and intrauterine devices in their health insurance plans that they sued the Obama administration and took the case all the way up to the Supreme Court. But Mother Jones reported on Tuesday that the company's retirement plan has invested millions of dollars in the manufacturers of emergency contraception and drugs used to induce abortions.

Hobby Lobby's 401(k) employee retirement plan holds $73 million in mutual funds that invest in multiple pharmaceutical companies that produce emergency contraceptive pills, intrauterine devices, and abortion-inducing medications.

Hobby Lobby's attorneys argue that the provision in the Affordable Care Act that requires most employers to cover contraception in their health plans infringes on the company's right to exercise religious freedom because the company's owners believe that emergency contraception and IUDs are actually forms of abortion. Medical studies have debunked this claim.

Mother Jones reported that all nine of the mutual funds Hobby Lobby's retirement plan holds include investments that clash with the owners' religious beliefs about abortion.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/20...

Tri-cities realist

Well the Constitution doesn't prohibit hypocrisy, so you're both safe.

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