Obama: Marking bin Laden death isn’t ‘celebration’

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FILE - In this April 20, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks in Scottsdale, Ariz. President Barack Obama gave a steely defense of his handling of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden a year ago, and his use of it as a campaign issue now. He is questioning whether rival Mitt Romney would have made the same decision in targeting the al-Qaida leader. Romney says he would. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)President Barack Obama gave a steely defense of his handling of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden and his use of it to burnish his re-election credentials a year later, saying Monday that it is appropriate to mark an anniversary that Republicans charge is being turned into a campaign bumper sticker.

Federal judge stops Texas law on women’s health

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A federal judge on Monday stopped Texas from preventing Planned Parenthood from getting funds through the state’s Women’s Health Program — a decision the state immediately appealed.

Mali soldiers fight to reverse coup in capital

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Malian soldiers stand guard at the international airport of BamakoBAMAKO (Reuters) – Soldiers from Mali’s presidential guard unit, loyal to the country’s ousted president, battled junta forces on Monday in an bid to wrest back control of the capital Bamako a month after a coup, witnesses and a junta official said. Heavy gunfire rang out in the centre of the city near a military barracks, and the red beret presidential unit took up positions around the airport and entered the state broadcaster building, witnesses said. …

The Washington Times kills off journalism for good

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From the Washington Times, who republished it from World Net Daily because yes, the Washington Times is so ridiculous a news outlet that they have to crib stories even from the darkest opium dens of internet conspiracy, I present to you the most insane sentence ever passed off as an actual news story:

Medical examiners in Los Angeles are investigating the possible poisoning death of one of their own officials who may have worked on the case of Andrew Breitbart, the conservative firebrand who died March 1, the same day Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced probable cause for forgery in President Obama’s birth certificate.

The death of all American journalism was confirmed at 5:42 PM on Sunday. It is survived by two children, Farce and Insanity. In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to send members of the Washington Times to somewhere where they can get the help they so sorely need.


Obama Declines To Comment On Escaped Chinese Dissident Chen Guangcheng

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President Obama sidestepped a question about Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng today, refusing to confirm reports that the U.S. is protecting the human-rights advocate. “I’m aware of the press reports on the situation in China, but I’m not going to make a statement on the issue,”…

EPA official resigns after crucifixion comment

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A regional Environmental Protection Agency chief based in Dallas resigned on Monday, days after Republican lawmakers uncovered comments in which he compared his enforcement of energy companies with crucifixion. Al Armendariz, who was the chief of EPA’s Region 6 office, which includes refinery-rich Texas, Louisiana and three other states, sent a letter of resignation to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson late on Sunday. She accepted it on Monday. …

Ray of hope for imprisoned ex-Gov. Ryan’s appeal

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ordered a lower court to look at former Illinois Gov. George Ryan’s bid to overturn his corruption convictions, providing a slim chance that the imprisoned Republican could win a new trial.

Clinton says will raise human rights in China

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday she would discuss every issue between the United States and China, including human rights, in Beijing this week but she declined specific comment on the case of dissident Chen Guangcheng. “A constructive relationship includes talking very frankly about those areas where we do not agree, including human rights. …

Romney says he would have ordered bin Laden killed

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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at the Portsmouth Fish Pier in Portsmouth, N.H., Monday, April 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Once a moment of national unity, the political battle over Osama bin Laden’s death intensified Monday as presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney sought to minimize the role President Barack Obama has carved out for himself in killing the terrorist leader.

John Boehner bemoans loss of earmarks: ‘I got no grease’

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No earmarks is giving John Boehner a tear party

House Speaker John Boehner touts nuking earmarks as keeping one of the GOP’s key pledges, yet manages to whine about it in the same breath:

CROWLEY: Think you’ve done these things?

BOEHNER: No earmarks. Who can imagine. You know we’ve been through 16 months now with not one earmark. It’s made my job a lot more difficult in terms of how to pass important legislation because there’s no — there’s no grease. I got no — no grease. So, no earmarks.

So even as Boehner touts nuking earmarks as one of his major accomplishments, he laments the fact that without earmarks to dispense, he has less ability to control his caucus. And that lack of control of his caucus is a key part of the reason why we’ve had to endure so much government by hostage crisis coming out of the House. If the return of earmarks were to make it easier to avoid those kinds of institutional breakdowns, it would be a small price to pay—and that’s probably why Boehner is secretly plotting their return. But the best solution by far would be to dump Boehner and the Republicans entirely, and put the gavel back in Nancy Pelosi’s hands.