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on June 18, 2013 in World News

Trudeau to compensate charities that paid him to help raise money

OTTAWA – Justin Trudeau is promising to compensate all groups that paid him hefty speaking fees to participate in fundraising events since he became an MP. The Liberal leader said Sunday he’ll either give back the fees or find some other way to “make it right.” He could, for instance, give charitable groups donations equivalent to the fees charged or agree to appear at future fundraisers for them – for free this time. “I’m willing to pay all of the money back, if that’s what it comes to,” Trudeau told CTV’s Question Period. “But I am going to fix this.”… View Article

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on June 18, 2013 in World News

Duma bars Russian children from adoption by foreign same sex couples

Russia’s Lower House has passed an amendment that bans the adoption of Russian children by same sex couples from abroad. The amendment was passed on Tuesday as the State Duma approved  the second reading of the bill to protect orphans. The amendment also forbids single people who are citizens or  permanent residents of countries that allow same sex marriage to  become adoptive parents or legal guardians of Russian children. Russia itself does not allow same sex marriage and the country’s  authorities have passed a number of regional and federal bills  banning the promotion of gay and other “non-traditional” sex to … View Article

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on June 18, 2013 in World News

New York man facing criminal charges for stopping vandals

A New York man was arrested and charged for endangering the welfare of four children who allegedly broke into and vandalized his father-in-law’s home, causing property damage in excess of $40,000 The man locked the children into a closet until police arrived,  and claims he made no threats to hurt them. Jesse Daniels, a 53-year-old resident of Clyde, N.Y. is facing  felony criminal charges and up to one year in prison for each of  the four counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. The Wayne  County man considers these charges a grave injustice and claims  that he did nothing… View Article

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on June 18, 2013 in World News

Hollywood Honors Elmo Puppeteer (and Accused Child Sex-Abuser) With Three Emmy Awards

It’s official: the Hollywood elite has zero moral authority in attacking  sexual abuse of minors that occurred decades ago in the Catholic Church. This  weekend, the voters of the Daytime Emmy awards granted three Emmys to Clash,  including the trophy for Outstanding Performer In a Children’s Series to Kevin  Clash, recently accused of serial sexual pursuit of teenaged boys. AP  reported it, and recycled the claim: “Clash’s lawyer has said that related  lawsuits filed against the entertainer are without merit.” They quoted no one  attacking the Emmy voters or Clash for their lack of morality. Clash shared trophies for outstanding… View Article

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on June 18, 2013 in World News

HuffPo High-Schooler with Lesbian Moms Feels Left Out of Father’s Day

Abby Bergman has an ax to grind. An LGBT activist “all her life,” according  to her bio, the high  school junior is also the daughter of a lesbian couple, and as a result …  thinks we should chuck Father’s Day out the window. Bergman just wrote a Father’s Day piece (read, an anti-Father’s Day piece)  for the Huffington Post called “Celebrating Father’s Day  With Two Moms,” in which she whined that the traditional holiday was not  quite inclusive enough. Although nothing stopped her from honoring “all the  typical ‘father things’ that my moms do for me every day,” Bergman still managed  to gripe. She  began… View Article

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on June 18, 2013 in World News

National Media Skip Over Charges U.S. Ambassador Abused ‘Minor Children’

There has been a rash of stories about U.S. State Department employees taking  drugs and cavorting with prostitutes. In addition, the Ambassador to Belgium,  Howard Gutman, was accused of soliciting prostitutes and minor children. While  all of these alleged crimes are reprehensible, the Catholic League only has  interest in the charge that Gutman “routinely ditched his protective security  detail in order to solicit sexual favors from both prostitutes and  minor children.” (My italics.)   No media outlet was more  outraged over minors being molested by priests than the Boston Globe, but it has  shown no interest in this story; it… View Article

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on June 17, 2013 in World News

White House defends high bills for Africa trip

The White House Friday defended  the first  family’s  upcoming weeklong trip to Africa, which could cost  taxpayers up to  $100  million, as “great bang for our buck.” “There  will be a great bang for our buck for being in Africa  because when  you  travel to regions like Africa that don’t get a lot of  presidential   attention, you tend to have very longstanding and  long-running impact  from the  visit,” said Ben Rhodes, a deputy national   security adviser to  President Obama. The Obamas’ trip, at a time of “sequestration” budget cuts, will  take them  to Senegal, Tanzania and South  Africa from June… View Article

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on June 17, 2013 in World News

Facebook got 10,000 requests for data from NSA in just six months (and Microsoft received 7,000 orders)

Facebook and Microsoft were able to reveal  limited information on Friday night about the government orders they have  received to turn over user data to security agencies. Ted Ullyot, Facebook’s general counsel, said  in a statement that they had between 9,000 and 10,000 requests from all  government entities, from local to federal, in the last six months of  2012. The orders involved the accounts of between  18,000 and 19,000 Facebook users on a broad range of surveillance topics, from  missing children to terrorism. Microsoft said they had between 6,000 and 7,000 orders, affecting between  31,000 and  32,000 accounts, but downplayed… View Article

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on June 16, 2013 in World News

US companies handing over personal data to NSA

A new report  has revealed that thousands of U.S. companies have been handing over personal  information of American citizens to the National Security Agency.   Bloomberg  reported on Saturday that four people familiar with the process said  “technology, finance and manufacturing companies are working closely with U.S.  national security agencies, providing sensitive information and in return  receiving benefits that include access to classified intelligence.”   The shocking  report came after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden disclosed that the agency  is collecting millions of Americans’ phone records and the computer  communications of foreigners from Google and other Internet  companies.   The… View Article

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on June 16, 2013 in World News

NSA admits listening to U.S. phone calls without warrants

The National Security Agency has acknowledged in a new classified briefing that it does not need court authorization to listen to domestic phone calls. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat, disclosed this week that during a secret briefing to members of Congress, he was told that the contents of a phone call could be accessed “simply based on an analyst deciding that.” If the NSA wants “to listen to the phone,” an analyst’s decision is sufficient, without any other legal authorization required, Nadler said he learned. “I was rather startled,” said Nadler, an attorney and congressman who serves on… View Article

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