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Friday, April 18, 2014

The senior Republican official told your correspondent that he also expects a mostly realist bent to any eventual Jeb Bush foreign policy vision rather than the neoconservatism that dominated much of his brother's presidency.

The senior Republican official noted that the former Florida governor's Las Vegas speech was more activist than realist. How to explain that?

"Well, remember, he was speaking in front of Sheldon Adelson," the Republican official said. "If you come out very realist, you're not going to be very close to Sheldon Adelson -- and his money."

According to the Los Angeles Times, Adelson and his wife "gave more than $92 million to campaign groups in 2012." read more


Pope Francis has appointed a Coptic Catholic priest, Father Yoannis Lahzi Gaid, to work as his 2nd personal secretary, Andrea Tornielli of La Stamp reports.

Father Lahzi Gaid has been working in the Secretariat of State, where his duties have included reading the Arabic-language summary of the Pope's remarks at weekly public audiences. In his new role he will work alongside Father Fabian Pedacchio, the Argentine priest who has been assisting Pope Francis since shortly after his election.

The appointment of a priest from an Eastern Catholic tradition to serve alongside the Pontiff is another innovation by Pope Francis, who has already showed a very different approach to the use of priest-secretaries. read more


A New York City councilman has effectively told traditional marriage supporters they are "not welcome" in the Big Apple.

In response to Chick-fil-A's proposed plans to expand their business and set up restaurants in several locations, including New York City, Councilman Daniel Dromm told the Huffington Post that the fast-food chain would not be welcome in the most populous city in the country.

"We don't need bigots coming to New York City," Dromm told HuffPost. "They are not welcome here unless they can embrace all of New York's diverse community, including the LGBT community."

"We don't need bigoted people even keeping their opinions to themselves," Dromm said. "They need to wake up and see reality."

Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, has called Dromm's remarks "outrageous" and "intolerant."

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

After he was convicted of armed robbery in 2000, Cornealious Anderson was sentenced to 13 years behind bars and told to await instructions on when and where to report to prison. But those instructions never came. So Anderson didn't report. He spent the next 13 years turning his life around -- getting married, raising three kids, learning a trade. He made no effort to conceal his identity or whereabouts. Anderson paid taxes and traffic tickets, renewed his driver's license and registered his businesses. Not until last year did the Missouri Department of Corrections discover the clerical error that kept him free. Now he's fighting for release, saying authorities missed their chance to incarcerate him. read more


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The federal government appears to have shielded murder suspect F. Glenn Miller Jr. in the early 1990s as part of its witness protection program, potentially providing money for his family - and causing lingering confusion over his name.

In 1987, Miller reached a plea bargain with federal prosecutors on weapons charges....records show Frazier Glenn Cross Jr. received a Social Security number in 1990. That was the year Miller was released from prison - and 35 years after Frazier Glenn Miller Jr. obtained his Social Security number.

Public records connect both names and Social Security numbers to Miller's address in Aurora, Mo.

Additionally, an acting U.S. attorney told The Associated Press in 1988 that Miller had been approved for the federal government's witness protection program. read more


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