A Wichita State University mathematician sued the top Kansas election official Wednesday, seeking paper tapes from electronic voting machines in an effort to explain statistical anomalies favoring Republicans in counts coming from large precincts across the country. Beth Clarkson, chief statistician for the WSU National Institute for Aviation Research, filed the open records lawsuit to find the answer to an unexplained pattern that transcends elections and states. The lawsuit was amended Wednesday to name Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Sedgwick County Elections Commissioner Tabitha Lehman. Clarkson, a certified quality engineer with a Ph.D. in statistics, said she has analyzed election returns in Kansas and elsewhere over several elections that indicate "a statistically significant" pattern where the percentage of Republican votes increase the larger the size of the precinct. read more
Assad was scathing of the U.S.-led military coalition's campaign of airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq, saying it was neither serious nor effective. He said his own forces carry out ten times the number of missions against the terrorists than a coalition of 60 countries. "Is that serious?"
"And the other proof is that ISIS has expanded in Syria, in Iraq, in Libya, in the region in general. So, how can you say that it was effective? They're not serious, that's why they don't make any help to anyone in this region."
"The coalition against terrorism cannot be formed by countries who support the terrorists at the same time, so we don't care whether they attack it in Syria, or Iraq, or both, as long as they support the same terrorists at the same time." read more
The fact that the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen was planned and launched independently of the U.S. was, in [Sen. John] McCain's eyes, a rebuke of the administration's policies. "These countries, led by Saudi Arabia, did not notify us nor seek our coordination or our assistance in this effort," he said during a March 26 committee hearing, "because they believe we are siding with Iran." A senior commander at Central Command (CENTCOM), speaking on condition of anonymity, scoffed at that argument. "The reason the Saudis didn't inform us of their plans," he said, "is because they knew we would have told them exactly what we think -- that it was a bad idea." read more
Patients who suffered brain damage as a result of taking a swine flu vaccine are to receive multi-million-pound payouts from the UK government.
Across Europe, more than 800 children are so far known to have been made ill by the vaccine. read more