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Monday, July 27, 2015

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee came under fire Sunday after accusing President Barack Obama of marching Israelis "to the door of the oven" by agreeing to an Iran nuclear deal that the former Fox News host says is too weak. "This president's foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven," Huckabee told the conservative outlet Breitbart News. read more


"The scene can only be described as horrific: On an otherwise unremarkable morning, a woman is riding up a shopping center escalator in central China with her son. When she reaches the top and begins to disembark, she steps onto a metal footplate covering the machinery. The plate collapses, dropping the woman into the gears. She shoves her child into the arms of two mall employees, and is crushed to death.

Security-camera video of the incident hit Chinese social media late Sunday, hours after it occurred, with local media identifying the woman as Xiang Liujuan, 30. In a rapidly urbanizing country still plagued by shoddy construction standards and poor building maintenance, the news spread like wildfire." read more


Uber now spends more on lobbyists in California than Wal-Mart, Bank of America or Wells Fargo. And for good reason: The 6-year-old ride-hailing company needs powerful friends as it faces two serious regulatory challenges in the state -- a move to reclassify its drivers as employees, not independent contractors, and a demand to turn over to state officials data on every Uber ride. Those are only the latest public fights threatening to slow the firm's lightning-quick international expansion. But the home-state problems pose a key test of Uber's increasingly well-oiled political machine, whose spending on Sacramento lobbyists puts it in the top 3% of companies and organizations. read more


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz savaged Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a fellow Republican, on the Senate floor Friday in a surprising screed about honesty, trust, loyalty and the export credit agency known as the Ex-Im Bank. Cruz's speech dived deeply into Senate deal-making gone sideways, and Cruz, who is seeking the Republican nomination for president, made it clear he feels burned by his colleague and party leader. He accused McConnell of lying to him, of bowing to the "Washington cartel of the lobbyists on K street" and of being no more trustworthy than the man who preceded McConnell, Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, a Democrat. "It saddens me to say this. ... I cannot believe he would tell a flat-out lie, and I voted based on those assurances that he made to each and every one of us," Cruz said. read more


"The Des Moines Register says Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has denied press credentials to its reporters after the newspaper published an editorial calling on the billionaire businessman to end his campaign.

The Register says its reporters were denied credentials to a Trump campaign event in Oskaloosa, Iowa, on Saturday. The newspaper says Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told its reporters they were being excluded because of the editorial.

In the editorial, published Tuesday, the newspaper called Trump a "feckless blowhard" who is "unfit to hold office." read more


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