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NEWS THAT MAKES YOU THINK… 05.23.14
Republican Rep. Darrell Issa claimed that an email he’s reviewed shows the White House decided to reach out to YouTube within hours of the Benghazi terror attack, to warn the website about the consequences of posting an anti-Islam video.
The email would suggest the White House was connecting the attack to the video almost from the outset — though their initial claim that the attack sprung out of protests over the film would later be proven false.
According to Issa, who discussed excerpts from the otherwise classified emails on Wednesday, the email was sent at 9:11 p.m. ET on Sept. 11 to the Diplomatic Security Command Center.
According to Issa, the email said: “White House is reaching out to UTube to advise ramifications of the posting of the Pastor Jon Video.”
Issa said this email is “troubling” because it “contradicts” White House claims that the faulty storyline on the video was drawn from the intelligence community’s talking points.
The congressman also said “the email shows the White House had hurried to settle on a false narrative — one at odds with the conclusions reached by those on the ground — before Americans were even out of harm’s way or the intelligence community had made an impartial examination of available evidence.”
The century-old Texas-based organization kicked off its annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, on Wednesday as questions lingered over its decision last year to allow gay scouts in its ranks but bar them from adult leadership posts.
Gates, a former CIA director, will succeed Boy Scouts President Wayne Perry, who led the group through the emotionally charged debate in May last year when the council voted to lift a ban on openly gay scouts, a decision criticized by both conservatives opposed to the change and gay rights groups for not going far enough.
Gay rights groups are optimistic that Gates, who will officially take his new post on Thursday, will end the ban on adult leaders.
Gates was secretary of defense from December 2006 to July 1, 2011, serving both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which barred openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual persons from military service, was repealed on December 22, 2010.
A Colorado second grader was disciplined after he drew a picture of a handgun during an assignment where students look up to the clouds and draw what they see.
Kody Smith, 8, went outside May 14, looked up to the sky and saw a big fluffy handgun, KKTV.com reported. When he showed the drawing to his teacher at Talbott Elementary in Widefield, which is southeast of Colorado Springs, he was reprimanded.
The school reportedly filed a behavior report that said Smith’s behavior was disruptive to the school. The school district told the station that the report will notremain on Smith’s record and its response was “in line with routine procedures focused on school safety. But the boy’s parents say he was wrongfully punished.
Sen. Marco Rubio told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren Thursday it is time for President Obama to make the case of Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, the Marine jailed in Mexico, a priority and convey its importance to Mexican authorities.
Tahmooressi was arrested March 31 after border inspectors found three legally purchased and registered firearms in his truck. Although he says he made a wrong turn at the poorly marked crossing, he was taken to the notorious La Mesa Prison in Tijuana and charged with weapons trafficking.
Rubio, R-Fla., said on “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” that he understands Mexican authorities would like to work through Tahmooressi’s case in their own judicial system.
However, he said he believes the situation was clearly an accident, and that Tahmooressi does not fit the profile of someone dangerous.
“I hope he is treated fairly. I hope he is back in Florida soon,” Rubio said. Tahmooressi grew up in southern Florida and his mother still lives there.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — One in four adolescents is likely to acquire a sexually transmitted disease, according to the first ever Youth Sexual Health Plan released by New York State.
As CBS 2 reported, the state has launched a controversial plan to tackle sex education among youth.
The state Department of Health said some 60 percent of high school students in New York state reported they’d had sex by their senior year of high school, and more than 25 percent by their freshman year of high school.
More than one in 10 students said they did not use any method to protect against pregnancy using their last experience of sexual intercourse, while only 7.2 percent of sexually active students used a condom as well as another birth control method, the state said.
This was part of the reasoning behind the release of the first ever Youth Sexual Health Plan, a 22-page document defining “sexual health” as “a state of well‐being in relation to sexuality across the life span that involves physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual dimensions.”
Among the main objectives of the document are promoting the continuity of sexual education across the state, reducing the rate of HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and reducing unintended teen pregnancies.
“Anything is possible once you start engaging,” said Nina Barba of the Upper West Side.
The statistics surrounding STDs in youth from 2012 were scary. Those between the ages of 15 and 24 accounted for 63 percent of reported STDs.
For newly diagnosed cases of HIV, one in five cases affected individuals under 25.
To reduce the rate of HIV, the state suggested mandatory offerings of HIV testing to all persons 13 or older. Some argued that 13 might be a young age for such worries.
Letters signed by 50 U.S. senators urging the league to change theWashington Redskins name were sent on Thursday to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
The senators draw a parallel between the NBA’s no-tolerance policy regarding the racist comments made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and asks the NFL to act similarly.
“Today, we urge you and the National Football League to send the same clear message as the NBA did: that racism and bigotry have no place in professional sports,” the senators write. “It’s time for the NFL to endorse a name change for the Washington, D.C. football team.
“The despicable comments made by Mr. Sterling have opened up a national conversation about race relations. We believe this conversation is an opportunity for the NFL to take action to remove the racial slur from the name of one of its marquee franchises.”
Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has opposed the name change, and his team has launched its own public relations campaign issuing comments by Native Americans that continue to support the name.