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Politico: Tom Cotton preparing for battle against Rand Paul and GOP libertarian wing over Patriot Act

By Manu Raju and Burgess Everett
Politico | 4/24/15

Sen. Tom Cotton is preparing for battle against Sen. Rand Paul and the GOP’s libertarian wing over the USA Patriot Act and the power of government to conduct spying operations domestically and abroad.

The 37-year-old Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, who vaulted to the Senate this year after a single term in the House, is maneuvering to build support for extending existing surveillance authority for the U.S. government — without the additional safeguards civil libertarians want.

The Arkansas senator, who caused an international firestorm last month with his controversial letter to Iranian leaders, has spent many recent Fridays in Washington at FBI and National Security Agency headquarters, meeting with senior intelligence officials and administration lawyers to build his case for a clean extension of three expiring provisions of the Patriot Act. With the support of GOP leaders, he’s serving as an emissary on the issue to GOP freshmen who are weighing whether to extend the controversial law. And he is seeking to sell his views on surveillance to Republicans from libertarian-minded states through classified briefings conducted by senior intelligence officials.

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The Heartbreaking Plight of Colorado's 'Marijuana Refugees'

The Heartbreaking Plight of Colorado's 'Marijuana Refugees'
April 24, 2015
By CJ Ciaramella

Last week, Georgia Republican Governor Nathan Deal, flanked by dozens of families with children suffering from rare and intractable medical conditions, stood on the steps of the state capitol and signed the state's first medical marijuana bill into law."This certainly has touched my heart," the teary-eyed governor told reporters and others assembled for the signing. "And I'm pleased today we're going to make a difference." Republican State Representative Allen Peake, who championed the bill and was also in attendance, turned to the families on the staircase and said, "You can come home now!"

Peake was speaking to the so-called "marijuana refugees"—families who have migrated to Colorado since that state legalized marijuana in 2012. Two of the refugees on the steps—now welcome back home—were Janea Cox and her five-year-old daughter Haleigh. In fact, the Georgia bill, which legalizes certain low-THC cannabis strains and oils for serious medical conditions, was named the Haleigh's Hope Act after Cox's daughter, who suffers from a rare epileptic condition that, without treatment, racks her body with hundreds of seizures a day.

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Spend Money on Experiences, Not Toys

I’ll admit it. Those “Shot on iPhone 6” billboards actually got me a bit excited about all the potential the iPhone’s camera possesses. The pictures look fantastic, and it’s difficult to believe that a phone camera can produce such vivid shots.

Naturally, the promise of an amazing camera on my mobile phone was alluring enough for me to consider selling my newest smartphone (purchased just last year) and trading up. It is still, even as I write this.

But why do I have such contemplation about it? I mean after all, if I can sell my current phone for a relatively fair value then I can buy the new iPhone for a little cheaper. This alone should help me feel better about the purchase, right? Sure, overall I will have lost money—and keep losing money—on any continued upgrade purchase… but… my satisfaction level will continue to rise with every newer purchase. And that’s a good thing, yeah?

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Can we talk about something gross, but possibly very important?

I want to talk about parasites. Tell me everything you know.

I have health problems, but every doctor I've been to tells me I'm very healthy. I have low blood pressure, blood work is good, I RARELY get sick. And yet, I feel terrible ALL THE TIME. I have zero energy ever. I feel like the walking dead, like a zombie. Although I'm so tired, I can't sleep. Stomach problems up the ying yang.

I know there is a problem but I can't seem to identify it with doctors, specialists or even naturopaths.

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GM, Ford and Others Want to Make Working On Your Own Car Illegal

..."What GM, and even tractor companies like John Deere, argues is that you, as an owner, don’t actually own your car. Rather, you’re sort of just borrowing it for an extended amount of time and paying for the rights to use the technology. If it sounds ridiculous— it is. But it gets even more ludicrous."...

http://news.boldride.com/2015/04/gm-wants-to-make-working-on-your-own-car-illegal/76702/

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Russia and Argentina Sign Energy Deals Worth Billions

Russia and Argentina signed agreements which amounted to an "all-encompassing strategic partnership" during Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner's visit to Moscow.

Russia and Argentina signed a number of deals on developing hydroelectric, nuclear and fossil-based energy and announced intentions to use each other's currencies in trade.

The memorandums are a massive breakthrough for economic relations between Russia and Argentina. Russian President Putin called the negotiations rich and fruitful.

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More innocents killed in U.S. drone strike

A U.S. drone strike in January targeting a suspected al Qaeda compound in Pakistan inadvertently killed an American and Italian being held hostage by the group, the first known instance in which the Central Intelligence Agency killed hostages in a drone attack.

The deaths of American development expert Warren Weinstein and Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto represent a major blow to the Central Intelligence Agency and its covert drone program in Pakistan, which President Barack Obama embraced and expanded after taking office in 2009.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/american-italian-hostages-killed-in-cia-dron...

Non-paywall protected source:
http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/us-government-admits-killing-two-hostages-al-...

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WHOA! McDonald's To Close 700 Stores

WHOA! McDonald's To Close 700 Stores

Fast food giant admits it quietly closed 350 stores in Q1

by KIT DANIELS | INFOWARS.COM | APRIL 23, 2015

McDonald’s closed 350 stores in the first three months of 2015 and is planning to close an additional 350 by the end of the year.

The struggling fast food giant recently announced it was closing 350 poorly performing stores this year, but on Wednesday McDonald’s admitted it had closed a previously unannounced 350 stores in the U.S., Japan and China.

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Scientists in China edit human genome in embryos for the first time

New study confirms rumors in the scientific community, heralds new debate over the ethics of human genetic engineering

By James Vincent on April 23, 2015

For the first time ever, scientists have reported editing the genetic code in human embryos. The work, carried out by researchers in China, sought to remove a gene responsible for a potentially fatal blood disorder using embryos sourced from a local fertility clinic. Although the study purposely used a type of embryo incapable of developing into a live birth, scientists have warned about the ethical implications of the work. The technique used to edit the genetic material — known as CRISPR — is potentially capable of not only removing diseases from the human genome, but also enhancing traits such as intelligence and beauty.

Nature News notes that rumors about the work, led by Junjiu Huang of Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, have been circulating for a while in the scientific community. Scientists responded preemptively in March, calling for a temporary worldwide ban on the use of CRISPR to edit human genes until the implications had been better examined. In an article published in the journal Science, leading biologists warned about the dangers of altering the human germline (meaning permanent changes to the egg, sperm, or embryo that can be passed on to future generations). They note that the "enormous opportunities" of such genetic engineering come with "unknown risks to human health and well-being."

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