CNN Washington AM Note
March 25th, 2013
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CNN Washington AM Note

BREAKING OVERNIGHT:

URGENT – Afghan Prison Handover

– (CNN) - The United States on Monday handed over control of a U.S.-run detention center in Parwan near Bagram Air Base to Afghan authorities.

ALSO SEE: CNN: Pentagon: Deal reached on U.S. handover of Afghan prison

NATIONAL STORIES:

CNN: Spring, where art thou? This snow's 'a little bit of a buzz kill'

Wait a minute, didn't spring start last week? Apparently not. Folks in parts of a dozen states from Missouri to New Jersey and down to North Carolina and Tennessee are getting an ugly start to their work week. All are under winter storm warnings Monday, according to the National Weather Service. Accumulations of up to 7 inches will be common in places like St. Louis, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh. Some areas will receive a foot of snow. Mix in blustery winds and it's a bit of a mess.

CNN: Gas prices dip again in latest Lundberg Survey

U.S. gasoline prices have declined for four weeks straight and now average more than 20 cents a gallon cheaper than a year ago, according to a new nationwide survey. The average cost of a gallon across the continental United States of regular stands at $3.71, down 3 cents from two weeks earlier, said Trilby Lundberg, publisher of the Lundberg Survey. Prices have fallen nearly 9 cents a gallon in the past four weeks and are 22 cents cheaper than at this point in 2012, Lundberg said.

CNN: Colorado governor entangled in 'nightmare' gun case

Colorado's governor, who this week signed some of the nation's tightest gun control measures into law, said Sunday he couldn't fathom why the son of one of his close friends would decide to shoot his state's prisons chief – also a friend – to death. "I felt like I was caught in a nightmare I couldn't wake up from. All these things were happening to people that I loved. And they didn't seem to be connected in any way," Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, said on CNN's "State of the Union." He added his own security was being bolstered in the aftermath of the crime.

Reuters: U.S. victims of mass shootings seek control over donations

Survivors of mass U.S. shootings have united to provide victims of future tragedies greater control over donations made after such events and to prevent nonprofit groups from holding onto money intended for families of the dead and wounded. A group representing families of those killed at the Columbine, Virginia Tech and Aurora mass shootings wants to ensure any unspecified funds raised as a result of the Newtown shooting go directly to victims and their families. Newtown, the Connecticut town where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy HookElementary School on December 14, has identified more than 60 funds raising money on behalf of victims or projects related to the shooting. The families of some mass shooting victims want a National Compassion Fund established to manage future donations.

WSJ: Government Payrolls Are Facing New Pressures

Governments bled hundreds of thousands of jobs after the U.S. economic recovery started. Now they're preparing to pass the knife around again as the federal budget comes under pressure. The cuts in the public-sector workforce—at the federal, state and local levels—marked the deepest retrenchment in government employment of civilians since just after World War II. About 21.8 million civilians were directly employed by a government in the U.S. in February, accounting for roughly one out of every six nonfarm payroll jobs, according to the Labor Department. That is down by about 740,000 jobs since the recession ended in June 2009. At the same time, the private sector has added more than 5.2 million jobs over the course of the recovery.

WSJ: Medicaid-Expansion Puzzle

Deciding whether to expand Tennessee's Medicaid program as part of the federal health-care law should be easy for Republican Gov. Bill Haslam and the GOP leaders of the state legislature. All of them oppose the health law. They watched the state significantly extend eligibility in the 1990s for its Medicaid program, TennCare, only to see costs eat into the state budget and prompt lawmakers a decade later to kick several hundred thousand people off the rolls. But the decision is proving anything but simple. The city is home to more than 250 health companies including HCA Corp., the big for-profit hospital chain co-founded by Thomas Frist Sr., whose son Bill Frist was U.S. Senate majority leader. The health-care industry, which pumps an estimated $30 billion annually into the Nashville area's economy, is pressuring lawmakers to accept federal dollars to enroll almost 200,000 more people in TennCare again.

National Journal: The Man Who Could Turn Texas Blue: Rick Perry

Big in all things, Texas leads the nation in failing to provide health insurance. About one in four Texans are uninsured, the highest percentage in any state. That’s some 6 million people, the total population of Missouri. Yet Gov. Rick Perry, back from his stumbles in the 2012 GOP presidential race, has insisted that Texas will not accept the federal money provided by President Obama’s health care law to expand Medicaid coverage. As Republican governors from Arizona to New Jersey have joined the program, Perry has amplified his opposition. In a bristling speech to conservatives last week, he said governors who accepted the money had “folded in the face of federal bribery.”

Bloomberg: Cuomo’s 7-Bullet Limit to Be Suspended Indefinitely, Skelos Says

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s seven-round limit on magazines sold in New York will be suspended “indefinitely” by a measure in his $136.5 billion budget set to be passed this week, Dean Skelos, a Senate majority leader said. The ban on magazines holding more than seven bullets was set to start April 15. Cuomo has said the law needs to be rolled back because manufacturers don’t make seven-round holders. The measure was a center piece to a gun law the 55-year-old Democratic governor pushed through the legislature in January, making New York the first state to respond with tougher gun regulations to the Newtown, Connecticut school massacre.

USA Today: Reports warn of lax inspections, bioterror lab risks

The United States is at increased risk for accidents at laboratories conducting research on potential bioterror germs, such as anthrax, because federal officials have failed to develop national standards for lab design, construction and operation, according to a report to be released Monday by the Government Accountability Office. The GAO called for the standards more than three years ago. Meanwhile, another recent government audit has found significant failures by federal officials to detect security and safety violations during inspections of bioterror labs.

WHITE HOUSE:

WaPo: As Obama signs sequestration cuts, his economic goals are at risk

With his signature this week, President Obama will lock into place deep spending cuts that threaten to undermine his second-term economic vision just four months after he won reelection. Obama has repeatedly championed a set of government investments that he argues would expand the economy and strengthen the middle class, including bolstering early-childhood education, spending more on research and development, and upgrading the nation’s roads and railways. He has said his comfortable reelection victory in November shows the country is with him. But none of those policies have come close to being enacted. Instead, after returning this weekend from a trip to the Middle East, Obama is set to sign a government funding measure that leaves in place the across-the-board cuts known as sequestration — a policy that undermines many of the goals he laid out during the 2012 campaign.

BuzzFeed: Obama To Hit The Trail On A Mission To Revive Gun Control Fight

President Barack Obama is ready to hit the road on a new campaign-style public relations trip, hoping to breathe new life into the push for stronger gun control laws. With Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid planning to bring a scaled back package of gun legislation to the Senate floor early next month, the White House is hoping they can rebuild some of the momentum that has been lost in the months since the Newtown shootings. A White House official would not comment on the timing of more presidential travel, but said people should expect to see Obama travel outside DC to bolster his insistence that gun control measures "deserve a vote" in Congress.

CAPITOL HILL:

Roll Call: Rules of the Game: Hispanic Caucus Leverages Latino Power

The growing clout of Latino donors and voters has quietly boosted the fortunes of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, which has gained members, political leverage and fundraising power in the 113th Congress. Through its increasingly lucrative political action committee, known as BOLD PAC, the caucus helped elect nine more Latinos to the House in November, growing the membership of the all-Democratic caucus to 27. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has tapped a pair of caucus members to cultivate Latino candidates and donors and leading caucus members are also in the thick of immigration overhaul negotiations on Capitol Hill.

Politico: Paul Ryan’s disappearing act

He seems to have fallen entirely off the radar of early state Republicans. Democrats bring up his name with more zeal than his own party. And his footprint at CPAC was so faint that his being an afterthought was itself an afterthought. What the heck has happened to Paul Ryan? Just months removed from being on the GOP ticket, he’s faded from the national political conversation in a way that’s remarkable for a politician possessed with youth, fame and ambition. This is partly by his choosing.

Politico: NRA, Joe Manchin in talks on background checks

Sen. Joe Manchin and the National Rifle Association are quietly engaged in private talks on a proposal to broaden background checks on purchasers of firearms. That the NRA is even talking with Manchin suggests there’s at least some room for negotiation for the group — despite its public posture against tougher gun laws, several sources say. And if successful, a Manchin-NRA deal could draw in enough Republicans and red-state Democrats to defeat an expected GOP filibuster of the overall gun control bill when it hits the floor next month.

POLITICAL:

CNN: Republicans see shift in party ahead of same-sex marriage arguments

Republicans on Sunday described cracks appearing in their party's long-held opposition to same-sex marriage, an issue set to gain renewed attention when the Supreme Court hears arguments on its legality this week. "There is no putting this genie back in the bottle. It is undeniable. The shift is here and we're not going back." Republican strategist and CNN contributor Ana Navarro told CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley on "State of the Union." That shift was evident this week when Sen. Rob Portman, a Republican from Ohio, endorsed same-sex marriage. Portman, who was considered a top potential running mate for Mitt Romney in last year's election, said his decision was influenced by his son, who is gay.

WATCH: VIDEO – CNN's Joe Johns takes a look at the politics behind passing gun control legislation through the U.S. Senate.

ALSO SEE: Politico: Republicans see cash opportunity in gay marriage shift

HuffPo: Claire McCaskill Backs Gay Marriage

Support for gay marriage is snowballing among Democrats, as even the more conservative members of the party are coming out in favor of marriage equality. The latest on the list is Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who announced her backing without fanfare in Tumblr post Sunday night.

ALSO SEE: BuzzFeed: At-Risk Democratic Senators Shy Away From Marriage Equality

ABC News: Jim Messina Reflects on ‘White Knuckle’ Moments of 2012 Obama Campaign

Jim Messina, President Obama’s 2012 campaign manager, sat down with ABC News’ Michael Falcone and answered viewer questions from Facebook in a Web exclusive after his appearance on the “This Week” roundtable today. Messina looked back at the “white knuckle” moments of the 2012 campaign. “I think [it was] after the August debt-limit crisis, and August 2011 where our numbers were, you know, historically low, and then of course after the first debate when everyone was very, very concerned,” he said. “Even then I believed we would win, both times, but there were definitely some white knuckle moments.” Even as he reflects on the past year, it’s clear he’s also keeping an eye on the next presidential campaign and the potential Republican contenders.

 

CNN: Bloomberg hasn’t given up on assault weapons ban

A national ban on assault weapons may have met all-but-certain death in the Senate this week, but one of the measure’s proponents – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg – said Sunday his fight wasn’t over. “I don't think there's ever been an issue where the public has spoken so clearly, where Congress hasn't eventually understood and done the right thing,” Bloomberg said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” …The television push amounts to Bloomberg trying “to impose his will on the American public,” according to Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association. “They don’t want him in their restaurants, they don’t want him in their homes, they don’t want him telling what food to eat. They sure don’t want him telling what self-defense firearms to own. He can’t buy America,” LaPierre said, also on NBC.

ALSO SEE: CNN: Bloomberg's gun violence group launches $12 million major ad buy

NATIONAL SECURITY:

 

BBC: South Korea, US sign military plan against North 'provocations'

South Korea has signed a new military plan with the US to counter what officials call North Korean "provocations". The plan provides for a joint response between both countries in the event of an incursion or a limited attack from the North, officials say. Help from the US – which has 28,000 troops in South Korea – during minor skirmishes was previously optional. …"This allows both nations to jointly respond to the North's local provocations, with the South taking the lead and the US in support," South Korean defence ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said on Monday.

CNN: Kerry presses Iraq to ban Iran’s shipments to Syria

Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday in Baghdad that he had pressed Iraq's leaders to take steps prohibiting Iranian planes from delivering arms to Syria's besieged government, which is battling rebels backed by financial support from the United States. Iranian planes must fly through Iraq's airspace in order to reach Syria with deliveries of weapons and supplies. The flights are occurring almost daily, according to a senior State Department official accompanying Kerry on his stop in Baghdad.

Reuters: Syrian forces fire chemical weapons at rebels, opposition says

Syrian opposition campaigners said on Monday Syrian forces fired what they said were chemical weapons from multiple rocket launchers at rebels surrounding an army base in the town of Adra on the outskirts of Damascus, killing two fighters and wounding 23. …There was no independent confirmation of the attack, which follows the death of 26 people in a rocket attack near the city of Aleppo last week. The authorities and rebels accused each other of firing a missile carrying chemicals there.

ALSO SEE: CNN: Syrian rebel army chief injured in blast

 

CNN: Report: Syrian officials claim chlorine, saline mix used in Aleppo attack

The Syrian government has sent U.N. investigators the results of blood and soil testing from a mysterious attack that killed 25 people and injured more than 110 others, CNN affiliate ITN reported Sunday. Syria has claimed that rebels used chemical weapons in an attack Tuesday in Khan al-Asal in the northern province of Aleppo, according to state-run media. Opposition officials have said rebels don't have access to chemical weapons or the missiles needed to use them in an attack.

ALSO SEE:  WaPo: Backing up Obama’s warnings to Syria creates tough challenges on two fronts

NYT: Arms Airlift to Syria Rebels Expands, With C.I.A. Aid

With help from the C.I.A., Arab governments and Turkey have sharply increased their military aid to Syria’s opposition fighters in recent months, expanding a secret airlift of arms and equipment for the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, according to air traffic data, interviews with officials in several countries and the accounts of rebel commanders. The airlift, which began on a small scale in early 2012 and continued intermittently through last fall, expanded into a steady and much heavier flow late last year, the data shows. It has grown to include more than 160 military cargo flights by Jordanian, Saudi and Qatari military-style cargo planes landing at EsenbogaAirport near Ankara, and, to a lesser degree, at other Turkish and Jordanian airports.

Washington Times: U.S.-Israeli cyberattack on Iran was ‘act of force,’ NATO says

The 2009 cyberattack by the U.S. and Israel that crippled Iran’s nuclear program by sabotaging industrial equipment constituted “an act of force” and was likely illegal under international law, according to a manual commissioned by NATO’s cyberwarfare center in Estonia. “Acts that kill or injure persons or destroy or damage objects are unambiguously uses of force,” according to “The Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare.” Michael D. Schmitt, the manual’s lead author, told The Washington Times that “according to the U.N. charter, the use of force is prohibited, except in self-defense.”

CNN: Victims, gunman identified from Quantico Marine base shooting

They were three young Marines, decorated with awards and with seemingly bright futures ahead. But the promise of two of them was cut short by the third Marine, who shot them - and then turned the gun on himself, authorities say. Late Saturday night, authorities released the names of the three Marines involved in the Thursday night shooting at the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia. They were Lance Cpl. Sara Castromata, Cpl. Jacob Wooley and Sgt. Eusebio Lopez. Authorities said Lopez was the gunman.

AVIATION, REGULATION and JUSTICE:

CNN: Marriage and the Supreme Court: Five things to watch

After years of struggle on both sides of the issue, the question of same-sex marriage goes before the U.S. Supreme Court this week. People were already lining up outside the court Friday morning for the limited number of seats available Tuesday and Wednesday, when the justices will hear oral arguments on two cases.

WATCH: VIDEO – CNN's Joe Johns takes a closer look at the Defense of Marriage Act and how it affects same-sex couples.

 

LA Times: Chief justice's lesbian cousin will attend Prop. 8 hearing

Jean Podrasky, 48, a lesbian who wants to marry her partner, will be at Tuesday’s U.S. Supreme Court hearing on Proposition 8 in seating reserved for family members and guests of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. “I am so excited,” said Podrasky, an accountant and the first cousin of the chief justice on his mother’s side. “I feel quite honored and overwhelmed.” Roberts is a conservative appointed by President George W. Bush in 2005. Podrasky, who is more liberal, said she rooted for his nomination to be approved by the U.S. Senate. “He is family,” she said.

NYT: Luring Young Web Warriors Is a U.S. Priority. It’s Also a Game.

In the eighth grade, Arlan Jaska figured out how to write a simple script that could switch his keyboard’s Caps Lock key on and off 6,000 times a minute. When friends weren’t looking, he slipped his program onto their computers. It was all fun and games until the program spread to his middle school. “They called my parents and told my dad I was hacking their computers,” Mr. Jaska, 17 years old, recalled. He was grounded and got detention. And he is just the type the Department of Homeland Security is looking for. The secretary of that agency, Janet Napolitano, knows she has a problem that will only worsen. Foreign hackers have been attacking her agency’s computer systems. They have also been busy trying to siphon the nation’s wealth and steal valuable trade secrets. And they have begun probing the nation’s infrastructure — the power grid, and water and transportation systems. So she needs her own hackers — 600, the agency estimates.

Seattle Post Intelligencer: Boeing plans to lay off about 800 Machinists

Boeing plans to lay off about 800 Machinists in the Puget Sound area, the company told the union Friday. The layoffs come because 787 and 747-8 airplanes require less rework on the assembly lines, now that the programs have matured, Boeing told the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 751.

REGIONAL HEADLINES:

Philadelphia Inquirer: Christie to announce state takeover of Camden schools

Gov. Christie plans to announce Monday that he is taking the extraordinary step of putting the educational and fiscal management of the CamdenSchool District under state control, The Inquirer has learned. As part of the takeover of what the state considers the worst-performing district in New Jersey, Christie will appoint a new superintendent and leadership team, shifting the school board to an advisory role, according to Christie administration officials briefed on the plan.

Dallas Morning News: Scott Walker tells local GOP to be optimistic, courageous

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Saturday urged his fellow Republicans in Texas to be optimistic about the party’s future prospects and called on them to remain true to their core beliefs. “We need to care more about the next generation than the next election,” Walker told about 900 people at the Dallas County Republican Party’s Reagan Day Dinner at the Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas. Walker last year survived a recall election staged mostly by Democrats and unions upset by his moves to end collective bargaining in the state.

Clarion Ledger: Rep. Jessica Upshaw's death apparent suicide

Mississippi Bureau of Investigation officials are looking into the death of state Rep. Jessica Upshaw, who was found at a residence in SimpsonCounty on Sunday. The 53-year-old Republican lawmaker from Diamondhead in HancockCounty died of a gunshot wound to the head, Simpson County Sheriff told WLBT-TV. “It appeared to be self-inflicted,” he said.

Austin American-Statesman: Austin police chief, key legislators want special driver’s permits for undocumented immigrants

Austin’s top cop is worried that an immigration-related law that passed quietly through the last legislative session is making Texas roads more dangerous and turning “viejitas” — a Spanish term for little old ladies — into felons. Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo told a Texas House committee this month that the little-noticed measure tucked into a must-pass budget bill in 2011 is causing trouble for police. The law requires everyone in Texas to prove they are in the U.S. legally before they can renew driver licenses.

The Detroit News: Detroit emergency manager Orr faces hostility, high hopes first day on the job

Emergency manager Kevyn Orr begins his job today amid high hopes from supporters that he can fix Detroit's troubled finances as well as growing community unrest over the state's historic takeover of City Hall. Protesters are vowing to make themselves known to Orr, the 54-year-old Washington, D.C. attorney who is expected to occupy an office in Mayor Dave Bing's suite on the 11th floor of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center. A protest rally is planned for 11 a.m. in front of the Spirit of Detroit statue on Woodward.

Boston Herald: Edward Markey MIA in Mass.

A front-running U.S. Rep. Edward J. Markey has been missing from the Massachusetts campaign trail in the U.S. Senate special election — logging in a weeklong absence while hitting a TinselTown fundraiser only weeks before voters head to the polls in the April 30 primary. Markey, who has been knocked for not spending enough time in the state, pulled the no-show as polls have him with twice the support of his Democratic rival U.S. Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, as well as a stronger union backing.

Houston Chronicle: History unfolds as Bush library opening nears

After more than two years of construction and several years of planning, work on the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the edge of Southern Methodist University is down to the finishing touches. Final details are being completed in preparation for the April 25 invitation-only opening of the center to honor the 43rd president. The public can attend on May 1.

New Jersey Star-Ledger: With no primary threats, Christie and Buono make tracks on campaign trail

How’s this for March Madness? The general election campaign for governor has begun. With more than seven months to go, the field is already set and Gov. Chris Christie and his Democratic challenger, state Sen. Barbara Buono, are busy snapping up endorsements and exchanging brickbats in hopes of rousing voters still in recovery from presidential politics. Neither candidate has to contend with a serious primary challenge — a situation that is unheard of in Jersey’s modern political history. As a result, the early game of one-on-one heated up last week.

INTERNATIONAL:

CNNMoney: EU approves new bailout deal for Cyprus

Cyprus has agreed to shrink its bloated financial industry and tap big depositors at its two leading banks for billions of euros, clearing the way for a €10 billion European Union bailout the island nation needs to avoid collapse. The deal with the EU was struck early Monday after days of frantic negotiations that followed the rejection by Cypriot lawmakers of Plan A. That proposal, unveiled little over a week ago, would have imposed a tax on all account holders to raise funds to recapitalize the failing banks.

ALSO SEE: Financial Times: Cyprus deal boosts Asian markets

CNN: Central African Republic president flees capital amid violence, official says

The president of the Central African Republic has fled the country's capital and rebels have seized control of the city, a government official said Sunday. President Francois Bozize crossed into the Democratic Republic of Congo, said Jules Gautier Ngbapo, a spokesman for the government's territorial administration minister. He declined to disclose Bozize's location Sunday.

Reuters: Israel fires into Syria after Golan attack on troops

Israel said it fired into Syria on Sunday and destroyed a machinegun position in the Golan Heights from where shots had been fired at Israeli soldiers in a further spillover of the Syrian civil war along a tense front. It was not immediately clear whether Israel held Syrian troops or rebels responsible for what a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said had been a deliberate attack on Israeli patrols in the occupied territory.

NYT: Libya Transferring $2 Billion to Egypt’s Bank

Libya’s transitional government is completing an agreement with Egypt to deposit $2 billion in the Egyptian central bank, an official briefed on the talks said Sunday. The timing suggested a possible quid pro quo, coming five days after Egypt complied with a months-old Libyan request to round up for possible extradition at least three prominent loyalists of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s who had been living openly in Cairo.

CNN: Xi in Africa as China's role comes under scrutiny

China's President Xi Jinping's tour of Africa on his first official overseas trip underscores the strategic importance of the continent's oil and mineral resources for the world's second biggest economy, but local leaders are asking whether the relationship has benefited Africa as much as it has China. Xi arrived in Tanzania on Sunday and will stop in South Africa to attend a summit of the BRICS countries on Tuesday and Wednesday before finishing his trip in the Republic of Congo, from where China imports oil to fuel its economic growth.

CNN: Hong Kong's foreign maids lose residency fight

Hong Kong's highest court on Monday rejected the final appeal of two Filipino workers to gain permanent residency in Hong Kong, dealing a blow to thousands of foreign domestic helpers seeking to make the Chinese territory their permanent home. The Court of Final Appeal also rejected a request from the Hong Kong government to seek Beijing's clarification on a previous interpretation of the city's constitution regarding residency rights, in a case that had implications for the independence of Hong Kong's judiciary.

WaPo: In Bosnia, Turkey brings back a gentle version of the Ottoman Empire

Turkey conquered the Balkans five centuries ago. Now Turkish power is making inroads through friendlier means. Two Turkish-run universities have opened in Bosnia’s Ottoman-influenced capital in recent years, bringing an influx of Turkish students and culture to a predominantly Muslim country still reeling from a brutal ethnic war almost two decades ago. Turkish investment has expanded across the Balkans, even in Croatia and Serbia, where mostly Christian residents think of the sultans from Constantinople as occupiers, not liberators. Turkey also has helped broker talks between formerly bitter enemies in the Balkans. This growing presence has given Turkey an expanding field of influence in Europe at a time when the country’s prospects of joining the European Union appear dubious.

NYT: French Protest as Gay Marriage Bill Nears Passage

Hundreds of thousands of protesters marched in the French capital on Sunday in opposition to a gay marriage bill sponsored by President François Hollande. Men and women, some with their children — along with a strong contingent of elderly people — assembled near the Arc de Triomphe and hoisted signs reading “Don’t touch marriage, take care of unemployment!” and “Everyone is born from a man and a woman.”

Jerusalem Post: PA: Key to resuming peace talks in Israel's hands

The Palestinian Authority reiterated on Sunday its opposition to resuming peace talks with Israel without a full cessation of settlement construction and the release of Palestinian prisoners. The announcement follows a meeting between PA President Mahmoud Abbas and US Secretary of State John Kerry in Amman on Saturday night. A senior US State Department official called the separate talks Kerry had with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday “useful.”

CNN: Italian Supreme Court to rule whether Amanda Knox should be retried

Her story made headlines all over the world. An American college student studying abroad in Italy - charged with killing another student. Amanda Knox spent four years in jail before her murder conviction was overturned. Her family hopes Monday will be the last chapter in her long saga. Prosecutors want to retry her, and Italy's Supreme Court will rule whether they can. If the court says that Knox's acquittal can't be overturned, the case is over.

BUSINESS:

Financial Times: Subcontractors are chink in cyber armour

Outsourcing companies that provide low-cost computer services are emerging as “the weakest link” in the battle against cybercrime, according to senior corporate security officials. The long-term trend of companies hiring subcontractors to reduce costs has accelerated with the growth of cloud computing services. They have helped widen the range of IT jobs that can be outsourced but created new opportunities for hackers.

Reuters: Exclusive: BofA's Moynihan to hold stock longer in new pay policy

Bank of America Corp Chief Executive Brian Moynihan will need to hold shares likely worth millions of dollars for at least a year after he retires, under a new compensation policy that the bank instituted following investor pressure. The new compensation policy also requires some other top executives to keep a minimum number of shares of the bank at least until they retire, according to correspondence between the bank and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that was seen by Reuters.


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  1. Marie MD

    Why doesn't President Obama get kudos when gas prices go down but the haters come out of faux news when they go up?

    March 25, 2013 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  2. king

    can someone please tell me where does the repubs stands. they fight against gun control which is ravishing our country, they fight against climate change which is destroying our planet as we know it, they fight against tax hike on the wealthy which even Ronald Reagan had a 51 percent tax on, yet they complain on a daily basis on tax deficit; refusing to compromise by killing 3 of president obama grand bargain. come on folks, they are fighting against healthcare reform, which is the soul reason why people in small town america and inner city folks are getting jobs, because factories are hiring robots, and computer systems instead of people. i agree that medicare and medicaid need to be fixed so it stretched longer. lesson folks we just cannot just cut away like mad dogs and expect wall street to fix our roads and bridges, while china and these upcoming countries look more modernized than the most powerful country in the world, after a while people wont believe this is true.

    March 25, 2013 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    The Detroit News: Detroit emergency manager Orr faces hostility, high hopes first day on the job
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    The Michigan "Emergency Manager" law is scar on the face of democracy. The Republican-controlled state legislature votes the bill into law, a state referendum is held that overturns it, and the same state legislature re-instates the law during a lame duck session. All of this brought to you courtesy of liberty loving, democracy espousing, Republicans. When they call themselves "freedom fighters" you had best take them for their word.

    March 25, 2013 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  4. Catmandew

    Detroit used to be a nice city but it needs all the help it can get today. It is a big drain on state money Flint has many of the same troubles but it has good leadership and while not pretty is surviving. Corruption killed Detroit plain and simple. Obama is off to do more campaigning no big surprise there that is all he has ever done! Wish he would eliminate Obamacare it is too much of a drag on our economy but he will go down in history as a waste of air for 8 years!

    March 25, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  5. Malory Archer

    Rudy NYC

    The Detroit News: Detroit emergency manager Orr faces hostility, high hopes first day on the job
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    The Michigan "Emergency Manager" law is scar on the face of democracy. The Republican-controlled state legislature votes the bill into law, a state referendum is held that overturns it, and the same state legislature re-instates the law during a lame duck session. All of this brought to you courtesy of liberty loving, democracy espousing, Republicans. When they call themselves "freedom fighters" you had best take them for their word.

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    Ironically, the state of michigan's finances are in no better shape than Detroit's. Perhaps AG Holder should send the Fed to take over at the state level.

    March 25, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |