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Friday, June 14, 2013

Good Morning, News!

Posted by Denis C. Theriault on Fri, Jun 14, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Whatever the Supreme Court decides this month on same-sex marriage will obviously be very important. Whatever President Obama decides to do with that ruling—vigorously rewriting federal rules to embrace equality or meekly letting it remain a matter for the states?—will arguably be just as important.

Edward Snowden may have made some friends in China, friends who might let him stay for a spell, after revealing some sensitive NSA spycraft aimed at the country. One country that definitely doesn't want him? Great Britain.

The federal government, meanwhile, will try to enlighten us, by Monday, with some examples of when penetrative surveillance stopped terrorist attacks—presumably real ones and not the cases when the FBI's own agents built the bombs for people they first approached and groomed. Right, guys?

The FBI also believes Snowden has more files than the ones that have been made public.

Turkey's prime minister, on the eve of a promised final confrontation, is now gambling that ardor for the demonstrations that have convulsed his company might be flaming out. After days of refusing to meet with protesters, his government released arrestees and he's agreed to put off plans to tear apart the park at the heart of the protests pending a court appeal.

The Russians predictably say they're convinced Syria didn't use chemical weapons on its own people and are kindly asking the the United States not to deliver on a promise to send direct military aid. Syria's rebels, meanwhile, still say that whatever the US might be sending, it won't be nearly enough for the job at hand.

"To hell with you." Iran's ruling cleric (Level 15, WIS14, LN) had some pleasant words for America as he magnanimously cast his vote in a presidential election that won't actually do a thing to sap his power. Here's a live blog!

Another secret Nazi is uncovered living peaceably in the United States. The 94-year-old former SS commander, who settled in Minnesota, could face deportation and a war crimes trial in Germany.

Republican Jeb Bush said something smart, in describing the global economic advantages that America's immigrant culture bestows. Then the potential 2016 presidential nominee said something that made me cringe: Immigrants are also "more fertile."

A tornado hit McMinnville! An actual one, too!

One of the whistleblowers
at the heart of a scandal that bubbled under the Adams administration, but apparently fell on Mayor Charlie Hales to adjudicate, told the O that his ouster as chief financial officer was partly related to retaliation.

Two brothers in Florida got into a knife fight over macaroni and cheese.

WAIT! WHAT? YOU CAN MIX UP THE BOXED PASTA MEANT TO SOAK UP CHEESE POWDER CHEMICALS? WHY THAT REALLY IS SOME KIND OF WACKY!

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