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Friday, June 28, 2013

Good Morning, News!

Posted by Denis C. Theriault on Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Immigration reform—including a bill that would confer citizenship on 11 million people—somehow busted its way out of the US Senate yesterday, winning 68-32 with 14 Republican "ayes." The The House, meanwhile, remains in the grip of conservative zealots who are refusing, so far, to take up the landmark legislative package. That might work, until the billionaires who fund Republican Party campaigns tell them otherwise.

Leaks about Stuxnet, the computer virus that famously messed with Iran's nuclear program, have led to an investigation of a Marine general who was once the second-highest-ranking military officer in America. At least he's not a journalist.

Trials are moving forward this fall for the News Corp. bigshots accused of phone hacking. That will be delightful.

Once again, Congress is waiting until the very last minute before coming up with a deal to keep student loan rates from doubling. Or maybe, this time, they won't come up with one at all. Sorry, losers! Next life, get born rich!

Many people talk about suicide. Only a few of them actually do it. This fellow's making his his business to predict which ones will.

The CIA's close surveillance work with the New York Police Department, revealed in a report, could be proof the foreign spy agency is finding new and ingenious ways of getting around laws that otherwise limit its ability to operate at home.

The Washington House has declined to kill the Columbia River Crossing project. The Washington Senate will probably do it instead.

Millions of people are still living today thanks to the cells harvested from a single aborted fetus back in 1962.

America could bake today under "one of the hottest days ever recorded on Earth." If you think that's histrionic, just wait until Portland temperatures top 90 today. You people are the worst when it's hot.

Israeli settlers must face life without convenient and affordable Big Macs—now that McDonald's has officially joined an international boycott of Israel's Palestinian-territory settlements.

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