Voters do worry that billionaires buy elections

Call me hooked, but I can't stop dissecting Donald Trump's victory just yet. Not when there's one factor that has been insufficiently credited for his Electoral College triumph and his near-miss in Minnesota - and that matters to the health of this republic in years to come.

Texas to Require Burials After Many Abortions

Texas health officials have adopted a new rule that would require burials after many abortions conducted in the state - a decision that could have a profound effect on providers there. The rule, which was submitted to the Texas secretary of state by the Texas Department of Health Services last Monday, changes the manner in which fetal tissue can be disposed of following an abortion at a clinic, hospital or other medical setting.

U.S. president-elect, in break with practice, speaks to Taiwan’s leader


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U.S. President-elect Donald Trump spoke by phone on Friday with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, a transition team spokeswoman said, the first such contact by a president-elect since President Jimmy Carter adopted a one-China policy in 1979. Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for the Trump transition, confirmed the call had taken place, and the transition team later issued a statement saying the two had noted that "close economic, political and security ties exist between Taiwan and the United States."

‘Sanctuary cities’; NJ mayors face Trump fight

Jurisdictions in New Jersey are clarifying their policies toward immigration enforcement as President-elect Trump has promised to pull federal funding from so-called 'sanctuary cities.' 'Sanctuary cities'; NJ mayors face Trump fight Jurisdictions in New Jersey are clarifying their policies toward immigration enforcement as President-elect Trump has promised to pull federal funding from so-called 'sanctuary cities.'

Howard Dean Drops Out Of DNC Chairmanship Race, No Screams Were Heard

Well, there was no screaming this time, but former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, who also headed the Democratic National Committee, has decided to withdraw from the DNC's chairmanship race : Saying the party needs to avoid a fight between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders supporters, and that the party needs a full-time chairman, Dean took himself out of the running, leaving the race to Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley and South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison. Dean has been credited with increasing the number of Democrats holding office at the state and local level, which has been wiped out since Obama won the presidency in 2008.

Sen. David Perdue Meeting the President-Elect in Trump Tower

Georgia senator David Perdue is meeting with Donald Trump on Friday. His team issued the following statement regarding their expected talks: "As a fellow businessman and outsider himself, Senator Perdue was invited to Trump Tower to discuss working together to advance President-elect Trump's 100-day plan in the Senate and changing the direction of our country," Perdue's spokeswoman Caroline Vanvick stated.

Obama’s Pitch: Get Insured and Protect Health Law

President Barack Obama told Americans to sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act and mobilize against Republican efforts to overturn the law in a Facebook video on Friday afternoon, setting the tone for the kind of twin appeal that administration officials may be making more of in their remaining days on the []

Obama bars China’s Fujian from buying Aixtron’s U.S. business

Dec 2 President Barack Obama issued an executive order which prohibits China's Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund from acquiring the U.S. business of German semiconductor equipment maker Aixtron, the Treasury Department said on Friday. The White House said it was blocking the deal following an assessment done by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, an inter-agency task force led by the Treasury Department.

Professional mediator takes on NM budget impasse

Professional mediator takes on NM budget impasse SANTA FE - He is a mild mannered attorney who negotiates out-of-court resolutions to legal disputes for a living. Check out this story on lcsun-news.com: http://lcsun.co/2gwB96U In this Monday, Nov. 28, 2016 photo, state Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, works in his office in the state Capitol building in Santa Fe.

Ellison open to leaving Congress if elected DNC chair

Rep. Keith Ellison said Friday that if he's elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee he'd consider leaving Congress in order to devote his attention to rebuilding the national party. Speaking at a forum in Denver to a gathering of state party chairs, Ellison said he's heard from DNC members who are only interested in electing a full-time chairman.

First Day Of Wisconsin RecountNets Hillary One Vote

The first day of Wisconsin's presidential recount narrowed the gap between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President-elect Donald Trump by precisely one vote. Trump defeated Clinton in Wisconsin's initial tally by about one percent, or just over 22,000 votes.

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Devout Muslim Abdul Razak Ali Artan was shot dead by police after he ploughed a car into 11 people at the universityA s Columbus campus on Monday before jumping out of his vehicle and stabbing people with a butcherA s knife. A Christian charity in Dallas, Texas, has now revealed they gave him and his family aid and shelter when they arrived in the United States from Pakistan in June 2014 before he became a lawful permanent US resident.

Obama blocks Chinese takeover of tech group Aixtron


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US President Barack Obama has blocked a Chinese company's purchase of German chip equipment manufacturer Aixtron on national security grounds in a move that highlights the growing hostility towards Chinese cross-border investment in western countries.  In a presidential order issued on Friday, Mr Obama said "there is credible evidence" that Chinese investors Fujian Grand Chip "might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States".

Panel urges better cybersecurity to President-elect Trump

A national commission was set Friday to deliver urgent recommendations to improve the nation's cybersecurity, weeks before President-elect Donald Trump takes office. The report follows the worst hacking of U.S. government systems in history and accusations by the Obama administration that Russia meddled in the U.S. presidential election by hacking Democrats.

Supreme Court takes up hospital pension dispute

The Supreme Court will decide whether some of the nation's largest health providers can rely on their church affiliations to avoid complying with federal laws covering pension benefits for workers. The justices agreed Friday to take up cases involving three nonprofit hospital systems being sued for underfunding their employee pension plans.

Trump moves to quickly fill his top Cabinet ranks

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said he expected to have most members of his Cabinet announced next week, interviewing more candidates at Trump Tower for top jobs in his administration as he prepares to take office on Jan. 20. Trump is still weighing who to choose as secretary of state. The Republican president-elect said on Thursday he had chosen retired Marine Corps General James Mattis as defense secretary and would make a formal announcement on that on Monday.

Good Samaritan Shoots Man Attacking Cop – Is It Legal?

If you read about or saw the descriptions of a recent incident in which a good samaritan in Florida came to the rescue of a Lee County deputy who was being beaten, you probably assumed that what the good samaritan did was legally justified in the state. But what do the actual statutes in the Sunshine State say? James Phillips, of the Katz & Phillips criminal-defense law firm in Orlando and a U.S. Law Shield of Florida Independent Program Attorney, researched the details of the incident and produced the following YouTube video to explain what the laws in the state are and how they might apply in this case: "Recently, a good samaritan who possessed a CWFL [Concealed Weapon Firearm License] came to the rescue of a Lee County deputy.

House GOP Selects New Committee Chairmen

A number of House committees will see a shakeup in leadership next year, as GOP members approve the Steering Committee's recommendations for chairmanships during their conference meeting Friday. House Speaker Paul Ryan released a list of approved recommendations Thursday evening, showing seven changes slated for the 115th Congress.

Trump’s victory could be pyrhhic

The last time the Republican Party had a win like the surprise pulled off by President-elect Donald Trump, it came in California and it quickly turned the nation's largest state from a consistent toss-up political battleground to a solid Democratic bastion. That "victory" came when then-Gov. Pete Wilson won re-election - on Nov. 8, also the date of Trump's triumph - by a large margin in 1994 on the strength of a campaign directed largely against Latino illegal immigrants.

The Iraqi Parliament’s Outrageous Legitimization Of Shia Death Squads

A member of Shi'ite fighters carries a weapon during a battle with Islamic State militants at the airport of Tal Afar west of Mosul, Iraq November 18, 2016. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani The Iraqi House of Representatives last week approved an Act legitimizing the so-called Popular Mobilization Forces , the pro-Iranian militias accused of acts of barbarism and brutality in Fallujah, Ramadi and Mosul.

Why Was Anthony Weiner Slapped With A $65,000 Fine?

The New York City Finance Board unanimously voted on Thursday to fine the former New York congressman $64,956 for misusing campaign funds during his 2013 failed NYC mayoral bid. According to the New York Post , the amateur photographer diverted $1,359 to pay for some of his personal expenses, namely dry cleaning and cell phone bills.

Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., embraces Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., during a…

A sprawling health bill expected to pass the Senate, gain President Obama's signature and become law before the end of the year is a grab bag for industries, academic institutions and patient groups that spent oodles of time and money lobbying to advance their interests. The law would likely save drug and device companies billions of dollars when it comes to bringing products to market by giving the Food and Drug Administration more discretion in the kinds of studies required to evaluate new devices and medicines for approval.

In Trump era, at least the punk rock will be louder: Larry Wilson

Now that reality has semi-set in, that is my only cogent polling analysis, I told a trio of local professors who each brilliantly dissected the results at a Thursday lunch event I emceed, themed “What the heck happened on election day?” That was no doubt the theme used dozens of times in political science department gatherings and on Rotary Club daises across the nation this week. At our meeting, sponsored by the San Gabriel Valley Public Affairs Network, professors Zachary Courser of Claremont McKenna, Fernando Guerra of Loyola Marymount and Raphe Sonenshein refused to moan and handwring and instead just nailed the numbers about the nationwide results.

Shots fired, but at who? J. Cole’s track has people guessing

A track off J. Cole's forthcoming album has some speculating the rapper ... NEW YORK - A track off J. Cole's forthcoming album has some people playing the guessing game on who he's taking shots at. Cole doesn't mention anyone by name on "False Prophets," but some on social media are speculating he's rapping about a few stars, including Kanye West.

Pence signs paperwork allowing IN electors to vote for him

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has signed off on the paperwork that will enable the state's delegation to the electoral college to cast their votes - for him. The Republican, who will be Donald Trump's vice president, is the first Indiana governor since 1912 to certify electors who will later cast electoral college votes in his favor.

Lawsuits seek to block or halt Wisconsin, Michigan recounts

Supporters of Republican Donald Trump filed a federal lawsuit trying to halt Wisconsin's ongoing presidential recount, and Michigan's attorney general on Friday sued to stop a recount from happening in his state. The Wisconsin lawsuit and motion for a temporary restraining order was filed late Thursday in U.S. District Court in Madison by the Great America PAC, the Stop Hillary PAC and a Wisconsin voter, Ronald R. Johnson.

Economy Looking Up In Obama’s Final Days As President

The unemployment rate declined and the number of new jobs increased in November, as President Barack Obama wraps up his final months in the White House. The U.S. economy created 178,000 new jobs, mainly in the professional, business, and healthcare fields, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' November employment report , released Friday.

Virginia Flood Damage from Matthew Costliest Since Isabel, Officials Say

Virginia suffered only a glancing blow from Hurricane Matthew last month when unprecedented amounts of rain fell, but on Wednesday officials estimated flood damage to be hundreds of millions of dollars, making it the costliest storm since Hurricane Isabel in 2003. Emergency management officials are now renewing calls for residents to get flood insurance, saying a vast majority of homeowners in areas vulnerable to major hurricane storm surge lack coverage.

Elections commission approves presidential recount timeline

Green Party candidate Jill Stein wants a recount of the presidential vote in Wisconsin, and she's going to get one - though not the one she wanted - after paying almost $3.5 million to the state. Stein, who netted about 31,000 votes and a little more than 1 percent of the total, had been fundraising since she announced her intention last week to file for a recount, and on Tuesday she came up with the dough.

Pence: Trump will focus fast on tax, healthcare, immigration -WSJ

The Trump administration plans to move quickly on its goals to overhaul taxation, healthcare and immigration laws, Vice President-elect Mike Pence said in an interview published by the Wall Street Journal on Friday. President-elect Donald Trump, who takes office on Jan. 20, is preparing 100-day and 200-day plans aimed at fulfilling his campaign promises and stimulating economic growth, Pence said.

New York milk producers facing more obstacles from Canada

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says a targeted pricing policy was recently implemented in Ontario that's designed to discourage Canadian cheesemakers from using imported, ultra-filtered milk from the U.S. in their products. The new pricing policy essentially sets the price of Canada's products below that of New York's ultra-filtered milk imports, and Schumer says that hurts farmers in the Empire State.

Donald Trump Is a Greater Threat to Free Speech Than the Campus Left


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President-Elect Donald Trump recently tweeted that people who burn the American flag should be put in jail or even lose their American citizenship. This ignorant, despicable statement should make a plain truth even more obvious: Trump will not defend free speech from the forces of censorship-he represents the forces of censorship.

Senate GOP shies from fight over Medicare

Congressional Democrats are warning that Speaker Paul Ryan and President-elect Donald Trump are gunning for Medicare - and they are rubbing their hands in glee at the prospect of an epic political battle over the government's flagship health program that covers 57 million Americans. "We are not inclined to lead with our chin," said No.

A gap-filled Texas border fence reveals the challenges ahead for Trump’s wall


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The rust-colored border security fence starts in a dusty field on the Loop family farm in South Texas - about 15 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico and a mile north of the southern U.S. border. From there, near Brownsville, it stretches about 60 miles west, but with plenty of gaps to drive or walk through.

‘You have to write what people want to see’: How one Macedonian teenager creates fake news


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On the second floor of a noisy sports center in the Macedonian town of Veles, a teenage purveyor of fake news cracked open his laptop and laid out his case for why lying is more lucrative than the truth. "The fake news is the good news," the 18-year-old said, pointing to a graph showing his audience figures, which reached into the hundreds of thousands, a bling watch clasped firmly around his wrist.

Ukraine’s leader urges EU to extend sanctions against Russia

Polish President Andrzej Duda,left, and the president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko inspect a guard of honor during the official welcome ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016. . Polish President Andrzej Duda, second right, and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda, right, attend welcoming ceremony of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his wife Maryna, left, inspect a guard of honor during the offic... .

Gambian official: Opposition candidate Barrow wins election

So far, the hundreds of protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline have shrugged off the heavy snow, icy winds and frigid temperatures that have swirled around their large encampment on the North Dakota... So far, the hundreds of protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline have shrugged off the heavy snow, icy winds and frigid temperatures that have swirled around their large encampment on the North Dakota grasslands.

At Trump Tower, presidential kitsch and caboodle

In his cowboy hat and boots and strategically slung guitar, the Naked Cowboy has been a fixture in Times Square for decades, posing under the neon with visitors for donations. But these days, in his spangled underwear and little else, he can be found farther north: at the Midtown Manhattan home of another outsize New York character, Donald Trump.

House pushes ahead with $611 billion defense policy bill

The Republican-led House is pushing ahead with a $611 billion defense policy bill that prohibits closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, forbids the Pentagon from trimming the number of military bases and awards U.S. troops their largest pay raise in six years. Lawmakers are scheduled to vote Friday on the legislation, which authorizes military spending for the fiscal year that started Oct. 1. The defense bill includes an agreement that prevents the Defense Department from forcing thousands of California National Guard troops to repay enlistment bonuses and benefits they received a decade after they signed up to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan.

More stunts by Trump, the clown

Donald Trump kicked off his "thank you" tour in Ohio Thursday with a rally of his faithful shouting "build the wall" and "lock her up" - two of his many campaign promises that seem to be no longer on his plate. Of course, facts don't matter to the President-elect or to his rabid, cult-like supporters who treat him like a political messiah while overlooking his pampered upbringing and lifestyle or his penchant of stocking his cabinet and primary advisors pool with the ultra-rich and/or the rabidly-militaristic.

Key House chairman: GOP will change Medicare, to ‘save’ it

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas., speaks during an interview with The Associated Press on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas., speaks during an interview with The Associated Press on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016.

Senate GOP shies from fight over Medicare

In this June 7, 2016, file photo, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Congressional Democrats are warning that Speaker Paul Ryan and President-elect Donald Trump are gunning for Medicare _ and they are rubbing their hands in glee at the prospect of an epic political battle over the government's flagship health program that covers 57 million Americans.

How a Trump administration could shape the internet

Under a President Donald Trump, cable and phone companies could gain new power to influence what you do and what you watch online - not to mention how much privacy you have while you're at it. Republicans who generally oppose regulation seem likely to take charge at the Federal Communications Commission, the government's primary telecom regulator.

Turkey, Russia seek truce in Syria

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday that his country and Russia want a cease-fire in Syria, where the two nations support opposing camps in the conflict. Speaking alongside Sergey Lavrov, his Russian counterpart, in a Turkish resort town, Cavusoglu said, "We are in agreement that a cease-fire is needed so that the tragedy can come to an end."

Senate vote renews Iran sanctions law

In this Nov. 23, 2014 file-pool photo, Secretary of State John Kerry talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Vienna, Austria. Kerry plans to see Zarif this week amid Iranian complaints that it's not getting the sanctions relief it deserves under last year's landmark nuclear deal.

Clear Ethel Rosenberg, sons ask

The sons of convicted spy Ethel Rosenberg returned to the White House on Thursday, more than 50 years after pleading to spare her life, in a last-ditch appeal to President Barack Obama to exonerate her citing new evidence. Rosenberg was executed in 1953 along with her husband, Julius, after being convicted of conspiring to pass secrets to the Soviet Union about the atomic bomb.

Wisconsin starts recount on presidential ballots

Nicole Kirby looks over results during a statewide presidential election recount Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in Milwaukee. The first candidate-driven statewide recount of a presidential election in 16 years began Thursday in Wisconsin, a state that Donald Trump won by less than a percentage point over Hillary Clinton after polls long predicted a Clinton victory.

Can YOU tell if this a sponge or a slice of bread? Latest optical…

'I told you, don't you f*** with me': Unarmed former NFL star Joe McKnight shot dead by white man, 54, in a New Orleans road rage attack as he tried to apologize during an altercation Mad Dog unleashed in the White House: Trump says he has selected respected and outspoken retired Marine General James Mattis, 66, as Defense Secretary Brazilian prosecutors 'offer to drop charges against Ryan Lochte over his false robbery scandal at the Rio Olympics if he pays a $20,000 fine' Wheelchair bound Buzz Aldrin, 86, is hospitalized with fluid in his lungs after 'ailing' former astronaut had to be medically evacuated from South Pole expedition Colorado mother legally purchased a new handgun just hours before she and her two young sons were found dead in the family's minivan in 'murder-suicide' A glimpse inside North Korea from the International Space Station: Breathtaking footage reveals what life ... (more)

Farming subsidies rise 74% in state

Arkansas farmers have received $370.7 million in federal "safety net" payments for losses in 2015, an increase of 73.9 percent from the year before, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In comparison, for losses in the 2014 farm year, Arkansas farmers received $213.2 million through Sept.

Sand dune opponents invoke Zika fears in bid to stop project

This shoreline community has tried everything it can think of to prevent protective sand dunes from being built along the beach, invoking lost views, wrongly seized property rights and damaged tourism prospects. Now that those big-picture issues have failed to kill the project, Margate is using a mosquito to make a questionable claim: that the dunes will help spread the Zika virus.

Help name a Mexican spider monkey

A drunken Florida man who was craving tacos called 911 when Taco Bell said they wouldn't sell him any tacos. A drunken Florida man who was craving tacos called 911 when Taco Bell said they wouldn't sell him any tacos.

Supreme Court hears cases about use of race in redistricting

The Supreme Court is returning to the familiar intersection of race and politics, in a pair of cases examining redistricting in North Carolina and Virginia. The eight-justice court is hearing arguments Monday in two cases that deal with the same basic issue of whether race played too large a role in the drawing of electoral districts, to the detriment of African-Americans.

U.S. veterans to meet with tribe elders in pipeline protest

A man rests on top of a hill inside of the Oceti Sakowin camp as 'water protectors' continue to demonstrate against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S., December 2, 2016. Korean War veteran George Martin, 80, an Ojibwe tribe from Hopkins, Michigan, stands with veterans who oppose the Dakota Access oil pipeline on Backwater Bridge near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S., December 2, 2016.

Trump, Clinton Teams Swap Barbs at Harvard Post-Mortem

The contentious fight for the White House is over for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton but their top strategists are still battling. In a campaign post-mortem at Harvard University, featuring both candidates' team of strategists Thursday, bitterness and tensions were on full display, according to Politico.

Obama Said Poised to Block Chinese Bid For Germany’s Aixtron

U.S. President Barack Obama is poised to block a Chinese company from buying Germany's Aixtron SE, people familiar with the matter said, which would mark only the third time in more than a quarter century that the White House has rejected an investment by an overseas buyer as a national security risk. The president is expected Friday to uphold a recommendation by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. that the sale of the semiconductor-equipment supplier to China's Grand Chip Investment GmbH should be stopped, according to the people, who asked not to be identified as the details aren't public.

Conservatives are worried Trump’s Carrier deal could set a bad precedent


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President-elect Donald Trump claimed a big win Wednesday when he announced he had successfully pressured Carrier Corporation not to move some of its production facilities from Indiana to Mexico. While the company will still shift some production south of the border, the change of plans will save about 1,000 jobs in Indiana.

Brian Fejer’s blog post was featured

Given my amateur studies of authoritarian fascist regimes, I will NOT be commenting about President Elect Donald J. TRUMP, or his swamp, once he is inaugurated, next month on 1/20/17. Until then, for a few weeks, I'll continue to let it rip, at least as it relates to Albuquerque, and local politicos! After EIGHT long months, I finally received a reply from Albuquerque City Councilor President Dan Lewis, on his support or should we say, non-support for POTUS Elect TRUMP! "...Councilor Lewis has not made any comments publicly regarding statements by the president-elect, nor has he indicated any of his opinions to me in that regard.

Trumpa s a Thank youa tour gets off to raucous start

Donald Trump returned to his campaign roots Thursday in his first major public appearance since Election Day, resembling the pugnacious, brawling campaigner more than the traditional president-to-be as he held court in front of thousands of adoring fans - and even announced a Cabinet pick from the stage. Trump's first stop on this "Thank you" tour to salute his supporters was in Ohio and, ever the showman, he made the surprise announcement that he will be offering the post of Defence Secretary to retired Marine Corps Gen.

‘Hashtag he’s your president’: Shouting row erupts…

The raw, lingering emotion of the 2016 presidential campaign erupted into a shouting match here Thursday as top strategists of Hillary Clinton's campaign accused their Republican counterparts of fuelling and legitimising racism to elect Donald Trump. The extraordinary exchange came at a postmortem session sponsored by Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, where top operatives from both campaigns sat across a conference table from each other.

University program receives $1.4 million federal grant

The Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center received another $1.4 million dollar boost from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The center is the first federally-funded entity focused on developing technology and methods to improve and accelerate the construction of bridges.

Sons of convicted spy Ethel Rosenberg plead with Obama to exonerate mother

The sons of convicted spy Ethel Rosenberg returned to the White House on Thursday, more than 50 years after pleading unsuccessfully to spare her life, in a last-ditch appeal to President Barack Obama to exonerate her amid new evidence. Rosenberg was executed in 1953 along with her husband, Julius, after being convicted of conspiring to pass secrets about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union.

Forest Service worker describes bias

A Forest Service firefighter from California's Eldorado National Forest blew another whistle Thursday on sexual harassment and gender bias inside federal public lands agencies. Reinforcing claims previously made by many others over many years, Fire Prevention Technician Denice Rice told a House panel of repeated problems facing women, who remain greatly outnumbered by men in the Forest Service.