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Defense Secretary Joins Facebook

Carter is the first Defense chief to join Facebook.

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NYT Editorial Board: Let The Patriot Act Expire

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“The looming expiration of a handful of provisions of the Patriot Act, which gave federal authorities vast surveillance powers, has stirred a long-overdue debate over the proper balance between investigative tactics in national security cases and civil liberties,” the editorial board wrote.

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Labor History In 2:00 – 5/29

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“No Dancing”

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Martin O’Malley Preps 2016 Bid

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In a tweet Friday O’Malley wrote, “I’m making a big announcement tomorrow! Stay tuned…”

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Poll: Pro-Choice Americans Dominate For First Time Since 2008

Half of Americans identify as pro-choice over 44 percent who identify as anti-abortion, according to a Gallup poll released Friday

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U.S. Economy Shrank By 0.7 In First Quarter

The White House says the fall is due to a “result of harsh winter weather, tepid foreign demand, and consumers saving the windfall from lower oil prices,” but projects a 2 percent increase in the second quarter

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The Day Ahead – May 29, 2015

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The Silk Road’s founder is sentenced in Manhattan district court, John Kerry heads to Nigeria and Thailand hosts a regional conference on its migrant crisis.

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The World in 2:00 – May 28, 2015

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The U.N. says it will investigate its partnerships with FIFA after this week’s indictments against soccer’s governing body.

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Feds Charge Former House Speaker With Illegal Cash Structuring

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The Department of Justice and IRS charged Dennis Hastert, 73, with illegally transferring funds in an effort to avoid detection by the IRS.

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UN Condemns IS Attacks on Iraqi Heritage Sites

UNESCO Executive-Direct Irina Bokova addresses the U.N. General Assembly before the adoption of a resolution on the destruction of Iraqi cultural heritage. May 28, 2015. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

The destruction of Iraqi antiquities amounts to ‘cultural cleansing,’ Iraq’s U.N. Ambassador told reporters.

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‘Freedom of Speech Rally Round II’ Scheduled Near Phoenix Mosque

The anti-Islam rally is encouraging participants to come with weapons and draw negative images of the Prophet Muhammad, like the original event that resulted in a gun fight

Cuba Removed From List Of State Sponsors Of Terror

The move paves the way toward restoring full diplomatic ties between the the US and Cuba

TRNS News Notes- 5/29

Former Speaker Hastert indicted: Lying
Judge skeptical in House GOP lawsuit
Draw Muhammad cartoon contest: Phoenix
FIFA vote today amid corruption scandal
Baltimore bloodier/arrests drop – why?
WH: Iraq must step up

Blatter Re-elected As Fifa President For Fifth Term

Blatter’s victory came as demands echo though the soccer world that he resign in the face of a major bribery scandal

Friday, May 29

● Teen drivers put everyone at peril

● Suit tests EPA’s award of city to Indian tribe

● Mortgage broker gouged blacks and Hispanics

● Welfare participation climbed in 2012

● Cephalon fined $1.2 billion for anti-competitive tactic

● Drone attacks remain popular among Americans

DC Metro Bans ‘Issue-based’ Ads After Muhammad Cartoon Request

The proposed ad depicts a cartoon that won the “Draw Muhammad” competition in Texas this month where two Islamic State sympathizers opened fire on attendees