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US soldier freed from captivity in Afghanistan - Yahoo News

CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: The Obama administration not only negotiates with terrorists, they do so publicly. And they exchanged five American killing terrorists with a U.S. soldier who abandoned his post, he walked away from his duty.  Obama has established yet another very dangerous precedent.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Obama administration officials said Saturday.


Memo to Journalists: Quote Hillary to Hillary: "It Is Our Job to Figure Out What Happened" - Hugh Hewitt - Page 1

“It is inaccurate to state that every single one of them was influenced by this hateful video."

This statement is part of Hillary's 36 page "fog of war" chapter on Benghazi in her forthcoming memoir, a chapter obtained at least in part by Politico's Maggie Haberman, and it appears to be indicative of how she filled those 36 pages without answering any of the crucial questions about the events of that night and the following day.

This line refers to the killers.

And this line is of course a straw man, easily recognized after the president's straw man Woodstock at West Point earlier this week. It is also "inaccurate to state" that the whereabouts and actions of the president, the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense that night are well known or even understood in general outline. That Hillary even bothers to spend time on the laughable "the video made them do it" argument tells us that the chapter is an exercise in space-filling, an effort to appear to be transparent and forthright about the most obvious, tragic failure of her trail of tears tenure at State. This chapter appears to be just another part of the ongoing refusal to come clean about what happened that night both in Benghazi and much more importantly for Hillary's future political ambitions in D.C.


The President's VA Nonsense - Guy Benson

President Obama's announcement that he has accepted VA Secretary Eric Shinseki's resignation did not come as a shock to many of us, and neither did the shameless and revisionist nature of his statement. Obama called the Shinseki controversy a "distraction" (this is what he really means by that), praised Shinseki's job performance at the VA as among the best in history, suggested that the "bad news" about the agency's failings and abuses never reached the highest levels, and claimed that old computer systems contributed to the wait list problems. He also called for more resources -- ie, taxpayer money -- to be devoted to the VA. Every one of these arguments is specious.

If Shinseki's leadership was truly "exemplary," he wouldn't have been forced out amid scandal. If it were true that unpleasant information had been suppressed and kept from the big bosses, that would have been an indictment of Shinseki's management -- not to mention Obama's, who made reforming and improving the VA a centerpiece of his 2008 campaign. But it's not true. Numerous internal red flags and warnings over the last five-plus years weren't dealt with adequately, or sometimes at all. Since administration higher-ups frequently claim to discover problems from the media, how is it that they could have missed major exposes in the press regarding the state of affairs at the VA?


U.S. and China square off at Asia security forum | Reuters

(Reuters) - The United States and China squared off at an Asian security forum on Saturday, with the U.S. defense secretary accusing Beijing of destabilizing the region and a top Chinese general retorting that his comments were "threat and intimidation".

Using unusually strong language, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel took aim at Beijing's handling of territorial disputes with its Asian neighbors.


Kerry Released From Benghazi Testimony - Business Insider

In an unmistakably angry statement issued Friday, Rep. Darrell Issa, the Republican chair of the House Oversight Committee, said Secretary of State John Kerry would no longer be required to appear before his committee next month to deliver testimony on the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. 

Issa's three-paragraph statement on Kerry's release from testifying on June 12 accused the secretary of state of trying to "squirm" his way out of appearing before the committee. According to Issa, his decision reflected a desire to consolidate the Benghazi investigation to the new select committee established earlier this month. He said he only made the decision after seeing Kerry and other Democrats try to use his testimony as a way to drive a wedge between Issa's committee, which has led the investigation thus far, and the new select committee chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy.

"Seeing Secretary Kerry and others, who have worked to obstruct critical oversight of Congress’ investigations into Benghazi, attempt to use the upcoming June 12 hearing as a shield against the Select Committee tells me it’s time to reassess. It’s been disappointing to watch a long serving former Senator, like Secretary Kerry, squirm his way to what I’m doing today – releasing him from the upcoming hearing commitment he made only after we issued him a subpoena," Issa said in his statement.


Chemist says creating the perfect cup of coffee is all about the water | The Sideshow - Yahoo News

Chris Hendon has set out to help a local British barista win the title of world’s best barista and he says the secret to success lies in using the perfect water .

Writing for the Royal Society of Chemistry, the University of Bath computational chemist says the challenge was a natural one for him considering that, “Brewing coffee might be the most practiced chemical extraction in the world.”

Now, there is no shortage of expert opinions on making the perfect cup of coffee, including a few that attempt to break down the process scientifically.


Clovis: Likelihood of GOP Senate nominee determined by convention increasing - TheGazette

CEDAR RAPIDS — In the five-way GOP U.S. Senate race, Sam Clovis thinks it’s possible there won’t be a winner when the June 3 primary election is over.

“There’s a chance,” he said in Cedar Rapids Friday. “There are probably a couple of campaigns that have a legitimate chance of winning in primary night.”

Even though Clovis believes he’s one of them, he doesn’t have to win the primary to get the nomination. Clovis, a college professor and retired Air Force pilot, believes that “ everyday the likelihood of it going to overtime is building.”


Branstad signs budget, vetoes large piece

DES MOINES | Gov. Terry Branstad put the finishing touches on a fiscal 2015 state budget topping $6.9 billion Friday by vetoing at least $181 million in state spending that impacted funding for environmental programs and building projects at state university campuses in Ames, Cedar Falls and Iowa City.

Branstad rejected a measure that sought to pay off $60 million in Vision Iowa program bonds and directed nearly $79.8 million in one-time funding for a host of projects. He also used his item-veto power to cut $41 million from an infrastructure bill – including action to reduce a $25 million allocation for the Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program by $9 million for fiscal 2015.


Anthony Rizzo 'sick of' Cubs talking about Wrigley renovation | CSN Chicago

MILWAUKEE – The Cubs Way is all talk. At least that’s how it sounds when the team has the worst record in the majors and the Wrigley Field renovation turns into a PR nightmare.

Anthony Rizzo voiced the growing frustration inside the organization, around City Hall and on Cubs fans’ Twitter accounts, responding to the broken promises and idle threats that have fueled the Wrigleyville drama.

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“They told us, again, that we were going to get approved and it didn’t get approved,” Rizzo said Friday at Miller Park. “So I know a lot of guys are not happy about that. It’s kind of a shame, because we get excited about it.