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4.27.2015 9:00 PM

The Chill Thread

 

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4.27.2015 4:00 AM

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4.26.2015 9:00 PM

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4.26.2015 4:00 AM

C2 Above the Fold

 

Earthquake slams Nepal; devastating loss of people, history

Kathmandu, Nepal (CNN) Rescue crews and residents in Nepal early Sunday began the desperate search for survivors after a magnitude-7.8 quake near the capital of Kathmandu a day earlier flattened homes, buildings and temples, causing widespread damage across the region and killing more than 1,400 people.

Whole streets and squares in the capital of roughly 1 million people were covered in rubble. Stunned residents stared at temples that were once part of their daily lives and now were reduced to nothing.

Locals and tourists ferreted through mounds of debris in search of survivors. Cheers rose from the piles when people were found alive -- but mostly bodies turned up. The injured ended up being treated outside overflowing hospitals, where crowds of people gathered looking for relatives.

Dozens of bodies were pulled from the nine-story Dharahara tower that came crashing down during the quake. At least 13 people were killed on Mount Everest, where the quake caused multiple avalanches.

A seemingly endless series of aftershocks continued to roil the area, further traumatizing survivors. Residents huddled in the cold rain overnight for safety.

And the death toll of 1,457 is expected to rise as the full extent of the damage is assessed.


Russian Hackers Read Obama’s Unclassified Emails, Officials Say

WASHINGTON — Some of President Obama’s email correspondence was swept up by Russian hackers last year in a breach of the White House’s unclassified computer system that was far more intrusive and worrisome than has been publicly acknowledged, according to senior American officials briefed on the investigation.

The hackers, who also got deeply into the State Department’s unclassified system, do not appear to have penetrated closely guarded servers that control the message traffic from Mr. Obama’s BlackBerry, which he or an aide carries constantly.

But they obtained access to the email archives of people inside the White House, and perhaps some outside, with whom Mr. Obama regularly communicated. From those accounts, they reached emails that the president had sent and received, according to officials briefed on the investigation.

White House officials said that no classified networks had been compromised, and that the hackers had collected no classified information. Many senior officials have two computers in their offices, one operating on a highly secure classified network and another connected to the outside world for unclassified communications.


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4.25.2015 9:00 PM

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4.25.2015 4:00 AM

C2 Saturday A.M. Bulldog Edition

 

Judge: Sweet Cakes bakery should pay $135K to lesbian couple

PORTLAND, Ore. - On Friday, an administrative law judge proposed that the owners of an Oregon bakery pay $135,000 to a lesbian couple refused service more than two years ago.

The judge, Alan McCullough, ruled in January that Sweet Cakes by Melissa discriminated against Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer by refusing to bake them a wedding cake.

Friday's proposed order dealt with the award for emotional suffering.

The maximum penalty that could have been assessed was $150,000, or $75,000 per person. Judge McCullough awarded $60,000 in damages to Laurel Bowman-Cryer and $75,000 in damages to Rachel Bowman-Cryer.


Did The GOP Just Surrender On ObamaCare?

Health Reform: Voters who handed Republicans control of the Senate, largely on the promise of killing ObamaCare, must be wondering why they bothered. Senate leaders now want to protect the law for the next two years. In June, the Supreme Court is expected to rule in a case that could eliminate ObamaCare subsidies for anyone signing up through Healthcare.gov.

For those who haven't followed the case, Halbig v. Burwell claims the law, as written, allows tax subsidies only for those who enroll through state-run ObamaCare exchanges, of which there are only 14. Anyone who has to use the federal exchange would be out of luck.

Those who want ObamaCare gone see this case as a prime opportunity to replace the law, or at least chuck big chunks of it. One idea was to pass a bill letting affected states opt out of ObamaCare, while using other means to protect those now getting subsidies.

Instead, the Senate leadership appears to be listening to warnings from the liberal camp that they will suffer politically if the court strikes down federal subsidies.

Democrats, the argument goes, will pound the GOP mercilessly for forcing millions to drop their now-unaffordable health plans, just as voters are starting to pay attention to the 2016 elections.


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4.24.2015 9:00 PM

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4.24.2015 4:00 AM

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4.23.2015 9:00 PM

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4.23.2015 4:00 AM

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