Bill allowing 9/11 suits against Saudis sent to Obama

first_img“If nobody objected to the bill [passage], I don’t know why they would change their vote on a veto override,” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas), one of the chief backers of the legislation, said Monday. “This would be the first one under this president, and I think it would be well deserved.”The Obama administration has listed several concerns with the legislation. For one, the legislation could potentially lead to different judges in different courtrooms coming up with differing terror designations about the same country, Earnest said — in contrast to the current process within the administration deeming certain nations state sponsors of terrorism.The White House is also worried that the legislation could open up the U.S. government to legal retaliation by foreign governments — a concern it underscored again on Monday.“The president feels quite strongly about this,” Earnest said Monday. “Our concern is not limited to the impact it could have on a relationship with one country, but rather it could have an impact on our relationship with every country around the world in a way that has negative consequences for the United States, for our national security, and for our men and women in uniform.”Depending on when Obama sends a veto message back to the Capitol, lawmakers could vote to override it as quickly as this month, although the exact timing is unclear and the expectation among some had been that a veto override vote would likely come in the lame-duck session. The timing also depends on how quickly lawmakers in both chambers move an interim spending measure through December 9 that has to pass by the end of this month.“I presume we would not leave until we have a chance to vote on a veto override following” passage of the short-term spending measure, Cornyn told reporters Monday. “We just don’t know what the timing’s going to be. We don’t know how quickly the House is going to move on the [continuing resolution] and we don’t know what sort of things might happen in between.” The White House on Monday received legislation passed unanimously by Congress that would allow families of the victims of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks to sue Saudi Arabia — triggering a 10-day timeline for President Barack Obama to either sign or veto the measure.White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest emphasized Monday that Obama still plans to veto the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which unanimously passed by the House last Friday on the eve of the 15th anniversary of the attacks and is likely to result in the first veto override of his presidency.Obama has 10 days to act on the measure starting Tuesday, congressional aides said. Sundays don’t count in the 10-day timeframe, so that means Obama must act by September 23 after receiving the legislation Monday night. And with such forceful backing on Capitol Hill, key lawmakers were urging Obama to reconsider his opposition to the measure.“The families of the 9/11 victims have suffered so much and fought so hard for justice,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who led efforts in the Senate on behalf of the measure, said in a statement Monday. “I hope for their sake that the administration will rethink vetoing this bill.” Also On POLITICO Dept. of History ‘We’re the only plane in the sky’ By Garrett M. Grafflast_img read more

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Penguins Ron Hainsey sidelined with upper-body injury

first_imgPhiladelphia Flyers’ Wayne Simmonds (17) scores a goal against Pittsburgh Penguins’ Matt Murray (30) as Brayden Schenn (10) and Ron Hainsey (65) watch during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PITTSBURGH (AP) — The depleted Pittsburgh Penguins defense has taken another hit. Coach Mike Sullivan says defenseman Ron Hainsey is week-to-week with an upper-body injury. The Penguins acquired the 35-year-old Hainsey just before the trade deadline. Hainsey has one assist in 10 games since joining Pittsburgh. The Penguins called up Derrick Pouliot from their AHL affiliate in Wilkes Barre/Scranton ahead of Friday night’s game against New Jersey to fill in for Hainsey.Pittsburgh is already missing injured defensemen Kris Letang, Olli Maatta and Trevor Daley, though all three are expected back by the playoffs.Sullivan said center Evgeni Malkin will sit out Friday with an upper-body injury. Sullivan added Malkin, who is fifth in the league in scoring with 72 points, had been dealing with the injury for some time.,The Penguins acquired the 35-year-old Hainsey just before the trade deadline. Hainsey has one assist in 10 games since joining Pittsburgh. The Penguins called up Derrick Pouliot from their AHL affiliate in Wilkes Barre/Scranton ahead of Friday night’s game against New Jersey to fill in for Hainsey.Pittsburgh is already missing injured defensemen Kris Letang, Olli Maatta and Trevor Daley, though all three are expected back by the playoffs.Sullivan said center Evgeni Malkin will sit out Friday with an upper-body injury. Sullivan added Malkin, who is fifth in the league in scoring with 72 points, had been dealing with the injury for some time.last_img read more

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Galway footballers injury crisis deepens for trip to Monaghan

first_imgThe Tribesmen, however, have been hit with further injury setbacks as Declan Kyne, Cillian McDaid and Sean Andy O’Ceallaigh (shoulder) will all be sidelined for a number of weeks, with Kyne (ankle) and McDaid (foot) set to miss the remainder of the league. Long term injuries to Damien Comer, Eamon Brannigan, Paul Conroy and Adrian Varley continue to be monitored, while John Daly has also not played due to injury since lining out against Mayo in the FBD League last month. With the Corofin contingent absent due to their upcoming All Ireland club semi final on February 16th, manager Kevin Walsh is facing something of a crisis heading to Iniskeen on Sunday. Galway and Monaghan had little or no history in the league until the sides drew 1-8 apiece in the league in 1981, a year in which Galway last went on to win the title. Since then, Galway have played Monaghan on 7 occasions, with Galway winning 4 and losing 3. Galway’s first win in Monaghan came in December 1990, when Conor O’Dea kicked 2-2 and Val Daly 1-1 in Clontibret as Galway won promotion that season from Division 3. Their next win came in 2012 when Alan Mulholland’s side won by 1-14 to 0-12 in Iniskeen, with Padraig Joyce kicking 0-6 and substitute Danny Cummins getting the goal. All of Monaghan’s league wins over Galway have been at home; in 1996 corner forward Declan Smyth kicked 1-7 in a comfortable 1-13 to 0-8 win in Clones, Paul Finlay (0-6) and Conor McManus (0-5) did the damage in 2011 in Iniskeen in a 0-19 to 0-14 win, while Finlay also kicked a last gasp winner in Clones in 2014 when Monaghan won by 0-13 to 0-12.Galway V Monaghan Previous Meetings1981 – Galway 1-8 Monaghan 1-8 – Castleblayney1991 – Galway 3-12 Monaghan 0-6 – Clontibret1996 – Monaghan 1-13 Galway 0-8 – Clones2010 – Galway 1-20 Monaghan 1-14 – Pearse Stadium2011 – Monaghan 0-19 Galway 0-14 – Iniskeen2012 – Galway 1-14 Monaghan 0-12 – Iniskeen2014 – Monaghan 0-13 Galway 0-12 – Clones2018 – Galway 0-17 Monaghan 1-10 – Pearse StadiumGalway and Monaghan have met twice in the championship: lastyear in the Super 8s when Monaghan won by 0-16 to 0-8 in Pearse Stadium and inthe 1938 All-Ireland Semi-Final when Galway were victorious by 2-10 to 2-3.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email After a chastening 1-15 to 0-7 defeat to Dublin last Saturday night in Croke Park in the Allianz Football League, next up for Kevin Walsh’s side is a trip to Inishkeen to play Monaghan on Sunday (2pm). Both sides are on 2 points in Division 1 after Monaghan suffered a surprise defeat late on against Roscommon, so the loser next Sunday could find themselves in a battle to stay in the top flight. last_img read more

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Grand Bahama International Airport under five feet of water

first_imgAccording to Radar Box 24, Bahamas press is reporting Grand Bahama International Airport is under 5 feet of water.CNN said that Hurricane Dorian, the strongest storm anywhere on the planet this year, – is leaving “catastrophic damage” in its wake as it makes its way across the Bahamas.Thousands of flights will be canceled across Florida over the next four days. Travelers must check with their airlines.Both American Air and Delta operations are suspended at Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB) until further notice and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Int’l Airport (FLL) is to suspend operations today September 2 at 12 Noon until further notice.READ: Qantas 787 the fastest 17 hours in the air.The US National Hurricane Centre issued this warning:WIND: Catastrophic hurricane conditions continue on Grand BahamaIsland. Do not venture out into the eye, as winds will suddenlyincrease after the eye passes.Hurricane conditions are expected within the Hurricane Warning areain Florida by late tonight or Tuesday. Hurricane conditions arepossible in the Hurricane Watch area on Wednesday.Tropical storm conditions are expected within the Tropical Stormwarning area today and Tuesday, and are possible in the TropicalStorm watch area by tonight.STORM SURGE: A life-threatening storm surge will raise water levelsby as much as 18 to 23 feet above normal tide levels in areas ofonshore winds on Grand Bahama Island. Near the coast, the surgewill be accompanied by large and destructive waves. Water levelsshould very slowly subside on the Abaco Islands during the day.The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will causenormally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising watersmoving inland from the shoreline. The water could reach thefollowing heights above ground somewhere in the indicatedareas if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide.last_img read more

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Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 14-20 Feb 2005

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts richard macmanus A look back at the week that was in the world of Web 2.0. This week: Google’s AutoLinks feature, IE7, NY Times buys About.com, more Big Media blogging coverage, Bloglines hacks.AutoLinks and AnnotationEver since Google made it big, many people have been looking for a chance to pin the‘evil’ label on them – especially as one of their company philosophies is to‘do no evil’. This week some folks pounced on Google for adding an AutoLink feature to its GoogleToolbar. The issue? It has similarities to a controversial old Microsoft featurecalled SmartTags. According to Google, AutoLink is this:“The online review of a great new restaurant has the place’s address but no map. Youcould type the restaurant’s street, city, and ZIP code into the search box, but whybother, when clicking the Toolbar’s AutoLink button will automatically create a link toan online map (US addresses only)? AutoLink can also link package tracking numbers todelivery status, VIN numbers (US) to vehicle history, and publication ISBN numbers toAmazon.com listings.”What’s getting folks riled up is that AutoLinks enables Google to create links totheir own content, using your webpage as the context. According to CNet News:“…trademark attorneys and security experts say that AutoLink could face problems,because Google modifies the underlying HTML of a Web page to deliver the addedlinks.”There’s a beauty of a conspiracy theory attached to this too. Slashdot explains:“Jeff Reynar – was the lead SmartTag Program Manager while at MS and is reportedly nowa Google Product Manager who’s being credited as AutoLink’s creator.”The most interesting thing about this for me is the annotation angle.Annotation has long been a desired feature for web browsers – e.g. the W3C’sbrowser/editor Amaya has extensive annotationfeatures. Anil Dashis one person keen on annotation in this manner – he suggested on his blog (also quoted by CNet) that “once your HTML page gets to my machine, it’s mine to rip, mix andburn.”.Is That IE7 In Your Pocket, Or Are You Just Pleased To See Me?Speaking of browsers… the much anticipated Internet Explorer 7 was announced by Microsoftthis week. Only trouble is, there’s little evidence of innovation. The upgradeseems to be mostly about improved security. Also the beta IE7 won’t be available until“this summer” (US summer that is). So, like, what’s to get excited about? Or as Imentioned in Scoble’s commentssection: “What, no read/write browser? No RSS aggregation? Where’s the innovation,c’mon…”To be fair, maybe there will be some innovation in the backend – as Jeremy Wrightsuggests. But I’d like to see some real ground broken, for a change…NY Times Buys About.com – Gains Web 2.0 Street CredThe New York Times announced they will buy About.com for$410 million. There was a great meme going round the week leading up this: About.comrepresents blogging 1.0, whereas the likes of weblogsinc and Gawker are blogging 2.0. Mytake on that theory ishere. Nevertheless lots of people think the NY Times deal was a good one for the venerable newspaper. Mypicks for in-depth analysis: SusanMernit, paidcontent.org(plus audiointerview), VC FredWilson, John Battelle(great headline too! “About The New York Times: Deep Into Web 2.0 Now”), JayRosen, NY Times article.Key Quotes:MartinNisenholtz, CEO of New York Times Digital: “The model we’ve acquired is a web 2.0model; it’s not a centralized model, it’s a decentralized model where the content iscreated by passionate individuals who have a competency and a desire to reach the publicand that scales into many, many categories and it scales potentiallygeographically.”(emphasis mine)Fred Wilson nailsit: “If the content that is created on the edges starts to show up in the middle and thecontent that is created in the middle starts to show up on the edges, that will be a bigdeal.”John Battelle: “I thinkmicrocontent is key to winning in the Web 2.0 publishing world.” [and] “As Martin told mewhen I pinged him after the deal: ‘We’re deep into Web 2.0 now.’”JayRosen: “The second life of content, made possible by search, is of criticalimportance to journalists whose work is on the Web. (That’s almost all journalists.)”Big Media Blogging Coverage – Chicken Bloggers OutedAhhh, a warm fuzzies AssociatedPress article about SixApart: “The couple’s odd chemistry cooked up Six Apart Ltd., astartup that has helped popularize the “blogging” craze, with millions of peopleworldwide maintaining online personal journals that dissect everything from politics topoultry.” Poultry??In other news Weblogs Inc was named as one ofBusinessWeek’s FiveNet Names to Watch in ’05, which founder Jason Calacanis wasobviously chuffed about.Commenting on the above two stories, Slashdot notes: “Business Press Pays Attention To Blog Industry”.Techy Web 2.0 HighlightsRather than a single techy post, it was two bits of Web 2.0 hackery that caught myattention this week. Firstly, Erik Bensonmanaged to convert his entire weblog into a Bloglines API-powered site:“I made a folder in Bloglines that has all of the RSS feeds around the web that havestuff that I’ve written/done. Then I used the Bloglines Web Service to get an aggregated,normalized feed of all my content in one stream…”He explainshow he did it in a later post (nb: I noted in the comments that it’d be cool to makethis available to us non-programmers via an easy-to-use web service).Speaking of Bloglines (which I nearly always doin these weekly wrap-ups), Joshua Tyler has created a neat app called Chameleon, built using the BloglinesWeb Services. It’s basically an alternative interface to Bloglines and has some niftypersonalization features, such as keeping track of “which feeds you read, how often, andwhen”. I’ve had a play round with it and it’s a great example of value-add using a publicly available API.SummaryThat’s it for another week. As always, I value your feedback. Please leave a commentor send me an email at readwriteweb AT gmail DOT com. 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Looking for Lorna Blacksmith

first_imgAPTN National NewsWinnipeg police continue to look for a young Aboriginal woman last seen Jan. 11 in the city’s west-end.They are asking for help in locating Lorna Blacksmith, 18.Blacksmith is 5’4 and weighs about 110 lbs. She has medium length blonde hair and greay-hazel eyes.Blacksmith was last seen wearing black pants, white hoddie and a red bomber-style jacket.Police say she may be headed west to Alberta.Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is asked to contact the Winnipeg police missing persons unit at 204-986-6250.last_img

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