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FBI claimed Petraeus shared ‘top secret’ info with reporters

PetraeusThe investigation that led CIA Director David Petraeus to resign and ultimately plead guilty to a criminal charge of mishandling classified information also uncovered evidence that he discussed highly classified information with journalists, according to a court document obtained Tuesday by POLITICO.

Requesting a search warrant for Petraeus' Arlington, Virginia home in 2013, an FBI agent told a federal magistrate the agency had two audio recordings in which the retired four-star Army general spoke with reporters about matters that authorities believed were "top secret."


Israel approves new homes in East Jerusalem settlement

illegal Jerusalem homes approved Israeli authorities have approved building permits for 82 new homes in the illegal settlement of Ramat Shlomo, a neighbourhood near Shuafat in occupied East Jerusalem, an Israeli NGO has said.

"On Monday, June 6, the Jerusalem Local Planning and Building Committee approved two building permits for 82 housing units in Ramat Shlomo," Ir Amim, a group that opposes settlement construction, said in a statement on Tuesday.


EPA to get greater control over chemicals used in everyday products

EPA gets control over everyday chemicalsThe Environmental Protection Agency will have increased power over the regulation of thousands of chemicals after President Barack Obama signs into law a bill that passed the Senate on Tuesday.

The bill, which is heading to Obama's desk for signature, is considered by its authors, many politicians and environmental groups to be one of the most significant environmental measures Congress has passed in decades. Obama has indicated he intends to sign the bill into law.

Under the new legislation, the EPA will be be given more information about chemicals manufacturers wish to sell before approving use.

TVNL Comment:  Better late than never, - and yet the GOP is vowing to dismantle the EPA.  Someone explain that, please.


Clinton makes history, declares win in Democratic race

Clinton makes historyHillary Clinton marked her place in American history Tuesday night, declaring victory in the Democratic presidential race.

“Thanks to you, we’ve reached a milestone,” she told cheering supporters in Brooklyn, saying for the “first time in our nation’s history” a woman would lead a major-party ticket.

Clinton hit the magic number of 2,383 delegates needed to clinch the nomination on Monday night, as news organizations called the race for her based on support from superdelegates — party leaders and elected officials who have a vote at the convention and pledged to back her over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.


Dems accuse GOP of leaking docs from Planned Parenthood probe

Dems accuse GOP of leaking PP documentsHouse Democrats are accusing GOP lawmakers of leaking confidential information from their Planned Parenthood probe to anti-abortion groups.

The six Democrats taking part in the GOP-led investigation are demanding a separate investigation into what they say is a “troubling possibility” that Republicans have colluded with those targeting Planned Parenthood.


Iowa state senator is first elected official to leave Republican party over Trump

TrumpThe Iowa state senator David Johnson became the first elected official to leave the Republican party over Donald Trump on Tuesday, likening the presumptive nominee’s campaign to the rise of Adolf Hitler.

Johnson announced that he was changing his registration to No Party after Trump levelled accusations of bias at Judge Gonzalo Curiel, an American judge of Mexican heritage who allowed the release of some unflattering documents from a case against Trump University.


GOP Sen. Mark Kirk: 'I cannot and will not support my party's nominee'

Sen. Mark KirkIllinois Sen. Mark Kirk, the most endangered Senate Republican up for reelection this fall, said Tuesday that he will not back Donald Trump for president after a long line of controversial comments from the presumptive GOP nominee.

“As the presidential campaign progressed, I was hoping the rhetoric would tone down and reflect a campaign that was inclusive, thoughtful and principled,” Kirk said in a statement released Tuesday by his campaign. “While I oppose the Democratic nominee, Donald Trump's latest statements, in context with past attacks on Hispanics, women and the disabled like me, make it certain that I cannot and will not support my party's nominee for President regardless of the political impact on my candidacy or the Republican Party.”


The Green Energy Future: NYC Leads the Way

NYC leads in green energySure, New York City is famous for being the city that never sleeps. But, in the 21st century, the Big Apple is something more: it’s the city that’s leading the way forward.

In matters cultural and economic, New York has long played a central role among its fellow global “megacities.” Now, as New York continues to develop into one of the most progressive and innovative global cities in terms of sustainability, clean energy, and green initiatives, you can add environmental policy to the list of areas on which the city is on the forefront.


Paul Ryan rips Trump comments as 'textbook definition of racist'

Ryan comments on Trump racismHouse Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday delivered a forceful rebuke of Donald Trump’s suggestions that a judge may be biased against him because of his Mexican Heritage.

“I disavow these comments,” Ryan said. “Claiming a person can’t do the job because of their race is sort of like the textbook definition of a racist comment. I think that should be absolutely disavowed. It’s absolutely unacceptable.”


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