UPDATED: President Obama and former Secretary of State Clinton had a private lunch, and People magazine found out!

I guess People magazine is the new Washington Post, has they were able to find out about this private luncheon and scooped other media sources. AVB

Obama & Hillary Clinton’s Lunch Was A Secret Until People Magazine Spilled The Beans

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From the Huffington Post
May 29, 2014
President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had lunch at the White House on Thursday, but their meal may have remained a secret if it hadn’t been for People Magazine tweeting about it.

Earlier Thursday, the magazine tweeted out a photo of the former secretary of state with People’s Washington bureau chief Sandra Westfall. The tweet indicated that Clinton was about to meet with the president:

People Mag tweets abt interviewing Hillary Clinton before “her mtg at the WH.” Promptly deletes tweets 3 mins later. pic.twitter.com/5ape6bVPvp
— Ruby Cramer (@rubycramer) May 29, 2014

The lunch was not on the president’s public schedule, and had not been acknowledged in any way by the White House. The tweet was deleted shortly after.

The White House later confirmed the meeting to Roll Call’s Steven T. Dennis, the print pool reporter for the day.

“The President enjoyed an informal, private lunch with Secretary Clinton at the White House this afternoon,” the official said, according to Dennis’ pool report. The official did not offer details on what was discussed at the lunch.

Dennis noted that he has filed a complaint with White House press secretary Jay Carney over the lack of transparency regarding the meeting.

People has since reposted their tweet.

Update from the Washington Post

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Poll: Number of people thinking that one is Gay because of nature drops

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Forty-two percent (42%) of Americans believe being gay is something a person is born with — a slight decrease from 47% in 2013. Whereas 37% of Americans believe people become gay as a result of their upbringing and environment.
Read more at GALLUP.com.

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Hillary Clinton Touts Record In Excerpt Of New Book

. And so she should. AVB

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton says in an excerpt from her upcoming book that she wishes she could go back and revisit some of her decisions but she is “proud of what we accomplished” at the State Department.

Clinton writes in an author’s note released Tuesday that after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, lengthy wars and the Great Recession, quote, “We needed to do better, and I believe we did.” Clinton’s book about her time as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state, “Hard Choices,” will be released June 10. The book arrives as the former first lady considers a 2016 presidential campaign.

Clinton writes that she didn’t write the book for followers of “Washington’s long-running soap opera,” but for Americans and people everywhere trying to make sense of a rapidly changing world.

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My take on the election results in the Euro Zone

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I am NOT one to jump to conclusions, but the election results in France and other countries holding elections this weekend bode badly for the Euro Zone. When I was in school, in the dark ages , we were taught that the definition of a country must include defending ones borders and making its ones currency. The European Union took away one of the primary foundation blocks of what is the definition of a country. This is going to be a difficult time in Europe. This is a time for the United States needs to make sure it does not become Isolationist  We only need to look at the 1930s for what could happen in Europe again. Let us not let history repeat itself, President Putin would love it. AVB
Election Results from The Guardian

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Harvey Milk Honored on a Postage Stamp

Harvey Milk gave the gay community a voice when muted by does who did not want to hear of us. His life gave me the courage to speak out and fight for those who were dying amongst us. This is a very proud moments for LGBT community. AVB

    
BY KATIE ZEZIMA
The Washington Post
May 22 at 5:34 PM 

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The U.S. Postal Service dedicated a stamp to Harvey Milk, one of the nation’s first openly gay elected officials, in a White House ceremony Thursday.

“This stamp reflects our longstanding commitment to civil rights,” said Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman. “Harvey Milk joins other civil rights pioneers who have been honored with stamps including Martin Luther King, Jr. and Caesar Chavez.”

Milk was a San Francisco city supervisor when he and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated at city hall Nov. 27, 1978, by a former city supervisor. Milk was posthumously awarded a Medal of Freedom in 2009. Thursday would have been his 84th birthday.

The U.S. Postal Service’s new Harvey Milk Forever Stamp. The image is based on a photograph taken around 1977 as Milk stood outside his Castro Street Camera Store in San Francisco. (U.S. Postal Service via AP)
Milk was honored by officials including United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), the first openly lesbian woman to serve in Congress.

“Standing here as a United States senator and a lesbian, it’s incredible to look back upon a time when running for San Francisco supervisor as an openly gay man seemed like a revolutionary act, and Harvey knew that. He welcomed the attention, he weathered the insults, he shrugged off the death threats. And it wasn’t to satisfy his own ambition but rather to answer the call he felt, to move the cause of equality forward,” Baldwin said. “He ran for office so others wouldn’t have to run from who they were. He spoke out so others wouldn’t feel compelled to live in silence.”

After receiving a number of death threats, Milk, who urged gay men and lesbians to come out of the closet, recorded a message stating, “If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet shatter every closet door.”

Now, Stroman said Thursday, “almost 40 years later, there are far fewer closet doors in America.”

Anne Kronenberg, co-founder of the Harvey Milk foundation and campaign manager of Milk’s successful election to public office, said it’s almost ironic that Milk is on a stamp.

“During our campaign we didn’t have enough money for postage,” Kronenberg said. “So Harvey, here you are today on a United States Postage stamp and I say this is a wonderful thing because you will be there forever.”

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Gallup reports same sex marriage an all time high approval

The speed at which public opinion has changed on this issue lends credibility to those who have been asking for it. AVB

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Amid several legal victories for gay marriage, Americans’ support for it has reached new high of 55%, which includes increasing support among young adults.
Read more at Gallup.com

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A Coup and Martial Law Rock Thailand

Thai Army Declares Martial Law
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Thailand’s army declared martial law on Tuesday, in an effort to “keep peace and order” a day after the Sotheast Asian nation’s acting prime minister refused to resign amid mounting protests.
Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan insisted he “can carry out duties and has full authority” as prime minister, the Associated Press reports. He added that the cabinet cannot resign either because “it will be negligence of duty and against the constitution.” Former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and nine cabinet members were removed from office in April on charges of nepotism and abuse of power, but protestors claim the ouster was politically motivated.
Under Thai law, a new government must typically must be elected, but protestors have vowed to block elections unless major political reform takes place. Until then, they are calling for an interim prime minister and cabinet to be appointed. A group of 70 Senators has proposed a new government that would enact reforms, but has little recourse unless the current leadership resigns.
A military-run television station aired an announcement on Tuesday that said “The public do not need to panic but can still live their lives as normal,” BBC reports.
The protests, which have lasted six months, have led to 28 deaths and hundreds of injuries. Since 1932, the country’s army has staged 11 coups.
[AP]

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GOP House Candidate Apologizes For Saying Dems Behind Most Mass Shootings

It seems they will do and say anything to make the base come out and vote. Sure, the anti gun Democrats are the reason for all the mass shootings, that makes perfect sense if you’re crazy. AVB

A Republican challenging Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.) apologized Monday for saying the vast majority of the perpetrators of mass shootings are Democrats.

At a candidate forum on Saturday, rancher Gary Kiehne said, “If you look at all the fiascos that have occurred, 99 percent of them have been by Democrats pulling their guns out and shooting people,” The Arizona Daily Star reported.

“So I don’t think you have a problem with the Republicans,” Kiehne added, according to the paper.

Kiehne apologized in a statement his campaign released Monday.

This past weekend, I made a comment about the political affiliation of perpetrators of gun violence in the heat of a debate. I’ve since learned that the information that I based the comment off of was inaccurate and incorrect. I’ve always believed that when you make a mistake, you should own up to it. Too many politicians today offer nothing but spin and excuses when they say something they shouldn’t have. I’m not going to do that. Simply put, I shouldn’t have made the comment, and I want to offer my apology for making it without any reservations.

Mass shootings are an especially sensitive subject in Arizona’s 1st District, which borders the Tucson-based 2nd District where six people were killed in a 2011 shooting that also injured former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and 11 others.

Kiehne faces state Speaker Andy Tobin and state Rep. Adam Kwasman in the Republican primary, which is set for Aug. 26. The winner will take on Kirkpatrick, who is considered one of the nation’s more vulnerable Democratic incumbents.

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