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Afghan Presidential Election Campaign Kicks Off
Campaigning is officially underway for Afghanistan's presidential election, with 11 candidates vying to succeed President Hamid Karzai. As NATO combat forces ready their withdrawal after nearly 13 years of war, the April 5th presidential vote will be a crucial test of whether Afghanistan can ensure a stable political transition.The election faces many hurdles: allegations of vote-rigging marred the 2009 election and security is a major concern. The specter of violence hangs over the campaign, with the Taliban vowing to disrupt the poll. On the eve of the campaign launch, two political workers were killed in western Afghanistan.
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Sen. Mark Udall Silent On What People Should Pay For CO2 Emissions
Four years ago, Sen. Mark Udall — now locked in a tough re-election fight — said it’s “crucial” to price carbon dioxide emissions in order to fight global warming. Udall’s official Senate website says the Colorado Democrat is still in favor of pricing carbon dioxide. The question is, how much does Udall think Americans should pay to emit carbon dioxide? More importantly, what does that mean for everyday purchases, like filling up your gas tank or keeping the lights on? Udall’s office did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s inquiries. But his support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Clean Power Plan” and his wife’s climate advocacy give an idea of what his carbon price might look like.
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Secret Service Director Julia Pierson Resigns
Secret Service director Julia Pierson resigned Wednesday, a day after getting grilled for security lapses at a contentious House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing. Pierson turned in a weak performance at the hearing, where lawmakers from both parties held her accountable for Omar Gonzalez’s successful attempt to jump the White House fence and enter the president’s residence.
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Tracy Morgan’s Career Could Be Over, Lawyer Says
After a Wal-Mart truck struck the limousine van carrying Tracy Morgan and his friends, which left Morgan hospitalized and comedian James McNair dead, Morgan’s lawyer is now saying his professional career could be over, Page Six reports. The 45-year-old sustained a brain injury from the wreck, when he also broke his leg and a few ribs. Morgan has been in physical therapy and undergoing rehab for his speech and cognitive and vocational skills. When asked if he will return to his career, Morgan’s lawyer Benedict Morelli said “the jury is still out.” “The doctors don’t know the answer. I don’t know the answer,” Morelli said.
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Obama Deputy Fires First Female Head Of Secret Service
The Daily Caller reports President Barack Obama had a deputy carry out the politically unpleasant task of firing the first female director of the United States Secret Service. Julia Pierson was forced to resign today after a series of high-profile security failures, and just five weeks before an election where Obama is trying to boost the turnout of Democratic-leaning progressives and unmarried women. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Obama did call Pierson after she was fired by her boss Jeh Johnson, director of the Department of Homeland Security. Her replacement is retired Secret Service veteran Joe Clancy.
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Jimmy Carter Says He Would Have Beat Reagan If He Were More Manly
Jimmy Carter celebrated his 90th birthday with the tacit admission that he was less of a man than Ronald Reagan. The former president analyzed his failure to win re-election against Ronald Reagan in 1980 in an interview Wednesday with CBNC. He said that it was a weak response to the Iran hostage crisis that cost him another four years in office. Carter said, “I could’ve been re-elected if I’d taken military action against Iran, shown that I was strong and resolute and, um, manly and so forth."
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Admin Loosens Restrictions On Syrian Civilian Deaths
The Obama Administration has loosened its restriction against civilian causalities when using airstrikes. The policy was changed specifically in terms of the administration’s policy on drone strikes in operations in both Syria and Iraq against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The change is policy comes amid increasing criticism of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning president, according to Yahoo News, following a report of a Tomahawk missile killing a dozen civilians in the town of Kafr Daryan in Syria’s Idlib province last week. The town is believed to be a stronghold of anti-American activities and occupied by al-Qaida and sympathizers who were planning attacks on several international aircraft.
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Tiger Woods Opening A Restaurant In Florida
Tiger is storing away his golf clubs for now, while preparing for a different kind of challenge in the upcoming year. According to Page Six, the famous golfer plans to open a new restaurant near his hometown of Jupiter, Fl., and call it ”The Woods Jupiter: Sports and Dining Club.” Plans for the restaurant have been in the works for two years now, and it is set to open in early 2015. It will be located at Harbourside Place, a $150 million dollar entertainment complex which will open later this fall.
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Sister: US Ebola Patient Said He Was From Liberia
The sister of the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States says he told officials the first time he went to the hospital that he was visiting from Liberia. Mai Wureh told The Associated Press that her brother, Thomas Eric Duncan, went to a Dallas emergency room on Friday and was sent him away with antibiotics. He returned two days later to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital and was admitted. Dr.
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Search For Cop Killer Puts Hunting Season On Hold
Hunting season has been shut down in a swath of northeastern Pennsylvania where police are trying to capture accused cop-killer Eric Frein, who has been on the run for nearly three weeks. The move comes a day after authorities revealed they had found pipe bombs in the dense woods along the border of Monroe and Pike counties, where the FBI's most-wanted fugitive is thought to be hiding out. Game Commissioner James Delaney said the closures were ordered because safety "must take precedence here." The 31-year-old Frein is accused of murdering one state trooper and critically wounding a second during a Sept. 12 rifle attack on the barracks in Blooming Grove.