Developer Josh Begley has created an iPhone app that sends users a notice whenever a drone strike kills someone in Pakistan, Yemen, or Somalia. But the app, Drones+, has been rejected three times by Apple, the latest rejection letter stating it’s “objectionable and crude.” The app aggregates cases of U.S. drone strikes using a database compiled by Britain’s Bureau of Investigative Journalism, and contains no gruesome imagery.
Only a few years ago, Charlie Crist was a popular Republican considered to be potential presidential material. Now, if the former Florida governor Charlie Crist has any friends in the GOP, he is likely in the process of losing them. Crist is scheduled to speak at the Democratic National Convention next week in Charlotte, N.C., after publishing an effusive endorsement of President Obama Sunday in the Tampa Bay Times. Crist became an independent to seek a U.S. Senate seat, after it seemed inevitable that he would lose the GOP primary to Marco Rubio, who won the three-way race in 2010.
All nine people injured in Friday's shooting at the Empire State Building were hurt by police, a New York Police Department official said over the weekend. The victims were wounded mainly by bullets ricocheting off flower pots and other objects. The original shooter, who killed one man, has been identified as 58-year-old Jeffrey Johnson, a former designer of women's accessories at Hazan Imports who was laid off last year.
With less than a week to go before the Republican National Convention kicks off in Tampa, President Obama is ahead in the race for the White House, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll. Obama is leading Romney 48 percent to 44 percent, a slight change from the July poll which had Obama beating Romney by six points. In the 12 key battleground states, Obama leads Romney by just three points—a dip from the eight-point lead he enjoyed in the same sampling according to the June and July NBC/WSJ polls.
Todd Akin has apologized for what he said this week about women not being able to get pregnant in cases of "legitimate rape." Still, he's not about to resign his candidacy for U.S. Senate, despite calls from many in both parties for him to do so. "I'm not a quitter," the Republican from Missouri told Mike Huckabee on his radio show Monday. "We all make mistakes. The many people who supported me know that, when you make a mistake, what you need to do is say you're sorry." Obama added that distinguishing between types of rape "doesn't make sense to the American people and certainly doesn't make sense to me."
Speaking in the Villages, Florida, Paul Ryan said his grandmother relied on Medicare and that his mother currently counts on the program. Ryan brought his 78-year-old mother along to the campaign rally at the world’s largest retirement community, which has been known to slant heavily Republican. Ryan tried to paint President Obama’s health-care plan as cutting Medicare, although Ryan has long pushed for privatizing the federal program. Obama is expected to push that point at a campaign rally in New Hampshire on Saturday. This will continue to be a point of debate through November.
Australia’s highest court earlier this week upheld the ban on cigarette companies’ logos appearing on packs. Packs will instead have pictures of cancer-riddled eyes and mouths as well as pictures of children affected by cigarette smoke. Cigarette packs will have graphic photos with dire health warnings. Not surprisingly, cigarette companies have tried to appeal the law, the world’s toughest, saying their business will die without the right to advertising, but the court not only ruled against them, it also ordered the companies’ to pay the government’s legal fees.
Vice President Joe Biden has a history of off the cuff remarks that cost him significant volumes of political capital. Recent comments he made are now facing criticism from the GOP. During a campaign stop in Virginia, Biden said, “[Romney] said in the first 100 days, he’s going to let the big banks write their own rules—unchain Wall Street. They’re going to put y’all back in chains.” The audience of about 1,000 supporters was roughly half African-American. Romney’s press secretary called the comment a “new low” for the Obama campaign.
One of the biggest questions left regarding the 2012 Presidential Election has been answered. Mitt Romney has announced that he's chosen Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan. Romney will make the official announcement at 9 a.m. in Norfolk, Va. Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, is perhaps best known for his divisive deficit-slashing plan.
ions:NASA’s new rover Curiosity just landed on Mars earlier this week, and it’s already behaving like a natural tourist. The rover, which is on the Red Planet searching for evidence that Mars is capable of harboring microbial life, snapped its first color image of its surroundings, revealing the north wall and rim of Gale Crater. The success of the picture proved that key instruments were in good working order following the rover’s dramatic descent to the planet’s surface.
Wade Michael Page, the suspected gunman who went on a shooting rampage that killed six at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin recently, had been administratively discharged from the U.S. Army in 1998. He had previously been demoted in rank from sergeant to specialist. Page served six and a half years in the service as a missile system repairman and a psychological operations specialist before being discharged. The military has kept quiet on why he didn't qualify for honorable discharge and what led to Page being stripped of his rank. His record also had praise and medals for good conduct, humanitarian service and other basic achievements.
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Tennessee Democrats were left wondering what to do when conservative candidate Mark Clayton won the state's Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. The party decided recently to disavow Clayton entirely, alleging that he's a member of an anti-gay hate group. Clayton handily beat his closest challenger for the nomination, and will face off against Republican Senator Bob Corker. "The only time that Clayton has voted in a Democratic primary was when he was voting for himself,” the party stated. “Many Democrats in Tennessee knew nothing about any of the candidates in the race ... The Tennessee Democratic Party disavows his candidacy, will not do anything to promote or support him in any way." The Party is now urging voters to write in a candidate for the U.S. Senate election.
It looks like somebody has mastered the art of the soundbite. Yet the response may not be very positive. Pennsylvania Republican Member of the House Mike Kelly recently stated that the implementation of the health-care law that requires insurance companies cover contraception is similar to Pearl Harbor and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. After invoking Pearl Harbor and Sept. 11 as “times when America was attacked,” Kelly said, “I want you to remember August the 1st, 2012, the attack on our religious freedom. That is a day that will live in infamy, along with those other dates.”