News Round-Up

Posted on June 6th, 2014

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Air Date: June 6, 2014

Host: Jim Schneider

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Jim presented the following news stories to get Crosstalk listeners caught up on events happening in the U.S and around the world:

--Today marks the anniversary of D-Day (June 6, 1944) when 160,000 plus Allied
troops stormed the beach at Normandy in France as part of WWII.
--Even before the month of June, President Obama seemingly couldn't wait to issue
a proclamation for LGBT Pride Month 2014.
--On May 16 President Obama released a statement regarding an international day
against homophobia and transphobia.
--U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced a new LGBT theme study to
help identify places and events associated with the story of LGBT Americans for
inclusion in the parks and programs of the National Park Service.
--Exxon shareholders refuse to adopt special protections for LGBT individuals.
--A Baptist church in California votes to become gay affirming which goes against
the teachings of the Southern Baptist Convention.
--The Principal of Wilson High School in Washington, D.C. holds Pride Day after
his 'coming out'.
--The U.S. Supreme Court refuses to stay a federal judge's decision on overturning
a state constitutional amendment approved by voters requiring state recognition
of same-sex marriage in Oregon while an appeals process moves forward.
--Target retail stores are offering T-shirts promoting homosexuality in honor of
Gay Pride Month.
--Marriott Hotels launches its 'Love Travels' marketing campaign targeting LGBT
customers as well as pro-LGBT consumers.
--New wedding catalog coming out for same-sex marriages called EQL.
--Gay Day is this weekend at Disney World.
--Family owned bakery ordered to make wedding cakes for gay couples.
--Time Magazine doing articles and columns on transgenderism.
--Sex change operations for senior citizens to be paid for by taxpayers.
--President Obama refuses to apologize for recent terrorist swap.
--Bowe Bergdahl's team leader believes Bergdahl actively sought out the Taliban.
--According to secret documents Bergdahl converted to Islam during his captivity,
fraternized openly with his captors and declared himself a warrior for Islam.
--Senator Lindsey Graham says Susan Rice should be replaced immediately as
National Security Advisor because she's untrustworthy and unreliable.
--The Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development suggests Bergdahl may have been attempting to flee
from a platoon full of psychopaths.
--Senator Harry Reid bristles at the idea that he had a 'heads up' regarding the
terrorist swap.
--Bergdahl's home town cancels rally celebrating his return.
--Senator Harry Reid declines to give condition report regarding Bergdahl.
--Taliban said to have found Bergdahl walking alone, acting abnormally and cursing
his countrymen before capturing him in Afghanistan in 2009.
--Fellow solders allegedly had orders to shoot Bergdahl on sight.
--President Obama announces new effort to fight against domestic terrorism.
--Acting head of the VA says 18 of the 1,700 veterans kept off an official
electronic appointment list have died.
--Dozens of VA workers who have come forward with stories of mismanagement and
patient abuse say they have faced retaliation within the agency.
--Iron Mountain, Michigan, VA medical center declares the chapel might offend
someone. Christian symbols are being covered and now they are pondering what to
do about the stained glass windows.
--Michelle Obama might run for the Senate in 2016.
--75 year old Irish pastor subjected to police probe after condemning Islam in a
sermon.
--Muslims in Egypt murder Christian man right in front of his son.
--The U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear an appeal from Tennessee citizens seeking
to block construction of a mosque in Murfreesboro.
--Posting 'selfies' on the Internet may be drawing the attention of the NSA.
--Privacy advocates warn of a nightmare scenario as tech giants consider fitness
tracking.
--Senate Republicans and Democrats joined together to unanimously approve a
resolution demanding the immediate and unconditional release of Meriam Ibrahim
and her two children from a Sudanese prison.
--New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is facing criticism from pro-family/life
advocates after renominating New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Stuart Rabner who
has supported same-sex marriage. Christie's latest nominee, Lee Solomon, is
drawing criticism because of his radical pro-abortion views in his race for the
State Assembly in 1991.

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