#AceWorldNews – SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A South Dakota judge formally sentenced a man to death for killing a woman as part of what he said was a plot to assassinate President Barack Obama.
McVay pleaded guilty, but mentally ill, to murder in the 2011 stabbing of 75-year-old Maybelle Schein. McVay said he killed Schein and stole her car as part of his plan to drive to Washington and kill the president. He was later arrested in Madison, Wisconsin.
Schein’s family declined to speak during the hearing. Prosecutors, McVay and his defense team also did not comment.
I don’t have a lot to say here,” said Circuit Judge Peter Lieberman.
This is a situation where a jury’s verdict has a lot more weight than what I could say.”
#AceWorldNews says Ukraine’s parliament has started a plenary session putting on vote a return to the 2004 Constitution which would give less power to the president.
The session is attended by 360 deputies from opposition factions, the ruling Party of Region and non-affiliated parliamentarians.
The session is chaired by parliamentary speaker Vladimir Rybak.
#AceFoodNews says `New Farm Law to Help Feed 800,000 More People Abroad, according to the latest report from – USAID’
The legislation will allow Washington to make a small increase in the amount of food aid given out as cash or vouchers.
The Obama administration said the current approach when most food aid is grown in the US and shipped to developing countries is inefficient.
#AceWorldNews says Georgia’s president, Georgy Margvelashvili, will not be travelling to the Sochi Olympic Games according to a statement released on Thursday. “The Georgian official delegation will not attend the Olympic Games in Sochi,” Vano Machavariani, Margvelashvili’s foreign policy adviser, told Reuters. “Georgia will be represented in Sochi by our sportsmen and representatives of the Georgian Olympic Committee,” he said.
The Kremlin previously said that Margvelashvili could meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin there in what would have been their first meeting since the five-day war in 2008, when Mikhail Saakashvili was president. Margvelashvili was elected late last year.
#AceWorldNews says about 90 percent of Egyptians who voted in a referendum approved a new constitution, the state news agency and a government official said. Early results of a ballot could allow army chief General Abdel Fattah Sisi to declare his candidacy for president. The constitution will replace one signed into law by Mohamed Morsi, the former Islamist president who was overthrown by the military in July. Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood had called for a boycott of the two-day vote and anti-government protests.
#AceWorldNews says the Obama administration has touted the White House website’s ‘We the People’ section as a powerful platform for the American public to petition their government. According to a new report, however, those solicitations are all too rarely acknowledged.
“When I ran for this office, I pledged to make government more open and accountable to its citizens,”United States President Barack Obama wrote on WhiteHouse.gov back in September 2011. He was unveiling at the time the website’s new ‘We the People’ feature, and said the addition of it would be “giving Americans a direct line to the White House on the issues and concerns that matter most to them.”
“Soon, anyone will be able to create or sign a petition at WhiteHouse.gov seeking action from the federal government on a range of issues,” senior advisor David Plouffe added at the time. “If a petition gathers enough signatures, the White House staff will review it, make sure it gets to Obama Administration policy experts and issue an official response.”
But 27 months later, an investigation conducted by federal technology site NextGov has revealed that many of the petitions that have met the criteria needed for a response have been long ignored by the administration — including at least one that’s been in limbo for over two years.
“There are currently 30 We the People petitions that have crossed the threshold for an official White House reply but not yet gotten one, including eight that have waited more than one year,” Joseph Marks wrote for NextGov on Thursday this week.
On average, Marks added, those petitions have waited around 10 months apiece so far for a response.
In the two-plus years since being launched, the White House has undoubtedly been aware of the popularity of the We the People section of its site. Originally the administration required that petitions receive only 5,000 signatures to warrant a response, and then raised that threshold to 25,000 autographs and eventually 100,000.
The White House has responded to 134 requests since Sept. 2011—or around five a month. But 30 petitions that surpassed the signature threshold still remain unanswered, including some that accumulated far more digital autographs than necessary.
- Report: Obama’s Lack of Executive Experience Responsible for Disastrous Obamacare Rollout(breitbart.com)
- White House: Healthcare.gov Meets Deadline for Repairs(mashable.com)
- Google-Backed Email Privacy Petition Gets 100K Signatures, But Will It Work?(techcrunch.com)
- White House pivots to new/old populist messaging(bokertov.typepad.com)
- David Plouffe: Obama’s Approval Ratings ‘Will Recover’(swampland.time.com)
- Indian-Americans petition Obama to drop case against Devyani – Times of India(timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
- White House actually responds to that petition for building a ‘Death Star’(venturebeat.com)
- White House petitions now require 100K signatures for formal response(venturebeat.com)
- Check out this video from the White House hackathon(venturebeat.com)
Revealed: The Man Who Wrote Obamacare
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Nearly one hundred and fifty years ago, in issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, President Abraham Lincoln reaffirmed the commitment of the United States to the enduring cause of freedom.Then as now, we stay steadfast in our resolve to see that all men,women, and children have the opportunity to realize this greatest of gifts. Yet millions around the world including here in the United States—toil under the boot of modern slavery. Mothers and fathers are forced to work in fields and factories against their will or in service to debts that can never be repaid.Sons and daughters are sold for sex, abducted as child soldiers, or coerced into involuntary labor.In dark corners of our world, and hidden in plain sight in our own communities,human beings are exploited for financial gain and subjected to unspeakable cruelty.
Slavery remains the affront to human dignity and stain on our collective conscience that it has always been. That is why members of my cabinet and senior advisors gathered at the White House the other day, at a meeting chaired by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to lay out their plans for meeting this challenge. The United States is committed to eradicating trafficking in persons, and they pledged to draw on tools ranging from law enforcement and victim service provision, to public awareness building and diplomatic pressure.
They reiterated that government efforts are not enough, we are also increasing our partnerships with a broad coalition of local communities, faith-based and non-governmental organizations, schools, and businesses.
They agreed to bring all these elements together, and to be sure we are maximizing our efforts, today I am directing my cabinet to find ways to strengthen our current work, and to expand on partnerships with civil society and the private sector, so that we can bring more resources to bear in fighting this horrific injustice. In the coming weeks the White House will build on this gathering on behalf of human dignity. I am confident that we will one day end the scourge of modern slavery, because I believe in those committed to this issue: young people, people of faith and station, Americans who refuse to accept this injustice and will not rest until it is vanquished.
A reaffirmation that the United States stands with them, and that together we will realize the promise of the Emancipation Proclamation and our country’s ideal of freedom!
- 150th Anniversary Emancipation Proclamation ~ California State Capitol (indybay.org)
- Modern Day Slavery (english.ruvr.ru)
- Austin cracks down on sex slavery (txwclp.org)
- African Heritage Museum aims to raise awareness of human trafficking (kaieteurnewsonline.com)
- Local Missionary Lloydetta Kent Announces Non Profit to Raise Awareness & Funds to Open Home for Human Trafficking Victims – Tulsa, OK (prweb.com)