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History of Texas A&M University – Wikipedia


History of Texas A&M University

Main building and Cadet Corps of Agricultural and Mechanical College, 1916
The history of Texas A&M University, the first public institution of higher education in Texas, began in 1871, when the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas was established as a land-grant college by the Texas Legislature. Classes began on October 4, 1876. Although Texas A&M was originally scheduled to be established under the Texas Constitution as a branch of the yet-to-be-created University of Texas, subsequent acts of the Texas Legislature never gave the university any authority over Texas A&M. In 1875, the Legislature separated the administrations of A&M and the University of Texas, which still existed only on paper.

For much of its first century, enrollment at Texas A&M was restricted to white men who were willing to participate in the Corps of Cadets and receive military training. During this time, a limited number of women were allowed to attend classes but forbidden from gaining a degree. During World War I, 49% of A&M graduates were in military service, and in 1918, the senior class was mustered into military service to fight in France. During World War II, Texas A&M produced over 20,000 combat troops, contributing more officers than both the United States Military Academy and United States Naval Academy combined.

Shortly after World War II, the Texas Legislature redefined Texas A&M as a university and the flagship school of the Texas A&M University System, making official the school’s status as a clear and separate institution from the University of Texas. In the 1960s, the state legislature renamed the school Texas A&M University, with the “A&M” becoming purely symbolic. Under the leadership of James Earl Rudder, the school became racially integrated and coeducational. Membership in the Corps of Cadets became voluntary.

In the second half of the 20th century, the university was recognized for its research with the designations sea-grant university and space-grant university. The school was further honored in 1997 with the establishment of the George Bush Presidential Library on the western edge of the campus.

Early years

Texas A&M in 1883
The US Congress laid the groundwork for the establishment of Texas A&M with their proposal of the Morrill Act. The Morrill Act, signed into law July 2, 1862, was created to enable states to establish colleges where the “leading object shall be, without excluding other scientific and classical studies and including military tactics, to teach such branches of learning as are related to agriculture and mechanical arts … in order to promote the liberal and practical education of the industrial classes in the several pursuits and professions in life”. States were granted public lands to be sold at auctions to establish a permanent fund to support the schools. Both the Republic of Texas and the Texas State Legislature also set aside public lands for a future college.[1]

The Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, known as Texas A.M.C., was established by the state legislature on April 17, 1871 as the state’s first public institution of higher education.[2] The legislature provided US$75,000 for the construction of buildings at the new school, and state leaders invested profits from the sale of 180,000 acres (730 km2) received under the Land-Grant College Act in gold frontier defense bonds, creating a permanent endowment for the college. A committee tasked with finding a home for the new college chose Brazos County, which agreed to donate 2,416 acres (10 km2) of land.[1] Jefferson Davis, former President of the Confederate States of America, was offered the presidency of the college but turned it down.[3]

The college officially opened on October 4, 1876 with six professors. Forty students were present on the first day of classes, but by the end of the school year the number had grown to 106 students. Only men were admitted, and all students were required to participate in the Corps of Cadets and receive military training. The campus bore minimal resemblance to its modern counterpart. Wild animals roamed freely around the campus, and the area served as a meeting point for the Great Western Cattle Trail.[4]

Despite its name, the college taught no classes in agriculture, instead concentrating on classical studies, languages, literature, and applied mathematics. After four years, students could attain degrees in scientific agriculture, civil and mining engineering, and language and literature.[5] Local farmers complained that the college was abusing its mission, and, in November 1879, the president and faculty were replaced and given a mandated curriculum in agriculture and engineering.[1]

During these early years, student life was molded by the Corps of Cadets. The Corps was divided into a battalion of three companies, and rivalry among the companies was strong, giving birth to the Aggie spirit and future traditions. No bonfires, yell practices, or athletics teams existed as yet, and social clubs and fraternities were discouraged.[6]

Enrollment, which had climbed as high as 500 students, declined to only 80 students in 1883, the year the University of Texas opened in Austin, Texas. Although the Texas Constitution specified that the Agricultural and Mechanical College was to be a branch of a proposed University of Texas,[2] the Austin school was established with a separate Board of Regents. Texas A.M.C. continued to be governed by its own Board of Directors.[1]

The two Texas schools quickly began to battle over the limited funds that the state legislature made available for higher education. In 1887, the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station was established at Texas A.M.C., enabling the college to gain more funding.[1] Many residents of the state saw little need for two colleges in Texas, and some wanted to close the agricultural and mechanical school.[7]

Sul Ross era

Lawrence Sullivan Ross

Texas A&M in 1902
Texas A.M.C. president Lawrence Sullivan Ross, known affectionately to students as “Sully”, is credited for saving the school from closure and transforming it into a respected military institution.[7] Ross, the immediate past governor of Texas, had been a well-respected Confederate Brigadier General and enjoyed a good reputation among state residents.[1]

When Ross arrived at the school, he found no running water, a housing shortage, a disgruntled faculty, and many students running wild. As Ross began to make improvements, parents began to send their children to the school in the hopes that they would learn from Ross’s example.[7] Although enrollment had always been limited to men, in 1893, Ethel Hudson, the daughter of an A&M professor, became the first woman to attend classes at the school and helped edit the annual yearbook. She was made an honorary member of the class of 1895. Several years later her twin sisters became honorary members of the class of 1903, and slowly other daughters of Aggie professors were allowed to attend classes.[8]

Under Ross’s seven and one-half year tenure, many enduring Aggie traditions formed. These traditions include the first Aggie Ring, the first yearbook, and the formation of the Aggie Band. Ross’s tenure also saw the school’s first intercollegiate football game, played against the University of Texas.[7]

Program expansion

A&M Tent Row in 1910
By 1910, the school listed eight degree programs, including agriculture, architecture, agricultural engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and textile engineering. Five years later the state legislature, in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture, established the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, organized the Texas Forest Service, and authorized a School of Veterinary Medicine at the college.[1] The college was unprepared for the growth, and for the next ten years several hundred students lived in tents in a field in the middle of campus.[9]

During this time, women were also given a more official standing. The Texas Legislature in 1911 refused to give A&M permission to hold a summer semester unless women were also permitted to attend. For the next several decades during the summers cadets were not required to be in uniform and women could attend class and participate in intramural activities.[8]

Texas A&M graduates were called to use their military training during World War I, and by 1918, 49% of graduates of the college were in military service, a larger percentage than any other college or university.[1] In early September 1918, the entire senior class was mustered into military service, with plans to send the younger students at staggered dates throughout the next year. Many of the seniors were fighting in France when the war ended two months later.[9] In total, over 1200 former students served as commissioned officers during World War I.[1]

Texas A&M Hillel, the oldest Hillel organization in the United States, was founded in 1920. The organization occurred three years before the national Hillel Foundation was organized at the University of Illinois.[10][11]

After the war, Texas A&M grew rapidly and became nationally recognized for its programs in agriculture, engineering, and military science. The first graduate school was organized in 1924,[1] and, in 1925, Mary Evelyn Crawford Locke became the first female to receive a diploma from Texas A&M, although she was not allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony.[12] The following month the Board of Directors officially prohibited all women from enrolling. In 1926, they codified that women in summer school had an unofficial status and could not pursue a degree. By 1930, however, over 1800 women had attended classes at A&M.[8]

In the late 1920s, following the discovery of oil on university lands, Texas A&M and the University of Texas negotiated a settlement for the division of the Permanent University Fund which enabled A&M to receive one-third of the revenue. This guaranteed wealth enabled A&M to expand. Enrollment increased even during the Great Depression, as student cooperative housing projects enabled the students to attend the school at low costs.[1] During the Depression, as professors were forced to accept a 25% pay cut, the Board of Directors partially rescinded its order against female enrollment, allowing no more than 20 females at a time to enroll in the school, and further restricting the group to daughters of professors.[8]

Texas A&M expanded its degree offerings in the late 1930s and awarded its first Ph.D. in 1940. Other programs at the college likewise began offering doctoral degrees throughout the next few decades.[1]

World War II gave Texas A&M an opportunity to prove itself on a worldwide stage. The school produced 20,229 fighting men who served in combat; of these, 14,123 were officers, more than the combined total of the United States Naval Academy and the United States Military Academy and more than three times the totals of any other Senior Military College.[1][13][14] Seven Aggies received the Medal of Honor during the worldwide conflict, tying with Virginia Tech as the most of any school outside of the military academies at West Point and Annapolis,[13] and 29 former students reached the rank of general. In addition, the college received nationwide exposure during the war when a reporter wrote a widely distributed story about the Aggie Muster on the island of Corregidor.[15] The intense interest resulted in a World War II propaganda movie, We’ve Never Been Licked, which was filmed on the A&M campus and showcased many of the school traditions.[16][17]

Though Texas A&M was originally established as a branch of the yet-to-be-created University of Texas, subsequent acts of the Texas Legislature never gave the University any authority over Texas A&M. This internal legal conflict in Texas was nullified in 1948 when Texas A&M became the flagship school of the newly created Texas A&M University System, a clear and separate institution from the University of Texas System. A&M’s Board of Directors continued to oversee the system.[18] Enrollment soared as many former soldiers used the G.I. Bill to further their education. Unprepared for the growth, between 1949 and 1953 Texas A&M used the former Bryan Air Force Base as an extension of the campus. An estimated 5,500 men lived, studied, ate, showered, and attended classes at the base, which became known as the Annex (and later as Riverside Campus).[19]

Rudder er

Statue erected on the Texas A&M campus in honor of James Earl Rudder.
The Texas Legislature defeated a nonbinding resolution in the 1950s to encourage A&M to admit women. The school newspaper, The Battalion began writing editorials to encourage coeducation, causing the Student Senate to demand the editor of the paper resign. Later in the year students defeated 2–1 a campus resolution on coeducation.[8]

On March 26, 1959, retired Major General James Earl Rudder, who (outside of Sul Ross) arguably had the most significant effect on the campus (and especially in terms of transforming it into the modern university of today), became the 16th president of the college, his alma mater.[20][21] At the time, the college was still an all-male military school with a 7,500 student enrollment. Within several years of his arrival, the 58th Legislature of Texas officially changed the name of the school from the Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas to Texas A&M University.[21] The Legislature specified that in the new name of the school, the A and the M were purely symbolic, reflecting the school’s past, and no longer stood for “Agricultural and Mechanical”.[1]

With Rudder’s strong encouragement, in 1963, the A&M Board of Directors officially reversed their stance on admitting women.[21] The wives and daughters of faculty, staff and students as well as female staff members were finally allowed to officially participate in undergraduate programs, although they were not permitted to join the Corps of Cadets.[8]

The following year the college was officially integrated as A&M welcomed its first African-American student. More change ensued, as, in 1965, the Board of Directors voted to make membership in the Corps of Cadets voluntary. The same year the Board voted to allow any woman, not just those connected to students and professors, to attend the university. The Board required that Rudder approve each female applicant; he accepted any woman who met the academic requirements.[21] During Rudder’s tenure, African-American students were also welcomed, and in 1967, James L. Courtney of Dallas became the first African American to receive an undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University. He remained at Texas A&M and, in 1970, became the first African American to receive a D.V.M. degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine.[22]

When Rudder died in 1970, after 11 years as president of the school, Texas A&M University had grown to more than 14,000 students from all 50 states and 75 nations.[21] The school had become coeducational and had even begun construction of an all-female dormitory.[8] The curriculum had been broadened, with upgraded academic and faculty standards, and the school had initiated a multimillion-dollar building program.[23]

Recent years
On September 17, 1971, Texas A&M University was one of the first four institutions to be designated a sea-grant college in recognition of oceanographic development and research. A third designation was added on August 31, 1989, when Texas A&M was named a space-grant college. The university remains one of few institutions nationwide to hold designations as a land-, sea-, and space-grant college.[24]

The Corps welcomed its first female members in the fall of 1974. At the time, the women were segregated into a special unit, known as W-1, and suffered harassment from many of their male counterparts.[25][26] Women were originally prohibited from serving in leadership positions or in the more elite Corps units such as the Fish Drill Team, the band, and Ross Volunteers. These groups were opened to female participation in 1985, following a federal court decision in a class-action lawsuit filed by a female cadet. Two years later, in 1990, female-only units were eliminated.[26]

In November 1976, the university denied official recognition to the Gay Student Services Organization on the grounds that homosexuality was illegal in Texas, and the group’s stated goals—offering referral services and providing educational information to students—were actually the responsibility of university staff.[27] The students sued the university for violation of their First Amendment right to freedom of speech in February 1977. For six years, Gay Student Services v. Texas A&M University wound its way through the courts; although the trial court ruled in favor of Texas A&M several times, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals repeatedly overturned the verdict.[27] The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the case, letting stand the circuit court ruling that the students’ free speech rights had been compromised.[28]

The case set a national precedent by removing legal restrictions on gay rights groups on campuses.[29] The subsequent recognition of the group provided a university precedent for allowing social organizations. In 1977, the university had also denied recognition to Sigma Phi Epsilon, a national social fraternity, because its presence on campus might result in “a social caste system”.[27]

Presidential library

George Bush Presidential Library
The George Bush Presidential Library was established in 1997 on 90 acres (364,220 m2) of land donated by Texas A&M at the western edge of the campus. This tenth presidential library was built between 1995 and 1997 and contains the presidential and vice-presidential papers of George H.W. Bush and the vice-presidential papers of Dan Quayle.[30]

To coincide with the opening of the George Bush Presidential Library, Texas A&M established the George Bush School of Government and Public Service. The school, which offers a master’s degree in public policy and one in international affairs as well as two research degrees, officially launched in 1997. It became a separate school within the university in 1999.[31]

Bonfire collapse
Main article: Aggie Bonfire

Bonfire Recovery, November 19, 1999
At 2:42 a.m. on November 18, 1999, the partially completed Aggie Bonfire, standing 40 feet (12 m) tall and consisting of about 5000 logs, collapsed during construction. Of the 58 students and former students working on the stack, 12 were killed and 27 others were injured. The incident received nationwide attention, with over 50 satellite trucks broadcasting from the Texas A&M campus within hours.[32]

On November 25, 1999, the date that Bonfire would have burned, Aggies instead held a vigil and remembrance ceremony on site. Over 40,000 people, including former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara and then-Texas governor George W. Bush and his wife Laura, lit candles and observed up to two hours of silence at the site of the Bonfire collapse.[33]

A commission put together by Texas A&M University discovered that a number of factors led to the Bonfire collapse, including “excessive internal stresses” on the logs and “inadequate containment strength”, where the wiring used to tie the logs together was not strong enough. The wiring broke after logs from upper tiers were “wedged” into lower tiers.[32]

Texas A&M officials, Bonfire student leaders, and the university itself were the subject of several lawsuits by parents of the students injured or killed in the collapse.[34] On May 21, 2004, Federal Judge Samuel B. Kent dismissed all claims against the Texas A&M officials,[35] and, in 2005, 36 of the 64 original defendants, including all of the student leaders, settled their portion of the case for an estimated US$4.25 million, paid by their insurance companies.[36][37] A federal appeals court dismissed the remaining lawsuits against Texas A&M and its officials in 2007.[38]

Vision 2020
In 1997, university president Ray Bowen appointed a task force to create a new strategic plan for the university. The task force, made up of more than 250 faculty, staff, students, former students, local residents, and various private- and public-sector representatives, devoted more than two years to examining all aspects of the university and studying benchmark institutions before unveiling the plan, dubbed Vision 2020, in 1999.[39]

Vision 2020’s goal is to make Texas A&M University recognized as a consensus “top 10” public university by the year 2020. The plan identifies 12 areas in which the university should focus on improving.[39] Dr. Robert M. Gates succeeded Bowen in 2002, and during his four-year tenure as president, Vision 2020’s short-term focus narrowed to four key steps:[40]

Increasing the size of the faculty by 447 positions within five years.
Encouraging diversity in student enrollment.
Building new academic facilities totaling roughly US$272 million.
Enriching the undergraduate and graduate education experience.

The Jack E. Brown Chemical Engineering Building opened in 2004.
Gates’ leadership resulted in the largest academic expansion in the university’s history. As of September 8, 2006, Vision 2020’s progress includes:[41]

346 new teachers and researchers from around the world with completion slated for September 1, 2007.
Hispanic enrollment increased 9.6%, African American enrollment increased 9.4%, and Asian American enrollment rose 24.3% compared to 2005.
Over $500 million in new construction across campus including Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building (US$95 million), two emerging technologies buildings (US$50 million each), and a nuclear magnetic resonance imaging building (US$8 million).
The student-faculty ratio dropped from 22:1 in 2001 to 20:1 in the fall of 2005.
Hurricane relief Edit
Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Texas A&M opened Reed Arena as a temporary shelter to house over 200 evacuees from New Orleans. Although school was barely in session and there was minimal notice, the students and staff of A&M prepared the facility, setting up several hundred beds on the arena floor and making arrangements for the evacuees to get new clothes and have medical checks. Aggie students organized a child care facility, and Aggie athletes escorted teenagers to the Aggie Rec Center to play basketball.[42] Less than three weeks later, Reed Arena was again opened as a temporary shelter for people fleeing Hurricane Rita.[43]

Current status

The Texas A&M Administration Building
With strong support from Rice University and the University of Texas at Austin, the Association of American Universities inducted Texas A&M in May 2001, based on the depth of the university’s research and academic programs.[44] Furthermore, in 2004, the honors organization Phi Beta Kappa opened its 265th chapter at Texas A&M.[45]

On December 18, 2006, former Texas A&M University president Robert M. Gates was sworn in as the 22nd U.S. Secretary of Defense. Gates’ successor, Elsa Murano, on January 3, 2008, became both the university’s first female and first Hispanic president.[46] Murano’s term as president ended abruptly June 2009, and was succeeded by Interim President R. Bowen Loftin. Loftin was eventually selected as university president in February 2010.[citation needed]

As of the fall 2012 the university has a current enrollment of more than 50,000, the sixth-largest university in the United States and the largest university in Texas.[47][48] As of 2007, the percentage of women and men at the school are roughly equal. However, for a number of years females of the freshman class have outnumbered males.[8] The university has awarded more than 320,000 degrees, of which 70,000 have been graduate and professional degrees.[49] Texas A&M has two branch campuses, one in Galveston, Texas, and one in the Middle Eastern country of Qatar.[50] The latter branch campus had the distinction in 2011 of being the first school outside the U.S recognizing engineers as members of Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society.[51]

In 2013, Texas A&M Health Science Center was formally merged into the university.[52] The university also purchased the Texas Wesleyan University School of Law and renamed it the Texas A&M School of Law. On October 23, 2013, plans to build a new branch campus, Texas A&M University at Nazareth – Peace Campus, in Israel, were announced.[53]

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Today’s Holiday: Liberia National Unification Day

Today’s Holiday:
Liberia National Unification Day

This annual observance in Liberia draws attention to the animosity between the Americo-Liberian elite and the indigenous majority. Under the leadership of President William V. S. Tubman, who led from 1944 to 1971, the divide between these two groups was diminished. Tubman introduced the National Unification Policy, which featured among other things an extension of the vote to women and the country’s indigenous people. The anniversary emerged as a means to draw support for the policy. The day reminds Liberians to remember what they hold in common and not to dwell on how they diverge. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Adolf Frederick of Sweden (1710)

Today’s Birthday:
Adolf Frederick of Sweden (1710)

King of Sweden from 1751 until his death 20 years later, Adolf Frederick was, for the entirety of his reign, largely just a figurehead. Most of the power actually rested with the Riksdag, Sweden’s parliament. Twice he tried to free himself of its control. The first attempt ended disastrously, with Adolf Frederick nearly losing his throne. His second attempt met with greater success, but the victory ultimately did little to increase his power. In what memorable and unusual way did he die? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Seinfeld Series Finale Airs (1998)

This Day in History:
Seinfeld Series Finale Airs (1998)

One of the most successful situation comedies in the history of television, Seinfeld is often described as a show about nothing. Created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the latter of whom starred as a fictionalized version of himself on the show, it featured a collection of selfish and neurotic characters obsessed with the minutiae of everyday life. After nine seasons, the series came to an end. In its final episode, the four main characters find themselves incarcerated for what crime? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: H.G. Wells

Quote of the Day:
H.G. Wells

It is a law of nature we overlook, that intellectual versatility is the compensation for change, danger, and trouble … Nature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are useless. There is no intelligence where there is no change and no need of change.

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Idiom of the Day: nice guy

Idiom of the Day:
nice guy

A teenaged or adult male who is dependably friendly and compassionate, to the point of being seen as too boring, unchallenging, or uninspiring to be romantically involved with. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: axiomatic

Word of the Day:

Definition: (adjective) Evident without proof or argument.
Synonyms: self-evident, taken for granted
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Suicide bombers target three Surabaya churches in deadly Indonesia attacks – FRANCE 24 (allahists ate crazy!)


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Suicide bombers target three Surabaya churches in deadly Indonesia attacks
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Suicide bombings struck churches in a major Indonesian city during Sunday services, killing at least 11 people and wounding dozens in attacks which police said were carried out by a single family including two young girls.

The bombings at three churches in Surabaya claimed by the Islamic State group were the deadliest in years, as the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country grapples with homegrown militancy and rising intolerance towards religious minorities.

The bombers a mother and father, two daughters aged nine and 12, and two sons aged 16 and 18 — were linked to local extremist network Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) which supports IS, said national police chief Tito Karnavian.

The mother, identified as Puji Kuswati, and her two daughters were wearing niqab face veils and had bombs strapped to their waists as they entered the grounds of the Kristen Indonesia Diponegoro Church and blew themselves up, he said.

The father, JAD cell leader Dita Priyanto, drove a bomb-laden car into the Surabaya Centre Pentecostal Church while his sons rode motorcyles into Santa Maria church, where they detonated explosives they were carrying, Karnavian said.

“All were suicide attacks but the types of bombs are different,” he told reporters.

“This is related to JAD Jamaah Ansharut Daulah.”

Coordinated attacks

The group, led by jailed radical Aman Abdurrahman, has been linked to several deadly incidents, including a 2016 gun and suicide attack in the capital Jakarta that left four attackers and four civilians dead.

That was the first assault claimed by IS in Southeast Asia.

Police on Sunday said four suspected JAD members had been killed in a shootout during raids linked to the deadly prison riot this week.

Five members of Indonesia’s elite anti-terrorism squad and a prisoner were killed in clashes that saw Islamist inmates take a guard hostage at a high-security jail on the outskirts of Jakarta. IS also claimed responsibility.

East Java police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera confirmed the deaths of 11 people with 41 injured in the coordinated attacks at around 7:30 am (0030 GMT).

Images showed a vehicle engulfed in flames and plumes of thick black smoke as a body lay outside the gate of Santa Maria Catholic church, with motorcycles toppled over amid the mangled debris.

In addition to the suicide blast police experts defused two unexploded bombs at the Surabaya Centre Pentecostal Church.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo slammed the attacks, telling reporters: “We must unite against terrorism.”

“The state will not tolerate this act of cowardice.”

Nearly 90 percent of Indonesia’s 260 million people are Muslim, but there are significant numbers of Christians, Hindus and Buddhists.

Concerns about sectarian intolerance have been on the rise, with churches targeted in the past.

Police shot and wounded an IS-inspired radical who attacked a church congregation outside Indonesia’s cultural capital Yogyakarta with a sword during a Sunday mass in February. Four people were injured.

In 2000 bombs disguised as Christmas gifts delivered to churches and clergymen killed 19 people on Christmas Eve and injured scores more across the country.

Coordinated attacks

The archipelago nation of some 17,000 islands has long struggled with Islamic militancy, including the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people mostly foreign tourists in the country’s worst-ever terror attack.

Sunday’s bombings had the highest death toll since nine people were killed in 2009 attacks on two luxury hotels in Jakarta.

Security forces have arrested hundreds of militants during a sustained crackdown in recent years that smashed some networks, and most recent attacks have been low-level and targeted domestic security forces.

But the coordinated nature of Sunday’s bombings suggested a higher level of planning, analysts said.

“Recent (previous) attacks have been far less ‘professional’,” Sidney Jones, an expert on Southeast Asian terrorism and director of the Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict, told AFP.

The emergence of IS has proved a potent new rallying cry for radicals, sparking fears that homegrown extremist outfits could get a new lease of life.


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Trump triumphs on North Korea, stands strong on Iran, but media attacks continue | Fox News (Is the attitude of media figures femonstrative of the reverse discrimination against President Trump and his family? I think YES)

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Media had a tough time acknowledging another Trump triumph when three Americans held in North Korea are released; reaction on ‘The Ingraham Angle.’

This past week President Trump had another bout of winning, though you’d never know it from most media coverage.

CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta synopsized it nicely, and was much mocked by conservatives on Twitter: “Obama policies dumped by Trump: Iran deal, Paris Climate Agreement, Trans-Pacific Trade Deal, DACA, ObamaCare Individual Mandate.”

Twitter’s right side piled on, with The Federalist Co-Founder Sean Davis noting how Acosta was “running campaign ads for Trump.” Acosta apparently failed to understand how getting rid of Obama programs was a feature, not a bug, of the Trump presidency.

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President Trump added to his list of achievements with a huge win in North Korea, another against ISIS and a particularly enjoyable one as a top opponent’s entire career melted down in the space of minutes.

The president’s latest winning streak was kicked into high gear at the intersection of two stories the media covered poorly this past week. They involved two of the three members of President George W. Bush’s famous “Axis of Evil” – Iran and North Korea.

President Trump announced that the United States was withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, a non-treaty he had repeatedly criticized. Media reaction escalated when The New York Times whined that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wasn’t around for the Iran announcement. “At a Key Moment, Trump’s Top Diplomat Is Again Thousands of Miles Away,” the paper headlined.

It turns out that Pompeo was in North Korea, bringing back three Americans held captive in that country. Pompeo’s move comes prior to a June 12 summit between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

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American detainees released, media bias still prevails
President Trump taunted the newspaper: “The Failing New York Times criticized Secretary of State Pompeo for being AWOL (missing), when in fact he was flying to North Korea. Fake News, so bad!” he tweeted.

The victory was too much for some in the media to accept. The “Morning Joe” team of Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski on MSNBC still found ways to criticize. Brzezinski complained that President Trump had called Kim “nice.” “Was Kim ‘nice’ to imprison them in the first place?” she asked.

CNN went into spin mode, finding ways to complain about the optics of the 3 a.m. Andrews Air Force Base return of the hostages. CNN International journalist Will Ripley commented: “I do worry that they were being exploited a bit,” he said of the men Trump helped free.

NBC’s White House Correspondent Hallie Jackson couldn’t get over how the event was “very carefully choreographed.” “You had floodlights lighting up this 30- by 50-foot American flag, hanging in between two ladder trucks, as the plane carrying these men rolled in,” she continued.

Her criticisms were so ridiculous that Twitter responded in humorous or sarcastic ways, knocking the idea that this release was unique.

Several posters used images or comments about the press conference held by then-President Obama following the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held prisoner by the Taliban in Afghanistan for five years. Obama stood at the podium flanked by both of Bergdahl’s parents and was seen walking away with arms around both of them.

Christian satire site Babylon Bee mocked the reactions with the headline of the day: “CNN Report: Evil Trump Kidnaps Three People From North Korean Paradise.”

  1. ‘Deal or No Deal’: The other half of President Trump’s big week came when he withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, causing a series of explosions as liberal and media heads detonated around the globe.

It was a “propaganda victory” for Iran that gave “the moral high ground to Iran,” we were told. “Hardball” Host Chris Matthews lamented the rise of “chick hawks” like National Security Adviser John Bolton.

Several media outlets highlighted how the U.S. was going against the wishes of allies. ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jon Karl chose that route: “Defying our allies and keeping a campaign promise, President Trump is taking the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal.”

Only some allies were upset while others were thrilled. The Times of Israel noted that nearby nations were happy about the move, headlining: “Riyadh, UAE and Bahrain, staunch rivals of Islamic Republic, join Israel in offering support for US decision to reimpose sanctions.”

CBS News Foreign Correspondent Elizabeth Palmer blamed Trump for Iranians being upset at the withdrawal. “The fact is Iranians feel like hostages, not only to their own corrupt, repressive government, but also to an inexplicably hostile White House.” The good news for Iran, then, is Trump frees hostages.

  1. #MeToo … Oops: The TV show “Westworld” often repeats the phrase, “These violent delights have violent ends.” It could just as well apply to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. He had gained traction with the #MeToo movement and “used his authority to take legal action against the disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein,” according to an excellent Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer piece in The New Yorker.

There was, of course, a problem. Schneiderman was accused of “nonconsensual physical violence” involving “four women with whom he has had romantic relationships or encounters.” He quickly resigned and the liberal celebrity many had put on a pedestal came crashing down.

TBS comedian Samantha Bee had called Schneiderman a “superhero” and “a hero who stood up to democracy’s nemesis before.” She ended up apologizing and renaming him, “the vilest villain.” Over at “The View,” they tried to spin the story of the anti-Trump Democrat’s scandal into a possible “tipping point for Trump.”

The press did its usual routine. Both ABC and Univision somehow missed that Schneiderman is a prominent Democrat.

  1. These Things All Really Happened: There was whining in the midst of the winning, as well as some outlandish comments that didn’t get sufficient media attention.

HBO’s “Last Week with John Oliver” proved there’s no low the media won’t try to outdo. In a piece about President Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani, Oliver talked of the similarities between the two: “They both had three marriages, neither of them can shut up when in front of a camera, and perhaps most importantly, they both want to f— Ivanka.” He wasn’t even bleeped.

In a week where media types were understandably critical of offensive comments about Sen. John McCain, they skipped a similar offensive comment from the left about Donald Trump, Jr. Here’s the HuffPost explanation: “Philippe Reines, former press secretary and senior adviser to former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, projected his sexual stereotypes about Latinos onto Donald Trump Jr. and his wife, Vanessa Trump, who are divorcing.”

Reines tweeted at Trump Jr., saying: “Vanessa being with a Latin King must’ve driven you insanely jealous. The machismo, the passion. Tough act to follow. Did you wonder if she fantasized about Valentin Rivera when intimate with you? She did. Every time.”

It was a comment so foul that Chelsea Clinton called him out for it, saying “It’s vile.” For his part, Reines said, “I regret the Tweet” in an apology that also lacked machismo.

Dan Gainor is the Media Research Center’s Vice President for Business and Culture. He writes frequently about media for Fox News Opinion. He can also be contacted on Facebook and Twitter as dangainor.

CBSN On Assignment: DNA of every baby born in California is stored. Who has access to it?

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DNA of every baby born in California is stored. Who has access to it?



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SAN FRANCISCO — You probably know where your Social Security card, birth certificate and other sensitive information is being stored, but what about your genetic material? If you or your child was born in California after 1983, your DNA is likely being stored by the government, may be available to law enforcement and may even be in the hands of outside researchers, CBS San Francisco’s Julie Watts reports.

Like many states, California collects bio-samples from every child born in the state. The material is then stored indefinitely in a state-run biobank, where it may be purchased for outside research.

Golden State Killer case opens possibility of using DNA in other notorious cold cases

State law requires that parents are informed of their right to request the child’s sample be destroyed, but the state does not confirm parents actually get that information before storing or selling their child’s DNA.

KPIX has learned that most parents are not getting the required notification. We’ve also discovered the DNA may be used for more than just research.

In light of the Cambridge Analytica-Facebook scandal and the use of unidentified DNA to catch the Golden State Killer suspect, there are new concerns about law enforcement access, and what private researchers could do with access to the DNA from every child born in the state.

The Lifesaving Test

It all begins with a crucial and potentially lifesaving blood test.

The Newborn Genetic Screening test is required in all 50 states, and is widely believed to be a miracle of modern medicine.

Nearly every baby born in the United States gets a heel prick shortly after birth. Their newborn blood fills six spots on a special filter paper card. It is used to test baby for dozens of congenital disorders that, if treated early enough, could prevent severe disabilities and even death.

It’s estimated that newborn screening leads to a potentially life-saving early diagnosis each year for 5,000 to 6,000 children nationwide.

The California Department of Public Health reports that from 2015-2017 alone, the Newborn Screening test diagnosed 2,498 babies with a “serious congenital disorder that, if left untreated could have caused irreparable harm or death.”

But, unless you or your child is diagnosed with one of these disorders, the test is often lost in the fog of childbirth.

We randomly selected six new moms and asked what they knew about their child’s genetic test.

Three of the moms remembered the heel prick, while the other three say they think they knew about the test. But, like most parents, none knew what happened to their baby’s leftover blood spots after the test.

They were shocked when KPIX reporter Julie Watts explained it to them.

Your rights after the test

The lab generally only needs a few of the blood spots for the baby’s own potentially lifesaving genetic test. They use to collect five blood spots total from each child in California, they’ve now increased that to six.

Some states destroy the blood spots after a year, 12 states store them for at least 21 years.

California, however, is one of a handful of states that stores the remaining blood spots for research indefinitely in a state-run biobank.

Even though the parents pay for the lifesaving test itself, the child’s leftover blood spots become property of the state and may be sold to outside researchers without the parent’s knowledge or consent.

“I just didn’t realize there was a repository of every baby born in the state. It’s like fingerprints,” new mom Soniya Sapre responded.

Amanda Feld, who had her daughter 15 months ago, was concerned in light of recurring data breaches. “We know that companies aren’t very good at keeping data safe. They try,” she said.

New mom Nida Jafri chimed in, “There should be accountability and transparency on what it’s being used for.”

“Blood is inherently or intrinsically identifiable,”added Sapre.

Some states allow parents to opt-in or give informed consent before they store the child’s sample.

In California, however, in order to get the potentially lifesaving genetic test for your child, you have no choice but to allow the state to collect and store the remaining samples.

You do have the right to ask the biobank to destroy the leftovers after the fact, though the agency’s website states it “may not be able to comply with your request.”

You also have the right to find out if your child’s blood spots have been used for research, but you would have to know they were being used in the first place and we’ve discovered that most parents don’t.

Samples used to save more lives

Dr. Fred Lorey, the former director of the California Genetic Disease Screening Program, explained that blood spot samples are invaluable to researchers.

“They’re important because these samples are needed to create new testing technology,” Lorey said.

He explained that they’re primarily used to identify new diseases and improve the current tests, ultimately saving more babies

With nearly 500,000 births a year, California’s biobank is, by far, the largest and is crucial for research nationwide.

According to the Department of Public Health, more than 9.5 million blood spot samples have been collected since 2000 alone. The state has stored blood spots since 1983.

As a result, California can now test newborns for more than 80 different disorders, more than any other state. The standard panel nationwide is around 30 disorders.

But researchers with the California Genetic Disease Screening Program aren’t the only ones with access to samples stored in the biobank.

Blood spots are given to outside researchers for $20 to $40 per spot.

Regulations require that the California Genetic Disease Screening Program to be self-supporting.

“It has to pay for itself,” Lorey noted. Allowing outside researchers to buy newborn bloodspots helps to recoup costs.

According to biobank records, the program sold about 16,000 blood spots over the past five years, totaling a little more than $700,000. By comparison, the program reported $128 million in revenue during the last fiscal year alone, mostly generated by the fees parents pay for the test. Parents are charged around $130 on their hospital bill for the Newborn Screening Test itself.

Making money off your DNA

But while the state may not be making money off your child’s DNA, Lorey admitted that there is the potential for outside researchers to profit off your child’s genetic material.

“Do any of those studies result in something that the company can make money from?” reporter Julie Watts asked Lorey in a recent interview. “Could they create a test or treatment that they ultimately profit from?”

“Theoretically, yes,” Lorey admitted. “I’m not aware of any cases that that’s happened because virtually all, not all, of these researchers that have made requests are scientific researchers.”

He explained that researchers who request the spots must meet specific criteria. Their studies must first be approved by a review board. They’re also supposed to return or destroy remaining blood spot samples after use.

However, privacy advocates point to the Cambridge Analytica-Facebook scandal where third-party researchers were supposed to destroy data, but instead used it for profit – and untimely to attempt to influence a presidential election.

Watts pressed Lorey on that point.

“So there is no possibility a researcher may request blood spots for a specific research experiment … but then keep blood spots without the department’s knowledge to be used for other purposes?” she asked.

“I want to say no” he said. “But I’m not ready to say no because I know how humans can be sometimes.”

“De-identified DNA”

However, Lorey stressed that the blood spots cards, stored in the state biobank, are “de-identified.” There is no name or medical information on the card, just the blood spots and a number.

Lorey explained the identifying information is stored in a separate building and after a few years is microfiched so it’s not even kept on a server. Samples do need to be re-identified for various reasons, but Lorey says, in those cases, parents are notified.

And to be clear, he stressed, there is also no genome database. The state does not sequence or extract the DNA from the blood spots collected, although a researcher might, depending on the study.

Privacy advocates, like Consumer Watchdog’s Jamie Court insist DNA is inherently identifiable.

“There is no such thing as de-identified DNA,” Court said. “The very nature of DNA is that it identifies you and your genetic code specifically.”

Court points to the recent case of the Golden State Killer. Investigators used public ancestry sites to identify a murder suspect using decades-old unidentified DNA from a crime scene.

And we’ve learned, researchers aren’t the only ones with access to the blood spots.

Law enforcement access

A public records request revealed coroners often use blood spots to identify bodies, and at least one parent requested blood spots to prove paternity.

Law enforcement also can — and does — request identified blood spots. We found at least five search warrants and four court orders, including one to test a child’s blood for drugs at birth.

According to the Department Of Public Health, “Only a court order can provide a third-party (including law enforcement) access to an identified stored specimen without parental consent.”

“I think the storage of DNA for purposes other than medical research without informed consent clearly is violating a duty and a trust that the state has to the public,” Court said. “What are they trying to hide?”

State law says parents should know — they don’t

According to the Department of Public Health, it’s not hiding anything. The agency points to page 13 of the Newborn Screening brochure which does disclose that the blood spots are stored.

“In addition to being available on the Internet in multiple languages, healthcare providers give the brochure to parents prenatally and at birthing centers and hospitals,” the Department of Public Health stated.

We asked the six new moms to bring in all the paperwork they collected from the hospital. Only one of the six women actually had the required newborn screening pamphlet and she admitted that between delivering a baby and learning to raise a tiny human, she hadn’t found the time to flip to page 13.

“I feel like that’s something that should have been discussed with us in person, not on whatever page in a document,” another new mom, Lesley Merritt, responded.

Argelia Barcena added that they were not told the pamphlet was crucial or mandatory reading material. “I saw it as reference material, to refer to if needed, they dont tell you ‘you must read it,'” she pointed out.

Keep in mind new parents are generally sent home with folders full of paperwork including a variety of medical testing forms and pamphlets with information ranging from breastfeeding and vaccines, to sudden infant death and CPR.

“Everyone who came into our room gave us another pamphlet,” New Mom Amanda Feld pointed out.

In the case of the Genetic Screening Pamphlet, the moms agreed they wouldn’t have thought it was relevant to read after the fact unless their child was actually diagnosed.

And they’re not alone. We conducted an exclusive Survey USA news poll of parents with kids born in California over the past five years.

While a majority of parents reported that they did know about the life-saving test, three-quarters said they didn’t know the state would store the leftover blood spots indefinitely for research, and two-thirds weren’t sure they ever got the newborn screening information.

When we read the six moms that portion of page 13 that disclosed the blood spots could be used for outside research, they noted that it’s not clear the blood spots are stored indefinitely, available to law enforcement, nor that using blood spots for “department approved studies” means giving them to outside researchers.” P.13 states:

“Are the stored blood spots used for anything else? Yes. California law requires the NBS program to use or provide newborn screening specimens for department approved studies of diseases in women and children, such as research related to identify-ing and preventing disease.”

Lorey helped draft previous versions of the pamphlet. He agreed that the portion on page 13 “could be clarified,” but he said he believed the information included provides “adequate disclosure.”

He was surprised, however, when Watts showed him all the forms she was sent home from the hospital with and he acknowledged it could be difficult for parents to digest it all while also learning to care for a newborn.

He was also surprised to see the version of the newborn screening brochure that Watts was given.

Instead of the required 14-page pamphlet with the storage disclosure on page 13, she had a one page, tri-fold hand-out with no mention of storage, or a parent’s right to opt out of it. Instead there was a web link where parents could go “For more information…”

Required disclosure

State regulations say that parents are supposed to get the full 14 page pamphlet twice, once before their due date, and again in the hospital before the heel prick test.

But in practice, most parents say they didn’t even see the pamphlet until after the test, if they got it at all.

While the state says it “distributes more than 700,000 copies of the booklets to health providers each year,” it admits that it doesn’t track whether doctors are giving them out. It also does not confirm parents are informed of their rights to opt out of storage before storing or selling the child’s DNA.

Federal law

Under federal law, blood spots are currently defined as human subjects, and therefore require informed consent for federal research. But, that doesn’t apply to private researchers, and even that protection is about to expire when a new federal policy, known as the Common Rule, takes effect this year.

Following strong opposition from the research community, proposed protections for unidentified bio-specimens were stripped from the final rule. This means researchers won’t need consent to use de-identified blood spots, and, in some cases, can even use identified blood spots without consent.

It’s ultimately up to each state to develop their own policies on disclosure. Parents in Texas successfully sued the state, ultimately forcing their biobank to destroy samples taken for research without consent or disclosure.

State law

In California, the newborn screening law doesn’t actually authorize the state to store a child’s leftover blood spots after the test, or give it to outside researchers, it only authorizes the life-saving genetic test itself.

However, the newborn screening law does say that state may store samples of the mother’s prenatal blood, which is taken early in the pregnancy, but only if the mother opts in.

Parents don’t get to opt in to storing their baby’s DNA however and that was not decided by voters or lawmakers.

While the newborn screening law was enacted by the state legislature, the authorization to store every child’s DNA and sell it to researchers is actually in a separate regulation enacted by the Director of California Department of Public Health. It says that a child’s “blood specimen and information,” collected during a test paid for by the child’s parents, becomes “property of the state.”

“Any tissue sample that is given in a hospital or any medical facility, once it’s given, is no longer your property,” Lorey explained. “You can agree with that or disagree with that, but it happens to be the law.”

In 2015, former California Assemblyman Mike Gatto introduced a law that would have initially made both the test and storage opt-in. It was strongly opposed by the powerful hospital and research lobbies, and after several revisions, it died in the Senate Health Committee.

Health advocates said their primary opposition at the time was due to the fact that Gatto’s bill would have made both the test and storage opt in, and since the test itself is crucial to saving lives, they said the test should not be optional.

Researchers, on the other hand, oppose letting parents opt in to the storage too because they believe they would get fewer samples if parents had a choice.

But, that doesn’t seem to be the case in California.

Calif. moms opt in to prenatal

Along with newborn blood spots, the California Genetic Disease Screening Program also tests mothers’ blood in the first and second trimesters, and they’re allowed to opt in.

About 90 percent of pregnant women do opt in to letting the state store their own blood for research. And, unlike the newborn screening test, a majority of moms said they do remember the disclosures and pamphlets about their own genetic test, because they got them early in the pregnancy.

Eighty four percent of parents surveyed said they think they should get information about their child’s genetic screening at the same time they learn about their own. That would give them time — several months without the distraction of a newborn — to process the information and understand their rights before the child is born.

Many said they also should have the right to opt out of storage before their child’s DNA is stored, or at least give informed consent before it is sold for research.

The problem with opting in

Critics of the opt-in option point to Texas. Following a lawsuit by parents, the biobank was forced to destroy blood spots that were taken without consent to store them for research. Now Texas allows parents to opt-in to storage.

When the potentially life-saving screening test is given in Texas, a storage consent form with a matching ID number is given to the parents to take home from the hospital and review. Blood spots are not stored in the biobank unless parents sign and return the consent form. As a result, a significant percentage of samples are destroyed.

Critics note that many parents never return the form, likely in part due to the distractions of a new baby.

Ultimately, that hurts the biobank and researchers because they get fewer samples, and more importantly, fewer samples from certain communities.

This means that research performed with those samples may not be valid for the entire population. In contrast, research performed with samples from California’s biobank is considered very strong and applicable to all babies.

A Calif. opt-in solution

Parents and advocates we spoke with in California would like to see the informed consent given out early in the pregnancy, long before the due date, which may lead to a higher opt-in rate than in Texas.

An opt-in early in the pregnancy would require a system in place to match the mothers’ consent forms, collected in the first trimester, with the babies’ blood spots, collected months later by hospital staff.

Lorey said California already has a similar matching system in place for the prenatal genetic test so it does seem feasible.

Court believes parents should have the right to opt-in before their baby’s genetic material is collected and stored indefinitely by the state, though that would be fought hard by the powerful hospital and research lobbies in Sacramento.

“Informed consent basically means we should know what we’re donating a sample for,” Court said. “If hospitals and the medical complex is so concerned that if we knew that we might not donate our samples, than we absolutely need to know what they’re doing with them because it suggests there is a purpose beyond what we know.”

Meanwhile, a majority of parents surveyed said they would have opted-in to storage if given the chance.

Additionally, they said they’re more likely to destroy their child’s sample now than they would have been if they had been notified of their rights to begin with.

Both the California Hospital Association and the March of Dimes, which opposed previous legation that would have allowed parents to opt-in, say they are now open to improving the way the state informs parents that their child’s samples will be stored and “may be used to advance research.”

However, neither has an official position on allowing parents to opt-in to storage.

Short of an opt-in, Court said he thinks there should at least be a tracking mechanism to ensure every parent is getting complete and accurate information about the storage early in the pregnancy, before the DNA samples are stored.

Since state law already requires prenatal doctors to provide the information, Court notes, it wouldn’t be a stretch to require they also get a signature from moms, allowing the state to track whether or not parents are actually getting the information.

What next?

So the questions remain: Should parents have the right to know that their child’s DNA will be stored indefinitely in a state-run biobank and may be available to law enforcement? Should the state have to confirm that parents are informed of their rights before it stores and sells the child’s DNA? Who has the power to make that happen?

Karen Smith, appointed by Governor Brown, is the current Director of the Department of Public Health. She has the power to adopt new regulations.

Though, for a more permanent fix, lawmakers in Sacramento would need to pass new legislation.

We’ve shared our findings with several state lawmakers on the Assembly Privacy Committee. Many were shocked to learn that the state was storing DNA samples from every baby born in the state and selling them to outside researchers without parents’ knowledge or consent.

So far, however, none have shown any interest in giving parents the right to opt out of storage before the child is born, or even requiring the state to confirm parents are informed before storing their baby’s blood indefinitely.

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Here’s to all the mothers – feathered or not – on this special day!

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ABC News: Romania: Thousands stage anti-corruption, government protest

ABC News: Romania: Thousands stage anti-corruption, government protest.
Romania: Thousands stage anti-corruption, government protest
By The Associated Press
BUCHAREST, Romania — May 12, 2018, 3:25 PM ET

The Associated Press
Thousands of people gathered Saturday in Romania’s capital and other cities to protest a contentious judicial overhaul they say will make it harder to prosecute senior officials for graft.

Romanians of all ages assembled in Bucharest’s Victory Square on for the protest held under a motto of “We want Europe, not a dictatorship!”

They blew whistles, waved Romanian flags and yelled “Resign!” Police ringed part of the square and placed traffic restrictions in the area.

There were smaller protests in the cities of Cluj, Timisoara, Iasi, Craiova, Brasov and elsewhere.

Anti-corruption demonstrations have been held regularly in Romania since the current left-wing government came to power in 2016 and starting pursuing legal changes that critics fear will weaken the fight against corruption.

“This government is dragging us away from Europe,” Gabriel Vasilache, a 35-year-old manager attending Saturday’s demonstration, said. “We are here for our future and our children’s future.”

President Klaus Iohannis, a political opponent of the ruling Social Democratic Party, accused the government Saturday of undermining the independence “of institutions, the rule of law” that he said “have been jeopardized in the last year by so-called reforms.”

One measure proposed by the government would restrict public statements about corruption probes. Another would allow suspects in official misconduct cases to be present when whistleblowers make allegations.

The government says that laws need to be reformed and prosecutors currently have too much power.

Marinel Velicu, 75, a retired IT programmer, said he was demonstrating “so we have an independent justice system and our country is not run by thieves and people with convictions.”

Iran’s Military Budget is up more than 40% since the Obama negotiated Nuclear Deal was reached

Check out @realDonaldTrump’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/995424104286179328?s=09

Iran’s Military Budget is up more than 40% since the Obama negotiated Nuclear Deal was reached…just another indicator that it was all a big lie. But not anymore!