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Hillary & Bill Clinton earned more than $30M since January last year: report

Hillary and Bill Clinton Earned Over $30 Million since January 2014: Report

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary collectively earned more than $30 million since January 2014, a financial disclosure form revealed. A Clinton campaign aide also confirmed that much of the couple's money came from their paid speeches.

A financial disclosure form provided to CNN, revealed that Hillary and Bill Clinton in total have made more than $30 million since January 2014.

The figures have been confirmed by a Clinton campaign aide. It was told that much couple's money came from paid speeches that were politically taxing for Hillary Clinton as she toured the country before running for President.

According to the form, the Clintons have given a total of 104 paid speeches since January 2014, netting the couple $25.3 million.

California Senate approves SB 277

California Senate approves SB 277

The controversial school vaccine bill SB 277, which met several protests by supporters and opponents of the bill, has been passed by California Senate on Thursday by a vote of 25-10. The bill aims at improving the vaccination rates among children in the state. The senate has permitted medical exemptions, but the exemptions based on personal and religious objections will not be permitted.

Now, the bill will go through the Assembly. It would not offer any option to parents in the state to opt out of state immunization requirements on the basis of their personal beliefs. According to reports, only those children will be excused from vaccinations who have medical problems like weakened immune system. The medical problems should also be verified by a physician.

Martin O’Malley Declares his Resort for a New Leadership Role

Martin O’Malley Declares his Resort for a New Leadership Role

Martin O’Malley steered clear all doubts, with the big announcement slated for May 30, as this former Governor of Maryland declared in a private conference call, his resort for the presidential run, against front-runner Hillary Clinton.

O’Malley stated, “We need people who know how to get things done and we need new leadership. That’s why I’m here”.

The call featured current and former governors and mayors and about 200 donors, including 100 from Maryland and 100 from other states. O’Malley also held other calls with staff, former staff and friends.

Texas House hears lengthy Debate on Changing Judicial Bypass Process for Teenage Abortions

Texas House hears lengthy Debate on Changing Judicial Bypass Process for Teenage

The Texas House heard a long debate on Wednesday over whether or not to allow minors seek abortions without parental consent. The Texas House approved a preliminary reading of a measure to cause changes in the judicial bypass process meant for teenage girls to have abortions if they fail to get required parental consent.

All women seeking abortions are required to verify their age with physicians using government-issued identification as per House Bill 3994, authored by Rep. Geanie Morrison, R-Victoria. The bill also creates several changes to the existing judicial bypass system and it passed 98-47.

US House votes will end phone record collection program of National Security Agency

US House votes will end phone record collection program of National Security Age

A bill, under which the National Security Agency's mass collection of phone records will be ended, has received large support in the US House. However, main Republican leaders in the Senate were not convinced regarding the requirement of reform.

The USA Freedom Act has been approved by the House. Under the bill, huge collection of phone 'metadata' would be kept out of government approach plus it will revise the federal government's surveillance practices. Last year, similar legislation was approved in the House prior to stalling in the Senate.

Navy Secretary Mabus will unveil proposal for doubling maternity leave

Navy Secretary Mabus will unveil proposal for doubling maternity leave

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus is going to reveal a proposal on Wednesday that requires increasing the amount of paid maternity leave by double that sailors and Marines can take to 12 weeks. This step will be taken in an effort to retain talented women.

According to a senior Navy official, Mabus will give the details of the proposal during a speech at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. The official didn't reveal much since the official was not authorized to reveal the proposal prior to the official announcement.

Jeb Bush said George W. Bush Is His Advisory on US-Israel Policy

Jeb Bush said George W. Bush Is His Advisory on US-Israel Policy

When Jeb Bush was recebntly asked who advises him on US-Israel policy, the famous American politician surprised many of the attendees by naming his brother, former president George W. Bush, as his most influential counselor.

Mr. Bush at an exclusive Manhattan gathering on Tuesday while speaking to a crowd of high-powered financiers at the metropolitan club said it is George W. Bush who advises him.

The remark came as part of an answer to a question about his political advisers and their policy views. Mr. Bush was pressed for details about who he surrounds himself with and consults as he thinks through his positions, guests said.

Bill Clinton Defends Decision to Accept Foreign Donations when Hilary was Secretary of State

Bill Clinton Defends Decision to Accept Foreign Donations when Hilary was Secret

Questions have been raised over Clinton’s foundation’s decisions to accept foreign donations at the time when Hillary Clinton was the Secretary of State. Now, former US President Bill Clinton has defended the decision.

In reports, one of the foreign governments that gave money to the foundation was that of that of Saudi Arabia, which allegedly gave between $10 million and $25 million to the Clinton Foundation.

“I don't think there's anything sinister about getting wealthy people and countries that are seriously involved in development to spend their money wisely in a way that helps poor people”, said Clinton when he was on a tour of Africa for the Clinton Foundation's projects.

Proposal to Raise Sales Tax to pay for Fixing Michigan’s Roads and Bridges Rejected

Proposal to Raise Sales Tax to pay for Fixing Michigan’s Roads and Bridges Reje

A proposal was made to increase Michigan's sales tax to pay for the repairing of the state's roads and bridges. On Tuesday, the state's voters rejected the proposal.

The proposal was 80% opposed and was 20% in favor. Surveys were carried out before the final vote was conducted and it also indicated that the measure would not succeed.

The $1.9 billion measure included proposals to increase the state sales tax from 6% to 7%; increase motor vehicle fuel taxes and utilize more money in schools and increase an earned income tax credit that will benefit lower income residents.

Hillary Clinton speaks on immigration at event at Rancho High School

Hillary Clinton speaks on immigration at event at Rancho High School

During Hillary Clinton's first 2016 campaign stop at Rancho High School Nevada on May 5, she said that she strongly in favor of comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants living in the US.

She said he US needs to fix its broken immigration system and slammed Republicans for giving illegal immigrants 'second-class status'. She singled out her potential Republican rivals, and mentioned that that not a single Republican is supporting a pathway to citizenship.

She also pledged that she would extend President Barack Obama's executive orders past their current boundaries if she becomes the president.

Congressional Republicans Score Major Victory

Congressional Republicans Score Major Victory

It has been reported that Congressional Republicans on Tuesday scored a major legislative victory as the Senate adopted the first bicameral GOP budget agreement in a decade.

The GOP budget was agreed after a 51-48 vote and weeks of hard work by Republican leaders in the House and Senate, who presented the blueprint of the budget through a messy debate over defense spending that threatened to split their conferences.

The blueprint that was passed in the House last week will not require a signature from president Obama.

Passing a budget, which is always considered as a heavy lift, was particularly important for Senate Republicans who were looking forward to demonstrate their ability to govern in a difficult 2016 election cycle.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is Happy with Governor Brown’s Efforts to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

Arnold Schwarzenegger is Happy with Governor Brown’s Efforts to Reduce Greenhous

Arnold Schwarzenegger the 38th Governor of California and the Chairman of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute & the R20 said the weightlifter inside him was overjoyed when he heard that Gov. Jerry Brown had accelerated California's goal to reduce greenhouse gases.

His background in sports gave him a unique perspective, said Arnold. In gym, if a person's goal is to bench press 500 pounds, he then tries to push to achieve the set target.

He further said one recognizes that he or she would face failure on the path, but one still keeps adding up the weight until the goal is reached.

At the beginning, the 500 pounds seems impossible, but as you reach a milestone, then you change your own definition of what is possible, said Arnold.

Hillary Clinton would testify before Panel investigating Attacks in Benghazi

Hillary Clinton would testify before Panel investigating Attacks in Benghazi

A special Congressional panel is carrying out an investigation into the terror attacks on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Four Americans were killed in the incident that took place in 2012.

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s lawyer said Hilary would testify before the panel. Clinton's lawyer David Kendall stated in a letter to lawmakers that Clinton would testify for one time in the week of May 18 or later.

“The secretary is fully prepared to stay for the duration of the committee's questions on the day she appears”, said Kendall.

Oregon Firearms Safety Act expands Background Checks

Oregon Firearms Safety Act expands Background Checks

On Monday, a bill has been passed as per which background of all gun buyers in Oregon would be checked. After the bill received a go-ahead from Oregon lawmakers, it will be presented to governor who has shared that she would give green signal to the new bill turning it into a law.

The Oregon Firearms Safety Act is already applicable at stores and gun shows in the state for person-to-person and online gun sales. The act has expanded with background check requirements.

The bill has been passed by a vote of 32-38 in the state’s House of Representatives. Representative Dan Rayfield, a Democrat who voted in the favor, was of the view that background check is the most apt way to keep guns away from dangerous people.

Carly Fiorina focuses on reducing government spending

Carly Fiorina focuses on reducing government spending

Carly Fiorina, a former business executive and a politician was born in Austin, Texas. She worked as chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2005. During her tenure at Lucent and Hewlett-Packard, she was considered one of the most powerful women in business.

She has experience as an advisor to Republican John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign. Fiorina always talked about her business-oriented background. She claims the country requires a non-political leader with statements like, "It's interesting, people out there are not at all troubled that I haven't held elected office; in fact, the people I run into consider it a great asset".

President Obama has fueled Racial Tensions, says Ted Cruz

President Obama has fueled Racial Tensions, says Ted Cruz

On Wednesday, junior US Senator from Texas Ted Cruz said President Barack Obama is responsible for fueling racial tension in the country. His statement indicated that the President should be blamed for riots in Baltimore and Ferguson after death of black suspects.

Cruz was asked how he would address the violence that erupted after the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died of spinal injuries in police custody in Baltimore. In response, Cruz said that when Obama was elected as president of the United States, he could have been a unifying figure. But, the president has made decisions that inflamed racial tensions, Cruz added. According to Cruz, racial tensions in the county have divided the people rather than bringing them together.

Carly Fiorina actively Exploring 2016 Presidential run

Carly Fiorina actively Exploring 2016 Presidential run

Republican Carly Fiorina, former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, is considering a run for the 2016 GOP nomination for president. Therefore, she has been making rounds to different places, including Iowa and New Hampshire.

For four days, Fiorina is coming to New Hampshire. Fiorina has never held political office and now, she is using her business background and her gender to stand out, as otherwise its male, Republican primary field.

Her visit to New Hampshire will start on Tuesday, where she would be having a business-focused meeting with Republican House members. During her stay, she will meet many lawmakers and activists and will have business meetings and would also be part of a forum on national security issues.

Ash Carter visits Silicon Valley to Announce New Military Strategy for Computer Conflict

Ash Carter visits Silicon Valley to Announce New Military Strategy for Computer

President Barack Obama's recently appointed defense secretary Ash Carter traveled Silicon Valley last week to make an announcement about a new military strategy for computer conflict.

It's a beginning of the latest Pentagon efforts to invest in promising startups and to meet with engineers whose ability he announced the Pentagon greatly required in fending off the nation's adversaries.

Instantly, he accepted the requirement to rebuild trust with Silicon Valley, whose mainstays such as Apple, Google and Facebook have spent two years showing to customers around the world that they are rolling out encryption technologies in order to defeat surveillance. It involves blocking the National Security Agency.

Clinton Foundation admits about making mistakes in reporting donations from foreign governments

Clinton Foundation admits about making mistakes in reporting donations from fore

On Sunday the Clinton Foundation acknowledged that it made mistakes in IRS filings. The foundation's chief executive Maura Pally said that the group is working to remedy mistakes it made in how it disclosed donors and government funding.

On the foundation website Pally wrote, “We made mistakes, as many organizations of our size do, but we are acting quickly to remedy them, foundation executive. And we have taken steps to ensure they don't happen in the future.”

Pally said that its policies on transparency and contributions from foreign governments are stronger than ever. The Foundation is expected to re-file some of its tax forms, after it had mistakenly combined government grants with other donations.

President Obama eases Certain Requirements for CIA Drone Programme in Pakistan

President Obama eases Certain Requirements for CIA Drone Programme in Pakistan

US President Barack Obama has eased certain rules for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) drone programme in Pakistan. These rules were meant to reduce the risk of civilian deaths.

The CIA has to reveal that proposed targets can cause threat to the US for drone strikes in nations like Yemen and Somalia. But the CIA has been given a waiver from this rule for drone operations in Pakistan.

The revelation of the waiver news came into lime light after Obama admitted and also apologized that aid worker Warren Weinstein and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto were killed by a US drone strike. If there would have been no exemption then CIA would have collected more information before carrying out the strike.

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