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Retail Sales Increase 1.1 Percent In March For Biggest Surge Since 2012

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Americans upped their spending in March, as retail sales for the month increased by 1.1 percent, helping the economy recover from a dull start to the year. Retail sales rose by 1.1 percent, higher than the 0.9 percent increase estimated by 78 economists polled by Bloomberg. The Commerce department said that the […]

New Congressional Report Presses For E-Cigarette Regulation

WASHINGTON (UPI) — A new Congressional report released Monday says concerns highlight the need to regulate the fast-growing electronic cigarette market. The Democrats’ report, “Gateway to Addiction? A Survey of Popular Electronic Cigarette Manufacturers and Marketing to Youth,” surveyed eight e-cigarette companies. Lawmakers describe the different flavors and marketing that appeal to young people and […]

Syria, Rebels Blame Each Other For Alleged Poison Gas Attack

DAMASCUS, Syria (UPI) — Both sides in the Syrian civil war blamed each other for a reported poison gas attack in the central province of Hama. Pro-opposition accounts of heavy fighting Saturday between Syrian and rebel groups reported a chemical strike in the agricultural village of Kfar Zeita, north of the provincial capital, Hama. State-run […]

Obama Hosts Easter Prayer Breakfast, Chooses Openly Gay Bishop To Lead Prayer

WASHINGTON (UPI) — President Barack Obama hosted 150 Christian leaders for the fifth annual Easter Prayer Breakfast Monday. The breakfast marks the beginning of Holy Week at the White House, a tradition started by the Obama Administration in 2010 to celebrate the life and death of Jesus Christ. “I want to thank you for your […]

General Rejects Clemency Appeal For Manning In Leak Of Classified Documents

WASHINGTON (UPI) — A general has refused to reduce the sentence on the former U.S. Army intelligence analyst convicted as Bradley Manning of leaking classified documents. The Pentagon said Monday that Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan approved the 35-year sentence, rejecting a request for clemency. Manning, who now goes by the name Chelsea and has asked […]

Pentagon: Russian Attack Aircraft Made ‘Provocative And Unprofessional’ Passes Near American Destroyer In Black Sea

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The U.S. Department of Defense said Monday that a Russian attack aircraft made 12 passes near the USS Donald Cook while in international waters in the Black Sea on Saturday. Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren called the incident “provocative and unprofessional,” and added that “these continued acts of provocation and unprofessionalism […]

U.N. Report: Russia Rigged Crimea Vote

UNITED NATIONS (UPI) — The U.S.-based news magazine Foreign Policy said a United Nations draft report on human rights in Ukraine indicates Russia compromised the Crimean referendum in March, the Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported Monday. The report, written by Ivan Simonovic, U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, alleges the Russian government repressed dissent […]

Ron Paul Straight Talk: Another Phony Budget Debate

Anyone watching last week’s debate over the Republican budget resolution would have experienced déjà vu, as the debate bore a depressing similarity to those of previous years. Once again, the Republicans claimed their budget would cut spending in a responsible manner, while Democratic opponents claimed the plan’s spending cuts would shred the safety net and […]

Old Friend Helping In Nevada Secretary Of State’s War On Conservatives

This article, written by M.D. Kittle, was originally published by Watchdog on April 14. MADISON, Wis. – In the national battle by liberal government officials working to silence conservative activists, one Nevada group is fighting back. The State Government Leadership Foundation, a conservative nonprofit under attack by Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller, a Democrat, recently […]

Monday Morning News Roundup 4-14-2014

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

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