Monday Morning News Roundup 6-2-2014

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

  • The Obama Administration took aim at the coal industry today by mandating a 30 percent cut in carbon emissions at fossil fuel-burning power plants by 2030 – despite claims the regulation will cost nearly a quarter-million jobs a year and force plants across the country to close. The controversial regulation is one of the most sweeping efforts to tackle global warming by this or any other Administration. Source: Fox News…
  • Ten years ago, the Pentagon paid for a climate study that put forth many scary scenarios. Consultants told the military that, by now, California would be flooded by inland seas, The Hague would be unlivable, polar ice would be mostly gone in summer, and global temperatures would rise at an accelerated rate as high as 0.5 degrees a year. None of that has happened. Yet the 2003 report, “An Abrupt Climate Change Scenario and Its Implications for United States National Security,” is credited with kick-starting the movement that, to this day and perhaps with more vigor than ever, links climate change to national security. Source: The Washington Times…
  • Sunday news shows were packed with Republicans launching into political attacks against President Obama and the Administration for transferring five Taliban members from Guantanamo Bay to Qatar in exchange for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the 28-year-old whom the Taliban released on Saturday, and Administration officials defending the decision. Source: The Hill…
  • Top Obama Administration officials pushed back on Sunday against Republican criticism that a deal freeing the last American held prisoner in Afghanistan could allow dangerous Taliban leaders to return to the fight, might encourage terrorist groups to seize American hostages and possibly violated a law requiring notification of Congress. Source: The New York Times…
  • On Sunday the Taliban released a statement attributed to Mullah Omar, who declared the release of the top five Taliban commanders from Guantanamo a “great victory” for the mujahideen of Afghanistan. Source: The Weekly Standard…
  • Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has won another straw poll, boosting his national profile and elevating his name among potential 2016 presidential contenders. The firebrand freshman senator and tea party favorite was among a handful of 2016 hopefuls speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans this week. He finished in first place in the annual conference’s presidential straw poll at 30.33%. Source: CNN…
  • After finding out bus loads of undocumented immigrants were being dropped off in Phoenix, many wonder what’s happening to them when they step off the bus. Source: KNXV Phoenix…
  • The owner of a bakery in Lakewood, Colo. said he will no longer sell wedding cakes after the Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruled he did discriminate against a gay couple when he refused to sell them a cake. “We would close down the bakery before we would complicate our beliefs,” Phillips said after the hearing. Source: CBS Denver…

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