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NAACP leader of Washington state chapter lied about being black, parents say

Rachel DolezalA prominent NAACP leader, civil rights activist and African studies instructor is a Montana-born white woman who passed herself off as black for years, her parents told the Daily News.

Rachel Dolezal, 37, head of the NAACP’s Spokane chapter, asked her younger adoptive brother Ezra not to “blow my cover” when he visited her in Washington state three years ago, he told The Spokesman-Review newspaper.


Defeat for Obama on trade as Democrats vote against him

Trade bill defeatA strange coalition of Democrats and conservative Republicans came together to defeat Barack Obama in a vote on trade on Friday afternoon.

With the Democratic minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, speaking in opposition to the bill and going directly against Obama less than three hours after the president begged his party’s caucus to support it, the vote on trade adjustment assistance (TAA) – which would have provided government aid to workers who had lost their jobs because of free trade agreements – marks not just a major setback for future trade agreements but for Obama’s influence in his own caucus.


US spending on Islamic State fight totals $2.7bn

cost of war against ISISThe US spends more than $9m (£5.7m) a day on the war against Islamic State, and has poured $2.7bn (£1.7bn) into the bombing campaign since the start.

An international coalition has been conducting air strikes in Iraq and Syria since last August.  The first breakdown of US costs, released by the Pentagon, show that two-thirds of the total bill has gone to the Air Force.


Pakistan orders Save the Children to leave country

Pakistan expels Save the ChildrenPakistan has ordered the charity Save the Children to leave the country, with an official accusing the NGO of "anti-Pakistan" activities.

Police have sealed off their offices in Islamabad and foreign staff given 15 days to leave the country. Save the Children said it "strongly objected" to the action.  Pakistan has previously linked the charity to the fake vaccination programme used by the CIA to track down Osama Bin Laden.


U.S. fracking rules to face early legal test

Fracking rules face legal testEnergy industry groups and states that oppose new U.S. rules for hydraulic fracturing on public lands are headed to court this month to try to block the regulations a day before they are to take effect.

Foes of the regulations will go before a federal judge on June 23 to seek a preliminary injunction. The Interior Department rules, slated to take effect on June 24, would require companies to provide data on chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and to take steps to prevent leakage from oil and gas wells on federally owned land.


GOP operative sentenced to 2 years for illegal coordination

Tyler HarberA Republican political operative has been sentenced to two years in prison for illegally funneling campaign contributions from a super PAC he secretly ran to a congressional campaign he was managing.

Thirty-four-year-old Tyler Harber of Alexandria was sentenced Friday in federal court in Virginia. In February, he became the first person convicted of illegally coordinating campaign contributions between political committees.


Iowa Republicans ending straw poll, a tradition born in 1979

Iowa straw poll endsThe Iowa Republican straw poll, once a staple campaign event for GOP presidential candidates, is vanishing because of waning interest from 2016 hopefuls and questions about its relevancy.

A governing board for the Republican Party of Iowa voted unanimously during a private conference call Friday to drop the event, according to state GOP Chairman Jeff Kauffman. It was scheduled to be held in the central Iowa city of Boone on Aug. 8.


Whistleblower: Indiana health system endangered babies for profit

Indiana hospital discriminationAt 2 years old, Denise Koger can mutter sounds and gurgle noises, but she can't speak or stand on her own. The toddler – with a few dozen mini blond braids woven around her head – gets around in a wheelchair or stroller and receives food through a tube.

During birth, she ingested fecal matter and was deprived of oxygen, according to her mother, Nancy Koger. The 31-year-old blames her daughter’s disability on the hospital where she gave birth.


Families: No justice in Israeli inquiry on Gaza beach deaths

Gaza beach death sinquiry closedThe father of one of four Palestinian children killed on a Gaza beach during last summer's Hamas-Israel war said Friday he was outraged by the announcement from the Israeli military that it was closing its internal inquiry into the incident without any indictments.

The father also said he hopes the killings would be part of a Palestinian war crimes case against Israel, which is expected to be presented to the International Criminal Court.


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