The U.S. Senate passes immigration reform bill; Ex-Pentagon general is the target of a new cyber attack leak investigation; former NFL player, Aaron Hernandez, is linked to two more murders; the U.S. Army restricts access to The Guardian after they leaked classified information on NSA data collection; Chris Christie says he will veto same-sex marriage bill; the president of Chick-fil-A tweets criticism of Supreme Court Ruling on DOMA; and the UK works on creating 3-parent babies. Meanwhile, Demi Lovato talks about nightmares she still has about being bullied as a child, and Alec Baldwin quits Twitter after defending his wife in her latest rant.
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Senate Immigration Reform Bill Passes With Strong Majority, http://rtvote.com/17HwrK6
The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill Thursday. The bill if it were to pass through the House would grant citizenship to about 11 million undocumented immigrants. The bill passed 68 to 32 in the Senate.
Ex-Pentagon general target of leak investigation, sources say, http://rtvote.com/11NylVb
The Justice Department is undergoing an investigation into a leak of classified information about a clandestine U.S. cyber attack on Iran’s nuclear program. Retired Marine Gen. James “Hoss” Cartwright, former vice chairmen of the Join Chiefs of Staff, has received a target letter informing him of the investigation regarding the leak under his watch. He is the ninth individual to be targeted by the Obama administration for violating the Espionage Act.
Former Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is probed in two more murders, law enforcement officials say, http://rtvote.com/18kyEuw
Aaron Hernandez, the former Patriots player charged with murdering friend Odin Lloyd, has been recently linked to two more murders. Officials are investigating the case of a double murder of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado, who were killed in a North Attleborough industrial park June 17. Officials claim that Odin Lloyd may have been able to provide information on this investigation regarding Hernandez’s potential role in the murder.
Restricted web access to The Guardian is Armywide, officials say, http://rtvote.com/14CaWoi
The U.S. Army admitted Thursday to restricting access to The Guardian news website. The restriction of access was in response to The Guardian leaking stories on data collection by the NSA. The Army is calling the restriction “network hygiene.”
Chris Christie says he would still veto gay marriage bill, http://rtvote.com/18kCa83
Governor Chris Christie said he would veto a same-sex marriage bill if it ever reached his desk. He claims the Supreme Court’s ruling on Wednesday, striking down a ban on federal benefits for same-sex married couples, will have no effect on New Jersey, a state where civil unions already exist. He stands with the idea that we should “let the people decide,” instead of the federal government ruling for them.
Chick-fil-A CEO: ‘Founding Fathers Would Be Ashamed’ Of Supreme Court Ruling, http://rtvote.com/14CcQoY
The president of Chick-fil-A Dan Cathy tweeted a message in opposition to the Supreme Court ruling on DOMA Wednesday. He tweeted: “Sad day for our nation; founding fathers would be ashamed of our gen. to abandon wisdom of the ages re: cornerstone of strong societies.” The tweet was later deleted. Chick-fil-A has refused to comment on the statement, claiming that they are “leaving political decisions and discussions to others” and focusing on running their business.
U.K. may OK creating babies with DNA from 3 people, http://rtvote.com/14Cc7UC
Britain is on its way to allowing the creation of babies using DNA from three people. This controversial medical technique would prevent passing on rare genetic diseases and disorders to their children. For instance, in Britain one in every 200 babies is born with a mitochondrial disorder from faulty mitochondria in the mothers’ eggs. Some similar research is also taking place in the U.S., but the embryos are not yet being used to produce offspring.
Have a Nice Visit; Come Save Us Again, http://rtvote.com/14Ce0Rc
Demi Lovato Still Has “Nightmares” About the Childhood Bullying She Endured, http://rtvote.com/11NDFYD
The Real Housewives of New Jersey Sneak Peek: Teresa and Rosie Get Into an Explosive Fight, http://rtvote.com/11NDMU8
Channing Tatum Talks to Chelsea Handler About Witnessing Birth of Baby Daughter: “Men Are Useless”, http://rtvote.com/11NDPza
Alec Baldwin Quits Twitter Again After Defending Wife Hilaria in Latest Rant, http://rtvote.com/14CfOcR