The U.S. considers speeding up the removal of Afghan forces; victims stuck in limbo after Asiana Airlines crash-landing on Saturday; Egypt’s interim president names a new prime minister and vice president; confusion over Edward Snowden’s asylum offers increase after a tweet; Ohio kidnapping victims speak out for the first time; New Yorkers ponder forgiveness for Eliot Spitzer; and the ACLU challenges PA same-sex marriage ban. Meanwhile, Amanda Bynes wears a blue wig in court; Elton John gets appendicitis; leaked Selena Gomez track includes Bieber voicemail; and Pink receives a twitter threat.
U.S. Considers Faster Pullout in Afghanistan, http://rtvote.com/150hU6z
President Obama is considering speeding up the removal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan after becoming increasingly frustrated in his dealings with President Hamid Karzai. The Obama Administration has been negotiating with Afghan officials about leaving a “residual force” behind. The relationship between the Administration and Karzai began to unravel last month after an effort by the U.S. to begin peace talks with the Taliban in Qatar.
Stuck in Limbo After San Francisco Crash, http://rtvote.com/150j3Ln
Tao Liu was one of 5 Chinese teachers who accompanied 29 students from Zhejiang, an affluent coastal province of China, on the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 that crash-landed on July 6. Two of her students were killed in the crash. Many of the surviving students are in limbo having lost their passports and other important belongings in the crash.
Egypt’s interim president names new prime minister, vice president,http://rtvote.com/12jlpGX
One day after security forces gunned down more than 50 of ousted president Mhamed Morsi’s supporters, the interim President Adly Mansour has named a new prime minister and vice president of Egypt. On Tuesday, Gen. Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, chief of Egypt’s armed forces, told the nation that the new president’s constitutional declaration & road map for elections and a new charter provided “more than enough assurance” that the country was moving in the right direction.
Confusion over Edward Snowden acceptance of Venezuela offer,http://rtvote.com/150suKQ
Rumors and uncertainties over NSA leaker Edward Snowden increased on Tuesday when a Russian lawmaker tweeted that Snowden accepted an offer to Venezuela for asylum. The tweet was removed and then replaced with a message that said the claim was based on a report from the state all-news television channel Vesti.
‘Thank you:’ Cleveland kidnapping victims speak out for the first time,http://rtvote.com/150uxyz
For the first time since their rescue two months ago, the three women rescued from Cleveland, Ohio talk about being held captive for over a decade. Amanda Berry (abducted in 2003 and now has 6 year old daughter who was born during her captivity), Gina DeJesus (kidnapped in 2004), and Michelle Knight (abducted in 2002) released a YouTube video thanking everyone who has supported them since they were freed.
Spitzer again makes New Yorkers ponder forgiveness, http://rtvote.com/150vCGE
Eliot Spitzer who resigned from New York’s top job in 2008 after it was revealed he patronized prostitutes, announced Sunday he would run for comptroller (the city’s top financial officer). This announcement is only two months after Anthony Weiner, a former NY Congressman who resigned after texting lewd photos of himself to women, joined the race for mayor. Spitzer said Monday that the public will have to ask itself “Can we forgive him?…I hope the public says yes.”
Pennsylvania Gay Marriage Ban Faces ACLU Challenge, http://rtvote.com/150xteC
Two weeks after the Supreme Court ruled that a federal ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is bringing that decision to the state level. The group is filing a lawsuit against PA’s same-sex marriage ban. Twenty-three plaintiffs will be part of the lawsuit challenging the Pennsylvania Defense of Marriage Act that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.
Amanda Bynes Criminal Case For Bong Incident Delayed To Later Date,http://rtvote.com/150yUd5
Selena Gomez’s ‘Love Will Remember’ Track Leaks With Supposed Justin Bieber Voicemail, http://rtvote.com/150yS4X
Elton John Postpones Tour Due to Appendicitis, http://rtvote.com/150zhV2
Pink Bomb Scare: Australian Teen Arrested After Tweeting Alleged Threat at Singer’s Melbourne Concert, http://rtvote.com/18KXVhI