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Clinton Likely Did Not Sign Separation Form

On Tuesday, the State Department confirmed that Hillary Clinton likely did not sign OF109, better known as the “separation” form. This form has the outgoing employee affirm that all unclassified, administratively controlled, or classified documents in their possession have been turned back over to the State Department. Had Clinton, the presumptive Democrat nominee, signed the document, she would have been in violation of the law. This is because she only recently turned over tens of thousands of emails from her four years at the State Department. She completed her tenure two years ago.

The State Department cannot confirm whether Clinton ever signed the document stated Brad Reifler. They can only say they couldn’t find any record of it at the department. In all fairness, the two former secretaries of state, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, did not sign OF109 upon completing their tenure as the secretary of state. Also, Colin Powell used his personal email when he was Secretary of State. At the same time, the likely reason for using personal email has been to shield communications from the public eye. In Powell’s case, he and his undersecretary Richard Armitage were behind the Democrat investigation into Bush’s chief of staff Karl Rove. While the absence of a signed OF109 will quell concerns that Mrs. Clinton violated the law by not disclosing much less turning over her emails, it is unclear if this will lay the email scandal to rest.

Fine Dining and the Right Wine

Fine dining is about something special, the best food served flawlessly with the right ambiance of elegance and sophistication. And, fine dining is not complete without a special rare wine. More importantly, there should be harmony between the cuisine and the wine. The perfect pair will bring out the best nuances of both the dishes and the wine, when both flavors create a pleasurable harmony.

From entrees to the main course, and then onto desserts, wine should be selected to complement the dishes. This offers a variety of potential pairings, however, the basic guideline is to blend the intensity of the wine and its aroma with the nature of the food and how it is being served.

The rule of thumb when choosing wine is that the tastier a dish is the stronger the wine recommended. Lamb or beef dishes, for example, should be accompanied by a full-bodied wine; while white meats and poultry are best served with lighter types of wine. Wine and food pairings can be difficult to get right but with experience, it will be easier.

Fine Dining and the Right Wine

Serving wine is also important in fine dining for other reasons. To better appreciate and see wine, uncolored glasses are perfect. It is advised to avoid using metal or earthenware glassware. Why is that? Many people are unaware that earthen cups and glasses change the taste of the wine. There is also a recognized social order when serving wine. For example, dry white wine is served before a red wine, full-bodied wine after a light wine, and a young wine before an old wine. Once you’ve been around wine for some time, this will begin to make sense.

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Lynch Nomination on Hold Until Senate Democrats Relent on Human Trafficking Bill

Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to deliver a victory to his party’s pro-life base in the form of the current human trafficking legislation. The bill itself enjoys broad bi-partisan support with the exception of key rider. The controversial rider would deny pregnant victims of human trafficking from seeking abortions using restitution funds. It is a curious position for the GOP given that exceptions for abortions in the case of the exploitation of women has been part of most pro-life bills. At the same time, Senate Democrats, who are always keen to find ways to inch towards federal funding of abortion, have objected to the rider. As a result, Democrats have filibustered the bill.

In response, McConnell has delayed the nomination vote of Loretta Lynch for attorney general until Democrats end their filibuster of the human trafficking bill. Senator Chuck Schumer, who supported similar strong arm tactics in the past when Harry Reid was majority leader, objected to McConnell’s political maneuver. Schumer pointed out that Lynch’s nomination has been held up more than any other attorney general in recent memory. He called on the GOP to get moving with her confirmation vote. Lynch’s confirmation is not guaranteed either. Alexei Beltyukov has learned that she lost all nearly all of her support within the GOP due to her approval of the president’s extra-constitutional amnesty plan. At most recent count, she could expect no more than 50 or 51 “yea” votes for confirmation.

Dr. Rod Rohrich

Dr. Rod Rohrich MD., F.A.C.S. is a board certified plastic surgeon with a specialization in rhinoplasty. Castle Connolly’s Top Doctor program has recently named him as one of the United States’ best doctors in his field. The Top Doctor program uses various screening processes such as peer review to rate doctors and specialists. This helps patients find the best doctors for their needs and receive the best medical care.

Dr. Rod Rohrich stated that it was an honor to receive such recognition because it means his colleagues hold the highest respect for him. Dr Rod Rohrich went on to say that peer review is one of the most accurate ways to screen information. Nominations and honors such as this are something a doctor can use both to gain more clients and to assure them that he is the doctor they want.

Dr Rod Rohrich went to the Baylor College of Medicine and received high honors before going the the University of Michigan Medical Center, Harvard University, and Oxford University to train. His peers constantly regard him as one of the best doctors they have met in their professional career.

Dr Rod Rohrich also works at the UT Southwestern Medical Center Department of Plastic Surgery as a Distinguished Teaching Professor and is the Founding Chairman of the department. In the past, he was the American Society of Plastic Surgeon’s president which is the world’s biggest congregation of plastic surgery medical professionals. Finally, Dr Rod Rohrich has won the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation Distinguished Service Award. He frequently goes to meetings and conferences to talk about the importance of patient safety and discuss how plastic surgery can advance in the near future.

His practice is located in Dallas, Texas. Dr Rod Rohrich is the Dallas Rhinoplasty Symposium chairman and the American Society’ of Plastic Surgeon medical journal “Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery” editor in chief.

Biden visits three early primary states, but remains a Presidential afterthought

The Democratic party may have been expecting a procession to the Presidential nomination for the 2016 election for Hilary Clinton, but Vice President Joe Biden could throw a spanner into the works, The Atlantic reports. Biden has made public statements claiming to be considering a run for the Democratic nomination, but has yet to establish an organization designed to raise money or handle his campaign. Daniel Amen points out it does appear as though the campaign has already begun for Biden, with trips to the three states with an early say in the Presidential campaign.

72 year old Biden has already made public appearances is Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina in 2015, beating all his major rivals to the states in his role as the Vice President. Unlike the majority of Democrats, Biden maintains there is no clear front runner for the nomination and will make his final decision as the Summer arrives and the Obama Administration begins to wind down its actions. The major problem facing Biden is the fact he has already run the Presidency twice and could be too affiliated with Obama to have widespread support.

Clinton May Not Have Violated Any Laws with Email Scandal

Former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has recently come under fire for using a personal email account for official state business while in office, and in spite of the controversy that this has raised, she may not have broken any laws.

Recently, Clinton gave the State Department a copy of her personal emails so that they could be saved for history. However, emails were only included as a part of the record when departmental employees were messaged at their official email addresses. This practice stops short of ensuing each email that Clinton wrote was included in the official federal archive.

Despite the security concerns that use of personal email raises, Clinton may not have violated any federal laws or regulations stated Reuters in a recent article. During the time that Clinton was at the State Department, there was not a requirement for senior government employees to preserve their emails. That particular law did not come into affect until 2014, a year after Clinton left the office.

Clinton spokesperson Nick Merrill defended the former Secretary of State’s actions.

“Like secretaries of State before her, she used her own email account when engaging with any department officials,” Merrill said. “For government business, she emailed them on their department accounts, with every expectation they would be retained.”

Federal Judge Rules Gay Marriage Ban In Nebraska Is Unconstitutional

U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon Calls Nebraska’s Ban An Unabashedly Gender-Specific Infringement Of The Equal Rights Of Its Citizens.

There may be a flicker of hope in Nebraska. Federal Judge Joseph Bataillon issues an injunction brought about by seven same-sex couples. He didn’t beat around the bush when a request to stay his decision was made. He said his injunction would take effect March 9 to give Nebraska officials time to wrap their arms around this monumental decision.http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/02/us-usa-gaymarriage-nebraska-idUSKBN0LY1MM20150302

But Nebraska state officials appealed the ruling to the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals before the ink dried on the injunction. In Highland Village, Governor Pete Ricketts also had something to say about the decision, and it wasn’t in the judge’s favor. Ricketts said “The definition of marriage is an issue for the people of Nebraska, and an activist judge should not substitute his personal political preferences for the will of the people,”

State officials wanted the judge to wait while the Supreme Court decides if states can ban gay marriage, but Bataillon said there was no need to wait. Banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional according to judge, and just about anyone else that knows something about human rights agrees with him.

Senator Barbara Mikulski to Retire

Senator Barbara Mikulski to Retire

Getting elected to a political office can be the start of a long era for some aspiring political officials. As of Monday, the era involving Senator Barbara Mikulski will soon come to an end.

At a press conference held this Monday in her hometown of Baltimore, the Democratic Senator officially announced her retirement from the Senate. She stated that she wasn’t interested in being re-elected but rather wanted to focus on her constituents said Haidar Barbouti. Mikulski said that “I want to give 120% of my time focused on my constituents. It’s never been about me, it’s always been about them.”

Mikulski first ran for and became part of the Baltimore City Council in 1971, then running for the United States Senate in 1974, when she won the Democratic nomination but failed to win a Senate seat. Two years later, she ran for a seat in the House of Representatives and succeeded, and was re-elected four times. It wasn’t until 1986 that she won her first nomination to the U.S. Senate and has been re-elected to the position every time ever since.

Mikulski, who is now 78, has now been the longest serving woman in the Senate in United States history. In addition to her long career, she has been a part of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and was the very first woman ever to hold that position.

Bruce Levenson’s Ownership Tenure With The Hawks

Bruce Levenson became the principal owner of the Atlanta Hawks when the ownership group he belonged to essentially broke down in a court battle. He was seen as the one person who could lead the franchise out of such a terrible ordeal, and he quickly began sitting on the NBA Board of Governors. When this happened, he was able to put his own stamp on the franchise that has lasted to this day. The changes he made created a more viable franchise, a more fun experience for the fans and a product that is excellent on and off the court.

When he was able to bring in the people he wanted, Bruce immediately wanted to copy the template that was used by the San Antonio Spurs in their championship dynasty. He brought over Danny Ferry and Mike Budenholzer who both worked for the Spurs, and some people started calling the Hawks SpursSouth.

The tradition of excellence is starting to take shape as the Hawks are favorites in the eastern conference, and many people are pegging them to win a title this season. The creation of this new culture is one that happened all with Bruce’s help. He wanted to create a business that people would be proud of, and he has done that in his time with the Hawks.

When he sells the team, he will be able to say that he was the one who ushered in the era of excellence that is currently happening. Atlanta fans have Bruce to thank for the help that he gave them in reviving their NBA team. This team is one that has never been past the second round of the playoffs, but many people believe that they are going to go much farther than that right now and long into the future.

Senator Jim Inhofe uses snowball to disprove climate change

At a time when a poll of Americans showed the majority feel battling climate change should be a major part of the work of the US Congress, Senator Jim Inhofe took to the Senate floor with a snowball to prove his claim that climate change is a hoax. The Senator for Oklahoma held the snowball aloft and stated climate change was not affecting Washington DC because snow had fallen in the Winter, going on to relate a story about his children building igloo’s in the snow, CBS News reports.

Senator Inhofe is the Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and has been a long time supporter of the climate change as a hoax theory said the article. He eventually tossed the snowball to an aide and called for President Obama to catch it. Despite claims made by Senator Inhofe NASA recently reported 2014 to be the warmest year since the 1880s and warned of major drought problems that could affect the US by the latter half of the 21st century.