Hillary Clinton Dodges a Shoe… And Other News

Shoe at Clinton

What do Hillary Clinton and George W have in common? No, not a love of painting. Both have had a shoe thrown at them.

On Thursday the former Secretary of State was forced to dodge a flying shoe that was hurled at her while she was speaking at an Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries meeting at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Clinton played it off and cracked a few jokes while the woman suspected of throwing the shoe was taken into custody and is expected to be arrested. Hillary Clinton is no stranger to random shoe attacks. In 2012, while on an official visit to Egypt, Clinton’s motorcade was pelted with shoes and tomatoes by protesters chanting “Monica, Monica”. But it was George W who started the shoe throwing craze back in 2008 during a press conference at the Prime Minister’s Palace in Baghdad, Iraq. A journalist threw a shoe at the then President Bush yelling “This is a farewell kiss from the Iraqi people, you dog!” He then threw the second shoe and shouted “This is for the widows and orphans and all those killed in Iraq!!” So… Hillary got off easy this time? The Guardian

Kathleen-Sebelius-and-ObamaI guess that glitchy Obamacare rollout finally caught up with her. Kathleen Sebelius is resigning after five years of serving as the Health and Human Services secretary – aka the person in charge of overseeing the Affordable Care Act rollout. The official word is that say Sebelius, 65, chose to resign and was not forced out, it was clear that the Obama administration wasn’t super impressed with her handling of the health-care overhaul. Still, although she weathered some heavy criticism over the rocky launch, the program did meet its major milestone – the successful enrollment of 7 million Americans in health-insurance exchanges. CNN

FedEx-bus-crashIn the worst FedEx accident to happen since Tom Hanks’ plane went down in Castaway, a FedEx truck struck a bus carrying prospective students for Humboldt State University in California on Thursday. The drivers of the bus and truck were killed along with three adult chaperones and five teenage students in the fiery crash that happened after the truck crossed into oncoming traffic and slammed into the bus. “As we mourn the loss of those who died, we join all Californians in expressing our gratitude for the tireless work of the Red Cross and emergency personnel who responded bravely to this terrible tragedy,” said Governor Jerry Brown in a statement. CTV News 

Forgive me PopeForgive us for fondling your children. Please? Pope Francis asked for forgiveness Friday from people who were sexually abused by priests, and vowed that there will be no going back in the church’s fight to protect children. “I feel compelled to personally take on all the evil which some priests […] to personally ask for forgiveness for the damage they have done for having sexually abused children,” he said. But don’t worry – the pope also said number of priests behind the abuses were “quite few in number … compared to the number of all the priests.” Well, I would hope so! USA Today

Britain Egypt JournalistsThe al-Jazeera trial has been denounced a “joke” – except not a very funny joke because the three al-Jazeera journalists are still being charged with terrorism and have been held since December. The three reporters deny the charges of aiding members of a “terrorist organization” and the case has been condemned by rights groups and media around the world – well, except for in Egypt where they are being held. At their latest hearing, prosecutors videos that had nothing to do with the case. While material from one journalist, Peter Greste’s, laptop was examined – which included a news conference from Kenya, a documentary he made in Somalia and some of his parents’ holiday photos – Greste shouted from inside his court cage that the trial was a mockery and an embarrassment for Egypt. Peter Greste’s brother Mike agreed, saying the trial was “like a TV sit-com” and would have been very funny – if Peter and his colleagues had not already been in jail for more than 100 days. BBC News  

Hitler MugsSelling mugs with Hitler’s face on them: good idea or bad idea? Turns out, bad idea. A furniture store in western Germany “accidentally” sold 200 coffee mugs bearing a portrait of Adolf Hitler. The ceramic cups, which were “mistakenly” ordered from China, feature a faint image of a Nazi-era postage stamp with Hitler’s profile on it, postmarked with a swastika stamp. The Zurbrueggen furniture chain apologised for the “terrible” mistake, which it blamed on “a stupid chain of unfortunate circumstances”. “Our staff is devastated by this very unfortunate error,” Christian Zurbrueggen, co-owner of the Zurbrueggen chain store said. “We have been in touch with the manufacturer … to prevent further distribution of these nasty cups.” Fun fact: displaying swastikas and other Nazi symbols is illegal in Germany. The chain has since destroyed the unsold cups but for those lucky 200 white supremacists who snagged some Hitler cups, try not to display them – it’s illegal. NBC News

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