Iraq Blocks Facebook, YouTube, Google, Twitter

Jun 13, 2014, 1:32 pm EDT

The Iraqi government has decided to block several websites, including Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR), Google (GOOG), YouTube and multiple pornographic websites.

The exact reason behind the Iraqi government’s decision to block these websites is unknown, but it’s believed to be part of an effort to stop the use of media outlets by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) militants. These militants have used such websites to promote their actions in the central and northern parts of the country, reports Kuwait News Agency.

The ISIL militants have been moving through Iraq and captured two additional cities this week. One of these cities was Mosul, the second-largest city in the country. Read 

LMT: Lockheed Martin Evacuates All Employees From Iraq

Jun 13, 2014, 12:26 pm EDT

Lockheed Martin (LMT), a global security company, has announced plans to evacuate all of its employees from Iraq.

Lockheed Martin decided to pull its employees out of Iraq over safety concerns. These concerns were caused by escalating violence in the country due to Sunni militants. These militants claimed two more cities in Iraq this week, including the country’s second-largest city, Mosul, reports The Los Angeles Times.

Lockheed Martin hasn’t announced how many employees it has in Iraq, but it has confirmed that all of them are safe for the time being. These employees were in the country to support its F-16 program, L.A. Times notes. Read 

Donald Trump, Chicago Mayor Face Off Over 20-Foot Sign

Jun 13, 2014, 11:05 am EDT

Never one to shy away from self-promotion, Donald Trump has caused a furor in Chicago by putting his name in lights on the city’s second tallest skyscraper.

Donald Trump has put his name on many of the buildings he owns. However, the new sign, which features the name TRUMP in 20-foot-high letters that are lit at night has drawn complaints from Chicago architectural critics and politicians. Mayor Rahn Emanuel has also criticized the sign and is reportedly seeking legal means to force Trump to alter or ditch it, CBS News notes.

For his part, Donald Trump is unfazed by the complaints.  “It will become a very iconic sign. It’s a very high quality, very beautiful sign that I think enhances the building greatly,” he commented. Read 

David Brat: 7 Things to Know About the Rising Tea Party Politician

Jun 11, 2014, 12:34 pm EDT

In what has been described as a political “earthquake” college professor David Brat defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor by a wide margin in Tuesday’s 7th Congressional District Republican primary in Virginia.

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A Tea Party candidate, David Brat was outspent 10-to-1 by Cantor. Most analysts had expected Cantor to coast to an easy victory, and Cantor’s own internal polling had shown him with a significant lead over David Brat. When the votes were counted, however, David Brat beat Cantor by a 10-percentage-point margin, marking one of the most dramatic political upsets in recent years. Read 

GOP Shocker: Eric Cantor Defeated by Little-Known Tea Party Challenger

Jun 11, 2014, 12:09 pm EDT

Just a few days ago, GOP Congressman Eric Cantor’s political future seemed bright, with many analysts predicting the House Majority Leader would eventually replace John Boehner as Speaker of the House. But late Tuesday night, Eric Cantor conceded defeat in his Republican primary battle against a virtually unknown Tea Party candidate, ending his quick rise to power in Washington, D.C. Source: Wikipedia

When the votes were counted, it wasn’t even close. Eric Cantor lost the GOP primary in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District by 10 percentage points. Emerging victorious from the primary was college professor David Brat, who had run his campaign against Eric Cantor with little funding and almost no outside support. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called last night’s upset in Virginia “a scale eight earthquake,” adding that it would “shock the Washington establishment; it will shock the House Rerpublicans,” CNN notes.

Going into the race, Eric Cantor enjoyed broad political backing from prominent Republicans and ran a well-funded campaign. However, he angered many conservatives and Tea Party supporters by flirting with immigration reform, which many on the right have denounced as “amnesty.” Eric Cantor was targeted by conservative talk radio hosts including Laura Ingraham who backed David Brat. Read 

Mexico Bans US Potato Imports … Again

Jun 11, 2014, 11:32 am EDT

Despite a recent agreement to allow the sale of U.S. potatoes in Mexican cities, Mexico has abruptly halted U.S. potato imports. Source: Flickr

According to an official with the U.S. National Potato Council, the sudden reversal comes after Mexico’s potato grower association sued the Mexican Ministry of Agriculture to stop U.S. potato imports. The lawsuit came just 21 days after U.S. negotiators had secured an agreement opening markets in Mexico to U.S. potato imports, The Produce News notes.

It remains unclear how long it will take the for lawsuit to work its way through Mexico’s court system. Read 

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