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David Petraeus, the former CIA director and retired four-star general who once commanded military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, was sentenced to two years’ probation and fined $100,000 by a federal judge in Charlotte, North Carolina, on April 23 after pleading guilty to mishandling classified materials.

Republican Senate leaders announced on April 21 that they had reached an agreement with Democrats to pass the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (S. 178), which they insisted must be accomplished before voting on confirmation of President Obama’s nominee for Attorney General, Loretta Lynch.

 

During an April 20 interview with conservative talk-show host Glenn Beck, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker suggested that he supports limiting legal immigration, if necessary, to protect jobs for American workers.

 

The carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy left the Persian Gulf on April 19 en route for the Arabian Sea, joining 10 other U.S. naval vessels off the coast of Yemen. According to a Pentagon statement, the mission of the ships is to protect the region’s vital shipping lanes. But unnamed White House officials cited by the Christian Science Monitor said that the ships are prepared to intercept any Iranian vessels carrying weapons to the Houthi rebels.

 

SB 1067 — a bill in the Idaho state legislature that would require the Gem State to accept changes to its Child Support Enforcement (CSE) guidelines to bring them into compliance with federal law— has generated a great deal of controversy. While its supporters claim it as necessary to ensure adequate enforcement of child support orders, its opponents object to its undermining of Idaho’s state sovereignty. And this threat comes not only from Washington, but internationally, as well. The law if passed, would mandate that Idaho comply with U.S. participation in the 2007 Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support.

 

In an April 10 letter to Senators Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Carolyn Colvin, the Social Security Administration’s acting commissioner, stated that by the end of Fiscal Year 2014, the administration had issued 541,000 Social Security Numbers to individuals authorized to work under the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The White House issued a statement on April 14 informing the public that President Obama had submitted a report to Congress indicating the administration’s intent to rescind Cuba’s “State Sponsor of Terrorism” designation.

As Nigeria and the world reflects on the kidnapping of 329 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria, on April 14, 2014, by militants from the radical jihadist group Boko Haram, the jihadists control large areas of northeastern Nigeria and reportedly killed at least 24 people on Easter Sunday in the Borno village of Kwajafa.

Ten-year-old Rafi Meitiv and his six-year-old sister, Dvora, were picked up by police while walking home from the park in their Silver Spring, Maryland, neighborhood on Sunday afternoon, April 12. The children were about a third of a mile from home when the police intercepted them.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei made a public statement on April 9 denouncing the Saudi airstrikes in Yemen as “a crime” and “a genocide.”

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