Obama previously said he would not apologize for the bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. About 80,000 were killed outright by the bombing in Hiroshima and another 60,000 died by the year’s end. About 70,000 people were killed in Nagasaki. The death toll for both bombings stands at 210,000.
Japanese bomb victim organizations have long pressed for an apology, viewing the use of atomic weapons as inhumane.
Many American veteran groups and former prisoners of war have opposed an apology, arguing that the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings hastened the end of a long and brutal conflict.
“Our visit to Hiroshima will honor all those who were lost in World War II and reaffirm our shared vision of a world without nuclear weapons,” Obama said at a press conference this week.
Best line of the story…
Japan surrendered on Aug. 15, 1945. Obama was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize largely on his stated goal of controlling the spread of nuclear weapons.
Abe said Obama’s visit opened new chapter of reconciliation for the United States and Japan.
Yeah, our relationship with Japan is terrible.
The firm’s use of the printer – and emails between Kammerdiener and other owners suggesting Hubbard forced them to do so – are key parts of four counts in the Auburn Republican’s ethics case. Prosecutors accuse Hubbard of steering business to Craftmaster, which he co-owned and has gone through financial struggles in recent years while chairman of the Alabama Republican Party.
On the stand Thursday, Kammerdiener said he “certainly believed” the Alabama Republican Party wanted them to use the printer. He agreed with statements from Hart that they had “no other options” besides Craftmaster, and that “no one else in the world” could force them to use the printer. Kammerdiener did not say why he believed there were no other options, and was not asked his reasons by either side.
Hubbard’s attorneys have maintained Craftmaster did good work and saved the party money. Under cross-examination from defense attorney Lance Bell, Kammerdiener said their work for the Alabama Republican Party began in 2005 when Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh chaired the party, and that he did not remember any problems with the printers.
Craftmaster president Barry Whatley testified Wednesday that he felt Majority Strategies was squeezing them on their profit margins.
Here is your headline:
Consultant: No direct order to use Hubbard-affiliated printer
Attorney for Mason’s RCM Communications – a Tuscaloosa-based consulting company – filed a request for production of documents in the wrongful termination lawsuit filed by Collier.
Among the requests:
- State and federal income tax returns from 2005 to 2015.
- All medical records since 2009.
- All tape and other recordings of every kind and nature on which the voice of any defendant appears.
- Collier’s personnel file with the state of Alabama.
- A list of all people or entities who have made complaints against Collier since 2005.
The filing also said that more requests could be added in the future.
RCM Communications, as well as Mason herself, was named as a defendant in Collier’s lawsuit along with Bentley, Bentley’s re-election campaign, ALEA Secretary Stan Stabler and Alabama Council for Excellent Government.
Hillary Clinton is so brave…
1 e-mail question, 4 Trump questions.
Will the GOP convention be safe?
Like it is Trump’s fault?
Trump isn’t the issue, it’s his fellow liberals who are mad he isn’t with them anymore.
Are we in North Korea?
In better news, a Trump/Sanders debate sounds awesome…
The end of the 2016 legislative session could not have come soon enough with plenty of hateful legislation aimed at curbing the rights of citizens, but a growing number of lawmakers want to come back for a special session to make more mischief anyway
To what extent exactly is unclear at this time.
If it happens, it is likely going to revolve around the guidance that the Obama Administration issued to school districts on accommodating transgender, intersex and other gender-nonconforming students’ bathroom needs in a way that does not violate their civil rights.
An email chain obtained by The Tennessean shows that House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada started the conversation with fellow GOP legislators about defying the Obama administration and potentially calling for a special session. This led to a vigorous debate about whether to get “drawn in” to the bathroom law debate.
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