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    Barack Obama 'approved tapping Angela Merkel's phone 3 years ago'

     President Barack Obama was told about monitoring of German Chancellor in 2010 and allowed it to continue, says German newspaper
    Obama 'approved tapping Merkel's phone 3 years ago'
    Mr Obama was told of the secret monitoring of Mrs Merkel by General Keith Alexander, the head of the NSA, in 2010, according to Bild am Sonntag, a German newspaper. 

    President Barack Obama was personally informed about secret US monitoring of Angela Merkel three years ago, according to latest reports on the eavesdropping affair.

    The President allowed the National Security Agency (NSA) to continue spying on the German chancellor, it was claimed.

    Mr Obama was told of the secret monitoring of Mrs Merkel by General Keith Alexander, the head of the NSA, in 2010, according to Bild am Sonntag, a German newspaper.

    “Obama did not stop the action at that time but allowed it to continue,” a US intelligence source close to the NSA operation told the Sunday newspaper.

    The White House later commissioned an extensive NSA dossier about Mrs Merkel, according to Bild.

    Parents of murdered British students criticise Barack Obama

    His failure to respond to three letters sent to the White House was because there was no "political value" and not worthy of a few minutes of his time.

    They spoke out as teenager Shawn Tyson began a life sentence after being found guilty of the murder of James Cooper and James Kouzaris last April.

    The 17 year old, who shot the men as they begged for their lives, will die in prison.

    His conviction of first degree murder carries an mandatory life sentence without the chance of parole.

    The powerfully built teen even looked bored as emotional DVD presentations about the dead men prepared by their grieving parents were shown in court.
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    Tyson, who has the word 'Savage' tattooed across his chest didn't show a flicker of emotion, slumping in his seat as he was forced to watch a montage of photos showing the victims from early childhood to young men.

    Two close friends of the dead men who had attended the eight day trial in Sarasota, Florida. had also delivered highly emotional impact statements to the court prior to the sentencing.

    Paul Davies and Joe Hallett spoke of the "living hell" they and others who knew the men had suffered since the murders.

    During the eight day trial they had been shown graphic crime scene and autopsy photos shown in court.

    Later speaking after Tyson was jailed Davies and Hallett lashed out at Mr Obama saying the deaths of their friends was "not worthy of ten minutes of his time."

    Davies said:"We would like to publicly express our dissatisfaction at the lack of any public or private message of support or condolence from any American governing body or indeed, President Obama himself.

    "Mr Kouzaris has written to President Obama on three separate occasions and is yet to even receive the courtesy of a reply.

    "It would perhaps appear that Mr Obama sees no political value in facilitating such a request or that the lives of two British

    The Oscars, Obama And The Golden Globes The Presidency By Stacking Up Award Show Results

    This just in: President Obama will be re-elected president in 2012.

    At least, that's what the newly discovered Academy Awards/Golden Globes Rule suggests.

    With only two exceptions over the past 50 years, a Democrat has won the White House when the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture (Drama) and the Oscar for Best Picture have not gone to the same film. When the same picture takes both honors, a Republican wins.

    This year, "The Descendants" won Best Motion Picture (Drama) at the Globes, and "The Artist" won Oscar's Best Picture. (Full disclosure: "The Artist" also won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical).)

    CNN's OutFront blog spotted the pattern (and yes, even they float the question of whether or not they have too much time on their hands), and the details are pretty intriguing. Of the two times the rule failed to hold true, one can be somewhat easily explained away:

    In 1976, when "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" won both awards, things went crazy, and Gerald Ford failed to win.

    But as Ford was never actually elected as president or vice president in the first place, there is an argument to be made he was never a true incumbent.

    The other, CNN notes, was when the filmic adaptation of Steinbeck's "East of Eden" won the Golden Globe but failed to capture the Oscar. Steinbeck himself was fiercely political and published a long memo outlining a plan that he hoped would keep Eisenhower from a second term.

    Every other election cycle, the award shows have "predicted" the party of the next president. Reagan won his second term the year that "Terms of Endearment" won both honors, and Bill Clinton won in 1996 when "Braveheart" and "Sense and Sensibility" split the statuettes.

    Predicting The Presidency By Stacking Up Award Show Results

    This just in: President Obama will be re-elected president in 2012.

    At least, that's what the newly discovered Academy Awards/Golden Globes Rule suggests.

    With only two exceptions over the past 50 years, a Democrat has won the White House when the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture (Drama) and the Oscar for Best Picture have not gone to the same film. When the same picture takes both honors, a Republican wins.

    This year, "The Descendants" won Best Motion Picture (Drama) at the Globes, and "The Artist" won Oscar's Best Picture. (Full disclosure: "The Artist" also won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical).)

    CNN's OutFront blog spotted the pattern (and yes, even they float the question of whether or not they have too much time on their hands), and the details are pretty intriguing. Of the two times the rule failed to hold true, one can be somewhat easily explained away:

    In 1976, when "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" won both awards, things went crazy, and Gerald Ford failed to win.

    But as Ford was never actually elected as president or vice president in the first place, there is an argument to be made he was never a true incumbent.

    The other, CNN notes, was when the filmic adaptation of Steinbeck's "East of Eden" won the Golden Globe but failed to capture the Oscar. Steinbeck himself was fiercely political and published a long memo outlining a plan that he hoped would keep Eisenhower from a second term.

    Every other election cycle, the award shows have "predicted" the party of the next president. Reagan won his second term the year that "Terms of Endearment" won both honors, and Bill Clinton won in 1996 when "Braveheart" and "Sense and Sensibility" split the statuettes.

    This news, if you can call it that, comes amid signs that Hollywood isn't as Obama-mad as it used to be. Four years after the likes of Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney and Halle Berry effusively praised the "Yes We Can" candidate, the relationship appears to have cooled considerably.

    President Obama Can Charm Even A Hysterically Crying Baby

    With his daughters in double digits, President Obama probably hasn't had to soothe a sobbing baby for several years.

    But in the video below, the Dad-In-Chief looks like a total pro. When a fan gives her crying child to Michelle and the baby wails away, Barack laughs and says, "You better give her back!" But instead Michelle hands the little girl over and much to everyone's shock (especially Michelle -- that facial expression is priceless), the baby immediately stops crying.

    President Obama, meanwhile, just bounces the tot around with an "I told you so" smile on his face. Yeah, he's that good.

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