KTTH Morning Update – May 12, 2014

By Neal McNamara | May 12, 2014

 

New Boko Haram Video: The Nigeria-based Islamic terror group Boko Haram says it will release 200 Christian female schoolchildren that it kidnapped in April if Nigeria releases some of its members from jail. The group’s leader, Abubaka Shekau, made the remarks in a video released on YouTube Monday. The video, a little over a minute long, shows the girls wearing black veils, seated on the ground near Shekau and chanting. Shekau has said that he would sell the girls into sex slavery.

Republicans Surrender on Obamacare: The Washington Post is suggesting that Republicans are quieting down about repealing and replacing Obamacare, refocusing scrutiny on the Benghazi scandal. The Hill reports that the “… lack of action highlights the GOP’s struggle to adjust its message now that enrollment in the exchanges beat projections and the uninsured rate is going down.”

Benghazi Was Not Murder-Murder: Newsweek reporter Eleanor Clift went on the McLaughlin Group over the weekend and tried to downplay the murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012. Clift claimed that Stevens wasn’t you know, murder-murdered, that he “died of smoke inhalation in the safe room.” Maybe Clift would’ve preferred if Hannibal Lecter was responsible for Benghazi.

Sterling Apologizes: LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Sunday told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that he’s sorry for the remarks he made in private conversation to his girlfriend, who surreptitiously recorded and broadcast them to the world.  He told Cooper, “I’m not a racist,” and “I made a terrible mistake.” Meanwhile, Sterling’s wife, Shelly, is trying to retain her stake in the Clippers as the NBA tries to pry the team from Donald Sterling.

Memorial for Stillborn Baby: In Minnesota, a stranger bought a crib from the mother of a stillborn baby, and then turned the crib into a bench and memorial for the deceased child. Mom Valarie Watts held a garage sale recently to clean out her home, even though she was still reeling from the July 2013 death. Gerald Kumpula has a hobby of remaking used furniture into new pieces; on the car ride home from the garage sale, Kumpula’s wife told him about the stillborn, which is when he decided to make something extra special out of the crib.

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