WITH YOUR SECOND CUP OF COFFEE For physicians monitoring how cancer patients react to chemotherapy, the process of arriving at a prognosis is often tedious, costly and invasive. Science Daily looks at how sound-waves are providing an easier and more affordable way to examine cancerous cells. “Acoustic-based separations are potentially important because they are non-invasive and do not alter or damage cells… If two sound sources are placed opposite each other and each emits the same wavelength of sound, there will be a location where the opposing sounds cancel each other. Because sound waves have pressure, they can push very small objects, so a cell or nanoparticle will move with the sound wave until it reaches the location where there is no longer lateral movement, in this case, into the fluid stream that moves the separated cells along.”
Hillary’s $2 billion plan to ‘connect with real people’ - Fox News: “After what aides expect to be an initial announcement on social media, [Hillary Clinton] reportedly will do some relatively small campaign events in key early states like Iowa and New Hampshire. Clinton’s approach in 2016 will illustrate that as a presidential candidate ‘she fights for every vote and takes nothing for granted,’ a Democratic official said. … The 2016 plan is to have Clinton try to ‘connect with real people’ better than she did eight years ago, according to a Democratic official with knowledge of the announcement plans and strategy.”
Biden to court deep pocketed gay donors - Bloomberg: “On April 30th, some of the biggest [gay rights] philanthropists… will gather in Dallas for ‘OutGiving,’ an annual conference organized by Tim Gill, the founder of Quark and an important behind-the-scenes figure in the gay rights movement, who over the last decade has worked to organize the political strategy for a large group of wealthy gay donors…On May 2, Biden will be a keynote speaker (per the Vice President's office, reporters will have an opportunity to cover his remarks).”
SOUND OFF: READERS RESPOND TO 2016 POWER INDEX “I have voted Republican my whole life, but find Rand Paul to be quite refreshing with his positions. The fact that he has Libertarian views makes for an excellent balance for those of us who want government to stay out of our way and be greatly reduced…Very tired of the press painting him as if he would not defend the U.S. if need be. He is one of the most thoughtful and balanced Statesman. He will be a force to be reckoned with in the debates, because he thinks beyond talking points. Rand Paul is not a polarizing figure. He appeals to people across both parties, as well as independents.” – Barbara Hayes “I am hoping the ranking in the field will change with the formal announcements of Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio, and long-shot announcement John Bolton for the GOP nomination. I am a Graham supporter, and think he would be a good wartime president…I do think we will be involved in one or more wars, especially against ISIS… Graham is my first choice among likely contenders. Marco Rubio would be my second, and John Bolton, although a very long shot, would be my third.”—Jim Gau , Hancock, Mich. “Scott Walker has been high on my radar for quite a while; however the more I hear about Ted Cruz, the more I feel he is the one to carry the torch for conservative Republicans.” – Jean Witte, Santa Claus, Ind. SCHUMER FIGHTS OBAMA ON IRAN PLAN The Hill: “New York Sen. Charles Schumer, the next in line to become Senate Democratic leader, is demanding that Congress review and approve any nuclear deal struck with Iran. Schumer, who will replace Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) at the end of next year, says President Obama must submit the deal to Congress despite the administration’s reluctance to do so. ‘This is a very serious issue that deserves careful consideration and I expect to have a classified briefing in the near future. I strongly believe Congress should have the right to disapprove any agreement and I support the [Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.,] bill which would allow that to occur,’ he said in a statement.”
Obama says deal only delays Iran nuke - Fox News: “President Obama admitted Tuesday…that his nuclear agreement with Iran only delays Tehran from eventually acquiring a weapon, which could come immediately after Year 13 of the agreement…in an interview with NPR News…”
But… - Obama’s timeframe seemed to contradict a press briefing from Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, tapped by the president to sell the deal. Moniz called the tentative nuclear deal with Tehran a “forever agreement” that would block all pathways to a nuclear weapon and set up tough international inspections with no end date.
Obama: It’s a good deal, no matter what - “I would argue that this deal is the right thing to do for the United States, for our allies in the region and for world peace regardless of the nature of the Iranian regime….[T]his is a good deal if you think Iran’s open to change. It’s also a good deal if you think that Iran is implacably opposed to the United States and the West and our values.” – President Obama in an interview with NPR. STEYER TO TRY AGAIN IN 2016 The Hill: “Billionaire liberal activist Tom Steyer hopes to shame GOP presidential candidates over their climate change skepticism in the 2016 campaign. He is also seeking to tie Republicans to his arch foes: Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers who spent more than $100 million in the 2014 midterms behind GOP candidates opposed to environmental regulations…The initial effort, launched Monday with a video, is being dubbed the ‘Hot Seat.’ It’s the first NextGen campaign to feature its dual priorities of highlighting GOP candidates’ climate skepticism and their links to the Kochs.”
DECISION DAY: RAHM’S RUNOFF Chicago voters head to the polls today as Chicago’s Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel is expected to turn back a challenge from Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. The Atlantic examines why the left is having a difficult time toppling President Obama’s former chief of staff.
AN OLD-FASHIONED BROIL-MEETS-GRILL STORY An Illinois couple has gone from being the butt of viral jokes to having their special day paid for. Joel Burger and Ashley King are set to get married July 17. The pair has been known as “Burger-King” since elementary school. Accordingly, when they announced their engagement earlier this spring it was with a picture taken next to the BK restaurant logo in Springfield. After some help from the local paper, the couple was put in touch with the King himself. During a Skype call Monday, the two were informed the fast food chain planned to pick up the full tab for their nuptials this summer.