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Hillary Clinton expected to announce presidential run this weekend
Hillary Clinton is expected to announce her intention to seek the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination on Sunday through a video posted on social media, according to Reuters.
Following the announcement, Clinton will travel to key early voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire.
Once she starts traveling, Clinton is expected to take part in small events to get up-close to voters to hear their concerns and explain why she wants to run as president.
“She hasn’t been out campaigning for a long time. You need to get your sea legs back. All candidates benefit from listening to people and getting a sense of what concerns voters have and respond to. It’s a long campaign. There’s no need to start out with a bunch of big rallies.”
-Steve Elmendorf, democratic strategist
Iran’s Khamenei demands all sanctions end when nuclear deal signed
On Thursday, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei demanded that all Iranian sanctions be lifted at the same time as any final agreement with world powers on curbing Tehran’s nuclear program concludes.
Khamenei, the Islamic State’s most powerful figure and who has the last say on all state matters, was making his first comments on the interim deal reached last week in Lausanne, Switzerland.
“I neither support nor oppose the deal. Everything is in the details, it may be the deceptive other side wants to restrict us in the details.”
-Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a speech broadcast on state television
His stand on the lifting of sanctions matched earlier comments by Rouhani, who said Iran would only sign a final nuclear accord if all measures imposed over its disputed atomic work get lifted on the same day.
These include nuclear-related United Nations resolutions as well as U.S. and EU nuclear-related economic sanctions.
“All sanctions should be removed when the deal is signed. If the sanctions removal depends on other processes, then why did we start the negotiations?”
-Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran Supreme Leader
On Thursday, the US State Department repeated its position that sanctions against Iran would be gradually removed.
Lowe’s to drop pesticides that hurt crop pollinating honeybees
Home improvement chain Lowe’s will stop selling a type of pesticide suspected of causing a decline in honeybee populations needed to pollinate key American crops, following in the footsteps of other U.S. retailers that took similar steps last year.
The class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, or neonics, get sold by agrichemical companies to boost yields of staple crops, but are also widely used on annual and perennial plants used in lawns and gardens.
Bee deaths are linked to the neonic pesticides, according to scientists, consumer groups, beekeepers and others. The bee die-off is worrisome for agriculture because honeybees pollinate plants that produce almost 25% of American foods.
Lowe’s will phase out neonics in shelf products and plants by the spring of 2019, according to Lowe’s, as suitable alternatives become available.
51 percent of garden plants purchased at Lowe’s, Home Depot and Walmart in 18 cities in the US and Canada contained neonicotinold pesticides at levels that could harm or even kill bees, according to a study released by the Friends of the Earth and Pesticide Research Institute released in 2014.