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Rick Perry Eyes 2016 Run; China Hacks US Fighter Jet Plans; Climate Alarmist Recants

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1. Rick Perry Eyeing White House Run in 2016
2. Climate Change Alarmist Recants: 'I Made a Mistake'
3. China Hacked Blueprints for U.S. Fighter Jets
4. Obama Spends $8.3 Billion to Hide Medicare Cuts
5. U.S., Europe Gird for 'Carbon Trade War'
6. Germany to Publish 'Mein Kampf' Again

1. Rick Perry Eyeing White House Run in 2016

Texas Gov. Rick Perry's disclosure that he's "really interested" in running for president again in 2016 has some observers wondering if he thinks Mitt Romney won't unseat President Barack Obama in November.

In a recent interview with CBS 11 News in Dallas-Fort Worth, Perry said: "2016 is way down the road, but I'll assure you one thing — if I decide to run for the presidency in 2016, I'll be in way before the summer of 2016, 2015 even."

Reporter Jack Fink asked: "It sounds like you're really interested?"

Perry responded: "Yeah, I am. I love this country. As long as my health stays good, as it is, and my family is supportive, I'm certainly going to give it a good examination."

Perry announced in August 2011 that he would run for president in 2012, but dropped out of the race on Jan. 9 and endorsed Newt Gingrich.

Commenting on his talk of another run in 2016, the Houston Chronicle observed: "Statements like that don't make it seem like Perry has much faith in a Republican winning the presidential election this November. And if he does [win], it doesn't seem like he has much faith in Romney being a very good president."

Another Romney rival for the 2012 GOP nomination, Rick Santorum, has also suggested he is considering a run in 2016, telling Fox News: "I feel like a young man, and hopefully I feel like a young man four years from now."

As for whether Perry will run for re-election for governor in 2014, Perry told CBS: "I'm certainly going to give that the appropriate consideration. My instincts are very positive towards it right now."

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2. Climate Change Alarmist Recants: 'I Made a Mistake'

British environmental expert James Lovelock now admits he was an "alarmist" regarding global warming — and says Al Gore was too.

Lovelock previously worked for NASA and became a guru to the environmental movement with his "Gaia" theory of the Earth as a single organism. In 2007 Time magazine named Lovelock one of its "Heroes of the Environment," and he won the Geological Society of London's Wollaston Medal in 2006 for his writings on the Gaia theory.

That year he wrote an article in a British newspaper asserting that "before this century is over billions of us will die and the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the Arctic where the climate remains tolerable."

But in an interview this week with MSNBC, Lovelock said a book he is now writing will reflect his new opinion that global warming has not occurred as he had expected.

"The problem is we don't know what the climate is doing," he said. "We thought we knew 20 years ago. That led to some alarmist books — mine included — because it looked clear-cut, but it hasn't happened.

"The climate is doing its usual tricks. There's nothing much really happening yet. We were supposed to be halfway toward a frying world now.

"The world has not warmed up very much since the millennium. Twelve years is a reasonable time. [The temperature] has stayed almost constant, whereas it should have been rising. Carbon dioxide is rising, no question about that.

"We will have global warming, but it's been deferred a bit."

MSNBC reported: "He pointed to Gore's 'An Inconvenient Truth' and Tim Flannery's 'The Weather Makers' as other examples of 'alarmist' forecasts of the future."

Lovelock also declared in the interview that "as an independent and a loner," he did not mind saying, "All right, I made a mistake," adding that university or government scientists might fear that admission of such a mistake could jeopardize their funding.

In response to Lovelock's interview, the Climate Depot website stated: "MSNBC, perhaps the most unlikely of news sources, reports on what may be seen as the official end of the manmade global warming fear movement."

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3. China Hacked Blueprints for U.S. Fighter Jets

Chinese hackers stole the blueprints for America's new Joint Strike Fighter planes, the F-35 and F-22 — an example of cyberattacks that can "devastate our nation," a leading congressman disclosed.

"I think it's important that the American people have a better idea of what is at risk," Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Management, said at a subcommittee hearing on Tuesday.

"When I look at the theft of intellectual property to the tune of $1 trillion, that's a serious economic issue for the United States.

"When I look at countries like China, who have stolen our Joint Strike Fighters, F-35 and F-22s, stolen those blueprints so they can manufacture those planes and then guard against those planes.

"Make no mistake, America is under attack by digital bombs. There are several things the American public should understand about these attacks. They are real, stealthy and persistent and can devastate our nation.

"China's cyber warfare capabilities and the espionage campaigns they have undertaken are the most prevalent of any nation state actor. China has created citizen hacker groups, engaged in cyberespionage, established cyberwar military units."

In addition to stealing vital information on America's weapons programs and security, he warned that cyberattacks could also blow up natural gas pipelines, derail trains, hack financial systems, and cause chemical plants to leak toxins, The Hill reported.

Larry Wortzel, a member of the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission, told the House Foreign Affairs Committee at a March 28 hearing that the People's Liberation Army of China has made cyberattacks a "cornerstone" of its operations.

A commission report noted that Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and British Aerospace and Engineering have reportedly experienced penetrations from China-based hackers in the past three years.

Newsmax reported last August that the Internet security firm McAfee had uncovered the largest series of cyberattacks ever — for five years hackers infiltrated 72 organizations including defense firms and the American government — and security experts pointed to China as the culprit.

At Tuesday's subcommittee hearing, security experts told the panel that Russia, Iran and North Korea are also experimenting with cyberattacks, Voice of America News reported.

They said threats to the U.S. electric power grid and mass transportation systems could come from foreign intelligence services, anti-American computer hackers and terrorists.

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4. Obama Spends $8.3 Billion to Hide Medicare Cuts

The Obama administration is spending $8.3 billion to hide a key provision of Obamacare — deep cuts in Medicare Advantage — until after the November election.

Medicare Advantage offers seniors the option of choosing private insurance companies as an alternative to the government-run Medicare insurance program. So far 12 million seniors have enrolled in the program.

But President Obama has attacked the program, stating in a 2009 speech that it offers "unwarranted subsidies" that "do everything to pad [insurance companies'] profits and nothing to improve your care."

So it came as no surprise when Obama's healthcare reform plan sliced $145 billion from Medicare Advantage over the next 10 years. Medicare's own actuary reported that Obamacare would force more than 7 million seniors off their private plans and back into traditional Medicare as insurers flee the market, according to Investor's Business Daily (IBD).

To hide the cuts from seniors who would face losing Medicare Advantage just before the November election, the administration pumped $8.3 billion back into the program through "bonuses" to Medicare Advantage plans.

Those "bonuses" will make up for more than 70 percent of Obamacare's scheduled Medicare Advantage cuts, and keep the program running through the election.

The plan is so "transparently political" that the Government Accountability Office has urged the Health and Human Services Department to cancel it altogether, IBD reported, adding: "Canceling is just the beginning.

"The bigger question lawmakers must answer is this: Can it really be legal for a Cabinet agency to spend $8.3 billion in taxpayer money simply to help Obama get re-elected?"

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5. U.S., Europe Gird for 'Carbon Trade War'

The European Union is setting off a confrontation with outside nations — including the United States — by demanding that all airlines pay a carbon tax when crossing EU airspace and landing at EU airports.

"The new EU system is portentous. It is an extension of the continent's cap-and-trade system from domestic sources to the international arena," according to Claude Barfield, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).

"Though other nations protested as the rules were being formulated, the new legislation went into effect on January 1, 2012" and the tax will start being collected in 2013.

Significantly, the tax based on carbon emissions will be levied not just on the miles flown in EU airspace, but for the entire length of an aircraft's flight, Barfield reveals in an article headlined "The First Carbon Trade War?" in The American, the journal of the AEI.

That means a Korean Air jet, for instance, will have to pay a tax based not on the few hundred miles it flies over the EU but over the entire trip of several thousand miles from Korea to Europe.

The 27-member EU's action has produced threats of retaliation. More than 20 nations, including the United States, China, Russia, India, Brazil, and South Africa, have met twice to discuss responses. The countries cited potential retaliatory actions including banning airlines from paying the tax and imposing commensurate levies on EU airlines flying in their airspace.

China and India have already banned their airlines from paying the tax, Russia has threatened to cancel air rights for EU airlines flying over Siberia, and China has delayed and possibly will cancel aircraft contracts with the European aerospace company Airbus worth $12 billion.

On the other hand, "the United States has equivocated," Barfield disclosed. "The House passed a bill making it illegal for U.S. airlines to comply with the EU scheme. But the State Department has thus far resisted efforts to bring the matter before the international body that sets rules for international airspace, the U.N.'s International Civil Aviation Organization.

"The Obama administration can drag its heels only so long before pressure from U.S. airlines and their supporters in Congress (particularly in an election year) becomes politically dangerous."

The Wall Street Journal observed: "Europe can help spark a global trade war nobody can afford over a tax nobody needs in furtherance of an anticarbon nirvana that never will come to pass."

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6. Germany to Publish 'Mein Kampf' Again

Germany will officially publish Adolf Hitler's book "Mein Kampf" for the first time since the end of World War II.

Hitler wrote the first part of "Mein Kampf" ("My Struggle") in 1923, while he was serving a prison sentence for attempting to overthrow the government. The second part was written a year later, after his release.

When the war ended, the rights to the anti-Semitic book became the property of the Bavarian state government, which nationalized the Nazi publication house and prohibited further publication of the work.

That prohibition remains in place today. But the rights to the book are scheduled to expire in 2015, 70 years after Hitler's death, and there are concerns that neo-Nazi groups will begin publishing and distributing copies of the work to advance anti-Semitic agendas, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports.

To counter that, the government will publish an annotated edition of the book, containing warnings to readers about the dangers of Hitler's racist doctrine.

The government will also publish a special version of the book for schools, which will emphasize the "worldwide catastrophe brought about by this way of thinking," according to Bavarian Finance Minister Markus Soeder.

An English translation will be available as well.

Bavaria will ask publishers and bookstores not to print or sell other versions of the book beside the annotated version, according to Haaretz.

Much of Hitler's 720-page book deals with the "struggle between races" and "the Jewish problem" in Germany and the rest of the world. It was originally titled "Four and a Half Years of Struggle Against Lies, Stupidity, and Cowardice."

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