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CNN Overlooks ´Uncle Joe´ Stalin´s
Mass-Murder of Millions
Breitbart´s Big Journalism, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 2/16/2014 1:55:42 AM     Post Reply
CNN.com´s latest angle on the Sochi Olympics is what could have been a fascinating story about Joseph Stalin and his summer home. Instead what we have is an unbelievably sloppy piece of "journalism." Built in that city in 1937, twenty years after the October revolution, the murderous dictator´s dacha is now a tourist attraction in Sochi. For the uninformed, though, CNN presents "Uncle Joe" as a "notorious dictator," but also a loving family man who did remarkably good things for social justice (Snip) Stalin might have loved his wife (CNN, the tour guide, or both are incorrect: the wife was named

A peek into Obama’s weekend
at Sunnylands
Christian Science Monitor, by Linda Feldmann    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 2/16/2014 1:34:09 AM     Post Reply
This much we know about President Obama’s three-day weekend at Sunnylands, the luxurious 200-acre estate near Palm Springs, Calif., that has become something of a West Coast Camp David: He has played golf with three buddies, and planned to binge on TV. Mr. Obama may well feel he’s earned his three days of R&R. On Friday, he addressed a House Democratic retreat on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, then took Air Force One to Fresno, Calif., for events focused on the state’s severe drought, then headed south to Sunnylands for a working dinner with King Abdullah II of Jordan. By our count,

Mitch McConnell on debt ceiling:
I ‘protect’ the country
Politico, by Burgess Everett    Original Article
Posted By: ketchuplover- 2/16/2014 1:14:56 AM     Post Reply
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he voted to advance a clean debt-ceiling bill this week because his job is “to protect the country” when he can. The Republican leader said at a Friday campaign event in Louisville, Ky., that he has long preferred making structural changes to fiscal policy as a condition to raising the debt ceiling. (Snip) McConnell and most of his leadership team voted to break a filibuster demanded by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), to the ire of many conservatives and surprise of Capitol Hill, given his recently stated opposition to any clean lift of the debt ceiling.

  


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Woman charged with
Craigslist slaying confesses to
more than 20 murders, newspaper says
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/16/2014 12:26:32 AM     Post Reply
Sunbury, Pa. - A Pennsylvania woman charged along with her newlywed husband in the murder of a man they met through Craigslist admitted to the slaying in a jailhouse interview with a newspaper and said she has killed more than 20 others across the country. Police said they are investigating the claims. In an interview with the Daily Item in Sunbury, Pa., 19-year-old Miranda Barbour said she wants to plead guilty to killing Troy LeFerrara in November. She also said in the interview that she has killed at least 22 other people from Alaska to North Carolina in the last six years as part of her involvement in a satanic cult.

For Democrats looking to post-
Obama era, how populist a future?
Washington Post, by Dan Balz and Philip Rucker    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/15/2014 11:13:43 PM     Post Reply
With three years remaining in the presidency of Barack Obama, the party he has led since mesmerizing members with his 2008 campaign has begun debating a post-Obama future. Though more united than Republicans, Democrats nevertheless face simmering tensions between the establishment and a newly energized populist wing, led by the unabashed liberalism of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and the fiery rhetoric of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. The schisms are as much stylistic as substantive. But however defined, they offer a challenge to the party’s next leader, whether former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden

Eminem´s art beats
Gaga´s pop
The Sunday Times (UK), by Camille Paglia    Original Article
Posted By: Zarin- 2/15/2014 11:09:31 PM     Post Reply
Lady Gaga never saw it coming. After a relentless, mammoth, publicity extravaganza for her new album, ArtPop, she was upstaged by a comet seeming to swoop in out of nowhere — the release of Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Eminem’s sales boomed big, while Gaga’s embarrassingly fizzled, leading to quick deep discounts to keep ArtPop on the charts. Eminem, now 41, did few interviews and personal appearances for this formidable double album. As with Adele sweeping the Grammys two years ago, his instant commercial triumph demonstrates the readiness of a discerning world public to respond to power and passion

Why Michael Sam´s coming out
is not an unnecessary ´distraction´
Los Angeles Times, by Nico Lang    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/15/2014 9:51:27 PM     Post Reply
On Sunday, college football star Michael Sam stood on the precipice of making history. The University of Missouri lineman and NFL draft hopeful came out as gay in an interview with the New York Times, potentially making him the first openly gay NFL player. Before his announcement, Sam was projected to be a mid-to-late-round pick in May’s draft. But according to Sports Illustrated, his stock may be falling. There has been some negative reaction from NFL personnel; in the SI article, one source labeled Sam’s sexuality an unnecessary “distraction.” “There are guys in locker rooms that maturity-wise cannot handle it or deal

  


  

Gold Races Above $1,300; Set
For Best Week In 6 Months
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/15/2014 9:25:27 PM     Post Reply
Gold rose to three-month highs above $1,300 an ounce on Friday and looked set to post its biggest weekly gain in six months as weak U.S. data raised fears about economic growth, hurting the dollar. Spot gold was up 1 percent to $1,315.10 an ounce by 1325 GMT after earlier rising 1.3 percent to its highest since Nov. 8 at $1,319.80. It was up around 4 percent for the week, the largest such gain since mid-August. U.S. gold futures for April delivery also hit a three-month high of $1,319.90 an ounce, up for an eighth straight session in the longest

From Russia with Love! Putin
makes a surprise visit to American
Sochi base wearing a TEAM USA
Valentine´s Day pin
Associated Press*, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/15/2014 9:05:09 PM     Post Reply
In a surprise visit Russian President Vladimir Putin dropped in on U.S. Olympic headquarters Friday to chat about the Winter Games and the upcoming Russia-U.S. hockey showdown. He even wore a red ´Happy Valentine´s Day from Team USA´ pin on his lapel. Putin spent about half an hour at USA House in Sochi´s Olympic Park, sitting on a couch talking with U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Larry Probst and CEO Scott Blackmun. From there, he made a stop at Canada House next door. ´Putin was very gracious,´ Blackmun told The Associated Press. ´What I would remember is it sends a strong

Ugandan President Says He
Will Sign Tough Antigay Measure
New York Times, by Nicholas Kulish    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/15/2014 8:56:37 PM     Post Reply
Nairobi, Kenya - Gay rights in Africa suffered another setback when President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda told members of his party on Friday that he would sign a bill imposing harsh sentences for homosexual acts, including life imprisonment in some cases. The measure would criminalize “the promotion or recognition” of homosexual relations. (Snip) According to Amnesty International, homosexuality is illegal in 38 of 54 African countries. Homosexual acts can be punished by death sentences in Mauritania, southern Somalia, Sudan and northern Nigeria, where justice is carried out according to a version of Shariah law.

Wendy Davis Says Texas
Not a Red State
Breitbart Big Government, by Robert Wilde    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/15/2014 8:51:54 PM     Post Reply
Texas gubernatorial hopeful and Democratic State Senator Wendy Davis asserted on Thursday in an interview with statesman.com, “Texas is not really a red state, it’s just a non-voting state.” Davis, who gained notoriety for her 11-hour filibuster against a bill that would have banned late term abortions, may be engaged in wishful thinking rather than admitting the facts about Texas. Since 1994, Republicans have won all of Texas´s 29 statewide offices, giving the state the longest streak of single-party dominance in the country. (Snip) It bears repeating: not one Democrat has won any of these seats in twenty years.

  


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Cuba shuts down US travel visas
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Pete Kasperowicz    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/15/2014 8:39:07 PM     Post Reply
The government of Cuba announced late Friday that it will no longer process visas for U.S. travel to Cuba. Cuba said travel will end until a new U.S. bank can be found to process visa fees that are collected and routed to Cuba. Cuba´s decision means only humanitarian travel will be permitted to the island nation from the United States, and that the "people-to-people" visas and other educational travel will be shut off. Cuba said it would cut off "family visits, academic, cultural, educational, scientific, sports" and other exchanges. The decision is a blow to the goals of the Obama administration, which sought to expand travel opportunities to the

Michael Dunn guilty on four counts,
including attempted murder;
mistrial declared on first-
degree murder charge
New York Daily News, by Joel Landau & Sasha Goldstein    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/15/2014 8:26:10 PM     Post Reply
A Florida jury found Michael Dunn guilty on three charges of attempted murder and firing a weapon into a vehicle Saturday in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Jordan Davis after a 2012 argument outside a Jacksonville convenience store over loud music. The jury did not reach a verdict on first-degree murder and a mistrial was declared on the charge. Dunn showed little emotion after the verdict came back from the jury of seven women and five men. He was convicted on three charges of attempted murder and firing a weapon into a vehicle. He is facing up to 75 years

Obama signs increase in U.S. debt ceiling
Reuters, by Steve Holland    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/15/2014 8:21:37 PM     Post Reply
Rancho Mirage, Calif. - President Barack Obama signed legislation on Saturday that raises the U.S. debt limit through March 2015, taking the politically volatile issue off the table with congressional elections coming up this November. Without an increase in the statutory debt limit, the U.S. government would have soon defaulted on some of its obligations and would have had to shut down some programs, an historic event that would have caused severe market turmoil. On a long holiday weekend in a desert resort area in southern California, Obama put his signature on the legislation without fanfare, while behind closed doors

What Happened to the Antiwar Movement?
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/15/2014 8:20:09 PM     Post Reply
Barack Obama owes his presidency largely to the Iraq war. It was Obama’s purity on the war–he opposed it when Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and others were voting for it–that endeared him to the Democratic Party’s base. Indeed, one could say that the contemporary American Left owes its vigor, if not its existence, to the Iraq war. Those who lived through the years from 2003 to 2008 won’t forget it–the online hysteria, the demonstrations, the wild charges, the assassination fantasies, the calls for impeachment. Remember when antiwar demonstrations could bring out enough people to fill the streets? This was Washington,

  


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Getting the Presidential seal of
approval: Barack Obama congratulates
his brother as he weds in an
Oxfordshire register office
Daily Mail (UK), by Lucy Crossley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/15/2014 8:15:15 PM     Post Reply
The US President´s brother has got married to a care worker in Oxford - and received a personal phone call of congratulation from elder sibling Barack. Although his brother is one of the world´s most powerful men, Ben Obama opted for simple surroundings when he wed care worker Lily Achoch at the Oxford registry office. Shortly before the ceremony, Ben, 42, took the President´s call on his mobile phone from Washington DC. He said: ´It was great hearing him because Barack´s the most important politician in the world and is naturally extremely busy. ´But he took time out for family

Spying by N.S.A. Ally
Entangled U.S. Law Firm
New York Times, by James Risen & Laura Poitras    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/15/2014 8:15:11 PM     Post Reply
The list of those caught up in the global surveillance net cast by the National Security Agency and its overseas partners, from social media users to foreign heads of state, now includes another entry: American lawyers. A top-secret document, obtained by the former N.S.A. contractor Edward J. Snowden, shows that an American law firm was monitored while representing a foreign government in trade disputes with the United States. (Snip) Most attorney-client conversations do not get special protections under American law from N.S.A. eavesdropping. Amid growing concerns about surveillance and hacking,

Resurgent Holder pushes agenda
The Hill (Washington DC), by Nieall Stanage    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/15/2014 8:06:12 PM     Post Reply
Conservatives hoping to celebrate the departure of Attorney General Eric Holder might be in for a long wait. The attorney general’s position has looked perilous at various points during his tenure. But these days, he seems resurgent, pushing states to strike down voting restrictions on ex-felons and fighting hard to restore some of the key powers of the Voting Rights Act. It has been an uphill climb. In 2012, Holder became the first attorney general to be held in contempt by the House of Representatives while, the year before, he had to retreat from his earlier insistence that suspects in

Jennifer Jones, unbeaten, clinches
curling semifinal berth
CBC/Radio-Canada, by Isaac Owusu    Original Article
Posted By: Ken M.- 2/15/2014 7:32:20 PM     Post Reply
Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg has carried the Canadian women´s curling team to the semifinals with a 5-3 victory over the host Russians at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. This win keeps Canada undefeated at 7-0, and could just about wrap up first place in the round-robin stage. The Russian women, led by Anna Sidorova, fell to 3-4, fifth in the standings as of the completion of the match. After stealing the deuce in the fifth end to go up 5-2, Jones played a relentless game. She didn´t surrender a single Russian point over the following three ends, which were all blank.

One in four Americans ´do not
know the Earth circles the Sun´
Telegraph [UK], by Barney Henderson    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 2/15/2014 6:43:33 PM     Post Reply
One in four Americans are completely unfamiliar with Nicolaus Copernicus´s 1543 theory that the Earth circles the Sun, according to a study by the National Science Foundation. (snip) The question - "Does the Earth go around the Sun, or does the Sun go around the Earth" - was answered incorrectly by 26 per cent of respondents. Fewer than half of the respondents - 48 per cent - are aware that humans evolved from earlier species of animals and just 39 percent answered correctly that "the universe began with a huge explosion". A total of 42 per cent of Americans said

  



Radio DJs spark outrage after
admitting they made up story about
a homophobic RSVP to a party for
´7-year-old daughter´ of two gay men
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/15/2014 6:05:41 PM     Post Reply
Two radio DJs in Long Island who caused an uproar last week by posting the homophobic RSVP to a birthday party for a ´little girl with two gay dads´ admitted on Saturday that the whole thing was a hoax. K-98.3 DJs Steve Harper and Leeana Karlson on Wednesday posted on their show´s Facebook page a heartbreaking note written on an invitation to a ´tie dye party´ for a girl named ´Sophia´s´ seventh birthday. The DJs tricked people into believing that Sophia had two gay dads, and the note - supposedly written by the mother of a friend of Sophia´s, who they

Mob Attacks More Than a
Dozen Gay Men in Nigeria’s Capital
New York Times, by Adam Nossiter    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 2/15/2014 6:02:09 PM     Post Reply
DAKAR, Senegal — A mob attacked gay people in a neighborhood in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, dragging young men from their homes, beating them with nail-studded clubs and whips, and shouting that they were “cleansing the community” of gays, several Nigerian activists and a witness said Saturday. The attack took place late Wednesday night in the Gishiri neighborhood, and one victim was beaten nearly to death, the witness said. Afterward, the mob of about 50 young men dragged four of the victims to a nearby police station, where the police further beat and insulted them, said the witness, who

Celebrating the black bourgeoisie
Austin American-Statesman, by John Butler    Original Article
Posted By: Howard Adams- 2/15/2014 5:21:36 PM     Post Reply
The A.J. Gaston Conference, which starts Monday in Birmingham, Ala., is a celebration of black history month with an emphasis on wealth creation and economic stability. Gaston, a black businessman who supported the end of legal segregation in Birmingham, is a great example of my tribe, the black bourgeoisie. While most of the country is celebrating the civil rights movement, which was defined by marching, forgiving, and nonviolence, this conference celebrates lessons of the black bourgeoisie who created communities, business institutions, organizations and private educational institutions that continue to enrich generations.

Is food insecurity on the rise
among college students?
Fox News, by Julie Tortora    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/15/2014 5:11:12 PM     Post Reply
Gaining the ‘freshman 15’ may no longer be the biggest nutritional issue facing some college students. A study recently published by the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior surveyed 354 students at Western Oregon University and found that 59 percent felt that they did not have enough access to affordable, healthy foods – a condition known as ‘food insecurity.´ As defined within the study, food insecurity is “the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods, and limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways.”

Venez. president confirms govt seeking
arrest of Venezuelan opposition leader
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 2/15/2014 5:02:21 PM     Post Reply
Caracas, Venezuela – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says a police manhunt is underway for opposition leader Leopold Lopez. Maduro addressed Lopez at a rally in Caracas, saying, "Turn yourself in coward." Maduro also denounced what he said is a "fascist" plot to oust him from power. Maduro didn´t mention Lopez by name, referring to him only by a frequently-used disparaging nickname. The president said security forces acting on a February 12 arrest order are now looking for the leader of Wednesday´s anti-government protests, which resulted in deadly clashes with police and government supporters. Lopez hasn´t been seen

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