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As enrichment deal is struck, Iran exercises
diplomatic clout in numerous UN agencies

Fox News, by George Russell

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 1/19/2014 4:27:14 AM

Iran, already exulting about the “surrender” of the West in its nuclear enrichment negotiations, may soon have another diplomatic victory to celebrate: a role in the election of the next executive director of the U.N.’s World Property Organization (WIPO), a which deals in the complexities of international copyright and technology transfer. The election takes place in early March, and Iran—along with North Korea—is a member of WIPO’s so-called “coordination committee”—a select group of less than half of the organization’s membership. It will nominate a leadership candidate for ratification by the entire 183-member organization. Three other candidates are running, but WIPO’s current executive

      


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As enrichment deal is struck, Iran exercises
diplomatic clout in numerous UN agencies
Fox News, by George Russell    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/19/2014 4:27:14 AM     Post Reply
Iran, already exulting about the “surrender” of the West in its nuclear enrichment negotiations, may soon have another diplomatic victory to celebrate: a role in the election of the next executive director of the U.N.’s World Property Organization (WIPO), a which deals in the complexities of international copyright and technology transfer. The election takes place in early March, and Iran—along with North Korea—is a member of WIPO’s so-called “coordination committee”—a select group of less than half of the organization’s membership. It will nominate a leadership candidate for ratification by the entire 183-member organization. Three other candidates are running, but WIPO’s current executive

   

 

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Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/19/2014 4:23:23 AM     Post Reply
Remember "Bowling for Columbine"? The anti-gun documentary that attempted to politicize the tragic school shooting at Columbine, Colorado, was wildly successful, both critically and commercially, and even won its writer/director, Michael Moore, an Oscar. But while the film was certainly entertaining, and may have even got some folks thinking about gun violence, it did little to move the needle on its presumptive goal: curbing gun ownership and weakening the National Rifle Association. That´s because gun owners and the powerful lobby that represents them don´t care what Hollywood thinks of them, a lesson producer Harvey Weinstein will learn soon. Weinstein "reluctantly" told Howard Stern

Family of Executed Man
Plans to Sue State
ABC News, by Gillian Mohney    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/19/2014 4:19:51 AM     Post Reply
The family of a death row inmate who was executed with a new drug concoction is planning to sue the state of Ohio for "cruel and unusual punishment," arguing that he was used as an "experiment." The family of Dennis McGuire, 53, watched him die for 26 minutes, during which he was heard having gasping, snorting and making other sounds of distress. McGuire´s execution in Dayton, Ohio, was the longest since the state reinstituted the death penalty in 1999, according to The Associated Press. "There´s one claim that will certainly be made and that will be alleging that the Eighth

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affair with 15-year-old girl
included pretend WEDDING VOWS
Daily Caller, by Eric Owens    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/18/2014 11:53:01 AM     Post Reply
Teachers never cease to impress in their quests to have sex with underage high school students. The latest incident appears to involve a 15-year-old girl and a lusty 54-year-old male teacher who routinely hid her away in his bachelor pad in a shabby apartment community. The twist this time is that the teacher, Duane Ernest Adams, said he and the girl have exchanged wedding vows a well as rings, reports the Ocala Star-Banner. They’re in love, see. And Adams assured detectives that, in the eyes of God, he and the girl are married. He added that his plan had been

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Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/18/2014 11:43:32 AM     Post Reply
As part of the general effort among Republicans in Washington to prevent President Obama’s focus on inequality from painting them as the party of plutocrats, Rep. Paul Ryan appeared at the Brookings Institution this week to talk about poverty. The Wisconsin Republican and 2012 vice-presidential nominee discussed how the poor could be “reintegrated” into society, and as part of his speech, he proposed that the United States consider adopting a “Universal Credit” scheme that would both streamline the various social safety net payments and tax credits the poor receive and, rather than cutting off abruptly when recipients cross a certain

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Morning News [Dallas, TX], by Gromer Jeffers, Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/18/2014 10:59:42 AM     Post Reply
FORT WORTH — Ted Cruz praised his former boss, Greg Abbott, on Friday but declined to endorse the attorney general’s bid for governor. “Time will tell,” he said. “Greg Abbott is someone I think extraordinarily highly of. He is a strong, principled conservative who has meant a great deal to me over a decade. I admire Greg Abbott.” Cruz, a tea party leader and hero in the Republican activist movement, has said he probably will not back candidates in contests that feature incumbent Republicans. But the governorship is open, as Republican Rick Perry is stepping down at the end of his current

   

 

  


 
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Don’t Control Their Own Legacies
Daily Beast, by Evin Demirel    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/18/2014 8:06:12 AM     Post Reply
Why much of the hype surrounding these all-time quarterbacks gets it wrong. Since 1979, an university has released an annual List of Words to be Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness. “Selfie” and “twerk,” unsurprisingly, appeared on the most recent list of about 13 words or phrases. Unfortunately, the good language pruners of Lake Superior State University missed one. They should have added a word that has overgrown the sports world like kudzu, reduplicating ad infinitum while strangling intelligent discussion. I’m talking about the word “legacy.” You don’t need to scroll through the 731,000 Google

What Was the Point of
Obama’s NSA Speech?
Commentary Magazine, by Max Boot    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/18/2014 5:21:33 AM     Post Reply
President Obama’s speech on NSA reform had all the hallmarks of his administration—and, not coincidentally, of his hyper-analytical, aloof, and cerebral personality. The endless, quasi-public policy review? Check. Lengthy consultations with a vast variety of experts? Check. (“I’ve listened to foreign partners, privacy advocates, and industry leaders. My administration has spent countless hours considering how to approach intelligence in this era of diffuse threats and technological revolution.”) The rhetorical genuflections to appear fair to both sides. (“Throughout American history, intelligence has helped secure our country and our freedoms…. [But] even the United States proved not to be immune to the abuse

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secrecy surrounding the IRS scandal
Washington Examiner [DC], by Mark Tapscott    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/18/2014 5:17:24 AM     Post Reply
Slowly but surely the truth is becoming known about President Obama´s blatant use of the Internal Revenue Service to suppress the First Amendment political free speech rights of Tea Party, conservative and evangelical non-profits during the 2010, 2012 -- and now -- the 2014 campaigns. The Wall Street Journal´s Kimberly Strassel reports today that keeping the IRS "muzzle in place" for 2014 was Obama´s top priority during negotiations with House Republicans on the just-passed omnibus spending bill. The vehicle for keeping the muzzle in place is the recently proposed IRS rule that proscribes all kinds of educational activities that 501(C)(4) non-profits have

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Race Just Got Interesting
Daily Beast, by Ron Christie    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/18/2014 4:49:01 AM     Post Reply
Beware, Mark Warner. Why Ed Gillespie, an architect of the Contract With America and longtime GOP strategist, will likely make a solid-blue Senate seat a nail-biter. With little fanfare, Mark Warner’s Senate reelection bid this November just went from a shoo-in to a spirited contest. I’ll warn the Virginia Democrat now: Objects in the rearview mirror are closer than they appear—former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie is now the underdog, but he will make this race very competitive. Full disclosure: I’ve known Ed for nearly 25 years—a vantage point that gives me insights as to why this election will

No, animals don’t have rights
The Week, by Damon Linker    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/18/2014 4:43:10 AM     Post Reply
E arlier this week, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni declared that "an era of what might be called animal dignity is upon us." If he merely meant to draw attention to the fact that we´re more attached than ever to our pets — spending billions of dollars a year on veterinary care and paraphernalia, even making places for them in our wills — then the point would be undeniable. But that was not Bruni´s aim. Beyond these sociological observations, Bruni was writing to endorse the movement that´s working to establish the legal personhood of animals and grant them legal rights. I agree

   

 

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Upset: Republican wins surprise blowout
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Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/18/2014 4:16:32 AM     Post Reply
Let’s read some 2014 tea leaves, shall we? First, some background on an Arkansas special election that was decided earlier this week: The special election for a northeast Arkansas Senate seat vacated by a lawmaker who resigned over ethics violations will be an early bellwether on the fight to protect the state’s Medicaid expansion, as well as Democrats’ chances in the November election. Voters head to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in the special election between Democrat Steve Rockwell and Republican John Cooper for state Senate District 21 seat that covers the Jonesboro area. The winner will serve the



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