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Obama Administration Stiffs
Chemical Survivors on New Claim

Daily Beast, by Josh Rogin & Noah Shactman

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 2/21/2014 4:55:55 AM

The Assad government may have used chemical weapons again as recently as last month, according to activists pressing the U.S. to investigate the attack. On Jan. 13 in the Syrian city of Daraya, five people were killed and more than 20 injured after being exposed to a mysterious gas. Syrian activists, including some witnesses on the ground, believe that the attack is evidence the Syrian government is still using chemical weapons against its own people—months after that regime pledged to destroy its nerve gas arsenal. A group of survivors of Syrian government atrocities, including chemical weapons attacks verified by U.N. inspectors, visited

      


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Obama Administration Stiffs
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Daily Beast, by Josh Rogin & Noah Shactman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/21/2014 4:55:55 AM     Post Reply
The Assad government may have used chemical weapons again as recently as last month, according to activists pressing the U.S. to investigate the attack. On Jan. 13 in the Syrian city of Daraya, five people were killed and more than 20 injured after being exposed to a mysterious gas. Syrian activists, including some witnesses on the ground, believe that the attack is evidence the Syrian government is still using chemical weapons against its own people—months after that regime pledged to destroy its nerve gas arsenal. A group of survivors of Syrian government atrocities, including chemical weapons attacks verified by U.N. inspectors, visited

   

 

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Gay group GOP group
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Politico, by Natalie Villacorta    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/21/2014 4:51:12 AM     Post Reply
Calling it an “unconditional surrender” to what he labeled the anti-gay wing of the conservative movement, a co-founder of GOProud has resigned from the organization’s board after the gay Republican group announced it would attend the CPAC gathering next month while facing certain restrictions on its participation. The American Conservative Union, which runs the conference, announced on Wednesday that the group will attend as guests, ending several years when GOPround was not invited. GOProud members will be included in all events, but the group will not be given a sponsorship or a booth, under the arrangement. “It’s beyond disingenuous for GOProud leadership

4 dead, 2 injured at American Indian
tribal office in Northern California
CBS News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 2/21/2014 4:27:07 AM     Post Reply
ALTURAS, Calif. - Police say four people are dead and two are wounded in a shooting at an American Indian tribal headquarters in California. Alturas Police Chief Ken Barnes says 44-year-old Sherrie Rhoades is in custody after allegedly opening fire Thursday afternoon at the Cedarville Rancheria Tribal Office and Community Center. Barnes says in a report carried by KRCR-TV that the four dead include a 19-year-old woman, a 30-year-old man, a 45-year-old woman and a 50-year-old man. The police chief says one victim is the tribe´s leader. Barnes says members were meeting about evicting Rhoades and her son from the Rancheria which, according

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dead Americans on ´Captain Phillips´ ship
CNN, by Khushbu Shah*    Original Article
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Traces of narcotics and hypodermic needles found with the bodies of two American security officers on the container ship Maersk Alabama suggested the deaths resulted from drug overdoses, a Seychelles government official told CNN on Thursday. Seychelles police identified the bodies found Tuesday as Jeffrey Reynolds and Mark Kennedy, both 44. They worked for Trident Group, a Virginia-based maritime security services firm, and Trident Group President Tom Rothrauff said both were former Navy SEALs. "It´s bizarre. Of course, it´s a shock. They´re all great guys," Rothrauff said. "I´m absolutely clueless as to what happened." Police said an autopsy would be carried out later

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Listening to pundits talk about the potential 2016 Republican field, you’d be forgiven for forgetting about Rick Santorum. The former senator’s strong second-place showing in 2012 shocked—even scared—the GOP’s kingmakers, who saw in him an abortion-hating firebrand with no chance of beating Barack Obama. So it’s no surprise that today, the party’s mainstreamers are acting like he’s old news, again dismissing a Santorum presidential candidacy. Not that he cares. He’s too busy plotting another possible run at the White House. In recent months, Santorum has gathered his inner circle of longtime advisers to sketch out a presidential campaign. He’s scheduling trips to

   

 

  


 
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KEARNY, N.J. — Mater Dei Academy sits shuttered, blue drapes pulled across its windows, atop a hill in this working-class city. From its steps, you can peer across the mist-shrouded expanse of the Meadowlands to the distant spires of Manhattan. For generations, this blond brick Catholic elementary school tossed a lifeline to the immigrants who, wave upon wave, washed ashore here. The Archdiocese of Newark closed it two years ago. Church officials offered deep regrets; the church’s wallet is thin to the touch these days. “It was a loved place, that school,” said Dorothy Gawronski, a crossing guard holding a red “Stop”

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Elderly North and South Koreans separated by war and decades of division, reunited in the North today, following extended discussions between the neighboring countries that threatened repeatedly to fall through. A reunion between Koreans torn apart by the Korean War, which ended in a truce (but not a peace treaty) in 1953, was last held in 2010. Officials on both sides have discussed this one since September 2013, but the initial plan for a reunion was scrapped. Once the idea was resurrected, it was put on hold by North Korea in protest of scheduled joint U.S.-South Korea drills. Finally, the

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I just got back from a business trip to Mexico. While there, I met with some Mexicans who had recently traveled to Cuba. What they told me was shocking. The Cuban people are being held on the edge of starvation. According to my Mexican friends, ordinary Cubans are not allowed to eat beef. Instead, what beef there is in Cuba is reserved for the nation’s rulers and for tourists who can pay for it with foreign exchange while staying at the all-inclusive resort hotels. It is in fact illegal to sell beef to a Cuban — not that any of them



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