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3 Presidents and a Riddle Named Putin
New York Times, by Peter Baker

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Posted By:JoniTx, 3/24/2014 2:05:29 AM

WASHINGTON — Bill Clinton found him to be cold and worrisome, but predicted he would be a tough and able leader. George W. Bush wanted to make him a friend and partner in the war on terror, but grew disillusioned over time. Barack Obama tried working around him by building up his protégé in the Kremlin, an approach that worked for a time but steadily deteriorated to the point that relations between Russia and the United States are now at their worst point since the end of the Cold War. For 15 years, Vladimir V. Putin has confounded American presidents

      


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Why Do Dogs Bark? It´s Still
Mostly a Mystery.
Real Clear Science, by Ross Pomeroy    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/24/2014 6:39:45 PM     Post Reply
Whether a woof, ruff, yip, or yap, dogs bark dozens, if not hundreds, of times each day. Imagine if every pet canine in the U.S. -- all 83.3 million of them -- congregated. The chorus would be a postal worker´s nightmare. Dogs sound off in almost any situation. Maybe the doorbell rang, or a stranger approached, or a bird fluttered nearby. Even with little to no obvious stimulation, dogs can bark incessantly. Behaviorist and biologist Raymond Coppinger once observed a dog that barked for seven hours straight, even though no other canines were within miles. Because dogs bark repetitively and

   

 

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Parent to Obama: Let me tell you
about the Common Core test Malia and
Sasha don’t have to take but Eva does
Washington Post, by Valerie Strauss    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/24/2014 6:36:00 PM     Post Reply
I get a lot of e-mail from parents and teachers who wonder if President Obama, whose children go to the private Sidwell Friends School, knows what is actually going on with all of the standardized testing in public schools. Here’s an open letter to Obama explaining what he is missing, written by Rebecca Steinitz, a literacy consultant in urban high schools, a writer and an editor. She was previously director of the High School Program at Lesley University’s School of Education and an English professor at Ohio Wesleyan University, where she ran the Freshman Writing Program. Steinitz is also a

New Chicago high school to
be named for Obama
Chicago Tribune, by John Byrne    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/24/2014 4:28:39 PM     Post Reply
A new selective enrollment high school named after President Barack Obama will be built near the former site of the Cabrini-Green public housing complex, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today. The new high school will be built near the intersection of Division and Halsted streets by Skinner North Classical School. It will open in fall 2017 with a freshman class of 300 students, adding more students each year to ultimately hold 1,200 students. About 70 percent of the seats will be available to students through the competitive selective enrollment process. The remaining from a neighborhood boundary that has yet to be

Why You Can´t Compare Hillary
Clinton´s Age to Ronald Reagan´s
National Journal, by Stephanie Stamm & Patrick Reis    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/24/2014 3:27:46 PM     Post Reply
The age comparisons between Hillary Clinton and Ronald Reagan seem as natural as they are nonsensical. Yes, were Clinton to win in 2016, she would take office at age 69—just as Reagan did in 1981. And yes, the comparison is often made when Clinton´s critics and allies debate whether she has the health to serve out two presidential terms. But it´s a wildly misleading comparison, as the number that matters when assessing Clinton´s health is not her age, but her life expectancy. And there is where the Clinton-Reagan comparison is revealed as a stretch. A combination of federal data and

Bulletproof Subways A Sign
Of Violent Times?
CBS 2 (Chicago, IL), by John Dodge    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/24/2014 3:18:15 PM     Post Reply
CHICAGO— While out on an unrelated assignment, CBS 2 investigative reporter Dave Savini decided to stop by a South Side Subway sandwich shop for a meal. Savini was struck by the fact that the counter of the store at 116th Street and South Halsted was encased in bullet-proof glass. Such a sight would be common at crime magnets like gas stations or currency exchanges, but a Subway? The store was clean and looked just like any other well-run Subway restaurant, except for the bullet-proof protection for the employees and lack of a bathroom for customers. In fact, a few patrons

Who Has It Worse? Women
In America Or Elsewhere?
The Federalist, by Mollie Hemingway    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/24/2014 3:06:27 PM     Post Reply
Who could deny that the problems identified by feminists in America are serious? Here are just five recent examples of how bad women have it in the States, each followed by a look at a minor problem faced by women in other parts of the world. American Problem #1 ~Gendered toys being distributed McDonald’s. Did you know that McDonald’s distributes toys with its so-called Happy Meals? And that these toys come in “boy” and “girl” varieties? Can you believe what a human rights violation this is? Slate is on it, thank goodness. This must be stopped. Global Problem #1 ~234

   

 

  


 
Holder cancels speech, appearance
in OKC amid angry protests
Washington Times (D.C.), by Kelly Riddell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/24/2014 2:50:06 PM     Post Reply
Attorney General Eric Holder cancelled his appearance before the Oklahoma City Police Department’s graduating cadet class Thursday amid angry protests over his scheduled visit. Mr. Holder was scheduled to deliver remarks at the graduation ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time, according to his official itinerary sent out by the Justice Department Thursday morning. “It is true that Mr. Holder will not be in attendance,” said Capt. D. Nelson, the chief spokesman at the Oklahoma City Police Department. “We are told that it is not due to the planned protests, but no reason was stated.” Mr. Holder’s scheduled visit to Oklahoma

Obama plays soccer with
´scary´ robot in Japan
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/24/2014 2:04:29 PM     Post Reply
(Video) President Obama got to play soccer with a Japanese robot on Thursday, an experience he described as both “amazing” and “a little scary.” The president visited the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo for an event designed to highlight technological collaboration between the U.S. and Japan. Obama met with students who showed off their scientific experiments, viewed a recorded message from Japanese and American astronauts aboard the International Space Station, and announced a new initiative to increase student exchanges between the two countries. But the highlight of the trip appeared to be the president’s interaction with

Michelle Obama scraps graduation speech
The Hill (Washington DC), by Justin Sink    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/24/2014 1:54:31 PM     Post Reply
First lady Michelle Obama is scrapping her plans to deliver a graduation speech for high school seniors in Topeka, Kan., after hundreds signed a petition in protest. Instead of delivering a graduation speech, Obama will speak before the school district the day before graduation, and will deliver remarks at a "Senior Recognition Day." More than 1,750 people had signed a petition protesting the first lady´s appearance at the graduation ceremony, angered that security concerns would limit the number of friends and family who could attend. According to the Topeka Capital-Journal, students would have only been allotted six tickets apiece had

Former President Bill Clinton
backs Rep. Charlie Rangel for re-election
New York Daily News, by Celeste Katz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/24/2014 1:45:29 PM     Post Reply
Here, as we previewed, is former President Bill Clinton´s formal endorsement of incumbent Rep. Charlie Rangel -- all two sentences of it. "I´m happy to endorse my good friend Charlie Rangel for Congress," Clinton said in a campaign release. "Charlie has been a champion of more good jobs, successful small businesses, and strong families for more than 40 years. That´s what his district and our country need now." As our Dan Friedman reported Tuesday, Clinton also has agreed to record robocalls for Rangel and lend his name to e-mail fundraising appeals for the congressman. Rangel, who is seeking his 23rd

Beyoncé beats Obama, Miley and
the Pope to land the cover of
Time´s ´100 Most Influential People´
Daily Mail (UK), by Lydia Warren    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/24/2014 1:34:01 PM     Post Reply
Beyoncé has landed the cover of Time magazine´s annual ´100 Most Influential People in the World´. The pop queen beat other names on the list - from President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Vladimir Putin, Pope Francis and Miley Cyrus - to feature on the coveted cover. Further covers placed inside the magazine feature actor Robert Redford, the NBA´s first openly gay athlete Jason Collins, and General Motors CEO Mary Barra. Time´s ´Most Influential´ list names people who have inspired others, regardless of their moral standing. The list also includes a profile by another star, explaining why the person deserves a spot.

   

 

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Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, Mike Lee
start ´Liberty Rally´ for Tea Party candidates
Washington Examiner (DC), by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/24/2014 12:59:24 PM     Post Reply
It’s on. Three of the Tea Party´s biggest stars, Sarah Palin and Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are joining in a national “Liberty Rally” to back conservatives running in key Senate races. Palin´s political action committee, SarahPAC, today said that the trio will kick off the rally in Oklahoma where former House Speaker T.W. Shannon is running for the seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Coburn. “Shannon is the constitutional conservative candidate,” cheered SarahPAC’s email to supporters. That rally takes place today. Cruz, Palin and Lee are also planning to be in Nebraska on Friday to help Senate candidate



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Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/23/2014 10:27:58 PM     Post Reply
First lady Michelle Obama took her campaign to help veterans find jobs to Fort Campbell, Ky.., Wednesday where she said that most Americans don´t know much about the military. Following comments from Jill Biden, the vice president´s wife and Obama´s teammate in helping veterans, she noted that unlike Biden, she had little familiarity with the military prior to campaigning for the White House in 2008. “Unlike Jill, I wasn´t a military mom. I wasn´t a Blue Star family member. I didn´t know much about the military, and I was probably more like the average American,” said Obama.

Japanese MP angry that Michelle didn´t join
president on Tokyo trip makes extraordinary
claim that Obama CHEATS and their
looming divorce is ´an open secret´

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by David Martosko    Original Article
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A prominent Japanese politician has raised hackles as Barack Obama visits Tokyo by claiming it´s an ´open secret´ that he and the first lady are headed for divorce, and that the president has been using Secret Service agents to cover for him as he pursues extramarital affairs. Kazuyuki Hamada, who sits in the upper house of Japan´s parliament, earned his PhD a half-mile from the White House at George Washington University, and emerged as a shrill commentator on America´s economy and foreign policy. In 2009 he also joined the ranks of the so-called ´birthers,´ arguing in a book titled ´Who is Obama?´

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Jeb Bush said Wednesday he´s "thinking about running for president," in his most direct statement yet about a possible 2016 run. The former Florida governor spoke at a Catholic school benefit in New York Wednesday morning. He previously has said he´ll make a decision on whether to run for president before the end of this year, making clear that he was considering the possibility. But his comments on Wednesday appeared to be more direct. Asked what his "immediate plans" were, he said, according to an attendee: "I´m thinking about running for president." The answer was met with applause and a standing ovation, after

Justice Sotomayor: Affirmative
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WPRO Radio [E. Providence, RI], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 4/23/2014 12:30:26 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- In a dissent to Tuesday’s Supreme Court ruling upholding Michigan’s voter-approved ban on affirmative action programs in its public colleges, Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaks from experience about the complex impact of such programs on her own life. Sotomayor’s 58-page dissent, joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has one theme: Race matters. (Snip) She takes a dig at Chief Justice John Roberts who wrote once, “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discrimination on the basis of race.” Sotomayor says: “It is a sentiment out of touch with reality.” Sotomayor says, “Race matters.

   

 

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The Five’s Beckel Rips Bolling
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Posted By: Drive- 4/23/2014 8:29:47 AM     Post Reply
Today is Earth Day. Fox News’ The Five opened its show with a nearly 15 minute segment titled “Earth Day Hysteria.” The goal appeared to be to prove that scientists’ warnings about climate change are overblown and should be ignored if not outright mocked and co-host Eric Bolling was the ringleader of the effort. But he found an adversary in Bob Beckel, who challenged the status quo by presenting actual data on the rise of CO2 levels from NASA, of all places. But before Beckel got to his chart, Bolling took some time to “praise” President Barack Obama for what

A fatal wait: Veterans languish and
die on a VA hospital´s secret list

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CNN, by Scott Bronstein & Drew Griffin    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/23/2014 9:23:29 PM     Post Reply
At least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list. The secret list was part of an elaborate scheme designed by Veterans Affairs managers in Phoenix who were trying to hide that 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait months to see a doctor, according to a recently retired top VA doctor and several high-level sources. For six months, CNN has been reporting on extended delays in health care appointments suffered by veterans across the country and who died while waiting for appointments and care.

Here comes the bride. And another one.
And another one! Meet world´s first
married lesbian THREESOME . . . and
they´re expecting a baby due in July

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Daily Mail [UK], by Deni Kirkova    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/23/2014 12:15:55 PM     Post Reply
The world´s only ´married´ lesbian threesome are expecting their first child. Doll, Kitten and Brynn, from Massachusetts, were joined together in a marriage-style ceremony last August and are expecting a daughter in July. Kitten, 27, is pregnant after undergoing IVF treatment using an anonymous sperm donor, and the trio eventually The plan at the moment is that Kitten will bear all the children - possibly using her wives´ eggs and donated sperm - but they are open to other options, such as adoption. Brynn, 34, says: ´The hope is to have three kids altogether. We always joke that the children should never outnumber

Lupita Nyong’o named People
Magazine’s ‘Most Beautiful’ person

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New York Daily News, by Rachel Maresca    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/23/2014 2:58:26 PM     Post Reply
It sure is Lupita Nyong´o´s year to shine! The first-time Oscar winner was crowned as this year´s "Most Beautiful" by People magazine. The mag announced who was awarded their prestigious honor Wednesday morning. "It was exciting and just a major, major compliment," Nyong´o said of gracing the cover. "I was happy for all the girls who would see me on (it) and feel a little more seen." The 31-year-old actress has certainly proved this past year that she is beautiful both inside and out. Nyong´o received a ton of attention for her head-turning red carpet fashion and her incredibly moving

Reporter Asks State Dept for One
Accomplishment from Hillary Clinton’s
Big Review Process. Let’s See What Happens.

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PJ Media, by Bryan Preston    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/22/2014 9:08:11 PM     Post Reply
When she was secretary of state, Hillary Clinton instituted a Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review. The first one was completed in December 2010. Nearly four years later, AP reporter Matt Lee asked State Department Jen Psaki to name one thing that Clinton’s QDDR accomplished. Just one. She can’t. LEE: “Off the top of your head, can you name one tangible achievement that the last QDDR resulted in?” PSAKI: “Well Matt, obviously it’s in an extensive, expansive process.” LEE: “So no.” PSAKI: “We’re looking at how it was done last time.” LEE: “Just one.” PSAKI: “I know, I’m making an important

   

 



 
Sotomayor accuses colleagues of trying
to ‘wish away’ racial inequality

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Washington Post, by Robert Barnes    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/22/2014 10:38:36 PM     Post Reply
Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s fierce defense of the affirmative action efforts such as the ones that helped move her from a Bronx housing project to the upper echelons of American law found renewed voice Tuesday in an impassioned dissent that accused colleagues of trying to “wish away” racial inequality — and drew a tart response from Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. In her most personal moment in 41 /2 years on the court, Sotomayor read part of her dissent from the bench to emphasize her disagreement with six colleagues who upheld Michigan’s constitutional amendment banning the consideration of race in public university admissions.

The Tea Party Wins a Congressional Primary;
Jeb Bush, Sarah Palin Lose It

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Slate, by David Weigel    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/23/2014 6:22:40 AM     Post Reply
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Casino mogul brands George Clooney a
drunk after actor called him an a**hole and
stormed away from dinner for insulting
President Obama

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Helen Pow    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/23/2014 9:43:22 PM     Post Reply
George Clooney has confessed to calling Las Vegas gambling mogul Steve Wynn an ´a**hole´ and storming off at a recent dinner because the casino-owner insulted President Barack Obama. The verbal assault occurred two weeks ago when the two-time Oscar winner was in Vegas promoting his Casamigos tequila, and was invited to dine with Wynn and his wife, Andrea Hissom, at the fancy Botero restaurant inside the 72-year-old´s Encore hotel. But when dinner was finished, the conversation turned to Obama´s Affordable Care Act, of which Wynn is a vocal opponent. That´s when sparks began to fly. Clooney immediately took exception to how the billionaire

   

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