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Hezbollah confident in Assad,
West resigned to Syria stalemate

Reuters, by Samia Nakhoul & Laila Bassam

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 4/9/2014 12:59:56 PM

Bashar al-Assad´s Lebanese ally Hezbollah said his Western foes must now accept he will go on ruling Syria after fighting rebels to a standstill - a "reality" to which his foreign enemies seem increasingly resigned. (Snip) He said the United States and its Western allies were in disarray and lacked a coherent policy on Syria - reflecting the quandary that Western officials acknowledge they face since the pro-democracy protests they supported in 2011 became a war that has drawn al Qaeda and other militants to the rebel cause. Syria's fractious opposition - made up of guerrillas inside the country and a largely impotent political coalition in exile - had,

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No matter who wins, this war is not going to end well. Nor, will the results be good for Israel.

      


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Girl surprises Michelle Obama
with unemployed dad’s resume
Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/24/2014 3:42:10 PM     Post Reply
When 10-year-old Charlotte Bell was invited to the White House’s annual “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day,” she made sure not to let an opportunity to help her dad pass her by. During a question-and-answer session with Michelle Obama, Charlotte wasn’t interested in asking about the first lady’s favorite book or favorite sport — she was there to get her daddy a job. “My dad’s been out of a job for three years and I wanted to give you his resume,” said Charlotte, handing Mrs. Obama a copy. “Oh my goodness,” the first lady said, hugging the little girl, and then turning back to the audience. “Well, it’s a little private,

   

 

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Obama administration prepares
to take over Oregon’s broken
health insurance exchange
Washington Post, by Amy Goldstein    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/24/2014 3:14:58 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is poised to take over Oregon’s broken insurance exchange, according to officials familiar with the decision, who say that it reflects federal officials’ conclusion that several state-run marketplaces may be too dysfunctional to fix. In public, the board overseeing Cover Oregon is scheduled to vote Friday whether to join the federal insurance marketplace that already sells health plans in most of the country under the Affordable Care Act. Behind the scenes, the officials say, federal and Oregon officials already have privately agreed that closing down the system is the best path to rescue the state

6.6 earthquake off British Columbia
coast felt as far south as Seattle
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/24/2014 3:07:05 PM     Post Reply
Port Alice, British Columbia - A magnitude 6.6 quake was recorded Wednesday night in the Pacific Ocean off the northwest corner of British Columbia´s Vancouver Island, the U.S. Geological Survey´s National Earthquake Information Center said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. There was no danger of a tsunami, according to the U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska. The quake hit at 8:10 p.m. local time and was centered about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Port Alice, British Columbia, and about 280 miles (450 kilometers) northwest of Seattle, Washington. It occurred at a depth of

Valparaiso Man Arrested
With Rifle at NJ Airport
Associated Press *, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/24/2014 3:00:28 PM     Post Reply
An Indiana man tried to board a flight for Chicago with a rifle resembling an assault weapon at New Jersey´s Newark Liberty International Airport, an official said Thursday. Port Authority police spokesman Joe Pentangelo said Southwest Airlines notified officers as 23-year-old Adam Urbano tried to go through security in Terminal A on Wednesday night. He´d reportedly told the airline about the gun. Pentangelo said the Valparaiso, Ind., resident told officers he purchased the weapon, which was in a soft case, and 70 rounds of ammunition, for recreational purposes. Police arrested Urbano after they said he failed to produce the required

Facebook Creates Real-Time
News Wire for Journalists
Wall Street Journal, by Elena Zak    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/24/2014 2:28:35 PM     Post Reply
Facebook is creating a page of real-time news for journalists called FB Newswire. The public page will curate original photos, videos and status updates posted publicly by Facebook’s members. It will be powered by Storyful, a social news-verification company. Facebook and Storyful said the stream of posts, which will be updated throughout the day, is geared toward editors and reporters around the world, though anyone can access the page. It will include news, weather and entertainment posts. “Our goal is that the Newswire will be an invaluable tool for journalists, helping them to tell richer, more engaging stories using public

Jimmy Carter: Don’t hurt
Russian people with sanctions
Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/24/2014 2:14:00 PM     Post Reply
Former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday that the United States shouldn’t impose harmful sanctions on Russia, as he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin “is not going to use military force” in eastern Ukraine. “So far, we have limited the sanctions to the leadership of Russia, and I think that is the proper approach,” he told the Agence France-Presse while in Paris for a discussion on climate change. “I don’t think we would go so far as to impose sanctions that would hurt the Russian people.” Mr. Carter argued that Russia’s takeover of Crimea was “inevitable” and that the West couldn’t have done anything “to prevent that

   

 

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Israel to suspend talks
over Palestinian unity deal
BBC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/24/2014 1:38:18 PM     Post Reply
Israel has suspended its peace talks with the Palestinians in response to a unity deal between Hamas and Fatah. The decision came after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chaired a six-hour meeting of Israel´s security cabinet. The Palestinian factions announced the reconciliation deal on Wednesday, saying they would attempt to form a unity government in the coming weeks. Mr Netanyahu told the BBC the Palestinian leader must abandon the deal if he wanted peace with Israel. Mahmoud Abbas has "taken a giant leap backwards", the Israeli leader told BBC Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen. The direct negotiations were already close

Rand Paul and other Republican
leaders back away from Bundy
Washington Post, by Jaime Fuller    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/24/2014 1:05:49 PM     Post Reply
[Updated] - Since Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy´s remarks to the New York Times — they began, “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro" — Republicans who have expressed previous admiration and support for his standoff with the Bureau of Land Management have been mostly silent. Bundy has not paid grazing fees for his cattle, which number into the hundreds and have been on federal land illegally, for over two decades. However, more prominent Republican leaders who have made public and laudatory statements about Bundy have begun to backtrack. Expect the rest — if they want to keep their

Ukraine launches deadly
assault on rebel-held towns
Agence France-Presse, by Bertrand De Saisse *    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/24/2014 12:37:42 PM     Post Reply
Slavyansk, Ukraine - Ukraine´s military launched assaults to retake rebel-held eastern towns on Thursday in which up to five people were reported killed, a move Russian President Vladimir Putin warned would have "consequences". The offensive sent international tensions soaring and oil prices up, raising the prospect of Russia making good on its threat of a massive response in the ex-Soviet republic. (Snip) Putin called the armed operation a crime. "If Kiev has really begun to use the army against the country´s population... that is a very serious crime against its own people," he said, calling Kiev´s authorities a "junta".

Watch a SpaceX rocket land itself
upright in this amazing drone video
Alabama Media Group, by Lee Roop    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/24/2014 11:40:57 AM     Post Reply
McGregor,Texas - SpaceX released this video April 18 of a Falcon 9 Reusable (F9R) rocket making its first test flight. The rocket lifts off to a height of about 800 feet, hovers and returns for a landing in the video shot by an aerial drone. SpaceX has been working on a reusable spacecraft with its earlier experimental Grasshopper program. The Grasshopper can be seen in the background of this video. The wings on the Falcon 9 are fixed in the tests, but SpaceX will transition to wings stowed against the side of the rocket and extended just before landing. The company says it will also test the F9R at its site in New Mexico,

Putin Calls Internet ‘CIA Project,’ Vows
to Fight for Russian Influence Online
Mediaite, by Evan McMurry    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/24/2014 11:25:44 AM     Post Reply
Russian President and 2005 Super Bowl champion Vladimir Putin told a media forum in St. Petersburg Thursday that the internet was a “CIA project.” Putin said that the series of tubes began as a CIA project and “is still developing as such,” adding that Russia needed to “fight for its influence” on the web. The comments come as the Kremlin tightens its grip on the internet within Russia. Just this week Russia’s parliament just passed a law requiring social networks to be Russian-based and save users’ information, while the founder of VKontakte, essentially Russia’s Facebook, quit and fled the country over Russia’s increasing control of

   

 

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Jodie Foster weds
artist Alexandra Hedison
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 4/24/2014 11:09:41 AM     Post Reply
Los Angeles - Jodie Foster is a married woman. The 51-year-old Oscar winner wed girlfriend Alexandra Hedison over the weekend, Foster´s publicist confirmed Wednesday. Jennifer Allen offered no other details. E! was the first to report that Foster tied the knot with Hedison, a 44-year-old photographer based in Los Angeles. It´s the first marriage for Foster, who came out publicly in a rambling, heartfelt speech at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards, where she accepted lifetime achievement honors. After saying she planned to make a big announcement that would make her publicist nervous, Foster jokingly revealed that she was single.



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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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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.

   

 



 
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Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul said voter fraud should stop, but suggested that Republicans have overemphasized the problem in an interview with David Axelrod Tuesday. “Dead people do still vote in some elections. There still is some fraud. And so we should stop that, and one way of doing it is (driver’s licenses).” Paul said, according to a Washington Post transcript. “Although the incidence of fraud is relatively small,” Axelrod responded. “It probably is, and I think Republicans may have overemphasized this. I don’t know,” Paul responded. According to the Post, Paul noted that he does support voter ID but unlike some Republicans, who

   

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