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Thailand´s Army Declares
Martial Law, Denies Coup

Associated Press, by Thanyarat Doksone & Todd Pitman

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 5/20/2014 4:14:42 AM

BANGKOK -- Thailand´s powerful army declared martial law before dawn Tuesday, deploying troops into the heart of Bangkok in a dramatic move it said was aimed at stabilizing the Southeast Asian country after six months of turbulent political unrest. The military, however, insisted a coup d´etat was not underway. The surprise operation, which places the army in charge of public security nationwide, came amid deepening uncertainty over the nation´s fate and one day after the caretaker prime minister refused to step down in the face of long-running anti-government protests. Although soldiers entered multiple television stations to broadcast the army message, life in

      


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Thailand´s Army Declares
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Associated Press, by Thanyarat Doksone & Todd Pitman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/20/2014 4:14:42 AM     Post Reply
BANGKOK -- Thailand´s powerful army declared martial law before dawn Tuesday, deploying troops into the heart of Bangkok in a dramatic move it said was aimed at stabilizing the Southeast Asian country after six months of turbulent political unrest. The military, however, insisted a coup d´etat was not underway. The surprise operation, which places the army in charge of public security nationwide, came amid deepening uncertainty over the nation´s fate and one day after the caretaker prime minister refused to step down in the face of long-running anti-government protests. Although soldiers entered multiple television stations to broadcast the army message, life in

   

 

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Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/19/2014 1:41:56 PM     Post Reply
Clayton Kelly, the man accused of entering Sen. Thad Cochran´s wife Rose´s nursing home room and taking pictures which were posted to the internet, remains jailed on $100,000 bond after his initial appearance Sunday afternoon. Judge Dale Danks told the court he was upholding Kelly´s current bond, but scheduled a preliminary hearing for Thursday. Kelly is charged with exploitation of a vulnerable adult after police said he gained access to St. Catherine´s Village, a nursing home in Madison, and to Rose Cochran´s room. He then allegedly took pictures of her that he posted on his blog, "Constitutional Clayton." A representative of the Madison

POLITICO poll shows
mounting danger for Dems
Politico, by Alexander Burns    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/19/2014 1:38:40 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama’s job approval slump and voters’ entrenched wariness of his health care law are dogging Democrats ahead of the 2014 midterm elections, and Republicans have captured a lead in the areas home to the year’s most competitive races, according to a new POLITICO poll. In the congressional districts and states where the 2014 elections will actually be decided, likely voters said they would prefer to vote for a Republican over a Democrat by 7 points, 41 percent to 34 percent. A quarter of voters said they were unsure of their preference. Among these critical voters, Obama’s job approval

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Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/19/2014 5:06:41 AM     Post Reply
It is almost as if Karl Rove secretly took over the New York Times for sheer delight in mocking liberals. If so, he really is the mad genius whom liberals fear. The New York Times-Jill Abramson story, more like a farce, has become something only conservatives could dream up. Consider the following scenario: The most revered liberal media outlet in the country fires its first woman executive editor. Then this bastion of gender politics and wage-gap obsession is accused of firing her in retaliation for her complaints that she was paid less than males who have held the job. Liberal

No ‘fresh start’ needed
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Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/19/2014 5:04:06 AM     Post Reply
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New York Daily News, by Adam Edelman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/19/2014 4:59:58 AM     Post Reply
The Department of Veterans Affairs paid a combined $36.4 million to settle at least 167 cases related to delays in medical treatment, a new report alleges. The embattled agency — which has been criticized in recent months for a failure to treat veterans promptly — made the payments since 2001 either voluntarily or as the result of court actions, the Dayton Daily News reported Sunday, citing record obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. News of the settlement comes after reports emerged last month linking the death of at least 40 veterans to lengthy waits and shoddy care at a Phoenix,

   

 

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Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/19/2014 4:30:52 AM     Post Reply
Why would anyone pay for something when the exact same thing is available for free? The answer seems obvious, yet the question remains relevant for an obscure federal agency still pursuing its Cold War mission in the age of the search engine. Say you wanted to know more about supersonic retro-propulsion wind tunnel testing. Or ancient land use in the Maya Lowlands. Or a 1996 hazardous waste characteristics scoping study. OK, you don´t really want to know about these things, but someone did, and someone did the research. Back in 1950, Congress created an agency to find that research. The National Technical

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Posted By: Pluperfect- 5/19/2014 4:25:22 AM     Post Reply
If he can´t get no satisfaction, maybe that´s because Mick Jagger is a great-grandpa. The 70-year-old rocker became a great-grandfather for the first time when his granddaughter Assisi Jackson gave birth to a baby girl, according to Hello! magazine and the Daily Mail. The baby, whose name was not announced, is the first child for the 21-year-old Jackson and her boyfriend, 25-year-old chef Alex Key The baby´s birth makes Jackson´s mother, Jade Jagger, a first-time grandmother. Jade, 42, is expecting a baby of her own later this month with husband Adrian Fillary. Jade is Sir Mick´s daughter by ex-wife Bianca Jagger. The Rolling Stones

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel acknowledged Friday that he has alienated some Chicago voters with his polarizing personal style and would benefit politically from being “smoother around the edges.” “Thank God the election is not today,” Emanuel said, when confronted again with results of a Chicago Sun-Times poll that showed only 29 percent of those surveyed and 8 percent of African-Americans would support him if the election were held today. Friday’s “fireside discussion” hosted by the University of Chicago marked the anniversary of Emanuel’s third year in office. The one-on-one interview with “Chicago Tonight” host Phil Ponce, who lives a few doors

   

 

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GM told engineers to avoid using dozens of words when communicating about vehicle problems that could potentially lead to recalls, including everything from “safety” to “Kevorkianesque.” A Powerpoint presentation included in the company’s consent agreement with NHTSA unveiled Friday shows the nation’s largest automaker told engineers to avoid terms both absurd and mundane for fear of e-mails leaking to the media or regulators. The presentation, given in the first quarter of 2008, was meant to teach engineers to use sparing, non-emotional language to describe problems that could potentially lead to auto recalls.



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