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Airlines Symbolize Nations´
Hopes or Reflect Shame

Associated Press, by Scott Mayerowitz

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 7/19/2014 4:44:15 AM

NEW YORK -- The jetliner is much more than a machine used to get from one spot to another. It often carries deep symbolism, especially when flying for a national airline. It can represent hope, modernity and a country´s power. And when things go wrong it, that once mighty plane can bring about deep national disgrace. Malaysia now finds itself grappling with the horrific - and extremely unusual - loss of two of its airplanes, just four months apart. It´s a sad coincidence that also stings. "It is unbelievable misfortune that struck (Malaysia Airlines) in such a short span of time. It will

      


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Airlines Symbolize Nations´
Hopes or Reflect Shame
Associated Press, by Scott Mayerowitz    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/19/2014 4:44:15 AM     Post Reply
NEW YORK -- The jetliner is much more than a machine used to get from one spot to another. It often carries deep symbolism, especially when flying for a national airline. It can represent hope, modernity and a country´s power. And when things go wrong it, that once mighty plane can bring about deep national disgrace. Malaysia now finds itself grappling with the horrific - and extremely unusual - loss of two of its airplanes, just four months apart. It´s a sad coincidence that also stings. "It is unbelievable misfortune that struck (Malaysia Airlines) in such a short span of time. It will

   

 

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State Dept. Backtracks After Kerry
Suggests New Iran Sanctions Needed
Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/18/2014 5:00:23 AM     Post Reply
Lawmakers came out swinging on Thursday afternoon after the State Department issued a blanket denial regarding statements that Secretary of State John Kerry made to members of Congress earlier that morning about the potential need for new sanctions on Iran. Kerry was widely reported to have told a group of Jewish lawmakers Thursday morning that the administration is open to a new sanctions bill, as news emerged from Vienna that U.S. negotiators would likely be unable to force concessions from Tehran before the July 20 deadline for nuclear talks. The administration’s narrative—which has long held that new pressure on Iran is not

How The Bridgegate Investigation
Ground to a Halt—And Let
Chris Christie Zoom Off to Iowa
Daily Beast, by Olivia Nuzzi    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/18/2014 4:57:20 AM     Post Reply
It was supposed to be the end of the line for the governor. But the investigators haven’t quite finished the job. And now their inquiry is going nowhere. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie arrived in Iowa Thursday, surrounded by a media gaggle befitting a presidential frontrunner, just as new poll was released showing him trailing Hillary Clinton by a single point. It was Christie´s first visit to the caucus state in over two and a half years, and he unleashed his charms at GOP fundraisers and on Hawkeye locals, assuring them, “I will be back a lot.” In Marion, at

The president finds his
legacy in border invasion
Washington Times, by Wesley Pruden    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/18/2014 4:49:06 AM     Post Reply
That noisy flutter above the rooftops is the sound of chickens coming home, trying to find a place on the crowded Democratic roost. Chaos on the border grows noisier, with a backlash in unexpected places: The governor of Connecticut, a Democrat and a fully credentialed liberal, tells President Obama to keep his children’s crusade out of liberal, nice, compassionate Connecticut. The ambitious governor of Maryland tells the president, his great friend, that enough is enough, he agrees it’s sad what’s happening with the children, but the solution is not in his backyard. Hundreds of rallies are scheduled across the nation this weekend.

Is This a Game Changer?
American Interest, by Walter Russell Mead & Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/18/2014 4:23:00 AM     Post Reply
Though facts on the downing of the Malaysian Airlines flight over eastern Ukraine remain hard to pin down, the event could easily end up being a game-changer. While it’s impossible to rule out that the Ukrainian or Russian militaries are responsible for the tragedy, the rebels have been the ones bringing down Ukrainian military aircraft throughout the course of the conflict—with a marked uptick in attacks just this week. Radio chatter leaked by Kiev, purportedly between rebel commanders and their Russian intelligence handlers, seems to indicate that rebels brought down the plane thinking it belonged to the Ukrainian military:

AIDs Conference Attendees
on Downed Malaysian Jet
Associated Press, by Kristen Gelineau    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/18/2014 4:05:17 AM     Post Reply
SYDNEY -- A large number of world-renowned AIDS researchers and activists heading to an international AIDS conference in Australia were on board a Malaysian jetliner that was shot down over Ukraine, officials said Friday, as news of their deaths sparked an outpouring of grief across the global scientific community. There have been unconfirmed reports that up to 100 people on board the Boeing 777 were en route to the Victoria state capital of Melbourne to attend the 20th International AIDS conference, which starts Sunday, Victoria Premier Denis Napthine said, though he hastened to add that reports were conflicting and it

   

 

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FBI warns driverless cars could
be used as ´lethal weapons´
Guardian [UK], by Mark Harris    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/17/2014 4:33:54 AM     Post Reply
Google’s driverless car may remain a prototype, but the FBI believes the “game changing” vehicle could revolutionise high-speed car chases within a matter of years. The report also warned that autonomous cars may be used as "lethal weapons". In an unclassified but restricted report obtained by the Guardian under a public records request, the FBI predicts that autonomous cars “will have a high impact on transforming what both law enforcement and its adversaries can operationally do with a car.” In a section called Multitasking, the report notes that “bad actors will be able to conduct tasks that require use of

Congress nears an impasse
on immigration crisis
CBS News, by Rebecca Kaplan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/17/2014 4:14:24 AM     Post Reply
With House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., shooting down a bipartisan bill to address the crisis of unaccompanied children crossing the southern border Wednesday, it looks increasingly likely Congress might wind up at an impasse just before their five-week summer recess. Until now, Pelosi had said that potential changes to a 2008 law that prevents speedy deportations of unaccompanied children from countries other than Mexico and Canada was not a "deal breaker" for Democrats. That´s what two Texas lawmakers, Republican Sen. John Cornyn and Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, are aiming to do with their bill that would mandate the same

We´re leaving Afghan
allies behind to die
CNN, by Matt Zeller & Janis Shinwan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/17/2014 4:11:00 AM     Post Reply
I never thought my Afghan translator would save my life by killing two Taliban fighters who were about to kill me. Janis did just that. I´m here today because he had my back in a way I only thought an American soldier would. On April 28, 2008, I found myself in the worst ambush of my life -- surrounded by 45 Taliban fighters, out of grenades, and running low on bullets. We had been fighting nonstop for an hour. A mortar round landed within a few meters of my position and sent me flying into a ditch. Coming into to consciousness

Alleged Mexican Drug Cartel Thugs
Accused of Kidnapping American ´Courier´
ABC News, by Jack Cloherty    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/17/2014 4:07:43 AM     Post Reply
A kidnapping and ransom case in the Carolinas suggests just how active Mexican drug cartels have become in the U.S. Today, authorities identified three purported members of a Mexican drug cartel as the alleged kidnappers of a South Carolina man last week, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District of Court of South Carolina. The American hostage, who authorities said was drug courier for the cartel, apparently was kidnapped on July 9 and held for ransom, with demands for as much as $400,000 coming from unknown cartel members in Mexico. After nearly a week in captivity, the hostage was found chained

Why Israel Is Winning This War
Weekly Standard, by Elliott Abrams    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/16/2014 5:37:32 AM     Post Reply
The reluctance of Hamas’s “military wing”—a misnomer for the more extreme elements of its extremist leadership—to accept the cease-fire designed by Egypt is, well, logical. Let’s admit it. They do not wish to accept defeat, and the Egyptian terms are a defeat for Hamas. By attacking Israel, what has Hamas wrought? Considerable damage was done to Gaza by Israeli air power, and Gazans will be picking up the pieces for months if not longer. But Hamas proved unable to kill one single Israeli with its hundreds of rockets, and all its special tricks—tunnels, longer-range rockets, a drone—also failed. Nor could

   

 



 
House moving quickly on border
Politico, by Seung Min Kim & Jake Sherman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 7/16/2014 5:35:43 AM     Post Reply
House Republicans are moving quickly to address the growing humanitarian crisis on the southern border, possibly holding votes as soon as next week. As Congress moves closer to the monthlong August recess, the speedy action sends a clear message to Senate Democrats: Take it or leave it. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), incoming Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and a group of top lawmakers working on the border crisis are set to file a bill that very closely mirrors the legislation crafted by Texas lawmakers Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican, and Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar.



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