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Russian Aid Trucks
Begin to Leave Ukraine

Associated Press, by Alexander Roslyakov

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 8/23/2014 4:18:54 AM

DONETSK, Russia-- Trucks marked as being from a bitterly disputed Russian aid convoy to Ukraine began returning to Russia on Saturday. An Associated Press reporter counted 67 trucks entering the border crossing in the Russian city of Donetsk before noon Saturday. Another AP reporter on the Ukrainian side of the border said a line of trucks about 3 kilometers (2 miles) long was waiting to cross. The checkpoint on the Ukrainian side was being operated by separatist rebels, who inspected the trucks. Around 40 of the tractor-trailer trucks seen by journalists on the Ukrainian were empty, but it could not be determined

      


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Russian Aid Trucks
Begin to Leave Ukraine
Associated Press, by Alexander Roslyakov    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/23/2014 4:18:54 AM     Post Reply
DONETSK, Russia-- Trucks marked as being from a bitterly disputed Russian aid convoy to Ukraine began returning to Russia on Saturday. An Associated Press reporter counted 67 trucks entering the border crossing in the Russian city of Donetsk before noon Saturday. Another AP reporter on the Ukrainian side of the border said a line of trucks about 3 kilometers (2 miles) long was waiting to cross. The checkpoint on the Ukrainian side was being operated by separatist rebels, who inspected the trucks. Around 40 of the tractor-trailer trucks seen by journalists on the Ukrainian were empty, but it could not be determined

   

 

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Hamas Backs International
Criminal Court Bid
Associated Press, by Ibrahim Barzak*    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/23/2014 4:15:36 AM     Post Reply
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Hamas has signed a pledge to back any Palestinian bid to join the International Criminal Court, two senior officials in the group said Saturday. Such a step could expose Israel - as well as Hamas - to war crimes investigations. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has debated for months whether to join the court, a step that would transform his relations with Israel from tense to openly hostile and could also strain his ties with the United States. The decision by Hamas to sign a document in support of a court bid removes a major obstacle,

A question for Washington pollsters: How
wrong must you be to never work again?
Washington Post, by Ben Terris    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/22/2014 4:26:02 AM     Post Reply
Just how wrong does someone have to be to lose their job in Washington, D.C.? For John McLaughlin, even historically wrong wasn’t enough. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, maybe you know his work. He’s the Republican pollster who predicted just weeks before the June election that then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) would win his primary by 34 points. This week, Cantor packed up his Capitol Hill office, having lost that election by 10 points. “The worst part of it is, you build a relationship with a longtime friend and you never want to lose,” McLaughlin says now, noting that

ISIS: What it will take
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Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/22/2014 4:22:37 AM     Post Reply
We need long-term to take out ISIS´ leadership, to degrade their operational capabilities, to cut off their financing sources, to go after them in a comprehensive way to cut off their ability to do the things we´ve seen them do." Those were the words of State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf on Monday -- suggesting the Obama Administration is preparing to do much more against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq than deprive it of the Mosul Dam. They sounded much like the checklist used to degrade al Qaeda over a decade. Until the sudden capture of Mosul in June, ISIS

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A 10-hour stream of kindness ended abruptly at a Florida Starbucks Wednesday evening when customer No.458 broke ranks and declined to "pay it forward" for the next drive-thru patron. "She got a free drink from the previous customer," Celeste Guzman, manager at the Starbucks on Tyrone Boulevard in St. Petersburg, told ABC News today. "She was happy about that," Guzman said. "But she didn´t want to pay for the next patron. “It all started at 7:21 a.m. yesterday morning when a woman paid for her iced coffee and decided to pay for the caramel macchiato the customer behind her ordered as well,” Guzman

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Associated Press, by Robert Burns    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/22/2014 4:16:44 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- U.S. airstrikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces regain their footing in Iraq, but the well-resourced Islamic State militants can be expected to regroup and stage a new offensive, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday. Speaking alongside Hagel at a Pentagon news conference, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey said that although the Islamic State group can be contained it cannot be defeated without attacking it in Syria. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said this would not necessarily require airstrikes by the U.S., although Hagel appeared to leave open that possibility by telling reporters, "We´re looking at

   

 

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Flushing Money Down
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Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/21/2014 6:34:49 AM     Post Reply
Do you know where your donations go? Not to candidates, if you give to these five Tea Party organizations. It’s a scenario that has become all too familiar. You’re frustrated with the gridlock in D.C. You’re sickened by the burgeoning national debt. You think the country has gone to “hell in a handbasket” under the current administration and party leadership. And then you get a direct mail piece, or an email, or see an ad on the web that promises change by supporting candidates who embrace your ideals. Hopeful and excited to learn that there are organizations willing to fight for what you

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Posted By: Pluperfect- 8/21/2014 5:19:26 AM     Post Reply
Did you know that radio host Alex Jones has revealed that the U.S. military has “plans to subdue and kill Americans in civil disobedience protests?” Did you miss this important revelation? The claim is said to be based on a 132-page Army document titled, “U.S. Army Techniques Publication 3-39.33: Civil Disturbances.” A reader sent an Alex Jones Infowars.com story about this document to me, saying, “Good editors will assign a reporter to this story. Good reporters will take the time to research the documents presented, and then write a story about this plan now in existence to take over and subdue

Pelosi’s home city exempted from water
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The Endangered Species Act has wreaked havoc for decades on rural communities, but a newly filed lawsuit could force San Francisco urbanites like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to share their pain. A federal complaint filed this week contends that the Hetch Hetchy Project, which supplies water to San Francisco and the Bay Area, has unfairly enjoyed an exemption from the “severe cutbacks” required in rural California in order to save endangered fish species.Craig Manson, who heads the Center for Environmental Science, Accuracy and Reliability (CESAR) in Fresno, said the lawsuit is aimed at addressing the “double standard” that forces farmers

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Twenty-five years ago, on the night of Aug. 20, 1989, Erik and Lyle Menendez gunned down their parents in the den of their Beverly Hills, Calif. mansion. Erik was 18, Lyle 21. Their father,entertainment executive Jose Menendez, was shot in the head from point-blank range. Their mother, Kitty, was shot multiple times while trying to escape. The brothers´ first trial, which was broadcast on Court TV in 1993, became a national sensation. At that trial, they admitted to killing their parents, but their defense attorneys surprised the prosecution with an abuse defense, according to the Los Angeles Times. The brothers were

´A Very Good Night´ in
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Peaceful protests and community activism replaced violent clashes in the streets of Ferguson, Mo. overnight, with only six arrests reported, police said. Unrest has ruled in the St. Louis suburb since the Aug. 9 police shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown. Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, speaking at an early-morning news conference, said tonight’s protesters remained mostly orderly, showing a marked improvement over the previous night, when 47 people were arrested. “Tonight was a very good night,” Johnson said.

   

 



 
Israeli Airstrike Kills 3
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Associated Press, by Ibrahim Barzak    Original Article
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- An Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed three senior commanders of the Hamas military wing on Thursday, the group said, in what is likely to be a major blow to the organization´s morale and a significant achievement for Israel´s intelligence agency. The pre-dawn strike leveled a four-story house in the southern town of Rafah, killing six people, including the three senior military commanders, identified by Hamas as Mohammed Abu Shamaleh, Raed Attar and Mohammed Barhoum. Israel said Abu Shamaleh had been the top Hamas commander in southern Gaza, overseeing fighters there during the current war. Attar was in



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