Thursday, April 26, 2012

Justices skeptical about striking down Ariz. law CBS News
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Supreme Court justices suggest they will allow Arizona to enforce controversial part of state law
The Lavv i uncontitutional2 seconds ago · 18 hours ago. Evidence photos just turned over to Congress under subpoena show a frightening stash of grenade parts, fuse assemblies and more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition. It was all hidden in a spare tire of an SUV crossing from the US to Mexico in 2...010. The accused smuggler, an alleged drug cartel arms dealer named Jean Baptise Kingery, was questioned by agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) but inexplicably released.

Documents handed over to Congress by the Justice Department shed new light on missteps in the grenades case, and how ATF tracked the suspect for years.See More
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Evidence photos just turned over to Congress under subpoena show a frightening stash of grenade parts, fuse assemblies and more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition. Read more by Sharyl Attkisson on CBS News' CBS News Investigates.


In an exclusive report, The Times has found that the downfall of Chinese politician Bo Xilai is tied to wiretapping of China's top leader, Hu Jintao
Bo Xilai Said to Have Spied on Top China Officials
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Bo Xilai was toppled amid accusations his wife arranged the killing of a British businessman, but hidden wiretapping may have been another compelling reason party officials turned on him.


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Joran Van Der Sloot To Face Extradition Hearing

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Joran van der Sloot has been ordered to face an extradition hearing that could send him to the U.S. on charges of extorting money from the family of missing Alabama teen Natalee Holloway. In papers filed Wednesday, a Peruvian judge scheduled the extradition hearing for May 8.
As the fallout continues from revelations that Secret Service agents took prostitutes back to their hotel in Cartagena, Columbia, just days ahead of President Obama's recent trip there, it appears others may have done the same with strippers in El Salvador in 2011, CBS affiliate KIRO-TV in Seattle reports.

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Report: Secret Service agents partied with strippers ahead of Obama El Salvador visit CBS News
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CBS affiliate investigation points to Secret Service agents taking escorts back to hotel in El Salvador in 2011 ahead of Obama visit

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November 17, 2011.Oh look, more Right Wing Extremist Republican Idiotic WHOO HAAA! Look, put the NUTS in the NUTHOUSE already, I'm tired of these vile, violent, hatefilled, idiots roaming the streets.
White House gun suspect obsessed with Obama - CBS News
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Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez to appear Thursday in court for White House shooting; Reportedly called president "Antichrist"

9 hours ago.In 2010, Arizona passed an aggressive law designed to make life so difficult for illegal immigrants that they'd choose to leave.
Most of the Arizona law is on hold while the Supreme Court reviews it. But even so, the law is changing lives. CBS News correspondent Brian Rooney explains how.
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For citizens and illegal immigrants alike, Arizona law hits hard - CBS News
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CBS Evening News: For citizens and illegal immigrants alike, Arizona law hits hard - Some U.S. citizens carry passports just to fend off "inquisition" from police; Residents say immigrant neighborhoods are deserted

James Call for the immediate arrret of Arpaio

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14 hours ago.Charity that helps children hurt by war was first profiled in "60 Minutes"
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CBS Evening News: Global Medical Relief Fund still going strong Elissa Montanti continues bringing children mangled by disaster and war for free treatment at U.S. hospitals



Armand Young MY NAME IS ARMAND YOUNG IM 48 YEARS OLD I HAVE DONE A MILLION BAD THINGS IN MY LIFE AND IM SORRY IF I HAVE DONE U WRONG IN SOME WAY IN MY LIFE THIS WALK TO ME WILL BE MY WAY OF SAYING IM SORRY TO U AND TRYING TO MAKE IT UP TO GOD TO SHOW ...THE WORLD AND GOD 1 MILLION ACTS OF HUMAN KINDNESS FOR OTHERS ON MY WALK ACROSS AMERICA , I WAS ARRESTED FOR BURGLERIES IN 1989 AND DID ALL TOGETHER 14 YEARS BEHIND BAR IN MY LIFE ,I WAS ADDICTED TO DRUGS BAD IN MY LIFE AT ONE TIME FROM COKE TO HEROIN . ONE DAY GOD TOUCHED MY HEART AND LET ME SEE EVERYTHING I WAS DOING WRONG IN MY LIFE . AFTER MY RELEASE FROM PRISON I DESIDED TO CHANGE MY LIFE AND THE WORLD ANYWAY I COULD, SO ONE DAY I SOLD EVERY THING OF MINE IN CALIFORNIA AND STARTED WALKING FROM CALIF TO NEW YORK TO CHANGE THE WORLD AND MY SELF, I HAVE DONE ALOT OF BAD THINGS IN MY LIFE , AND NOW IM GIVING BACK WITH ACTS OF HUMAN KINDNESS TO OTHER , AS I WALKED FROM CALIFORNIA TO NEW YORK I GOT OTHERS TO HELP OTHERS LESS FORTUNATE THAN ME , EVERY CITY I WALKED THRU I FOUND FAMILIES WITH OUT HOMES AND I GOT OTHER PEOPLE TO DONATE FIRST N LAST MONTHS RENT TO GET FAMILIES INTO HOMES FROM CALIF TO NY 412 NOW HAVE A HOME N A JOB TO KEEP THEM ON THIER FEET AND THIER COMMUNITY SUPPORTING THEM SO THEY DONT FALL AGAIN , I NOW LIVE IN CHARLES TOWN WV, AND MAY 6TH IM DOING A WALK IN MY TOWN ( HUMAN KINDNESS WALK ) IN THIS WALK WE ARE FILMING HOW MUCH LOVE IS IN AMERICA FOR THE WORLD TO SEE , IN THIS WALK AROUND TOWN WE WILL GET A FAMILY A HOME AND CHANGE THE TOWN WITH HUMAN KINDNESS , THIS VIDEO OF MY WALK ON MAY 6 TH IN MY TOWN WILL BE AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN IN EVERY TOWN I WALK FROM NEW YORK BACK TO CALIFORNIA AS I WILL WALK FROM GROUND ZERO MANHATAN NEW YORK TO CALIFORNIA THIS MAY 21 ST IN THE NAME OF EVERY PERSON THAT DIED ON 911 AND ARE FALLEN TROOPS I WANT TO SEE AN ACT OF HUMAN KINDNESS FOR SOME ONE ELSE IN THIER NAME TO HONOR THEM WITH HUMAN KINDNESS . CAN THIS WALK ACROSS AMERICA GET 1 MILLION HOMELESS PEOPLE JOBS HOMES FOOD CLOTHING AND ALL KINDS OF ACTS OF HMAN KINDNESS FROM PEOPLE THAT SIGN MY POLE OF HUMAN KINDNESS PROMISSING TO DO AN ACT OF KINDNESS IN THE NEXT 24 HOURS AFTER THEY SIGN MY POLE AND FLAGS IN THEM NAME OF A FALLEN SOLDIER OR A PERSON THAT DIED ON 911 , IN EVERY TOWN I WALK THRU I WANT TO SEE A FLASH MOB OF FLAGS AND ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE WITH BIG HEARTS COME WALK A MILE WITH ME AND CHANGE THIER TOWN IN SOME POSITIVE WAY AND HELP PEOPLE SEE THAT NO MATER WHAT THEY HAVE DONE IN THIER LIVES THEY CAN CHANGE ITS NOT TO LATE FOR THEM TO CHANGE THEM SELVES AND THE WORLD , IF I CAN U CAN . GOD HAS A BIG BIG PLAN I KNOW IN MY HEART THIS IS HIS PLAN FOR ME .
TO WALK BACK ACROSS AMERICA CHANGING MORE LIVES , PLEASE EVERY ONE GOOGLE HUMAN KINDNESS WALK AT THE TOP OF THE VIDEO IT SAYS (THEBAMBOOWALK ) CLICK ON THAT AND WATCH MORE OF MY VIDEO'S OF MY WALK ONM YOUTUBE , IF U LIVE IN THE EASTERN PANHANDLE WV MD VA PA PLEASE COME TO CHARLES TOWN WV AT 238 W, WASHINGTON ST AT THE JEFFER COUNTY COMMUNITY MINISTRIES AT 2 PM AND WALK WITH US ALL AND BE IN A DUCUMENTRY OF MY WALK AND HUMAN KINDNESS , IM CALLING ALL ANGELS/ PASTERS CHURCHES BIKERS VETS AND THOSE THAT SUPPPPPPPPORT ARE TROOPS FIGHTING AND DYING FOR U MOMS DADS SISTER AND BROTHERS SONS AND DOUGTHERS TO HELP ME CHANGE THE WORLD. PLEASE COME SIGN MY POLE AND HELP SOME ONE ELSE PAY IT FORWARDS TO MAKE THIS WORLD A BETER PLACE FOR GOD AND ARE WORLD , THANK U ARMAND YOUNG HUMAN KINDNESS WALK YOUTUBE , IM JUST ONE MAN TRYING TO CHANGE THE WORLD , YES YOUR WORLD WHERE EVER U LIVE IN IT. NOW I KNOW HOW NOAH FELT. SO FAR I HAVE A HALF A MILLION SIGNATURES ON MY POLE AND A MILLION ACTS OF KINDNESS BEHIND MY WALK , BUT I FEEL GOD WANTS MUCH MUCH MORE FOR OTHERS , HELP ME MAKE GOD SMILE AT US ALLSee More11 hours ago · LikeUnlike · 2.James L Stewart please donate to this charity if you are able to help...thank you9 hours ago · LikeUnlike.
Write a comment.......CBS News .Supreme Court justices strongly suggested Wednesday that they are ready to allow Arizona to enforce part of a controversial state law requiring police officers to check the immigration status of people they think are in the country illegally. READ: http://cbsn.ws/IEGy2z

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Miss Dominican Republic loses crown: I guess I forgot to say ... I'm married: http://wapo.st/IniJul
Israeli military chief: #Iran will not build nuclear bomb http://wapo.st/Idrc95
Dos US$ 26 milhões de Pinochet, cerca de US$ 17 milhões têm origem desconhecida. http://migre.me/8PnNx
Dos US$ 26 milhões de Pinochet, cerca de US$ 17 milhões têm origem desconhecida. http://migre.me/8PnNx
Hillary Clinton's favorable rating is the highest it's ever been: http://wapo.st/IcMMdM via @TheFix @PostPolls
Police investigating threats against Marco Rubio http://wapo.st/Ilq9OQ
BREAKING NEWS: Mitt Romney will win all five Republican presidential primaries Tuesday night, completing a sweep of contests in New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, CBS News projects.

Romney will sweep Tuesday primaries, CBS News projects - Political Hotsheet - CBS News
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Presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney will win primary contests in New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Delaware and Connecticut, CBS News projects Read more by Lucy Madison on CBS News' Political Hotsheet.

Romney to kick off general election fight Tuesday night in New Hampshire

Dispositions made in cases of all 12 Secret Service agents tied to Colombia scandal

3 more USSS agents lose jobs following scandal CBS News
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CBS News has learned that 2 agents resigned; 2 were cleared of any wrongdoing; and 1 was fired


BREAKING NEWS: Mitt Romney will win all five Republican presidential primaries Tuesday night, completing a sweep of contests in New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, CBS News projects.

Romney will sweep Tuesday primaries, CBS News projects Political Hotsheet - CBS News
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Presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney will win primary contests in New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Delaware and Connecticut, CBS News projects Read more by Lucy Madison on CBS News' Political Hotsheet.
Dispositions made in cases of all 12 Secret Service agents tied to Colombia scandal

3 more USSS agents lose jobs following scandal - CBS News
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CBS News has learned that 2 agents resigned; 2 were cleared of any wrongdoing; and 1 was fired
ICE says it will suspend some 16,000 deportation cases for non-criminal immigrants.

What do you think of the announcement?

ICE to Suspend over 16,000 Deportations, Immigration Advocates Underwhelmed
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A review of deportations by the Obama Admin. has lead to suspension offers in 7.5% of cases.


Murdoch denies Thatcher influence
News Corp boss Rupert Murdoch tells the Leveson Inquiry he did not expect any favours from Margaret Thatcher when he met her while he was bidding for Times newspapers.
Napolitano Testifies to Senate Committee on Homeland Security Oversight

ICE says it will suspend some 16,000 deportation cases for non-criminal immigrants.

What do you think of the announcement?

ICE to Suspend over 16,000 Deportations, Immigration Advocates Underwhelmed
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A review of deportations by the Obama Admin. has lead to suspension offers in 7.5% of cases.


Murdoch denies Thatcher influence
News Corp boss Rupert Murdoch tells the Leveson Inquiry he did not expect any favours from Margaret Thatcher when he met her while he was bidding for Times newspapers.
Napolitano Testifies to Senate Committee on Homeland Security Oversight

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Mitt Romney completes sweep of Tuesday's contests, winning five primaries in Northeast as he further cements status as presumptive GOP nominee, while results raise questions on future of Gingrich's campaign.

The two state solution refers to the solution to the Israeli Palestinian conflict currently under discussion, which calls for "two states for two peoples."
Annan denounces violence in Syria
UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan says Syria is still seeing unacceptable levels of violence, as dozens die despite the ceasefire which he brokered.

Barcelona 2-2 Chelsea (agg 2-3)
Chelsea are into the final of the Champions League after surviving John Terry's red card to seal a remarkable victory over Barcelona.

Robot cars ready to roll
Why you may soon be sharing the road with intelligent, self-driving vehicles that promise to save time, fuel, cut traffic jams and prevent accidents.

East Africa’s best kept secret
Take a ride on the Lunatic Express -- the Kenya-Uganda Railway -- and follow the path of the first safari expeditions.

Europe: Things fall apart
As the Dutch government collapses after struggling to meet deficit targets, the BBC's Gavin Hewitt accesses the difficult days ahead for the EU.

Poster boy
A hundred and fifty years after he was born, why does the art of Gustav Klimt still hold such wide appeal?

Madonna: African leader?
The world has got its image of Africa all wrong, writes Binyavanga Wainaina. It imagines the continent as a single country with Madonna as president, run by aid workers and gap year students.

The hoax is on you
When jokers and marketing companies devise elaborate online pranks, they take advantage of our desire to believe the unbelievable, says the BBC's Matt Danzico.

Annan denounces violence in Syria
UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan says Syria is still seeing unacceptable levels of violence, as dozens die despite the ceasefire which he brokered.

Barcelona 2-2 Chelsea (agg 2-3)
Chelsea are into the final of the Champions League after surviving John Terry's red card to seal a remarkable victory over Barcelona.

Robot cars ready to roll
Why you may soon be sharing the road with intelligent, self-driving vehicles that promise to save time, fuel, cut traffic jams and prevent accidents.

East Africa’s best kept secret
Take a ride on the Lunatic Express -- the Kenya-Uganda Railway -- and follow the path of the first safari expeditions.

Europe: Things fall apart
As the Dutch government collapses after struggling to meet deficit targets, the BBC's Gavin Hewitt accesses the difficult days ahead for the EU.

Poster boy
A hundred and fifty years after he was born, why does the art of Gustav Klimt still hold such wide appeal?

Madonna: African leader?
The world has got its image of Africa all wrong, writes Binyavanga Wainaina. It imagines the continent as a single country with Madonna as president, run by aid workers and gap year students.

The hoax is on you
When jokers and marketing companies devise elaborate online pranks, they take advantage of our desire to believe the unbelievable, says the BBC's Matt Danzico.





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South Africa: Malema loses appeal against ANC expulsion
Malema helped President Zuma win power but his fiery rhetoric later saw him fall out of favour
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Firebrand youth leader Julius Malema has lost his appeal against expulsion from South Africa's ruling ANC, the party says.
The appeals committee announced in a statement that Mr Malema's appeal had failed.
He was previously found guilty of fomenting divisions and bringing the party into disrepute.
He was banned from party activities in April after calling his former ally President Jacob Zuma a "dictator".
"In respect of the present disciplinary hearing, the [ANC's National Disciplinary Committee of Appeal] confirms the sanction imposed by the [National Disciplinary Committee] that the appellant be expelled from the ANC," the statement reportedly said.
Mr Malema, 31, was suspended in November after being found guilty of three of the charges against him - including bringing the party into disrepute by calling for regime change in Botswana.
He was then expelled when he tried to appeal against his five-year suspension.
Mr Malema was elected president of the ANC Youth League in 2008 and played a key role in President Zuma's ascent to power in the 2009 election.
He is adored by supporters for articulating the rage and frustration of South Africa's poor, marginalised black community, corresopndents say.
But his rabble-rousing landed him a conviction for hate speech and two ANC disciplinary hearings.
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Monday, April 23, 2012

Former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev On Comrade Obama’s Reelection: “I Will Support Him”
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‎(Chicago Sun-Times) President Barack Obama got a near-endorsement on Monday from former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.
Only Me.Sarkozy seeks key far-right votes
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French President Nicolas Sarkozy woos far-right voters after losing narrowly to his Socialist rival in the presidential election's first round.

Giuliani endorses Mitt Romney, shelving animosity
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The former New York mayor said his one-time political foe has won the Republican nomination “fair and square.”

Editorial: Romney's attitude towards public disclosure is increasingly troubling. http://wapo.st/JAAlWj
Sen. Marco Rubio joins #GOP presidential candidate @MittRomney at a town hall-style meeting in Aston, PA. Live: http://on.cnn.com/cnndcl4 .
Mitt Romney’s secrets
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Such as, what is on his tax returns?..


The sudden difficulties of the Conservative party are dramatically confirmed by a new Guardian/ICM poll. The three-point lead David Cameron was enjoying over Labour immediately before George Osborne's budget has now given way to an eight-point deficit

Conservatives turn three-point opinion poll lead into eight-point deficit
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Latest Guardian/ICM poll sees the Tories slumping to 33%, after registering 39% last month, with Labour rising from 36% to 41%

Only Me.Media Favored Romney Over Obama
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A report shows the press covered Romney twice as favorably as Obama during the primaries. By Howard Kurtz.

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Only Me.German 'hypocrisy' over Greek military spending has critics up in arms
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Athens' fondness for weaponry, and willingness of Germany and France to feed it, under fire as Greece struggles with debt crisis
Editorial: Romney's attitude towards public disclosure is increasingly troubling. http://wapo.st/JAAlWj
Sen. Marco Rubio joins #GOP presidential candidate @MittRomney at a town hall-style meeting in Aston, PA. Live: http://on.cnn.com/cnndcl4
Police give another update on the search for a 6-yr old Tucson, Arizona, girl who went missing Saturday. Live: http://on.cnn.com/cnndcl2
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From Dan: Delta flight late leaving New York City for an appearance tonight at @ButlerU in Indianapolis. Looking forward to it.
Obama OKs executive order aimed at Syria, Iran and companies that provide technology for human rights abuses. http://on.cnn.com/J4R3t2
Giuliani endorses Mitt Romney, his one-time political foe http://wapo.st/JzLG9j

Sunday, April 22, 2012

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As Germany insists that Greece submit to harsh austerity measures leaving pensions cut, unemployment soaring and the healthcare system slashed, one area it believes needn't be cut is Greece's weapons purchases, provided in great part by and benefiting Germany. Smith writes: "Speculation is rife that international aid for the country was contingent on Greece following through on agreements to purchase military hardware from Germany and France."
German 'hypocrisy' over Greek military spending has critics up in arms www.guardian.co.uk
Athens' fondness for weaponry, and willingness of Germany and France to feed it, under fire as Greece struggles with debt crisis

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Sudan's president says his goal is to liberate South Sudan's people from their government, as fears grow of an all-out war between the two countries.

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The issue before the court is whether key provisions of Arizona's statute SB 1070 — which calls on state and local law enforcement to aggressively enforce federal immigration laws — are preempted by federal law.

Chemerinsky: Arizona Immigration Case Closes a Momentous Court Term - News - ABA Journal
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Oral arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court's October Term 2011 will end April 25 with one of the most important and politically controversial cases of the year: Arizona v. United States.
o In the current issue of The Economist, two articles have argued that Scottish independence would come at a high price. In Britain our cover bore a map of Scotland with its place-names altered to imply an impecunious future (including Edinborrow, Glasgone and Donedee). The image provoked some fiery debate. And in the last few days a creative few have rebutted our illustration with maps of their own http://econ.st/HSNby3

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A creative few have rebutted our cover illustration on Scottish independence with maps of their
o When the financial crisis hit four years ago, business aviation was booming. But as the global economy stalled, orders slumped-compounded by a backlash against corporate planes in America in 2008, after the bosses of its biggest carmakers jetted into Washington, DC, to ask for handouts. But analysts at J.P. Morgan think this will at last be the year business jets regain altitude, and that in 2015 deliveries may surpass 2008's peak of 1,136 planes of all sizes http://econ.st/Jh31Uh

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PRIVATE jets for businesspeople to buzz about in come in many sizes. At one end are tiny planes to carry a handful of executives, costing $2m-3m.
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The Nation: Why Do GOP Bosses Fear Ron Paul?
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In Paul We Trust? A supporter shows a coin with Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul's face on it during a town hall meeting in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, on Dec. 21, 2011.

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John Nichols is the author of several books that examine the legacy of old-right conservatives such as Taft and Buffett, including Against the Beast: A Documentary History of American Opposition to Empire.
Ron Paul represents the ideology that Republican insiders most fear: conservatism.
Not the corrupt, inside-the-beltway construct that goes by that name, but actual conservatism.
And if he wins the Iowa Republican Caucus vote on January 3—a real, though far from certain, prospect—the party bosses will have to do everything in their power to prevent Paul from reasserting the values of the "old-right" Republicans who once stood, steadily and without apology, in opposition to wars of whim and assaults on individual liberty.
Make no mistake, the party bosses are horrified at the notion that a genuine conservative might grab the Iowa headlines from the false prophets. Already, they are claiming a Paul win won't mean anything. If Paul prevails, says Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, "People are going to look at who comes in second and who comes in third. If [Mitt] Romney comes in a strong second, it definitely helps him going into New Hampshire and the other states."
The party's amen corner in the media is doing its part. Republican-insider radio and television programs have begun to go after Paul, the veteran congressman from Texas who is either leading or near the top in recent polls of likely caucus goers. Rush Limbaugh ridicules Paul on his radio show, while Sean Hannity's Fox show has become a nightly Paul-bashing fest, with guests like former Education Secretary Bill Bennett trashing the congressman with lines like: "his notion of foreign policy is impossible."
Actually, Paul's notion of foreign policy is in line with that of conservatives used to believe. The congressman is often referred to as a libertarian, and he has certainly toiled some in that ideological vineyard. But the truth is that his politics descend directly from those of former Ohio Senator Robert "Mr. Republican" Taft and former Nebraska Congressman Howard Buffett—old-right opponents of war and empire who served in the Congress in the 1940s and 1950s and who, in Taft's case, mounted credible bids for the party's presidential nomination in 1940, 1948 and finally in 1952. In all three campaigns, Taft opposed what he described as the "Eastern establishment" of the party—the Wall Streeters who, he pointedly noted, had little in common with Main Streeters.
Taft was a steady foe of American interventionism abroad, arguing very much as Paul does today that it threatens domestic liberty. Indeed, just as Paul joined US Senator Russ Feingold in opposing the Patriot Act, spying on Americans and threats to freedom of speech and assembly in the first days of what would become an open-ended "war on terror," so Taft warned during the cold war that "criticism in a time of war is essential to the maintenance of any kind of democratic government."
"The maintenance of the right of criticism in the long run will do the country...more good than it will do the enemy," explained Taft, who challenged President Truman's attempts to use war powers as an excuse to seize domestic industries and otherwise expand what Dwight Eisenhower would eventually define as the military-industrial complex.
Buffett, the father of billionaire Warren, opposed military interventionism during the cold war era, declaring on the floor of the House: "Even if it were desirable, America is not strong enough to police the world by military force. If that attempt is made, the blessings of liberty will be replaced by coercion and tyranny at home. Our Christian ideals cannot be exported to other lands by dollars and guns. Persuasion and example are the methods taught by the Carpenter of Nazareth, and if we believe in Christianity we should try to advance our ideals by his methods. We cannot practice might and force abroad and retain freedom at home. We cannot talk world cooperation and practice power politics."
When the threat of increased US involvement in Vietnam arose in the early 1960s, the elder Buffett wrote in William F. Buckley's National Review: "When the American government conscripts a boy to go 10,000 miles to the jungles of Asia without a declaration of war by Congress (as required by the Constitution) what freedom is safe at home? Surely, profits of U.S. Steel or your private property are not more sacred than a young man's right to life."
Just as Ron Paul has consistently opposed free-trade deals and schemes to enrich government contractors, the elder Buffett railed against the crony capitalism of his day. "There are businesses that are being enriched by national defense spending and foreign handouts," Buffett warned in 1948. "These firms, because of the money they can spend on propaganda, may be the most dangerous of all. If the Marshall Plan meant $100 million worth of profitable business for your firm, wouldn't you Invest a few thousands or so to successfully propagandize for the Marshall Plan? And if you were a foreign government, getting billions, perhaps you could persuade your prospective suppliers here to lend a hand in putting that deal through Congress."
Buffett campaigned in 1952 to nominate Taft as the Republican candidate for president. That effort was opposed by the Wall Street speculators and banksters of the day, and it failed—although not without a serious fight that went all the way to the GOP convention.
After his defeat, Taft griped, "Every Republican candidate for President since 1936 has been nominated by the Chase National Bank."
That was the pure voice of old-right conservatism speaking.
It is echoed now by Ron Paul, who makes no secret of his high regard for Taft, Buffett and the old-right Republicans of the past, and of his disregard for the neocons and crony capitalists of today. Paul is running ads that propose to "drain the swamp," a reference to the insider-driven politics of a Washington where Republicans such as Gingrich maintain the sort of pay-to-play politics that empties the federal treasury into the accounts of campaign donors and sleazy government contractors.
Paul's ideological clarity scares the wits out of the Republican mandarins who peddle the fantasy that the interventionism, the assaults on civil liberties and the partnerships that they have forged with multinational corporations and foreign dictators represent anything akin to true conservatism.
The problem that Limbaugh, Hannity and other GOP establishment types have with Paul is that the Texan really is a conservative, rather than a neoconservative or a crony capitalist who would use the state to maintain monopolies at home and via corrupt international trade deals.
Paul's pure conservatism puts him at odds with a party establishment that has sold out to Wall Street and multinational corporations. But it has mad an increasingly iconic Republican with a good many of the grassroots activists who will attend the caucuss.
The disconnect between the disdain the establishment expresses with regard to Paul and his appeal to the base is easily explained.
The GOP establishment chooses partisanship over principle. The base does not necessarily do so.
In other words, while the party establishment and its media echo chamber reject the Main Street conservatism of the Taft's and Buffetts, there are many grassroots Republicans in Iowa towns like Independence and Liberty Center (where Paul campaign signs are very much in evidence) who find Paul's old-right conservatism quite appealing.
That is what frightens Republican party leaders. The notion that the Grand Old Party might actually base its politics on values, as opposd to pay-to-play deal-making, unsettles the Republican leaders who back only contenders who have been pre-approved by the Wall Street speculators, banksters and corporate CEOs who pay the party's tab—and kindly pick up some of the bills for the Democrats, as well.
What do the party insiders fear about genuine conservatism? Above all, they fear that a politics of principle might expose the fact that the Republican Party has for decades been at odds with the conservative values and ideals of Americans who do not want theirs to be a warrior nation that disregards civil liberties and domestic economics in order to promote Wall Street's globalization agenda.
Ron Paul is not a progressive. He takes stands on abortion rights and a number of other issues that disqualify him from consideration by social moderates and liberals, and his stances on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and labor rights (like those of the author of the Taft-Hartley Act) are anathema to economic justice advocates. But Paul cannot be dismissed as just another robotic Republican. Indeed, he is more inclined to challenge Republican orthodoxy on a host of foreign and fiscal policy issues than Barack Obama. He does so as something that is rare indeed at the highest levels of American politics: a conservative.
And if he wins Iowa, he could begin a process of transforming the Republican Party into a conservative party.
That scares the Republican bosses who currently maintain the party concession on behalf of the Wall Streeters. But it, if the polls are to be believed, it quite intrigues the folks on Main Street who may be waking up to the fact that the "conservatism" of a Newt Gingrich or a Mitt Romney is a sham argument designed to make the rich richer and to make the rest of us pay for wars of whim and crony-capitalist corruption.
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o Armed guards on ships deter pirates. But who says they are legal? Under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea a ship's crew, including guards, must abide by the home laws of a vessel's flag state. But these vessels ply international waters, meaning that regulation is scant. An array of standards created since 2009 suggests good practice for private security teams, but none is legally binding http://econ.st/HSGpZe

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Terry Macmillan Clockmaker Mid afternoon....American Band Stand.....was time for apple pie and chocolate milk ....where I lived....all with Dick Clark ............may he rest in peace.
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Dick Clark was a great & one of a kind entertainment host of many things through his life. My favorite memories of Dick Clark was a mixture of things watching the Pyramid game show, TV Bloopers, & the New Years Eve interviews showcasing the... musical celebrities & events. He always had a smile on his face when in the spotlight. May he rest in peace & be remembered of his outstanding long-lived work performance. God bless him & his family!See More
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The process of compiling our annual TIME 100 list highlights switchbacks and blind alleys on the road to female equality.

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This year, TIME's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world celebrates the female CEO of IBM, the female head of the IMF, and the female president of Germany, among other powerful women.

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Mentor Norçani Waohhhhhhh, René Redzepi '' Rexhepi'' respect................
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Stefan Puffer An illegal alien in the top 100? I'll be sure to never pick up another copy of this magazine again. This is a slap to the face of all law biding citizens everywhere. You should be ashamed of yourselves!
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Anyone who fails to mention David Sarnov on the list of 100 does not have a very good grounding in American History and Humanities.
He gave birth to America in the 20th century.
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Bruce Garvin Obama? really? He has ignored the Constitution every step along the way. He should be on the top 100 worst people ever. He REALLY NEEDS TO GO!!! Who is the idiot that does the picking of the 100
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April Bernadette Kelty SO even though most people voted AGAINST Cecile Richards.... you still put her in the top 100? Hunh. And I thought voting counting. Never reading Time Magazine again =(
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Donna Hall Typical.... As usual, put in print what TIME wants, not what was actually voted in. Kinda parallels our top gvnmt thugs who tell us our vote actually counts. Lol and goodbye
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See some of the wonderful Time Magazine Photo portraits of our TIME 100 honorees (including Stephen Colbert with a shotgun) featured in our new issue, which hits newsstands Thursday.

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Joseph F Geleney Jr. Cecile Richards as one of 100 most influential: So wrong! Boo to time magazine.
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A muslim mother is beaten to death in California. Her killer leaves a note calling her a "terrorist." But there won't be a million hijab march for her. Why not?

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Forty thousand Iraqis live in El Cajon, California, where this week, Shaima Al Awadi, a devout Muslim mother of five, died after being beaten inside her home with a tire iron and left next to note reading “Go back to your country, you terrorist.

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A new study says chocolate eaters are thinner. Really - we would never joke about chocolate.

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When it comes to chocolate, you might just be able to have your sweet and eat it too. That’s what researchers report in the first study to balance all of the known health benefits and harms of chocolate. Publishing in the Archives of Internal Medicine, Dr.

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Yesterday, film director James Cameron became the third person in history to reach the ocean's deepest point, nearly 7 miles below the water's surface.

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Everything about Cameron’s dive is at a nearly incomprehensible scale. The trench is 120 times larger than the Grand Canyon and is more than a mile deeper than Mount Everest is tall.

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This week, our readers in France will see French President Nicolas Sarkozy on the cover of TIME. New polls suggest Sarkozy may lose France's presidency. We look at how a globally respected statesman found himself on the verge of defeat at home. (Photograph by Laurent Cipriani—AP) — with Yon Joan and Hamchan Azza.



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“There is nothing wrong with you. You’re amazing. I love you. When I look at you I see a complex human being with awesome potential but some others will look at you and see a thug. Even if their only evidence is your skin. Their racism relates to larger anxieties and problems in America that you didn’t create. When someone is racist toward you—either because they’ve profiled you or spat some slur or whatever—they are saying they have a problem. They are not speaking about you. They’re speaking about themselves and their deficiencies.”

- Toure to young black boys after the shooting of Travyon Martin in this week’s print issue, on newsstands Friday.
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Did you know that 15% of women have orgasms while they work out? Yes, really.

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It is time for fathers to speak out and combat sexism.

"It’s pretty simple: Respect women, reject objectification, speak out against over-sexualization, and above all, listen. Because girls are powerful. As fathers, we have a unique opportunity to celebrate and support that power."

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In India and Pakistan, TIME’s cover features Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and writer Jyoti Thottam wonders if the leader has what it takes to become Prime Minister of India. (Photograph by Sumit Dayal for TIME) — with Vivek Kaushik and 13 others.



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This week’s international edition of TIME features three different covers. Our readers in Africa will see Alex Perry’s piece on the #KONY2012 debate, and the group of hipsters who are calling for the warlord’s arrest. The piece itself can be found in all of TIME’s issues this week, global and domestic. (Time Photo-Illustration. Photograph by Adam Pletts—Reuters/Corbis) — with Dennis Kwizera and 12 others.



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The latest issue of TIME, featuring "The Richer Sex," will be on newsstands Friday. — with Holly Hermione Potter-Adams and 3 others.



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Birth rates are declining. For the Earth—and a lot of people—that’s not a bad thing.

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I worked in Japan for a year as a journalist for TIME in 2006 and 2007, and here's what I realized: the Japanese do do everything first. Cameraphones, Zen Buddhism, little fuel-efficient cars, huge public debt, a stagnant economy, the literary acceptance of comic books–what happens first in Japan .....

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We are the universe and our Universe is us, this astounding fact makes everyone of us related to everything we can touch, feel, see, smell and imagine. Let's all start taking care of each other. That is what I want for my birthday is for all of us to be conscious and compassionate.

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Subscribe to my YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/MaxSchlick?feature=mhee Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson was asked in an interview with TIME magazine, "What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?" This...

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At Easter 1966, millions of Americans picked up what would become one of the most notable magazine covers in the history of the genre: TIME’s stark question asking “Is God Dead?” In retrospect, the cover—and the much-less-remembered actual ...piece that ran with it—represented a mainstreaming of the spirit of dissent and debate that characterized the era. The cover was back in the news last week with word that the main theologian profiled in the piece, William Hamilton, had died. Hamilton was 87; at the time of the 1966 article, he was a professor at Colgate Rochester Divinity School.

Interested? Don’t miss Jon Meacham’s fascinating column on TIME.com looking back at Hamilton’s story and one of the most controversial covers in TIME’s history: http://ti.me/xpmomh See More
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Who are the most influential world leaders of the past year? Our annual TIME 100 list is approaching, and we'd like your input. Please explain your choice and add your nominees to the comments!
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Cover photo by William Daniels—Panos for TIME

The latest issue of TIME features the dramatic story of French photojournalist William Daniels, who was trapped in Syria for several days while on assignment for TIME. Eventually he made his wa...y out of the ravaged city of Homs, but some of his colleagues did not. To reduce the volume of violent evidence on film or in print, the Assad regime is deliberately targeting journalists, and Daniels is an eyewitness.

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Who is Joseph Kony? How a viral video put a spotlight on an Ugandan warlord.

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A campaign from charity Invisible Children seeks to educate the public about Joseph Kony's heinous crimes.

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Are women people?

The answer seems like an easy one, but when TIME's Jessica Winter looked into it, they aren't often treated like it in the U.S.

Are Women People?
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All my adult life, I’ve been pretty sure I’m a sentient, even semi-competent human being. I have a job and an apartment; I know how to read and vote; I make regular, mostly autonomous decisions about what to eat for lunch and which cat videos I will watch whilst eating my lunch.

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We turn 89 today. Sure, we've had a little work done over the years, but we're still the same news magazine at heart. As always, thanks for reading!
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If you think you wound up paying too much in taxes this year, maybe you ought to hire a lobbyist. Or two. Or 20. After all, it’s a strategy that seems to be working well for some of the nation’s biggest corporations.

Missing Fallbrook woman confirmed dead
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SAN DIEGO - Authorities confirmed the identity of the woman's body found in Riverside County was that of a 22-year-old North County military wife, who disappeared last week.

Ex USSS head: Agents aware of prostitution risks - CBS News
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CBS Evening News: Ex-USSS head: Agents aware of prostitution risks - Former Secret Service director tells CBS News that agents are regularly briefed of the danger associated with prostitution

The issue before the court is whether key provisions of Arizona's statute SB 1070 which calls on state and local law enforcement to aggressively enforce federal immigration laws are preempted by federal law.

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Oral arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court's October Term 2011 will end April 25 with one of the most important and politically controversial cases of the year: Arizona v. United States.



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Sudan's president says his goal is to liberate South Sudan's people from their government, as fears grow of an all-out war between the two countries.

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Today’s 9-2 decision by the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in the case of Gonzalez v. Arizona is a tremendous win for voting rights. The Ninth Circuit dealt a blow to attempts to add requirements to the voting process that are unnecessary and will disenfranchise eligible voters. At stake was Arizona’s Proposition 200 which required voters to produce proof-of-citizenship when registering to vote using the federal mail-in registration form."
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Washington, DC (April 17, 2012) The following is a statement by Elisabeth MacNamara, national President of the League of Women Voters:
Catholic Bishop Claims Obama Is ‘Following a Similar Path’ To Hitler
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In a mass proceeding a Catholic men’s march this weekend, Bishop Daniel Jenky delivered a homily that appears better suited to an episode of the Glenn Beck Show than to a celebration of religious faith. As part of a lengthy historical lecture on past attacks on the Catholic church, Jenky claimed tha...
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FOCUS: Dan Rather Was Right About George W. Bush
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Eight years ago, Dan Rather broadcast an explosive report on...George W. Bush...what really happened? Joe Hagan, Texas Monthly
Secret Service Investigating Ted Nugent After Remarks About Obama
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Rocker Ted Nugent has reportedly earned himself the scrutiny of the Secret Service after saying over the weekend that he would be "dead or in jail by this time next year
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They just want to destroy Israel and drive the Jews into the sea? - Americans for Peace Now
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Go HERE for all installments of APN's "They Say, We Say" They Say: It is impossible to make peace with Arabs or Muslims, because ultimately they just want to destroy Israel and drive the Jews into the sea.

La parabola telecomandata di Beckham, il gol è un capolavoro
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Opinion columnist Jonah Goldberg: President Obama is a stay-the-course candidate stuck with a team, a record and an economy ill-suited for a stay-the-course strategy.

Goldberg: Obama's problem? His record
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Barack Obama holds a nine point lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney thanks in part to the perception that the president is more likeable and more in touch with the problems facing women and middle class Americans, according to a new national poll.Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod on Sunday defended the president’s attacks on the House Republican budget and push for the “Buffet rule” as the general election campaign gets underway.
Axelrod defends Obama attacks on GOP budget, tax reform as ‘legitimate’ critique
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“This is not the direction our country should go, so of course we’re going to critique that,” Axelrod said. “That’s part of the process and it’s a legitimate one.”
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‎"But if Deal and Georgia Republicans had stopped to consider how the state’s anti-immigrant law would affect workers and employers before they approved it, then the state could have avoided more than $800 million in estimated farm losses last year. So far, it looks as if Georgia’s farmers could lose just as much this year."

Georgia Farmers Face Another Worker Shortage Because Of Harmful Immigration Law
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As soon as Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signed a harmful immigration bill into law last year, farmers saw an immediate exodus of thousands of skilled immigrant farm workers. Without enough workers, millions of dollars in crops rotted in the fields because there was no one to harvest them. Officials .....
Obama is doing the best he can under the circumstances, the biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression
Paul Nevins
So Romney has played fast and loose with the data? I'm shocked. It is not surprising that the first victims of this Great Recession were men who were laid off by the millions as the Bush presidency receded into oblivion. President Obama timidity about the size of a stimulus, and the GOP's continued insistence upon austerity measures, caused the state and local budgets to contract as tax revenues continued to decline because of high unemployment. The next wave of lay-offs included hundreds of thousands of women - with teachers, public health and safety and other public sector jobs coupled with further declines in jobs held by women in the private sector.

Geithner challenges Romney claim on women’s job losses - The Boston Globe
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Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said a claim by Mitt Romney about disproportionate job losses for women during President Obama’s term was ‘‘ridiculous.’’
To all of the "free market, libertarian and Ludwig von Mises zealots who ardently believe in the silly view of the public interest - i..e , that if government could no longer intervene in the economy to protect the most vulnerable, to reign in speculation and financial abuses, combat fraud and enforce antitrust laws, we would all be better off, you need to examine the lessons of Greece, Spain, P...
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Europe’s Economic Suicide
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With European leaders doubling down on their failed policies, it’s getting harder and harder to believe that anything will get them to change course.


CNN Poll: Gender gap and likeability keep Obama over Romney
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President Barack Obama holds a nine-point lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney thanks in part to the perception that the president is more likeable and more in touch with the problems facing women and middle class Americans, according to a new national poll.


Pres. Obama holds a 9-point lead over Mitt Romney in the first CNN/ORC poll since Rick Santorum dropped out. Most perceive the president as more likable and "more in touch with the problems facing women and middle class Americans."

Do you agree? Will the president be able to hold on to his lead or will Romney close the gap leading into the general election?

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/04/16/cnn-poll-gender-gap-and-likeability-keep-obama-over-romney/

Sunday, April 15, 2012

As housing construction ramps up, resulting employment growth could boost housing demand, by raising domestic household growth and/or reigniting the flow of immigration. More housing demand means even faster appreciation, fueling the boom. This dynamic, it's important to point out, is entirely healthy. The question is what happens next http://econ.st/IdoXhO

Could the bubble return? econ.st

KARL SMITH has written a provocative blog post this morning musing on the potential return of a housing bubble
NO, BECAUSE BUSH'S DEREGULATIIONS CAUSED THE WHOLE MESS AND OBAMA IS SAVING THE WORLD'S ECONOMY !! OBAMA WILL BE RE ELECTED

How Can Romney Win? GOP Women Have Some Ideas
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A new poll shows women prefer Obama over Gov. Mitt Romney by 19 points. Even some Republican women say Democrats probably represent women's interests
Late Photographer Saw The Inner Lives Of Soldiers
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War photographer Tim Hetherington was killed in Misrata, Libya, a year ago this week, and friends and family are still mourning their loss. At a show of his photographs in Washington, D.
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Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod on Sunday defended the president’s attacks on the House Republican budget and push for the “Buffet rule” as the general election campaign gets underway.
Axelrod defends Obama attacks on GOP budget, tax reform as ‘legitimate’ critique
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“This is not the direction our country should go, so of course we’re going to critique that,” Axelrod said. “That’s part of the process and it’s a legitimate one.”
Newt Gingrich: ‘CNN is less biased than Fox’
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In what some might consider an act of GOP political suicide, Newt Gingrich slammed Fox News earlier this week, saying that the cable news channel has favored Mitt Romney throughout the 2012 Republican race—and that CNN has been the more "fair-and-balanced" network this cycle. "I think Fox has been f...



What the Republican primary taught us about Mitt Romney
www.keepinggophonest.com
The GOP primary showed just how extreme Mitt Romney is. Take a look back at his most memorable “severely conservative” moments

Rep. Dennis Kucinich's (D) admission that he's examining his options in Washington state has his supporters wondering whether, once again, he can resurrect his downtrodden political career.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Gingrich accuses Fox News of bias: http://nyti.ms/HAFsHF

Romney Taking Steps to Narrow His Gender Gap
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Mitt Romney’s campaign finds itself squeezed between its intensifying efforts to appeal to women and its need to avoid alienating conservatives.

President Obama leads Mitt Romney by landslide numbers www.dailykos.com
Using TPM's aggregation of the latest poll numbers, here is the current state of the electoral battleground. I'm even keeping in Rasmussen polls to give the GOP an unwarranted bump in their numbers.
Paul Krugman has been, and remains, Obama’s most important champion. Not only has he been defending Obama’s Keynesian-type deficit-spending, but he has been advocating still more of these same policies.
Clinton adopted a series of austerity measures, balanced the budget and left us with a surplus but Bush subsequently ruined it.

Biden: Romney tax plan 'out of step with American values'
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Vice President Joe Biden drew a sharp contrast with Mitt Romney over tax policy Thursday, saying the presumptive Republican nominee wanted to "double down on tax cuts for the wealthy" and was "out of step with American values."
Recent signs that the price of gasoline has peaked won’t stop Republicans from pummeling President Obama over the issue when they return to Washington next week.
GOP not letting up on gas prices
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A House Energy and Commerce Committee panel is expected to approve two bills Tuesday aimed at expanding domestic oil-and-gas leasing and ensuring that federal environmental regulations don’t raise prices at the pump.

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BBC World Service
Does it matter if a presidential candidate's wife is a stay at home mum or has never worked? There has been a bit of a row between Ann Romney, the wife of US Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and a high profile strategist for the Democrats Hillary Rosen. In a TV interview on Wednesday Hilary Rosen said Mitt Romney couldn't ask his wife for advice about economic issues for women because "she had never worked a day in her life". Join me Owen Bennett-Jones on Newshour at 2000 GMT.


Row over criticism of Ann Romney
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A Democratic strategist defends her comment that Ann Romney "never worked a day in her life", despite calls to apologise from the Obama campaign.
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Rick Santorum ends presidency bid

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum ends his bid, clearing the way for ex-Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney to take on Barack Obama.

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum suspends his campaign, effectively paving way for front-runner Mitt Romney to challenge President Obama in what was becoming a two-man fight.

Wallace had audacity to ask pointed questions - CBS News
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CBS Evening News: Wallace had audacity to ask pointed questions - CBS Evening News remembers "60 Minutes" correspondent Mike Wallace, who died on Saturday at the age of 93

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Larry King " Wallace was a dear & wonderful friend. Not just a great broadcaster, but a great guy. We will never see his likes again "

Nobody Understands Debt
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The obsession with deficit reduction is wrongheaded and ill-informed.
Remembering Mike Wallace 1918-2012 CBS News
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Mike Wallace, ‘60 Minutes’ star interviewer, dies
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NEW YORK A spokesman says CBS newsman Mike Wallace, famed for his tough interviews on “60 Minutes,” has died. He was 93.

Breaking News: Mike Wallace of CBS News has died at the age of 93, CBS announced. - http://bit.ly/qx5qjZ


That depends Is patriotism in America still the love of liberty?
Is the Patriot Act Unpatriotic?
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Republican presidential hopefuls Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul had an interesting exchange at the National Security Debate hosted by CNN on November 22nd. Not surprisingly, Gingrich supported the Patriot Act, going so far as to say that it should be “strengthened.” Paul argued that “the Patriot Act is ...

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Nobody Understands DebtBy PAUL KRUGMAN
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DiggRedditTumblrPermalink. In 2011, as in 2010, America was in a technical recovery but continued to suffer from disastrously high unemployment. And through most of 2011, as in 2010, almost all the conversation in Washington was about something else: the allegedly urgent issue of reducing the budget deficit.

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This misplaced focus said a lot about our political culture, in particular about how disconnected Congress is from the suffering of ordinary Americans. But it also revealed something else: when people in D.C. talk about deficits and debt, by and large they have no idea what they’re talking about — and the people who talk the most understand the least.

Perhaps most obviously, the economic “experts” on whom much of Congress relies have been repeatedly, utterly wrong about the short-run effects of budget deficits. People who get their economic analysis from the likes of the Heritage Foundation have been waiting ever since President Obama took office for budget deficits to send interest rates soaring. Any day now!

And while they’ve been waiting, those rates have dropped to historical lows. You might think that this would make politicians question their choice of experts — that is, you might think that if you didn’t know anything about our postmodern, fact-free politics.

But Washington isn’t just confused about the short run; it’s also confused about the long run. For while debt can be a problem, the way our politicians and pundits think about debt is all wrong, and exaggerates the problem’s size.

Deficit-worriers portray a future in which we’re impoverished by the need to pay back money we’ve been borrowing. They see America as being like a family that took out too large a mortgage, and will have a hard time making the monthly payments.

This is, however, a really bad analogy in at least two ways.

First, families have to pay back their debt. Governments don’t — all they need to do is ensure that debt grows more slowly than their tax base. The debt from World War II was never repaid; it just became increasingly irrelevant as the U.S. economy grew, and with it the income subject to taxation.

Second — and this is the point almost nobody seems to get — an over-borrowed family owes money to someone else; U.S. debt is, to a large extent, money we owe to ourselves.

This was clearly true of the debt incurred to win World War II. Taxpayers were on the hook for a debt that was significantly bigger, as a percentage of G.D.P., than debt today; but that debt was also owned by taxpayers, such as all the people who bought savings bonds. So the debt didn’t make postwar America poorer. In particular, the debt didn’t prevent the postwar generation from experiencing the biggest rise in incomes and living standards in our nation’s history.

But isn’t this time different? Not as much as you think.

It’s true that foreigners now hold large claims on the United States, including a fair amount of government debt. But every dollar’s worth of foreign claims on America is matched by 89 cents’ worth of U.S. claims on foreigners. And because foreigners tend to put their U.S. investments into safe, low-yield assets, America actually earns more from its assets abroad than it pays to foreign investors. If your image is of a nation that’s already deep in hock to the Chinese, you’ve been misinformed. Nor are we heading rapidly in that direction.

Now, the fact that federal debt isn’t at all like a mortgage on America’s future doesn’t mean that the debt is harmless. Taxes must be levied to pay the interest, and you don’t have to be a right-wing ideologue to concede that taxes impose some cost on the economy, if nothing else by causing a diversion of resources away from productive activities into tax avoidance and evasion. But these costs are a lot less dramatic than the analogy with an overindebted family might suggest.

And that’s why nations with stable, responsible governments — that is, governments that are willing to impose modestly higher taxes when the situation warrants it — have historically been able to live with much higher levels of debt than today’s conventional wisdom would lead you to believe. Britain, in particular, has had debt exceeding 100 percent of G.D.P. for 81 of the last 170 years. When Keynes was writing about the need to spend your way out of a depression, Britain was deeper in debt than any advanced nation today, with the exception of Japan.

Of course, America, with its rabidly antitax conservative movement, may not have a government that is responsible in this sense. But in that case the fault lies not in our debt, but in ourselves.

So yes, debt matters. But right now, other things matter more. We need more, not less, government spending to get us out of our unemployment trap. And the wrongheaded, ill-informed obsession with debt is standing in the way.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/04/01/titanic-s-wake-shipwreck-of-the-century-retains-its-grip.html

Twenty years ago Yugoslavia was dissolving in blood and the world was gripped by the drama of the siege of Sarajevo. Now Britons are beginning to contemplate the Balkanisation of the United Kingdom. No one is predicting that Britain will be torn apart by ethnic bloodshed. But there are several striking legal and political parallels between what happened to Yugoslavia and what may happen to Britain http://econ.st/HQ9CT1

The Balkanisation of Britain? econ.st
What lessons can independence-minded Scots learn from the Yugoslav experience?
Of course not ! The UK is a civilized country. It has a long parliamentary tradition
How can we prove the superiority of "the American way" over "Islamofascism" when the "radical Islamists" reject American criteria of success, root and branch? The thought of a foe that is not only religious, but animated primarily by religion drives Americans batty in way that the godless commies never managed http://econ.st/HRxLLp
Sexy spies and Islamofascism econ.st
SINCE 9/11 and the advent of the global war on terror, we've been told repeatedly that we are now existentially threatened by radically decentralised, non-state, autonomous, Islamofascist terror cells, that



Doctors Urge Their Colleagues To Quit Doing Worthless Tests
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Nine national medical groups have identified 45 diagnostic tests, procedures and treatments that they say often are unnecessary and expensive. The head of one of the specialty groups says unneeded

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Judges order Justice Department to clarify following Obama remarks on health law case
www.foxnews.com
A federal appeals court is striking back after President Obama cautioned the Supreme Court against overturning the health care overhaul and warned that such an act would be unprecedented.

A federal judge in Texas is demanding that the Department of Justice clarify whether President Obama's dig about "judicial restraint" means the administration thinks the judicial branch has no right to overturn unconstitutional laws.
Texas judge confronts Obama administration over 'judicial restraint' statement
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During oral arguments Tuesday, Smith demanded that Attorney General Eric Holder send him a three-page, single-spaced letter by noon Thursday addressing what Obama meant when he said Monday that ruling against his health law would be an "unprecedented" act of judicial activism.


Gop's Dictionary ~ Bush's wars, 4 trillion dollars and thousands of civilian casualties mean democracy, freedom and civilization but ObamaCare or 31 million people with HCI, means tyranny !


"The people have got to know if their
President is a crook. Well, I am not a crook." !

Monday, April 2, 2012

Clinton adopted a series of austerity measures and left us with a surplus but Bush subsequntly ruined it. They caused the worst fiancial crisis since the Great Depression ! Tax cuts, deregulations and Bush's wars / collapse

Sunday, April 1, 2012

A new doctrine of intervention?
Text Size PrintE-mailReprintsBy Henry A. Kissinger, Published: March 30The Washington Post Henry A. Kissinger was secretary of state from 1973 to 1977 and is the author, most recently, of “On China.”

Not the least significant aspect of the Arab Spring is the redefinition of heretofore prevalent principles of foreign policy. As the United States is withdrawing from military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan undertaken on the basis (however disputed) of American national security, it is reengaging in several other states in the region (albeit uncertainly) in the name of humanitarian intervention. Will democratic reconstruction replace national interest as the lodestar of Middle East policy? Is democratic reconstruction what the Arab Spring in fact represents?

The evolving consensus is that the United States is morally obliged to align with revolutionary movements in the Middle East as a kind of compensation for Cold War policies — invariably described as “misguided” — in which it cooperated with non-democratic governments in the region for security objectives. Then, it is alleged, supporting fragile governments in the name of international stability generated long-term instability. Even granting that some of those policies were continued beyond their utility, the Cold War structure lasted 30 years and induced decisive strategic transformations, such as Egypt’s abandonment of its alliance with the Soviet Union and the signing of the Camp David accords. The pattern now emerging, if it fails to establish an appropriate relationship to its proclaimed goals, risks being inherently unstable from inception, which could submerge the values it proclaimed.

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.The Arab Spring is widely presented as a regional, youth-led revolution on behalf of liberal democratic principles. Yet Libya is not ruled by such forces; it hardly continues as a state. Neither is Egypt, whose electoral majority (possibly permanent) is overwhelmingly Islamist. Nor do democrats seem to predominate in the Syrian opposition. The Arab League consensus on Syria is not shaped by countries previously distinguished by the practice or advocacy of democracy. Rather, it largely reflects the millennium-old conflict between Shiite and Sunni and an attempt to reclaim Sunni dominance from a Shiite minority. It is also precisely why so many minority groups, such as Druzes, Kurds and Christians, are uneasy about regime change in Syria.

The confluence of many disparate grievances avowing general slogans is not yet a democratic outcome. With victory comes the need to distill a democratic evolution and establish a new locus of authority. The more sweeping the destruction of the existing order, the more difficult establishment of domestic authority is likely to prove and the more likely is the resort to force or the imposition of a universal ideology. The more fragmented a society grows, the greater the temptation to foster unity by appeals to a vision of a merged nationalism and Islamism targeting Western values.

We must take care lest, in an era of shortened attention spans, revolutions turn, for the outside world, into a transitory Internet experience — watched intently for a few key moments, then tuned out once the main event is deemed over. The revolution will have to be judged by its destination, not its origin; its outcome, not its proclamations.

Five myths about Obama’s foreign policy
Text Size PrintE-mailReprintsBy Martin S. Indyk, Kenneth G. Lieberthal and Michael E. O’Hanlon, Published: March 30The Washington Post Barack Obama campaigned as a visionary on foreign policy. He vowed to repair the breach with the Muslim world, make a major dent in global poverty, establish detente with dictators, arrest climate change and work toward global denuclearization. But since he reached the Oval Office, pragmatism has won the day more often than not, rendering the president a reluctant realist more than an idealist. Now, as Obama seeks reelection at a moment of major challenges on the global stage, let’s lay to rest some myths about his successes and failures.

1. Obama is “leading from behind.”

This phrase, made famous in a 2011 New Yorker article by Ryan Lizza, was attributed to an anonymous White House staffer in explaining the Obama administration’s approach to the international operation in Libya. “Leading from behind” soon became a popular shorthand for Obama’s supposed approach to foreign policy.

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.But to the extent that the president does “lead from behind,” it is mainly where American interests are secondary or, in cases such as Egypt’s revolution, where Washington’s role cannot be too great lest it delegitimize local allies. With Libya’s revolution, for instance, Europe’s oil flow was directly affected, while no vital U.S. interest was at stake. So it made sense for British and French forces to take the lead after the initial U.S.-led suppression of Libyan air defenses — and the result was a relatively cheap and rapid overthrow of a brutal dictator.

When America’s core security interests have been on the line and the United States has had the power to do something about it, Obama has usually been decisive and led from out front. That’s true for the campaign against al-Qaeda as well as the administration’s increased focus on Asia over the past 18 months, designed to reassure regional allies and remind China of U.S. interests in its neighborhood.


2. Obama apologizes for America.

This charge is a popular refrain on the GOP presidential primary trail. It has its origins in Obama’s tendency during the 2008 campaign to sound at times as if he blamed President George W. Bush’s policies as much as Iranian and North Korean leaders for the breakdown in U.S. dealings with those states. Critics have also cited the president’s June 2009 speech in Cairo, addressing U.S. relations with the Islamic world, as another instance of apology.

While there is plenty to debate in Obama’s foreign policy record, this particular allegation does not hold up. For every Cairo speech acknowledging past mistakes, there has been another — such as the one in Oslo later that year, when he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize — in which Obama has reminded the world that his top responsibilities are to protect the American people and unapologetically command the nation’s military forces in the wars they are fighting.

His Cairo speech was a recognition that mistakes had been made on all sides, rather than an apology for America. This approach made the defense of American values and interests that were central to the speech all the more compelling.


3. Obama has markedly improved America’s standing in the Muslim world.

Despite his Cairo speech, despite his time growing up in Indonesia, despite his effort to pressure Israel to freeze settlements and despite his withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, Obama enters his reelection campaign with his own popularity (and that of the United States) in the broader Islamic world mired at levels similar to those of the late George W. Bush presidency.

Several factors have contributed to this, such as the failure to close the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and the use of drone strikes against al-Qaeda targets.

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Text Size PrintE-mailReprintsPart of the problem, too, was Obama’s flawed approach to Israel, which rested on currying favor with the Arab world by distancing the United States from Israel. But Arabs instead wanted Obama to use U.S. leverage to coax meaningful concessions out of Israel. Proposing Palestinian statehood at the United Nations one year only to promise to veto the proposal the next was particularly unfortunate. His strategy here simply did not work.


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.4. Obama is the opposite of George W. Bush.

Who would have imagined it? After Obama’s 2008 campaign, in which he pilloried the Bush-Cheney approach to foreign policy, his differences with his predecessor have been modest on several fronts.

First, he kept Bush’s defense secretary, Robert Gates — the first time that had happened when a president of a different party took over. He found no quick way — nor any slow, gradual way — to shut down the Guantanamo prison. Then, after promising during his campaign to leave Iraq within 16 months, Obama kept U.S. forces there for three years and left on a timeline negotiated by Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

After his efforts to extend a hand to those who would unclench their fists (as he put it in his inaugural address) failed with Iran and North Korea, Obama tightened international sanctions more effectively than Bush was able to do. On China and India, he has continued the prior approach of engagement, with no radical moves. Even on Bush’s “freedom agenda,” Obama began as a skeptic but wound up supporting the demands across the Arab world for free elections and accountable government.


5. Obama is standing by as Iran acquires nuclear weapons.

This oft-repeated charge by some Republican candidates ignores the significant progress Obama has made in organizing an international coalition against Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons, including the passage of a U.N. Security Council resolution imposing harsh sanctions on Iran. As the Iranian regime’s defiance continues in the face of what Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei himself has described as “crippling” sanctions, Obama has toughened his rhetoric, too, declaring that he will not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons.

And while he has emphasized that “all options are on the table,” he has actually taken one off the table: containment. That means Obama’s approach is binary — either Iran gives up its nuclear weapons aspirations through negotiations, or the United States will probably use preventive force to destroy its nuclear capabilities. That’s hardly capitulation.

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Martin S. Indyk is vice president and director of foreign policy at the Brookings Institution. Kenneth G. Lieberthal and Michael E. O’Hanlon are senior fellows at Brookings. The three are the co-authors of “Bending History: Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy.”

A new doctrine of intervention?
Text Size PrintE-mailReprintsBy Henry A. Kissinger, Published: March 30The Washington Post Henry A. Kissinger was secretary of state from 1973 to 1977 and is the author, most recently, of “On China.”

Not the least significant aspect of the Arab Spring is the redefinition of heretofore prevalent principles of foreign policy. As the United States is withdrawing from military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan undertaken on the basis (however disputed) of American national security, it is reengaging in several other states in the region (albeit uncertainly) in the name of humanitarian intervention. Will democratic reconstruction replace national interest as the lodestar of Middle East policy? Is democratic reconstruction what the Arab Spring in fact represents?

The evolving consensus is that the United States is morally obliged to align with revolutionary movements in the Middle East as a kind of compensation for Cold War policies — invariably described as “misguided” — in which it cooperated with non-democratic governments in the region for security objectives. Then, it is alleged, supporting fragile governments in the name of international stability generated long-term instability. Even granting that some of those policies were continued beyond their utility, the Cold War structure lasted 30 years and induced decisive strategic transformations, such as Egypt’s abandonment of its alliance with the Soviet Union and the signing of the Camp David accords. The pattern now emerging, if it fails to establish an appropriate relationship to its proclaimed goals, risks being inherently unstable from inception, which could submerge the values it proclaimed.

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.The Arab Spring is widely presented as a regional, youth-led revolution on behalf of liberal democratic principles. Yet Libya is not ruled by such forces; it hardly continues as a state. Neither is Egypt, whose electoral majority (possibly permanent) is overwhelmingly Islamist. Nor do democrats seem to predominate in the Syrian opposition. The Arab League consensus on Syria is not shaped by countries previously distinguished by the practice or advocacy of democracy. Rather, it largely reflects the millennium-old conflict between Shiite and Sunni and an attempt to reclaim Sunni dominance from a Shiite minority. It is also precisely why so many minority groups, such as Druzes, Kurds and Christians, are uneasy about regime change in Syria.

The confluence of many disparate grievances avowing general slogans is not yet a democratic outcome. With victory comes the need to distill a democratic evolution and establish a new locus of authority. The more sweeping the destruction of the existing order, the more difficult establishment of domestic authority is likely to prove and the more likely is the resort to force or the imposition of a universal ideology. The more fragmented a society grows, the greater the temptation to foster unity by appeals to a vision of a merged nationalism and Islamism targeting Western values.

We must take care lest, in an era of shortened attention spans, revolutions turn, for the outside world, into a transitory Internet experience — watched intently for a few key moments, then tuned out once the main event is deemed over. The revolution will have to be judged by its destination, not its origin; its outcome, not its proclamations.