Friday, September 28, 2012

Canada won't say if China involved in hacking incident http://reut.rs/VWXc3O


Quentin Tarantino is inspired by Westerns where "The bad guys win...and that's the end of the movie." http://nyti.ms/R0q1sS

Top Intel Official Backtracks on Libya,


Says Initial Assessment Premature

• AP

• Director of National Intelligence James Clapper appears to take the blame for the Obama administration's changing narrative on the U.S. Consulate attack in Libya, as spokesman says officials based initial comments on intelligence officials' guidance.

The office of the United States' top intelligence official appeared to take the blame Friday for the Obama administration's changing narrative on the U.S. Consulate attack in Libya, saying administration officials who initially claimed the attack was spontaneous did so based on intelligence officials' guidance.



The statement by Shawn Turner, spokesman for Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, was put out late Friday -- at the close of a tumultuous week for the Obama administration over the Libya attack.



The White House has had to steadily backpedal over initial claims that the attack was inspired by protests in Cairo over an anti-Islam film and was not pre-planned. Top officials started last week calling the attack "terrorism."



Turner's statement marked a complete reversal from the initial claims.



"As we learned more about the attack, we revised our initial assessment to reflect new information indicating that it was a deliberate and organized terrorist attack carried out by extremists," Turner said. "It remains unclear if any group or person exercised overall command and control of the attack, and if extremist group leaders directed their members to participate. However, we do assess that some of those involved were linked to groups affiliated with or sympathetic to Al Qaeda."



Turner, though, sought to explain that officials who discussed the attack as spontaneous did so based on intelligence community assessments.



"In the immediate aftermath, there was information that led us to assess that the attack began spontaneously following protests earlier that day at our embassy in Cairo," he said. "We provided that initial assessment to Executive Branch officials and members of Congress, who used that information to discuss the attack publicly and provide updates as they became available. Throughout our investigation we continued to emphasize that information gathered was preliminary and evolving."



However, sources have told Fox News that intelligence officials knew within 24 hours the attack that left the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans dead was terrorism, and that they suspected it was tied to Al Qaeda.



It's unclear, then, why the intelligence community told Executive Branch officials it was spontaneous.



In the midst of the changing story, Republicans have complained that they were misled by the administration. They pointed to briefings to lawmakers and comments made by U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice on five Sunday shows in which she claimed the attack was spontaneous, not pre-planned, and tied to the anti-Islam film.



Rep. Peter King, the New York Republican who heads the House Homeland Security Committee, told National Review that he thinks Rice should resign over the controversy.



"She is America's foreign policy spokesman to the world," King said. "The fact is she gave out information which was either intentionally or unintentionally misleading and wrong, and there should be consequences for that."



Meanwhile, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are raising questions about security at the compound in Benghazi. All members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee wrote to the State Department on Thursday asking for additional details about security at U.S. diplomatic posts and for a fuller explanation of the attacks on U.S. compounds in Libya, Egypt and Yemen.



An intelligence source on the ground in Libya told Fox News on Friday that no threat assessment was conducted before U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and his team began "taking up residence" at the Benghazi compound -- describing the security lapses as a "total failure."



The source told Fox News that there was no real security equipment installed in the villas on the compound except for a few video cameras.



On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the worst, the intelligence source said the security lapses were a 10 -- a "total failure" because Benghazi was known to be a major area for extremist activity.



There had been four attacks or attempted attacks on diplomatic and western targets leading up to the Sept. 11 strike on the U.S. Consulate.



Based on that information, a former regional security officer for diplomatic security told Fox News, the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi had to have been classified or assessed by the State Department as a "critical threat terrorism or civil unrest posting."



Fox News was told that State Department standards for diplomatic missions overseas dictate physical security standards for this classification. There are two sets -- classified and unclassified requirements. The unclassified standards include a 100-foot setback for the buildings from the exterior walls which should be three meters high, in addition to reinforced ballistic doors and windows which can withstand an hour of sustained assault.



Based on the video and photos, none appear present at the consulate.



The former regional security officer, who has worked in the Middle East, told Fox News that the standards are designed to give an ambassador, his or her team and diplomatic security that "golden hour" to burn classified dockets and call in military help for an emergency evacuation.



Fox News' Catherine Herridge and Pamela Browne contributed to this report.







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At UN Week, world leaders came together to recommit to finally closing the door on #Polio. What happened? http://b-gat.es/V6PJzH


Bank of America to settle lawsuit for $2.43 billion http://reut.rs/SpmLtX $BAC

#5Myths about presidential debates: http://wapo.st/Qw9iQW -- by @PBSGwen

Obama blocks Chinese wind farm over national security http://reut.rs/QL5wju

Netanyahu's Bomb Diagram Stirs Confusion in Israel http://nyti.ms/QwdrUM

Wednesday, September 26, 2012








Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivered a rambling but relatively toned-down speech at the United Nations Wednesday in which he called the Sept. 11 terror attacks "tragic" but also said that humanity's lives would be "beautiful and pleasant" had U.S. forces not thrown Osama bin Laden's corpse into the sea.



Ahmadinejad, who in 2010 called the 9/11 attacks "a big lie," criticized the United States for "killing and throwing the culprit into the sea without trial or without informing the world and the people of America." He told the annual gathering of the U.N. General Assembly that the U.S. should have formed "an independent fact-finding team" to "make the general public aware of the truth behind the incident." MORE: http://cbsn.ws/QbNZjU
Clashes erupt at Greece protest


Greek police fire tear gas to disperse anarchists throwing petrol bombs near Athens' parliament during a day-long strike against austerity measures.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19724284



Iran president tells the AP a new world order needs to emerge away from what he calls US bullying and domination, as he prepares to speak before UN a day after Obama warned US won't tolerate an Iran with nuclear weapons.

Chavez's oil-fed fund obscures Venezuela money trail http://reut.rs/VHkIBy


Explosions strike top Syrian army building http://reut.rs/VG264U

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

We MUST show solidarity and send love to the people of SPAIN who surrounded the Parliament in Madrid and refused to move until the government resigns.
Atlas supported the world on his shoulders. So did the Greeks believe the world was round and if so, was it only in Medieval times the world became flat 

Monday, September 24, 2012

.Is Psy's 'Gangnam Style' a cultural reference to consumer excess or just a silly horse dance?


Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ Message on Money: Best Things in Life Are Free

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If you have access to the internet, the chances are good that you’ve seen the over-the-top music video for South
Tonight was a big night for TV. Jimmy Kimmel hosted and these were just a few of the actresses and actors who showed up: http://wapo.st/QObC31


2012 Primetime Emmy Awards: Red Carpet arrivals

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Celebrities arrive for the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

Kaley Cuoco no Emmy 2012.

This eerie aurora was photographed from the International Space Station after a large Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) from the Sun http://oak.ctx.ly/r/p14
Tonight, 60 Minutes airs conversations with the candidates for president of the United States. We interviewed Barack Obama and Mitt Romney over the last few weeks and we asked about a wide variety of issues. The very first edition of 60 Min...


utes, in 1968, featured candidates Richard Nixon and Hubert Humphrey. Now, as we approach our 45th season, we hope you'll get a better picture of where today's candidates want to lead the country."Campaign 2012: Obama vs. Romney

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In separate interviews, President Barack Obama and his challenger, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, discuss the election year's hot button

Israeli ex-PM Olmert spared jail in corruption case http://reut.rs/QtHRqq






Romney, in interview, says his tax rate is "fair" http://reut.rs/Vv8rQx





Bo scandal policeman Wang jailed

Wang Lijun, the ex-police chief at the heart of the scandal that felled top Chinese politician Bo Xilai, is jailed for 15 years.

Egypt reopens ancient tombs

Two burial sites have reopened after a decade of restoration - but the cost of the project has been a drain on the country's finances. James Kelly reports.

Bo scandal policeman Wang jailed

Wang Lijun, the ex-police chief at the heart of the scandal that felled top Chinese politician Bo Xilai, is jailed for 15 years.

Brawl halts Foxconn production

Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology, a major supplier for Apple, has shut a plant in northern China after a mass brawl breaks out involving some 2,000 workers.

Kenyan soldiers 'kill Somali civilians'

Seven civilians are shot dead by Kenyan troops advancing towards the al-Shabab stronghold of Kismayo, a Somali army spokesman tells the BBC.

President Obama admits 'mistakes' made in Mitt Romney attack ads while lamenting he hasn't significantly changed tone in Washington, as Republican candidate Romney touts competitiveness in nationally broadcast interviews.   FROM 60 MINUTES OVERTIME: Oh, how times have changed since 2007 when we first met then-Sen. Obama and Gov. Romney on 60 Minutes. The veteran producers who covered our presidential candidates then and now revisit the broadcast's first encounters in this week's Overtime feature.

Tonight, 60 Minutes airs conversations with the candidates for president of the United States. We interviewed Barack Obama and Mitt Romney over the last few weeks and we asked about a wide variety of issues. The very first edition of 60 Min...

utes, in 1968, featured candidates Richard Nixon and Hubert Humphrey. Now, as we approach our 45th season, we hope you'll get a better picture of where today's candidates want to lead the country.See More

"Campaign 2012: Obama vs. Romney

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In separate interviews, President Barack Obama and his challenger, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, discuss the election year's hot button issues
FROM 60 MINUTES OVERTIME: Oh, how times have changed since 2007 when we first met then-Sen. Obama and Gov. Romney on 60 Minutes. The veteran producers who covered our presidential candidates then and now revisit the broadcast's first encounters in this week's Overtime feature.


"Obama and Romney: How they've changed in 5 years

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Oh, how times have changed since 2007 when we first met then-Sen. Obama and Gov. Romney on 60 Minutes

Egypt reopens ancient tombs

Two burial sites have reopened after a decade of restoration - but the cost of the project has been a drain on the country's finances. James Kelly reports.

FROM 60 MINUTES OVERTIME: Oh, how times have changed since 2007 when we first met then-Sen. Obama and Gov. Romney on 60 Minutes. The veteran producers who covered our presidential candidates then and now revisit the broadcast's first encounters in this week's Overtime feature. "Obama and Romney: How they've changed in 5 years


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Oh, how times have changed since 2007 when we first met then-Sen. Obama and Gov. Romney on 60 Minutes


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Avalanche kills climbers in Nepal


At least nine climbers are feared dead and six are missing in Nepal after an avalanche sweeps away Europeans and others on a Himalayan peak.



Avalanche kills climbers in Nepal

At least nine climbers are feared dead and six are missing in Nepal after an avalanche sweeps away Europeans and others on a Himalayan peak.



Avalanche kills climbers in Nepal



At least nine climbers are feared dead and six are missing in Nepal after an avalanche sweeps away Europeans and others on a Himalayan peak.

Friday, September 21, 2012


International Day Of Peace: 5 Ways To Take Action www.huffingtonpost.com

Precipitated by recent acts of violence in Benghazi, Syria and around the world, International Day of Peace comes at a crucial moment. The UN has declared September 21 of each year to advocate for peace around the globe.  
‎(M) Why do conservatives look down on being educated?

House GOP Candidate Would Close Federal Departments Because Staff ‘Read Books’ (VIDEO) www.addictinginfo.org

David Rouzer, running for Congress in North Carolina's 7th congressional district, comes out against educated bureaucrats

SORT: MOST RECENT




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The Pentagon says the last of 33,000 extra US soldiers sent to Afghanistan by President Barack Obama more than three years ago have left the country.



They were deployed with the aim of pushing back the Taliban and allowing Afghan government forces time to take over the security of their own country.



Do you think 'the surge' achieved the stated goals?



Last of Obama 'surge' troops leave Afghanistan
Romney: 'My campaign is about the 100 percent'


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Republican presidential candidate addresses "47 percent" fundraiser comments, immigration at Univision forum

Yesterday


The 2012 presidential campaign has had no shortage of surprise shifts, but regardless of the moment, gaffe, or intervening factor at play, there has emerged an unerringly consistent GOP theme: This election, Republicans say, is about the ec...

onomy.



Whether or not that's true - and most polls indicate that, at the very least, many voters prioritize jobs and/or the economy as their number one issue - there's little question why Republicans, and Mitt Romney's supporters, would make this argument: The Republican presidential candidate has frequently outpolled President Obama on the issue.



A handful of new surveys, however, suggest that Romney's losing his edge on questions about the economy - a potentially troubling sign for a campaign that has recently been dogged by controversy.

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Why is Mitt Romney losing his edge on the economy?

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Several new polls show Obama closing the gap on questions about whether he or Romney would better handle the economy

The analyst who tracked down bin Laden is a new kind of CIA officer: smart, self-assured-and female.



The CIA's Secret Weapons



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In an unauthorized account of the raid on Osama bin Laden, a Navy SEAL revealed that the intelligence analyst who led his team was a woman—and there are plenty more like her in the ranks. Eli Lake reveals the world of the superstar female



Wednesday, September 19, 2012

El francés Carlos Gardel llevó el tango a su máxima expresión, como uno de sus grandes intérpretes. No, no estás leyendo mal ni nos equivocamos de nacionalidad: Ni argentino, ni uruguayo, Carlos Gardel nación en Francia. ¿Quéeee? Aquí tienes la historia:


http://on.cnn.com/RxLIiL



El departamento de Justicia de Estados Unidos acusó al condado de Alamance en Carolina del Norte, de discriminar a la comunidad latina y al alguacil Terry S. Johnson de describir a los hispanos como "come tacos". ¿Qué opinas? http://on.cnn.com/R0uPAy



Republicans believe Mitt Romney’s mistakes could prevent them from winning back the Senate.



Romney’s failure to close the gap with President Obama less than 50 days before the election, as well as a variety of high-profile gaffes, have raised concerns that the GOP nominee will strand candidates in close swing-states races.

After Seven Days, Chicago Teachers Vote To Suspend Strike


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After seven days, about 350,000 students will return to classrooms this week.   Heavy fighting in Damascus suburb

Heavy fighting hits Syria's capital Damascus, as Amnesty International says government forces are "indiscriminately" bombing civilians.

Romney slams 1998 audio clip purporting to show Obama embracing 'redistribution,' and sticks by his comments about Obama supporters, as campaign battle switches from foreign policy back to jobs and economy.

Mission Aims to See if Isaac Churned Up Deepwater Horizon Oil

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Whence the oil churned up by Hurricane Isaac?

An editorial in today's Opinion Pages states: "The truth is that Mr. Romney has been trying to incite the anger of a small slice of the richest Americans who need no government assistance but get it anyway, against the working poor, older Americans, the disabled workers and veterans, and even a significant chunk of middle-class Americans."


Mitt Romney, Class Warrior

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Turning the rich against the poor is Mr. Romney’s campaign tactic and his plan for governing.

Rebuking Mitt Romney, President Obama said Tuesday that Americans are not "victims" and that anyone seeking the presidency ought to be working for "everyone, not just some."



Mr. Obama's remarks came after a secretly taped and newly release...

d video of the Republican presidential nominee showed Romney describing "47 percent of the people" as Obama supporters who depend on government and believe they are victims.



"My expectation is that if you want to be president, you have to work for everyone, not just for some," Mr. Obama said in a taping of the "Late Show" with David Letterman.See More



Obama rebukes Romney in Letterman interview

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President tells "Late Show" host that president must be working for "everyone, not just some" after Romney's criticism of "47 percent"

Conservative principle : privatizing profits socializing losses, dont tax them

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

‎"There’s nothing wrong with us giving each other a helping hand so that that single mom’s kid, even after all the work she’s done, can afford to go to college,” Obama said. http://wapo.st/Qkaxzq




On Letterman, Obama says Romney ‘writing off’ much of country

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“There are not a lot of people out there who think they’re victims.”



President Obama got his first chance to address Mitt Romney’s comments about 47 percent of the electorate being victims Tuesday night in a scheduled appearance on David Letterman’s late-night show on CBS. Read more in Media Decoder: http://nyti.ms/Ppf4S9.
America needs a debate about foreign policy and the presidential election isn’t providing it. Massacres in Syria, even the killing of a fine diplomat, matter less than this election’s defining argument, the economy. But the winner will face foreign policy crises from day one http://econ.st/Qxj9mD



Deeds, not words www.economist.com

The world needs more people like Chris Stevens, said Hillary Clinton, paying tribute to America’s ambassador to Libya hours after his murder, along with three...

Here's a look at how Democrats, Republicans, and conservatives are reacting to the comments by Mitt Romney at a May 17 private fundraiser. Do you think Romney can get back on offense after this latest challenge?




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Secretly taped comments put Romney back on defense CNN.com

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Romney offended Palestinians, Latinos and Americans using entitlements in a series of verbal


Bat Masterson, legendary figure of the Old West, is shown in 1912. At this time Masterson was the sports editor of the New York Telegraph whose main coverage was boxing. Bat was as fearless with his typewriter as he had been with his six-shooter.

Large chunks of voters who don’t have an income tax liability vote for Democrats, recent studies and figures suggest, but the issue isn’t as clear-cut as Mitt Romney made it seem in remarks at a private fundraiser this spring.Majority—but not all of '47 percent' likely to back Obama


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Many of these voters are senior citizens who are more likely to vote for Republicans. Others don’t pay an income tax because of deductions championed by Republican lawmakers.
Iraq re-opens border with Syria for refugees, but turns away young men for security reasons http://reut.rs/Ro2x5c


Syrian rebels battle Assad forces near Turkish border http://reut.rs/RnQsNi

New poll: Obama leads Romney by 8 points in Virginia http://wapo.st/PP9KcD via @PostPolls

..Who are "the 47%?" In a video recorded at a fundraiser, Mitt Romney talked about the percentage of Americans who pay no federal income tax. The New York Times's Annie Lowrey explains who does and doesn't pay income taxes in the United States.Behind the 'People Who Pay No Income Tax'












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Mitt Romney is right that about half of American households do not pay federal income tax. That reflects the way the tax burden has been designed -- including provisions championed by Republicans.







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The reduction, linked to a spike in “insider attacks” and Muslim outrage over an anti-Islam video, is a major departure from the partnership policy. http://wapo.st/QyLF7q











U.S. troops ordered to make major reduction in joint operations with Afghan forces









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The order to scale back operations with Afghan forces departs from “shoulder-to-shoulder” partnership.



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The Economist

Is switching from a vehicle’s recommended premium-grade fuel to the cheaper variety worth it? If the car’s handbook says that premium petrol is “recommended” (rather than insisting it is “required”), then the engine will automatically adjust itself to run smoothly on a lower octane fuel. But there is still reluctance in making the switch http://econ.st/QwUqyP



Difference Engine: Who needs premium?

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Even at the cheapest petrol station in your correspondent's neighborhood, filling up the family kidmobile with premium (91 octane) fuel now costs over $70. As the...Paul Ryan, Romney Campaign Stumble Over Questions About Tax Loopholes

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Mitt Romney's campaign continued its trend Monday of refusing to specify which tax loopholes he and running mate Rep. Paul Ryan     Controversial private fund-raiser video shows candid Romney

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The CNN Political Ticker is the hottest destination for the latest political news with dispatches, behind-the-scenes reports, and expert commentary, 24-7. For the latest political news from CNN\'s Best Political Team, with campaign coverage, 24-7.   Nato curbs Afghan joint patrolsNato restricts operations with Afghan forces following a string of deadly attacks on its personnel by rogue Afghan security forces.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Hezbollah leads anti-film rally


Hassan Nasrallah. the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah party, denounces an anti-Islam film in a rare public appearance, as protests continue in many countries.

Romney taped at secret donor talk

A video emerges showing US Republican presidental candidate Mitt Romney appearing to disparage Obama voters at a private donor dinner.

White House sticks to its claim that the deadly attack outside the US Consulate in Benghazi was 'spontaneous,' contrary to what an intelligence source in Libya tells Fox News. Meanwhile, protests spread to more Muslim nations, including Lebanon.

Obama Officials Walk Tightrope in Assessing Nature of Consulate Attack

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Netanyahu Says Iran Is ‘20 Yards’ From Nuclear Bomb http://nyti.ms/SrajWD




4 NATO troops killed by attackers dressed as Afghan police are Americans, Obama administration source says. http://on.cnn.com/O73VZq



Rev. Moon's mass church marriages succeeded or failed, one by one http://wapo.st/PH6Jek



Pope urges Christians to be peacemakers in Middle East http://reut.rs/OxJwMO
If the supervolcano at Yellowstone National Park were to erupt, it could cover about half of the nation in 1-3ft of volcanic ash.




The Supervolcano: http://bit.ly/PqOy9g
Pope peace call at Beirut mass


Pope Benedict XVI appeals for leaders in the Middle East to work for peace as hundreds of thousands of worshippers attend his seafront mass in Beirut.

Panetta Urges US to Be Vigilant Amid Turmoil Across the Middle East

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• While protesters in Afghanistan burn American and Israeli flags, Defense Secretary Panetta says anti-American protests will likely continue, but the violence appears to be leveling off.

The Bush Admnistration : wars, 4 trillion dollars to arrest Saddan and to elect Karzai, 31 million people without HCI, thousands of civilian casualties, the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression

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Double Take 'Toons: Overseas Actions

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Foreign policy has finally become a campaign issue in this election season. John Darkow thinks Mitt Romney's grasp







Saturday, September 15, 2012


Irish newspaper prints Kate shots

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The Republic of Ireland edition of the Irish Daily Star prints controversial topless pictures of Kate Middleton.

Anti-Islam Film Never Existed http://ow.ly/dJOeW



The anti-Islamic video that inflamed mayhem in Egypt and Libya and triggered a diplomatic crisis is at the centre of a growing mystery over whether it is a real film or was ever intended.

Pentagon Prepares To Drop The Hammer On Anti-US Muslim Riots? http://ow.ly/dK3Lx




The US has deployed military teams to respond to unrest in 17 or 18 locations in Muslim nations that are of strategic interest to Pentagon.



“We have to be prepared in the event that these demonstrations get out of control,” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in a Friday interview with Foreign Policy.



Panetta did not offer further details on the statement, but the magazine quoted a US defense official who confirmed that the Pentagon has deployed 100 Marines to Libya, Tripoli and Yemen, and is also considering whether to send 50 soldiers to Sudan.



The comments came after four days of anti-US protests across the Muslim world in countries such as Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon and Sudan. Tensions came to a head after after Friday’s prayers, with Muslims massing near American embassies to voice anger over the US-made amateur film ‘Innocence of Muslims’ that ridiculed the Prophet Muhammad.



With the exception of the attack against the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, Panetta argued that the film likely the main reason for the violence. The Middle East is going through “convulsions” after its historic revolutions last year, and extremists are attempting to exploit the unrest, he said.



Panetta also downplayed the worldwide protests, in which at least six demonstrators were killed and dozens injured, by saying that “one demonstration of extremists, any more than a Ku Klux Klan demonstration in the United States, is not necessarily reflective of what the rest of the country feels.”



The storming of the Benghazi consulate is “under assessment and under investigation, to determine just exactly what happened here,” he said.

Dr. Hutan Ashrafian, a lecturer and surgeon at the Imperial College London, says the key to the mystery lies in the art from the period, which depicted King Tut with highly feminine features, including enlarged breasts.

The enlarged breasts, he argues, are indicative of a condition known as gynecomastia, which, when added to a host of historical and familial evidence, indicates that Tutankhamun might have suffered and eventually died from temporal lobe epilepsy.

Ashrafian says the first clue is in the relatively early deaths of other rulers who were directly related to Tutankhamun.





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US orders staff to leave Tunisia


The US orders all non-essential diplomatic staff and families to leave Tunisia and Sudan, amid a wave of protests over an anti-Islam film made in the US.

Sudan Rejects US Request to Send Marines to Help Secure US Embassy

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• State Department issues travel warnings to Americans in Tunisia and Sudan, on same day Sudan government objects to US plan to send elite Marine team to help secure US Embassy.

US orders staff to leave TunisiaThe US orders all non-essential diplomatic staff and families to leave Tunisia and Sudan, amid a wave of protests over an anti-Islam film made in the US.

La policía interroga a Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, presunto autor del filme antiislámico que denigra al profeta Mahoma: http://on.cnn.com/PimK8H



Looks like the church is returning to power in Russia



Putin’s God Squad

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After years of repression under Communist rule, the Orthodox Church is back at the heart of Russian politics.







Police: Suspect in rape of 73-year-old in NYC was suspect in 2002 killing of West Virginia woman http://wapo.st/PCShUy

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the



courage to continue that counts." Winston Churchill





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Friday, September 14, 2012

LiveScience


A monk found stumbling naked through a German forest most likely consumed the hallucinogenic berries of the Deadly Nightshade plant.



Naked German Monk Likely a Victim of Hallucinogenic Berries
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Are berries really to blame for a naked monk's foray through a German forest?
Judge temporarily blocks possible Iowa voter purge


Obama Erases Romney’s Edge on Economy, Poll Finds

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Most Interesting Man In The World' Is Hosting An Obama Fundraiser


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"The most interesting man in the world," the iconic spokesman from Dos Equis beer commercials, might not seem like an overtly political character. Giving his thoughts on the "two-party system" in one ad, the bearded gentleman advised in his gruff voice, "the after party is the one you want to attend...

Ezra Klein on Mitt Romney's desperate attempt to exploit the tragedy in Libya: "Like a gambler who's already lost too much, they begin taking risks in the hope of making it all back. And then, more often than not, they pay the price."


Ezra Klein on Mitt Romney's desperate attempt to exploit the tragedy in Libya: "Like a gambler who's already lost too much, they begin taking risks in the hope of making it all back. And then, more often than not, they pay the price."



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Romney: 'We Should Never Apologize For American Values Or Japanese Internment Camps' www.theonion.com

JACKSONVILLE, FL Criticizing the Obama administration’s response to the current crisis in Libya and Egypt, Mitt Romney told reporters Wednesday

Fed acts to bolster US economy


The US central bank announces it will resume its policy of pumping more money into the economy, with new debt purchases of $40bn (£25bn) a month.

US, Libya: Envoy Murders Timed

To 9/11, Used Protests as Cover

Libyan official says attack on US Consulate in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three American staffers was a two-part militant operation timed to 9/11, carried out under cover of anti-American protests, that continued today an account that comports with what House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers earlier told Fox News.

This kind of movie is a conservative fabrication. A provocative new report from the New York Times alleges the Bush administration failed to heed several warnings of an imminent attack.
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Remembering the Bush Administration’s Post 9/11 Lies that Forever Changed America www.politicususa.com While Americans reflect on the events of 9/11, they should remember that as catastrophic as the attacks were, it was subsequent events that really changed this country for the worse. In today's New York Times investigative reporter Kurt Eichenwald writes that the Bush White House received "horrific" warnings of possible terrorist attacks as early as May 2001; He told "CBS This Morning" that the counterterrorist center of the CIA did "a spectacular job ... they told them everything they needed to know to go on a full alert, and the White House didn't do it" NY Times reporter: Bush White House didn't listen to 9/11 warnings "CBS This Morning" CBS News www.cbsnews.com

Monday, September 10, 2012

Yemen says al-Qaeda chief killed Said al-Shihri, described as the second-in-command of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, is killed in an operation in Yemen, officials say. Yemen says al-Qaeda chief killed Said al-Shihri, described as the second-in-command of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, is killed in an operation in Yemen, officials say. France 'helped Syria defector' Manaf Tlas, a Syrian general who defected in July, hints that French intelligence agencies helped him escape. Spain opposes bailout conditions Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says his government will not accept conditions from outside over a possible bailout. Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says his government will not accept conditions from outside over a possible bailout.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Many dead in wave of Iraq attacks Dozens of people are reported killed in a wave of attacks in Iraq, including 11 soldiers killed at a checkpoint north of Baghdad. Top News story Many dead in wave of Iraq attacks Dozens of people are reported killed in a wave of attacks in Iraq, including 11 soldiers killed at a checkpoint north of Baghdad. Hong Kong votes in key election Hong Kong voters are electing a new legislature, with pro-democracy candidates expected to do well after weeks of anti-China protests. The vice president fires back at groups claiming he made misleading remarks regarding the Romney-Ryan plan for Medicare, daring reporters to 'fact check me' and the Romney campaign obliged. Biden Dares Critics: 'Fact Check Me' Member of Haqqani network says American prisoner of war will not be harmed, but father is skeptical

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Draghi in ECB euro rescue plan European Central Bank plans for a new bond-buying scheme aimed at easing the eurozone debt crisis push down borrowing costs for Spain and Italy. And now, Vladimir Putin flies with the cranes. In his latest stunt, he used a motorized hang-glider to lead five captive Siberian cranes southward on their first seasonal migration. SEE: Putin's many feats of strength - http://wapo.st/RNjDnf Vladimir Putin: Racer, diver, horseback rider, whale hunter wapo.st Cultivating his inner James Bond, Russia's leader (and former spy chief) often strains the limits in his stunts.
Draghi in ECB euro rescue plan Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, has unveiled details of a new bond-buying plan aimed at easing the eurozone debt crisis. France gun victims shot in head Three of the four people killed in or near a British-registered car in France were shot in the head, while two young girls are being treated in hospital, officials say. 1. And now, Vladimir Putin flies with the cranes. In his latest stunt, he used a motorized hang-glider to lead five captive Siberian cranes southward on their first seasonal migration. SEE: Putin's many feats of strength - http://wapo.st/RNjDnf Vladi¬mir Putin: Racer, diver, horseback rider, whale hunter wapo.st Cultivating his inner James Bond, Russia's leader (and former spy chief) often strains the limits in his stunts. Parte superior do formulário 25LikeUnlike • • Share Parte inferior do formulário 1. The New York Times shared a link. 18 minutes ago Vladimir V. Putin has tranquilized a tiger, used a crossbow to extract tissue from a whale and put a tracking collar on a polar bear. He has also appeared shirtless riding a horse in Siberia and flown on a fighter jet, a bomber and an amphi... See More Putin Pulls Off His Latest Feat: Flying With Migratory Birds nyti.ms President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia piloted a motorized hang glider over an Arctic wilderness area while guiding a flock of migratory birds toward their winter habitat as
Former Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns owner Art #Modell has died, son says. http://on.cnn.com/PL7WhB European Central Bank discusses efforts to resolve #eurozone crisis. Live: http://on.cnn.com/cnndcl2 Bill Clinton concludes his #DNC2012 speech, President Obama walks on stage. Watch live: http://wapo.st/P1ubm1 Bill Clinton: "So far every single person that's bet against America has always lost money..." http://wapo.st/RNuXQp #DNC2012

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

‎"We talk often about choice. Well ladies ... and gentlemen, it's now time to choose." - Sandra Fluke at the Democratic National Convention. (AP photo) Fluke is the Georgetown student denied a chance to speak at a House committee hearing on requiring insurers to cover birth control. Radio host Rush Limbaugh called her a "slut." Follow our live blog for DNC updates: http://bit.ly/OVY6e1
President Obama's DNC speech moved indoors www.fox5sandiego.com President Obama 's formal acceptance speech of the Democratic presidential nomination will be moved indoors Thursday due to weather in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Democratic National Convention Committee announced Wednesday. The dangerous political battle for Afghanistan www.globalpost.com With President Hamid Karzai constitutionally prevented from standing in the 2014 election, and all foreign

Monday, September 3, 2012


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On "Face the Nation," Democrats said their convention this week in Charlotte, N.C., is going to be more "positive" and diverse, and a major contrast to the Republicans' meeting, which Obama campaign aide Stephanie Cutter called "a week of personal attacks, empty platitudes, and the one thing you were left with is they really think lying is a virtue"

Democratic aide: GOP thinks "lying is a virtue" "Face the Nation" CBS News
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Steven Pearlstein explains in our opinion section why other countries are beginning to turn to China, Germany, Sweden and even Israel for lessons in how to organize their capitalist economies.
Can we save American capitalism?
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By losing its ethical core, it’s lost its way.

Sunday, September 2, 2012



President Barack Obama is having to work more relentlessly to stay in the White House than he did to get there in the first place and he knows it, advisers say.

Obama's job-approval ratings have struggled to cross the 50% line. The president's team is concerned about the lack of enthusiasm, particularly among young voters and Hispanics—both central to Mr. Obama's strategy.

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Bain Capital, the private equity firm founded by Mitt Romney, is among more than a dozen firms being investigated for improperly avoiding federal income taxes, according to the New York Times. b.globe.com/T76ds3Private equity firm founded by Mitt Romney under investigation for tax strategy - The Boston Globe
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New York’s attorney general is investigating whether executives at Bain Capital, the private equity firm founded by Republican presidential
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On "Face the Nation," Democrats said their convention this week in Charlotte, N.C., is going to be more "positive" and diverse, and a major contrast to the Republicans' meeting, which Obama campaign aide Stephanie Cutter called "a week of personal attacks, empty platitudes, and the one thing you were left with is they really think lying is a virtue"

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Afghan police recruits training halted
Training for new recruits into the Afghan local police is suspended while they are re-vetted for possible ties to the Taliban, US officials say.
Pakistan blasphemy case imam held
An imam is remanded in Pakistan, accused of planting pages of the Koran among burnt pages in the bag of a Christian girl arrested on charges of blasphemy.
Wyoming wolves lose US protection
The US government ends its protection of gray wolves in Wyoming, allowing the western state to shoot wolves on sight in most areas.
Entertainment & Arts
Egypt TV chief's plot trial opens
An Egyptian television presenter denies calling for the murder of President Mohammed Mursi as his trial opens in the capital, Cairo.
• Author Richard Bach crashes plane
• Stars lead tributes to Bygraves
Health
Thalidomide apology 'insulting'
The company which invented thalidomide has "insulted" those affected by the drug by issuing an "insincere" apology, British campaigners say
• After week of attacks on president's fiscal record, Democrats come to his defense saying trying to balance the federal budget now would be a bad idea.
• Obama, GOP Duel Over Rising College Expenses
• President says he wasn't offended by Eastwood's performance, involving empty chair meant to represent him
o Ryan Says He Misstated Marathon Time Claim
• Romney Camp to Obama: #Enough With the Nonstop Tweeting
• White House Ale Recipe Revealed
• COMPLETE CONVENTION COVERAGE
• Israeli Leader Calls for
Clear 'Red Line' on Iran

Prime Minister Netanyahu says Iran's nuclear program will not be stopped without a strong international front
o US Halts Training of Afghan Police After String of Attacks on US Troops
• Police Rescue Teen From
Las Vegas Kidnap Terror

Melissa Duran was found scared, but unharmed, 21-hours after suspects took her and demanded a ransom
o Death Row Murderer Leads Police to Remains of Victims
• Two people were shot early this morning in the 400 block of West Evergreen Street on the Near North Side. (Peter Nickeas/Tribune)
• A 39-year-old man was shot three times inside his car early this morning on the Southeast Side, according to police. Police responded about 3 a.m. and found the man in his car with the window down, shot once in the head and twice in the chest. Police said they found crack cocaine in his hand and more next to his body.

1. "Why do media focus on Iran but not Israel," The Post Ombudsman wonders? "There are benign and not-so-benign reasons."


What about Israel’s nuclear weapons?
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OMBUDSMAN | Why no stories about its nuclear weapons?

Saturday, September 1, 2012

The Priest Who Beat Pussy Riot: The Orthodox Point Man with the Kremlin
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The sentence and verdict against the feminist punk band is further evidence of the dangerous erosion of Russia’s
The Republican National Convention revealed new confidence among Republican high-ups and grassroots alike. Yet amid the fighting talk and the predictions of victory, the gathering felt oddly flat at times, even wary. Partly, that wariness reflects a nagging sense that victory would merely start a new round of gruelling fights http://econ.st/Ue6YOb