Monday, September 30, 2013


Government shutdown would threaten fragile economy Ben White
www.politico.com
There is one possible way a shutdown could help the economy: It could result in a long-term agreement, reduce partisan tensions and take the far scarier prospect of a debt default off the table.

'We are not going to be bullied': As the clock ticked on a looming government shutdown, legislators from both sides of the aisle blasted the political impasse.

Some lawmakers showed flashes of irritation and anger, lobbing barbed zingers at the opposing political party over a partial shutdown that threatens to grind scores of key federal services to a halt unless Congress agrees on a measure that funds the government: http://nbcnews.to/1eVqWdn
Less than 7 hours remain until a government shutdown

Live Updates: http://nbcnews.to/14Y847J

WEIGH IN: Is Washington broken?Show
Does John Boehner have the character to stand up to the Tea Party? (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA)

VOTE on today's #edshow poll (at http://on.msnbc.com/18H4QoA) and leave a comment here (in 140 characters or less) so we can share it on msnbc at 5pET/4pCT/3pMT/2pPT! The Bush Administration destroyed the worlds economy. Clinton adopted a series of austerity measures balanced the budget and left us with a surplus. Bush destroyed it in 5 years

  The U.S. Senate killed a proposal by the House to delay Obamacare for a year in return for temporary..    Photo: The deadline for lawmakers to agree on a U.S. federal budget is now less than 12 hours away  live coverage http://reut.rs/PoliticsLIVE The U.S. Senate killed a proposal by the House to delay Obamacare for a year in return for temporary funding of the government. By a vote of 54 to 46, the Democratic controlled Senate defeated the Obamacare delay and a House amendment repealing a medical device tax that were attached to an emergency spending bill. The straight-forward funding bill that would run through November 15 is aimed at averting a government shutdown. It now goes back to the House, where its fate is unknown. Photo: U.S. Capitol dome is seen down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC. REUTERS/Gary Cameron
  
 The U.S. Senate killed a proposal by the House to delay Obamacare for a year in return for temporary...   Photo: The deadline for lawmakers to agree on a U.S. federal budget is now less than 12 hours away  live coverage http://reut.rs/PoliticsLIVE The U.S. Senate killed a proposal by the House to delay Obamacare for a year in return for temporary funding of the government. By a vote of 54 to 46, the Democratic-controlled Senate defeated the Obamacare delay and a House amendment repealing a medical device tax that were attached to an emergency spending bill. The straight forward funding bill that would run through November 15 is aimed at averting a government shutdown. It now goes back to the House, where its fate is unknown. Photo: U.S. Capitol dome is seen down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

The deadline for lawmakers to agree on a U.S. federal budget is now less than 12 hours away live coverage http://reut.rs/PoliticsLIVE

The U.S. Senate killed a proposal by the House to delay Obamacare for a year in return for temporary funding of the government. By a vote of 54 to 46, the Democratic-controlled Senate defeated the Obamacare delay and a House amendment repealing a medical device tax that were attached to an emergency spending bill.

The straight forward funding bill that would run through November 15 is aimed at averting a government shutdown. It now goes back to the House, where its fate is unknown.

Photo: U.S. Capitol dome is seen down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC. REUTERS/Gary Cameron


Monday, September 16, 2013


Two powerful storms pummeled Mexico as they converged from the Pacific and the Gulf, killing an estimated 41 people and forcing the evacuation of thousands.

Tropical Depression Ingrid soaked Mexico's northern Gulf coast, while the remnants of Tropical Storm Manuel lashed the Pacific coast, inundating the popular beach resort of Acapulco.

The storms, though weakened, continued to unleash massive rains that have killed more than three dozen people in the states of Veracruz, Guerrero, Puebla, Hidalgo, Michoacan and Oaxaca, national emergency services said  @reuters...See More
A Muslim woman, standing trial in London, must take off the veil that normally covers her face when she gives evidence.

A British judge said he would offer the woman a screen to shield her from public view while giving evidence but that she had to be seen by him, the jury and lawyers.

She's been on trial accused of intimidating witnesses, and her lawyers argue removing the veil is a breach of her human rights. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-24112067...
Papa Benedict, our 'wise grandfather', who held fast to the Cross amidst the turmoil of scandals that rocked the Church in the nineties, then graciously paved the way and opened the door for our wonderful new Pope Francis!

Geoffrey Lopes da Silva As much as we all wish it were different, it is very doubtful that His Holiness the Pope Emeritus will write any longer. He will not want to create the image of some sort of dual Magisterium.
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Just another bishop meeting with his priests, except this time it's #PopeFrancis. Read what he told them. And in case you missed it, we have video from the meeting too: http://on.fb.me/1eiV5TC
Pope assures Rome priests that 'sanctity is stronger than scandals'
www.catholicnews.com
ROME (CNS) Acting in his capacity as bishop of Rome, Pope Francis offered words of encouragement to his diocesan priests, assuring them that recent and current scandals cannot overcome the church's holiness and urging them to keep their vocations Service
Just another bishop meeting with his priests, except this time it's #PopeFrancis. Read what he told them. And in case you missed it, we have video from the meeting too: http://on.fb.me/1eiV5TC
Pope assures Rome priests that 'sanctity is stronger than scandals'
www.catholicnews.com
ROME (CNS)  Acting in his capacity as bishop of Rome, Pope Francis offered words of encouragement to his diocesan priests, assuring them that recent and current scandals cannot overcome the church's holiness and urging them to keep their vocations



JUST IN: UN inspectors report says there's clear and convincing evidence that surface-to-surface rockets containing Sarin were used in Damascus.

The report, to be presented later today, will say that chemical weapons have been used between the parties involved in the Syrian civil war - AP

Read more: http://bit.ly/18rh0FI

Photo: A UN chemical weapons expert, wearing a gas mask, holds a plastic bag containing samples from one of the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Ain Tarma neighborhood of Damascus on Aug. 29. (Reuters file)


"Italian men are becoming less romantic and less gentlemanly"

Italy's Casanovas have been hit where it hurts- because of the recession.

With their country still in recession, with unemployment climbing above 12% and with the cost of living soaring, the Latin lover has had to rein in his appetite....
Newly crowned Miss America Nina Davuluri's victory led to some negative comments on Twitter from users upset that someone of Indian heritage had won the pageant.

"I have to rise above that," Davuluri said. "I always viewed myself as first and foremost American." Read more from AP: http://news.yahoo.com/miss-america-cheers-pageant-diversity-040832960.html

Photo: Miss New York Nina Davuluri walks down the runway after winning the the Miss America 2014 pageant on Sept. 15, 2013. (Mel Evans / AP)
Engineers are attempting one of the most expensive wreck removal operations in history: raising an Italian cruise ship that capsized in 2012  http://reut.rs/costa

Photo: An oil removal ship is seen next to the Costa Concordia off the west coast of Italy at Giglio island, on January 16, 2012. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Iran's nuclear programme is a "far larger issue" for the US than chemical weapons, #US President Barack #Obama has told the ABC network.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24102723

Mr Obama says #Iran should draw "a lesson" from the deal reached over Syria's chemical weapons....See More
No sooner had Nina Davuluri been crowned Miss America, than the racist tweets began. "You should have to be American," said one. But she is American — Indian American. http://on.cnn.com/14Zbnsd
The operation to salvage the stricken cruise ship Costa Concordia is now under way off the coast of Italy, 20 months after it ran aground in January 2012.

The process to right the ship is expected to take up to 12 hours - BBC News

Read more: http://bbc.in/195LlpB

Photo: An aerial view shows the Costa Concordia as it lies on its side next to Giglio Island taken from an Italian navy helicopter August 26, 2013. (Alessandro Bianchi / Reuters)
South Korean fisherman Jeon Wook-pyo set out on a boat in the Yellow Sea more than 40 years ago -- and didn't get home until Friday. He says he was among 25 fishermen snatched from their vessel by North Korea. http://on.cnn.com/1blVL9yThere's new evidence that animals that are smaller and have a faster metabolism see the world in slow motion.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24078179

Insects and small birds, like the starling pictured, can see more information in one second than a larger animal such as an elephant....
Our U.S. team is on the scene at the Washington Navy Yard where reports indicate that at least 10 people have been wounded by a shooter, and they are reporting multiple fatalities: yhoo.it/18ozOPV
This image reportedly shows one of the shooting victims being airlifted out of the area.News

BREAKING France, Britain and the United States say they'll press for a robust United Nations resolution on the removal of Syria's chemical weapons, including serious consequences if Syria does not comply.

The foreign ministers of the three countries were meeting in Paris.

They have just finished a press conference- during which they said they would push for a new peace conference to find a political solution to the conflict.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24105381
As many as 10 people have been shot at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday morning, and at least three and as many as six of those victims died from their wounds, federal and local officials told CBS News.

A gunman was neutralized, officials said, and security personnel are searching for a possible second gunman. http://cbsn.ws/150iAZa
The United Nations says there is "clear and convincing evidence" that chemical weapons were used in an attack that killed hundreds of people in Syria last month.

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said most of the samples tested showed that sarin gas had been used.

The United States, Britain and France have said there will be serious consequences if Syria fails to hand over its chemical weapons. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24113553
As many as 10 people have been shot at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday morning, and at least three and as many as six of those victims died from their wounds, federal and local officials told CBS News.

A gunman was neutralized, officials said, and security personnel are searching for a possible second gunman. http://cbsn.ws/150iAZaReuters
Miss America contestant, Miss New York Nina Davuluri (L) reacts with 2013 Miss America Mallory Hagan after being chosen winner of the 2014 Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey, September 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Our top photos from the past 24 hours http://blogs.reuters.com/fullfocus/2013/09/16/editors-choice-20/#a=1
Double deluge: Tropical Storm Manuel and Hurricane Ingrid to hit Mexico at the same time

http://glpo.st/18k2D05
A gunman opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard this morning, killing several people and wounding as many as 10, including at least one law enforcement officer. http://b.globe.com/19X6Biy
This week's full moon carries the title of "Harvest Moon" for those living in the Northern Hemisphere. But what gives the special moon its name? http://oak.ctx.ly/r/c9nr

If you snap an amazing photo of the Harvest Moon full moon or any other night sky target and you'd like to share for a possible story or image gallery, please contact managing editor Tariq Malik at spacephotos@space.com.
THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1620 > The Mayflower departs England. 1776 > The Battle of Harlem Heights restores American confidence. 1810 > The Mexican War of Independence begins. 1932 > Gandhi begins to fast in protest of caste separation in India. 1940 > The United States imposes the draft. 1960 > The U.S. Ambassador in Saigon warns that the situation is worsening. 1981 > “Sugar” Ray Leonard knocks out Thomas Hearns to unify the middleweight title. More on this day: http://histv.co/1ax0Ad9
A shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday morning has drawn a massive police response. At least four people were killed and eight wounded by an unknown attacker or attackers.

Below are photos, video and eyewitness accounts from the scene of the shootings, which occurred about 8:20 a.m. EDT.
Two men are in a South Florida hospital Monday after surviving an ordeal on the open sea. They were stranded atop their capsized boat, with no food or water, for more than a week.

The unidentified men were adrift and running out of time when a cargo ship spotted them clinging to their overturned boat, and called for help. http://cbsn.ws/1eVfmxi
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Where will you travel on your next European vacation?

Let our interactive maps help you decide! http://bit.ly/11yogT

Photo courtesy of Michael who entered it in our Picture Perfect Contest.
UPDATE: A gunman is among the dead after a shooting spree at the Washington Navy Yard. Police say there is a possibility that two other gunman were involved.
Gunman among dead at Washington Navy Yard
http://fox5sandiego.com/2013/09/16/several-injured...

A shooter who had engaged police in a running firefight through the sprawling Washington Navy Yard was shot and killed Monday, as officials continued to search the base for a possible second shooter, law Journal
Say goodbye to passwords that are long, complicated and hard to remember: http://on.wsj.com/180kahv

Many laptops and smartphones now come with built-in fingerprint readers or use facial and voice recognition. What tools do you use to remember your passwords?
JUST IN: UN inspectors report says there's clear and convincing evidence that surface-to-surface rockets containing Sarin were used in Damascus.

The report, to be presented later today, will say that chemical weapons have been used between the parties involved in the Syrian civil war - AP

Read more: http://bit.ly/18rh0FI

Photo: A UN chemical weapons expert, wearing a gas mask, holds a plastic bag containing samples from one of the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Ain Tarma neighborhood of Damascus on Aug. 29. (Reuters file)


"Italian men are becoming less romantic and less gentlemanly"

Italy's Casanovas have been hit where it hurts- because of the recession.

With their country still in recession, with unemployment climbing above 12% and with the cost of living soaring, the Latin lover has had to rein in his appetite....
Newly crowned Miss America Nina Davuluri's victory led to some negative comments on Twitter from users upset that someone of Indian heritage had won the pageant.

"I have to rise above that," Davuluri said. "I always viewed myself as first and foremost American." Read more from AP: http://news.yahoo.com/miss-america-cheers-pageant-diversity-040832960.html

Photo: Miss New York Nina Davuluri walks down the runway after winning the the Miss America 2014 pageant on Sept. 15, 2013. (Mel Evans / AP)
Engineers are attempting one of the most expensive wreck removal operations in history: raising an Italian cruise ship that capsized in 2012  http://reut.rs/costa

Photo: An oil removal ship is seen next to the Costa Concordia off the west coast of Italy at Giglio island, on January 16, 2012. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Iran's nuclear programme is a "far larger issue" for the US than chemical weapons, #US President Barack #Obama has told the ABC network.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24102723

Mr Obama says #Iran should draw "a lesson" from the deal reached over Syria's chemical weapons....See More
No sooner had Nina Davuluri been crowned Miss America, than the racist tweets began. "You should have to be American," said one. But she is American — Indian American. http://on.cnn.com/14Zbnsd
The operation to salvage the stricken cruise ship Costa Concordia is now under way off the coast of Italy, 20 months after it ran aground in January 2012.

The process to right the ship is expected to take up to 12 hours - BBC News

Read more: http://bbc.in/195LlpB

Photo: An aerial view shows the Costa Concordia as it lies on its side next to Giglio Island taken from an Italian navy helicopter August 26, 2013. (Alessandro Bianchi / Reuters)
South Korean fisherman Jeon Wook-pyo set out on a boat in the Yellow Sea more than 40 years ago -- and didn't get home until Friday. He says he was among 25 fishermen snatched from their vessel by North Korea. http://on.cnn.com/1blVL9yThere's new evidence that animals that are smaller and have a faster metabolism see the world in slow motion.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24078179

Insects and small birds, like the starling pictured, can see more information in one second than a larger animal such as an elephant....
Our U.S. team is on the scene at the Washington Navy Yard where reports indicate that at least 10 people have been wounded by a shooter, and they are reporting multiple fatalities: yhoo.it/18ozOPV
This image reportedly shows one of the shooting victims being airlifted out of the area.News
BREAKING- France, Britain and the United States say they'll press for a robust United Nations resolution on the removal of Syria's chemical weapons, including serious consequences if Syria does not comply.

The foreign ministers of the three countries were meeting in Paris.

They have just finished a press conference- during which they said they would push for a new peace conference to find a political solution to the conflict.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24105381
As many as 10 people have been shot at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday morning, and at least three and as many as six of those victims died from their wounds, federal and local officials told CBS News.

A gunman was neutralized, officials said, and security personnel are searching for a possible second gunman. http://cbsn.ws/150iAZa
The United Nations says there is "clear and convincing evidence" that chemical weapons were used in an attack that killed hundreds of people in Syria last month.

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said most of the samples tested showed that sarin gas had been used.

The United States, Britain and France have said there will be serious consequences if Syria fails to hand over its chemical weapons. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24113553
As many as 10 people have been shot at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday morning, and at least three and as many as six of those victims died from their wounds, federal and local officials told CBS News.

A gunman was neutralized, officials said, and security personnel are searching for a possible second gunman. http://cbsn.ws/150iAZaReuters
Miss America contestant, Miss New York Nina Davuluri (L) reacts with 2013 Miss America Mallory Hagan after being chosen winner of the 2014 Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey, September 15, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Our top photos from the past 24 hours http://blogs.reuters.com/fullfocus/2013/09/16/editors-choice-20/#a=1
Double deluge: Tropical Storm Manuel and Hurricane Ingrid to hit Mexico at the same time

http://glpo.st/18k2D05
A gunman opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard this morning, killing several people and wounding as many as 10, including at least one law enforcement officer. http://b.globe.com/19X6Biy
This week's full moon carries the title of "Harvest Moon" for those living in the Northern Hemisphere. But what gives the special moon its name? http://oak.ctx.ly/r/c9nr

If you snap an amazing photo of the Harvest Moon full moon or any other night sky target and you'd like to share for a possible story or image gallery, please contact managing editor Tariq Malik at spacephotos@space.com.
THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1620 > The Mayflower departs England. 1776 > The Battle of Harlem Heights restores American confidence. 1810 > The Mexican War of Independence begins. 1932 > Gandhi begins to fast in protest of caste separation in India. 1940 > The United States imposes the draft. 1960 > The U.S. Ambassador in Saigon warns that the situation is worsening. 1981 > “Sugar” Ray Leonard knocks out Thomas Hearns to unify the middleweight title. More on this day: http://histv.co/1ax0Ad9
A shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday morning has drawn a massive police response. At least four people were killed and eight wounded by an unknown attacker or attackers.

Below are photos, video and eyewitness accounts from the scene of the shootings, which occurred about 8:20 a.m. EDT.
Two men are in a South Florida hospital Monday after surviving an ordeal on the open sea. They were stranded atop their capsized boat, with no food or water, for more than a week.

The unidentified men were adrift and running out of time when a cargo ship spotted them clinging to their overturned boat, and called for help. http://cbsn.ws/1eVfmxi
Ever seen a barrel get toasted and charred? Watch it unfold LIVE during our next Livestream broadcast. Check it out TO
Where will you travel on your next European vacation?

Let our interactive maps help you decide! http://bit.ly/11yogT

Photo courtesy of Michael who entered it in our Picture Perfect Contest.
UPDATE: A gunman is among the dead after a shooting spree at the Washington Navy Yard. Police say there is a possibility that two other gunman were involved.
Gunman among dead at Washington Navy Yard
http://fox5sandiego.com/2013/09/16/several-injured...
WASHINGTON A shooter who had engaged police in a running firefight through the sprawling Washington Navy Yard was shot and killed Monday, as officials continued to search the base for a possible second shooter, law Journal
Say goodbye to passwords that are long, complicated and hard to remember: http://on.wsj.com/180kahv

Many laptops and smartphones now come with built-in fingerprint readers or use facial and voice recognition. What tools do you use to remember your passwords?

Sunday, September 15, 2013

It can be so hard to have a mood dip and not have someone there to lovingly reassure us. Imagine doing that for yourself!

"If you go out in life looking for a friend, they will be scarce. If you go out to be a friend they will be everywhere." Zig Ziglar
Try to

ry to get the #suicidal person to seek immediate help from their doctor or nearest hospital ER, or call 999 #mentalhealth 2 h

Iran's Rouhani may meet Obama at UN after American president reaches out http://gu.com/p/3tnf4/tf

Chicago, Friday, December 5, 1930: Thomas Fierce, like many unemployed during the Great Depression, is selling apples on a street corner. He finds to buyers in Lillian Long and Touisse Greenfield.

A handshake agreement between the United States and Russia to identify Syria's chemical weapons, place them under international control and ultimately dismantle them was "the only way to solve" the the immediate crisis of chemical weapons use in Syria's ongoing civil war, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said Sunday on Face The Nation.

On the other hand, Corker - the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee - said, "I think all of us have to approach this with a healthy and strong degree of skepticism. The fact that it's not only what is said in these agreements, but what is not said, or what is said privately."

Military option in Syria must remain on the table, senators agree
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Sens. Bob Corker and Carl Levin say U.S.Russia deal shouldn't stifle support to the Syrian rebels
Paula Deen wiped tears of joy from her face after a standing ovation welcomed her back to the public eye. http://on.cnn.com/1aLouVK

'Thank y'all': Texas cooking show brings Deen back
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Paula Deen wooed a Houston crowd during her first appearance since the revelation that she used a racial slur in the past,

New York Post
Meet the Army's bowhunting beauty who will compete in tonight's Miss America contest http://nyp.st/169GUIb
Meet the Army’s bowhunting beauty
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Miss Kansas is not in Kansas anymore and Miss America has never seen anyone like her before. Theresa Vail is a sergeant in the U.S. Army, has two big tattoos,…


Top GOP Rep. Calls Syria Deal 'Big Win' For Russia
l showdown with congressional Republicans, President Obama is outright refusing to negotiate over an increase to the nation’s debt limit, saying
www.huffingtonpost.com

WASHINGTON  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) called the apparent diplomatic alternative to a U.S. military strike on Syria a "big win" for Russian President Vladimir Putin. "I do think Putin's playing chess and we're playing tick-tack-toe," Rogers said on CNN's "State of...

Bjo & John Trimble Remember Original Series Makeup Maestro Fred Phillips. Details at http://bit.ly/17wzGkt

US policy towards tax havens is highly hypocritical. Washington is pursuing two opposing policies: increasing the repatriation of assets, and tacitly allowing US territories to continue their offshore financial activities.

Giglio, Italy (CNN) Father Lorenzo Pasquotti keeps hundreds of cards and letters from the passengers and crew members who survived the wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise liner on a shelf in the rectory of the brick-faced Church of the Madonna of Giglio, just up the narrow street from the island's only port.

The Costa Concordia tragedy killed 32 people, but also transformed an island paradise forever. http://on.cnn.com/1evCwww
It can be so hard to have a mood dip and not have someone there to lovingly reassure us. Imagine doing that for yourself!

"If you go out in life looking for a friend, they will be scarce. If you go out to be a friend they will be everywhere."  Zig Ziglar
Try to
ry to get the #suicidal person to seek immediate help from their doctor or nearest hospital ER, or call 999 #mentalhealth 2 h

Iran's Rouhani may meet Obama at UN after American president reaches out http://gu.com/p/3tnf4/tf

Saturday, September 14, 2013



Germany was maintained as a political unit instead of being broken up, and largely escaped post war military occupation,
in contrast to the situation following World War II

Germany was the dominant power in Eastern Europe (after the disappearance of Austria Hungary and with Russia withdrawn from Europe)

The Treaty of Brest Litovsk imposed on Russia in March 1918 had taken away a third of Russia's population (albeit of non Russian ethnicity), one half of Russia's industrial undertakings and nine tenths of Russia's coal mines, coupled with an indemnity of six billion Marks.

In the West, Germany was balanced only by France and Belgium, both of which were smaller in population and less economically vibrant than Germany.

Britain and France should have "divided and permanently weakened" Germany by undoing Bismarck's work and partitioning Germany into smaller, weaker states so it could never have disrupted the peace of Europe again


The British historian Correlli Barnett claimed that the Treaty of Versailles was "extremely lenient in comparison with the peace terms that Germany herself, when she was expecting to win the war, had had in mind to impose on the Allies". Even under the "cruel" terms of the Treaty of Versailles, Germany′s economy had been restored to its pre war status.Carolynn Moore What!?! By 1923 Germany was in shambles. Their currency was worthless and people could not even buy bread. How do you figure that their economy had been restored to its pre war status?
Britain and France didnt divide Germany. It was maintained as a political unit instead of being broken up, and escaped post war military occupation, in contrast to the situation following World War II. Germany was the dominant power in Eastern Europe (after the disappearance of Austria Hungary and with Russia withdrawn)
The Treaty of Brest Litovsk, for example, imposed on Russia had taken away a third of Russia's population (albeit of non Russian taken away a third of Russia's population (albeit of non Russian ethnicity), one half of Russia's industrial undertakings and nine tenths of Russia's coal mines, coupled with an indemnity of six billion Marks. In the West, Germany was balanced only by France and Belgium.

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Speaking at the AFLCIO convention, Sen. Elizabeth Warren reveals that she does, in fact, have an agenda. And it's really, really on target.

Man who wrote - along with his sister (pictured) - a brutal obituary for his mother says he has no regrets, sang 'Ding Dong the Witch is Dead' when he heard she had died http://nyp.st/1gewaNB


Ancient Chinese tomb adds to tale of scandalous 'female prime minister': The 1,300-year-old tomb of one of ancient China's most influential women has been found in Shaanxi Province, adding another chapter to a soap-opera tale of slavery, redemption, intrigue and beheading. More here: http://nbcnews.to/1euv0lv (Photo: Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau / AFP-Getty Images)

In the umpteenth depressing example of how pawns take the fall for drug kingpins, a woman who attempted to fly out of Bogota wearing a fake pregnancy bump stashed with two kilograms of cocaine has been arrested by Columbian authorities.
The right-wing media's increasingly extreme stance to government regulation--even in the face of the worst recession in decades. We have the worst offenders here.
See some other even weirder examples of drug smuggling here http://ind.pn/1gamhQO
Raise the minimum wage
www.latimes.com
A last-minute compromise between state legislative leaders and Gov. Jerry Brown has cleared the way for a bill that would significantly increase the minimum wage in California over the next 2 1/2 years. Not surprisingly, the California Chamber of Commerce called it a "job killer." The chamber is pro...
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For the most part, Democrats have made very little effort to humiliate Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) over his prostitution scandal.

That may be about to change.

A Komondor, a traditional Hungarian guard dog, shakes its long fur in Bodony, 130 km northeast of Budapest. Komondors, a traditional Hungarian breed, have a fur coat that weighs 30kg. Credit: Laszlo Balogh/Reuters
On Friday, Jim Furyk became the sixth player in PGA Tour history to shoot a 59.
Furyk has had plenty go wrong on the closing holes in big events over the last few years, but not on Friday at Conway Farms.
It was the first 59 since Stuart Appleby in the final round at The Greenbrier Classic in 2010.
The others with a 59 were Al Geiberger, Chip Beck, David Duval and Paul Goydos. - Golfchannel.com
Read more: http://www.golfchannel.com/news/doug-ferguson/furyk-birdies-18-to-shoot-59-at-bmw-championship/

Photo: Jim Furyk/Getty Images
Blobfish, marmosets and sand lizards are among this week's selection of the best images from the natural world http://t.gu.com/oQrbY
A Komondor, a traditional Hungarian guard dog, shakes its long fur in Bodony, 130 km northeast of Budapest. Komondors, a traditional Hungarian breed, have a fur coat that weighs 30kg. Credit: Laszlo Balogh/Reuters Blobfish, marmosets and sand lizards are among this week's selection of the best images from the natural world http://t.gu.com/oQrbY
http://on.msnbc.com/15q8fJL
Senate Dems prep brush-back pitch for David Vitter
maddowblog.msnbc.com
Sen. David Vitter (RLa.) this week tied up his chamber, blocking efforts to work on a bipartisan energy efficiency bill. He said he'd reconsider his obstructionist antics if the Senate voted on his measure to end the
Revenge is a dish best served coherent
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The Hill published a curious piece this morning with a provocative headline,
Maine hermit Christopher Knight cuts deal to avoid jail time

A Maine man who spent 27 years living as a hermit in the woods and allegedly admitted to committing hundreds of burglaries has cut a deal that will keep him out of prison. More: http://nbcnews.to/16r04wq (Photo: Bangor Daily News)
The Boston Globe
Seventy years after piloting a B17 bomber over Germany, former US Army Air Forces pilot Bill Purple of Petersham was recognized Friday by the French Legion of Honor for his heroic service during World War II. He also got to ride in a B17 once again, too.

STORY: http://b.globe.com/16rAOWS

Photo: Bill Purple was congratulated Friday by Mary Lou Schwab. He joined the US Army Air Forces at 17. (Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff)








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Is It Nuts to Give to the Poor Without Strings Attached?
Make your warm summer memories last beyond the season by creating Kodak Picture Kiosk photo books with your pictures. Now is the time with this Buy One Get One FREE offer! Get started here --> http://kodak.ly/155H0DX

Brazilian Gisele Bundchen is the world's richest model, earning $42 million. See the secret to her success and meet the world's richest 'modelpreneurs': http://on.cnn.com/18ZKdT3

Congress has a lengthy to-do list, including trying to avoid a government shutdown this month.

But House Republicans can't stop scratching their "repeal Obamacare" itch -- even if it risks dire consequences for everyone else.
They work for the poor, they give their money to the poor. Tom and Gise rock ! Brazi,l the power of beauty !
http://on.msnbc.com/1errp7H
Witness sunrise and sunset over Springfield Lake in Churchville, Pa., in this time-lapse video to start your weekend.
caches
Photo and video courtesy Daniel Innovate
bland
http://cbsn.ws/19RDygeWow she earns 42 million and a nurse barely makes 50 thousand. Police, Firefighters, teachers...way underpaid and to think that these celebrities make so much money, for what? What are they doing to better our society? NOTHING. A firefighter and a policeman/woman put their lives on the line everyday...what do they get paid $25-$30/Hr ????? And don't even get me started on the armed forces, look at how underpaid those soldiers are. GET REAL USA...where are our priorities????ell the word model, its really sad that someone like her make that type of money and our teachers, nurses, caretakers, are struggling to make ends meet. Call it jealousy or call it just pure disgust, whatever you want to call it go right ahead.
Do you think Vice President Biden should mount another Oval Office bid in 2016? Why or why not?

http://on.cnn.com/163rAvL

Ed: We don't need any opinions on democracy from a leader who "throws political activists and dissenters into jail and kind of picks on gay people." #edshow

Joe Biden courts presidential speculation with Iowa trip
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Vice President Joe Biden will be in Iowa on Sunday, which will once again trigger speculation he may make a run for the White House in 2016.

So, should we privatise the Royal Mail?

Before you make up your mind, read the pros and cons.

http://ind.pn/18YYsru

Brian Williams reporting for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams tonight from fire-ravaged Seaside Heights, NJ

Latest developments on the fire and the investigation into what may have started it: http://nbcnews.to/181xfpa


A Texas based company that sells wheelchairs and motorized scooters to people with limited mobility announced Friday that it is shutting down for good, following a CBS News investigation and an FBI raid on its headquarters that shed light on questionable practices.

In January, former SCOOTER Store employees told "CBS This Morning" that the company's strategy was to "bulldoze" doctors into writing prescriptions, so people would get the chairs, whether they needed them or not.
http://cbsn.ws/18dqu1m


Does President Obama get enough credit for saving the economy? (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP)

VOTE on today's #edshow poll (at http://on.msnbc.com/18cqluX ) and leave a comment here (in 140 characters or less) so we can share it on TV at 5pET/4pCT/3pMT/2pPT!


It's Official: The world's smallest dog at least in height lives in Puerto Rico. http://fxn.ws/181BGA6

The brown Chihuahua named Miracle Milly is shorter than a soup can, standing at 3.8 inches tall when measured from backbone to paw, Guinness World Records announced.

(Photo Credit: EFE)

Is God a Republican? Michele Bachmann seems to think so. http://huff.to/1axscim

Leave a comment (in 140 characters or less) so #edshow can share on TV! Fallout from deadly flooding in the Boulder, Colo., area continued Friday as the National Guard moved into rescue stranded residents in the town of Lyons.

Approximately 200 residents in the town had been cut off after flooding made roads impassable for rescue workers.

In other parts of what is called the Front Range region of Colorado, thousands were evacuated from Loveland, Erie and Aurora due to creeks and rivers that were threatening to overflow and send water streaming into residences....See More

The Independent
Unmarried couples who split should have right to sue, say Lib Dems.

http://ind.pn/161JIarNews
For superstitious travelers, boarding flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th might have been tempting fate. But Finnair passengers on AY666 to Helsinki  which has the 3 letter designation HEL didn't seem too bothered. http://cbsn.ws/18ZLdH3

Four men sentenced to death in New Delhi gang rape case that shocked India
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A judge has sentenced the four men convicted in the gang rape and murder of a young New Delhi woman, to death for the brutal attack on a moving bus that
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The bus was heading northbound on I75 in Butler County, Ohio when it overturned shortly after 4 a.m., Butler County Emergency Operation Center officials said in a news release.
Ever wish you could explore Ecuador's Galapagos islands? http://bbc.in/1gbbp5d
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Are #Syria talks progressing in Geneva?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24075787

US Secretary of State John Kerry is in talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov about securing Syria's chemical weapons
Drawing a diverse international population, the often-called Capital of Europe is a multinational gem where bureaucracy and culture live side by side.

Find out what its like to live in Brussels: http://bbc.in/1gbAEEE

(Image courtesy: Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty)
Tech giant Google is marking the 178th anniversary of Charles Darwin's visit to the islands by bringing high-definition 360 degree pictures to their Street View mapping tool.
CBS News
CBS This Morning co-host Charlie Rose gave a behind-the-scenes look into his exclusive interview with Syrian President Bashar Assad on "CBS This Morning: Saturday."
Rose pursued Assad interview for over a year
www.cbsnews.com
Charlie Rose had a worldwide exclusive interview with Syrian president Bashar Assad last week. Rose joined "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to talk about his exclusive interview with the Syrian president.
Drawing a diverse international population, the often-called Capital of Europe is a multinational gem where bureaucracy and culture live side by side.

Find out what its like to live in Brussels: http://bbc.in/1gbAEEE
Tens of thousands of Somalis are evicted from makeshift camps - are they safer in their new homes?
International
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Get the latest international news and events from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and more. See world news photos and videos at ABCNews
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24075841
“Rich people aren’t paying their taxes: they get tax breaks. And if they did, that money sure isn’t coming out here. If it was, we’d have after-school programs, training programs, summer schools.”Amnesty International says the eviction has led to "large-scale human rights abuses" including the killing of two people during protests.
Steve Hartman revisits one of his most touching, popular pieces ... watch "The CBS Evening News" at 6:30 p.m. ET
S.C. man's search for kidney for his wife has happy ending
www.cbsnews.com
Last year, Steve Hartman introduced us to a man who wore a sandwich board in a desperate attempt to find a kidney for his wife; he'll bring us the story of how the search finally
Google staff captured pictures of many of the animals seen by Darwin during his 1835 voyage, including sea-lions, marine iguanas, bluefooted boobies and Frigatebirds.

There has been backlash by hardline Muslims against the Miss World pageant, whose 2013 finals will be held in Indonesia. Some opponents have described the contest as “smut” and “pornographic.” A Muslim woman named Eka Shanti has taken a somewhat more tempered approach, however, by staging a rival beauty pageant billed as “Islam’s answer” to the Miss World event. Called Muslimah World, it is intended as showcase for Islamic fashions, piety, and virtues. Its 20 finalists, selected from more than 500 contenders, hail from Iran, Malaysia, Brunei, Bangladesh, Nigeria and Indonesia. No bikinis in Muslimah World: http://yhoo.it/15rXSoI
Screenshot courtesy Google.It’s your lucky day! We have 13 amazing photos in The Week in Pictures.
BIO
On This Day 35 Years Ago: The sitcom 'Mork & Mindy,' featuring then little-known actor Robin Williams, premieres on ABC. Read his bio: http://ow.ly/oR5Qo
SLIDESHOW: http://nbcnews.to/15nQquT
VOTE: http://nbcnews.to/19MbhYt
ABC 20/20: More than three years after being charged with third-degree child molestation and having to register as a level one sex offender, Linda Lusk has a new battle to face: going to her daughter's high school graduation.
What would D.C.'s skyline look like without height restrictions? Click this link to see how taller buildings would change the look of the city: http://wapo.st/1etgtGH
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On Friday, Jim Furyk became the sixth player in PGA Tour history to shoot a 59.
Furyk has had plenty go wrong on the closing holes in big events over the last few years, but not on Friday at Conway Farms.
It was the first 59 since Stuart Appleby in the final round at The Greenbrier Classic in 2010.
The others with a 59 were Al Geiberger, Chip Beck, David Duval and Paul Goydos. - Golfchannel.com
Read more: http://www.golfchannel.com/news/doug-ferguson/furyk-birdies-18-to-shoot-59-at-bmw-championship/
There's a new push to drop the limits, and unlike past efforts, it might actually happen.

Read the story: http://wapo.st/17VCYyE
See the photos: http://wapo.st/1etgtGH
What would D.C.'s skyline look like without height restrictions? Click this link to see how taller buildings would change the look of the city: http://wapo.st/1etgtGH There's a new push to drop the limits, and unlike past efforts, it might actually happen. Read the story: http://wapo.st/17VCYyE See the photos: http://wapo.st/1etgtGH
The next time you find yourself facing some questionable drinking water, look for this herb: http://on.cnn.com/15YblXT
Comeback? 'ShamWow Guy' cleans up his act: Infomercial star Vince Offer has returned after a sex scandal with a new product, "InVinceable." It isn't just a sixinone kitchen cleaner, though. It's a second chance. More here: http://nbcnews.to/182oWcG

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JUST IN: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov say they have reached an agreement on a framework for securing Syria's chemical weapons after the third day of intense negotiations in Geneva.

U.S., Russia reach agreement on Syria's chemical weapons
www.cbsnews.com
Two nations make deal on framework for securing Assad regime's arsenal after intense negotiations in Geneva

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki moon said Friday that a report on last month's deadly attack in Syria would be "overwhelming" in showing that chemical weapons were used.

Ban made the statement while giving comments that he thought were not to be quoted but were broadcast on an in-house television channel at U.N. headquarters in New York.

Says the former White House press secretary who served under George Bush, and (not surprisingly) ended up working for Fox News.
Fox's Dana Perino: Bush White House Did Not Engage In Partisan Politics
mediamatters.org
She'd probably say the same thing about Fox News too.

The bus was heading northbound on I75 in Butler County, Ohio when it overturned shortly after 4 a.m., Butler County Emergency Operation Center officials said in a news release.
BBC World News
What is "American exceptionalism", and where did it come from? http://bbc.in/1gbs2xS

US President Barack #Obama called America "exceptional" during his address to the nation on Tuesday night. Two days later, Russian President Vladimir Putin spent a paragraph in his New York Times opinion piece responding to Obama's use of the word.

BBC News Washington's Anthony Zurcher takes a closer look at the origins of the word and opinions about how we use it.


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ABC 20/20: More than three years after being charged with third-degree child molestation and having to register as a level one sex offender, Linda Lusk has a new battle to face: going to her daughter's high school graduation.


Ex-Mayor's May Be Blocked From Daughter's Graduation
abcnews.go.com
In 2010, Lusk, a mother of five and the former mayor of Prosser, Wash., a small town of about 6,000 people, was accused of having sexual contact with her teenage daughter's ex boyfriend, Bubba Frank, then 14.
Maher mocks Republicans: Are they really against attacking Syria, or are they just...
www.rawstory.com
Bill Maher not only got a laugh out of Republican flip flopping during President Barack Obama’s administration on Friday, but he shared a new word for it with his Real Time panelists.

Two Maine women who texted for help during a snow storm on a Colorado mountain managed to safely descend the peak on their own today after spending more than a day stranded.


'Disney Paris is taking the Mickey'... 5,000 theme park fans have signed a petition demanding higher standards at Disneyland Paris amid complaints about poor food, broken rides and a lack of stage shows.

Read how it's making an impact here http://ind.pn/1evzmJd



This baby elephant was abandoned and attacked by his mother at a zoo in China. He cried for five hours after being taken from her for his own safety. Fortunately, he's now doing much better. http://huff.to/1aHF9tn

Photo credit: CEN/Europics

Luis Fonsi Cements His Legacy On Broadway With 'Forever Tango'
latino.foxnews.com
Luis Fonsi has gained a whole other group of fans who witnessed his talent on stage as the lead man for his first Broadway show in New York City.



This is so Dana Carvey: "Who's to blame? Maybe mmmmmSATAN?"
Minneapolis arch-bishop blames Satan for marriage equality | The Raw Story
www.rawstory.com
The archbishop of Minnesota’s two biggest cities argued that the devil is to blame for the legalization of marriage equality in the state, Minnesota
After two Colorado state senators were recalled after supporting stronger gun laws, Chuck Todd leaps to conclusions about what that means for Colorado elections.

According to Todd, Democrats cannot win in Colorado without being pro-gun, a theory that conveniently overlooks the many officials who have been elected without the approval of the NRA, including President Obama and the current governor.


That's why Europeans consider America a piece of crap, a country of hillibillies, illiterates, cunts and morons !

Delian Uber isn't that what democrats do? they hum and hoe on issues, like Pelosi who is a staunch Catholic yet somehow she'd finessed her stand on abortion. All those commentators in msnbc are nothing but lackeys, and this guy isn't really different.

Cheryl Strange Morgan Chuck Todd always gets on my nerves. He seems to have some sort of comprehension block. He talks and talks and says nothing.

O’Reilly and Allen West agree: Trayvon Martin died because ‘he looked a certain way’ | The Raw Story
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O’Reilly and Allen West agree: Trayvon Martin died because ‘he looked a certain way’ | The Raw Story
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Bill O’Reilly returned to the topic of Trayvon Martin on Friday, with both himself and former Rep. Allen West (R-FL) rationalizing why he was killed by former neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman in 2012 while deflecting the issue of racial profiling.

New Report: HispanicOwned Businesses Doubled Over Last Decade http://fxn.ws/15qf1PB

Hispanic-owned businesses have nearly doubled over the last decade, a rate more than twice than the average national business growth rate during that period, according to a new study released Friday.



GlobalPost
Rapists get harshest sentence possible in India after national outrage.
Delhi gang rape sentence: 4 men get death penalty
www.globalpost.com
Four men convicted of raping of a young woman aboard a bus in Delhi last year have been sentenced to death.

Earlier this week we asked our fans to share their #MeaningfulSpace images with us, and we continue to see more and more wonderful locations from around the world. Want to participate? Take a picture of your favorite spot, tell us why it’s important to you and tag it #MeaningfulSpace. We'll continue to post our favorite #MeaningfulSpace images from readers here and next week on www.photoblog.nbcnews.com.

Photos: @hobbes2485, @mmmegs, @hannahgontheir and @costellojerry on InstagramWow she earns 42 million and a nurse barely makes 50 thousand. Police, Firefighters, teachers...way underpaid and to think that these celebrities make so much money, for what? What are they doing to better our society? NOTHING. A firefighter and a policeman/woman put their lives on the line everyday...what do they get paid $25-$30/Hr ????? And don't even get me started on the armed forces, look at how underpaid those soldiers are. GET REAL USA.

where are our priorities????
    Susan Langley Hey, she has the right to choose her career, and so did everybody else. She's stunning, tall and a good business woman. Beautiful Mother. Why is everybody so torn up over this? She can't save the world anymore than Donald Trump, Bill Gates, or any of the other self-made billionaires. And besides, how do any of you know what she personally contributes towards bettering Society? Probably a lot more than the people making comments here

White House: No Bailout For Detroit
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WASHINGTON  Public workers and residents in Detroit shouldn't expect their city to be bailed out by the federal government. But during a meeting at the White House on


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Is It Nuts to Give to the Poor Without Strings Attached?
Make your warm summer memories last beyond the season by creating Kodak Picture Kiosk photo books with your pictures. Now is the time with this Buy One Get One FREE offer! Get started here --> http://kodak.ly/155H0DX

Brazilian Gisele Bundchen is the world's richest model, earning $42 million. See the secret to her success and meet the world's richest 'modelpreneurs': http://on.cnn.com/18ZKdT3

Congress has a lengthy to-do list, including trying to avoid a government shutdown this month.

But House Republicans can't stop scratching their "repeal Obamacare" itch -- even if it risks dire consequences for everyone else.
They work for the poor, they give their money to the poor. Tom and Gise rock ! Brazi,l the power of beauty !
http://on.msnbc.com/1errp7H
Witness sunrise and sunset over Springfield Lake in Churchville, Pa., in this time-lapse video to start your weekend.
caches
Photo and video courtesy Daniel Innovate
bland
http://cbsn.ws/19RDygeWow she earns 42 million and a nurse barely makes 50 thousand. Police, Firefighters, teachers...way underpaid and to think that these celebrities make so much money, for what? What are they doing to better our society? NOTHING. A firefighter and a policeman/woman put their lives on the line everyday...what do they get paid $25-$30/Hr ????? And don't even get me started on the armed forces, look at how underpaid those soldiers are. GET REAL USA...where are our priorities????ell the word model, its really sad that someone like her make that type of money and our teachers, nurses, caretakers, are struggling to make ends meet. Call it jealousy or call it just pure disgust, whatever you want to call it go right ahead.
Do you think Vice President Biden should mount another Oval Office bid in 2016? Why or why not?

http://on.cnn.com/163rAvL

Ed: We don't need any opinions on democracy from a leader who "throws political activists and dissenters into jail and kind of picks on gay people." #edshow

Joe Biden courts presidential speculation with Iowa trip
www.cnn.com
Vice President Joe Biden will be in Iowa on Sunday, which will once again trigger speculation he may make a run for the White House in 2016.

So, should we privatise the Royal Mail?

Before you make up your mind, read the pros and cons.

http://ind.pn/18YYsru

Brian Williams reporting for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams tonight from fire-ravaged Seaside Heights, NJ

Latest developments on the fire and the investigation into what may have started it: http://nbcnews.to/181xfpa


A Texas based company that sells wheelchairs and motorized scooters to people with limited mobility announced Friday that it is shutting down for good, following a CBS News investigation and an FBI raid on its headquarters that shed light on questionable practices.

In January, former SCOOTER Store employees told "CBS This Morning" that the company's strategy was to "bulldoze" doctors into writing prescriptions, so people would get the chairs, whether they needed them or not.
http://cbsn.ws/18dqu1m


Does President Obama get enough credit for saving the economy? (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP)

VOTE on today's #edshow poll (at http://on.msnbc.com/18cqluX ) and leave a comment here (in 140 characters or less) so we can share it on TV at 5pET/4pCT/3pMT/2pPT!


It's Official: The world's smallest dog at least in height lives in Puerto Rico. http://fxn.ws/181BGA6

The brown Chihuahua named Miracle Milly is shorter than a soup can, standing at 3.8 inches tall when measured from backbone to paw, Guinness World Records announced.

(Photo Credit: EFE)

Is God a Republican? Michele Bachmann seems to think so. http://huff.to/1axscim

Leave a comment (in 140 characters or less) so #edshow can share on TV! Fallout from deadly flooding in the Boulder, Colo., area continued Friday as the National Guard moved into rescue stranded residents in the town of Lyons.

Approximately 200 residents in the town had been cut off after flooding made roads impassable for rescue workers.

In other parts of what is called the Front Range region of Colorado, thousands were evacuated from Loveland, Erie and Aurora due to creeks and rivers that were threatening to overflow and send water streaming into residences....See More

The Independent
Unmarried couples who split should have right to sue, say Lib Dems.

http://ind.pn/161JIarNews
For superstitious travelers, boarding flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th might have been tempting fate. But Finnair passengers on AY666 to Helsinki  which has the 3 letter designation HEL didn't seem too bothered. http://cbsn.ws/18ZLdH3

Four men sentenced to death in New Delhi gang rape case that shocked India
worldnews.nbcnews.com
A judge has sentenced the four men convicted in the gang rape and murder of a young New Delhi woman, to death for the brutal attack on a moving bus that
News
The bus was heading northbound on I75 in Butler County, Ohio when it overturned shortly after 4 a.m., Butler County Emergency Operation Center officials said in a news release.
Ever wish you could explore Ecuador's Galapagos islands? http://bbc.in/1gbbp5d
News
Are #Syria talks progressing in Geneva?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24075787

US Secretary of State John Kerry is in talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov about securing Syria's chemical weapons
Drawing a diverse international population, the often-called Capital of Europe is a multinational gem where bureaucracy and culture live side by side.

Find out what its like to live in Brussels: http://bbc.in/1gbAEEE

(Image courtesy: Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty)
Tech giant Google is marking the 178th anniversary of Charles Darwin's visit to the islands by bringing high-definition 360 degree pictures to their Street View mapping tool.
CBS News
CBS This Morning co-host Charlie Rose gave a behind-the-scenes look into his exclusive interview with Syrian President Bashar Assad on "CBS This Morning: Saturday."
Rose pursued Assad interview for over a year
www.cbsnews.com
Charlie Rose had a worldwide exclusive interview with Syrian president Bashar Assad last week. Rose joined "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to talk about his exclusive interview with the Syrian president.
Drawing a diverse international population, the often-called Capital of Europe is a multinational gem where bureaucracy and culture live side by side.

Find out what its like to live in Brussels: http://bbc.in/1gbAEEE
Tens of thousands of Somalis are evicted from makeshift camps - are they safer in their new homes?
International
abcnews.go.com
Get the latest international news and events from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and more. See world news photos and videos at ABCNews
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24075841
“Rich people aren’t paying their taxes: they get tax breaks. And if they did, that money sure isn’t coming out here. If it was, we’d have after-school programs, training programs, summer schools.”Amnesty International says the eviction has led to "large-scale human rights abuses" including the killing of two people during protests.
Steve Hartman revisits one of his most touching, popular pieces ... watch "The CBS Evening News" at 6:30 p.m. ET
S.C. man's search for kidney for his wife has happy ending
www.cbsnews.com
Last year, Steve Hartman introduced us to a man who wore a sandwich board in a desperate attempt to find a kidney for his wife; he'll bring us the story of how the search finally
Google staff captured pictures of many of the animals seen by Darwin during his 1835 voyage, including sea-lions, marine iguanas, bluefooted boobies and Frigatebirds.

There has been backlash by hardline Muslims against the Miss World pageant, whose 2013 finals will be held in Indonesia. Some opponents have described the contest as “smut” and “pornographic.” A Muslim woman named Eka Shanti has taken a somewhat more tempered approach, however, by staging a rival beauty pageant billed as “Islam’s answer” to the Miss World event. Called Muslimah World, it is intended as showcase for Islamic fashions, piety, and virtues. Its 20 finalists, selected from more than 500 contenders, hail from Iran, Malaysia, Brunei, Bangladesh, Nigeria and Indonesia. No bikinis in Muslimah World: http://yhoo.it/15rXSoI
Screenshot courtesy Google.It’s your lucky day! We have 13 amazing photos in The Week in Pictures.
BIO
On This Day 35 Years Ago: The sitcom 'Mork & Mindy,' featuring then little-known actor Robin Williams, premieres on ABC. Read his bio: http://ow.ly/oR5Qo
SLIDESHOW: http://nbcnews.to/15nQquT
VOTE: http://nbcnews.to/19MbhYt
ABC 20/20: More than three years after being charged with third-degree child molestation and having to register as a level one sex offender, Linda Lusk has a new battle to face: going to her daughter's high school graduation.
What would D.C.'s skyline look like without height restrictions? Click this link to see how taller buildings would change the look of the city: http://wapo.st/1etgtGH
News
On Friday, Jim Furyk became the sixth player in PGA Tour history to shoot a 59.
Furyk has had plenty go wrong on the closing holes in big events over the last few years, but not on Friday at Conway Farms.
It was the first 59 since Stuart Appleby in the final round at The Greenbrier Classic in 2010.
The others with a 59 were Al Geiberger, Chip Beck, David Duval and Paul Goydos. - Golfchannel.com
Read more: http://www.golfchannel.com/news/doug-ferguson/furyk-birdies-18-to-shoot-59-at-bmw-championship/
There's a new push to drop the limits, and unlike past efforts, it might actually happen.

Read the story: http://wapo.st/17VCYyE
See the photos: http://wapo.st/1etgtGH
What would D.C.'s skyline look like without height restrictions? Click this link to see how taller buildings would change the look of the city: http://wapo.st/1etgtGH There's a new push to drop the limits, and unlike past efforts, it might actually happen. Read the story: http://wapo.st/17VCYyE See the photos: http://wapo.st/1etgtGH
The next time you find yourself facing some questionable drinking water, look for this herb: http://on.cnn.com/15YblXT
Comeback? 'ShamWow Guy' cleans up his act: Infomercial star Vince Offer has returned after a sex scandal with a new product, "InVinceable." It isn't just a sixinone kitchen cleaner, though. It's a second chance. More here: http://nbcnews.to/182oWcG

News
JUST IN: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov say they have reached an agreement on a framework for securing Syria's chemical weapons after the third day of intense negotiations in Geneva.

U.S., Russia reach agreement on Syria's chemical weapons
www.cbsnews.com
Two nations make deal on framework for securing Assad regime's arsenal after intense negotiations in Geneva

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki moon said Friday that a report on last month's deadly attack in Syria would be "overwhelming" in showing that chemical weapons were used.
Ban made the statement while giving comments that he thought were not to be quoted but were broadcast on an in house television channel at U.N. headquarters in New York.


.. Says the former White House press secretary who served under George Bush, and (not surprisingly) ended up working for Fox News.
Fox's Dana Perino: Bush White House Did Not Engage In Partisan Politics
mediamatters.org
She'd probably say the same thing about Fox News too.

The bus was heading northbound on I75 in Butler County, Ohio when it overturned shortly after 4 a.m., Butler County Emergency Operation Center officials said in a news release.
BBC World News
What is "American exceptionalism", and where did it come from? http://bbc.in/1gbs2xS

US President Barack #Obama called America "exceptional" during his address to the nation on Tuesday night. Two days later, Russian President Vladimir Putin spent a paragraph in his New York Times opinion piece responding to Obama's use of the word.

BBC News Washington's Anthony Zurcher takes a closer look at the origins of the word and opinions about how we use it.


News
ABC 20/20: More than three years after being charged with third-degree child molestation and having to register as a level one sex offender, Linda Lusk has a new battle to face: going to her daughter's high school graduation.


Ex-Mayor's May Be Blocked From Daughter's Graduation
abcnews.go.com
In 2010, Lusk, a mother of five and the former mayor of Prosser, Wash., a small town of about 6,000 people, was accused of having sexual contact with her teenage daughter's ex boyfriend, Bubba Frank, then 14.
Maher mocks Republicans: Are they really against attacking Syria, or are they just...
www.rawstory.com
Bill Maher not only got a laugh out of Republican flip flopping during President Barack Obama’s administration on Friday, but he shared a new word for it with his Real Time panelists.

Two Maine women who texted for help during a snow storm on a Colorado mountain managed to safely descend the peak on their own today after spending more than a day stranded.


'Disney Paris is taking the Mickey'... 5,000 theme park fans have signed a petition demanding higher standards at Disneyland Paris amid complaints about poor food, broken rides and a lack of stage shows.

Read how it's making an impact here http://ind.pn/1evzmJd



This baby elephant was abandoned and attacked by his mother at a zoo in China. He cried for five hours after being taken from her for his own safety. Fortunately, he's now doing much better. http://huff.to/1aHF9tn

Photo credit: CEN/Europics

Luis Fonsi Cements His Legacy On Broadway With 'Forever Tango'
latino.foxnews.com
Luis Fonsi has gained a whole other group of fans who witnessed his talent on stage as the lead man for his first Broadway show in New York City.



This is so Dana Carvey: "Who's to blame? Maybe mmmmmSATAN?"
Minneapolis arch-bishop blames Satan for marriage equality | The Raw Story
www.rawstory.com
The archbishop of Minnesota’s two biggest cities argued that the devil is to blame for the legalization of marriage equality in the state, Minnesota
After two Colorado state senators were recalled after supporting stronger gun laws, Chuck Todd leaps to conclusions about what that means for Colorado elections.

According to Todd, Democrats cannot win in Colorado without being pro-gun, a theory that conveniently overlooks the many officials who have been elected without the approval of the NRA, including President Obama and the current governor.


That's why Europeans consider America a piece of crap, a country of hillibillies, illiterates, cunts and morons !

Delian Uber isn't that what democrats do? they hum and hoe on issues, like Pelosi who is a staunch Catholic yet somehow she'd finessed her stand on abortion. All those commentators in msnbc are nothing but lackeys, and this guy isn't really different.

Cheryl Strange Morgan Chuck Todd always gets on my nerves. He seems to have some sort of comprehension block. He talks and talks and says nothing.

O’Reilly and Allen West agree: Trayvon Martin died because ‘he looked a certain way’ | The Raw Story
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O’Reilly and Allen West agree: Trayvon Martin died because ‘he looked a certain way’ | The Raw Story
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Bill O’Reilly returned to the topic of Trayvon Martin on Friday, with both himself and former Rep. Allen West (R-FL) rationalizing why he was killed by former neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman in 2012 while deflecting the issue of racial profiling.

New Report: HispanicOwned Businesses Doubled Over Last Decade http://fxn.ws/15qf1PB

Hispanic-owned businesses have nearly doubled over the last decade, a rate more than twice than the average national business growth rate during that period, according to a new study released Friday.



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Rapists get harshest sentence possible in India after national outrage.
Delhi gang rape sentence: 4 men get death penalty
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Four men convicted of raping of a young woman aboard a bus in Delhi last year have been sentenced to death.

Earlier this week we asked our fans to share their #MeaningfulSpace images with us, and we continue to see more and more wonderful locations from around the world. Want to participate? Take a picture of your favorite spot, tell us why it’s important to you and tag it #MeaningfulSpace. We'll continue to post our favorite #MeaningfulSpace images from readers here and next week on www.photoblog.nbcnews.com.

Photos: @hobbes2485, @mmmegs, @hannahgontheir and @costellojerry on InstagramWow she earns 42 million and a nurse barely makes 50 thousand. Police, Firefighters, teachers...way underpaid and to think that these celebrities make so much money, for what? What are they doing to better our society? NOTHING. A firefighter and a policeman/woman put their lives on the line everyday...what do they get paid $25-$30/Hr ????? And don't even get me started on the armed forces, look at how underpaid those soldiers are. GET REAL USA.

where are our priorities????
    Susan Langley Hey, she has the right to choose her career, and so did everybody else. She's stunning, tall and a good business woman. Beautiful Mother. Why is everybody so torn up over this? She can't save the world anymore than Donald Trump, Bill Gates, or any of the other self-made billionaires. And besides, how do any of you know what she personally contributes towards bettering Society? Probably a lot more than the people making comments here

White House: No Bailout For Detroit
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WASHINGTON  Public workers and residents in Detroit shouldn't expect their city to be bailed out by the federal government. But during a meeting at the White House on


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They said the same thing about Iraq, Libya

A new report from Washington Post says the CIA has started delivering weapons to rebels in Syria, according to U.S. officials and Syrian figures. The report says shipments began streaming into the country over the past two weeks, along with separate deliveries by the State Department of vehicles and other gear.

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Photo: A rebel fighter takes aim at Syrian government forces in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Sept. 1. (Louai Abo Al-jod / AFP - Getty Images)
A new report from @[6250307292:274:Washington Post] says the CIA has started delivering weapons to rebels in Syria, according to U.S. officials and Syrian figures. The report says shipments began streaming into the country over the past two weeks, along with separate deliveries by the State Department of vehicles and other gear. Read more from the Post here - http://wapo.st/17XSeJp Photo: A rebel fighter takes aim at Syrian government forces in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Sept. 1. (Louai Abo Al-jod / AFP - Getty Images)
Bush lied about WMD now we have facts Assad is a war criminal his era is over

Watch: Blast in Libya on Benghazi anniversary - that and more in the CBS News Roundup
Car bomb set off on Libya consulate attack anniversary
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Memorials were held marking the 12th anniversary of the September 11th attacks; President Obama asked Congress to postpone a vote on military strikes in Syria
GOP rift over anti-Obamacare strategy stalls budget bill
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With potential government shutdown looming, House Republicans are conflicted over how to placate conservatives who want to defund Obamacare
Controversial Pastor Terry Jones was arrested Wednesday in Polk County, Fla., before he could burn almost 3,000 kerosene-soaked Qurans in an observance to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. More here: http://nbcnews.to/1g2sXAH They said the same thing about Iraq, Libya
 Reagan supported Saddam with WMD

 Assad supports Terrorists against Israel

The military wing of the U.S.backed Syrian National Coalition (SNC), an umbrella opposition group fighting against President Bashar Assad, has flatly rejected a proposal by Russia which would see the regime hand over control of its vast chemical weapons stockpiles to international control to avoid U.S. military strikes.


One giant leap for frogkind? A remote camera set up to photograph the launch of NASA's LADEE spacecraft caught this image of an unfortunate amphibian blasted high into the air by the ignition of the Minotaur 5 rocket. Read more and see the photo bigger and better here: http://nbcnews.to/15lSLq7 (Photo: NASA / WFF / MARS)
One giant leap for frogkind? A remote camera set up to photograph the launch of NASA's LADEE spacecraft caught this image of an unfortunate amphibian blasted high into the air by the ignition of the Minotaur 5 rocket. Read more and see the photo bigger and better here: http://nbcnews.to/15lSLq7 (Photo: NASA / WFF / MARS)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin is taking his case for caution in Syria directly to the American people, writing an op-ed for Thursday's New York Times. Read more here: http://nbcnews.to/17XOyYd And read Putin's op-ed here: http://nbcnews.to/13Oyvw8
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has written an opinion piece in The New York Times, calling for caution in regards to Syria. In the piece, he writes: "The potential strike by the United States against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the pope, will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders."

Read more from The New York Times http://nyti.ms/15llcV8

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Again and again, Syria’s government massacred more than 1,400 people with chemical weapons. The United States would respond with military power. “But fatigue does not absolve us of our responsibility"


Police say a Canadian national has been arrested in Colombia after trying to board a flight to Toronto with a phony pregnant belly stuffed with cocaine http://bbc.in/17XyDsR

The tourist caught the attention of a policewoman at Bogota's International Airport who allegedly asked her how far along she was.

Photo courtesy of AFP.Investigators of Zimmerman Domestic Dispute Unable to Extract Video From Wife's iPad
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As a result, no charges are expected be filed against either George Zimmerman or his wife, Shellie, anytime soon, if ever. Colo. Recalls Chill Push for New Gun Laws
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Election results Tuesday in Colorado may serve as stark reminders of the continued power of the gun lobby. Two Democratic state senators lost their jobs because of new gun laws they helped pass, in races that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has written an opinion piece in The New York Times, calling for caution in regards to Syria. In the piece, he writes: "The potential strike by the United States against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the pope, will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders."

Read more from The New York Times  http://nyti.ms/15llcV8

Photo credit: Ria Novosti / Reuters Russian President Vladimir Putin is taking his case for caution in Syria directly to the American people, writing an op-ed for Thursday's New York Times. Read more here: http://nbcnews.to/17XOyYd And read Putin's op-ed here: http://nbcnews.to/13Oyvw8

Police say a Canadian national has been arrested in Colombia after trying to board a flight to Toronto with a phony pregnant belly stuffed with cocaine http://bbc.in/17XyDsR

The tourist caught the attention of a policewoman at Bogota's International Airport who allegedly asked her how far along she was.

Photo courtesy of AFP. Netanyahu says Syria must be stripped of its chemical weapons
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JERUSALEM (Reuters)  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday Syria must be stripped of its chemical weapons and that the international community must make sure those who used weapo

U.S. Offers $21M for 5 Accused American Terrorists
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Below are five men, considered U.S. persons and alleged supporters of terrorism wanted so badly by the U.S. government that a reward of $21 million has been offered in total for information leading to their arrest or conviction. Federal authorities consider all of these men That's ONE way to beat the New York commute: a mini-cooper convertible boat! http://nyp.st/181t6PI
Relatives of the dead gathered in New York City today to mark the 12th anniversary of 9/11. Meanwhile, 1,400 miles away, the man who says he masterminded the attacks awaits his trial http://bbc.in/17XxqBR

The BBC's Tara McKelvey looks at Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, al-Qaeda's most notorious member, and his upcoming trial.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

The problem with destroying chemical weapons
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Syria is considered a chemical weapons superpower with stockpiles that now total an estimated 1,000 tons of chemical agents


Hundreds of thousands of Catalans held hands in a 250 mile-long chain to press the Spanish government to let them vote on forming their own country  http://reut.rs/17WbSWe

A deep recession and cuts in public spending in Catalonia, a wealthy industrial region in northeastern Spain that accounts for a fifth of the country's economic output, have stirred discontent with the central government in Madrid.

Photo by Reuters photographer Gustau Nacarino.



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Sen. Corker slams Obama on credibility
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Washington (CNN)  Sen. Bob Corker, one of the few Senate Republicans who’s been eager to work with the White House on domestic and international issues like Syria, expressed utter


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Washington (CNN)  Sen. Bob Corker, one of the few Senate Republicans who’s been eager to work with the White House on domestic and international issues like Syria, expressed utter

Palin: I Was Right About Death Panels, 'It Is Time To Bomb Obamacare' (VIDEO)
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Arguing that she was right when she claimed that the Affordable Care Act included so-called "death panels," former Republican vice

Will Republicans ever listen to their constituents when it really matters? (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Union claims over collective bargaining changes dismissed : Wsj
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A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed claims by two Madison-area public worker unions that the 2011 state law curtailing collective bargaining rights for most public workers violates their rights of

This is a few years old, but it's still incredible.

It's about the woman who was tasked with bringing down United Flight 93. She had no ammunition, just her fighter jet. http://wapo.st/14M9jUj
CNN Poll: Who would get blamed for government shutdown?
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Washington (CNN) With the clock ticking towards two crucial deadlines, a new national poll indicates congressional Republicans would shoulder more blame than President Barack Obama for a possible
9/11 'hero dog' saved woman trapped in rubble for 27 hours

Meet the dog who helped the last person to be pulled alive from the World Trade Center rubble, and read more about the 300+ dogs who helped in the days following the 9/11 terror attack: http://nbcnews.to/1aBU8VL (Photo: Animal Planet) Trayvon Martin medical examiner claims prosecutors intentionally lost case | The Raw Story
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Dr. Shiping Bao, the Volusia County medical examiner who handled teenager Trayvon Martin’s body after he was shot by George Zimmerman in February of 2012, claims that the prosecution team in the case were biased against the African-American teen and intentionally Hate crime suspected after Iowa biracial couple’s home is set ablaze and N-word painted on walls...
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A biracial couple in Iowa suspects that they have been victims of a hate crime after their home was burned and racial slurs were painted on their walls.Jamie Kilstein debates religion with John Fugelsang: God is a ‘sociopath’ if he exists | The Raw...
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FXX late-night talk show host W. Kamau Bell tried to settle the question of the existence of God for once and for all on Tuesday with a debate between two comedians, believer John Fugelsang and atheist Jamie Kilstein.One year later, Benghazi's lingering issues
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Obama administration, Congress continue to investigate what exactly happened when terrorists killed 4 Americans on Sept. 11, 2012