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  • What Republicans did 15 years ago to help create Donald Trump today

    03/21/2016 8:54:09 AM PDT · by Theoria · 19 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 21 March 2016 | Jim Tankersley
    Republicans rallied around a law to expand trade. Now it may doom them. The Republican establishment began losing its party to Donald Trump on May 24, 2000, at 5:41 p.m., on the floor of the House of Representatives. Urged on by their presidential standard-bearer, Texas Gov. George W. Bush, and by nearly all of the business lobbyists who represented the core of the party’s donor class, three-quarters of House Republicans voted to extend the status of permanent normal trade relations to China. They were more than enough, when added to a minority of Democrats, to secure passage of a bill...
  • A mans discovery of bones under his pub could forever change what we know about the Irish

    03/21/2016 8:45:16 AM PDT · by Theoria · 46 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 17 March 2016 | Peter Whoriskey
    Ten years ago, an Irish pub owner was clearing land for a driveway when his digging exposed an unusually large flat stone. The stone obscured a dark gap underneath. He grabbed a flashlight to peer in. "I shot the torch in and saw the gentleman, well, his skull and bones," Bertie Currie, the pub owner, said this week. The remains of three humans, in fact, were found behind McCuaigs Bar in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. And though police were called, it was not, as it turned out, a crime scene. Instead, what Currie had stumbled over was an ancient burial...
  • Hillary Clinton,Smart Power anda Dictators Fall

    02/28/2016 6:48:17 AM PST · by Theoria · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 28 Feb 2016 | JO BECKER and SCOTT SHANE
    The president was wary. The secretary of state was persuasive. But the ouster of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi left Libya a failed state and a terrorist haven. By the time Mahmoud Jibril cleared customs at Le Bourget airport and sped into Paris, the American secretary of state had been waiting for hours. But this was not a meeting Hillary Clinton could cancel. Their encounter could decide whether America was again going to war. In the throes of the Arab Spring, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi was facing a furious revolt by Libyans determined to end his quixotic 42-year rule. The dictators forces were...
  • Trump’s America

    02/13/2016 6:06:05 AM PST · by Theoria · 67 replies
    WSJ ^ | 13 Feb 2016 | Charles Murray
    There's nothing irrational about Donald Trump's appeal to the white working class, writes Charles Murray: they have every reason to be angry If you are dismayed by Trumpism, don't kid yourself that it will fade away if Donald Trump fails to win the Republican nomination. Trumpism is an expression of the legitimate anger that many Americans feel about the course that the country has taken, and its appearance was predictable. It is the endgame of a process that has been going on for a half-century: America's divestment of its historic national identity. For the eminent political scientist Samuel Huntington, writing...
  • Britain To Foreign Workers: If You Don't Make $50,000 A Year, Please Leave

    02/04/2016 10:10:57 AM PST · by Theoria · 14 replies
    NPR ^ | 03 Feb 2016 | Leila Fadel
    Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron promised back in 2010 to bring net migration down to 100,000 people a year. Six years later, it's more than three times that number. That's one reason the government's Home Office decided that non-Europeans on skilled worker visas -- known as Tier 2 visas -- are not welcome to stay unless they are making at least 35,000 British pounds (about $50,000 a year). The message is aimed at slashing migration to Britain and goes into effect in April. But critics call the new rule discriminatory and say it will strip Britain of lower-paid artists, health...
  • Out of a Rare Super Bowl I Recording, a Clash With the N.F.L. Unspools

    02/02/2016 9:29:50 AM PST · by Theoria · 41 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 02 Feb 2016 | Richard Sandomir
    Troy Haupt is a 47-year-old nurse anesthetist here in North Carolina's Outer Banks. He has a secret to reveal about Super Bowl I: He owns the only known recording of its broadcast. CBS and NBC, which televised the game, did not preserve any tapes. But the copy that Haupt owns -- of a broadcast that launched the Super Bowl as an enormous shared spectacle that attracts more than 100 million viewers -- might never be seen on any network. The N.F.L. does not want to buy the tapes and has warned Haupt not to sell them to outside parties or...
  • Unions Lean Democratic, but Donald Trump Gets Members’ Attention

    01/29/2016 12:54:28 PM PST · by Theoria · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 29 Jan 2016 | Noam Scheiber
    Of all the voters who might be expected to resist the charms of Donald J. Trump, the two million members of the Service Employees International Union would most likely be near the top of the list. The union, which endorsed Hillary Clinton in November, is widely regarded as one of the more progressive in the labor movement. It skews female and racially diverse -- roughly the opposite of a Trump rally, in other words. But the union's president, Mary Kay Henry, acknowledged that Mr. Trump holds appeal even for some of her members. "There is deep economic anxiety among our...
  • The NBA’s Great Cat Mystery

    01/29/2016 3:25:49 AM PST · by Theoria · 16 replies
    WSJ ^ | 28 Jan 2016 | Ben Cohen
    Why one determined feline enthusiast has embarked on a quixotic journey to determine which basketball players own--or would consider owning--a pet cat. An otherwise ordinary basketball fan named Alex recognized someone walking into a recent Chicago Bulls game and thought: Wait, is that Dikembe Mutombo? Then something else occurred to him. "I thought about running after him and asking about cats," he said. "I'm really regretting that I didn't." Alex is a 34-year-old radio producer who enjoys cooking, gardening and meditation. He's also the anonymous owner of a website that, somehow, has become a cult hit in basketball circles. It's...
  • So What Would It Mean to ‘Beat China’ on Trade?

    01/28/2016 9:28:47 AM PST · by Theoria · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 28 Jan 2016 | Josh Barro
    If you were Donald Trump, you would probably summarize the academic paper's finding as follows: China is beating us. A new working paper from the economists David Autor, David Dorn and Gordon Hanson argues that trade with China is having persistent, negative effects on parts of the American labor market. Research from the same authors, published in 2013, found that the American workers most exposed to Chinese trade have experienced material declines in wages, higher unemployment and an increased likelihood of receiving government benefits like disability payments."The idea that trade competition with China has hurt various workers and communities is...
  • Malaysian prime minister cleared of corruption over $681m Saudi 'gift'

    01/26/2016 2:30:25 PM PST · by Theoria · 6 replies
    the Guardian ^ | 26 Jan 2016 | Oliver Holmes
    Attorney general says huge sum in Najib Razak’s personal bank account was donation from Saudi royal family and not linked to troubled state fund 1MDB Malaysia's attorney general said on Tuesday that $681m transferred into prime minister Najib Razak's personal bank account was a gift from the royal family in Saudi Arabia, and there were no criminal offences or corruption involved. Scandal-hit Malaysian PM Najib Razak says conscience is 'absolutely clear' Read more The involvement of the Saudi royal family is an unexpected twist in a scandal over the mysterious funds transfer and the troubles of indebted state fund 1Malaysia...
  • U.S. Relies Heavily on Saudi Money to Support Syrian Rebels

    01/23/2016 12:25:00 PM PST · by Theoria · 34 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 23 Jan 2016 | Mark Mazzetti And Matt Apuzzo
    When President Obama secretly authorized the Central Intelligence Agency to begin arming Syria's embattled rebels in 2013, the spy agency knew it would have a willing partner to help pay for the covert operation. It was the same partner the C.I.A. has relied on for decades for money and discretion in far-off conflicts: the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Since then, the C.I.A. and its Saudi counterpart have maintained an unusual arrangement for the rebel-training mission, which the Americans have code-named Timber Sycamore. Under the deal, current and former administration officials said, the Saudis contribute both weapons and large sums of...
  • Rapper Mos Def due in court for trying to leave South Africa on "World Passport"[Illegal Alien]

    01/20/2016 10:38:18 AM PST · by Theoria · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 20 Jan 2016 | Reuters
    Yasiin Bey, the American rapper formerly known as Mos Def, has been charged with violating South Africa's immigration laws after he was arrested last week trying to leave the country on an unrecognised travel document. Bey, who is free on bail, will appear in court on March 8, officials said on Wednesday. The entertainer was arrested on Thursday in Cape Town when he produced a "World Passport" to get on a flight to Ethiopia. The World Passport is a document issued by a non-profit organisation called World Service Authority. South Africa does not recognise it, making it illegal for anyone...
  • The Debate on Whether America’s Best Days Are Past, or Ahead

    01/19/2016 9:06:44 PM PST · by Theoria · 27 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 19 Jan 2016 | Eduardo Porter
    Take a look back at some of the most popular TV programs of the mid-1960s -- "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "Bewitched," even "The Beverly Hillbillies" -- and what do you see? Like today, middle-class Americans typically had washing machines and air-conditioning, telephones and cars. The Internet and video games were not yet invented. But life, over all, did not look that different. There were TVs and radios in most homes. Millions of people worked in downtown offices and lived in suburbs, connected by multilane highways. Americans' average life expectancy at birth was 70, only eight years less than it...
  • Navy SEAL Turns Over Picture of Bin Laden’s Body, Faces Investigation of Business Ties

    01/19/2016 12:10:58 PM PST · by Theoria · 18 replies
    The Intercept ^ | 19 Jan 2016 | Mattew Cole
    A FORMER NAVY SEAL who shot Osama bin Laden and wrote a bestselling book about the raid is now the subject of a widening federal criminal investigation into whether he used his position as an elite commando for personal profit while on active duty, according to two people familiar with the case. Matthew Bissonnette, the former SEAL and author of No Easy Day, a firsthand account of the 2011 bin Laden operation, had already been under investigation by both the Justice Department and the Navy for revealing classified information. The two people familiar with the probe said the current investigation,...
  • Apple iPhone ban? New York looks to outlaw sale of encrypted smartphones[$2,500 Fine]

    01/15/2016 10:38:03 AM PST · by Theoria · 78 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 14 Jan 2016 | Liam Tung
    A proposed bill in New York seeks to require that all smartphones sold in the state can be decrypted or unlocked and proposes hefty fines for vendors failing to comply.The proposed law marks the latest effort by lawmakers to make it easier for law enforcement to access and read encrypted data stored on smartphones. Should the proposed bill successfully pass through New York's state assembly and senate, Apple and Google could face fines of $2,500 per device sold in the state after January 1, 2016, if a retailer knowingly sold a smartphone that could not be unlocked or decrypted by...
  • The Coyote[H-2 Visa Scam]

    01/14/2016 5:39:51 PM PST · by Theoria · 2 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | Jan 2016 | Pat Kinsella
    Stan Eury turned an obscure bit of immigration law into a mammoth federal program -- and a lucrative business empire, importing hundreds of thousands of Mexican workers for legal American jobs. Except that some of the jobs weren't real jobs, and an untold number of those workers may never have returned to Mexico at all. In November 2009, seven men got off a bus in Monterrey, Mexico, and made their way through the crowded and chaotic downtown to the concrete box that housed the United States Consulate. Inside, the men told a consular officer that they had been invited to...
  • For Some African-Americans, Gun Ownership Underscores Segregated Past

    01/12/2016 12:21:43 PM PST · by Theoria · 16 replies
    NPR ^ | 11 Jan 2016 | NPR
    ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: Black people are disproportionately victimized by gun violence, and prominent African-American leaders are among those calling for tighter gun control. Yet as Karen Grigsby Bates of NPR's Code Switch team found out, many other African-Americans believe that owning guns is crucial to protecting themselves and their rights. KAREN GRIGSBY BATES, BYLINE: Know how some people can't do without something? April Howard has three possessions that are non-negotiable. APRIL HOWARD: I have a .22, a .38 and a rifle. BATES: And she's keeping them all. Howard's had guns for several years now, the result of a close call...
  • Congressman Readies Ted Cruz Eligibility Lawsuit With Eye on Mom[Rep. Grayson]

    01/06/2016 3:42:13 PM PST · by Theoria · 56 replies
    US News ^ | 06 Jan 2016 | Steven Nelson
    A Florida Democrat and some Obama "birthers" agree about Cruz. Billionaire businessman Donald Trump suggested this week his nearest rival for the Republican presidential nomination may be ineligible for office and won a daylong echo across the political press, despite Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's attempt to brush off the commentary. In raising the issue, Trump said Republicans should be concerned about Democrats hog-tying Cruz with a yearslong legal challenge -- and indeed an effort to do just that already is afoot. Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida, an attorney and Democratic Senate candidate, tells U.S. News he will file a lawsuit...
  • Are Climate Skeptics Too ‘Mentally Ill’ to Buy Guns Under Obama’s New Rules?

    01/06/2016 9:30:38 AM PST · by Theoria · 47 replies
    MRC TV ^ | 05 Jan 2016 | Craig Bannister
    Today, Pres. Obama announced new executive orders on gun control designed to keep "mentally ill" people from buying guns - but, will they be used to prevent climate skeptics from buying firearms? Under Obama's new rules, doctors can now report people deemed "mentally ill" to the FBI so they can be denied gun licenses. As the official White House fact sheet on the new gun control regulations states (emphasis added): "Current law prohibits individuals from buying a gun if, because of a mental health issue, they are either a danger to themselves or others or are unable to manage their...
  • Vermonter tries to keep names off presidential ballot

    01/05/2016 5:30:33 PM PST · by Theoria · 13 replies
    Rutland Herald ^ | 01 Jan 2016 | Eric Blaisdell
    A Washington man who tried and failed to keep President Barack Obama's name off the 2012 Vermont ballot, claiming Obama is not a "natural-born citizen" is now trying to keep three Republican candidates off the ballot for the same reason. In early December, H. Brooke Paige filed a lawsuit in Washington County civil court in Montpelier claiming Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal aren't qualified to be president. The lawsuit names the state, Attorney General Bill Sorrell and Secretary of State Jim Condos as defendants. Paige said the three candidates had...
  • How Is the Economy Doing? It May Depend on Your Party, and $1

    01/02/2016 1:27:25 PM PST · by Theoria · 53 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 01 Jan 2016 | Neil Irwin
    Suppose it is dinnertime, and the phone rings. It is a polite survey taker with a simple question for you: How is the economy doing? You might answer the question based upon the news stories you've seen recently about the latest unemployment rate, or perhaps based on anecdotal observations, such as whether your long-jobless cousin has had any luck finding work. But a wide range of academic work suggests a different factor that is likely to shape your answer: whether the current occupant of the White House is of your preferred political party. Did unemployment get better or worse during...
  • U.S. Doesn’t Know How Many Foreign Visitors Overstay Visas

    01/01/2016 8:04:56 AM PST · by Theoria · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 01 Jan 2016 | Ron Nixon
    The question from the congressman to the Obama administration official was straightforward enough: How many foreign visitors overstay their visas every year? The reply was simple too, but not in a satisfying way. "We don't know," the official said. The testy exchange during a recent congressional hearing between Representative Mark Meadows, Republican of North Carolina, and Alan Bersin, the assistant secretary for international affairs at the Department of Homeland Security, highlights what some law enforcement officials call a critical weakness in the United States foreign visa program. The issue has taken on added urgency as part of a broader examination...
  • Central American countries agree airlift of Cuban migrants seeking to enter US

    12/30/2015 2:21:18 PM PST · by Theoria · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 30 Dec 2015 | Jonathan Watts
    A massive airlift of refugees will begin in Central America next week after regional countries agreed to help thousands of stranded Cubans who have been driven by the threat of normalised relations to migrate to the United States. Fears that talks between Washington and Havana may soon curtail favourable US migration policies have prompted the biggest rush from the Caribbean island since the "raft exodus" of 1994. More than 40,000 Cubans have entered the US this year, almost double the number in 2014. Many more are stranded, after travelling via Ecuador, which offered visa-free entry for Cuban arrivals, and then...
  • New York Police Department Fires Back at Crime-Data Accusations[Data Manipulation?]

    12/30/2015 9:32:50 AM PST · by Theoria · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 30 Dec 2015 | J. David Goodman
    The New York Police Department moved swiftly late Tuesday and early Wednesday to beat back accusations of statistical manipulation leveled by its former commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly, that called into question the city's official count of shootings and murders. In a briefing with reporters at Police Headquarters, a news release that contained a point-by-point rebuttal and an appearance on national television by the current commissioner, William J. Bratton, on Wednesday, police officials denied any altering of statistics and defended the city's low crime figures for 2015. "He is engaging in politics, and as you know the first casualty of politics...
  • Suicide Claims 14th Marine From a Unit Battered by Loss

    12/30/2015 8:57:55 AM PST · by Theoria · 29 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 30 Dec 2015 | Dave Philipps
    Tyler Schlagel slipped out of his parents' house while they were asleep three weeks ago and drove through the wintry darkness to his favorite fishing lake high in the Rockies. Mr. Schlagel, a 29-year-old former Marine corporal who was stocking shelves at a sporting goods store, carried with him the eight journals he had filled during tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also carried a .40-caliber pistol. Under the bright mountain stars, he kindled a small campfire. When the flames grew high, he threw the journals into the fire, then shot himself in the head. Mr. Schlagel's death Dec. 9...
  • World's longest-surviving castaway sued for $1 million after being accused of 'eating his colleague'

    12/15/2015 8:38:12 PM PST · by Theoria · 23 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 15 Dec 2015 | Harriet Alexander
    Salvador Alvarenga, who survived for 438 days adrift at sea, is now being sued by his fellow fisherman's family amid accusations that he ate Ezequiel Cordoba's corpse A fisherman who stunned the world by surviving 15 months lost at sea is being sued for $1 million (£650,000) by the family of his dead colleague, who accuse him of eating their relative to ensure his own survival. Salvador Alvarenga, 36, is the only man known to have survived for over a year at sea. And when he set sail from the coast of Mexico in November 2012, he thought he was...
  • Sikh Soldier Allowed to Keep Beard in Rare Army Exception

    12/14/2015 9:44:31 AM PST · by Theoria · 23 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 13 Dec 2015 | Dave Philipps
    On his first day at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Simratpal Singh sat in a barber chair where new cadets get their hair buzzed short, forced to choose between showing his faith and living it. Cadet Singh had grown up a Sikh. As part of his faith, he had never cut his hair or beard. But his faith also encouraged protection of the oppressed, which inspired him to join the Army. The Army would not allow a soldier with long hair or a beard, so that day he watched his locks drop to the floor. “Your self-image,...
  • How the Economy Helps Trump

    12/11/2015 11:57:29 AM PST · by Theoria · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 10 Dec 2015 | Zachary Karabell
    Despite steady recovery, too many Americans feel like they're on the outside looking in. The American economy suffers from a split personality, and Donald Trump appears to be the chief beneficiary of this illness. A study just released by Pew shows that for the first time in decades, the middle class is no longer in the majority in the United States. Instead, the upper and lower classes are. Now the middle class-defined as people earning between two-thirds and twice the median income (from $42,000 to $126,000 a year)-constitute just under 50 percent of the earning populace. Twenty-nine percent are in...
  • Florida Deputy Indicted for Killing Jermaine McBean

    12/11/2015 7:37:11 AM PST · by Theoria · 15 replies
    NBC ^ | 11 Dec 2015 | Tracy Connor
    A Florida deputy has been indicted for manslaughter in the shooting death of Jermaine McBean, who was killed while walking home with an unloaded pellet gun he had just bought a pawn shop. Broward County Sheriff Peter Peraza — who was given a bravery award for the shooting by his bosses while it was still under investigation — surrendered early Friday, prosecutors said. He faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted. It's the first time since 1980 that a police officer in Broward County has been indicted for a fatal on-duty shooting. The grand jury began hearing testimony...
  • The Tipping Point: Most Americans No Longer Are Middle Class

    12/09/2015 3:04:07 PM PST · by Theoria · 64 replies
    NPR ^ | 09 Dec 2015 | Marilyn Geewax
    Americans have long lived in a nation made up primarily of middle-class families, neither rich nor poor, but comfortable enough.This year, that changed, according to the Pew Research Center.A just-released analysis of government data shows that as of 2015, middle-income households have become the minority. The trend is so firmly established that it may well continue; Americans have experienced "a demographic shift that could signal a tipping point," Pew researchers concluded Wednesday.Thanks to factory closings and other economic factors, the country now has 120.8 million adults living in middle-income households, the study found. That compares with the 121.3 million who...
  • US faces $1 billion in trade penalties for meat labels[Country of origin labeling]

    12/07/2015 9:42:26 AM PST · by Theoria · 25 replies
    AP ^ | 07 Dec 2015 | AP
    <p>The World Trade Organization ruled Monday that Canada and Mexico can slap more than $1 billion in tariffs on U.S. goods in retaliation for meat labeling rules it says discriminated against Mexican and Canadian livestock.</p> <p>At issue were U.S. labels on packaged steaks and other cuts of meat that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.</p>
  • Colombian Treasure Find Could Shed Light on Spain’s Colonial Past but Spark Legal Battles

    12/05/2015 3:56:47 PM PST · by Theoria · 15 replies
    WSJ ^ | 05 Dec 2015 | Sara Schaefer Muñoz
    Spanish galleon San Jose sank more than 300 years ago in battle with British, while carrying vast cargo of gold and precious stones Colombia’s discovery of the 300-year-old, shipwrecked galleon San Jose, thought to be loaded with some $10 billion in gold and precious stones, could shed light on an important period in Spanish colonial history but also spawn legal battles over the valuable cargo. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said his country spent two years studying historical maps, meteorology and used the latest sea-searching technology to locate the Spanish vessel, which sank during a battle in 1708 in the...
  • Death By Coconut: A Story Of Food Obsession Gone Too Far

    12/03/2015 2:55:41 PM PST · by Theoria · 36 replies
    NPR ^ | 03 Dec 2015 | Nina Martyris
    The coconut has developed a bit of a faddish following in the West. Today, devotees add coconut oil to coffee, dab it on acne and, following Gwyneth Paltrow's example, swirl it around in their mouths to fight tooth decay. Starbucks has launched a coconut-milk latte. And the coconut-water business has surged to $400 million, with a little help from Madonna and Rihanna. No one would be more delighted at the coconut's rising star than August Engelhardt, a sun-worshipping German nudist and history's most radical cocovore. From 1902 to 1919, Engelhardt lived on a beautiful South Pacific island, eating nothing but...
  • Pentagon To Announce Women Are Allowed In Frontline Ground Combat Positions

    12/03/2015 9:19:39 AM PST · by Theoria · 35 replies
    NPR ^ | 03 Dec 2015 | Bill Chappell
    Defense Secretary Ash Carter is expected to announce Thursday that women in the U.S. military – including the Army and Marines – can now serve in combat posts. It's the most emphatic step taken in a process to open combat jobs to women that began in January of 2013. Carter is making an announcement at noon Thursday; we'll update this post with news from the event. Women are being cleared to play a greater role in combat — and vie for thousands of jobs — after the military conducted an internal review of how they might perform in artillery, armor,...
  • Leaked Documents Reveal Dothan Police Department Planted Drugs on Young Black Men For Years..

    12/02/2015 9:22:30 AM PST · by Theoria · 65 replies
    Henry County Report ^ | 01 Dec 2015 | Jon B. Carroll
    HUNDREDS OF CASES PROSECUTED WITH PLANTED EVIDENCE, MANY WRONGLY CONVICTED STILL IN PRISONThe Alabama Justice Project has obtained documents that reveal a Dothan Police Department’s Internal Affairs investigation was covered up by the district attorney. A group of up to a dozen police officers on a specialized narcotics team were found to have planted drugs and weapons on young black men for years. They were supervised at the time by Lt. Steve Parrish, current Dothan Police Chief, and Sgt. Andy Hughes, current Asst. Director of Homeland Security for the State of Alabama. All of the officers reportedly were members of...
  • 56 Arrests in U.S. This Year Related to ISIS, Study Says

    12/01/2015 9:14:56 AM PST · by Theoria · 14 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 01 Dec 2015 | Eric Schmitt
    American authorities this year have arrested nearly five dozen people in the United States for helping to support or plot with the Islamic State, according to a new study, the largest number of terrorism-related arrests in the country in a single year since September 2001. The Islamic State recruits defy any single profile, the study found, although they are younger than previous terrorism suspects, draw heavily on converts to Islam, and reflect increasingly prominent roles for women in the terrorist organization. A demographic snapshot of the 71 individuals arrested on charges related to the Islamic State since March 2014, including...
  • With Shipwreck Treasure Easier to Reach, a Duel Is On

    11/30/2015 2:11:31 PM PST · by Theoria · 39 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 30 Nov 2015 | Frances Robles
    The Spanish galleon San José was overloaded with 200 passengers and 700 tons of cargo on a summer night in 1631 when it smashed into a rock off the Pacific coast of Panama, spilling silver coins and bars into the Gulf of Panama. More than 400,000 coins and at least 1,417 bars were lost over a 40-mile trail. Four hundred years later, that shipwreck has become one of the latest to land in a legal quagmire over who should have the rights to historic artifacts trapped under the sea. This one involves the United Nations, the United States Department of...
  • GOP rider would boost party spending

    11/26/2015 8:59:41 AM PST · by Theoria · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 25 Nov 2015 | Kenneth P. Vogel and Seung Min Kim
    Mitch McConnell plans to slip campaign cash rider in omnibus spending bill. Senate Republicans plan to insert a provision into a must-pass government funding bill that would vastly expand the amount of cash that political parties could spend on candidates, multiple sources tell POLITICO.The provision, which sources say is one of a few campaign-finance related riders being discussed in closed-door negotiations over a $1.15 trillion omnibus spending package, would eliminate caps on the amount of cash that parties may spend in coordination with their candidates. Pushed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a longtime foe of campaign finance restrictions, the...
  • Emirates Secretly Sends Colombian Mercenaries to Fight in Yemen

    11/25/2015 5:33:52 PM PST · by Theoria · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 25 Nov 2015 | Emily B Hager and Mark Mazzett
    The United Arab Emirates has secretly dispatched hundreds of Colombian mercenaries to Yemen to fight in that country’s raging conflict, adding a volatile new element in a complex proxy war that has drawn in the United States and Iran. It is the first combat deployment for a foreign army that the Emirates has quietly built in the desert over the past five years, according to several people currently or formerly involved with the project. The program was once managed by a private company connected to Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater Worldwide, but the people involved in the effort said...
  • Saudi Arabia, an ISIS That Has Made It

    11/21/2015 12:35:23 PM PST · by Theoria · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 21 Nov 2015 | Kamel Daoud
    Black Daesh, white Daesh. The former slits throats, kills, stones, cuts off hands, destroys humanity’s common heritage and despises archaeology, women and non-Muslims. The latter is better dressed and neater but does the same things. The Islamic State; Saudi Arabia. In its struggle against terrorism, the West wages war on one, but shakes hands with the other. This is a mechanism of denial, and denial has a price: preserving the famous strategic alliance with Saudi Arabia at the risk of forgetting that the kingdom also relies on an alliance with a religious clergy that produces, legitimizes, spreads, preaches and defends...
  • Surgery for Man Beaten by Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputies[Rodney King 2.0?]

    11/20/2015 10:20:51 AM PST · by Theoria · 48 replies
    KQED ^ | 18 Nov 2015 | Alex Emslie
    A man beaten by two Alameda County sheriff’s deputies in a San Francisco alley was scheduled for surgery Wednesday to repair extensive — and perhaps permanently disabling — injuries to his arms and hands.The operation at San Francisco General would be taking place amid indications that federal law enforcement authorities may join the investigation into the incident.Two deputies, still unidentified,were captured on motion-activated security camera video around 2 a.m. last Thursday chasing Stanislav Petrov down a Mission District side street — the end of a high-speed chase that originated in San Leandro.The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office says the deputies chased...
  • U.S. Investigators Struggle to Track Homegrown ISIS Suspects

    11/19/2015 7:26:59 AM PST · by Theoria · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 19 Nov 2015 | Michael S. Schmidt, Eric Schmitt And Matt Apuzzo
    At least three dozen people in the United States suspected of ties to the Islamic State were under heavy electronic or physical surveillance even before the Paris attacks, senior American officials say. But unlike the attackers in France, the officials say, the majority of those under investigation here never traveled to Syria to fight alongside the Islamic State or receive training from it. In many ways, the officials say, that makes the American investigations even harder. Those under investigation typically have little terrorism expertise or support from a cell, which makes thwarting an Islamic State-inspired attack in the United States...
  • How property rights in outer space may lead to a scramble to exploit the moon’s resources

    11/18/2015 9:17:32 AM PST · by Theoria · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 18 Nov 2015 | Dominic Basulto
    This week the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation known as the SPACE Act of 2015 (The U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act), which recognizes and promotes the rights of U.S. companies to engage in the exploration and extraction of space resources from asteroids and other celestial bodies. That’s a huge win for private space exploration companies, especially for companies with upcoming plans to tap into the economic potential of the moon. That’s because the legislation, in its definition of “space resources,” is sufficiently broad to include resources found on the lunar surface. In short, the moon could now be...
  • Mayor de Blasio Has Lost Support of White New Yorkers, Poll Finds

    11/18/2015 7:59:56 AM PST · by Theoria · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 17 Nov 2015 | Michael Grynbaum, Alex Burns and Dalia Sussman
    Nearing the midpoint of his term, Mayor Bill de Blasio is confronting a city that is deeply divided about his ability to lead, with his efforts to create a more liberal New York overshadowed by growing worries about homelessness and crime, a new poll finds. Nowhere is that concern more visible than among a group, long cool to Mr. de Blasio, that he has now decisively lost: whites. Just 28 percent of white New Yorkers approve of the Democratic mayor’s performance, and 59 percent now disapprove, up sharply from the start of his term, according to a citywide poll conducted...
  • Sources Say Obama Could Name First Female Combatant Commander

    11/17/2015 1:09:37 PM PST · by Theoria · 50 replies
    NPR ^ | 17 Nov 2015 | Tom Bowman
    President Barack Obama could be close to nominating the first-ever woman to become the head of a military combatant command, Pentagon sources tell NPR. The U.S. military divides the world into areas of responsibility run by four-star generals and admirals, but none has ever been female. Obama wants to change that before the end of his term, Pentagon sources say, by naming a woman to take command of U.S. Northern Command, which also runs the well-known North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD. NORAD and NorthCom are charged with defending the U.S., including scrambling Air Force fighters to respond to...
  • Manhunt Underway as Paris Investigation Widens [3+ attackers were French Citizens]

    11/15/2015 8:48:43 AM PST · by Theoria · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 15 Nov 2015 | Aurelien Breeden and Adam Nossiter
    The investigation into the Paris terrorist attacks unfurled across Europe on Sunday, as the authorities sought a suspected eighth assailant who might have fled after taking part in the three-hour massacre, which killed at least 129 people. A French official who was briefed on the investigation but was not authorized to speak publicly said the authorities were looking for a man from the Paris region. Officials had initially described eight attackers, but on Saturday night said that only seven attackers had died — six by blowing themselves up and one in a shootout with police.The carefully coordinated attacks on Friday...
  • Clinton email companies rebuff Senate investigators

    11/14/2015 12:51:24 PM PST · by Theoria · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | Nov 13 2015 | Rachel Bade
    While several of the firms are cooperating with an FBI investigation, they're stiff-arming the latest requests from the congressional GOP. Several companies that worked on Hillary Clinton’s private server are refusing interview and document requests from congressional investigators, even as they are cooperating with the FBI. Platte River Networks, the Denver-based tech company that housed Clinton's server after she left the State Department in 2013, has declined requests by the Senate Homeland Committee to interview five employees about the security of the system, according to correspondence reviewed by POLITICO. And Platte is blocking another tech company, Connecticut-based Datto Inc., from...
  • A course originally called ‘The Problem of Whiteness’ returns to Arizona State

    11/12/2015 12:33:14 PM PST · by Theoria · 42 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 12 Nov 2015 | Yanan Wang
    Freedom of speech. Racial inequality. Student activism. Safe spaces. These are the phrases that have been lobbied about over the past week, in tones both fervent and contemptuous, as University of Missouri students successfully campaigned for the resignation of their system president. Mizzou is, of course, just the most prominent example. As The Washington Post’s Michael Miller pointed out Tuesday, similar debates are being had and protests held across the country, for instance at Yale University and Ithaca College. At the center of all these debates is another word: whiteness. At some universities, there are classes dedicated to understanding the...
  • Obama Legacy in State Offices: A Shrinking Democratic Share

    11/12/2015 10:41:25 AM PST · by Theoria · 4 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 12 Nov 2015 | Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Michael D. Shear and Alan Blinder
    Young, telegenic and media-savvy, State Auditor Adam Edelen looked like a shoo-in for re-election when Democrats gathered in a horse barn here for a buffet dinner late last month. Most figured he would go on to challenge Senator Rand Paul, whose Republican presidential bid is faltering even as he seeks re-election. Now a Paul-Edelen matchup is off the table. Kentucky Democrats, including Mr. Edelen, were trounced last week in an election that swept aside decades of their dominance over state government — and added Mr. Edelen to a growing list of Democrats across the country who have suffered painful defeats...
  • Torn Asunder in 1943 Battle, Twins Are Reunited Under Florida Soil

    11/11/2015 4:26:41 PM PST · by Theoria · 7 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10 Nov 2015 | Kirk Semple and Lance Speer
    James P. Reilly and Michael J. Reilly, fraternal twins born on Nov. 9, 1923, remained close throughout their abbreviated life together. As allies and co-conspirators, they were always within each other’s orbit, attending the same public schools in Queens, playing sports together and jointly enlisting in the Marines. During World War II, when they were 20, the brothers were part of a unit that stormed the beach of a small Japanese-held island in the Pacific. It would be their last hour together. James was killed by gunfire, his body falling only feet from Michael; he was interred in a battlefield...