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  • 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...
  • Large Companies Game H-1B Visa Program, and Jobs Leave the U.S.

    11/10/2015 9:25:19 AM PST · by Theoria · 29 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10 Nov 2015 | Julia Preston
    Théo Négri, a young software engineer from France, had come up with so many novel ideas at his job at an Internet start-up in San Francisco that the American entrepreneur who hired him wanted to keep him on. So he helped Mr. Négri apply for a three-year work visa for foreign professionals with college degrees and specialized skills, mainly in technology and science. With his master’s degree from a French university and advanced computer abilities, Mr. Négri seemed to fit the bill. But his application for the H-1B visa was denied, and he had to leave the United States. Back...
  • Will Airport Security Accept Your Driver’s License?

    11/08/2015 8:02:04 AM PST · by Theoria · 64 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 05 Nov 2015 | Rachel Lee Harris
    Come 2016, your state driver’s license may not be enough to get you on a commercial flight. On Oct. 10, the Department of Homeland Security began enforcing the last phase of the Real ID Act, which establishes minimum security standards for states and United States territories when issuing identification, primarily driver’s licenses; and prohibits certain government facilities and — most relevant to travelers — the Transportation Security Administration from accepting them as proof of identification if they were issued by a noncompliant state. But don’t fret just yet. Initially, enforcement is limited to those entering federal and military facilities and...
  • How the F.B.I. Can Detain, Render and Threaten Without Risk

    11/03/2015 8:41:50 AM PST · by Theoria · 26 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 03 Nov 2015 | Patrick G. Eddington
    At exactly 5 p.m. on March 13, 2007, just as I was preparing to leave my cubicle in Washington for the day, I got a phone call from the journalist Jonathan Landay of McClatchy Newspapers. To this day, I remember his exact words. 'One of your congressman’s constituents is being held in an Ethiopian intelligence service prison, and I think your former employer is neck-deep in this.' The congressman was Rush Holt, then a Democratic representative from New Jersey, for whom I worked for 10 years starting in 2004. The constituent was Amir Mohamed Meshal of Tinton Falls, N.J., who...
  • Chipotle shuts Seattle, Portland stores after E. coli outbreak

    11/02/2015 9:48:09 AM PST · by Theoria · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 02 Nov 2015 | Ransdell Pierson and Lisa Baertlein
    Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc said on Sunday it had closed all its restaurants in two West Coast markets due to a reported outbreak of E. coli bacteria that is being investigated by the company and health authorities. "After being notified by health department officials in the Seattle (Wash.) and Portland, Ore. areas that they were investigating approximately 20 cases of E. coli, including people who ate at six of our restaurants in those areas, we immediately closed all of our restaurants in the area out of an abundance of caution," Chipotle said in an emailed statement. The company said the...
  • NASA Adds to Evidence of Mysterious Ancient Earthworks

    10/30/2015 9:49:40 AM PDT · by Theoria · 30 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 30 Oct 2015 | Ralph Blumenthal
    High in the skies over Kazakhstan, space-age technology has revealed an ancient mystery on the ground. Satellite pictures of a remote and treeless northern steppe reveal colossal earthworks — geometric figures of squares, crosses, lines and rings the size of several football fields, recognizable only from the air and the oldest estimated at 8,000 years old. The largest, near a Neolithic settlement, is a giant square of 101 raised mounds, its opposite corners connected by a diagonal cross, covering more terrain than the Great Pyramid of Cheops. Another is a kind of three-limbed swastika, its arms ending in zigzags bent...
  • Before Osama Bin Laden Raid, Obama Administrations Secret Legal Deliberations

    10/28/2015 9:34:23 AM PDT · by Theoria · 14 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 28 Oct 2015 | Charlie Savage
    Weeks before President Obama ordered the raid on Osama bin Ladens compound in May 2011, four administration lawyers hammered out rationales intended to overcome any legal obstacles and made it all but inevitable that Navy SEALs would kill the fugitive Qaeda leader, not capture him. Stretching sparse precedents, the lawyers worked in intense secrecy. Fearing leaks, the White House would not let them consult aides or even the administrations top lawyer, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. They did their own research, wrote memos on highly secure laptops and traded drafts hand-delivered by trusted couriers. Just days before the...
  • San Francisco's Last Gun Shop Calls It Quits

    10/27/2015 8:31:42 AM PDT · by Theoria · 7 replies
    NPR ^ | 27 Oct 2015 | Sam Harnett
    One of the best-selling items right now at the High Bridge Arms gun shop in San Francisco is not a firearm or ammunition, says general manager Steven Alcairo. It's souvenir T-shirts that say "San Francisco's Last Gun Store." Alcairo says people around the country are buying them to support the shop, which is closing at the end of the month. "They're blowing out of here. We've been boxing them and sending them off to different states," he says. High Bridge Arms has been open for 63 years, and it has sentimental value for customers like Steven Walker. "My wife, she...
  • The amazing woman who can smell Parkinsons disease before symptoms appear

    10/26/2015 9:42:41 AM PDT · by Theoria · 44 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 23 Oct 2015 | Yanan Wang
    Joy Milne has always had a keen sense of smell, so she was unfazed when her husband, Les, began emitting a subtle musky odor. He was an anesthesiologist who worked long hours, and Milne assumed the smell was just sweat. But with the change in scent came a growing tiredness that was explained bya devastating diagnosis six years later:Les had Parkinsons disease.I could always smell things other people couldnt smell, Milne said during a BBC broadcast Thursday. After attending a meeting for the charity Parkinsons UK, where the other Parkinsons patients shared her husbands musky scent, she realized that the...
  • What Do We Really Know About Osama bin Ladens Death?

    10/15/2015 1:22:29 PM PDT · by Theoria · 33 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 15 Oct 2015 | Jonathan Mahler
    The history of Obama’s most important foreign-policy victory is still being written. Mark Bowden was watching a ballgame — the Phillies versus the Mets — on the night of May 1, 2011, when the network cut away to President Obama in the East Room of the White House. “Tonight,” the president said, ‘‘I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women and children.’’ Five minutes or...
  • Is the Pentagon Telling the Truth About Afghanistan?

    10/13/2015 8:13:58 AM PDT · by Theoria · 18 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 13 Oct 2015 | Editorial
    New data from the United Nations on the military advances by a resurgent Taliban is alarming for what it says about the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan and what it suggests about the American militarys honesty about what is happening there.The fall of Kunduz two weeks ago was a startling sign of how the Taliban has reasserted itself, wresting a northern city from the control of the NATO-trained Afghan Security Forces, who are not doing a great job of showing they are up to defending their country. The United Nations data, reported by The Times on Monday and backed...
  • Confederate Flag Supporters Indicted in Clash With Black Partygoers['anti-street gang ordinance']

    10/12/2015 11:44:09 AM PDT · by Theoria · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 12 Oct 2015 | Richard Fausset
    In an unusual legal maneuver, the district attorney in this suburb of Atlanta has won indictments against 15 supporters of the Confederate battle flag, accusing them of violating the states anti-street gang ordinance during a confrontation with black partygoers in July, the district attorney said on Monday. Prosecutors say that members of the group, which calls itself Respect the Flag, threatened a group of African-Americans participating in an outdoor party on July 25. A cellphone video of part of the episode shows several white men driving away from the party in a convoy of pickup trucks with the Confederate battle...
  • Spying Case Against U.S. Envoy Is Falling Apart, and Following a Pattern[Robin Raphel]

    10/11/2015 11:18:39 AM PDT · by Theoria · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10 Oct 2015 | MATT APUZZO, MARK MAZZETTI and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
    Last fall, federal agents raided the home and office of Robin L. Raphel in search of proof that she, a seasoned member of Americas diplomatic corps, was spying for Pakistan. But officials now say the spying investigation has all but fizzled, leaving the Justice Department to decide whether to prosecute Ms. Raphel for the far less serious charge of keeping classified information in her home. The fallout from the investigation has in the meantime seriously damaged Ms. Raphels reputation, built over decades in some of the worlds most volatile countries. If the Justice Department declines to file spying charges, as...
  • Study: Eurasian Farmers Migrated to Africa 3,000 Years Ago

    10/08/2015 1:15:06 PM PDT · by Theoria · 10 replies
    AP ^ | 08 Oct 2015 | AP
    Scientists say they have extracted ancient DNA from the skull of a man buried in the highlands of Ethiopia 4,500 years ago that supports the theory that Eurasian farmers migrated into Africa some 3,000 years ago. This Stone Age resettlement had previously been theorized, but the rare find allowed scientists to see what DNA looked like well before the time the migration would have taken place. A comparison with modern populations around the world allowed them to see that the migrants left their genetic mark in the furthest corners of Africa. "This is the first ancient human genome found in...
  • Company Stampede to Southeast Asia Seen on Trade Pact[TPP]

    10/07/2015 10:19:00 AM PDT · by Theoria · 11 replies
    WSJ ^ | 07 Oct 2015 | Jake Maxwell Watts, Kathy Chu and Celine Fernandez
    Vietnam and Malaysia growth depends heavily on external trade Even before the ink is dry on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, companies are laying out plans to expand in Vietnam and Malaysia, both rapidly developing Asian nations whose growth depends heavily on external trade.Manufacturers of apparel, rubber gloves and bikes are among those considering increasing production in the Southeast Asian countries to capitalize on export growth expected from the accord, which sweeps away tariffs to markets including the U.S., the worlds biggest economy.The mammoth trade agreement is seen as a game-changer for these national economies, according to an analysis by...
  • House Democrat Alan Grayson files ethics complaint against McCarthy, Gowdy

    10/07/2015 9:17:17 AM PDT · by Theoria · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | 07 Oct 2015 | Jeremy Diamond
    Rep. Alan Grayson filed an ethics complaint Wednesday against House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy accusing the No.2 Republican of using taxpayer dollars to make political attacks against Hillary Clinton. The Florida Democrat, who himself was the target of two ethics complaints this summer, accused McCarthy and Benghazi Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, of violating "federal law and House rules by using funds appropriated to the Select Committee on Benghazi to oppose the presidential candidacy of Hillary Clinton," according to the filing. "This is a clear and unequivocal misuse of appropriated funds for political purposes," Grayson writes in the document,...
  • Temporary Visas, Meant to Import Talent, Help Ship Jobs Abroad

    09/29/2015 4:55:30 PM PDT · by Theoria · 19 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 29 Sept 2015 | Julia Preston
    When Congress designed temporary work visa programs, the idea was to bring in foreigners with specialized, hard-to-find skills who would help American companies grow, creating jobs to expand the economy. Now, though, some companies are bringing in workers on those visas to help move jobs out of the country.For four weeks this spring, a young woman from India on a temporary visa sat elbow to elbow with an American accountant in a snug cubicle at the headquarters of Toys R Us here. The Indian woman, an employee of a giant outsourcing company in India hired by Toys R Us, studied...
  • The Middle-Class Squeeze

    09/26/2015 7:14:32 AM PDT · by Theoria · 12 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 26 Sept 2015 | Charles Moore
    If Western countries want to disprove the dire forecasts of Karl Marx, we must think creatively about how to make the middle class more prosperous and secure Go back, for a moment, nearly 30 years. In March 1987, Margaret Thatcher visited Mikhail Gorbachev, the reforming leader of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, in Moscow. Sitting in the Kremlin, the two argued for hours. At one point, Mr. Gorbachev accused Mrs. Thatcher of leading the party of the haves and of fooling the people about who really controlled the levers of power. The Iron Lady had an answer: I...
  • String of Emails Raises Questions About When Hillary Clinton Began Using Personal Account

    09/25/2015 6:52:06 PM PDT · by Theoria · 45 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 25 Sept 2015 | Michael S. Schmidt
    A string of emails that has been provided to the State Department raises new questions about whether Hillary Rodham Clinton has accurately described her use of a personal account when she was secretary of state.Mrs. Clinton has said that she retained no emails from her first two months in office because she used an account that she no longer has access to. She has said that on March 19, 2009, she began using the personal account that she relied on for the rest of her time in office.But on Friday, State Department officials said they had been...
  • U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Afghan Allies Abuse of Boys

    09/20/2015 11:28:19 AM PDT · by Theoria · 73 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 20 Sept 2015 | Joseph Goldstein
    In his last phone call home, Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. told his father what was troubling him: From his bunk in southern Afghanistan, he could hear Afghan police officers sexually abusing boys they had brought to the base. At night we can hear them screaming, but were not allowed to do anything about it, the Marines father, Gregory Buckley Sr., recalled his son telling him before he was shot to death at the base in 2012. He urged his son to tell his superiors. My son said that his officers told him to look the other way because its...
  • Constitutionally, Slavery Is No National Institution

    09/16/2015 9:27:36 AM PDT · by Theoria · 32 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 16 Sept 2015 | Sean Wilentz
    The Civil War began over a simple question: Did the Constitution of the United States recognize slavery property in humans in national law? Southern slaveholders, inspired by Senator John C. Calhoun of South Carolina, charged that it did and that the Constitution was proslavery; Northern Republicans, led by Abraham Lincoln, and joined by abolitionists including Frederick Douglass, resolutely denied it. After Lincolns election to the presidency, 11 Southern states seceded to protect what the South Carolina secessionists called their constitutional right of property in slaves. The war settled this central question on the side of Lincoln and Douglass....
  • LI woman claims cops couldnt believe she owned BMW so they threw her in psych ward

    09/15/2015 11:30:56 AM PDT · by Theoria · 52 replies
    PIX11 ^ | 10 Sept 2015 | Nicole Johnson
    A Long Island womans insistence that she owns a BMW landed her in a psych ward at Harlem Hospital. The doctors believed she was delusional and suffering from bipolar disorder but she was actually telling the truth, a lawsuit claims. Kam Brocks frightening eight-day One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest ordeal at the mental facility included forced injections of powerful sedatives and demands she down doses of lithium, according to medical records obtained by PIX11 from her attorney. Brock said it all started at a traffic light in Harlem after she was pulled over by an officer for allegedly...
  • The women vanishing without a trace[Mexico]

    09/14/2015 3:42:08 PM PDT · by Theoria · 36 replies
    BBC ^ | 14 Sept 2015 | Nina Lakhani
    Thousands of women and girls disappear in Mexico every year - many are never seen alive again. When one couple realised their daughter was missing, they knew they didn't have long to find her. Elizabeth realised something was terribly wrong within 15 minutes of her teenage daughter, Karen, disappearing. "I just knew it, I had an anguish that I'd never felt before. I searched the streets, called friends and family, but no-one had seen her," she says. "She'd gone to the public toilets with nothing - no money, no mobile phone, no clothes We thought she'd been kidnapped." Karen disappeared...
  • With Eyes On Europe, Iraqis Line Up To Leave Baghdad

    09/05/2015 1:24:56 PM PDT · by Theoria · 13 replies
    NPR ^ | 05 Sept 2015 | Alice Fordham
    At first it seems lively outside on the weekend in Baghdad the lights are bright in open-air cafes, music streams from beribboned cars in a wedding party and at Ali Hussein's juice stand, decorated with plastic bananas, they're squeezing oranges on old brass presses. But even as Hussein offers me a sharp, fresh juice, he's downcast. When I ask about the subject on everyone's mind here the migrant flood into Europe he laughs. "We were just talking about this!" he says. Several of his friends just passed by to say farewell. They heard that German Chancellor Angela...
  • Migrants Fleeing Hungary Start a Long March Toward Germany

    09/04/2015 11:24:13 AM PDT · by Theoria · 75 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 04 Sept 2015 | Dan Bilefsky
    Haggard and defiant, a large number of migrants marched from the Keleti train station in Budapest toward Germany on Friday, pledging to walk 300 miles rather than remain in a country where they are not welcome.This is going to go down in history, said Rami Hassoun, an Egyptian migrant from Alexandria who was helping corral the crowds on a six-lane highway, where the migrants were being watched by the police.The police put the number of migrants who were walking at 500, but photographs from the scene and eyewitness accounts suggested the figure was at least twice that.Other migrants remained locked...
  • K2, a Potent Drug, Casts a Shadow Over an East Harlem Block

    09/02/2015 11:34:35 AM PDT · by Theoria · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 02 Sep 2015 | Nicholas Casey
    It was early afternoon when the man with the twitching legs was dragged from the ground into an ambulance. Another man selling books washed away the vomit.A man named Charlie Medina sat at the same spot a few days later, unable to remember his name before he fell into a trance with his jaw open and his eyes dilated.And the lovers. They were unable to find a room. One pulled off the others shirt and her bra, then started to kiss her bruised breasts while a small crowd gathered to watch.The people here on this stretch of 125th Street in...
  • Weaponized Drones For Law Enforcement Now Legal In North Dakota

    09/01/2015 4:44:59 PM PDT · by Theoria · 24 replies
    Forbes ^ | 26 Aug 2015 | Gregory Ferenstein
    Drones can now legally fight criminals in the United Stateswith non-lethal weapons thanks to a recently amended bill in North Dakota. The laws author, Representative Rick Becker, originally wanted to require police to secure a warrant for drone surveillance.But, then local law enforcement managed to sneak in the right to equip drones with tasers or rubber bullets by amending the original prohibition against lethal and non-lethal force to just limiting lethal weapons. Becker worries that this new franken-bill will have dramatic unintended consequences.I think its important to maintain the humanity in making decisions to deploy weapons against another individual, he...
  • Why Utah Is The Only State Trying To Track And Limit SWAT-Style Tactics

    08/31/2015 6:42:42 PM PDT · by Theoria · 32 replies
    NPR ^ | 31 Aug 2015 | Martin Kaste
    The phrase "police militarization" conjures up an image of cops wrapped in Kevlar, barging into homes with semi-automatic weapons. But familiar as that image is, we don't know how common it is. There are simply no good statistics on police tactical operations in America. The federal government doesn't keep track, and neither do the states with one exception: Utah. The pressure to start counting the operations there dates back to 2012, after a drug raid gone wrong in Ogden. A tactical team from the local drug task force had gone into a little house where marijuana was being grown....
  • As Hikers Celebrate on Appalachian Trail, Some Ask: Where Will It End?

    08/30/2015 10:07:05 AM PDT · by Theoria · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 29 Aug 2015 | Katharine Q. Seelye
    The storied Appalachian Trail, which begins 2,190 miles away in Georgia, ends here, with a final scramble up Maines highest peak some of it nearly vertical, much of it blocked by boulders. For those who have trekked five or six months, Katahdins iconic summit is an exhausting challenge with a rewarding end.It takes your breath away, said Chuck Wood, 64, a hiker from Norristown, Pa. Just to be there, its like an audience with the Lord.But that experience is now in jeopardy. Faced with increasing crowds and partylike behavior by a few including an ultramarathon runner who celebrated...
  • Iowa Poll Suggests Dangers for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trumps Strengths

    08/30/2015 9:14:18 AM PDT · by Theoria · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 30 Aug 2015 | Trip Gabriel
    In Iowa, when J. Ann Selzer talks, people listen.Many surprising findings in a new survey by Ms. Selzer, Iowas most respected pollster, are sure to be topics of elated or anxious conversations on campaign conference calls on Monday morning.Among the findings, released Saturday night: Hillary Rodham Clintons lead over Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has shrunk to just 7 percentage points; Donald J. Trumps favorability with Republicans has sharply increased, suggesting he has room to increase his lead; and Democrats are largely untroubled about Mrs. Clintons email controversy suggesting her vulnerabilities are deeper.With both parties nominating races entering a...
  • Owned by Union, Amalgamated Bank Gives Lift to the Left

    08/29/2015 12:01:34 PM PDT · by Theoria · 2 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 29 Aug 2015 | Nicholas Confessore
    When Ready for Hillary, a pro-Hillary Rodham Clinton super PAC, wanted to take out a million-dollar loan five months before it planned to go out of business, it turned to a bank that was founded to guard the savings of New York City garment workers.When the Democracy Alliance, an influential club of liberal donors, sought to recruit members in advance of the 2016 elections, the banks president helped to make introductions.And when workers-rights groups wanted to embarrass Walmart and the Gap for unsafe working conditions at factories supplying their stores, Amalgamated Bank, which manages $40 billion in pension fund assets,...
  • Eastern Mountain Lions May Be Extinct, but Locals Still See Them

    08/29/2015 8:23:32 AM PDT · by Theoria · 122 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 28 Aug 2015 | Jennifer Levitz
    Officials ponder changing cats status, causing roar of protest; sighting a U.F.O. Diana Marchibroda insists she saw the beast near the Appalachian Trail in Virginia in May. From the woods sauntered a tall, very sleek mountain lion, she says. Ms. Marchibroda, a dentist who is 62 years old, says she and her silver-haired miniature schnauzer, Sophie, both watched in awe. My sighting is ABSOLUTE, she wrote the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in July. I know what I saw. Dozens of similar missives have poured into the agency as it proposes removing the Eastern mountain lion from the list of...
  • As Minimum Wages Rise, Restaurants Say No to Tips, Yes to Higher Prices

    08/25/2015 5:54:35 PM PDT · by Theoria · 38 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 23 Aug 2015 | Patricia Cohen
    Restaurant owners, customers and staff have long railed against the tyranny of tipping, but like a love affair gone bad, it has proved difficult to quit.Now, prompted by a spurt of new minimum wage proposals in major cities, an expanding number of restaurateurs are experimenting with no-tipping policies as a way to manage rising labor costs.Here in Seattle, where the first stage of a $15-an-hour minimum wage law took effect in April, Ivars seafood restaurants switched to an all-inclusive menu. By raising prices 21 percent and ending tipping, Bob C. Donegan, the president and co-owner, calculated he could increase everyones...
  • U.S. To Accept Up To 8,000 Syrian Refugees Next Year

    08/25/2015 2:56:35 PM PDT · by Theoria · 23 replies
    NPR ^ | 25 Aug 2015 | Laura Wagner
    Between 5,000 and 8,000 Syrian refugees will be welcomed into the U.S. next year, officials said Monday.Calling the U.S. a "leader" in resettling refugees, State Department spokesman John Kirby said the U.N. refugee agency has referred 15,000 Syrian refugees to the U.S., according to AFP News Agency.More than 4 million Syrians have become homeless since civil war broke out in the country in 2011. Though the U.S. has contributed $4 billion in humanitarian aid to help with refugee resettlement, as of June the country had taken in fewer than 1,000 Syrians.Kirby said this work was "not the metric of success,"...
  • Judge says Hillary Clinton's private emails violated policy

    08/20/2015 2:27:49 PM PDT · by Theoria · 31 replies
    Politico ^ | 20 Aug 2015 | Josh Gerstein
    A federal judge indicated Thursday that he believes Hillary Clinton violated government policy by storing official emails on a private server when she worked as secretary of state. During a hearing on a Freedom of Information Act case, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan said the actions had complicated the State Departments ability to respond to requests for the agencys records on various topics. We wouldnt be here today if this employee had followed government policy, Sullivan said, apparently referring to Clinton. After Justice Department lawyer Peter Wechsler argued that FOIA normally doesnt allow for searches of government officials private accounts,...
  • DIY Tractor Repair Runs Afoul Of Copyright Law

    08/18/2015 11:31:17 AM PDT · by Theoria · 35 replies
    NPR ^ | 18 Aug 2015 | Laura Sydell
    The iconic image of the American farmer is the man or woman who works the land, milks cows and is self-reliant enough to fix the tractor. But like a lot of mechanical items, tractors are increasingly run by computer software. Now, farmers are hitting up against an obscure provision of copyright law that makes it illegal to repair machinery run by software. Take Dave Alford. He fits that image of the iconic farmer. "I do farming on the family ranch," says Alford, standing on a piece of grassy earth with a white barn behind him. "I've been farming for the...
  • Must It Be the Rest Against the West?[1994]

    08/16/2015 10:39:02 AM PDT · by Theoria · 2 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | December 1994 | Matthew Connelly and Paul Kennedy
    Absent major changes in North-South relations, the wretched should inherit the earth by about 2025 "Now, stretching over that empty sea, aground some fifty yards out, [lay] the incredible fleet from the other side of the globe, the rusty, creaking fleet that the old professor had been eyeing since morning. . . . He pressed his eye to the glass, and the first things he saw were arms. . . . Then he started to count. Calm and unhurried. But it was like trying to count all the trees in the forest, those arms raised high in the air, waving...
  • AT&T Helped N.S.A. Spy on an Array of Internet Traffic

    08/15/2015 2:03:47 PM PDT · by Theoria · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 15 Aug 2015 | Julia Angwin, Charlie Savage, Jeff Larson, Henrik Moltke, Laura Poitras and James Risen
    The National Security Agencys ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic passing through the United States has relied on its extraordinary, decades-long partnership with a single company: the telecom giant AT&T. While it has been long known that American telecommunications companies worked closely with the spy agency, newly disclosed N.S.A. documents show that the relationship with AT&T has been considered unique and especially productive. One document described it as highly collaborative, while another lauded the companys extreme willingness to help. AT&Ts cooperation has involved a broad range of classified activities, according to the documents, which date from 2003...