April 17, 2014

Jeb Bush’s Optimism School

By: E. J. Dionne
Jeb Bush’s Optimism School
Malaysia Airliner Search Points Up China’s Technology Gap

Malaysia Airliner Search Points Up China’s Technology Gap

By Julie Makinen and Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times BEIJING — In June 2012, China reveled in a ma ...

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Edward Snowden Asks Putin On Live TV: Does Russia Spy On Millions?

Edward Snowden Asks Putin On Live TV: Does Russia Spy On Millions?

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times   MOSCOW — Edward Snowden, the former National Security A ...

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Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Filed Against Ex-San Diego Mayor Bob Filner

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times   SAN DIEGO — A woman has filed a lawsuit against former Mayor ...

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Russia, West Reach Surprise Deal On Ukraine Crisis

Geneva (AFP) - Russia, Ukraine, the U.S. and EU reached a surprise deal Thursday on de-escalating th ...

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Criticism Mounts In South Korean Ferry Disaster; Death Toll Rises To 14

Criticism Mounts In South Korean Ferry Disaster; Death Toll Rises To 14

By Dirk Godder SEOUL, South Korea — Survivors of a capsized South Korean ferry lashed out Thursday a ...

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Russia’s Lavrov Announces Deal To “De-Escalate Tensions” In Ukraine

Geneva (AFP) - Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday announced a deal had been reached ...

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U.S. Jobless Claims Tick A Bit Higher

Washington (AFP) - New claims for U.S. unemployment insurance benefits edged higher last week but st ...

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Obama Launches Measures To Support Solar Energy In U.S.

Washington (AFP) - The White House Thursday announced a series of measures aimed at increasing solar ...

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Putin Makes Thinly-Veiled Invasion Threat As Ukraine Talks Open

Geneva (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin left the door open to intervening in Ukraine Thursda ...

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Algerians Vote; Ailing President Likely To Be Re-Elected

Algerians Vote; Ailing President Likely To Be Re-Elected

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times CAIRO — With a notable lack of enthusiasm, Algerians went to the po ...

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Guantanamo Judge To CIA: Disclose ‘Black Site’ Details To USS Cole Defense Lawyers

By Carol Rosenberg, The Miami Herald GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba — The military judge in the USS ...

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University Suspends Sorority Amid Hazing Allegation

University Suspends Sorority Amid Hazing Allegation

By Denise-Marie Ordway and Tiffany Walden, Orlando Sentinel ORLANDO, Florida — The University of Cen ...

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Judge: North Dakota’s Ban On Abortions After Six Weeks Is Unconstitutional

Judge: North Dakota’s Ban On Abortions After Six Weeks Is Unconstitutional

By Paresh Dave, Los Angeles Times North Dakota’s law banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy ...

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Obama Weighs Bond Hearings For Detained Immigrants

Obama Weighs Bond Hearings For Detained Immigrants

By Brian Bennett and Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Obama administration of ...

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NATO Steps Up Operations In Response To Russian Buildup Near Ukraine

NATO Steps Up Operations In Response To Russian Buildup Near Ukraine

By David S. Cloud, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The United States and its NATO allies agre ...

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Obama, Biden Tout Job-Training Grants

Obama, Biden Tout Job-Training Grants

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau   WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama promoted ...

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Kansas Educators Upset Over School Funding Bill

Kansas Educators Upset Over School Funding Bill

By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times It seemed like a victory for Kansas educators when the state Sup ...

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Oil Slick Not Linked To Missing Jet, Australians Say

Oil Slick Not Linked To Missing Jet, Australians Say

By Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times   BEIJING — Australian authorities coordinating the hunt fo ...

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Holder Asserts His Commitment To Fighting Heroin

Holder Asserts His Commitment To Fighting Heroin

By Timothy M. Phelps, Tribune Washington Bureau   WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder ...

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Nine Dead, Hundreds Feared Trapped In South Korea Ferry Sinking

Nine Dead, Hundreds Feared Trapped In South Korea Ferry Sinking

McClatchy Tribune News Service SEOUL, South Korea — The confirmed death toll reached nine in the Sou ...

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Putin: Russia May Invade Ukraine To Protect Locals

Putin: Russia May Invade Ukraine To Protect Locals

By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times MOSCOW — Russia may invade southeast Ukraine to protect the lo ...

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CIA’s Former Top Lawyer Fires Back At Senate Report, Criticizes Feinstein

CIA’s Former Top Lawyer Fires Back At Senate Report, Criticizes Feinstein

By James Rosen, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON -- The CIA's former top lawyer disputes Senat ...

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CIA’s Former Top Lawyer Fires Back At Senate Report, Criticizes Feinstein

CIA’s Former Top Lawyer Fires Back At Senate Report, Criticizes Feinstein

By James Rosen, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The CIA’s former top lawyer disputes Senate ...

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Prosecutor Attacks Credibility Of Oscar Pistorius Expert Witness

Prosecutor Attacks Credibility Of Oscar Pistorius Expert Witness

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — An expert witness called by the defense team of Sou ...

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For Vegetative Patients, A Brain Scan May Detect Hope Of Recovery

For Vegetative Patients, A Brain Scan May Detect Hope Of Recovery

By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times In the netherworld that lies between death and full consciousnes ...

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Official Gets Twelve Years In Prison, Must Pay $8.8 Million In Bell, California, Scandal

Official Gets Twelve Years In Prison, Must Pay $8.8 Million In Bell, California, Scandal

By Jeff Gottlieb, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Longtime Bell, California, administrator Robert Ri ...

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Last Remaining Populist House Republican Faces K Street’s Own Wolf Of Wall Street

Last Remaining Populist House Republican Faces K Street’s Own Wolf Of Wall Street

by Lee Fang, Republic Report Congressman Walter Jones, a Republican who represen ...

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Boats ‘N Hoes PAC Draws Criticism, Subsequently Disbands

Boats ‘N Hoes PAC Draws Criticism, Subsequently Disbands

In a bit of news that seems unlikely to help the GOP's latest efforts to attract ...

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WATCH: Edward Snowden Quizzes Vladimir Putin On Russian Surveillance

WATCH: Edward Snowden Quizzes Vladimir Putin On Russian Surveillance

In their highest-profile interaction to date, fugitive U.S. intelligence contrac ...

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Jeb Bush’s Optimism School

Jeb Bush’s Optimism School

NEW YORK -- The Republican Party faces a long-term challenge in presidential ele ...

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The Liberal Koch? Bloomberg Pledges $50 Million For Gun Reform

The Liberal Koch? Bloomberg Pledges $50 Million For Gun Reform

It's sometimes easy to forget that infamous conservatives like the Koch brothers ...

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5 Elections Obamacare May Help Democrats Win

5 Elections Obamacare May Help Democrats Win

Want to reduce the number of uninsured people in your state three times faster? ...

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Outraised By Grimes, McConnell Rethinks Money-As-Speech

Outraised By Grimes, McConnell Rethinks Money-As-Speech

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) has once again outraised ...

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From Manhattan To Washington, American Indians Get Snookered

From Manhattan To Washington, American Indians Get Snookered

Twenty-four dollars. That, supposedly, was the price Governor Peter Minuit paid ...

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How We Devalued The ‘R-Word’

How We Devalued The ‘R-Word’

At the risk of angering somebody like MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, I sometimes ...

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Today In GOP Outreach: Congressman Tells Black Voter Civil Rights Act May Be Unconstitutional

Today In GOP Outreach: Congressman Tells Black Voter Civil Rights Act May Be Unconstitutional

U.S. Representative Ted Yoho (R-FL) became the latest Republican to spit on his ...

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Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin Makes It Illegal To Establish A Minimum Wage

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin Makes It Illegal To Establish A Minimum Wage

In a move that fits seamlessly into the GOP's War on the War on Poverty, Oklahom ...

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WATCH: Landrieu Calls Obama ‘Simply Wrong’ In New Ad

WATCH: Landrieu Calls Obama ‘Simply Wrong’ In New Ad

Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA), one of the most vulnerable incumbents in the natio ...

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First, Do No Harm — To Your Bank Account

First, Do No Harm — To Your Bank Account

After being sued by The Wall Street Journal, the government finally released its ...

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RNC Reaches Out To Women (Again)

RNC Reaches Out To Women (Again)

The Republican Party has a problem with women, and it knows it. President Obama ...

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TurboTax Maker Linked To ‘Grassroots’ Campaign Against Free, Simple Tax Filing

TurboTax Maker Linked To ‘Grassroots’ Campaign Against Free, Simple Tax Filing

by Liz Day, ProPublica. Over the last year, a rabbi, a state NAACP official, a s ...

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WATCH: Does John Boehner Have ‘Electile Dysfunction?’

WATCH: Does John Boehner Have ‘Electile Dysfunction?’

Does House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) suffer from "electile dysfunction?" That' ...

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…And This Is The Overkill News Network

…And This Is The Overkill News Network

Enough, already. Please, for the love of Cronkite: Give us a break from the miss ...

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Walmart On Welfare

Walmart On Welfare

Next time you drive past a Walmart, think about how much in taxes you pay to sub ...

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A Program Conservatives Should Love

A Program Conservatives Should Love

WASHINGTON -- We are at a point where we will soon have vicious ideological deba ...

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A Better Path To Prosperity

A Better Path To Prosperity

Washington politicos aren't quite right when they say that federal budget propos ...

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Obama Warns Republicans Suppressing Right To Vote

Obama Warns Republicans Suppressing Right To Vote

New York (AFP) - President Barack Obama warned Friday that Republicans were supp ...

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Weekend Reader: ‘Machine Made: Tammany Hall And The Creation Of Modern American Politics’

Weekend Reader: ‘Machine Made: Tammany Hall And The Creation Of Modern American Politics’

Today the Weekend Reader presents Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of ...

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Photo Of The Day — April 12

Photo Of The Day — April 12

The Jefferson Memorial is seen across the Tidal Basin as Washington's famous che ...

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LBJ’s Civil Rights Act Irrevocably Changed U.S. Landscape

LBJ’s Civil Rights Act Irrevocably Changed U.S. Landscape

Last week, President Obama and civil rights luminaries went to the Lyndon B. Joh ...

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Poll Roundup: Shaheen Is In The Driver’s Seat

Poll Roundup: Shaheen Is In The Driver’s Seat

As the 2014 midterm elections draw closer, an avalanche of polling data will eme ...

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America Can Attain Full Employment With A Bold Approach To The Jobs Emergency

America Can Attain Full Employment With A Bold Approach To The Jobs Emergency

A new report from the Rediscovering Government Initiative lays out 15 ways the g ...

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LOL Of The Week: Middle-Class Conservatives Don’t Get That The Joke Is On Them

LOL Of The Week: Middle-Class Conservatives Don’t Get That The Joke Is On Them

Conservative pundits exploded on Thursday when CBS announced that Stephen Colber ...

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WATCH: Clinton Dodges Shoe; Fox News Says Bush Did It Better

WATCH: Clinton Dodges Shoe; Fox News Says Bush Did It Better

Hillary Clinton's speech to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries conferen ...

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Latest Signal Not Missing Plane, Australia Says

Latest Signal Not Missing Plane, Australia Says

By Sid Astbury SYDNEY — The latest signal reported in the search for a missing M ...

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This Week In Crazy: ‘Super Gay Male Soldiers’ Are Killing Christians, And The Rest Of The Worst Of The Right

This Week In Crazy: ‘Super Gay Male Soldiers’ Are Killing Christians, And The Rest Of The Worst Of The Right

Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildes ...

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