NPR: For some voters, suggestions that some of the opposition to Obama and his policies is more than just honest disagreement — and is indeed racially based — could help do the trick. The Democrats’ use of voting rights strikes Continue →
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Via Ken Vogel, start reading at page 48 of these newly released documents. … Continue reading →
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Cairo bomb blast kills policeman

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 18, 2014

Egyptian police officer killed in bomb attack on traffic police kiosk in Cairo's busy Lebanon Square.
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Scores of abducted girls freed in Nigeria

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 18, 2014

Education official confirms release of 44 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram fighters in restive Borno state.
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Quote of the Day: Nazi Edition

by Rick Hasen on April 18, 2014

“Rick Hasen and his cohorts truly seem to be digital brownshirts. I will not be civil with fascists.” A “top rated” comment at PJ Media’s post on my blog and the listserv. … Continue reading →
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Tribute to Osman Hummaida, Sudanese Human Rights Defender

by Human Rights Watch on April 18, 2014

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Harry Reid named as bribe recipient

by fonzdrew on April 18, 2014

A Utah businessman is rocking both state and national politics after claiming Utah Attorney General John Swallow helped him broker a deal with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to make a federal investigation into his company quietly disappear, the Salt Continue →

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South Korea arrests captain of sunken ferry

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 18, 2014

Death toll rises as details emerge that captain was not at the helm when ferry capsized.
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Obama signs law blocking Iran’s envoy to UN

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 18, 2014

Hamid Aboutalebi has acknowledged acting as an interpreter for the group that took part in the 1979 US Embassy takeover.
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Danny Ayalon

Two news reports from that clueless Jewish democracy in the Middle East.  Is this kind of messaging really appealing to American Jews?

Danny Ayalon

This morning, the deputy foreign minister of Israel, Danny Ayalon, tweeted out a story about a Nigerian woman’s decision Continue →

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EU urges Israel to reverse West Bank moves

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 18, 2014

Foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton calls on Israel to reverse recent actions, such as announcing new settlements.
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AP: “Iowa elections officials will continue to bar convicted felons from voting despite a landmark state Supreme Court ruling that suggests not all of them lost their voting rights, a spokesman said Wednesday.” … Continue reading →
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Politico Morning Tax: LATEST IRS DRAMA, PER A NEW BATCH OF EMAILS — DOJ CONTACTED LERNER ABOUT PROSECUTING SOCIAL WELFARE GROUPS. Two days before Lois Lerner broke the IRS scandal news at a tax law conference, the Department of Justice Continue →
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Free Car Raffle for US. Senate Candidate Web Signup

by Rick Hasen on April 18, 2014

Interesting question whether this is getting too close to illegal vote buying.  I think it is probably ok because there’s no payment for turnout or voting. … Continue reading →
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Who Are the Koch Brothers and What Do They Want?

by editor@truthdig.com on April 18, 2014

By Sen. Bernie Sanders

Given the reality that the Koch brothers are now the most important and powerful players in American Continue →

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Court won’t block Teva rivals

by Lyle Denniston on April 18, 2014

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., refused on Friday afternoon to delay generic drug manufacturers from offering, as early as next month, competing and lower-priced versions of a widely used drug for treating multiple sclerosis.  In a one-page ruling, Roberts said Continue →

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Ron Paul: The Nevada Range War

by Charles Goyette on April 18, 2014

Charles Goyette talks with Ron Paul on their weekly podcast about cattle rustlers, cowboys on horseback, and the Nevada showdown with the BLM. Violence has been averted… for now. But what happens next?

And a special conversation with Pat Buchanan who Continue →

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Algeria’s ailing president wins fourth term

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 18, 2014

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika wins with a landslide 81 percent of the vote, amid fraud claim by chief opponent.
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Sanction Threats, Imposition and Protest

by Eric Martin of TPR on April 18, 2014

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Editor’s note: a more detailed version of this post previously appeared on my personal blog.

If sanctions are to succeed as a tool of coercive diplomacy, they must impose real costs on the target. Yet, in most cases, they fail Continue →

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Readers of the Peace Blog may recall  two similar group sign-on letters to the president on nuclear disarmament matters, last year around the UN High-Level Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament and earlier this year around the Mexico conference on humanitarian consequences of Continue →
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The Comcast-FCC Revolving Door

by OpenSecrets Blog on April 18, 2014

The proposed merger between cable giants Comcast and Time Warner is a hotly contested issue in Congress, and angers flared again at a recent Senate hearing on the merger last week. Most of the senators seemed  ambivalent about the merger Continue →
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See here (following up on this post, which he does not link to). And with that, I think I’m done feeding the trolls for a while (here’s the last time I gave up on engaging with Adams). And now back Continue →
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Terrorist Responds to Harry Reid

by VR on April 18, 2014

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Editor’s Note

by Andrew Hamm on April 18, 2014

On Monday at 9:30 a.m. we expect orders from the April 18 Conference. On both Tuesday and Wednesday we expect one or more decisions in argued cases; we will be live blogging both days beginning at 9:45 a.m.

In association with Continue →

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Ukraine leaders propose constitutional change

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 18, 2014

Changes include giving the Russian language a special status, and granting more say to local governments.
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Gabriel Garcia Marquez: A literary giant

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 18, 2014

We look at the life and legacy of the Colombian author.
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South Sudan deploys army to guard UN base

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 18, 2014

Deployment comes a day after armed civilians fired on displaced tribespeople sheltering at UN camp in Bor.
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by editor@truthdig.com on April 18, 2014

By Nick Anderson

Related Entries April 17, 2014 GOP Healthplan April 17, 2014 Antitrust in the New Gilded Age
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Driverless Cars

by Steven J. Markovich on April 18, 2014

A monitor in the back seat displays sensor readings and other information in a driverless car at the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Laboratory at Stanford University (Kevin Bartram/Courtesy Reuters).

Driverless cars promise great benefits such as fewer accidents, elimination of drunk driving, better utilization of existing highways, and letting commuters work or relax while en route. The technology has developed rapidly over the past decade, aided by research grants from multiple Continue →

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Mark Halperin excommunicates Rand Paul, over Israel

by Philip Weiss on April 18, 2014

I found this demoralizing, as another register of where the Establishment is on the conflict. At 7:30 or so Joy Reid, sitting in for Chris Matthews, reads a report from Time that Sheldon Adelson will spend a lot of money to take down Continue →

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Powerful earthquake rattles Mexico

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 18, 2014

The 7.2-magnitude earthquake's epicenter was near the resort of Acapulco in the southwestern state of Guerrero.
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If a taxpayer refuses to respond to a summons issued by the IRS, the government must take the summons to a federal district court to seek enforcement.  There, the government generally provides sworn affidavits to support a prima facie case Continue →

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Lap Dancers, the CIA, Payoffs and BP’s Deepwater Horizon

by editor@truthdig.com on April 18, 2014

By Greg Palast

Four years ago this Sunday, the Deepwater Horizon blowout incinerated 11 men and poisoned 600 miles of Continue →

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Why We Should Be Paying Attention to Elections in Burkina Faso

by Eric Martin of TPR on April 18, 2014

Since he took power during a coup in 1987, Blaise Compaore has been the president of Burkina Faso. An influential regional player and recognized as an ally by Western nations in the Sahel, Compaore has enjoyed nearly 30 years of Continue →

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The weekend is four hours away, and a friend sent me this video from 1967 or early 1968, evidently from a TV show. At 5:30 a woman asks Woody Allen, then 32, whether Israel should “give back the land that they Continue →

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Twelve Nepal guides die in Everest avalanche

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 18, 2014

Several others missing in worst ever accident to hit the world's highest peak.
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Banking Industry Has Connections to Shape Mortgage Overhaul

by OpenSecrets Blog on April 18, 2014

This month, the Senate Banking Committee is set to consider a bill to overhaul the mortgage finance system, most notably by getting rid of the government-owned mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac over five years.That would significantly shift the Continue →
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