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Russians Try To Build A Normal Media Startup Across The Border — RIGA, Latvia - When Russia closes up, as it has often through the centuries, this Baltic capital becomes a listening post, a safe-ish remove from which to send and receive dispatches from an increasingly controlled society.

BuzzFeed Edit News — The Supreme Court ruling today - astonishing to me, as much as we all knew it was coming - marks the end, more or less, of a story that has helped define BuzzFeed as we've grown, and one that we should be proud of playing a big part in.

Hillary Clinton Hires The Strategist Who Broke Her 2008 Campaign — Hillary Clinton has hired the key tactician behind her stunning 2008 primary defeat, a sign both of her campaign's intense focus on a Democratic Primary that is shaping up as a joke, and of her team's obsession with avoiding the mistakes of her last campaign.

Another Political News Site, But This One Will Sell You Things — Election seasons bring with them fresh waves of media upstarts, and the newest entrant in this cycle's media-contest-within-a-presidential-contest is, a startup whose funding, and, more intriguingly, business model, comes from the world of e-commerce.

The Clintons And The Ponzi Schemers — Yau Cheng isn't the sort of person you'd expect to fall victim to a Ponzi scheme. The former Merrill Lynch banker was, by 2005, a partner in her own investment fund, a savvy and sophisticated investor. But Cheng and her partner didn't do the usual due diligence on Norman Hsu, who offered eye-popping returns from his garment business.

British Election Good News For Hillary Clinton, Cameron Aide Says — The former Obama aide who helped Britain's Conservatives stay in power Thursday told BuzzFeed News that Hillary Clinton, rather than U.S. Republicans, should be taking hope from the victory of Britain's right.

Britain's 2015 Election Pits Newspapers Against The Web — Britain votes next Thursday, and the talk here is of an election reaching Israeli levels of complexity. Will the Scottish nationalists wipe out Labour in the north? Will the Ukippers come back to the Tories? What price will the Irish unionists (remember them?) exact for their support?

Judith Miller Receives Her Admirers At The Harvard Club — "She's always been out in front on the stories that are really still the big stories of our age - Islamic militancy, germ warfare, the Iraq War, terrorism," Tom Freston said Tuesday night, introducing Judith Miller at the Harvard Club party for her new book, The Story. The Iraq War!

Why Is This Fight Different From All Other Fights — I spent last Friday night at the Brooklyn apartment of a veteran Jewish journalist, a man whose values used to be considered pretty much standard for Jewish Democrats who grew up with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He loves Israel but he's conflicted over the occupation.

The Clinton Campaign Gets Off To A Grim Start — The United Nations Security Council Stakeout has played host to world-historic events. It's where Iranian negotiators meet the press, where heads of state talk war and peace. Picasso's "Guernica," looming to the left of the podium, is meant to push them toward peace. The U.N. is also, always, kind of a shitshow.
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Jun 30, 2015

RT @tobinharshaw: Having shamed the US out of its human-rights-oppressing ways, Putin henchman returns to Moscow. @RosieGray…

Jun 30, 2015

think tank closing because it has fulfilled its mission: “The human rights situation has improved in the US"…

Jun 30, 2015

Pro-Putin Think Tank Based In New York Shuts Down… via @rosiegray @buzzfeednews

Jun 30, 2015

RT @mikememoli: More on @VP, the Rousseff whisperer, via @fran_chambers pool report of State Dept lunch

Jun 30, 2015

RT @jonathanchait: Fantastic, deep reporting by @TasneemN on SAE's long history of racism that led to the Oklahoma chant episode.…

Jun 30, 2015

RT @tedcruz: It’s #ATimeForTruth: I likely may not get cast as a voice actor for the Simpsons any time soon, but it was fun:…

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