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White House confirms aid worker’s beheading

politico.com — The Obama administration said Sunday it was working to determine if the latest Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant beheading video was real. “We are aware of a video that claims to show the murder of U.S. citizen Peter Kassig by ISIL, said National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan.

Rand Paul opposes NSA reform bill

politico.com — Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is distancing himself from major intelligence reform legislation written by Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy - and supported by potential Paul 2016 rival Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). Paul plans to oppose Leahy’s bill that would curb bulk data collection of phone records by the National Security Agency because he believes...

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Putin’s Brittle Iron Curtain

politico.com — This is a week of geopolitical paradox: We are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the peaceful fall of the Berlin Wall even as we watch Vladimir Putin’s violent efforts to erect a new Iron Curtain further east. The news that dozens of Russian tanks and truckloads of troops have crossed the border into Ukraine resurrects dark and distant memories,...

GOP unhappy with new VA chief

politico.com — Republican senators are having some buyer’s remorse when it comes to new Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald, who was confirmed unanimously this summer. Three GOP senators publicly blasted McDonald on Tuesday for not moving to dismiss Phoenix VA Health Care System Director Sharon Helman, who, along with two other staffers, was put on...

Canada’s Stiff Upper Lip

politico.com — On Tuesday, Canada celebrated the life and lamented the death of Corporal Nathan Cirillo, the young reservist and father who was killed last week as he stood guard at our National War Memorial in Ottawa. And we are mourning Patrice Vincent, the warrant officer who was in killed in Quebec two days earlier.

The return of mean John McCain

politico.com — Mean John McCain is back on the campaign trail. The Arizona Republican has this week harshly attacked two Democrats whom he may have to serve with in 2015: Sens. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Kay Hagan of North Carolina. The women aren’t just fellow senators - they also serve on the Armed Forces Committee that McCain will likely lead...

Official out over prostitution incident

politico.com — The investigator who led the Homeland Security Department’s internal review of a prostitution scandal involving Secret Service agents on assignment in Colombia in 2012 has himself resigned over an incident involving a prostitute in Florida, The New York Times reported. Current and former department officials say that investigator David Nieland...

What Will Putin's New World Order Be?

politico.com — The war between Russia and Ukraine erupted so unexpectedly and escalated so quickly that it is tempting to think the motivations of the combatants are complicated or obscure. In fact, this is a fight over something very simple: the geopolitical rules that govern the Eurasian continent nearly a quarter century after the collapse of the Soviet Union....

Why #RussiaInvadedUkraine Matters

nytimes.com — Last week, Russia 's president, Vladimir V. Putin, said he could take Kiev in two weeks. This week, he disavowed a cease-fire, then proposed a peace plan. These zigzags did their job, leaving the West confused about his intentions, just as the European Union and NATO were meeting to figure out how to counter them.
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