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Facing its own Islamic State-inspired militants, Iran wields a smaller stick

csmonitor.com — With the help of local Sunnis on its southeastern border with Pakistan, Iran is using a blend of force, dialogue, and money to counter Jaish al-Adl, a radical group that claims to fight for Sunni rights.
Oct 30, 2014

My report, #Iran: governor has issued 60 to 70 "amnesty letters" to Jaish al-Adl militants: “Dialogue is our basis" csmonitor.com/World/Middle-E…

Oct 30, 2014

My report, Zahedan: “Jaish al-Adl was created to be an Iranian problem, & it can be solved by #Iranians”: @nrjsxtun csmonitor.com/World/Middle-E…

Oct 30, 2014

RT @peterson__scott: My report from #Iran's 'Wild West' city of Zahedan: Why Pakistan-based Sunni militants have stepped up attacks csmonitor.com/World/Middle-E…

Oct 30, 2014

My report from #Iran's 'Wild West' city of Zahedan: Why Pakistan-based Sunni militants have stepped up attacks csmonitor.com/World/Middle-E…

Oct 30, 2014

RT @peterson__scott: My report, Zahedan, #Iran: Sunni leader Molavi Abdul Hamid tells me how Jaish al-Adl inspired by Islamic State gains csmonitor.com/World/Middle-E…

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Election 2014: Do all the close Senate races mean Democrats have a shot?

csmonitor.com — Republicans are still favored to win control of the Senate. But it's not a purely anti-Democratic cycle. Plenty of Republicans are struggling - a few in Senate races, and lots of governors. Senate Democrats faced daunting odds when the 2014 midterm cycle began: They're defending 21 seats, while the Republicans are defending 15.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @csmonitor: Republicans are still favored to win control of Senate, but plenty are struggling: ow.ly/Dz3gh via @linda_feldmann

Oct 30, 2014

RT @csmonitor: Republicans are still favored to win control of Senate, but plenty are struggling: ow.ly/Dz3gh via @linda_feldmann

Witches finger cookies

csmonitor.com — As I am getting older, I am realizing more distinctly what I love about each holiday - and most of the time it almost always has something to do with the food, whether I am making it or eating it.

A spooky supper: Calabaza soup with spider web cream

csmonitor.com — Roast calabaza, or another pumpkin or squash, for this simple autumn soup. Use sour cream cut with milk to make the spooky spider-web effect, and add a raisin for the spider. I first learned about calabaza when researching the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos.

Custard-in-a-pumpkin - CSMonitor.com

csmonitor.com — Tired of being assailed by cans of pumpkin purée every where you look, or maybe you just don't really care for pumpkin pie? Hollowed-out sugar pumpkins are filled with coconut custard in this delightful Cambodian dessert Before I moved to the United States as a college student some 20 years ago, my only knowledge of the ubiquitous fall fruit (or is it a vegetable?), the orange, ribbed pumpkin ( cucurbita pepo), was from Disney 's "Cinderella."

Who wins the Senate? Colorado could come down to women's issues.

csmonitor.com — Democratic Sen. Mark Udall has dumped much of his campaign money into attacking Republican Rep. Cory Gardner on reproductive rights. But it might not have worked as well as he hoped. The Monitor's "Who wins the Senate?" series looks at the specific issues that will be driving voters in each of the 10 tossup races that will determine who controls the Senate.
Oct 30, 2014

Who wins the Senate? Colorado could come down to women's issues. csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder… (stay tuned for my NH installment early next week)

Why a Marine dad was banned from his daughter's school for objecting to Islam essay

csmonitor.com — A Marine dad doesn't want his daughter learning about Islam in school. School officials say the alternative is a failing grade. A Maryland high school student's father has been banned from her school's grounds after objecting to a portion of her history curriculum involving Islam.

Who wins the Senate? Louisiana is a referendum on Mary Landrieu.

csmonitor.com — Louisiana incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu says she can deliver on the state's top three priorities. If voters believe her, she might just survive. The Monitor's "Who wins the Senate?" series looks at the specific issues that will be driving voters in each of the 10 tossup races that will determine who wins control of the Senate.

'Rain Reign' is one of the best children's books of 2014

csmonitor.com — Martin has created multi-faceted, complex characters and situations that make 'Rain Reign' - a novel about a girl diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome - sing. I picked up Ann Martin's Rain Reign (recommended for ages nine and up) with anticipation as well as trepidation.

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csmonitor.com — The Global Gender Gap Report, published Tuesday by the WEF, measures the global gender gap of 142 countries. It looks at the relative gaps between men and women across four key areas: education, economics, health, and politics. The top five is somewhat predictable: Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, in that order.

Apple CEO Tim Cook is 'proud to be gay,' hopes to help others

csmonitor.com — Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's proud to be gay, speaking up in an essay for Bloomberg Businessweek. Cook says he hopes hearing the CEO of Apple is gay could help others struggling to come to terms with their sexuality. Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's proud to be gay.

Cargo rocket explosion: a setback, but not necessarily a gamechanger for NASA (+video)

csmonitor.com — The explosion of Orbital Science's Antares rocket shouldn't compromise NASA's shift to leasing services for its human spaceflight program, rather than owning its own rockets, specialists say. Tuesday night's explosion of a cargo rocket bound for the International Space Station seconds after launch is a setback for its owner and operator, Orbital Sciences Corp.
Oct 30, 2014

Loss of #Antaresrocket probably won't affect #NASA's shift to using commercial carriers to get cargo to #ISS ow.ly/DyZ1S

President Sata's death tests Zambia's history of peaceful political transition (+video)

csmonitor.com — Zambia's President Michael Sata is the second sitting president to pass away in office in the past six years. The country's reputation as a progressive democracy gives observers hope for a peaceful transfer of power. Zambia is facing a snap leadership transition after the unexpected death of President Michael Sata overnight in London.
Oct 30, 2014

@alexanderMutale on Zambian President Michael Sata's death, and the political aftermath: bit.ly/1zMzBtX

On isolated Gaza's southern flank, an Egyptian buffer zone takes shape (+video)

csmonitor.com — Egypt's president has accused foreign powers of abetting a deadly attack last week on security forces near the Rafah crossing to Gaza. A militant group in Sinai is suspected of involvement. Egypt's army has begun demolishing hundreds of houses in its borderlands along the Gaza Strip, seeking to disrupt the flow of weapons and militants by creating a buffer zone.
Oct 30, 2014

Planned Egyptian buffer zone with Gaza tightens army's stranglehold over Sinai + shifts blame for security failures: csmonitor.com/World/Middle-E…

Fed says goodbye to historic easing program: 4 key takeaways

csmonitor.com — The Federal Reserve announced the end of its landmark quantitative easing program Wednesday, and investors found the Fed's overall policy statement more hawkish than expected. Here are the highlights of today's Federal Reserve policy statement. It's the end of an historical era for the Federal Reserve.

Millennial poll: Why the youth vote now leans Republican

csmonitor.com — Among 18-to-29-year-olds who say they will 'definitely' vote on Nov. 4, 51 percent prefer a Republican-led Congress, while 47 percent want the Democrats in charge, a survey by Harvard University's Institute of Politics finds. America's young voters are no longer reliably Democratic and should be considered "swing voters," a new poll by Harvard University 's Institute of Politics finds.

You wouldn't believe what Uber is delivering today. Hint: It meows.

csmonitor.com — Uber is delivering cuddly cuteness to the doors of urbanites in seven cities. Welcome to rent a kitten. They've delivered ice cream; Christmas trees; roses; convenience store items like gum, deodorant, and milk; last week they even started couriering flu shots.

Halloween, once for kids, has become an adult holiday

csmonitor.com — Americans will spend a scary amount on Halloween this year. Costumes, candy and decoration sales are expected to top $7.4 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. A record number of people (67%) plan to buy costumes, including $350 million on pet costumes - the fastest growing category of Halloween spending.
Oct 29, 2014

RT @Schuyler_V: Americans spend about $300 million more on adult Halloween costumes than kid ones: csmonitor.com/Business/Savin… @NerdWallet

Oct 29, 2014

Americans spend about $300 million more on adult Halloween costumes than kid ones: csmonitor.com/Business/Savin… @NerdWallet

Why Sarah Palin really might run for office again

csmonitor.com — Will Sarah Palin really run for office again? On Tuesday she said she might. In an interview with the Fox Business network, the ex-VP candidate said that her critics haven't driven her away from politics. In fact, they energize her, she said. "Bless their hearts, those haters out there, they don't understand that it invigorates me....
Oct 29, 2014

what's winning got to do with it? maybe nothing. Why Sarah Palin really might run for office again csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder…

Oct 29, 2014

Sarah Palin actually might run for office again. C'mon, hear me out: csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder…