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Cosby cut deal with tabloid to squash sex assault story

csmonitor.com — Recently released court documents show that the entertainer agreed to an exclusive interview with the National Enquirer in order to keep details of a sexual assault out of the tabloid. Bill Cosby testified under oath in 2005 that he gave the National Enquirer an exclusive interview about looming sexual-assault accusations by a Canadian woman against him in exchange for the tabloid spiking a second accuser's story.
Nov 27, 2014

RT @csmonitor: Cosby cut deal with tabloid to squash sex assault story: Recently released court documents show that the enter... bit.ly/1rtc1z6

Iran nuclear talks: How Khamenei got Iranians to read from same page (+video)

csmonitor.com — Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, has resumed his harsh rhetoric after negotiators in Vienna extended the deadline for nuclear talks. But his actions suggest he is preparing Iranians for a deal. Just hours after nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers missed a Monday deadline, yielding instead a seven-month extension of negotiations, one sign indicated a combative return to business as usual.
Nov 27, 2014

My report, #IranTalks: Reconciling 'Can't trust America' with 'trying like hell for a deal w/ people we can't trust' bit.ly/1vQvbk6

Nov 27, 2014

.RT @peterson__scott: Selling a nuke deal: “Your enemy respects u. And when someone respects u, they aren't yr enemy” bit.ly/1vQvbk6

Nov 27, 2014

My report, selling #Iran nuclear talks: “Your enemy respects you. And when someone respects u, they are not yr enemy” bit.ly/1vQvbk6

Nov 27, 2014

My report Vienna/Tehran: How Ayat. Khamenei got #Iranians to read from same page #IranTalksVienna bit.ly/1vQvbk6

Iran nuclear talks: How Khamenei got Iranians to read from same page

csmonitor.com — Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, has resumed his harsh rhetoric after negotiators in Vienna extended the deadline for nuclear talks. But his actions suggest he is preparing Iranians for a deal. Just hours after nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers missed a Monday deadline, yielding instead a seven-month extension of negotiations, one sign indicated a combative return to business as usual.
Nov 26, 2014

RT @Milad_Jokar: Great piece by the great @peterson__scott ! #Iran nuclear talks: How Khamenei got Iranians to read from same page csmonitor.com/World/Middle-E…

Nov 26, 2014

RT @comprehendiran “negotiations are not between P5+, but US & Iran. This can unfreeze space between, very gradually” csmonitor.com/World/Middle-E…

Nov 26, 2014

Thanks! too kind... RT @lrozen: @peterson__scott great angle, one you are uniquely capable of explaining bit.ly/1xTUxfF

Nov 26, 2014

RT @peterson__scott: My report Vienna/Tehran: Iran nuclear talks: How Ayat. Khamenei got #Iranians to read from same page #IranTalksVienna bit.ly/1FrdGb2

Nov 26, 2014

My report, selling #Iran nuclear talks: “Your enemy respects you. And when someone respects u, they are not yr enemy” bit.ly/1FrdGb2

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Turkey wars in Washington: Obama pardons, Boehner brines

csmonitor.com — President Obama invokes executive action to pardon - or grant 'amnesty' - to gobbler 'Cheese,' while the speaker of the GOP-controlled House publishes the family recipe to brine and roast his. Lots of gobbling in Washington on Wednesday. At the White House, President Obama did the traditional thing and pardoned the national Thanksgiving turkey.

Why Ferguson protests, like Occupy, might not have staying power

csmonitor.com — Ferguson activists protesting the police killing of Michael Brown and the lack of a trial have passion and purpose. But they lack cohesiveness, structure, and political ambition. After a 4-1/2 minute moment of silence near the United States Courthouse in St.
Nov 26, 2014

RT @CSMWeeklyClay: Disparate groups, little coordination: Why #Ferguson #protests, like Occupy, might not have staying power bit.ly/1y1SHut

Nov 26, 2014

Disparate groups, little coordination: Why #Ferguson #protests, like Occupy, might not have staying power bit.ly/1y1SHut

Nov 26, 2014

Ferguson protesters are fiercely passionate. But can they affect change without central leadership? @HarryBruinius csmonitor.com/USA/2014/1126/…

China pushes more people to say: 'See you in court'

csmonitor.com — The Central Committee focused its annual plenary meeting last month on promoting 'socialist rule of law' among Chinese. In one village, a lawyer who is part of the government's push helped resolved a dispute over a fish pond.
Nov 26, 2014

Frog farmers, fair trials and 'socialist rule of law' in China. Complex cocktail; the view from a village in S China goo.gl/RDLrBj

Nov 26, 2014

Teaching people to trust courts: Local authorities in #China aim to help Beijing impose “socialist rule of law.” bit.ly/1FsxUzg

Nov 26, 2014

Saying 'see you in court' could be a good thing – in some cases – in #China. @peterfordcsm csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pac…

Mitt Romney leads new poll. Three things that tells us. (+video)

csmonitor.com — No, Mitt Romney is not running. He remembers what running for president (and losing) is like. Still, his strong finishes in presidential polls raise questions about Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton. Mitt Romney keeps showing up at the top of Republican presidential polls.
Nov 27, 2014

RT @bi_politics: The way Mitt Romney is polling for 2016 should worry Jeb Bush — and Hillary Clinton read.bi/11Wjj2Y

Jurassic World movie trailer: Scientifically, it's a turkey.

csmonitor.com — What do Jurassic World and Thanksgiving have in common? The challenging science of dinosaur (and turkey) domestication. Some paleontologists already have a bone to pick with the new Jurassic World trailer: It's bad science. But a University of Chicago professor sees something else in the movie's trailer: What the domestication of turkeys for Thanksgiving dinner teaches us about breeding dinosaurs.

Attack in Pakistan underscores ongoing threat to polio workers

csmonitor.com — Gunmen killed four health workers and wounded three in Quetta. Polio cases are at a 15-year high in Pakistan, where suspicion of vaccination programs has run high. Gunmen killed four health workers who were part of a polio vaccination team in Pakistan on Wednesday, an attack that highlights the risks of fighting the disease across the country.

Is Obama contemplating unilateral action on Cuba? (+video)

csmonitor.com — The Spanish foreign minister's recent statement that he would bring 'concrete messages' from the US government to Havana has some Republicans speculating that President Obama is looking to move further away from decades-old policy on Cuba. Is President Obama about to take unilateral steps to ease US relations with Cuba?

What's in Ferguson files? Little clarity, lots of questions. (+video)

csmonitor.com — The 5,000 pages of grand jury testimony and evidence released Monday show the legal process worked, some say. Critics say the exhaustive process was the problem. The decision by a Missouri grand jury not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson is stirring controversy not just on urban streets but also among legal scholars.
Nov 26, 2014

RT @csmonitor: Debate over #Ferguson grand jury’s decision emerges as scholars and public begin reading 5,000 pgs of transcripts: ow.ly/EVf3u

Nov 26, 2014

Simple fact is cops need policing. ... As legal scholars tangle over Brown case, the critical takeaway is this:... fb.me/1yDEaN2OE

Why did Ferguson officials wait until dark to announce the decision? (+video)

csmonitor.com — The press conference to announce the grand jury's decision in the Michael Brown case was scheduled for 8 p.m. central time. Why wait six hours to reveal the decision? Timing is everything. With protests burning through Ferguson after the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of teenager Michael Brown, some in the media are questioning the timing of the announcement.

Protested and provoked, police show restraint in Ferguson

csmonitor.com — Police and local activist groups worked together to try to prevent a heavy-handed police response to fresh Ferguson protests. The efforts appear to be paying off. While the nation reacted with shock after Monday's images of raging fires and rampant looting in Ferguson, Mo., somewhat overlooked has been the restraint shown by area police toward hundreds of peaceful protesters - even those engaging in civil disobedience.

Parental pain in public: School shaves boys head without parents' consent

csmonitor.com — Is there a proper way for a parent to respond publicly when their child is involved and emotions take over?
Nov 26, 2014

Parental pain in public: School shaves boys head without parents' consent. bit.ly/1tjVRTI

Why Ferguson protests might not have staying power

csmonitor.com — Ferguson activists protesting the police killing of Michael Brown and the lack of a trial have passion and purpose. But they lack cohesiveness, structure, and political ambition. After a 4-1/2 minute moment of silence near the United States Courthouse in St.
Nov 27, 2014

Ferguson activists have passion and purpose, but lack cohesiveness, structure, and political ambition. csmonitor.com/USA/2014/1126/…

Ferguson protesters vow to #BoycottBlackFriday: Effective or not?

csmonitor.com — A national boycott of Black Friday shopping in protest of the Ferguson grand jury decision is taking off on social media, with boycott supporters tweeting #BoycottBlackFriday, #BrownFriday, and #HandsUpDontSpend. But some say #BuyBlack is a better approach.

Gamergate and the new horde of digital saboteurs

csmonitor.com — Gamergate revealed just how quickly online mobs are able to harness hacker tools to intimate, harass, and humiliate. Whether the crux of Gamergate is ethics in video game journalism or misogyny among gamers continues to spark heated debate online. But there's no denying the pressing security risk that befalls anyone daring to loudly question the motives of its backers.
Nov 25, 2014

RT @LadyBits: If you’ve been lost in the #GamerGate shitstorm, here’s the only postmortem you need to read: csmonitor.com/Innovation/Tec… by @FruzsE

Nov 25, 2014

RT @LadyBits: If you’ve been lost in the #GamerGate shitstorm, here’s the only postmortem you need to read: csmonitor.com/Innovation/Tec… by @FruzsE

Nov 25, 2014

RT @LadyBits: If you’ve been lost in the #GamerGate shitstorm, here’s the only postmortem you need to read: csmonitor.com/Innovation/Tec… by @FruzsE

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Mini pumpkin pies with gingerbread graham cracker crust

csmonitor.com — By Mollie Zapata, Eat. Run. Read The crust 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (put your crackers in a bag and crush them, or you can be all high-tech and use a food processor) 1/4 cup brown sugar 6 tablespoons butter, melted Mix all the ingredients together and press them into the bottoms of greased muffin tins (or you can do them in cupcake wrappers).

White House turkey pardon: Did John F. Kennedy start the tradition?

csmonitor.com — Kennedy didn't actually pardon the turkey, he merely extended its life, producing some great photo ops. It was George H. W. Bush who first offered an actual pardon. Was John F. Kennedy the first US president to pardon a turkey? There's evidence that's the case, though he never used the word "pardon."
Nov 26, 2014

Do we have John F. Kennedy to thank for weird White House tradition of turkey"pardon"? csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder…