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U.K. Tabloid Absurdly Claims ‘Public Interest’ Served in Politician’s Sex Sting — A married politician is sent a series of lascivious photographs by an attractive female admirer. She asks him to respond in kind. He stupidly obliges, after being assured "on a stack of Bibles" that his online paramour will keep the photo private.
Sep 30, 2014

.@TheSundayMirror says it was in the "public interest" to entrap a politician into sending nude selfies

US & Russia Re-Arming for a New Cold War — Four years ago, a North American Aerospace Defense Command officer sang the praises of a joint counter-terrorism exercise with Russian forces, named Vigilant Eagle. "This exercise is one milestone in working together. Our folks are proud to be a part of such an important event and are passionate about partaking in efforts to protect our borders," 176th Air Control Squadron operations officer Lt.
Sep 30, 2014

Meanwhile, the US & Russia are building new, nuclear-capable bombers, missiles, and subs for a new Cold War.…

Occupy Hong Kong Gathers Huge Crowds, But Where Are They Going? — Protestors in Hong Kong launched another day of demonstrations Tuesday with every indication they have lost little of their zeal for democracy-and every signal that China has no intention of caving to their demands for full universal suffrage.

Exclusive: America’s Allies Almost Bombed in Syrian Airstrikes — Last week, an airstrike from the American-led coalition nearly hit a command-and-control facility affiliated with the Free Syrian Army, the moderate rebels the Obama administration says are America's "boots on the ground," according to two opposition leaders. They are asking the Obama administration to please coordinate with them in the future before America bombs its only allies in Syria.
Sep 30, 2014

RT @NoahShachtman: The Syrian jihadists we're bombing & the "moderates" we're arming are so tight, their bases are next to one another. htt…

Sep 30, 2014

The Syrian jihadists we're bombing & the "moderates" we're arming are so tight, their bases are next to one another.…

Sep 30, 2014

MT @shashj: US strike "nearly hit" FSA command facility. Inevitable w/ little co-ordination, limited intelligence…

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NYC to End Solitary for Jailed Teens — By end of the year.

Court Stops Catalonia Independence Bid — Suspends per request from Spanish government.
Sep 30, 2014

RT @thedailybeast: Spain's Constitutional Court has suspended Catalonia's planned independence referendum

‘Last Week Tonight’ Does Real Journalism, No Matter What John Oliver Says — "It's not journalism, it's comedy-it's comedy first, and it's comedy second." That's what John Oliver told me when I spoke to him about his HBO news/satire program, Last Week Tonight . I asked him whether he saw a journalistic element in his new comedy show, which spends a half hour each week covering what host Oliver and his staff have deemed the top stories of the past seven days.
Sep 29, 2014

RT @thedailybeast: John Oliver (@iamjohnoliver) is a newsman – whether he wants to be one or not

Sep 29, 2014

RT @jayrosen_nyu: "Oliver and his staff will invariably [deny] they are engaging in anything other than a premium-cable comedy show."…

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ISIS is Putin’s Problem, too, and this Chechen is One Reason Why. — BIRKIANI, Georgia - Time seems to stop in this sleepy Georgian village high in the green mountains of the Pankisi Gorge. Nothing has changed around the little gray house that was the family home of one of the most senior commanders of the so-called Islamic State that is now the target of America's wrath in Syria and Iraq.

Is Hong Kong Tiananmen 2.0? — A friend once joked that Chinese democracy is simple: people collectively ignore the laws they don't agree with. When it comes to the sticky issue of democratic reforms in Hong Kong, or lack thereof, the central government in Beijing is doing exactly that. Hongkongers are angry. Secondary school and university students are on strike.

An Affair to Remember for George and Amal — VENICE, Italy - In a scene that, at times, seemed straight out of a Hollywood film set, George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin managed to turn a 14-minute civil marital ceremony at the town hall into a four-day gala event, filling the city's coffers and transforming the grand canal into an aquatic red carpet with five star-studded watercades that delighted tourists and Venetians alike.

What The Hell is Posh Spice Doing At The UN? — There is probably nothing more futile for a celebrity to attempt than changing their name. For millions of us, despite their best efforts to the contrary, Puff Daddy is still Puff Daddy, Prince is still Prince and Posh Spice will forever be Posh Spice.

Jeremy Renner Talks Marriage, His Problems with the Media, and the Future of Hawk-Eye — Jeremy Renner isn't getting much sleep these days. There are, of course, the numerous film franchises.
Sep 29, 2014

RT @thedailybeast: Jeremy Renner on a Hawk-Eye/Black Widow movie, rumors of "Captain America 3," and a "Bourne" crossover with Damon

Sep 29, 2014

Jeremy Renner talks marriage, Hawk-Eye spin-offs, and a "Bourne" crossover movie with Matt Damon…

Sep 29, 2014

Jeremy Renner told me about a Damon/Renner Bourne-off and a Hawk-Eye/Black Widow movie…