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Barack and Bill: The Best of Frenemies — Little, Brown and Company In the fall of 2011, Obama's brain trust was busy creating a campaign plan that would put their man on a path toward reelection. Given the president's low approval ratings, theirs would be no easy task.

Obama, Other Leaders Condemn Killing of NYPD Officers — President Barack Obama "unconditionally" condemned the killing of NYPD patrolmen Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, who were shot and killed on Saturday by Ismaaiyl Brinsley in what may have been a revenge killing for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

Gaza: One War, One Family. Five Children, Four Dead — I met Nabil Siyam during a week touring the 369 square kilometre strip of land, 40 kilometres long and 13 wide at its widest. I hadn't been to Gaza since 1994, when hopes of peace were still just alive, nurtured by the Oslo accords, which envisaged a Palestinian state.

Pixelated Prostitution: Feminist Sex Work Debate Bleeds Into Video Games — In her series of controversial videos critiquing sexism in video games, Anita Sarkeesian often focuses on the way games treat sex workers.

The Operators of America's Largest Immigrant Detention Center Have A History of Inmate Abuse — The Department of Homeland Security this week handed the keys to the largest detention center for undocumented immigrant families over to Corrections Corporation of America, a private prison company with a record of disregarding inmate safety and flouting federal laws.

A Banal, Life-Threatening Crash

Autism Risk Much Higher for Children of Pregnant Women Exposed to Air Pollution in 3rd Trimester — Pregnant women who are exposed to high levels of air pollution during the third trimester of pregnancy may be as much as twice as likely to give birth to children with autism, compared with their counterparts who breathed cleaner air, according to a new Harvard study.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @Newsweek: Autism risk doubled for children born to mothers who breathed air pollution during late pregnancy, per Harvard study:

Cuba Says U.S. Must Respect Its Communist System — (Reuters) - Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday demanded that the United States respect Cuba's communist rule as the two countries work toward normalizing diplomatic ties. U.S. President Barack Obama this week reset Washington's Cold War-era policy on Cuba and the two countries swapped prisoners in a historic deal after 18 months of secret talks.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @Newsweek: Cuban President Raul Castro on Saturday stressed that Cuba would not be giving up its socialist principles.…

Tide Begins to Turn Against ISIS: Report — U.S.-led airstrikes have largely halted the momentum of the jihadist group known as Islamic State, or ISIS, which swept across Iraq and Syria during the chaos of the Syrian Civil War this summer, according to a report in the Financial Times .

Dodging The Draft, Russian Style — Every April and October the color khaki seems to suddenly sprout on the streets as bands of young soldiers appear in the cities; skinny, in uniforms either too large or small, with pinched red noses and red ears, scowling at the Maybachs and gold-leaf restaurants.
Dec 21, 2014

Why mothers/wives R so angry about Russian troops in Ukraine. They didn't volunteer Dodging The Draft, Russian Style…

BlackBerry, Boeing Pair Up To Build Phone That Self-Destructs — (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd is working with Boeing Co on Boeing's high-security Android-based smartphone, the Canadian mobile technology company's chief executive said on Friday. The Boeing Black phone being developed by the Chicago-based aerospace and defense contractor, which is best known for jetliners and fighter planes, can self-destruct if it is tampered with.
Dec 20, 2014

Not enough jokes made yesterday about BlackBerry lending its expertise to self-destructing phones.

Russia Calls New Crimea Sanctions 'Collective Punishment' — The Russian Foreign Ministry "Introducing new unilateral sanctions against the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sebastopol by the USA and European Union is direct evidence that the West has acknowledged that the decision by the Crimeans to rejoin Russia was unanimous and voluntary," the ministry said in a statement.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @Newsweek: Russia Calls Latest Crimea Sanctions 'Collective Punishment'

North Korea Denies Sony Hack, Wants Joint Probe With U.S. — (Reuters) - North Korea said U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander" and that it was wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States.
Dec 20, 2014

North Korea says there will be "grave consequences" if the U.S. refuses to agree to a joint probe into the Sony hack.

The FBI Has a File on Gamergate — The FBI confirmed it has files relating to Gamergate, the amorphous online movement composed of trolls and crusaders whose stated goal is to restore ethics in video games journalism. It did so in response to a Freedom of Information/Privacy Acts (FOIPA) request filed by Michael Morisy on

Tricky Ethical Questions Jeb Bush Must Answer — The collapse of InnoVida Holdings LLC in 2011 didn't get much traction in the media. Except in South Florida, where a small group of investors lost more than $40 million on a scheme to market hurricane- and earthquake-resistant homes assembled from prefabricated plastic panels.

How Celebrities Fared the Great Instagram Purge — Instagram has finally completed the great purge: thousands of fake, inactive and spam accounts have been deleted. This myriad of bum accounts falsely inflated follower counts of many users and when the purge was finished, many saw a sudden decrease in followers, especially celebrity accounts with millions of followers.

FBI: North Korean Government Hacked Sony — The FBI announced today it has "enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible" for the recent hack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.

2014/12/26 | Newsweek — 2014/12/26 | Newsweek The Earth's too crowded, so better family planning may be humanity's last hope to save us from ourselves. Big Shots The Latest News in Pictures Sydney-A woman is carried out by police from a Lindt café in the city's center following a 16-hour standoff between an Iranian refugee holding dozens of hostages at gunpoint and police on December 15.

Kurds Claim Big Gains Against Islamic State — DOHUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Kurdish forces claimed to have seized more territory on Friday after breaking the siege of Sinjar mountain in what they called their biggest victory yet in their war against Islamic State.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @Newsweek: Kurdish troops claim their biggest victory yet in their war against ISIS —