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North Korea, Angrily Denying Sony Attack, Proposes Joint Investigation With U.S.

nytimes.com — Tokyo - Warning of "serious consequences" if the United States retaliates against it, North Korea on Saturday insisted that it was not behind a damaging cyberattack on Sony Pictures, and offered to prove its innocence by proposing a joint investigation with Washington to identify the hackers.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @PhilipMcClellan: North Korea, denying Sony attack, suggests joint inquiry - and warns against US retaliation nyti.ms/1wO5XBz

Dec 20, 2014

RT @RobertFaturechi: Ugh. North Korea says it can prove it's not behind the Sony hack "without resorting to torture, as what the CIA does" mobile.nytimes.com/2014/12/21/wor…

Dec 20, 2014

“We have a way to prove...we have nothing to do with the case without resorting to torture, as what the C.I.A. does." nyti.ms/1wO5XBz

Dec 20, 2014

Ugh. North Korea says it can prove it's not behind the Sony hack "without resorting to torture, as what the CIA does" mobile.nytimes.com/2014/12/21/wor…

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A Scourge Is Spreading. M.T.A.’s Cure? Dude, Close Your Legs.

nytimes.com — It is the bane of many female subway riders. It is a scourge tracked on blogs and on Twitter. And it has a name almost as distasteful as the practice itself. It is manspreading, the lay-it-all-out sitting style that more than a few men see as their inalienable underground right.
Dec 20, 2014

MTA cordially invites you to put your knees together and occupy one seat like a civilized human nytimes.com/2014/12/21/nyr… ht @oliverburkeman

Dec 20, 2014

MT @emmagf: Our story on #manspreading, the bane of many female subway riders, & @MTA's new ads to discourage it: nyti.ms/1CjLftJ

Dec 20, 2014

"Sherod Luscombe shook his head when he saw two men sitting with their legs spread on another train." smdh nyti.ms/1w9qBqw

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The Disconnect of ‘The Interview’

nytimes.com — It's a moot point, but someone should have told Kim Jong-un that " The Interview" isn't really about blowing him up. Sure, its narrative climax features his character being vaporized by a rocket-propelled grenade. But its comic and emotional high points come earlier, when he bonds over hoops and babes with a dimwitted American television host.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @peterbakernyt: Not every day a front page story includes the admission that the writer had been liquored up during the reporting! mobile.nytimes.com/2014/12/20/art…

Dec 20, 2014

RT @peterbakernyt: Not every day a front page story includes the admission that the writer had been liquored up during the reporting! mobile.nytimes.com/2014/12/20/art…

Dec 20, 2014

A rare cross-country critical concurrence: LAT and NYT agree The Interview is awful. latimes.com/entertainment/… nytimes.com/2014/12/20/art…

Dec 20, 2014

I never get a Margarita at a screening! "Memo to Kim Jong-un: Dying Is Easy, Comedy Is Hard, via @nytimes" nyti.ms/13L5HZb

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Nikki Finke, Hollywood Chronicler, Said to Be in Talks With Politico

nytimes.com — Politico has been in talks to hire the Hollywood journalist Nikki Finke to write about Washington as a political columnist, people familiar with the discussions said Friday. Ms. Finke has visited Washington to meet with senior Politico staff, but has not committed to the move, said the people familiar with the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the negotiations were continuing.
Dec 20, 2014

Nikki Finke signed some sort of non-compete as part of her settlement with Penske. Wow. nyti.ms/1DS9uDM

Dec 20, 2014

Nikki Finke and Politico? Impossible to see how this ends well nyti.ms/1DURiJH

Dec 20, 2014

RT @rafat: Politico will regret this, guaranteed. RT @mediagazer: Nikki Finke Said to Be in Talks With Politico nytimes.com/2014/12/20/bus…

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Panel to Advise Against Penalty for C.I.A.’s Computer Search

nytimes.com — WASHINGTON - A panel investigating the Central Intelligence Agency 's search of a computer network used by staff members of the Senate Intelligence Committee who were looking into the C.I.A.'s use of torture will recommend against punishing anyone involved in the episode, according to current and former government officials.
Dec 20, 2014

Of course there will be no penalty for CIA spying on Senate committee. nytimes.com/2014/12/20/us/…

Dec 20, 2014

RT @mattapuzzo: Disciplinary panel will advise no punishment in controversial CIA search of Senate committee network. mobile.nytimes.com/2014/12/20/us/…

Dec 20, 2014

RT @Ali_Gharib: Brennan-appointed panel exonerates Brennan-ordered CIA spying on Senate committee nyti.ms/1v2vEZN

Dec 20, 2014

RT @mattapuzzo: Five CIA officials have been told to expect no punishment over the Senate computer search. nytimes.com/2014/12/20/us/…

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Castro Thanks U.S. but Affirms Cuba’s Communist Rule

nytimes.com — Havana President Raúl Castro declared victory for the Cuban Revolution on Saturday in a wide-ranging speech, thanking President Obama for "a new chapter," while also reaffirming that restored relations with the United States did not mean the end of Communist rule in Cuba.
Dec 20, 2014

NYT: 'President Raúl Castro declared victory for the Cuban Revolution on Saturday.' ow.ly/GdORv

Dec 20, 2014

RT @damiencave: My quick take on Raul's speech nytimes.com/2014/12/21/wor… Cuban expert told me its combative tone mostly reflects domestic politics.

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Four Afghans Released From Guantánamo Bay

nytimes.com — WASHINGTON - The United States transferred four detainees from the Guantánamo Bay prison to Afghanistan late Friday, the Defense Department announced Saturday, fulfilling a request from the new Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, in what officials here characterized as a show of good will between the United States and the government in Kabul.

Judge in Maryland Locks Up Youths and Rules Their Lives

nytimes.com — UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - "Judge Dawson, he don't play," a parent once said about Herman C. Dawson, the main juvenile court judge in Prince George's County. And on this Tuesday morning, Judge Dawson was definitely not in a playing mood. "Who's in court with you today?"
Dec 20, 2014

Imagine a disturbed Horatio Alger as a juvenile court judge. He's in Maryland, putting kids in prison as tough love: nyti.ms/1wMFtjU

Dec 20, 2014

Juvenile court judges make outlandish, unjust rulings when no one's watching. @egoode shines a light on one. nyti.ms/1wMFtjU

Dec 20, 2014

Judge in Maryland Locks Up Youths and Rules Their Lives – via @NYTNow nyti.ms/1DTA2o9

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Citigroup Says Instagram Is Worth $35 Billion

dealbook.nytimes.com — When Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion in 2012, critics of the social network said the deal was another sign of Silicon Valley overreach. Instagram, a photo sharing app with just 30 million users at the time, had no revenues. Facebook, still a private company at the time, was making its biggest and riskiest deal yet.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @nytimes: Instagram, bought by Facebook for $1 billion, may be worth $35 billion nyti.ms/1z4Q9aw

Dec 20, 2014

At $1 billion, Facebook got one hell of a deal for Instagram. nyti.ms/1zeV2mv

Dec 20, 2014

Citigroup says Instagram worth $35 billion. Was purchased by Facebook for $1bn in 2012. dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/12/19/cit…

Dec 20, 2014

RT @NinjaEconomics: Instagram, bought by Facebook for $1 billion, may be worth $35 billion. nyti.ms/1z4Q9aw

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Obama Vows U.S. Response to North Korea Cyberattack on Sony

nytimes.com — The F.B.I. on Friday directly accused the North Korean government of organizing the cyberattack that debilitated Sony Pictures computers, marking the first time the United States has accused the leaders of a foreign nation of sending destructive computer code to strike on American soil.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @TimothyS: The big papers weigh in on the Sony hack and North Korea. Washington Post: wapo.st/13mG93y New York Times: nyti.ms/13mGaUY

Dec 19, 2014

ust when you think this story cannot get any wilder: Obama Vows a Response to Cyberattack on Sony nyti.ms/1v0Ly6T

Dec 19, 2014

RT @ronlieber: Who do you call for comment in Pyongyang when you officially accuse the North Koreans of an attack? We'll see. nyti.ms/1z3FTzq

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Obama's News Conference: What to Expect

nytimes.com — President Obama will be giving his final news conference of the year momentarily, before he heads off on his Hawaiian holiday.
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Lawyers Create Big Paydays by Coaxing Attorneys General to Sue

nytimes.com — WASHINGTON - When they met at the J. W. Marriott Hotel two blocks from the White House, Linda Singer, a former attorney general turned plaintiffs' lawyer, approached Attorney General Gary King of New Mexico with an unusual proposition.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @theodoricmeyer: If you missed it: Excellent @EricLiptonNYT story on plaintiffs' lawyers close ties to attorneys general: nytimes.com/2014/12/19/us/… #muckreads

Dec 20, 2014

Lawyers create big paydays by coaxing #NM Attorney General Gary King and others to sue nyti.ms/13FuqxY #nmpol

Dec 19, 2014

RT @louisestory: This series on courting favor is well-worth reading."Lawyers Create Big Paydays by Coaxing Attorneys General to Sue" nyti.ms/1C5Mkbt

Dec 19, 2014

This series on courting favor is well-worth reading."Lawyers Create Big Paydays by Coaxing Attorneys General to Sue" nyti.ms/1C5Mkbt

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A Socialist in 2016? For Bernie Sanders, at Least, It’s a Question Worth Asking

nytimes.com — AMES, Iowa - Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont who calls himself a socialist, was riding in the back seat of a rented blue minivan this week when his aide abruptly announced they were being pulled over by the Iowa State Police for speeding. "Hi ya, I'm Senator Bernie Sanders, how ya doing?"
Dec 20, 2014

"I honestly believe anybody who really, really wants to become president is a little bit crazy" - @SenSanders mobile.nytimes.com/2014/12/20/us/…

Dec 20, 2014

NYTimes: A Vermont Senator Asks, Why Not a Socialist President? nyti.ms/1z50LX1

Dec 20, 2014

Bernie Sanders is running as the anti-Koch Brothers candidate-He says they're at the root of what's wrong in politics nytimes.com/2014/12/20/us/…

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Crucible of Cuban Zeal Redefines Revolutionary

nytimes.com — CÁRDENAS, Cuba - The home of Elián González is a simple affair - a one-story ranch, painted red, with a yin and yang symbol on an outer wall.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @damiencave: Elian Gonzalez's hometown: a crucible of anti-American zeal changing rapidly, with capitalism and churches. My story nytimes.com/2014/12/20/wor…

Dec 20, 2014

"Without money, we can't do anything": Rich @damiencave portrait of Elian Gonzalez's fast-changing hometown mobile.nytimes.com/2014/12/20/wor…

Dec 20, 2014

RT @damiencave: Elian Gonzalez's hometown: a crucible of anti-American zeal changing rapidly, with capitalism and churches. My story nytimes.com/2014/12/20/wor…

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McDonald’s Is Charged With Punishing Workers

nytimes.com — The National Labor Relations Board announced on Friday that its general counsel had brought 78 charges against McDonald's and some of its franchise operators, accusing them of violating federal labor law in response to workers' protests for higher wages around the country.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @greenhousenyt: NLRB throws the book at McDonalds, accuses it & franchisees of illegally retaliating against Fight for 15 protesters. ht…

Dec 20, 2014

NLRB throws the book at McDonalds, accuses it & franchisees of illegally retaliating against Fight for 15 protesters. nytimes.com/2014/12/20/bus…

Dec 20, 2014

When is a #franchiser liable for local wrongdoing? NYT: #NLRB Counsel Says McDonald’s Punished Activist Workers nyti.ms/1v2ifAT

Dec 20, 2014

RT @JamesEstrin: On @greenhousenyt 's last day @nytimes he wrote this piece on McDonald’s & fast food workers MT @michaelroston http://t.co…

Dec 19, 2014

Big move toward unionization mobile.nytimes.com/2014/12/20/bus… and fair wages for fast food employees.

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Pakistan’s Old Curse

nytimes.com — LONDON - Only a week ago, the Red Mosque seemed a nearly untouchable bastion of Islamist extremism in Pakistan, a notorious seminary in central Islamabad known for producing radicalized, and sometimes heavily armed, graduates.
Dec 20, 2014

Anti-Taliban sentiment in Pakistan after killing of 140 children will likely "just be a blip." nytimes.com/2014/12/20/wor… @declanwalsh

Dec 20, 2014

Peshawar massacre galvanized #Pakistan: protests at Red Mosque but been here before and never quite a turning point. nytimes.com/2014/12/20/wor…

Dec 20, 2014

RT @vali_nasr: remember Hillary “You can’t keep snakes in your backyard and expect them only to bite your neighbors” nyti.ms/1Cbo6MO #Pakistan

Dec 20, 2014

"Give it a month." @declanwalsh.skeptical that outrage against Pak Taliban over school massacre will last. nyti.ms/1Cbo6MO

Dec 20, 2014

RT @RichardHaass: alas, it is the triumph of hope over history to believe that the Peshawar tragedy will be turning point for #Pakistan nytimes.com/2014/12/20/wor…

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At 107, a Buffalo Bills Fan Who Sees It All

nytimes.com — ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Let's start with the fact that my grandmother Evelyn Elliott is 107 years old. Add to this that she gave up driving only five years ago, can Skype from her iPad and rode out November's blizzard stranded in the modest house where she has lived since 1932.

The Cuomo Cop-Out

nytimes.com — On Wednesday, around noontime, during a year-end cabinet meeting called by Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York, officials in his administration announced that they had decided not to allow hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, anywhere in the state.

The Oz Effect - NYTimes.com

krugman.blogs.nytimes.com — So more than half of the health advice Dr. Oz gives is either baseless - there's no evidence for his claims - or wrong - there is evidence, and it contradicts what he says. Julia Belluz tells us not to be surprised: He is, after all, in the business of entertainment.