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Syrian Bomb Plot Marked Deadly Turn in Civil War

wsj.com — AL-QARDAHA, Syria-On the fourth day of a rebel assault on President Bashar al-Assad's seat of power in Damascus, an explosion tore through offices of the National Security Bureau, killing the president's brother-in-law and three other senior officials. Rebel groups claimed credit for the audacious plot, and Syrian opposition groups declared it was the beginning of the end for the regime.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @glcarlstrom: "There was an unsuccessful plot to kill Mr. Shawkat with a poisoned takeout lunch of kebabs and hummus in Damascus." wsj.com/articles/syria…

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Inside the Battle for Homs, Syria

wsj.com — Homs, Syria, once represented the best of the Middle East, an ancient city where people of different faiths, Christian and Muslim, did their best to live in peace. Now, it serves as a warning of what can happen when sectarian passions are unleashed. Syria Shattered, Part 1
Dec 20, 2014

RT @elizamackintosh: Incredible immersive piece on #Homs by @WSJ's @SamDagher, which weaves original reporting with @Storyful-sourced UGC on.wsj.com/1AzBVAT

Dec 20, 2014

Watch the intro video from latest @WSJ project on Homs, Syria. Fantastic. via @sarahslo on.wsj.com/1AzBVAT pic.twitter.com/Trpu3TMxXo

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Women 8, Men 0 at Obama’s Press Conference

blogs.wsj.com — While President Barack Obama answered questions on a variety of topics at his year-end news conference, one theme started emerging: all of the questioners were women. In an unprecedented move, the president called on eight women - and no men. The White House confirmed what observers assumed: It was a conscious choice.
Dec 20, 2014

Here's what happened at the White House and Fed press conferences this week on.wsj.com/1sHmiCS pic.twitter.com/1d97zy1bAA

Dec 20, 2014

RT @nataliewsj: Obama calling on eight women -- and no men -- at the news conference today was a conscious choice by the White House. on.wsj.com/1CakWsS

Dec 19, 2014

RT @WSJ: President Obama deliberately called on 8 women - and no men - during press conference: on.wsj.com/1CampiQ pic.twitter.com/44i7GiRWxY

Dec 19, 2014

White House confirms it was a "conscious choice" for President Obama to only call on women during press conference. on.wsj.com/1w6VnQR

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How a Memo Cost Big Banks $37 Billion

wsj.com — Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Elias was leafing through a pile of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. documents while tending to his newborn son in 2012 when he found something that came back to haunt the three largest U.S. banks. In a memo, one J.P.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @NickTimiraos: Big banks have had to pay $128 billion in settlements to end disputes over soured mortgages wsj.com/articles/how-a… pic.twitter.com/9ING77ksL7

Dec 20, 2014

RT @NickTimiraos: Big banks have had to pay $128 billion in settlements to end disputes over soured mortgages wsj.com/articles/how-a… pic.twitter.com/9ING77ksL7

Dec 20, 2014

Big banks have had to pay $128 billion in settlements to end disputes over soured mortgages wsj.com/articles/how-a… pic.twitter.com/9ING77ksL7

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Obama Says Sony ‘Made a Mistake’ Canceling Film

wsj.com — President Barack Obama criticized Sony Pictures Friday for pulling a movie out of theaters in response to a hack attack U.S. officials blame on North Korea, saying it sets a bad precedent and could encourage further censorship.
Dec 19, 2014

US considers redesignating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. wsj.com/articles/obama…

Dec 19, 2014

Obama says Sony Pictures ‘made a mistake’ canceling film focused on North Korea on.wsj.com/1ABDqP5 via @WSJ

Dec 19, 2014

RT @WSJ: President Obama on Sony's decision to pull The Interview: "I think they made a mistake." on.wsj.com/13KjjE8 pic.twitter.com/129AGUUEe1

Dec 19, 2014

RT @WSJ: President Obama on Sony's decision to pull The Interview: "I think they made a mistake." on.wsj.com/13KjjE8 pic.twitter.com/129AGUUEe1

Dec 19, 2014

RT @WSJ: President Obama on Sony's decision to pull The Interview: "I think they made a mistake." on.wsj.com/13KjjE8 pic.twitter.com/129AGUUEe1

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U.S. Auto-Related Fatalities Fall 3.1% in 2013

wsj.com — U.S. roadways got safer last year as auto-related fatalities resumed their downward march in 2013, after a slight uptick the prior year, according to new data released Friday by federal regulators. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the number of traffic deaths fell to 32,719 last year, down 3.1% from 2012.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @JBWEyesonroad: Newer cars have safety equipment that helped cut U.S. auto-related fatalities by about a quarter. wsj.com/articles/u-s-a… via @WSJ

Dec 20, 2014

RT @johndstoll: Recalls get headlines, but cars continue to get safer amid new tech, regulation wsj.com/articles/u-s-a… @WSJ @WSJautos pic.twitter.com/FAB7wmuHxd

Dec 20, 2014

Fatality rate for 2013 new cars was 3.4 deaths per 100,000 cars on road, down a third from '08 wsj.com/articles/u-s-a…

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Are You Sure You Want to Use Email?

wsj.com — Devastating leaks from Sony Corp.'s computer systems have dramatized the risks of storing corporate email for extended periods. Some people in Silicon Valley wonder if it is time to rethink that practice. Electronic mail, despite many attempts to replace it, remains a vital communications tool and an ad-hoc filing cabinet for employees at most companies.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @jkrim: In the wake of the Sony hack, the corporate re-think of email is on. on.wsj.com/1Jwg9UI via @WSJD

Dec 20, 2014

RT @jkrim: In the wake of the Sony hack, the corporate re-think of email is on. on.wsj.com/1Jwg9UI via @WSJD

Dec 19, 2014

RT @jkrim: In the wake of the Sony hack, the corporate re-think of email is on. on.wsj.com/1Jwg9UI via @WSJD

Dec 19, 2014

RT @jkrim: In the wake of the Sony hack, the corporate re-think of email is on. on.wsj.com/1Jwg9UI via @WSJD

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Google Seeks Partners for Self-Driving Car

wsj.com — Google Inc. is looking for auto industry partners to bring its vision of a self-driving car to market within the next five years, the head of the software giant's autonomous-vehicle project said Friday. "We don't particularly want to become a car maker," Chris Urmson, the project's director, said in an interview.
Dec 20, 2014

Google is essentially taking the Android/Nexus approach to its self-driving car online.wsj.com/articles/googl…

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Ally Financial Exits TARP As Treasury Sells Remaining Stake

wsj.com — The Treasury Department has sold its remaining stake in Ally Financial Inc., the department announced on Friday. The Treasury sold 54.9 million shares at $23.25 per share, generating $1.3 billion, the Treasury said. The sale signified Treasury's last major Troubled Asset Relief Program investment. The investment in Ally generated $19.6...
Dec 20, 2014

RT @davidmwessel: Closing the books on TARP: Taxpayers lost money on GM, Chrysler -- not on the banks. wsj.com/articles/ally-… via @WSJ pic.twitter.com/P750FJ96r8

Dec 20, 2014

RT @davidmwessel: Closing the books on TARP: Taxpayers lost money on GM, Chrysler -- not on the banks. wsj.com/articles/ally-… via @WSJ pic.twitter.com/P750FJ96r8

Dec 20, 2014

RT @davidmwessel: Doug Elliott on TARP: 'best large federal program ever to be despised by the public.” wsj.com/articles/ally-… via @WSJ

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Nothing Says Happy Holidays Like a Ferret in a Santa Hat

wsj.com — Since Neil, a 5½-inch-long tortoise, already donned a Santa hat and an elf cap for past holiday celebrations, this year Cindy Breninger, a legal secretary who lives in West Sacramento, Calif., made a 4½-inch-tall Christmas tree for him to wear over his shell on Christmas morning.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @WSJ: 50% of dog owners, 36% of cat owners and 28% of small pet owners will buy them a holiday gift. on.wsj.com/1x5R1Rj pic.twitter.com/ZMQKh8pdno

Dec 20, 2014

RT @WSJ: 50% of dog owners, 36% of cat owners and 28% of small pet owners will buy them a holiday gift. on.wsj.com/1x5R1Rj pic.twitter.com/ZMQKh8pdno

Dec 20, 2014

RT @WSJ: 50% of dog owners, 36% of cat owners and 28% of small pet owners will buy them a holiday gift. on.wsj.com/1x5R1Rj pic.twitter.com/ZMQKh8pdno

Dec 20, 2014

Ferret Jackets, Ferret Jackets, Dormez-vous? Dormez-vous? wsj.com/articles/nothi…

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Instagram Users Finding They’re Less Popular Than Thought

blogs.wsj.com — Many Instagram users are learning they aren't as popular as they thought. Instagram in recent days has revealed "corrections" in the number of people following many users, after announcing last week it had removed a significant number of fake accounts from the Facebook -owned photo-sharing service.
Dec 19, 2014

For the record, not a WSJ graphic... MT @WSJ Instagram users less popular after purging fakes on.wsj.com/1Ca5xbU pic.twitter.com/i3ZtGX3wek

Dec 19, 2014

Great headline - "Instagram Users Finding They’re Less Popular Than Thought" - Digits - WSJ buff.ly/1zdy9Qe

Dec 19, 2014

RT @WSJ: Instagram users are finding they're less popular after a purge of fake followers: on.wsj.com/1Ca5xbU $FB pic.twitter.com/8LRvqV3xyM

Dec 19, 2014

RT @WSJ: Instagram users are finding they're less popular after a purge of fake followers: on.wsj.com/1Ca5xbU $FB pic.twitter.com/8LRvqV3xyM

Dec 19, 2014

Instagram Users Finding They’re Less Popular Than Thought murph.me/1z42xYs @wsj

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Video and Live Chatter: Obama’s Year-End News Conference

blogs.wsj.com — President Barack Obama will hold his year-end news conference Friday at 1:30. He is expected to tout his 2014 accomplishments and lay out his agenda for the coming year before heading off on his annual Hawaiian vacation.Watch the video above, and follow commentary below, from WSJ reporters and others.
Dec 19, 2014

Shout out to @ColleenMNelson - sixth person (and woman) to ask a question in today's presser. #whoruntheworld Watch: on.wsj.com/1C9GXrx

Dec 19, 2014

Obama press conference producing some fun Twitter gems. Follow along here: on.wsj.com/1C9GXrx

Dec 19, 2014

RT @Reddy: A future civilization will enjoy studying this Obama press conference to understand America in 2014. on.wsj.com/1C9Rm6M

Dec 19, 2014

RT @Reddy: A future civilization will enjoy studying this Obama press conference to understand America in 2014. on.wsj.com/1C9Rm6M

Dec 19, 2014

A future civilization will enjoy studying this Obama press conference to understand America in 2014. on.wsj.com/1C9Rm6M

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Nigerian Insurgents Take a Shot at Governing

wsj.com — YOLA, Nigeria-After seizing another village in Nigeria's northeast last month, Boko Haram militants took a step in their transition from terror group to governing authority. They rounded up the men and ordered them to wear pants as the prophet Mohammed did, several inches above the ankle.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @rcallimachi: @drewfhinshaw reports on how Boko Haram has turned to governing, taking a leaf out of Al-Qaeda's playbook & ISIS's http://…

Dec 20, 2014

@drewfhinshaw reports on how Boko Haram has turned to governing, taking a leaf out of Al-Qaeda's playbook & ISIS's wsj.com/articles/niger…

Dec 20, 2014

Nigerian jihadists take a shot at governing. Fascinating dispatch from @drewfhinshaw in Yola, Nigeria. wsj.com/articles/niger…

Dec 20, 2014

RT @yarotrof: Alarming explanation of how Nigeria's Boko Haram is creating another Islamic State , by @drewfhinshaw wsj.com/articles/niger…

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‘The Interview’ Review: Misguided Missile

wsj.com — Never has less of a film had more of an impact on the studio-and the nation-that produced it. (And never until now have I discussed a film that, as the situation currently stands, most people will never get to see.) "The Interview" isn't just a film, of course.
Dec 19, 2014

WSJ film critic Joe Morgenstern says of The Interview, "How did such a turkey ever escape the studio lot?" wsj.com/articles/the-i…

Dec 19, 2014

(though again this review suggets as actual art we may be better off NOT seeing that movie) on.wsj.com/13huMtu

Dec 19, 2014

"Watching 'The Interview' is torture from almost start to finish." @JoeMorgenstern's review of the film in question: on.wsj.com/1AwR9ql

Dec 19, 2014

RT @charlesforelle: Sony's decision to shelve "The Interview" would've been harder if it were any good. It's not. on.wsj.com/1AwR9ql

Dec 19, 2014

RT @lizrhoffman: "Never has less of a film had more of an impact." @WSJ reviews "The Interview," the worst movie you won't see this yr on.wsj.com/1AwR9ql

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Rand Paul Trolls Marco Rubio in #Cuba Row

blogs.wsj.com — The Republican split over Cuba is heating up. A day after Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul broke with the majority of the GOP to back President Barack Obama 's shift in U.S. policy toward Cuba, he has become embroiled in a spat with fellow Sen.
Dec 19, 2014

Who's an "isolationist" now? Rand-Rubio scrap over Cuba and the world, @rebeccaballhaus writes on.wsj.com/1x5AxZe via @WSJPolitics

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Is That College Bowl Name Real... or Fake?

wsj.com — It's college bowl time again, and the 2014-15 slate of matchups is full of unusual names. WSJ's Jason Gay asks college football fans in Manhattan: Is that bowl name real, or is it fake? Photo: Getty Images
Dec 19, 2014

RT @WSJ: Is that college bowl name real, or is it fake? @JasonWSJ asks New Yorkers to weigh in: on.wsj.com/1AAGRWb pic.twitter.com/DWeFLquoRL

Dec 19, 2014

RT @darrenrovell: Nice job by @jasonwsj asking people on the street if a bowl game name is real or fake on.wsj.com/1wKWOcI

Dec 19, 2014

Could be bit on Tonight Show RT @WSJSports: Jason Gay asks college football fans: Is that bowl name real, or fake? on.wsj.com/1z3MQAi

Dec 19, 2014

Glad someone did this. Man on street-style interview asking whether college football Bowl names are real or fake: wsj.com/video/is-that-…

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Buffett Reminds His Top Managers: Reputation Is Everything

blogs.wsj.com — Warren Buffett's "All-Stars" are getting their biennial reminder this month that they need to guard Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s reputation-and plan for the future. Mr. Buffett, who's run Berkshire for the past five decades, sends a memo every other year to the managers of each of Berkshire's 80-plus subsidiaries that emphasizes those two points.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @WSJ: Warren Buffett to top managers: reputation is more important than money. on.wsj.com/1w6Tyn6 pic.twitter.com/5Of1p1qEl4