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Putin Changes Gun Law to Allow Russians to Carry Rifles in Public — Today, the Russian government changed its gun laws to allow citizens to carry rifles in public for the purpose of self-defense. Sound terrifying? It is. Let's think about the context into which guns will be introduced. The Russians are the second-biggest consumers of hard liquor in the world (first in Europe).

NATO: Russia Invades Ukraine, Breaking Ceasefire. That's Old News. — Stop us if you've heard this one: Russian tanks, armored personnel carriers, and heavy artillery cross the border into Ukraine, accompanied by Russian soldiers in uniforms without insignia. That happened today, November 12, 2014, but only in the sense that it was reported by NATO.

Call of the Wolf — Long before Martin Wolf became the chief economics columnist for the Financial Times, he wrote the newspaper letters--lots and lots of letters. It was the early 1980s, the height of the Thatcher era, and Wolf was running research at a think tank in London that was sympathetic to the government's pro-trade agenda.

Russia's Ruble Value Is Collapsing Due to Sanctions, Stagnation — While we were all panicking about Ebola and the Democrats' getting schooled in the midterms, the bottom dropped out of the Russian economy. The ruble has been nosediving for weeks, despite the fact that the Russian Central Bank has spent some $40 billion over the last two months to prop it up.

Oh, No! Not Another Apologia from a Journalist Who Won't Vote! Oh, Yes-But This Time, Blame Russia. — Today is going to be a hard day.

Antares Rocket Explodes En Route to Space Station, Russians Gloat — Tuesday night, the $200 million Antares cargo rocket destined for the International Space Station exploded seconds after takeoff in eastern Virginia. The Russians, predictably, rejoiced.

New York City Ebola Case: Why Did Dr. Craig Spencer Go Bowling? — On Thursday, Dr. Craig Spencer, who had recently been in Guinea treating Ebola patients for Doctors Without Borders, tested positive for Ebola in New York, America's most populous city. While Spencer's work in West Africa risking his life fighting this horrific disease is commendable and selfless, his subsequent behavior isn't.

To Russia, With Straight Talk: Media, Culture and Contemporary Crises — College of Media, Communication and Information

9/11 Anniversary: Coming of Age After the Attacks — On September 11, 2001, I had just arrived at Princeton for my freshman year. Classes were to begin a couple days later, and I was terribly excited and felt terribly privileged to be there, just 11 years after my family emigrated to the United States with nothing.

Valérie and François — What a miserable affair. Worse than pathetic. One can hardly believe that French politics has descended to this level. And with everything else happening in France and the world, that this is the talk of the town. I, for one, refuse to read Valérie Trierweiler's book. I won't even pick it up.
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Nov 21, 2014

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Nov 21, 2014

The head producer of the new "Russia Today" holding hangs himself in Moscow.…

Nov 21, 2014

RT @Gawker: Playground bans Winnie-the-Pooh for being pantsless, "sexually dubious."

Nov 20, 2014

RT @AP: ABC, CBS and NBC decide against covering President Obama's speech on immigration live:

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