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A Personal History of Immigration and Executive Action in America

newrepublic.com — This year was the fourth year that my family celebrated Thanksgiving without my grandfather, Yankel. It's safe to say that Thanksgiving was his favorite holiday: Sitting at a table groaning under the otherworldly quantity of food, surrounded by his children and successful, Americanized grandchildren, he would raise toast after toast to this great country, his eyes moist with gratitude that America opened its rich embrace to him and his progeny.

‘Limonov,’ by Emmanuel Carrère

nytimes.com — Everyone in Russia knows Eduard Limonov as the sinewy old man with the little goat beard, surrounded by a coterie of young hoodlums (members of his outlawed National Bolshevik Party, now called the Other Russia) - the snippy contrarian who gets arrested every other month when he comes out to protest for the right to free assembly, guaranteed by the Russian Constitution, and who, in his vagabond youth, lived as a down-and-out émigré in the New York of the 1970s.

Chuck Hagel Was Defense Secretary White House Wanted-Then Fired Him

newrepublic.com — In the rush of media analysis about Chuck Hagel's ouster Monday, much has been made of the secretary of defense's Syria memo to National Security Adviser Susan Rice, in which he allegedly criticized Obama's policy on the Islamic State.

Putin Changes Gun Law to Allow Russians to Carry Rifles in Public

newrepublic.com — 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.

newrepublic.com — 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

newrepublic.com — 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

newrepublic.com — 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.

Antares Rocket Explodes En Route to Space Station, Russians Gloat

newrepublic.com — 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?

newrepublic.com — 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.
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Dec 18, 2014

@gruppa_voina Верзилов! Ответь мне на имэйл плиз!

Dec 18, 2014

RT @nypost: A man allegedly faked a heart attack inside a Wal-Mart so his friend could steal toys nyp.st/1zAQwhc

Dec 18, 2014

RT @GazetaRu: Производители рассчитывают на популяризацию вятского кваса gazeta.ru/business/news/… pic.twitter.com/Io1VvGzPXA

Dec 18, 2014

RT @MaxTrudo: Президент и его окружение посчитали (в феврале), что валютные резервы достаточно велики, чтобы перенести санкции vedomosti.ru/politics/news/…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @mschwirtz: Big Rikers news! Federal prosecutors plan to sue the city over brutality and corruption at city jails: nytimes.com/2014/12/19/nyr…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @JohnJHarwood: strange dynamic going on: some people blaming Washington for "surrendering to terrorists" over decision made by Japanese multinational corp.

Dec 18, 2014

RT @davidplotz: America, you were outraged by something every single day this year. Every day! Chill out! slate.me/1r2XfhV

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