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Exclusive - Cold War Expert: Putin Leading Russia Like 'SS Officer Running Germany'

Friday, April 18, 2014
Edward Lucas is a senior editor at The Economist. Lucas has had a distinguished, 30+ year career covering Russian and Eastern European affairs. His most recent title, The Snowden Operation: Inside the West's Greatest Intelligence Disaster, is available on Kindle. His 2008 book, The New Cold War, is being republished next month in a revised and updated edition. ... Breitbart.com

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Conservative Thought

Why Are The Poor, Poor?

Saturday, April 19, 2014
Have you ever wondered why poor people are poor? It's not as though there aren't plenty of role models around. Millions of people live highly successful, productive lives in this country. So why don't people at the bottom of the income ladder copy the behavior of those several rungs above them and better their lot in life? ... TownHall.com

Why Not Arm the Jews In Ukraine?

Saturday, April 19, 2014
As finger-pointing and accusations tumble out about whether Russian nationalists or Ukrainian nationalist are responsible for flyers in eastern Ukraine demanding that Jews register with local municipalities, the most important thing is being lost in the shuffle. ... finance.townhall.com

Friday, April 18, 2014
WASHINGTON – President Obama signed legislation Friday aimed at blocking Iran's chosen ambassador to the United Nations because of his ties to the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. But the president says he's only treating the legislation as guidance. ... FoxNews.com

Iraq

Democracy on the Brink in Iraq

Friday, April 18, 2014
In two weeks, Iraqis will go to the polls to elect a new legislature for the first time since the U.S. military withdrew its forces in 2011. Incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is seeking a third term over the objections of Sunni, Kurdish, and even some Shi’a parties, who blame him for Iraq’s dangerously dysfunctional politics and ever-deepening, ethno-sectarian divides. If Iraq is to avoid Syria’s fate, it must learn from its last Parliamentary election—held in 2010—and ensure an inclusive and transparent government formation process. Anything less will accelerate the country’s slide towards civil war and dissolution, and risk making the April 2014 elections Iraq’s last. ... NationalInterest.org

Friday, April 18, 2014
ISLAMABAD — Most didn't notice the new library at this Islamic seminary for girls near Pakistan's capital, until locals saw the paper sign in Urdu posted on its wooden door: "Library of Osama bin Laden, the Martyr." ... Military.com

Putin

Special Report: How the U.S. made its Putin problem worse

Friday, April 18, 2014
In September 2001, as the U.S. reeled from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Vladimir Putin supported Washington's imminent invasion of Afghanistan in ways that would have been inconceivable during the Cold War. ... Reuters.com

Friday, April 18, 2014
Armed pro-Russian insurgents occupying government buildings in more than 10 Ukrainian cities refuse to leave them until the country's interim government resigns, despite Thursday’s diplomatic deal in Geneva. ... FoxNews.com

Friday, April 18, 2014
KYIV — A day after four-way talks in Geneva aimed at de-escalating a volatile standoff in eastern Ukraine, leaders in the former Soviet republic still remain unsure about Russian intentions. ... VOANews.com

Friday, April 18, 2014
Inside the occupied government building in eastern Ukraine where pro-Russian protesters are trying to create a new country. ... www.ForeignPolicy.com

Friday, April 18, 2014
Widespread news accounts of handbills being circulated in the troubled eastern Ukraine province of Donetsk calling for registration of all Jews with a putative separatist government may have been a hoax, according to a report in New Republic magazine. ... TheNewAmerican.com

Energy

Obama Delays XL Pipeline Decision Until After Midterm Elections

Friday, April 18, 2014
The Obama administration said Friday it's extending its review of the Keystone XL pipeline – a procedural punt that could put off a decision until after midterms – unleashing howls of protest from both Republicans and Democrats who want the project approved. ... NewsMax.com

‘Ridiculous’: Administration punts on Keystone, Obama faces Dem revolt

Friday, April 18, 2014
The Obama administration once again has punted on a final decision for the Keystone XL pipeline, announcing ahead of the holiday weekend it is extending a key review period indefinitely -- a move that could push off a determination until after the midterm elections. ... FoxNews.com

Friday, April 18, 2014
Two hundred and thirty-nine years ago today, Paul Revere made his famous ride to warn the colonists of the approaching assault of the British. ... TheNewAmerican.com

FAA

FAA Fails to Follow Up on Safety Violations Even When Carriers Self Report

Friday, April 18, 2014
Six years after Congress learned that the federal agency in charge of aviation safety ignores serious violations that endanger the public, the culture continues and the details are documented in a distressing government audit released this month. ... JudicialWatch.org

Friday, April 18, 2014
The Illinois Medicaid program paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people listed as deceased in other state records, according to an internal state government memo. ... FoxNews.com

Guns

Supreme Court weighs appeal to concealed-carry gun laws

Thursday, April 17, 2014
The Supreme Court on Friday will consider whether to wade into the escalating legal brawl over whether people have a constitutional right to carry a firearm outside of the home, as gun rights advocates push the high court to settle how far the Second Amendment goes in protecting the right to bear arms. ... WashingtonTimes.com

No Flying with Guns

Saturday, April 19, 2014
Gun owners flying through N.Y and N.J. shouldn’t be arrested when they check their guns. ... NationalReview.com

Friday, April 18, 2014
WASHINGTON – Medical marijuana users in Illinois who own handguns will be able to keep their firearms, according to a new change in state policy proposed Friday. But it still doesn’t mean that smoking and shooting will be legal under federal law. ... FoxNews.com

Military Suicides

McRaven: Commandos Commit Suicide at Record Pace

Friday, April 18, 2014
Commandos are taking their own lives at a record pace, said Adm. William McRaven, commander U.S. Special Operations Command, headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base. ... Military.com

Saturday, April 19, 2014
WASHINGTON – People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw. ... FoxNews.com

Space & NASA

SpaceX launch to International Space Station successful

Friday, April 18, 2014
A fresh load of supplies is finally on its way to the International Space Station. ... FoxNews.com

Friday, April 18, 2014
National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden says that people shouldn't be surprised that he asked Russian President Vladimir Putin questions about his country's surveillance program, as he also challenged the U.S. government on the same issue. ... NewsMax.com

Joe Biden

Hillary's Notes List Biden as 'No' on Support for Healthcare Plan

Friday, April 18, 2014
Vice President Joe Biden is an ardent Obamacare champion, but back in 1993, when he was Delaware's Democratic senator and Hillary Clinton was the first lady, she didn't expect him to back her healthcare plan at all. ... NewsMax.com

Friday, April 18, 2014
I say "another" because this is the second such guilty plea in the span of five weeks. First, the latest development: ... TownHall.com

Clintons

Clinton Files: Advisers pushed ‘Health Care University,’ crafted ‘enemies’ list

Friday, April 18, 2014
Members of the Clinton administration were so vigorous about their push for health care reform in 1993 that they pushed the idea of launching a “Health Care University” – and even circulated an “enemies” list of those who opposed the overhaul. ... FoxNews.com

Friday, April 18, 2014
The Veterans of Foreign War is responding to a New York Times column linking military service to right-wing extremist groups by asking its nearly 2 million members to flood the paper with emails relating "good stories" about their experiences in the military and as veterans. ... Military.com

Friday, April 18, 2014
For its second season, the creators of the FX series "The Americans" have chosen a new source for insight into the Cold War during the Reagan years — one Lt. Col. Oliver North. ... CNSNews.com

Politics

Critics rail against liberal bias for commencement speakers

Friday, April 18, 2014
This year’s Democratic commencement speakers outnumber their Republicans counterparts by more than 2 to 1, according to a survey by Campus Reform. ... WashingtonTimes.com

Friday, April 18, 2014
Nancy Pelosi has embraced her religious roots and joined forces with Bishop Marc Andrus to — as she put it — “honor the dignity and work of immigrants” by taking bended knee and washing feet at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. ... WashingtonTimes.com

Friday, April 18, 2014
Conservative leader and Catholic L. Brent Bozell III today blasted Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for mimicking the pope's Holy Week foot-washing tradition while touting her immigration reform legislation: ... CNSNews.com

Harry Reid

‘Patriot Party’ gathers at Bundy’s Nevada ranch, Reid deems them ‘domestic terrorists’

Friday, April 18, 2014
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called supporters of rancher Cliven Bundy “domestic terrorists” Thursday, turning up the rhetorical heat on the already tense situation at the Nevada cattle operation. ... WashingtonTimes.com

Live From Bundy’s Nevada Ranch: The Funny Way Supporters Are Responding to Harry Reid Calling Them ‘Domestic Terrorists’

Friday, April 18, 2014
Filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza traveled to Cliven Bundy’s ranch in Bunkerville, Nev., on Friday to embark on a “fact-finding” mission. Prior to attending a “big rally” made up of hundreds of the cattle rancher’s supporters, D’Souza planned to talk to some of the people who Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has labeled “domestic terrorists.” ... TheBlaze.com

Friday, April 18, 2014
ROME — The plight of immigrants, the poor, the sick, the elderly, unemployed and prisoners dominated Pope Francis' Good Friday service at Rome's Colosseum as he led Catholics around the world in commemorating the day Jesus died. ... VOANews.com

Friday, April 18, 2014
Roughly 25 Muslim drivers dispatched to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport are refusing to drive cabs adorned with advertising for the region’s upcoming Gay Games, citing religious reasons. ... FoxNews.com

War on Christians

Why did a news outlet cancel this church's Easter ad?

Friday, April 18, 2014
A New York City news organization has apologized after it canceled a church’s advertising campaign promoting its Easter Sunday services – just three days before Good Friday. ... FoxNews.com

Franklin Graham: Christians Are Persecuted at Home and Abroad

Friday, April 18, 2014
Christians are under attack not just abroad, but also here in the United States, Franklin Graham said on Good Friday. ... NewsMax.com

Christians Attacked in Their Ancestral Home — the Middle East

Friday, April 18, 2014
As the world focuses on Jerusalem’s Old City on this Good Friday, watching the throngs of Christian pilgrims, some bearing wooden crosses, making their way along the cobblestoned Via Dolorosa (the Way of Sorrows) — the path that Jesus walking on his way to His Crucifixion — the followers of Christ continue to suffer persecution for their faith. ... TheNewAmerican.com

Saturday, April 19, 2014
Drone strikes two cars in al-Bayda province, killing 13 suspected fighters and three civilians, say security sources. ... AlJazeera.com

Guantanamo

Anger And Dismay at Stalled Guantanamo 9/11 Trial

Friday, April 18, 2014
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — Don Arias stormed out of the meeting with the defense lawyers at this U.S. Navy base after less than 15 minutes. He was soon followed by three others who also lost family members in the 9/11 terror attack. ... Military.com

Friday, April 18, 2014
A young man who admitted aiding the would-be terrorist nicknamed "Jihad Jane" apologized to his parents as he was sentenced to five years in a U.S. prison. ... Military.com

Tyranny

Western lawmakers gather in Utah to talk federal land takeover

Friday, April 18, 2014
It’s time for Western states to take control of federal lands within their borders, lawmakers and county commissioners from Western states said at Utah’s Capitol on Friday. ... www.sltrib.com

Friday, April 18, 2014
Facing a growing avalanche of grassroots opposition from teachers, parents, and voters across the political spectrum, pro-Common Core forces — Big Business, Big Media, the Obama administration, and more — are striking back at their critics, oftentimes with outright deception and utterly ridiculous claims. However, under even a modicum of scrutiny, the absurd allegations and unsubstantiated statements made by proponents of the Obama administration-funded nationalization of education standards promptly fall apart. It appears, then, that while Common Core supporters have the big bucks — much of it from U.S. taxpayers, most of the rest from Big Business and the Gates Foundation — advocates for local control and proper education have the truth on their side. ... TheNewAmerican.com

Technology

Why There Will Be A Robot Uprising

Thursday, April 17, 2014
In the movie Transcendence, which opens in theaters on Friday, a sentient computer program embarks on a relentless quest for power, nearly destroying humanity in the process. ... www.defenseone.com

Saturday, April 19, 2014
The underwater drone scanning for traces of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 should complete its task within the next week, as the search for the plane intensifies, a government official said Saturday. ... CNN.com

Saturday, April 19, 2014
The third mate steering a South Korean ferry carrying 475 passengers that sank on Wednesday, killing 28 and leaving 270 missing, was navigating those waters for the first time when the accident occurred, a prosecutor said Saturday. ... FoxNews.com

Saturday, April 19, 2014
PERTH, AUSTRALIA — The current underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, focused on a tight 10 kilometer circle of the sea floor, could be completed within a week, Australian search officials said on Saturday. ... VOANews.com

Saturday, April 19, 2014
The captain of a South Korean ferry that sank this week said he delayed giving evacuation orders because he feared passengers would "drift away". ... BBC.co.uk

Friday, April 18, 2014
NEW DELHI — In Nepal, at least 12 mountaineering guides have been killed in an avalanche that swept down Mount Everest. It is the deadliest accident on the world’s highest peak in recent times. ... VOANews.com

Friday, April 18, 2014
ObamaCare’s critics have had a bad week. On Thursday, President Obama announced that 8 million people have enrolled in new health insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces, and a significant portion of them are young Americans. Yes, we need to learn more about the numbers. And yes, a lot needs to happen to complete the ACA’s phase-in. The debate about how well the law is working is not over. But the initial figures are encouraging, and Mr. Obama is right to insist that continued Republican demands for repeal are unproductive and unwise. ... HotAir.com

Friday, April 18, 2014
When the British mountain climber George Mallory was asked, nearly a century ago, why he wanted to climb Mount Everest, he famously replied, "Because it's there." ... CBSNews.com

Saturday, April 19, 2014
Sherpa climbers aided by helicopters resumed a search on Saturday for four missing guides after an ice avalanche swept the lower slopes of Mount Everest, killing at least 12 in the deadliest accident on the world's highest mountain. ... Reuters.com

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