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August 13, 2014

From Truth and Reconciliation to Lies and Obfuscation: The Senate RDI Report

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On a bright spring day in 2005, in a country I cannot name, I entered a drab, unremarkable building, a gateway to a grim, unaccustomed world. Its spaces were impersonal, antiseptic, institutional. The residents of that alien world, both the guards and the guarded, were never exposed to natural light. They inhabited a claustrophobic universe of their own, a place suffused with a permanent air of foreboding, in which both…

Obama: ‘There Is No American Military Solution To The Larger Crisis In Iraq’

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President Barack Obama spoke on the situation in Iraq on Monday, reiterating that “there is no American military solution to the larger crisis in Iraq.” “The only lasting solution is for Iraqis to come together and form an inclusive government,” Obama said, noting the U.S. has “stepped up military advice and assistance to Iraqi and Kurdish forces as they wage the fight against ISIL.” “The United States stands ready to…

Rand Paul Suddenly Goes Very Silent On U.S. Airstrikes In Iraq

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday announced his decision to launch limited airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq, a move that was largely met with bipartisan support from congressional lawmakers. But there’s one prominent member of Congress who hasn’t had much to say at all about the airstrikes: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). The libertarian-leaning Republican, a potential 2016 presidential contender, has long been skeptical of entangling the U.S….

Robin Williams dead at 63

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Robin Williams was the funniest guy in the room, something that made it all the harder for friends and fans to accept that beneath that reservoir of frenetic energy and seemingly endless good humor resided demons so dark they could push him to suicide. It was no secret that the Oscar-winning actor had suffered for years from periodic bouts of substance abuse and depression — he made reference to…

Time to bring kidnapped American aid worker Warren Weinstein home

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 On Wednesday, August 13, the President will probably wake up and go for a run on the beach in Martha’s Vineyard. On the same day, somewhere in the hilly region between Pakistan’s cities and the Afghan border, Warren Weinstein will wake up and wait for his captors to tell him when he can go to the bathroom, what he can eat for breakfast, or whether he will live through the day….

NYPD Denies Request For Open-Source Counterterrorism Reports

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NEW YORK — Chalk another one up for secrecy at the New York City Police Department. The NYPD has rejected a HuffPost request to give the public a look at open-source counterterrorism reports the department regularly shares with thousands of private security honchos. The department denied HuffPost’s public records request for open-source assessments produced by the NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau’s Terrorism Threat Analysis Groupon the grounds that they could “reveal non-routine techniques…

Obama, Clinton Camps Move To Downplay Schism

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WASHINGTON — For months now, political junkies and the national press corps have been salivating over the prospects of Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama once again applying proverbial chokeholds to each other. Conflict seemed inevitable since she — contemplating a presidential run — needed distance from him — wallowing in some of his lowest approval ratings on matters of foreign policy. After a few instances of apparent friction passed…

If You’re Blaming The Iraq Crisis On Obama’s Troop Withdrawal, Answer These 4 Questions

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Soon after authorizing targeted airstrikes against Islamic militants in Iraq on Thursday, President Barack Obama faced a barrage of criticism from lawmakers and pundits blaming the unfolding crisis on the Obama administration’s 2012 decision towithdraw combat troops from the region. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), an outspoken Iraq hawk, appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday criticizing Obama’s strategy against the Islamic State, previously called ISIS, as overly cautious. “That’s not a strategy. That’s not…

Obama Calls Michael Brown Tragedy ‘Heartbreaking’

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama weighed in Tuesday with his first public comments on the shooting of an unarmed African American teenager by a police officer, a controversy that has gained nationwide attention and sparked days of protests in the St. Louis suburb where the altercation took place. On Aug. 9, Michael Brown, 18, was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. The Ferguson Police Department has said that…

Steve Harvey’s Neighborhood Awards woos fans in Atlanta

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ATLANTA — This year’s Ford Neighborhood Awards Weekend proved to be a huge success, with fans turning out in droves to support the move to the new location in Atlanta. Now in its 12th year, the four-day expo and star-studded awards show drew around 150,000 attendees, with tickets selling-out for many of the events. Supporters, predominately African-American women, came out in full force to sample exhibitors and other attractions at the Georgia World Congress…

News Native American rapper making the rounds on Facebook

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His name is Chris Parrish, aka Supaman. Chris is an Apsaalooke (Crow) Nation rapper who has blended his style of rap with traditional Native American costume and pow-wow dancing. Parrish has mastered the technology of music-making along with an understanding of the intricacies of Native American cultural performance. In March, he was named Artist of the Week by MTV‘s ‘Iggy’ blog, a site that highlights the best new music. But…

Barneys to pay $525K in NY shopper-profiling probe

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NEW YORK (AP) — Barneys has agreed to pay $525,000 to resolve allegations that minorities were singled out as suspected shoplifters at its flagship store, part of a spate of racial profiling complaints against major retailers last year. Barneys shoppers and ex-employees complained that detectives followed minority customers around — even after staffers identified them as frequent patrons — and disproportionately investigated their credit-card use, so much so that some…