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Nuclear Threat Escalating Beyond Political Rhetoric As a new cold war between the United States and Russia picks up steam, the nuclear threat is in danger of escalating -- perhaps far beyond political rhetoric. Randy Riddel, a former senior political affairs officer with the U.N. Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) told IPS he pities the general public.
Ampra Xu: 9 Important Concerned Factors About Solar Inverters Solar inverters play an important role in solar power generation. Here are 9 important factors about them. 2 
Herbert Calhoun: Three Critical Inflection Points of American Racial History An Essay on three inflection points in America's racial history, that had they been treated differently morally, America would be a very different country today, one with the problemjs of race being solved by strong brave leadership leading to a nation with a strong moral compass, reinforcing our commitments to our national ideals, and would have proven it thoruh sustained and committed moral actions. 1 

Italian Court Overturns Amanda Knox's Murder Conviction Italy's highest court on Friday overturned the guilty verdicts against Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito in the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher. The court acquitted Knox and Sollecito in the murder of Meredith Kercher, a 21-year-old exchange student who was found dead in the home she shared with Knox and two other roommates in the Italian city of Perugia. Knox returned to her hometown of S...

Upset by Warren, U.S. banks debate halting some campaign donations Big Wall Street banks are so upset with Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren's call for them to be broken up that some have discussed withholding campaign donations to Senate Democrats in symbolic protest, sources familiar with the discussions said. Representatives from Citigroup, JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America, have met to discuss ways to urge Democrats, including Warren and Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, to soften t... 2 

Daily Kos: Indiana now a 'right to discriminate' state--and what that means Indiana now a 'right to discriminate' state--and what that means

Russia warns NATO drills a "problem" as US attack planes buzz Poland Four US A-10 Thunderbolt II attack planes are taking part in war games in Poland, as the nation expects about 10,000 NATO forces at drills this year. Moscow says the military build-up at Russia's borders will have a negative long-term impact. Russia sees the recent actions as additional proof that NATO is an anti-Russian military bloc that has taken advantage of the Ukrainian conflict, using it as a pretext for a military buil...

Yemen in Crisis: Saudi Bombing Seen as Effort to Thwart Iran Saudis, joined by Arab allies, bombed the airport in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa and an air base. The Saudi defense minister said that his country is prepared to use ground forces if necessary, and officials in Egypt told The Associated Press that they were prepared to help. A security adviser to the Saudi kingdom told NBC News that Saudi Arabia was in "complete control" of Yemeni airspace, and that Saudi Arabia had mobilized ...
How the American War Machine Is Sucking Up Vast Amounts of Cash to Screw Up the World President Obama and Senator John McCain, who have clashed on almost every conceivable issue, do agree on one thing: the Pentagon needs more money. Obama wants to raise the Pentagon's budget for fiscal year 2016 by $35 billion more than the caps that exist under current law allow. McCain wants to see Obama his $35 billion and raise him $17 billion more. Last week, the House and Senate Budget Committees attempted to meet Obama'...
A mile deep, ocean fish facing health impacts from human pollution Deep-water marine fish living on the continental slopes at depths from 2,000 feet to one mile have liver pathologies, tumors and other health problems that may be linked to human-caused pollution, one of the first studies of its type has found. Fish have been found with a blend of male and female sex organs including. The findings appear to reflect general ocean conditions. 1 

Harry Reid endorses Chuck Schumer to succeed him as Senate Minority Leader Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) has endorsed Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) to succeed him after he retires at the end of 2016. Reid predicted that Schumer, the No. 3 Senate Democrat in leadership and a close friend, would win the Democratic leader post without opposition. He said that the other likely contender, Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), would stand down for Schumer. 3 

Harry Reid will not run for reelection in 2016 Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) announced Friday morning that he would not seek re-election in 2016, citing the lingering injuries from a violent accident on New Year's Day that has left his vision impaired in his right eye. Republicans immediately said Reid's decision showed that the Democratic hopes of winning the majority in 2016 were a stretch. "Senator Harry Reid has decided to hang up his rusty spurs. Not o...

Senate Passes GOP Budget After Late-Night Debate The Senate early Friday passed a Republican budget plan that would cut spending by $5.1 trillion over 10 years, raise military funding and repeal Obamacare. The non-binding budget, debated all week and passed 52-46 during a 15-hour marathon session before the Easter recess, gives Republicans another crack at repealing the Affordable Care Act, probably through a process known as reconciliation, and increases defense spending wh...

There Are Nearly 200 Americans Already Running for President. We Talked to a Few of Them. For some average Americans, running for president is a challenge to the system. Sen. Ted Cruz isn't the first official presidential candidate of 2016--he's the 195th. The Texas Republican may be the first high-profile politician to declare he's running for president, but scores of average Americans (with significantly lower name recognition) have already filed paperwork with the Federal Election Committee declaring a 2016 r... 1 

Jeb Bush: Closing Guantanamo Bay Is "Not The Right Thing To Do" Jeb Bush (R) said Thursday that the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, ought to remain open for the foreseeable future. "We shouldn't be closing down Guantanamo," the likely 2016 presidential contender said in a radio interview with Fox News' Brian Kilmeade. "Closing it down for political purposes is not the right thing to do. Unless there is some compelling alternative, I believe we should stay the course," he a... 4 

"Exceptional chance for Iran nuclear case" Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says an "exceptional opportunity" has emerged for the resolution of Tehran's nuclear issue. Rouhani made the remarks on Thursday in a phone conversation with British Prime Minister David Cameron as Iran, the United States and the European Union ended a second round of nuclear talks on Tehran's nuclear program in the Swiss city of Lausanne. "We should move in the direction of national and interna... 1 

US sees "path" to long-elusive Iran deal A nuclear deal with Iran capping over a decade of talks is in sight by a 31 March deadline, US officials said, but they remained cautious as top diplomat John Kerry prepared Thursday for down-to-the-wire negotiations. Kerry will push Iran to agree the outlines of the long-elusive deal disabling parts of its nuclear infrastructure by Tuesday, in return for an easing of crippling global sanctions, at renewed talks in the Swiss l...

East Village Explosion: Injuries, Building Collapse Reported On 2nd Avenue In Manhattan An explosion rocked an East Village building in Manhattan Thursday, causing the building to collapse and sending plumes of smoke down Second Avenue. Injuries were reported at the building, which is located at 125 Second Ave. near St. Mark's Place. An FDNY spokesperson told The Huffington Post that one injured person was transported to an area hospital. Medics were treating at least six people at the scene and two firefighters ...
More big storms increase tropical rainfall totals Increasing rainfall in certain parts of the tropics, colloquially described as the wet get wetter and warm get wetter, has long been a projection of climate change. Now observations have shown that an increase in large thunderstorms is the primary reason for this phenomenon.

Putin says Russia will stand firm in standoff with West President Putin voiced confidence that Russia will come out as a winner in its standoff with the West if it firmly stays its ground. Putin said "the situation around our country will change for the better, but not because we will make concessions, bend down or trifle with someone." "It will change for the better only if we become stronger," he said. The Russian leader accused the West of using "attempts at political isolation,...

Oil prices surge after Saudi air strikes in Yemen Brent crude oil prices shot up nearly 6 percent on Thursday after Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies began a military operation in Yemen, although Asian importers said they were not immediately worried about supply disruptions. The strike against Iran-backed Houthi rebels who have driven the president from the country's capital could stoke concerns about the security of oil shipments from the Middle East. Oil prices jumped ...
teleSUR Launches 24-Hour News Broadcast in US TeleSur, the multinational broadcasting platform, started by the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, starts its broadcats in Washington DC area, Virginia and Maryland. In Spanish for the moment, the service in English is expected to be opened later this year. 2 

Ambassador Tries to Bridge Gap With U.S., but on Israel's Terms As he visits lawmakers and entertains them over dinner, sits for broadcast interviews and speaks with groups of journalists, Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer has shown no trace of contrition for his role in the clash and little sign that he is rethinking his approach. Instead, he has defended his role in helping to arrange a speech to Congress by Mr. Netanyahu denouncing a nuclear deal with Iran. The speech this month was schedul...

Daily Kos: BREAKING: WikiLeaks Leaks TPP Draft!!! This is an advanced January 2015 version of the confidential draft treaty chapter from the Investment group of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks between the United States, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Chile, Singapore, Peru, Vietnam, New Zealand and Brunei Darussalam. The treaty is being negotiated in secret by delegations from each of these 12 countries, who together account for 40% of global GDP. 16 
Tom Engelhardt: William Hartung: Your Money at War Everywhere President Obama and Senator John McCain, who have clashed on almost every conceivable issue, do agree on one thing: the Pentagon needs more money. Obama wants to raise the Pentagon's budget for fiscal year 2016 by $35 billion more than the caps that exist under current law allow.

Bank of Canada, Finance Minister, and Others Face Lawsuit for Alleged IMF Conspiracy It would be easy to assume the people suing the Queen of England, the Bank of Canada, and three ministers for a conspiracy against "all Canadians" wear tinfoil hats. They don't. They may be conspiracy theorists, but they are also intelligent, thoughtful people who have a lawyer with a history of winning unlikely cases. And despite the government's best efforts to have this case thrown out, it's going ahead after winning an... 8 

Germanwings crash report: Pilot locked out of cockpit (CNN)Latest developments: "8:34 p.m. ET: Lufthansa, the parent company of Germanwings, does not have any information about The New York Times article reporting that one of the pilots on Germanwings Flight 9525 was locked out of the cockpit when the plane crashed, company spokesman Klaus Gorny told CNN Thursday. Lufthansa is looking into the report, Gorny said."

Saudi officials say they have launched a military operation in Yemen Saudi officials on Wednesday announced they had launched a military operation in neighboring Yemen, after Shiite rebels believed backed by Iran swept toward that country's second-largest city and forced the president to flee. The Saudi ambassador to the United States, Adel al-Jubeir, made the announcement on Wednesday evening. The fall of Aden to the rebels, known as Houthis, would give the insurgents control of both the cap...

How crashing drones are exposing secrets about U.S. war operations Crashing drones are spilling secrets about U.S. military operations. A surveillance mission was exposed last week when a Predator drone crashed in northwest Syria while spying on the home turf of President Bashar al-Assad. U.S. officials believe the drone was shot down, but they haven't ruled out mechanical failure. Regardless, the wreckage offered the first hard evidence of a U.S. confrontation with Assad's forces.

U.S. Begins Airstrikes on ISIS in Tikrit for First Time American warplanes began airstrikes against Islamic State positions in Tikrit late Wednesday, entering a struggling Iraqi offensive to retake the city for the first time after more than three weeks of remaining on the sidelines. A coalition of Shiite militias and Iraqi security forces aided by Iranian military advisers have been trying to root out Islamic State fighters from Tikrit, an important city north of Baghdad in Iraq's...

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