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Iraq's presumed next prime minister has a lot of work to do.
By Shashank Bengali and Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Early in 2007, with Iraq embroiled in sectarian violence, American diplomats in Baghdad tried to persuade a key Shiite Muslim lawmaker to support the easing of a ban on the Sunni Arab-dominated Baath Party. At a meeting at the U.S. Embassy, the lawmaker, Haider …
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Robin Williams was suffering from the early stages of Parkinson's disease. 
By Veronica Rocha, Los Angeles Times Robin Williams, who was found dead from an apparent suicide earlier this week, was battling the “early stages” of Parkinson’s disease at the time, his wife said in statement Thursday. Susan Schneider also said Williams’ sobriety was intact as “he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as …
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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon reminded that he is governor, promises to do some governing after #Ferguson  explodes.
By Matt Pearce, Lauren Raab and Maya Srikrishnan, Los Angeles Times Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, addressing the urgent situation in Ferguson, Mo., on Thursday, said he was making “a number of operational shifts” that will change the tone in the St. Louis suburb after five nights of unrest, marked by police firing tear gas and …
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President Obama says US airstrikes have broken the brutal ISIL siege of Mt. Sinjar in Iraq.
Martha’s Vineyard (United States) (AFP) — President Barack Obama declared Thursday that U.S. air strikes had broken the siege of an Iraqi mountain sheltering civilian refugees and that troops conducting reconnaissance there would be withdrawn. But he added that U.S. air strikes would continue against extremists from the so-called Islamic State or ISIL if they …
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President Obama urges calm after angry protests in #Ferguson, Missouri.
Martha’s Vineyard (United States) (AFP) — President Barack Obama called Thursday for “peace and calm” in the Missouri town where the police shooting of an unarmed black youth has sparked angry protests. Obama lamented the “heartbreaking” death of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old killed Saturday in Ferguson but urged both police and protesters to refrain from …
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Hillary Clinton walking a fine line on Obama.
By Jerome Cartillier Washington (AFP) — President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton broke bread, trying to defuse a bitter row over foreign policy as the former U.S. secretary of state eyes a possible 2016 bid for the White House. But aides did not immediately confirm whether the pair had indeed taken part in a highly …
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Don't miss our Editor-in-Chief Joe Conason on how Rush Limbaugh's rant on Robin Williams exposed a hole in his own soul. http://www.nationalmemo.com/ranting-robin-williams-limbaugh-exposed-hole-soul/
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Another setback for rebels in Syria.
By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times Syrian forces regained control over a strategic suburb of the capital on Thursday as rebels under heavy bombardment said they were forced to withdraw. The fall of Mleiha, the Damascus suburb that the rebels had controlled for nearly two years, is a major setback for the beleaguered opposition, which …
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"An official with the sheriff’s office said the release of information was required under California public records laws."
Los Angeles Times Marin County, Calif., officials are defending their decision to release graphic details about Robin Williams’ suicide. They have faced some criticism on social media for a press conference Tuesday in which officials laid out how Williams died and how he was found. An official with the sheriff’s office said the release of …
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Another fake Obamacare victim. Oh, and this one is running for Senate in Colorado.
With his political allies perpetually unable to find an actual victim of the Affordable Care Act, Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) is taking matters into his own hands. This week, Gardner — the Republican nominee challenging incumbent Democrat Mark Udall in Colorado’s Senate race — released a new ad presenting himself as an Obamacare victim. “When Mark Udall …
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THE INCONVENIENT TRUTH:  So why is this President
accomplishing less? Hum.
It’s all the Presidents’ fault? Or just maybe, the Out of Touch GOP? I have been viewing a number of debates between candidates for Senate, Congress and Governor Races on C-Span. Although is a clear difference between a Republican,Democratic or Independent, one striking point has been evident that Republican’s past non-grand achievements record of voting against or either expressly  vaguely or purposely less forthright on such issues as no reference to any job creation legislation, no lowering interest rates on Students loans, no equal pay for equal work for women. no alternative healthcare Americans without, past cutting of funding for CDC to fight such disease as Ebola, no need for Immigration Reform of a broken system, no Woman Rights to abortion, non-existence of Climate Change (because they are not a scientist), no need to increase minimum Wage for working Americans, continued Tax breaks for Companies that outsources American jobs to China, no rationale for Voter Suppression and resending our American Warrior back to fight in a Mideast civil war! There is a remarkable lack absences or integrity by their current
political advertised positions on these issues! And finally, denying the republican created govt. shut down that wasted $27 billion in our taxpayer funds? Does anyone really think that most intelligent thinking Americans are that stupid to reward such  irresponsible behavior? It is the responsibility of our National Press to accurately identity each of these anti- American extremist hypocrites! There was a time when elected officials reasoned together to the general good of American
people!
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rj-eskow/from-secret-mcconnell-aud_b_6041782.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592 & http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/26/alison-lundergan-grimes-endorsements_n_6049468.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/23/jason-chaffetz-surgeon-general_n_6036544.html
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Now we're sending arms to Lebanon.
Beirut (AFP) — The United States will supply Lebanon’s army with additional munitions and ordnance in a bid to bolster the force after clashes with jihadists, the U.S. ambassador to Beirut said Thursday. The new assistance comes after Lebanon’s military requested emergency aid following unprecedented clashes with jihadists in the eastern Arsal region of the …
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Adios, Donald.
Los Angeles (AFP) — A California appeals court rejected Donald Sterling’s last-ditch bid to scupper the sale of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer. Sterling had filed the petition on Tuesday, the day the National Basketball Association announced that Ballmer’s $2 billion purchase of the club had been finalized. …
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