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Netanyahu’s Visit Bringing Uninvited Problems for Jewish Democrats – New York Times

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Posted: Monday, March 02, 2015

Boris Nemtsov’s Career Traces Arc of Russia’s Dimmed Hopes for Democracy – Wall Street Journal

MOSCOW—Just days after Boris Nemtsov’s release from a jail stint for conducting anti-Kremlin protests last year, the veteran opposition leader was asked why he hadn’t given up the lonely and increasingly dangerous pursuit of publicly challenging Russian President Vladimir Putin. “I don’t really have a choice,” he told the Dozhd TV channel. “I’m in this track that it’s already impossible to get out of.” For Mr. Nemtsov, that…

Posted: Monday, March 02, 2015

‘Netanyahu has caused Israel the most strategic damage on Iran’ – Ynetnews

Meir Dagan feels a debt of gratitude towards Benjamin Netanyahu. “When I got sick,” Dagan told us on Wednesday, “I needed a liver for a transplant. Netanyahu stepped in to help me. I have no personal grudge against him; to the contrary.”   Nevertheless, Dagan did have some harsh things to say on the eve of Netanyahu’s trip to Washington. A man of vast experience and much…

Posted: Sunday, March 01, 2015

Girl’s police call exposes trail of death: 7 killed in 4 Missouri homes – CNN

(CNN)[Breaking news update, posted at 3:35 p.m. ET] The gunman in the Tyrone, Missouri, mass killing was identified as Joseph Jesse Aldridge, 36, who was believed to be a cousin to four of the seven slain victims, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said Friday. Among the seven people killed were two married couples, who were all cousins of the gunman, authorities said. Aldridge’s mother, Alice L. Aldridge, 74, was an…

Posted: Friday, February 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy, Spock from ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 83 – NBCNews.com

Leonard Nimoy, the actor best known for playing the emotionless, pointy-eared Spock on the “Star Trek” television series, died on Friday. He was 83. His granddaughter, Dani, confirmed the death on Twitter. She called him “an extraordinary man.” Nimoy revealed a year ago that he had been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. As the half-human, half-alien chief science officer for the Starship Enterprise, Spock gave the world the…

Posted: Friday, February 27, 2015

Mohammed Emwazi: Isis fighter known as ‘Jihadi John’ named as man from west … – The Independent

Emwazi, or ‘Jihadi John’ as he became known, is thought to have appeared wearing black robes and a balaclava in a series of disturbing videos depicting the killing of journalists and aid workers. The families of Emwazi’s alleged victims have called for him to be brought to justice, with the daughter of a murdered aid worker saying her family will not rest until there is a bullet between the killer’s…

Posted: Friday, February 27, 2015

ISIS militant ‘Jihadi John’ identified, US officials say – CNN International

(CNN)His voice became hauntingly familiar as the masked man with a British accent who appeared repeatedly in brutal beheading videos from ISIS. But the identity of “Jihadi John” remained a mystery — until Thursday, when two U.S. officials and two U.S. congressional sources confirmed it. The man, the officials said, is Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born Londoner. The officials, who’ve been briefed on the matter, spoke to CNN after a Washington…

Posted: Friday, February 27, 2015

Historians Pore Over ISIS Video of Smashed Statues for Clues to What’s Been Lost – New York Times

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Posted: Friday, February 27, 2015

‘Jihadi John’ killer from Islamic State beheading videos unmasked as Londoner – Reuters

LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The masked “Jihadi John” killer who fronted Islamic State beheading videos has been identified as Mohammed Emwazi, a British computer programming graduate from a well-to-do London family who was known to the security services. The black-clad militant brandishing a knife and speaking with an English accent was shown in videos released by Islamic State (IS) apparently decapitating hostages including Americans, Britons and Syrians. The 26-year-old militant used…

Posted: Friday, February 27, 2015

‘Jihadi John’ from Islamic State beheading videos unmasked as Londoner – Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) – Investigators believe that The “Jihadi John” masked fighter who fronted Islamic State beheading videos is a British man named Mohammed Emwazi, two U.S. government sources said on Thursday. He was born in Kuwait and comes from a prosperous family in London, where he grew up and graduated with a computer programming degree, according to the Washington Post. In videos released by Islamic State (IS), the black-clad militant…

Posted: Thursday, February 26, 2015

Net Neutrality: What’s at Stake for You in Today’s Vote – ABC News

The Federal Communications Commission is set to vote today on net neutrality after a decade-long debate over whether the Internet should be regulated in the same way as public utilities. After millions of public comments, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler earlier this month came out in support for the strongest-ever open Internet protections, which would reclassify Internet service providers as common carriers and impose utility-style regulations. Here’s a quick breakdown of…

Posted: Thursday, February 26, 2015

Obama says immigrants should be ‘gathering up their papers’ in town hall … – Fox News

Feb. 26, 2015: U.S. President Barack Obama participates in the taping of an town hall discussion on immigration with host Jose Diaz-Balart at Florida International University in Miami. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst) President Obama said illegal immigrants who would be eligible for protection from deportation under his recent, disputed executive orders should plan for them to be upheld in court.  “People should be gathering up their papers, make sure you can show…

Posted: Thursday, February 26, 2015

Former Marine found guilty in ‘American Sniper’ trial – Fox News

A former Marine was found guilty late Tuesday of the 2013 shooting deaths of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the author of “American Sniper,” and his friend Chad Littlefield. It took an Erath County, Texas jury less than two hours to convict Eddie Ray Routh of capital murder. State District Judge Jason Cashon sentenced Routh to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Prosecutors had not sought the death…

Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Obama aide: Netanyahu speech ‘destructive’ – USA TODAY

Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama.(Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP) Tags Benjamin Netanyahu Charlie Rose Susan Rice Public Broadcasting Service American Israel Public Affairs Committee Joe Biden Days before the contentious visit of Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington, D.C., President Obama’s national security adviser says the Israel leader’s planned speech to Congress could be “destructive” to the U.S.-Israeli relationship. “There has now been injected a degree of partisanship, which is not only…

Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Barack can’t bring Rahm over the line – Politico

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel fell short of an outright win in his reelection battle Tuesday — despite President Barack Obama putting his hometown political clout on the line to push his former top aide over the finish line — and will face the second-place finisher in an April runoff. Emanuel pulled in 45 percent of the vote — well short of the majority needed to avoid a…

Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2015

‘American Sniper’ Trial: Eddie Ray Routh Convicted Of Killing Chris Kyle And … – Huffington Post

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — A former Marine was convicted Tuesday in the deaths of “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle and another man at a shooting range two years ago, as jurors rejected defense arguments that he was insane and suffered from psychosis. The trial of Eddie Ray Routh has drawn intense interest, in part because of the blockbuster film based on former Navy SEAL Kyle’s memoir about his four tours…

Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Eddie Ray Routh Found Guilty in ‘American Sniper’ Murder Trial – NBCNews.com

A Texas jury has found Eddie Ray Routh guilty of murder in the killings of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle and Kyle’s friend, Chad Littlefield. The jury announced its verdict at around 10:20 p.m. E.T. at a Stephenville courthouse. They were given the case at 7:36 p.m. E.T. Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty, and Routh…

Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2015

At the Oscars, it’s the night of the ‘Birdman’ – Los Angeles Times

The filmmaker Alejandro G. Inarritu was at a creative crossroads several years ago when he decided to make “Birdman,” a story of a man on a similar journey. On Sunday, Inarritu reached the Hollywood promised land when his film proved the big winner at the Academy Awards. “Birdman,” a visually inventive look at a washed-up movie actor seeking redemption on the Broadway stage, took best picture, director, cinematography and original…

Posted: Monday, February 23, 2015

Indie Spirit Awards Winners List For 2015 Includes ‘Birdman,’ Michael Keaton … – Huffington Post

In what might be a preview of Sunday’s Academy Awards, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” won Best Feature at the 30th annual Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday. The film, directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, won two other awards on the afternoon: Best Male Lead for Michael Keaton and Best Cinematography for Emmanuel Lubezki. Following wins at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Producers Guild Awards and Directors Guild Awards,…

Posted: Monday, February 23, 2015

"FOX News Sunday" Host vs. Jeh Johnson: Islamic State Doesn’t Deserve The … – RealClearPolitics

“FOX News Sunday” Host vs. Jeh Johnson: Islamic State Doesn’t Deserve The “Dignity” Of Being Called Islamic JOHN ROBERTS, FOX NEWS: Let’s talk about terrorism, ISIS, ISIL, your acronym for it and the president’s approach to this. He has been criticized from a number of different fronts, for not calling this a battle against Islamic extremism. Why won’t he acknowledge that we are fighting Islamic extremists? …

Posted: Monday, February 23, 2015