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Leaked US Assistant Secretary of State Ukraine Call: “Fuck the EU”

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Originally posted on LeakSource:

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U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland  telephone conversation with U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt about the political crisis in Ukraine has been leaked onto the Internet.

Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland also denied a Russian claim that anti-government militants are trained on the grounds of the US embassy in Ukraine, calling it “pure fantasy”.

The conversation between Nuland and the US ambassador to Ukraine revealed an embarrassing exchange about the relative merits of Ukraine’s opposition leaders and their fitness for high office in a reformed Ukraine and included a crude American swipe at the European Union.

Nuland also assessed the political skills of Ukrainian opposition figures with unusual candor and, along with the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, debated strategy for their cause, laying bare a deep degree of U.S. involvement in affairs that Washington officially says are Ukraine’s to resolve.

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THE YEAR IN RIGHTWING MEDIA, SIMPLIFIED

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Originally posted on The Fifth Column:

“You have to make it all about you, don’t you, Barack?” ~ Right Wing snark

This one is hilarious.  It epitomizes the term: Obama Derangement Syndrome…

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Time’s Zeke Miller tweetered this adorbs little photo from June as part of a year-end skim of the White House Flickr stream. Photographer Pete Souza’s note:

“The President called me over to pose for a photo with a young boy who had fallen asleep during the Father’s Day ice cream social in the State Dining Room of the White House.”

So it’s not hard to imagine how this pic might hit the world of rightwing media.

Twitchy: “SNAP! Obama caught shaming small child forced to attend White House propaganda event”

Gateway Pundit: “Typical: Obama inserts himself into other people’s Fathers’ Day celebration”

Daily Caller: “Was cute sleepy child another Obama plant?”

American Thinker: “Sleepy Child Just Another Obama Plant — the evidence from…

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Who Gets Air-Time On Sunday Morning News Shows?

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Originally posted on CAFFEINATED POLITICS:

There has long been a bit of controversy about who gets asked to be interviewed on Sunday morning news shows.  If it seems like the same elected officials keep showing up to be peppered with questions about the latest headlines and pressing matters that need national attention it is because that is the case week after week.  At times the official is someone who has deep institutional memory and a background that makes for insightful programing such as with Arizona Senator John McCain.  Other times the bombastic and headline seeking are allowed more time as they are so peculiar, and therefore seemingly more interesting as in the case of Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

I think it worth discussion as to how a select few continually get selected for the shows, when there is a huge number of qualified members of congress to pose questions to on any Sunday morning.

Lets look…

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Houston mayor a big supporter, but Wendy Davis has tough road ahead in governor’s race

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Originally posted on CNN Political Ticker:

Washington (CNN) – Houston Democratic Mayor Annise Parker is pulling hard for state Senator Wendy Davis for Texas governor, but acknowledges it is still a “red state” and her fellow Democrat has a tough fight ahead of her.

Appearing in Washington this week, Parker expressed strong support for Davis, saying “it is possible” for her to win.

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Obamacare enrollment ramps up in days after website fix

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Originally posted on CNN Political Ticker:

(CNN) – A revamped federal health care website has helped enroll 29,000 Americans in insurance plans over the past several days, a source familiar with the numbers said on Wednesday.

The number is higher than the online enrollments for the entire month of October, and reflects a boost in sign-ups after HealthCare.gov underwent a massive repair job after its initial launch.

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Open Letter to President Obama: A Pardon for Oscar López Rivera

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Originally posted on Repeating Islands:

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As the title above states, here are excerpts of an open letter to President Obama—“A Pardon for Oscar López Rivera”—published by Guillermo Rebollo-Gil (author and professor of sociology) in Counterpunch (28 November 2013). He is referring to a pardon for Oscar López Rivera, Puerto Rican political prisoner.

Dear President Obama:

Here in Puerto Rico, your lunch with now Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla is commemorated by way of a small plaque on the table in the restaurant where you paid cash for a sandwich in a button-down white shirt with the sleeves rolled up. [. . .] I share this because, like so many here, I have a somewhat distorted notion of history and of the events that comprise it. For example, I know that you are the 44th President of the U.S. and that you were first sworn into office on January 20th, 2009. I know this because I turned…

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What About This “Knock-Out Game” Thing?

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Originally posted on AMERICAN LIBERAL TIMES:

SO CAN WE WALK OUR STREETS SAFELY ANY MORE OR WHAT?

IS THERE ANY TRUTH TO THE SO-CALLED “KNOCKOUT GAME” PHENOMENON?

I do not know if the phenomenon that has been reported on the Internet lately – - – the phenomenon called “The Knockout Game” is spreading across the United States or not – - – - but I sure as hell want to be safe when I am out on the streets.

There seems to me to be a lot of opinions about whether news of “The Knockout Game” is some kind of racist propaganda being spread from unknown sources – - – or whether it is just another one of those pesky “Conspiracy” stories – - – or whether it is “Real” and may present a “Real” threat to personal safety.

I am one of those persons who don’t particularly relish the idea of some complete stranger approaching…

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Poll suggests Obamacare could have cost Obama second term

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Originally posted on CNN Political Ticker:

Updated 11/19/2013 at 1:33 p.m. ET

Washington (CNN) — If you need any more evidence that the disastrous roll out of the new health care law is taking a toll on President Barack Obama’s plunging approval ratings, a new survey provides the proof.

And an ABC News/Washington Post poll also suggests that if the 2012 presidential election between the President and GOP challenger Mitt Romney were held today, Romney would hold a slight lead in the popular vote.

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Private consulting firm warned of glitches before healthcare.gov launch

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Originally posted on CNN Political Ticker:

(CNN) - A newly disclosed report indicates that officials in the Obama administration and the Department of Health and Human Services received warnings from a private consultant group that the federal online healthcare enrollment site could potentially fail to function properly for the October 1 launch date.

The analysis by McKinsey & Company was requested by the White House. It identified various problems with the exchange, including limited testing time and resources before the launch, and found that call-in centers wouldn’t function properly if the website malfunctioned.

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Mapping Cuts to Food Stamps – COLORLINES

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Originally posted on innerstanding isness:

Screenshot of Stateline’s interactive ‘Food Stamps: State by State’ map. Photo: Stateline

Nearly half of the estimated 47 million people who rely on food stamps are children, and a new interactive map from the Pew Charitable Trust breaks down those numbers state by state. SNAP benefits were cut by $5 billion on November 1, and the South, where close to 20 percent of the overall population uses food stamps, was the hardest hit region in the country. In Mississippi, 22 percent of the population relies on SNAP benefits, 370,000 of whom are children, and 119,000 of whom are elderly or disabled people. But states like Oregon, New Mexico and Maine also have high numbers of people relying on food stamps, and Congress is still considering even deeper cuts. Check out the map on Stateline.

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