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Mother Jones magazine reported that police actions triggered the riot.

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The latest reality-show adventure flick is Putler vs. the West. In this thriller, which will keep you gripping the edge of your seat, Hitler has been re-incarnated as Vladimir Putin. He has seized Crimea in an Anschluss eerily similar to the annexation of Austria. Now he is raging through Eastern Ukraine as the West wrings its hands, almost exactly as happened to Czechoslovakia. Will the West intervene before he conquers the world? For the price of just one pizza a week, we could save civilization from this brutish conqueror.

This is what you might believe if you were Ivo Daalder, Michele Fluornoy, Strobe Talbott, and the other authors of the latest report urging American involvement in Ukraine. And you would be dead wrong.  

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Fordham Law Professor Zephyr Teachout and anthropologist and Public Policy Professor Janine Wedel present a powerful case that fighting corruption is the fundamental organizing principle of progressive politics and the only remedy to what ails this country.  

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Many Internet security types think North Korea didn't hack Sony, and that black hats are responsible. The U.S. should abandon hacking other countries in favor of securing the Internet.

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Jon Swaine of The Guardian has begun to ask questions about the official narrative of the Michael Brown shooting in the systematic manner that we should have been using all along.

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Thu Nov 13, 2014 at 10:49 AM PST

Kissinger goes Commie

by CharlesII

Henry Kissinger, that notorious Russian commie sympathizer, says that the West in effect caused the crisis in Ukraine (not, of course, that it's OK for Russia to have, in response, intervened in Ukraine) because it failed to understand Russian strategic interests.    

He also has some smart things to say about Syria.

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Mon Oct 20, 2014 at 11:48 AM PDT

The Russians didn't do it

by CharlesII

German intelligence has concluded that pro-Russian separatists, not Russia, in what Der Spiegel terms an accident, shot down Flight MH-17, using a missile battery they captured from the Ukrainian Army. So, all ranting that the Russians were murderers, is, well, inoperative. What we have as a consequence is a serious defeat of American foreign policy and a renewal of Cold War rivalry, with Russia for the time being holding the upper hand.

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Sat Sep 20, 2014 at 11:55 AM PDT

The return of Nazism

by CharlesII

A recent documentary by Deutsche Welle illustrates a new trend in international extremism. Other events suggest that this may represent a rising wave of violence and intolerance.

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In which Jay Sekulow and Pat Robertson assure us that Bob McDonnell will not be convicted.

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The US government says that Russia did not shoot down MH17, and that it doesn't know who did. Will this cause any of those who made virulent, personal comments against those of us who have been urging caution to change their choleric ways? I guess we'll see. But what now seems clear is that a lot less is clear than the blogosphere seems to believe.

The update includes information published in the Washington Post soon after this post was written.

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Updated. Unverified information posted about the downing of MH17 over Ukraine is irresponsible. Rachel Maddow exposed tonight just how much of what we supposedly knew about this story is actually a kind of reckless gossip. It's gossip that could have consequences far more tragic than the downing of a civilian aircraft. We should resist the impulse to engage in it.

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Fri Jul 04, 2014 at 10:32 AM PDT

Today in NSA

by CharlesII

Hillary says no Star Chamber for Snowden. Germany arrests NSA spy. And the intercepts go on, with anyone who has an interest in anonymity on the web being made a person of interest.

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