“Texas GOP gives Christie the cold shoulder”


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OUR REPUBLICAN LEADERS DEFY THE WILL OF THE AMERICA PEOPLE – WHAT MASTER DO THEY SERVE?


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HOW CAN JOHN BOEHNER CLAIM

TO KNOW WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT

AND AT THE SAME TIME IGNORE OUR WISHES?

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Americans overwhelmingly favor a bill that would give most undocumented immigrants a pathway towards citizenship, according to a new national poll.
The CNN/ORC International survey also indicates that a majority of the public says that the government’s main focus should be on legalizing the status of the undocumented rather than on deporting them and beefing up border security.
The poll was released Thursday, the same day that House Speaker John Boehner signaled any action on immigration is unlikely this year because House Republicans don’t trust President Barack Obama on the issue. [CNN]

BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY


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PSALM 97:10

O you who love the Lord, hate evil! He preserves the lives of his saints; he delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

TODAY IN HISTORY, FEBRUARY 7th


Japanese Broadcast Official: We Didn’t Commit War Crimes, the U.S. Just Made That Up


Originally posted on World:

In the clearest signal yet of U.S. unhappiness with the rightward tilt of Japan’s political leadership — and by extension, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe — the U.S. embassy in Tokyo has strongly condemned charges by a top official at Japan’s national public broadcaster that Americans fabricated war crimes against Japanese leaders during World War II in order to cover up American atrocities.

“These suggestions are preposterous. We hope that people in positions of responsibility in Japan and elsewhere would seek to avoid comments that inflame tensions in the region,” an embassy spokesman told TIME early on Friday.

The charges were made this week by Naoki Hyakuta, a nationalist writer and close friend of Abe, who was recently appointed to the board of governors of the Japan Broadcasting Corp., commonly known as NHK.

In campaign speeches on behalf of a far-right candidate for the governorship of Tokyo, Hyakuta claimed that the…

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Oscar Pistorius Hires Dream Team Ahead of Murder Trial


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When forensic geologist Roger Dixon was approached to work for Oscar Pistorius, he hesitated before giving his answer. “I almost turned it down,” says Dixon, “because of the past, you know, you sort of tend to be on one side.” For 18 years, Dixon was working with the South African Police Service (SAPS) forensic laboratory — his work included conducting fingerprint analysis on stolen gold — before taking a research position with the University of Pretoria in 2013. But Dixon says in his field there is no room for prejudice. “Metal is the only witness that never lies,” says the 54-year-old, “it never changes its story.”

Dixon is part of a big-ticket legal and forensic team hired by Pistorius, South Africa‘s fallen athletic star, for his premeditated murder trial, beginning March 3 in Pretoria. Pistorius, now 27, shot his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp early Valentine’s Day morning last…

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SENATE REPUBLICANS VOTE AGAINST HELPING MILLIONS OF UNEMPLOYED


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Hunted: Russian homophobia is rife


Originally posted on beckyelvinamennell:

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A country known mainly for its vodka, snow and the Winter Olympics, is now known for a series of vicious attacks on homosexuals.

Channel 4’s latest ‘Dispatches’ revealed the true horror behind what it is like to be a homosexual in the European country. The presenter, Liz MacKean, showed viewers the horrendous attacks that homosexuals are regularly subjected to. She began: “(Russia) a place where people are hunted like animals,”.

Under normal circumstances I would suggest that this was melodramatic, and perhaps slightly evading the truth. However, unfortunately, this was not the case. Throughout the programme we saw some serious assaults and homophobic opinions.

“This is Russia. This is hell for homosexuals…they should get used to it.”

Timur Isaev, was the first man we were introduced to, and he held the view that homosexuality was a disgusting way to live. He is part of a group of people called ‘Parents of Russia’ which…

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Syrian Regime Benefits by Missing Chemical Weapons Deadline


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Syriamissed a second deadline to hand over its stockpile of chemical weapons on Wednesday in a delay that puts the June 30 target date for the complete destruction of its deadly weapons program in jeopardy. The Syrian government attributed the delay to security concerns, but it could also be a stalling tactic. Government officials and representatives of the opposition groups aligned against President Bashar Assad are due to reconvene in Geneva on Feb. 10 for another round of negotiations over Assad’s role in a future Syria. Even if the regime has no intention of ever using its chemical weapons  again, holding onto them for a little longer could provide good leverage going into talks.

Faced with the threat of U.S. military strikes, Syria agreed in September to end its chemical weapons program. Those threats followed an attack in a Damascus suburb on August 21 that killed 1,429 people, including some…

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Live Review: Amnesty International gathers Pussy Riot, Madonna, The Flaming Lips for Brooklyn human rights concert


Originally posted on Consequence of Sound:

“We demand a Russia that is free. A Russia without Putin. Russia will be free.” Pussy Riot at Barclays Center, February 5th, 2014

This might’ve been the first concert that I’ve attended that wasn’t really about the music. Although a varied and talented array of acts—Blondie, Imagine Dragons, Cold War Kids, The Flaming Lips, and more took the stage—Barclays wasn’t really packed on a Wednesday night because of them. And it wasn’t for Amnesty International that we showed up, even if their gracious sponsorship made the event possible. No, we were there to see two women from Russia who went to jail for their beliefs.

That’s not really a thing we encounter much or see anymore, and certainly not in the defiant, beautiful form that Nadia Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich displayed in February 2012 when they chose to engage…

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