“Poll: Chris Christie unfavorability doubles”


By Lucy McCalmont

The toll “Bridgegate” might be having on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie emerges in a new poll that shows Americans’ unfavorable opinion of the Republican governor has doubled.

The share of Americans who view Christie unfavorably has jumped from 17 percent in January 2013 to 34 percent, according to a poll released Monday by the Pew Research Center and USA Today. However, his favorability ratings dropped only slightly during the same time period from 40 to 38 percent.

The source of the shift comes from those who previously said they had no opinion of Christie, whose share dropped from 42 percent in 2013 to 28 percent.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/chris-christie-poll-102405.html#ixzz2r260VyTN

“5 latest developments in new Chris Christie scandal”


By Sarah Muller

Another controversy threatens to overshadow Gov. Chris Christie’s second inauguration celebration on Tuesday.

Already embroiled in a scandal over George Washington Bridge lane closures, the Republican returned from a fundraising trip in Florida over the weekend to a new storm brewing back home in New Jersey over Hurricane Sandy aid.

As first reported on msnbc’s UP with Steve Kornacki, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer accused the Christie administration of using state-controlled relief funds as leverage to push forward a redevelopment plan in her city, which was ravaged from the storm in 2012.

Christie’s camp firmly denied those allegations, which sparked a fierce back-and-forth between the key players.

Here’s a breakdown of the events as they unfolded over the weekend:

Most South Korean Credit Card Holders Have Details Stolen in Massive Breach



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More than 100 million South Korean credit card and account details have been stolen and sold to marketing firms, with President Park Geun-hye and U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon reportedly among the victims.

According to Reuters, around 130 people have joined a class action suit against their credit card providers in what is expected to be the first in a storm of furious litigation. Local media claim most that most South Koreans who own a credit card have been affected. The country’s population stands at around 50 million.

An employee of Korea Credit Bureau, who was ironically responsible for new software development to detect credit card fraud, stole the data in 2012 using a USB device, claim prosecutors.


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‘Ukrainian Protester’ Makes Dramatic Plea For International Support

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Fighting between protesters and police in the Ukrainian capital Kiev continued to intensify on Monday, following the passage of an anti-demonstration law aimed at silencing dissent in the country. Demonstrators responded to the police’s use of teargas with molotov cocktails. The Interior Ministry said that 80 police officers had been hospitalized during the clashes. AFP reported that more than 200 demonstrators had been injured so far.

On Monday, the Kyiv Postin its live blog drew attention to a man who appears to be a protester making a dramatic plea to the international community, asking for help.

[Kyiv Post]

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Lawyers Are Committing Suicide at an Alarming Rate

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Amid news of death penalties on the decline and murder rates dropping in cities like Chicago, it might surprise you to hear there’s one death rate that’s very high: Lawyers are killing themselves at alarming rates across the United States. They’re the same smart, driven and successful people who litigate life and death issues in America’s courtrooms every day.

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Counterfeit Cards Tied to Target Data Breach

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A Mexican man and woman who were arrested at the Texas border on Sunday reportedly possessed fake credit cards with account information stolen during the Target data breach. According to CBS News, police found 96 counterfeit credit cards under the pair’s clothes as they tried to enter the U.S. from Mexico.

Mexican citizens Mary Carmen Garcia and Daniel Guardiola Dominguez allegedly bought tens of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise using the fraudulent cards. The account information on the cards belonged to South Texas residents, according to McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez, who added that the arrest suggests that the credit card information stolen from Target systems during the holiday shopping season, which compromised the security of millions of customers, is being sold off.

[CBS News]

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‘Systematic Torture and Killing’ — a New Report Points Fingers at Syria’s Assad

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A shocking new report on the Syrian regime’s use of torture and starvation has been released by a team of renowned war-crimes prosecutors, threatening to upend Syrian peace talks scheduled to start on Wednesday in Montreux, Switzerland.

The 31-page confidential report, first disclosed by CNN and the Guardian newspaper, lays out in excruciating detail “direct evidence” of the “systematic torture and killing” of thousands of men between the ages of 20 and 40 who are thought to be victims of the regime’s notorious security agencies.

The report’s authors, David Crane and Desmond de Silva, both former chief prosecutors of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and Geoffrey Nice, former lead prosecutor in the case against ex-Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic, based their findings on tens of thousands of meticulously catalogued photos taken by a military-police photographer turned defector. For security reasons, this source is identified in the report only as Caesar.

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