“The State of the Union curse”


POLITICO

By John Aloysius Farrell

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It can happen. On the eve of the midterm elections of 1970, just after President Richard Nixon delivered a campaign-closing national address, Sen. Edmund Muskie of Maine offered the Democratic Party response, and utterly clobbered the Republican president.

Nixon—ranting about law and order in an ill-lit airport hangar in Phoenix, just days after an ugly confrontation with antiwar protesters in California—seemed to have channeled Benito Mussolini. But Muskie, with McLuhan-ish cool, spoke calmly and deliberately about sturdy American values, appearing in a cozy living room in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. He scolded Nixon for his divisive ways—and soon emerged as the Democratic frontrunner for the presidential nomination two years hence.

So take heed, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.). Never mind the belly flops of the last few years by various and sundry colleagues: You can deliver the Republican counterpunch to President Obama’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday and survive—maybe even prosper. You need not be doomed to what CBS White House correspondent Major Garrett called in a Tweet “the Sports Illustrated cover jinx of politics.”

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“Sherman: Encounter with Crabtree was ‘good-natured’


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JOHN 4:24

God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

TODAY IN HISTORY, JANUARY 28


Are inequality protesters Nazi’s?


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CNN’s Brooke Baldwin talks with her political panel about their reaction to inequality protesters being compared to Nazi’s by a Silicon Valley investor

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Tom Perkins: Kristallnacht a ‘Terrible Word to Have Chosen’


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Venture capitalist Tom Perkins retracted his use of the term kristallnacht to describe what’s happening to the American 1% in a Bloomberg interview on Monday.

Perkins has been at the center of a growing controversy since his weekend letter in the Wall Street Journal, in which he said there were parallels between the persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany and the way rich people are treated in the U.S.

The multimillionaire faced backlash in the wake of his statements and later apologized in a letter to the Anti-Defamation League. Though Perkins said kristallnacht was a “terrible word to have chosen,” he said he doesn’t regret the message he was trying to get across.

“I guess my point was that when you start to use hatred against a minority it can get out of control,” Perkins said. “It’s absurd to demonize the rich for doing what the rich do, and getting…

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Right-Wing Thugs Are Hijacking Ukraine’s Liberal Uprising


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Not long before midnight on Sunday, a few dozen men in ski masks and camouflage surrounded the headquarters of the Ministry of Justice in the center of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, and smashed out the first floor windows with baseball bats. They made short work of the bars over the windows, prying them out of the walls with their clubs, and climbed inside. It was the third federal ministry the group had seized in a week.

Calling themselves members of Spilna Sprava, or Common Cause, the group has emerged as one of about a dozen obscure organizations competing for distinction, if not outright leadership, in the uprising against President Viktor Yanukovych. These groups range from right-wing radicals and soccer hooligans to military veterans and mobs of stick-wielding goons. And to the gall of more-established opposition figures, like the world boxing champion Vitali Klitschko, they have become the revolution’s most…

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Exposed: The World’s ‘Biggest’ Slaughter of an Endangered Species


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Conservationists in Hong Kong have released photos of a massive shark slaughterhouse in Puqi, in the Chinese province of Zhejiang, calling it the “biggest” killing floor for whale sharks on the planet.

Investigators for WildLifeRisk spent two years staking out the factory, which was under the perfectly inscrutable front name: China Wenzhou Yueqing Marine Organisms Health Protection Foods Co. Ltd. The conservation group said that the factory “appears to be the world’s largest wholesale slaughter of an internationally protected endangered species.”

Inside the plant they found carcasses of endangered sharks skinned, de-finned and processed into oil. The group says the annual haul included protected species such as great whites and basking sharks as well as more than 600 endangered whale sharks — docile giants that can grow up to 40 ft. in length.

WildLifeRisk captured undercover footage of the killing floor for those with strong stomachs.

[South China Morning…

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