Day: September 16, 2013

Today in 1620, the Mayflower Left England


Thanksgiving is still months away, but September 16th is the anniversary of when the Pilgrims departed from England on the Mayflower. This historical occasion has been reenacted in several films, some of which use the September 6th date. The reason for the discrepancy? The Pilgrims at the time were using the Julian Calendar, which is 10 days behind the one we currently use.

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Obama: Navy Yard Shootings “Cowardly Act”


President Obama addressed the nation in a live statement early this afternoon, calling today’s shootings at the Washington Navy Yard “cowardly” and vowing that those responsible will be brought to justice.

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Records: Magistrate Changed Mind on Baby Messiah

U.N. Report Confirms Chemical Weapons Were Used in Syria


A U.N. investigation into the use of chemical weapons in Syria concluded “with clear and convincing evidence” that the Aug. 21 attack involved chemical weapons. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the attack a “war crime” in an opening statement to the report, released Monday to the U.N. Security Council.

The U.N. report, per the investigators’ charge, does not address who deployed the weapons, confirming only that they were used in the first place. But it fuels a new sense of urgency as the U.S. and Russia try to follow through on a diplomatic resolution despite previous U.S.-led calls for a military strike against Syrian President Bashar Assad. Assad and his Russian allies have denied the charges and accused the rebels in Syria’s more-than-two-year civil war of firing the chemical weapons.

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The 38-page report cites five lines of evidence for its conclusion: 1) the presence of missile remnants containing the…

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Russia Celebrates a Triumph for Putin After Clinching Syria Deal


On Sunday night, the anchor of the main weekly news show on Russian state TV went on the air with a jubilant grin on his face. Only a week earlier, Dmitri Kiselyov had warned his viewers about the rise of “American fascism,” which was about to claim the Syrian regime as its victim just as Germany had swallowed up Poland in 1939. But on Sunday he announced that this threat had subsided, and the world had President Vladimir Putin to thank. “The diplomatic duel” between the Moscow and Washington over what to do with Syria’s chemical weapons had ended in “the great victory of Russia,” Kiselyov declared, while the Obama Administration had seen its “geopolitical amateurishness swept away, leaving only the ruins of narcissism.”

Although it may not have been the most decorous way to celebrate, this was the tone that Putin’s image makers took after the U.S. and Russia…

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Chemical Weapons and Eradication Efforts Worldwide

Yemen Receives First U.S. Reconnaissance Aircraft

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