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Detroit: Not a Monster, Just Ahead of the Curve

Detroit: Not a Monster, Just Ahead of the Curve

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Detroit’s Historic Bankruptcy Trial to Begin Lawyers for Detroit will attempt to convince a federal judge at the city’s bankruptcy trial that its plans to wipe out billions of dollars in debt should be approved.

After some delays, the start of the trial Tuesday in U.S. District Court comes just over 13 months after Detroit became the largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy.

Detroit expects to…

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Portland, Oregon, Police Shoot Man Suspected of Trying to Carjack Motorists on I-84 Offramp

Portland, Oregon, Police Shoot Man Suspected of Trying to Carjack Motorists on I-84 Offramp

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Riots, looting, and TV satellite trucks from all over the globe expected in Portland at any moment

PORTLAND, Ore. –  Police in Portland, Oregon, say an officer shot a man who was a pointing a gun at passing cars on an Interstate 84 offramp Monday.

Sgt. Pete Simpson says the man ran from the freeway after he was struck by a bullet, and he collapsed on a nearby street. (more…)

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SMIDGEN REPORT: Email Reveals Lerner Ignored Union Political Expenditures

SMIDGEN REPORT: Email Reveals Lerner Ignored Union Political Expenditures

Shulman, Lerner and Wolin take their seats to testify before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on targeting of political groups seeking tax-exempt status from by the IRS, on Capitol Hill in Washington

Connor D. Wolf reports: The official at the center of the Internal Revenue Service tea party scandal once dismissed complaints that labor unions were not reporting millions of dollars in political activities on their tax forms, according to an email obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.smdg-tv2

“We believe this difference in reporting does not necessarily indicate that the organization has…

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Journalists Ordered to Learn ‘Marxist News Values’, Uphold Principles of Communist Party

Journalists Ordered to Learn ‘Marxist News Values’, Uphold Principles of Communist Party

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Journalists, Teachers and Students Told to Back Party obamao-vert

No, no, it’s not about the Obama administration, or White House reporters and network news divisions, though it’s understandable to think so.

This is about China and Hong Kong.

For China Digital Times posts this:

As part of the Xi administration’s ongoing restriction of press freedom in mainland China and Hong Kong, the All China Jour…

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BOOTS + GROUND: U.S. Forces Carry Out Operation Against Al-Shabaab in Somalia

BOOTS + GROUND: U.S. Forces Carry Out Operation Against Al-Shabaab in Somalia

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U.S. Navy SEAL Team (AFP Photo / Robert J. Fluegel)

Reuters reports: U.S. military forces carried out an operation on Monday against al Shabaab militants in Somalia, a U.S. Department of Defense spokesman said.soomaaliya

“We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate.”

– Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby

No further details about the…

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The CELEBRIGEDDON of 2014: Jennifer Lawrence Requests Nude Pics Investigation

The CELEBRIGEDDON of 2014: Jennifer Lawrence Requests Nude Pics Investigation

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jennifer Lawrence has contacted authorities to investigate who stole and posted nude images of the Oscar winner online, a publicist for the actress said.

 Enetertainment Weekly‘s Kyle Ryan has this:

Various reports say nearly 60 photos of Lawrence in various stages of undress circulated after a hacker posted them to 4chan, the Internet’s screaming id, alongside similarly racy leaked photos of Mary Elizabeth WinsteadKate UptonVictoria JusticeAriana Grande, and allegedly many others—all of them women. 


Kirsten Dunst photos were also swept into the controversy, though no statement has been issued

Winstead confirmed in dispiriting tweets that her pics were real, but Justice and Grande have denied it. (TMZ quotes a Grande tweet, “My petite ass is much cuter than that,” though it’s not on her Twitter page anymore.)

Meanwhile, the presumed stockpile of penis photos taken by Hollywood actors remains curiously untouched.

Intimate images of the actress, who stars in “The Hunger Games” film franchise and won an Academy Award for her role in “Silver Linings Playbook,” began appearing online on Sunday. Naked images purporting to be of other female stars were also posted, although the authenticity of many of the images could not be confirmed. The source of the leak was unclear.

 “Once images and other data are uploaded to the cloud, it becomes much more difficult to control who has access to it, even if we think it is private.”

– Security researcher Ken Westin

“This is a flagrant violation of privacy,” Lawrence’s publicist Liz Mahoney wrote in a statement. “The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.”

Mahoney declined to provide further details, including which authorities were contacted. Lawrence, 24, is a three-time Oscar nominee.

The FBI has investigated previous leaks of nude celebrity images, including leaks involving Scarlett JohanssonMila KunisChristina Aguilera and footage of television sports reporter Erin Andrewsin a Tennessee hotel room. Those cases resulted in convictions.

FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller declined comment on whether the agency was involved…(read more)

 

Roger Staubach, Americas Quarterback

Roger Staubach, Americas Quarterback

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The former quarterback on the Cowboys, his famed pass and his success in the real-estate game

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From this weekend’s WSJ, a profile of one of my heroes:

“This year is our year,” says former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach. The legendary football player turned real-estate mogul is sitting far from the…

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Messaging Problems: Biden Uses ‘Take Back America’ Phrase Obama And Holder Think is Racist

Messaging Problems: Biden Uses ‘Take Back America’ Phrase Obama And Holder Think is Racist

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From The CornerJoel Gehrke: Vice President Joe Biden staked his claim to the labor vote by declaring that “it’s time to take back America” in order to ensure that the middle class gets an “equal share” of prosperity in the country.

“If we don’t, America’s in trouble.”

Biden said in Detroit Monday.

“You know, people talking about taking their country back. … There’s a certain racial component…

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Islamic State Reportedly Bans Uploading Beheadings to Social Media

Islamic State Reportedly Bans Uploading Beheadings to Social Media

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 reports: The jihadist terror group Islamic State (IS), formerly known as ISIS, has become a particularly dangerous threat to the West through its guerrilla-style war tactics and decentralized organization, making targeting leaders more difficult for Western militaries.

“The ban on beheading videos appears to be a response to an increase in Islamic State beheading footage…

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