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A Tale Of Two Front Pages 27.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The day after the Orlando massacre, the New York Daily News and the New York Post ran front-page headlines that couldn't be more different. At the top of the Post page, a black background with these words in white letters: 'ISLAMIC TERRORIST KILLS 50.' Underneath, two headlines red-bulleted and in black letters: (1) 'Gay-club attack on our freedoms' (2) 'Worst shooting in nation's history.' And taking up the lower half of the page in giant red letters: 'ISIS VS. US.' The front page of the Daily News featured a headline in yellow letters against a black background: '50 dead in Orlando club massacre.' Underneath the headline and taking up the rest of the page is a mini-essay in the form of a sarcastic and taunting thank-you note, in white letters with some words highlighted in red: 'THANKS NRA. Because of your continued opposition to an assault rifle ban, terrorists like this lunatic can LEGALLY buy a killing machine and perpetrate the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.' To say that the two newspapers ...
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Silverton needs a new vision 27.6.2016 High Country News Most Recent
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A Trump Adviser Once Compared Sanctions Against Russia To Police Killing Black Men 22.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- One of Donald Trump’s main sources of information on foreign affairs is a Russophile who once compared lethal police brutality against unarmed black men to the U.S. policy of sanctioning Russia as punishment for its military incursions into Ukraine. In February 2014, Ukrainian protesters ousted president Viktor Yanukovych, a corrupt leader closely allied with Russian president Vladimir Putin. Putin responded by sending troops across the border to invade Crimea, a Ukrainian province that Moscow later annexed after a widely disputed referendum. In the following months, Moscow continued to arm and assist pro-Russian separatist groups fighting against the Ukrainian government.  Throughout the conflict, President Barack Obama resisted calls to arm the Ukrainians, and instead opted to send them non-lethal military aid and to hit Russia with economic sanctions. Ukraine, Obama reasoned , is a non-NATO country on Russia’s border, and therefore will always be of greater strategic importance to Moscow ...
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New York Daily News Slams Senate Gun Vote With Bloodied Capitol Building 21.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
As the New York Daily News sees it, U.S. senators faced a clear choice Monday between common-sense, in the form of modest gun control measures, and more slaughter. Seemingly unfazed by the  deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history  just eight days earlier, the Senate chose the latter, voting down proposals  aimed at keeping weapons out of the hands of suspected terrorists and tightening background checks. Tuesday's Daily News front page features a graphic of a blood-soaked U.S. Capitol with the headline: "SLAUGHTER HOUSE." In smaller print, the front page notes: "Senate votes in favor of continued mass killings ... NRA won victory over common sense Monday as Senate defeated bills to curb gun sales to those on no-fly list."  On June 12, an American-born gunman stormed into a gay club in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people and injuring 53. President Barack Obama has repeatedly called for common-sense gun control . In the wake of the Orlando massacre, Obama said it's time to decide what kind of ...
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How a Utah County Silenced Native American Voters -- and How Navajos Are Fighting Back 19.6.2016 Truthout.com
This story was originally published on June 13, 2016, at High Country News (hcn.org) . To understand why Wilfred Jones wanted an ambulance, you have to understand where he lives. San Juan County, in southeastern Utah, is nearly as big as New Jersey but is home to fewer than 15,000 people. The lower third is part of the Navajo Nation and is almost entirely Ute and Navajo. The upper two-thirds are white and predominantly Mormon. Jones, a 61-year-old grandfather with jet-black hair and a diamond stud in each ear, lives in the lower third, five miles south of the blink-and-you-miss-it town of Montezuma Creek. It's rough, rocky country, where bullet holes riddle the road signs and lonely pumpjacks ply oil from the earth. The nearest services are in Blanding, some 40 miles north. Sixteen years ago, when Jones joined the board of the Utah Navajo Health System, he realized his neighbors were dying because the closest ambulances -- the county's, in Blanding, and the tribe's, in Kayenta, Arizona -- were an hour ...
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In praise of a wild West 17.6.2016 High Country News Most Recent
A 21st-century vision for Western public lands, including their role in solving challenges like climate change.
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About Those 28 Pages 17.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In the past, I advocated for releasing the 28 pages of a congressional report on 9/11 that the Bush administration classified out of supposed national security concerns. Those who have read the pages have hinted that they implicate high-ranking Saudi royals in the funding of the terrorists who wreaked havoc that dreadful day. Now I'm not so sure it's a good idea. This is mostly because I think it will inflame an already tense populace that knows very few details about the event. (And there are a lot of details; I incorrectly identified the source of the 28 pages, originally writing that it was from the 9/11 Commission Report instead of the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001.) Few people have read Craig Unger's book House of Bush, House of Saud, which details the close connections between shady Saudi royals and the Bush family. Fewer still would take the time to understand how blaming only Saudi Arabia, no paragon of democracy, ...
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Why our relationship to the public lands must evolve 17.6.2016 High Country News Most Recent
A 21st-century vision for Western lands, including their role in solving challenges like climate change.
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The Boston Globe’s Powerful Message On Gun Violence: ‘Make It Stop’ 16.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The Boston Globe, like many U.S. news outlets , is sick of the seemingly endless stream of mass shootings . In response to the weekend massacre in Orlando, Florida, that left 49 people dead , the Globe tweeted a preview of its powerful front page for Thursday's edition. Alongside a headline that reads "Make It Stop," the page features a full-size image of a military-style AR-15 rifle, a weapon of war similar to the semi-automatic carbine used by the Orlando shooter to kill dozens at a gay nightclub early Sunday. A single, to-scale bullet hole is shown just below the gun's ammunition magazine. Running off the presses as we speak, stay tuned. #MakeItStop pic.twitter.com/o8KN8h9Msy — Boston Globe Opinion (@GlobeOpinion) June 16, 2016 The newspaper's front page, accompanied by an editorial, adds to this week's blistering attacks on lax gun laws that  make it easy to acquire a firearm  designed for the battlefield. (Multiple news outlets have purchased semi-automatic rifles  since the Orlando shooting -- ...
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Donald Trump Takes A Page From The Autocrat's Media Playbook 15.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW YORK -- On Monday evening, Reporters Without Borders issued a statement that “strongly and unequivocally condemns this latest act of hostility toward the press as a serious violation of press freedom.” This latest infringement of press freedom didn't take place in Russia, Turkey, or Ecuador, countries with autocratic leaders whose hostility toward the the media usually prompts such condemnations from international advocacy groups. It happened in the United States. Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump announced Monday afternoon on Facebook that his campaign was revoking The Washington Post’s press credentials after the paper, briefly, published a headline online that he considered unfair.  The Committee to Protect Journalists, better known for tracking press freedom abuses overseas, said that such an action “provides a ready made excuse for authoritarian leaders to crackdown further on independent journalists.” Though Trump has  benefited  from excessive media attention this ...
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Government's dismissal of Crown corporation's board indicates NDP is paying attention to Alberta's ABC sector 14.6.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Yesterday's government news release is short and to the point. But it grabs a reader's attention like a cannon shot across the bow. A lot of people in Alberta government agencies, boards and commissions -- the so called ABC Sector -- will be paying close attention to the contents of this news release and the news stories about it that are likely to follow. The attention indicates the NDP government of Premier Rachel Notley is paying ...
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Finding Tatooine: Planet discovered that orbits 2 suns 14.6.2016 Science / Technology News

Finding Tatooine: Planet discovered that orbits 2 suns Forget Nemo or Dory. Scientists have found a planet that's similar to Tatooine, home of Luke Skywalker.

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How a Utah county silenced Native American voters — and how Navajos are fighting back 13.6.2016 High Country News Most Recent
A series of lawsuits could help counteract decades of racist practices.
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The lost in canyon country 13.6.2016 High Country News Most Recent
A new book recounts the many mysterious disappearances in the Western desert.
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Horse catheters in classrooms, a crackdown on toxics, and an update on the Animas River 13.6.2016 High Country News Most Recent
HCN.org news in brief.
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Canadians’ bad behavior, a cat-lover’s nightmare and gun-toting steeds 13.6.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
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Superfund won’t save Silverton 13.6.2016 High Country News Most Recent
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Orlando Sentinel Front Page Tells City To Define Itself By Unity, Not Tragedy 13.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The front page of Monday's issue of the Orlando Sentinel paid tribute to the victims of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history by vowing strength and solidarity in the face of fear and hatred. At least 50 people were killed after a gunman opened fire in an Orlando gay club. Rather than feature heartbreaking images of bereaved families or chaotic scenes from the club in the hours after the attack, the Sentinel splashed a long letter addressed to the city's mourning residents. "We will not--we must not--let Sunday's heinous act of brutality and cowardice define our community," the letter read. "Let our community define itself by our unequivocal response: United." Sentinel Managing Editor John Cutter  said that the cover was inspired by what the newsroom was "hearing throughout Sunday about the shooting at the Pulse nightclub." "Many talked of the sadness that we were now the leaders on an infamous list of mass shootings in the United States," Cutter said. "But also we heard a growing chorus throughout ...
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Secret 9/11 Report's Publication To Absolve Saudi Arabia: CIA Chief 12.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
  DUBAI (Reuters) - CIA chief John Brennan said on Sunday he expects 28 classified pages of a U.S. congressional report into the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States to be published, absolving Saudi Arabia of any responsibility. "I think the 28 pages will be published and I support their publication and everyone will see the evidence that the Saudi government had nothing to do with it," Brennan said in an interview with Saudi-owned Arabiya TV . His comments were dubbed into Arabic. "Subsequently the Sep. 11 commission looked very thoroughly at these allegations of Saudi involvement, Saudi government involvement and their finding, their conclusion was that there was no evidence to indicate that the Saudi government as an institution or Saudi senior officials individually had supported Sep. 11 attacks," he said. The withheld section of the 2002 report is central to a dispute over whether Americans should be able to sue the Saudi government, a key U.S. ally, for damages. The U.S. Senate passed a bill ...
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HUFFPOLLSTER: Barack Obama Could Be Hillary Clinton's Secret Weapon 10.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
History indicates that the president’s high approval ratings should help Democrats in the fall. The American public seems to want change, but Hillary Clinton is a status quo candidate. And it's not yet clear how gender will affect the presidential race. This is HuffPollster for Friday, June 10, 2016. OBAMA'S POPULARITY COULD BOOST CLINTON - HuffPollster: "Not all presidents choose to play an active role in electing a successor . But President Barack Obama , who endorsed Hillary Clinton on Thursday, is making his pitch at the height of his popularity in recent years. HuffPost Pollster, which aggregates all publicly available polling, puts Obama’s approval at a solid 50 percent, the highest it’s been since the beginning of his second term….Gallup’s own tracking poll puts Obama’s approval during the first four months of this year at 49.5 percent on average. That makes him roughly as popular as Ronald Reagan was at this point during his presidency and far more popular than George W. Bush, who largely laid ...
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