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Christie’s Spending on Outside Lawyers Passes $50 Million

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has spent more than $50 million since the start of 2013 on lawyers outside his administration, largely because of costs related to the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal.

The administration has billed $22 million this year, according to a person familiar with the costs who wasn’t authorized to provide the information. Spending on outside counsel last year reached $29 million, the most since at least 2005, the earliest information available, according to Lee Moore, a spokesman for the state attorney general’s office.

Billings related directly to the bridge scandal exceeded $7 million as of mid-August, according to information released at that time by acting Attorney General John Hoffman’s office.

News about this year’s legal bills was reported earlier by the Wall Street Journal. Kevin Roberts, a spokesman for Christie, declined to comment when asked about them today in Trenton.

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-02/christie-s-spending-on-outside-lawyers-passes-50-million.html

Russian bank hires two former U.S. senators

Gazprombank GPB (OJSC), a Russian bank targeted with sanctions by President Obama over the Ukraine crisis, has hired two former U.S. senators to lobby against those sanctions, according to a new disclosure filed with the Senate.

Gazprombank is controlled by Russia’s state-owned energy company Gazprom, the country’s largest gas producer; it supplies about a third of Europe’s natural gas.

In a filing submitted Friday and effective that day, former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., and former Senator John Breaux, D-La., are listed as the main lobbyists under the Gazprombank account for the firm Squire Patton Boggs, lobbying on “banking laws and regulations including applicable sanctions.”

Gazprombank GPB (OJSC) is a subsidiary of Gazprombank, Russia’s third largest bank. On July 16th, the U.S. Treasury Department added it to a list of Russian firms barred from debt financing with U.S. institutions.

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http://www.publicintegrity.org/2014/09/02/15450/russian-bank-hires-two-former-us-senators

Stonehenge: ghostly outlines of missing stones appear

It is a mystery which has intrigued archaeologists for centuries: did the huge Neolithic stones which make up Stonehenge form a complete circle?


Now the puzzle has been answered after the dry summer revealed the faint outline of the missing megaliths.

Usually the ground is watered by stewards, to keep the earth moist and the grass healthy.

But this year, the hose they used was too short to reach the whole site. By chance, the incomplete section of the inner stone circle was left to dry out.

When archaeological features have been buried in the ground for a long time, they affect the rate that grass grows above them, even long after they have disappeared.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/archaeology/11066703/Stonehenge-ghostly-outlines-of-missing-stones-appear.html

Iceland volcano spews lava fountains of up to 100m (Bardarbunga eruption)



Impressive!

Guantánamo is falling apart

Decaying Guantánamo Defies Closing Plans

GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — One sweltering afternoon last month, a Boeing C-17 military transport plane arrived at the American naval base here. It had come to take six low-level detainees to new lives in Uruguay after 12 years of imprisonment.

Days before, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. had called Uruguay’s president, José Mujica, pressing him to resettle the men. The foreign leader had offered to accept the detainees last January, but by the time the United States was ready for the transfer this summer, Mr. Mujica was worried that it would be politically risky to follow through because of coming elections in his country, according to Obama administration officials.

After four days of frantic negotiations between the two governments as the plane sat on the tarmac, the C-17 flew away without its intended passengers.

Although President Obama pledged last year to revive his efforts to close Guantánamo, his administration has managed to free just one low-level prisoner this year, leaving 79 who are approved for transfer to other countries. It has also not persuaded Congress to lift its ban on moving the remaining 70 higher-level detainees to a prison inside the United States.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/01/us/politics/decaying-guantanamo-defies-closing-plans.html?_r=0

Danziger's on a roll- "Just one more wafer thin mint"

Toon of the Day: Which Is Worse?

Slowpoke Toon: Tips for College Students

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