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TOM TOMORROW: Building Blocks of War ("Manic Pixie Dream Insurgents")

DAILY KOS LINK: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/22/1330850/-Cartoon-Building-blocks-of-war

BREAKING: Secret Service says fence-jumper made it through North Portico doors of White House

@AP: BREAKING: Secret Service says fence-jumper made it through North Portico doors of White House


Remember #BringBackOurGirls? This Is What Has Happened In The 5 Months Since


Remember #BringBackOurGirls? This Is What Has Happened In The 5 Months Since

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Not one student has been rescued

In the first days after the abduction, 57 of the girls managed to escape from their captors. But not one has escaped or been rescued since then.

Even though they were reportedly located months ago

In May, a Nigerian military official claimed he knew where the girls were being held. A month later, U.S. surveillance planes also spotted a group that officials believed to be the girls.

Stephen Davis, an Australian cleric and mediator, said in June that a deal to free the girls had fallen apart three different times in one month. He says that powerful people with "vested interests" are working to sabotage a deal, and he has accused Nigerian politicians of funding Boko Haram. Nigeria's government has defended its approach to the crisis and warned that a rescue effort might risk the girls' lives.

Other countries have made little progress

According to the Associated Press, it took more than two weeks for Nigeria to accept offers of international assistance to find the schoolgirls.

When other countries did start to help, they didn't get very far. The U.S. sent 80 troops in late May to coordinate an aerial search from neighboring Chad. Canada, France, Israel and the U.K. also sent special forces to Nigeria. But six weeks later, the Pentagon press secretary announced that the U.S. mission would be scaled back, saying: "We don't have any better idea today than we did before about where these girls are.
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While the country worries about its image problem

Nigeria's government paid a Washington public relations firm more than $1.2 million to change the media narrative surrounding the schoolgirls' abduction, according to a June report by The Hill. The country's president, Goodluck Jonathan, recently faced severe backlash after a group campaigning for his reelection started using the hashtag #BringBackGoodluck2015, sparking outrage among groups still campaigning for the girls' return


@MatthewWells: And that's it. The Glasgow Yes vote isn't enough. It's all over for Yes

@GregMitch: RT @MatthewWells: And that's it. The Glasgow Yes vote isn't enough. It's all over for Yes #indyref http://t.co/9lbIKKZ2d2/s/B2Uu

BREAKING: Scotland Rejects Independence

Source: Bloomberg

Scotland Rejects Independence as U.K. Wins Reprieve

By Rodney Jefferson
September 19, 2014 1:02 AM EDT

Scotland voted to remain in the U.K. after an independence referendum that put the future of the 307-year-old union on a knife edge and risked years of political and financial turmoil.

After counting through the night, 55 percent of Scottish voters supported the “no” campaign compared with 45 percent who backed independence. The pound surged ahead of the result, which gave the Better Together campaign a wider margin of victory than suggested in opinion polls. The result was based on 29 of the 32 local authorities declared after a record turnout of more than 90 percent in some regions.

“I am deeply disappointed like the thousands across the country who put their heart and soul into this campaign,” Nicola Sturgeon, the deputy first minister in Scotland’s devolved government, said on BBC Television. “Our country is never going to be the same after this campaign.”

The referendum outcome follows two years of increasingly bitter arguments over the economic viability of independence, the currency to be used, custody of the health service and North Sea oil revenue, leaving a legacy of a divided Scotland while inspiring self-determination movements across Europe.

Scotland Decides

29 of 32 counts

Read more: http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-19/scotland-rejects-independence-as-u-k-wins-reprieve.html

Bloomberg: LIVE RESULTS: Scotland independence vote: Yes 45.2% No 54.8% with 5 results out of 32

@BloombergNews: LIVE RESULTS: Scotland independence vote: Yes 45.2% No 54.8% with 5 results out of 32 http://t.co/iLOT6vatz2/s/DT_X #indyref

@BreakingNewsUK: Orkney votes No in Scotland's independence referendum; 33% Yes, 67% No

@BreakingNews: RT @BreakingNewsUK: Orkney votes No in Scotland's independence referendum; 33% Yes, 67% No, 83.7% turnout - @BBCBreaking http://t.co/2EAhm4O8Gh/s/0rO8

Senate Sends Syrian Rebel Arms Bill to Obama

Source: Reuters / CBS News

@BreakingNews: Senate passes bill authorizing support for moderate Syrian rebels and funding government until Dec. 11 - @Reuters http://t.co/L7ATlCOr2V/s/qfH6

Senate sends Syrian rebel arms bill to Obama

Sep 18, 2014 6:33 PM EDT

With a bipartisan vote, the Senate on Thursday approved a request from President Obama to arm and train Syrian rebels in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), sending a bill to Mr. Obama for a final signature.

The measure was part of a spending bill that funds the government through Dec. 11, averting the chance of a repeat of the 2013 government shutdown when the current funding bill runs out at the end of the month.

The bill passed 73-22.

Read more: http://t.co/L7ATlCOr2V/s/qfH6

BREAKING: Kansas Supreme Court Orders State to Remove Democrat's Name from Ballot in Senate Race

Source: Associated Press

@AP: BREAKING: Kansas Supreme Court orders state to remove Democrat's name from ballot in Senate race.


— Sep. 18, 2014 6:03 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas must remove the name of the Democratic candidate against Republican Sen. Pat Roberts from the ballot, the state Supreme Court declared Thursday, in a unanimous ruling that could influence the fight for control of the U.S. Senate.

The court's decision leaves Democrats without a candidate, potentially making it easier for independent candidate Greg Orman to defeat the three-term incumbent. Republicans have counted on Roberts winning re-election in GOP-leaning Kansas as they seek to recapture a Senate majority.

Some Democrats nudged party nominee Chad Taylor out of the race earlier this month to avoid a major split of anti-Roberts votes. Taylor announced his withdrawal, but Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a conservative Republican publicly backing Roberts, declared that Taylor didn't comply with a state election law limiting when nominees can withdraw. Taylor petitioned the Supreme Court to remove his name from the ballot.

The justices unanimously agreed with Taylor, saying his formal letter of withdrawal to the secretary of state's office was sufficient to get his name off the ballot.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/7a4dc22244254a03a970fea8cbaecfdb/kansas-court-remove-democrat-senate-ballot



— Sep. 16, 2014 11:36 AM EDT

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, center, walks with members of his staff and legal team into the Kansas Judicial Center to file documents in a legal dispute before the state Supreme Court over the Democratic nominee's attempt to get off the ballot in the U.S. Senate race, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Topeka, Kan. With Kobach are, to his left, special projects coordinator Jameson Beckner and attorney Bradley Scholzman and, to his right, attorney Thomas Knutzen. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Several Kansas Supreme Court justices are questioning why a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate who wants his name off the ballot should be prevented from doing so by the state's chief election officer.

The court heard arguments Tuesday in a case that has national implications because it could affect the battle for control of the Senate.

Democrat Chad Taylor's withdrawal could help independent candidate Greg Orman's chances to unseat vulnerable Republican incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts.

Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach ruled that Taylor's name must remain on the ballot because he didn't comply with state election law.

Everything (Almost) You Need to Know About The CIA Torture Report in Less Than 4 Minutes

Published on Sept. 18, 2014

ReThink Media Info

If someone tries to hide something from you for ten years, it's probably pretty embarassing or shameful. Over the past ten years, the CIA has misled Congress about the post-9/11 torture program, withheld evidence, and tried to cover up the facts. In the next few weeks, a new bipartisan Senate report is expected to reveal the truth about the CIA's torture programs. Here's why you want to know what's in the #TortureReport.
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