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Daily Headlines: December 29, 2014

Puerto Rico: Will the U.S. follow up the liberation of former contractor Alan Gross by intervening to free imprisoned Puerto Rican activist Oscar Lopez Rivera? Venezuela: President Nicolás Maduro named Foreign Minister Rafael Ramirez as the next ambassador to the U.N. Show More Summary

Environmental Executive Moves: Blu. LNG, Enlighted, Natural Capital Coalition

Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders. Blu. LNG: The liquefied natural gas infrastructure and enabling technology company has named James Edward Burns (pictured) president. Burns most recently served as president of Fortress Energy Partners. Show More Summary

Greece set for snap general election after failing to elect president

30 minutes agoTechnology / Social Media : Mashable

Greece is heading for early general elections after parliament failed to elect a new president in a third and final round of voting on Monday. See also: Greece borrows Australian landmark to promote itself in new tourism ad The prospect...Show More Summary

Object spotted in Java Sea not missing AirAsia plane: Indonesian VP

36 minutes agoNews : The Raw Story

An object spotted during a sea search for an AirAsia plane was not from the aircraft, Indonesia’s vice president said Monday, after reports that an Australian surveillance aircraft had found something. “It has been checked and no sufficient evidence was found to confirm what was...

Obama Is Right on Race, Media Is Wrong

57 minutes agoNews : The Daily Beast

Yes, in our day-to-day interactions, Americans are less racially divided than we were before the president took office—but highlighting our unity just doesn’t make good TV, does it?

Greece parliament fails to elect president

Parliament fails for third time to elect a president forcing early elections in the coming weeks.

Obama Says Health Law Is Helping White Americans, Despite Perceptions

In an interview scheduled to air Monday on NPR, President Obama said that despite the perception the Affordable Care Act is for blacks and Latinos, it is helping many whites.

Marc Trestman expects to return

Black Monday has arrived and Chicago will be one of the towns we’re watching for changes as the day unfurls itself. Chatter over the weekend was that there could be significant changes to the organization with president Ted Phillips, General Manager Phil Emery and coach Marc Trestman all at serious risk of losing their jobs…

Obama says he's ready to use his veto pen

2 hours agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

He hasn't used it much. But President Obama says he suspects his veto pen will get far more use in the next two years, with Republicans in total control of Congress.

Argentina President Adopts Jewish 'Werewolf'

Argentina's president has a new godson and the country remains safe from ravenous, flesh-eating mythical beings. According to folklore, a family's seventh son in a row turns into a werewolf-like creature called a Lobizon on his 13th birthday and feasts on the flesh of unbaptized babies and the recently dead...

Not in Our Stars

It makes me very sad to read pieces like this on the ICE blog or elsewhere. Evidently, UFT President Mike Mulgrew, was busy calling bloggers liars, saying there would be no compromises on health care. Mulgrew later admitted whether or...Show More Summary

Ten elections you need to watch in 2015

4 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

Millions of people around the world went to the polls this year.Indians and Indonesians elected new leaders, while Brazilians and South Africans voted to keep the ones they had. Turks elevated their prime minister to the presidency.Afghans cast votes in a disputed presidential election that took...

NCIS Egypt-Style: 820 Civilians referred to Military Courts since October

Human Rights Watch | — (New York) – Egyptian authorities have referred hundreds of civilians to military courts based on an October 2014 decree by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. At least 820…

President of Argentina Adopts Boy to Stop Him from Becoming a Werewolf

No, that is not a joke headline stolen from The Onion. This is actually a thing that happened. Read more...

Giuliani: Obama Hates Police Because He Associates With Al Sharpton

Major Garrett pressed former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani on his statement that President Obama is anti-police. As Heather recounts at Crooks and Liars, the president is anti-police because Al Sharpton. GARRETT: We turn now to the former Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani, who is also with us from New York. Mr. Mayor, [...]

Main opposition was not invited to Syria peace talks in Moscow

As Damascus said it was ready to participate in Russian-backed “preliminary consultations” in Moscow aimed at restarting peace talks next year to end the Syrian conflict, opposition Syrian National Coalition President Hadi Al-Bahra said that “no formal initiatives” for a peace plan had been submitted to the Coalition so far. In a broad-ranging interview with […]

Jim Webb for vice president?

(Paul Mirengoff) In response to my post about Jim Webb’s presidential prospects, a reader suggests that Webb may actually be angling for the vice presidency: I wonder if Webb’s intent isn’t to become VP nominee. He simply informs Clinton,...Show More Summary

Alan Irvine’s Record Compared to Previous 5 West Brom Managers

10 hours agoSports / Football : EPL Talk

Press Association Sport examines the records of the five permanent West Brom managers who preceded Alan Irvine and compares them to the current Baggies boss – who has presided over seven defeats in nine Barclays Premier League games. TONY MOWBRAY … Continue reading ?

How Gary Hart Tried to Change Military History

In 2011, the former presidential candidate and four others—including The Atlantic’s James Fallows—prepared this memo for President Barack Obama. The president has yet to respond.

Bernie Sanders Will Decide on Run in March

Sen. Bernie Sanders, the only socialist in the Senate, said he'll decide whether to run for president in March. Issue No. 1 for Sanders is what he calls the collapse of the middle class. His assertion, largely confirmed by statistics,...Show More Summary

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