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>>   US politics
Georgia Republican clarifies vaccination comm 
MSNBC - 2/27/2015
“I believe it’s the parents’ decision whether to immunize or not. And so I’m looking at [my] wife – most of our children, we didn’t immunize. They’re healthy. Of course, home schooling, we didn’t have     Add Comment

Jeb Bush enters the lion's den, touts conservative credentials 
Reuters - 2/27/2015
Jeb Bush speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor in Maryland February 27, 2015. Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque (Reuters) - Republican Jeb Bush asked     Add Comment

Influential Republicans Wary of Bush Coronation 
NBCNews.com - 2/27/2015
By Perry Bacon Jr. Democrats seem poised to hand Hillary Clinton their party's nomination without much of a fight. But Republicans aren't giving any kind of coronation to their party's 2016 candidate     Add Comment

Santorum digs at Obama: "We don't need a weatherman-in-chief" 
CBS News - 2/27/2015
Senator Rick Santorum speaks at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, outside Washington, on February 27, 2015. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/ Former Senator     Add Comment
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>>   US social policy
BRIEF: HUD awards grants to Providence, Johnston housing authorities to help residents  
BusinessWeek - 2/27/2015
Feb. 27--PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Thursday awarded $920,100 in grants to the Providence and Johnston housing authorities to help residents achieve economic     Add Comment

HUD’s Fair Housing Act – Service and Emotional Support... 
San Francisco Chronicle - 2/26/2015
The HUD’s recent notice on the Fair Housing Act (FHA)* and the American with Disabilities Act (ADA)** have come into the limelight with the growing lawsuits that campus administrators of student housing     Add Comment

FBI: Social Media Allows Terrorists Access into US Like Never Before 
NBCNews.com - 2/26/2015
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Veterans propose major changes in VA health care 
USA Today - 2/26/2015
WASHINGTON — A national veterans task force is advocating radical changes in the , including a choice to receive subsidized private care and conversion of the Veterans Health Administration into a non-profit     Add Comment
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>>   US political columnists
Republicans Trying to Fool Themselves into Thinking They Have a Solution to the  
American Prospect - 2/27/2015
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Rick Perry Is an Unemployment-Rate Denier 
The New Republic Online - 2/27/2015
A t the annual Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, on Friday, former Texas Governor Rick Perry drew cheers when he declared, “The unemployment rate is a sham.”     Add Comment

This Scientific Breakthrough Could Ruin Conservatives' Final Argument Against Same-Sex  
The New Republic Online - 2/27/2015
T his week, researchers at the University of Cambridge in Britain and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel made the startling announcement that male same-sex couples may soon be able to have biological     Add Comment

"Tom Steyer Is the Devil" 
The New Republic Online - 2/27/2015
T om Steyer, the Democratic billionaire donor, didn't get a lot for his money in the 2014 midterms , but the $67 million he spent last year did win him a title previously held by Al Gore: The Most Hated     Add Comment
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>>   US security
U.S., Cuba hold more talks, no date yet for diplomatic ties 
Reuters - 2/27/2015
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson (3rdL), head of the U.S. delegation; and Josefina Vidal (4thR), director general of the U.S. Division of the Ministry     Add Comment

'Progress' in US-Cuba diplomatic talks 
BBC - 2/27/2015
Cuban diplomats say they have made progress in talks with their US counterparts to restore full relations between the two countries. At issue is the opening of an American embassy in Havana and Cuba's     Add Comment

This bill would halt Congress’s pay if Homeland Security shuts down 
Washington Post - 2/27/2015
A potential Department of Homeland Security shutdown  would directly affect lawmakers’ pocketbooks under a bill introduced in the House this week. The Democratic measure , sponsored by Reps. Brad Ashford
Federal Eye: This bill would halt Congress’s pay if Homeland Security shuts down Washington Post
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Slain U.S. journalist's father: identification of 'Jihadi John' not important 
Reuters - 2/27/2015
(Reuters) - The father of American journalist James Foley, who was taken captive in Syria and later decapitated by Islamic State militants, has said it was "not important" to him that his son's purported
Slain U.S. journalist's father - identification of 'Jihadi John' not important Reuters UK
Slain U.S. journalist's father: identification of 'Jihadi John' not... News.net
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>>   Human rights
ISIL attacks on Christians part of 'silent genocide' 
USA Today - 2/27/2015
CAIRO — As the fate of more than 250 Christians abducted by the Islamic State in Syria remains unknown, frightened fellow Christians are fleeing in search of a safe haven in a region known for persecuting     Add Comment

UN laments IS statue 'war crimes' 
BBC - 2/27/2015
The destruction of historic artefacts in Iraq by Islamic State (IS) militants is a war crime, the head of the UN agency for culture, Unesco, has said. Irina Bokova said she was appalled by an act of     Add Comment

North must protect human rights 
Korea Joongang Daily - 2/26/2015
On Feb. 17, a severe snowstorm hit Washington D.C., suspending bus services and shutting down government offices. However, a discussion on North Korean human rights was held as scheduled at Washington-based     Add Comment

Azerbaijan Marks 23rd Anniversary of Khojaly Genocide 
CNN - 2/26/2015
CNN PRODUCER NOTE     A group of passionate people organized a commemorative rally in remembrance for those killed in the Khojaly massacre on February 1992. Aziz Karimov photographed people rallying in
Khojaly genocide became leading theme on Twitter Azeri-Press Information Agency
- Khojaly genocide condemned in Turkish Parliament Cihan Haber
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>>   International development
Bergen: Poverty not to blame 
CNN - 2/27/2015
Story highlights Peter Bergen: Jihadi John ID'd as Mohammed Emwazi, a well-born Londoner with college degree White House has said terrorism rooted in poverty; Bergen: Typically anti-west jihadists come     Add Comment

The Next ACA Battle: Extending the Children's Health Insurance Program 
Forbes.com - 2/27/2015
The Affordable Care Act is an endless source of tortured political maneuverings. Another example will soon demand Congress’ attention: Extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).   The     Add Comment

WorldViews: Mohammed Emwazi and the debate over poverty’s link to terrorism 
Washington Post - 2/26/2015
LONDON, FEB. 26: Journalists gather outside the home where Islamic State militant Mohammed Emwazi, popularly known as Jihadi John, is believed to have once lived. Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born British man in
Mohammed Emwazi and the debate over poverty’s link to terrorism Washington Post
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Cities are becoming more affluent while poverty is rising in inner suburbs — and  
Washington Post - 2/26/2015
City centers across the country are becoming younger, more affluent and more educated, while inner suburbs are seeing poverty rates rise, according to a new study from the University of Virginia’s Weldon     Add Comment
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>>   Afghanistan
House Speaker John Boehner Invites Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to Address Congress 
ABC News - 2/27/2015
House Speaker John Boehner invites Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to address Congress.    Add Comment

Afghan President Ghani to Speak to Joint Meeting of Congress 
ABC News - 2/27/2015
House Speaker John Boehner is inviting Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to address a joint meeting of Congress when he visits Washington next month. Boehner says the speech would give the newly elected     Add Comment

Bergen: Poverty not to blame 
CNN - 2/27/2015
Story highlights Peter Bergen: Jihadi John ID'd as Mohammed Emwazi, a well-born Londoner with college degree White House has said terrorism rooted in poverty; Bergen: Typically anti-west jihadists come     Add Comment

Obama to host Afghan President Ghani at White House in March 
Reuters UK - 2/27/2015
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will host Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Afghanistan's chief executive officer Abdullah Abdullah and other members of the Afghan government for meetings     Add Comment
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>>   Iran
On display at CPAC: How the presidential primary makes GOP candidates simple-minded 
Washington Post - 2/27/2015
The Conservative Political Action Conference is always guaranteed to produce head-shaking moments, as one future presidential candidate after another tells the crowd of activists what they want to hear,     Add Comment

Iran, six powers to hold nuclear talks in Switzerland on March 5 -EU 
Reuters UK - 2/27/2015
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Senior officials from Iran and six powers negotiating with Tehran over its nuclear programme will hold more talks in Montreux, Switzerland, on March 5, the European Union said on     Add Comment

China no longer US' 'greatest enemy': Gallup 
CHINAdaily USA - 2/27/2015
China is now seen as less of a threat to Americans, thanks to Russia's actions in Ukraine and terrorist group ISIS, according to polls done by Gallup in February. China, the world's most populous country     Add Comment

White House "hopeful" on coalition for Iran nuclear talks amid Netanyahu visit 
Reuters India - 2/27/2015
12:46am IST WASHINGTON Feb 27 (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday the United States is hopeful that it can hold together the coalition of countries working toward an agreement with Iran on
White House: Netanyahu speech in Congress won't adversely impact Iran nuclear talks Jerusalem Post
REUTERS - White House "hopeful" on coalition for Iran nuclear talks amid Netanyahu  Namibia Press Agency
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>>   Iraq
UNESCO says IS museum attack "appalling" 
Reuters UK - 2/27/2015
With a sledgehammer ..... Islamic State smashes thousands of years of Iraqi history. Archeologists say these priceless antiquities appear to be from a museum in the northern city of Mosul,     Add Comment

Islamic State attack on Iraq museum condemned by Getty 
Los Angeles Times - 2/27/2015
The Islamic State's recent video showing its forces destroying what appear to be priceless antiquities in an Iraq museum has provoked harsh words from the head of the J. Paul Getty Trust, who condemned     Add Comment

UPDATE 8-Oil up sharply, posts first monthly gain since June 
CNBC - 2/27/2015
* Brent premium over U.S. crude widens to $13 * Brent, US crude, ULSD, RBOB post first monthly gains since June * Baker Hughes data shows pace of rig count drop slows (Rewrites
Oil up sharply, posts first monthly gain since June Firstpost.com
UPDATE 9-Oil up sharply, posts first monthly gain since June Reuters UK
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Islamic State: Amid hostage crisis, Assyrians and Kurds join forces 
Christian Science Monitor - 2/27/2015
Activists decry Islamic State's eradication of thousands of years of Assyrian history even as Christian and Kurdish fighters seek to regain territory taken by the jihadists in Syria. Fighters of the Kurdish     Add Comment
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