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>>   US politics
Bill Clinton: Eric Garner 'didn't deserve to die' 
USA Today - 12/16/2014
Former president Bill Clinton says Eric Garner “didn’t deserve to die” for selling untaxed cigarettes in New York City. In an interview with Fusion TV set to air Tuesday night, Clinton was asked to comment     Add Comment

Obama: Taliban 'depravity' 
CNN - 12/16/2014
Washington (CNN) -- The school attack that left more than one hundred children dead in Pakistan demonstrates the "depravity" of the terrorists responsible, President Barack Obama said in a statement Tuesday.     Add Comment

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush Plans to 'Actively Explore' Run for GOP Presidential  
ABC News - 12/16/2014
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush plans to 'actively explore' run for GOP presidential nomination.    Add Comment

GOP senator blocks vets' suicide prevention bill 
USA Today - 12/16/2014
Supporters of a sweeping veterans suicide prevention bill suffered a major setback Monday when retiring Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., blocked the measure in the waning hours of the year's legislative session.     Add Comment
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>>   US social policy
Clinton Says Data Collection Push Will Boost Women’s Welfare 
BusinessWeek - 12/16/2014
Hillary Clinton announced new initiatives to improve data collection and bolster gender equality, expanding a United Nations Foundation program she supported while she was U.S. secretary of state. "When     Add Comment

Tennessee to Expand Medicaid as Republicans Adapt to Obamacare 
Washington Post - 12/15/2014
(Bloomberg) -- Tennessee has moved to the forefront of a new group of Republican-led states jockeying for hundreds of millions of dollars available under Obamacare for Medicaid expansions. Governor Bill     Add Comment

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Announces Letter to DOJ Recommending Revision of  
Reuters - 12/15/2014
PR Newswire WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2014 WASHINGTON , Dec. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United States Commission on Civil Rights today announced that it has sent a letter to Attorney
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Announces Letter to DOJ Recommending Revision Finwin
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McLaren Health Care Names Bill Hardimon as President and CEO of McLaren Medical  
BusinessWeek - 12/15/2014
FLINT, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 15, 2014-- Bill Hardimon has been named president and CEO of McLaren Medical Group, the employed provider network of primary care and specialty physicians and physician
McLaren Health Care Names Bill Hardimon as President and CEO of McL... Finwin
MCLAREN HEALTH CARE : Names Bill Hardimon as President and CEO of McLaren Medical  4 Traders
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>>   US political columnists
Will D.C.'s Pot Legalization Fall Prey to Meddling Congress? 
American Prospect - 12/16/2014
It’s not like Representative Andy Harris didn’t warn us. When District of Columbia voters last month overwhelmingly passed Initiative 71, the ballot measure to legalize marijuana in the District, the
The Continuing Story of Congressional Meddling: The Obstruction of DC's Pot Legalization American Prospect
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Obama's Approach to the Bush Torture Regime Has Failed 
The New Republic Online - 12/16/2014
I f you have a working conscience, it is impossible to defend the merits of President Obama’s decision to shield architects of the Bush administration’s torture program from legal action. His justifications     Add Comment

Here's a Bargain Republicans and Democrats Could Make on Obamacare 
American Prospect - 12/15/2014
Since Congress just passed a budget and we are therefore at the dawn of a new era of bipartisan comity and compromise, I'd like to propose a trade, one that will allow both Democrats and Republicans to     Add Comment

Elizabeth Warren Won't Rule Out a Presidential Run. Here's What She Might Be Thinking. 
The New Republic Online - 12/15/2014
I n an interview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep that aired Monday , Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren repeatedly dodged whether she intends to run for president, saying that she “is not running for president.”     Add Comment
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>>   US security
Obama: Taliban 'depravity' 
CNN - 12/16/2014
Washington (CNN) -- The school attack that left more than one hundred children dead in Pakistan demonstrates the "depravity" of the terrorists responsible, President Barack Obama said in a statement Tuesday.     Add Comment

UPDATE 1-Israel's Arrow 3 missile shield fails interception test -sources 
Reuters - 12/16/2014
(Adds Defence Ministry clarification, paragraph 6) Dec 16 (Reuters) - Israel's upgraded ballistic missile shield failed its first live interception test on Tuesday, security sources said, a fresh setback     Add Comment

whiteCryption's Secure Key Box Awarded U.S. and Canadian Governments Federal Information  
CNBC - 12/16/2014
FIPS 140-2 Level 1 Certification Assures Government and Financial Agencies that whiteCryption meets the Highest Level of Security Standards. SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- whiteCryption®, a
whiteCryption’s Secure Key Box Awarded U.S. and Canadian Governments Federal Information  Sys-Con Canada
whiteCryption :’s Secure Key Box Awarded U.S. and Canadian Governments Federal Information  4 Traders
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Romanian Prosecutors Investigate Alleged CIA Prison, Ponta Says 
BusinessWeek - 12/16/2014
Romanian prosecutors are investigating the presence of a potential secret prison allegedly run by the Central Intelligence Agency, Prime Minister Victor Ponta said. Ponta, who took office in May 2012,     Add Comment
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>>   Human rights
Lebanon: UN deputy chief pledges to 'help as much as possible' with refugee impact 
BusinessWeek - 12/16/2014
With soaring numbers of refugees seeking asylum in Lebanon, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson today pledged to "help as much as possible" to ensure that the tragic conflict in Syria
Lebanon: UN deputy chief & refugee impact GlobalSecurity.org
Lebanon: UN deputy chief pledges to ‘help as much as possible’ with refugee impact United Nations
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Ten Bosnian Serb wartime security officials arrested for war crimes 
Reuters - 12/16/2014
(Reuters) - Ten Bosnian Serb wartime officials were arrested on Tuesday over the killing of close to 70 Muslim Bosniak civilians and persecution of many more, including women and children, early in the
Ten Bosnian Serb officials arrested for war crimes World Bulletin
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'Russia fails to protect LGBT people' 
CNN - 12/16/2014
(CNN) -- Russian authorities are failing to protect gay people from persecution and are not prosecuting the perpetrators of a growing number of homophobic attacks, Human Rights Watch says in a new report.
Russia slammed over gay rights CNN
Human Rights Watch: Russia fails to protect LGBT people CNN
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Men Behind Failed London Tube Bombing Lose Human Rights Appeal 
BusinessWeek - 12/16/2014
Four men sentenced to as much as 40 years in prison for mounting a botched suicide attack on London’s public transport system in 2005 lost their bid to have their convictions ruled unfair by a European     Add Comment
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>>   International development
Mr. Modi, You Must Solve India's Serious Globalization Problem! 
Forbes.com - 12/16/2014
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a campaign entitled MAKE IN INDIA. To boost growth, but especially to generate employment, the goal is to create an environment for foreign investment     Add Comment

Developing nations losing $1 trillion a year 
Reuters India - 12/16/2014
5:02am IST WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Crime and corruption are draining a record $1 trillion a year from poor and middle-income nations with the disappearance of dirty money hitting     Add Comment

China greatest beneficiary of globalization: Barroso 
SINA - 12/16/2014
China is the largest beneficiary of globalization, Jose Manuel Barroso, ex-president of the European Commission, said at the Sanya Forum on Saturday, caijing.com.cn reported. Due to high unemployment     Add Comment

Developing nations losing record $1 trillion a year in dirty money - report 
Reuters India - 12/15/2014
5:02am IST WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Crime and corruption are draining a record $1 trillion a year from poor and middle-income nations with the disappearance of dirty money hitting     Add Comment
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>>   Afghanistan
Obama: Taliban 'depravity' 
CNN - 12/16/2014
Washington (CNN) -- The school attack that left more than one hundred children dead in Pakistan demonstrates the "depravity" of the terrorists responsible, President Barack Obama said in a statement Tuesday.     Add Comment

Taliban assault on Pakistani school ends with 130 dead 
Reuters UK - 12/16/2014
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - At least 130 people, most of them children, were killed on Tuesday after Taliban gunmen broke into a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and opened fire, witnesses     Add Comment

Taliban storms Pakistan military school, killing dozens of students 
USA Today - 12/16/2014
Taliban gunmen stormed a school in Pakistan on Tuesday, killing at least 126 people, mostly children, that country's government said. Hours after the attack, Pakistani army Gen. Asim Bajwa tweeted that     Add Comment

Was School Massacre the Taliban's Revenge for This? 
NBCNews.com - 12/16/2014
By Wajahat S. Khan Editor's note: The Peshawar school massacre follows pledges by the Pakistani Taliban to retaliate for an offensive targeting militants in North Waziristan that was launched in June.     Add Comment
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>>   Iran
OPEC oil price falls below $58 [Trend News Agency, Baku, Azerbaijan] 
BusinessWeek - 12/16/2014
Dec. 16--OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) oil basket price slipped below $58/barrel on Dec.15, losing 46 percent of its value compared to mid-June. The cartel's oil basket was sold     Add Comment

Iran to invest €207M in building small power plants [Trend News Agency, Baku, Azerbaijan] 
BusinessWeek - 12/16/2014
Dec. 16--Iran will invest €207 million in building small power plants in the next Iranian fiscal year, which begins on March 21, 2015. Iranian Energy Ministry official Reza Mirzadeh Hosseini said 35     Add Comment

BRIEF: Iran suffers loss from exporting electricity [Trend News Agency, Baku, Azerbaijan] 
BusinessWeek - 12/16/2014
Dec. 16--Iran's energy minister Hamid Chitchian said the country suffers losses from exporting electricity. Chitchian said Iran exports some 12 billion kilowatt hours of electricity to the neighboring     Add Comment

BRIEF: Seven home-made drilling rigs operating in Iran [Trend News Agency, Baku,  
BusinessWeek - 12/16/2014
Dec. 16--Seven domestically-manufactured drilling rigs are currently operating in Iran's oilfields, Heidar Bahmani, Managing Director of National Iranian Drilling Company, said. Bahmani said that although     Add Comment
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>>   Iraq
Iraq's White House 
CNN - 12/16/2014
Editor's note: Each day, CNN brings you an image capturing a moment to remember, defining the present in our changing world. The photographs we select look at the many faces of humanity, chronicling the     Add Comment

CBS US News: This Morning from CBS News: Dec. 16, 2014 
CBS News - 12/16/2014
Ambulances drive away from military-run school under attack by Taliban gunmen in Peshawar, Pakistan on Dec. 16, 2014 REUTERS Taliban massacre Pakistani officials say Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run
This Morning from CBS News: Dec. 16, 2014 CBS News
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CBS US News: Iraq's next top gun trains to fight ISIS in Arizona 
CBS News - 12/16/2014
As the U.S. helps the Iraqi government in its fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) , the country's military is missing one vital ingredient, air power. Tuesday, the Iraqis will get
Iraq's next top gun trains to fight ISIS in Arizona CBS News
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Obama: We're 'hammering' Islamic State 
USA Today - 12/16/2014
President Obama struck an aggressive and optimistic tone Monday about U.S.-led efforts to roll back the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, saying the jihadist group is now on the defensive. "Along with     Add Comment
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