Early this month, Russian soldiers took up positions at the television transmission center here in the capital of the Ukrainian region of Crimea. Their arrival marked part of a broad effort to muffle dissent over the Kremlin-backed project to guide Crimea through a swift secession from Ukraine.
Several days later the soldiers handed over their post to a pro-secession militia. Some of these men carried whips. Technicians took the next step, removing Ukrainian networks from the air and replacing them with state-controlled channels from Moscow.
A Pakistani judicial official reduced on Saturday the 33-year jail sentence of a doctor alleged to have helped the U.S. track down Osama bin Laden to 23 years, one of his lawyers said.
Shakil Afridi was convicted in May 2012 by a tribal court in the northwest. According to his lawyer, the charges were related to allegations that he gave money and provided medical treatment to Islamic militants.
I could come up with several cynical subtitles to this story, but since it’s Saturday morn, let’s make it a game. Post your Favorite subtitle below.
The race is expected to be among the most competitive and expensive in the nation, since it is one of a handful that could determine control of the Senate. A prodigious fund-raiser and energetic campaigner, Brown had been heavily courted by Republican leaders who consider him the party’s best chance to take on Shaheen.
American Crossroads, the super PAC affiliated with Republican strategist Karl Rove, said Friday that it would launch $600,000 worth of attack ads against Shaheen, starting Tuesday. The bombardment is expected to last a week.
Fox News, where Brown had been a paid contributor since early 2013, said it would end its contract with the former senator. Nixon Peabody, the Boston law firm that Brown joined a year ago, said he would remain an attorney there.
Google last month announced that it’s talking to 34 cities in nine metro areas nationwide about installing Google Fiber, and it looks like San Antonio, Texas is the first to move ahead.
“On Thursday, the City Council approved a long-term contract with Google Fiber Texas, LLC., allowing the tech company to install about 40 so-called ‘fiber huts’ at San Antonio libraries, fire and police stations, and other city buildings,” the San Antonio Express-News reported today.
Fiber huts are one of the main components of Google’s fiber networks. When Kansas City construction began in 2012, Google said, “we’ll be routing fiber connection into Kansas City, KS and Kansas City, MO through several equipment aggregator huts, aka ‘Google Fiber Huts.’ From the Google Fiber Huts, the fiber cables will travel along utility poles into neighborhoods and homes.”
(RNS) Evangelist Franklin Graham is praising Russian President Vladimir Putin for his aggressive crackdown on homosexuality, saying his record on protecting children from gay “propaganda” is better than President Obama’s “shameful” embrace of gay rights.
Graham, who now heads the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association started by his famous father, praises Putin in the March issue of the group’s Decision magazine for signing a bill that imposes fines for adults who promote “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors.”
The Russian law came under heavy criticism from gay rights activists, and from Obama, ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. In response, Obama included openly gay athletes as part of the official U.S. delegation to Sochi.
“In my opinion, Putin is right on these issues,” Graham writes. “Obviously, he may be wrong about many things, but he has taken a stand to protect his nation’s children from the damaging effects of any gay and lesbian agenda.”
Obamacare opponents have already run more than 30,000 television ads attacking the health law and Democratic candidates who support it, according to the media tracking group CMAG — a staggering 12-fold increase from four years ago. Many of the ads are being run in states with high uninsurance rates where hundreds of thousands of poor people could benefit from the Affordable Care Act, including Arkansas, Kentucky, and Louisiana.
Nearly half of all ads that have been run about the health law in House and Senate races through March 9 are critical of the ACA. And in a reflection of the post-Citizens United political landscape, spending by outside groups without any official connection to a particular organization or party accounts for almost three-fourths of all the commercials, compared to just 13 percent in 2010.
“We knew there would be heightened public awareness around the implementation of the law, and we thought it was important to go up early with a heavy effort,” said Tim Phillips, president of the Koch brother-funded group Americans for Prosperity (AFP), in an interview with Bloomberg.
AFP has run the most anti-Obamacare ads of any political group by a large margin, targeting vulnerable Democrats who are up for re-election, such as Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA). The organization’s spots play up misleading “horror stories” related to the health law, such as Americans who have had their insurance policies cancelled or seen their premiums spike. But the ads’ content tends to range from exaggeration to outright misinformation — and AFP has even been caught hiring paid actors to play the roles of “real” local residents.
I’m tired of men who insert themselves into feminist spaces with claims of hurt feelings. I’m tired of men who somehow manage to make every issue about them. I’m tired of men like the one who recently stopped by a friend’s Facebook thread in order to call feminism “cunty,” then lecture the women involved for not being more polite in their responses to him. I’m tired of men telling me that my understanding of feminism and rape culture are wrong, as if these aren’t things that I have studied intensely. I’m tired of men who claim to be feminist allies, then abuse that position to their own advantage. I’m so fucking exhausted by the fact that I know that I will have to, at some point in this piece, mention that I understand that not all men are like that. I will have to note that some men are good allies. And those things are true! And all of you good allies get cookies! But honestly I’m tired of handing out cookies to people just because they’re being decent fucking human beings.
I spoke today on a panel about rape culture, and while the whole experience was fucking fantastic, I was totally disheartened by how many of the other presenters went out of their way to convince the men in the room that rape culture affected them, too. The phrase “rape culture isn’t a women’s issue, it’s a everyone’s issue” kept coming up, and though I understand why it could be valuable to frame it that way, the rationale behind that makes me kind of sick. Because if rape culture is a woman’s issue, then it’s not as important to men. I mean, not as much as an issue that affects men directly.
Men should not care about rape culture because it might hurt them; men should care about rape culture because women are people, too.
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Eight companies—including General Motors, Johnson & Johnson, and Gap—did not answer the reporter’s repeated emails, phone calls, and social-media queries over the course of several weeks. Nine other companies—including Chrysler, McKinsey & Co., and Citigroup—responded only to say they would not comment. Eleven companies—including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Ford—claimed that they do not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, but they don’t provide health insurance to same-sex partners, either. Along the way, the reporter unearthed the Russian version of Coca- Cola’s statement issued last summer in response to Queer Nation’s protests against its sponsorship of the Sochi Olympics—it omitted all references to LGBT people and issues. (And yes, that means it made virtually no sense in Russian.) Only six of the 34 companies contacted said they provide health insurance to same-sex partners; these were Nike, Deutsche Bank, Dell, Boston Consulting Group, Disney, and Google.
A Houston man arrested in the murder of his daughter and her girlfriend was “not happy” about the couple’s lesbian relationship, according to a spokesman for the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office.
James Larry Cosby, 46, was arrested Wednesday night and charged with two counts of tampering with evidence in the deaths of his daughter, Britney Cosby, and her girlfriend of two years, Crystal Jackson. Authorities say the charges against James Cosby could be upgraded to capital murder. The bodies of Britney Cosby and Jackson, both 24, were found beside a Dumpster in Port Bolivar, near Galveston, last Friday.