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To Hamas or Not to Hamas? Netanyahu's Prison Vision for Gaza.

 To Hamas or Not to Hamas? Netanyahu's Prison Vision for Gaza.
The context: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu refused for years to negotiate with the Palestinians until they had a unified government, even when their leader was willing to discuss a two state solution. Then a government did coalesce...but it happened to be the often loathsome Hamas. Netanyahu refused again. Then the Israeli teenagers were kidnapped by members of Hamas. This is the never-ending proof that Benjamin Netanyahu was never serious about the peace process between Israel and Palestine.
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By Golly, Gun Culture in Missouri Is Getting Extreme

By Golly, Gun Culture in Missouri Is Getting Extreme
Numbers tell stories. Based on statistics from 2010, "24/7 Wall St." ranked Missouri eighth for overall gun violence. Missouri had 14 gun injury deaths per each 100,000 people — only 11 states had a higher rate. The story these numbers tell isn't surprising. Almost all of these states are poor, Southern or Western and deep red or getting redder. Missouri isn't quite as poor or — maybe — as red as some, but given the inclinations of the Republicans who run our legislature, we'll soon be charter members of the hard-scrabble, hand-to-mouth, red-state contingent.
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US Working on Case Against Russia for Shooting Down Malaysian Flight

US Working on Case Against Russia for Shooting Down Malaysian Flight
"A buildup of extraordinary circumstantial evidence ... it's powerful here," said Secretary of State John Kerry, a former prosecutor, and it holds Russian-supported rebels in eastern Ukraine responsible for shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, with the Kremlin complicit in the deaths of nearly 300 passengers and crew members. "This is the moment of truth for Russia," said Kerry, leveling some of Washington's harshest criticism of Moscow since the crisis in Ukraine began.
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Our Roads and Bridges Won't Survive Tea Party Politics Much Longer

 Our Roads and Bridges Won't Survive Tea Party Politics Much Longer
President Obama’s announcement Thursday of an executive order that would facilitate public-private partnerships for transportation projects is the latest in a years-long series of efforts to coax more private sector funding for public goods. One benefit these deals offer is a way for politicians to dodge tough choices about how to pay for the transportation network the public uses. But they are no panacea.
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Simple Math: States With Higher Minimum Wages Gain More Jobs

Simple Math: States With Higher Minimum Wages Gain More Jobs
Maybe a higher minimum wage isn't so bad for job growth after all. The 13 U.S. states that raised their minimum wages at the beginning of this year are adding jobs at a faster pace than those that did not, providing some counter-intuitive fuel to the debate over what impact a higher minimum has on hiring trends.
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Austerity Economics Walking US Prosperity Off a Cliff

Austerity Economics Walking US Prosperity Off a Cliff
The 'economics of austerity'—which includes the continued Republican argument that government spending is a drain on both employment figures and economic growth and must be constantly curtailed—is killing the prospect of improved U.S. prosperity.
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Loan 'Em If Ya Got 'Em: House Says OK to Banks, Pot Provider Relations

Loan 'Em If Ya Got 'Em: House Says OK to Banks, Pot Provider Relations
The House voted Wednesday in support of making it easier for banks to do business with legal pot shops and providers of medical marijuana.
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As Ukraine Crisis Escalates, Obama Ups the Pressure on Putin

As Ukraine Crisis Escalates, Obama Ups the Pressure on Putin
Struggling to defuse the persistent crisis in Ukraine, both the U.S. and European Union imposed new economic sanctions on Russia Wednesday, with President Barack Obama declaring that Russian leaders must see that their actions supporting rebels "have consequences."
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Fox in the Henhouse: NY Gov Lets Mortgage Lobbyist Police Subprime Scandal

Fox in the Henhouse: NY Gov Lets Mortgage Lobbyist Police Subprime Scandal
New York's Governor, Andrew Cuomo, has brought on a banking industry lobbyist as his chief policer of the banks that brought on the subprime crisis that tanked the nation's economy. Methinks he might go a little light on his banking buddies.
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Four More Children Killed in Gaza as Israel Ground Invasion Looms

Four More Children Killed in Gaza as Israel Ground Invasion Looms
Four children were killed in Gaza City on Wednesday by Israeli shelling, according to reports, the latest civilian victims of a military assault on the sealed-off Palestinian territory that has lasted more than a week.
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