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United Nations Begins Humanitarian Aid action for Iraq

Citing “immense” humanitarian challenges in Iraq, the agency is coordinating an effort to deliver aid by air, land and sea to more than half a million people driven from their homes by fighting in recent weeks.

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President Obama has NO reason to go to Ferguson….

On Monday, ABC’s Ann Compton asked President Obama whether he would visit Ferguson, Mo., amid the continued unrest. Obama didn’t give a firm answer, but he did suggest it’s probably not a good idea.

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Grand Jury to get New York City Police Chokehold Case

The Staten Island district attorney will open a grand jury investigation into the death of Eric Garner, who died during an encounter with plainclothes police officers last month.

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Another night of protests…Another night of tear gas and arrests….Update 8/19/14 AM

Race IS an issue in America….

It isn’t going away….

But peaceful protest, the kind that Rev Martin Luther King led IS the way to go about it….

The nightly replay we have seen for the past week is NOT the way things will get changed no matter how angry some might be….

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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest 8/18/14…Brian Schatz comes out on top as Hawaii’s long Senate race ends

As for Schatz, he should have no problem wining the general election in November. Schatz will face former Republican state Rep. Cam Cavasso, who has fallen far short in previous bids for the seat in this heavily Democratic state. Schatz will serve out the final two years of the late Sen. Daniel Inouye’s term, and will face the voters again in 2016 if he seeks a full term as expected…..

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Political Roundup for August 18th, 2014…Sarah Palin just won’t go away?..Red Racing Horses

AK-Sen: Sarah Palin has endorsed Joe Miller for Senate. Given how unpopular Palin has become outside her Conservative base (most of which is already supporting Miller), this is probably not a big get for Miller, who is basically stuck in 3rd place in the primary after his disastrous 2010 Senate run.

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You CAN turn off Google tracking your phone….

All of this is either fine or incredibly creepy. Luckily, it’s very easy to turn off the tracking ability on your phone……

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Race and Cops….

Whether in Ferguson, Missouri or New York City, no institution in this country is as racially polarized as our criminal justice system. It’s a zero sum game, with no winners.

And the police are the face of it.

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Missouri Governor orders the National Guard to Ferguson….

The tumult that led to an intensified police crackdown began with the shootings of two civilians Sunday night and continued after protesters threw Molotov cocktails at police, Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson said.

“A Sunday that started with prayers … took a very different turn after dark,” Johnson said.
He said several businesses were vandalized or looted as peaceful protesters demonstrated against Brown’s death.

Such criminal acts were “pre-planned agitation,” not civil disobedience, he said.

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For those of you who believe ONLY the NSA spys on its friends…

Germany’s foreign intelligence agency eavesdropped on calls made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton, German magazine Der Spiegel reported Saturday.

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Apple and others will launch earphones with health and fitness sensors…..

Earphones with health and fitness sensors do continue to be a topic of interest, and other manufacturers are preparing to bring their own products to the wearables market later this year.

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Another night of protests turned violent in Ferguson….Update 8/16/14 AM

At times, the police warned, “We don’t want anyone to get hurt.”

Several protesters, as rain occasionally fell, tried to persuade others to stick with their cause amid the warnings. “It’s going to be a long war,” one young man said to another. “We need to win a few battles.”

As protesters lingered, some stores became targets for looting. Men and women could be seen racing through the aisles of a liquor store and running out with bottles of alcohol.

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The Defense Logistics Agency’s Excess Property Program….

Since its inception, the program has transferred more than $5 billion worth of defense equipment and supplies to more than 8,000 local law enforcement agencies, according to the DLA’s Disposition Services website.

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Ferguson Update 8/15/14….

[Ferguson Police Chief] Jackson says the officer who stopped Brown did not stop him in connection with the alleged robbery. Brown was stopped, Jackson says, “Because he was walking down the middle of the street blocking traffic. That was it.”

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Ukrainians say they have destroyed Russian vehicle’s entering their country

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Friday that Ukrainian forces had attacked and destroyed part of a column of Russian military vehicles on Ukrainian territory, a step that, if confirmed, would represent a significant escalation of hostilities between Ukraine and Russia.

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Texas Governor Rick Perry indicted for abuse of power charge….

The indictment is a blow to Perry just as he’s trying to rehabilitate his image after a disastrous 2012 presidential run. But he also is the third major potential White House candidate on the Republican side — the others being Govs. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Scott Walker of Wisconsin — to face legal problems at a time when no clear GOP standard-bearer has appeared in the run-up to 2016.

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