Breaking…Malaysia Airlines plane down over Ukraine…

Rebel spokesmen denied responsibility, shifting blame to the Ukrainian government forces. The Ukrainian government said it had nothing to do with downing the plane.

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Breaking…There will be NO LIRR Strike…..

A STRIKE HAS BEEN AVERTED! A tentative agreement has been reached.

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Obama new sanction’s rattle the Russians….

Previous rounds of sanctions had targeted individuals close to the Kremlin in an attempt to influence the escalating separatist conflict in Ukraine, which U.S. officials have said Russia is fueling with weaponry and support. Until now, the impact of sanctions on ordinary Russian citizens had been relatively diffuse. But the new restrictions on long-term borrowing by two major banks and two of Russia’s largest energy companies could fuel a broader slowdown in Russia’s economy.

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Can the Republicans ACTUALLY win the Senate?

In an election where the big-picture fundamentals seem to be pointing their way, Republicans have some obscure but relevant history to overcome…..

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Comparing the November Senate Races…July 2014

The 2014 US Senate Races forecasts….July 2014

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McDaniel will challenge Mississippi GOP Senate runoff vote….

Lawyers for Chris McDaniel say they expect to file a challenge of McDaniel’s June 24 GOP runoff loss to incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran within the next 10 days.

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President Obama Cares…But his Leadership?..Poll

Most Americans think President Barack Obama is empathetic and trustworthy but not a strong leader, a new poll finds.

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Julian Assange is STILL a wanted Man…..

A Swedish court has ruled that an arrest warrant against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on charges of sexual assault will stay in place.

Mr Assange, who denies the allegations, has sought refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London for the past two years to avoid extradition……

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The US starts new sanctions against Russia….

The new U.S. sanctions against Russia came as European Union leaders unveiled their own list of more modest measures that cut European investment in Russia and set the stage for possible further action in the coming weeks….

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THE COLD WAR : AN INTERNATIONAL HISTORY..Book Review

The book is about three hundred pages and is divided into chapters reflecting the highlights of the era.It is a political history ,with only glancing references to contemporaneous cultural or popular happenings.

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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest 7/16/14…McDaniel backers want him to fight to the bitter end and beyond

Fully 81 percent of McDaniel backers, who are furious that black Democrats crossed over to support Sen. Thad Cochran, think he rightfully won the runoff, while just 10 percent accept Cochran’s victory. And 63 percent say he should forge ahead with his legal challenges, while just 28 percent say he should concede.

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Political Roundup for July 16, 2014…Warren does her thing in the South…Red Racing Horses…

WV-Sen, KY-Sen: Red-state Dems are showing surprising affection for Elizabeth Warren. Basically the calculation seems to be that they need to throw a little red meat to the base to get cash, and using Warren is a way to do so without the more mainstream voters in their states knowing or understanding what is going on.

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Israel and Hamas going at it is bound to drag the US into things politically…

But a broader Israeli operation and an attendant spike in Palestinian casualties could quickly add pressure on the Obama administration to demand an end to the assault, whether heeded or not by an Israeli government with a historically uneasy relationship with President Obama….

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel catches a break….

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle declared Tuesday that she won’t run for mayor, leaving union and community groups angry over Chicago’s violent crime, school closings and teetering finances searching for a credible candidate to take on Mayor Rahm Emanuel next year…..

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Some Polling numbers for 7/16/14….Colorado Gov, NH Senate and Iowa Senate Races…

.Colorado Gov, NH Senate and Iowa Senate Races

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Maryland Gov O’Malley says no border children should be sent to his state for processing…

This only inflamed tensions between the White House and the Democratic governor who’s been trying to stake out room on the left for a possible presidential run.

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