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Why the Iran sanctions fight is a big deal

BY JEREMY DIAMOND, CNN

 President Barack Obama delivered a bold and blunt message during his State of the Union address to members of Congress looking to hang new sanctions over Iran's head: Keep. Out. It's a message world leaders and diplomats working with the U.S. to wrangle Iran into relinquishing its nuclear weapons program have echoed. But none of that is…

Supreme Court Meets In Closed Conference To Decide On Hearing Same-Sex Marriage Cases From Several States

Will the Supreme Court Demolish an Iconic Civil Rights Law?

BY DENNIS D. PARKER, THE HUFFINGTON POST

We began this week by celebrating the 85th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birth, but today the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in an important case that could knock down a crucial racial and economic pillar of justice built during the civil rights movement. The nine justices will consider the extent to which…

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U.S., Cuba begin historic talks on restoring diplomatic ties

BY LESLEY WROUGHTON AND DANIEL TROTTA, REUTERS

The United States and Cuba held historic discussions on restoring diplomatic relations on Thursday, aiming to reach agreement on the opening of embassies in each other's countries as a step toward ending five decades of bitterness. The first session of the meeting, led by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson and Josefina Vidal, director of…

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Ukraine bus attack kills 10 as airport battle worsens

BY RICHARD BALMFORTH, REUTERS

A passenger bus came under heavy fire in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, killing at least 10 people, Ukrainian authorities said, and fighting intensified around the international airport in the city of Donetsk as separatists tried to oust government forces. The latest violence flared after Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany scrapped plans for a summit in Kazakhstan this week because of the failure…

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“Selma” – Human Rights at Home

BY GAY MCDOUGALL, GUEST BLOG

The recently released film “Selma” attempts a deep-dive inquiry into one of the most pivotal series of events in modern American history. The movie is both ambitious and focused. In a little over two hours, it recalls the aspirations, courage and irrational brutality of an era that was so recent but yet nearly forgotten. I…

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Array of world leaders joins 3.7 million in France to defy terrorism

BY ASHLEY FANTZ, CNN

At least 3.7 million people, including world leaders, marched in anti-terrorism rallies in Paris and elsewhere in France on Sunday, French officials said, calling the massive gathering in the nation's capital the largest in France's history. The day was emotional and peaceful, a gesture of unity just days after Islamic extremists slaughtered 17 people. World…

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Sony hack casts shadow over 2015 cyber outlook

BY JOSEPH MARKS, POLITICO

If there’s one word that will describe international cyberspace in 2015, it’s this: More. Looking to the year ahead, cyber watchers predict more nation state and non-nation state threat actors, a more complex web of interrelated hacking groups and more sophisticated, targeted attacks. There also may be more breakdown of the traditional boundaries and motivational…

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Mario Cuomo’s Shadow

BY BEN SMITH, BUZZFEED

A few years ago, a top New York political operative challenged me to a guessing game: Whose endorsement, he asked, was the most sought-after for candidates trying to reach the liberal voters who dominate New York City Democratic politics? I guessed Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Ed Koch, David Dinkins, Chuck Schumer, and the other obvious…

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Japan and South Korea Vow to Share Intelligence About North via the U.S.

BY MARTIN FACKLER, NEW YORK TIMES

SEOUL, South Korea — Japan and South Korea on Monday pledged for the first time to share military intelligence about North Korean weapons programs, in a three-way pact with the United States that Washington hopes will improve cooperation between its mutually estranged Asian allies. Defense analysts called the agreement a small but symbolic breakthrough because…

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TCG Wrap-Up: Google’ Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, Brings Silicon Valley Vision to The Common Good

BY SERENA SHARMA, THE COMMON GOOD

Wednesday, December 17, NYC - BY Serena Sharma Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt briefed TCG members on his optimistic view of the economy, the future of the internet, and, yes, the probability of self-driven cars in NYC.  The event took place in the elegant living room overlooking Central Park of another giant of industry - real…

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Here’s What’s Happening at Obama’s End of Year News Conference

BY NATIONAL JOURNAL STAFF, NATIONAL JOURNAL

December 19, 2014 Last year, President Obama's end of year press conference began with a sharp question: "Was this the worst year of your presidency?" One year later, at his presser before departing for Hawaii, Obama shouldn't be expecting much better. It's been a taxing political year for the president. His party lost control of…

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Why the Pakistani Taliban’s war on children keeps on going

BY ISHAAN THAROOR, THE WASHINGTON POST

A horrific attack on a military-run high school in Peshawar, Pakistan, has killed at least 141 people, 132 of whom were children and teenagers attending the academy. The slaughter, carried out by six Taliban terrorists, is the single worst terror attack in the country's history and one of the most brutal assaults on a school anywhere. Even in conflict-ravaged…

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