Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Jonathan Pollard, Spy for Israel, to Be Released on Parole in November - The New York Times

Jonathan Pollard, Spy for Israel, to Be Released on Parole in November - The New York Times:



"WASHINGTON — Jonathan J. Pollard, who was sentenced to life in prison in 1985 for passing classified documents to the Israeli government, will be released on parole in November after 30 years in prison, a government panel decided on Tuesday."



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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Lynch Says Death in Custody Highlights Fears Among Blacks - The New York Times

Lynch Says Death in Custody Highlights Fears Among Blacks - The New York Times:



"WASHINGTON — Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch said Sunday that the recent arrest and death of a black woman while in police custody in Texas was bringing renewed attention to the fear and anger that characterize the relationship of blacks with the police."



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At Sandra Bland Funeral, Mourning a Life Cut Short in Texas - The New York Times

At Sandra Bland Funeral, Mourning a Life Cut Short in Texas - The New York Times:



 "LISLE, Ill. — Hundreds of mourners gathered Saturday at the suburban Chicago church that Sandra Bland attended for many of her 28 years, turning out in such numbers that even the overflow viewing room ran out of chairs. From the pulpit, relatives and friends recounted happy memories of Ms. Bland’s faith and social activism, and restated their belief that her death in a Texas jail was no suicide."



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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Uber and the New Liberal Consensus - The New York Times

Uber and the New Liberal Consensus - The New York Times: "



You might not have thought that a taxi service would move onto center stage in our great political debates. But Uber actually is looking like a surprisingly important political issue. Why?"



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Greece, the Sacrificial Lamb - The New York Times

Greece, the Sacrificial Lamb - The New York Times:



 "ATHENS — AS the Greek crisis proceeds to its next stage, Germany, Greece and the triumvirate of the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and the European Commission (now better known as the troika) have all faced serious criticism. While there is plenty of blame to share, we shouldn’t lose sight of what is really going on. I’ve been watching this Greek tragedy closely for five years, engaged with those on all sides. Having spent the last week in Athens talking to ordinary citizens, young and old, as well as current and past officials, I’ve come to the view that this is about far more than just Greece and the euro."



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Judge Orders Release of Immigrant Children Detained by U.S. - The New York Times

Judge Orders Release of Immigrant Children Detained by U.S. - The New York Times:



"A federal judge in California has ruled that the Obama administration’s detention of children and their mothers who were caught crossing the border illegally is a serious violation of a longstanding court settlement, and that the families should be released as quickly as possible."



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For Ransom, Bitcoin Replaces the Bag of Bills - The New York Times

For Ransom, Bitcoin Replaces the Bag of Bills - The New York Times:



"In the old days, criminals liked their ransom payments in briefcases full of unmarked bills."



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Friday, July 24, 2015

Obama Arrives in Kenya, on Personal and Official Journey - The New York Times

Obama Arrives in Kenya, on Personal and Official Journey - The New York Times:



"NAIROBI, Kenya — President Obama arrived on Friday in Kenya, his father’s home country, for the start of a four-day swing through East Africa, combining a personal journey with a geopolitical mission that reinforces a shared campaign against Islamist extremism while wrestling with tough messages about democracy and gay rights."



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Chicago’s Plan to Change Pension Benefits Ruled Unconstitutional - The New York Times

Chicago’s Plan to Change Pension Benefits Ruled Unconstitutional - The New York Times:



"A judge in Chicago ruled on Friday that a plan to change city workers’ pensions was unconstitutional in a case being closely watched for its effect on the city’s uncertain finances."



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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Turkey to Allow Use of Key Air Base for U.S. Warplanes to Bomb ISIS - The New York Times

Turkey to Allow Use of Key Air Base for U.S. Warplanes to Bomb ISIS - The New York Times:



"AMMAN, Jordan — The United States and Turkey have reached an agreement in which manned and unmanned American warplanes will carry out airstrikes against the Islamic State from Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey, near the Syrian border, Obama administration officials said Thursday."



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The Fundamental Way That Universities Are an Illusion - The New York Times

The Fundamental Way That Universities Are an Illusion - The New York Times:



"To understand the failures of the modern American college system — from admissions marketing to graduation rates — you can begin with a notorious university football scandal."



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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Most Undocumented Immigrants Will Stay Under Obama’s New Policies, Report Says - The New York Times

Most Undocumented Immigrants Will Stay Under Obama’s New Policies, Report Says - The New York Times:



 "Under new immigration enforcement programs the Obama administration is putting in place across the country, the vast majority of unauthorized immigrants — up to 87 percent — would not be the focus of deportation operations and would have “a degree of protection” to remain in the United States, according to a report published Thursday by the Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan research group in Washington."



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University of California System Set to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour - The New York Times

University of California System Set to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour - The New York Times:



"LOS ANGELES — The University of California system will raise the minimum wage for its employees and contract workers to $15 an hour, university officials announced on Wednesday, the latest in a string of recent victories for labor leaders here who have fought to increase workers’ pay."



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New York Acts to Mandate $15 Minimum Wage in Fast Food - The New York Times

New York Acts to Mandate $15 Minimum Wage in Fast Food - The New York Times:



 "The labor protest movement that fast-food workers in New York City set off nearly four years ago has led to higher wages for workers all over the country. On Wednesday, it finally paid off for the people who started it."



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Apple Profit Up 38%, but iPhone Sales Disappoint Wall Street - The New York Times

Apple Profit Up 38%, but iPhone Sales Disappoint Wall Street - The New York Times:



 "Even when Apple jumps, investors wonder why the company can’t jump a bit higher."



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Dr. Seuss Book: Yes, They Found It in a Box - The New York Times

Dr. Seuss Book: Yes, They Found It in a Box - The New York Times:



 "After Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, died in 1991, his widow, Audrey Geisel, decided to renovate their hilltop house in La Jolla, Calif. She and an assistant cleared out his office, donating most of his valuable illustrations and early drafts to the University of California, San Diego, and stashing some doodles and abandoned sketches in a box."



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Quran Fragments, Said to Date From Time of Muhammad, Are Found in Britain - The New York Times

Quran Fragments, Said to Date From Time of Muhammad, Are Found in Britain - The New York Times:



"LONDON — Fragments of what researchers say are part of one of the world’s oldest manuscripts of the Quran have been found at the University of Birmingham, the school said on Wednesday."



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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Officers Arrested in 1986 Burning Death of U.S. Student in Chile - The New York Times

Officers Arrested in 1986 Burning Death of U.S. Student in Chile - The New York Times:



 "SANTIAGO, Chile — A judge on Tuesday ordered the arrest of two former army officers and five former noncommissioned officers accused in the 1986 killing of Rodrigo Rojas, a United States resident, and the serious injury of a young woman. The two were set on fire by members of three military patrols during a protest in Santiago."



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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Windows 10 Signifies Microsoft’s Shift in Strategy - The New York Times

Windows 10 Signifies Microsoft’s Shift in Strategy - The New York Times:



 "SEATTLE — Next week, when Microsoft releases Windows 10, the latest version of the company’s operating system, the software will offer a mix of the familiar and new to the people who run earlier versions of it on more than 1.5 billion computers and other devices."



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As U.S. and Cuba Relations Warm, Property Claims Issue Is Revived - The New York Times

As U.S. and Cuba Relations Warm, Property Claims Issue Is Revived - The New York Times:



"WASHINGTON — When Amy Rosoff’s parents boarded a ferry from Cuba to Key West, Fla., in April 1961, they took only the clothes they could carry and a wedding band and diamond engagement ring, smuggled in a bundle of her brother’s cloth diapers that her mother had stained brown with vanilla to deter communist soldiers from searching them."



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Our Racial Moment of Truth - The New York Times

Our Racial Moment of Truth - The New York Times:



"FOR as long as many Americans have been alive, the Confederate flag stood watch at the South Carolina capitol, and Atticus Finch, moral guardian-father-redeemer, was arguably the most beloved hero in American literature."



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Friday, July 17, 2015

Convictions Prove Elusive in ‘London Whale’ Trading Case - The New York Times

Convictions Prove Elusive in ‘London Whale’ Trading Case - The New York Times:



"The case of the London Whale has ended — with a whimper."



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Liberals and Wages - The New York Times

Liberals and Wages - The New York Times:



"Hillary Clinton gave her first big economic speech on Monday, and progressives were by and large gratified. For Mrs. Clinton’s core message was that the federal government can and should use its influence to push for higher wages."



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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

An Unsustainable Position - The New York Times

An Unsustainable Position - The New York Times:



"Everyone is talking about the IMF’s new update to its debt sustainability analysis, which says that Greece’s attempt to surrender is doomed to failure without massive debt relief. That’s surely the right conclusion.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Joan Sebastian, Mexican Singer and Songwriter, Is Dead at 64 - The New York Times

Joan Sebastian, Mexican Singer and Songwriter, Is Dead at 64 - The New York Times:



"Joan Sebastian, a Mexican singer and songwriter whose sultry ballads won a total of 11 Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards and made him one of the top-selling Latin musicians, died on Monday at his ranch in Juliantla, Mexico. He was 64."



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Monday, July 13, 2015

Eric Garner Case Is Settled by New York City for $5.9 Million - The New York Times

Eric Garner Case Is Settled by New York City for $5.9 Million - The New York Times:



"New York City reached a settlement on Monday with the family of Eric Garner, agreeing to pay $5.9 million to resolve the claim over his killing by the police last July on Staten Island, according to a lawyer representing the family."



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Saturday, July 11, 2015

The Bernie Sanders Moment - The New York Times

The Bernie Sanders Moment - The New York Times:



"THE white-haired politician stands before 10,000 cheering supporters in Madison, Wis., and calls for “political revolution,” denouncing a “rigged economy” that produces “a grotesque level of inequality,” returning to a theme that ’60s radicals have long been trumpeting."



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Thursday, July 9, 2015

South Carolina:

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Confederate battle flag that has flown at the South Carolina State House for more than 50 years will soon be gone after lawmakers capped a tension-filled session early on Thursday and voted to remove it from the grounds of the State Capitol.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Market’s Dive Could Delay Economic Reforms in China - The New York Times

Market’s Dive Could Delay Economic Reforms in China - The New York Times:



 "HONG KONG — China’s stock market tumble has presented the government of President Xi Jinping with a searing test of its commitment to overhaul the country’s financial system and open up the state-controlled economy."



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Greece Said to Delay Offering New Plan on Debt - The New York Times

Greece Said to Delay Offering New Plan on Debt - The New York Times:



"BRUSSELS — Greece’s newly installed finance minister arrived here at a crucial meeting of his eurozone peers on Tuesday without the new bailout proposal the group had expected to receive."



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Monday, July 6, 2015

Greek ‘No’ May Have Its Roots in Heroic Myths and Real Resistance - The New York Times

Greek ‘No’ May Have Its Roots in Heroic Myths and Real Resistance - The New York Times:



"ATHENS — In the early 1800s, Greek fighters rebelled against their Ottoman overlord by blowing themselves up instead of submitting to captivity. In the mountains of Zalongo, by legend, women flung their children off a cliff and then danced off after them rather than be sold as slaves."



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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Women’s World Cup: United States Defeats Japan to Win Third Title - The New York Times

Women’s World Cup: United States Defeats Japan to Win Third Title - The New York Times:



"VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The Women’s World Cup quickly built from uncertainty to predatory dependability for midfielder Carli Lloyd, then concluded Sunday in a display of startling deliverance."



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Saturday, July 4, 2015

U.S. Celebrates July 4 With Parades, Hot Dogs, Cold Beer - The New York Times

U.S. Celebrates July 4 With Parades, Hot Dogs, Cold Beer - The New York Times:



 "Parades, fireworks, naturalization ceremonies, eating contests and music ushered in the Fourth of July as the United States marked 239 years as an independent nation on Saturday. Here were some highlights of Independence Day celebrations:"



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Friday, July 3, 2015

Charleston Suspect Was in Contact With Supremacists, Officials Say - The New York Times

Charleston Suspect Was in Contact With Supremacists, Officials Say - The New York Times:



"WASHINGTON — Federal and local authorities have found that the man charged in the shooting deaths of nine black people in a South Carolina church last month had been in contact with white supremacists online, although it does not appear they encouraged him to carry out the massacre, according to law enforcement officials."



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Obama Plans Broader Use of Clemency to Free Nonviolent Drug Offenders - The New York Times

Obama Plans Broader Use of Clemency to Free Nonviolent Drug Offenders - The New York Times:



"WASHINGTON — Sometime in the next few weeks, aides expect President Obama to issue orders freeing dozens of federal prisoners locked up on nonviolent drug offenses. With the stroke of his pen, he will probably commute more sentences at one time than any president has in nearly half a century."



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Despair and Anger as Puerto Ricans Cope With Debt Crisis - The New York Times

Despair and Anger as Puerto Ricans Cope With Debt Crisis - The New York Times:



 "SAN JUAN, P.R. — It’s the lunch hour at Baker’s Bakery, a fixture in Río Piedras, one of Puerto Rico’s oldest neighborhoods, but the bustle at the counter is long gone. The front door opens and shuts only a few times an hour as customers, holding tighter than ever to their money, judiciously pick up some sugar-sprinkled pastries and a café con leche."



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Bernie Sanders’s Revolutionary Roots Were Nurtured in ’60s Vermont - The New York Times

Bernie Sanders’s Revolutionary Roots Were Nurtured in ’60s Vermont - The New York Times:



"BURLINGTON, Vt. — When he came to Vermont in the late 1960s to help plan the upending of the old social order, the future presidential candidate Bernie Sanders brought with him the belief that the United States was starkly divided into two groups: the establishment and the revolutionaries. He was a revolutionary."



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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Pea Guacamole Defenders Step Up - The New York Times

Pea Guacamole Defenders Step Up - The New York Times:



 "The Times on Wednesday posted to Twitter a pea-laden guacamole recipe that enraged the Internet, generated countless pea puns and drew the criticism of a sitting president."



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Bernie Sanders Raises $15 Million From a Wide Donor Base - First Draft. Political News, Now. - The New York Times

Bernie Sanders Raises $15 Million From a Wide Donor Base - First Draft. Political News, Now. - The New York Times:



"Senator Bernie Sanders, the liberal Vermont senator who has been rising in recent polls in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, raised $15 million in the last two months, his aides said."



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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

What Would Thucydides Say About the Crisis in Greece? - The New York Times

What Would Thucydides Say About the Crisis in Greece? - The New York Times:



"A FOREIGN delegation representing a powerful alliance confronts a small Mediterranean country with an ultimatum. Either join our alliance, pay ruinous dues and cede your national sovereignty, or you will be destroyed. Unwilling to allow the delegation to present its case to their fellow citizens, the country’s political elite tries to buy time. But appeals to reason, pragmatism and common decency fail to budge the visitors. When the elite finally replies that it is not prepared to surrender its nation’s freedom, the delegation withdraws and, true to its threat, crushes the rebellious country."



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Illinois Not Alone in Struggling to Pass a State Budget - The New York Times

Illinois Not Alone in Struggling to Pass a State Budget - The New York Times:



"CHICAGO — As a new fiscal year opened on Wednesday, Illinois’s leaders had no state budget, no hint of an agreement on the horizon, and no consensus about what all of it will mean for services to residents and for paying public employees and state contractors."



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