If Russia invades Ukraine, the timing may be determined by the situation on the ground in Moscow more than the streets of Kiev and Simferopol.

By | Feb. 27, 2014

When will we know the Russians have invaded Ukraine? We won’t. Unlike the summer of 2008 when paratroop brigades crossed the border into Georgia’s sovereign territory under the pretext of aiding the Ossetian minority, marines of the Russian Black Sea Fleet are already stationed on Ukrainian soil. The agreement between the two countries not only allows warships to be based at the port of Sevastopol, but also for Russian military vehicles to traverse the Crimean peninsula.

Ukrainian police officers guard street in front of a local government building in Simferopol, CrimeaAP

Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov did call upon the Kremlin not to allow its forces to leave the naval base, but an armored convoy had already travelled the 80 kilometers between Sevastopol and the regional capital Simferopol, stopping outside the town at a traffic police checkpoint. As it is, the Russians do not recognize Turchynov and his interim government. With perfect timing, Russian television broadcast Thursday morning the first statement by deposed president Viktor Yanukovych since he fled Kiev last weekend. The mystery of his whereabouts is over: He succeeded somehow in crossing over to Russia, which has given him sanctuary and from there he is questioning the legitimacy of those who currently – barely – hold power. Read More



HARARE, Zimbabwe –  Former U.S. Rep. Melvin Jay Reynolds, a once rising star in the Democratic Party who resigned from his seat after he was convicted of statutory rape, has been arrested in Zimbabwe on suspicion of possessing pornography, as well as on an immigration offense.


An immigration official told The Associated Press the 62-year-old former congressman from Illinois is in custody and is expected to appear in court. The Herald, a state-run newspaper in Zimbabwe, reported Reynolds was arrested Monday at a Harare hotel after he brought several Zimbabwean models and other women to his hotel room and took photos and videos. Read More


Pussy Riot repeatedly arrested and released at Sochi Olympics

February 18, 2014

The Province February 18, 2014 Members of the Russian “punk” performance group Pussy Riot were released today after several hours of questioning by police at the site of the Sochi Winter Olympics. eOnline It was apparently their third detention by authorities in as many days. I wonder what you could get better odds on: Pussy [...]

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Kerry calls climate change a weapon of mass destruction, derides skeptics

February 16, 2014

By Simon Denyer, Sunday, February 16 JAKARTA, Indonesia — Secretary of State John F. Kerry, calling climate change perhaps the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction, urged developing nations on Sunday to do more to cut greenhouse-gas emissions as he derided climate-change skeptics at home and blamed big companies for hijacking the debate. Kerry painted [...]

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Virginia ban on same-sex marriage is latest to be struck down

February 14, 2014

By Michael MuskalFebruary 14, 2014 When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, it left unresolved whether couples of the same sex had a constitutional right to marry. Other courts, especially in Virginia and Utah, are filling that vacuum, setting the stage for the top court to go [...]

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4,600-Year-Old Step Pyramid Uncovered in Egypt

February 3, 2014

By By Owen Jarus, LiveScience Contributor TORONTO — Archaeologists working near the ancient settlement of Edfu, in southern Egypt, have uncovered a step pyramid that dates back about 4,600 years, predating the Great Pyramid of Giza by at least a few decades. The step pyramid, which once stood as high as 43 feet (13 meters), [...]

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Google scores key legal victory in books lawsuit

November 15, 2013

Scott Martin, USA TODAY 5:09 p.m. EST November 14, 2013 SAN FRANCISCO — Google on Thursday landed a key legal victory against the publishing industry in what could pave the way for the search giant to continue its quest to scan the world’s books. A New York federal judge dismissed a class-action lawsuit from book [...]

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Obama to Allow Sale of Canceled Plans

November 14, 2013

WASHINGTON November 14, 2013 (AP) By DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama intends to permit continued sale of individual insurance plans that have been canceled because they failed to meet coverage standards under the health care law, officials said Thursday. The decision was designed to ease the impact on millions [...]

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White House pledges another ObamaCare fix, as Clinton critiques rollout

November 12, 2013

Published November 12, 2013 FoxNews.com Photo by ExecutivePrep.org A blunt critique from Bill Clinton on President Obama’s handling of the rocky ObamaCare rollout is prompting the White House to pledge another set of health law fixes — though in doing so, it could inadvertently build the case for those calling for a delay in the [...]

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Barack Obama Blogs About Discrimination for the Huffington Post

November 4, 2013

Abby Ohlheiser Nov 3, 2013 Barack Obama: President of the United States, and Huffington Post blogger. In a post on Sunday night, Obama made the case for Congress to finally pass ENDA, otherwise known as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. The measure would protect gay and transgender employees from discrimination on the basis of their orientation or gender [...]

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