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First on CNN: U.S. officials say Russian missiles heading for Syria landed in Iran – cnn.com

A number of cruise missiles launched from a Russian ship and aimed at targets in Syria have crashed in Iran, two U.S. officials told CNN Thursday. – Barbara Starr and Jeremy Diamond

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Government

Charted: What the landmark Trans-Pacific trade deal really means – qz.com

Trade ministers from 12 Pacific rim countries, including the US, Japan, Mexico and Vietnam, came to terms Monday on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a landmark free-trade deal that’s being described as the most ambitious in a generation. What exactly does it all mean? – Tim Fernholz, Heather Timmons, David Yanofsky

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Government

Russia bombs Syrian targets for 4th day as international concerns grow – cnn.com

New day, more bombs Saturday marks the fourth day Russia has carried out airstrikes in Syria. And with every passing day, the international community raises alarms over Moscow’s intentions. In a joint statement, a coalition made up of the United States, Britain, Turkey, France, Germany, Qatar and Saudi Arabia accused Russia of attacking the Syrian opposition and civilians, instead of

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Russians Strike Targets in Syria, but Not ISIS Areas – nytimes.com

Russian aircraft carried out a bombing attack against Syrian opposition fighters on Wednesday, including at least one group trained by the C.I.A., eliciting angry protests from American officials and plunging the complex sectarian war there into dangerous new territory – HELENE COOPER, MICHAEL R. GORDON and NEIL MacFARQUHAR

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Liberal Studies

Pope Francis ditches political speech for jokes and improvised address on family – theguardian.com

It was billed as a sort of Catholic variety show, with world-class performers from Aretha Franklin to Andrea Bocelli and even a stand-up comic. Nobody thought Pope Francis would be the one doing the improv – Rory Carroll and Alan Yuhas

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Pope Francis gets political in Washington debut – cnn.com

Pope Francis immediately dove into the whirlpool of U.S. politics on Wednesday, using his first direct address to the nation to weigh in on deeply divisive issues including climate change, Cuba, marriage and immigration – Stephen Collinson

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Liberal Studies

Secret Document Shows NSA Spied on Iran U.N. Delegation in New York – nbcnews.com

The NSA will probably spy on foreign leaders like Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during the UN General Assembly in New York this week, applying a “full court press” that includes intercepting cellphone calls and bugging hotel rooms, former intelligence analysts told NBC News – ROBERT WINDREM

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Liberal Studies

China’s President Xi Jinping Pledges to Work With the U.S. to Fight Cybercrime – time.com

On Tuesday night in Seattle, China’s President Xi Jinping pledged a united front against cybercrime. Xi, who is on his first state visit to the U.S., vowed that “the Chinese government will not in whatever form engage in commercial theft” and noted that hacking “must be punished in accordance with law or relevant international treaties.” – Hannah Beech

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Government

Why Did China Devalue Its Currency? Two Big Reasons

 China’s government wants  its economy to remain on an even keel,  the renminbi, to become a pre-eminent global currency. By NEIL IRWIN,AUGUST 11, 2015. NEW YORK TIMES.

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U.S.-Philippine alliance sails on choppy waters – sandiegouniontribune.com

Subic Bay, Philippines — The plan announced recently to re-open a former U.S. naval base on the South China Sea was a complicated one for the Philippines, where a rip current of anxiety over Chinese militarization of the disputed waters is churning up national pride, economic concerns and debate over reinvigorated ties to American forces. By Gretel C. Kovach, THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE

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Under Fire: Inside the Siege of Aden – news.vice.com

  “They’re firing at us. The Houthis are firing at us.” We squatted on deck as rockets arced across the sea. It was late June, around 7am, and I was on a boat to Aden. By Medyan Dairieh

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14 Years After Decriminalizing All Drugs, Here’s What Portugal Looks Like – mic.com/articles

In 2001, the Portuguese government did something that the United States would find entirely alien. After many years of waging a fierce war on drugs, it decided to flip its strategy entirely: It decriminalized them all. By Zeeshan Aleem, Policy.MIC

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Government

Bush not a candidate? Super PAC’s spending reveals otherwise – reuters.com

The first report of Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s Super PAC, made public Friday, reveals for the first time, election lawyers say, just how much the group, Right to Rise, functioned as a kind of shadow campaign for Bush. By Michelle Conlin and Grant Smith, REUTERS

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The Republican party is tearing itself apart – businessinsider.com

When Republicans took full control of Congress this year, they were determined to show voters they could govern responsibly – ERICA WERNER AND ANDREW TAYLOR

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Obama criticised for calling Ethiopia’s government ‘democratically elected’ – theguardian.com

Barack Obama has been criticised by opposition groups and journalists in Ethiopia after referring to the country’s government as “democratically elected”, with one human rights watchdog describing the statement as “shocking” – David Smith

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HOUSE, SENATE ON COLLISION COURSE IN HIGHWAY DEBATE – apnewsarchive.com

Senators overruled heated conservative opposition Monday and added a measure reviving the federal Export-Import Bank to must-pass highway legislation. But House Republicans declared the Senate transportation bill dead on arrival – ERICA WERNER and JOAN LOWY

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Congress’ Summer Fling With Marijuana – politico.com

Last Thursday, the Appropriations Committee voted 16-14 on an amendment to allow marijuana businesses access to federal banking services, a landmark shift that will help states like Colorado, where pot is legal, fully integrate marijuana into their economies – James Higdon

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Technology

San Francisco starts using ‘pee-proof’ paint to stop public urination – cnn.com

San Francisco city officials are implementing a new “pee-proof” paint around the city to combat the persistent problem of public urination.  By Jareen Imam, CNN

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Are U.S. Sanctions on Venezuela Really About Cuba? – huffingtonpost.com

MEXICO CITY — For the last 15 years, Venezuela has been mired in crisis, characterized by wasteful government spending, rampant corruption, growing authoritarianism, relentless human-rights violations, and now economic collapse. But, beyond the occasional sharp word from the late President Hugo Chávez, the periodic expropriation of a foreign company without adequate compensation, and some minor meddling in the elections of

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US-Venezuela relations post President [Hugo] Chávez – america.aljazeera.com

Relations between the U.S. and Venezuela have soured once again. This week ties between the two countries will be discussed during a Senate hearing on Capitol Hill. On Sunday the National Assembly gave Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro the power to legislate by decree for the rest of 2015. He requested the expanded powers to counter what he sees as threats

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LA Bans Large-Capacity Gun Magazines – vice.com

The Los Angeles City Council voted today to ban firearm magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition, which have been called “the common thread “in nearly all mass-shooting tragedies in the United States. (VICE)  by Arielle Pardes, Assistant Editor

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Judge Throws Out Key Argument In Transgender Student Restroom Case – buzzfeed.com

Judge Robert Doumar dismissed arguments under Title IX, which bans discrimination on the basis of sex, in the federal case of a transgender high school student who was banned from school restrooms that correspond with his gender identity – Dominic Holden

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Cuba removed from US human trafficking list – bbc.com

The annual State Department report comes a week after Cuba and the US formally restored diplomatic relations –

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Liberal Studies

French beheading selfie posted on Twitter – telegraph.co.uk

A selfie taken by a French Islamist beside the dead body of his boss before he beheaded him has been posted on Twitter by an account linked with Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). – David Chazan

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Liberal Studies

Yes, discrimination against LGBT employees is illegal – mashable.com

In a landmark ruling that could extend new rights to LGBT Americans, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission decided this week that workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation is illegal by existing laws – Patrick Kulp

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Liberal Studies

Chattanooga shooter sent text message declaring war – telegraph.co.uk

Hours before the Tennessee shooting that killed five US servicemen, the suspected gunman texted his close friend a link to a long Islamic verse that included the line: “Whosoever shows enmity to a friend of Mine, then I have declared war against him.”

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Government

US President Barack Obama to fly to Kenya – and controversy – telegraph.co.uk

Feverish excitement ahead of the arrival on Friday night of the 44th President of the United States

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Republicans In Congress Push A Federal Evangelical License To Discriminate Law – politicususa.com

In the real world, especially the criminal justice system real world, when a person concludes that the law does not apply to them and acts accordingly they are a criminal

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Abbott Government – independentaustralia.net

There is a growing consensus that the Abbott Government is no longer fit to represent us

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Republicans fuming over UN voting on Iran deal before Congress – foxnews.com

Republican lawmakers are fuming that the Obama administration is asking the U.N. Security Council to endorse the newly struck Iran nuclear deal before Congress gets a chance to have its say

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