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  1. November 9, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Iran – EU presser live here: http://weplaylive.tv/world-news-stream/

    But, it seems to have just broken up.

  2. 6 hopefruit2
    November 9, 2013 at 7:09 pm

  3. 10 hopefruit2
    November 9, 2013 at 7:10 pm

  4. November 9, 2013 at 7:11 pm

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    But the implications of the struggle extend well beyond even this court. The loose architecture of the constitution turns out to leave wide gaps where the relative power of the two branches is undefined. The debt-ceiling showdown was one such gap: Does this power to destroy the world economy grant Congress the right to force the president to accept unrequited concession? Advice and consent is another such gap. The custom has been to allow the president to nominate at least somewhat friendly judges. But mere custom has taken the place of settled law. There’s no formal rule forcing the opposing party to confirm the president’s appointments for anything. There probably ought to be some mechanism preventing the majority from appointing hacks and wild ideologues, but if no such mechanism can be arranged, the system will default to the parties using their formal power to the maximum extent.
    Or consider the implication lying just down the line.

    We may assume that another Supreme Court vacancy would result in the confirmation of a mainstream judge in the president’s broad ideological mold. But if one of the five Republican-appointed justices were to fall ill or suddenly retire, would Republicans really allow Obama to replace him with another Elena Kagan or Sonia Sotomayor? We believe that the Senate would yield because that’s simply the way things have always been done. But in the Obama era, the way things have always been done has not turned out to be a reliable guide.

  5. November 9, 2013 at 7:13 pm


    Breathless coverage of the revelations that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been tracking allied foreign leaders aside, spying on allies — even friendly ones — is nothing new in international politics. In the mid-sixteenth century, the pious King Philip II of Spain and the pope kept tabs on each other as they prepared for the sailing of the Spanish Armada against Britain. The reason? The pope thought the king indecisive, and the king believed that the pope was hedging his bets.

    Centuries later, in early 1917, the British government wanted the United States, then neutral, to enter World War I on its side. According to Keith Jeffery, the official historian of MI6, London’s intelligence service, the British used a “whole range” of overt and clandestine methods to gather intelligence and run influence operations. For example, thanks to its secret surveillance of a U.S. transatlantic cable, MI6 learned of a German plot to win Mexico’s allegiance by promising the country a chunk of U.S. territory. Masking its source, MI6 delivered the alarming news to U.S. President Woodrow Wilson and thus nudged the United States toward a declaration of war.

    Friends don’t just tap friends’ phones and read their mail. In one particularly notorious case, the Israeli government bought sensitive intelligence from a U.S. analyst, Jonathan Pollard, who received a life sentence for espionage in 1987. Despite appeals from the highest levels in Tel Aviv, Pollard remains in a North Carolina prison. Meanwhile, in 2003, the United States was caught spying in Italy because it wanted to render a terrorist out of the country. The Italians were not amused and, in 2009, convicted the American station chief and 22 others. To catch the operatives, Italian law enforcement had monitored the cell phones of a friendly intelligence service.

  6. November 9, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    LL, LP, everyone … am keeping the BBC world news stream running, and for now they are doing a report on economic development in Africa and have not gone back to Geneva for SOS Kerry’s presser. Checked AJ English and they aren’t streaming it. Any other links we should check?

  7. November 9, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Holy S**T, this script would be tossed out of any Hollywood studio. Can’t make this up!!!

    Vice Adm. Ted “Twig” Branch, the service’s top intelligence officer, and Rear Adm. Bruce F. Loveless, the Navy’s director of intelligence operations, were placed on leave Friday, and their access to classified material was suspended, the Navy said in a statement.

    Prosecutors from the U.S. attorney’s office in San Diego have charged the two Navy commanders with passing classified information about ship and submarine movements to Leonard Glenn Francis, a Malaysian national and the chief executive of Glenn Defense Marine. Navy contracting officials raised suspicions about Francis — who is known as “Fat Leonard” in Navy circles because of his imposing girth — as far back as 2005. But prosecutors allege he was able to dodge scrutiny by bribing Navy officers and the NCIS agent for inside information about law enforcement probes and contract audits.

    To recruit the moles, Francis plied the officers with female escorts, cash, paid travel and other perks, including tickets to a Lady Gaga concert in Thailand and a performance of “The Lion King” in Japan, according to court records.

  8. November 9, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Thank yoooooou UT, they’re flippin’ hilarious!

    So the French screwed up any hopes of a deal with Iran tonight? 🙄

  9. 27 utaustinliberal
    November 9, 2013 at 7:28 pm

  10. November 9, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Steven Witkoff, chairman of The Witkoff Group, a real estate developer that owns landmark New York buildings like the Woolworth tower, believes the plan is one New York’s business leaders could be persuaded to embrace.

    “If you listen to the way he asks for it, it’s completely responsible. He says I’d like people who have done really well out there to help and pay their fair share for those who need more help,” said Witkoff, citing his Bronx upbringing and New York public school education. “If I had a surcharge and it cost me $1,500 to $2,000 a year in tax for there to be this program for an early start, I think that’s a home run,” he said. “If you live in this town, how do you not want to pay more tax for early education prospects for New York City kids?”

  11. 29 hopefruit2
    November 9, 2013 at 7:29 pm

  12. November 9, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    BT’s need to cash in my Monoply card for this thread…… in WP Moderation. TY

    Hawaii’s state house passed the senate bill late last night. Abecrombie will sign it. BIG week for Equal Rights. ENDA, IL, now HI 🙂

  13. November 9, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Serious snark ….

  14. November 9, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Current status of SOS Kerry’s presser …

  15. 33 zekke Lydonna
    November 9, 2013 at 7:40 pm

  16. November 9, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    So this weekend I’m using unfollowers.me to make a purge of my Twitter list. I’ll need Manhattans to see me through.

  17. 35 criquet
    November 9, 2013 at 7:42 pm


  18. 38 99ts
    November 9, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    I’ve been following the Virginia election count – there does seem to be a good side to it. I know in earlier threads there have been major concerns – but

    The Sec of the board of elections in Fairfax – who is a republican – is doing all he can to insure the vote is fair. He is listening to those who are finding problems, He is looking to find and correct any issues and he has just extended the time for people to explain their provisional votes (after the latest SBE – which he says will have no impact on the count). He seems to have behaved in a way not usually expected from GOPers (and is getting attacked by GOPers for what he is doing)

    He also noted that ALL provisionals are considered – whether or not folks appear to explain why they are entitled to vote.


  19. November 9, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Heads up on SOS Kerry press statement …

  20. November 9, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Upbeat SOS Kerry … ‘we are in better position now than when we came to Geneva … tonight there was a unity in our purpose ….’

  21. November 9, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    SOS Kerry – ‘it takes time to build trust when countries have been at odds with one another for such a long time …. ‘

  22. 51 utaustinliberal
    November 9, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    For those who missed Sec. Kerry’s press conference.

  23. 52 utaustinliberal
    November 9, 2013 at 8:09 pm

  24. 53 utaustinliberal
    November 9, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    • 54 Nena20409
      November 9, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      Thanks UT for your tweets. I clicked on the Live BBC feed and the Live SoS Kerry presser was over.

      Now I have a little bit of an idea of what Mr. Kerry had to say. I thank him for he has been working his butt off for US and the world at large.

  25. 56 jacquelineoboomer
    November 9, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Amid all the serious things going on in the world, UT, love those tweets you posted to help keep us sane! Especially George Takei’s!!

  26. 62 globalcitizenlinda
    November 9, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    So with Iran Nuclear Talks postponed to a future date, I can see a few hardliners celebrating and cheering France;

    These are some of the messages from those supporting the French position:



    Yes, while many of us would have loved to see a clean breakthrough by the end of this session, it is important that we take the time to remind those with short memories how far we have come on this journey and what the alternative would be if McCain or Romney was at 1600 Penn Ave;

    We also have to be patient and wait for diplomacy to work;

    My only concern is that the extra time will give the hardliners on each side as chance to try and de-rail the progress made so far. I hope France took this into account as it pressed for its position.

    Here is someone who seems to share my concern about the hardliners who will start shouting even louder now

    I will keep the faith and hope that PBO and SoS Kerry will keep working hard to get the world the best result;

    But be warned, the extremes in the US are going to pump-up the volume with each one trying to be designated as Israel’s best friend (as opposed to PBO who they constantly undercut)

  27. 67 jacquelineoboomer
    November 9, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    The humanitarian mission of the Defense Department – and the United States Navy – in action:

  28. 68 africa
    November 9, 2013 at 8:42 pm

  29. 71 globalcitizenlinda
    November 9, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Bobfr and others here who may be tuned in more closely about the nuclear disarmament issue, I need some enlightment on this scenario:

    What level of political power do the people of Jewish Descent in France have and whose side are they on when it comes to the Middle East conflict?

    What level of political power do the people of Iranian Descent in France have and whose side are they on with respect to the Nuclear question?

    Recall reading that France is one of those countries that is significantly expanding its domestic use of Nuclear power and a key player/exporter in the new design of new smaller nuclear plants. if this is true, how does this influence the current Iran nuclear talks?

    thanks in advance to anyone who can shed a light on this

    • November 9, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      Have no relevant expertise regarding your questions, Linda. Wish I could be more helpful.

      • 73 globalcitizenlinda
        November 9, 2013 at 9:41 pm

        thanks for the response!

        you are usually way ahead on so many issues;

        someone will eventually provide answers in the coming months or days – so much expertise is displayed among so many here; I will tune in an wait for clues

  30. 74 Nena20409
    November 9, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Blessed are the Peacemakers for They shall inherit the earth. I am so very proud of SoS Kerry.

    THose on Twitter cheerfully gleeful, what are their alternative? They have nothing to OFFER.

  31. 76 zekke Lydonna
    November 9, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Does anyone else think the negotiations with Syria and Iran have been more successful because Muslim men are more comfortable with Kerry, rather than Hillary Clinton?

  32. 80 africa
    November 9, 2013 at 8:55 pm

  33. 81 Nena20409
    November 9, 2013 at 8:55 pm


    TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — Philippine police official, local government say typhoon death toll could reach 10,000 people.


    I sincerely pray with all my heart that this number is 1001% totally Wrong. The Philippines need a break.

  34. 83 globalcitizenlinda
    November 9, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    don’t know if someone has highlighted the photo in the tweet below;

    this my friends is what the “proud” members of the NRA have become – armed men INTENTIONALLY seeking out and taking up positions against near where women gathered to peacefully protest against gun violence;

    simply disgusting!

    if anyone knows someone who belongs to the NRA, could you please share this and ask them to rethink their affiliation.

  35. 88 amk for obama
    November 9, 2013 at 9:09 pm

  36. 89 africa
    November 9, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    • November 9, 2013 at 9:35 pm

      I already do, africa! (btw, I used your boomerang/egg splatter comment the other day- said it wasn’t mine, though- too clever! thx) (also, btw, I’m new to commenting- have wanted to join for awhile. you guys are a daily lifeline!)

  37. 91 africa
    November 9, 2013 at 9:15 pm

  38. 92 amk for obama
    November 9, 2013 at 9:18 pm

  39. 94 amk for obama
    November 9, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    10,000 gone in Philippines ? Hope the police are wrong.

  40. 98 4morefor44
    November 9, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    with all the major progress SOS kerry has been making on decades-long stalemates, we can lay to rest the idea that hillary clinton was a good SOS. in fact, i’d suggest she was quite bad, from the several times her office tried to get out in front of white house plans (honduras was a big one, and some other one i’m forgetting at the moment and others), and had to walk back whatever it was her office was saying. this is serious business at that level, and she is not to trusted…at all. she CANNOT be the democratic nominee for 2016. she and her family represent backward, not FORWARD, and to top it off, there’s no way in hell she can win a national election.

    thank god for john kerry and the obama family! just in the nick of time too!

  41. 99 amk for obama
    November 9, 2013 at 9:37 pm

  42. 100 jacquelineoboomer
    November 9, 2013 at 9:44 pm

  43. 103 globalcitizenlinda
    November 9, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Could this be true??

    the 10,000 people are presumed dead from ONE PROVINCE – tragic!

    what will the total numbers be from across the whole country?

  44. 105 jacquelineoboomer
    November 9, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    More parallel universe stuff.

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