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Good morning. I hope the Easter Bunny didn't skip your house this morning, chocolate does not prefer one belief system over another, be it as bunnies or lambs.
From: Firedoglake | By: Elliott | Sunday, April 20, 2014
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(below emailed to me by an FNC colleague) SUNDAY SHOWS 0900 FOX NEWS SUNDAY Amb. Sergey Kislyak, Russian Ambassador to the U.S. (EXCLUSIVE/DC STUDIO) Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington (EXCLUSIVE/PRETAPE) Curtis Viebranz, President and CEO,...
From: Fox News | By: Greta Van Susteren | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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At least when it comes to demographics: Max Fisher unpacks the above chart from a Pew study, which shows that the US is “lower than most Western European countries [in religious diversity] and 68th in the world overall”: Maybe the most surprising...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Sunday, April 20, 2014
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This week's roundup of Good Reads includes the challenge of winning Iraqis and Afghans asylum in the US, how a broadband monopoly came to be, an essay by an Israeli sniper, new ancient evidence of human activity, and the evolution of the submarine....
From: Christian Science Monitor | Sunday, April 20, 2014
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Abdullah still ahead in new Afghan vote results
From: NPR | Sunday, April 20, 2014
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Throughout the month of April, Film School Rejects will be dedicating the bulk of our Sunday programming to a series we call “Movie Geek Self Improvement.” We’ve tasked our writers with finding ways to improve your life — from losing weight to...
From: Film School Rejects | By: Emily Estep | Sunday, April 20, 2014
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The military's training center at Fort Irwin in California is complete with mock Middle Eastern villages. But as the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan winds down, how will this facility change?
From: NPR | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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The military's training center at Fort Irwin in California is complete with mock Middle Eastern villages. But as the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan winds down, how will this facility change?
From: NPR | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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From Poland to Portland, here are 14 festivals to visit this year
From: Time | By: Melissa Locker | Friday, April 18, 2014
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A rupture between Russia and the West, 14 years in the making...
From: The Atlantic | By: David Rohde | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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Via Techdirt comes the story of the newest toys acquired by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department (LASD), former war-zone tech that allows "wide area surveillance." Camera systems are attached to civilian airplanes and can capture 10,000 times the area...
From: Reason | By: Ed Krayewski | Friday, April 18, 2014
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"Although Ghani is Pashtun, the presence of former communists such as Gen. Abdurrashid Dostum and Hanif Atmar on his team has upset former Pashtun mujahideen commanders".  The man is to communism what Karzai is to sovereignty. ...
From: The Angry Arab News Service | By: As'ad AbuKhalil | Sunday, April 20, 2014
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After the announcement, Abdullah said he still thinks it's possible for him to win more than 50 per cent of the vote to avoid the runoff.
From: The Economic Times | Sunday, April 20, 2014
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KABUL (Reuters) - Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah's lead in the Afghan presidential race has widened, the latest official tally of votes released on Sunday showed, although half of the votes have yet to be counted.
From: The Star Malaysia | Sunday, April 20, 2014
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"The lead we were expecting, it didn't come as a surprise, but perhaps we were expecting a bigger lead," former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah said.
From: Times of India | Sunday, April 20, 2014
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New partial results in Afghanistan's presidential election show candidate Abdullah Abdullah is still the front-runner.
From: Irish Independent | Sunday, April 20, 2014
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Netanyahu threw in the Jewish state demand to sabotage talks, Norman Finkelstein says. Why not just change your name to the Jewish State of Israel, ala the Islamic Republic of Iran?
From: Mondoweiss | By: Philip Weiss | Sunday, April 20, 2014
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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- New partial results released in Afghanistan's presidential election show candidate Abdullah Abdullah still is the front-runner, though a runoff election will
From: Taiwan News | By: Associated Press | Sunday, April 20, 2014
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KABUL (Reuters) - Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah leads the race to become Afghanistan's next president, according to the latest official tally of votes released on Sunday, but is short of an outright majority....
From: Reuters | Sunday, April 20, 2014
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Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah has opened a lead in the Afghan presidential race, the latest official tally of votes released Sunday showed, although half of the votes have yet to be counted....
From: Chicago Tribune | By: Jeremy Laurence | Sunday, April 20, 2014
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Further official results have been released following Afghanistan's presidential election on April 5. Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah has increased his lead, but a runoff vote is still considered likely.
From: Deutsche Welle | Sunday, April 20, 2014
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KABUL (Reuters) - Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah has opened a lead in the Afghan presidential race, the latest official tally of votes released on Sunday showed, although half of the votes have yet to be counted.
From: The Star Malaysia | Sunday, April 20, 2014
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Abdullah currently leads with 44 percent of the votes tallied so far, though that could change before final results are announced on May 14...
From: Time | By: Nolan Feeney | Sunday, April 20, 2014
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KABUL (Reuters) - Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah has opened a lead in the Afghan presidential race, the latest official tally of votes released on Sunday showed, although half of the votes have yet to be counted....
From: Reuters | Sunday, April 20, 2014
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Partial results from Afghanistan's presidential election show former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah is still in the lead, but short of an outright majority. Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission says initial results show Abdullah leading...
From: Voice of America | Sunday, April 20, 2014
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New partial results released in Afghanistan's presidential election show candidate Abdullah Abdullah still is the front-runner, though a runoff election will be likely.
From: San Diego Union-Tribune | By: Associated Press | Sunday, April 20, 2014
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New partial results in Afghanistan's presidential election released Sunday show candidate Abdullah Abdullah is still the front-runner, though a runoff election looks likely.Click to Continue »...
From: Charlotte Observer | By: Associated Press (RAHIM FAIEZ) | Sunday, April 20, 2014
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Early count gives former foreign minister an 11 point lead but short of an outright majority in presidential poll.
From: Al Jazeera English | Sunday, April 20, 2014
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Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah leads the race to become Afghanistan's next president, according to the latest official tally of votes released.
From: Times of India | Sunday, April 20, 2014
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From vintage-sounding dancehall to straight-up spirituals, there's a real time-machine feeling going on this week....
From: Wired | By: Peter Rubin | Friday, April 18, 2014
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KABUL – In many countries, young workers head out for a quick bite or drink after work. In Kabul, they head to the very trendy “CherryBerry” and splurge on frozen yogurt."Here we can forget about problems....
From: MSNBC | By: Kiko Itasaka | Sunday, April 20, 2014
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What’s a criminal lawyer to do when witnesses are about to testify that his client, an Islamist cleric who called Osama Bin Laden a “hero,” stored weapons and gas masks in his mosque, sent followers to a training camp where the curriculum included...
From: New York Daily News | By: Editorials | Sunday, April 20, 2014
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A former U.S. Army Ranger who was in the same platoon as ex-NFL player Pat Tillman has stated in a television interview that he believes he might have fired the shots that killed Tillman in a 2004 friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan....
From: CBC | By: Reuters | Sunday, April 20, 2014
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Friday 4/18: Angie Chuang, Assistant Professor of Journalism at American University School of Communication, reads from and discusses her book The Four Words for Home, documenting a five-year journey comparing a family’s life in Afghanistan to her...
From: The Rumpus | By: Frank Tempone | Friday, April 18, 2014
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Hillary Clinton's numbers aren't at the incredibly high levels they used to be, but they were never going to stay that high anyway.
From: Outside the Beltway | By: Doug Mataconis | Friday, April 18, 2014
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Last Friday, more than 150 guests gathered at the MacArthur Memorial to celebrate its 50th anniversary. April 11 has become the date set aside by the city to commemorate the opening of the memorial, which just happens to coincide with the anniversary...
From: Norfolk Virginian-Pilot | By: HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com | Sunday, April 20, 2014
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(Reuters) - A former U.S. Army Ranger who was in the same platoon as ex-NFL player Pat Tillman has stated in a television interview that he believes he might have fired the shots that killed Tillman in a 2004 friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan....
From: Reuters | Sunday, April 20, 2014
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It's one of the most famous military mysteries of the past decade, Pat Tillman, the former ASU and Cardinals player turned Army Ranger killed in 2004 after he left the NFL to fight in Afghanistan. The Army said it was friendly fire, but never said whose...
From: Free Republic | By: ABC15 | Sunday, April 20, 2014
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Earlier this week, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) released a Fact Sheet identifying global, regional, and national trends in military expenditures.  According to the report, the United States led the world in military...
From: Business Insider | By: Amanda Macias | Sunday, April 20, 2014
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First published on FrontPage Magazine. By Enza Ferreri Some of the “freedom fighters” who are at war against the evil tyrant Assad in Syria, the “rebels” whom both Obama and Cameron wanted to help, have now been re-classified as “the biggest...
From: Free Republic | By: Enza Ferreri Blog | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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THE FIRST round of Afghanistan’s election this month delivered a resounding, three-part defeat to the Taliban. More than 7 million voters — some 60 percent of those registered — turned out in defiance of the Islamists’ threats. Afghan security...
From: Washington Post | By: Editorial Board | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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It was a plot straight out of a Bollywood potboiler. The setting being a well-known Old Delhi restaurant frequented by tourists — mostly from Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and the middle East — carrying huge sums of foreign currency.
From: Times of India | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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Thousands upon thousands of runners took to the streets in Boston and beyond on Saturday, a precursor to the 118th Boston Marathon....
From: WBZ-TV | By: steve saleeba | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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Coachella is a festival of contradictions. Hippie vibe, but the cool kids have VIP wristbands. A place to hear new, cutting-edge music by bands just finding their way alongside recent chart-toppers taking a victory lap.
From: Los Angeles Times | By: By John Corrigan | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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On January 24, 2009, my college classmate Julian was killed in a roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan. He was twenty-five years old, and his was the first combat death in Afghanistan during the Obama presidency. His death was also the first I learned of...
From: Gawker | By: Leigh Stein | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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"One of the conflict's defining features has been the presence of foreign fighters. In December 2013, ICSR estimated that up to 11,000 fighters from 74 nations had gone to Syria –a greater number than in 'every other instance of foreign fighter mobilisation...
From: The Angry Arab News Service | By: As'ad AbuKhalil | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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Ten years after the death of Pat Tillman in a remote Afghanistan pass, monuments to his memory are everywhere. A stone marker in San Jose's community of New Almaden. An 8-foot statue in Glendale, Ariz. The Pat Tillman Stadium at Leland High School and...
From: Free Republic | By: Contra Costa Times | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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When former NFL player-turned-Army Ranger Pat Tillman was killed in the friendly-fire incident of April......
From: NESN | By: Christina Gregg | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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Your Saturday roundup of Arizona Cardinals and NFL news. Pat Tillman was killed by friendly fire 10 years ago this week. Both Darren Urban and ESPN looked at his death Friday. Pay special attention to the ESPN piece; it's a video interview with the man...
From: Revenge of the Birds | By: Shaun Church | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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