Friday, February 26, 2016

Cohen - Heintz - Obama, "a shrewd observer of America’s role in the world": “The Consequences of the End of the American Century.” It’s political suicide... | "Of course, we are fully aware that this will be a difficult and perhaps even contradiction-filled peace process, but peaceful settlement is the only possible way out of the crisis. We must put in place conditions for bringing a swift end to the bloodshed and then starting a full-fledged intra-Syrian dialogue with all constructive political forces taking part." - from Putin's address to the KGB | Pictures of the day: 26 February 2016 - Telegraph

Cohen - Heintz - Obama, "a shrewd observer of America’s role in the world": 

“The Consequences of the End of the American Century.” 
It’s political suicide... 

На заседании коллегии Федеральной службы безопасности.

"Let me start by thanking all of you, everyone working in the central office and the regional offices and special subdivisions, for your competent work to ensure Russia’s security and stable development. This includes the efforts of our colleagues working in military counterintelligence, ensuring, for example, the safety of our pilots carrying out counterterrorist operations in Syria and the anti-terrorist units working here inside Russia.

To say a few more words about the Syrian issue, as you know, on February 22, Russia and the United States of America adopted a joint statement on cessation of hostilities in Syria. The purpose of this document is to give impetus to the efforts to resolve the Syrian conflict, more precisely, to boost the efforts to find a political solution and put in place the conditions for starting the settlement process.

Of course, we are fully aware that this will be a difficult and perhaps even contradiction-filled peace process, but peaceful settlement is the only possible way out of the crisis. We must put in place conditions for bringing a swift end to the bloodshed and then starting a full-fledged intra-Syrian dialogue with all constructive political forces taking part.

As you know, today, all parties to the conflict have until midday Damascus time to confirm to either our American partners or us their commitment to the ceasefire. We are already receiving news to this effect. On February 27, starting at midnight Damascus time, the Syrian armed forces, Russia, and the US-led coalition will not conduct hostilities against those armed groups that declare their readiness to observe the ceasefire.

But let me stress that this ceasefire does not apply to ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra, or other terrorist organisations recognised as such by the UN Security Council. We will certainly continue our resolute combat against these groups. I hope that our American partners will take the same position. This is what is reflected in our joint statement. No one will forget that aside from ISIS, there are also other groups, as I said, that have been recognised as such by the UN Security Council."



The Early Edition: February 26, 2016 

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Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.
IRAQ and SYRIA
Deadline for ceasefire agreement. The “vast majority” of eligible armed groups in the Syrian conflict have indicated that they will participate in the ceasefire agreement. [Reuters]  The main opposition bloc, the High Negotiations Committee, has released a statement confirming the agreement. [Reuters]  The UN had set today as the deadline for parties to the Syrian conflict to accept a cessation of hostilities agreement, scheduled to take effect on Saturday. The framework deal will include details on how to implement the ceasefire and what happens in the event that the truce is violated, according to Khawla Mattar, head of the Syrian envoy’s office in Damascus. [Wall Street Journal’s Dana Ballout and Thomas Grove]
Moscow is “continuing its operation in Syria” against “terrorist organizations” ahead of the ceasefire agreement due to come into effect later today. [BBC]
President Obama said that the next few weeks will be “critical” to the future of Syria, commenting that the potential ceasefire agreement could mark the first step toward ending the conflict ravaging the country. [BBC]  The president added that the US will expand its campaign against the Islamic State “on all fronts.” [NBC News’ Daniella Silva]
The UN Security Council is expected to endorse the proposal for a cessation of hostilities, the US and Russia circulating a draft resolution yesterday, with council diplomats saying they hoped to adopt it at the earliest possible moment. [Reuters]
In a “logistical, military and political nightmare,” the United States and Russia are expected to agree on the coordinates of legitimate targets following the passing of today’s midday deadline. [The Guardian’s Patrick Wintour]
The exclusion of the Nusra Front from the cessation of hostilities agreement will make it challengingto maintain peace between the Assad regime and US-backed rebel groups, reports Raja Abdulrahim and Sam Dagher at the Wall Street Journal.
International peace negotiations to resume. A Russian Foreign Ministry official said today that peace talks on the Syria conflict may resume in Geneva on March 7. [Reuters]
An Islamic State suicide attack targeted a Shi’ite religious building and a military checkpoint in Baghdad yesterday, killing 15 people and wounding 48, local security officials said. [AP]
Secretary of State John Kerry is weighing whether to accuse ISIS of genocide amid what is reported to be a tense debate within the administration about what such an accusation would mean for the American strategy against the group. [Yahoo’s Michael Isikoff]
Medical facilities are the direct target of the Syrian government and Russian allies, say Syrian medical workers in rebel-held parts of the country. Anne Barnard reports that according to MSF, there were 94 attacks on 67 hospitals and clinics last year alone. In 2016 there have been 17 such attacks, targeting facilities including six supported by the organization. [New York Times]
US-led airstrikes continue. The US and coalition military forces carried out seven strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on Feb. 24. Separately, partner forces conducted a further 15 strikes against targets in Iraq. [Central Command]
Tunisia is the “largest source” of foreign fighters joining Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. Between 6,000 and 7,000 people from the “freest Arab democracy” have left to join the extremist militant group, and many more have been prevented from going. The “exodus” defies “conventional wisdom that has long sought to explain terrorism by evoking “root causes” such as political repression by dictatorial regimes,” suggests Yaroslav Trofimov. [Wall Street Journal]
SURVEILLANCE, PRIVACY and TECHNOLOGY
The White House is about to permit the National Security Agency to share more of the private data it intercepts with other US intelligence agencies, without first being required to apply any privacy protections to the communications. Charlie Savage provides the details at the New York Times.
Apple v. FBI. Apple’s legal team are accusing the FBI of an “unprecedented” request in violation of US constitutional protections of free speech, in a 36-page legal brief submitted yesterday. It is Apple’s first formal rebuttal to the court order demanding that it write software capable of breaking into the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters. Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft will all join a supporting brief. [The Guardian’s Danny Yadron et al]  In the briefing Apple states:
This is not a case about one isolated iPhone. Rather, this case is about the Department of Justice and the FBI seeking through the courts a dangerous power that Congress and the American people have withheld: the ability to force companies like Apple to undermine the basic security and privacy interests of hundreds of millions of individuals around the globe.
“If the FBI wants to hack an iPhone, why doesn’t it just ask the NSA?” Joshua Kopstein comments on Apple’s legal brief, noting the tech giant’s observation that the “government has failed to demonstrate that the requested order was absolutely necessary to effectuate the search warrant.” [Motherboard]
FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers that encryption is the “hardest question I’ve seen in government.” In testimony before the House Intelligence Committee yesterday, Comey called on Congress to take action on data privacy, saying that the “largest question is not going to be answered in the courts and shouldn’t be.” [The Hill’s Katie Bo Williams]
GOP presidential candidates sided with the FBI during yesterday’s debate in Houston, with Senator Marco Rubio accusing Apple of failing to comply with the court order “because they think it hurts their brand,” adding: “Well let me tell you their brand isn’t superior to the national security of America.” [The Guardian’s Tom McCarthy]
“What it means if Apple makes an iPhone it ‘can’t hack,’” from Joshua Kopstein at Motherboard.
GUANTANAMO BAY
Defense Secretary Ash Carter has denied that the Obama administration intends to give Guantánamo Bay Naval base back to Cuba, in response to accusations from Republicans in Congress. He was speaking in the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, yesterday. [The Hill’s Kristina Wong]
“It seems to me they just decided to throw up something and see if anything can come of it.” Senator John McCain, one of the few Republicans counted on to support the plan to close Guantánamo Bay, has expressed disappointment with it, calling it a “Chinese menu” that leaves many questions unanswered. [The Hill’s Kristina Wong]
A letter signed by 19 ex-generals and admirals in support of closure has been distributed by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The letter states that the closure is “consistent with US values and weakens our enemies,” and also “sends a strong signal to our allies that we have a credible detention policy.” While some of those who signed the letter have ties to the detention center that are tenuous at best, and have in any case been retired for some time, there are others who have been very closely involved, reports Molly O’Toole. [Foreign Policy]
NIGERIA
The US intends to send Special Operations advisers to support Nigeria’s fight against Boko Haram, military officials have said. If the deployment is approved, as expected, the advisers would not be directly involved in combat. Special Operations forces have been widely used in the fight against Islamic State in Iraq and Afghanistan. [New York Times’ Eric Schmitt and Dionne Searcey]  Meanwhile, Boko Haram fighters are travelling to Somalia to train at al-Shabaab camps, according to Somalia’s national security chief. [CNN’s Stephanie Busari]
The US drone base in Garoua, Nigeria, “represents the newest expansion of America’s stealth war against jihad in Africa.” Its existence was announced by President Obama last October. Joshua Hammer, the first Western journalist to visit the place since Obama’s announcement, reports on what’s going on. [The Intercept]
LIBYA
The “wide ranging views among the political spectrum in Libya” are making it harder for the US to root out Islamic State there. Representative Adam Schiff raised the point on Thursday that Islamic State may become “so firmly entrenched that we have to embark in [sic] the same multi-year process that we are undertaking in Iraq and Syria,” in response to which intelligence leaders reiterated that the goal was to combat Islamic State while also supporting the formation of an effective central government. [The Hill’s Julian Hattem]
“In war, you can’t declare premature victory and go home.” President Obama is making the same mistake in Libya as he made in Iraq and Aghanistan, where US troops remain despite declarations that the wars there are over, suggests the Wall Street Journal editorial board.
RUSSIA
Russia “wants to rewrite” the “agreed rules of international order,” General Philip Breedlove, the top US Commander in Europe has said. He was speaking to the House Armed Services Committee, yesterday, in support of the quadrupled funding request for the European Reassurance Initiative included in the Pentagon’s budget request for fiscal 2017, which is geared toward deterring Russian aggression. [The Hill’s Rebecca Kheel]
Meanwhile, NATO is warning of a “lack of progress” in the alliance’s plan to reinforce itself against Russian aggression. Members of the alliance are hampered by “chronic underfunding” and “deficiencies” in their militaries, according to a report produced by the Atlantic Council of six defense experts. [Financial Times’ Sam Jones]
OTHER DEVELOPMENTS
The UN Security Council met yesterday to discuss the draft resolution submitted by the US and Chinaimposing new sanctions on North Korea. US Ambassador Samantha Power called it “the strongest set of sanctions in two decades.” The resolution is expected to be adopted this weekend, according to US officials. [Wall Street Journal’s Farnaz Fassihi; BBC]
The US has test-fired its second ballistic missile in a week, intending, according to Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work, to send a reminder to rivals such as Russia and North Korea of the US’ nuclear arms capabilities. The unarmed Minuteman III missile was launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California last night. [Reuters’ David Alexander]
UK Prime Minister David Cameron “boasted” of successful exports of Eurofighter Typhoon military planes and other “brilliant things” to Saudi Arabia, yesterday, just as the European Parliament voted in favor of an EU-wide ban on selling arms to that country. Compliance with the ban is not compulsory, however. [The Guardian’s Rowena Mason]
America’s use of armed drones remains “one of the least understood aspects of American security policy.” No progress has been made in terms of making the program more transparent and accountable following recommendations by a bipartisan panel of military and intelligence experts in mid-2014, according to the Stimson Center, a Washington-based think tank charged with measuring progress on the implementation of the recommendations. [New York Times’ Carol Giacomo]
Words are not enough. Charles Krauthammer is deeply critical of President Obama’s response to international crises, arguing the President is too focused on his intended “legacy” of “climate change, Gitmo and Cuba.” [Washington Post]  Roger Cohen is almost as critical of what he calls Obama’s “implicit” foreign policy, which has been far too restrained. [New York Times]
No-one is thinking about Israel and Palestine any more, despite the numerous attacks by individual Palestinians against Israelis, say Dennis Ross and David Makovsky. The ongoing problems have been overshadowed by the threat from Islamic State and other international conflicts, yet they are not going to go away. [Washington Post]
“Extreme cruelty and viciousness” is the stance Burundi security forces are increasingly taking against those whom they suspect oppose the government, according to a report from Human Rights Watch. People are being beaten and abducted, and victims have been buried in mass graves. [New York Times’ Jeffrey Gettleman]
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- Ahrar al-Sham says bombed Russia officers near Latakia

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 A powerful Islamist rebel faction has claimed it bombed a gathering of Russian officers near Syria’s Latakia on February 21, the same day reports emerged of a mystery blast in the area.
Ahrar al-Sham announced Wednesday afternoon that it conducted a special operation alongside the Harakat al-Bayan faction that “managed to destroy a gathering of top Russian generals… near the city of Latakia with a car bomb.”
The joint statement issued by both groups added that a car bombing outside the meeting “caused the death and injury” of dozens of Russian officers, a claim that Moscow has yet to officially comment on.
“Following a monitoring, scouting and preparation mission that lasted for several weeks, the Ashab al-Naqb company, in cooperation with [Ahrar and Harakat al-Bayan], was able to deliver the car bomb to the military base,” the statement added.
“After observing a meeting of top Russian generals inside the area… the car bomb was detonated during the meeting.”
Ahrar al-Sham and Harakat al-Bayan also published a video purporting to show the moment of the attack against the meeting in the regime’s coastal bastion.
Both groups said the attack occurred in the Snouber-Jableh area at 1:10 p.m. Sunday, February 21st, but the announcement of the operation “was delayed until the safe return of the brothers who carried out the operation.”
 
A little over 30 minutes after the alleged car bomb attack, a pro-regime Facebook page based in Jableh published a terse report on an explosion in the area.
“The sound of a blast was heard in the vicinity of [Jableh] a short while ago according to social media pages, nothing is confirmed yet,” the Jableh City Facebook news page wrote in a post uploaded at 1:43 p.m., February 21.
One member of the group responded that the sounds of ambulances were heard in the area, while another person wrote that a military exercise was underway near the Snouber area.
Shortly before 3:00 p.m., another pro-Assad Facebook group—the Syrian Coast News Network—said the loud sound was the result of training exercises in a “military area” near Latakia. This report was carried by other pro-regime Facebook pages based in Syria’s coastal region.
Meanwhile, the pro-rebel Smart News outlet reported in the afternoon of February 21st that a “rocket of unknown origin” had hit the Snouber-Jableh area, without going into any further details.
As-Sharq al-Awsat also carried a report on the mystery blast, with a rebel commander telling the Saudi daily that he received word that a rocket had struck in the vicinity of Snouber-Jableh, where Russian troops are present.
However, the source added that the nearest rebel factions are over 40-kilometers away from the site of the blast, and possess long-range rockets with only a range of 30-kilometers.
Ahrar al-Sham and Harakat al-Bayan, for their part, claimed that a large number of ambulances and fire engines had rushed to the site of blast to transfer the injured to hospitals in Jableh and Latakia.
“Russian helicopters then arrived at the bomb site and transferred the bodies of the dead and injured [Russian] generals to Hmeimim airbase,” the statement added.
The two groups also claimed that Jableh and Latakia witnessed a large-scale security mobilization following the explosion that has “continued until today and was particularly [noticeable] in the hours following the bombing.”
Neither Syrian regime state media nor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights tracking developments in the war torn country published any reports on the February 21 incident outside Latakia. (Source: NOW English)
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» Polish MoD Back in Discussions With MEADS Team
25/02/16 17:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Defense News - Home. Poland has restarted discussions about possible purchase of the Medium Extended Air Defense System.             
» Third Defendant Pleads Guilty in Mortgage Loan Modification Scheme
25/02/16 17:12 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Current. — New Haven
» House Judiciary Committee Advances Bill to Designate Muslim Brotherhood as Foreign Terrorist Organization - CNSNews.com
25/02/16 17:12 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from house judiciary committee - Google News. Egypt Independent House Judiciary Committee Advances Bill to Designate Muslim Brotherhood as Foreign Terrorist Organization CNSNews.com (CNSNews.com) – The House Ju...
» CIA Director: It's the Media's Fault That Terrorists Are So Good at ...
25/02/16 17:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from cia - Google Blog Search. At that point, members of Congress asked CIA Director John Brenner and NSA Deputy Director Rick Ledgett about terrorists “going dark” by using encryption technology. “Going dark” ...
» Israel Air Defense Commander: Russians Are Not An Enemy
25/02/16 17:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Defense News - Home. The commander of Israel’s Air Defense Forces told reporters that “the Russians are not an enemy” and that the Israeli Air Force “has no intention to create needless friction” with Russ...
» Turner: Sustaining Force Posture Could Require Over $1 Billion
25/02/16 17:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Defense News - Home. Sustaining the current force posture for the Army and Marine Corps would likely require over $1 billion, Rep. Mike Turner, the chairman of the House Armed Services Tactical Air and Lan...
» FBI, Apple to testify before Congress on March 1 - Washington Post
25/02/16 17:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from james b. comey - Google News. Washington Post FBI, Apple to testify before Congress on March 1 Washington Post The House Judiciary Committee announced Thursday that FBI Director James B . Comey and Bruce S...
» Microsoft 'wholeheartedly' supports Apple in FBI encryption case - The Verge
25/02/16 17:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from fbi - Google News. Engadget Microsoft 'wholeheartedly' supports Apple in FBI encryption case The Verge Speaking at a congressional hearing today, Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith said...
» Syria terrorists trading CIA-supplied weapons on Facebook - Press TV
25/02/16 17:10 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from cia - Google News. Press TV Syria terrorists trading CIA -supplied weapons on Facebook Press TV Syrian terrorists have set up a Facebook page that functions as a marketplace for trading various CIA -suppli...
» Why Microsoft's president brought IBM's first laptop to Congress today - GeekWire
25/02/16 17:09 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from house judiciary committee - Google News. CNN International Why Microsoft's president brought IBM's first laptop to Congress today GeekWire Image via House Judiciary Committee /@HouseJudiciary Microsoft's B...
» Lockdown at Fort Worth military base partially lifted after bomb threat - Dallas Morning News (blog)
25/02/16 17:09 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Cyber Warfare - Google News. Dallas Morning News (blog) Lockdown at Fort Worth military base partially lifted after remains on lockdown after reporting bomb threat Dallas Morning News (blog) Naval security...
» Verizon takes Apple's side in FBI showdown - The Verge
25/02/16 17:09 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from fbi - Google News. The Verge Verizon takes Apple's side in FBI showdown The Verge Verizon Wireless, the largest mobile carrier in the United States, has strongly — and rather unexpectedly — stood up in sup...
» Microsoft Backs Apple in FBI Battle - Fortune
25/02/16 17:09 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from fbi - Google News. Fortune Microsoft Backs Apple in FBI Battle Fortune Microsoft MSFT 0.08% president and chief legal officer Brad Smith said at a congressional hearing on Thursday that his company “wholeh...
» FBI's Tor Hack Shows the Risk of Subpoenas to Security Researchers - WIRED
25/02/16 17:08 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from fbi - Google News. WIRED FBI's Tor Hack Shows the Risk of Subpoenas to Security Researchers WIRED A judicial ruling released yesterday in the case of Brian Farrell, an alleged staffer of the defunct Dark W...
» FBI Director James Comey, Who Signed Off on Waterboarding, Is Now Losing Sleep Over an iPhone - The Intercept
25/02/16 17:07 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from james b. comey - Google News. The Intercept FBI Director James Comey , Who Signed Off on Waterboarding, Is Now Losing Sleep Over an iPhone The Intercept Because the second memo relied on the first, it had ...
» Apple pushes for dismissal of court order on locked iPhone
25/02/16 17:07 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security. Apple cut to the chase Thursday in a much-awaited court filing, accusing the FBI of seeking the ability "to undermine the basic security and privacy interests" of...
» What It Means If Apple Makes an iPhone It 'Can't Hack' - Motherboard
25/02/16 17:06 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from fbi aclu report - Google News. Motherboard What It Means If Apple Makes an iPhone It 'Can't Hack' Motherboard According to a report Wednesday night from the New York Times, the company's public spat with t...
» FBI Chief Presses Congress to Act on Data Privacy - New York Times
25/02/16 17:05 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from james b. comey - Google News. New York Times FBI Chief Presses Congress to Act on Data Privacy New York Times “The larger question isn't going to be answered in the courts, and shouldn't be,” the F.B.I. ch...
» F.B.I. Chief Presses Congress to Act on Data Privacy
25/02/16 17:04 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > Federal Bureau of Investigation. “The larger question isn’t going to be answered in the courts, and shouldn’t be,” said James B. Comey Jr., who is fighting Apple to unlock a mass killer’s iPhone.
» Russian Ex- Corrections Head Arrested for $1.8 Million in Kickbacks
25/02/16 16:31 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from The Interpreter. Russian Ex- Corrections Head Arrested for $1.8 Million in Kickbacks Russian Ex- Corrections Head Arrested for $1.8 Million in Kickbacks This post has been generated by Page2RSS
» February 25, 2016
25/02/16 16:30 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. A look at the best news photos from around the world.
» Художник Юрий Данич: «Я нарисовал Путина в виде черного пуделя» - 25 февраля, 2016
25/02/16 16:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Радиопрограммы и подкасты - Радио Свобода. None
» Melania Trump: Small-town Slovenian Roots, Big Dreams
25/02/16 16:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Melania Trump has seen more of the world than most people — a journey propelled by her own big dreams concocted as a young girl growing up under Communism. Now she is a glamorous former m...
» Vladimir Putin sees good reason to cheer Russia’s role in Syria truce
25/02/16 16:27 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Europe. The agreement has his country exactly where he wants it to be — at the same level as the United States.
» Polish Officials Probing Walesa Claim That New 'Collaboration' Documents Are Forgeries
25/02/16 16:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Polish authorities are investigating whether previously unknown documents from Poland’s communist era that suggest Nobel laureate Lech Walesa was a collaborator are in fa...
» Moscow to press on with bond sale
25/02/16 16:24 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Europe News. Russia’s foreign ministry accuses US of trying to ‘scare’ its banks involved from the sale
» Хюберт Смейтс рассказывает о своем бестселлере «Месть Путина» - 25 февраля, 2016
25/02/16 15:56 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Радиопрограммы и подкасты - Радио Свобода. None
» At Least Two Killed, 28 Missing In Russian Mine Accident
25/02/16 15:55 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. At least two coal miners were killed and 28 were missing at a mine in northern Russia after part of the structure collapsed.
» Воры и социальные сети
25/02/16 15:55 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from golosamerikius's YouTube Videos. From: golosamerikius Duration: 01:28 Воры используют социальные сети для поиска жертв.
» A look at the proposed cease-fire for Syria
25/02/16 13:57 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from AP Top News at 1:12 p.m. EST. BEIRUT (AP) -- The U.S. and Russia have agreed on a cessation of hostilities for Syria that is set to take effect at midnight Friday, local Damascus time. It is the first atte...
» China nostra - The Economist
25/02/16 13:56 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Cyber Warfare - Google News. The Economist China nostra The Economist WHEN Liu Wang, the European head of the Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), opened its branch in Madrid in 2011, he proba...
» Cyber experts link Sony hackers to campaigns against targets in U.S., South Korea
25/02/16 13:56 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security. Cybersecurity researchers claim in a new report that the hackers who obliterated Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2014 were more prolific than previously thought &m...
» Breedlove: Russia a long-term threat to US
25/02/16 13:56 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Stars and Stripes. The U.S. military must rebuild in Europe to face a more aggressive Russia, whose advanced submarines, weapons systems and geographic advantage have the U.S. “playing zone defense,” the t...
» US: Puerto Rico gov't could shut down if denied bankruptcy
25/02/16 13:56 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Stars and Stripes. The U.S. Treasury Department is warning of a potential government shutdown in Puerto Rico and lengthy litigation if Congress doesn't approve a bankruptcy mechanism for the U.S. territory...
» Former Mexican President Responds to Trump: ‘I’m Not Going to Pay for That F—ing Wall!’
25/02/16 13:55 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Washington Free Beacon. One of Donald Trump’s best-known campaign promises is building a wall at the southern border and getting Mexico to pay for it. It’s such a favorite with his supporters t...
» Egyptian Lawmaker Invited Israeli Ambassador to Egypt to Dinner
25/02/16 13:55 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Washington Free Beacon. JERUSALEM—Consigned to the diplomatic shadows in Cairo for the past two years as Israel’s ambassador to Egypt, Haim Koren splashed across the Egyptian media this week after an Egypt...
» Годовщина убийства Бориса Немцова
25/02/16 13:54 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from golosamerikius's YouTube Videos. From: golosamerikius Duration: 02:18 Его именем назовут улицу или сквер в Вильнюсе Originally published at - http://www.golos-ameriki.ru/media/video/nemtsov-murder-year...
» Эдгарс Ринкевичс о политике сдерживания России
25/02/16 13:54 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from golosamerikius's YouTube Videos. From: golosamerikius Duration: 02:17 Визит министра иностранных дел Латвии в США Originally published at - http://www.golos-ameriki.ru/media/video/edgars-rinkevics/3207...
» US Officials: Russia Mulling More Ground Troops for Syria
25/02/16 13:53 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. Top U.S. intelligence officials are raising concerns Russia may not be completely committed to a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Syria. Director of National Intelligence James Clap...
» Putin's alleged son-in-law in top 10 list of Russian state contract winners
25/02/16 13:52 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia | The Guardian. Kirill Shamalov is fourth in the annual ranking by the Russian edition of Forbes magazine A businessman believed to be the son-in-law of Vladimir Putin has made it into an annual top...
» Ground Branch: The CIA's covert alternative to special operations ...
25/02/16 13:00 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from cia - Google Blog Search. ... Applications Group (formerly known as Delta Force). They wore civilian clothes and were equipped with the most advanced light weaponry on the planet,” writes former CIA ...
» Will FBI Take a Bite Out of Apple? Former CIA Agent on Showdown Between Apple & U.S. Government - Democracy Now!
25/02/16 12:59 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from fbi - Google News. Democracy Now! Will FBI Take a Bite Out of Apple? Former CIA Agent on Showdown Between Apple & U.S. Government Democracy Now! As the government continues to take a bite out of Apple,...
» Americans Are Still Flying Blind on Drones
25/02/16 12:59 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > United States Defense and Military Forces. A new report gives President Obama shockingly poor ratings on critical aspects of drone policy.
» Trump knows exactly what he’s doing
25/02/16 12:59 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Stars and Stripes. Trump’s campaign isn’t all that chaotic. It’s a well-designed amalgam of old and new that makes good use of the candidate’s reality-TV strengths.
» Help Russia’s human rights activists in tough times
25/02/16 12:59 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Stars and Stripes. Surely the project of defending freedom in Russia is worth pursuing while there are Russians willing to stand up for it.
» Obama administration, FBI must act to restore US government's credibility in Apple's encryption debate - Apple Insider
25/02/16 12:58 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from james b. comey - Google News. Apple Insider Obama administration, FBI must act to restore US government's credibility in Apple's encryption debate Apple Insider Actions by the leadership of the Federal Bur...
» Argentine justice crusader Nisman was murdered, prosecutor says
25/02/16 12:58 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from DEBKAFile. February 25, 2016, 6:55 PM (IDT) A senior Argentinian prosecutor testified in Buenos Aires on Thursday that to the best of his knowledge, special prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who was found dead in...
» Apple fight about profits, not principle - Philly.com (blog)
25/02/16 12:58 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from james b. comey - Google News. Philly.com (blog) Apple fight about profits, not principle Philly.com (blog) That is, Apple's phones are encrypted because encryption allows Apple to sell more phones. No doub...
» Obama Opposes New Pro-Israel Measures, Will Not Follow Provisions to Help Jewish State
25/02/16 12:57 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Washington Free Beacon. President Barack Obama has announced in a rare statement that he will not follow newly passed measures aimed at boosting the Israeli economy and strengthening ties between the Unite...
» House chairman: Military files, emails deleted amid probe
25/02/16 12:57 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Stars and Stripes News. The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Thursday that personnel at U.S. Central Command have deleted files and emails amid allegations that intelligence assessments we...
» Putin Ally Arkady Rotenberg Received Most State Orders in 2015
25/02/16 12:56 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from The Moscow Times Top Stories. Russian businessman and judo partner of President Vladimir Putin, Arkady Rotenberg, holds first place in this year's ranking of "the kings of state orders," published by the R...
» Russia, Syrian army pound rebels ahead of fighting halt - Reuters
25/02/16 12:56 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. Reuters Russia , Syrian army pound rebels ahead of fighting halt Reuters BEIRUT Russian warplanes bombed Syrian rebel-held areas in northwestern Syria and government forces pounded a ...
» Putin’s Double Game: Yes to Syrian Ceasefire – No to Halting Russian-led Offensive
25/02/16 12:02 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from DEBKAFile. February 25, 2016, 6:56 PM (IDT) Putin, Rouhani and Assad plan to use the Syrian ceasefire loophole for further conquests. Their next targets are Idlib in the north, on the Turkish border and co...
» Secret Hizballah Chemical Arms, Dirty Bombs Complex in Syria
25/02/16 12:02 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from DEBKAFile. February 25, 2016, 6:56 PM (IDT) Hizballah has converted the former resort town of Zabadani into a fortified compound for the secret manufacture of chemical weapons and dirty bombs.
» Russia Poses 'Existential Threat' To West
25/02/16 11:59 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. W ASHINGTON -- NATO's top military commander says Russia has decided to become an "adversary" of the West and presents an "existential threat" to the United States and it...
» E-cigarette battery explodes in Ky. man's pocket - USA TODAY
25/02/16 10:58 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. USA TODAY E-cigarette battery explodes in Ky. man's pocket USA TODAY A Kentucky man was hospitalized Saturday after an e-cigarette battery exploded in his pocket. Josh Hamilton i...
» Egypt's Sisi under attack on social media after television speech
25/02/16 10:58 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. CAIRO (Reuters) - President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who once enjoyed widespread popular support, has come under withering criticism from Egyptians on social media after delivering a long...
» EU has 10 days to see progress on migrant crisis or Schengen unravels: EU commissioner
25/02/16 10:58 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union has 10 more days to see significantly lower inflows of migrants and refugees from Turkey "or else there is risk the whole system will completely bre...
» Syria govt. says Nusra Front allies fire mortars on capital, one dead
25/02/16 10:57 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. AMMAN (Reuters) - The Syrian government said groups associated with al Qaeda offshoot Nusra Front fired mortars onto residential areas of the capital on Thursday, killing at least one ...
» FBI's Comey: Litigation Isn't About Sending Message - Bloomberg
25/02/16 10:56 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from james b. comey - Google News. Bloomberg FBI's Comey : Litigation Isn't About Sending Message Bloomberg FBI Director James B . Comey testifies at a hearing. (Source: Bloomberg). Most Recent Videos. Investin...
» Курдское ополчение поддержало прекращение боевых действий в Сирии - РИА Новости
25/02/16 10:56 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from В мире – Новости Google. ТАСС Курдское ополчение поддержало прекращение боевых действий в Сирии РИА Новости Командование Курдских сил самообороны заявило, что положительно относится к заявлению России и СШ...
» UN to name new date for Syrian peace talks
25/02/16 10:56 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia | The Guardian. Renewed diplomatic momentum follows US-Russian brokered ceasefire The United Nations will on Friday name a new date for Syrian peace talks to recommence, the UN’s Syrian special envo...
» How Russia's oil giant could beat sanctions - CNBC
25/02/16 10:55 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. CNBC How Russia's oil giant could beat sanctions CNBC Russia's Rosneft is awaiting a European court ruling on what it claims are illegal sanctions linked to Moscow's involvement in Uk...
» Kabul Says Pakistan Tasked With Bringing 10 Taliban To Peace Talks
25/02/16 10:55 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. A senior Afghan official says Pakistan has been tasked with bringing a group of 10 influential Taliban representatives to Islamabad during the first week of March to take...
» Putin Praises Union State With Belarus At Minsk Meeting
25/02/16 10:54 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Russian President Vladimir Putin says the Union State of Russia and Belarus is continuing to develop and is setting the tone for relations between all countries that once...
» Iran's Elections: A Battle For The Future Of The Islamic Revolution
25/02/16 09:41 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Iranians go to the polls on February 26 in elections that could have far-reaching consequences for the future of the Islamic republic.
» Explosives, ammunition found near Turkish capital Ankara: local governor
25/02/16 09:40 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. ANKARA (Reuters) - Explosives and ammunition were found close to a armed police checkpoint on a road connecting the Turkish capital of Ankara to the coastal city of Samsun, the local g...
» EU Ministers Clash Over How to Cut Migrant Influx
25/02/16 09:40 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. European interior ministers on Thursday clashed over how to reduce the migrant influx into the continent, with Greece warning it may veto European Union policies if its territory becom...
» Syrian government retakes town near Aleppo road from Islamic State: Observatory
25/02/16 09:40 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government forces backed by heavy Russian air strikes recaptured a town seized by Islamic State near the road used by the army to access Aleppo, though the ro...
» Russian jets in Syria pound Latakia ahead of fighting halt
25/02/16 09:39 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. BEIRUT (Reuters) - Russia bombed Syrian rebel-held areas in northwestern Syria on Thursday as government forces sought to take more ground at the Turkish border, ahead of a planned hal...
» Hamas not seeking a war with Israel, says top official
25/02/16 09:39 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. GAZA (Reuters) - A senior leader of the Islamist group Hamas said the Palestinian movement was not seeking a new war with Israel and insisted a network of tunnels it is digging, some o...
» Exclusive: Ally of Ukrainian president accused of meddling in prosecution
25/02/16 09:39 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. KIEV (Reuters) - An ally of Ukraine's president has been accused by a former Ukrainian prosecutor of interfering in law enforcement.
» Harvard abolishes 'master' in titles
25/02/16 09:38 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from BBC News - World. Harvard University in the US is going to remove the word "master" from academic titles, after protests from students who clamed the title had echoes of slavery.
» House Judiciary Committee unanimously supports Rep. Watkins' bill to increase time served for attempted murder of ... - Berea Online
25/02/16 09:38 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from house judiciary committee - Google News. Berea Online House Judiciary Committee unanimously supports Rep. Watkins' bill to increase time served for attempted murder of ... Berea Online State Rep. Gerald Wa...
» Tim Cook: Protecting America from itself — and protecting Apple from America - Washington Post
25/02/16 09:37 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from james b. comey - Google News. Washington Post Tim Cook: Protecting America from itself — and protecting Apple from America Washington Post FBI Director James B . Comey has personally challenged Cook's stan...
» Armenia and Russia start being a formidable military alliance - Pravda
25/02/16 08:59 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. Pravda Armenia and Russia start being a formidable military alliance Pravda The Russian army keeps expending its military might and can threaten interests of countries, which are situ...
» Sexual Abuse By Top DJs Overlooked at BBC, Report Finds
25/02/16 08:59 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World – TIME.   Britain’s national broadcaster has revealed the results of an investigation into sexual abuse committed by high profile DJs at the corporation, concluding some BBC staff and memb...
» Syrian army, with help of Russian airstrikes, takes town from ISIS - Fox News
25/02/16 08:47 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World - Google News. U.S. News & World Report Syrian army, with help of Russian airstrikes, takes town from ISIS Fox News BEIRUT – Syrian government troops backed by Russian airstrikes recaptured a town in...
» EU ministers demand drop in migrant flows from Turkey before March 7 summit
25/02/16 08:46 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Reuters: World News. BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union ministers on Thursday raised the prospect of further tightening unilateral border controls unless there was a sharp drop in the number of migrants a...
» U.S., Russia Exchange Information On Planned Syria Cease-Fire
25/02/16 08:46 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. The Kremlin has said that Moscow and Washington have been exchanging information about a planned cease-fire in Syria that is due to come into effect on February 27.
» ELECTRONIC WEAPONS: Newer Is Not Always A Lot Better
25/02/16 08:45 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from StrategyPage.com. None
» NATO investigates allegations of foreign troop role in hospital raid
25/02/16 08:44 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Stars and Stripes. The U.S.-led military coalition in Afghanistan opened an investigation on Thursday into accusations that government troops accompanied by foreigners executed three people in a raid on a ...
» Hayden: Congress must act on crypto fight - FedScoop
25/02/16 08:44 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from James R. Clapper Jr. - Google News. FedScoop Hayden: Congress must act on crypto fight FedScoop Hayden noted that for the past three years, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper had identified po...
» Forensic experts to probe alleged poisoning of Nobel Laureate poet Neruda
25/02/16 08:43 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from intelNews.org. Two teams of international experts will examine the exhumed remains of Chilean Nobel Laureate poet Pablo Neruda, who some say was deliberately injected with poison by the Chilean intelligenc...
» House Judiciary Committee Approves Bill Requiring Muslim Brotherhood be Designated Terrorist Organization - HSToday
25/02/16 08:43 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from house judiciary committee - Google News. Breitbart News House Judiciary Committee Approves Bill Requiring Muslim Brotherhood be Designated Terrorist Organization HSToday According to the House judiciary co...
» Apple boss Tim Cook hits back at FBI investigation - BBC News
25/02/16 08:41 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from fbi - Google News. BBC News Apple boss Tim Cook hits back at FBI investigation BBC News Apple boss Tim Cook has hit back at the FBI over the handling of a court order to help unlock the iPhone of San Berna...
» Ex-CIA boss Hayden: I'd be 'frightened' by Trump presidency - BBC News
25/02/16 08:32 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from cia - Google News. BBC News Ex- CIA boss Hayden: I'd be 'frightened' by Trump presidency BBC News Ex- CIA boss Hayden: I'd be 'frightened' by Trump presidency. 3 hours ago. The former director of the Centr...
» CIA chief: US and Russian spies still working closely - EUobserver
25/02/16 08:32 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from cia - Google News. EUobserver CIA chief: US and Russian spies still working closely EUobserver Speaking to National Public Radio on Wednesday (24 February), the director of the Central Intelligence Agency ...
» The Early Edition: February 25, 2016
25/02/16 08:31 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Just Security. Nadia O'Mara Before the start of business,  Just Security  provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news. IRAQ and SYRIA Russian Preside...
» Emil Pain on Why Many Post-Soviet Jewish Emigres from Russia Back Putin’s ‘Russian World’
25/02/16 08:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Window on Eurasia -- New Series. Paul Goble             Staunton, February 25 – Unlike the Jews who left the Soviet Union, many Jews who have left Rus...
» Time's running out to stop Trump
25/02/16 07:54 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . “Donald Trump scored a very impressive win in Nevada, taking 45.9% and 14 of the state’s 30 delegates to the GOP convention. But the Republican nomination is far from settled,” Rove wrote. |...
» GOP leaders, you must do everything in your power to stop Trump
25/02/16 07:46 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . The inside track on Washington politics. Be the first to know about new stories from PowerPost. Sign up to follow, and we’ll e-mail you free updates as they’re published. You’ll receive free...
» Bolivians rebuff president, in latest blow to Latin American left
25/02/16 07:45 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . The inside track on Washington politics. Be the first to know about new stories from PowerPost. Sign up to follow, and we’ll e-mail you free updates as they’re published. You’ll receive free...
» Justice Scalia spent his last hours with members of this secretive society of elite hunters
25/02/16 07:44 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . The inside track on Washington politics. Be the first to know about new stories from PowerPost. Sign up to follow, and we’ll e-mail you free updates as they’re published. You’ll receive free...
» How America became the love child of Kim Kardashian and Donald Trump
25/02/16 07:42 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from The Great Debate. After sailing to victory in Nevada and South Carolina and leaving the political establishment gobsmacked, Donald Trump has predicted that he will not only nab the GOP presidential nominat...
» VIDEO: Young, gay and afraid in America's Bible Belt
25/02/16 07:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from BBC News - World. America is deeply divided over cultural issues such as abortion, LGBT rights and religious freedom.
» A Kurdish Convergence in Syria
25/02/16 07:04 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Turkish opposition must not wreck a rare coalition of forces that has both Russian and American backing.
» Russian Opposition Battles Fear, Disunity Following Nemtsov's Death
25/02/16 07:02 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from The Moscow Times Top Stories. Ilya Yashin was in the middle of a press conference presenting a special report on the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, when a police officer tried to force everyone to leave th...
» In Reversal, Egypt Says Terrorists Downed Russian Jet Over Sinai
25/02/16 06:58 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > Russia. After months of cautious silence, Egypt acknowledged for the first time on Wednesday that terrorists had downed the Russian jet that broke up over its Sinai Peninsula in October.
» Stirrings of Labor Unrest Awaken as Russia’s Economic Chill Sets In
24/02/16 18:05 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from NYT > World. Visitors at the museum of Uralvagonzavod, the largest battle tank producer in the world. While workers who produce train cars at the factory have been put on two-thirds pay, the tank assemb...
» How Islamic State's Secret Banking Network Prospers
24/02/16 18:04 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. Every day, hundreds of money-exchange offices in Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Jordan funnel millions of dollars in and out of militant-held territory, despite financial sanctions intended t...
» Hungary Calls Referendum on EU Migrant Relocation Plan
24/02/16 18:04 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. Hungary’s government said it will call a national referendum on the European Union’s plan to resettle asylum seekers in Hungary, a move by Prime Minister Viktor Orban to gain political...
» Malaysia Panel: Probe of Money Transfers Into Najib's Accounts Should Continue
24/02/16 18:04 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. A regulatory body advised an antigraft agency to push ahead with a probe into transfers of millions of dollars into Prime Minister Najib Razak’s bank accounts.
» Egypt Admits Russian Plane Was Downed by Terrorists
24/02/16 18:04 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi says militants brought down a Russian passenger jet in October over the Sinai Peninsula, acknowledging for the first time that terrorism was resp...
» Photos of the Day: Feb. 24
24/02/16 18:04 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. In photos selected Wednesday by Wall Street Journal editors, an Indian milkman carries canisters, people protest plans for a gold and copper mine in Turkey, a recreational park is dest...
» Iran Detains U.S. Citizen
24/02/16 18:03 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from WSJ.com: World News. An 80-year-old man who holds citizenship in both the U.S. and Iran has been imprisoned in Iran, his family said. He is the father of Siamak Namazi, an Iranian-American businessman, arr...
» Pope Francis: ‘Isaiah was not a communist!’
24/02/16 18:03 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World. Wading again into the fraught issue of economic inequality and biblical teachings, Pope Francis on Wednesday (Feb. 24) spoke passionately about Isaiah’s warning to the greedy and assured thousands w...
» French president suggests Argentina help with Syrian crisis
24/02/16 18:02 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World. French President Francois Hollande is suggesting Argentina could help with the humanitarian crisis of Syrians fleeing civil war and risking their lives to migrate to Europe.
» Corker: The U.S. Is ‘Empowering Assad’ in Syria
24/02/16 18:02 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World – TIME. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair Bob Corker said Wednesday that the U.S. is “empowering [Syrian strongman Bashar] Assad,” despite years of calls from the Obama Administrat...
» Barack Obama tries to manage expectation over Syria ceasefire
24/02/16 18:01 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World news. President said that if some progress was made in Syria, that would lead to a political process to end the five-year-old war
» Israel accuses Iran of building up international terror cells
24/02/16 18:00 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World news. Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps is building a complex terror infrastructure including sleeping cells that are stockpiling armsand are ready to act on order including in Europe and America, sa...
» Website Claims Russian Battalion-owned Missile Downed MH17 Over Ukraine
24/02/16 18:00 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. A team of investigative journalists claims to have evidence showing that the missile that shot down a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine in July 2014 belonged to a Russian battalion that had...
» Syria on the Agenda as Jordan's King Visits White House
24/02/16 17:59 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from VOAvideo's YouTube Videos. From: VOAvideo Duration: 01:10 President Barack Obama is hosting Jordan's King Abdullah II at the White House on Wednesday for talks focused on the battle against the Islamic...
» Google's 'Next Generation' Atlas Robot Turns Heads - NBCNews.com
24/02/16 17:59 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. NBCNews.com Google's 'Next Generation' Atlas Robot Turns Heads NBCNews.com Google's robotics arm, Boston Dynamics, has released a video of a new version of its Atlas robot. The v...
» Charges against Rick Perry dismissed
24/02/16 17:57 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from BBC News - World. The highest criminal court in Texas drops a charge against Rick Perry of abuse of power during his time as governor of the US state of Texas.
» Russia soldiers 'linked' to MH17 crash
24/02/16 17:57 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from BBC News - World. A British-led investigative team says it has identified Russian soldiers who were likely involved in the shooting down of a Malaysian plane in 2014.
» Austria, Balkan nations, want full stop to migrant influx
24/02/16 17:56 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security. VIENNA (AP) - Overwhelmed by a wave of refugees and what they call indecision in the European Union, Austria and its southern neighbors along the Balkan migrant r...
» John Kerry: U.S. has sent to the Kurds 41,000 grenades and 60,000 anti-tank rounds
24/02/16 17:56 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from www.washingtontimes.com stories: Security. The Obama administration's reliance on Kurdish militants to fight the Islamic State has prompted deep friction with Turkey, but Secretary of State John F. Kerry s...
» Iraq veteran Patrick Murphy is sworn in as Army under secretary
24/02/16 17:55 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Stars and Stripes. Iraq war veteran Patrick Murphy was officially sworn in as the Army’s under secretary on Wednesday, about two months after the senate confirmed him for the position.
» Top NATO Official: Assertive Russia Threatens European Security
24/02/16 17:53 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Defense News - Home. Stoltenberg said the new unit approved by the United States and NATO's 27 other members will be multinational and rotate in and out of Eastern European member states rather than being ...
» The [Redacted] Truth: How the CIA Lies to Its Own Employees - Foreign Policy In Focus
24/02/16 17:53 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from cia - Google News. Foreign Policy In Focus The [Redacted] Truth: How the CIA Lies to Its Own Employees Foreign Policy In Focus The [Redacted] Truth: How the CIA Lies to Its Own Employees. When the CIA want...
» Why The CIA Likes, And Dislikes, Social Media - NPR
24/02/16 17:52 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from cia - Google News. NPR Why The CIA Likes, And Dislikes, Social Media NPR For example, how should the CIA conceal details about a spy who has been sharing information about herself online before joining the...
» Pentagon, CIA Prepare for Russia to Break Ceasefire in Syria - Breitbart News
24/02/16 17:52 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from cia - Google News. Breitbart News Pentagon, CIA Prepare for Russia to Break Ceasefire in Syria Breitbart News The Pentagon and CIA do not believe Russia will honor the ceasefire agreement in Syria arrived ...
» CIA Director: ISIS Is 'Much Larger Than Al-Qaida Ever Was' - NPR
24/02/16 17:52 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from cia - Google News. CIA Director: ISIS Is 'Much Larger Than Al-Qaida Ever Was' NPR Terror leaders captured by the U.S. would likely be subject to the laws of the nations in which they were caught, CIA Direc...
» Время Свободы - Итоговый выпуск - 24 февраля, 2016
24/02/16 17:51 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Радиопрограммы и подкасты - Радио Свобода. Итоги дня 24 февраля. "Международная амнистия" о нарушениях прав человека в России в 2015 году. Группа Bellingcat установила, кто из российских военных мог быть п...
» Detained Head Of Kazakh Journalists Union Transferred To House Arrest
24/02/16 17:51 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. An Almaty court has transferred to house arrest Seitqazy Mataev, the head of the Kazakh Journalists Union and the chairman of the National Press Club.
» Владимир Путин продолжил переговоры по сирийскому урегулированию - Российская Газета
24/02/16 17:51 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from В мире – Новости Google. Российская Газета Владимир Путин продолжил переговоры по сирийскому урегулированию Российская Газета Глава государства провел целую серию телефонных переговоров с коллегами. Речь ш...
» Pentagon Remains Skeptical Of Russia Regarding Syria Ceasefire - Daily Caller
24/02/16 17:50 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. New York Times Pentagon Remains Skeptical Of Russia Regarding Syria Ceasefire Daily Caller Resident carries an injured man through a site damaged from what activists said was an airst...
» Грани Времени. Почему был сдан Крым? - 24 февраля, 2016
24/02/16 17:50 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Радиопрограммы и подкасты - Радио Свобода. Совет национальной безопасности и обороны Украины (СНБОУ) обнародовал протокол своего секретного заседания от 28 февраля 2014 года, на котором обсуждался вопрос о...
» Ежегодный доклад Amnesty International
24/02/16 17:50 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from golosamerikius's YouTube Videos. From: golosamerikius Duration: 01:42 По мнению организации, ситуация с правами человека в мире в 2015 году ухудшилась Originally published at - http://www.golos-ameriki...
» В России все меньше свобод!
24/02/16 17:49 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from SvobodaRadio's YouTube Videos. From: SvobodaRadio Duration: 54:52 Ежегодный доклад правозащитной организации Amnesty International обсуждаем с главой Московской Хельсинкской группы Людмилой Алексеевой ...
» Erdogan sorry Russia lost friend like Turkey because of two pilots - Pravda
24/02/16 17:49 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. Pravda Erdogan sorry Russia lost friend like Turkey because of two pilots Pravda Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has again accused Russia of violating Turkish airspace. Accordi...
» Stalin rises again over Vladimir Putin's Russia, six decades after his death
24/02/16 17:49 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from The Independent - Europe. Sixty years on from Kruschev's 'secret speech' denouncing Stalin, Russia has still not fully acknowledged the horrors perpetrated by its dictator – and now there ar...
» February 24, 2016
24/02/16 17:48 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Voice of America. A look at the best news photos from around the world.
» Ethnic Russian Muslims an Increasing Problem for Moscow, Experts Say
24/02/16 17:47 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Window on Eurasia -- New Series. Paul Goble             Staunton, February 23 – In one of the longest, most closely researched and heavily footnoted s...
» Teen from Russia wins 30-day hotel stay with porn star, says 'she has got good sizes' - New York Daily News
24/02/16 17:47 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. New York Daily News Teen from Russia wins 30-day hotel stay with porn star, says 'she has got good sizes' New York Daily News Wet dreams do come true. A 16-year-old boy from Russia ha...
» Минобороны РФ: карта военной обстановки в Сирии передана посольству США - ИА REGNUM
24/02/16 17:46 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from В мире – Новости Google. РИА Новости Минобороны РФ: карта военной обстановки в Сирии передана посольству США ИА REGNUM Москва, 24 Февраля 2016, 23:21 — REGNUM Министерство обороны Российской Федерации пере...
» People living in ex-Habsburg Empire territories 'have higher trust in justice systems'
24/02/16 17:46 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from The Independent - Europe. Research suggests dynasty's talent for instilling obedience in its subjects is still ingrained several generations on
» Russia flies spy planes over our heads multiple times a year — and the US is cool with it - PRI
24/02/16 17:46 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. PRI Russia flies spy planes over our heads multiple times a year — and the US is cool with it PRI For more than two decades, Russia has flown its own spy planes over the US — with our...
» Почему был сдан Крым?
24/02/16 17:46 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from SvobodaRadio's YouTube Videos. From: SvobodaRadio Duration: 53:41 Историческую роль заседания СНБОУ от 28 февраля 2014 года и позиции его участников анализируют военные эксперты Александр Гольц, Игорь ...
» The Daily Vertical: Russia’s Spooks And Crooks
24/02/16 17:45 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from The Interpreter. The Daily Vertical is an RFE/RL video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via   Twitter @PowerVertical  or on the  Power Vertical Face...
» The Great Manipulator
24/02/16 17:45 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from The Interpreter. Dmitry Medvedev recently played a telling little head game. When the Russian prime minister said at the Munich Security Conference that Moscow and the West had “slid into a new Cold ...
» Russia using Syria to run circles around U.S. (Opinion)
24/02/16 16:18 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . In October, when Russia started bombing Syria, Obama confidently predicted that Putin would regret his decision to enter the Syrian civil war. "An attempt by Russia and Iran to prop up Assad and try to pacify...
» ТАСС: Политика - Погибший в Сирии российский военный советник представлен к госнаграде
24/02/16 15:30 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from ТАСС. МОСКВА, 3 февраля. /ТАСС/. Погибший в i...
» Videos claiming to show US missiles killing senior Russian military officials
24/02/16 15:08 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from News | Mail Online. Members of the CIA-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) have published a video purporting to show them killing senior Russian military officials with US-made TOW anti-tank missiles in Syria , ...
» 'Russian generals killed' by massive car bomb at Latakia military base
24/02/16 14:44 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from IBTimes.co.uk : Top News. Syrian militant groups have claimed responsibility for a car bomb that killed several Russian military personal in the town of Latakia, according to reports. Ahrar al-Sham and Bay...
» Report: Dozens of Russian generals in Syria killed after a car bomb hits their military base - Middle East
24/02/16 14:42 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . Dozens of Russian generals at a military base near the eastern Syrian city of Latakia were killed Sunday afternoon in a deadly car bomb attack committed by two opposition factions, Ahrar al-Sham and Bayan mov...
» Health Minister Litzman likens gays to sinners as Knesset votes down LGBT rights bills
24/02/16 14:35 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Israel News Review. Opposition calls out coalition politicians who spoke in favor of gay rights but voted against them.
» Report: Dozens of Russian generals in Syria killed after a car bomb hits their military base
24/02/16 14:32 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Israel News Review. The military base that was hit by the car bomb is considered one of the most important military centers of the Russian forces on the Syrian coast, located some 15 kilometers from Latakia.
» Netanyahu phones Putin for clarifications on the South Syrian ceasefire
24/02/16 14:30 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Israel News Review. February 24, 2016, 7:16 PM (IDT) Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu phoned President Vladimir Putin Wednesday Feb. 24, to find out how the partial Syrian ceasefire due to go into effect ...
» Military Intelligence chief: Deterioration in Gaza endangers Israel
24/02/16 14:29 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Israel News Review. Herzl Halevi says conditions in Gaaza may causean explosion of violence against Israel, while Hamas warns that such an epxlosion is inevitable unless exit route is created.
» CIA Director John Brennan Backs FBI in Apple Privacy Debate - ABC News
24/02/16 14:28 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from FBI News Review. CIA Director John Brennan Backs FBI in Apple Privacy Debate ABC News The FBI has a “legitimate basis to try to understand” what is on the San Bernardino shooter's cellphone, CIA Director J...
» Georgy Mirsky on Putin, Ukraine, and Russia | Travels and ...
24/02/16 14:26 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from anti-americanism in russia - Google Blog Search. Anti - Americanism in Russia is a popular, spontaneous sentiment resulting from the loss of superpower status and feeling of humiliation that Russia had bee...
» U.S. Senate Reading of George Washington's Farewell Address
24/02/16 14:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from C-SPAN.org | National Politics | History | Nonfiction Books. U.S. Senate Reading of George Washington's Farewell Address Washington Journal 2/22/2016 Began Airing 7:00am EST Americans for Tax Reform Presid...
» Rahm Emanuel Partners Donate $5 million to Anti-Trump PAC
24/02/16 14:20 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Breitbart News Network. Rahm Emanuel Partners Donate $5 million to Anti-Trump PAC Team Rubio: Marco Bible Video ’Another Dirty Trick’ from Cruz Campaign Charlie Spiering Coulter: Rubio Running ‘Anti-White’...
» CNN exclusive: Harry Reid endorses Hillary Clinton - CNN
24/02/16 13:37 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. CNN CNN exclusive: Harry Reid endorses Hillary Clinton CNN By Manu Raju, Senior Political Reporter. Updated 12:58 PM ET, Wed February 24, 2016. harry reid endorses hillary clinto...
» Obama sounds cautious note about pending Syrian cease-fire
24/02/16 13:36 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Stars and Stripes News. President Barack Obama sounded a cautious note Wednesday about steps the U.S. and Russia are taking to put in place a cease-fire to help end the Syrian civil war, while citing progr...
» Senate continues hold on Army secretary nominee
24/02/16 13:35 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Stars and Stripes News. President Barack Obama’s release of the plan to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center means the Republican hold on the nominee to be the next Army secretary might not end anytim...
» Migrants Pile Up At Serb-Macedonian Border
24/02/16 13:34 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from rferlonline's YouTube Videos. From: rferlonline Duration: 02:45 As countries across the Balkans prevent migrants crossing their frontiers, large numbers of people are finding themselves stuck at variou...
» Major Russian Museum Sends Rarely Loaned Portraits to London - New York Times
24/02/16 13:34 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Russia - Google News. Major Russian Museum Sends Rarely Loaned Portraits to London New York Times MOSCOW — The staff of Moscow's Tretyakov Gallery is packing up some of Russia's finest paintings to send to...
» Американские законодатели сомневаются, что Россия выполнит соглашение по Сирии
24/02/16 13:33 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from golosamerikius's YouTube Videos. From: golosamerikius Duration: 01:33 Госсекретарь Керри заверил сенаторов, что администрация разрабатывает план действий на случай если переговорный процесс провалится ...
» Melania Trump Backs Husband's Views on Immigration and Muslims - New York Times
24/02/16 13:14 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Top Stories - Google News. New York Times Melania Trump Backs Husband's Views on Immigration and Muslims New York Times Melania Trump was with her husband, Donald J. Trump, at a campaign rally in Mancheste...
» Hero Rats: Giant rodents used to sniff out mines in Cambodia, in pictures
24/02/16 13:13 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World news. In pics: African giant pouched rats used to find buried explosives in Cambodia
» Israel says Iran building terror network in Europe, US
24/02/16 13:11 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from World. Israel’s defense minister is accusing Iran of building an international terror network that includes “sleeper cells” that are stockpiling arms, intelligence and operatives to be ready to strike on c...
» Japan's critical infrastructure under 'escalating' cyber attack, says report - ZDNet
24/02/16 13:08 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Cyber Warfare - Google News. ZDNet Japan's critical infrastructure under 'escalating' cyber attack , says report ZDNet The research arm of security company Cylance, SPEAR, has released a report entitled Op...
» Gentleman Spymaster
24/02/16 13:06 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Intelligence Analysis and Reporting. Title:                      Gentleman Spymaster Author:                 Geoffrey Elliott Elliott, Geoffrey (2011) . Gentleman Spymaster: How Lt. Col. Tommy “Tar” Robert...
» Netanyahu appoints a new national security adviser
24/02/16 13:05 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from DEBKAFile. February 24, 2016, 6:37 PM (IDT) Brig.-Gen (res) Avriel Bar-Yosef, 61, has been appointed Director of Israel’s National Security Council and Adviser to Binyamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minist...
» Putin goes on diplomatic blitz seeking to bolster Syrian cease-fire deal
24/02/16 13:04 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Stars and Stripes. Russian President Vladimir Putin worked Wednesday to place himself in the center of efforts to bring a Syrian cease-fire, speaking by phone to the leaders of Syria, Saudi Arabia and Iran...
» The exotic new weapons the Pentagon wants to deter Russia and China
24/02/16 12:38 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from David Ignatius. The inside track on Washington politics. Be the first to know about new stories from PowerPost. Sign up to follow, and we’ll e-mail you free updates as they’re published. You ...
» To Keep America Safe, Embrace Drone Warfare
24/02/16 12:21 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . “ARE you sure they’re there?” the decision maker asks. “They” are Qaeda operatives who have been planning attacks against the United States. “Yes, sir,” the intellige...
» Scalia Autopsy Decision Divides Pathologists
24/02/16 12:18 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . WASHINGTON — Should an autopsy have been performed on the body of Justice Antonin Scalia ? When a Texas justice of the peace certified that the 79-year-old Supreme Court justice had died from natural ca...
» Ramzan Kadyrov: Putin's 'sniper' in Chechnya
24/02/16 11:44 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story . As police and soldiers, the Kadyrovtsy have proven themselves effective against the Islamist insurgency that the Chechen separatist movement mutated into, effectively wiping out the rebellion and pushing its ...
» На авиабазе Хмеймим начал работу Координационный центр по примирению враждующих сторон на территории Сирии
24/02/16 10:35 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from RSS. За двое суток прекращены в боевые действия в н.п. ДЖАВАЛИК (провинция ХОМС) и н.п. ГНАЙМИЯ, ЛАУЛЯТ и БОРДЖ ИСЛАМ (провинция ЛАТАКИЯ).
» Syrian, Russian warplanes pound Islamic State with eye on key road
24/02/16 10:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Stars and Stripes News. Russian and Syrian warplanes and artillery pounded Islamic State positions near Aleppo on Wednesday, a group monitoring the conflict said, trying to regain access to a strategic roa...
» Trump's decisive Nevada win pushes him nearer to nomination
24/02/16 10:22 from Mike Nova's Shared Newslinks
mikenova shared this story from Stars and Stripes News. Donald Trump's dominating victory in the Nevada caucuses pushes him further out ahead of his nearest competitors for the Republican presidential nomination, giving his unorthodox ca...
» How Donald Trump dominated Nevada, in one word: Anger
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As the battle between Apple and the FBI continues, today, Apple filed a motion to vacate the order from the federal government to assist the FBI in accessing the locked and encrypted iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino terrorists.
Apple’s lawyers are invoking First and Fifth Amendment violations as defense against the motion to compel the technology giant. In citing the First Amendment, they argue that
if code is considered speech, then the government is compelling the company to say something that it certainly does not want to by pressuring it to cooperate with law enforcement. Wired’s Kim Zetter outlines why this argument might just work here.
During an interview with ABC News, Apple chief Tim Cook likened the U.S. government's request as asking his company to engineer the “software equivalent of cancer.” Mr. Cook stated, “This is not about one phone. This case is about the future. Can the government compel Apple to write software that we believe would make hundreds of millions of customers vulnerable around the world?” Arecent poll conducted by Reuters and Ipsos concludes that nearly half of Americans support Apple’s claim.
Even then, the New York Times reports thatApple has begun to develop new security measures that would make it impossible for anyone, including the government and even Apple itself, from breaking into locked iPhones. The Times writes that if the company succeeds in upgrading its security—and according to some experts it certainly will—Apple “will create a significant technical challenge for law enforcement agencies,” and would “most likely prompt a new cycle of court fights and, yet again, more technical fixes by Apple.”
From one battle to another long fight, the Islamic State has released a new video threatening Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in response to their respected companies’ increased efforts to block terrorist content online. The Guardian shares that the latest video features both Dorsey's and Zuckerberg’s faces depicted with mock bullet holes. The newest video by the terrorist group proclaims, “If you close one account we will take 10 in return and soon your names will be erased after we delete you...Allah willing, and will know that we say is true.” As the Guardianwrites, according to a Twitter spokesman, the company would not release a response because “it just happens all the time.” Twitter and Facebook’s new measures to counter terrorist messaging online ispart of a wider campaignby the federal government to recruit tech companies, community organizations, and other private groups to aid its efforts to disrupt online radicalization.
Even as the group’s messaging is being countered online, the Islamic State now reportedly possesses a “fast and effective” supply chain for creating improvised explosive devices that operates below the radar of international rules designed to halt weapon sales. The Military Times tells us that the main components of the Islamic State’s featured weapons—including chemicals, fuses, and cell phones—are not subjected to traditional export controls because “they have viable commercial and industrial uses.”
The Daily Beast contends that the Islamic State may be losing its capital city of Raqqa as it continues to make strides towards other cities in western Syria. The Beast writes that some defense officials are cautiously hoping that the Islamic State is losing ground around its capital and seeking out any city in Syria where it might grow. Last week’s attack in Homs and another in Damascus’ southern outskirts, which killed at least 200 hundred people, may indicate the pseudo-state’s push towards those cities.
In recent weeks, the Islamic State has also been expanding in Libya. The New York Times shares a pieceon the shifting military and political calculus in LibyaToday, the Islamic State’s leader in the western city of Sabratha was arrested by a Libyan militia force. The AP reports that the Islamic State leader, Mohammed Saad al-Tajouri, was detained and dozens of Islamic State militants were killed during a gun battle with the Special Deterrent Force, a Libyan militia loyal to the Islamist-backed government in Tripoli.
In other Islamic State news, Serbia asserted that two of its diplomats, who were kidnapped in Sabratha last year, were killed in a U.S. drone strike last week which targeted the pseudo-state. However, the U.S. military believesthat the drone strike did not kill the Serbian diplomats, and alleges that they were actually killed by a separate criminal group which used the drone strike as an opportunity to “pass off their deaths,” according to the Washington Post.
On a somewhat lighter note, the Islamic State is being mocked on social media because the blood used in the terrorist group’s propaganda videos is actually a fruity soda named Vimto. It remains unclear whether Vimto is also the Islamic
State's official beverage.
Moving right along to unrest in Syria, the Washington Post reports that there is widespread uncertainty on how the planned ceasefire will be implemented and monitored. Only a few days prior to implementation, the Post writes that no one really knows what is likely to happen if the agreement does not hold.
Syria’s opposition forces are supporting the two-week truce to test the seriousness of the other side’s commitment for a “cessation of hostilities.” Reuters shares that a statement from the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) indicated that the committee “views a temporary two-week truce as a chance to establish how serious the other side is in committing to the points of the agreement.” Members of the HNC welcome the plan, but outlined a list of criticisms that need to be implemented before any truce could be reached.
With the ceasefire deadline approaching, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin attempted to place himself in the center of efforts in order to secure a Syrian ceasefire yesterday. According to theWashington Post, President Putin “bridged both sides of the conflict… and portrayed himself as bolstering the chances of a cessation of hostilities agreed to by Washington and Moscow earlier this week.” Putin’s “diplomatic blitz” included telephone conversations with leaders from Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Iran.
For the first time after months of silence from the Egyptian government, Egypt has finally recognized that terrorists did, in fact, down the Russian jetliner that exploded over the Sinai Peninsula last fall. The New York Times reports that the Egyptian authorities announced the unexpected admission after urging Egyptians and the world to await the results of an international investigation it is currently leading into of the crash.
As Egypt admits what most of us already knew, Iran justifies our skepticism about Iranian politics as it is set to hold its national election. According to the Washington Post, viewing elections in the Islamic Republic with
caution “is a justified temptation." To limit such skepticism, the Post outlines what you should know about the elections here.
Speaking of Iran, today, Israel’s defense minister accused Iran of building an international terror network that includes “sleeper cells, that are stockpiling arms, intelligence, and operatives to carry out strikes in Europe and the United States." The AP tells us that Israeli defense minister Moshe Yaalon said that Iran aims to destabilize the Middle East and other parts of the world and additionally is training, funding, and arming “emissaries” to spread a revolution.
While Iran allegedly plots a world revolution, Defense News reports that Pakistan has launched a push on the remaining Pakistani Taliban (TTP) militants “holed up” in the remote Shawal Valley bordering Afghanistan. Pakistan’s Shawal Valley campaign is the final phase of Operation Zarb-e-Azb, a maneuver that has steadily driven the TTP and its allies and affiliates out of sanctuaries in North Waziristan since June 2014. Defense News shares that since the launch of the campaign, terrorist attacks across Pakistan have fallen sharply.
Pakistan police also successfully raidedtwo militant hideouts in the outskirts of Karachi that sparked a shootout that resulted in 12 dead militants. According to a Pakistani senior police officer, seven of the men belonged to Pakistan’s anti-Shia Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and the other five belonged to al-Qaeda’s branch in the Indian subcontinent. Police forces also recovered bomb-making materials, guns, and assault rifles from the hideouts.
Over in the South China Sea, China allegedly “really needs” its defenses in the disputed waters so that it can face “a militarization process being pushed by the United States,”Reuters reports. China and the United States have sparred over the past week over reports that China is deploying advanced missiles, fighters, and radar equipment to the South China Sea. China’s claim that it “needs” its defenses is only the latest in mounting tensions in the heavily disputed waters.
In another set of tensions, South Korea and China engaged in a blunt diplomatic disputethat resulted in Seoul telling Beijing not to intervene in its talks with the United States regarding the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), a missile defense system designed by the United States to counter North Korea’s nuclear and missile capabilities. China has been vehemently opposed to THAAD. According to the Diplomat, today, China’s ambassador to South Korea warned that THAAD could “destroy” the Chinese’s relationship with South Korea. Read more on that claim here.
The Daily Beast has the lateston former NSA and CIA Director Michael Hayden’s new memoir,Playing By the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror. But also check out our event on March 11 where our own Ben Wittes will interview General Hayden on his book at the Hoover Institution.
Lots of criticism followed President Obama’s submission of a plan to close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center to Congress. Primarily, Congress has questioned where the remaining detainees will be transferred once they are in the United States. The Military Times reports that the Pentagon has stated that “the choice on where to relocate the prisoners was up to Congress,” as the plan submitted by the President on Tuesday deliberately did not include any locations. The only problem though is the fact that transferring GTMO detainees to the United States is still illegal, so says Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
Meanwhile, Senate Republicans on the Armed Services Committee have called President Obama’s plan “gibberish.” According to Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), this gibberish plan will have Capitol Hill hearings, but the plan will likely not advance beyond that, the Hill writes. Senator Graham has called upon his Democratic and Republican colleagues to put a better idea forward, if they have one at least. However, Republicans in the House of Representatives are prepared to launch a legal action in case President Obama tries to transfer detainees to the United States. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan told reporters that President Obama’s actions would be against the law because it would violate the ban on detainee transfers passed by Congress last year.
In other GTMO news, an accused 9/11 plotter testified for more than two hours yesterday that someone is intentionally making noise and vibrations inside the maximum-security prison. In his statement, Ramzi bin al-Shibh stated that when he protested the noise, a U.S. Navy psychiatrist drugged him. Al-Shibh also remarked that “they make all my life...upside down. I can’t concentrate. I can't’ read. I can’t sleep. I can’t pray. I can’t do anything.” Read more from the Miami Herald here.
Senator Mark Warner and Representative Michael McCaul are prepared to create a commission to find answers to the major questions surrounding the security issues in the ongoing encryption debate. The Federal Times reports that the two lawmakers will “introduce legislation next week to establish an independent commission to define the issues around digital security and propose solutions that will keep citizen data safe.” While we await the creation of this commission,the Justice Department as requested$38 million in order to build tools that will be able to circumvent strong encryption and grant law enforcement access to this type of data.
Yesterday, President Obama signed legislation that would extend U.S. privacy protections to citizens of allied countries. The legislation will also allow foreigners to sue the U.S. government if their personal data is unlawfully disclosed. The AP has more here.
Remember the hackers that took down Sony Pictures in late 2014? The Washington Post reports that they are still active and attacking other targets elsewhere in the world. The Post has more on this “Lazarus Group,” here.
Parting Shot: Have you sensed a disturbance in the Force? Defense Department officials pitched research ideas to Congress yesterday inclusing a plan for high-powered “Star Wars”-style lasers coming to military vehicles. The Military Times outlines the proposal that might come in a few years… or decades… or centuries. Regardless, it's still cool to think about!
ICYMI: Yesterday, on Lawfare
Francesca Procaccini outlined the 9/11 military commissions trial’s 2/22 session.
Jack Goldsmith and Ben invited us to the next Hoover Book Soiree featuring General Michael Hayden and his new book, Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror.
Nicholas Weaver shined a light on Syed Farook’s activity and questioned whether the FBI considered taking a look at what kind of information marketing companies collect.
Paul Rosenzweig flagged a Washington Post article by David Ignatius that reported on the Department of Defense’s “third offset strategy,” and shared some of his thoughts.
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Republican Candidates Squabble Over Immigration, Foreign Policy

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The latest debate among Republican candidates for the U.S. presidency Thursday turned into a shouting match as the candidates tackled issues such as illegal immigration, U.S. policy in the Middle East and transparency of candidates' tax records.
Billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump repeated his claim that he would make Mexico pay for the wall he has proposed building on the U.S. southern border to curb illegal immigration, and because of objections from Mexican leaders on the issue, he said, "the wall just got 10 feet higher."
His closest rivals, Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Texas Senator Ted Cruz, accused Trump of using illegal immigrant labor in some of his high-profile building projects. Both said Trump was forced to pay a $1 million fine for hiring illegal immigrants.
FILE - Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla, speaks at a rally in Reno, Nevada, Feb. 22, 2016. Both Rubio and Cruz stated their willingness to make public their tax records and criticized Trump for demurring on the issue.
Both Rubio and Cruz stated their willingness to make public their tax records and criticized Trump for demurring on the issue. Trump said he would publish his tax records - a common practice for U.S. presidential candidates - only after what he called "a routine audit."
Answering a question on foreign policy, Trump said he would not support the cease-fire deal set to take place in Syria.
And he said he believes Libya, now embroiled in civil war, would have been better off if former leader Moammar Gadhafi were still in power. Gadhafi was ousted and killed during the Arab Spring movement of 2011 when Western powers backed a rebellion by the Libyan people against the Gadhafi government.
Trump blamed the rise of the militant group Islamic State on the downfall of Gadhafi and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, who was deposed in 2003 and executed by his own people three years later.
Cruz, for his part, promised to "rip to shreds" the U.N.-brokered nuclear deal with Iran finalized in July of last year. The deal allows Iran relief from U.S., U.N. and European Union sanctions in exchange for the reduction or elimination of Iran's enriched uranium stockpiles and gas centrifuges.
The flamboyant Trump, who has never held elective office, has won three straight primary election contests in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. This debate precedes next Tuesday's party primaries and caucuses in 12 states, the single biggest day so far in the months-long, state-by-state races to pick both the Republican and Democratic party presidential candidates.
An online Bloomberg Politics poll released Thursday found the twice-divorced New Yorker Trump with 37 percent of the vote in seven southern states, home to some of the nation's most conservative voters.
FILE - U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event at Regents University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Recent polling showed Trump with 37 percent of the vote in seven southern states.
Attacks on Trump
Both Rubio and Cruz have sharpened their attacks on Trump in recent days, with Rubio contending that Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan is empty rhetoric without many specific policy proposals.
Two other candidates, Ohio Governor John Kasich and former neurosurgeon Ben Carson, remain in the race and were on the debate stage.  The debate was the first without former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who dropped out after a disappointing fourth place finish last weekend in South Carolina.
Cruz, a conservative agitator in Washington against Republican and Democratic leaders, on Wednesday attacked Rubio and Trump as "Washington dealmakers."  He said Rubio had collaborated with Democrats on immigration policy changes that Congress ultimately abandoned, while Trump has made campaign donations to Democrats in past elections and at times supported their policies.
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, looks on during a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016.
Cruz is looking to win his home state of Texas on Tuesday and do well in other nearby states in the southern part of the country.  But surveys show Republicans favoring Trump in those states and pulling close to Cruz in Texas.  Rubio also faces a key contest in the southeastern state of Florida, his home state, on March 15, the same day Kasich is on the ballot with the other candidates in Ohio, the Midwestern state he governs.
Trump has predicted he will face off with former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the leading Democratic presidential contender, in November's national election to replace President Barack Obama, whose eight-year tenure in the White House ends in January.
Clinton has won two of the three Democratic state contests over her remaining rival, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist.  Clinton, the country's top diplomat from 2009 to 2013, is favored in Saturday's primary election in the Atlantic coastal state of South Carolina and the two are battling in 11 states on Tuesday.
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Republican debate sees Marco Rubio out-peck Ted Cruz for Donald Trump table scraps

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Marco Rubio, the young and feisty Floridian who would be president, out-debated the rest of the remaining Republican presidential field Thursday night in a performance that probably won't help him move the needle in time to help with Tuesday's smorgasbord of primary elections.  
The too-little-too-late phenomenon was enough to leave some Rubio partisans shaking their heads at the University of Houston after debate night was in the books.
'I don't know what we're doing here, really,' one Rubio staffer – identified by a special backstage credential hanging around his neck – said to another within earshot of reporters.
'Nothing matters,' <a href="http://DailyMail.com" rel="nofollow">DailyMail.com</a> overheard him telling his colleague. 'We could cure cancer tomorrow and we're not going to flip Alabama.'
The first-term senator got the better of GOP front-runner Donald Trump more than once, and outshone his Texas counterpart Ted Cruz in the battle over who would carry the party's silver medal into the fattest part of the primary season.
But Rubio is facing an unforgiving election calendar whose first bonanza – a long list of voting contests on March 1 that includes Alabama and other southern jackpots – is just five days away.
BACK AND FORTH: Marco Rubio and Donald trump tussled Thursday night in Houston and while Marco won a few battles Donald will win the war
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BACK AND FORTH: Marco Rubio and Donald trump tussled Thursday night in Houston and while Marco won a few battles Donald will win the war
HOLD ON A MINUTE:  Rubio got the better of GOP front-runner Donald Trump more than once, and outshone his Texas counterpart Ted Cruz
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HOLD ON A MINUTE:  Rubio got the better of GOP front-runner Donald Trump more than once, and outshone his Texas counterpart Ted Cruz
WHICH ONE IS THE ROBOT? Rubio (left) caught Trump repeating himself on Obamacare policy, and took delight in the moment
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WHICH ONE IS THE ROBOT? Rubio (left) caught Trump repeating himself on Obamacare policy, and took delight in the moment
There's no poll showing him leading Trump in any so-called 'Super Tuesday' state. And in his own home state of Florida, which will hold a Republican primary on March 15, he's trailing the billionaire real estate titan by more than a dozen percentage points.
But there he was, on the stage of the university's opera house, threatening – for a few hours, at least, – to make Trump into a parlor joke.
Rubio created one of he night's most open-mouthed raucous moments, during a segment about the Obamacare health insurance law, when he dared Trump to lay out a detailed plan to replace the president's much-maligned scheme.
Trump said at every turn that he would erase 'lines around the states' – a way of describing how consumers are forbidden by law from purchasing insurance plans from companies in states outside the one where they live.
Rubio scolded Trump for offering the same answer over and over again.
'Now he's repeating himself!' he said, chuckling at the spectacle of Trump being a robot – the role in which he himself was cast weeks earlier in New Hampshire when he repeated his own set of talking points on the debate stage.
'No. I don't repeat myself! Here's the guy who repeats himself!' Trump said, trying to ricochet the moment back at Rubio.
'I watched him repeat himself five times four weeks ago,' The Donald recalled.
'I saw you repeat yourself five times five seconds ago!' Rubio jabbed back. 

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Trump told reporters after the debate that Rubio 'had no choice but to go after me. He also claimed that insta-polls showed 'he didn't come close to winning. ... I won every single poll for the debate.' 
'I think we had a great night. It was one of my better debate nights,' he said.
And of Rubio: 'But one thing I know of being an athlete: Once a choke artist, always a choke artist. You never get better.' 
The 44-year-old boyish Floridian made move after move on Trump, hammering the man 25 years his senior on everything from his use of illegal immigrant labor to a defunct 'Trump University' that is now the subject of litigation from students who claim they were bilked.
''If he hadn't inherited $200 million, do you know where Donald Trump would be? Selling watches in Manhattan!' Marco said in one seemingly practiced line.
Moments later his campaign was raising money online with an image of a broken watch.
Rubio also hit the tycoon over the Chinese workers who made his signature neckties and other garments in China and Mexico, and for a quartet of business bankruptcies through which he shepherded his companies. 
The night's first climax came as he accused Trump of hiring illegal immigrants from Poland, saying 'you're only person on this stage that has ever been fined for hiring people to work on your projects illegally.'
Trump stood stiff and pushed back.
INTENSE DEBATE: The three men faced off on the podium and the CNN debate descended into farce at times
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INTENSE DEBATE: The three men faced off on the podium and the CNN debate descended into farce at times
THEN THERE WERE FIVE: The Republican Party's presidential field is down to just a handful of candidates after starting the campaign with 17 White House hopefuls
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THEN THERE WERE FIVE: The Republican Party's presidential field is down to just a handful of candidates after starting the campaign with 17 White House hopefuls
WHOSE WALL IS IT? Ted Cruz (right) insisted that he wanted to build a Mexican border wall years before Donald trump made it fashionable
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WHOSE WALL IS IT? Ted Cruz (right) insisted that he wanted to build a Mexican border wall years before Donald trump made it fashionable

'UNINTELLIGIBLE YELLING': MOMENT SUBTITLE WRITERS GAVE UP TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH FIERY DEBATE

It was a debate that electrified the Republican presidential race and saw front-runner Donald Trump on the back-foot as rivals Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio unleashed a barrage of attacks on the billionaire. 
At times, the debate in Houston descended into a slanging match with the candidates hurling insults at one another.
As the heated debate descended into chaos with candidates launching personal attacks on one another, CNN subtitle writers struggled to keep up and instead used the caption 'unintelligible yelling'.
'No, no, I'm the only one on the stage that's hired people. You haven't hired anybody!' he responded, while denying that he had ever broken immigration employment law.
'I've hired tens of thousands of people over at my job. You've hired nobody,' Trump fumed. 'You've had nothing but problems with your credit cards, et cetera. So don't tell me about that.'
That was a jab about a scandal involving Rubio's use of a Republican Party of Florida credit card for his personal expenses. 
'You haven't hired one person, you liar!' he boomed.
'He hired workers from Poland. And he had to pay a million dollars or so in a judgment,' Rubio claimed.
'That's wrong. That's wrong. Totally wrong,' Trump insisted.
If Rubio's effort bears fruit at all, it will likely be in the next round of primary battles, which includes Florida and other 'winner-take-all' states.
March 15 marks the first date on which state Republican Party organizations can award delegates to the Republican National Convention in giant chunks to candidates who win by the slimmest of margins.
But delegate math can be hard, especially in the Year of Trump when the front-runner monopolizes TV time and online media.
Backstage at the debate, Google played a continuous video loop on TV screens showing which of the candidates were dominating search queries in each of the Super Tuesday primary states.
The data, sliced into 10-minute increments during the 2-1/2 hour debate, showed that in half of them, Trump never fell out of first place.
'You haven't hired one person!' Donald Trump yelled at Marco Rubio at one point, when the Florida senator challenged the billionaire's record of hiring immigrants over Americans 
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'You haven't hired one person!' Donald Trump yelled at Marco Rubio at one point, when the Florida senator challenged the billionaire's record of hiring immigrants over Americans 
Marco Rubio brought up too issues that could hurt Trump down the road - hiring immigrants instead of Americans for his resorts in Florida - and issues with the defunct Trump University 
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Marco Rubio brought up too issues that could hurt Trump down the road - hiring immigrants instead of Americans for his resorts in Florida - and issues with the defunct Trump University 
Marco Rubio - and also Sen. Ted Cruz - both punched at Donald Trump at tonight's Republican debate in Houston, though Rubio was more successful 
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Marco Rubio - and also Sen. Ted Cruz - both punched at Donald Trump at tonight's Republican debate in Houston, though Rubio was more successful 
The only Super Tuesday states where Rubio was the most-searched candidate at any time during the night were Vermont, North Dakota, Alaska and Wyoming – places with few delegates to offer – and only then for 10 or 20 minutes at a time.
Ted Cruz made an effort to sideline Trump but fell comparatively flat. 
The Donald said he would deport millions of illegal immigrants but allow the 'good ones' to return through a screening process.
Cruz insisted he would be stricter.
'We have always welcomed legal immigrants, but I think it is a mistake to forgive those who break the law to allow them to become U.S. citizens, and that's why I've led the fight against granting citizenship to those here illegally,' he said.
He also blasted Trump for taking the issue of building a border wall as his own, saying he raised the idea in 2012.
'I really find it amazing that Donald believes that he is the one who discovered the issue of illegal immigration,' Cruz marveled.
'I can tell you, when I ran for Senate here in the state of Texas, I ran promising to lead the fight against amnesty, promising to fight to build a wall.'
'And in 2013, when I was fight against the "gang of eight" amnesty bill, where was Donald?' Cruz asked. 'He was firing Dennis Rodman on "Celebrity Apprentice".'
Trump responds to Cruz calling immigration plan 'amnesty'
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NOT TAKING IT LYING DOWN: Trump gave as good as he got, counterpunching his rivals over and over
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NOT TAKING IT LYING DOWN: Trump gave as good as he got, counterpunching his rivals over and over
Cruz also said Trump had donated 'over $50,000' to the political coffers of 'three Democrats and two Republicans' among the 'gang of eight' senators responsible for the failed 2013 immigration law rewrite.
But Trump's simpler approach to the topic – 'You look at our borders, they're like Swiss cheese' – put his debate opponents instantly in the mode of chasing him.
Polling suggests Trump is likely to win at least 9 state primaries on Tuesday. Cruz is ahead in Arkansas and in his home state of Texas.
Rubio's sole polling lead, according to surveys compiled by Real Clear Politics, is in Utah.
That state won't hold a primary until June. By then, Trump hopes to have salted away the delegates he needs to claim the GOP nomination.
Trump has attracted a rabid following of devoted supporters who turn out by the tens of thousands to hear him speak. 
Donald Trump took a victory lap in the spin room post-debate, suggesting that he had gotten the best of Rubio, reminding reporters of the senator's bad debate performance earlier this month 
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Donald Trump took a victory lap in the spin room post-debate, suggesting that he had gotten the best of Rubio, reminding reporters of the senator's bad debate performance earlier this month 
After the debate, Donald Trump continued to hit Marco Rubio: 'Once a choke artist, always a choke artist' he said of the Florida senator, who had a rough New Hampshire debate 
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After the debate, Donald Trump continued to hit Marco Rubio: 'Once a choke artist, always a choke artist' he said of the Florida senator, who had a rough New Hampshire debate 
His populist message – 'politicians are all talk and no action' – is resonating and generating new interest in corners of the country not known for civic fervor.
Many of those places will hold elections on Tuesday. 
The Drudge Report, an influential conservative news website, polled its readers in the aftermath of Thursday's debate and found rank-and-file Republicans preferred the bloodied Donald to the smug Marco.
Ninety minutes after the closing statements, 60 per cent of readers said Trump won the night. Cruz attracted 18 per cent. 
And Rubio, for his shining moment,s got 14 per cent.
Ohio Governor John Kasich and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson joined the troika of more realistic White House hopefuls and fired positive messages into the scrum, harmlessly bouncing off the part of the stage where most of the action was.
Asked a simple question about immigration policy, Kasich demonstrated why he likely won't be president.
'I'm not going to talk about that,' he said.
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