TOP NEWS: Nat’l Security / Foreign Affairs: May 16, 2012

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As Trained Afghans Turn Enemy, U.S. Imperative in Peril Greece Sets Date for New Vote Amid Euro Exit Fears Syrian rebels get influx of arms Moscow police clear occupied park Mladic taunts survivors at start of genocide trial Excerpts below As Trained Afghans Turn Enemy, a U.S.-Led Imperative Is in Peril - Matthew Rosenberg, New York……

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TOP STORIES: Democracy – April 30, 2012

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Obama, Clinton Join Forces Highlights from the White House Correspondents’ Dinner *Obama Campaign Grapples With New Voter ID Laws *Obama losing rock star status with young *Mitt Romney’s narrow road to presidency …

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How Apple Sidesteps Billions in Taxes

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NY Times - Charles Duhigg / David Kocieniewski - Apple serves as a window on how technology giants have taken advantage of tax codes written for an industrial age and ill suited to today’s digital economy.…

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TOP STORIES: Democracy – April 27, 2012

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Public Opinion of Federal Government at 15-Year Low Romney Hires Santorum Campaign Manager *Young, Restless, and Not Voting *Cyber-security bill Cispa passes US House *Big Labor’s Big Moment…

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TOP STORIES: Economy – April 27, 2012

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*U.S. Economic Growth Slows to 2.2% Rate *Death of a Fairy Tale (Paul Krugman) *House approves student loan plan; White House vows veto *Cooling Job Market Takes Toll on U.S. Confidence *After Bubble, Florida Is Growing Again… (More Inside)…

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Death of a Fairy Tale

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Paul Krugman – The New York Times – This was the month the confidence fairy died. For the past two years most policy makers in Europe and many politicians and pundits in America have been in thrall to a destructive economic doctrine. According to this doctrine, governments should respond to a severely depressed economy not……

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VAWA – Violence Against Women Act Passes US Senate

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(Leigh Ann Caldwell, CBS News)  In a rare election-year moment of bipartisanship, the Senate passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) on Thursday afternoon, legislation that gives women protections and recourse against violence and abuse.…

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