War in Europe is not a hysterical idea – The Washington Post

Russian soldiers will have to create this state — how many of them depends upon how hard Ukraine fights, and who helps them — but eventually Russia will need more than soldiers to hold this territory. Novorossiya will not be stable as long as it is inhabited by Ukrainians who want it to stay Ukrainian. There is a familiar solution to this, too.  A few days ago, Alexander Dugin, an extreme nationalist whose views have helped shape those of the Russian president, issued an extraordinary statement. “Ukraine must be cleansed of idiots,” he wrote — and then called for the “genocide” of the “race of bastards.”

 

But Novorossiya will also be hard to sustain if it has opponents in the West. Possible solutions to that problem are also under discussion. Not long ago,Vladimir Zhirinovsky — the Russian member of parliament and court jester who sometimes says things that those in power cannot — argued on television that Russia should use nuclear weapons to bomb Poland and the Baltic countries — “dwarf states,” he called them — and show the West who really holds power in Europe: “Nothing threatens America, it’s far away. But Eastern European countries will place themselves under the threat of total annihilation,” he declared. Vladimir Putin indulges these comments: Zhirinovsky’s statements are not official policy, the Russian president says, but he always “gets the party going.”

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7 reasons women will lead the new world order – MarketWatch

Yes, it’s a guy thing, after 200,000 years women make men feel powerless

But the real tragedy is that today’s threatened male ego is also sabotaging America’s economy and our status as a world power. How? By fighting a losing battle to hold onto the old vestiges of their ancient macho-dominated patriarchy, the weak male ego is making matters worse, manifest in the GOPs seeming endless, self-destructive, do-nothing partisan political wars that at their core simply confirm how patriarchy is crumbling. First, their childish strategy opposing a black male president. Now their fear a woman could win the presidency, even lead till 2024. No wonder the ancient male brain is in panic mode.

Yes, history is changing, fast: There were only four women in my University of Virginia Law School graduating class. Now it would be half women. Same with other professions. So here’s how we see the single biggest global trend that’s defining the 21st century: How women are replacing men as leaders in America and around the world. Here’s a summary of the seven elements of this rapidly emerging trend as identified in Fortune, the New York Times, Time magazine, money manager Jeremy Grantham and other sources:

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Yep, This Sure Looks Like An Invasion

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by Dish Staff

Just one day after Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko met in Belarus to discuss a resolution to the Ukrainian conflict, the NYT is reporting that Russian forces have invaded southeast Ukraine near the city of Novoazovsk:

The attacks outside this city and in an area to the north essentially have opened a new, third front in the war in eastern Ukraine between government forces and pro-Russian separatists, along with the fighting outside the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk. Exhausted, filthy and dismayed, Ukrainian soldiers staggering out of Novoazovsk for safer territory said Tuesday they were cannon fodder for the forces coming from Russia. As they spoke, tank shells whistled in from the east and exploded nearby. … A Ukrainian military spokesman said Wednesday the army still…

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TPM AUDIO: McConnell Explains How He’d Force A Shutdown War With Obama

 

“So in the House and Senate, we own the budget. So what does that mean? That means that we can pass the spending bill. And I assure you that in the spending bill, we will be pushing back against this bureaucracy by doing what’s called placing riders in the bill. No money can be spent to do this or to do that. We’re going to go after them on health care, on financial services, on the Environmental Protection Agency, across the board. … All across the federal government, we’re going to go after it,” McConnell said at a private summit hosted by the Koch Brothers.

The strategy mirrors what House Republicans did last year: they passed on a “rider” to defund Obamacare in a must-pass spending bill, and it led to the 16-day partial shutdown. But the bill died in the Democratic-led Senate, and Republicans eventually reopened the government and funded Obamacare.

McConnell is suggesting that if Republicans control the Senate, they’ll have a stronger negotiating hand to force Obama to swallow some concessions.

The Kentucky Republican stood by his comments on Wednesday.

“In contrast to Alison Lundergan Grimes’ failure to defend Kentucky coal from the EPA behind closed doors with Obama donors, Senator McConnell fights for Kentucky wherever he goes. Earlier this summer Grimes failed to utter a word of support after promising Kentuckians she would defend Kentucky coal at a Harry Reid fundraiser and lord knows what she said to Tom Steyer and anti-coal billionaires when she attended their conference in Chicago,” said Allison Moore, a spokeswoman for McConnell’s reelection campaign.

Listen here: AUDIO: McConnell Explains How He’d Force A Shutdown War With Obama.

Will Ukraine Talks Resolve Anything?

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Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko met face-to-face in Minsk today, for the first time since June, to discuss the crisis in Ukraine and how to resolve it:

Putin devoted most of his opening remarks to trade, arguing that Ukraine’s decision to sign an association agreement with the EU would lead to huge losses for Russia, which would then be forced to protect its economy. Russia had been counting on Ukraine joining a rival economic union that it is forming with Belarus and Kazakhstan. Ukraine is set to ratify the EU association agreement in September. On the fighting that began in April between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russia separatists, Putin said only that he was certain the conflict “could not be solved by further escalation of the military scenario without taking into account…

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Nation Editor Tells Bill Kristol To Join Iraqi Army If He Wants War VIDEO

 

“I have to say, sitting next to Bill Kristol, man — I mean, the architects of catastrophe that have cost this country trillions of dollars, thousands of lives. There should be accountability,” she said on ABC’s “This Week.”

“Because this country should not go back to war,” Heuvel continued. “We don’t need armchair warriors, and if you feel so strongly, you should, with all due respect, enlist in the Iraqi Army.”

“That’s a very cute line,” Kristol responded.

The two then got into a heated argument about the Iraq War and the current situation in the Middle East.

“A Million Iraqis have been displaced,” Heuvel said. “What we have done to that country is a crime.”

“What we have done to that country?” Kristol hit back. “President Bush made mistakes, he was punished for those mistakes electorally as he should have been in 2006, and perhaps in 2008. He also had the courage to order the surge in 2007, which made up for those mistakes, and left things peaceful.”

Kristol then blamed the current situation on President Obama.

“This president pulled out of Iraq in 2011, he let the Syrian civil war explode, and now we have a terrible situation,” he said.

Heuvel then told Kristol that Bush agreed to pull out in 2008 and that Obama was unable to get Iraq to sign a status of forces agreement in 2011.

Watch the video via Raw Story:

Nation Editor Tells Bill Kristol To Join Iraqi Army If He Wants War VIDEO.

Is Another GOP State About To Come Around On Obamacare?–TPM

 

 

The news agency did not report any details of what a possible deal between Wyoming and the Obama administration might look like. But the administration has already shown some willingness to meet GOP officials halfway to get them to participate in the Medicaid expansion, a key piece of Obamacare.

Mead acknowledged that the state is sending tax dollars out of state to pay for other states that have expanded Medicaid while receiving nothing in return.

“I juxtapose that against our hospital association saying we’re handing out $200 million every year just in Wyoming,” he said. “I contrast it with whatever that running total is now, I think it’s about $60 million for this year, that Wyoming, if we were in Medicaid, we would have received.”

More than low-income 17,000 Wyomingites would be covered by the law’s Medicaid expansion.

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