Russian troops on Ukranian border; NATO troops on Russian border

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What could possibly go wrong?

NATO ‘totally’ denies deploying troops near Russia border: NATO denied Russian claims Wednesday that it was planning to deploy massive numbers of troops near the country’s border. “I totally dismiss claim by dep defense minister Antonov that NATO plans to deploy large military contingents close to Russia’s borders,” said NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexandre Vershbow on twitter. His tweet was in response to comments by Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov at a news conference earlier in Moscow. “Russia has taken note of the plans by certain members of the alliance to deploy large military contingents on their territories close to our borders,” Antonov was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency.

NATO release photos of Russian troops near Ukraine border: NATO released Thursday a score of satellite pictures of up to 40,000 Russian troops massed along the Ukraine border that it said are ready for action and represent a “real threat” to Kiev. The Western military alliance estimates that “between 35,000 and 40,000″ Russians, armed with tanks and military vehicles, have been deployed in over 100, mainly temporary, bases to the east of Ukraine. One shows 21 helicopters on a landing strip “that didn’t exist before” troops dug in during early March in the middle of a field near the city of Belgorod, some 40 kilometres from the border. Around 40 tanks and 100 infantry vehicles are lined up nearby “though there is no trace of a permanent base,” the NATO official said. The fact they were not camouflaged “means that you are ready to go or that you want to be seen,” said Deakin.
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Elizabeth Warren for president

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Elizabeth Warren 2014 Minnesota DFL Humphrey-Mondale Dinner Speech: Elizabeth Warren takes on Paul Ryan and Ted Cruz at the 2014 Minnesota DFL Humphrey-Mondale Dinner, her first state Democratic Party dinner. Published on Apr 7, 2014

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“Paul Ryan says don’t blame Wall Street: the guys who made billions of dollars cheating American families; don’t blame decades of deregulation that took the cops off the beat while the big banks looted the American economy. Don’t blame the Republican Secretary of the Treasury, and the Republican president who set in motion a no-strings-attached bailout for the biggest banks. Nope. Paul Ryan says keep the monies flowing to the powerful corporations, keep their huge tax breaks, keep the special deals for the too-big-to-fail banks and put the blame on hardworking, play-by-the-rules Americans who lost their jobs. That may be Paul Ryan’s vision of how America works, but that is not our vision of this great country.”

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Another death in Crimea

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Russian marine kills Ukrainian officer: Kiev: A Russian marine has shot dead a Ukrainian naval officer in Crimea, the Ukrainian defence ministry said Monday, the second reported death since Moscow claimed the Black Sea peninsula last month. The defence ministry said the incident occurred late Sunday in a military residence hall in the eastern Crimean village of Novofyodorovka, where Ukraine has an air base. The Ukrainian officer was killed “at point-blank range by two shots fired from an AK-74 machine gun,” the ministry said in a statement. It added that another officer in the residence hall “was brutally beaten and arrested by Russian soldiers.” Russian officials did not immediately comment on the Ukrainian defence ministry’s report.
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Donetsk next?

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Russian flag raised over seized government buildings in Ukraine as protesters call for more referendums: Crowds of pro-Russian demonstrators stormed government buildings Sunday in several major cities in eastern Ukraine, where secessionist sentiment has sparked frequent protests since Ukraine’s Russia-friendly president was ousted in February. In Donetsk, 80 kilometres west of the Russian border, a large group of people, including many in masks carrying sticks and stones, surged into the provincial government building and smashed windows. A gathering of several hundred, many of them waving Russian flags, then listened to speeches delivered from a balcony emblazoned with a banner reading “Donetsk Republic.” Activists in the building said they want to see a referendum for the Donetsk province to join Russia.
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Politicians behaving badly

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5 Things Conservatives Lie Shamelessly About: Conservatives have figured out a neat little rhetorical trick: One lie is easy for your opponents to debunk. Tell one lie after another, however, and your opponent’s debunkings will never catch up. By the time the liberal opposition has debunked one lie, there’s a dozen more to take its place. Science educator Eugenie Scott deemed the technique the “Gish Gallop,” named for a notoriously sleazy creationist named Duane Gish. The Urban Dictionary defines the Gish Gallop as a technique that “involves spewing so much bullshit in such a short span on that your opponent can’t address let alone counter all of it.” Often users of the Gish Gallop know their arguments are nonsense or made in bad faith, but don’t particularly care because they are so dead set on advancing their agenda. Unfortunately, the strategy is so effective that it’s been expanding rapidly in right-wing circles.
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