10 things to know today

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May 13, 2014

1. WHAT NIGERIAN TERROR LEADER DEMANDS

Islamic extremist leader Abubakar Shekau says nearly 300 abducted schoolgirls will not be seen again until the government frees his detained fighters.

2. IN EASTERN UKRAINE, PRO-MOSCOW INSURGENTS SEEK TO JOIN RUSSIA

The move comes after a slapdash referendum in the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk that Ukraine's acting president called a "sham" and Western governments said violated international law.

3. WHERE U.S. POLITICIANS, ELITE MEET

Private annual events such as the conservative World Forum give powerful people with deep pockets face-to-face exchanges with national and state leaders.

4. NASA SPOTS WORRISOME WEST ANTARCTIC ICE SHEET MELT

The results won't be seen anytime soon — scientists are talking hundreds of years — but over that time the melt that has started could eventually add 4 to 12 feet to current sea levels.

5. SNOW, DROUGHT AND HEAT: WELCOME TO SPRINGTIME IN WEST

More than 3 feet of snow hit parts of the Rockies, while some Arizona communities are rationing water due to drought and California is sweltering under high heat.

6. GAY ARKANSAS COUPLES RUSH TO MARRY

But lawyers for the state are asking its highest court to suspend an order gutting a constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriage.

7. HOW APPLE CEO DARES TO THINK DIFFERENT

Tim Cook is committing to return $130B to shareholders through dividends and stock buybacks, and is making other decisions that would have seemed crazy to his fabled predecessor, Steve Jobs.

8. WHY GODZILLA NEEDS A LAWYER

For decades, attorneys acting on behalf of Godzilla's owners, Tokyo-based Toho Co. Ltd., have amassed a string of victories, fighting counterfeiters and trademark encroachers.

9. NYC HOTEL INVESTIGATES JAY Z SECURITY VIDEO LEAK

The Standard Hotel says it is looking into the leaked footage that appears to show Beyonce's sister Solange attacking Jay Z.

10. AP PROBE REVEALS BRAZIL WORLD CUP CORRUPTION

An Associated Press analysis of data from Brazil's top electoral court shows skyrocketing campaign contributions by the very companies involved in the most Cup projects, including the $900M publicly funded stadium.

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Vladtheimp

#11. White House wanted Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner to LIE to the public about social security being behind the deficit

The White House wanted Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to lie on Sunday talk shows to downplay the part Social Security played in driving the deficit, it was revealed today.

Geithner writes in his memoir Stress Test, out today, that the White House communications director asked him to downplay the long term cost of Social Security spending to mollify the Democratic Party's base.

'I remember during one Roosevelt Room prep session before I appeared on the Sunday shows, I objected when Dan Pfeiffer wanted me to say Social Security didn't contribute to the deficit. It wasn't a main driver of our future deficits, but it did contribute,' he says.

'Pfeiffer said the line was a 'dog whistle' to the left, a phrase I had never heard before. He had to explain that the phrase was code to the Democratic base, signaling that we intended to protect Social Security.'

Geithner's anecdote about White House communications staff trying pressure him into misleading Americans about the country's ability to meet its future financial obligations once again casts a shadow on the Obama administration's willingness to tell the truth when the truth is politically unappealing.

He writes that Pfeiffer, who is now Obama's senior communications adviser, often let party politics come into play when discussing how the administration should respond to fiscal issues.

During a discussion on spending cuts, Geithner says that Pfieffer argued that 'we couldn't afford to alienate our base and split a weakened Democratic Party in pursuit of an imaginary compromise with Republicans who didn't want to compromise.' http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/...

Maybe an unknown YouTube video really caused the deficit. . . . and yes Lanivan, we know it was really Bush, Cheney, Republicans, Koch Brothers, worst recession since the parting of the Red Sea.

12. Progressive Philosophy - DIVERSITY FOR THEE BUT NOT FOR ME

"In the corner of the publishing industry that caters to college-educated wonks—a slightly fuzzy designation, but I've included most of the publications my colleagues and I read on a daily basis—racial and ethnic diversity is abysmal."

"Nearly 40 percent of the country is non-white and/or Hispanic, but the number of minorities at the outlets included in this article's tally—most of them self-identified as liberal or progressive—hovers around 10 percent."

"The stagnation of the industry also means there are few opportunities to increase diversity. "The staff here is unionized, which means there is little job turnover,” says Richard Kim, executive editor at The Nation, who is Asian American and gay. “We only get to make a hire every four or five years.” Among the progressive publications I examined, The Nation scored the lowest, with slightly over 4 percent of its staff hailing from racial and ethnic minority groups."

"The road that ends with a spot on staff at places like The New Republic, The Atlantic, or the Prospect is paved with privilege. It starts with unpaid internships, which serve both as training grounds and feeders to staff positions."

BUT AT LEAST PROGRESSIVE OUTLETS PAY A LIVING WAGE - OR NOT

"While publications like The Atlantic and The Nation have begun to pay their interns minimum wage—in the case of the latter, after an intern revolt last year—most publications offer a meager stipend or do not pay at all. Slate pays its interns $10 an hour. Internships at The New Republic, Salon, Harper's, and the Washington Monthly all unpaid. The Prospect pays its interns a stipend of $100 per week." http://prospect.org/article/unbe...

But like the object of their affection, Obama, they manage to pin the blame for their lack of diversity on something else - the Recession, which they all know was caused by George Bush.

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