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International Developments

? “Malala Yousufzai is responding well to treatment and has a good chance of fully recovering without any brain damage.”

? Nasty stuff in Greece as one “neo-nazi Golden Dawn party MP says ‘there is already civil war, and Greek society is ready . . . to have a fight'” with video evidence of police cooperation with Golden Dawn during riots. Here’s a video from the general strike that took place today in Greece.

? “Libya official says militia commander led raid on U.S. mission: Government-allied militias say they have not been told to arrest the man, identified as Ahmed Abu Khattala, in the Benghazi attack. It is unclear where he is.”

? CA Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein has blamed the “mixed messages” associated with the Benghazi attack on James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence.

International Finance

? Oh, groan: “If Italian corruption were its own country, it would be the world’s 76th largest economy”.

Money Matters USA

? Oopsie! WI’s Economic Development Corp, “the state’s flagship jobs agency failed to track whether businesses are repaying loans from state taxpayers–leaving the public in the dark about how much they are owed on a total of $8 million in past-due loans to 99 businesses.” WEDCO has no records of tracking efforts since June, 2011, the month prior to their taking over the state’s jobs agency.

? So sowwy! “JPMorgan Chase & Co. apologized to federal regulators for submitting inaccurate information in an investigation into the investment bank’s electricity trading in California.” Allegedly, they “extracted tens of millions of dollars in excess profits through manipulative trading practices.” The feds are threatening to revoke their CA trading rights.

? New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office has been busily putting together a real handy “best practices” guide so that breast cancer charities can be “transparent about where the money is going”.

Politics USA

? US Attorney General Eric Holder gave Distinguished Service Awards to: “John Durham’s investigative team that chose not to prosecute Jose Rodriguez or the torturers who killed their victims”; and “the team that crafted a $25 billion settlement effectively immunizing the banksters for engaging in systemic mortgage fraud.”

? The Department of Veterans Affairs, “where officials boast about things they should be ashamed of.” VA Secretary Eric Shinseki bragged that the backlog in claims processing for veterans has grown from 400,000 in 2009 to 880,000 today–but that’s “good news” since it indicates increased access (!).

? Major Mother Jones “Special Report” series on solitary confinement, including a couple of articles by Shane Bauer, who was a hostage in an Iranian prison.

? Mitt Romney has gotten himself in such a bind that he cannot run on his one solid accomplishment: the MA health care system. And his stated goal, to block-grant Medicaid, will undo the progress made in MA.

? Ann Romney on The View. She’s “pro-life” and Mitt won’t run again if he loses this one.

? Tagg Romney, son of Mitt and Ann, said he wanted to “take a swing” at President Obama during the last debate. One Twitter response: “Want to fight? Go to Afghanistan.” [cont’d.]

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