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Monday Links

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Images from the conflict in Donetsk, Ukraine (from le monde)

Fahrenheit 1989: China Erases Memories of Tiananmen

'We'll Get You': An Albanian Boy's Life Ruined by Blood Feuds

Nucla becomes Colorado's first and only town mandating gun ownership

Syria Chemical Weapons on the Road to Destruction

Israel Plans More Settlement Units in the West Bank

Gunmen kill 11 at Karachi's Jinnah International Airport

Several Thousand in Paris March in Memory of Anti-Fascist Hero Clement Meric

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Afternoon-Evening Links

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Vietnam anger rises over South China Sea

Spain replays Muslim-Christian wars - for fun

North Korea: Sanctions, luxury and aid

Turkey mine disaster: Three face charges over deaths

Mexico arrests criminal gang "Los Rojos" boss

The Lab;: A unique insight into the world of Israeli arms dealers selling weapons and experience around the world

Israel and Palestine: Two states and the extra step

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Thursday Links

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Back at the Bundy Ranch, It’s Oath Keepers vs. Militiamen as Wild Rumors Fly

Democrats Assail G.O.P. After Filibuster of Proposal to Raise Minimum Wage

Most young voters plan to sit out midterm elections, new poll finds

Why some English words are controversial in China.

On the Money: Political Mad Men

Ukraine crisis: Russian military attache held for 'spying'

Prisoner in China's plea for help found in Saks bag

How Piketty’s Bombshell Book Blows Up Libertarian Fantasies

GOP Governor’s Ugly Bloodlust: Why Oklahoma's Mary Fallin Should Account For State-Sanctioned Torture

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Thursday Links

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One Photo Which Says Everything about the US and China These Days

On Ukraine, Merkel Finds Limits of Her Rapport With Putin

Oddballs of the Geneva motor show

Cycling in cities: the search for the world's most bike-friendly metropolis

Saving BBC3 'would have meant cutting funds for dramas such as Sherlock'

Finnish Girl Speaks Gibberish with Perfect Accents to Show what Languages Sound like to Foreigners

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Friday Links

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linksCO Gubernatorial Candidate Contemplated ‘Civil War’ Against Obama Administration

After Getting Busted In a Huge Lie Fox News Is Shocked that Lois Lerner Won’t Testify

More Information Emerges On Suspect in Women's Clinic Destruction

Jackson Tragedy: The RNA (Republic of New Afrika) Revisited

Wendy Davis Shows Democrats How to Stand With Their President in a Red State

Media Matters Introduces Mythopedia to Debunk Conservative Lies

China's 'War on Pollution' May End Up Accelerating Climate Change

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Jobs: "There's a reason the U.S. eats China's dust."

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Jobs, income inequality, minimum wage, and the economy in general are expected to be major topics that will likely be covered extensively by the media and in campaign ads in 2014.

Speaking of which, are any of you fans of Jeff Danziger's political cartoons? I love his stuff, both artistically and politically. Why, here's one on income inequality now!

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Which leads us to his op-ed in today's Los Angeles Times on "where the jobs are." Please read the whole thing, because he has a lot to say and managed to say it in a relatively short piece.

Danziger simplified the issue so that even a Republican could understand it. He offered some real-life examples of how the "global economy" has affected all of us, including stories of people he knows personally or has simply encountered in his daily travels. And some of those people were woefully ignorant.

Here's an excerpt from the post, but again, this one deserves a read, so please follow the linky:

Over the last 20 years, countries around the world have ditched their communist governments, or at least turned their backs on strict communist economic principles. At the same time, India and other Asian nations have rapidly moved into global trade. This has meant billions more workers around the world competing with American workers to make stuff and offer services. At the same time, shipping has become more efficient and economical, and international communication has become cheap, instantaneous and simple. And since the international workers are willing to accept extremely low wages, they have the advantage. Around the world, subsistence farmers have transformed themselves into subsistence factory workers.

And during this entire period, what did the United States government do to meet this challenge? Nothing.

Happy New Year, Big Corporate Biz! Underpaid workers, among others, thank you, as do dying American industries.

As Danziger notes, "Perhaps unemployment is how we learn economics." That's us, alright, always learning the hard way.

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Obama Exiles Opponent With Ambassadorship

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Mr. Magoo

The political game of chess continues and the bishop to King's pawn move is on the clock.

One of the most vocal opponents of the Affordable Care Act comes from the Democratic side. It's often loud-mouthed, twisted logic Montana's very own Mr. MaGoo, Senator Max Baucus. If only Jim Backus was still alive, he could play him in the Baucus Raucus Caucus Lampoon movie. Slappy Maxie is kind of the Senate's version of Leslie Nielson -- from Police Squad. You never know what's going on in his head.

Now following in his earlier steps to remove a political adversary by making him the ambassador to China (John Huntsman), Obama is returning to his playbook. He's nominating Max B to the ambassadorship of China -- a place where he can do little harm and be as far away from the furthering battles over the Affordable Care Act which Baucas opposes.

There's also a little bit more to this game plan. Obama knows that the current governor of Montana, Governor Steve Bullock will most likely appoint Lt. Gov. John Walsh to replace Baucus in the Senate. Walsh is already an announced candidate to fill the Baucus seat and his presumed opponent is Rep. Steve Daines. Leading into this recent move, this contest was considered to be one of the most competitive Senate races in the country.

This move with Walsh will give him added bona fides in his race as he will run as a sitting senator. It's a small thing, but it's certainly a great opportunity to increase his name value and recognition both statewide and nationally.

The chess game continues. This is one move that I can't find any shortcomings in. Democrats need to keep control of the senate, and this is going to help. It's no guarantee, but I like the chances of holding this seat democratic.

You can follow me on twitter: @linzack

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