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    A Dove Can’t Win a Hawk Fight
    Apr09

    A Dove Can’t Win a Hawk Fight

    If you happen to be a Republican politician running for president in 2016, the day you announce your candidacy will most likely be the best day of your campaign. The cheering crowds, the adulation, the bunting and balloons, the hope and heightened expectations — the belief that for just one day, anything is possible. For all but one of these...

    Meet the guy who has gamed the airline industry so he never has to pay for a flight again
    Apr09

    Meet the guy who has gamed the airline industry so he never has to pay for a flight again

    When I spoke with Scott Keyes, he was on a 10-hour layover in Dallas kicking back in the Centurion Lounge where American Express has provided its members with free food and drinks, high-speed WiFi, free spa services, and even its own shower suite. “It’s just a day in the office in here essentially,” the 28-year-old Keyes told Business...

    National Post View: TSO should stick to the music
    Apr09

    National Post View: TSO should stick to the music

    On Monday, Ukrainian-born pianist Valentina Lisitsa took to Facebook to say that she had been booted from a series of scheduled performances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO). A world renowned solo pianist, Lisitsa, who is ethnically Russian, is known as a vocal supporter of the Russian minority in Ukraine. Her musings on social media...

    Lithuania Suspends Asylum Applications For Ukrainians Fleeing War
    Apr08

    Lithuania Suspends Asylum Applications For Ukrainians Fleeing War

    For the more than one million displaced people who have fled the East Ukraine war since it began over a year ago, Lithuania will no longer be a place to seek asylum after the Baltic country suspended applications. The hope for Lithuanian authorities is that Ukraine will take the initiative and find appropriate conditions for displaced civilians...

    10 Friendly Questions for Rand Paul
    Apr08

    10 Friendly Questions for Rand Paul

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has made official his desire to be Commander-in-Chief. The media has already had a field day exploring the ways his foreign policy and national security views do or do not diverge from the Republican consensus. Here at Shadow Government, we’re curious about that, too. So we polled our bench and compiled a list of...

    Russian media fabricated story about a child getting killed by Ukrainian shelling, the BBC says
    Apr08

    Russian media fabricated story about a child getting killed by Ukrainian shelling, the BBC says

    MOSCOW — The conflict on the ground in eastern Ukraine may have quieted down over the past few weeks, but the information war in the region is still raging. A BBC team reported that a recent Russian media story about the death of a child killed in shelling was, in fact, a fabrication. In a […] …read more Source: The Washington...

    Putin Says Russia Won’t Use Gas To Pressure Ukraine
    Apr08

    Putin Says Russia Won’t Use Gas To Pressure Ukraine

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has met with the head of gas giant Gazprom and said Russia will not use the price of gas as an instrument to pressure Ukraine. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Putin: Greece Did Not Ask for Financial Aid
    Apr08

    Putin: Greece Did Not Ask for Financial Aid

    Russian President Vladimir Putin says the leader of Greece did not ask for financial aid during an official visit Wednesday. Putin was speaking to reporters after a bilateral meeting at the Kremlin with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. However, the Russian president said Moscow could provide credits for large joint projects with Greece in the...

    Valentina Lisitsa, free speech, and the problem with philanthropy
    Apr08

    Valentina Lisitsa, free speech, and the problem with philanthropy

    Ukraine-born classical pianist Valentina Lisitsa performs live on stage at the Royal Albert Hall in London on June 19, 2012. (Andrew Cowie/AFP/GettyImages) Let’s talk about this piano soloist and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. I know a conductor who swore in rehearsal and, if the musicians who were present have anything to say about it, he...

    Tsipras Goes Hat in Hand to Moscow, Walks Away Disappointed
    Apr08

    Tsipras Goes Hat in Hand to Moscow, Walks Away Disappointed

    With Moscow facing increasing isolation by the European Union over its actions in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has in recent weeks pursued a canny strategy of attempting to undermine European solidarity against Moscow by picking at the weak points in his opponents’ armor. In February, he offered Hungary a generous gas deal....