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Get Ready for Double-Digit ObamaCare Rate Hikes
by Tom McGregor    Mon, May 26, 2014, 08:04 PM

Americans get ready for double-digit increases in your premiums, thanks to ObamaCare.

According to the Houston Chronicle, "The wild hikes in health insurance rates that blindsided many Americans in recent years may become less frequent because of the health care overhaul. Final rates for 2015 won't be out for months, but early filings from insurers suggest price increases of 10 percent or more. That may sound like a lot, but rates have risen as much as 20 or 30 percent in recent years."

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Lawyers Cashing in on Energy Boom
by Tom McGregor    Mon, May 26, 2014, 07:36 PM

When attorneys aren't chasing ambulances, they're running after big time oil executives in Texas. 

The Houston Chronicle reports that, "Jason Leif, a partner in the Houston office of the Jones Day law firm, was elected recently as president of the Energy Bar Association, a national organization of 2,600 members active in various aspects of energy law. Leif’s practice focuses on pipelines as well as liquefied natural gas permitting and construction. His clients have included BP, CenterPoint Energy and Chevron, among others."

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Military Coup Leader Gets Thai Royal Blessing
by Tom McGregor    Mon, May 26, 2014, 02:03 AM

Pesident Barry Obama is planning to issue smack down sanctions on the Thailand Royal family for providing its blessing to a military coup in Bangkok.

China Radio International reports that, "Thai coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha received royal endorsement on Monday appointing him the leader of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)."

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Japanese Card Payment System Eyes Russia
by Tom McGregor    Mon, May 26, 2014, 01:34 AM

Japanese corporations are investing big time in Russia amidst US and EU sanctions on Moscow.

According to Ria Novosti, "Japanese payment system (JCB) resumed moves to enter the Russian market and in the near future may submit the necessary paperwork to the Russian Central Bank, Russian newspaper Kommersant reported Monday."

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Ninja Jihadists Get Training in UK
by Tom McGregor    Mon, May 26, 2014, 12:39 AM

Militants Ninja Islamists are receiving karate jihad training in the United Kingdom.

The Voice of Russia reports that, "A video depicting a British jihadist training foreign fighters in Syria was uploaded on YouTube recently, according to the Sunday Times. The fighters, all dressed in black, were described as “ninjas” by the newspaper. The man, who is believed to have been killed earlier this month, fought under the alias Abu Hafs al-Pakistani."

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Afghan President Says, 'No Way' to Obama Invite
by Tom McGregor    Sun, May 25, 2014, 09:45 PM

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and all government officials refused to greet President Barry Obama on his Afghan tour on Sunday.

According to Reuters, "With Afghanistan immersed in a runoff election to choose a successor to President Hamid Karzai, Obama did not meet Afghan government officials nor travel to the capital Kabul. Karzai has long been out of favor with Washington over his refusal to sign a bilateral security agreement to allow U.S. troops to stay beyond 2014."

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AG Holder to Label Auto Parts Companies 'Criminals'
by Tom McGregor    Sun, May 25, 2014, 08:02 PM

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has launched a massive criminal investigation on auto parts companies.

The Houston Chronicle reports that, "An investigation into price-fixing and bid-rigging in the auto parts industry has mushroomed into the Justice Department's largest criminal antitrust probe ever, and it's not over yet. The investigation, made public four years ago with FBI raids in the Detroit area, has led to criminal charges against dozens of people and companies, stretched across continents and reverberated through an industry responsible for supplying critical car components."

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India Draws Closer to Russia
by Tom McGregor    Fri, May 23, 2014, 01:46 AM

India is edging closer to Russia on major cooperation deals.

The Voice of Russia reports that, "Russia and India have signed a general framework agreement to build the third and fourth units of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant, Rosatom director-general has said, according to Itar-Tass."

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Rights Groups Blame China for Suicide Bombings
by Tom McGregor    Fri, May 23, 2014, 12:57 AM

BEIJING:  So-called Western-based human rights organizations are blaming China, not militant Islamists, for the rise of terrorism and suicide bombings in the Xinjiang Northwestern region of China. Rights' groups are insisting that suicide bombers deserve more freedom of movement.

According to Reuters, "Exiles and many rights groups say the real cause of the unrest in Xinjiang is China's heavy-handed policies, including curbs on Islam and the culture and language of ethnic Uighurs, a Turkic speaking Muslim people."

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Hillary Clinton to Talk Benghazi on Texas Tour
by Tom McGregor    Thu, May 22, 2014, 08:00 PM

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has pledged to answer all Benghazi questions from the public when she pays a visit to Austin, Texas.

The Houston Chronicle reports that, "As former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton faces new questions in Washington about the 2012 Benghazi consulate attack, she is coming to Texas' capital city on June 20 to discuss the "crises, choices and challenges" she faced while in office."

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