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Former U.S. Official: Long-Term White House Strategy Told Putin 'We Didn't Care'

A number of former officials in both Presidents Bush and Obama's administrations told Reuters this weekend they believe the crisis in Ukraine was largely fueled by long-term post-Cold War apathy towards Russia on the part of the United States, something President Vladimir Putin long resented. Apr 20, 2014 10:42 AM PT

Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Easter: 'People Want the Church to Succeed'

Cardinal Dolan noted the number of tragedies occurring on such a holy week: the crisis in Ukraine, the anniversary of the Boston Marathon terror attack, "the darkness, the dreariness, the reasons to be sad," and noted what an antithesis to that the Easter message is. That message, "the victory of good over people," is one he noted that both Christians and Jews celebrating Passover can share, and in response to why it appears more people are flocking to religion now than they have in the past, Cardinal Dolan replied that, for Catholics, much has to do with Pope Francis. Apr 20, 2014 9:51 AM PT

NYPD to Continue Undercover Monitoring of Muslims Despite Dismantling Spy Unit

This week, the New York City Police Department shocked many by announcing an end to its Muslim monitoring program, the Zone Assessment Unit. But at a time in which Islamic extremism appears to be an increasingly present risk, the NYPD also appears to be putting extra efforts into undercover programs. Apr 19, 2014 6:10 PM PT

NYPD to Continue Undercover Monitoring of Muslims Despite Dismantling Spy Unit

This week, the New York City Police Department shocked many by announcing an end to its Muslim monitoring program, the Zone Assessment Unit. But at a time in which Islamic extremism appears to be an increasingly present risk, the NYPD also appears to be putting extra efforts into undercover programs. Apr 19, 2014 6:10 PM PT

Activists Attack Bill de Blasio for Lack of Staff Diversity

Political observers rightly predicted that the tenure of progressive New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio would be marred by constant opposition from conservatives. What they did not predict is opposition from the political left. Now, liberal activists are blasting the Mayor for putting together an insufficiently diverse city hall team. Apr 19, 2014 9:43 AM PT

Venezuelans Celebrate Holy Week with Christian Prayer for End of Socialism

The protests against the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela have taken a Christian turn this week as the mostly Catholic nation celebrates its greatest holiday. Students in Caracas yesterday performed the series of prayers known as the Stations of the Cross dedicated to a democratic nation, with prayers for an end to socialism. Apr 18, 2014 11:36 AM PT

Boko Haram's Reign of Terror: Al Qaeda Affiliate Slaughtering Christians in Nigeria

The kidnapping of more than one hundred girls in northeastern Nigeria this week has triggered alarm in the media regarding the Islamist terror group responsible, Boko Haram. While this is one of their most high-profile attacks, the group has kidnapped and slaughtered Christians for years, increasingly becoming a menace to Africa's largest economy. Apr 18, 2014 10:16 AM PT

Deadliest Accident in Mt. Everest History Kills 12, 4 Missing

At least twelve people at the foot of Mount Everest were killed early this morning by an avalanche sweeping down the world's tallest peak. The incident is the deadliest in known history, even as search crews seek to find four climbers still missing. Apr 18, 2014 9:32 AM PT

Venezuela's Largest University 'Nearly Abandoned' After Chavista Attacks on Students

The Central University of Venezuela in Caracas, the nation's largest academic institution, is in shambles. In a heartfelt report in Harper's Magazine, Daniel Lansberg-Rodríguez recalls the greatness of his alma mater and how the socialist Maduro government has created a "nearly abandoned," dangerous atmosphere at the university. Apr 17, 2014 12:06 PM PT

Local Nigerian Government Denies Release of Schoolgirls Kidnapped by Boko Haram

The temporary good news from Nigeria that more than one hundred schoolgirls abducted by radical Islamist group Boko Haram did not last, as state authorities in the northeast of the country confirmed to Reuters that only fourteen of the girls had escaped captivity, with dozens still missing. Apr 17, 2014 11:33 AM PT

Video of Massive Al-Qaeda Meeting in Yemen Rekindles U.S. Concerns

A video showing al-Qaeda's second-in-command addressing a crowd of more than one hundred Islamist militants in Yemen has United States officials worried that the group is gaining strength, potentially organizing to plot a new attack on the West. Apr 17, 2014 10:10 AM PT

NJ Economy Stalls as State Fails to Make Revenue Goals Again in March

Less than a week after credit rating company Standard & Poor's lowered New Jersey's credit rating to A+, the third lowest in the nation, New Jersey failed to deliver the revenue needed to keep the budget afloat in March, falling seven percent below the predicted rate proposed by Governor Chris Christie. Apr 16, 2014 6:53 AM PT

Report: China's Boasting Has Misled, Frustrated Search for Missing Malaysian Plane

In the scramble to find missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the Chinese government's insistence on being the first to find evidence has led the international search effort to chase after unrelated debris, false positive radio signals, and other signs that have frustrated the search and wasted valuable time, the New York Times reports. Apr 15, 2014 12:15 PM PT

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