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NYT: Carjackings, Violent Crime Skyrocket in Newark for 2013

With New Jersey's biggest city in transition as Senator Cory Booker leaves the town to new leaders, his legacy is emerging as, at best, a mixed one. The New York Times reports that violent crime is skyrocketing in Newark-- particularly carjacking, which was more than doubled since 2007. Dec 29, 2013 1:52 AM PT

Topless German Protester Interrupts Christmas Service

A shirtless female protester with the words "I am God" painted on her chest took to a German Church during Christmas mass this week and attempted to end the festivities by jumping atop the altar. Dec 28, 2013 12:14 PM PT

Report: U.S. Expanding Trade Efforts to Ward Off China

Amid the news of massive economic reforms and increased international trade propositions on the part of the People's Republic of China, The Hill reports exclusively of the White House's proposals to make trade deals countering the effect of China's new policies with loyal trade allies. Dec 28, 2013 12:09 PM PT

Mexican Drug Cartel Expands Meth Trade to the Philippines

A Christmas Day raid on a ranch housing drugs uncovered millions of dollars worth of high-grade crystal methamphetamine in Manila, drugs that national law enforcement have concluded are reaching the Philippines through the Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel. Dec 27, 2013 1:25 PM PT

The Five Most Important Power Transitions of 2013

More than many in recent memory, 2013 has been a year of pivotal transitions of power from old to new world leaders in states critical to world peace. Below, the five most unexpected, volatile, impacting or otherwise notable transitions of power around the world this year, ranked. Dec 27, 2013 2:38 AM PT

Daily Beast Preemptively Calls Sexism on Clinton Attacks in 2016

The Daily Beast was frothing at the mouth Thursday about the sexist attacks on Hillary Clinton. Yes, the sexist attacks against candidate Clinton in 2016 by the Republican Party, which have not happened yet, but will definitely happen because of something Pat Buchanan said in 1992. Dec 26, 2013 11:50 PM PT

SF Chronicle: Fake 'War on Christmas' Makes 'Silly Hicks' of 'Culture Warriors'

The editorial board of the San Francisco Chronicle has had enough with the "war on Christmas." The "war on Christmas that doesn't exist" is preventing people from rightly celebrating the holiday, writes the board, chiding it as an excuse for liberals to make fun of "silly hicks" and "culture warriors" to cause a false stir. Dec 26, 2013 11:49 PM PT

Pope Francis Calls upon Atheists to 'Desire Peace' in Christmas Message

Greeting the 70,000-strong crowd below his balcony at St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis issued a wide-ranging call for peace in areas as disparate as Syria and the Central African Republic, and explicitly pled for "nonbelievers to desire peace" along with the world's Catholics. Dec 26, 2013 1:36 AM PT

Marxist Guerrilla FARC's Christmas Greeting: Peace Does Not Mean The End Of War

During a Christmas season that saw every public figure regardless of authority release a holiday statement, even the terrorist guerrilla Marxist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) got into the spirit of the season, releasing a Christmas message warning that peace negotiations do not mean a "dissolution" of the militia. Dec 26, 2013 1:23 AM PT

Mao's Birthday Highlights Tension Between Chinese Premier, Radical Communists

As the Chinese leadership assembles to commemorate the birthday of Mao Zedong today, the administration of Xi Jinping has "toned down" the celebrations as the country continues to expand economically, according to a Reuters report alleging dissatisfaction among hardcore communists with China's capitalist turn. Dec 26, 2013 1:17 AM PT

Arab Monarchies: We Want to 'Bolster Friendship,' Trade with China

Riyadh and Beijing are cozying ever closer to each other this holiday season, as the Gulf Cooperation Council announced this week it has been in talks with China with the purpose of "bolstering friendship and cooperation ties" with the nation. Dec 26, 2013 1:02 AM PT

Transhumanism 101: Defying Human Nature One Cyborg Limb at a Time

The past few years have seen a surging interest in the international scientific movement to "help end human death." It fears no mechanics and abhors the imperfections of the human body. Transhumanism is snowballing into an international movement aggressively defying human nature and embracing machines. Dec 25, 2013 7:04 PM PT

A Very Christie Christmas: NYT Hit Piece Accuses NJ Gov of 'Pettiness'

The New York Times just left a shiny lump of coal in Chris Christie's stocking. In light of accusations that the Governor shut down a bridge to harm a mayor who didn't endorse him, the paper makes the circumstantial case today that Christie has been this petty for years, citing enemies who suspect his hand in their woes. Dec 25, 2013 7:02 AM PT

As Venezuelan Church Condemns 'Political Apartheid,' Maduro Heads to Cuba

Socialist Venezuelan President "Saint" Nicolás Maduro officially declared that Christmas started November 1 and lasted until he said so. Perhaps this made him feel it was excusable to leave his nation on Christmas week proper to spend it with Raúl Castro, while the Archbishop of Caracas condemns his "political apartheid." Dec 25, 2013 6:11 AM PT

Bolivian President Endorses Child Labor to Build 'Social Conscience'

President Evo Morales of Bolivia has taken a firm stand against a bill proposing to ban child labor under the age of 14. Citing his own life experience as a child laborer, he argued that such work builds "social conscience" and has a place in his country. Dec 25, 2013 4:27 AM PT

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