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  • Watch Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal Narrowly Avoid A Train During A Railway Safety Press Conference

    Actions may speak louder than words, but Sen. Richard Blumenthal took that mentality to the extreme on Friday. The Connecticut Democrat was standing behind Milford Mayor Ben Blake on the town’s Metro-North station platform as the two held a press conference on railway safety. Complete with easels and charts, Blake was laying out the MTA’s safety violations,… “Safety, as you know, is paramount,” Blake said — and then this happened. It would appear that taking personal responsibility for train safety is equally important. And that yellow line on the edge of the platform? It’s there for a reason, senator. Watch the video below. —Sarah Eberspacher

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  • How Captain America Won Over China

    SHANGHAI — Last week, while U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s trip to China was underscoring bilateral tensions between the two powers, the Chinese masses were busy embracing another U.S. visitor. The Marvel superhero sequel Captain America:…

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  • Study: Babies Cry At Night To Stop Their Parents From Having Sex

    Earlier this year, a psychology study found that babies will fake cry to get what they want — which was often their parents’ attention. But according to new research at Harvard, manipulative babies have another reason for their crocodile tears: They… According to David Haig, an evolutionary biologist at Harvard, babies don’t want additional siblings competing for their parents’ love. “I’m just suggesting that offspring have evolved to use waking up mothers and suckling more intensely to delay the birth of another sibling,” said Haig. He encourages parents to train their babies to sleep through the night. The theory certainly gives babies a lot of credit, but anything’s possible, right?

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  • Missouri Mayor Says He ‘Kind Of’ Agrees With Beliefs Of Alleged Kansas Shooter

    Frazier Glenn Cross (aka Frazier Glenn Miller), the white supremacist charged with shooting and killing three people at Jewish community sites in Kansas on Sunday, has at least one person willing to go on the record saying good things about him:… “He was always nice and friendly and respectful of elder people,” Clevenger told KSPR, an ABC affiliate. “He respected his elders greatly, as long as they were the same color as him. Very fair and honest and never had a bit of problems out of him.” Clevenger later added that he “kind of agreed with him on some things, but I don’t like to express that too much.” Miller, 73, lives near Marionville, and is known in the area for his racist views. About a decade ago, Clevenger defended Miller in the Aurora Advertiser newspaper, writing, “I am a friend of Frazier Miller helping to spread his warnings. The Jew-run medical industry has succeeded in destroying the United States workforce.” The letter continued for several paragraphs, and included more digs against the “Jew-run government-backed banking industry.” Clevenger isn’t straying too far from that message today, telling KSPR, “There are some things that are going on in this country that are destroying us. We’ve got a false economy and it’s — some of those corporations are run by Jews because the names are there.” Prosecutors in Johnson County, Kan., filed state murder charges against Miller on Tuesday. He stands accused of killing 14-year-old Reat Underwood, his grandfather William Corporon, and Terri LaManno. Clevenger was quick to tell KSPR he thinks “it’s terrible what Frazier did. He didn’t have any right to do that, and I think he should pay with his life.” Watch the video on the KSPR site.

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  • Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu Runs Away From Obama In Campaign Ad

    Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) is in a tricky spot as she runs for re-election. The president’s party typically loses ground in midterms, and this year, with Obama’s approval rating underwater and a controversial health-care law hanging over everything,… So what’s Landrieu’s solution? She’s stiff-arming the president and hyping her opposition to the administration’s energy policies. A minute-long spot called “Will Not Rest” features news clips — and one re-enactment, according to The Weekly Standard — of Landrieu excoriating the administration. The “I oppose Obama, too” strategy makes sense given the political climate. Mitt Romney won the Bayou State by a 17-point margin in 2012, and President Obama has just a 39 percent approval rating there according to a February PPP poll. Meanwhile, the RNC is going all in with ads linking Landrieu to the president and his eponymous health care law. Though ObamaCare is probably not going to sink Landrieu, the little “D” next to her name might.

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  • Russia Should Applaud Ukraine’s Crackdown On Pro-Russia Militants

    As they did in Crimea, gun-wielding pro-Moscow militants are taking over government buildings in eastern Ukraine, posing something of a dilemma for the interim government in Kiev. Without a forceful response, it could risk a repeat of Russia’s… “The Council of National Security and Defense has decided to carry out a large-scale anti-terrorist operation with the use of armed forces of Ukraine,” Turchynov said Sunday afternoon. “We won’t allow Russia to repeat the Crimean scenario in the eastern region of Ukraine.” He softened the news a little bit, promising amnesty to protesters to leave peacefully without firing shots and offering greater local governance to eastern provinces. Russia responded by calling for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Sunday night, where Russian envoy Vitaly Churkin argued that the world’s powers should stop Ukraine from using force. The U.S. incited the anti-Moscow demonstrations in Kiev that led to the ouster of pro-Russia President Viktor Yanukovych, Churkin alleged, “so now the U.S. is going to encourage this criminal use of force?…. In just a few hours’ time things might take an irreversible turn for the worse.” The U.S., Europe, and Ukraine countered with evidence that the well-armed militants leading the takeover of Ukrainian government buildings are Russian commandos. But forget about that for a minute. The idea that Russia would argue that a government doesn’t have the right to quell uprisings within its own borders would be darkly comical if the situation weren’t so serious. Russian President Vladimir Putin demanded that no other countries interfere as he brutally crushed Islamic separatist movements in Checnhya and Dagestan — though, to be fair, the U.S. at least wasn’t overly sympathetic toward Russia’s Islamist militants in the post-9/11 Chechen crackdowns. And it was right after meeting with Putin at the Sochi Olympics that Yanukovych started his ill-fated crackdown on the Ukrainian protesters camped out in Kiev’s Maidan square. If any other country were dealing with an armed separatist movement within its borders, Russia would applaud its strong hand and warn other countries to back off. I wouldn’t be surprised if Turchynov chose his words — “anti-terrorist operation” — primarily for Russia’s benefit.

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  • Rush Limbaugh Thinks Hillary Clinton May Have Faked Her Shoe-throwing Incident

    Hillary Clinton was minding her own business and delivering a speech last Thursday when suddenly a shoe went whizzing by her head. Judging by her startled reaction, she had no idea it was coming — or did she? That’s the question Rush Limbaugh and other “shoe truthers,” as Talking Points Memo branded them, are pondering in the wake of the bizarre incident. On his radio show Monday, Limbaugh said that though he’d yet to see footage of the event, it would… “Maybe it’s because in my subconscious I think it was staged or set up or whatever. Look, folks, I know these people so well that I do not attach much genuineness to them at all, and I don’t know why anybody would be throwing a shoe at Hillary unless maybe it’s an attempt to make the Benghazi people look like nuts and lunatics and wackos. That’s if it even had anything to do with that, which I don’t know. But apparently it’s not just me, folks.” [Rush Limbaugh] Limbaugh wasn’t alone either. Fox News contributor Bernard Goldberg wondered in a blog post Monday if Clinton staged the story to “make her seem presidential.” Clinton has led every early poll of the 2016 Democratic primary by yawning margins and already has a well-heeled shadow campaign to support her likely presidential bid. Which is to say, she does not need a shoe-throwing hoax to lend her a presidential aura.

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  • Walking Dead Creator Says Jon Hamm Would Make A ‘Perfect’ Villain

    How would Don Draper fare during a zombie apocalypse? AMC’s The Walking Dead has featured several memorable villains, but Negan — a sadistic villain with an extended arc in the comic books on which the TV show is based — will require a particularly… “I think Jon Hamm would be perfect,” conceded Kirkman in an interview with MTV News. Unfortunately, it’s probably not in the cards: “I think after Mad Men has run, Jon Hamm is going to have a Tom Hanks-level film career, so I don’t think he’ll be coming back to television anytime soon,” he said. Fortunately, they have plenty of time to work out the details. Kirkman says fans shouldn’t expect to see Negan introduced “too terribly soon,” though “it’s a 99 percent lock that he’s going to be in the show eventually.”

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  • Glenn Beck And Tucker Carlson Warn Conservatives About Bundy Ranch Dispute

    Glenn Beck is warning conservatives not to get too caught up in the controversy over Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who has been illegally grazing his cattle on federal land for more than 15 years. (Read more about the case here.) Yes, the federal… “We did some research online with PsyID today,” Beck said on his show, “and found that there’s about 10 or 15 percent of the people who are talking about this online that are truly frightening.” There are many “decent, small-government proponents from groups like the Tea Party” supporting Bundy, Beck continued, and they should be aware this controversy has drawn “violent, anti-government groups” who constitute “the right’s version of Occupy Wall Street.” Tucker Carlson (my boss at the Daily Caller) made a related point on Fox News’ Special Report Monday night: I have a lot of sympathy for the Bundys. I think they were completely mistreated by the federal government. But I still think it’s important to point out that this land does not belong to them and that’s not a minor distinction, it’s the essence of private property. It’s good to see conservatives are finally learning to eschew the knee-jerk impulse that assumes the enemy of my enemy is always my friend.

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