Saturday, November 22, 2014

Republican-led report debunks Benghazi accusations - CNN.com

Republican-led report debunks Benghazi accusations - CNN.com: "Washington (CNN) -- An investigative report prepared by the House Intelligence Committee finds little to support questions raised about CIA actions on the ground in Benghazi, Libya, the night of a deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound.



The final report, from Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, and ranking member Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Maryland, concludes there was no intelligence failure prior to the attack, no stand-down order to CIA operatives trying to go assist at the besieged consular building and found conflicting intelligence in the wake of the attack about the motive and cause, which were reflected in early public comments by the administration.



But the investigation also found the security at the diplomatic outpost was weak and it described a "flawed" process used to create talking points for House Intelligence Committee members and then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, whose public statements after the attack incensed critics who said the administration was avoiding calling the attack terrorism."



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What Makes Marriage Work? | Psychology Today

What Makes Marriage Work? | Psychology Today: "But there's much more to a successful relationship than knowing how to fight well. Not all stable couples resolve conflicts in the same way, nor do they mean the same thing by "resolving" their conflict. In fact, I have found that there are three different styles of problem solving into which healthy marriages tend to settle:"



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Carla Ferrigno, Angela Leslie And Louisa Moritz Come Forward With Allegations Against Bill Cosby (UPDATE)

Carla Ferrigno, Angela Leslie And Louisa Moritz Come Forward With Allegations Against Bill Cosby (UPDATE): "Three more women have come forward with allegations against Bill Cosby. Carla Ferrigno, Angela Leslie and Louisa Moritz are three of the 11 women who have now publicly identified themselves and accused Cosby of assaulting them in some form.

Ferrigno, Leslie and Moritz's claims join a growing list of allegations made against the 77-year-old actor. In 2005, Andrea Constand filed a lawsuit against Cosby claiming that he drugged and molested her in 2004. Not long after, Tamara Green went on the “Today Show” alleging she had a similar experience with Cosby. Twelve other women were anonymous witnesses in the Constand case, claiming they also had similar encounters with the comedian. One by one these women have come forward to publicly identify themselves, including Barbara Bowman, Beth Ferrier and, just days ago, Therese Serignese who spoke at length with The Huffington Post. Other women to recently make their allegations against Cosby public include publicist Joan Tarshis and supermodel Janice Dickinson."



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Friday, November 21, 2014

Glass ceiling caused by partners and work culture, Harvard study suggests - Business - CBC News

Glass ceiling caused by partners and work culture, Harvard study suggests - Business - CBC News: "Mismatched expectations about family demands are just as important as institutionalized sexism in the workplace when it comes to explaining the gender gap that holds women back in their careers, a Harvard study suggests.

A survey in the Harvard Business Review's report published Thursday asked 25,000 graduates in recent decades to talk about their experiences in their careers and lives after graduation."



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Obama Moves To Protect Millions From Deportation

Obama Moves To Protect Millions From Deportation: "Obama's plan will make a number of changes to immigration policy, such as renaming and revamping the controversial Secure Communities policy, which states and localities across the country have increasingly opposed. It will also redefine Immigration and Customs Enforcement priorities to ensure agents are focusing on recent border-crossers -- defined as those who came after Jan. 1, 2014 -- along with convicted criminals, suspected terrorists and potential threats to national security. The new policies broaden opportunities for high-skilled workers and could lead to further changes in how visas are distributed. The resulting changes could bring the amount of people given legal protection under the executive action to nearly 5 million.

But the centerpiece -- and the most contentious portion -- is its relief for undocumented immigrants, which could lead to millions of people being shielded from deportation and made eligible to work. About 4.1 million will likely be eligible for a new policy that allows undocumented parents of U.S. citizen and legal permanent children to stay in the country and work legally, if they have been in the U.S. for five years or more and pass a background check, officials said."



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Thursday, November 20, 2014

What California’s College Tuition Hike Says About the Future of Higher Education | TIME

What California’s College Tuition Hike Says About the Future of Higher Education | TIME: "On Nov. 20, the regents that control the University of California system will vote on a proposal to increase tuition at its 10 campuses by as much as 5% a year for the next five years. This year’s tuition and fees for in-state students is $12,192, which could rise to $15,564 by the 2019-20 school year under the proposal. The plan was conceived and put forward by Janet Napolitano, who took over the UC system in 2013."



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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

DAP rep moots Penang oversight for Gurney Drive reclamation work | Malaysia | Malay Mail Online

DAP rep moots Penang oversight for Gurney Drive reclamation work | Malaysia | Malay Mail Online: "GEORGE TOWN, Nov 12 — Penang should have direct oversight of the planned reclamation work for popular promenade Gurney Drive here, instead of leaving this to private engineers appointed by the developer, a state lawmaker said today.

Proposing a state committee to undertake the task, DAP’s Pulau Tikus assemblyman Yap Soo Huey said this was necessary to ensure the independence of the review.

“Instead of depending on the Department of Environment or consultants appointed by developers, the state should have its own appointed consultants to review such projects,” Yap said today."



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