Elizabeth Warren Tells Obama To Put Up Or Shut Up On Trade

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by Zach Carter, Huff Post’

WASHINGTON — Progressive Democrats have been hoping to see a showdown between Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton for years. Instead, they’re getting a public feud between the senator from Massachusetts and President Barack Obama.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, along with Sen. Sherrod Brown, have responded to recent White House statements on TPP with a sharply-worded letter calling out President Obama and other backers of the corporate-friendly trade pact. (Photo: Timothy D. Easley)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, along with Sen. Sherrod Brown, have responded to recent White House statements on TPP with a sharply-worded letter calling out President Obama and other backers of the corporate-friendly trade pact. (Photo: Timothy D. Easley)

Obama accused Warren and congressional Democrats on Friday of being “dishonest” and spreading “misinformation” about the Trans-Pacific Partnership — a trade pact the administration is negotiating among 12 nations. The overwhelming majority of Democrats in Congress oppose TPP, while Republican leaders support it.

‘We respectfully suggest,’ reads a letter from Sens. Warren and Sherrod Brown to President Obama, ‘that characterizing the assessments of labor unions, journalists, Members of Congress, and others who disagree with your approach to transparency on trade issues as ‘dishonest’ is both untrue and unlikely to serve the best interests of the American people.’ More

After fresh tragedy, Syrian Christian leader warns: ‘We could disappear’

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By John L. Allen Jr.

Associate editor | April 28, 2015

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While most of the world celebrated Easter 2015 with church services and family get-togethers, Christians in the Syrian city of Aleppo spent the holiday digging through rubble to locate the bodies of 15 people who died after a ferocious round of rocket bombs rained down on a Christian neighborhood.

It was merely the latest assault on Christians in the city, which has seen some of the most intense fighting between jihadists and Syrian forces.

Archbishop Jean-Clément Jeanbart, head of the Melkite Greek Catholic Archparchy of Aleppo… More

Climate change skeptics press their case to Vatican

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By Inés San Martín
Vatican correspondent | April 27, 2015

ROME — Ahead of a Vatican and UN-sponsored summit on the environment set for Tuesday, some of America’s leading climate change and global warming skeptics assembled in Rome on Monday to press the case that climate change concerns are “non-issues.”

Members of the Heartland Institute, a libertarian public policy think tank based in Chicago, held what they called a “prebuttal” of a Rome conference to be put on by the Vatican and the United Nations on the moral dimensions of climate change and sustainable development, titled “Protect the earth, protect humanity.”

The counter-event also comes ahead of a highly anticipated encyclical letter from Pope Francis on the environment, expected to be released in early summer. Read More

Where the Islamic State gets its weapons

Syrian Kurdish fighters walk near unexploded and abandoned munitions in the Syrian city of Kobani on March 27. (Credit Yasin Akgul/AFP/Getty Images)
Syrian Kurdish fighters walk near unexploded and abandoned munitions in the Syrian city of Kobani on March 27. (Credit Yasin Akgul/AFP/Getty Images)

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by C. J. Chivers April 27, 2015

Early one morning in late February, a European investigator working in Kobani, the northern Syrian city that for months had been a battleground between Kurdish fighters and militants from the Islamic State, stepped outside the building where he was staying and saw something unusual. A Kurd on the street was carrying a long black assault rifle that the investigator thought was an American-made M-16.  More