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Bystanders Who Record Police Brutality Must Be Protected and Valued

Eric Garner’s recent death at the hands of cops would not have come to our attention had it not been for a camera phone recording; Satanists are “trolling” Hobby Lobby to test the boundaries of the Supreme Court ruling; meanwhile, some commentators are saying that the “IDF either targets civilians or has terrible aim.” These discoveries and more after the jump.

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John Brennan Admits to Agency Spying on Senate Staffers

In an extraordinary development on Thursday, the C.I.A. director reversed months of angry public denials and apologized for the agency’s past spying on staff of the U.S. senate intelligence committee.

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Is It a Cease-Fire If You Don’t Cease Fire?

Israel called a four-hour humanitarian cease-fire Wednesday, and amid confusion over which areas the halt applied to shelled a market in Gaza. According to Palestinian authorities, 17 Palestinians were killed and 200 more were injured.

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Bolivian President Calls Israel a ‘Terrorist State’

The South American country hasn’t had diplomatic ties with Israel since 2009, and announced Wednesday that Israeli citizens would need to obtain permission before crossing its borders.

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And Now for a Little Good News About the Economy

The Federal Reserve released some positive news Wednesday about the state of the U.S. economy, pointing to better figures than expected in the second quarter of 2014 while registering ongoing concern about unemployment.

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Obama to Congressional Foes: ‘Stop Just Hatin’ All the Time’ (Video)

Doesn’t he know that this would leave them with no purpose? President Obama, facing a House vote Wednesday to sue him for overextending his powers in pushing the Affordable Care Act through, took some shots at his opponents.

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Why Destroying Hamas Is a Terrible Idea

According to a Pentagon intelligence official, if eliminated, Hamas would be replaced by a far more dangerous alternative; a group of scientists warns we may be witnessing the beginning of the Earth’s sixth mass extinction, the likes of which wiped out dinosaurs; meanwhile, an activist contends the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement has had significant repercussions on the Israeli economy, especially since the recent attack on Gaza began. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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After Another U.N. School Shelled in Gaza, U.N. Official Calls Tragedy ‘Source of Universal Shame’

Chris Gunness, a U.N. Relief and Works Agency official, said that the IDF had been notified of the “precise location” of the organization’s school-turned-shelter in Jabaliya at least 17 times before what he and his colleagues termed Israeli artillery killed “children ... as they slept next to their parents” Wednesday.

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European Nations Funding Al-Qaida Through Ransom Payments

Although the governments of several European countries weren’t exactly willing to corroborate this story, The New York Times reported Tuesday that al-Qaida has made a consistent practice of kidnapping European citizens for ransom, and it has paid off very well.

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David Frum Accuses New York Times of Staging Photos of Palestinian Victims

Conservative commentator David Frum has tweeted no fewer than eight times his outrage over “faked” photos of Palestinian victims of Israel’s military violence. Problem: The photos are real.

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