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Everything You Need to Know About High-Frequency Trading

Everything You Need to Know About High-Frequency Trading

Matthew O'Brien

Why the algobots that rule Wall Street are good—and why they're evil, too.

 This rise of the robots certainly seems to have helped ordinary investors. Bid-ask spreads—the difference between what buyers want to pay and sellers want to be paid—have fallen dramatically the past 20 years. Part of this is because, since 2001, stock prices have gone from trading in fractions to pennies—which has allowed them to be increasingly precise. Another part is that electronic trading, though not super-fast, has made markets more liquid. And the last part is that HFT has added even more liquidity, eliminating bid-ask spreads that would have been too small to do so before. Indeed, researchers found that Canadian bid-ask spreads increased by 9 percent in 2012 after the government introduced fees that effectively limited HFT.

 
Ocean Shield, the Ship That Saved the Search for MH370

Ocean Shield, the Ship That Saved the Search for MH370

In 24 hours, the search area went from 18,000 square miles to 36 square miles all thanks to one piece of Aussie equipment.

Although the Ocean Shield belongs to the Royal Australian Navy, it’s crewed by civilian specialists. It only went into service in the summer of 2012. It was built in Norway and is classed as an offshore support vessel. The Australians intended to use it as part of a disaster relief task force but it turned out to be ideally suited to the challenge of finding Flight MH370: it has a massive 60-ton crane that would be able to raise wreckage from the water and was able to deploy both the ping detector and the Bluefin 21 robot submersible that would be the first device launched if the location of the flight data recorder was confirmed.

 
VC Investment Reaches Highs Not Seen Since Dot-Com Bubble

BY Kimberly Weisul

The first quarter of 2014 saw the most venture capital money invested since the second quarter of 2001, with $9.9 billion going into 880 deals. That dollar figure is up 44 percent compared to the same quarter last year. In March alone, VC investors poured $4.4 billion into young companies, which is easily more than any other quarter in the past two years.

Some $5.7 billion of the $9.9 billion total went to California-based companies, and $4.8 billion went to Silicon Valley alone.

 
A Mad Man, Indeed: The Psychology of Don Draper

A Mad Man, Indeed: The Psychology of Don Draper

By Jordan Gaines Lewis

We love him. We hate him. Mostly, we don't understand him. Who is Don Draper, and why is he the way he is?

Perhaps the strangest manifestation of Don’s childhood neglect came, unexpectedly, during his affair with neighbor Sylvia Rosen in the last season. Though we’ve seen Don with many women, he was uncharacteristically sadistic toward her, locking her up in a hotel room and telling her she existed “only for [his] pleasure.” Disgusted and humiliated, she finally broke it off, telling him: “It’s easy to give up something when you’re ashamed.” Don is positively dumbfounded, adopting countless tactics to get her back. But once again, just as Don seems to have complete control over a situation, he finds himself insecure, abandoned, and struggling with feelings of guilt.

Research over the past decade has begun to uncover how stress and maltreatment in childhood confers risk for depressionsmokingalcoholism, and many other physical and mental health disorders into adulthood. More recently, epigenetic markers, or heritable changes in genetic material that do not actually change the DNA sequence, have emerged as strong candidates that bring about these risks. Epigenetic changes are so powerful, in fact, that children of parents who survived the Holocaust have altered stress hormone functioning, suggesting that childhood trauma can even have effects across generations.

 
Four Steps to Raising an Honest Teen

Four Steps to Raising an Honest Teen

By Jeffrey Bernstein, Ph.D.

Parents have a big influence on how much their teens lie.

 
Did Putin Blow Up the Whole Polish Government in 2010?

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Did Putin Blow Up the Whole Polish Government in 2010? A Second Look.

A plane crash at Smolensk in Russia four years ago wiped out the Warsaw leadership. It used to be seen as an accident. Now, after Putin’s games in Ukraine, people aren’t so sure.

 Four years ago this week, Polish President Lech Kaczynski was killed in a plane crash near the Katyn Forest in Russia where he was flying to honor the 22,000 Polish officers, lawyers, priests and professors slaughtered there by the Soviets 70 years before. Ninety-five other military, political and public figures including his wife died on that plane. One of the more heartbreaking details to emerge was that First Lady Maria Kaczynska’s body could be identified only by her nail polish and the inscription inside her wedding ring.

The plane’s black boxes, laptops, sensitive documents, mobile phones, address books, telephone numbers, correspondence, and the top-secret military, NATO and diplomatic codes on board were salvaged from crash site immediately by the Kremlin’s operatives in what was a “coup for Russia’s intelligence service” according to retired CIA analyst Gene Poteat. What Nowaczyk calls “years worth of work for security services” was completed in a single day by Russia’s OMON Special Purpose Police, which were immediately deployed to the site.

The airplane was a 20-year-old Russian Tupolev-154M that had been refurbished and upgraded in Russia four months before, a detail that has become the subject of considerable speculation on the many forums and groups dedicated to investigating the conspiracy theory surrounding the flight.

 
Botox and Depression: The Frownless Face of Happiness

Botox and Depression: The Frownless Face of Happiness

By Dr. Mark Borigini, M.D.

If you frown all the time, it is likely you feel a certain amount of pain, or at least discomfort; because, after all, you are using many more muscles to maintain that frown, compared to what is needed to light up the world with a smile. But is it the frown causing the depression? Or is it the depression causing the frown?

 
U.S. appealed to 100 nations after bank cyberattack

U.S. appealed to 100 nations after bank cyberattack

Ellen Nakashima 

In the spring of 2012, some of America’s largest banks were coming under attack, with hackers commandeering servers around the world to direct a barrage of Internet traffic toward the banks’ Web sites.

The assaults, believed to have been launched by Iran, were bringing the sites down for hours at a time and disrupting customer business — the first significant digital assault of its kind undertaken against American industry computers by a foreign adversary.

Wary of provoking even more intense attacks, the Obama administration rejected an option to hack into the adversary’s network in Iran and squelch the problem at its source. Instead, officials did something they had never tried on such a scale, appealing to more than 100 countries to choke off the debilitating computer traffic at nodes around the world, according to current and former U.S. officials.

Although the attacks did not end, they subsided, providing what officials have described as a template to respond in other such cases.

The response to the episode, which has not been previously detailed, reflected the difficult choices the Obama administration faces in the event of a cyberattack — assaults that constitute a new-generation threat to the nation’s financial and industry computer networks. In many cases, officials are still feeling their way in the dark, determined to protect U.S. computer networks but wary of an overly aggressive response that could invite escalatory attacks that might further paralyze the networks of American business.

 
Walking vs. Elliptical Training

Walking vs. Elliptical Training

According to a number of recent studies, elliptical training results in greater activation of muscles in the buttocks and thighs than walking does, and less activation of muscles in the calf. Elliptical training also places greater strain on the lower back than walking because of how the muscles fire, a consideration for people with back problems.

It also involves less weight bearing. According to a study published this month in The British Journal of Sports Medicine, walking causes 112 percent of someone’s body weight to strike the ground with every step, while only 73 percent does in elliptical training. This slighter jarring is an advantage for people with sore joints, but less so for those who hope that exercise will improve bone health.

 
Militias head to Nevada rancher’s standoff with feds

Krissy Thornton, right, looks at blood from a taser wound on Ammon Bundy near Bunkerville, Nev. Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Bundy was tasered by Bureau of Land Management law enforcement officers while protesting the roundup of what the BLM calls "trespass cattle" that rancher Cliven Bundy grazes in the Gold Butte area 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher)

Militias head to Nevada rancher’s standoff with feds: We’re not ‘afraid to shoot’

By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s decades-long battle against the federal government over grazing rights has heated to the point where militia groups have joined in and taken up spots against the feds who’ve circled his land — and talk is, they’re not afraid to open fire.

Mr. Bundy’s view is that he owns his property — that it’s been in his family’s hands for centuries — and he doesn’t have to pay for his own 900-head of cattle to graze on the 600,000 acre Gold Butte property. The government, meanwhile, says the land belongs to it, and agents have swooped and circled, closing off roadway access to the property and flying helicopters overhead the family’s home.

 
Conservative Firepower Has Senate Democrats Playing Defense

Conservative Firepower Has Senate Democrats Playing Defense

Democrats in races that will help determine control of the Senate are rapidly burning through their campaign cash and seeing their advantage over Republican opponents whittled away as they fend off attacks from conservative groups, according to figures released through this week.

The spending on both sides underscores the critical role that outside conservative groups are playing as Republicans try to retake the Senate. In state after state, organizations like Americans for Prosperity, the nonprofit linked to David and Charles Koch, have kept Democrats on the defensive with a barrage of negative ads while establishment-backed Republican candidates raise money and navigate their way through primaries.

Democratic strategists say their candidates have faced a historic early onslaught of outside spending — about $33 million in all, most of it from Koch-linked groups — without squandering their coffers and while staying, for the most part, ahead of or even with their Republican rivals in the polls.

 
Rush Limbaugh: CBS ‘declared war on the heartland of America’

** FILE ** Rush Limbaugh.

Rush Limbaugh: CBS ‘declared war on the heartland of America’

By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

Rush Limbaugh, conservative talk show giant, said CBS has just made a massive cultural statement that sets traditional, heartland America in its sights by hiring comedian Stephen Colbert as David Letterman’s “Late Show” replacement.

“What this hire means is a redefinition of what is ‘funny’ and a redefinition of what is comedy, and they’re blowing up the 11:30 format under the guise that the world’s changing, and people don’t want the kind of comedy that Carson gave us, or even Letterman.”

 
Short on accomplishments, Hillary leans on Bill, Barack to sell candidacy

Short on accomplishments, Hillary leans on Bill, Barack to sell candidacy

By Byron York

Last week Hillary Clinton gave what appeared at first to be a rambling and unfocused answer when asked to name the proudest achievement of her four years as Secretary of State. The short version is, she doesn't have one.

But in a larger sense, the "relay race" Image may turn out to be the key to Hillary Clinton's run for president. The campaign theme is pretty easy to sketch out. Her husband, President Bill Clinton, took the baton and ran with it, starting a period of great American progress. President George W. Bush dropped it, disastrously, but then Barack Obama picked up the Clinton baton and led America to recovery. Now it's time to pass the baton yet again. Should American voters give it to another Republican, who will surely mess things up like Bush, or should they hand it to Hillary Clinton, who will continue the magnificent work her husband began more than 20 years ago?

The "relay race" theme allows Hillary Clinton to surf on her husband's and her old boss' accomplishments, reaching many years into the past, without showcasing her own lackluster record. For Democrats, it will be a happy story. For everyone else, it could be a hard sell.

 
Panel blasts Eric Holder for acting on his own

The U.S. Sentencing Commission included a rebuke of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. while approving reduced sentencing guidelines for certain nonviolent drug offenses. (Associated Press)

Panel blasts Eric Holder for acting on his own, OKs less time for nonviolent drug crimes

By Kelly Riddell and Kellan Howell - The Washington Times

The U.S. Sentencing Commission approved Thursday an amendment to reduce sentencing guidelines for certain nonviolent drug offenses, a unanimous decision that nonetheless included a sharp rebuke of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.

 
Kathleen Sebelius Leaves Obamacare Behind

Kathleen Sebelius Leaves Obamacare Behind

By Amy Davidson

Does the resignation of Kathleen Sebelius mean that Obamacare is succeeding or struggling—or even that it has failed?

But the very solidity of the numbers makes the problems with the rollout look even more painful. This was a good law, offering something that people wanted. The department Sebelius was in charge of was supposed to get it to them. Instead, what it presented to the world was a big mess. Obama was also humiliated when his assurances about people getting to keep their plans turned out to be false. From the perspective of the Obama Administration, the rollout—Sebelius’s rollout—made something majestic look grubby. Sebelius, for her part, told the Times that if she could take “all the animosity. If that could just leave with me, and we could get to a new chapter, that would be terrific.”

 
Colin Kaepernick, 2 other NFL players investigated in Miami sex misconduct case

  San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, 2 other NFL players investigated in Miami sex misconduct case

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and two other NFL players are being investigated by Miami police for possible sexual misconduct with a woman at a Brickell condo in early April.

Though no charges have been filed, the report indicates that a woman — who said she had a sexual relationship with Kaepernick in the past — told police April 3 that she passed out in Apt. 4710 in the Viceroy, 485 Brickell Ave., about midnight April 1.

She woke up in a local hospital the next morning, the report says, with no idea how she got there. The hospital and the woman were not named in the report.

Before she passed out, “They talked for a while and she mixed some drinks for all of them and gave them shots,” the incident report states. The report goes on to say “that they told her in order to drink the shots she had to ‘hit’ the bong, which contained marijuana.”

According to the police report, a Miami police sergeant called the Special Victims Office — a squad that deals with sexual battery and assault cases — to say a woman had come to the front desk of police headquarters on April 3 to file a report on “a suspicious incident that occurred in the Brickell area.”

The woman, who was interviewed by officers, said that at 9 p.m. April 1 she went to visit Lockette at his apartment and found Kaepernick and Patton there with him. After doing shots and bong hits, she said she began to feel lightheaded while they were watching a basketball game.

That’s when, the report says, the woman went to the bedroom to lie down, took off her jacket and jewelry, and was followed by Kaepernick, who began kissing her. He undressed her and left the room. They never had sex, she said. But before he returned, the woman told police, Patton and Lockette opened the door and “peeked” inside.

The woman told police she said, “What are you doing? Where is Colin? Get out,” to the two other football players, who left and closed the door.

“She can’t remember anything after that,” the report states. She did advise police “that she has had a sexual relationship with Kaepernick in the past.”

The woman underwent a rape test, sources said, and the results weren’t made public.


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Obama Throws Kathleen "Dead Weight" Sebelius Overboard

Kathleen Sebelius, the health and human services secretary, testified on Capitol Hill on Thursday.

Sebelius Resigns After Missteps With Health Law Website

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR 

Ending a stormy five-year tenure marred by the disastrous rollout of President Obama’s signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act, Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as secretary of health and human services.

The resignation is a low point in what had been a remarkable career for Ms. Sebelius, who as governor of Kansas was named by Time magazine as one of the five best governors in the country and was even mentioned as a possible running mate for Mr. Obama in 2008. The two had bonded when Ms. Sebelius endorsed his presidential bid early in 2008, becoming one of the highest-profile Democratic women to back him over Hillary Rodham Clinton, and helping him deliver a big win in the Kansas caucus.

White House officials were quick to point out the many successes during Ms. Sebelius’s tenure: the end to pre-existing conditions as a bar to insurance, the ability for young people to stay on their parents’ insurance, and the reduction in the growth of health care costs. In addition, Ms. Sebelius helped push through mental health parity in insurance plans and worked with the Department of Education to promote early childhood education.

 
U.S. Navy to turn seawater into jet fuel

** FILE ** Capt. Philip Gunn participates in a flyover during the interment ceremony of retired Brig. Gen. Robinson Risner on Jan. 23, 2014, at Arlington National Cemetery. (Image: Air Force)

U.S. Navy to turn seawater into jet fuel

By Douglas Ernst - The Washington Times

The Navy just found a way to reduce its dependence on possible adversaries for oil — it’s converted seawater into jet fuel.

Navy researchers have announced a major technological breakthrough, saying that they have been able to convert seawater into CO2 and hydrogen, Defense One reported. By successfully clearing the chemical hurdle, scientists can now use another series of chemical processes to create a seawater-based fuel.

 
Kim Kardashian 'snubbed by President Obama during his re-election campaign'

'Political poison': Kim Kardashian, pictured at Marianne Williamson's fundraiser in LA on Tuesday, was apparently refused when she tried to help President Obama in his 2012 presidential re-election campaign

Kim Kardashian 'snubbed by President Obama who wanted nothing to do with her during his re-election campaign'

Kim Kardashian might be one of the sexiest, wealthiest celebrities around but when it comes to the political arena not everyone is a fan it seems. It's now come to light that the 33-year-old reality star's offer to help President Obama in his 2012 campaign for re-election was reportedly met with firm resistance.

They wanted nothing to do with her,' a source told Radar . 'She was not the young, cool image they wanted to portray at all.

'Even though she kept asking, the campaign would never let her do anything in an official capacity.'

Sexy vs serious: Sexy images like this Instagram of a swimsuit-clad Kim taking a selfie hasn't improved her relations among serious politicians

'Kim is political poison,' the source went on to reveal. 'Having her involved in a political event or with a candidate is the last thing people who are serious about getting elected want.'

 
The Border Towns the Constitution Forgot

The Border Towns the Constitution Forgot

One hundred miles inland from the U.S.-Mexico border, the ACLU says, border patrol agents are harassing American citizens with arbitrary search and seizure methods and even arrests.

 With nearly 21,000 Border Patrol agents plus 21,650 CBP officers at ports of entry, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is by far the largest law enforcement agency in the country, and one of the biggest in the world. Most of these problems have been blamed by watchdogs on hurried hiring and sloppy training. 

 
NATO not ruling out troop deployments – even from US – to Eastern Europe

NATO's top military commander says that he will present a package of measures next week laying out how the alliance will respond to the Russian buildup along Ukraine's borders.

To calm the fears of nervous Russian neighbors, NATO deployed reconnaissance aircraft over Poland and Romania in early March. The US has also sent fighter jets, fighter bombers, and transport aircraft to Poland, where it has a base. A US missile destroyer will arrive in the Black Sea soon, according to Agence France-Presse.

 
American Jihadist Who Fought in Syria Dies of an Overdose in Arizona

American Jihadist Who Fought in Syria Dies of an Overdose in Arizona

The Eric Harroun I knew wanted to fight for justice in Syria, but went into combat alongside Al Qaeda. The United States jailed him as a potential terrorist, and now he has died.

On the afternoon of April 8, Harroun was found unconscious in his father’s home. Cari Gerchick, a spokesperson for Maricopa County, confirmed his death and announced that the Office of the Medical Examiner would begin an autopsy on today. Eric is survived by his father Darryl, his mother Shirley Ann, and his sister, Sarah Harroun.

 
Why Do We Eat, and Why Do We Gain Weight?

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Why Do We Eat, and Why Do We Gain Weight?

We eat because we want to eat; not because we need to. Understanding that can transform the way we think about.

Here are a few of the things that can make you hungry: seeing, smelling, reading, or even thinking about food. Hearing music that reminds you of a good meal. Walking by a place where you once ate something good. Even after you’ve just had a hearty lunch, imagining something delicious can make you salivate. Being genuinely hungry, on the other hand—in the sense of physiologically needing food—matters little. It’s enough to walk by a doughnut shop to start wanting a doughnut. Studies show that rats that have eaten a lot are just as eager to eat chocolate cereal as hungry rats are to eat laboratory chow. Humans don’t seem all that different. More often than not, we eat because we want to eat—not because we need to. Recent studies show that our physical level of hunger, in fact, does not correlate strongly with how much hunger we say that we feel or how much food we go on to consume. 

 
Opposing Gay Marriage Is Not Like Racism

Opposing Gay Marriage Is Not Like Racism

By Conor Friedersdorf

The shortcomings of stigma in political discourse

 Liberals generally think of themselves as proponents of tolerance, pluralism and diversity. Some liberals are also eager to stigmatize and punish opponents of gay marriage. Is that a betrayal of their values? If so, these liberals tend to argue, it is no more problematic than the decision to exclude white supremacists from polite society.

 
The White House Broke Its Promise to the Victims of the First Fort Hood Shooting.

Ever since Nidal Hasan's rampage, survivors have struggled for medical care and benefits.

Just after last week's shooting rampage at Fort Hood, President Barack Obama made a simple promise to survivors: "We are going to do everything we can to make sure the community at Fort Hood has what it needs to deal with the current situation, but also any potential aftermath." For victims of the previous attack on Fort Hood in 2009, these words were a bitter reminder of the empty assurances they received from the Army and Obama administration officials, who pledged to take care of them and their families after the shooting. Retired Army Staff Sgt. Shawn Manning, who was shot six times and nearly suffocated on his own blood, recalls then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates handing his wife a business card and saying, "If you ever need anything, call me." And yet, in the years since Maj. Nidal Hasan opened fire in a crowded medical center, leaving 13 people dead and 32 wounded, survivors have struggled to obtain medical care, psychiatric treatment, and financial benefits. "Five years later, we're still fighting," Manning says. "Every time we get our hopes up, we run into another road block." 

 
Papyrus Referring to Jesus’ Wife Is More Likely Ancient Than Fake, Scientists Say

Papyrus Referring to Jesus’ Wife Is More Likely Ancient Than Fake, Scientists Say

A faded fragment of papyrus known as the “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife,” which caused an uproar when unveiled by a Harvard Divinity School historian in 2012, has been tested by scientists who conclude in a journal published on Thursday that the ink and papyrus are very likely ancient, and not a modern forgery.

Skepticism about the tiny scrap of papyrus has been fierce because it contained a phrase never before seen in any piece of Scripture: “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife...’ ” Too convenient for some, it also contained the words “she will be able to be my disciple,” a clause that inflamed the debate in some churches over whether women should be allowed to be priests.

The papyrus fragment has now been analyzed by professors of electrical engineering, chemistry and biology at Columbia University, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who reported that it resembles other ancient papyri from the fourth to the eighth centuries. (Scientists at the University of Arizona, who dated the fragment to centuries before the birth of Jesus, concluded that their results were unreliable.)

The test results do not prove that Jesus had a wife or disciples who were women, only that the fragment is more likely a snippet from an ancient manuscript than a fake, the scholars agree. Karen L. King, the historian at Harvard Divinity School who gave the papyrus its name and fame, has said all along that it should not be regarded as evidence that Jesus married, only that early Christians were actively discussing celibacy, sex, marriage and discipleship.

 
Eric Cantor falls hard from good graces of conservatives

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, once seen as a champion for conservatives and a possible candidate for House speaker, now is struggling to hold on to his leadership. (Associated Press)

Eric Cantor falls hard from good graces of conservatives

By Seth McLaughlin - The Washington Times

Conservatives are increasingly targeting House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, arguing that he has abandoned conservative principles and protesting his planned meeting with moderate and liberal Republicans.

“I think that Boehner can survive the discontent that the tea party and the more conservative element of the Republican Party has, but I don’t think that is true of Cantor,” Mr. Rohrabacher told The Washington Times. “Boehner is not considered someone who is an active adversary. Cantor can be seen — on immigration and a lot of other things — as someone who is very resentful of what would be the patriot Republican right.”

 
Congress should stop trusting Kerry

Congress should stop trusting Kerry

Secretary of State John Kerry appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to discuss his budget and the status of diplomatic hot spots, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Lawmakers' questions focused on Russia, Ukraine, Iran and Syria. Kerry, a former chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, threatened Russia with tougher economic sanctions if it fails to back down from its chaotic involvement in Ukraine. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Jennifer Rubin

John Kerry’s take on negotiations proves to be wrong, again.

First, lawmakers who want to give Kerry “time to negotiate” with Iran are fooling themselves. In forgoing alternative steps in favor of fruitless negotiations, they are enabling the Iranians. Indeed, Kerry confirms that Iran’s breakout time is now only two months. Second, the time spent in the “peace process” has been a waste and, if anything, has frittered away whatever credibility Kerry had. Kerry’s initial impulse is invariably to blame Israel (before he resorts to moral equivalence), but in fact it’s the Palestinians who have refused to give up their hopes of a one-state (an Arab one) solution and now have gone in search of unilateral recognition. Here again, Congress should not sit idly by. The Palestinian Authority has broken its international agreements and should, as a result of its “unity government” with Hamas, lose at least some U.S. funding. (Those organizations that accept the PA should lose the benefit of U.S. membership as well as U.S. funding.) And finally, the reports confirm that Kerry’s false choice between his diplomatic dithering and war is nothing more than appeasement. We talk as foes (whether in Moscow, Damascus or Tehran) pursue their objectives with no U.S. response other than Kerry’s pleas for them to see that their interests would be best served by complying with our demands.

 
Sheriffs warn of violence from Mexican cartels deep into interior of U.S.

Sheriffs warn of violence from Mexican cartels deep into interior of U.S.

By Kelly Riddell - The Washington Times

Outmanned and outgunned, local law enforcement officers are alarmed by the drug and human trafficking, prostitution, kidnapping and money laundering that Mexican drug cartels are conducting in the U.S. far from the border.

“If we fail to secure our borders, then every sheriff in America will become a border sheriff,” said Sam Page, sheriff of Rockingham County, N.C. “We’re only a two-day drive from the border and have already seen the death and violence that illegal crossings brings into our community.”

“These cartels are so sophisticated. They’re getting affluent white teenagers to help them encrypt their software; they do digital money-laundering, can hack into government databases and actively recruit our agents to keep one step ahead. The rest of America is just now getting a taste of what we’ve been dealing with for years,” Mr. Fleming said.

 
Billing Medicare While Financing Some Top Democrats

Billing Medicare While Financing Some Top Democrats

Two Florida doctors who received the nation’s highest Medicare reimbursements in 2012 are both major contributors to Democratic Party causes, and they have turned to the political system in recent years to defend themselves against suspicions that they may have submitted fraudulent or excessive charges to the federal government.

The pattern of large Medicare payments and six-figure political donations shows up among several of the doctors whose payment records were released for the first time this week by the Department of Health and Human Services. For years, the department refused to make the data public, and finally did so only after being sued by The Wall Street Journal.

 Topping the list is Dr. Salomon E. Melgen, 59, an ophthalmologist from North Palm Beach, Fla., who received $21 million in Medicare reimbursements in 2012 alone. The doctor billed a bulk of his reimbursements for Lucentis, a medication used to treat macular degeneration made by a company that pays generous rebates to its doctor.

Dr. Melgen’s firm donated more than $700,000 to Majority PAC, a super PAC run by former aides to the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada. The super PAC then spent $600,000 to help re-elect Senator Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, who is a close friend of Dr. Melgen’s. Last year, Mr. Menendez himself became a target of investigation after the senator intervened on behalf of Dr. Melgen with federal officials and took flights on his private jet.

Another physician, Dr. Asad Qamar, an interventional cardiologist in Ocala, Fla., has sent at least $250,000 in donations over the last decade to the political campaigns of President Obama and other prominent Democrats; he has become the target of scrutiny related to cardiovascular treatment centers he runs in Central Florida.

Dr. Qamar was paid more than $18 million in 2012, making him and Dr. Melgen by far the largest payment recipients nationwide, according to the data. A pathologist from New Jersey received the third largest Medicare reimbursement, $12.6 million.

 
Using Drones in the Search for Flight 370

Using Drones in the Search for Flight 370

At 15,000 feet down, underwater drones have limitations. Side-scanning sonar is a slow process and newest drones can only stay down 20 hours. Search could take years for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

 
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