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Peter Foster: The limits of Ecuador's shakedown statism

Financial Post  Ecuador is run by the left-wing caudillo windbag Rafael Correa, whose hero was Hugo Chavez The great eighteenth century lexicographer and wit Samuel Johnson described second marriage as the "triumph of hope over experience."

The Raptors and Vince Carter: The 2001 playoffs and the rise before the fall

National Post | Sports  Jerome Williams stood up on the bench and watched, with everything beyond his control. Glen Grunwald stood a few feet away from the roster he had assembled, in the tunnel that led to the Toronto Raptors' locker room at the First Union Center in Philadelphia.

Swiss Supermarket Chain Sells Coffee Creamer with Adolf Hitler Picture, Promptly Pulls Product

Americans Against the Tea Party  These days, there's a lot of things that are like Adolf Hitler. Liberals are like Hitler, the ACA is like Hitler, and Obama is like Hitler. In fact, if you ask the right Republican, your neighbor's cat is probably like Adolf Hitler (it depends: did they vote for that Kenyan Marxist?)

Republican Congressman Is Unaware There Is No Surgeon General To Address Ebola

Liberaland  One would think Republicans are aware that they blocked President Obama's nominee for surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, due to a backlash from the National Rifle Association. But, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) says Ron Klain is "off to a bad start" in his new role as the president's Ebola response coordinator, and that the U.S.

Ottawa terror attack: Six views on a tragedy

National Post  Todd Korol for NP Christianne Boudreau, mother of Damian Clairmont, a Canadian jihadi killed in Syria. Q: What was going through your mind as the events of yesterday played out on Parliament Hill? A: I wasn't overly shocked.

President misses Zambia's Golden Jubilee fete

Africa Review  Zambians are celebrating their Golden Jubilee with a call from President Michael Sata to face the "future with heightened energy and enthusiasm for political and economic progress". The message was contained in a statement read on the eve of the celebrations by acting President Edgar Lungu.

Pfizer's $11B Buyback Plan Deflates AstraZeneca Bid Hopes

International Business Times  (Reuters) - U.S. drug maker Pfizer is to continue buying back stock, with the board authorizing a new $11 billion (6.8 billion pounds) share repurchase plan, deflating expectations that it will make a new bid for AstraZeneca.

Legislative Leaders Support Ballot Issue That Could Increase Visitors to West Virginia

PR Newswire  CHARLESTON, W.Va., Oct. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The West Virginia Legislature's top Democratic and Republican leaders are urging voters to support a constitutional amendment on the November ballot. Senate President Jeff Kessler, Senate Minority Leader Mike Hall, House of Delegates Speaker Tim Miley, and House Minority Leader Tim Armstead have endorsed passage of the amendment to allow the Boy Scouts of America to let other organizations use the Summit...

Thursday's NHL Capsules

The Washington Times  BOSTON (AP) - Former Bruins backup Chad Johnson stopped 30 shots, and Kyle Okposo scored the go-ahead goal in the second period to help the New York Islanders snap a two-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.

Blue Jackets nip Sharks, 5-4

San Jose Mercury News  SAN JOSE, Calif. —The San Jose Sharks' couldn't hold a lead Thursday night, as another third period lapse led to a 5-4 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Mark Letestu's goal with 21 seconds left ended a wild third period that saw four goals, with the last two coming from Columbus.

Stephen Harper had to hide in anteroom during gunfight on the Hill

Toronto Star  OTTAWA—Prime Minister Stephen Harper was hustled into a small anteroom of the grand Reading Room as gunfire erupted in the hallway outside. He waited up to 15 agonizingly long minutes to be extracted from the deadly scene unfolding metres away.

Angry protests mushroom in Mexico over the forced disappearance of 43 students

GlobalPost  MEXICO CITY — The fathers of the disappeared students took to the stage one by one. They spoke of their sons’ hopes of becoming teachers, of the last time they saw them, of their agony in going almost a month with no news after they vanished.

Daylight Savings Gets Kids Outside And Exercising

Medical Daily  Children are particularly prone to unhealthy habits and behaviors, thanks in no small part to commercials heavily advertising fast- and unhealthy food. In fact, childhood obesity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has more than doubled in children (quadrupled in adolescents) over the last 30 years.

South Florida City Council Votes to Secede From Florida, Citing Rising Seas

Newsweek  Even Florida is sick of Florida! The city of South Miami has passed a resolution calling for Florida to split into two states, according to local news reports. The City Commission voted 3-2 to approve a measure, put forward by Mayor Walter Harris, to make the state’s 24 most southern counties a separate state called South Florida.

How One New York County Fell Into the Tobacco Debt Trap

ProPublica  LOCKPORT, N.Y. – As they met at The Shamus, a favorite local lunch spot, on a September day a year ago, Niagara County officials considered some good news. Thanks to low interest rates, they might be able to refinance a big chunk of Niagara's tobacco bonds – debts payable from the county's share of a massive 1998 legal settlement with Big Tobacco.