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Be Careful What You Ask For

This is from Instapundit.

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Performance Street Art In Chicago

The performance is titled, “Don’t Sleep There’s A War Going On”. Here is how the performers describe it in their own words – from their website:


Two women in denim dresses stand at the I-90/I-94 onramp of Milwaukee and Augusta Ave in Chicago, IL. Using large feather pillows, each performer beats herself about the head and face. The performance is a physical act of frustration–an ambiguous response to the implicit guilt of inaction and the weight of overwhelming knowledge. The lack of clarity serves two purposes: to show the expansiveness of war and to allow all audience to access the image first and the meaning second.

This was a durational performance that lasted one and a half hours. It was a part of the 2013 Rapid Pulse International Performance Festival in Chicago, IL.”

Yep. They stood there and hit themselves in the face with feather pillows – for 90 minutes. I could only watch the first minute or so of the video.

I wonder if they got a federal grant to do this.


He’s Not So ‘Sly’ After All

He’s no friend of mine.


From Moonbattery


“Man-Made Global Warming Is Causing The Drought In California”

You’ll believe that only if you don’t look at history. This is “An Inconvenient Truth”.



Hat tip to Kate

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Streamers: “Solar Plants Scorch Birds in Mid-Air”

solar power

Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant’s concentrated sun rays — “streamers,” for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair.

Federal wildlife investigators who visited the BrightSource Energy plant last year and watched as birds burned and fell, reporting an average of one “streamer” every two minutes, are urging California officials to halt the operator’s application to build a still-bigger version.”

Read more at ABC News


For Five Years Obama Has Been Working To Make Congress Irrelevant…

… Now – “House Democrats can’t figure out why Obama won’t talk to them.

Duh. You are irrelevant to him.

From The Hill:

obama wry

House Democrats are frustrated with what they say is a lack of election-year communication from the White House.

The lawmakers say it’s difficult to defend President Obama from GOP attacks, when he doesn’t confer with his allies about his strategy and intentions.

Some are scratching their heads why, after nearly six years in office and a reshuffling of his legislative affairs team, Obama’s working relationship with Congress remains prickly.
“It’s hard for us to fathom; I mean, is it just lack of full staffing and resources? [Is it] professional commitment? Is it a disdain for the legislative branch? I mean, what is it?” asked Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.). “People like me want to be allies — I mean, I am an ally. So work with us, reach out to us; you know, we’re not the enemy.”

He doesn’t care about you or anyone else. You are a non-event. He has been demanding that Congress cede its authorities to him and you have done so.

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“EPA Blames Texas For Illinois Air Pollution”

EPA Administratrix Gina McCarthy

EPA Administratrix Gina McCarthy

These federal agencies are out of control. The IRS has been targeting conservative groups, Homeland Security is doing everything it can to reduce security in the homeland, and the Environmental Protection Agency is trying to shut down every successful entity in the country. Now they are going after the state of Texas.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is blaming power plants in Texas for Illinois air pollution and is using the accusation to justify restrictions on Texas power plants. EPA claims its cross-state pollution rule, intended to protect communities in one state from pollution drifting from other states, justifies placing restrictions on Texas power plants EPA claims are polluting Granite City, Illinois.

EPA’s assertion Texas power plants are causing Illinois pollution raised eyebrows for several reasons. Granite City is approximately 500 miles from the Texas border and even farther away from Lone Star State major metropolitan regions. Granite City is northeast of Texas, with prevailing winds rarely trekking in that direction from Texas. In addition, a local steel mill, which has been an important source of the town’s prosperity since the 1890s, has long been recognized as a primary source of air pollution in Granite City.

EPA, however, claims it has devised computer models that indicate some sulfur dioxide from Texas power plants may reach Granite City, which has a population of 30,000.”

They have devised, “Computer models”. Again, the scientists have come up with a theory and then found, or manufactured, evidence to support their position. This is quite common in the environmental movement and their assertions are always wrong. This one is as well.

Texas was only included in portions of the rule based on the projected impact on a single county in Illinois. And the air quality monitor in Illinois which EPA claims had the fingerprints of Texas pollution on it was located right next to a smelter. On this thin legal reed the EPA is imposing restrictions on Texas several times as severe as states with much more significant interstate pollution problems,” said Kathleen White, director of the Armstrong Center for Energy and the Environment at Texas Public Policy Foundation.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) agreed, saying EPA failed to account properly for the steel mill’s influence on Granite City’s air pollution. Of the three air pollution monitors in the town and surrounding Madison County, the only one allegedly linked to Texas is the one downwind of the steel mill.”

Phony data from a flawed source. That’s typical of the environmentalists and the Obama administration in general.


Two Related Stories About Civil Rights Abuse By The State

First in Connecticut:

Connecticut Supreme Court Says State Cops Can Detain You Simply For Being In The Vicinity Of Someone They’re Arresting”.

Officer safety trumps rights because credible threats are credible even when they’re not threats (a probation violation rather than an “armed and dangerous” suspect) and even when they’re not credible (no witnesses stating anything to the effect of “armed and dangerous”).”

This allows the police to prevent anyone they want from photographing, video taping, or audio recording an arrest. There can be no other reason for it.

Next comes an incident from Ferguson, Missouri. Two legitimate reporters are arrested.

Police Shooting Missouri

Reporters from The Washington Post and The Huffington Post were arrested in Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday night while covering the protests that have rocked the St. Louis suburb.

Wesley Lowery, a Washington Post political reporter, and Ryan Reilly, a Huffington Post justice reporter, were arrested in a McDonald’s shortly before 8 p.m. EDT. Police entered the restaurant and told patrons to leave, the reporters wrote on Twitter after their release. The police then asked Lowery and Reilly for their identification and, according to the reporters, arrested them because they weren’t packing their bags fast enough.

Lowery also said the police officers “assaulted” him. “Officers slammed me into a fountain soda machine because I was confused about which door they were asking me to walk out of,” he wrote on Twitter. Lowery also said that he and Reilly were released without paperwork or charges, and that the officers refused to provide the reporters with their names.”

I know these police are on edge and it seems that at least one of the reporters, it sounds like Lowery, challenged them.

Thanks to Dutchman for the leads.


Feminism Circles The Drain

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Feminists have completely lost sight of their stated goal of helping downtrodden women. Not a one of them speaks out about the terrible ways women are treated in the middle east. Women are regularly whipped, killed, sold, and mutilated. They are considered to be the property of their husbands.

Not one feminist leader has taken up the mantel of champion for those women unfortunate enough to be born into Muslim society.

muslim woman

No. Today’s feminists are expending their energy in different places. Jessica Valenti writes for the UK Guardian:

The case for free tampons


The cost of a product that half the world’s population needs multiple times a day, every month for approximately 30 years, is simply too much

It’s sad, really, that this women’s movement ignores women who are truly in need of help. Instead they are demanding free tampons, free birth control, and free abortions. The movement has been taken over by greedy, selfish psychopaths.


Denial Is Not Just A River In Egypt

The White House says we are not at war with the Islamic State. IS or ISIS, or as the White House people, for some reason, like to call them, ISIL, is at war with the west. That includes the United States.

Ben Rhodes

Ben Rhodes

But Ben Rhodes, writing in White, tells us what we need to know about the air strikes in Iraq. He asks and answers nine questions. Number eight and number nine are particularly strange.

8. Are we at war with ISIL? Will we be sending troops back to Iraq?

No. There is no U.S. military solution to the larger situation in Iraq. The United States’ chief goals are to protect our personnel and facilities, and to prevent a potential act of genocide. That is the scope of these operations. As the President said, we will support Iraqis as they take the fight to these terrorists, but no American combat troops will be returning to fight in Iraq.

9. What’s our plan moving forward?

We will protect our citizens, and we will work with Iraqis and the international community to address the humanitarian crisis facing the Yezidi people.

As we carry out that mission, we will pursue a strategy that empowers Iraqi leaders to come together, forge an inclusive government, and build security forces that can fight back against threats like ISIL. The Iraqi people have named a new President, a new Speaker of Parliament, and a new Prime Minister–an important step towards forming a government that can unite communities in Iraq. The U.S. will work with this new government and other countries in the region on a broader counterterrorism strategy moving forward.

So, according to our President we are not at war with IS and we don’t have a plan to defeat them.

But they are at war with us.

They have told us so.

message from isis

And the man who is leading IS, al Baghdadi, famously told America when he was released from custody, “We’ll see you in New York.

Yes. We had him in custody. We let him go. Now he is leading IS and has declared a new Caliphate with him as leader.

I think it is time to invent a new word that means ‘Childlike denial by Barack Obama’. Husseinial maybe?


Islamic State Is Selling Yazidi Girls As Slaves For $10

A displaced Yazidi Iraqi carries his daughter as they cross the Syrian border at Fishkhabour.

We knew that IS forces have taken girls and women as hostages. Some are Yazidis, some are ordinary Iraqis, and some are other. Here is the story of one girl who was captured and will be sold. She phoned her family and spoke with her father. I can not imagine his state of mind – or hers.

This is from the UK Guardian:

For the past week, Khandhar Kaliph’s hands have trembled whenever his phone has rung.

He nervously greeted his daughter, who had been kidnapped when the Islamic State (Isis) overran the Yazidi city of Sinjar. There was a minute of silence, before he broke down sobbing.

“She said she is going to be sold as a slave this afternoon, for $10,” Kaliph said, his tears dropping into the brown dust. “What can a father say to that. How can I help? We all feel so useless.”

Kaliph’s daughter, who he did not want to name, had access to a group phone passed around between other girls imprisoned by the Islamic State in Bardoush prison in central Mosul.

All face the imminent prospect of being married off. Or worse, being used by the jihadis as a sex slave.

“The world needs to know that is where our women are, where they are being enslaved, young and old alike,” he said, sitting in the dirt outside a building site near the Iraqi Kurdish city of Dohuk that he and some 70 other Yazidis are now using as shelter.”

Where are the western feminists? They are only concerned with themselves. They care nothing for other women. Not one of them is speaking out against this outrage. Feminist leaders in the United States turn their backs on women who are actually being mistreated. They, instead, invent stories of mistreatment in order to do what their primary goal is: To raise money to pay themselves large salaries.

They are despicable.


WHO: “Ebola outbreak likely to get worse, go for months”

Maybe years. This is from Reuters:

Aug 8 (Reuters) – The world’s worst Ebola outbreak, which has already affected four countries in West Africa, is likely to get worse in the coming months, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

“The likelihood is that things will get worse before they get better,” Keiji Fukuda, the WHO’s head of health security, told reporters. “We are fully prepared for the outbreak to be at a high level for a number of months.”

And now for the first time people suffering from Ebola are in the United States.

And then there are people like this couple from Rhode Island. They just got married and are planning to spend their honeymoon in Nigeria, one of the most affected countries.

ebola carriers

A Providence couple honeymooning in Africa is getting ready to fly into one of the cities where health officials are racing to contain the deadly Ebola virus. Jeremy Ogunba and new wife Charity have been staying in Abuja for the last week, and on Sunday will board a plane to their next destination, Lagos, which has been affected.

“We’ve watched some of the different stories going on related to the Ebola virus here but we haven’t been sitting in front of the TV for too long. We don’t want to soak all of that in as much as most people are,” said Jeremy Ogunba.

On Friday The World Health Organization has declared it an international health emergency. The couple says they were checked for symptoms as soon as they stepped off the plane.

“When we came in through the airport they were testing peoples temperatures to see if people had a high enough temperature to see if they had Ebola or not,” said Charity Williams- Ogunba.

US officials say the current crisis in West Africa is on pace to sicken more people than all past outbreaks combined. Nearly 1,000 have died, and more than 1,700 are sick.

The couple feels confident the government in Lagos has the situation under control. The newly weds aren’t going to let the outbreak stop them from enjoying their time together.

“We’re not going to fear it,” said Ogunba.

Jeremy’s dad is from Lagos the couple will be staying with family. They will be there for 12 days.”

This story is from ABC6 in Prividence, RI

How many more people are volunteering to help bring the deadly virus to the US?


Racist Michael Bloomberg PAC Makes $150,000 Ad Buy Against Milwaukee County Sheriff

Chris Moews, a lieutenant with the Milwaukee Police Department (left), is challenging Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke (right) in Tuesday’s Democratic primary election.

Chris Moews, a lieutenant with the Milwaukee Police Department (left), is challenging Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke (right) in Tuesday’s Democratic primary election.

You may remember Sheriff Clarke. He famously told the people in his county to arm themselves for their own protection.

Bloomberg is supporting a white man, a lieutenant in the Milwaukee police department, against African American Clarke.

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s political action committee, Independence USA, has purchased $150,833 in television ads in an effort to defeat Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. and support his opponent, Milwaukee police Lt. Chris Moews.

In response to the news of Bloomberg’s ads, Clarke said in a statement: “I trust the voters. The voters can’t be bought.”

The ad buys by Bloomberg’s PAC come on top of $400,000 in media ads purchased by the Greater Wisconsin Committee to try to beat Clarke, who is seeking his fourth term in Tuesday’s Democratic primary election.”

Read more at JSOnline


GSL: “CALL TO ACTION: Pennsylvania mom needs your help.”

This woman legally owned a firearm for protection of herself and her children. Then she made the mistake of entering New Jersey. She was arrested and now faces as much as five years in the clink.

I blame this on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. His anti-gun positions prohibit him from coming to her aid. There is no doubt that she violated New Jersey’s illegal anti-gun laws. It was a mistake and she had no illegal intent. She should pay a fine or get some other reasonable punishment. She should not be sent to the big house for five years.

Christie could make this happen but he won’t.

He is not who we need in the White House.

Shaneen Allen and her kids

Shaneen Allen and her kids

Help Stop New Jersey’s War On Women

When a prosecutor seeks a minimum five year sentence on an otherwise law-abiding mother who makes an innocent mistake yet allows a NFL star who brutally knocked his then fiance’ unconscious off with deferred prosecution, that is a war on women.

And it disgusts me and many others.”

More at Guns Save Life

Update: Shaneen has friends in the NRA. This video has a lot more information:

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Where The Hell Are Western Feminists?

Western women who call themselves feminists support equal pay for women, lesbian rights, and a whole host of other western issues. They can be powerful in their condemnation of injustices toward women. That is all good.

But where are these same women when reports of stonings, clitorectomies, and the kidnapping and sale of women are in the news? They are silent.

The report below tells of women who were stoned to death because they were Accused of adultery. Where is the outrage? Where are the marches?

Stoning a person to death is an ancient punishment. It is designed to be brutal and painful. It is thus, perhaps, in an effort towards the prevention of the crimes that bring it. Stoning requires that the person die a horrible death and none of those casting stones can be held to blame for the death.

It is beyond reasonable that those who march for women’s rights won’t even start a #Hashtag campaign against the civil rights violations that are committed against women in the middle east.


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A cleric read the verdict before the truck came and dumped a large pile of stones near the municipal garden. Jihadi fighters then brought in the woman, clad head to toe in black, and put her in a small hole in the ground. When residents gathered, the fighters told them to carry out the sentence: Stoning to death for the alleged adulteress.

None in the crowd stepped forward, said a witness to the event in a northern Syrian city. So the jihadi fighters, mostly foreign extremists, did it themselves, pelting Faddah Ahmad with stones until her body was dragged away.

“Even when she was hit with stones she did not scream or move,” said an opposition activist who said he witnessed the stoning near the football stadium and the Bajaa garden in the city of Raqqa, the main Syrian stronghold of the Islamic State group.

The July 18 stoning was the second in a span of 24 hours. A day earlier, 26-year-old Shamseh Abdullah was killed in a similar way in the nearby town of Tabqa by Islamic State fighters. Both were accused of having sex outside marriage.”

Read more at the Associated Press


Even A Stopped Clock Is Right Twice A Day

Senator Feinstein is right on with this one. She is taking a stand that is greatly at odds with the Obama administration. Kudos to her. She will get a lot of grief from the White House but she is right.

Feinstein Warns of Risk of ISIL Attack on America, Says Must Be Confronted

Senator Diane Feinstein

Senator Diane Feinstein

Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein warned Friday of the risk that the insurgent group ISIL could be preparing fighters to attack American and European targets.

“It has become clear that ISIL is recruiting fighters in Western countries, training them to fight its battles in the Middle East and possibly returning them to European and American cities to attack us in our backyard,” the California Democrat said in a statement backing military action authorized by President Barack Obama. “We simply cannot allow this to happen.”

Feinstein called for a broader military campaign against ISIL, not just the targeted missions authorized by the president.

“It takes an army to defeat an army, and I believe that we either confront ISIL now or we will be forced to deal with an even stronger enemy in the future. Inaction is no longer an option. I support actions by the administration to coordinate efforts with Iraq and other allies to use our military strength and targeting expertise to the fullest extent possible,” Feinstein said.”

Read more at Roll Call


You Couldn’t Make This Stuff Up

Moonbat Amanda Marcotte at Slate: The U.S. Won’t Ratify a Treaty to Help Child Migrants Because Conservatives Want to Spank Their Kids

The United States’ treatment of the influx of child migrants from Central America, an influx caused in part by young people fleeing violence, has exposed some serious problems with our country’s system of dealing with undocumented immigrants. The children are too often kept in overcrowded and unhealthy detention centers and they face nearly insurmountable legal obstacles that put them in real danger of being sent straight back to the violent situations they had to cross 1,500 miles to escape.”

How does a moonbat mind take this information, which is happening under the leadership of President Barack Obama, a Democrat, and pretzel it into a condemnation of Conservatives and spanking? It’s unbelievable.


Body Armor Is, “Dangewous”

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Yep.  Looks scary doesn't it?

Yep. Looks scary doesn’t it?


Rep. Honda announces bill to ban civilians from military-grade body armor

SAN JOSE – Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose, today announced legislation that would block civilians from accessing military-grade body armor to prevent criminals from using them in gun battles with law enforcement.

Honda, speaking at a news conference in San Jose this morning with police chiefs and the district attorneys and sheriffs from Santa Clara and Alameda counties, said his proposal would discourage criminals from wearing enhanced body armor to commit mass shootings.

“This bill will keep military body armor out of the wrong hands,” Honda said. “It would ensure that only law enforcement, firefighters and other first responders would be able to access enhanced body armor.”


Sundance Kid Doesn’t Like To Pay Taxes

The dissipated old man doesn’t like to have to pay taxes to New York State. It’s OK for everyone else to pay up, though, to fund the leftist crap he supports.

Robert 'Tax Everyone but Me' Redford

Robert ‘Tax Everyone but Me’ Redford

Actor Robert Redford is suing the state of New York for what he says are unfair taxes from the sale of the Sundance Channel.

Mr. Redford, a Utah resident, sued the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance in Albany County Supreme Court on July 30, claiming that he’s being doubly taxed on money his company made when it sold off its portion of the channel in 2005, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

New York is taxing the actor-director $845,066 plus $727,404 in interest owed — roughly $1.57 million — for the money he made in the sale, but Mr. Redford said he already paid taxes on the revenue in Utah.”

More at Conservative Treehouse


“This Just Isn’t Done In Congress”

That is a line I used to describe the left’s reaction to Rep. Trey Gowdy’s fierce examination of witnesses in the comments section to this post below. Of course that is what the House members on the left would claim. It’s because Gowdy is being effective – as well as persistent.

Now it is time to compare what Gowdy has been doing with what the Democrats have been doing. This diary entry by Rep. Marsha Blackburn gives us an insight into what took place the other night when the House of Representatives debated – and finally passed – an immigration bill. It’s titled, “What I Saw During Our Vote To Secure The Border”.


Nancy Pelosi disrupted the House during business when Rep Tom Marino was speaking. “This isn’t done in Congress” – except by a Democrat. Watch:

But Blackburn goes further in her description of that evening:

During the debate on H.R. 5272, my legislation to freeze the DACA program and halt the issuance of work authorizations for those in the country illegally, the Democrat side of the aisle tried to drown out Michele Bachmann and Steve King as they spoke in favor of the bill. They jeered when Ted Poe of Texas described the situation he witnessed on the border with people from around the world rushing to and thru the southern border to try to get to America to get amnesty from this President. They elevated their voices in opposition as Raul Labrador, one of the members who led the conference to a resolution, spoke about the need to take action. They talked over Chairman Goodlatte as he worked to manage the bill on the floor. During my remarks, I twice had to call for order in the chamber so my remarks could be heard over their unruly jeers.

They would clap and cheer for delegating their vote and power to the President, they would cheer that he could and would use his pen. They would cheer in favor of those who are overrunning our border and making a mockery of the Constitution.”

There is more. Read it here


Salon: “Is Hillary Clinton the true heir of Ronald Reagan?”

Good for a laugh or two.

This is real:

Ronald Reagan

Not since 1980 has a candidate seemed so unstoppable — and Hillary resembles the Gipper in other ways too

More at Salon


It’s Official. Jimmy’s Nuts

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Jew hater and former worst President ever, Jimmy Carter has decided to support terror. He says we should consider Hamas a ‘Legitimate Political Actor’. This is the same Hamas that has dedicated itself to the complete, total destruction of Israel and all Israeli people.

Nobel Peace Prize recipient Jimmy Carter takes to to argue that the key to ending the current war in Gaza is “recognizing Hamas as a legitimate political actor.” Writing along with fellow “Elder” Mary Robinson (part of an “international group of elder statesmen”), the former president pins the blame for the current conflict on Israel’s refusal to appreciate a “major concession” made by Hamas in April and to recognize the new Palestinian government formed by the Hamas-Fatah “reconciliation”:

This tragedy results from the deliberate obstruction of a promising move toward peace in the region, when a reconciliation agreement among the Palestinian factions was announced in April. This was a major concession by Hamas, in opening Gaza to joint control under a technocratic government that did not include any Hamas members. The new government also pledged to adopt the three basic principles demanded by the Middle East Quartet comprised of the United Nations, the United States, the European Union, and Russia: nonviolence, recognition of Israel, and adherence to past agreements. Tragically, Israel rejected this opportunity for peace and has succeeded in preventing the new government’s deployment in Gaza.””

Read more at Weekly Standard


Pelosi to Media: “We Need You To Be Messengers For Our Side”

Pelosi was asked by a reported why the people of the United States are not eager to have Democrats retake the House. She says it is the fault of the media. They have not convinced the people yet.

Here you are. Here is your assignment, news people. Tell the people what we want you to say.


“College Professors *Shocked* How Obamacare Hurts Them”

Poor babies. It’s really hurting the Adjunct Professors who are classed as ‘Part Time’ by the Affordable Care Act and therefore not covered. That’s a big change. Boo fricking hoo.

professor know it all

After years of singing the praises of universal health care, college professors are now shocked at how badly it has turned out — for them.
Adjunct professors are steamed at the way their employers are interpreting the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate, which forces them to cover full-time but not part-time workers. Typical of liberals, they blame their employers instead of the job-killing law they supported.
Starting Jan. 1, ObamaCare makes employers offer all full-time workers health insurance or pay a fine. In response, hundreds of colleges have simply cut instructors’ course loads to dodge coverage. Others are thinking about laying off untenured faculty by the thousands….
The American Association of University Professors says it’s “dismayed” by the ObamaCare-tied cutbacks, calling them “reprehensible.” A Stark State College adjunct professor facing cuts at his Ohio institution whines that it should cover part-time workers, too. “It goes against the spirit of the law,” says the English prof….”

From Tammy Bruce


More ‘Leading From Behind’


“U.S. Says Russia Tested Cruise Missile, Violating Treaty”

Result? Obama sends Putin a letter.

WASHINGTON — The United States has concluded that Russia violated a landmark arms control treaty by testing a prohibited ground-launched cruise missile, according to senior American officials, a finding that was conveyed by President Obama to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia in a letter on Monday.

It is the most serious allegation of an arms control treaty violation that the Obama administration has leveled against Russia and adds another dispute to a relationship already burdened by tensions over the Kremlin’s support for separatists in Ukraine and its decision to grant asylum to Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor.”

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From the New York Times