Obama’s Crude Partners & Boston Bombing Victims Fill the Docket‏: Mar. 5, 2015

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WhoWhatWhy Live: Boston Bombing Victims, the FBI Video and Black Backpacks
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Are Pilots Deserting Washington’s Remote-Control War?
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The American Woman Who Stands Between Putin and Ukraine
Have you met Natalie Jaresko? She Ukraine’s new Minister of Finance. Oh yeah, and before that she ran a private equity firm, worked in the U.S. State Department and is a natural-born citizen of the United States. But in December 2014, she was suddenly granted Ukrainian citizenship and given the key position in billionaire Petro Poroshenko’s government. Now she’s at the nexus of a major effort to restructure Ukraine’s economy—with a little “help” from the IMF, the World Bank, the EU and some corporate American friends.

Top Lobbyist: 2016 To Be “Bumper Year” Thanks to Clinton Campaign
There are some heavy hitters going to bat for Hillary. The Intercept looks at the completely rational exuberance expressed at the “Global Media & Communications Conference” hosted every year by serial financial transgressor UBS—the Swiss banking giant that paid $1.5 billion to make charges of interest-rate fixing go away. It seems that there’s a lotta money riding on Hillary riding out the email scandal.

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A City Where Policing, Discrimination and Raising Revenue Went Hand in Hand
The Department of Justice finally weighed in on the troubled policing of Ferguson, Missouri, and the flash-point shooting of Michael Brown. Although Attorney General Holder and Co. found no cause to bring civil rights charges against Officer Darren Wilson, they did find systemic racism and systematic exploitation of police power to extract money from poor blacks. And that may be the tip of the iceberg. Since 2009, the DOJ has launched similar probes into 20 other police departments around the country.

Snowden Revelations & The Price of the Five Eyes Club: Mass Spying on Friendly Nations
Who knew that New Zealand was a voracious spy-state engaged in indiscriminate “full-take collection” of Asia-Pacific communications? Or that they’d just hand them over en masse to the NSA? According to the latest Snowden Documents revelations, that’s exactly what they did. Now it looks like New Zealand’s intelligence service is little more than an arm of the NSA’s operation to collect everything, everywhere.

WHY

Did Dog-Human Alliance Drive Out the Neanderthals?
Dog is man’s best friend. More to the point, dogs were homo sapiens’ best friend. Neanderthals? Not so much. That’s the latest speculation in the growing field of study concerned with the disappearance of man’s famous cave-dwelling cousin. According to a new book, humans and dogs worked together to hunt prey, and Neanderthals may have fallen victim to that epic tag-team.

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