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Mar 3, 2014

The White House | The student Film Festival March 3, 2014.

The White HouseMonday, March 3, 2014
 Here's what happened at the Student Film Festival
Last Friday, we hosted the first-ever White House Student Film Festival.
Students from all across the country created more than 2,500 short films illustrating the role that technology plays in their classrooms, why it's so important, and how it will change the educational experience for kids in the future.
More than 60 of the young filmmakers came to the White House for the festival, where we screened the 16 official selections. And, as the President said himself, "these movies are awesome."
Did you miss it? Watch the official selections and our honorable mentions, as well as the President's remarks.
President Obama speaks with students at the White House Student Film Festival.
President Barack Obama speaks with students in the State Dining Room prior to the White House Student Film Festival in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

VOA Video March 3, 2014: What's Behind the Resurgence of al-Shabab?




What's Behind the Resurgence of al-Shabab?
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The al-Qaida linked militant group al-Shabab has struck at the heart of the Somali government with a string of attacks in Mogadishu. Long thought to be on the defensive, the recent strikes and a fresh recruitment drive point to a resurgence of one of Africa's most feared terrorist groups. East Africa correspondent Gabe Joselow has the story.

The Alex Jones Channel | Prison Planet March 3, 2014: EXPOSED: Government Uses FDA & FCC to Target Whistleblowers.




EXPOSED: Government Uses FDA & FCC to Target Whistleblowers
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David Knight is joined by Anthony Gucciardi to discuss the Government targeting individuals and groups that share different political views, by using Government organizations to gather personal information and use it to paint them as, "Enemies of the State".

http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/02/fda-wants-monitor-social-media-chatter-about-product-risks/79657/?oref=ng-HPriver

The Food and Drug Administration is looking for a contractor to monitor social media chatter about the drugs and other products it regulates and how that chatter shifts as a result of FDA risk warnings, solicitation documents show.
The agency is looking for a contractor that can provide historical information about the sorts of conversations consumers are having on blogs, message boards and social media sites about the product classes FDA regulates -- such as drugs, medical devices, food and tobacco -- and then track when the sentiment or volume of those conversations shifts, according to the sources ... (More)

Bloomberg | The Market Now March 3, 2014: The Market Now - Putin Costs Oligarchs $13 Billion in a Day | Russia's Long Military Buildup | Uber Hits Tokyo.

       
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THE MARKET NOW
The news that drives the U.S. and global markets.


             Before the Crimean Crisis, a Decade of Russian Military Buildup

As the Ukrainian crisis escalates, markets around the world have responded to the superpower standoff. Of the many Bloomberg articles covering the news, two that lend historical perspective are especially worth calling out. Andrea Dudik, Leon Mangasarian and Andras Gergely take a long view and highlight the resonance with Russia's invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. Brad Cook looks at a shorter time frame and traces earlier hints that Russia would not let Crimea slip away.
Another important piece of historical context worth looking at here is Russia's military spending: In 2012, Vladimir Putin's spending on the armed forces reached $90 billion, more than seven times the total of 2001. The increase would be even greater measured in rubles. We're seeing the culmination of that buildup. The chart of military spending below (choose 'show images' in your email if you don't see it) marks the progress from the dysfunctional military that got mired in Chechnya to the force that has made short work of occupying Crimea. - Mark Gimein 
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Crimea Crisis Worsens as Ukraine Says Russia Threatens NavyUkraine said Russia threatened to seize its war ships in Crimea amid the worst standoff between the West and Russia since the end of the Cold War. Read the full story000putin-military
Uber Begins Phone Taxi Booking in TokyoUber Technologies Inc., a taxi app maker backed by Google Inc.'s investment arm and Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos, started its service in Tokyo yesterday using licensed taxi services rather than private drivers. Read the full storyuber-tokyo
Russian Richest Drop $13 Billion as Global Stocks RetreatThe world's 300 wealthiest people lost a combined $44.4 billion yesterday as global stocks tumbled the most in a month and the ruble dropped to an all-time low. The day's biggest losers were Gennady Timchenko and Leonid Mikhelson, who fell a combined $3.2 billion after OAO Novatek slumped almost 18 percent. Read the full storymoscow-exchange
BP's Overnight $849 Million Loss Highlights Russian RiskBP Plc (BP/) lost $849 million on its investment in OAO Rosneft (ROSN) overnight, highlighting how its relationship with Russia's state oil company may become awkward as the crisis in Ukraine develops. Read the full storyrosneft-image
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Black Sea Crisis No. 2 In Turkey, Erdogan Tries to Keep the Media in Friendly Hands
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NYT | Asian Morning March 3, 2014: Top News: In Ukraine and West, Concerns Grow Over Russia's Plans

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Top News
A Russian soldier at a playground near the Ukrainian military base in Bakhchisaray in the Crimea region of Ukraine.
In Ukraine and West, Concerns Grow Over Russia's Plans

By STEVEN ERLANGER

Western nations sought a political and economic response as the besieged new government of Ukraine accused Russia of issuing an ultimatum on Crimea, a charge that Russia denied.
President Obama on Friday. On Sunday, he spoke with allies about Crimea and sent Secretary of State John Kerry to Ukraine.
Pressure Rising as Obama Works to Rein In Russia

By PETER BAKER

President Obama rallied allies and approved a series of diplomatic and economic moves intended to isolate Moscow and prevent it from seizing more Ukrainian territory.
Sergey V. Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, spoke Monday before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.
At U.N., Russia Points to Ultranationalist Threats in Ukraine

By NICK CUMMING-BRUCE

Russia's foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, said his country's troops were in Ukraine to protect ethnic Russians from attacks.
. Putin Engages in Test of Will Over Ukraine
. Pressure Rising as Obama Works to Rein In Russia
For more top news, go to INYT.com
Editors' Picks

OPINION | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

Smashing Lenin Won't Save Ukraine

By JUSTINIAN A. JAMPOL

Destroying Soviet symbols might offer fleeting satisfaction to protesters but won't help build a better future.

WORLD

Video VIDEO: At Rio's Carnival, Samba Is Psychiatry
In Rio de Janeiro mental health workers and psychiatric patients organize a Carnival block to promote social integration and equality and raise awareness about mental health issues.
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The scene outside a Moscow currency exchange on Monday. As tensions grew in Ukraine, the ruble fell to a record low against the dollar.
Markets Retreat as Ukraine Crisis Deepens

By DAVID JOLLY

As tension between Moscow and Kiev escalated, the crisis appeared to unsettle investors who had already been nervous about shaky emerging market economies.
. The Lede: Latest Updates on Ukraine
Unidentified armed men outside a Ukrainian military base in the village of Perevalnoye, in Crimea. Masks and uniforms of soldiers are mostly shorn of markings.
In Crimea's Phantom War, Armed Men Face Unseen Foe

By ANDREW HIGGINS and ALISON SMALE

Heavily armed men come and go in Crimea to confront an enemy nobody has actually seen, except in imaginations agitated by Russian television.
Ukrainian soldiers on Sunday guarded the entrance to the Ukrainian military base in the village of Perevalnoye, in Crimea.
Putin Engages in Test of Will Over Ukraine

By STEVEN LEE MYERS

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia has pursued his strategy with subterfuge, propaganda and brazen military threat, taking aim as much at the United States and Europe as Ukraine itself.
For more world news, go to NYTimes.com/World
Business
Steam streamed from refineries last week in Texas City, Tex. New Environmental Protection Agency rules would strip out sulfur from gasoline blends.
E.P.A. Set to Reveal Tough New Sulfur Emissions Rule

By CORAL DAVENPORT

The Environmental Protection Agency regulation would force oil refiners to strip sulfur out of American gasoline blends and automakers to install cleaner-burning engine technology.
Carmakers Say Sales Were Sluggish in Chilly February

By JACLYN TROP

Sales figures for some trucks remained strong, but G.M., Ford, Toyota and Volkswagen all said severe winter weather had taken a toll on American sales of new cars.
The Rev. Donna Mote is an Episcopal member of the interfaith chaplaincy at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
The Airport Chaplain, Now Offering Earthly Aid

By MIKE TIERNEY

Ministers in various denominations help passengers in dire straits financially and anyone in need of a spiritual lift at the airport.
For more business news, go to INYT.com/Business
Technology
John Podesta, a counselor to the president, said a goal of reviewing privacy and big data was to determine how the public and private sectors might maximize the flow of information necessary for innovation while minimizing potential privacy risks to individuals.

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Big Data Means Big Questions on How That Information Is Used

By NATASHA SINGER

At a workshop at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, academics and government officials addressed tricky questions posed by the harvesting of large quantities of information.
Mark Penn in 2008, when he worked on Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign.
Ex-Clinton Aide Is Named Microsoft's Chief Strategy Officer

By NICK WINGFIELD

Mark Penn, who was once a political operative and has handled the company's advertising, will become its chief strategy officer; two other executives will depart the company.
Nico Sell, the chief of Wickr, a Snapchat competitor that has prioritized protecting users' data.
When Start-Ups Don't Lock the Doors

By JENNA WORTHAM and NICOLE PERLROTH

For new tech companies, developing features and acquiring users tends to be a priority over securing customer data, leaving them vulnerable to security breaches.
. Report Calls for Better Backstops to Protect Power Grid From Cyberattacks
For more technology news, go to NYTimes.com/Tech
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Sports
Given the support Jason Collins heard in four road games last week, it seems likely that he will receive a hero's welcome at Barclays Center.
Collins's Brooklyn Debut Recalls Robinson's in 1947

By ANDREW KEH

The Nets' Jason Collins, the N.B.A.'s first publicly gay player, will make his initial Barclays Center appearance with the team Monday.
. N.B.A. Roundup: Pacers Win Fifth in a Row; Parker Shines in His Return
The Bulls' D.J. Augustin had a clear path to the basket for 2 of his team-high 23 points.

BULLS 109, KNICKS 90

Knicks Out of Answers as Fan Offers Suggestion

By SCOTT CACCIOLA

The Bulls raced out to a 21-point first-quarter lead, and the Knicks never got close as their sputtering playoff hopes were dealt another blow.
. Box Score
Kawhi Leonard grabbed a rebound against Dallas on Sunday. He recently returned from a broken hand.
N.B.A. Game of the Week: The Chase for a Top Seed

By JONAH BROMWICH

The San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat, who will meet on Thursday night, are the reigning conference champions and in hot pursuit of the top seed in their conferences.
For more sports news, go to INYT.com/Sports
U.S. News

REMAKING MEDICINE

New Law's Demands on Doctors Have Many Seeking a Network

By ABBY GOODNOUGH

The Affordable Care Act has many doctors in private practice anxious about the future as those employed by hospital systems are enjoying security in a changing landscape.
. Video  Video: A Dilemma for Doctors

RETRO REPORT

A Disaster Brought Awareness but Little Action on Infrastructure

By CLYDE HABERMAN

After the 2007 bridge collapse in Minneapolis, many people thought, mistakenly, that the government would take action to repair and improve aging bridges.
. Video  Videos: Previous Retro Reports
Holder and Republicans Unite to Soften Sentencing Laws

By MATT APUZZO

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and libertarian-leaning Republicans have found common cause on eliminating mandatory-minimum prison sentences for nonviolent drug offenders.
For more U.S. news, go to NYTimes.com/US
Opinion

TODAY'S EDITORIALS

Russia's Aggression

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

The Putin government ignites the world's condemnation with each move against Ukraine.
. Where Have All the Raises Gone?
. A Reprieve for Bristol Bay
Paul Krugman

OP-ED COLUMNIST

The Inflation Obsession

By PAUL KRUGMAN

There is something more than bad analysis at work.
. Columnist Page | Blog

OPINIONATOR | THE GREAT DIVIDE

College, the Great Unleveler

By SUZANNE METTLER

Is higher education actually making inequality worse?
For more opinion, go to INYT.com/Opinion