Following whipping, anti-Putin punk band posts new video criticizing Sochi Games
It touched off a staggering scandal that pushed figure skating into the mainstream and made the camera-shy Kerrigan the uncomfortable subject of international fascination. Kerrigan recovered in time to win a silver medal in Lillehammer, while Harding spun out of control. “It’s a little surreal to watch your life and to think, ‘That’s me,'” Kerrigan, who works for NBC as a skating analyst for the Sochi Games, said after watching the show. “It’s almost like a whole other person at this point. I’ve changed. Well, I haven’t changed really much, just moved on.
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Clowney is expected to check in around 6-foot-6 and weigh 270 pounds. Combine those measurements with the aforementioned athletic feats: That’s the definition of a “freak.” Clowney is my top-rated player in this draft class and he is going to make it very difficult for the Houston Texans to pass on him with the No. 1 overall selection. Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA : Barr came to UCLA as a running back and didn’t make the switch to the defensive side of the ball until his junior campaign. He has a rare blend of size and explosiveness. In the spring, NFL scouts timed him at 4.44 in the 40-yard dash, and he ran that time at 244 pounds. He should record a similar time this week, and I also expect him to perform very well in the change-of-direction shuttle drills. Barr is competing with Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack to be the second defender chosen in May (behind Clowney). A strong workout could bolster his campaign. Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota : Hageman might not be a household name to NFL fans heading into the combine, but they’ll be aware of him by the time he departs Indy. He is going to check in at around 6-6, 315 pounds, and he’ll test extremely well.
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February 21, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm | wakeup He is doing the same tactics as Obama. Either he seriously DIDN’T know, or he did. If you had no issues with Obama saying that than there should be NO issues with Christie (and vise versa). Otherwise it’s a wait and see after investigations. February 21, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm | Willllburrrr The ‘Low Standards Party’ will always fill the coffers of their ‘golden boys’. Their standards are so low it’s actually embarrassing to live in the same nation as them.
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Deal signed to end Ukraine crisis
Maria Alekhina, another member of the group, tweeted photographs of blood dripping down the face of a supporter after the whipping. Other photos showed red marks across Tolokonnikova’s chest. Konstantin Perenizhko, a deputy to the regional Cossack military leader, described the performance as a some sort of a cheap provocation, Reuters reports. On Thursday, band members said they were returning to Moscow to attend the verdicts in a trial of 20 people arrested after clashes on the eve of Putin’s inauguration to a third term in 2012. The performance-art collective, made up of a loose grouping of feminists, has called for a boycott of the Sochi Olympics, arguing that Putin has exceeded his authority and is restricting human rights. Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina spent nearly two years in prison on charges of hooliganism for their protest in Moscow’s main cathedral in 2012. Pussy Riot’s new video, called “Putin will teach you how to love the motherland”, was posted on YouTube and features a song and footage of the band’s protests. The band described some of its Sochi experience in the song: “Sochi locked down/the Olympus under surveillance/Of guns and crowds of cops.” Members told a news conference their treatment in Sochi is symptomatic of dissent being stifled in Russia. “The Olympics has turned the police state into a total police state and the authoritarian regime into a totalitarian regime with preventive arrests,” Tolokonnikova said. “The Olympics has created an environment of sweeping violations of human rights in Russia. We are banned from speaking out here.” Tolokonnikova described the band’s performances throughout the city since Sunday as a form of “active boycott” of the games.
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Obama backs away from a Republican budget priority
A protester runs during clashes with police in Kiev on February 18. Violence between police and protesters escalates February 18 in Kiev. Protesters burn a car in central Kiev on February 18. A protester stands atop a barricade in Kiev on February 18. Protesters clash with riot police outside Ukraine’s parliament in Kiev on February 18. A rainbow forms over a protester ducking for cover in Kiev on February 18. Riot police protect themselves during clashes in Kiev on February 18. A protester is engulfed in flames while running from the clashes in Kiev on February 18. Riot police detain a protester in Kiev on February 18.
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Chris Christie: The $18 million man
Comments 118 President Obama is seeking to present a unified Democratic front in his next budget, scheduled for release in early March. (Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press / February 12, 2014) Also By Michael A. Memoli and Kathleen Hennessey February 20, 2014, 7:13 p.m. WASHINGTON Seeking to present a unified Democratic front in an election year, President Obama is backing away from a proposal to restrain spending on entitlement programs, focusing instead on economic priorities likely to please his party’s base. Obama’s next budget will not include a change that would have slowed cost-of-living increases for Social Security and other programs, the White House said Thursday. The proposal, which was included in last year’s budget, was reviled by liberal Democrats but billed by Obama as a good-faith gesture intended to draw Republicans into deficit-reduction talks. Senior advisors, however, acknowledged that the era when a “grand bargain” budget deal was conceivable had come to an end at least for now. Rather than dangle an offer at Republicans, the president’s budget, scheduled for release in early March, would reflect only his spending priorities however unlikely they are to pass the Republican-led House. A president’s budget is always an aspirational exercise often ignored by lawmakers with their own plans.
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