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The National Science Foundation (NSF) project designed to track “misinformation” on Twitter has removed portions of its website that monitored political users, including conservatives who used the “tcot” hashtag.

US Army to Spend $600K on World War I Art

Woolf's painting of a scene during WWI. / Defense News

The U.S. Army has found a steal of a deal–or at least what said is a deal–on a group of World War I paintings. They have already been approved to spend $600,000 on the paintings, which will be a part of its large collection of art.

Syria Air Force Strikes 200 Times in 36 Hours

Turkish Kurds look towards the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani from the top of a hill close to the border line between Turkey and Syria near Mursitpinar

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Syrian air force carried out more than 200 air strikes around the country in the past 36 hours, a group monitoring the war said on Tuesday, a rapid increase in government raids as U.S.-led forces bomb Islamist insurgents elsewhere.

The Poison Tree

Arab protesters wave Islamic flags in front of the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel / AP

Last month, addressing the U.N. General Assembly, Benjamin Netanyahu made a connection between the Islamic State and Hamas. These terrorist entities, Netanyahu said, have a lot in common. Separated by geography, they nonetheless share ideology and tactics and goals: Islamism, terrorism, the destruction of Israel, and the establishment of a global caliphate.

And yet, Netanyahu observed, the very nations now campaigning against the Islamic State treated Hamas like a legitimate combatant during last summer’s Israel-Gaza war. “They evidently don’t understand,” he said, “that ISIS and Hamas are branches of the same poisonous tree.”

Kitchen Nightmares

Conflict Kitchen in Pittsburgh / AP

A food cart that hands out anti-Israel propaganda with each of its sandwiches has received funding from a foundation run by Secretary of State John Kerry’s wife.

Conflict Kitchen, a pop-up restaurant located at the intersection of Carnegie Mellon University and Pittsburgh University, seeks to use food to educate locals and college students about countries that are allegedly in conflict with the United States.

A Vote for Pedro

@Pedro4Congress Twitter

LYNDEN, Wash.—Political scientists don’t put much stock in the persuasive power of political yard signs. However, in the case of Pedro Celis those rectangles of cardboard on stakes may have been all-important.

The former Microsoft engineer came out on top in a field of four Republicans, beating his nearest competitor by fewer than 1,000 votes. The main thing he had going for him was the “VOTE FOR PEDRO (Celis for Congress)” signs, a reference to the movie Napoleon Dynamite.

‘Birdman’ Review

Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance

Odds are audiences will notice that Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance doesn’t quite feel like any other film they’ve seen. But they may not be sure why, at first. Constantly in motion, yet contained almost entirely within and around a smallish Broadway theater and a nearby bar, Birdman will feel to them fluid, alive, and ethereal—different from most big screen fare.

The Case for the State

Francis Fukuyama / AP

Francis Fukuyama ought to be locked up and forbidden from writing again, if only for his crimes against the noble profession of book reviewers. This class of scribblers likes to start formulating their thoughts about a book early in the reading process. It’s best if the author lays out their entire argument in the introduction, so that the reviewer can proceed with ever increasing speed through what are, strictly speaking, unnecessary central chapters, before arriving at a conclusion that helpfully reminds them of what they liked or didn’t like during the early bits. Fareed Zakaria books are particularly well suited for this.

Hillary Clinton: Corporations and Businesses Don’t Create Jobs

At a Democratic rally in Massachusetts, Hillary Clinton’s attempt to attack “trickle-down economics,” resulted in a spectacularly odd statement. Clinton defended raising the minimum wage saying “Don’t let anybody tell you that raising the minimum wage will kill jobs, they always say that.” She went on to state that businesses and corporations are not the …

Vincent Sheheen on Nikki Haley: ‘We’re Gonna Escort Whore Out the Door’

South Carolina Democrat and 2014 gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen called Republican Governor Nikki Haley a “whore” with a smile, some laughs, and finger-pointing during an event in Florence, S.C., on Thursday. “That is the worst kind of politics, and we’re gonna escort whore out the door,” Sheheen said. “We’re gonna escort her out the door.” Sheheen …