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Republican lawmaker to grill U.S. SEC over Ackman tactics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. lawmaker will pressure the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday to consider a raft of reforms, after William Ackman’s aggressive efforts to take over Allergan Inc raised concerns about loose rules governing disclosure and shareholder voting.

Why Obama Wants Israel to “Do More”

Michael Crowley, Time
As the death toll in Gaza escalates, so does the pressure from Washington on Israel to limit the killing. President Obama has conveyed his “concern” about Palestinian civilian casualties to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “Hell of a pinpoint operation,” John Kerry sardonically cracked on Sunday. Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright told CNN Tuesday that Israel appears to be “over doing it,” and is hurting its “moral authority.”

Did the U.S. Miss Signs Portending Airliner Shoot-down?

Alexis Simendinger, RealClearPolitics
The violence in eastern Ukraine with Russia that took down a civilian airliner was not “contained,” President Obama said last week.
As the United States continues to make its case that Russia is implicated in the deaths of 298 air passengers because of its support for fighters operating in the rebel-held sector of Ukraine, officials have publicly discussed risks known to the administration well before the crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.
While the U.S. has not identified who destroyed the passenger jet, there remain questions about what the administration understood to be…

U.S. announces arrests in border crackdown on human smuggling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. officials have made almost 200 arrests and seized more than $625,000 in illicit profits in a month-long crackdown on human smuggling in response to an influx of illegal immigration into Texas, the Department of Homeland Security said on Tuesday.

New Questions on Health Law After Rulings

Robert Pear, New York Times

Perry in Obama’s Face

By sending 1,000 National Guardsmen to the Texas/Mexico border, Governor Rick Perry is stepping up to challenge the president and fill the vacuum left by Barack Obama’s lack of leadership in a way other possible presidential candidates cannot match.

His boldness and courage come as a welcome relief for the legions of Republicans and Independents who ask, with frustration, “Will nobody stand up to this president?” Legislators can only talk. Governors can act.

Perry’s more cautious advisors likely warned the governor of the dangers he faces. What if the Guardsmen kill someone?

Will there be complaints from the Border Guard that they are in the way? Will they be…