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Russian PM says G7 support for Ukraine 'cynicism without limit'

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday accused the Group of Seven of "cynicism" for backing Ukraine's military operation against armed pro-Russian insurgents. "The so-called G7 even talks about the measured actions of the Ukrainian army against its own people," Medvedev told ministers, quoted by the Interfax news agency. "This is cynicism without limit." In a joint communique released at a G7 summit in Brussels on Wednesday, world leaders encouraged Ukraine to "maintain a measured approach in pursuing operations to restore law and order."

The tea party is after Eric Cantor. Seriously.

In a lot of ways, Dave Brat is your typical tea party-style insurgent running in a Republican primary this year. He's an economics professor at a tiny college, a striped-tie, free market enthusiast who decries debt and immigration. But, he's taking on the second most powerful Republican in the House.

Southern-Fried Freedom Lovers

In a region long dominated by conservative Republicans, Libertarian candidates are shaking up three races—and connecting with voters angry at both parties and shifting on gay marriage.

D-Day: The Bloody Turning of the Tide

Pre-eminent naval historian Craig L. Symonds talks about how the Allies devised, executed, and then survived the D-Day invasion.

The House GOP’s Big Immigration Fail

It’s still not too late for the House to put together a modest but meaningful immigration bill. I’m just not holding my breath.

The Gubernatorial Glass Ceiling

Female candidates once had to prove their toughness above all and never mention their personal lives. Now they should show strength—but still be likable, according to new research.

China Has a Dwarf Amusement Park

In 2009, an amusement park opened with a very strange theme: little people. While human rights groups have called it exploitative, performers say it makes their lives in China better.

US Spies Worry About Gitmo 5’s New Home

Under the terms of the deal to free Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, Qatar will keep the senior Taliban figures in house arrest for a year. But U.S. officials say relying on the emirate is unwise.

Confessions of a Human Trafficker

A man who helped smuggle desperate Libyans into Europe has revealed the details of his trafficking racket to Italian authorities—and the testimony is chilling.

The Cult of ‘Star Wars’ Legend Boba Fett

Boba doesn’t say much. Boba was born in the hated holiday special. And as George Lucas said, Boba just sort of dies. Yet Star Wars’ infamous bounty hunter may be getting a spin-off.

Amazon Is NOT the Putin of Books

In its battle with Hachette, Amazon is being compared to Putin and the Mafia—by critics who want you to pay more for books.

The Hippie Who Conquered Hollywood

If Jennifer Lawrence is the girl you want to be, then Shailene Woodley is the girl that you are—and her gift is for making that person just as inviting as the idealized alternative.

Will McConnell Face a Senate Coup?

He easily fought off a primary challenge, but he faces a tough November election—and a Tea Party whose top priority is dropping him as leader, whether or not the GOP retakes the Senate.

Dalai Lama in democracy call ahead of Tibet autonomy push

Dharamsala (India) (AFP) - The Dalai Lama has called for democracy in China and offered prayers for victims of the Tiananmen crackdown ahead of the launch Thursday of a new campaign for autonomy in his Tibetan homeland. Rattled by a wave of self-immolations that have highlighted the sense of desperation among Tibetans, the Nobel prize-winner and other exiled leaders are renewing their push for a "Middle Way" of peaceful autonomy within China after a four-year hiatus. The premier of Tibet's government in exile, Lobsang Sangay, is to host a press conference in the Indian hill station of Dharamsala after taking over the job of pushing for autonomy from the revered spiritual leader. But the Dalai Lama, who officially stepped down from political duties in 2011, stole the spotlight on the eve of the launch by urging China to embrace democracy, in comments marking the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing.

Indian PM Modi to meet Obama in September: reports

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Washington for his first meeting with President Barack Obama in September, media reports said Thursday, as the two leaders look to re-build strained ties. Modi, who assumed office last month after a landslide election victory, has accepted the invitation from Obama for discussions and the dates for the meeting were being finalised, the Times of India newspaper said.

State governments may be expanding wealth gap

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lawmakers in many states have been trying to boost their post-recession economies by cutting income taxes, curbing aid to the long-term jobless or holding down the minimum wage. Some have pursued all of these steps.

News Summary: States' role in wealth gap

WEALTH GAP: Economic research shows that the gap between the richest U.S. residents and the rest of the population has been growing over the past four decades, particularly recently. Some economists are raising concerns that the trend could be limiting growth in consumer spending.

State-by-state growth in income inequality

Income inequality is often measured by the Gini index, named for Italian statistician Corrado Gini, who developed it in 1912. It measures income distribution on a scale of zero to one, with zero meaning everyone has the same income and one indicating that a single person has all the income. The higher the number, the greater the amount of income inequality.

4 ways state policies can influence the wealth gap

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The rich are becoming richer in the U.S., and the rest are mostly not. It's a trend that emerged over the course of four decades and has become particularly pronounced in recent years.