Foreign affairs
March 4, 2014
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Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, an unwitting expert on aggression from Vladimir Putin's Russia, cautions the Ukrainian government that military exercises being conducted across the Russian side of the border are similar to those that took place before Russia invaded Georgia in 2008. "Putin certainly has plans for large-scale military intervention in the whole of Ukraine," Saakashvili told The Daily Beast on Monday. "I think Russia is looking for a hot war."

Saakashvili, who has long warned the United States that an invasion of Crimea was a major possibility, is currently in Kiev providing counsel to the new government. His advice? "Maintain maximum restraint, but... prepare for the worst, because I don't think Vladimir Putin is going to stop where he is. He is not going to stop anywhere until he gets rid of the leadership in Kiev." Catherine Garcia

I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords
4:08 p.m. ET

As much as we'd like to think we are all special snowflakes who do our jobs with a certain flair that makes us irreplaceable, the unfortunate truth is that cold, hard machinery could replace many of us humans — and it would probably save employers a ton of money.

A new report co-written by Oxford University academics and Nesta, a London-based nonprofit research group, found that less than a quarter (21 percent) of all 702 categorized occupations in the U.S. were deemed creative enough to likely evade an impending robot takeover. Here are the top five jobs with the least likelihood that they will become automated in the near future, via The Wall Street Journal:

1. Translators and interpreters (5.8 percent)
2. Performing artists (7 percent)
3. Radio broadcasters (7.7 percent)
4. Film and TV producers (8 percent)
5. R&D on natural sciences (10.9 percent)

While artsy occupations bring a human charm that will be tough for robots to replicate, many employees in agriculture and manufacturing are in grave danger of being made redundant by machines. If you're in one of the fields below, you may want to check over your shoulder to make sure a robot isn't coming to snatch up your job:

1. Peat extractors (100 percent)
2 .Motion picture projectionists (97 percent)
3. Copper producers (70.7 percent)
4. Mailing list publishers (69 percent)
5. Bartenders (67.5 percent)

Perhaps the most troubling thing about the list above is the inclusion of bartenders, who, according to the study, could easily be replaced by robots in the near future. If that's the case, do you think robots do buybacks? Samantha Rollins

2016 Watch
3:46 p.m. ET
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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) says it is "ridiculous and absurd" to argue there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.

"There isn't such a right," Rubio said in a weekend interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network.

"You would have to really have a ridiculous and absurd reading of the U.S. Constitution to reach the conclusion that people have a right to marry someone of the same sex," Rubio added.

Earlier this month, the freshman senator and 2016 candidate said that while he believed sexual preference to be an inborn trait, he still opposed same-sex marriage. Jon Terbush

Dino Discovery
3:05 p.m. ET

Bringing your kids to work has its benefits.

Seven-year-old Diego Suarez was playing outside with his sister while his parents, both geologists, studied rock formations in the Andes in southern Chile. As they were playing, Suarez uncovered a fossilized dinosaur bone, which turned out to belong to a previously unknown species.

Paleontologists called to the site eventually discovered bones from more than a dozen dinosaurs, including four near-complete skeletons, The Guardian reports. The scientists named the species Chilesaurus diegosuarezi, after its location and the boy who discovered it. Most of the Chilesaurus remains are from animals roughly the size of turkeys, though the species could reach almost 10 feet in length.

The Chilesaurus, which lived about 145 million years ago, during the Jurassic Period, is an enigma among dinosaurs — it's a relative of the T-rex, a carnivorous species, but the Chilesaurus was a plant-eater. The Chilesaurus' anatomy is also odd, reports, because its skull and feet are more typical of long-necked dinosaurs than of tyrannosaurs.

The new species could change the way scientists look at bird evolution, too — the Chilesaurus is part of the theropod group, the ancestors to birds. The Chilesaurus proves that some theropods adapted meat-free diets much earlier than was previously believed, notes. Meghan DeMaria

So sue me
2:32 p.m. ET
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ESPN on Monday filed suit against Verizon, alleging the communications giant violated its contract with the network by offering customers smaller, categorized subscription packages.

"We simply ask that Verizon abide by the terms of our contracts," ESPN said in a statement.

In a bid to lure cord-cutters and others interested in cheaper cable deals, Verizon debuted custom subscription plans this month that allow customers to purchase channels in genre-specific tiers, such as sports, entertainment, and kids. "Consumers have spoken loud and clear that they want choice, and the industry should be focused on giving consumers what they want," a Verizon spokesperson said in response to the suit, adding the company was "well within our rights under our agreements." Jon Terbush

2016 Watch
1:53 p.m. ET
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) insists she is not running for president — but that doesn't mean she has no impact on the race.

Simply by remaining a vocal, visible progressive on major issues — Wall Street influence, international trade, student loan debt — Warren can shape the presidential debate from the outside. At least that's what Warren's camp is hoping, with one adviser telling The New Yorker Warren can "get [Clinton] on record and hold her feet to the fire."

"I think she's in a beautiful position right now," the adviser told the magazine, "because she can get Hillary to do whatever the hell she wants."

Check out the entire profile here. Jon Terbush

The future is here
1:17 p.m. ET
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Google has released its first-ever trend report, offering its insight into which fashion trends are on the way out and which are here to stay.

The report looks at how often certain clothing styles are Googled to predict how popular they'll be that season. Not all searches are created equal, though: Google differentiates between "sustained growth" trends, such as jogger pants, which saw significant search increase in the past year, versus "seasonal growth" and "rising stars," trends, which only have "fleeting" search popularity. Examples in the latter category include kale sweatshirts, which are already on their way out.

Not only will Google's report help you stick the landing with your next #OOTD Instagram post, it also has immense value to retailers worldwide. The New York Times reports that Google executives can share trend information with fast-fashion retailers to help them determine what products customers want.

Even if you're not into fashion, the Google report has one tidbit everyone can take joy in: "Normcore" and "'90s jeans" are on the decline. Meghan DeMaria

This doesn't look good
12:32 p.m. ET

If there's a sudden increase in the cost of your prescription medication, behind-the-scenes deals could be the culprit.

A new investigation from The Wall Street Journal found that when drug companies see prescription drugs as "undervalued," they buy them out, only to drastically increase the prices. The investigation found increased costs whether or not the products were improved after the buyouts.

The Journal cites Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.'s recent purchase of two heart medications as an example. The same day Valeant bought the drugs, their list prices increased by 525 percent and 212 percent, though nothing about the prescriptions had been changed.

It's easy to see why companies rack up the prices — they can increase their bottom line without spending money on research into new medicines. According to the Journal, name-brand drug prices have increased by 127 percent since 2008. Company spokespeople told the Journal that higher drug prices create funding for medical research, though doctors expressed frustration at the trend. Read the full report over at The Wall Street Journal. Meghan DeMaria

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