Foreign affairs
February 28, 2014
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On Friday, a judge in Moscow sentenced Alexei Navalny, an anti-corruption campaigner and leading critic of President Vladimir Putin, to two months of house arrest for violating a travel ban when he left city limits to attend a protest rally. That's not such a big deal — Navalny is already serving a five-year suspended sentence for what are widely viewed as trumped-up embezzlement charges. But the judge also ordered Navalny to keep off the internet and phone, effectively silencing the country's leading opposition figure.

"Their only goal is to stop my political activities," Navalny told the courtroom. Navalny was recently introduced to a new audience of Americans through his appearance on The Daily Show. Peter Weber

FIFA
5:25 a.m. ET
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On Wednesday, Interpol issued "red notices" for two former FIFA officials and four sports marketing executives, adding them to the international police agency's most-wanted list at the request of the U.S., which has warrants out for their arrest. The two FIFA officials, former vice president Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago (pictured) and Paraguayan official Nicolas Leoz, have already been arrested in their home countries, though Warner was released. The red notices mean they travel abroad at their own risk. The four sports executives are from Argentina and Brazil. Peter Weber

police shootings
4:59 a.m. ET

On Tuesday, a police officer and FBI agent in Boston shot dead Usaama Rahim, 26, a Boston resident who police said had been under 24-hour surveillance by anti-terrorism investigators. Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said the agent and officer had approached Rahim outside a CVS to ask him about "some terrorist-related information we had received." Late Tuesday, FBI agents arrested a man named David Wright in the Boston suburb of Everett in connection with the Rahim investigation.

Rahim pulled out a military-style knife and approached the officers, who backed away and drew their guns, Evans said, and the officers fired when they felt Rahim was threatening their lives. He said there is video of the encounter. "We believed he was a threat," Evans said of Rahim. "He was someone we were watching for quite a time — constant dialogue between us and the FBI. The level of alarm brought us to question him today. I don't think anyone expected the reaction we were going to get out of him."

Ramon's brother, Ibrahim Rahim, an imam in California, disputed the police account in a Facebook post, saying police shot Usaama Rahim in the back. "He was on his cellphone with my dear father during the confrontation needing a witness," Ibrahim Rahim added, and his last words were "I can't breathe." You can watch Evans tell the police side of the story below. Peter Weber

The Daily Showdown
4:01 a.m. ET

With Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce, showing off her new female body on the cover of Vanity Fair, Jon Stewart was preparing for the worst. "It's especially brave of Caitlyn Jenner to do this publicly, because we all know the media," he said on Tuesday's Daily Show. "They're awful, and now we're going to have to listen to a lot of people saying awful things about this." Except that, with few exceptions, people said really nice, welcoming things.

Stewart was pleasantly surprised, for a moment. "It's really heartening to see that everyone is willing to not only accept Caitlyn Jenner as a woman, but to waste no time in treating her like a woman," he said, and that's not all good. It was a small jump from congratulations to ogling, then comparing Jenner's sexual allure to other Hollywood women. While we're at it, Stewart sighed, "why don't we throw in a little slut-shaming with a dash of 'Eh, she's probably not that hot in person'?" And they did. You can watch below. Peter Weber

2016 Watch
3:05 a.m. ET
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It's possible that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) will say he is not running for president on June 24, but more likely than not he is going to jump into the already crowded Republican primary. Either way, Jindal is planning a "major announcement" about his 2016 plans in New Orleans, NBC News reports. He is "likely to announce his plans to seek the GOP nomination," CNN adds, quoting a "person close to the Louisiana governor." Jindal formed a presidential exploratory committee in mid-May.

With Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) formally entering the race on Monday, there are currently nine declared GOP presidential candidates, plus several expected to throw their hats in. In a CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday, Jindal polls at about 1 percent. Peter Weber

guns
2:31 a.m. ET
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On Sunday, the Texas House gave final passage to a Senate bill requiring the state's public universities and community colleges to allow concealed handguns in buildings on campus, sending the controversial legislation to Gov. Greg Abbott (R), who says he will sign it. In a compromise, the bill allows private universities to opt out of the new requirements, and each public institution can create gun-free zones, though the scope of those zones is up for debate. Only licensed concealed-carry holders, all 21 and older, will be covered by the law.

Opponents of the "campus carry" legislation — most prominently University of Texas System President William McRaven, a retired admiral, Navy SEAL, and head of U.S. Special Operations forces — weren't placated by the compromise. And neither were some advocates — Students for Concealed Carry declared defeat and said they'll "try again in 2017."

The law, once signed, will take effect on Aug. 1, 2017, on community college campuses and a year earlier at Texas public universities and colleges, including the flagship University of Texas at Austin, where support isn't high for guns on campus. "The university was the scene of the nation's first campus mass shooting on Aug. 1, 1966, when a sniper, Charles Whitman, fired at people from the school's clock tower in a day of violence that left 16 people dead," notes The New York Times. "The campus-carry law will take effect there Aug. 1, 2016, exactly 50 years later."

Seven other states allow concealed carry on public university campuses, 19 ban concealed guns on campus, and 23 leave it up to universities or state boards of regents. Peter Weber

Watch this
1:24 a.m. ET

Clueless guys mangling their intimate conversations with wives and girlfriends is a staple of comedy, but Amy Schumer gave it a martial arts twist on Tuesday's Inside Amy Schumer. "You're here to evade and defuse the ancient art of female emotional combat," Schumer told a group of three men, dressed in lycra combat attire. One by one, the dudes faced off against their sparring partner, Caitlyn, a stand-in girlfriend. Only one succeeded, but along the way Schumer was able to poke fun at both genders. "Remember, women can't deny the authority of therapy and/or Oprah," she said at one point. It's funny, but it's probably unintentionally instructive, too. Guys. Peter Weber

In Memoriam
12:12 a.m. ET

On Tuesday, President Obama posthumously awarded the nation's highest military honor, the Congressional Medal of Honor, to Army Sgt. William Shemin and Pvt. Henry Johnson, two soldiers who demonstrated heroic bravery during World War I and were apparently passed over for decoration because Shemin was Jewish and Johnson was black.

Johnson, who fought off a German sneak attack in 1918 while attached to a French unit, had been awarded France's highest military honor, but the Pentagon normally only awards top military honors within five years of the celebrated incident. A defense bill passed in December scratched those rules for Johnson and Shemin, who rescued wounded colleagues under fire for three days in 1918.

"We are a nation, a people who remember our heroes," Obama said at a ceremony in the White House. "We never forget their sacrifice, and we believe it's never too late to say thank you." Watch highlights of the ceremony below. Peter Weber

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