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NATO Supreme Allied Commander General Philip Breedlove (center) speaks with Czech Army General Petr Pavel (left) and French Air Force General Denis Mercier as the mutual-defense organization considers admitting Montenegro, a move Moscow says reverts to a Cold War policy of "containing" Russia. (Associated Press)

Montenegro’s drive for NATO angers Russia, strains alliance’s standards

- The Washington Times

The U.S. and its NATO allies are poised this week to formally invite Montenegro to join the alliance — even though the move is almost certain to anger Moscow, and even though some critics on both sides of the Atlantic warn the tiny Balkan nation’s leadership has failed to embrace political standards and civil reforms once required for membership in the world’s most powerful military club.

A man visits the Climate Generations Areas, part of the COP21, the United Nations Climate Change Conference Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 in Le Bourget, north of Paris.  (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Byproducts of the Paris climate talks: Greenwashing, hot air and 300,000 tons of CO2

- The Washington Times

That pesky carbon footprint. No matter how they spin it, the 190 global leaders now gathered in Paris to talk about climate change can’t escape their own carbon footprints left by their aircraft and ground transportation. The United Nation’s‘ own Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change itself says that such transport accounts for 23 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, and the percentage is expected to increase. The Swiss-based Air Transport Action Group says the aviation industry alone produces 12 percent. But the big shots have to get there some how, and most fly in.

In this Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, file photo, a consumer looks at Cyber Monday sales on her computer at her home in Palo Alto, Calif. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Cyber Monday scammers shut down in massive online sting

- The Washington Times

Would-be Cyber Monday sales were busted up by the tens of thousands as the result of a multinational law enforcement effort that allowed authorities to quash 37,479 websites suspected of illegally selling counterfeit goods ahead of one of the holiday season’s biggest shopping days, officials said this week.

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A giant globe displays a video animation during a conference about Antarctic mass change at the U.S. Pavillon during the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Le Bourget, outside Paris, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

In slap at Obama, GOP-led House moves to block climate rule

- Associated Press

As President Barack Obama worked to hammer out a global climate agreement in Paris, Republicans in Congress moved to block his plan to force steep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants.

Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chair Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, joined by Sen. Ben Cardin, Maryland Democrat, points to the embedded chip in her passport that contains digital information, as she and other Democrats talk about security measures for Syrian refugees and others coming into the U.S. on Nov. 19, 2015, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Bipartisan consensus forms on restricting Visa Waiver Program

- The Washington Times

A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation Tuesday to stop foreigners who've recently visited Syria or Iraq from traveling to the U.S. on a visa waiver, signaling Congress's next likely target as it tries to take steps to reduce the chances of a Paris-style terrorist attack.

Aspen mayor heads to Paris for climate talks

Associated Press

Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron is heading to Paris this week to participate in the global climate change conference, bringing with him the perspective of a town reliant on both snow and luxury.

UN climate summit halts delivery of lei in Paris

Associated Press

A group of Maui residents delivering sections of a mile-long lei in Paris at memorial sites to honor victims of recent terrorist attacks had to postpone the lei ceremony due to a demonstration ahead of the U.N. climate summit.