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saco-indonesia.com, Warga Desa Ranca Iyuh, Kecamatan Panongan, Kabupaten Tangerang telah terkejut dengan temuan tas ransel yang berisi bahan peledak di sebuah warteg. Tempat itu juga tak jauh dari lokasi perampokan bank BRI.

Kemudian tas tersebut telah dilaporkan ke polisi. Sehari sebelumnya, telah terjadi peristiwa perampokan BRI yang menguras Rp 570 juta.

Tas berwarna hitam itu diduga telah tertinggal pelaku perampokan BRI seusai bersantap di Warteg itu. "Saya telah menemukan tas itu pada Selasa (24/12). Saya awalnya berpikir itu tas orang yang ketinggalan saat makan pada Selasa petang. Mereka makan enam orang di sini," ujar Saefuri.

Karena tak menaruh curiga, Saefuri juga mengaku tas tersebut kemudian dia amankan dan disimpan di meja warteg. Tetapi karena sampai siang pemiliknya tidak juga datang untuk mengambil tas, ia pun curiga.

"Curigalah saya, kemudian saya laporkan ke Polsek Panongan pada siang harinya," ujarnya.

Sekitar pukul 14.00 WIB, tim dari Polresta Tangerang langsung menuju ke lokasi dan membuka isi tas misterius yang berada di warteg tersebut. Saat juga melihat, petugas Polresta langsung menduga tas isi berisi bahan peledak.

Kapolresta Tangerang Kombes Pol Irfing Jaya juga mengatakan, ada rangkaian kabel di tas tersebut. "Ada rangkaian kabel dan baterai yang menyerupai peledak," ujarnya.

Untuk dapat memastikan itu, Kapolres lalu meminta bantuan Tagana Polda Metro Jaya yang tiba di lokasi pukul 18.00 WIB tadi. Sekitar pukul 18.49 WIB tas tersebut dibuka. Setelah itu tas yang berisi bom dibawa ke lokasi persawahan untuk kemudian diledakkan.


Editor : Dian Sukmawati

TAS PERAMPOK BANK BRI TELAH BERISI BOM

Saco-Indonesia.com - Tangga seringkali menjadi bagian yang "terbuang" di dalam rumah. Meski diperlukan, tangga menyisakan bagian kosong di bawahnya. Hal ini bisa diakali dengan menjadikan bagian kosong tersebut sebagai lemari, bahkan pantry, atau sofa "tersembunyi" yang nyaman.

Arsitek asal Swiss, Guillaume Burri bekerja sama dengan perusahaan yang bergerak di bidang desain produk, Big-Game, punya solusi untuk masalah ini.

Big-Game diminta untuk merenovasi interior bekas pabrik di daerah pedesaan Eclépens, di dekat Danau Geneva, Swiss. Pabrik tersebut dibagi menjadi dua apartemen sewa. Guillaume Burri tampaknya ingin memaksimalkan ruang di dalam interior apartemen yang begitu kompak, di sinilah peran Big-Game. 

Mereka mendesain boxy unit dari kayu yang menggabungkan berbagai fungsi dalam rumah, yaitu tangga, tempat penyimpanan, dan dapur.

"Idenya adalah menciptakan furnitur yang akan mengikutsertakan berbagai kebutuhan di dalam rumah, seperti tangga, tempat penyimpanan, dapur, dan lainnya," ujar para desainer.

Para desainer menggunakan lembaran kayu bergurat tegas yang sudah diolesi minyak. Penggunaan kayu jenis ini menambah tekstur, daya tarik, serta kehangatan dalam ruangan minimalis berwarna putih. Hasilnya, tidak hanya cantik, namun juga cerdas.

Untuk tangga, Big-Game memanfaatkan pijakan anak tangga sebagai lemari untuk sisi lain tangga tersebut. Big-Game juga membuat tangga yang terintegrasi dengan lemari dan dapur, meja belajar sekaligus lemari pakaian, serta meja belajar sepanjang ruangan. Meja belajar yang memenuhi salah satu dinding ruangan tersebut juga tampil apik mengisi ruangan minimalis.

Proyek unik ini juga melibatkan Wood Concept sebagai realisator ide Big-Game. Ide ini tentunya juga bisa diadaptasi di rumah Anda!

Sumber :www.dezeen.com/kompas.com
Editor : Maulana Lee
Tiru Desain Ini! Tangga Kayu Berfungsi Lemari Baju

ESQ konsep mengasah agar menjadi individu yang unggul dalam hal spiritual, fisik dan pikiran. Proses yang berkelanjutan dan membutuhkan ketulusan pribadi untuk menjadi lebih unggul.., Selanjutnya

TIPS MEMBANGUN KEMAMPUAN ESQ

Tips Menggunakan Jasa Rental Mobil Jogja Tanpa Sopir

Jika Anda ingin memanfaatkan jasa rental mobil Jogja tanpa sopir artinya Anda sendiri yang akan mengendarainya pun bisa dilakukan. Menyewa mobil tanpa jasa sopir tersebut dikenal dengan sebutas “lepas kunci”. Jika Anda sudah hafal jalan-jalan di Jogja tentu membawa mobil sendiri bukan hal yang susah. Itulah sebabnya ada baiknya Anda memastikan diri Anda benar-benar mengetahu medan jalan yang akan dituju sebelum benar-benar menyewa kendaraan tanpa sopir. Namun tidak sedikit yang menyewa mobil tanpa menggunakan sopir. Biasanya mobil tersebut digunakan perjalanan jarak jauh. Ada kalanya juga bukan digunakan untuk perjalanan wisata namun untuk pernikahan atau perayaan acara tertentu misalnya kelulusan anak, menghadiri pernikahan saudara dan lainnya.

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Memastikan Keadaan Kendaraan

Ketika akan menggunakan jasa rental mobil Jogja lepas kunci selain Anda harus yakin mengenai jalan yang akan dilalui maka ada hal lain yang perlu diperhatikan. Hal tersebut adalah keadaan kendaraan yang akan digunakan. Jangan hanya memperhatikan kondisi fisik kendaraan namun juga detail mesin, kondisi ban, rem, bahan bakar, dan lainnya. Anda juga harus memastikan mobil yang akan digunakan juga dilengkapi peralatan yang sering diperlukan salah satunya dongkrak ban. Selain akan mempertimbangkan keselamatan dalam berkendara, hal ini juga untuk memperkecil kemungkinan saling menyelahkan pada saat ada kerusakan pada mobil. Karena Anda harus membawa mobil tersebut sendiri maka Anda harus memastikan hal-hal tersebut dengan cermat.

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Cari Tahu Tarif Sewa

Anda juga perlu mencari tahu berapa tarif yang ditetapkan rental mobil Jogja 24 jam jauh-jauh hari. Artinye setelah menetapkan hari kapan Anda akan berlibur atau pergi ke lokasi yang diinginkan selanjutnya cari tahu kisaran harga yang ditetapkan. Pertimbangkan pula bagaimana harga bahan bakar apakah sedang mengalami kenaikan atau tidak. Apakah saat itu sedang musim liburan atau tidak dan berbagai pertimbangan lainnya. Harga tiap rental mobil tentu akan berbeda. Biasanya akan dipengaruhi mobil, lama peminjaman, paket yang diberikan dan lainnya. Jika Anda menyewa mobil untuk menjemput tamu atau rekan bisnis, tentu Anda perlu memilih mobil yang nyaman. Selain itu pastikan sopirnya juga ramah dan tidak ugal-ugalan, dan pertimbangan lainnya.

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Mempertimbangkan Kebutuhan

Saat memutuskan untuk menyewa mobil, perlu mempertimbangkan pula tingkat kebutuhannya. Misalnya untuk berapa lama, keperluan apa, berapa orang peserta karena mempengaruhi berapa kapasitas mobil yang disewa, sewa jauh-jauh hari dan jangan mendadak. Jika mendadak kemudian saat musim orang liburan maka Anda harus siap-siap kecewa jika tidak bisa memilih kendaraan yang diinginkan. Karena bisa jadi sudah disewa oleh orang lain. Dan Anda hanya memperoleh kendaraan yang ada. Misalnya Anda ingin menggunakan Fortuner ternyata tinggal Avanza, atau lainnya. Maka perlu rencana matang agar tidak menyesal dan kebingungan karena gagalnya perencanaan.

Toyota Avanza 21 Tips Menggunakan Jasa Rental Mobil Jogja Tanpa Sopir

Lebih mudah lagi jika Anda memiliki teman yang menyewakan mobil, tentu lebih terpercaya. Namun jika tidak memiliki kenalan maka anda tidak perlu khawatir ketika berlibur di Jogja kemudian ingin menyewa mobil agar lebih nyaman dalam liburan. Karena ada banyak rental yang terpercaya dan sudah terdaftar resmi pemerintah. Anda hanya perlu merencakan tujuan yang diinginkan dan kapan waktu pelaksanaan. Agar bisa masuk list dari rental bersangkutan. Untuk meningkatkan kepercayaan biasanya akan dikenai uang muka dengan jumlah tertentu. Selanjutnya pada saat datang di Jogja maka Anda hanya perlu menghubungi rental mobil Jogja yang sebelumnya sudah memiliki kesepakatan.

 

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Sebuah kelompok aktivis HAM Suriah mengatakan, serangan-serangan Israel itu menewaskan sedikitnya 42 tentara Suriah. Perbatasan Israel dengan Suriah dan Lebanon cukup tenang hari Senin (6/5/2013) meskipun pasukan keamanan ketiga negara tersebut berada dalam kondisi sangat waspada, sehari setelah laporan serangan Israel terhadap Suriah.

Sumber-sumber keamanan di Amerika mengatakan, target serangan itu adalah senjata-senjata canggih yang akan dikirim kepada kelompok militan Hezbollah di Lebanon.

Suriah membantah tuduhan itu. Menteri Penerangan Suriah Omran Al Zoubi membacakan sebuah pernyataan setelah sidang kabinet darurat Minggu malam di Damaskus, yang menyebut serangan-serangan Israel itu sebagai tindakan agresi terang-terangan. Menteri Penerangan Suriah Omran Al Zoubi mengatakan, Suriah berhak dan bertanggung jawab melindungi negara dan rakyatnya dari pelanggaran apa pun di dalam atau luar negeri.

Kantor berita Perancis AFP mengutip sumber-sumber pemerintah yang tidak disebutkan di Damaskus hari Senin, yang mengatakan Suriah akan memilih waktu yang tepat untuk membalas dan ini mungkin tidak terjadi dalam waktu dekat.

Ini merupakan serangan kedua yang dilakukan Israel terhadap Suriah dalam tiga hari ini. Salah satu sasaran dilaporkan telah diserang Israel Januari lalu.

Pejabat-pejabat Israel menolak untuk berkomentar secara langsung atas laporan-laporan itu, tetapi Wakil Menteri Luar Negeri Suriah Ze’ev Elkin mengatakan kepada radio Israel bahwa Israel khawatir tentang persenjataan canggih Suriah selagi perang saudara di negara itu memasuki tahun ketiga.

Wakil Menteri Luar Negeri Israel Ze’ev Elkin mengatakan, pejabat-pejabat Israel telah menunjukkan kekhawatiran atas persenjataan yang dikirim Iran atau negara-negara lain ke Suriah. Ia menambahkan, yang sangat mengkhawatirkan pejabat-pejabat Israel itu adalah kemungkinan jatuhnya senjata-senjata ini ke tangan Hezbollah.

Surat kabar Israel Yediot Aharonot hari Senin mengabarkan, Israel telah mengirim sebuah pesan rahasia—lewat saluran-saluran diplomatik—kepada Pemerintah Suriah dengan mengatakan Israel tidak berniat terlibat dalam perang saudara di Suriah.

Seorang anggota parlemen Israel—Tzachi Hanegby—yang dekat dengan Perdana Menteri Benjamin Netanyahu mengatakan, jika ada serangan apa pun dari Israel, serangan itu ditujukan terhadap Hezbollah dan bukan Suriah.

Mantan Duta Besar Israel untuk Amerika, Itamar Rabinovich, yang kini menjadi profesor di Universitas Tel Aviv, mengatakan, perang saudara di Suriah telah menimbulkan dampak pada negara-negara tetangganya yang dibanjiri para pengungsi. Itamar Rabinovich mengatakan, sejauh ini, Israel hanya sedikit terpengaruh oleh perang itu, tetapi ini bisa berubah setiap waktu dan kini semakin mendekati perubahan itu.

Sekutu- sekutu Suriah—Rusia dan China—mengecam serangan tersebut. Sekjen PBB Ban Ki-Moon dan Perancis prihatin konflik Suriah bisa meluas.

Presiden Amerika Barack Obama mengatakan, Israel berhak melindungi dirinya dari pengiriman senjata kepada Hezbollah.

 
Sumber   : VOAINDONESIA
Editor      :  Egidius Patnistik
TERNYATA ISRAEL MENUTUP WILAYAH UDARA SETELAH KESERANG DENGAN SURIAH

Mr. Fox, known for his well-honed countrified voice, wrote about things dear to South Carolina and won over Yankee critics.

William Price Fox, Admired Southern Novelist and Humorist, Dies at 89

The live music at the Vice Media party on Friday shook the room. Shane Smith, Vice’s chief executive, was standing near the stage — with a drink in his hand, pants sagging, tattoos showing — watching the rapper-cum-chef Action Bronson make pizzas.

The event was an after-party, a happy-hour bacchanal for the hundreds of guests who had come for Vice’s annual presentation to advertisers and agencies that afternoon, part of the annual frenzy for ad dollars called the Digital Content NewFronts. Mr. Smith had spoken there for all of five minutes before running a slam-bang highlight reel of the company’s shows that had titles like “Weediquette” and “Gaycation.”

In the last year, Vice has secured $500 million in financing and signed deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars with established media companies like HBO that are eager to engage the young viewers Vice attracts. Vice said it was now worth at least $4 billion, with nearly $1 billion in projected revenue for 2015. It is a long way from Vice’s humble start as a free magazine in 1994.

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At the Vice after-party, the rapper Action Bronson, a host of a Vice show, made a pizza. Credit Jesse Dittmar for The New York Times

But even as cash flows freely in Vice’s direction, the company is trying to keep its brash, insurgent image. At the party on Friday, it plied guests with beers and cocktails. Its apparently unrehearsed presentation to advertisers was peppered with expletives. At one point, the director Spike Jonze, a longtime Vice collaborator, asked on stage if Mr. Smith had been drinking.

“My assistant tried to cut me off,” Mr. Smith replied. “I’m on buzz control.”

Now, Vice is on the verge of getting its own cable channel, which would give the company a traditional outlet for its slate of non-news programming. If all goes as planned, A&E Networks, the television group owned by Hearst and Disney, will turn over its History Channel spinoff, H2, to Vice.

The deal’s announcement was expected last week, but not all of A&E’s distribution partners — the cable and satellite TV companies that carry the network’s channels — have signed off on the change, according to a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the talks were private.

A cable channel would be a further step in a transformation for Vice, from bad-boy digital upstart to mainstream media company.

Keen for the core audience of young men who come to Vice, media giants like 21st Century Fox, Time Warner and Disney all showed interest in the company last year. Vice ultimately secured $500 million in financing from A&E Networks and Technology Crossover Ventures, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm that has invested in Facebook and Netflix.

Those investments valued Vice at more than $2.5 billion. (In 2013, Fox bought a 5 percent stake for $70 million.)

Then in March, HBO announced that it had signed a multiyear deal to broadcast a daily half-hour Vice newscast. Vice already produces a weekly newsmagazine show, called “Vice,” for the network. That show will extend its run through 2018, with an increase to 35 episodes a year, from 14.

Michael Lombardo, HBO’s president for programming, said when the deal was announced that it was “certainly one of our biggest investments with hours on the air.”

Vice, based in Brooklyn, also recently signed a multiyear $100 million deal with Rogers Communications, a Canadian media conglomerate, to produce original content for TV, smartphone and desktop viewers.

Vice’s finances are private, but according to an internal document reviewed by The New York Times and verified by a person familiar with the company’s financials, the company is on track to make about $915 million in revenue this year.

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Vice showed a highlight reel of its TV series at the NewFronts last week in New York. Credit Jesse Dittmar for The New York Times

It brought in $545 million in a strong first quarter, which included portions of the new HBO deal and the Rogers deal, according to the document. More of its revenue now comes from these types of content partnerships, compared with the branded content deals that made up much of its revenue a year ago, the company said.

Mr. Smith said the company was worth at least $4 billion. If the valuation gets much higher, he said he would consider taking the company public.

“I don’t care about money; we have plenty of money,” Mr. Smith, who is Vice’s biggest shareholder, said in an interview after the presentation on Friday. “I care about strategic deals.”

In the United States, Vice Media had 35.2 million unique visitors across its sites in March, according to comScore.

The third season of Vice’s weekly HBO show has averaged 1.8 million viewers per episode, including reruns, through April 12, according to Brad Adgate, the director of research at Horizon Media. (Vice said the show attracted three million weekly viewers when repeat broadcasts, online and on-demand viewings were included.)

For years, Mr. Smith has criticized traditional TV, calling it slow and unable to draw younger viewers. But if all the deals Vice has struck are to work out, Mr. Smith may have to play more by the rules of traditional media. James Murdoch, Rupert Murdoch’s son and a member of Vice’s board, was at the company’s presentation on Friday, as were other top media executives.

“They know they need people like me to help them, but they can’t get out of their own way,” Mr. Smith said in the interview Friday. “My only real frustration is we’re used to being incredibly dynamic, and they’re not incredibly dynamic.”

With its own television channel in the United States, Vice would have something it has long coveted even as traditional media companies are looking beyond TV. Last year, Vice’s deal with Time Warner failed in part because the two companies could not agree on how much control Vice would have over a 24-hour television network.

Vice said it intended to fill its new channel with non-news programming. The company plans to have sports shows, fashion shows, food shows and the “Gaycation” travel show with the actress Ellen Page. It is also in talks with Kanye West about a show.

It remains to be seen whether Vice’s audience will watch a traditional cable channel. Still, Vice has effectively presold all of the ad spots to two of the biggest advertising agencies for the first three years, Mr. Smith said.

In the meantime, Mr. Smith is enjoying Vice’s newfound role as a potential savior of traditional media companies.

“I’m a C.E.O. of a content company,” Mr. Smith said before he caught a flight to Las Vegas for the boxing match on Saturday between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. “If it stops being fun, then why are you doing it?”

As Vice Moves More to TV, It Tries to Keep Brash Voice

With 12 tournament victories in his career, Mr. Peete was the most successful black professional golfer before Tiger Woods.

Calvin Peete, 71, a Racial Pioneer on the PGA Tour, Is Dead

The magical quality Mr. Lesnie created in shooting the “Babe” films caught the eye of the director Peter Jackson, who chose him to film the fantasy epic.

Andrew Lesnie, Cinematographer of ‘Lord of the Rings,’ Dies at 59
Frontline  An installment of this PBS program looks at the effects of Ebola on Liberia and other countries, as well as the origins of the outbreak.
Frontline

Frontline An installment of this PBS program looks at the effects of Ebola on Liberia and other countries, as well as the origins of the outbreak.

The program traces the outbreak to its origin, thought to be a tree full of bats in Guinea.

Review: ‘9-Man’ Is More Than a Game for Chinese-Americans

A variation of volleyball with nine men on each side is profiled Tuesday night on the World Channel in an absorbing documentary called “9-Man.”

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‘Hard Earned’ Documents the Plight of the Working Poor

“Hard Earned,” an Al Jazeera America series, follows five working-class families scrambling to stay ahead on limited incomes.

Review: ‘Frontline’ Looks at Missteps During the Ebola Outbreak
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Many bodies prepared for cremation last week in Kathmandu were of young men from Gongabu, a common stopover for Nepali migrant workers headed overseas. Credit Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

KATHMANDU, Nepal — When the dense pillar of smoke from cremations by the Bagmati River was thinning late last week, the bodies were all coming from Gongabu, a common stopover for Nepali migrant workers headed overseas, and they were all of young men.

Hindu custom dictates that funeral pyres should be lighted by the oldest son of the deceased, but these men were too young to have sons, so they were burned by their brothers or fathers. Sukla Lal, a maize farmer, made a 14-hour journey by bus to retrieve the body of his 19-year-old son, who had been on his way to the Persian Gulf to work as a laborer.

“He wanted to live in the countryside, but he was compelled to leave by poverty,” Mr. Lal said, gazing ahead steadily as his son’s remains smoldered. “He told me, ‘You can live on your land, and I will come up with money, and we will have a happy family.’ ”

Weeks will pass before the authorities can give a complete accounting of who died in the April 25 earthquake, but it is already clear that Nepal cannot afford the losses. The countryside was largely stripped of its healthy young men even before the quake, as they migrated in great waves — 1,500 a day by some estimates — to work as laborers in India, Malaysia or one of the gulf nations, leaving many small communities populated only by elderly parents, women and children. Economists say that at some times of the year, one-quarter of Nepal’s population is working outside the country.

Nepal’s Young Men, Lost to Migration, Then a Quake

A 2-minute-42-second demo recording captured in one take turned out to be a one-hit wonder for Mr. Ely, who was 19 when he sang the garage-band classic.

Jack Ely, Who Sang the Kingsmen’s ‘Louie Louie’, Dies at 71

Pronovost, who played for the Red Wings, was not a prolific scorer, but he was a consummate team player with bruising checks and fearless bursts up the ice that could puncture a defense.

Marcel Pronovost, 84, Dies; Hall of Famer Shared in Five N.H.L. Titles

Since a white police officer, Darren Wilson fatally shot unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, in a confrontation last August in Ferguson, Mo., there have been many other cases in which the police have shot and killed suspects, some of them unarmed. Mr. Brown's death set off protests throughout the country, pushing law enforcement into the spotlight and sparking a public debate on police tactics. Here is a selection of police shootings that have been reported by news organizations since Mr. Brown's death. In some cases, investigations are continuing.

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The apartment complex northeast of Atlanta where Anthony Hill, 27, was fatally shot by a DeKalb County police officer. Credit Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal Constitution

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Fatal Police Shootings: Accounts Since Ferguson

Ms. Pryor, who served more than two decades in the State Department, was the author of well-regarded biographies of the founder of the American Red Cross and the Confederate commander.

Elizabeth Brown Pryor, Biographer of Clara Barton and Robert E. Lee, Dies at 64

Mr. Bartoszewski was given honorary Israeli citizenship for his work to save Jews during World War II and later surprised even himself by being instrumental in reconciling Poland and Germany.

Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, 93, Dies; Polish Auschwitz Survivor Aided Jews

WASHINGTON — The last three men to win the Republican nomination have been the prosperous son of a president (George W. Bush), a senator who could not recall how many homes his family owned (John McCain of Arizona; it was seven) and a private equity executive worth an estimated $200 million (Mitt Romney).

The candidates hoping to be the party’s nominee in 2016 are trying to create a very different set of associations. On Sunday, Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, joined the presidential field.

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida praises his parents, a bartender and a Kmart stock clerk, as he urges audiences not to forget “the workers in our hotel kitchens, the landscaping crews in our neighborhoods, the late-night janitorial staff that clean our offices.”

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, a preacher’s son, posts on Twitter about his ham-and-cheese sandwiches and boasts of his coupon-clipping frugality. His $1 Kohl’s sweater has become a campaign celebrity in its own right.

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky laments the existence of “two Americas,” borrowing the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s phrase to describe economically and racially troubled communities like Ferguson, Mo., and Detroit.

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Senator Marco Rubio of Florida praises his parents, a bartender and a Kmart stock clerk. Credit Joe Raedle/Getty Images

“Some say, ‘But Democrats care more about the poor,’ ” Mr. Paul likes to say. “If that’s true, why is black unemployment still twice white unemployment? Why has household income declined by $3,500 over the past six years?”

We are in the midst of the Empathy Primary — the rhetorical battleground shaping the Republican presidential field of 2016.

Harmed by the perception that they favor the wealthy at the expense of middle-of-the-road Americans, the party’s contenders are each trying their hardest to get across what the elder George Bush once inelegantly told recession-battered voters in 1992: “Message: I care.”

Their ability to do so — less bluntly, more sincerely — could prove decisive in an election year when power, privilege and family connections will loom large for both parties.

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Questions of understanding and compassion cost Republicans in the last election. Mr. Romney, who memorably dismissed the “47 percent” of Americans as freeloaders, lost to President Obama by 63 percentage points among voters who cast their ballots for the candidate who “cares about people like me,” according to exit polls.

And a Pew poll from February showed that people still believe Republicans are indifferent to working Americans: 54 percent said the Republican Party does not care about the middle class.

That taint of callousness explains why Senator Ted Cruz of Texas declared last week that Republicans “are and should be the party of the 47 percent” — and why another son of a president, Jeb Bush, has made economic opportunity the centerpiece of his message.

With his pedigree and considerable wealth — since he left the Florida governor’s office almost a decade ago he has earned millions of dollars sitting on corporate boards and advising banks — Mr. Bush probably has the most complicated task making the argument to voters that he understands their concerns.

On a visit last week to Puerto Rico, Mr. Bush sounded every bit the populist, railing against “elites” who have stifled economic growth and innovation. In the kind of economy he envisions leading, he said: “We wouldn’t have the middle being squeezed. People in poverty would have a chance to rise up. And the social strains that exist — because the haves and have-nots is the big debate in our country today — would subside.”

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Republicans’ emphasis on poorer and working-class Americans now represents a shift from the party’s longstanding focus on business owners and “job creators” as the drivers of economic opportunity.

This is intentional, Republican operatives said.

In the last presidential election, Republicans rushed to defend business owners against what they saw as hostility by Democrats to successful, wealthy entrepreneurs.

“Part of what you had was a reaction to the Democrats’ dehumanization of business owners: ‘Oh, you think you started your plumbing company? No you didn’t,’ ” said Grover Norquist, the conservative activist and president of Americans for Tax Reform.

But now, Mr. Norquist said, Republicans should move past that. “Focus on the people in the room who know someone who couldn’t get a job, or a promotion, or a raise because taxes are too high or regulations eat up companies’ time,” he said. “The rich guy can take care of himself.”

Democrats argue that the public will ultimately see through such an approach because Republican positions like opposing a minimum-wage increase and giving private banks a larger role in student loans would hurt working Americans.

“If Republican candidates are just repeating the same tired policies, I’m not sure that smiling while saying it is going to be enough,” said Guy Cecil, a Democratic strategist who is joining a “super PAC” working on behalf of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Republicans have already attacked Mrs. Clinton over the wealth and power she and her husband have accumulated, caricaturing her as an out-of-touch multimillionaire who earns hundreds of thousands of dollars per speech and has not driven a car since 1996.

Mr. Walker hit this theme recently on Fox News, pointing to Mrs. Clinton’s lucrative book deals and her multiple residences. “This is not someone who is connected with everyday Americans,” he said. His own net worth, according to The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, is less than a half-million dollars; Mr. Walker also owes tens of thousands of dollars on his credit cards.

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But showing off a cheap sweater or boasting of a bootstraps family background not only helps draw a contrast with Mrs. Clinton’s latter-day affluence, it is also an implicit argument against Mr. Bush.

Mr. Walker, who featured a 1998 Saturn with more than 100,000 miles on the odometer in a 2010 campaign ad during his first run for governor, likes to talk about flipping burgers at McDonald’s as a young person. His mother, he has said, grew up on a farm with no indoor plumbing until she was in high school.

Mr. Rubio, among the least wealthy members of the Senate, with an estimated net worth of around a half-million dollars, uses his working-class upbringing as evidence of the “exceptionalism” of America, “where even the son of a bartender and a maid can have the same dreams and the same future as those who come from power and privilege.”

Mr. Cruz alludes to his family’s dysfunction — his parents, he says, were heavy drinkers — and recounts his father’s tale of fleeing Cuba with $100 sewn into his underwear.

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey notes that his father paid his way through college working nights at an ice cream plant.

But sometimes the attempts at projecting authenticity can seem forced. Mr. Christie recently found himself on the defensive after telling a New Hampshire audience, “I don’t consider myself a wealthy man.” Tax returns showed that he and his wife, a longtime Wall Street executive, earned nearly $700,000 in 2013.

The story of success against the odds is a political classic, even if it is one the Republican Party has not been able to tell for a long time. Ronald Reagan liked to say that while he had not been born on the wrong side of the tracks, he could always hear the whistle. Richard Nixon was fond of reminding voters how he was born in a house his father had built.

“Probably the idea that is most attractive to an average voter, and an idea that both Republicans and Democrats try to craft into their messages, is this idea that you can rise from nothing,” said Charles C. W. Cooke, a writer for National Review.

There is a certain delight Republicans take in turning that message to their advantage now.

“That’s what Obama did with Hillary,” Mr. Cooke said. “He acknowledged it openly: ‘This is ridiculous. Look at me, this one-term senator with dark skin and all of America’s unsolved racial problems, running against the wife of the last Democratic president.”

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BEIJING (AP) — The head of Taiwan's Nationalists reaffirmed the party's support for eventual unification with the mainland when he met Monday with Chinese President Xi Jinping as part of continuing rapprochement between the former bitter enemies.

Nationalist Party Chairman Eric Chu, a likely presidential candidate next year, also affirmed Taiwan's desire to join the proposed Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank during the meeting in Beijing. China claims Taiwan as its own territory and doesn't want the island to join using a name that might imply it is an independent country.

Chu's comments during his meeting with Xi were carried live on Hong Kong-based broadcaster Phoenix Television.

The Nationalists were driven to Taiwan by Mao Zedong's Communists during the Chinese civil war in 1949, leading to decades of hostility between the sides. Chu, who took over as party leader in January, is the third Nationalist chairman to visit the mainland and the first since 2009.

Relations between the communist-ruled mainland and the self-governing democratic island of Taiwan began to warm in the 1990s, partly out of their common opposition to Taiwan's formal independence from China, a position advocated by the island's Democratic Progressive Party.

Despite increasingly close economic ties, the prospect of political unification has grown increasingly unpopular on Taiwan, especially with younger voters. Opposition to the Nationalists' pro-China policies was seen as a driver behind heavy local electoral defeats for the party last year that led to Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou resigning as party chairman.

Taiwan party leader affirms eventual reunion with China
Children playing last week in Sandtown-Winchester, the Baltimore neighborhood where Freddie Gray was raised. One young resident called it “a tough community.”
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Children playing last week in Sandtown-Winchester, the Baltimore neighborhood where Freddie Gray was raised. One young resident called it “a tough community.”

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