Too soon to know if Republicans will take control of the Senate
Oct24

Too soon to know if Republicans will take control of the Senate

by John Zogby The pundits seem to be on board with the prediction that the Republicans will take control of the Senate this election. GOP candidates hold commanding leads in two states where the incumbent U.S. Senator is a Democrat (Montana and West Virginia). Up until last week South Dakota made it three on that list,… graphic via...

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Police: 2 dead, 4 wounded in high school shooting north of Seattle
Oct24

Police: 2 dead, 4 wounded in high school shooting north of Seattle

SEATTLE — Two students are dead after one of them opened fire Friday morning in the Marysville-Pilchuck High School cafeteria before turning the gun on himself, according to law enforcement sources. Police said four other people were wounded in the 10:45 a.m. shooting. Austin Joyner, a student at the school, said on Twitter that he...

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Canada PM Vows Crackdown After Capital Shocked by Fatal Attacks
Oct23

Canada PM Vows Crackdown After Capital Shocked by Fatal Attacks

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper vowed to redouble the country’s fight against “terrorist organizations” abroad after a reported convert to Islam rampaged through parliament, shocking the usually tranquil capital city. Shortly after a gunman shot dead a soldier at the National War Memorial in central Ottawa on Wednesday morning, a man armed with a shotgun...

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Extremist-Inspired Attack Raises Canada’s Terror Threat Level
Oct22

Extremist-Inspired Attack Raises Canada’s Terror Threat Level

Canada raised its terrorist attack threat level from “low” to “medium” on Tuesday. The change came a day after a Quebec man, who had previously attempted to leave Canada for Turkey, carried out a fatal hit-and-run attack on two Canadian military men. Suspect Martin Couture-Rouleau was one of 90 Canadians being monitored by the Royal...

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Why are Americans So Czar-Struck? (Guest Voice)
Oct22

Why are Americans So Czar-Struck? (Guest Voice)

Why are Americans So Czar-Struck? By Dick Polman Let’s take a break from our Ebola freakout and debate something a bit more benign – like word usage. For instance, why do we keep using czar? Last Friday, seemingly within seconds of Ron Klain’s ascent to the new post of Ebola response coordinator, the press headlines were dubbing him the “Ebola Czar.” Which I suppose was to be expected, given the fact...

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Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies
Oct21

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies

WASHINGTON – Ben Bradlee, the hard-charging editor who guided The Washington Post through its Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Watergate scandal and invigorated its newsroom for more than two decades, died Tuesday. He was 93. Mr. Bradlee died at his home of natural causes, the Post reported. As managing editor first and later as executive editor,… Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee...

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Fun With Electoral College Math
Oct21

Fun With Electoral College Math

Fun with Electoral College Math by Fig So I think the Electoral College is a bad system for a number of reasons, but I want to focus on one major reason in this article. For starters, it really seems to give the wrong impression about how divided this nation is, and how Presidents score a “mandate” because of electoral college numbers that look like a landslide when the popular vote is anything but, essentially it can totally...

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As Boardwalk Empire comes to an end, it still hasn’t figured out its main character
Oct20

As Boardwalk Empire comes to an end, it still hasn’t figured out its main character

They decapitated Deadwood and they’ve foreshortened Boardwalk Empire. HBO seems to have it in for ambitious drama series with recent historical settings. The death of Deadwood was a cultural crime. That new look at the old West had a rhythm and flavour all its own; it belonged in the same bracket of achievement as The...

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After U.S. airdrop, Turkey agrees to let Iraqi Kurds cross to fight at Kobani
Oct20

After U.S. airdrop, Turkey agrees to let Iraqi Kurds cross to fight at Kobani

ISTANBUL — In a dramatic policy shift, Turkey agreed Monday to allow fighters from Iraq’s Kurdish autonomous region to cross its territory to help save the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Kobani from Islamist radicals, the Turkish foreign minister said. “We are helping peshmerga forces to cross into Kobani,” Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters in Ankara. He spoke… graphic via...

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Catholic Church Won’t Be More Welcoming To Gays
Oct19

Catholic Church Won’t Be More Welcoming To Gays

Roman Catholic bishops abandoned their planned welcome of homosexuals into the church Saturday, expressing disagreement at the close of a two-week meeting Pope Francis, 77, called to establish a better approach to ministering to church members, the Associated Press reported. The bishops were unable to agree on an effective way to signify acceptance of gays by… Catholic Church Won’t Be More Welcoming To...

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Will Palestinians join ISIS caliphate?
Oct19

Will Palestinians join ISIS caliphate?

Will Palestinians join ISIS caliphate? By Lloyd Levy EILAT, Israel –While soaking up the sun in Eilat ( 100F. this week), my body was idle but my mind was still ticking over. I had a Damascene revelation, on this ancient road from Cairo to Damascus. The symbolism of Eilat’s location occurred to me. It is at the head of a small bay, with four countries bordering each other along a stretch of coast probably no more than ten miles long....

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Dear Politicians: A Travel Ban Won’t Stop Ebola—and May Make It Worse
Oct19

Dear Politicians: A Travel Ban Won’t Stop Ebola—and May Make It Worse

As more and more patients arrive in U.S. hospitals with “Ebola-like” symptoms—never mind the fact that the vast majority of them do not have the virus—politicians have increasingly called on President Barack Obama to ban travel to and from Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the three countries most affected by the disease. A number of lawmakers,… Dear Politicians: A Travel Ban Won’t Stop Ebola—and May Make It...

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It’s Pizza Time
Oct19

It’s Pizza Time

Who doesn’t love pizza? While I would be hesitant to call pizza the “ultimate food,” it’s hard to deny that few things go over quite as well with large groups of people. Pizza always seems to be on the menu, any time of day and for any reason. Best of all, on the surface, pizza...

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India At Risk Of Joint Attack By ISIS, Al Qaeda
Oct18

India At Risk Of Joint Attack By ISIS, Al Qaeda

Militants of the Islamic State group and al Qaeda could carry out joint attacks in India, the director general of the country’s National Security Guard, or NSG, said on Thursday, according to media reports. The statement by the head of the country’s counterterrorism force comes just over a month after al Qaeda announced the creation...

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Ebola hysteria is going viral. Don’t fall for these 5 myths
Oct18

Ebola hysteria is going viral. Don’t fall for these 5 myths

EDITOR’s NOTE: This is being reposted and put higher on top since comments had been turned off due to a technical glitch. YOUR COMMENTS ON THIS ARE WELCOME. NAIROBI, Kenya — In the US, Ebola hysteria is spreading way faster than the virus itself. Commentators on cable news are the worst offenders, stoking fears with paranoid soothsaying and inventing apocalyptic future scenarios that may scare the bejeezus out of viewers...

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Ebola, Islamic State fears hurt Democrats’ chances of keeping Senate majority
Oct15

Ebola, Islamic State fears hurt Democrats’ chances of keeping Senate majority

As fear sweeps the nation about the prospect of Islamic State terrorists winning in Iraq and the Ebola virus spreading in the United States, President Obama’s job approval rating is taking a beating and some Democrats’ hopes for keeping the Senate majority are losing ground. Sen. Kay R. Hagan of North Carolina, who entered the race… graphic via...

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Energy Drinks Are Dangerous, WHO Confirms
Oct15

Energy Drinks Are Dangerous, WHO Confirms

Energy drinks have long been maligned for the perception that such massive amounts of caffeine can’t be good for anybody, much less children. Now the World Health Organization has validated their fears, on Tuesday proclaiming that rising rates of energy drink consumption is “poised to become a significant public health problem.” Here’s the problem: Hot...

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Are European Taxes REALLY Oppressive? (Guest Voice)
Oct14

Are European Taxes REALLY Oppressive? (Guest Voice)

Are European Taxes REALLY Oppressive? by Fig Letters on car mirrors sometimes says “Objects may be closer than they appear.” Some emails circulated on the Internet should have the advisory “Some emails circulated on the Internet may not be as accurate as they appear.” For instance, this one: Current European Tax Rates United Kingdom Income Tax: 50% VAT: 17.5% TOTAL: 67.5% France Income Tax: 40% VAT: 19.6%...

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Americans in ‘right-leaning’ states search Internet for porn more often than liberal counterparts: study
Oct14

Americans in ‘right-leaning’ states search Internet for porn more often than liberal counterparts: study

Residents of “right-leaning” U.S. states are more prone to seek out Internet porn than their liberal counterparts, according to a new Canadian study compiled by sifting through Google search data. Published this month in the Archives of Sexual Behaviour, the report concludes that even when they are surrounded by “very religious or conservative citizenry,” Americans will… graphic via...

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If Kobani falls, will Obama’s Syria strategy collapse too?
Oct12

If Kobani falls, will Obama’s Syria strategy collapse too?

WASHINGTON — It’s not a particularly strategic location, the United States and its allies never pledged to defend it, and few people outside the region had even heard of it before this month. But the symbolism of US-led airstrikes failing to stop Islamic State militants from overrunning the Syrian city of Kobani could provide an early… If Kobani falls, will Obama’s Syria strategy collapse...

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