Ferguson Riots: Photos Capture The Chaos
Nov25

Ferguson Riots: Photos Capture The Chaos

Ferguson is exploding. Over three months after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed, the city is experiencing one of its most violent nights of demonstrations. Hundreds of protesters took to Ferguson’s already fragile streets late Monday, following the grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson. A car burns on the street after a… Ferguson Riots: Photos Capture The...

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No Indictment In Furguson
Nov24

No Indictment In Furguson

Just breaking that the grand jury has voted not to indict I would hope we could all wait for the evidence to be released before reacting knee jerk but then I hope for a lot of things. Discuss...

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No Indictment Against Officer Darren Wilson in Michael Brown Shooting
Nov24

No Indictment Against Officer Darren Wilson in Michael Brown Shooting

No indictment will be filed against Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch says the grand jury “determined that no probable cause exists to charge Officer Darren Wilson” for the teen’s murder. Most of the witnesses said the shots fired at Michael Brown came when he turned towards the officer. Wilson fired 12 shots from his weapon. Michael...

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Politics and Wealth
Nov24

Politics and Wealth

Thanksgiving week is a time citizens are supposed to remember how fortunate they are to live in freedom in America. Of course, some citizens are more fortunate than others, particularly in regards to wealth and material things (which as everyone knows can’t buy happiness). Particularly fortunate are federal officeholders who are generally wealthier than other Americans and enjoy a number of special perks. According to the Washington...

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Breaking: Defense Secretary Hagel to Resign
Nov24

Breaking: Defense Secretary Hagel to Resign

The Washington Post quotes AP sources saying that Chuck Hagel is resigning as Secretary of Defense “following a tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House’s insular foreign policy team.”: A senior defense official said that Hagel submitted his resignation letter to Obama on Monday morning and the president accepted it. Hagel agreed to remain in office until his successor is confirmed by the Senate, the official...

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President Obama’s Immigration Plan Goes After Felons, Not Families (UPDATED)
Nov20

President Obama’s Immigration Plan Goes After Felons, Not Families (UPDATED)

President Obama’s immigration plan will shield five million illegal immigrants and shift the focus to felons, gang members and suspected terrorists. Obama will reject claims he is offering a free pass to undocumented immigrants and argue that “the real amnesty” would be leaving a broken system as it is now, according to excerpts of his remarks released by the White House. “Mass amnesty would be unfair. Mass...

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Obama will announce executive action on immigration tomorrow
Nov19

Obama will announce executive action on immigration tomorrow

The White House has announced that President Barack Obama will tomorrow outline executive actions he’ll be taking on immigration reform. This announcement has set off a predictable debate on MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, left blogs and right blogs and if you think you know what they’re saying about the issue, in most cases you are correct. America loves a screaming, angry debate — and so it has received a political Christmas...

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Breaking: Texas Judge Refuses to  Throw Out  Criminal Charges Against Perry
Nov18

Breaking: Texas Judge Refuses to Throw Out Criminal Charges Against Perry

The Austin American-Statesman, Governor Perry’s hometown newspaper, has just reported that Senior Texas State District Judge Bert Richardson has refused to throw out the criminal charges against Perry brought by a Travis County grand jury when it indicted Perry on felony charges of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant. “The indictment resulted from his threat last year to Travis County District Attorney Rosemary...

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Tel Aviv Diary: Barbaric Attack in Jerusalem (Guest Voice)
Nov18

Tel Aviv Diary: Barbaric Attack in Jerusalem (Guest Voice)

It seems it has finally happened. The thing we all feared. We appear to have entered into a religious war; a religious war that looks like it was inspired by the brutality of ISIS. This morning, a little before 7:00 AM, two terrorists entered the Kehillat B’nei Torah Synagogue in the religious neighborhood of Har...

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The Republican War on Science and Education
Nov18

The Republican War on Science and Education

While America and other western nations are concerned about climate change and ISIS, Republican conservatives take stances similar to some of those of ISIS and Boko Haram. The conservative wing of the Republican Party, which seems to dominate the party’s ideology, appears to be waging its own war against science and education. (Fortunately, they’re not quite as brutal in how they handle women as their Islamic counterparts.) Some of...

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BREAKING: We have landed on a Comet
Nov12

BREAKING: We have landed on a Comet

We have landed on a Comet! by Slamfu Another major milestone in the advancement and exploration of space has happened today. On Nov 25th 2014 the human racesuccessfully “softlanded” on a comet. I am a huge fan of space exploration and consit not only the obvious next stage of human endeavor but also absolutely within our reach if we choose to run with it. Comets in particular have the potential for being useful as sources...

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Why Was the Democratic Ground Game Grounded
Nov11

Why Was the Democratic Ground Game Grounded

At least since the Obama win in 2008 and probably longer, the Democrats have crowed about how their “ground game” was superior to that of the Republicans and how they were able to mobilize their base and independents who were left leaning to get to the polls on election day. The Democrats have claimed that their mastery of technology compared to the Republicans would be able to get them over the hump when push came to shove, knowing...

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Breaking: Obama Authorizes Additional Troops in Fight Against ISIL
Nov07

Breaking: Obama Authorizes Additional Troops in Fight Against ISIL

The Defense Department has announced that, “as part of the strategy to defeat ISIL terrorists,” President Obama has authorized up to 1,500 additional troops to Iraq, pretty much doubling the number of U.S. forces on the ground there now. The new authorization gives the U.S. military the ability to deploy up to 3,100 troops. About 1,400 U.S. troops are now on the ground in Iraq, just below the previous authorized limit of 1,600 troops...

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The Messages of the 2014 Election
Nov06

The Messages of the 2014 Election

Three major messages were transmitted by the voters in the election of 2014. The obvious one was that they were unhappy with President Obama and the direction of the country. Another message was that money talks and that greater spending is usually effective. The third message, perhaps more cryptic than the others, is that the votes that count the most in America are not cast by the electorate but by an unelected body, the Supreme...

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Commercial spaceship suffers catastrophic failure, at least 1 dead
Oct31

Commercial spaceship suffers catastrophic failure, at least 1 dead

A Virgin Galactic rocket plane known as SpaceShipTwo crashed in the Cantill area of the California Mojave desert during a test flight Friday morning, leaving one pilot dead and another injured, the California Highway Patrol reported. The pilots have not yet been identified, but Virgin reported that its WhiteKnightTwo carrier plane landed safely. “Virgin Galactic’s partner… Commercial spaceship suffers catastrophic failure,...

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Kobani Reinforcements Pour In Via Turkey
Oct29

Kobani Reinforcements Pour In Via Turkey

Update as of 5:10 a.m. EDT: At least 150 fighters of the rebel Free Syrian Army, or FSA, entered Syria overnight from Turkey on Wednesday to help Kurdish fighters battling militants of the Islamic State group in the town of Kobani, Agence France-Presse, or AFP, reported, citing local Turkish officials. Last week, Turkish President Recep...

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Washington State Teen Shooter’s Family Living In ‘Nightmare’
Oct26

Washington State Teen Shooter’s Family Living In ‘Nightmare’

(Reuters) – Relatives of a Washington state teen accused of a high school shooting rampage said on Saturday that they were living in a “nightmare” and struggling to understand why the boy targeted his two cousins and several friends before killing himself. One girl was killed and four other freshman students were severely wounded in...

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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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NYC Dr. Craig Spencer Tests Positive for Ebola Virus After Treating Patients in Guinea
Oct23

NYC Dr. Craig Spencer Tests Positive for Ebola Virus After Treating Patients in Guinea

Dr. Craig Spencer, who returned from Guinea ten days ago after treating Ebola patients, has tested positive for the deadly virus after initial tests were conducted. Spencer, 33, a Doctors Without Borders physician, is the fourth case of Ebola in the U.S. and is the first case in New York City. His girlfriend has been quarantined. A doctor in New York City who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea tested positive for...

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A Perplexing Political Puzzle
Oct21

A Perplexing Political Puzzle

Public approval ratings for Congress have remained consistently low for a number of years, though recently they have reached depths not previously seen. Americans seem to overwhelmingly agree that members of Congress are doing a terrible job, yet incumbents keep getting repeatedly reelected. Are citizens lying in response to the pollsters’ questions, or is something being missed by either those taking the surveys or the political...

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