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GOP’s secret weapon: How right-wing churches turn the 99 percent into the Tea Party

<b>(AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta/J. Scott Applewhite/Reuters/Joe Skipper/Salon)</b><p>There’s a way to counter their success, but it means liberals must get comfortable talking about the spiritual<p>Michael Lerner<p>November 10, 2014 4:59pm (UTC)<p>Why does the right keep winning in American politics, sometimes through …

Second Texas nurse tests positive for Ebola

DALLAS (AP) — The Ebola crisis in the U.S. took another alarming turn Wednesday with word that a second Dallas nurse caught the disease from a …

Seeing Through the Illusion: Understanding Apple’s Mastery of the Media

<b>“Beautifully, unapologetically plastic.”</b><p><b>“Feature for feature, it’s identical to iPad Air in every way.”</b><p><b>“Just avoid holding it in that way.”</b><p>Apple’s public relations (PR) department is probably the best in the world — certainly more impressive at shaping and controlling the discussion of its products …

Obama to sign $16.3 billion veterans spending bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will travel to a military facility outside Washington on Thursday to sign a $16.3 billion plan to ease health care delays at Veterans Affairs facilities as he seeks to restore confidence in an agency tarnished by the problem.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama …

Israel pounds southern Gaza; Hamas suggests missing soldier is dead

Israel's military concluded early Sunday that a soldier thought to have been captured by Palestinian militants was actually killed in combat in the Gaza Strip.<p>The news came after a day in which Israeli forces raked the southern tip of Gaza with airstrikes and shelling and the country's leaders said …

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:<p>1. ARIZONA INMATE DIES 2 HOURS AFTER START …

She’s a Young Conservative Mother Who Posted a Picture That Would Make a Liberal’s Head ‘Explode’ — She Tells Us How Some Reacted

Holly Fisher is no stranger to people disagreeing with her political beliefs. But the West Virginia mother has recently been receiving death threats, some that have extended beyond her to her children.<p>It all started with this photo, which earned her the nickname “Hobby Lobby Holly.”<p>Image source: …

World Cup: Lionel Messi stars as Argentina tops group - CNN.com

Germany's Mario Gotze scores the goal that would decide the World Cup final Sunday, July 13, in Rio de Janeiro. Gotze, a late substitute, scored the goal in extra time as Germany won 1-0. Click through the gallery to see all the goals scored in the World Cup.<p>HIDE CAPTION<p>Goooal! Keeping score at the …

Iranian President Rouhani says country is ready to help Iraq if asked

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday his country is ready to help Iraq if asked, adding that it has "no option but to confront terrorism," as hundreds of young Iraqi men poured into volunteer centers across Baghdad, answering a call by the country's top Shiite cleric to join the fight …

10 Things to Know for Monday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:<p>1. FIVE DEAD IN LAS VEGAS SHOOTINGS<p>Police say …

No injuries in California military jet crash

IMPERIAL, Calif. (AP) — A Marine jet crashed into a residential area and destroyed two homes in a Southern California desert community Wednesday, but …

Military Fighter Jet Crashes Into Southern California Neighborhood

"It felt like a bomb was thrown in the backyard of the house," Adriana Ramos, whose home is less than a block from the crash scene, told AP. "The whole house moved."<p>No injuries had been reported, the Miramar air station said in a statement, and at least At least eight homes were evacuated. The …

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Military jet crashes in Southern California, damages homes

(Reuters) - A U.S. military jet crashed in a Southern California desert town on Wednesday, damaging homes, according to military officials and local media.<p>A damaged house is seen at the scene of a U.S. military jet crash in Imperial, California June 4, 2014. REUTERS/Sandy Huffaker<p>An AV-8B Harrier …

Iran announces execution of dissident for 'enmity against God'

An Iranian dissident has been executed by hanging for "enmity against God" despite protests by human rights groups who claimed that the man received an unfair trial.<p>The execution of Gholamreza Khosravi Savajani was announced Sunday on the website of Tehran's Revolutionary Prosecutor's office. …

4 takeaways from Obama's foreign policy speech

President Barack Obama on Wednesday outlined his foreign policy vision and defended his record to date. What caught our experts' ears was as much about what he didn't address as much as what he did.<p>Obama lays out foreign policy challenges<p>Here are their takeaways:<p><b>1. Partner in Yemen still has</b> …

Edward Snowden says he was trained 'as a spy'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked details of massive U.S. intelligence-gathering programs, said in a U.S. TV interview he “was trained as a spy” and had worked undercover overseas for U.S. government agencies.<p>"NBC Nightly News" anchor and managing …

VA Admits Fraud Is ‘Systemic’

The White House can’t pretend anymore that there are just a few bad apples messing with veterans’ care. A new internal investigation has expanded to …

10 Thoughts On Obama's West Point Policy Address

President Obama gave the graduation speech Wednesday at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, using the occasion to describe "the next phase" of the U.S. war against terrorism and his ideas about national defense and foreign policy in general. Here are a few general impressions.<p>Most commencement …

Obama delays deportation review, putting immigration onus on GOP

The White House's surprise decision Wednesday to delay a review of deportations once again revived the immigration debate, shifting focus away from President Obama — who has increasingly come under fire from immigrant advocates as the "deporter in chief" — and throwing the issue back into the laps …

America's Strength Extends Beyond Its Military, Obama Says

American leadership in the 21st century will be defined in part by the nation's military strength, "but only in part," President Obama said in a wide-ranging interview with NPR about his foreign policy priorities.<p>Echoing themes he expressed during a speech Wednesday to West Point graduates, Obama …

Clinton supporters meeting to talk Benghazi, national security

<b>Washington (CNN)</b> - With Hillary Clinton’s memoir due out soon, a close aide will brief Democratic national security experts and communicators on the next round of political scrutiny over the Benghazi terror attack.<p>Philippe Reines, a longtime Clinton adviser and spokesman, will address the group …

DREAMers Slam White House Over Delay To Deportation Reforms

"It is a betrayal to the community to try to give the White House cover." Anger and disappointment after the Obama administration decides to delay a review of enforcement policies that lead to deportations.<p>Grassroots immigration reform activists Wednesday lashed out at the Obama administration's …

Afghanistan president welcomes US plan to withdraw troops by 2016

President Hamid Karzai welcomed a US plan to bring home almost all American soldiers from Afghanistan by the end of 2016, saying the country was ready to take responsibility for its own security and the move could pave the way for Taliban peace talks.<p>Many Afghans are happy to see their forces in …

Reports Of American Suicide Bomber In Syria

By Mark Hosenball<p>WASHINGTON, May 28 (Reuters) - U.S. government agencies were examining social media postings purporting to show how an American who was fighting with an Al Qaeda affiliate blew himself up recently in a suicide attack in northern Syria, U.S. officials said.<p>The officials, who …