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The Danger of Disrobing the Judiciary

Artful advocates advise this about addressing the court: if the facts are on your side, pound the facts; if the law is on your side, pound the law; if neither is on your side, pound the table. Adding to that adage, pusillanimous politicians propose undressing the court: if you fear its decision, …

Americans Aren't Paying Attention To That Huge Obamacare Supreme Court Case

The Supreme Court is set to issue a ruling in a major Affordable Care Act case that could force millions off their health insurance this June. But if you're like most Americans, you're pretty much clueless about it.<p>That's right: More than seven in 10 people have heard "nothing at all" or "only a …

Hong Kong protest leader, Joshua Wong, ends hunger strike

<b>Joshua Wong, the teenage student who became an icon of Hong Kong's protests for greater democracy, has ended a hunger strike after four days.</b><p>Mr Wong said he was halting his 108-hour strike on the advice of a doctor.<p>However, he said the protesters' fight would go on. Three other students are still …

Islamic State kill 16 from Iraqi tribe

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters kidnapped and killed 16 members of an Iraqi tribe which has fought the Sunni militant group in the western province of Anbar, a tribal leader and a hospital source said on Saturday.<p>Tribal chief Sheikh Naeem al-Ga’oud told Reuters Islamic State captured the …

Hagel: Withdrawal of 1,000 troops from Afghanistan to be delayed

The U.S. military is delaying the withdrawal of up to 1,000 troops through the first few months of 2015, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday.<p>The decision means that up to 10,800 troops, rather than 9,800, could remain in Afghanistan as the U.S.-led combat mission winds down at the end of …

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Mystery surrounds arrest of woman who may be ISIS leader's wife

Who is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi? Who is Saja al-Dulaimi, a woman who's been tied to the ISIS leader? And what would she be doing in Lebanon, now purportedly in custody of authorities there?<p>Those are some of the many questions about reports of the arrest of a woman that regional sources describe as …

Iranian air force bombs Isis targets in Iraq, says Pentagon

Iran’s air force has attacked targets of Islamic State (Isis) in eastern Iraq, the Pentagon has said.<p>Tehran has denied carrying out raids and acting in coordination with the US, which is leading a western-Arab coalition to defeat the jihadi group.<p>The Pentagon said air strikes in Iraq’s Diyala …

American patient arrives at Atlanta hospital for Ebola testing

An American healthcare worker who may have been infected with the Ebola virus in west Africa has arrived at a hospital near Atlanta.<p>Emory University Hospital spokeswoman Holly Korschun said the patient arrived around 5.45am on Thursday. Details about the patient, who will undergo testing for the …

Indian sterilization clinics under scrutiny after doctor used bike pump on patients

Conditions in Indian sterilization clinics are under renewed scrutiny after a doctor was removed from his job for using a bicycle pump to inflate women's abdomens during the procedure.<p>Health officials in Odisha state have launched an investigation after reports that bicycle pumps were used on 56 …

Obama to meet immigration opponent in Oval Office Friday

President Barack Obama is meeting with a bipartisan set of newly elected governors on Friday -- including one who's suing him.<p>Obama has a 4:55 p.m. meeting in the Oval Office with incoming GOP Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, as well as the Republican victors in Illinois, Maryland and Massachusetts, the …

Republican bill to reverse controversial immigration reforms stalls in Senate

A Republican protest vote over President Obama’s immigration reforms quickly ran out of momentum in the face of White House and Senate opposition, but the issue may yet return to haunt both parties in future.<p>The Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act, drafted by Florida Republican Ted …

Third member of U.N. mission in Liberia contracts Ebola

MONROVIA (Reuters) - A U.N. peacekeeper in Liberia has contracted Ebola and is being treated at a clinic in the capital Monrovia, becoming the third member of the mission infected by the deadly virus since the outbreak began.<p>A man walks by a sign that reads "Ebola is real" in Monrovia, Liberia, …

McConnell 'may' hold Obamacare repeal vote

In his re-election pitch, the likely incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed to repeal Obamacare, saying the law should be pulled out "root and branch."<p>But now? The Kentucky Republican is singing quite a different tune.<p>"We may have that vote," McConnell said of repealing President …

Stocks: 4 things to know before the open

For economic data geeks, Friday's U.S. jobs report is the last big event of the year.<p>Here are four things you need to know before the opening bell rings in New York:<p><b>1. Jobs and wages:</b> The November jobs report is due out at 8:30 a.m. ET. The consensus forecast from economists surveyed by CNNMoney is …

Obama nominates Ash Carter to lead Defense, Hagel not at ceremony

President Barack Obama announced Friday that Ash Carter is his pick to replace outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.<p>"With a record of service that has spanned more than 30 years, Ash is quietly regarded as one of our nation's foremost national security leaders," Obama said Friday from the White …

UN peacekeeper in Liberia tests positive for Ebola

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — A U.N. peacekeeper who contracted Ebola in Liberia will be flown to the Netherlands for treatment, a Dutch Health Ministry …

How Ebola broke Sierra Leone's heart - CNN.com

Football is "like a second religion in Sierra Leone." That was before the Ebola outbreak put a stop to organized games, casual kick-abouts, and people gathering to watch the national sport. Here, a fan shows his colors.<p>HIDE CAPTION<p>'Second religion'<p>Isha Johansen<p>Sierra Leone stigma<p>Surge in …

Ebola 'czar' urges Congress to authorize emergency funding

The Ebola outbreak can only be successfully contained if the U.S. takes the lead and provides funding to fight the deadly virus at home and in West Africa, the man tapped to coordinate the federal government's response to the disease said Friday.<p>“In this case, America has to lead, and it has led,” …

Liberian President's Ambitious Goal: No New Ebola Cases By Christmas

Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf hopes to ring in the holidays with an ambitious goal: no new cases of Ebola in her country by Dec. 25.<p>"We believe we had to set a target that gave our people hope, a target that would make them more committed to taking all the precautionary measures," she …

The Sad State Of American Inequality In 12 Charts

On a number of measures, inequality in the US has been rising for the last few decades.<p>We put together a dozen charts and maps that show some of the core issues of inequality.

For US unemployed, job market hits a turning point

WASHINGTON (AP) — Look past the booming November job gain of 321,000 reported Friday — the best figure in three years in the strongest year for U.S. …

Hagel: More U.S. troops than planned will remain in Afghanistan next year

The U.S. will keep a larger force in Afghanistan for the first few months of 2015 than it initially planned to, outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Saturday.<p>During a joint press conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Hagel said that up to 10,800 troops will remain in the …

Indian women die after state-run mass sterilisation campaign goes wrong

Eleven women have died in India and dozens more are in hospital, with 20 listed as critically ill, after a state-run mass sterilisation campaign went horribly wrong.<p>More than 80 women underwent surgery for laparoscopic tubectomies at a free government-run camp in the central state of Chhattisgarh …

Mexicans burn ruling party's HQ over students

Outraged Mexicans protesting against the presumed murder of 43 students have set ablaze the ruling party's Guerrero state headquarters and briefly held a police commander prisoner.<p>Riot police clashed with protesters in running street battles as black smoke billowed from the white two-story building …

Azerbaijan Shoots Down Armenian Military Helicopter

This is the first such incident since a 1994 ceasefire deal between the two warring nations.<p>Azerbaijan shot down a military helicopter belonging to ethnic Armenian-controlled region of Nagorno-Karabakh on Wednesday, according to Armenia's Defense Ministry.<p>The downing of the helicopter sparked …

Israeli move in east Jerusalem draws US concern

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities gave preliminary approval Wednesday to build 200 homes in a Jewish area of east Jerusalem, a move that …