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Read the CIA Director's Thoughts on the Paris Attacks

CIA Director John Brennan talked about his thoughts on the Paris attacks, ISIS and the possibility of terrorism on U.S. soil Monday.<p>In a previously …

Meet Sweden’s Natural Hair Trailblazers: Elizabeth and Victoria Lejonhjärta on Their Twinning Looks

Perhaps the last place you’d expect to find two of Instagram’s biggest beauty stars would be bounding through Sweden’s snow-laden woodlands, running past reindeer, cooking beside fires they’ve built, and scaling mountainous ranges. But then again, <b>Elizabeth Lejonhjärta</b> and <b>Victoria Lejonhjärta,</b> the …

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7 TED Talks you should watch if you want to be an entrepreneur

Four simple words that sum up the value of TED Talks.<p>We love these quick, easy-to-digest videos with just the right amount of important information to entertain and educate in just a few minutes.<p>It's free, high-quality wisdom from industry leaders — what's not to love?<p>Below are the top seven videos …

Get your business off the ground with the Coding for Entrepreneurs Bundle

If you have shelved business ideas due to a lack of technical knowledge, it’s time to dust them off. The Coding for Entrepreneurs Bundle will teach you – in the space of a few hours – how to build marketable products from scratch.<p>The bundle includes seven video courses, the first of which …

How a Young Entrepreneur Turned Her Strange Idea Into a Thriving Business

It sounds crazy.<p>Start your first business at 24, straight out of college, alone in a foreign country, where you can't even speak your native language. And do it in a huge city, with no connections.<p>Intimidating, right? But it's precisely what successful entrepreneur Irina Alionte did. As founder of …

Can Anything Motivate My Lazy Employees?

Dear Liz,<p>I’ve been in the Operations end of financial services for two decades now. I manage back-end processing operations and I have had excellent jobs at three very strong companies.<p>Three years ago I took a new job with my existing employer. I moved to a new location and became the manager for …

Eight powerful ways to mold your children into leaders

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>We all want our children to become leaders.<p>Whether they spend the bulk of their days in the mailroom or the corner office, we want our children to grow to be courageous, passionate, and authentic. We want their actions to inspire …

The education of Airbnb’s Brian Chesky

<b>By Leigh Gallagher</b><p>Photograph by Michael Lewis for Fortune Magazine<p>June 26, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT<p>How the home-sharing site’s co-founder hacked leadership …

35 Places You Need To Visit In France

Provence is famous for its fragrant lavender fields. Shutterstock France was recently named the most-visited country in the world with over 84 million visitors in 2013 — and for good reason.<p>Millions of people go to France each year to stroll along the quays of Paris, lie on the gorgeous beaches of …

8 Amazing Hidden Travel Gems in California

California is by far one of the best states to visit for a holiday or a road trip. Many visitors to the state typically flock to the larger cities, like Los Angeles and San Francisco, but California also has an abundance of beautiful towns and pristine nature.<p>Its expansive coastline, endlessly tall …

All these effing geniuses: Ezra Klein, expert-driven journalism, and the phony Washington consensus

Ezra Klein and his data brigade think political science will save us. But expert opinion is why we’re in this mess<p>In a recent article on Vox, Ezra Klein declared that his generation of Washington journalists had discovered political science, and it is like the hottest thing on wheels. In the old …

IRS lawyer: Lois Lerner's BlackBerry deliberately destroyed after start of congressional probe

Lois Lerner’s BlackBerry was intentionally destroyed after Congress had begun its probe into IRS targeting of conservative groups, a senior IRS lawyer acknowledged in a sworn declaration.<p>Thomas Kane, Deputy Assistant Chief Counsel for the IRS, wrote in the declaration, part of a lawsuit filed by …

Iraqis must rise above their differences to rout terrorists

<i>Joe Biden is vice president of the United States.</i><p>In recent months, the terrorist group known within the U.S. government as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has seized significant territory inside Iraq, exploiting sectarian divisions and political mistrust that sapped the strength of …

4 Ways Tim Cook Has Changed Apple as CEO

When Steve Jobs stepped down as Apple’s CEO on August 24, 2011, the company’s future was anything but certain. The tech giant had become the most …

U.S. Aims to Root Out 'Ungoverned Spaces' as Hotbeds of Terrorism

The maps don't show it, but two new "countries" have emerged in the last 15 months.<p>The first, a porous zone extending 400 miles from the suburbs of Baghdad to the town of Raqqa in central Syria, is the so-called Islamic State caliphate established by ISIS, a place where transgressions of sharia law …

U.N.: ISIS fighters besiege Turkmen town

As violence continues to wrack Iraq, the United Nations warned Saturday of another ethnic slaughter in the making by Sunni extremists from ISIS.<p>ISIS fighters have besieged the ethnic Turkmen Shiite town of Amerli in the north for two months, and its fewer than 20,000 residents are without power and …

Israeli airstrike collapses Gaza apartment tower

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel bombed an apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the 12-story building in an unprecedented …

The U.S. government’s creeping war on journalists

A new poll reveals that three quarters of reporters agree the public isn’t getting the information it needs<p>As states move to hide details of government deals with Wall Street, and as politicians come up with new arguments to defend secrecy, a study released earlier this month revealed that many …

Hagel: ISIS 'beyond anything that we've seen,' US must 'get ready'

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a dire warning Thursday about the threat posed by the Islamic State terrorist group, saying the organization is "beyond anything that we've seen."<p>Hagel spoke at a press conference in which he addressed the execution of American journalist James Foley, at the …

How Uber will conquer America

It doesn’t matter if Democrats or Republicans run the country — tech’s new powerhouse will still win in the end<p>Did Grover Norquist just help Obama 2008 campaign manager David Plouffe get a job with Uber?<p>In July, the arch-conservative, anti-tax, anti-labor Republican strategist co-authored an …

The 10 Most Important Things In The World Right Now

Happy Friday! Here's what you need to know today.<p><b>1. U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called ISIS an "imminent" threat.</b> "They are as sophisticated and well-funded as any group that we have seen. They're beyond just a terrorist group," Hagel said at a press briefing. "We must prepare for …

Where Romney agrees with Clinton

Former Massachusetts Governor and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney did something unexpected on Thursday night — he agreed with Hillary Clinton.<p>For the first time since their 2012 run for the White House, Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) took part in a joint interview for Fox News. …

Military brass, ex-officials pressure White House to expand ISIS fight to Syria

Top U.S. military brass and former administration officials are publicly pressuring the White House to consider taking the fight against the Islamic State into Syria, warning that the terror organization poses an unprecedented threat to the United States.<p>"ISIL is as sophisticated and well-funded as …

Bush and Obama Spurred Edward Snowden to Spill U.S. Secrets

The whistleblower started out as an idealistic booster of the national-security state. Illegal and immoral behavior he witnessed on the inside turned him into an outsider.<p>Before Edward Snowden joined Daniel Ellsberg and Chelsea Manning in the annals of American whistleblowers, he was a young man …

Sen. Chambliss: ISIS coming to U.S. Soil - CNN Video

Pentagon's chilling ISIS warning - CNN Video

ISIS: The only way to defeat it (Opinion) - CNN.com

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters assemble at a shrine on Iraq's Mount Sinjar on Friday, December 19. The Kurdish military said that with the help of coalition airstrikes, it has "cleansed" the area of ISIS militants. ISIS has been advancing in Iraq and Syria as it seeks to create an Islamic caliphate in …

'Small Handful' of Americans Believed to Be Fighting With ISIS in Iraq

"A small handful" of Americans are believed to be fighting with ISIS in Iraq, U.S. officials tell NBC News.<p>U.S. intelligence, law enforcement and military officials have for months declined to discuss the possibility that Americans had joined the Islamic extremist group blamed for beheading …

Doomsday dam could bring Iraqis together

Water stole the show from oil in Iraq last week, as Kurdish peshmerga soldiers and forces loyal to the government in Baghdad routed Islamic State (IS) fighters from Mosul and a nearby strategic dam – the shoddy construction of which may in some ways be even more dangerous than IS, experts said on …