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Keystone bill comes down to … Durbin?

The Keystone XL pipeline cliffhanger could come down to one of the more liberal members of the Senate: Dick Durbin.<p>Senate Democrats’ second-in-command dodged questions Tuesday about where he stands on the pivotal vote on the $8 billion pipeline, raising the prospect that he could switch sides to …

Religion Scholar Reza Aslan Has Bad News For Bill O’Reilly And Christian Fundamentalists

Professor Reza Aslan, scholar of religious studies and best-selling author, has news for Bill O’Reilly and for Christian fundamentalists, and it …

Who Won The Civil War? Tough Question

The old joke used to be: Who is buried in Grant's tomb?<p>Now it's not so funny anymore.<p>Recently PoliTech, a group of politically engaged students on the campus of Texas Tech University, posted a video titled "Politically Challenged — Texas Tech Edition" in which they quiz contemporary students about …

Wave Goodbye to the Two-Car Family

Imagine the typical American family.<p>Odds are your vision includes a home with two kids, as well as two or more cars.<p>But according to a new study by KPMG, that image is becoming a less common reality. As a growing number of consumers participate in car sharing, wait longer to buy their first vehicle …

Jerusalem synagogue attack: 'Lone wolf' pattern seen in deadly assault

In the pious Har Nof neighborhood in the hills of West Jerusalem, early-morning prayers at a landmark synagogue are an integral part of the rhythm of daily religious life. Those who chose that time and place to strike seemed to know that.<p>Two attackers brandishing weapons including a handgun and a …

The ancient fortress city embracing the modern world

<b>In recent years Malta has challenged its conservative image legalising divorce and same-sex partnerships. Now the spirit of reform has also breached the imposing walls of the capital, Valletta.</b><p>Entering Valletta, the tiny fortified capital of Malta, always gives me a buzz. It's a 16th Century city …

Senate Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline Bill, In A Close Vote

The controversial Keystone XL pipeline project to expand an oil pipeline running from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico has failed the approval of Congress, after the Senate voted against the project Tuesday. The House passed its version of the bill Friday.<p>An early tally showed 35 for and 30 against the …

Imperfect Union: The Constitution Didn't Foresee Divided Government

Watching the battle between Obama and a Republican Congress for two years may shake Americans' faith in the Framers.<p>“The president is completely ignoring the will of the American voters, who turned out on Election Day and overwhelmingly elected people who wanted to change the direction of the …

Top Republican floats new attack plan for Obama’s immigration action

Add "rescission" to the glossary for the looming immigration fight between congressional Republicans and President Obama.<p>No need to run to the dictionary -- it's a way for Congress to take back money that it's authorized through legislation. It's also the newest gambit being proposed by a top …

Showing the Faces of Its Murderers, ISIS Shows Its Global Reach

In the video that showed the decapitated head of an American hostage and the murder of 18 Syrian soldiers, the real message was the faces of the …

Man held for pot crimes gave cannabis oil to ill grandpa, family says

A St. Charles-area man arrested last week for operating a large, sophisticated marijuana-growing business inside his home had run afoul of his family for supplying his elderly, dying grandfather with cannabis oil, according to court files.<p>David M. Robbins, 40, is scheduled to make his first regular …

GOP waits for Obama's immigration order

Potential Republican presidential candidates and congressional leaders are getting ready for President Barack Obama’s upcoming executive actions on immigration by preparing legislation and arguments they believe can turn the public against the White House while shielding themselves against a …

With Cash And Cachet, The Islamic State Expands Its Empire

Islamist militant groups from the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt to the coast of eastern Libya are pledging allegiance to the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS.<p>The Sunni extremist group primarily operates in the chaos of Iraq and Syria but is using chameleon-like branding and the draw of cash to get …

Isis has enough weapons to carry on fighting for two years, UN warns

Arsenal is sufficient enough to threaten region ‘even without territory’ Much of Isis’s weapon stocks were stolen from US-backed Iraqi military Report recommends sanctions including seizing Isis oil tanker trucks Foreign jihadis flocking to Iraq and Syria on ‘unprecedented scale’<p>A new report …

GOP mulls its own immigration plan

The discussions are aimed at trying to separate the immigration debate from the government-funding discussion.<p>House and Senate Republican leaders have been privately discussing the potential of introducing targeted immigration reform bills in the coming months, according to multiple sources in both …

Marijuana kills brain cancer, new study confirms

The active molecules in cannabis kill brain cancer — another study has revealed.<p>Scientists using an extract of whole-plant marijuana rich in pot’s main psychoactive ingredient THC as well as cannabidiol (CBD) showed “dramatic reductions in tumor volumes” of a type of brain cancer.<p>“High-grade glioma …

Afton Elaine Burton: Facts About Charles Manson’s Fiance You Won’t Believe

The world is abuzz with shock and horror at the news that Charles Manson is getting married to a 26-year-old girl, Afton Elaine Burton. A recent post …

Who Is Charles Manson?

Charles Manson returned to headlines on Monday, after decades in prison, with the news that he and Afton Elaine “Star” Burton, a 26-year-old who has …

Death toll climbs to 5 as Israel vows response to synagogue attack

Israel vowed a harsh response after two Palestinian attackers slashed and shot to death four rabbis who were praying in a Jerusalem synagogue early Tuesday -- an attack that horrified Israelis, drew international condemnation and threatened to further inflame Jewish-Muslim tensions that were …

Senate rejects Keystone bill

Keystone and Landrieu go down to defeat at the hands of her fellow Democrats.<p>Sen. Mary Landrieu’s bid to pass a Keystone XL pipeline bill fell short by the slimmest of margins Tuesday, leaving the $8 billion pipeline still on the table for the ascendant Republican Party to push the project to …

Glenn Beck Has an Immigration Question for President Obama

With President Barack Obama expected to announce executive action he’s taking on illegal immigration as early as this week, Glenn Beck on Tuesday asked why he would make the announcement the same week that a grand jury decision is expected in the fatal police officer-involved shooting of …

Jerusalem's Fragile Peace Splintered by Bloody Attacks

David Ehrlich, an Israeli writer, has been running a popular literary café and restaurant in downtown Jerusalem for the last 20 years. Popular, that …

Ukraine crisis: Russia demands guarantees from Nato

<b>Russia has called for "a 100% guarantee that no-one would think about Ukraine joining Nato", President Vladimir Putin's spokesman has told the BBC.</b><p>Dmitri Peskov added that Nato's gradual approach towards Russia's borders had made Moscow "nervous".<p>Earlier, Mr Putin said the US would never "subdue" …

Porn stars teach Ted Cruz net neutrality (Opinion) - CNN.com

<i>Editor's note: Dean Obeidallah, a former attorney, is a columnist for The Daily Beast and editor of the politics blog "The Dean's Report." He's also the co-director of the documentary "The Muslims Are Coming!" Follow him on Twitter: @TheDeansreport The opinions expressed in this commentary are</i> …

Keystone bill dies in the Senate -- for now

The Senate blocked a measure Tuesday that would have authorized construction of the Keystone XL pipeline as Democrats chose their pro-environment base over an old friend -- embattled Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu.<p>The vote could just be a speedbump for the Keystone project, with Republicans ready to …

What Two BYU Professors Discovered Concealed Under a Classroom Stool Has Led to a Campus Police Investigation

When two professors were recently working inside of a classroom at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, they noticed something hidden under a stool that has sparked a campus police investigation: a secretly concealed audio recorder.<p>Photo credit: Shutterstock<p>The device — found in a classroom …

Democrats Block Keystone Bill, Landrieu’s Plea Rejected

Mary Landrieu begged her fellow Democrats to back legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline, looking for a lifeline in her long-shot bid to keep …