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The Unsolved Mystery Of The Deadliest Terror Attack On Wall Street

It's one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in American history, but not many people know about it.<p>In September 1920, a horse-driven carriage loaded with dynamite exploded in the heart of the financial district in lower Manhattan. Until the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, it was considered the …

Long before Jack Daniel’s, George Washington was a whiskey tycoon

The Founding Father spent his post-presidency years presiding over a booming alcohol business<p>When George Washington left the presidency in 1797, he was looking forward to some relaxation—returning to Mount Vernon and the pastoral life that had been distant during his time as president. But …

Heading South In The Civil War

This morning, Grant gives his orders to Meade, and then Meade sends out the commands to the subordinate Corps Commanders of the Army of the Potomac. But the private soldiers know nothing of this yet.<p>[link …

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The Bill Obama Says Would Help Millions of Americans ‘Right Now’ — and Why Republicans Don’t Support It

President Barack Obama used his weekly radio address Saturday to call for Congress to act on raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.<p>“Right now, there’s a bill that would boost America’s minimum wage to ten dollars and ten cents an hour,” Obama said. “That would lift wages for nearly 28 million …

NRA Slams Michael Bloomberg As 'Arrogant Hypocrite'

"Mr. Bloomberg, you're an arrogant hypocrite," Chris Cox, who heads the National Rifle Association's lobbying arm, told a crowd of gun enthusiasts who booed upon hearing the former mayor's name.<p>Being a billionaire "does not entitle you to tell us how to live our lives," Cox added about Bloomberg, …

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44 Facts About United States Presidents That Will Blow Your Mind

Common fact: They're all weirdos.<p>1. George Washington grew large amounts of cannabis.<p>2. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson went to see William Shakespeare's home in 1786. They then ripped off a piece of Shakespeare's chair with a knife to take with them as a memento.<p>3. Thomas Jefferson invented the …

William Shakespeare

Super PACs make the dictionary

<b>(CNN)</b> - They've been a major force in campaign politics the past four years, and now super PACs are becoming an official part of our language.<p>The term has made the dictionary, with Merriam-Webster recently creating an entry for "super PAC," publishing it on its online unabridged edition.<p>The …

Legal weed’s race problem: White men get rich, black men stay in prison

Even with legalization, the devastating legacy of the drug war lingers, says Professor Michelle Alexander<p>Ever since Colorado and Washington made the unprecedented move to legalize recreational pot last year, excitement and stories of unfettered success have billowed into the air. Colorado's …

Secret Clinton memos to be released on Gore campaign, 2000 recount

The National Archives on Friday will release about 4,000 pages of secret memos and other internal records from President Bill Clinton's administration, including communications about then-Vice President Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign.<p>This is the second batch of roughly 25,000 pages of Clinton …

Plane emergency in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — Passengers were evacuated from a Florida-bound plane at Philadelphia International Airport after a mechanical failure.<p>Airline officials said USAirways Flight 1702 was heading to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., when the pilot was forced to abort takeoff around 6:30 p.m. Thursday after the …

Bill Maher’s Plan To Defeat One Lousy Congressman Is Good for (Almost) Everyone

TV’s ‘Real Time’ host has promised to target one awful incumbent in the next congressional election and drive that person out of office. This is an …

Modern Genes Reveal 100 Major Population Shifts In Human History

Wherever conquerors go, they leave a little bit of their genetics. Gene analyses of modern people are able to reveal those influences.<p><i>Spread of Mongol Empire. Astrokey44 on Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0</i><p>Violence and love, conquest and assimilation, they're all in your DNA. Literally. As human …

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What would happen if Earth stopped spinning?

Our planet's rotation goes almost unnoticed in our day-to-day lives, but what would happen if it stopped spinning altogether? Or span in the opposite direction?<p>Earth rotates at around 1,670 km/h, but how important is this rotation to our lives? If this stopped suddenly the effects would be …

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What do the jobless do when the benefits end?

The end to federal jobless benefits for nearly 2 million people has sparked a bitter debate in Congress about whether Washington is abandoning desperate households or simply protecting strained government coffers.<p>It is also providing real-time answers to a question economists have long pondered: …

Democrats who oppose Keystone XL pipeline own shares in competing companies

Democrats who oppose the Keystone XL pipeline have thousands of dollars invested in direct competitors to the company looking to build the pipeline, public records show.<p>A recent environmental assessment by the State Department was seen as a step toward the pipeline’s approval, but Sen. Tim Kaine, …

The GOP has a hot air problem on climate change

The 201 House conservatives who voted against raising the debt limit on Tuesday offered a familiar rationale: "It's time to stop kicking the can down the road."<p>By raising the debt ceiling, conservatives argue, Congress punted on addressing the obligations it's passing down to children and …

Wyoming officials prepare for court fight after EPA ruling hands land to tribes

Wyoming officials are gearing up for a potential court battle against the Environmental Protection Agency as they try to reverse a sweeping agency ruling that transferred more than 1 million acres of land -- including an entire city of 10,000 -- to Native American tribes.<p>The dispute started in …

Lawmakers Push Obama to Soften Marijuana Rules

More than a dozen members of Congress called on President Barack Obama on Wednesday to remove marijuana from the federal government’s list of hard …

This conservative billionaire wants to raise the minimum wage

How this mega-rich Republican is making moves to dramatically bolster pay for low-wage workers<p>President Obama made his case for raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour in the State of the Union. But the case for raising the minimum wage to $12 an hour—the second highest statewide …

Karl Rove’s “behemoth” targeted: How his plan to skirt the law could backfire

<b>Karl Rove (Reuters/Gary Cameron)</b><p>So far, Rove has evaded punishment for violating campaign finance laws — but a new lawsuit may change all that<p>Brad Friedman<p>January 24, 2014 12:45pm (UTC)<p>This post originally appeared on The BRAD BLOG.<p>A number of unhappy "good government" groups will file a lawsuit …

The obscene lifestyles of the new global super-rich

Private jets and lavish penthouses are just the tip of the iceberg<p>Lynn Stuart Parramore<p>January 24, 2014 3:45pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>A new crop of global super-rich is pouring into the United States, changing the economic landscape from Manhattan to Los Angeles. They’re …

Al Gore: Geoengineering to Counter Warming Is “˜Utterly Mad’

Al Gore takes an extremely dim view of “geoengineering” — undertaking massive projects to manipulate the environment to counteract global warming, …

Al Gore

Why Selling Weed In Washington State Could Be A Huge Pain In The Neck

As legalization takes effect, new pot businesses are indeed starting to flourish in Washington. But entrepreneurs have to overcome some big challenges if they want to cash in on the "Green Rush."<p>Hilary Bricken, a founder of the Canna Law Group, has guided some of these folks through the thicket of …

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How Long Is Too Long? Congress Revisits Mandatory Sentences

Mandatory minimum prison sentences for drug dealers were once viewed as powerful levers in the nation's war against drugs, a way to target traffickers, and punish kingpins and masterminds.<p>But Congress, which approved the requirements in 1986 when crack-fueled crime gripped America's big cities, is …

Super Creative iPhone Photos

Brock Davis is a very talented designer who likes to use his creativity and his iphone camera to work together. In 2013 he took some awesome photos …

The 50 Most Dazzling Pictures From Space

Taking pictures in space ain’t just point and shoot. When a spacecraft is billions of miles from home, it takes an awful lot of data processing and …