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Elizabeth Warren is Hillary Clinton's Nightmare

We’re three years from the next presidential election, and Hillary Clinton is, once again, the inevitable Democratic nominee. Congressional …

Government

Merkel calls US spying breach of trust

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has accused the United States of an unacceptable breach of trust after allegations that the US bugged her personal mobile phone, and she suggested data-sharing agreements with Washington may need revising.<p>Arriving for a two-day summit in Brussels on Thursday where …

Family Research Council: Christians should not want the government to care for the poor

“The government has a responsibility to care for the poor? That’s not what Scripture says”<p>The Family Research Council has some <i>interesting</i> ideas about Christianity and poverty.<p>Last month, FRC senior fellow Kenneth Blackwell said there was "nothing more Christian" than kicking 4 million people off …

Shutdowns and debt limits: Making sense of the fiscal deadlines ahead

When House Republicans once again made good on their promise Saturday to attach anti-Obamacare provisions to a bill to keep the government funded, the threat of a shutdown became more than just a possibility.<p>Senate Democrats and President Barack Obama say they won't even consider a bill that …

New Mexico Judge Orders Marriage Licenses For Same-Sex Couples

Prohibitions on same-sex couples marrying in the state "are unconstitutional and unenforceable," Judge Alan Malott ruled Monday.<p>WASHINGTON — A New Mexico judge has ordered the county clerks of Bernalillo and Sante Fe counties to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples who apply and are …

LGBTQI

NSA analysts 'wilfully violated' surveillance systems, agency admits

NSA acknowledges that one analyst used agency tools to track former spouse but insists it has 'zero tolerance' for abuses<p>The National Security Agency has admitted that some of its analysts deliberately abused its surveillance systems, with one analyst disciplined for using NSA resources to track a …

Why Future Tax Rates Will Be Higher

Taxes are the fuel that keeps our government running. It’s easy to grasp the concept that a larger government requires more taxes in order to operate. When our government began, those who served did so on a part-time basis. After meeting in Philadelphia and various other places, they would return …

This Year's World Growth Slowest Since 2008 Crisis, Forecasts 'The Economist'

The Economist Intelligence Unit says world growth is on the way down, according to its 2013 year-end forecast released this week.<p>Much of the downturn is due to the big emerging markets. China is growing slower. Russia and India are weaker than expected, and Brazil continues to be a disappointment …

'Made in France' campaign is tres cher for French

PARIS -- French households would have to spend up to 300 euros ($400) a month more if they shunned imports for goods made in their own country, according to a report that highlights the downside of a government drive to promote patriotic consumer habits.<p>The "Made in France" campaign reflects …

France

de Blasio's Move is For Real

A Marist poll out today put the New York City Mayor’s race at a dead heat between Chris Quinn and Bill de Blasio at 24%. Former Comptroller Bill …

Anti-Obama protests in Arizona turn racist

Attendees reportedly began singing “Bye Bye Black Sheep” and shouting that Obama is “47 percent Negro”<p>An Anti-Obama protest in Arizona reportedly became racially charged when attendees began shouting that the President is "47 percent Negro," among other things.<p>The Arizona Republic reports that …

Obama once fought to limit mass surveillance

Just five years ago, a pre-POTUS Obama supported the kind of data collection reform measures he recently condemned<p>When the House of Representatives recently considered an amendment that would have dismantled the NSA’s bulk phone records collection program, the White House swiftly condemned the …

Louisiana parish claims incarcerated 14-year-old consented to be raped by a corrections officer

“These girls in the detention center are not Little Miss Muffin,” remarked one official<p>A Louisiana parish is arguing that it should not be held liable for the rape of a 14-year-old girl in a juvenile detention center because the victim "consented" to be sexually assaulted by a 40-year-old …

5 Memorable Moments When Town Hall Meetings Turned To Rage

As members of Congress retreated to their home states and districts during the 2009 August recess, the growing Tea Party movement and anger over the pending health care bill led protesters across the country to confront their elected representatives at town hall meetings.<p>Demonstrations at some of …

Gay US troops in line for marriage benefits

Draft Pentagon memo covers couples who are married and gives time off for others to wed in a state that allows it<p>The Pentagon is poised to extend healthcare, housing and other benefits to the same-sex spouses of military members by the end of August but may reverse earlier plans to provide benefits …

A-Rod formally appeals suspension

CHICAGO -- The Major League Baseball Players Association formally appealed Alex Rodriguez's 211-game suspension Wednesday, sending the case to an …

Baseball

JPMorgan: We're Being Investigated By DOJ Over Mortgages

JPMorgan Chase said Wednesday it's under federal criminal investigation over its sale of mortgage securities, potentially making the biggest U.S. bank by assets the first large financial institution to face criminal sanctions over securitization practices that contributed to the 2008 financial …

The 7 Craziest Obamacare Conspiracy Theories