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Jeb and Trump go at it again: 'Donald, you're not going to be able to insult your way to the presidency'

After Bush called Trump a "chaos candidate" earlier in the debate, another back-and-forth began with a question for Trump about his statement that he would go after the families of ISIS terrorists.<p>Trump reaffirmed his previous statement, saying: "I would be very, very firm with families, and …

How America’s Most Useless Crop Also Became Its Most Commonly Grown One

Contrary to what you may think (and what your food labels may suggest) corn is not the most grown crop in America. The most grown crop is something …

UN experts say Iran missile firing violated sanctions

Iran's firing of a medium-range ballistic missile in October violated U.N. sanctions banning the Islamic Republic from launches capable of delivering nuclear weapons, U.N. experts said in a new report.<p>The report submitted to the U.N. Security Council and seen by The Associated Press on Tuesday said …

Watch What Putin Does to His Top Prosecutor

The ubiquitous corruption and lack of accountability in Vladimir Putin's Russia were, until recently, easy to sweep under the rug. But the relentless …

Russia

It is going to be even worse than we thought on Wall Street

Those predictions are already out of date.<p>There's been a dramatic fall in the market for high-yield bonds in the past few days. The sell-off accelerated late last week, when the closure of the Third Avenue Focused Credit fund spooked the market.<p>It continued into Monday, with one fund that tracks …

Trump County, USA

America’s most reliable bellwether county has fallen for the wild man from New York.<p>The most accurate pundits in the history of American presidential politics reside far from the Beltway, on a 403-square mile patch of land along the western border of Indiana. At the intersections of U.S. Highways …

Government

A Wall Street CEO perfectly explained the hot theory for the economy, markets and everything

Moelis & Co. chief executive Ken Moelis was on CNBC's Closing Bell on Thursday, and brought up one of his favorite topics: technological deflation.<p>The idea here is that technological advancements help drive prices down, whether it's through lowering the cost of production (think manufacturing), …

Inside Greece's resurgent anarchist movement | Greece

On a warm evening in August this year, in the quiet residential neighbourhood of Kesariani, in the Greek capital, Athens, several hundred young people gathered in front of a stage as a band fine-tuned their instruments. At first glance, there was little unusual about the scene, but this was not an …

Europe

Why Hasn't Rand Paul Inherited His Father's Success?

Four years ago, libertarians were an important force in the Republican presidential race. In the campaign for the 2012 nomination, Ron Paul was routinely drawing big crowds on college campuses.<p>He made a strong third-place showing in Iowa's important first-in-the-nation caucuses. Even though he …

Government

Libertarian Dream of Pharmaceuticals

Politicians deplore drug companies for behaving according to the incentives politicians created.<p>In a libertarian dream world, there would likely be no corporate income tax, since the corporate income tax is but an opaque tax on customers, investors and employees. Libertarians prefer their taxes to …

Income Tax

Ron Paul Rages "We Must Oppose Obama's Escalation In Syria & Iraq!"

Ealier this week, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee to outline a new US military strategy for …

Middle East

Donald Trump's Convenient Memory Lapses

He says he doesn't know a New York Times reporter he mocked. It's a common dodge for Trump.<p>Donald Trump has the world's greatest memory, he says.<p>But that hasn't stopped The Donald from conveniently forgetting to know who people or organizations are when it suits him best.<p>After being ripped by the</i> …

Donald Trump

Rand Paul Takes Jab at Ted Cruz After Winning ‘Liberty Voters’ Straw Poll

Republican presidential contender Sen. Rand Paul won the Republican Liberty Caucus straw poll Saturday night and made sure fellow candidate Sen. Ted Cruz knew it.<p>The Kentucky senator was the preferred candidate with 57.1 percent approval from nearly 800 libertarian-leaning activists who attended …

Freedom Act will make snooping worse – Ron Paul

Passing the Freedom Act did not reform government snooping, so much as it made it legitimate, according to three-time presidential candidate Ron …

There Were American Nazi Summer Camps Across the US in the 1930s

During the latter half of the 1930s, a surprising number of Nazi-themed summer camps sprouted across the United States. Organized locally and without …

World History

A Swiss bank is about to charge customers a negative interest rate

The Alternative Bank Schweiz (ABS) caused shockwaves with a letter sent to all clients in mid-October informing them that it would begin imposing interest charges on deposits in 2016.<p>For current accounts, the bank said it would impose a -0.125-percent rate, while slapping a -0.75-percent rate on …

There Are Few Libertarians. But Many Americans Have Libertarian Views.

The New York Times’ Paul Krugman, assessing the presidential candidacy of Rand Paul, asserts that there aren’t very many libertarians in the United …

19-Year-Old Libertarian Is the Face of Brazil’s Young Free-Market Conservative Movement

<i>Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski</i><p>SAO PAULO (AP) — Microphone in hand and standing atop the sound truck, the raspy-voiced protest leader jabbed his finger into the air shouting for the ouster of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, igniting wild cheers from the crowd below …

Koch group spent $129 million last year

WASHINGTON — Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, the financial hub of the Koch brothers growing policy and political network, spent more than $129 million last year as it waged a successful fight to help Republicans seize control of the U.S. Senate, its newly released tax return shows.<p>The group’s …

Government

Ron Paul: Send Marco Rubio To Outer Space Where He Belongs

"...he represents big banks, he represents the war profiteers, the people in the military-industrial complex. And he represents world government, because we have to take care of the world."<p>Former congressman Ron Paul, the father of Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul, said Friday that he'd …

Government

Rand Paul: Punish Those Who Fund ISIS

In the wake of the devastating terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and those who lost loved ones. …

Rand Paul Still Using Debunked Patrick Henry Quote

Can't stop, won't stop.<p>Speaking in New Hampshire on Friday, Republican presidential candidate and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul once again employed a debunked quotation attributed to founding father Patrick Henry.<p>"You see the Constitution wasn't written to give you stuff," Paul said. "It wasn't written …

Rand Paul

8 Reasons The Republican Party Has A Bright Future

Posted: Nov 16, 2013 12:01 AM<p>Losing to Barack Obama in 2012 shook the confidence of many Republicans and it's easy to understand why. After all, if …

My atheist search for God: We’re debating science and religion all wrong

I’m not interested in believing in God. My God has to exist, like matter and gravity. Here’s what I found<p>For most of my life, a God that was “real” seemed a contradiction in terms. Every idea of God I had ever encountered seemed either physically impossible or so vague as to be empty. I was an …

ISIS burns oil wells as Iraq troops push toward outskirts of Tikrit

Iraqi troops pushed toward the outskirts of Tikrit in their offensive aimed at re-taking control of the town from ISIS militants Friday, as the terror group reportedly burned oil wells outside the city.<p>The The governor of Salahuddin, Raed al-Jabouri, said that Iraqi forces, backed by allied Shiite …

Oil & Gas Industry

Clinton’s personal email use – despite clear rules – raises double-standard questions

Hillary Clinton's State Department for years was telling underlings not to use personal email -- even ousting an ambassador, the ex-diplomat says, in part over his Gmail habits -- despite the secretary of state herself ignoring that advice.<p>The disconnect is now raising questions of a double …

U.S. Dept. of State

2 Ferguson police officers quit; court clerk fired after Justice report

<b>(CNN) —</b> Racist emails -- like one that depicted President Obama as a chimpanzee -- resulted in three Ferguson, Missouri, city employees resigning or being fired, the city spokesman said Friday.<p>Police officers Capt. Rick Henke and Sgt. William Mudd resigned Thursday over the emails discovered during …

Justice