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President Obama and Misty Copeland Open Up About Race

When Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States, many saw it as the dawn of a new era of American race relations. During his …

Russia, US sign deal to minimize risks in Syrian skies

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and Russia on Tuesday put into practice new rules designed to minimize the risk of air collisions between military aircraft over Syria, while Iraqi leaders pledged they would not invite Russian airpower over their nation.<p>Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint …

The Senate And The House Begin Their Debt Limit Dance

The U.S. will default on its debts on Nov. 3 if Congress doesn't take action.<p>WASHINGTON -- With just two weeks left before the U.S. runs out of borrowed money and is forced into a default, congressional leaders have yet to offer a timetable for when they'll increase the debt ceiling.<p>Treasury …

Team Clinton on offense ahead of Benghazi committee hearing

Hillary Clinton and her supporters are blistering the Benghazi committee ahead of her much-anticipated testimony Thursday, repeatedly questioning the GOP-led investigative panel’s “credibility” as the former secretary of state gears up for a potentially confrontational appearance.<p>On Wednesday, a …

House GOP weighing debt limit bill with strings attached

With the debt ceiling deadline 14 days away, House Republican leaders will use a Tuesday night party meeting to discuss a Republican Study Committee proposal to lift the debt ceiling with a host of attached policy provisions, according to multiple senior GOP sources familiar with internal …

Enter An Adult: A Visit from George Mitchell

The adults, it nearly seems, have all gone from the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., leaving behind a playpen teeming with delinquents. One wise, early escapee, former-Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, came to Chartwell Booksellers on September 30 to talk about his new book, <i>The …

The Trump Poll Numbers Lie

History says the GOP will still bank on Bush.<p>Surveying the populous field of GOP candidates this week, it might seem far-fetched to imagine Jeb Bush as the party’s nominee at this time next year. Since throwing his hat in the ring for the presidency in mid-June, the stalwart Bush hasn’t found a …

Q&A: A look at Clinton, Benghazi, House investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The deadly 2012 attack on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, moves to the forefront of the presidential race when Democratic …

A Resounding Liberal Victory in Canada, Cont'd

A reader in Calgary reacts to the historic win:<p>As a Canadian, I was delighted by the repudiation of Stephen Harper, his party, and the campaign they ran. However, it may be too much of a good thing. Liberal majority governments have a long history of campaigning left of center and governing right …

Biden contradicts Clinton account of bin Laden raid – and his own

Vice President Biden on Tuesday seemed to contradict Hillary Clinton's account of the 2011 raid that killed Usama bin Laden, while also changing his own account of the advice he gave President Obama before the commander-in-chief approved the risky, and ultimately successful, mission.<p>Biden spoke …

4 U.S. Cities That Just Feel Like Europe

<i>By: Sarah Anderson</i><p><i>Credit: Shutterstock</i><p>We all dream of jet-setting off to Europe for an unforgettable getaway. A very, very expensive getaway. But that doesn't mean you can't get the full European experience right here in the ol' US of A. These cities are like little satellite versions of popular …

A Park and a King: The 2 Jewels of Cahuita, Costa Rica

One day of our stay in Costa Rica was set aside for a guided tour of the country's lower Caribbean shoreline, a 50-mile stretch from Puerto Limon down to the Panamanian border called "the Calypso Coast."<p>The Calypso Coast runs for 50 miles down the Caribbean shores of Costa Rica.<p>Early that morning …

Ahmed the Clockmaker Meets President Obama

Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old whose homemade clock was mistaken for a bomb and incited a national discussion on STEM education and how Muslims are …

Bernie Sanders's Highly Sensible Plan to Turn Post Offices Into Banks

They're much less crazy than payday-lending services, and the rest of the world agrees.<p>In an interview with <i>Fusion</i>’s Felix Salmon the day after last week’s Democratic debate and published Tuesday, Senator Bernie Sanders discussed the marquee features of democratic socialism he’s been tirelessly …

Bernie Sanders

California's 15 Most Romantic Resorts

The Golden State gets a gold star (or should we say heart?) in the romance department. From San Francisco to Big Sur, California is filled with cities and towns perfect for an amorous getaway -- and uber-romantic hotels seal the deal by providing amenities such as stunning spas, sexy suites, and …

Jeb Bush finding place for brother's tenure in 2016 campaign

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — After initially struggling with questions about the Iraq War and his brother's tenure as the nation's leader, Jeb Bush has …

Three things we learned about Donald Trump today

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Donald Trump spent 20 minutes on CNN's "New Day" on Tuesday morning riffing about everything from a possible run with Ben Carson to his latest position on the Afghanistan War.<p>The interview comes as the billionaire businessman continues to dominate the polls, despite making a …

Benghazi Committee On Defense As It Readies For Hillary Clinton To Testify

Top aide says Clinton is "looking forward" to it.<p>WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton's testimony before the House Select Committee on Benghazi was supposed to be her chance to clear the air surrounding her use of a private email server as secretary of state. She had been facing constant questions from …

Plainclothes Cop Fatally Shoots Drummer, Claims He Was Armed

"We’re really numb right now, just trying to understand what happened."<p>A plainclothes police officer fatally shot a Florida man whose car had broken down early on Sunday, claiming that he had a gun.<p>Corey Jones, a 31-year-old drummer, was last seen alive by his band mate Mathew Huntsberger, who …

Joe Biden changes story on Osama bin Laden raid

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Vice President Joe Biden offered an account Tuesday of the decision to launch the raid that killed Osama bin Laden that differed from some of his previous retellings -- and from Hillary Clinton's.<p>His remarks come as he considers facing off against the former secretary of state in …

Larry Lessig: I’m All In

The Democratic presidential candidate explains why his campaign for a “referendum presidency” hasn’t gotten the traction he had hoped for—and how he plans to change that.<p>I had an idea. It proved right. It proved wrong. Can I act on the right bit, despite the wrong?<p>In July, I decided to try …

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Photo Friday: Landscape Photography

American landscape photography stemmed from a fascination with the American West. As cities on the East Coast swelled with people in the mid to late 19th-century, Americans looked beyond the Mississippi with great promise. Since the land was wild and off-limits to most, landscape photography …

Aged Sumatra Coffee is Worth the Wait

As a general rule, when it comes to coffee, fresh is best. But in some cases, much like cheese or wine, coffee gets better with age.<p>Like so many …

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Judge: Texas can deny birth certificates for U.S.-born children of some immigrants

A federal judge ruled Friday that Texas officials can continue to deny U.S. birth certificates to the children of immigrants who cannot supply required identification because they entered the country illegally.<p>Though children born in the United States are entitled by law to U.S. citizenship …

The Latest: Israel: Palestinian stabs policeman at crossing

JERUSALEM (AP) — The latest developments in a wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence (all times local).<p>8:40 p.m.<p>Israeli police say a policeman has been …

Bloomin' Gorgeous! It's Jacaranda Season in Africa

Japan has cherry blossoms, Holland has fields of tulips, and Africa has its famous jacarandas. Though these trees are not indigenous to the continent, they were planted in various cities in southern and eastern Africa by the British around the turn of the 20th century. They erupt in vivid purple …

Optimism aside, US struggles to meet goals in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's war in Afghanistan, now in its 15th year, is long on official U.S. optimism about building a self-reliant Afghan army but …