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Phoenix police officer shot during traffic stop

<b>(CNN) —</b> A Phoenix police officer was shot and seriously injured early Wednesday while making a traffic stop, and the shooter or shooters are on the loose, city police said.<p>The officer was shot more than once shortly after initiating a traffic stop in central Phoenix around 2:45 a.m., near 12th …

North Korea Says It Has Restarted Its Main Nuclear-Bomb Plant

Western concerns grow that Pyongyang is elevating its nuclear threat, a day after it suggested plans to test a long-range rocket<p>SEOUL—North Korea said it restarted its main plant for producing nuclear bombs, backing experts’ assessments that satellite imagery shows the facility to have been at …

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Putin open to meeting Obama at UN headquarters

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin is “open to dialogue” and to meeting with his US counterpart Barack Obama when he visits UN headquarters …

The Republican base’s “patriotic” treason: The shocking new poll that exposes the dangerous extremism of the American right

A chilling new poll reveals just how sympathetic Republicans would be to a military coup<p>Last week, as the nation observed the anniversary of 9/11, one could not help but look back at that time and contemplate the reaction by our fellow citizens and foreign nations. Rick Perlstein wrote a very …

Obama and China: Trying to play well with a close frenemy

When Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Washington next week, President Obama plans to welcome him with a 21-gun salute on the South Lawn and a black-tie state dinner, the highest level of diplomatic pageantry for a foreign leader.<p>But some in Washington are calling on Obama to keep the cork in …

Judge rules man's arrest for writing profanity on speeding ticket was unconstitutional

A federal judge has ruled that an upstate New York town violated a Connecticut man's First Amendment rights when he was arrested on a charge of aggravated harassment for writing profanities on a $175 speeding ticket three years ago.<p>In ruling issued last week, U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel …

Taking George Takei Back To School on the First Amendment and Separation of Church and State

George Takei, the noted constitutional scholar of Star Trek fame, recently wrote an op-ed for The Daily Beast which is making its rounds on Facebook and any other social media site where feeble arguments by celebrities substitute for actual critical thinking by the people posting them.<p>In his piece, …

"Freedom Loving" Sheriff Calls for "Eradicating the Slime" Who Would Dare Criticize the Police

David Clarke, who acts as the elected sheriff of Wisconsin’s Milwaukee County in whatever spare time is left over from his cable TV and talk radio …

Jailed Kentucky clerk says issued marriage licenses to gay couples void

A Kentucky clerk jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses asserted that any ones that are issued without her authority Friday to gay couples in Rowan County are void and “not worth the paper they are written on” because she didn’t approve them, her attorney said.<p>Kim Davis “has already been …

European Refugee Crisis: Possible problem for Clinton?

The roughly 300,000 refugees from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other Middle East countries pouring into Europe this year is sparking new questions about the extent to which U.S. foreign policy under then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has contributed to the crisis.<p>Critics of Obama …

Bernie Sanders Joins Picket Line in Iowa

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders joined about 100 Iowa-area workers on a picket line outside on Friday night, putting action behind the pro-working class …

Hillary Clinton Staffer Was Paid Separately to Set Up Email Server: Campaign

The State Department staffer who helped Hillary Clinton set up her private email server was paid to do so — but separately from his government job, a campaign aide confirmed to NBC News.<p>A campaign official said the personal server allowed Clinton to have control over her emails as Secretary of …