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Donald Trump Talks of ‘Small’ $1 Million Loan From Father

Donald Trump, as you may have heard, is quite wealthy. And he’s made his vast fortune a selling point for his candidacy. When he announced he would …

Vote For Zoltan If You Want To Live Forever

The founder of the Transhumanist party plans to upgrade humanity, and he’s running for president in 2016<p>Zoltan Istvan didn’t see the half-buried bomb. He was reporting on a story about Vietnam’s forgotten landmines when he wandered off the path to look at the scar of an explosion on the jungle …

Prisons are a cash cow: How privatization forged an incarceration industrial complex

<b>(MoreISO via iStock)</b><p>Thanks to kickbacks from phone companies, state and local governments are incentivized to keep their cells filled<p>Thom Hartmann<p>May 10, 2015 12:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Rampant privatization is wreaking havoc on our society.<p>Case in point: what's …

Guy describes the 'living nightmare' of the US government trying to seize his family's motel

Owner Russ Caswell stands outside his Motel Caswell in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, in 2011. AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File US senators held a hearing this week to talk about reforming a bizarre law that lets authorities seize your property even if you've never been charged with a crime.<p>They heard …

U.S. Government

Terrawatch: The wells will run dry

Oil is cheap. The price of crude has slumped nearly 50% since last summer and filling your car no longer breaks the bank: in the UK petrol prices are averaging £1.07 per litre. Falling prices are due in part to US shale oil flooding the market, combined with a slowdown in Chinese and EU economies, …

Oil

UFC 182: No keeping up with Jon Jones

Jon Jones was true to his long-ago guess.<p>The<p>Ultimate Fighting Championshiplight-heavyweight champion can indeed take down former Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier.<p>And by doing so on at least three occasions in the fourth round, Jones set himself apart from the previously unbeaten challenger en route …

Time-lapse videos of Earth capture line between life and death

We've already taken a look at some of the best still photos captured of the Earth from space in the past year, but high-quality video footage of our world from above can be harder to come by. Enter European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst, who has gifted all of humanity the beautiful …

Time-lapse Photography

Samsung still tops in smartphones, but market share plummeting

Samsung remained king of the smartphone market in the third quarter, but a deeper dive into the data shows that the situation was far from encouraging for the company.<p>During the third quarter, Samsung sold 73.2 million smartphones worldwide, giving the company 24.4 percent market share, research …

8 of our favorite smartphone highs and lows of 2014

This year, like all years in recent memory, has seen its share of highs and lows in the mobile world. On the one hand, you have key players making strides, like Apple successfully joining the big-screen party with its new iPhones, and Google launching its Android One initiative off the ground.<p>On …

The sick motivation behind the religious right’s Obamacare sabotage

<b>Joni Ernst (AP/Charlie Neibergall)</b><p>Wingnuts would rather millions live in destitution than concede government programs can accomplish great things<p>Adam Lee<p>December 13, 2014 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is now in its fourth …

Why millions of Christian evangelicals oppose Obamacare and civil rights

<b>Joni Ernst (AP/Justin Hayworth)</b><p>Religious fundamentalists believe end times are upon us. It’s no wonder they’re so desperate to cling to power<p>Daniel Silliman<p>December 10, 2014 11:15pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Religion Dispatches.<p>American evangelicals have been waiting for the world to …

4 sordid tales of selfishness from the super rich

<b>(Paramount Pictures)</b><p>Greed is not good. For proof, one need only look at some of these rules and regulations handicapping the poor<p>Paul Buchheit<p>November 18, 2014 11:30am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>If the mainstream media made the effort to analyze and report the facts, the …

Rand Paul on ISIS: ‘Intervention Created This Chaos’

He also took the op­por­tun­ity to as­sert his broad­er views on for­eign policy, which crit­ics say have en­dured flip-flop­ping over the last few …

Middle East

Why Latin American diplomats are pulling out of Israel

<b>(Reuters/Baz Ratner)</b><p>More and more of the region’s governments are yanking their ambassadors out of the country in protest<p>Simeon Tegel • Alex Leff • Noga Tarnopolsky<p>August 2, 2014 4:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.<p>LIMA, Peru and JERUSALEM — Latin American nations are …

Here's Why Some Nazis Enjoyed Their Freedom In The US After World War II

More than 300 Nazis have been deported, lost citizenship, or blocked from entry into the United States only within the last 35 years, The New York Times reported in 2010. Some of these Nazis may have slipped into the country illegally and stayed under the radar. But others were allowed to stay in …

US takes gay rights global, despite unsure welcome

Bergdahl 'has trouble speaking English' after five-year Afghanistan captivity

The US prisoner of war released in Afghanistan at the weekend was flown to Germany on Sunday for medical checks and debriefing after nearly five years in Taliban hands – a captivity so long, his father said he now has trouble speaking English.<p>Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, 28, was said to be emotional but …

Associated Press News

Europe’s busiest airport will have a terminal called “Samsung Galaxy S5” (for two weeks)

Curt Smith<p>Samsung does not have an unlimited marketing budget, but it probably seems so to some of its competitors. The company, which paid $20 million for a few hours in the Oscars limelight, has spent an estimated <i>$14 billion</i> for ads and other marketing activities in 2013 alone. That sort of …

Samsung Galaxy S5

Nigeria kidnapping: why Boko Haram is a top security priority for the US

US secretary of state John Kerry’s announcement that Washington has a team in Nigeria to assist in the hunt for more than 200 abducted schoolgirls included a twist. "We are also going to do everything possible to counter the menace of Boko Haram,” he said.<p>Kerry didn’t elaborate, perhaps because the …

Egyptian court sentences 683, including Brotherhood leader, to death

A court in southern Egypt on Monday decreed a mass death sentence for nearly 700 people, including the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement of Egypt's ousted Islamist president.<p>On the same day, another Egyptian court banned the April 6 movement, which was among the primary …

Human Rights

Pentagon Moves to Block Russian Spy Plane in American Skies

The Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. military and American intelligence agencies have quietly pushed the White House in recent weeks to deny a new …

'This Was A Hate Crime,' Police Say Of Kansas City-Area Killings

(This post was updated at 1 p.m. ET.)<p>The man who shot and killed three people Sunday near Kansas City will face federal hate crime charges for the attacks at a Jewish community center and a Jewish retirement home, authorities said Monday.<p>"This was a hate crime," Overland Park, Kan., Police Chief …

Cuba: U.S. has been using SMS to 'spam' Cubans with propaganda

Looks like our government has been playing “social media serial entrepreneur” in Cuba.<p>As the Associated Press revealed last week, the U.S. government secretly built a social network called ZunZuneo in Cuba. The microblogging service was created specifically to destabilize the Cuban government and …

Associated Press News

Anger in Egypt as 529 Morsi supporters sentenced to death

Fears for the integrity of Egypt's legal system deepened on Monday after 529 supporters of the ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi were sentenced to death for the murder of a single policeman, in a mass trial that lasted less than two days.<p>Lawyers and analysts said the sentences were likely to …