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DOW LOSES 119: Here's What You Need To Know

First, the scoreboard:<p><b>Dow:</b> 16,818.13, -119.1, (-0.7%)• <b><br>S&P 500:</b> 1,949.98, -12.6, (-0.6%)• <b><br>Nasdaq:</b> 4,350.36, -18.3, (-0.4%)<p>And now, the top stories of the day:<p><b>Don't Miss: 16 Facts About India That Will Blow Your Mind »</b>

Obama tells U.N. U.S. committed to Middle East 'for long haul' | McClatchy Washington Bureau

Committing the United States to the Middle East for “the long haul,” President Barack Obama told the United Nations on Tuesday that his priorities in …

Maybe U.S. public schools don't stink

The drumbeat is hard to miss: Our schools are failing. Public education is in crisis. Our students are falling further and further behind.<p>The rhetoric comes from the left and right, from educators and politicians and lobbyists and CEOs and even Education Secretary Arne Duncan. The deep dysfunction …

Bookless Public Library Opens In Texas

An all-digital public library is opening today, as officials in Bexar County, Texas, celebrate the opening of the BiblioTech library. The facility offers about 10,000 free e-books for the 1.7 million residents of the county, which includes San Antonio.<p>On its website, the Bexar County BiblioTech …

Al-Qaeda leader urges attacks on US soil

The leader of al-Qaeda has urged his followers to strike inside the US to "bleed America economically", adding that the United States can be defeated by targeting its economy, according to a message posted on a website frequently used by the group.<p>In an audio speech released online two days after …

As Many Students Default As Enroll In Programs Meant To Help Them Avoid That Fate

From mid-2012 to mid-2013, as many student debtholders defaulted on what they owe as enrolled in three programs that tie educational debt repayment …

Michelle Obama Wants Americans To Drink More Water, But Still Won’t Go After Big Soda Companies

This week, First Lady Michelle Obama is rolling out a new “Drink Up!” campaign that hopes to encourage people to drink more water. It sounds …

Report: 'Race to the Top' a flop

The Obama administration’s signature $4 billion Race to the Top initiative, designed to spur far-reaching education reforms across the country and raise student achievement, is largely a failure, an analysis released Thursday concludes.<p>Most winning states made what the Broader, Bolder Approach to …

Charged With Illegally Dumping Polluted Fracking Fluid, Exxon Claims ‘No Lasting Environmental Impact’

Pennsylvania’s Attorney General has filed criminal charges against ExxonMobil for illegally dumping tens of thousands of gallons of hydraulic …

Korea Will Soon Be Home To The World's First 'Invisible' Skyscraper

The world will soon have its first "invisible" skyscraper.<p>There's no construction date yet for the planned 1,476-foot tower, called Tower Infinity. But its architects have just been granted a construction permit to begin building outside of Seoul, South Korea near Incheon International Airport.<p>The …

Your social media accounts may not belong to you

Don’t let social media management firms take your business out of your hands<p>Hillary Faverman<p>September 10, 2013 8:08pm (UTC)<p>Last year, my client John hired a company (I’ll call them ABC Social) that portrayed themselves as social media professionals. He retained them to build and deploy a Fall …

Bank of England’s new plastic banknotes a “done deal”

Wipe-clean polymer currency will replace paper<p>Patrick Collinson<p>September 10, 2013 7:26pm (UTC)<p>Plastic banknotes with a see-through image of Britannia are likely to replace traditional paper notes from 2016 under plans being drawn up by the Bank of England.<p>The Bank said the wipe-clean polymer notes …

Could Syria Lead To Fiscal Armageddon Back Home?

The congressional debate over whether to authorize President Barack Obama’s push to attack Syria is poised to bleed into at least next week, when …

New Cosmic Mystery: Butterfly Nebulae Align

Wildlife<p>This mosaic shows a selection of stunning images of butterfly-shaped planetary nebulae taken by Hubble Space Telescope. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA; NGC 6302: NASA, ESA and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team; NGC 6881: ESA/Hubble & NASA; NGC 5189: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team …

Study: To destroy Syria chemical weapons, “boots on the ground” needed

<b>Syria President Bashar al-Assad (AP)</b><p>Rhetoric-drenched White House war cries insist Syria attacks will not be war, top think tank undermines such vows<p>Natasha Lennard<p>September 4, 2013 4:23pm (UTC)<p>When presenting the case for military action against Assad's Syrian regime, Secretary of State John Kerry …

Syria Debate In Congress: 4 Exchanges You Should Listen To

During a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday, the Obama administration began making its case for a military strike on Syria.<p>For about three hours, Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin …

Syria's Assad warns foreign strikes would have repercussions

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has challenged the U.S. and France to provide evidence his regime used chemical weapons on civilians in August, …

Attacks killed 800 Iraqis in August: U.N. | Reuters

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - About 800 Iraqis were killed in August, the United Nations said on Sunday, condemning a wave of violence in the country that has reached levels not seen since 2008.<p>Most of the 804 killed were civilians, targeted in shootings and bombings mainly claimed by the Iraqi wing of al …

The Legal Consequences of Illegal Wars

The United States, by all indications, will soon become a belligerent in Syria’s civil war. The Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons …

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Obama risks embarrassing loss in Congress | McClatchy Washington Bureau

President Barack Obama is taking a risk by asking Congress to approve airstrikes against Syria.<p>The potential payoff is that he’ll win the kind of …

Capitalist democracy doesn’t pay a living wage

Politicians like D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray are more eager to appease big ticket retailers than their constituents<p>If Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray signs a bill mandating big retailers pay a living wage, he’ll do more than raise workers’ remuneration.<p>He’ll establish a potent precedent for powerful …

Miley Cyrus Twerking at the VMAs Was MLK's Real Dream

Fifty years after Martin Luther King Jr. marched on Washington to tell the world about his dream, one brave young woman took the stage in Brooklyn to show us all not only how toned her butt is, but also how different America is from the Civil Rights...<p><i>Welcome to the “I Have a</i> …

With Britain Out, Allies Abandon Obama on Syria

Will the U.S. now go it alone in Syria?<p>After the battle to secure a broad international coalition collapsed in disarray, President Obama has …

Madison Debates - August 17

Madison Debates<br>August 17<p>Tuesday August 17, 1787 [FN1]<p>IN CONVENTION<p>Art VII. Sect. 1. [FN1], [FN2] resumed. on the clause "to appoint [FN3] Treasurer …

Jordanians protest proposed Western military action against Syria

The United States forged ahead with preparations for a military strike against Syria in response to what it alleges was a chemical weapons attack last week by the government against a rebel-occupied area. The situation has sparked protests against both Syria and the United States and its allies, …

Wall Street Continues To Document Really Sketchy Stuff In Spreadsheets

When will Wall Street ever learn? For years it has left evidence of its lawbreaking in emails and instant messages. Now it can't seem to stop documenting its sketchy activity in Excel spreadsheets.<p>The latest example, allegedly, is JPMorgan Chase, which kept a spreadsheet of all the elite …

White House holds more briefings on Syria for lawmakers | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama’s national security team is holding at least two briefings on Syria for members of Congress on Friday, congressional aides told Reuters, as the administration works to tamp down criticism that it has not properly consulted lawmakers.<p>Free Syrian Army …