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7 Million Afghans Just Dealt a Blow to the Taliban

The country's election was full of surprises. Will the euphoria last?<p>In a nation more associated with calamity than consensus, the initial results of Saturday's Afghan presidential election are startling.<p>Despite Taliban threats to attack polling stations nationwide, the same percentage of Afghans …

Screwball

BERLIN — Bordellos with flat rates, all-you-can-screw package deals, everyone-at-once gangbangs, and airport quickies. This is just a tiny sampling …

These Are The Ridiculous Ads Big Pharma Used To Convince Everyone They Have ADHD

There are currently 3.5 million American children on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medication, up from 600,000 in 1990.<p>There were almost 16 million ADHD medication prescriptions written for adults ages 20-39 in 2012, compared to 5.6 million in 2007.<p>While these drugs certainly help …

General Motors CEO: In The Bailout, Fair Is Fair

Retiring General Motors CEO Dan Akerson made a case Monday for how losing should feel like winning — at least for U.S. taxpayers who lost more than $10 billion in a GM bailout.<p>Akerson, who spoke at a National Press Club luncheon, said that if the federal government had allowed GM to collapse, …

China safely lands rover on the moon

BEIJING — State media say China has safely carried out the world's first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades.<p>State television showed pictures of the moon's surface as the Chang'e 3 lander touched down Saturday evening.<p>The lander carries a moon rover called "Jade Rabbit" …

Mr. Limbaugh if you’re nasty: How right-wing mean media keeps conservatives on the fringe

<b>Ann Coulter (AP/Jose Luis Magana)</b><p>Outrage sells. Rush, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity might make megabucks and have real influence, but there’s a limit<p>Jeffrey M. Berry • Sarah Sobieraj<p>December 14, 2013 2:45pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “The Outrage Industry”<p>Many will rightly note that American political media …

The Execution Of Kim Jong-Un's Powerful Uncle Leaves China In A Very Delicate Position

BEIJING (AP) — The stunning execution of Kim Jong Un's powerful uncle strips China of its most important link to North Korea's leadership and deepens concerns over how the unruly neighbor will proceed on Beijing's key issues of nuclear disarmament and economic reform.<p>Facing heightened uncertainty, …

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The Secret Factor in China's Housing Bubble? Mistresses

The practice of buying apartments for lovers—common among wealthy men—may have serious consequences for China's economy.

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What A U.S. Default Would Mean For Pensions, China And Social Security

What would happen if Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling and the U.S. defaults on its debt later this month? The broad economic implications are unpredictable, but a default could cause huge trouble for the global economy.<p>But whatever happens to the global economy, one thing is clear: People …

1 in 5 U.S. Workers: I'm Too Educated for My Job

Actually, that's not so bad, by international standards.<p>When Americans aren't fretting over being undereducated, we're usually fretting about being overeducated.<p>Every so often, writers and academics start sounding the alarm about a coming glut of college graduates who will end up doomed to a life …

GOP Has Forgotten The Poor Once Again, Conservative Leader Says

WASHINGTON –- Remember that time Republicans cared about poverty?<p>Nearly a year ago, the wounds of the 2012 election were still fresh, and it was impossible to ignore the fact that Mitt Romney had received woeful support from minorities. There was talk about how the GOP needed to do a better job of …

Obama will bomb Syria

This weekend’s quick, unattributed confirmation from the White House that Syrian forces likely used chemical weapons last week strongly suggests that U.S. President Barack Obama is moving quickly on reaching a decision about how to respond — no more slowwalking a judgment about whether Syrian …

When a TED talk is a propaganda tool

<b>Eric X. Li delivers a TED Talk in Edinburgh in June 2013 (Youtube screenshot)</b><p>In June, venture capitalist Eric X. Li used the platform to extoll the many virtues of China’s authoritarian regime<p>Benjamin Carlson<p>August 11, 2013 12:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.<p>HONG KONG – …

Fringe Factor: Gay Love Is Just Like What Ariel Castro Had With His Victims

Yet another week in far-out theories from our fearless leaders.<p><b>American Family Association Host: The Love Between Gay Couples and the Love Ariel</b> …

Senate Republicans Divided On Moving Obama's D.C. Circuit Nominees

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has been signaling he may pick a fight on filibuster reform this summer, and a major litmus test will be whether Republicans block a handful of President Barack Obama's key nominees in the coming weeks. But for now, Republicans can't even …

The NSA Non-Scandal

At a time when the Constitution is being trampled and the Attorney General has an unmitigated inability to tell the truth it is easy to see the most recent disclosures about NSA's collection of metadata from Verizon and possibly other carriers as yet another scandal involving the invasion of …

Obama Has Lost The War On Leaks

Whoever is leaking top secret NSA documents to the press doesn't appear to be afraid of the White House. Leakers as heroes.<p>If there's one early takeaway from this week's bombshell revelations about government agencies spying on American citizens, it's that President Obama's aggressive, years-long …

THE TRUTH ABOUT SPYING: The Feds Are Intercepting Your Internet Data And Tech Giants Know It

But that doesn't mean that the dragnet snooping didn't happen, or that the tech heavyweights don't know that the government can intercept their data.<p>On Thursday The Post and The Guardian reported on leaked NSA powerpoint slides that detail an eavesdropping program — dubbed PRISM — based on …

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Watching Scotty Grow, Continued

<b>There are many aspects</b> worthy of study in the reign of Scott Walker, the twice-elected goggle-eyed homunculus hired by Koch Industries to manage their Midwest subsidiary formerly known as the state of Wisconsin. One of the most intriguing is the way that he has turned the state's vast natural …

Paul preaches sustainability

Meet Rand Paul, Senator Sustainable?<p>The Kentucky Republican intriguingly introduced himself as a crunchy environmentalist in a Friday night speech at the Ronald Reagan presidential library.<p>He pronounced himself supportive of well-thought-out regulations on oil pipelines and touted his own …

Syria claims Russia has started delivering S300 missiles

Syria's president has made an incendiary claim that Russia has begun delivery of a sophisticated missile system that has been described as a "game-changer" in the conflict.<p>The Syrian president has told Lebanon's Hizbollah-owned TV station that Damascus received the first shipment of S300 Russian …

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Prosecutor tapped to head FBI known for role in Bush-era surveillance standoff

The man poised to be the next head of the FBI is a former prosecutor respected by both sides of the aisle who may be best known for his role in a Hollywood-esque Washington showdown that thwarted the reauthorization of a controversial surveillance program.<p>President Barack Obama intends to nominate …

Sugar interests win Senate vote

Helped along by a run of relatively low prices, sugar interests won a Senate farm bill vote Wednesday evening, defeating efforts at reform sought by a coalition of candy-makers, conservative activists and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.<p>Next on the Senate agenda Thursday morning will be a vote on …