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Obama's Homeland Security Nominee Criticized Over Donations

Sens. Jeff Sessions and John Cornyn are attacking President Obama's nominee to be Secretary of Homeland Security for his fundraising activities in the past. They didn't raise the same complaints about George W. Bush's nominees.<p>WASHINGTON — Two prominent Republican Senators attacked the political …

No, the “system” didn’t cause the shutdown — it was extreme GOP nuts!

We’ve had divided government for years, and there are usually no calamities. The GOP has changed — and it’s broken<p>OK, everyone: Stop trying to figure out how to fix the system in order to prevent future government shutdowns. It’s not the system that’s the problem; it’s the broken Republican Party. …

Republican Civil War Over Shutdown Drama

Not a single Republican senator or congressman voted for the Affordable Care Act, but the standoff over the government shutdown may have done the one …

Republicans

Republicans Lost the Shutdown Battle, but They’re Winning the Fiscal War

If there’s one thing just about every­one can agree on, it’s that the Re­pub­lic­ans lost this fight — and badly. They sur­rendered on every point, …

European Union

Obama: Washington 'has to change' after shutdown and debt ceiling crisis

President repeats appeal for bipartisan co-operation later echoed by Hillary Clinton in Virginia campaign speech<p>Barack Obama used his weekly address on Saturday to repeat his appeal for greater co-operation between political parties in Washington DC, in the aftermath of the government shutdown and …

Pennsylvania Mayor Running Unopposed For Reelection Asks Residents To Please Vote For Someone Else

Bob Wiser is running unopposed for a second term as mayor of Port Matilda, a community near Penn State University.<p>But the 70-year-old resident recently decided he'd rather leave the post. Yet he missed the August deadline for taking his name off the ballot.<p>Wiser tells the Centre Daily Times that …

Government

Ted Cruz's Father: Media Has "Evil Agenda...For Destroying What This Country Is All About"

Strong words from the father of the Texas senator.<p>The father of Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz says that the "liberal media" in America reminds him of the "ministry of misinformation" in communist countries. Rafael Cruz was speaking on Glenn Beck's radio program Friday, where he also said the media …

Slavery, the Rebel flag and the shutdown

How the toxic effects of white supremacy, seen so clearly in “12 Years a Slave,” endure in American politics<p>Five years before the beginning of the Civil War, Robert E. Lee – future commander of the Confederate States of America’s Army of Northern Virginia – wrote a famous letter to Franklin Pierce, …

Spending cuts don't help America grow. A shutdown certainly doesn't

The showdown in Congress reveals how ill-prepared many American legislators are to deal with a global economic crisis<p>It is an ill wind that blows nobody any good. In 2007 the International Monetary Fund was facing a financial crisis of its own. The IMF makes money by borrowing and lending, taking a …

Economics

Iran attempts to silence its 'Death to America' chants

Chants of 'Death to America' have been part of Iranian public life for almost 35 years. But the new wave of politicians in Tehran is trying to change that, write Damien McElroy and Ahmad Vahdat<p>An attempt by <b>Iran</b>'s reformist president Hassan Rouhani to abolish the chant "Death to America" as part of …

Latest World News, Videos & Photos

Bangladesh is on high alert before a verdict against former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia in a politically sensitive corruption case<p>Chinese and African …

Mike Pence

Second 'sea serpent' in a week washes up in southern California

Fourteen-feet-long deep-sea oarfish attracts gawkers to beach while rare sabre-tooth whale is found dead further up coast<p>Another "sea serpent" has attracted gawkers on a southern California beach. This time the rare, snakelike oarfish washed up on Friday afternoon in Oceanside. The U-T San Diego …

New Jersey set for rush of same-sex marriages on Monday

Activists and couples look for judges who will waive three-day waiting period usually applicable to marriage licenses<p>Activists are working to line up judges who could waive the three-day waiting period for New Jersey same-sex couples who want to exchange vows first thing on Monday, when gay …

Mother in Florida cyber-bullying case faces separate child abuse charges

Video of woman – whose daughter was charged after girl's death – punching children was posted to Facebook<p>An outspoken Florida sheriff who arrested a 14-year-old girl for cyber-bullying after a younger schoolmate killed herself has filed child abuse charges against her mother, over an unrelated …

Tunisia security forces kill nine 'Islamists'

<b>Tunisian security forces have killed at least nine suspected Islamist militants who are blamed for a deadly attack on a police patrol, officials say.</b><p>They say at least three other suspects were arrested in the operation in the Mount Taouyer area, about 70km (44 miles) west of the capital, Tunis.<p>Two …

Extremism

Fearless … and topless: Femen activists to bring 'sextremism' to the UK

Femen ambushed Putin and invaded a catwalk. Now they plan to shock Britain into action over female genital mutilation<p>They started out in Ukraine, established a thriving headquarters in Paris and last year succeeded in ambushing a startled Vladimir Putin during a visit to a German trade fair. Now …

Hope for Iranian who survived botched hanging as sharia expert doubts ruling

Man convicted of drug smuggling who lived through one execution may now not have to endure another<p>Hopes have been raised for the life of the Iranian man who survived a hanging only to be condemned to be re-executed, after one of the country's oldest and most respected Islamic scholars appeared to …

Assassination pushes Libya towards civil war two years after Gaddafi's death

Fighting rages in Benghazi as Tripoli braces for fallout from the kidnapping of prime minister Ali Zaidan<p>Libya marks the second anniversary of the death of Muammar Gaddafi with the country on the brink of a new civil war and fighting raging in the eastern city of Benghazi, birthplace of its Arab …

Two face charges over blond-haired girl found in Gypsy camp

Discovery in central Greece reinforces suspicion of Roma involvement in child trafficking, but brings hope to parents of Madeleine McCann<p>Greek officials have launched an international campaign to try to identify a four-year-old blond-haired, blue-eyed girl found in a Gypsy camp in central Greece as …

JP Morgan 'may pay record $13bn fine' - BBC News

United Kingdom

Nazi Erich Priebke to be buried 'in secret location'

<b>Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke, who died under house arrest in Rome last week, is to be buried in a secret location, his lawyer has said.</b><p>On Wednesday, his coffin was seized by the Italian authorities and taken to a military base near Rome after a funeral was halted amid angry protests.<p>Rome city …

Italy

Accidentally freed Florida murderers recaptured

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1020000/1020869_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1518151373_ba43ffbc9ceded4edf2bc0c9be95a6fb<p><b>Two convicted murderers who used forged documents to trick their way out of prison in Florida have been recaptured, US officials say.</b><p>Joseph Jenkins …

Crime

Lebanese and Turkish hostages freed after rare Syrian co-operation

Shia Lebanese pilgrims held for 18 months in Syria released in exchange for Turkish pilots kidnapped in Lebanon<p>Nine Lebanese pilgrims abducted in Syria and two Turkish pilots held hostage in Lebanon returned home on Saturday night, part of an ambitious three-way deal cutting across the Syrian civil …