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Lawmakers Want Federal Employees to Stop Harassing Interns

In­terns are of­ten the vic­tims of op­por­tun­ist­ic su­per­visors who re­quire them to per­form meni­al tasks without pay.<p>They should not, however, …

Employment

Treasury: No, Iran Is Not Getting $150 Billion From The Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON -- Iran will receive approximately $55 billion in sanctions relief once the nuclear deal is implemented, said Treasury Secretary Jack Lew -- a fraction of the $150 billion that critics of the agreement have claimed will go to the country. <b></b><p>“There is a lot of discussion out there that Iran …

It's been 70 years since the worst disaster in the history of the US Navy

The connection between the two events was not immediately known — not even to the ship's crew.<p>Just past midnight on July 30, 1945, a Japanese submarine torpedoed the USS Indianapolis, a Portland-class heavy cruiser, sinking it in approximately 12 minutes.<p>The Indianapolis was en route to the Leyte …

Time I

Beautiful footage of Cecil before he was killed and why he was so important to Zimbabwe

A 13-year-old male lion named Cecil was pursued and brutally killed by a dentist from Minnesota along with two Zimbabwean men on a trophy hunt. Cecil lived in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe and was a source of pride for his country due to his age and his prestigious participation in an Oxford …

Wildlife

New Gitmo Plan Would Relocate Some Detainees To U.S.

A top White House official is floating a plan to relocate all of the so-called "enemy combatants" held at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Some top congressional leaders had criticized President Obama for not spelling out how he'd shut down that facility, as he promised to do days after …

Immigration

Fall budget wars a legacy moment for Obama

It’s been a legacy summer for President Barack Obama. But can he use this momentum now to correct one big legacy-turned-sour: his 2011 gamble on budget sequestration?<p>Neither party is blameless for that fateful decision, and it’s easy to forget the immense pressures that drove it. But to the dismay …

George W. Bush

Senators probe political motivations for trafficking report

Corker, Cardin question whether the State Department was motivated by politics to upgrade Cuba and Malaysia in annual report on human trafficking.<p>The top Republican and top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are raising questions about the integrity of the State Department’s annual …

U.S. Dept. of State

Until We Renew the VRA, the Confederate Flag, Still Symbolic, Flies Over the Nation

In the wake of the horrific, racially motivated murders at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., Americans united behind a common goal.<p>The Confederate Battle flag -- an emblem of hate, bigotry and racism -- was lowered in South Carolina earlier this month.<p>While taking down this banner of …

Rights & Freedoms

Public Policy Philanthropy: A Conservative Agenda

Only in the past few years have a growing number of foundations and individual philanthropists focused more of their attention on influencing public policy, government priorities and voter action.<p>In the 1960's, the Ford Foundation launched a number of policy oriented initiatives, but its efforts …

Air Force secretary: The F-35 has a wide range of problems

An F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing aircraft flies behind a tanker on a mission over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., in September 2013.Lockheed MartinAir Force Secretary Deborah Lee James has admitted to a wide range of past and present problems with the F-35 while maintaining that the …

Military

Obama told to treat Congress like children

"You trade, you bribe, you threaten, you cajole — you do all these sorts of things, the same way you run your kids," Bloomberg said on Wednesday in an interview with Goldman Sachs chief Lloyd Blankfein and Bloomberg TV's Stephanie Ruhle.<p>The former mayor, who many on Wall Street want to run for …

Goldman Sachs

A high-profile Democratic congressman was just indicted on almost 30 corruption-related charges

Democratic US Rep. Chaka Fattah, 58, and four associates were charged with bribery; conspiracy to commit wire, honest services, bank, and mail fraud; money laundering; and other charges.<p>Prosecutors said the charges covered several schemes, including the use of federal grants and charitable …

Corruption

A Way Out of Afghanistan's Crisis

After massive fraud during the 2014 presidential elections in Afghanistan, in September 2014 against the constitution a deal to form a national unity government (NUG) has been signed by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdulah. Absence of a functioning security and …

Desperate Republicans

The crowded GOP presidential field is driving candidates to indulge in outrageous antics as they battle for attention.<p>Any day now, Rick Santorum is going to gyrocopter into the White House and try to make a citizens arrest. That’s how desperate the GOP presidential hopefuls not named Trump, Bush, …

Government

Government That Reacts to the People

Does democracy work best when government reacts to the people or the inverse?<p>Unless one is a despot, I suspect an overwhelming majority, at least in theory, would offer democracy works best when government reacts to the people.<p>But why has it been more than 40 years since government reacted to the …

Every U.S. Governor From Most Liberal to Most Conservative

In the 2014 mid-term elections, the GOP solidified its control of both the House and the Senate. Republicans also dominated when it came to electing governors. There are currently 31 Republican governors and only 18 Democratic ones; Alaska is the only state with an Independent governor.<p>Using data …

Washington Is Finally Getting What It Deserves As It Sinks Into The Sea

New research indicates that Washington, D.C., is rapidly sinking into the ocean, news that might not make the rest of the country all that sad.<p>The research, from the University of Vermont, the U.S. Geological Survey and several other institutions, projects the land beneath the Washington area will …

Obama Wildlife Agency “˜Deeply Concerned’ with Killing of Cecil the Lion

The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s agency deeply in­volved in in­ter­na­tion­al con­ser­va­tion says it is ready to help the Zi­m­b­ab­we gov­ern­ment …

Watch The Body Cam Video That Led To An Officer Being Charged With The Murder Of Sam DuBose

Officer Ray Tensing's body camera captured the moment he shot and killed 43-year-old Samuel DuBose during a traffic stop. Video of that incident was released on Wednesday.<p>Tensing was indicted on murder charges for shooting DuBose, with a prosecutor claiming Tensing "purposely killed him" and …

Correction: Zimbabwe-Lion Killed-3 Things story

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story July 29 about U.S. regulations and big game hunting, The Associated Press erroneously referred to The Human Society of the United States. It is The Humane Society of the United States.<p>A corrected version of the story is below:<p>US agency says it is 'deeply concerned' …

Wildlife

BAML: 2016 could be a great year for defense stocks, especially if a Republican wins

According to Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts, this isn't the end of the good news for Raytheon, or for the rest of the defense industry. In fact, this kind of good news comes around only every four years.<p>In a note outlining its optimism on Raytheon, BAML brought up research it conducted a …

Markets

New satellite images show North Korea upgrading its main missile launch site

South Korean officials are predicting the North will mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the ruling communist party with a "strategic provocation" — possibly a blastoff from the west coast site of Sohae from where Pyongyang launched its first rocket into space in December 2012, drawing …

North Korea

Animated map shows how Christianity spread across the world

Christianity is currently the world's largest religion with over 2 billion followers. Beginning with the son of a Jewish carpenter, the religion was spread around the world first by Jesus's disciples, then by emperors, kings, and missionaries. Through crusades, conquests, and simple word of mouth, …

Christianity

Taliban leader Mullah Omar once cold-called the State Department to demand President Clinton's resignation

From 1996 to 2001, when the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, Mullah Omar was the country's de-facto head of state. The US, and most of the rest of the international community, didn't recognize the Taliban regime as Afghanistan's legitimate government. But the late jihadist leader still had a single, very …

Afghanistan

John Kerry hasn't even seen one of the most crucial parts of the Iran agreement

Nevertheless, there are parts of a major related agreement signed the same day as the deal that not even the US secretary of state has seen yet.<p>During a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Tuesday, and then again during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Wednesday, Kerry …

South Asia

Fall Crises Will Be 'Exciting,' Vacation-Bound Boehner Says

WASHINGTON -- With a potential government shutdown, a contentious Iran deal, a debt-ceiling crisis and other problems looming in the fall, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) assured reporters Wednesday that it will be "smooth sailing" when Congress returns in September from its five-week …

Hillary Clinton's climate change plan 'just plain silly', says leading expert

The Democratic frontrunner’s solar proposal has major holes if she hopes to halt global warming. What would a real climate-change candidate look like?<p>Hillary Clinton’s pledge on Sunday to support renewable energy and boost subsidies for solar panels was set up as a great unveiling – the Democratic …

Climate

Donald Trump isn't a big fan of emails and didn't own a home computer until at least 2007

The New York Times obtained court documents containing hundreds of pages of sworn testimony from Trump over the past decade. The documents revealed that, as of 2007, the real-estate magnate didn't use a computer at his home or in his office, didn't send text messages, and didn't email for a …

Donald Trump

Republican Gilmore files paperwork to enter presidential race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore filed the paperwork on Wednesday to join the race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to the Federal Election Commission.<p>Governors, from left, Jim Gilmore of Virginia, Bob Ehrlich of Maryland, Scott Walker of Wisconsin, …

Government