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Putin on Obama: ‘I envy him because he can do something like this and get away with it’

By Terri Rupar<p>, Project editor<p>In his annual marathon news conference on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed support for President Obama's surveillance programs, a day after a review group recommended curbing the National Security Agency's powers. Putin previously defended the …

The terrifying truth about America’s fastest growing workforce

More and more companies are turning to blue-collar temp workers to do the country’s most dangerous jobs<p>Michael Grabell • Jeff Larson • Olga Pierce<p>December 19, 2013 8:52pm (UTC)<p>This originally appeared on ProPublica.<p>JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — This was it, he told his brother Jojo. He would finally be able …

Republican unveils worst school idea ever: Make poor kids clean floors

<b>Jack Kingston (AP/Alex Brandon)</b><p>Rep. Jack Kingston has a bold new lesson for poor children: If you want lunch, you better work for it. Literally<p>Jim Newell<p>December 19, 2013 6:43pm (UTC)<p>Rep. Jack Kingston seems to be the least crazy of the various House Republicans running to replace retiring Sen. …

Potential GOP Senate candidate: Gay marriage leads to tyranny, marriage between parents and their children

<b>Bob Vander Plaats (AP/Charlie Neibergall)</b><p>“When you remove God’s design and parameters, there’s no limit to what we’ll invent to be our freedoms”<p>Elias Isquith<p>December 19, 2013 5:20pm (UTC)<p>Iowa evangelical activist and three-time failed gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats went on a Des Moines …

Obama commutes 8 drug sentences

President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of eight convicted crack offenders Thursday who had already served long prison terms, giving a push to his administration’s efforts to rein in what officials regard as overly harsh punishments imposed in drug cases.<p>The batch of eight commutations is …

Jurors Hear Kate Middleton's Voicemails; Some From William

The hacking scandal in the U.K. has now gone really royal.<p>"Voicemails left for Kate Middleton by [then-boyfriend] Prince William were hacked by the <i>News of the World</i>, the phone-hacking trial has heard," the BBC writes. "In one message William used the pet name 'babykins.' "<p><i>The Guardian</i> says that in …

UN says base in South Sudan stormed

Attackers force their way into compound in volatile Jonglei chasing civilians, and UN says there may be fatalities.<p>The United Nations says attackers from South Sudan's second-largest ethnic group have forced their way into a UN peacekeeping mission base in conflict-wracked Jonglei state, pursuing …