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Why This Round of the Republican Civil War Was Different

GOP leaders finally had enough with conservatives' antics and decided to take back control. It worked, and we got a budget deal.<p>Another round of the long-running GOP civil war broke out this week, and you could be forgiven for greeting it with a yawn. House Speaker John Boehner proposed something; …

LoveRoom Lets You Share Your Home, And Bed, With Strangers

Sometimes the thrill of letting a perfect stranger stay your home just isn’t enough. That’s why an Airbnb with benefits has emerged called LoveRoom, which marries the idea of room/house-sharing with online dating.<p>Word has it that the startup began as a half-baked joke of sorts, and after getting …

Half a Life in Solitary: How Colorado Made a Young Man Insane

A young man was sentenced to life in prison without parole after a dubious trial. And then things got worse.<p>The story of Sam Mandez is appalling on so many different levels it's hard to know where to begin. Convicted for a murder no one has ever proven he committed, sentenced to life without parole …

This chart shows why basing the dollar on gold isn’t a great idea

Senator Dean Heller had a simple question for Janet Yellen at her confirmation hearing to become the chair of the US Federal Reserve: “Do you believe there’s any indicator behind the rise and fall of gold prices?”<p>Heller is one of many Republicans in Washington who have touted gold as part of their …

Economics

These Ads In China Tell People To Stop Eating Cats And Dogs

Though it's hard to fathom here in the United States, there are many places in the world where cats and dogs are not cuddly animals to play with, but a valuable source of food that people can't afford to keep just sitting around the house.<p>Though pet ownership has been on the rise in China as it has …

McDonald's: Coffee In Grocery Will Help Sell McCafe in Restaurants

McDonald's might be starting to sell its coffee in the grocery aisle next year, but the point is to to drive "greater awareness and sell more coffee …

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The solar revolution is being fought by the middle class

American utility executives worry that the solar boom will cost them revenue as homeowners generate their own electricity. Some have depicted solar enthusiasts as green elites who will saddle their less wealthy neighbors with higher energy costs as rates are raised to maintain the power grid.<p>But …

Solar Power

A very bad day for Marco Rubio

Whatever else happens with the government shutdown battle, today was a bad day for Marco Rubio's political ambitions, because in deciding to cast his …

Attorney Sues Scientists Because Their Paper Made It Harder To Win Suits

If a scientific paper has made it harder to win lawsuits, what's an attorney to do? Why, sue the scientists and their publisher, of course. Walter …

Lobbyist league says mission will remain the same - Keystone's lobbyists host Nunn - Jarita Diana Christie to lead TechAmerica's European efforts

<i>With Andrea Drusch</i><p><b>FIRST IN PI … LOBBYIST LEAGUE SAYS MISSION WILL REMAIN THE SAME:</b> The <b>American League of Lobbyists</b>, or ALL, is considering dropping the name “lobbyist” from its group. The organization — which is considering a variety of names — is surveying its membership on the proposal. The news …

European Parliament

Most of the World's Tallest Buildings Game the System With 'Vanity Height'

How Biofuel Technology Turned Restaurant Grease Into Gold

This Ad Exec Wants To Turn Detroit Into The Next Digital Hotspot

But could a city that declared bankruptcy less than a month and a half ago become the next Austin or San Francisco?<p>Touting the opportunities offered by a less crowded market and the enthusiastic support of a long-downtrodden city, Lowe Campbell Ewald creative director Iain Lanivich put out a video …

Who Do Modern-Day European Nazis Hate the Most?

A recent trial highlights horrible abuse of the Roma minority group.<p>BUDAPEST -- The chamber in the Municipal Court of Budapest was packed, observers crammed into sweaty overflow rooms staring at closed circuit television screens and anxiously awaiting the verdict. As these rooms filled, an unwieldy …

Justice Antonin Scalia muses over whether citizens have Constitutional right to rocket launchers

The debate over Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and his recent "behavior", to use the least pejorative term, usually boils down to whether you …

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Can the GOP Fix Its Woman Problem in Time to Fight Clinton?

The tension at the heart of the party -- between its forward-looking technocrats and its headdesk brigades -- was on ripe display at the RNC's Summer Meeting.<p>BOSTON -- If you knew nothing else about the Republican Party, two days at the Republican National Committee's Summer Meeting would convince …

St. Louis Alderwoman Pushing To Ban Pants Below the Waist

ReasonAlderwoman Marlene Davis of St. Louis, Missouri is not a fan of what she describes as "absolutely vulgar" saggy pants and is pushing for pants …

How Ant Colonies Foreshadow the Future of Facebook

They call it "the anternet."<p>In 2012, Stanford biologist Deborah Gordon, Ph.D., discovered that the behavior of harvester ant colonies mirrors the …

5 Cool Apps to Save You from Social Media Overload - Jeffbullas's Blog

Do you need a break from social media overload?<p>Your friends and colleagues are constantly learning about something new, and it’s hard to keep up. The …

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Have You Ever Tried to Sell a Poem on Craigslist?

One poet's successful effort to peddle custom verses online shows how entrepreneurial methods can help poetry reconnect with modern readers and reinvigorate the art itself.<p>Flickr user Susan Sermoneta<p>On July 31, Aaron Belz­ -- author of three volumes of poems and editor of "Curator Magazine" -- …

Egypt's Series of Terrible Governments, in One Chart

Today's massacre continues a disturbing trend in the country since the fall of Mubarak.<p>Egyptian security forces stormed two sit-in sites Wednesday, firing automatic weapons and using bulldozers to drive away protesters who support the country's ousted president, Mohammed Morsi. Casualty estimates …

Anthony Weiner: Huma Will Play Role In Hillary Clinton's 2016 Campaign

He also acknowledges his scandals haven't helped her professionally. "I feel that what I have done has hurt her," says Weiner.<p>Anthony Weiner suggested Monday night that his wife, Huma Abedin, would play a role in Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign — and insisted she has stayed actively involved in his …

Rep. Mike Kelly sees a black president who 'divides us on race'

What do you see? Mike Kelly sees something different.<p>The <i>Roll Call</i> reporter in this piece is charitably pretending that they do not speak wingnut, so …

Kids And TV: Watching An Extra Hour Can Harm Kindergarten Performance, Study Says

Yet another data point has been added to the ongoing debate over how much TV watching is too much for young children.<p>A study of Canadian children has found that even an extra hour of TV time -- above the daily average of 72 minutes -- could significantly harm a child’s performance in kindergarten, …

ATC Voice brings the controlled chaos of air traffic control to iPad

The demanding stress of an air traffic controller's job is the source of amusement in <i>ATC Voice</i>, independent developer Alex Brancard's new iPad game. The iOS title strives for realism not only in its simulation of air traffic control, but in its method of control. Brancard's sequel to his first air …

Here’s what connected cars will be doing by 2020

<i>Pavan Mathew is Global Head of Connected Car for Telefonica Digital.</i><p>Many of us dream of autonomous cars. Just imagine the relaxation of completely hands-free driving that is both seamless and safe, unlocking new time for us to work, talk, and learn while going from point A to point B. A recent …

Twitter forms #PAC to give Washington the bird

Twitter has registered its first lobbyist and formed a political action committee as it looks to increase its influence in Washington, DC. "We expect to continue to play an active role in speaking up on issues related to internet freedom, government access to user data, patent reform and freedom of …