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A bombshell report is raising questions about Trump's business ties to Russia and Iran

A Newsweek report published Wednesday revealed potential conflicts of interest that could jeopardize national security if Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, were to become president.<p>The report outlined connections that Trump's company, the Trump Organization, has to foreign …

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North Carolina Took 17 Days To Ask Supreme Court To Rescue Its Voter ID Law

But the state says it wants the court to act quickly to avoid confusion come Election Day.<p>The state of North Carolina on Monday filed an emergency request with the Supreme Court so that it can enforce a broad set of voting restrictions that an appeals court in July called one of the worst “since …

This is how fascism comes to America

The Republican candidate continues to dominate the presidential contest.<p>Businessman Donald Trump officially became the Republican nominee at the party’s convention in Cleveland.<p>By Robert Kagan<p>, Contributing columnist<p><i>Robert Kagan is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a contributing</i> …

Political Science

10 Raised Garden Beds That Fit Any Backyard Space

Just add soil, seeds, and sunshine.<p>Starting a garden is no easy task, and it can be especially challenging if the terrain surrounding your property isn't amenable to the types of plants you'd like to grow. Enter the raised garden bed — a boxy unit that allows you to plant flowers, herbs, and …

The phony in American politics: how voters turn into suckers

<i>Then I’ll get on my knees and pray</i><i>We don’t get fooled again.</i><b>The Who, Won’t Get Fooled Again</b><p>For most of history we had an excuse. Emperors, pharaohs, czars, kings, queens, sultans, sheiks, they descended on us via peremptory power structures and the vagaries of genetics. If the king was a …

U.S. Politics

“They’re all corruptions of American democracy”: Race, vote buying and the insidious new assault on the poor

<b>(halimqd via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>Five dollars and a pork chop sandwich for your vote? That’s the going rate in Louisiana. A famed historian explains<p>Paul Rosenberg<p>February 13, 2016 2:29pm (UTC)<p>Mary Frances Berry is one of America's most prominent civil rights and social justice activists, as well as …

Trey Gowdy’s historic Benghazi implosion: A political witchhunt that would make Joe McCarthy squirm

<b>(AP/J. Scott Applewhite/Demis Maryannakis)</b><p>Yesterday’s Benghazi hearing, like the rest of the right’s crusade before it, had shades of the Red Scare<p>Heather Digby Parton<p>October 23, 2015 6:20pm (UTC)<p>In 1950, Wisconsin Sen. Joseph McCarthy gave a speech to the Ohio County Women's Republican Club in …

GOP In Disarray As Clinton Consolidates

New York Times: “A beleaguered Jeb Bush slashed his campaign spending. Donald Trump lost his lead in Iowa. And a surging Ben Carson galvanized his …

Alaska Governor Says State Needs More Oil Drilling to Pay for Climate Change Damage

<i>This story was originally published by</i> Slate <i>and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i>Yep. In an interview with the BBC's Matt …

Oil & Gas Industry

Kerry Reopens US Embassy in Havana: Pictures

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Making sense

This is the best explanation of gerrymandering you will ever see

By Christopher Ingraham<p>, Reporter<p>Gerrymandering -- drawing political boundaries to give your party a numeric advantage over an opposing party -- is a difficult process to explain. If you find the notion confusing, check out the chart above -- <i></i>adapted from one posted to Reddit this weekend -- and …

Mathematics

The 10 Commandments of Leadership

Becoming a great leader comes down to remembering and following these 10 simple rules.<p>A group of archaeologists digging through ancient corporate archives recently uncovered two mysterious tablets (aka "wall plaques") engraved with the following laws:<p>I. Thou shalt remain optimistic.<p>Since thy …

The GOP Should Stop Lying About Obama’s Economy

For years Republicans have been spewing doomsday rhetoric, but the stock market is booming, the deficit shrinking, and the economy is adding lots of …

Top 5 Producers in North Dakota’s Bakken Oil Field

The state of North Dakota is on a path to produce more than 1.1 million barrels of oil a day in 2014. The dramatic drop in crude oil prices in the …

North Dakota governor vows not to blink in OPEC oil...

BISMARCK, N.D. (Reuters) - North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple expects the global oil market to rebalance next year and his state, the second-largest U.S. oil producer, to emerge resilient from an oil price war with OPEC, thanks largely to low production costs.<p>Republican Governor Jack Dalrymple of …

Oil prices could force over 500 rigs out of service

With oil prices nearly slashed in half from earlier 2014 prices, analysts are predicting that up to 550 drilling rigs will remain out of commission …

Oil

Mitch McConnell and the limits of scorched-earth obstructionism

As the Senate Republicans’ leader, Mitch McConnell launched an experiment of sorts during the Obama era. It was a strategy without precedent in the …

North Dakota Flaring Program Unprecedented, State Official Says

With mandated gas capture plans and better long-range communications with midstream processing/gathering system operators, North Dakota's full-court …

Oil & Gas Industry