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Homeland Secretary John Kelly credits Trump for border crossing slowdown

WASHINGTON — Dramatic declines in illegal crossings along the U.S. southern border are likely linked to the Trump administration's aggressive pursuit of enhanced security measures, the nation's homeland security chief said Sunday.<p>Citing unprecedented declines of up to 70% in illegal crossings in …

Immigration

First female western fighter dies fighting Islamic State

A 19-year-old woman has reportedly become the first female western fighter to die in battle against Islamic State (Isis) in northern Syria.<p>Ivana Hoffmann, who was known by the nom de guerre Avaşin Tekoşin Güneş, was killed on Saturday morning while fighting alongside Kurdish fighters in the Syrian …

Communist Party

Railroad Case Is A Vehicle For Conservative Attack On The Administrative State

A pair of otherwise unremarkable U.S. Supreme Court decisions today gave the court’s most conservative justices a platform for questioning the constitutionality of the modern administrative state.<p>In concurrences that read more like dissents, Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas …

Editorial: GOP letter to Iran disgraces America

America looks weakest when its internal arguments spill over into its international diplomacy — something that has been rare in the nation's …

Detroit

Judge delays ruling on unblocking Obama immigration executive actions

A federal judge signaled Monday that he has no plans to act soon on the Obama Administration's request to stay an order blocking President Barack Obama's latest round of executive actions on immigration.<p>U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen said in an order issued Monday afternoon that he views as …

“It’s not about men saving women”: Emma Watson talks male feminists, nude photos and when she’ll stop fighting for equality

The “Harry Potter” star and UN Goodwill Ambassador says she was “raging” after being threatened online last fall<p>In honor of International Women's Day on Sunday, actress and UN Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson visited the Facebook offices in London for an hour-long Q&A session on her crusade for …

El-Sisi urges ‘Arab ready force’ to confront ISIS, questions if US ‘standing by’ Egypt

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, in an exclusive interview with Fox News, appealed to the U.S. to play a greater role in helping his country fight terrorism -- as he urged the creation of an "Arab ready force" to confront the Islamic State and similar groups.<p>The Egyptian leader spoke with …

Senators set to unveil bill allowing medical marijuana legalization

Bipartisan trio wants to end federal obstacles to legalizing cannabis for medicinal purposes<p>A bipartisan group of senators will unveil legislation Tuesday removing federal obstacles to legalizing medical marijuana, thereby ensuring that patients and their doctors won't be prosecuted for using or …

Yes, black America fears the police. Here’s why

When gunfire interrupted my Long Island outing with friends, we didn’t ring the cops. None of us even considered it<p>This story was co-published with Politico Magazine.<p>Last July 4, my family and I went to Long Island to celebrate the holiday with a friend and her family. After eating some barbecue, a …

People's Climate March In London Draws Huge Crowd, Including Russell Brand

More than 15,000 protesters gathered in London on Saturday for a climate change march, which is to end with a rally outside Parliament. Activist …

My atheist search for God: We’re debating science and religion all wrong

I’m not interested in believing in God. My God has to exist, like matter and gravity. Here’s what I found<p>For most of my life, a God that was “real” seemed a contradiction in terms. Every idea of God I had ever encountered seemed either physically impossible or so vague as to be empty. I was an …

The Iowa Ag Summit: 10 takeaways

The GOP’s top contenders try to thread the needle on farm policy, ethanol.<p>The politics of ethanol have shifted enough over the last 15 years that several Republican presidential candidates felt comfortable – at an agricultural summit in Iowa Saturday – expressing their disagreement with special …

Islamic State (Isis),Iraq,Middle East and North Africa,World news,The Observer,News,Comment<p>Hassan Hassan: The battle for the Iraqi city seems strategically important. But in this war, appearances can be deceptive

Middle East

Inhofe's latest climate pitch: Snow joke

Winter-weary Washington needs no reminder of the season, but Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman Jim Inhofe offered one anyway today — tossing a snowball on the Senate floor as he argued that human activity isn’t affecting climate change.<p>The Oklahoma Republican, whose family built an igloo …

Scientists just blew apart the myth of the global warming “pause”

A new study explains why manmade warming has appeared to slow down — and why it’s due to ramp up again soon<p>The so-called "pause" in global warming, object of much scientific study and climate denier mockery, is a mystery no more.<p>In a study published Thursday in the journal Science, three prominent …

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'I didn't like the sight': Trump signs executive order ending family separation<p>10-year-old Guatemalan boy reunited with his family<p>What is World …

United Arab Emirates

NASA Warns That This Century Could See Crippling Megadroughts

This week, NASA published its most robust study looking at drought prediction—and the news isn't good. Within the next century, the American …

Climate Change

A Screaming John Boehner Cracks Up and Admits He Is Going To Shutdown Homeland Security

Speaker of the House John Boehner cracked up on Fox News Sunday and admitted during his Stepford-like screaming performance that he is going to let …

Homeland Security

No, Islam Isn’t Inherently Violent, And The Math Proves It

Despite recent attacks in Paris and Copenhagen, Westerners face very little risk from Islamist terrorists.<p>There is a widely held belief in the United …

Extremism

Spy agencies fund climate research in hunt for weather weapon, scientist fears

<i>US expert Alan Robock raises concern over who would control climate-altering technologies if research is paid for by intelligence agencies</i><p>A senior US …

Hey Sports Fans: Time to Deal with Climate Change, and it Won't be Cheap

Just two weeks ago, the year 2014 was dubbed the hottest year on earth since the start of record keeping in 1880. Separate data compilations from …

Boehner raises possibility of Homeland Security shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner is raising the possibility that the Department of Homeland Security may shut down at month's end because …

2016 Polls Show Clinton Leads in Key States, GOP Field Wide Open

Less than a year before the first presidential contests begin, a trio of new NBC News/Marist polls show that the Republican race is wide open in the early nominating states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.<p>In fact, seven different possible Republican candidates get double-digit support in …

We can stop the neo-cons: Here’s what a truly progressive foreign policy would look like

Progressives need not cower before a militaristic right. Let’s define a smart, patriotic agenda to match our values<p>America is moving left, or at least to positions Republicans have spent a lifetime opposing. Notice the GOP's awkward silence on what were so recently signature issues: immigration, …

Atlantic City meltdown may haunt Christie

It’s the latest in a series of home-state setbacks as he contemplates a presidential bid.<p>Chris Christie has an Atlantic City problem.<p>Casinos on the famed boardwalk are failing. The crime rate is one of the highest in the state. And now the New Jersey governor’s decision to bring in an emergency …

Moore: Not thwarting U.S. Supreme Court on gay marriage

The chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court said Sunday that judges issuing same-sex marriage licenses are still breaking the law and that he’s not defying the U.S. Supreme Court by ordering judges to deny issuing them.<p>Chief Justice Roy Moore said on “Fox News Sunday” that the marriage case that …

How Silicon Valley is trying to cure ageing

Death has always been considered one of life's only real certainties, but now some of the world's top scientists are challenging the assumption<p>Humanity has long been in search of the mythical Fountain of Youth, from Alexander the Great to knights of the Crusades.<p>But now Silicon Valley scientists …

Welcome to the new Cold War: Keystone XL and GOP’s dystopian vision for 2016

A toxic combination of fossil fuel optimization and “North Americanism” threatens to bring the world to its knees<p>It’s a ritual long familiar to observers of American politics: presidential hopefuls with limited international experience travel to foreign lands and deliver speeches designed to …

You had one job, Congress …

Lawmakers left town without a solution to the DHS standoff. They’ll return with just days to avert a shutdown.<p>Lawmakers had one job to do during the first two months of the year. And they might just blow it.<p>The Republican-led House and Senate skipped town on Friday for a weeklong recess, short on …