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Who is the English speaker in ISIS video 'Flames of War'?

It's a slick production with a nefarious goal: A 55-minute video released by ISIS, praising its victories and warning the United States from getting in the way of its goal to create an Islamic caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria.<p>It's propaganda, terrorism experts say. A recruitment video aimed at …

Efforts underway to change the GOP on same sex marriage

Gay conservatives are undertaking the most coordinated effort yet to change the Republican Party's position on same-sex marriage. Their approach: one state and one Republican activist at a time.<p>While the official stance of the Republican Party says the "the union of one man and one woman must be …

4 teachings from Jesus that everybody gets wrong

Opinion by <b>Amy-Jill Levine</b>, special to CNN<p><b>(CNN) –</b> It was once said, “religion is designed to comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable.”<p>Jesus’ parables – short stories with moral lessons – were likewise designed to afflict, to draw us in but leave us uncomfortable.<p>These teachings can be …

Rand Paul blisters Obama and Clinton, calls for GOP diversity

Fewer than 50 days before an election that may give<p>Republicanscontrol of the Senate as well as the House, Sen.Rand Paul(R-Ky.) on Saturday skipped past those contests entirely to focus on one in which he may play a more central role — the 2016 presidential race.<p>Paul, the featured speaker at the …

Mary Landrieu Helps A Man Do A Keg Stand At LSU Tailgate

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) played a vital role in an Louisiana State University fan's keg stand on Saturday.<p>Yes, you read that right -- Landrieu, who's facing a tough midterm challenge from Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), got in on some serious tailgate action ahead of the Tigers' game against …

Power Says Other Nations Will Join The U.S. In Airstrikes In Syria

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, said Sunday that other nations would likely join the U.S. in airstrikes to target Islamic State, the militant group also known as ISIL, in Syria.<p>ABC's "This Week" host George Stephanopoulos pointed out that not even the British government …

GOP at an anxious crossroads: Who are the Republicans of the future?

Democrats have their problems: a lame-duck president whose popularity has slumped, just about zero chance of winning back the House, and a better-than-fair shot at losing the Senate as well. But<p>Republicanswere facing multiple sources of tension, in California and nationally, as they met this …

Recent storms prove being flood smart saves lives

If there is one weather event that you can and should prepare for far in advance, it's a flood.<p>Almost everyone is at risk: Over the past five years all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods, according to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). There is even evidence that massive, …

Earthquake: 3.1 quake strikes near Eureka, Calif.

A shallow magnitude 3.1 earthquake was reported Saturday afternoon nine miles from Eureka, Calif., according to the<p>U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 1:33 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 18 miles.<p>According to the USGS, the epicenter was nine miles from McKinleyville, Calif., 10 miles …