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The Six Most Overrated Races of 2014

With the midterm election three-quarters of a year away, the political press is understandably focusing on the races with the biggest personalities and most dramatic storylines. But just because a race makes for great copy in February doesn’t mean it’s going to be all that compelling in …

Astronauts successfully replace faulty pump on ISS

NASA astronauts Tuesday successfully replaced a faulty fluid pump in the International Space Station, following two days of work in the open vacuum of space 260 miles above the Earth's surface.<p>The 7 1/2-hour spacewalk was only the second in NASA history to occur on Christmas Eve. The first was in …

Congress may seek to vet NSA chief

Frustration with the National Security Agency’s spying and the impending departure of its longtime director have fueled a congressional push to put its future leaders through the potentially grueling process of Senate confirmation — a scenario the White House has warned in the past could harm …

ESPN's Skip Bayless Thinks the Seattle Seahawks Are in the AFC

In the latest edition of Skip Bayless says something ridiculous, the ESPN personality tweeted out that the Seattle Seahawks are the biggest threat to the New England Patriots in the AFC.<p>Great analysis, Skip, except the Seahawks haven't been in the AFC since 2001. Oakland Raiders punter Chris Kluwe …

Football (U.S.)

Penn State Reaches Settlement With First Of Abuse Victims

A man who claimed sexual abuse by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has reached a multimillion-dollar settlement with the university, the first of numerous such claims expected to be resolved in the coming days.<p><i>The Philadelphia Inquirer</i> first reported that the young man …

A-Rod grievance process started

BOSTON -- Alex Rodriguez's lawyers contacted the Major League Baseball Players Association earlier this month to formally begin the grievance process …

State Department to open an office of “religious engagement”

At what point does a faith-based federal agency cross the line between church and state?<p>In her 1969 essay “On Violence,” Hannah Arendt described bureaucracy as government by an intricate system in which no one person can be held responsible, the “rule by Nobody.” Atheism, then, would be the view …

UK Authorities Detain Glenn Greenwald's Partner For 9 Hours Under Anti-Terror Law

Officials stopped David Miranda, a Brazilian citizen who lives with Greenwald in Rio, and questioned him under the controversial "Schedule 7" law in the U.K. Authorities can use the law — which only applies at ports, airports, and border areas and requires no reasonable cause for suspicion— to …

Surveillance

Egyptian Military Rips Off Larry David Ad — And They're Not Joking

The Egyptian publication Voice of the Nation used the exact template of an advertisement for HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" to promote General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi in the midst of a military crackdown on protesters. "Deep inside, you know you're him."

Mustache elicits Taliban death threats

Even being kidnapped and exiled by militants hasn’t scared Malik Afridi into shaving his impressive bristles<p>This may be the mustache that launched a thousand death threats, yet a Pakistani man, Malik Amir Mohammad Khan Afridi, is still refusing to shave the 30-inch soup strainer that recently got …

Bill Clinton Disputes Report of Turmoil at the Clinton Foundation

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Bill Clinton posted an open letter on Friday disputing a recent <i>New York Times</i> article detailing …