Erik Westphal

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'R' Is for Republican and Reverse

Democrats keep trying to drive our country forward with policies designed to help Americans in the 21st century. Unfortunately, Republicans are stuck in reverse.<p>Attorney Louise Raggio drafted and helped pass the Texas Marital Property Act of 1967, affording married women the right to own property, …

Middle-class

What are those bright spots? As Dawn nears Ceres, mystery remains

As<p>NASA’s Dawn spacecraft gets ready to enter orbit around Ceres -- the first dwarf planet visited by a satellite -- mission scientists are using new images to try to understand strange and surprising features on its icy surface.<p>Dawn will enter orbit on March 6 studying the surface of the dwarf …

Astronomy

Deadly bacterium 'released from US high-security lab'

Officials in Louisiana investigating how a potential bioterror agent escaped but insist there is no threat to public<p>US officials in Louisiana are investigating how a dangerous and often deadly bacterium got out of a high-security laboratory at a research facility, USA Today reported on …

South-east Asia

Iraq launches offensive to retake Tikrit from ISIL

Iraqi government forces backed by allied Shia and Sunni fighters have begun a large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.<p>A force comprising 20,000 soldiers and fighters was trying to advance into Tikrit on Monday …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Here’s How Valve Cracked Virtual Reality’s Biggest Problem

Roger Ressmeyer—Corbis<p>Alex Brandon—AP<p>Mike Fisher—AP<p>George Nikitin—AP<p>Ben Van Hook—The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images<p>STR/Reuters<p>Yoshikazu …

A Mosul Preview: Iraq Government Launches Attack on Tikrit

A force of 30,000 Sunni and Shi‘ite fighters, both soldiers and militia, launched a large-scale offensive Monday to push the Islamic State of Iraq …

O’Reilly’s trouble deepens: A Kennedy tall tale that could unravel Fox News’ bully

His Kennedy assassination lie is proven by a recording of O’Reilly himself. Why Fox’s strategy may suddenly change<p>Writers and advocates on the left have long catalogued the exaggerations, meltdowns and many stumbles of Fox’s Bill O’Reilly, to show that the guy who runs the No-Spin Zone is …