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Chemical arms watchdog split on Syria delays

AFP – The executive council of the Hague-based watchdog tasked with destroying Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal failed Friday to reach agreement on …

Remarks by the President in Address to the Nation on Syria

9:01 P.M. EDT<p>THE PRESIDENT: My fellow Americans, tonight I want to talk to you about Syria -- why it matters, and where we go from here.<p>Over the past …

Chemical Weapons Nearly Took Obama to War, Here’s Why

Somewhere in the computer servers of the OPCW, the international agency responsible for chemical weapons disarmament, there is a model, an equation, …

Q+A: Big powers devise plan to rid Syria of chemical weapons | Reuters

UNITED NATIONS/AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Last week Russia and the United States put aside bitter differences over Syria to strike a deal to remove President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical arsenal and avert U.S. military action against him.<p>Syria's President Bashar al-Assad speaks during an interview with …

The Yellen era begins

Shortly after she takes over as chair of the Federal Reserve on Monday, Yellen will begin intense preparations for a grilling by ornery members of Congress. Two dozen Fed staffers will crowd into a chamber off the central bank’s main boardroom in Washington and begin firing questions at her on …

Judge OKs class action status in Virginia for gay marriage lawsuit | Reuters

RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters) - A federal judge in western Virginia has certified as a class action a lawsuit filed by two Shenandoah Valley couples challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriages.<p>Friday’s order adds to growing momentum to end the state’s prohibition of same-sex marriage, with …

Walker raises $5.1M

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker raised $5.1 million for his reelection campaign during the last six months of 2013, and he entered this year with $4.6 million cash on hand.<p>The potential 2016 presidential candidate is facing Democrat Mary Burke, who hails from the family that owns Trek Bicycle and …

Malala Yousafzai memoir launch scrapped in Pakistan

Politicians accused of blocking promotion of I Am Malala, the autobiography by schoolgirl who survived Taliban shooting<p>An attempt to launch the memoir of the Pakistani schoolgirl who became a global icon after being shot in the head by the Taliban in her home province has been scuppered by …

GOP Invites Friends of TED to Its Party

House Republicans invite big thinkers to its annual retreat.<p>You can almost picture it: John Boehner delivering his weekly press conference alone on a …

My Son, the Rocket Scientist

When he was 4 or 5, my boy had one of those doctor's appointments every parent dreads. It was some routine shot or maybe a nose probe. A traumatic experience for both of us that had me literally pinning him down by the shoulders to prevent him from squirming, all while he cried bloody murder.<p>In the …

High School

Saving These Rare Orcas? Protect Their Favorite Haunts

Summer's a great time to see the state of Washington's Puget Sound. A sharp-eyed visitor might even catch a glimpse of some of the rarest killer whales on Earth.<p>There are only 81 "southern resident" killer whales left the wild. They were on the path toward extinction until a few years ago, when …

Animals

A Compromise We Can't Afford

Yesterday, the Sierra Club and 17 other environmental, environmental justice and public health advocacy groups sent a letter to President Obama in which we asked him to stop basing national energy policy on an "all of the above" strategy. If we want to reach the goal of 100 percent clean energy …

Climate

Funding Cancer Research: The Danger of Brightly Colored Ribbons

Pink ribbons are for breast cancer, dark blue ribbons are for colon cancer, white ribbons are for lung cancer, gray ribbons are for brain cancer, emerald green ribbons are for liver cancer, and zebra-striped ribbons are for carcinoid cancers. January is cervical cancer awareness month, represented …

Cancer

Support H.R. 1843: REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act

America needs to stop criminalizing its citizens. A good place to start would be HIV/AIDS. This month Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced legislation aimed at ending the stigma, discrimination and stereotypes that negatively impact Americans …

LGBTQI

Vedic Cosmology: Integrating God and Physics

In 2012, CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, called for a debate between scientists, philosophers and theologians to find common ground between science and religion over how the universe began. Even though the explanations found in the texts of the world's spiritual traditions are …

Physics

The March to Equality in Red States

In recent weeks, federal courts in Utah and Oklahoma have ruled that state bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional. These rulings -- in states that have long been regarded as likely to be among the last to legalize same-sex marriage -- do not change the law in the South. However, they do …

LGBTQI

66-Year-Old Woman Scammed Out Of $300,000 On Christian Dating Site

One 66-year-old divorcée turned to online dating to find love, but instead lost $300,000 to a scam artist from Nigeria pretending to be the perfect man.<p>The woman, who wished to remain anoynmous, recently told a local ABC affiliate in San Jose, Calif. that she met the crook on the dating website …

Julian Assange: Obama's NSA Reforms Are 'Embarrassing'

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange blasted President Barack Obama's Friday NSA speech, calling the proposed reforms an "embarrassing" appearance that said "almost nothing."<p>In an interview with CNN, Assange accused Obama of being "dragged kicking and screaming" into the address.<p>"He is being very …

Obamacare Rocks

The relentless flow of good news about Obamacare may explain why a growing number of elected Republicans are walking away from the issue. Two new bits of insurance news suggest progress that backers of reform find quite encouraging.<p>The first explains how governments are competing in the insurance …

Health Care

Jerry Brown for President: The Way We Were

Governor Jerry Brown said while touring inland California a few days that he's not planning to run for president in 2016.<p>"No, that's not in the cards," he said in a rather off-hand response to a question about weeks of reports touting him as a presidential prospect. "Unfortunately. Actually, …

Government

The NRA Is Directly Behind A Bill Loosening Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' Law

Lawmakers are aiming to expand Florida's "stand your ground" law with the help of a top NRA lobbyist.<p>Gawker's Adam Weinstein reported that S.B. 448, which would protect someone who fires warning shots or waves a weapon when they feel threatened, was written by Marion Hammer, a former NRA …

When Will Gov. Brown Wage a War on Poverty?

California Gov. Jerry Brown announced his new budget last week, almost 50 years to the day after the nation's highest officials undertook a decidedly ambitious effort to radically reduce inequality in America. When President Lyndon B. Johnson declared an unconditional war on poverty, he created …

Income Inequality