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AP EXPLAINS: Obama's presidential veto power

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has vetoed just two measures in his six years in the White House, the fewest by any U.S. president since the …

George Washington

Mapping Out America's Issues

Yes, America is full of red states and blue states, but there are many shades in that spectrum and behind those hues are very different drivers. In some states liberal or conservative views are driven by economic issues and in some states they are pushed by social/cultural concerns.<p>So to get a feel …

Meet the Press

Republicans Expose Obama’s College Plan as Plot to Make People Smarter

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—President Obama’s plan to offer Americans two years of college for free has come under fire from congressional Republicans, who are calling it a blatant plot to make Americans smarter.<p>The G.O.P., which has benefited from the support of so-called “low-information …

House adopts new math rules to boost tax cuts

House Republicans on Tuesday formally adopted a controversial change to congressional math rules that will most likely make it easier to cut taxes.<p>In one of the first acts of the 114th Congress, Republicans in a largely party-line vote of 234-172 approved the rules ordering lawmakers’ budget …

Kit Harington's Hair May Actually Be A Huge 'Game Of Thrones' Spoiler

Kit Harington is known for his long curly locks, which are a pivotal part of his "Game of Thrones" character, Jon Snow. But on Monday night, the British actor caused a stir at the U.K. premiere of his new film, "Testament of Youth," thanks to his slightly shorter hair.<p>Here's a photo of Harington …

How Boehner beat the wingnuts: Speaker squashed rebellion — and rebels squashed themselves

<b>(AP/Carolyn Kaster/J. Scott Applewhite/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Dozens of conservatives defected, but it wasn’t enough to topple Boehner. Here’s how he pulled it off<p>Jim Newell<p>January 7, 2015 12:00pm (UTC)<p>The final count was 25. That was the number of House Republicans who, for typically hazy reasons …

Breitbart News

Furore over novel depicting Muslim-run France

<b>The BBC's Hugh Schofield in Paris reports on the publication of a provocative new book which depicts France as an Islamicised country where universities are compelled to teach the Koran, women are made to wear the veil and polygamy is lawful.</b><p>In the year 2022, France has continued its slow collapse …

Religion

Smart cities: What India needs to learn from Berlin

The German city's shift to renewable energy is at the centre of international discussions.<p>As its population surges, India proposes to build a hundred …

Obama, Mexico's president meet under shadow of abductions

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama pledged to stand with Mexico against "the scourge of violence and the drug cartels" as he met Tuesday with …

Mexico

The right’s new war on truth: Math, reality, and the real reason Fox News economics can’t be trusted

<b>Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich, Grover Norquist (AP/Reuters/Doug Mills/Mike Theiler/Yuri Gripas/photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Yet another reason why when conservatives do the math, deficits explode and you’d better check for your wallet<p>Paul Rosenberg<p>January 7, 2015 11:15pm (UTC)<p><i>"I used the phrase</i> …

Economics

GOP’s coming horror show: Why new Congress may be even worse than you think

<b>(Reuters/AP/Jonathan Ernst/Chris Usher/Kevin Lamarque)</b><p>Get the popcorn ready. GOP House on GOP Senate action — and why the establishment is <i>really</i> so worried<p>Heather Digby Parton<p>January 7, 2015 11:58am (UTC)<p>If there is one thing on which I wish I'd laid a bet over the past few years it's that despite …

Republicans

The Ultimate Guide To Meditation

Meditation. What is it? We’ve all heard of it. Maybe you’ve tried it a few times, or if you’re truly dedicated to it, you do it every day. Meditation …

Meditation

9 signs the Kochs have created their own national political party

<b>David Koch (Reuters/Carlo Allegri)</b><p>If you want to understand America’s painful lurch toward plutocracy, look no further than these mega-millionaires<p>Steven Rosenfeld<p>January 3, 2015 3:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>It is time to stop talking about the Koch brothers and instead …

Greek euro exit would be ‘Lehman Brothers squared’: economist

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — A decision by a new Greek government to leave the eurozone would set off devastating turmoil in financial markets even …

Stock Markets

The NYPD’s mini-rebellion, and the true face of American fascism

<b>Patrick Lynch (AP/John Minchillo/Salon)</b><p>The NYC cop crisis taps into a vein of authoritarian longing — but the real risk of fascism may be harder to see<p>Andrew O'Hehir<p>January 3, 2015 5:01pm (UTC)<p>In 1935, with Hitler and Mussolini forging a historic alliance in Europe and the world sliding toward war, …

Political Science

God is on the ropes: The brilliant new science that has creationists and the Christian right terrified

<b>Charles Darwin (Wikimedia/WDG Photo via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>A young MIT professor is finishing Darwin’s task — and threatening to undo everything the wacky right holds dear<p>Paul Rosenberg<p>January 3, 2015 2:00pm (UTC)<p>The Christian right’s obsessive hatred of Darwin is a wonder to behold, but it could …

Thermodynamics

Enfant terrible's literary vision of an Islamic France

Michel Houellebecq, who first stirred controversy with sex novel Atomised, makes waves with book describing country after Islamist becomes president<p>Put France’s literary enfant terrible together with Europe’s most combustible political talking point, and sparks were always going to fly.<p>Michel …

“You have to go on a journey”: How one man traveled to the end of the Earth in search of spirituality

<b>Sacred Journeys host, Bruce Feiler, at the Kumbh Mela (Courtesy of Khishnendu Bose)</b><p>Bruce Feiler went on six pilgrimages in a single year<p>Joanna Rothkopf<p>January 3, 2015 4:00pm (UTC)<p>Each year, millions of people embark on spiritual pilgrimages or journeys that will take them across the globe in search …