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From Utah Beach to Kabul: How Army gear changed since D-Day

The basics are the same: A uniform, a helmet, boots, a rucksack, and a rifle. But that's about the only similarities between what a D-Day soldier and one in Afghanistan took into combat.<p>At a distance, the two soldiers look pretty much the same. But up close, the parallels fall away as what was new …

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Math vs. Reaganomics: Why GOP’s anti-tax hysteria falls flat

How Republicans embraced a promising economic theory — and distorted it beyond recognition<p>A few years ago, in the heat of the battle over the Affordable Care Act, Daniel J. Mitchell of the libertarian Cato Institute posted a blog entry with the provocative title: “Why Is Obama Trying to Make …

Cop placed on leave after refusing to work at gay pride parade

The Salt Like City police officer will be the subject of an internal investigation, the department announced<p>A Salt Lake City police officer has been placed on paid leave after refusing to work at a gay pride parade, reports the Associated Press.<p>The officer's name was not released, but department …

Cyclist alleges police beat and tasered him for being black

The Oregon resident claims police brutally assaulted him because of his race and has filed a federal lawsuit<p>An Oregon man named Jermaine Robinson filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday, alleging that two Hillsboro City police officers physically assaulted and tasered him in 2012 after racially …

Feinstein: Congress can keep the lid on secrets

<b>Washington (CNN)</b> - We can keep your secrets just fine, Mr. President.<p>That's the message Sen. Dianne Feinstein conveyed to reporters Sunday, responding to questions about whether President Barack Obama's decision not to inform Congress about swapping five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, …

It’s Not Just George Soros Anymore

What does it mean when the capitalist vanguard starts talking about inequality?<p>Earlier this year, the most reliable way for a billionaire to make the headlines was to compare suggested tax increases to Nazi Germany. Lately, though, the more interesting shift in the politics of the plutocracy has …

Texas Republicans Endorse Discredited Gay Conversion Therapy In Party Platform

The Texas Republican Party approved changes to its platform, including language that recognizes "the legitimacy and efficacy" of therapy that aims to turn gay people straight.<p>The Texas Republican Party on Saturday gave final approval to a new party platform, which includes endorsing what is known …