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Murder of Transgender Woman Now Being Investigated as a Hate Crime

A transgender woman's death is now being investigated as a hate crime crime by the NYPD, after 21-year-old Islan Nettles was brutally attacked last …

Obama Takes A Swipe At Romney At Pennsylvania Tour Stop

No this post isn't from last year. And no, it's not really about a presidential campaign.<p>SCRANTON, Pa. — Some old political habits die hard. And so it was that President Obama went off-script on the last day of his college affordability bus tour here Friday to prod Mitt Romney over health …

Is This The Beginning Of Obama Unbound?

Are we seeing the beginning of a trend from the occupant of the Oval Office — a President Obama unbound?<p>That's the question after Obama cast aside his usual caution while speaking at a town hall-style meeting in Binghamton, N.Y., on Friday. Asked about his proposals for attacking soaring higher …

GLENN GREENWALD: It's 'Highly Unlikely' That Edward Snowden's Information Has Fallen Out Of Our Hands

So the question became: Who was the source of the leak, which revealed a secret UK surveillance base in the Middle East?<p>One theory, advanced first by journalist and former intelligence analyst Joshua Foust, is that the people originally in control of their cache of source material — journalists …

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Resigns, And Blasts His Opponents For A 'Political Coup'

He will officially resign on Aug. 30, following a 7-0 vote from the San Diego City Council in favor of the deal.<p>"I can't afford to continue this battle, even though I know, if given due process, I would be vindicated," Filner said. In a lengthy statement, he proceeded to blast political opponents …

Joe Biden: Pain, loss and the art of authenticity

Onto the Scranton, Pa., stage the vice president came on Friday, in vintage form. He pumped his fist. He pointed at friends arrayed there, in his hometown. He bellowed a favorite insult: "Malarkey!" He smiled the broad Irish smile, undimmed.<p>The only reference to the terror of the week—camping out …

The Nixon Home Movies: Glimpses of Tragedy in ‘Our Nixon’

Eleanor Clift talks to the director of ‘Our Nixon’ about what Super 8 reels of a tragic presidency reveal.<p>Back in the day when Super 8 cameras were …

Obama Campaigns For College Affordability Plan

President Obama toured Pennsylvania and New York by bus on Thursday and Friday to promote his college affordability plan.<p>He's proposing a affordability-rating system that would steer federal aid, but a budget battle with Congressional Republicans is looming.<p><b>'A Major Debate'</b><p>The tour had a …

GOP’s lame impeachment secret: A story of manipulation

Republican politicians are terrified of right-wing lunatics. Here’s what’s really behind the dumb impeachment fever<p>It’s becoming a ritual of the congressional recess for Republicans: At town halls, and other venues, frustrated (or angry, or hopeful) conservatives ask them about the impeachment of …

Some Republicans are nuts, but the party leaders are not

News watchers these days have to strain their head not to hear a story about Republicans going off the deep end. Whether it be the asinine attempts to derail Obamacare in Congress, impeachment talks, or harsh voter identification laws passed in North Carolina, some of the more extreme members of …

The NSA Has A Word For When Analysts Abuse Their Power To Spy On A Love Interest

From time to time, employees have been known to abuse their power and spy on lovers, according to Siobhan Gorman at WSJ.<p>The practice isn't frequent — one official estimated a handful of cases in the last decade — but it's common enough to garner its own spycraft label: LOVEINT.<p>...<p>The LOVEINT …

Wal-Mart’s newest scheme to ruin the middle class

Just as bad as the original ’80s campaign, “Buy America” 2.0 continues Wal-Mart’s planned takeover of urban markets<p>Almost 30 years ago, as the U.S. was bleeding jobs, Walmart launched a "Buy America" program and started hanging "Made in America" signs in its 750 stores. It was a marketing success, …

Multiple Reports Say That The US Is Preparing For Possible Strike On Syria

Most sources say that President Obama has not made a final decision on any strike, but that it would involve cruise missiles fired from ships in the Mediterranean. This option would not risk any U.S. lives, but send a clear message that the use of chemical weapons would not be tolerated.<p>From …

Sex-assignment surgery on a child ruled unconstitutional

Federal court decides in favor of 8-year-old boy born with intersex condition subjected to procedure as an infant<p>For the first time, a federal court has concluded that a medically unnecessary sex-assignment surgery on a child with an intersex condition could be a violation of the Constitution. This …

Decades of failures: Why the CIA keeps blowing it

Every failure has been rewarded with more money — and weakened America’s standing around the world<p>President Clinton gilded the lily when he said that Sen. Daniel P. Moynihan, D-N.Y., was a product of that desperate New York district Hell’s Kitchen. The senator had grown up at least partly in the …

Will Uruguay’s nationalized pot industry work?

As the Latin American country nationalizes marijuana sales, practical policy questions are also cropping up<p>MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — With the tiny Latin American country of Uruguay poised to become the first country on earth to regulate the cultivation and distribution of marijuana, legislators here …

Syrian Minister: The Middle East Will Burn If The US Attacks

"A mass of flames will ignite the Middle East," said Omran al-Zoubi, Syria's information minister, in a television interview. He also said that American pressure was "a waste of time" and it would not stop Syria from fighting "against terror."<p>The Syrian government, which refers to the rebel …

Power is fragmenting. But what is the true cost to democracy?

Power is leaching from the centre, even as the complexities of national and international challenges multiply. It is the hallmark of our times. Whether political or religious leaders, CEOs or five-star generals – all are more constrained in what they can do.<p>This is a pattern across all societies. …