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Snowden deserves our sympathy

Government has too many of us convinced that the whistle-blower is somehow worse than the crimes he reports<p>Whether in celebrity culture or in our Facebook-mediated interactions, we live in the age of the human being as a public brand. So there's nothing surprising about the reaction to this week's …

Cruz blasts Obama on veto threat

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) reamed President Barack Obama Thursday for threatening to veto a bill that would guarantee members of the military can freely express their religious beliefs.<p>“We have reports of servicemen and women being told that, ‘If you share your faith with others, you will face …

Manchin: NRA has gone off the rails

The NRA is running ads attacking Senator Joe Manchin, the man behind the failed gun legislation bill. Manchin has countered that the NRA has lost its way. Political analyst Ron Reagan and the Washington Post’s Nia Malika Henderson discuss the NRA’s radicalization.

China To Weigh Snowden's Fate

And after China determines that, apparently, the country will decide whether or not to extradite him.<p>In the meantime, Snowden is scoring points for China in the propaganda war.<p>Yesterday, China State television network CCTV weighed in on the Snowden case, saying he "risked his own life to expose the …

Hillary Clinton Denounces Sequestration Over Cuts To Scientific Research

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticized the across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration on Thursday, decrying the cuts' detrimental effects on scientific research.<p>While speaking at a Chicago charity dinner for Citizens United for Research In Epilepsy, the nonprofit founded by …

iPhone Phablet on the way? Apple is exploring bigger iPhones with up to 5.7″ screens

While we’ve been hearing quite a bit about Apple’s plans for a cheaper iPhone over the past few months, the company’s plans to go bigger have been more cloudy.<p>Now it sounds like Apple aims to go into phablet territory, a term for giant smartphones over 5-inches that may as well be tablets. Apple is …

German 'Wise Men' push for wealth seizure to fund EMU bail-outs

Two top advisers to German Chancellor Angela Merkel have called for a tax on private wealth and property in eurozone debtor states to force the rich to fund rescue costs, marking a radical new departure for EMU crisis strategy.<p>Professors Lars Feld and Peter Bofinger said states in trouble must pay …

Europe

Spain Is Beyond Doomed: The 2 Scariest Unemployment Charts Ever

This is what a permanent underclass looks like.<p>(Reuters)<p>Spain is in a great depression, and it is one of the most terrifying things I have ever seen.<p>Five years after its housing boom turned to bust, Spanish unemployment hit a record high of 27.2 percent in the first quarter of 2013. It's almost too …

Britain should worry about its own currency union

Britain is blessed in having an integrated economy and the ability to depreciate sterling. The eurozone, by contrast, is cursed by its fragmented …

Detroit Bond Ratings Cut Deeper Into Junk Category By Moody's, Citing Bankruptcy Risk

June 13 (Reuters) - Moody's Investors Service on Thursday pushed the credit ratings on nearly $8.4 billion of Detroit bonds deeper into the junk category, citing heightened risks the city could file for bankruptcy, undergo a major debt restructuring or do a combination of both.<p>The action came a day …

UN says world population nearing 7.2 billion

The world's population will hit 7.2 billion next month and 10.9 billion by 2100, with most of the growth a result of high birthrates in the developing world, the United Nations has said.<p>The UN's latest "World Population Prospects" report on Thursday said the number of people inhabiting the planet …

Wealthy Towns Are Running Out Of Mansions

While housing inventory is falling throughout the country, it's falling especially fast in some of the country's richest ZIP codes.<p>A study from Altos Research, the Mountain View, Ca., real-estate research firm, found that inventory in the nation's 90 wealthiest ZIP codes fell 15 percent over the …

Poll: Americans' faith in Congress lower than all major institutions -- ever

Americans really, really, really don’t trust Congress.<p>That’s been born out in poll after poll, but a new number from Gallup shows that Americans currently have the least faith in Congress of any of the major institutions they’ve polled.<p>Ever.<p>That means that – since Gallup started the poll in 1973 – …

British Honeybees Are Getting Wiped Out At Record Rates

Over the 2012-2013 winter season, 34 honeybee colonies of every 100 were lost on average — more than double that of the previous year.<p>Widespread die-offs are being blamed largely on bad weather and a late spring, BBKA said in their report.<p>An exceptionally rainy season — the summer of 2012 was the …

Erdoğan issues stark 'final warning' to Turkey's Gezi Park protesters

Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, delivered a stark "final warning" on Thursday to thousands of defiant protesters still camped out in …

US offers Syrian rebels 'military support,' alleges Assad used chemical weapons

The United States and its allies have concluded that the government of Bashar Assad has used chemical weapons in Syria's protracted civil war, leading President Barack Obama to broaden aid — including military support — to opposition groups.<p>The intelligence community concluded with "high …