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Speed up deployment of peacekeepers to Mali: U.N. official

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. peacekeeping chief in Mali appealed on Thursday for a quicker deployment of troops to boost the force, which is operating at half its mandated strength of 11,200, so it can better tackle extremist groups in the north of the country.<p>Soldiers from the U.N. …

Colombian troops kill FARC rebels in clash

Colombian army troops have killed at least seven FARC fighters in an operation in the central area of Tolima, the military has said.<p>The fighting on Tuesday comes after 14 FARC members were reported killed over the weekend in an army air and ground assault on a rebel base in a rural area near the …

The High Cost of Shutting Down One Medical Marijuana Operation

<i>A single prosecution can easily run more than $1 million -- all to send an empty message about federal drug laws and hand the market share over to a less savory purveyor.</i><p>Reuters<p>I could.<p>One of Davies's employees, who met him after seeking marijuana to help her through ovarian and cervical cancer, …

Pakistan summons US envoy over Mehsud killing

Pakistan has summoned the US ambassador to protest the drone strike that killed Tehreek-e-Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud, describing the killing as a US bid to derail planned peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban.<p>The country's Foreign Office said in a statement on Saturday that the strike was …

The Folly Of Hanging Around Afghanistan In One Sentence

<b>"IOM paid $300,000 for 600 gallons of diesel fuel, $500 per gallon, when market price should not have exceeded $5.00 a gallon."</b><p>That's from an email sent to Business Insider about a report prepared by the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction on the USAID-backed International …

The US shutdown is the latest in this 'dysfunctional' relationship saga

Now that the latest standoff between the US treasury and Congress is over, it may be helpful to put it in some historical perspective. Indeed, the outcome brings to mind the former treasury secretary Robert Rubin's understanding, when he faced a similar harrowing experience with Congress two …

Sheldon Adelson: U.S. Should Fire Nuclear Missile At Iran

Billionare Republican Sheldon Adelson said he would recommend firing a nuclear weapon into the desert of Iran as a warning shot in order to convince the nation to stop nuclear development.<p>Asked at a event at Yeshiva University in New York last night whether he supported negotiations with Iran, …

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The number of families with children living in deep poverty has gone up 130 percent since 1996

<b>(AP)</b><p>A new report reveals how inadequate Temporary Assistance for Needy Families is at combating poverty<p>Katie McDonough<p>October 23, 2013 3:59pm (UTC)<p>Funding for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant hasn't increased since welfare was "reformed" in 1996. Since then, the number of …

Blackwater faces new charges in Iraq killings

The US has brought new manslaughter charges against four former Blackwater personnel for a 2007 shooting in Baghdad's Nisour Square that prosecutors say killed 17 unarmed civilians, including women and children.<p>Prosecutors say the heavily armed Blackwater convoy launched an unprovoked attack using …

Immigration reform's whipping boy

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Pro-immigration reform groups on the left have a new whipping boy: House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy.<p>Unions and other powerful liberal groups have organized a campaign to paint the No. 3 House Republican as the ultimate decider of whether the nation’s 11 million illegal …

Michael Grimm, GOP Rep., On Immigration: 'We're Getting Close'

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), one of the Republicans whom immigration advocates hope to win over, said Sunday that he thinks momentum is still there for comprehensive reform in the House, even as his fellow GOP members are dragging their feet.<p>"Immigration is a huge issue that I know we need to fix, …

“The Bridge Project” aims to bring average Americans into immigration debate

Much of the immigration debate has taken place on Capitol Hill, but a group of immigration activists are looking to show average Americans that …

Rep. McCarthy Pressured To Back Senate Immigration Bill

The fierce debate over immigration played out in earnest in Bakersfield, Calif., on Wednesday. Immigration overhaul supporters are pressuring Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy to join them. While the House majority whip agrees the immigration system needs to change, he is unwilling to support the bill …

Goodlatte: “good possibilities” of immigration reform

There are “good possibilities” of an immigration reform during this year’s congressional session, said House Judiciary Committee Chairman and …

Goodlatte rejects 'special' citizenship path

VERONA, Va. — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is rejecting the idea of giving immigrants in the U.S. illegally a special pathway to citizenship.<p>Republican congressman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia told a town hall meeting in the Shenandoah Valley on Monday that the House must chart its …

Gutierrez: 'The majority already exists' on immigration reform

Comprehensive immigration reform would pass the House today if GOP leaders would bring it to the floor, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) said …

How to Win Over GOP on Immigration | Council on Foreign Relations

by Edward Alden via cnn.com August 2, 2013

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Obama’s NSA review panel littered with insiders

Having been promised “independent” reviewers, we’re getting national intelligence and White House stooges<p>Natasha Lennard<p>September 23, 2013 1:53pm (UTC)<p>Obama's NSA review panel -- announced to allay public outrage over the spy agency's near-totalizing surveillance programs -- is pure Kabuki …

Veteran theology professor asked to leave Christian college after coming out as transgender

<b>Heath Adam Ackley (YouTube)</b><p>Heath Adam Ackley had been teaching at Azusa Pacific University for 15 years<p>Katie McDonough<p>September 23, 2013 1:08pm (UTC)<p>A veteran theology professor at a California Christian college has been asked to leave his teaching post after coming out as transgender in a …

A necessary DeLay: the rehabilitation of a Tea Party icon

Tom DeLay, scourge of liberals and Tea Party inspiration (aka "The Hammer"), got out of jail free last week. His conviction – a political revenge conviction if ever there was one – for all manner of largely nonspecific skullduggery that, actually, he was probably guilty of, but which was not …

Krugman: Republicans are “meanspirited class warriors”

<b>Paul Krugman (Reuters/Brendan Mcdermid)</b><p>The New York Times columnist defends food stamp program against conservative onslaught<p>Elias Isquith<p>September 23, 2013 2:00pm (UTC)<p>In his latest column for the New York Times, Paul Krugman castigates House Republicans for slashing funding for the …

Shutdown crisis proves the GOP’s inner sickness

<b>(Jeff Malet, maletphoto.com)</b><p>And yes, the GOP will get some of the blame<p>Robert Reich<p>September 23, 2013 4:14pm (UTC)<p>This originally appeared on Robert Reich’s blog.<p>Congressional Republicans have gone directly from conservatism to fanaticism without any intervening period of sanity.<p>First, John …

Destroying the right to be alone

<b>(Reuters/Jason Reed)</b><p>The NSA and other agencies are making privacy obsolete<p>Matthew Harwood • Christopher Calabrese<p>September 23, 2013 12:14pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>For at least the last six years, government agents have been exploiting an AT&T database filled with the …

Poll: Majority Opposes Defunding Obamacare If It Requires Government Shutdown

In the first na­tion­wide poll re­leased since Fri­day’s House vote for a stop­gap spend­ing meas­ure that de­funds Obama­care, 59 per­cent of …

Defunding laws you dislike is not constitutional

<b>John Boehner (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)</b><p>It’s also a dangerous precedent<p>Robert Reich<p>September 23, 2013 4:40pm (UTC)<p>This originally appeared on Robert Reich’s blog.<p>Yesterday morning on ABC’s “This Week,” Newt Gingrich and I debated whether House Republicans should be able to repeal a law — in this case, …