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6 Illegal Cocktails Banned in the U.S. and the United Kingdom

It's human nature to want to raise the bar. If your car has 300 horsepower, you want 400. If you have a 2,000-square-foot house, you want 3,000. So why should it be any different when it comes to booze? These six cocktails upped the alcoholic ante--then ended up getting slapped by the long arm of …

Why a Republican Congress might actually be the end of the world

Keystone XL may be dead for now, but it’s only one of several measures that would put the planet in grave danger<p>Pop the champagne corks in Washington! It’s party time for Big Energy. In the wake of the midterm elections, Republican energy hawks are ascendant, having taken the Senate and House by …

The world's smallest sculptures - in pictures

Jonty Hurwitz, co-founder of Wonga.com, has created nanosculptures of human forms that are invisible to the naked eye and can only be viewed on the screen of a powerful scanning electron microscope

10 Maps That Explain the Next Election

What pollsters will be watching for in 2016.<p>The recent midterm election could be read as the belly-flop conclusion of the Obama era: What was thought to be a transformative period in American politics—a brief spark of minority- and youth-driven enthusiasm that created the promise of a post-racial …

The Cop Who Shot Michael Brown Is Unlikely To Face Federal Civil Rights Charges

The Justice Department reportedly doesn't have a strong enough case to charge Wilson and prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he intended to violate Brown's constitutional rights, sources told the Post.<p>The department has also been investigating the policing practices of the Ferguson Police …

Justice

26 Maps That Show How Ethnic Groups Are Divided Across America

Take German-Americans, the country's largest ancestry group with 49 million members. While they make up more than 30% of the population in the Midwest, they account for less than 10% of the population in the Deep South and California.<p>Irish-Americans are everywhere in the North East, but almost …

The Clintons' Kentucky play

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Speaker after speaker railed against Mitch McConnell here at a Democratic rally for Alison Lundergan Grimes, calling the Senate minority leader everything from a perennial flip-flopper to an entrenched incumbent out to enrich himself to an “invasive species.”<p>“He is everything …

11 ways the White House says women, workplaces and families have changed over the decades

In the final days before the midterm elections, the White House is trying to rally women voters behind paid family leave, a minimum wage hike and closing the gender pay gap.<p>President Barack Obama speaks about the economy, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, at Rhode Island College in Providence, R.I. Obama …

K-State football coach lands in political pileup

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Popular Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder found himself in the middle of a nasty late-in-the-game political pileup after …

Lobbyists Amp Up Efforts To Sell Washington On E-Cigarettes

In a scene from the new season of the popular Netflix political drama <i>House of Cards,</i> the elegant Claire Underwood catches her soon-to-be vice president husband puffing an e-cigarette.<p>"You're cheating," she says, referring to their efforts to quit smoking.<p>"No, I'm not," Congressman Francis Underwood …

Clinton helps Grimes raise $700K

Former President Bill Clinton helped Alison Lundergan Grimes rake in a substantial amount of cash during a fundraiser this week for the Kentucky Democratic Senate contender.<p>A Grimes campaign official confirmed Wednesday that the previous day’s event in Louisville raised $700,000, higher than …

Frank Gehry rebuffs pleas to revise Eisenhower memorial designs

Memorial plagued by setbacks as federal agency asks architect to consider minor revisions as Ike’s family continues to withhold support from design likened to ‘Nazi concentration camp’<p>The National Mall, Washington’s very crowded green centerpiece, has seen something of a building boom recently, …

Star-studded Senate hearings: actors Ben Affleck and Seth Rogen to testify

Affleck to speak about crisis in Democratic Republic of Congo Rogen to speak about Alzheimer’s disease<p>A red carpet was to flop down the polished halls of the Dirksen Senate building Wednesday, with two A-list celebrities scheduled to testify at separate afternoon committee hearings.<p>Ben Affleck …

Reid tempers Koch criticism

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid walked back his accusation that all political ads backed by the billionaire Koch brothers are lies.<p>Opening the Senate on Wednesday morning, the Nevada Democrat said that Americans for Prosperity, a group backed by Charles and David Koch, is spending millions on ads …

American Military Dominance In One Staggering Chart

Despite a proposed slashing of U.S. Army personnel to pre-World War II levels, American military might is beyond question.<p>This chart from April 2013, which is making the rounds again, shows that America's 2012 defense budget surpassed that of the next 10 countries combined.<p>Another example of …

What’s the Hold Up in Releasing the Secret Clinton Records?

Amid debate over how much of Hillary Clinton’s past is fair game for her expected 2016 presidential candidacy, the Clinton Presidential Library still hasn’t released 33,000 pages of documents pertaining to the former first couple that were legally supposed to be public more than a year ago.<p>AP<p>But …

A Guide To The New Arizona

<b>While we wait for Governor Jan Brewer</b> to thoroughly read a two-page bill that she might have to veto, let's take a look at the standing law at the moment in where-the-fk-else? Arizona.<p>This looks like a, lovely place for lunch or dinner. The menu looks scrumptious, especially that shrimp thingat the …

Jan Brewer

Elizabeth Warren takes on Sallie Mae

The Massachusetts senator is worried that the student loan behemoth is hurting young people and the economy<p>Liberal Sen. Elizabeth Warren's campaign against economic inequality has led her to focus on a new target: student loan giant Sallie Mae.<p>On Tuesday, Warren sent a letter to Sallie Mae chief …

Lobbyist Trying To Ban Gays from the NFL Loses Client

Jack Burkman, the Washington lobbyist who announced Monday that he’ll push for a bill to ban gays from playing in the National Football League …

Wall Street Donors Ditched The Republican Behind The New Tax Reform Bill

They stop getting Wall Street money.<p>At least that's how it appears it went in Senator Dave Camp's (R-MI) case.<p>He is co-authoring a bill with Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) that would raise taxes on financial institutions with more than $500 billion in assets — so the JP Morgan's and Goldman Sachs' of …

Here's Some Stupid For Lunch

<b>Sean Hannity, now looking back</b> a bit at the top of The Hill from the other side, hosted a discussion about food stamps, and there was this guy named Gavin McInnes on there who said things. Some of the things he said were:<p><i>Why not? Let's demonize them!" McInnes exclaimed. "Have you seen the poor?</i> …

Sean Hannity

‘Wrapping Your Homophobia Around the Bible’: CNN Panel Goes to War Over Controversial Arizona Bill

A debate over a proposed Arizona law that would exempt individuals and legal entities from having to cater to gay customers exploded Tuesday night on CNN when an opponent of the measure accused former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli of being a “homophobe.”<p>Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has until …

When your freedom is up for debate, what's it like being gay in America?

We want to hear from the people at the center of the national discussion: gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans<p>Last week, the Arizona legislature made it legal for business owners to discriminate against gay people. If you claim that serving gay people at your store, restaurant or hotel …

Alec Baldwin already has another gig

Following a New York magazine piece in which actor and outspoken liberal <b>Alec Baldwin</b> throws fire at former employer MSNBC and supposedly bids farewell to public life, some news from USA Today:<p>Baldwin will have lots of emotion to pour into his role as he makes a guest appearance on NBC’s “Law & …

Hillary Clinton Promised Clinton Library Would Be Open And Records Would Be Available Earlier Than Legally Required

I guess not.<p>Politico reported this week that records from the Clinton White House held at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark., are still being kept hidden from the public despite their processed status and the expiration more than a year ago of the legal reasoning for withholding …

Government

Why The Sweeping Tax Reform Proposal Is Already Doomed

Here's why no one in Congress wants anything to do with Camp's bill.<p>Michigan Rep. Dave Camp, the Republican chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, is set to introduce his proposal for an overhaul of the nation's tax code Wednesday afternoon. However, in the days and weeks leading up to the …

NSA reform advocates oppose White House proposal to hand data to FBI

Jim Sensenbrenner among those concerned by proposals on the table and says stance to end bulk surveillance is ‘unwavering’<p>Advocates for the curtailment of bulk surveillance are pre-emptively opposing a reform proposal presented to the White House under which responsibility for the National Security …