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John McCain aims broadside at Vladimir Putin with reply editorial

Senator John McCain has taken to the web pages of Pravda.ru to tell<br>Russians their ruler is corrupt, repressive and violent, in a<br>blistering riposte to Vladimir Putin's commentary last week in the New York Times.<p>The veteran US senator and former presidential candidate used almost<br>every line of his …

Iran's secret New York City skyscraper seized by US government

The Iranian government has secretly owned and controlled an office building in the middle of New York City for years. Set on Fifth Avenue and close to Rockefeller Center, the 36-story skyscraper houses a number of businesses across its floors. The US government has won a judgement to seize the …

Visualization Madness

WTF Visualizations is a blog that archives charts and graphs that make no sense. Oh yeah, they may be pretty, or shall we say, "visually appealing," …

The right’s Obamacare obsession is destroying the Republican Party

Conservatives’ Ahab-like determination to destroy Obamacare is actually obliterating their own party<p>The right's Ahab-like determination to destroy Obamacare has so thoroughly overtaken the conservative wing of the GOP that its loyalists in Congress are about to squander an opportunity to hand …

NSA admits wrongly adding 16,000 phone numbers to 'alert list'

WASHINGTON — The<p>National Security Agencyadmitted in documents released Tuesday that it had wrongly put 16,000 phone numbers on an "alert list" so their incoming calls could be monitored, a mistake that a judge on the secret surveillance court called a "flagrant violation" of the law.<p>The documents …

Kerry's Meeting With Russian Is Next Key Moment In Syria Crisis

Now that President Obama has made his case to the nation for holding Syrian President Bashar Assad responsible for a chemical weapons attack last month near Damascus, the next key moment in the quickly evolving crisis appears to be Thursday's meeting in Geneva between Secretary of State John Kerry …

GOP’s tacit admission: “We usually ignore our conscience”

Why make a point of saying Syria is a “conscience vote”? Because immigration and gun reform clearly were not<p>Conscience is suddenly all the rage in Congress. Public opinion too. It's amazing and depressing how popular these terms -- "conscience" and "public opinion," in particular -- have suddenly …

Assad did not order Syria chemical weapons attack, says German press

President Bashar al-Assad did not personally order last month's chemical weapons attack near Damascus that has triggered calls for US military intervention, and blocked numerous requests from his military commanders to use chemical weapons against regime opponents in recent months, a German …

NSA can reportedly tap smartphone users' data

Intelligence-gathering agency has created working groups to access contacts lists, SMS, and user location on the three most popular mobile platforms, according to classified documents viewed by Spiegel.<p>The National Security Agency has the ability to access user data on three of the most popular …

Syria Puts Obama's Multilateralist Philosophy To The Test

President Obama has come home from the Group of 20 summit with essentially no more international support for a strike on Syria than when he left the U.S.<p>He spent the last three days in Sweden and Russia, lobbying U.S. allies on the sidelines and on the public stage, with little movement.<p>The …

N Korea agrees to restore hotline with South

North Korea has agreed to restore a cross-border military hotline with South Korea, in another sign of easing tensions between the rivals in recent weeks, the South Korean government has said.<p>On Thursday, the two Koreas agreed at a meeting in Kaesong to restart the hotline starting Friday, Seoul's …

US attack on Syria delayed after surprise U-turn from Obama

A US military attack against Syria was unexpectedly put on hold on Saturday, after president Barack Obama said that while he backed the use of force after what he called "the worst chemical weapons attack of 21st century", he would first seek the approval of Congress.<p>Obama said he had decided the …

Twitter and New York Times still patchy as registrar admits SEA hack

Twitter's inline image service remains out of action hours after the site's domain name server (DNS) record was hacked, apparently by the hacker group Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), as part of a cyber-attack against the registrar for sites including the New York Times.<p>Images and some avatars posted …

NYPD calls mosques terror groups

NEW YORK — The New York Police Department has secretly labeled entire mosques as terrorist organizations, a designation that allows police to use informants to record sermons and spy on imams, often without specific evidence of criminal wrongdoing.<p>Designating an entire mosque as a terrorism …

Seeking Success In A Finite Number Of Hours A Day

We all have a finite number of hours in a day – 24 to be exact. What we choose to do with those hours is of the utmost importance. We can waste our time, or we can use our time to improve ourselves and our lives. I have always felt passionate about the importance of reading books that can help us …

The 1936 book that every business person should read

Strauss Zelnick is chief executive and chairman of the company that makes Grand Theft Auto, BioShock and other cutting-edge videogames. But he says the book that has most influenced him is Dale Carnegie’s 1936 bestseller, <i>How to Win Friends and Influence People</i>.<p>“The title is unfortunate because it …

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Fringe Factor: Obama Hates White People—and White Dogs

Plus, the Boy Scouts will award sodomy merit badges, radical environmentalists get all the science grants, and other wacky proclamations.<p>Sunny is …

Instagram Cracks Down On Connected Apps Using “Insta” And “Gram”

Instagram has updated its brand guidelines to ban apps that feature either the word “Insta” or “Gram” in their names, and it has begun sending emails to existing apps requesting that they change those components “within a reasonable period.”<p>The emails specifically call out a few updates to the …

Rodeo Clown with Obama Mask. What Could Go Wrong?

A rodeo clown wearing an Obama mask made a stir at the Missouri State Fair rodeo Saturday night as the announcer got the crowd roaring asking if they …

U.S. Postal Service Alcohol Delivery Idea Criticized By Merchants

<b>CNBC:</b><p>Oh, the beer run. That time-honored tradition of hopping in the car and heading to the local liquor establishment to replenish your supply of alcohol. Could it soon be a thing of the past?<p>It just might, at least that is what U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe is hoping for. He recently …

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1 dead, his mother and brother critical after 4 shot in Colorado business complex<p>How recovered memories, single drop of blood helped solve a …

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Apple store now an Apple bore?

Apple stores have attracted critical reviews lately. Sales per square foot are down. But a visit to a store suggests that it's the lack of new products that makes for a tougher environment.<p>I'd heard Apple stores were in serious trouble.<p>According to the Wall Street Journal, they glow less brightly. …

North Korea holds mass dance to celebrate 60 years since end of Korean War

Tens of thousands of young Koreans marked the 60th anniversary of the truce that ended the Korean War with a mass dance Sunday.<p>The dance, For My Only Motherland, at the Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang, was part of a series of events to celebrate what North Korean authorities regard as the 60th …

North Carolina Republicans slammed over 'suppressive' voting bill

North Carolina is set to introduce what experts say is the most "repressive" attack on the rights of African American voters in decades, barely a month after the US supreme court struck down a key section of the Voting Rights Act.<p>The bill, which was passed by the state's Republican-dominated …

Play Atari's classic 'Breakout' right inside Google Image Search

If you're looking for screenshots of Atari's 1976 blockbuster <i>Breakout</i>, you may be in for a surprise today. Typing "atari breakout" into Google Image Search will return a fully playable version of the game, where the images are rendered as breakable blocks.<p>The original version of the game was …

This Is A Gorgeous Redesign Concept For Apple's iPhone Software

This year's iOS is widely reported to be getting a the first major redesign in the history of the software. The new look is said to be lacking in the glitz and the gloss that's been prevalent throughout iOS's life.<p>Instead, we're supposed to get a cleaner, simpler design.<p>Simply Zesty decided to whip …