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Freedom or oppression? That's the question for Arizona's SB1062

Arizona's SB1062 has pulled off a sort of political magic trick, in that warring sides can read the bill's text and have not only different reactions, but completely opposite ones.<p>While proponents of gay rights dub the bill oppressive, those in favor of the bill becoming law say it represents …

Hagel calls for shrinking Army to pre-WWII size

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called Monday for shrinking the U.S. Army to its smallest size in decades, along with other cuts, drawing criticism that the drastic changes will hurt U.S. security.<p>Hagel announced his Pentagon budget priorities Monday afternoon. The Army had already been preparing to …

Why are we still debating climate change?

There is no debate.<p>Climate change is real. And, yes, we are, in part, to blame.<p>There is a 97% consensus among scientific experts that humans are causing global warming. Ninety-seven percent!<p>Yet some very vocal Americans continue to debate what is surely fact.<p>The question is, why?<p>Trust certainly …

Can Venezuela's socialist government survive wave of protests?

Student protesters pack the streets. Violence surges. Tear gas billows.<p>Opposition leaders and government officials blame each other for the unrest, and both sides show no sign of backing down.<p>No matter who you believe, it's clear that tensions are running high in Venezuela.<p>The anti-government …

Obama calls on Congress to raise federal minimum wage

US President Barack Obama Saturday called on the Congress to pass a bill to raise the federal minimum wage for all workers.<p>In his weekly address, …

Sochi: After weeks of worry, a pretty smooth start to spectacle - CNN.com

<b>(CNN)</b> -- Amid international concerns about security, the Sochi Games completed the first day of contests Thursday with high excitement and -- equally important -- no major adverse incident.<p>After all the anxiety about a terror strike, controversy over gay rights and ridicule over poor preparations, …

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The First-Ever Virtual "Big Block of Cheese Day"

<i>Ed. note: This post is about 2014's Big Block of Cheese Day. Click here for information about 2015's Big Block of Cheese Day.</i><p><i>This event has concluded. See all the responses from administration officials who participated in Big Block of Cheese Day.</i><p>President Obama has always been dedicated to the …

Obama to raise minimum wage for federal contractors

<b>(CNN)</b> - While President Barack Obama’s attempts to increase the nation’s minimum wage through legislation have stalled in Congress, the White House announced plans on Tuesday to use the president’s executive powers to partially address the problem.<p>Just hours before the President is scheduled to …

Warren Buffett Will Give You $1 Billion If You Make A Perfect March Madness Bracket

Just how impressive is a perfectly completed March Madness bracket? According to Warren Buffett and Quicken Loans, a billion big ones.<p>Berkshire Hathaway and Quicken Loans have teamed up to offer a $1 billion prize paid in 40 annual installments of $25 million, or a $500 million lump sum. If there …

Propane shortage adds to winter woes

As meteorologists on Monday added up to 10 inches of snow to their frigid forecasts for the Northeast and Midwest this week, the regions are struggling with a lack of the essential resources residents need to keep warm.<p>While the cold won’t be quite as unbearable as the Polar Vortex system earlier …

Hundreds mourn Purdue shooting victim at candlelight vigil

Hundreds gathered at Purdue University despite temperatures well below freezing to hold a candlelight vigil for Andrew Boldt, a teaching assistant who was shot to death on campus, allegedly by another teaching assistant.<p>Boldt, 21, was killed about noon Tuesday in a classroom in the university's …

Amazon workers vote on union (UPDATED)

<i>Update: Reports late Wednesday say Amazon workers voted 21-6 against forming a union. Original story follows below</i><p>A group of Amazon(s amzn) warehouse …

More Than 11 Million Young People Have Fled Facebook Since 2011

Skeptics of Facebook’s business model have long pointed to anecdotal evidence that the social network is losing its luster with teens as evidence …

J.C. Penney closing 33 stores, laying off 2,000

J.C. Penney said Wednesday it will close 33 underperforming stores and lay off 2,000 employees as the venerable but troubled retailer continues a sweeping turnaround effort.<p>The company said the closings will save about $65 million a year beginning in 2014. It will take pretax charges of $26 million …

Five Important Features Of Congress' New Spending Bill

The bill includes $573 billion for defense spending when overseas contingency funds are included and $525 billion for non-defense discretionary spending.<p>The bill runs more than 1,500 pages and sets out funding measures for programs all across the government.<p>It took a month of hard work by …

Egypt voters overwhelmingly back constitution: official sources

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptians who voted in a referendum overwhelmingly approved a new constitution, official sources said, citing early results of a ballot that could set the stage for army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to declare his candidacy for president.<p>About 90 percent of voters approved …

Shooter, 12, arrested at New Mexico school, two teens hospitalized: officials

An 11-year-old boy is fighting for his life after being critically shot during a middle school shooting in New Mexico Tuesday that also hospitalized …

Here’s the horrifying new way the NSA spies on offline computers

Believe it or not, there are still new revelations to be had regarding the various ways America’s National Security Agency spies on its targets. Just …

Pushing past partisanship, Congressional leaders back $1 trillion spending bill

Shaking off three years of partisan freeze, Republicans and Democrats unveiled a $1.012 trillion spending deal Monday night that would roll back some spending cuts, raise federal worker pay and have a surprisingly broad effect on Americans' everyday lives, from the light bulbs in lamps to the lines …

Question: How could a passenger jet land at the wrong airport? Answer: Uh ...

A day after a Southwest Airlines jet with 124 passengers landed at the wrong airport, many are asking: How in the world could that happen?<p>"It's not common, but it's not unheard of," said pilot Mark Weiss, a 20-year veteran of commercial aviation who has frequently flown Boeing 737-700s, the same …

Sunday Shows To West Virginia: Drop Dead!

Some 300,000 residents of West Virginia are without safe drinking water this weekend after 7,500 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol leaked into the Elk River. It's a news story of great importance to ordinary human Americans, and so let's round up all of the coverage the Sunday shows gave to …

Can TIME Predict Your Politics?<p>See how your preferences in dogs, Internet browsers, and 10 other items predict your partisan leanings.<p>Social …

Thai Protesters Begin 'Shutdown' of Bangkok

Thai opposition protesters have begun their attempted shutdown of the capital city of Bangkok, occupying key intersections in the downtown area and …

China surpasses US as world's largest trading nation

China became the world's largest trading nation in 2013, overtaking the US in what Beijing described as "a landmark milestone" for the country.<p>China's annual trade in goods passed the $4tn (£2.4tn) mark for the first time last year according to official data, after exports from the world's second …

WOW. The Man Who Hugs Wild Lions Brought a Go-Pro This Time

Kevin Richardson is known as the lion whisperer, and I think that term is perfectly accurate. He has literally made himself part of a pride of lions, …

Christie's critics savor his misfortune

Chris Christie is learning that being a Party of One can be pretty lonely when times get tough.<p>Democrats predictably condemned the New Jersey governor after a bombshell report Wednesday tied one of his top staffers to a burgeoning scandal that’s already been dubbed “Bridge-gate.” More notable was …

Christie apologizes over lane closures, fires top aide

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie publicly apologized Thursday for controversial lane closures last year that were arranged by his associates as an apparent act of political revenge, and fired a top aide who was at the center of the scandal.<p>"I come out here to apologize to the people of New Jersey," …

The Congressman Who Went Off the Grid

Roscoe Bartlett spent 20 years on Capitol Hill. Now he lives in a remote cabin in the woods, prepping for doomsday.<p>When Roscoe Bartlett was in Congress, he latched onto a particularly apocalyptic issue, one almost no one else ever seemed to talk about: America’s dangerously vulnerable power grid. …