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House Democrat: Amazing Cheney can keep 'straight face' - CNN Video

Middle East

Sanders popularity and poll numbers grow in Iowa - CNN Video


GOP Strategist: 'I'm very worried' by Trump rhetoric - CNN Video

Donald Trump

Dick Cheney: We could see another 9/11 attack - CNN Video

Dick Cheney

Craven's movies turned sleepy suburbia into terror factories - CNN Video


Obama renames mountain; Ohioans outraged - CNN Video


No settlement in 'deflategate' - CNN Video

Rachel Nichols

Blast kills soldier in clash near Ukrainian parliament - CNN Video


Massive community response to Texas deputy's murder - CNN Video


Unlikely candidate tied with Trump in Iowa - CNN Video

Donald Trump




· Donald Trump Supported Legalizing Illicit Drugs.

· Trump Has Spent Years Supporting Soft-On-Crime Liberals Like Harry Reid ($9,400),


Minecraft’s founder offers proof that even a billion dollars can’t buy happiness

In September 2014, when the wildly popular computer game Minecraft sold to Microsoft for $2.5 billion dollars, the company’s founder, Markus “Notch” Persson, said that he was sick of being a symbol, and looking forward to shedding the pressure of leading something so enormous. By all accounts, the …


President Barack Obama Speaks to Jews in Historic Interview With the Forward

In a one-on-one Oval Office interview, Jane Eisner asks President Obama what he has to say to Jews about the Iran deal, U.S.-Israel relations, and …

Middle East

For Planned Parenthood abortion stats, ‘3 percent’ and ’94 percent’ are both misleading - The Washington Post

“Three percent of all Planned Parenthood health services are abortion services.”

–Planned Parenthood, fact sheet on Web site

“In 2013, abortions made up 94% of Planned Parenthood’s pregnancy services.”

–Susan B. Anthony List, fact sheet on Web site

Three percent or 94 percent? Are abortions just a …


“This is no "act of love" as Jeb Bush said...”

Exposing the Real Deceivers: Why the Overhyped Hillary "Liar" Poll Is a Joke

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Madeleine Albright: Iran deal is a win-win

(CNN) — I teach my students that foreign policy is persuading other countries to do what you want. The tools available to accomplish this include everything from kind words to cruise missiles. Mixing them properly and with sufficient patience is the art of diplomacy, a task that for the United …

Middle East

Sex traffickers are branding their victims

CNN's Sara Sidner goes on a police patrol in Los Angeles where she finds one girl after another with signs they have been branded by their traffickers to show who 'owns' them.

Los Angeles

Brain-eating amoeba kills 14-year-old star athlete

(CNN) — The fatal brain-eating amoeba has struck once again, this time claiming the life of a 14-year-old star athlete.

Michael John Riley Jr. was just days away from starting his freshman year of high school. The Houston teen, who qualified for the Junior Olympics three times in track, was swimming …


Wes Craven, man behind 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' and 'Scream,' dies at 76

(CNN) — Wes Craven, the visionary filmmaker who defined the horror genre with the long-enduring "A Nightmare on Elm Street" franchise, and later deconstructed and redefined it with "Scream," has died.

He was 76.

His family confirmed his death to The Hollywood Reporter. Craven's verified Twitter and …

Wes Craven

ISIS destroys Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria, U.N. reports

(CNN) — One of the most culturally significant pieces of architecture in the world has been destroyed, the United Nations said on Monday.

The U.N. training and research agency released satellite images and analysis that confirmed the Temple of Bel -- which for nearly 2,000 years has been the center …


Suspect in deputy's killing found mentally incompetent in 2012, prosecutor says

Houston (CNN) — The suspect in the slaying of Texas deputy Daron Goforth was found mentally incompetent in 2012 to stand trial on a felony assault charge, a prosecutor said Monday.

About three years ago, Shannon J. Miles was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after fighting a man …