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Senators Want Broader U.S. Response to Ebola

The Huffington Post | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | September 16, 2014 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- The Ebola epidemic in West Africa, which has already claimed more than 2,400 lives, is outstripping U.S. and international efforts and may require stronger actions than those outlined by President Barack Obama, senators said Tuesday. Senators at a joint hearing of a health committee and an...

House Passes 'No Welfare For Weed' Bill

AP | AP | September 16, 2014 | Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed a bill Tuesday that could make it a little harder for people to use government welfare payments to buy marijuana in states where the drug is legal. Supporters call it the "no welfare for weed" bill. The bill would prevent people from using government-issued...

House Passes Bill Highlighting IRS Controversy

AP | AP | September 16, 2014 | Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed three bills Tuesday designed to highlight complaints that the IRS mistreated conservative political groups when they applied for tax-exempt status. One bill makes it illegal for IRS workers to use personal email accounts to conduct official business. Another bill guarantees groups that are denied...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Watch 6th Circuit For SCOTUS' Next Move On Gay Marriage

AP | Ashley Alman | September 16, 2014 | Politics
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — People seeking clues about how soon the Supreme Court might weigh in on states' gay marriage bans should pay close attention to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told a Minnesota audience Tuesday. Ginsburg said cases pending before the circuit covering Kentucky, Michigan,...

CFPB Accuses Corinthian Colleges Of Cheating Students

Shahien Nasiripour | September 16, 2014 | Politics
For-profit education company Corinthian Colleges Inc. misled students into taking out unaffordable loans by falsely advertising job prospects, then used illegal debt collection tactics to force distressed students to pay up, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Corinthian owns Everest Institute,...

Rochester Man Indicted On Charges Of Attempting To Help ISIS

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | September 16, 2014 | Politics
Mufid Elfgeeh, a 30-year-old Rochester, New York resident who was arrested earlier this year on illegal weapons charges, was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury for attempting to assist Islamic State militants, among other charges. Elfgeeh, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Yemen, was arrested in June...

Los Angeles Law Enforcement Officers Kill About One Person A Week

Matt Ferner | September 16, 2014 | Politics
Since 2000, nearly 600 people, many of them young black and Latino men, have been killed by Los Angeles law enforcement officers. That's according to a sobering new report from the Los Angeles Youth Justice Coalition, a youth advocacy organization, that looks into the use of lethal force...

Congress Approves Inflation Increase For Veterans

AP | AP | September 16, 2014 | Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of veterans and their dependents will get a fresh cost-of-living increase for their disability benefits beginning in December, according to legislation that Congress sent President Barack Obama on Tuesday. The bill does not set the boost that veterans will receive but requires that it equal next...

Wisconsin Voter ID Law Opponents Want New Hearing

AP | AP | September 16, 2014 | Politics
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Civil rights advocates said Tuesday they plan to ask the full 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a ruling by a three-judge panel that reinstated Wisconsin's voter photo identification law. With seven weeks until Election Day and with absentee ballots already coming in, state...

Newt Gingrich Is Why America Can't Have Nice Things

Zach Carter | September 16, 2014 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- There's something disconcerting about watching Newt Gingrich take the stage to deliver a policy speech in 2014. To most Americans, Gingrich is a charming curiosity: His latest stint with public relevancy was a quixotic 2012 presidential bid in which he visited many of the nation's

Wildfire Cost May Soar With Climate Change, Report Warns

Kate Sheppard | September 16, 2014 | Green
WASHINGTON –- Wildfires may cost the U.S. as much as $62.5 billion a year by 2050 as the effects of climate change worsen, argues an economic analysis released Tuesday. Wildfires cost the U.S. government $1.7 billion in 2013, but that figure only includes firefighting. It doesn't take...

Sen. Tim Kaine Proposing Legislation To Authorize Military Force Against ISIS

AP | AP | September 16, 2014 | Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine has drawn up legislation to authorize U.S. military force against Islamic extremists that would strictly limit the engagement of American ground forces. The Virginia senator, who is a member of both the Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees, proposes repealing the 2002 authorization...

Ezra Levant Goes On Outrageous Rant Over Trudeau Bridal Party Photobomb (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | September 16, 2014 | Canada Politics
Justin Trudeau kissed a bride on the cheek and Ezra Levant didn’t like it. So much so that he found a way to call Trudeau’s father a “slut.” The Sun News Network host delivered his diatribe on Monday’s episode of “The Source”...

Walmart Allegedly Levied A Nonexistent 'Sugar Tax' On New York Shoppers

AP | AP | September 16, 2014 | Business
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's attorney general has settled a false advertising investigation at Wal-Mart, saying some store personnel were citing a nonexistent "sugar tax" on soda. The attorney general's office says the retailer launched a national sale in June advertising Coca-Cola 12-packs for $3, but consumers at 117...

Best Job Posting Ever Seeks Sex-Loving Pothead

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | September 16, 2014 | Media
Do you like sex and marijuana? Well then this job is for you. Last week, The Denver Post's marijuana news site The Cannabist posted what may be the best job description -- and job -- ever. "Sex columnist, with weed focus (apply by Oct. 1)," the headline...

Americans' Bellies Are Expanding Fast, Study Shows

Amanda L. Chan | September 16, 2014 | Healthy Living
CHICAGO (AP) — The number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures — the most dangerous kind of obesity — has climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, according to a government study. People whose fat has settled mostly around their waistlines instead of in their...

American Airlines, US Airways Workers Vote Overwhelmingly To Join Union

Dave Jamieson | September 16, 2014 | Business
WASHINGTON -- Thousands of service agents at American Airlines unionized with their new colleagues at U.S. Airways on Tuesday, making the most of last year's airline mega-merger. In a combined union election, airline employees voted on whether to join CWA-IBT, a joint union of the Communications Workers of America and...

Obama Takes Center Stage In Kentucky's Senate Race

AP | September 16, 2014 | Politics
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — President Barack Obama is playing a starring role in Kentucky's fierce Senate race, with new ads putting him at the center of the contest for Republican Mitch McConnell's seat despite Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes' explicit effort to distance herself from the unpopular president. "I'm not Barack...

Witnesses To Michael Brown Shooting Tell The Same Basic Story About His Death (VIDEO)

Ryan J. Reilly | September 16, 2014 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- The people who saw Michael Brown die all tell a similar story. Several named witnesses have said that Brown was fleeing when Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson fired several shots and that the 18-year-old had turned around and had his hands up when the officer...

HUFFPOST HILL - Political Football Now Literal

Eliot Nelson | September 16, 2014 | Politics
It’s unclear whether the persistent questions about “boots on the ground” will yield a more cautious military approach to ISIS or simply an inappropriate tweet from Kenneth Cole. The government announced today that the poverty rate fell to 14.5 percent, meaning there are 45.3 million Americans Mitt Romney is not...
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