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Putin: Russian Troops Deployed To Crimea To Support Local Defense Forces

Reuters | Jade Walker | April 17, 2014 | World
MOSCOW, April 17 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said Russian forces had been active in Crimea in order to support local defence forces, the first time he has admitted deployment of Russian troops on the Black Sea peninsula. "We had to take unavoidable steps so that events did not develop...

Gabrielle Giffords Pens Anti-Gun Column One Year After Senate Blocked Background Checks Bill

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | April 17, 2014 | Politics
Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (R-Ariz.), who survived a 2011 mass shooting that killed six and wounded 13, marked the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Senate's failure to expand gun control legislation with an opinion piece published in USA Today on Wednesday. Giffords, saying she was disappointed in senators...

The Education Being Provided To This Group Of Students Is Absolutely 'Inadequate,' Says Study

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | April 17, 2014 | Politics
The education provided to young inmates in the juvenile justice system is grossly inadequate and generally ineffective, according to a report released Thursday. The report from the Southern Education Foundation, which promotes educational quality in Southern states, looked at the educational progress by students during confinement in the...

Jerry Brown Steps Up Efforts For Rainy Day Fund In Constitution

Reuters | Ashley Alman | April 16, 2014 | Politics
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 16 (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday stepped up his efforts to enshrine a rainy day fund in the state's constitution, stealing some thunder from Republicans backing a similar measure as he seeks an unprecedented fourth term. Brown, a Democrat who has...

Auburn University Cancels Classes After Threat About 'Rampage Of Biblical Proportion'

Reuters | Tyler Kingkade | April 16, 2014 | College
April 16 (Reuters) - Alabama's Auburn University said it found no immediate safety threat after canceling classes on Wednesday because of a message posted in a campus restroom that reportedly warned of a "rampage of biblical proportion." The university suspended normal operations for the day in light of "student...

How We've Progressed Since Virginia Tech

HuffPost Live | Tyler Kingkade | April 16, 2014 | College
On April 16, 2007, Seung-Hui Cho, a senior at Virginia Tech, shot and killed 32 people and wounded 17. HuffPost Live goes on campus to see what has progressed since this devastating day.

How The President Got To ‘I Do' On Same-Sex Marriage

The New York Times | Ashley Alman | April 16, 2014 | Politics
By presidential fund-raising standards, the dinner at the St. Regis hotel in Washington in April 2011 was an intimate one. President Obama made the rounds, moving among the dozens of people in attendance, including Chad Griffin, a 37-year-old political operative known for his ability to raise money in Hollywood and...

GOP Consulting Firm Staffer Registers 'Boats 'N Hoes PAC' (UPDATE)

Laura Bassett | April 17, 2014 | Politics
As Texas Republicans struggle to win over women voters, a staffer at a prominent GOP political consulting firm has registered a new political action committee in the state called "Boats 'N Hoes PAC." The San Antonio Express-News first reported that Shaun Nowacki, comptroller for Blakemore &...

Joe Biden Posts First Selfie With None Other Than President Obama

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | April 16, 2014 | Politics
Vice President Joe Biden joined Instagram on Wednesday, and it wasn't long before he posted his first selfie. Hours after the vice president launched his account, he cozied up to President Barack Obama for a selfie of epic proportions. The White House tweeted out the photo, too. Pals.— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 17, 2014 You can follow Biden on Instagram here....

Veteran Explains How MDMA Helped Heal His Postwar Trauma

Anna Almendrala | April 16, 2014 | Science
MDMA, the illegal raver stimulant commonly known by its street names molly and ecstasy, may be poised to attract a new demographic beyond young people looking to party: Individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. In a Ask Me Anything session Wednesday, Tony Macie, a 27-year-old retired U.S....

Koch Brothers Net Worth Soars Past $100 Billion

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | April 17, 2014 | Politics
Charles and David Koch hit a milestone on Wednesday, as a $1.3 billion boost to their collective fortune sent their net worth above $100 billion, according to Bloomberg News. The brothers are majority stakeholders in Koch Industries, the second-largest privately held company in the U.S., after Cargill Inc....

Jose Villegas Says Lethal Injection 'Does Kind Of Burn' During Execution

AP | Michael McLaughlin | April 16, 2014 | Crime
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A man convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend, her young son and her mother 13 years ago at a home in Corpus Christi was executed by Texas prison officials Wednesday evening. The lethal injection of Jose Villegas, 39, was carried out after his attorneys unsuccessfully argued...

Obama, Japanese Prime Minister To Battle Negative Images At U.S.-Japan Summit

Reuters | Ashley Alman | April 17, 2014 | Politics
* Worries over U.S. commitment, Japan's less apologetic tone on war * Increasingly assertive China in dispute with Japan over territory, war * Economic centrepiece of Obama's Asia strategy snagged with Japan * Japan postpones foreign minister visit to Moscow (Adds postponement of foreign minister's trip to Moscow) By Linda...

New Bloomberg-Backed Gun Safety Group Releases Chilling PSA Aimed At Parents

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | April 16, 2014 | Politics
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg threw $50 million this week behind Everytown for Gun Safety, a new advocacy group created to combat the influence of the National Rifle Association in the gun control fight. Everytown for Gun Safety released a chilling public service announcement on Wednesday, featuring...

Sallie Mae Cheated Soldiers On Federal Student Loans, Government Investigators Find

Shahien Nasiripour | April 16, 2014 | Politics
Federal investigators have uncovered evidence that Sallie Mae cheated active-duty soldiers on federal student loans, according to people familiar with the matter. The findings, if eventually made public as part of a lawsuit or settlement agreement, may threaten Sallie Mae's lucrative contract with the U.S. Department of Education to collect...

Koch Brothers Net Worth Tops $100 Billion As TV Warfare Escalates

Melissa Jeltsen | April 16, 2014 | Politics
Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers who run Wichita, Kansas-based Koch Industries Inc., added $1.3 billion to their collective fortune yesterday on reports that U.S. industrial production gained more than forecast. The surge elevated their net worth to more than $100 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Supreme Court Disrupter Speaks Out About Why His Night In Jail Was Worth It

Natasha Bach | April 16, 2014 | Politics
Back in February, Kai Newkirk interrupted arguments before the Supreme Court to protest the power of money in politics. Because no one had disrupted the court's oral arguments in seven years, the recording of his actions went viral. Newkirk, who was sentenced to time served for the disruption...

Obama: Russia Faces Consequences For Destabilizing Ukraine

Ashley Alman | April 17, 2014 | Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is preparing to ratchet up sanctions on Russia and boost assistance for the Ukrainian military in the coming days, U.S. officials said Wednesday, as Ukraine struggles to contain a pro-Russian uprising in its eastern cities. Officials said they had no plans to levy new...

Charlie Crist Interrupts Lt. Gov. Bashing Him To Reporters

Natasha Bach | April 16, 2014 | Politics
Former governor and gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist spoke Tuesday to the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches about his plans to defeat current Governor Rick Scott (R-Fla.). Scott's team sent Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera to respond to the media. While Lopez-Cantera was bashing the former governor to the...

This State Is One Step Closer To Labeling GMOs

Mollie Reilly | April 16, 2014 | Politics
By Carey Gillam and Lisa Baertlein April 16 (Reuters) - The Vermont Senate passed a bill on Wednesday that would make it the first U.S. state to enact mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Unlike bills passed last year in Maine and Connecticut, which require...
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