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How Vladimir Putin Went From Spy Film Admirer To One Of The World's Most Powerful Men

The Huffington Post | Carina Kolodny | July 31, 2014 | World
We all know the name Vladimir Putin. From his oppression of Russia's LGBT community to his invasion of Ukraine to his unyielding support for the Syrian government, the ironfisted president at the helm of Russia's government has been a mainstay in recent headlines. But what do we know...

GOP Congressman Suggests Obama Should 'Send A Boat' To Pick Up Immigrant Children

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | July 31, 2014 | Politics
Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) suggested Thursday that if President Barack Obama is concerned about the well-being of thousands of unaccompanied children who have fled violence in their home countries in Central America, then perhaps he should "send a boat down to pick them up." In an interview with MSNBC's Jose...

White House: 'Extraordinary' That House Republicans Would Vote On Ending Dreamer Policy

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | July 31, 2014 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- The White House went after House Republicans on Thursday for their "extraordinary" decision to vote -- again -- on ending a policy that has allowed hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. years ago as children to stay in the country....

CIA Improperly Accessed Senate Computers, Agency Finds

McClatchy | Paige Lavender | July 31, 2014 | Politics
WASHINGTON — CIA employees improperly accessed computers used by the Senate Intelligence Committee to compile a report on the agency’s now defunct detention and interrogation program, an internal CIA investigation has determined.

Justice Department Urges Law Enforcement To Carry Heroin Overdose Antidote

Reuters | Mollie Reilly | July 31, 2014 | Politics
WASHINGTON, July 31 (Reuters) - U.S. law enforcement agents who deal with heroin addicts may begin carrying the drug naloxone to reverse overdoses, the Justice Department said on Thursday, responding to a surge in heroin use in the United States. Attorney General Eric Holder said he urged federal law enforcement...

Why The Death Penalty Needs To Die

The Daily Beast | Paige Lavender | July 31, 2014 | Politics
The recent botched executions are just the tip of the iceberg. The death penalty is and always has been a financial and moral disaster.

Gay Congressman Mark Pocan: ENDA Religious Exemption Will Go, Obama Is 'Leading Us'

Michelangelo Signorile | July 31, 2014 | Gay Voices
Openly gay Congressman Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) weighed in on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), at the center of controversy since major LGBT groups pulled their support of the bill in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision because of its broad religious exemption. While...

Archbishop Justin Welby Speaks Out On Gaza Conflict, Calls For An End To The Violence

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | July 31, 2014 | Religion
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby released a statement on Wednesday calling for the end to the violence in Gaza and encouraging churches to pray for and offer support to victims. The archbishop's website reports that Welby has been engaged in private communications with contacts in Israel...

'The Present Is Tragic But The Future Is Unthinkable' In Gaza

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | July 31, 2014 | World
More than 240,000 Palestinians in Gaza have been displaced from their homes by fighting between Israel and militant groups, the United Nations said on Wednesday. Most of them have sought refuge in schools run by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA. More than 20 days into the...

'Drinking And Talking' Learns How Lobbyists Make And Scare Friends In Washington

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | July 31, 2014 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- Lobbying. Depending on who you talk to, it is either the most reviled of political trades or a dramatically misunderstood and overly stigmatized profession. For critics, the image that comes to mind is of Jack Abramoff decked out in a three-piece suit, driving with the top down along...

Move To Declassify Latest Benghazi Report Undercuts Conspiracy Claims Yet Again

Michael McAuliff | July 31, 2014 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- The House Intelligence Committee voted Thursday to declassify its investigative Benghazi report, a move that likely further undercuts the premise behind the House's $3.3 million Benghazi select committee. When it is released, the report will mark the fourth major probe of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the...

Teachers May Not Want To Reduce Number Of Out-Of-School Suspensions, Survey Suggests

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | July 31, 2014 | Politics
Many school superintendents say they want to reduce the numbers of school suspensions for students, but teachers may be standing in their way. A new survey out this week from The School Superintendents Association, in collaboration with the Children’s Defense Fund, takes a look at how district leaders...

Michele Bachmann: Government Wants To Experiment On Undocumented Children

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | July 31, 2014 | Politics
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) believes that the United States government wants to use thousands of undocumented immigrants for medical experiments, she said on the radio show WallBuilders Live on Wednesday. “And now President Obama is trying to bring all those foreign nationals, the illegal aliens to the country,...

Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Registry For Same-Sex Couples

Reuters | Reuters | July 31, 2014 | Politics
(Fixes keyword identifier, with no change to text) MILWAUKEE, July 31 (Reuters) - The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a 2009 law that establishes a registry for same-sex couples, saying it does not violate an amendment to the state's constitution banning gay marriage. The registry gives registered same-sex couples...

Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds State's Controversial Voter ID Law

Reuters | Reuters | July 31, 2014 | Politics
(Updates with background on the law and statement from governor) By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE, July 31 (Reuters) - The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a state law requiring voters to have photo identification to cast a ballot, although the law remains blocked by an earlier ruling by a federal...

Leaked Memo: Top Tea Party Group Forced Mitch McConnell To Block Stimulus

Shadee Ashtari | July 31, 2014 | Politics
As he seeks another six years in office, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has touted his reputation as a true conservative and an unwavering opponent of President Barack Obama. But a newly leaked document written by one of the most prominent figures in the tea party movement claims that...

Jay Carney Looks Back At All The Ways He Dodged Reporters' Questions

Katherine Fung | July 31, 2014 | Media
Jay Carney and David Letterman joked on Wednesday about the ways the White House press secretary can avoid answering reporters' questions. Carney left his post as the White House press secretary earlier this year, and appeared on "The Late Show" to discuss his experience as part of...

U.S. Attorney Warns Andrew Cuomo Over Potential Obstruction, Witness Tampering

Reuters | July 31, 2014 | Politics
By Eric M. Johnson July 31 (Reuters) - A U.S. attorney has threatened to investigate the administration of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for possible obstruction of justice or witness tampering, amid its broader probe into the disbanding of an anticorruption commission, the New York Times reported on Thursday. The...

This Cute Shirt Could Make Your Child Smarter

Rebecca Klein | July 31, 2014 | Parents
A new campaign from the early childhood initiative Too Small To Fail is using clever T-shirts to encourage parents to teach their young children new words by conversing more with them. The cute kid-sized shirts list conversation topics that parents can use when chatting with their children. The...

Joe Scarborough Harshly Criticizes Israel's Conduct In Gaza

Jack Mirkinson | July 31, 2014 | Media
Joe Scarborough took aim at Israel's bombardment of Gaza on Thursday, saying that, despite his history of support for the country, he could not condone the killing of so many Palestinian civilians. “This continued killing of women and children in a way that appears to be indiscriminate is asinine," he...
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