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  • How Conservatives Justify Poll Taxes

    25 October 2014, 11:58 am

    During the Obama era, the Republican Party has made the modern revival of the poll tax a point of party dogma. Direct poll taxes have been illegal for 50 years, but the GOP has discovered a workaround. They have passed laws requiring photo identification,…
  • First U.S. Soldier Dies In Campaign Against Islamic State

    25 October 2014, 11:18 am

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says a Marine who died Thursday in a noncombat incident in Baghdad was the second U.S. military death associated with the campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.The Marine was identified as 19-year-old Lance…
  • Ukraine's Uncertain Future

    25 October 2014, 11:09 am

    Elizabeth Pond, the respected American author who has reported on Eastern Europe for three decades, recently wrote a eulogy for Ukraine. The seizure of Crimea, Russia's military rout of the Ukrainians in the east, and the humiliating ceasefire imposed on…
  • Washington Must Recognize India as Another Great Power to Be

    25 October 2014, 11:08 am

    Before becoming prime minister, India's Narendra Modi was barred from receiving a visa to visit the U.S. A rising leader in the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he was tied to deadly sectarian violence. But now, backed by an overwhelming…
  • Government Gold-Plating

    25 October 2014, 11:01 am

    Senator Tom Coburn released his annual Wastebook this past week. It contains a laundry list of doozies. The U.S. government's gold-plating operations included $190,000 to study compost digested by worms, $297 million for the purchase of an unused mega blimp,…
  • GOP Wave? Thank the Democrats' Cave!

    25 October 2014, 10:25 am

    Election Night forecast: It won't be pretty. Here's part of why...
  • What You Owe Your Military

    25 October 2014, 10:14 am

    A few days after the midterm elections, our nation will observe another Veterans Day. Politicians will spout platitudes about support for the troops, newly elected (and mainly re-elected) congressmen will make appearances with flags pinned to their lapels --…
  • Kurdish Fighters Recapture Iraqi Town Zumar From ISIS

    25 October 2014, 9:49 am

    ARBIL, Iraq, Oct 25 (Reuters) - Kurdish forces retook the northern Iraqi town of Zumar and several nearby villages from Islamic State early on Saturday after heavy coalition air strikes against the Islamist insurgents, security sources said.…
  • Ebola Cases Top 10,000: WHO

    25 October 2014, 9:18 am

    * Bulk of cases in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone…
  • Roberta Kaplan, DOMA Attorney, Discusses Challenging Mississippi Gay Marriage Ban

    25 October 2014, 9:00 am

    Attorney Roberta Kaplan, who represented Edie Windsor in the landmark case, United States v. Windsor, which struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, filed suit this week in federal court in Jackson to overturn Mississippi’s ban on same-sex marriage…
  • Working or Fighting: Your Choice

    25 October 2014, 8:33 am

    Leading up to next week's elections -- November 4 -- the mail, newspapers, radio and TV are saturated with political ads. Time and again, Democrats and Republicans say, "I'm going to fight for you." That's the big problem we have on all levels of government…
  • Gay Activists Charged For Kissing At Anti-Gay Protest

    25 October 2014, 8:25 am

    Two Italian gay rights activists have been charged with a public order offense for kissing at a protest in Perugia, Italy.…
  • Two Ministers Claim They Could Face 180 Years In Jail For Refusing To Do Gay Weddings

    25 October 2014, 8:21 am

    Less than two weeks after a federal appeals court struck down Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage, two ministers in the northwestern Idaho city of Coeur d’Alene have filed a lawsuit claiming they could face up to 180 years in jail for refusing to perform a…
  • Woman Quarantined In Newark Shows No Signs Of Ebola

    25 October 2014, 7:59 am

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey health officials say a woman who arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport from West Africa has tested negative for Ebola in a preliminary evaluation.…
  • Outside Money Surge Makes Kansas Senate Race Costliest In State History

    25 October 2014, 7:30 am

    WASHINGTON -- Few Senate races have seen a gush of spending like the competition in Kansas between Sen. Pat Roberts (R) and independent challenger Greg Orman. That may be because, until lately, it had been unthinkable that a Republican incumbent could lose in…

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