Archives for June 2015

Ted Cruz Says States Should Ignore Gay-Marriage Ruling

“Those who are not parties to the suit are not bound by it.”

Ted Cruz has some unsolicited advice for the states not specifically named in last week’s Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage: Ignore it. “Those who are not parties to the suit are not bound by it,” the Texas Republican told NPR News’ Steve Inskeep in an interview published on Monday. Since only suits against the states of Ohio, Tennessee,

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Cop Resigns After Pepper-Spraying A Baby

According to court records, Edelen became enraged when his estranged wife refused to put pants on.

Jeffersonville, IN — A Clarksville firefighter who is also a police officer is off both jobs after he pepper-sprayed an infant during a domestic dispute involving his estranged wife. As of Monday morning, Charles Edelen has been suspended without pay from his job at the fire department and has resigned from the Clarksville police

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The Obama Legacy: Inequality, Corporate Trade Deals, Worldwide War

Obama’s legacy is a mixed bag. Alongside health care reform and marriage equality, his eight years in office have greatly benefitted corporations and left Bush-era war mentalities even more deeply entrenched.

Obama walks to the Rose Garden of the White House

WASHINGTON --- An undocumented transgender woman interrupted the White House LGBT Pride celebrations last week, highlighting a rift between those who praise President Barack Obama’s accomplishments after two terms in office, and those who see a decline in freedoms and a rise in inequality as the real legacy he’ll be leaving behind. The division

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‘Beyond Centrifuges’: How The Pathology Of The American Right Is Stalling Engagement With Iran

It’s “common sense” for the U.S. to openly engage with Iran on many issues, including the greatest threat to the region today: ISIS.

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington

WASHINGTON --- The United States is on the verge of signing an agreement with Iran that will mark the most significant geopolitical trend since President Richard Nixon visited the People’s Republic of China in 1972, which opened a pathway toward rapprochement, rather than confrontation, with the communist East Asian nation. Likewise, the Iranian

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Bitcoin May Have Its Time In The Sun As Greek Banks Go Kaput

Can cryptocurrencies like bitcoin offer relief to customers banking in countries on the brink of financial ruin, like Greece?

Japan Bitcoin

ATHENS --- While Greeks are panicking over bank and stock market closures in what seems to be the impending financial collapse of their Mediterranean nation, more eyes are looking toward the world’s most popular cryptocurrency for solutions. Robert Peston, economics editor for BBC News, called it “Greece’s bank holiday from hell” on Sunday,

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Israel’s Heavy Hand In Syria’s Civil War

When Israel conquered the Golan in 1967, it launched a 50-year occupation of the Syrian Golan in which tens of thousands of Syrian Druze lived.  Though an armistice line now separates the Druze in Syrian and Israeli-occupied zones, both communities are deeply intertwined.  The sense of solidarity now, in the midst of a raging civil […]

When Israel conquered the Golan in 1967, it launched a 50-year occupation of the Syrian Golan in which tens of thousands of Syrian Druze lived.  Though an armistice line now separates the Druze in Syrian and Israeli-occupied zones, both communities are deeply intertwined.  The sense of solidarity now, in the midst of a raging civil war, is no

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