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My wife came down to breakfast Thursday morning still in a daze over the outcome of the election. She said, poignantly, “I feel just like I did after my father died. I used to wake up each day with a sense of dread saying ‘that really didn’t happen, did it?’ But it did happen, just like this election happened, and I’m having that same sense of dread”

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Fairly early into his speech in Michigan on Sunday night, Donald Trump stated that five years ago he had been honored as Michigan “Man of the Year.” Except it appears no such honor was ever bestowed. Those who would know can’t recall it happening, and the Trump campaign refuses to comment

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Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) thinks there’s a good chance President Barack Obama will get his nominee on the Supreme Court this year if Hillary Clinton wins the election Tuesday.

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Eleven years ago this August I was deployed in Iraq with the Lima Company combat unit, and recently, I reunited with my fellow Marines to commemorate the anniversary. Looking around, I was taken by how many of them are still serving — in the military, as police offers, or helping others as doctors and lawyers. I shouldn’t be surprised.

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The New Day After

04Nov

This nightmare will end soon. Barring those leaning towards Secretary Clinton turning out in only mid-term proportions, Hillary Clinton will be elected president. The nuclear codes will be safe and the sort of apocalyptic “day after” depicted in the much hyped 1980’s television movie will return to being only the haunting possibility that could arise from international hostilities

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) has  stayed true to his vow  to not vote for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. Kasich wrote in Sen

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The race for White House is effectively over. Hillary Clinton will be the 45th president of the U.S.

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This is the fifth in my series of ” Letters to a Trump Supporter ,” from correspondence with a family friend who supports Mr. Trump. Continuing our conversation about Barack Obama , he sent me a so-called “Newsweek” article blaming affirmative action for the Obama presidency

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ATLANTA ― For Republicans nervous about an electoral catastrophe next month, Lesley Jones could be a harbinger of doom.

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So we had the final presidential debate this week, and Donald Trump went right on being Donald Trump, which should have surprised precisely no one by now. Our subtitle today, of course, refers to the two most amusing (or horrifying, take your pick…) things Trump said during the debate. Since then, both “bad hombres” and “nasty women” are trending online

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Without taking her eye off the ball, Hillary Clinton (D-NY) should immediately start campaigning against gridlock. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) should nationalize the race for Congress on this issue. Same for Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

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Polls Show Good News For Hillary Clinton

16Oct

New national polls show that Hillary Clinton is leading, but it’s not clear by how much.

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With his campaign in crisis, U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump vowed on Saturday to stay in the race despite calls from more than two dozen prominent Republicans for him to drop out following the release of a recording of him making lewd comments about women

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John McCain Unendorses Donald Trump

08Oct

WASHINGTON ― Sen.

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Before the RNC, the Fiscal Times declared that Trump was “not as much of a drag on the ticket as some feared.” After a bad month for the GOP nominee, I decided to test that argument, to see if that was still the case.

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The springboard for this post is an op-ed piece authored by Patrick J.

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America’s newspaper of record has a checkered history of supporting dubious wars including the Iraq War following the WMD debacle and Libya War of 2011 which destabilized and devastated Africa’s wealthiest country. One would think The Times might have smartened up given the consequences of recent wars

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Last Thursday I was privileged to attend an event that had been scheduled as part of an ongoing advocacy effort on behalf of open trans military service. The symposium , entitled “Inclusive Military Policy: Transgender Service, Like Repealing DADT , Strengthens the Force,” was planned when it seemed that the original deadline, already six months past, would be kicked further downfield, potentially into a new administration. The lineup was chosen very strategically to make the case that the time for dallying had long passed, and the noises coming from the Congressional Armed Services committees needed to be ignored

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On the final Memorial Day weekend of the Obama administration, the soon to be astonishingly young ex-Commander-in-Chief has some recent successes to savor on the security front.

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Crunching the numbers shows that independents couldn’t have won Bernie Sanders the nomination. Declining trust in political institutions could be driving support for Sanders and Donald Trump. And the “gold standard” of polling isn’t so pristine these days.

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Donald Trump gets a bump in general elections polls, but there’s reason to doubt that it will stick.

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Donald Trump breaks the rules. For his followers, that’s part of his appeal. Trump specializes in the lie

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Historians like me owe a debt of gratitude to Donald Trump. He is the spectacularly-coifed embodiment the Republican Party’s id, the avatar of the party’s dark forces which have been swirling since the late 1960s, and with the volume turned up to 11.

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If politics were, in fact, a game of beanbag, the South Carolina primary would be a bag of rusty nails. Alas, politics ain’t beanbag . And South Carolina is just the campaign equivalent of throwing rusty nails at your rivals. The first projectiles came on Thursday, as the remaining Republican presidential candidates descended on the Palmetto State to engage in some good ole-fashion dirt-slinging and innuendo

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) announced this week  that he wouldn’t seek another term in Congress partly because he wants to spend more time with his family.  Ribble vowed to serve no more than four terms after taking office in 2010, but a sad airport farewell contributed to his decision to quit after just three terms, Ribble told “So, That Happened,” the HuffPost Politics podcast.      Ribble said he took his three grandsons home to Sherwood, Wisconsin, for a few days after Christmas.  “We played out in the snow and did all the things that granddads and grandsons love to do,” he said.

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On the same day he won the Republican Iowa caucus , Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas got a favorable decision from the Illinois Board of Elections, which ruled that he met the citizenship criteria to appear on the state’s primary ballot.

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WASHINGTON — Arizona wants to secede. Not from the United States, but from the U.S

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The editorial board of The Des Moines Register on Saturday endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla) and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the respective Republican and Democratic nominations for president. The endorsement from the largest paper in the state comes nine days before the Feb

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WASHINGTON — Ted Cruz may wind up becoming Donald Trump’s greatest weapon. The Republican establishment has spent the last few months warning that the rise of Trump’s presidential candidacy represented a grave threat, not just to the party, but to the country itself. That may still be the case.

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How Obama Made This Congressman’s Day

15Ene

WASHINGTON — You could forgive Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) if he celebrated a little during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address

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Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. Today, we speak with New York University Professor Mohamad Bazzi about the Saudi-Iran rift.

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Debunking Donald Trump

20Nov

Firstly, I must make this much clear: I am not a Republican. However, I do respect those who champion fiscal responsibility as an ideological platform, as well as those few GOP candidates who have proven their political mettle and entered the arena with more than just empty promises (John Kasich, for example). No matter whether I agree or disagree with their policies, at the very least they make concrete statements about what they plan to do in office via their respective “On the Issues” statements and comments on the campaign trail.

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NewsOne Now Exclusive: Rand Paul Talks 2016 NewsOne Now EXCLUSIVE: Rand Paul talks 2016 presidential race, plan to drive additional dollars to Black-owned businesses, poverty, education, criminal justice reform, #BlackLivesMatter and more.

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Before he  demeaned ,  guaranteed  and  taunted  his way to the top of the polls — indeed, before the very first “Make America Great” hat even came off of the assembly line — the Republican Party got its first incontrovertible evidence of the extent of its problem with Donald Trump, via a report in The Washington Post. It started harmlessly enough. In early July, The Post cited unnamed Republican donors and consultants in reporting on a phone conversation that Trump had with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus

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MANCHESTER, N.H. — With Republicans in turmoil over who will become the next Speaker of the House, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) voiced his concern on Sunday that the disarray in GOP ranks will carry over into 2016.  “I just worry a great deal about the effect it’s going to have on the next election,” McCain told The Huffington Post

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Go ahead and support Hillary Clinton, those of you for whom having the first female president is the top priority. She is by far preferable to Carly Fiorina, though of course no match for likely Green Party candidate Jill Stein (I know: You want to win).

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Two years ago, I attended a mock-government conference that changed my life. After spending months crafting legislation, running for the office of Senator in a mock election, and preparing myself to represent Maryland at the Girl’s Nation civic program, I found myself standing before a group of empowered young women who had decided that I was fit to be their President and the representative of every branch of the National and State programs created by the American Legion Auxiliary.

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WASHINGTON — To understand what drove John Boehner out of office, and the government to the brink of  another shutdown, look no further than the campaign trail, and the increasingly inflammatory rhetoric coming out of the mouths of candidates. The race to capture the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 has left candidates jockeying to be the ultimate outsider, playing to the hearts of voters fed up with politics as usual. And one of the most battered targets of those candidates is Boehner

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Obama’s China Syndrome

27Sep

President Barack Obama’s Washington summit and White House state dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping marked one of the administration’s last big attempts to place U.S.-China relations on a good track. With China’s secretive and troubled massive economy affecting others in ways we’re still learning, growing American concern over cyber-espionage matched by Chinese concern about global surveillance, and China becoming still more aggressive in its extraordinary maritime claims, Obama has a lot to overcome.

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Friday Talking Points — Bye-Bye, Rick!

12Sep

Breaking news! Rick Perry drops out of presidential race! This news broke after almost all of this column was written, so we’re just going to add this bit at the top to snarkily wish Rick Perry well in his future endeavors. I must admit I got it wrong when I predicted a few weeks ago that Perry would stay in the race longer than Jim Gilmore, George Pataki, Lindsey Graham, Rick Santorum, and Bobby Jindal. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun betting who will drop out next! With Perry gone already, I predict that Gilmore will be next, seeing as how he didn’t even make it onto next week’s CNN kid’s table debate.

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Hit, Lips, Tips, Drips and Slips

06Sep

Yeah, I hear what you’re saying. “For all you political comics, Donald Trump must be a dream come true

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GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump says that billionaire hedge fund manager Carl Icahn accepted his offer to be treasury secretary in a Trump administration. In addition, Trump also said he would pick former Alaska governor Sarah Palin for a top cabinet position if he was elected president.

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Triumphant Trump: Hail to the King!

08Ago

Yesterday I wrote about the sad seven members of the high school debate club who were relegated to a nearly empty auditorium for the a 5 PM performance . After the kids went to bed, it was Donald Trump’s night in the big room. A friend of mine accurately described Trump as “negatively compelling.” He was exactly where he wanted to be, the center of the stage and the center of attention.

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Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) made a cameo on the “The Daily Show” on Thursday evening to wish retiring host Jon Stewart a special farewell. To my old interrogator Jon Stewart: So long, jackass! #JonVoyage pic.twitter.com/t3Eg83oWq3 — John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) August 7, 2015 In a video montage that included appearances from Secretary of State John Kerry and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, McCain appeared with a puppet resembling Stewart — a reference to the puppet that Stewart has brought  on his show resembling McCain

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There weren’t many details known about Jon Stewart’s final episode heading into Thursday, but Politico  did report some celebrities, politicians and correspondents were taping goodbyes for the comedian. If that’s not the biggest understatement of all time, who the heck knows what is?

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Republicans have done everything they can to win the Jewish vote, never missing an opportunity to link Democrats and any foreign policy opponent to the Nazis and the Holocaust. They just don’t get how offensive such remarks are to Jewish voters, continuing to drive them toward Democrats. The latest came from former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who recently said President Obama “will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven,” in an interview with Breitbart News, according to Igor Bobic with the Huffington Post

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TOP STORIES To get The Morning Email, HuffPost’s daily roundup of the news, in your inbox, sign up here. IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL, REVIEWED Congress officially received the deal today, marking the start of a 60-day review period . Secretary of State John Kerry said there was no viable alternative to the deal , as the pitch process begins around the world for the historic agreement.

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For most of my adult life, this semi-literate, mega-rich egomaniac out of New York called Donald Trump has pretended to be an important public figure, making an endless array of half-baked public pronouncements, slapping his name on things, and generally giving narcissistic personality disorder a bad name. Naturally, our devolutionary news media has played along with the guy all along, giving him coverage with no laugh track. It’s all been a gigantic waste of time and intellectual bandwidth.

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AMES, Iowa – Donald Trump attempted to defend his controversial statements about  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) during a news conference Saturday — but things got heated when he started bickering with reporters.   The real estate mogul-turned-presidential-candidate took questions from reporters following his comments at the Family Leadership Summit in which he questioned whether Arizona Sen.

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WASHINGTON — Republican lawmakers unanimously denounced an historic agreement between Iran, the U.S. and five world powers on Tuesday, promising to fight the accord tooth and nail once a congressional review period ends later this year. “The deal in my view, from what I know so far, is unacceptable,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a weekly press conference, noting it would provide “billions in sanction relief while paving the way for a nuclear Iran.” “Instead of making the world less dangerous, this ‘deal’ will only embolden Iran — the world’s largest sponsor of terror — by helping stabilize and legitimize its regime as it spreads even more violence and instability in the region,” Boehner added.

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It’s early days yet in the post-Citizens United era, and most of the nation is still in a very naive place. Sen

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The Republicans’ dramatic intra-party fighting over NSA domestic surveillance which saw the likes of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain having to give way to the likes of young libertarian Senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul and House Republicans points up a brewing civil war on national security. It’s a conflict with major implications for the 2016 Republican presidential race, as it will likely force the huge Republican field to come to grips with our fateful post-9/11 adventures. Just as putative frontrunner Jeb Bush, who so infamously had to take five tries before backing off his support for his brother’s disastrous Iraq War, has already had to do

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WASHINGTON, May 1 (Reuters) – Her campaign barely three weeks old, Hillary Clinton already has been attacked by Republicans on everything from donations to her family’s charitable foundation, to her tenure as secretary of state and her ties to Wall Street.

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There are ideas and calls in the US arena for stronger, firmer, and more decisive measures to implement the policy declared by US President Barack Obama to eliminate ISIS, as part of a comprehensive and calculated strategy away from arbitrariness and hesitation. Many high-level military officials who previously served in senior posts have started talking publicly about the “failure” of the United States to defeat al-Qaeda, ISIS, the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and other radical Islamists because of the policies and decisions of the executive branch, particularly under Obama

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WASHINGTON — Hours before Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) compared Europe’s attitude toward Russian President Vladimir Putin to appeasement toward Nazi Germany, the German ambassador here warned U.S

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By Allyn Fisher-Ilan JERUSALEM, Jan 19 (Reuters) – The Palestinians could lose annual U.S. aid if they file a lawsuit against Israel at the International Criminal Court which they joined this month over American and Israeli protests, a senior U.S. Republican senator said on Monday.

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Change is not the goal

19Ene

In the 2008 US Presidential campaign between Barack Obama and John McCain, Obama claimed to be “the change we need” while McCain claimed to be a “maverick reformer”. The fact that both candidates on the world’s largest stage ran on a ‘change platform’ is symbolic of how much the concept of ‘change’ is a part of our contemporary lexicon. More recently, the claiming of a change platform by political leaders has spread across the Middle East, North and East Africa; as a desperate attempt to hang on to the last threads of power, or in attempt to replace incumbent regimes

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(Adds McCain statement, last two paragraphs) UNITED NATIONS, Jan 5 (Reuters) – Syria has complained to the United Nations that U.S. Senator John McCain, former French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and former U.S

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(Adds details, quotes starting in fourth paragraph.) By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON, Dec 4 (Reuters) – U.S. Republicans, outraged with President Barack Obama for easing deportations of millions of undocumented residents, plan legislation in 2015 strengthening the U.S.-Mexican border to discourage illegal immigration

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This week’s Huffington Post Gay Voices RaiseAChild.US “Let Love Define Family” installment spotlights Diane and Cherie. The couple have chosen to adopt an African American boy for a number of reasons, including the fact that black males are the least likely to be adopted in the United States

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As a longtime hotel manager for upscale resorts across the U.S., Sandrine had spent her career believing that good service was the key to success. That included being courteous to your guests–and to your co-workers. Which is why the company’s latest “star” employee, Russ, confounded her

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Thanks to the Internet, not only has our work and social life been drastically altered, but so has our education system. From online classes to tablets for each student, technology now powers the classroom. This growth in technology not only affects those who instantly have access to information, but also creates greater access to education around the world

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Earlier this year, Morgan Freeman almost blew up the Internet with a video of himself talking after sucking down some helium, and now he’s back to finish the job. During ” The Tonight Show ” on Thursday, host Jimmy Fallon and Freeman went through the second half of their interview while inhaling helium from balloons, and the results are everything you dreamed they would be.

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DETROIT — Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Thursday called on Republicans to take action immediately and address the need for immigration reform.

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What’s cuter than a tiny animal eating tiny food? How about three tiny animals — a hedgehog and two hamsters — having a tiny birthday party , complete with appropriately tiny birthday cakes

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JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli army on Wednesday intensified its offensive on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, striking Hamas sites and killing at least 8 people on the second day of a military operation it says is aimed at quenching rocket fire against Israel. The offensive has set off the heaviest fighting between Israel and the Islamic militant group Hamas since an eight-day battle in November 2012. Militants unleashed rocket salvos deep into Israeli territory, and Israel mobilized thousands of forces along the Gaza border for a possible ground invasion into the Palestinian territory

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We’ve seen “good” hotels and “good” airports , but what about destinations with a “good” conscience? The new Good Country Index aims to “measure how much each country on earth contributes to the planet and to the human race.” Nations were ranked in seven categories, from “culture” to “planet and climate” impact to “health and well-being” of locals

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Who is the true patriot, Hillary Clinton or Edward Snowden? The question comes up because Clinton has gone all out in attacking Snowden as a means of burnishing her hawkish credentials, eliciting Glenn Greenwald’s comment that she is “like a neocon, practically.” On Friday in England, Clinton boasted that two years ago she had favored a proposal by a top British General to train 100,000 “moderate” rebels to overthrow the Assad regime in Syria, but Obama had turned her down. The American Thatcher?

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The conflict in Iraq started a century ago. One hundred years ago on June 28, to be exact

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SYDNEY (AP) — Investigators looking into the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines plane are confident the jet was on autopilot when it crashed in a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean, Australian officials said Thursday as they announced the latest shift in the search for the doomed airliner. After analyzing data between the plane and a satellite, officials believe Flight 370 was on autopilot the entire time it was flying across a vast expanse of the southern Indian Ocean, Australian Transport Safety Bureau chief commissioner Martin Dolan said. More…

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Satao was an elephant famous for having tusks so long that they nearly reached the ground, and so distinct, that he could be easily identified from the air as he roamed Kenya’s vast Tsavo East National Park . Now, Satao is dead, slain by ivory poachers who used poison arrows to bring the great elephant down. Once Satao was in their clutches, the poachers hacked off his legendary tusks and much of his face, the Tsavo Trust announced on Facebook and Twitter

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard could have been devastated by losing last season’s NBA Finals. Instead, he vowed to get better. More…

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