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Donald Trump Is Unintelligible. Five Questions About the Clintons and a Uranium Company. The Times has reported that people involved in a series of Canadian uranium-mining deals channelled money to the Clinton Foundation while the firm at the deal’s center had business before the State Department.

Five Questions About the Clintons and a Uranium Company

And, in one case, a Russian investment bank connected to the deals paid money to Bill Clinton personally, through a half-million-dollar speaker’s fee. The 11 nations of the United States. Bad news for Ted Cruz: his eligibility for president is going to court. The Circuit Court of Cook County in Chicago has agreed to hear a lawsuit on Sen.

Bad news for Ted Cruz: his eligibility for president is going to court

Ted Cruz's eligibility for president — virtually ensuring that the issue dominates the news in the runup to the South Carolina primary. Cruz was born in Canada to a US citizen mother and a noncitizen father. The Constitution requires presidents be "natural-born citizens," but what exactly that requires hasn't been settled in court. Now, perhaps, it will be. Guide to the presidential primaries. Right now, presidential candidates are crisscrossing the country, begging primary voters for their support.

Guide to the presidential primaries

So it's easy to forget that not too long ago, these voters had no say in who their party nominated for president. But everything changed after the Democratic National Convention in 1968: <div>Please enable Javascript to watch this video</div> In the nation's early days, members of Congress picked their party's nominee. Customer Letter - Apple. Even if Sanders wins the popular vote, Clinton could still get the nomination. Chicago_cop_is_suing_family_of_teenager_he_killed. Scott Olson/Getty Images The Chicago cop who shot and killed a mentally ill teenager thinks he deserves to be paid for his decision to pull the trigger.

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Ben Franklin's Famous 'Liberty, Safety' Quote Lost Its Context In 21st Century. Benjamin Franklin once said: "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

Ben Franklin's Famous 'Liberty, Safety' Quote Lost Its Context In 21st Century

" That quote often comes up in the context of new technology and concerns about government surveillance. Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and the editor of Lawfare, tells NPR's Robert Siegel that it wasn't originally meant to mean what people think. Ben Franklin was innovative, but it's fair to say that he didn't imagine a future of cellphones and of all the privacy issues that come with them. Still, his words are often applied to such issues. President Obama's boldest action on guns yet, explained.

After high-profile mass shootings, President Barack Obama has urged the American people to call on Congress to pass measures that would restrict access to guns and, hopefully, reduce gun violence.

President Obama's boldest action on guns yet, explained

But after multiple pleas, Congress hasn't acted, even after the grisly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. So Obama is now acting on his own — with executive actions. "Every single year, more than 30,000 Americans have their lives cut short by guns," Obama said at a press conference on Tuesday. All Politicians Lie. Some Lie More Than Others. Washington — I’m a political fact-checker, which is usually an automatic conversation starter at parties. These days, I get two questions repeatedly: “Is it worse than it’s ever been?” And “What’s up with Donald Trump?” Think voting is for chumps? You might be interested in this system that some states are trying out.

Elections in almost all states in our country come down to primaries, where the candidate who actually makes it onto the final ticket is chosen by a small percentage of people.

Think voting is for chumps? You might be interested in this system that some states are trying out.

In fact, in some states, you actually have to register for a specific party in order to vote in the primaries for given candidates. In other words, if you want to vote in the primaries for Party X, you have to be registered as a Party Xer. Even if you don't agree with them. That big yellow block of voters in the middle of the graphic above? Muslim ninth grader arrested for bringing an electronics project to school. Ahmed Mohamed is a ninth-grader in Irving, Texas, who likes to tinker with electronics.

Muslim ninth grader arrested for bringing an electronics project to school

On Monday, according to the Dallas Morning News, he built a simple electronic clock — a project he said took about 20 minutes — and strapped it inside a pencil case. Which of the 11 American nations do you live in? Red states and blue states?

Which of the 11 American nations do you live in?

Flyover country and the coasts? How simplistic. Colin Woodard, a reporter at the Portland Press Herald and author of several books, says North America can be broken neatly into 11 separate nation-states, where dominant cultures explain our voting behaviors and attitudes toward everything from social issues to the role of government. North Korea Loses Its Link to the Internet. SAN FRANCISCO — ’s already tenuous links to the Internet went completely dark on Monday after days of instability, in what Internet monitors described as one of the worst North Korean network failures in years.

North Korea Loses Its Link to the Internet

The loss of service came just days after President Obama pledged that the United States would launch a “proportional response” to the recent attacks on Sony Pictures, which government officials have linked to North Korea. While an attack on North Korea’s networks was suspected, there was no definitive evidence of it. Doug Madory, the director of Internet analysis at Dyn Research, an Internet performance management company, said that North Korean Internet access first became unstable late Friday.

Vote all you want. The secret government won’t change. The voters who put Barack Obama in office expected some big changes. From the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping to Guantanamo Bay to the Patriot Act, candidate Obama was a defender of civil liberties and privacy, promising a dramatically different approach from his predecessor. But six years into his administration, the Obama version of national security looks almost indistinguishable from the one he inherited.

Expatriate Americans Break Up With Uncle Sam to Escape Tax Rules - WSJ. Sex, power, and money: how a porn star took on web payments and won. The trouble started with an infection. An actress named Eden Alexander had a bad drug reaction, which triggered a rare skin infection, building into a swarm of secondary illnesses. She needed to raise money for treatment. U.S.: dismiss lawsuit over Americans killed by drones. The U.S. Government on Friday asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit over the killing of three American citizens in drone strikes in Yemen earlier this year: alleged Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula leader Anwar Al-Awlaki, his son Abdulrahman, and alleged AQAP magazine editor Samir Khan. The administration also threatened to invoke the State Secrets Privilege if the suit is not dismissed on other grounds. The privilege, which 2008 presidential candidate Barack Obama regularly blasted the Bush administration for invoking, allows the government to seek dismissal of a suit if it could expose national security secrets.

Americans Call for Term Limits, End to Electoral College. PRINCETON, NJ -- Even after the 2012 election in which Americans re-elected most of the sitting members of the U.S. House and Senate -- as is typical in national elections -- three-quarters of Americans say that, given the opportunity, they would vote "for" term limits for members of both houses of Congress. Republicans and independents are slightly more likely than Democrats to favor term limits; nevertheless, the vast majority of all party groups agree on the issue. Benghazi inquiry sparks Hill turf battle - POLITICO.com Print View.

What is wrong with Americans. Behind Court Challenge to Health Care Lies the Right’s ‘Freedom Fetish’ e80Lj.jpg (JPEG Image, 465x348 pixels) Lobby group objects to new regulation banning gifts to all federal employees. The American League of Lobbyists on Monday called for the withdrawal of a new ethics regulation that would prohibit all government employees from accepting gifts from lobbyists. The regulation, proposed two weeks ago by the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), follows a tough executive order issued by President Obama in the early days of his administration banning political appointees from accepting gifts from lobbyists. The proposed rule expands the ban to career employees. Al Jazeera news director, Wadah Khanfar, resigns: GlobalPost.

Al Jazeera's top news director Wadah Khanfar resigned Tuesday after eight years as the network's top executive. The move came after a WikiLeaks cable suggested that Khanfar changed the network's coverage of the Iraq War as a result of U.S. pressure, The New York Times reports. Dick Cheney Claims He. On population manipulation. Gerrymandering Explained‬‏ Bush White House Broke Elections Law, Report Says. Rogue tweet by Secret Service! George W. Bush Found Guilty of Turning White House Political Office Into GOP Boiler Room'.