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Obama's Pragmatism
I think I’m beginning to understand Barack Obama’s concept of pragmatism better. Pragmatism is the name of a school of philosophy. The major point to understand is that, in the pragmatic view, we have to continue working hard at “business as usual,” regardless of what we believe is ethically right or wrong. As I understand it, Obama’s current philosophically-inspired position is that economic success is the major gauge of his leadership, simply because that is the way everything works in our civilization. Many aspects of our system are repugnant, probably as much to Obama as to some of those reading this, but according to his pragmatism we can’t get away from things as they are.

Obama’s is a deeply thought out attitude and not the same as a policy of continuous expediency. He demands that we throw ourselves into the world as we find it. I think he would say that any other attitude amounts to shirking our (his) responsibility to run the country for the good of everyone, including the good of people we detest.

This attitude can be compared with the one advanced by Victor Frankl in his book Man’s Search for Meaning. Frankl survived life in Auschwitz while following similar principles. I recommend Frankl’s moving and disturbing book without reservation to anyone who would try to see human beings as we are, inextricably connected to the world around us. In some ways the philosophy of Frankl is the antithesis of the agonized lament, heard in Jean-Paul Sartre’s play No Exit, that “Hell is other people.”

I’m not sure I can entirely accept either Obama’s pragmatism or Frankl’s grim determination to follow the road on which we find ourselves. Nevertheless I believe these are ideas that we need to take seriously, particularly in light of the current president’s apparently deep commitment to principles such as I am awkwardly trying to characterize here.

If Obama succeeds in getting himself voted in for another term, it will be interesting to find out what he does with his second four years. He may not change his policies, but I’m hoping he will start to explain, in much greater depth, the decisions he is making and the logic he follows in making them.

—Ralph    |  

Wiki-Leaking Bank Information
For anyone interested in learning more about Wikileaks, how it operates, its ethics and an example of the character of one leaker, I recommend watching this video. Probably because of server overload, the video may take up to about 15 minutes to begin playing. It’s worth the wait.
—Ralph    |  

USA Has a Right-Sided Bias
This week’s diplomatic spat between the US and Venezuela illustrates the built-in U.S. bias against leftist governments.
(Reuters) - Venezuela condemned on Thursday the United States’ revocation of its ambassador’s visa. […]

In the latest flare-up between the ideological foes, Washington withdrew the visa of ambassador Bernardo Alvarez on Wednesday in retaliation for the rejection by socialist President Hugo Chavez of Obama’s nominated U.S. envoy to Caracas.

Chavez had blocked [U.S. envoy] Larry Palmer’s arrival, after the diplomat accused Venezuela’s government of close ties to leftist Colombian rebels. [Palmer] also alleged declining morale and growing Cuban influence in Venezuela’s armed forces.

It’s easy to see why U.S. foreign policy is always so strongly biased against leftist governments: there are still substantial remnants of U.S. anti-communism, the pillar upon which most of Washington’s foreign policy rested from the beginning of the Cold War, around 1947, until the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Throughout 44 years of Cold War polarization, a strong tradition of U.S. anti-leftism became deeply rooted. And even though 20 years has now passed since the collapse of Russian communism, there is still a fixed expectation, both at home and in the rest of the world, that the U.S. will always oppose leftist governments such as Venezuela’s, while glossing over the faults of rightist states like El Salvador, to which

the United States has sent more than $1 billion in military aid […] in the last decade, and $2 billion more in economic assistance.
Anti-communist habits of thought also help explain why, two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union, U.S. press and media still retain a strong right-sided bias. A reflexive “anti-communist” miasma of condemnation subtly permeates the atmosphere when any domestic policy appears to lean leftward.

As long as reactive hatred of communism and reactive fear of terrorism combine to lock U.S. political dialog into a tiny pen, there’s little hope we’ll hear sensible policy discussion any time soon.

—Ralph    |  

Ease of Use
Republicans no longer care how obvious they are about passing legislation exclusively for the benefit of the wealthy. They have no further need to hide this or anything else, because the likes of Beck, Hannity, O’Reilly, Limbaugh and hundreds of other right-wing radio and tv presenters all over the country are able to spin whatever their favored politicians may happen to say into electoral gold.

This wonderful ease of use of the populace is just one of the many miracles made possible by having so large a proportion of uneducated and under-educated citizens. Remember that the American economy is driven by consumption. You only have to know how to eat.

—Ralph    |  

What is a Conservative?
What exactly is an American conservative, anyway? I can’t think of a description that fits the present range of candidates. Is a conservative…
  • A religious fundamentalist who is fanatically opposed to abortion for any reason?
  • A wealthy individual trying to get his taxes reduced by giving money to a politician who promises to cut all taxes?
  • A person opposed to government spending (except for military, CIA, Homeland Security and “Black Ops” spending)?
  • An advocate of “white power,” also opposed to social services and immigration?
  • Someone who believes in “personal responsibility” (except when his or own family needs some kind of help)?
  • A politician who tries to block any legislative proposal advanced by Democrats, including legislation he or she has previously sponsored?
  • Someone who believes “Barack Hussein Obama” is secretly a Kenyan Muslim?
This is, of course, an ironic post, but it also contains a serious question: is there any common set of beliefs shared by self-described American conservatives?
—Ralph    |  

Reality vs Human Nature
We often hear that “reality has a well-known liberal bias.” Public opinion, on the other hand, has a well-known bias in favor of ignorance and jingoism. The truth is usually evident, but will not be accepted until much later. This is especially true when the truth turns out to be unpleasant or (even worse) expensive.
—Ralph    |  

Angry with Barack Obama?
I get pretty disappointed, even angry with Obama because he has neither ended the wars nor closed Guantanamo, but then I have to remember how much I hated Lyndon Johnson for his horrible war in Vietnam. Because of the massive public reaction against that war, in 1968 Johnson did not run for a second full term in office.

But now we remember Lyndon Johnson as the president who moved the Civil Rights Act of 1965 through Congress, and signed it.

It’s true that Barack Obama isn’t the most popular president, and that he’s not helping other Democrats. Those are the unfortunate facts. But we can still hope that the legislation Obama and this Congress have passed will help the country over the long term.

—Ralph    |  

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about image after Benghazi

Two California men charged with
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Moscow issues travel warning
over U.S. 'hunt' for Russians

University of North Carolina gets
NCAA findings in academic fraud probe

Ex-students of elite Conn.
university charged in drug scandal

Idaho couple whose 5-year-old fatally
shot another child reach plea deal

Obama reaffirms commitment to
Israel security to American Jews

Gunfight in western Mexico
kills at least 39: officials

Senate intelligence chairman
offers surveillance compromise

Dallas girl sentenced to
40 years for drowning baby

Houston firefighter dies
in apparent murder-suicide

Washington state officials urge
calm following police shooting

FBI identifies two California men
arrested for seeking to help militants

Clinton attacks Republicans over
Ex-Im Bank in New Hampshire

In Spain, grassroots movements
revive interest in politics

U.S., allies conduct 20 air strikes
against Islamic State militants: military

NY can ban 'Choose Life' license
plates as DMV program upheld

Hundreds march in Sudan
against Mursi death sentence

White House says remains concerned
on delay of surveillance bill

Two killed in grenade
attack in Burundi capital

U.S. court denies motion to halt
execution of long-serving Texas inmate

U.S., Cuba make progress on
restoring ties but no deal yet

EU, ex-Soviet neighbors patch
over rifts with eye on Russia

Accused arms smuggler left Tunisia for
Italy before museum attack: official

U.S. State Department posts first
set of Hillary Clinton emails online

Florida mother agrees to son's
circumcision after jail time: media

Suicide bomber kills 21 at Saudi Shi'ite
mosque, Islamic State claims attack

U.S.-Cuba talks made progress on restoring
diplomatic relations: Cuban official

Mother stands in at graduation of
son killed in prom night crash

Soldier kidnapped by suspected
Islamist militants in Egypt's Sinai

Contest for Nokia's HERE
seen as a three-way race

Myanmar's Rakhine State denies
persecution at root of migrant crisis

Clinton friend promises cooperation
with panel probing Benghazi attacks

U.S. court hands partial win to tobacco
firms over judge-ordered disclosures

Netherlands plans to ban
full-face veil in public places

Armed elderly woman arrested after
22-hour standoff in California

Pennsylvania city faces fiscal
pain for immigration law

NATO says sets date for
2016 summit in Warsaw

U.N. panel adopts new rules
on treatment of prisoners

Islamic State fighters press
advance east of Iraqi town

SpaceX capsule splashes down in
Pacific with space station cargo

U.S. Senate aims to pass
fast-track trade bill Friday

Colombia's FARC rebels
suspend unilateral ceasefire

Global refugee crises will hinder
resettlement of Asian 'boat people': UNHCR

Banks hope to benefit from high
court ruling on discrimination

Suspicious package prompts partial
evacuation of NYC's Grand Central

British bomber jailed for life for
murder of U.S. sergeant in Iraq

Suicide bomber strikes Saudi Shi'ite
mosque, many dead or wounded

EU to propose relocating 40,000
refugees from Italy, Greece

Somalia's al Shabaab fighters
attack village in Kenya

U.S. approves sale of 10 MH-60
Seahawk helicopters to Saudi Arabia

U.S. bird flu causing egg
squeeze, emergency measures

Turkish police swoop on
Erdogan foes, dozens detained

Polish court adjourns Polanski
extradition case until mid-September

Fresh fighting erupts in east Ukraine,
three Ukrainian soldiers killed

'My parents tried to marry me
off as a child': Indian activist

Top Shi'ite cleric urges plan to purge
Iraq of Islamic State after fall of Ramadi

Irish vote on gay marriage
in landmark referendum

Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric urges 'wise plan'
after fall of Ramadi to Islamic State

Three Ukrainian servicemen killed in
fighting in eastern Ukraine: Kiev military

Stretched Afghan army falls back
on militias to help defend Kunduz

Nepalis return to quake epicenter
to rebuild stone by stone

Islamic State
expands its 'state'

Polish court seeks U.S. help
on Polanski case by August 8

UK's Cameron uses EU summit to
campaign for pre-referendum reforms

California wine country
hit by 4.1 quake

China calls for immediate end
to conflict in South Sudan

Myanmar says finds more than 200
Bangladeshis in boat offshore

South Korea says North drops demand
for wage hike at joint factory park

Saudi-led coalition steps up air strikes
on Houthis in Yemen's Sanaa: residents

Myanmar navy rescues boat
with 200 migrants aboard

Thailand again says
election could be delayed

Shelling kills one worker at east
Ukraine coke plant: Metinvest

China says U.S. actions in South
China Sea 'irresponsible, dangerous'

One worker killed in heavy shelling of
Avdiyivka coke plant in east Ukraine: Metinvest

Saudi citizen killed in rocket
attack launched from Yemen: SPA

Cameron determined to give Britons
'proper choice' on reformed EU

Al Shabaab attacks village
in Kenya's Garissa

FBI arrests two suspected Islamic
State recruits in California: NBC News

Polish President Komorowski narrowly
leads in poll ahead of run-off

Support for Turkey's ruling AK
Party wanes: unpublished poll

Washington quadruple slaying
suspect arrested in city

How an off-the-cuff remark shaped
Jeb Bush's economic vision for U.S.

Former Connecticut Governor
Rowland allowed bond during appeal

'Boat people' likely posing as
Rohingya for aid, says Myanmar general

Exclusive: Feds probe L.A.-area
casino over cash transactions

Suspect in Washington quadruple
killing apprehended: police

House panel issues subpoena to
Fed over 2012 information leak

Federal judge rules again that gay
couples have right to wed in Alabama

Court frees ex-Korean Air
executive in 'nut rage' case

Cuba, U.S. wrestlers
tussle in Times Square

Florida expands gun owners'
rights during emergencies

Mexico weighs U.S. meat product
sanctions after WTO ruling

U.S. official in Israel to
discuss Mideast nuclear arms ban

Future of domestic surveillance
powers uncertain as Congress fights

Cleanup of oil-fouled California
beach could take months

Former Virginia lawmaker plans to
wed teenager involved in sex scandal

Baltimore grand jury indicts
police in death of Freddie Gray

Washington state police officer shoots
two men accused of stealing beer

Senate advances fast-track
trade bill sought by Obama

Restaurant that was scene of deadly
Texas gang fight sued by neighbor

California man gets 13 years in prison
for fatal Halloween hit-and-run

A year after Thai coup, stability
trumps growth for business

U.S. vows to continue patrols
after China warns spy plane

Colorado movie gunman kept detailed
financial records, jury told

Despite Obama endorsement, U.S.
concerns grow over Iraqi premier

Suspect at large in slaying
of Missouri woman kept in box

New York prison guard in inmate
death case gets last-minute reprieve

Transgender California inmate seeking
surgery wins parole recommendation

In New Hampshire, Jeb Bush draws
contrast with brother on spending

Washington Capitol police weigh
fix after guns left in bathrooms

Man who flew gyrocopter to
Capitol pleads not guilty

Tempers flare as Rhode Island
retirees argue over pension reform

EU defies Russian 'bully'
but disappoints ex-Soviets

SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule
leaves space station

Exclusive: Iowa bird-flu farms
fall short on containment measures

Bugged phones and double barbed
wire: far fewer North Koreans defect

Husband gets life for arranging for
girlfriend to kill wife in New Jersey

U.S. admits two children killed
in Islamic State campaign

Suspect in shooting of South
Carolina sheriff's deputy killed

North Carolina preserves New
Years Eve opossum tradition

Lockheed-Boeing rocket venture
needs commercial orders to survive

Air strikes kill 15 suspected
militants in northwest Pakistan

U.S. extends oversight of GM's
handling of safety issues

Senate Democrats press for
Amtrak funding increase

Italy passes law to
tackle rampant corruption

New York's Westchester County settles U.S.
water safety lawsuit, pays record fine

Republican Jeb Bush criticizes
'arrogance' in climate change debate

Suit filed over South Carolina war
memorial that separates dead by race

Illinois lawmakers pass
marijuana decriminalization bill

Exclusive: Lax biosecurity found
on several Iowa bird flu farms

Obama boosts support, elevates
status for ally Tunisia

U.S. rail regulator orders
more speed controls for Amtrak

Islamic State says it has full
control of Syria's Palmyra

After Texas shootout, summer biker
rallies bring rumble of concern

Fast-track trade bill passes U.S.
Senate hurdle in win for Obama

Scientists want you to know
plankton is not just whale food

Malaysia orders rescue of migrants,
Myanmar to attend conference

Mind-controlled prosthetic limbs
allow precise, smooth movement

Missouri woman kept
in box found murdered

Boy Scouts president says ban
on gay leaders needs to end

Wary EU hosts hopeful
ex-Soviets, under Russian glare

U.S. to release some Clinton
Benghazi emails 'very, very soon'

U.S. economy tepid in early second
quarter, but jobs market resilient

Senate panel's bank oversight
bill gets no Democratic votes

U.S. to deliver 2,000 anti-tank
weapons to Iraq, Pentagon says

House committee approves bill
to speed new drugs to market

Obama to designate Tunisia
as major non-NATO ally

Tunisia says Moroccan held in Italy
supplied weapons for museum attackers

U.S. House leader: Senate must
act on bulk data collection

Tackling the traffickers, UK hotels
learn how to combat "faceless" crime

Aid groups raise fears of
escalating violence in South Sudan

Iran aid ship reaches Djibouti
waters, waits to enter port: activist

Senate Banking panel oks regulation
relief bill with no Democrats

Lawsuit filed over New York police
shooting of unarmed black man

Cambodia takes first refugees from
Australia in aid-for-refugees deal

Mega Millions jackpot hits $194
million for Friday's drawing

Chile president seeks to put focus
back on reforms after scandals

Bluebird's gene therapy continues
to show promise in early study

U.S. SEC charges Atlanta firm
over public pension funds

Ex-NFL star Ray Rice's domestic
violence charges dismissed

Obama: 'I don't think we're losing'
fight with Islamic State: Atlantic

Bowwow wow! Dog domestication
much older than previously known

Burundi ruling party youth rattles
nerves in ethnic tinderbox

Spaniards to overturn 40 years of
predictable politics in regional vote

U.S. labor market resilient
despite sluggish economy

Swedish fighter jets intercept
Russian bombers near border

Briton guilty of making bomb that
killed U.S. sergeant in Iraq

Viking recalls 60,000 high-end
ranges over burn hazard

U.S. fast-track trade bill
clears key hurdle in Senate

Once-parched Texas city orders
evacuation due to floods

U.S. sanctions two companies
linked to Iran's plane purchases

Russia offers military aid
to Iraq during PM visit

Detroit prosecutors join criminal
probe of Takata over air bags

Domestic violence charges against
former NFL player Ray Rice dismissed

Around-the-clock cleanup effort under
way on oil-fouled California beach

Republican senator voices opposition
to advancing fast-track bill

Russia, Iraq expanding
military cooperation: Putin

Russia ready to help Iraq
defeat Islamic State: Lavrov

Exclusive: Turkish intelligence helped
ship arms to Syrian Islamist rebel areas

Searching for the
next Alibaba in India

Greece's Varoufakis courts
controversy anew with taping remark

Japan takes South Korea to WTO over
Fukushima-related food import restrictions

Pizza crust links man to Washington,
D.C. quadruple slaying: media

Huckabee becomes latest Republican
to skip Iowa straw poll

U.S. jobless claims rise; four-week
average lowest since 2000

'Top 10' new species includes
cartwheeling spider, 'chicken from hell'

Ukraine reports fresh casualties in
east, OSCE sees violence spreading

Rand Paul leads charge
against data collection

Suicide car bomber kills two
near Libya's Misrata: report

Egypt's Copts praise Sisi but
await more tangible support

China university denies U.S.
economic espionage charges

Ex-NFL star Hernandez due in court
on witness intimidation charge

Japan unveils $110 billion plan to
fund Asia infrastructure, eye on AIIB

Italy says over 900 migrants
rescued at sea, one dead

China air force holds
drill in Western Pacific

Weak euro zone, Asia pin hopes on
U.S. economy for global bounce

Ukraine crisis makes EU eastern
partnership more important: Merkel

Gathering momentum, Islamic State
takes control of ancient Palmyra

Street clashes, gunfire erupt
again in Burundi capital

Saudi shells hit Yemen aid office,
killing five: local official

Gaddafi's home town falls to
Islamic State in anarchic Libya

UK's Cameron to unveil immigration
curbs on eve of EU meeting

Islamic State enters ruins of Syria's
Palmyra after storming city: monitor

Iraqi forces thwart third Islamic
State attack east of Ramadi

Turmoil in Thailand delayed crackdown
on trafficking gangs: police

Burundi capital quiet after
night of heavy gunfire

L.A. diner famed for 'Googie' architecture
saved from threat of demolition

Weak China factories chill hopes
for global bounce, U.S. lift needed

Oklahoma Attorney General assigns
new prosecutor to sheriff probe

Small food makers on fast path to U.S.
store shelves, threatening big producers

China may have edge in race to
build California's bullet train

Paid late, some ex-staffers of White
House hopeful Fiorina won't sign on again

Greenpeace says Chinese vessels illegally
fishing off Africa, Beijing disagrees

Third man charged with murder
of missing Tennessee student

China passive, Washington paranoid
in espionage case: state media

China's Xi urges young, new media
workers to lead rejuvenation of nation

Crews work to clean California
beach fouled by oil pipeline spill

New York woman jailed for 24
years for fatal subway push

China navy warns U.S. spy plane
in disputed South China Sea: CNN

South Korea's Park names new
PM after scandal strikes again

Jeb Bush says climate is changing
but human role is 'convoluted'

Five killed in gunfight
in violent Mexican state

California governor declares state
of emergency after oil spill

Obama tells Coast Guard grads
climate change threatens U.S

Bay Bridge to 'function as designed'
despite broken rod -officials

Sinaloa drug cartel leader
'Chino Antrax' pleads guilty

Takata air bag recall could
take years to complete

First Republican debate in
August will not be open to all

Strong quake hits near Solomon
Islands, no tsunami expected

NYC's One World Observatory offers
panoramic views, painful memories

About 120 guns found at scene
of deadly Texas gang fight

California Medical Association drops
opposition to doctor-assisted suicide

Washington state finds first dinosaur
fossil, T. rex relative bone

Senators try to block extension
of bulk data collection

DEA announces four-state crackdown
on illegal pill distribution

Obama's Asian trade push in
doubt as Senate vote looms

Islamic State's Egypt affiliate
urges attacks on judges: recording

Trial begins for Los Angeles officer accused
of kicking woman who died after arrest

JetBlue believes it could not
predict ex-pilot's midair meltdown

U.S. House lifts ban on
Capitol Hill sledding

Fighting continues near major South
Sudan oilfield, U.N. asks for halt

U.S. Navy paying 'whole lot of
attention' to cyber threats: Mabus

Human ancestors made stone tools
earlier than previously known

Drug plane from Venezuela crashes
off the coast of Colombia

Islamic State seizes ancient
Palmyra city from Syrian forces

Man tasered, arrested at Los
Angeles International Airport

FBI joins probe in fatal
shooting of Colorado bicyclist

Multi-state accord to aid consumers
with credit report errors

Four Connecticut police officers
cleared in fatal 2013 shooting

U.S. embassy in Cuba likely to
operate in restrictive environment

Greece says it will default in
June without aid from lenders

Elderly Idaho BASE jumper died
in burning parachute stunt

Venezuelan officials accused
by U.S. sue opposition leader

Stonegate Bank opens bank
account for Cuban government

Fed officials see June rate
hike as unlikely: minutes

Former DEA agent, employee charged
with secretly running strip club

Ex-Madoff employee turned
cooperator gets home detention

Bin Laden fixated on attacking
U.S. interests -documents

Fed officials felt data unlikely
to support June rate hike

Second U.S. Marine dies after
Osprey accident in Hawaii

Islamic State insurgents storm
ancient Syrian city, civilians flee

Netanyahu renews support for
two-state solution with Palestinians

Talk show host David Letterman
bids farewell on final 'Late Show'

Burundi president appeals for
ethnic harmony, soldier killed

Belgian prosecutors investigate
alleged intimidation of Uber drivers

Compromise floated on
currency rules in U.S. Senate

Conservative Nebraska moves
toward death penalty repeal

Techies lift aged Midtown South
to NYC real estate heights

U.S. Air Force mini shuttle back
in orbit for secret mission

France says killed two Islamist
chiefs in Sahel region

New video surfaces showing
Freddie Gray arrest in Baltimore

International Red Cross visits two
men detained in eastern Ukraine

Britain says Syrian video footage
exposes Assad barrel bomb lies

U.S. aims to crack down on
'novelty' motorcycle helmets

Atlanta-area teacher accused of
permitting students to have sex

U.S military personnel to leave
Nepal at end of relief mission

Connecticut man charged in poisoning
five-month-old with alcohol bottle

U.S. bill to repeal meat
labeling laws advances

U.N. announces Yemen talks,
Iran to allow ship inspection

France broadly backs EU plan amid
growing opposition to immigration

Five global banks to pay $5.7
billion in fines over rate rigging

Burundi soldier killed in unrest,
parliamentary, local votes delayed

Major banks admit guilt in
forex probe, fined $6 billion

Gunman attacks U.N. vehicles,
residence in Mali capital

Canada arrests 10 suspected of
heading to join militants in Mideast

Chadian lawmakers extend mandate
of troops fighting Boko Haram

Russian court arrests
suspected Lithuanian spy

Shopping area reopens after deadly
Texas motorcycle gang fight

U.S. releases documents recovered
in raid that killed bin Laden

Former NY governor looks to join
Republican presidential field

Four in Rhode Island charged with
stealing $1.6 million in checks

Gay rodeo tests tolerance in
Arkansas, hotbed of rights fight

Russia says detains suspected
Lithuanian spy: Interfax

Islamic State captures one-third
of ancient Syrian city: monitor

One dead in clashes between Libya's
Tripoli government and Islamic State

Internet the key front in China's battle
with Western hostile forces: military paper

Amputees control bionic
legs with their thoughts

Egypt appoints outspoken
Brotherhood critic justice minister

U.S.-Asia amphibious forces gathering
signals nudge to China containment

Iran ship heads towards Red Sea
amid fears of Yemen showdown

Netanyahu tightens grip on
Israel's communications sector

Italy arrests Moroccan over
Tunisian museum killings

President delays Burundi elections,
more shooting in capital

Israeli police say Palestinian driver
shot dead after ramming attack

Kurds advance against Islamic
State in northeastern Syria

Poll shows a third of Germans feel
deceived by Merkel in spy row

Obama: climate change poses risk to
U.S. military, national security

McDonald's, other fast-food workers,
protest ahead of annual meeting

North Korea modified submarine missile
launch photos, says U.S. official

Netanyahu suspends
Palestinians-only bus program

Iran's Khamenei rules out
interviews with nuclear scientists

Malaysia, Indonesia to let 'boat
people' come ashore temporarily

U.S. says South China Sea
reclamations stoke instability

Leader Khamenei says Iran's reaction to military
aggression will be very tough: state TV

Governor of Japan's Okinawa to
press U.S. for removal of base

UBS to pay $545 million over
forex scandal, rivals await fate

Burundi's president delays
parliamentary elections by a week

Altice enters U.S. cable market
with Suddenlink acquisition

Saudi jets pound army bases,
depots in Yemen capital

UBS says to settle FX probe, pay $545
million, plead guilty over Libor

Oklahoma set to overturn local
drilling controls as backlash brews

As Illinois runs out of options in budget
crisis, tax rises seen in the cards

Ruptured pipeline spills 21,000
gallons of oil on California coast

Groups warn Oregon mine militia
dispute threatens democracy

Tornadoes hit Texas and Oklahoma,
at least one person hurt

Venezuela parliament head
Cabello denies drug accusations

Judge pressures State Department
on Clinton emails release

Japan approves third
nuclear plant for restart

Exclusive: House Benghazi panel subpoenas
former Clinton White House aide

Gunfight in blood-soaked western
Mexican state kills at least eight

U.N. chief Ban says North Korea
retracts approval for visit

Pennsylvania judge bars release of
police shooting video before trial

Over 100 'boat people' land in
Indonesia, hundreds more sighted at sea

U.S. lawmakers compromise on
'poison-pill' Pacific trade rules

Ex-Guantanamo inmates end U.S.
Embassy protest in Uruguay

St. Louis Federal Reserve says
was victim of hacking attack

Fifteen people missing in Mexican
state where 43 students massacred

South Carolina lawmakers
advance 20-week abortion ban

Bullied kids have higher risk of
adult obesity and heart disease

Beau Biden, U.S. vice
president's son, hospitalized

Clinton, White House spar over
trade as fast-track vote looms

U.S. lawmakers from Oregon decry
mail processing center closures

U.S. willing to change
pro-democracy programs in Cuba

Venezuela's parliament boss
blasts report of drug trafficking

Florida students forced into
vaginal probes by college: lawsuit

Senate Democrats counter
Republican's bank regulation bill

U.S. House defense appropriations
panel also funds Boeing jets

Jury decides Chicago police shooting
of black teen was justified

With nuclear deal in sight, Iran drives
harder bargain in Indian trade talks

Illinois Republicans offer
help for Chicago pension woes

Takata doubling U.S. recall for
defective air bags to 34 mln vehicles

Algerian forces kill 22 Islamic
State-tied militants: military

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