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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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Pope presses Mexico president,
bishops on corruption and drugs


Afghan Taliban use captured
Humvees in suicide attack


Magnitude 5.1 and 3.9 earthquakes
strike Oklahoma: USGS


Northeast U.S. in deep freeze,
could break Valentine's Day records


Irish government parties' support
falls two weeks from election: poll


State officials blocked Flint
Legionnaires' probe: CNN


Outgoing U.S. commander says
mission in Afghanistan not changing


Italian student showed signs of
electrocution - Egypt forensic source


Two Louisiana police officers
wounded during shootout: media


Libyan naval forces in Tripoli
say have seized foreign tanker


Poland wants punishments for use
of 'Polish death camp' phrase


Pope calls on Mexico's
president to fight corruption


Trump under pressure to show
more presidential side at debate


Poland unlikely to send troops
to fight Islamic State: report


U.S., allies say target Islamic
State with 20 strikes in Iraq, Syria


French PM rejects permanent
quota system for refugees


Merkel urges patience on refugees
ahead of crucial state elections


Pope urges peace in Mexico's
poor, violent corners


Oman leader Sultan Qaboos to travel
to Germany for medical checks


Russia warns of new Cold War as
east Ukraine violence surges


Havel's architect Borek
Sipek dies aged 66


U.S. commander sees al Qaeda
Africa group strengthening


Somalia's al Shabaab says its
bomber behind airline blast


More than 5,000 pregnant women in
Colombia have Zika virus: government


Russia casts doubt on Syria
ceasefire deal as army gains ground


Under fire for Syria bombings,
Russia denies hitting civilians


Gunmen kill two in Burundi as
marchers rally against Rwanda


Loser! Jerk! Insults fly on
Republican campaign trail


Afghan appeal after ex-governor
kidnapped in Pakistani capital


Hungarians rally against
Orban's education reforms


Israeli troops kill Palestinian
who tried to stab soldier: army


Red Cross says delivers medical aid
to Taiz in Yemen 'breakthrough'


U.S. Defence Secretary says UK needs
nuclear weapons for 'outsized' world role


Russia, facing widespread criticism,
denies bombing civilians in Syria


Iraq's Sadr calls for technocratic
government, swift reform


Trump's profanity may be fodder
for rivals at Republican debate


Former Indian PM Singh says Modi government
failing to boost economic investment


Syrian army edges toward Islamic
State bastion, jets hit rebel towns


Market turmoil could hold back
euro zone inflation: ECB's Coeure


Death toll at collapsed building in Taiwanese
city reaches 114 as rescue efforts end


Mali Islamist group Ansar Dine
claims attack on U.N. base


Russian PM Medvedev says Russia
not bombing civilians in Syria


Myanmar army chief to get five year extension
as talks with Suu Kyi continue-media


Quake hits eastern Indonesia
island, no casualties reported


Two girls fatally shot at Arizona
school in apparent murder-suicide


China foreign minister urges
U.S. caution on missile system


Alabama woman convicted of running
granddaughter to death has died


Apple to launch new iPhone,
iPad in March: 9to5mac


Zika link to birth defects could
be proven within weeks: WHO


Family of man shot by Cincinnati
university officer sues: report


Michigan warning on Flint
Legionnaires' outbreak came late


After 1,000-year split, pope and
Russian patriarch embrace in Cuba


'No Bashar al-Assad in the future',
says Saudi foreign minister: report


Partner of N.Y. police officer
convicted in shooting is fired


Cameron defends Britain's desire
for sovereignty before EU summit


Senate passes 'provocative' China
bill, Cruz lifts nominee holds


Former Virginia Governor Gilmore
drops Republican presidential bid


U.S. and Cuba to sign
aviation pact on Feb. 16


Germany's Merkel says getting
confident about UK deal with EU


Flint police and fire chiefs
resign amid drinking water crisis


Florida man pleads guilty over
threats to bomb two mosques


Fire engulfs New Jersey plastics
warehouses; smoke closes schools


Third investigator in probe
of slain Texas deputy fired


Tougher lending standards
pose risk to outlook for Fed


Kristie Kenney named State
Department's new counselor


Four injured in Ohio machete
attack, police kill suspect


U.S. northeast prepares for
most severe cold snap of year


Michigan officials knew of Legionnaires'
outbreak long before warning


Candidates promise peace ahead
of Central African elections


U.S. okays sale of eight Lockheed F-16
fighter jets to Pakistan: Pentagon


Saudi warns U.N., aid workers to
leave areas near rebel bases in Yemen


Congress passes tougher North Korea
sanctions, sends bill to Obama


Pope, Russian church leader
hold historic meeting in Cuba


Obama will not block North Korea
sanctions bill: White House


Iraq says moving troops, preparing
offensive to retake Mosul


After short, tense meeting, Spain's
Socialist head rejects backing Rajoy


Pope arrives in Cuba to meet
Russian Orthodox patriarch


U.S., UK likely to charge multiple
banks in Libor rigging: WSJ


Oregon refuge searched for evidence,
explosives after occupiers leave


Two teen girls found shot dead
at school in Phoenix suburb


Israel says has mended fences with
EU in Netanyahu-Mogherini call


Michigan governor, EPA to
testify at House panel on Flint


Georgia settles lawsuit over hormone
therapy for transgender inmate


Iran says ready to put rivalries
aside with Saudi Arabia


Strong U.S. consumer spending
counters recession fears


Young blacks more open to
Bernie Sanders' White House bid


Biden, Poroshenko discuss reforms
needed in Ukraine: White House


Spain's Socialist leader hopes for
confidence vote at beginning of March


Exclusive: Immigrants arrested in U.S.
raids say were misled on right to counsel


Thousands of Egyptian doctors protest
over alleged police brutality


Two teenage girls dead in shooting
at Arizona high school: police


Ohio police officer suspended on
suspicion of celebrating activist's death


Interpol refuses Russian request for
Khodorkovsky search notice: TASS


Trump, Bush and Cruz to be
elbow-to-elbow at CBS debate


Three arrested after robbing Boston
store wearing court-ordered GPS


Roses and roaches: Cold-hearted
Valentine's Day ideas


Russia keeps bombing despite Syria
truce; Assad vows to fight on


Global court judges exclude
testimony in boost for Kenya's Ruto


Kansas confirms two more norovirus
cases in Buffalo Wild Wings probe


CBS invites most Republican
presidential candidates to debate


Air Force replaces arms buyer
over disclosure issue on Northrop


NATO-Russia Council not yet
possible, Stoltenberg says


South Sudan rebel leader wants soldiers
out in further hurdle to peace deal


China rules out joining anti-terrorism
coalitions, says helping Iraq


Student tortured and killed in Egypt
given funeral at home in Italy


ICC judges exclude key
evidence against Ruto


Three Iraqi presidential guards
kidnapped near northern town: sources


If ribs visible, you were candidate for
crematorium, Auschwitz survivor tells Nazi trial


Iraqi PM says has won back
half of ISIS-held territories


Legionnaires' outbreak near Flint
discussed ahead of public notice: report


Moscow court rejects lawsuit against
Putin from Kremlin critic Navalny: RIA


Colombia's ELN rebels
declare 72-hour lockdown


Two buildings collapse in
central Istanbul, no one injured


U.S. consumers flex muscle; import
prices signal weak inflation


'Cessation of hostilities' in
Syria lets Russia keep bombing


U.S. core retail sales
rebound solidly in January


Bolivia's Morales loses ground
ahead of Feb. 21 referendum: poll


No one believed killed or injured in
Istanbul building collapse: governor


Srebrenica general died of natural
causes, war crimes court says


Suspected militants kill three in
mortar attack on U.N. base in Mali


Kenya's Ruto hopes for Hague victory
due to lost witness testimony


In Myanmar, political mood sours
as transition talks hit a snag


India's top court says Gandhis
need to face trial in graft case


Authorities to sweep Oregon wildlife
refuge after armed standoff


Rwanda to send Burundi refugees to
other countries after U.S. warning


Turning over new leaf: Ousted Thai
PM picks lettuce for the cameras


Turkish military says killed 27
Kurdish militants in southeast


From a river town in Slovenia to
Trump Tower, and the White House?


Greek police fire tear gas at
angry farmers rallying in Athens


Philippines considers two-way sea talks
with China - if wins case at The Hague


Italy's Renzi rejects Church
interference in gay civil unions debate


Scientists bid comet lander Philae
farewell after radio silence


Thousands of Iraqi refugees
leave Finland voluntarily


Suspected Islamist militants attack
Mali U.N. base, several dead


North Dakota officer dies
after being shot in standoff


Pakistan arrests 97 al-Qaeda and
other militants; foils jailbreak plan


With prize in sight, Brexit
camp risks dashing its dream


Ohio police kill man who attacked
restaurant diners with machete


Australian Cabinet minister
resigns over unofficial China trip


Yellen's dilemma: a downturn
with no easy response


Clinton, Sanders clash over Obama
as they vie for minority votes


N.Y. policeman guilty of manslaughter
in shooting of unarmed black man


South Korea, U.S. to discuss missile
defense; South cuts power to Kaesong park


Venezuela top court grants Maduro economic
emergency powers, opposition cries foul


Clinton and Sanders battle in debate
over healthcare, Wall Street ties


Clinton says in debate Sanders'
healthcare promises 'cannot be kept'


Britain says missing Hong Kong bookseller
'involuntarily removed' to China


Exclusive: Woman whose family inspired
Oregon standoff hopes more challenge govt


Louisiana governor says state's
finances in dire situation


Exclusive: Oregon occupiers warn
authorities of booby traps at refuge


House panel approves plan to
privatize air traffic control


Beijing offers support for Hong
Kong after New Year violence


Major powers agree to plan for
'cessation of hostilities' in Syria


Defense Department promises
plan to defeat Islamic State


House seen passing North
Korea sanctions bill Friday


Influential Texas panel recommends
halt to use of bite-mark evidence


Connecticut man pleads guilty
to charge of shooting at mosque


Oregon standoff ends after 41
days with dramatic surrender


New York police have covertly
tracked cell phones, group says


Drug cartel battle kills 49 in
northeastern Mexican prison


Senate panel to hear from
U.S. antitrust bosses


Taiwan city looks at developer's
other buildings after quake collapse


Obama says confident in legal footing
after Supreme Court carbon decision


South Korea cuts off power, water
into Kaesong zone in North Korea


Minnesota man pleads guilty to
conspiracy to support Islamic State


State Dept. subpoenaed documents
from Clinton Foundation: report


Uncertainty at Syria talks as
Russia backs government advance


California utility 'temporarily
controls' leaking gas flow


South Sudan president re-appoints
rival under peace deal


Dozens of Georgia prison officers
charged in corruption probe


Missouri professor who called for
'muscle' in video regrets her behavior


Obama to nominate acting Education
Secretary King to fill post permanently


Four-year-old Texas boy
crushed by steel BBQ pit


Einstein's gravitational waves
detected in landmark discovery


Russia raises specter of interminable
or 'world war' if Syria talks fail


Obama to sign customs, trade
enforcement bill into law: White House


No plans at this time for joint
U.S.-India navy patrols: State Dept.


U.S. blacklists prominent Islamic
State preacher, two others


Low U.S. jobless claims
underscore labor market strength


What's behind the global
stock market selloff?


U.S. says has no reason to doubt
North Korea army chief executed


Former Senator Webb rules out
independent presidential bid


Search to resume for data recorder
of sunken cargo ship El Faro


Iran's main opposition leaderless,
but insists it's not a spent force


Police officer shot dead in Altanta
suburbs while serving warrant


Gunman wanted on warrants killed
two deputies at Maryland eatery


Exclusive: Brother of ex-Chinese official sharing
golf secrets in U.S., not state secrets - attorney


George W. Bush to make first
appearance for brother Jeb


Convicted al Qaeda supporter loses
U.S. medical malpractice trial


American Airlines flight lands at
LAX after cabin smoke report: media


Last four occupiers surrender at Oregon
wildlife refuge, ending 41-day standoff


Standoff at wildlife refuge in
Oregon officially over: FBI


Obama, Netanyahu may agree defense deal
in Washington next month, envoy says


EU refines UK offer, up to
Cameron now to clinch deal


Kansas high court strikes down school
funding law, threatens shutdown


Judge to State Dept: finish
Clinton email release by Feb. 29


U.S. sanctions three for
Islamic State activities


Fed's Yellen sticks to her guns
as global market rout worsens


Russia boosts ties with Iraq
in challenge to U.S. influence


Congress approves permanent
Internet access tax ban


South Africa to procure nuclear
energy at affordable scale: Zuma


Arkansas judge charged for
infant son's death in hot car


Cliven Bundy charged in 2014
standoff at Nevada ranch


Central Europeans need to do more
to help refugees, U.N. agency says


Former Pakistan military leader
Musharraf hospitalized with chest pain


Civil rights group wants video
in death of black Kentucky teen


Federal trial delayed in South
Carolina church massacre


Myanmar's outgoing president cancels
visit to U.S.-ASEAN summit next week


Three of four occupiers at
Oregon wildlife refuge surrender


Longtime Trump advisor Scavino
appointed his social media director


Cypriot president says peace talks
make progress but work needed


U.N. mission sends Burundi
officers home over unrest


Black U.S. lawmakers group
endorses Clinton White House bid


Five people indicted in deadly
New York City building explosion


NATO launches sea mission
against migrant traffickers


U.S. has 'significantly' upped strikes
on Islamic State in Afghanistan: general


Texas attorney general faces
ethics probe over gay marriage


House Speaker Ryan: Not
enough support for TPP vote


Suspect in officer shooting in
North Dakota found dead: report


French PM Valls says new
government to keep up reforms


Romanian PM dismisses tax chiefs
over EU funds fraud inquiry


Obama reveals his inner
nerd, picks Mars companions


Kremlin critic Navalny
files lawsuit against Putin


Donors seek Clinton comeback, sharper
message before debate with Sanders


Turkish security complete operations
in Kurdish town: minister


Fifty-two inmates dead in cartel
prison battle in northeast Mexico


Federal grand jury hearing evidence in
NYC police killing of Eric Garner: source


City of Cleveland claims Tamir Rice
estate owes $500 for ambulance


Iraqi PM discourages Kurdish
independence referendum


Kerry wants 'all or nothing'
truce at Syria talks


France's Hollande reshuffles his
government before 2017 elections


Lockheed to offer T-50A in race
for U.S. Air Force contract


52 people killed in Mexican
prison riot: state governor


Ex-Virginia Senator Webb may revive
White House bid: CBS affiliate


U.N. rights expert accuses Israel of
excessive force against Palestinians


As market rout continues,
Yellen sticks to her guns


EU leaders left to iron out remaining
issues in Britain talks next week


Dozens killed in prison riot in
northeast Mexico: media reports


Attacker shoots six dead
at offices in Saudi Arabia


Back to its roots: how
Zika may threaten Africa


Greeks at frontline of migrant
crisis angry at Europe's criticism


Kurdish forces said to take
air base near Turkish border


U.S. tells allies campaign to defeat
Islamic State must be accelerated


Pro-government forces seize
camp outside Yemen capital


Turkish security operations against militants
in southeast town complete: interior minister


Turkey-Israel talks to restore ties
going well, no deal yet: AKP spokesman


Iran's Rouhani calls for political
unity before crucial votes: TV


Gunman shoots, seriously
wounds North Dakota policeman


Auschwitz guard, 94,
goes on trial in Germany


Fishing ship catches fire south of
Hawaii, 42 crew members rescued


China warns on South China Sea
as U.S., India consider patrols


Any NATO refugee mission would go
after smugglers, U.S.'s Carter says


Nigeria faces new rift over
alleged Shi'ite massacre


North Korea says South's pulling out of
industrial zone 'declaration of war'


Russia says U.S. planes bombed
Syria's Aleppo on Wednesday


Indian soldier found alive after six
days buried under avalanche dies


French left-winger Melenchon to run
for presidency in upset for Hollande


Netherlands to form 300-strong border
guard for international missions


Greek navy helicopter crashes
in Aegean, three feared dead


Exclusive: Australia directed officials how to
address Nauru rights concerns, documents show


Dozens face riot charges over
Hong Kong Lunar New Year violence


Thailand's 'sea gypsies' fight
for access to ancestral shrines


Syrian Kurdish forces said to capture most
of rebel-held former military airport


Australian looks set for
climate skeptic deputy PM


Ex-Anglo Irish Bank head
due back in Boston court


Wife of Thunder assistant coach
Williams dies after crash


North Korea feels global pressure
but not completely ostracized


Flint has highest rate of vacant
homes in United States: report


FBI tightens grip on final
occupiers at Oregon wildlife refuge


Puerto Rico senate approves bill
to restructure utility PREPA


U.S. Coast Guard to investigate
storm-battered cruise ship


Twitter's CEO making big product
changes, but users not wowed


Justice Dept. sues Ferguson,
Missouri, to force police reforms


Robert Kennedy assassin, Sirhan
Sirhan, denied parole: official


U.S. can still hit climate goals despite
Supreme Court pause, White House says


Twitter disappoints investors
as user growth hits wall


Appeals court overturns decision
to halt executions in Mississippi


NASA delays space station cargo
run due to mold on packing bags


Obama climate plan's broad scope
to face skeptical Supreme Court


McCain presses U.S. Air Force,
Pentagon over Russian engines


Ex-president of El Salvador faces
trial over source of $700,000


'Son of Sal' convicted of
killing New York shopkeepers


Short of options, Sri Lanka
turns back to Beijing's embrace


Turkey, Greece seek NATO mission
in Aegean: German official


Former L.A. County sheriff pleads
guilty to corruption charge


With fewer U.S. troops in Afghanistan,
pressure grows for more air strikes


White House says opposes House
bill on restaurant calories


Ripple effect: scientists await
word on gravitational waves


Senate unanimously backs
tougher North Korea sanctions


North Korea satellite not transmitting,
but rocket payload a concern: U.S.


Yahoo announces first round of layoffs
as it trims 15 percent of workforce


House passes bill requiring EPA
actions on lead-laced water


Two sheriff's deputies killed,
suspect dead in Maryland shooting


Dallas, worried about city's
reputation, bans erotica convention


Louisiana attorneys appeal judge's
ruling on abortion restrictions


Russia, pressed to end Syria
bombing, proposes March truce


Decision on charges in Minneapolis
police killing could come next month


World's top scientists pledge to
share all findings to fight Zika


Researchers find new Zika clues
to birth defect in fetus study


Ohio House passes bill to deny
funds to Planned Parenthood


Embattled Pennsylvania attorney
general survives Senate removal vote


Twitter user growth
stalls in fourth quarter


Ferguson says wants to
negotiate Justice Dept. reforms


In Illinois homecoming, Obama calls
for improved tone in U.S. politics


Oklahoma man charged with
decapitating his grandmother


Consternation at Austrian case of
Nazi camp survivors called 'a plague'


Nebraska man pleads guilty, gets
two life sentences in murders


Obama plan to ease new U.S. visa
limits faces skeptics in Congress


U.N. Security Council members push
Russia to stop Aleppo bombing


Republicans Christie, Fiorina
dropping White House bids


Russia proposes March 1 ceasefire
in Syria: Western official


Gun owner quells Pennsylvania teen
melee that left officers hurt: police


Former priest charged in 1960
rape, murder of Texas beauty queen


Homeless mother, two children
stabbed to death at N.Y. hotel


Innocent people live undercover
in U.S. jail for TV documentary


EU warns UK deal 'fragile'
as Paris, East seek changes


Ferguson terms on Justice Dept. plan
could lead to lawsuit: activists


New Jersey Gov. Christie drops 2016
Republican presidential bid: aide


Burger King to add hot dogs
to permanent menu in U.S.


Damascus expects tough but
short battle for Aleppo


Despite carbon ruling, White House
says U.S. can meet climate deal goals


Trump shows his presidential
bid is no mere publicity stunt


New York City budget boss to
state: We're not a 'piggy bank'



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