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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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Pakistan widows, 'second' wives
flee fighting but are denied aid

Bulgarian court to decide on
extradition of Putin opponent

Kremlin critic Navalny's aides say
Russian prosecutor wants him arrested

Fighting erupts after
start of Gaza ceasefire

U.S. says India refusal on
WTO deal a wrong signal

Greece evacuates embassy staff,
foreign nationals from Libya

U.S. Congressman Cantor to resign
seat early: Richmond Times-Dispatch

Japan offers vessels to Vietnam
to boost its sea strength

Gas blast in Taiwan kills 25,
injures 267, topples buildings

Israel, Palestinian militant
groups begin three-day Gaza truce

Obama commemorates Special Olympics
anniversary at star-studded White House event

U.S. job growth seen slowing,
but remaining solid in July

China's Xi pledges hard strike
against military corruption

New York's Met Opera, unions extend
talks for 72 hours, lockout delayed

U.S. Senate confirms first
ambassador to Russia in five months

Argentine markets fall post-default,
New York hearing on Friday

Disappointment, uncertainty after
India blocks WTO trade deal

Fresh cabinet casualty as
Trinidad sports minister quits

Man extradited to U.S. from Mexico
over slaying of border patrol agent

U.S. Congress extends transport
funding though May, averting cuts

Obamacare subsidy case could be
reviewed by U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. residents sue over immigration
denials said to target Muslims

U.S. Senate passes $16.3
billion veterans health bill

China lifts air control measures
caused by military drills

Ebola patient coming to U.S.
as aid workers' health worsens

U.S. Justice Ginsburg hits back at
liberals who want her to retire

Ex-Virginia governor corruption trial
shows businessman's generosity had limits

Family of American held in North
Korea says worried by health reports

For wandering tankers with $300 million
of Kurdish crude, end-game still in doubt

U.S. reforms poultry inspections
to boost food safety

Tea Party out-muscles Boehner
on border-security funding

U.S. Senate Democrats relent on transport
funding, accept longer extension

Sudanese woman who had faced execution
for conversion arrives in U.S.

Activists say transgender woman
raped at Arizona immigrant center

World Trade Center contractor
charged in multimillion-dollar fraud

Tesla expects to boost 2015
output to more than 60,000

Hacking attack in Canada bears
signs of Chinese army unit: expert

U.S. CDC says salmonella outbreak from
Foster Farms' chicken appears over

Crews tighten battle lines around
Yosemite fire threatening Sequoias

California zoo animals feast
on 13,000-pound fruit donation

Prosecutors to appeal dismissal of
Minnesota shooting plot charges

Spanish-style bull run nixed in
California, other events planned

Judge says unclear if NYC is
fair when revoking taxi licenses

U.S. conservative lawmaker
crafting Ex-Im reform plan

U.S. tells Dallas county no need for
it to house immigrants: commissioner

India's demands block $1 trillion
WTO deal on customs rules

Search for missing Oregon woman
expands to other Western states

U.S. aid worker infected with Ebola to
be moved to Atlanta hospital: official

Iraqi Kurds, battling Islamist
threat, press Washington for arms

Speeding grandma thanks
Idaho trooper for ticket

Fired Ohio State band leader
says tried to stamp out hazing

U.S. House Republicans try
resurrecting border funds bill

Disgruntled executive shoots CEO,
kills self in Chicago building

U.S. veterans agency employees falsified
data to hide delays: USA Today

Washington state man sentenced to
10 years for torching gay club

Taiwan gas blast kills 15,
injures 243: local media

Game of thrones: Afghan leadership
vacuum raises summit questions

How do you make a bird? Shrink
a dinosaur for 50 million years

WTO fails to agree global
trade deal, Azevedo says

Lawyers expect hundreds of claims
at start of GM ignition-switch fund

Tesla posts $61.9 million loss
as second-quarter sales climb

Feds sue NYC pawnbroker, say women
there called 'whipping slaves'

Slain Michigan teenager had swollen
hands from pounding on door: witness

Health worsens for two U.S. aid
workers infected with Ebola

U.S. House panel requests
probe of federal labs

Southwest Airlines, SeaWorld
to end marketing partnership

Judge allows challenges to
NYC taxi license revocations

New York governor says he was fixing
errors amid reported federal probe

Obama signs order requiring contractors
to disclose labor violations

France's Iliad challenges
Sprint for control of T-Mobile

Man on FBI 'most wanted' list
arrested in Mexico, sent to Louisiana

California's proposed 2015 Obamacare
premiums to rise 4 percent in 2015

Millions of jellyfish-like creatures
wash up on western U.S. beaches

U.S. House sends longer transport
funding plan back to Senate

Two killed, 100 injured in gas
explosion in Taiwan: Xinhua

Oklahoma lawmakers in showdown with
college leaders over guns on campus

U.S. border funding bill
founders amid House opposition

Federal mediator joins New York's Met
Opera labor talks as lockout looms

Executive: 'Didn't want anyone to know'
of gifts to former Virginia governor

India, U.S. stress strategic
ties but tensions remain

CIA concedes it spied on U.S.
Senate investigators, apologizes

Giving up on Congress, immigration
protesters target White House

Ex-NYPD officer sues for $175
million over 'rape cop' label

California state lawmaker pleads
not guilty to racketeering charges

France's Iliad makes $15 billion bid
to take control of T-Mobile U.S.

Ukraine premier stays on, envoys
agree on crash site route

Kansas man who left child in
hot car is charged with murder

Town vs. town, faction vs. faction
as Libya descends into 'hurricane'

U.S. doctor battling Ebola
takes slight turn for worse

Boehner warns on unilateral
immigration action by Obama

Russia's top general says Moscow
committed to nuclear missile treaty

Heavy shelling, clashes
spread in Libya's Tripoli

U.S. wage growth picking up
as labor market tightens

U.S. attorney general to condemn
use of demographics in sentencing

House transportation vote aims
to push longer funding extension

Norway calls off terror alert, no
longer sees imminent Islamist attack

Boehner talks of Obama's
'legacy of lawlessness'

House, Senate poised to vote
on rival border security bills

Next Obamacare enrollment period
faces bumps: U.S. official

Boehner: Obama executive steps
further president's 'lawlessness'

EU adopts toughest Russian sanctions
yet, targets five Russian banks

China says Islamist militants
kill pro-Beijing imam in Xinjiang

Kenya charges nine foreigners
over 377-kg heroin haul

Fly Fido to the moon in space
send off for deceased pets

Iraqi Shi'ite militias use hit
lists to pick off foes: police

Corruption trial for son of
Senegal's ex-President opens

Russia bans Ukraine's soy, mulls
ban on Greek fruit, U.S. poultry

Help wanted: Aging Maine town
offers reward for plumber

Thai junta gives security forces
majority in interim legislature

U.N. concerned by U.S.
plans for child migrants

Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds
collective bargaining law

Turks abroad begin voting in
landmark presidential election

Sierra Leone declares emergency
as Ebola death toll hits 729

Voter ID law upheld by
Wisconsin Supreme Court

Quakes strike Myanmar, India's
Andaman Islands; no tsunami warning

Rescuers slog through waist-deep mud to dig
out submerged village houses after landslide

Big U.S. banks' funding advantage
reduced, could rise in crisis: official

Justice Department wants workers
to carry heroin antidote

Exec at heart of ex-Va. Governor's
corruption trial due back on stand

U.S. jobless claims up, wage
growth starting to push higher

Greek court ruling on migrant
shootings causes outrage

Wisconsin supreme court
upholds state's voter ID law

Russia may restrict Greek fruit,
U.S. poultry imports: reports

Stop-start Afghan vote audit gets
green light, but troubles remain

'Russian involvement' central to UK
inquiry into ex-KGB agent's death

Argentina defaults but investors
see eventual deal possible

China trial of Uighur scholar
within weeks, imam reported killed

Kurdish oil cargo unloaded at
sea, destination a mystery

Ukraine says suspends attacks to let
experts reach crash site, rebels deny

Food supplies cut to rebel
stronghold in east Ukraine

Night at the museum: U.S. adults
embrace art, science sleepovers

Marine Le Pen could knock out Socialists
in French president race: poll

China slams Canada for
'irresponsible' hacking accusations

China takes step at openness, allows
foreigners at defense briefing

Netanyahu vows to complete
Gaza tunnels destruction

U.N. religion expert concerned
over 'interrupted' Vietnam visit

China diners test McDonald's, Yum says
food scare hurts KFC, Pizza Hut sales

U.S. missionary jailed in North
Korea feels 'abandoned': paper

Ex-aide to Queen Elizabeth's
husband charged with sex offences

Doctor says Australia covering up mental
illness in asylum-seeker children

Argentina braces for market reaction
to second default in 12 years

Gaza toll soars as Israel 'days'
from completing tunnel hunt

Plane crashes in San Diego Costco
parking lot, killing one person

Seattle cop who issued 80 percent
of marijuana tickets reassigned

Businessman says helped ex-Virginia governor,
wife as part of 'business relationship'

Exclusive: Cuomo intervened in BNP deal
to get $1 billion more for NY state fund

Fed nods to firmer prices yet
still focused on labor weakness

San Diego student's near-death
in DEA custody avoidable: report

El Salvador detains Spanish priest
for smuggling cell phones into jail

Argentina fails to reach debt
agreement, default imminent

Crashed drone carried contraband
aimed at South Carolina prison

U.S. advances plan to reintroduce
wild bison herds outside Yellowstone

Teen who sneaked to top of World
Trade Center pleads guilty: report

Lead in teeth holds secrets of
person's origins, research shows

Liberia shuts schools as Ebola spreads,
Peace Corps leaves three countries

Chicken pox halts immigrant
processing at New Mexico center

Colorado nurse sues after being a
'hostage' in armed gunman drill

U.S. lawmakers warn Japan, Canada
on Pacific trade deal talks

Gunman, two others killed
in North Carolina shooting

Airlines seek court review of
higher U.S. fee on plane tickets

Argentina, holdout creditors
still without deal: minister

Five arrested for Atlantic
City casino heist

Peace Corps pulls volunteers
from West Africa due to Ebola

House Republicans vote to sue
Obama over healthcare law

Oregon woman bought sleeping
pills before going missing

Florida mother arrested for letting
7-year-old son walk alone to park

Drew Barrymore's half-sister
found dead in car near San Diego

U.S. CFPB director says training
managers to create fairer workplace

Octopus mom protects her eggs
for an astonishing 4-1/2 years

Crews clean up, repair flood
damage from L.A. water main break

Publisher to remove book passage
that sparked Jesse Ventura lawsuit

New York Met Opera proposes federal
mediators in bitter labor dispute

Detroit, Syncora fight over casino
money in appeals court-report

U.S. Peace Corps says two volunteers
exposed to Ebola, isolated

Bankrupt San Bernardino looks at
marijuana sales to raise funds

Prosecution rests in fatal
Michigan porch shooting case

Argentina debt talks down to
the wire as default looms

U.S. working on plan for future
F-35 incidents: Air Force

Accused carjacker in
Colorado faces 46 charges

U.S. Senate bill would make colleges
get tough on sexual assault

Police assist 'Woman in Black' after
crowd surrounds her in Virginia

Massachusetts governor signs law
limiting protests at abortion clinics

Redskins hire PR firm
Burson-Marsteller amid fight over name

Lawyer-turned-witness ordered
to prison for U.S. tax fraud

Biofuel groups press White House
on more than just 2014 targets

Federal Obamacare market still faces
cost overruns, delays: watchdog

Pennsylvania state police plan to
fight U.S. discrimination suit

Killer of actor Kelsey Grammer's
sister denied parole in Colorado

Bank of America ordered to pay
$1.27 billion for 'Hustle' fraud

U.S. turns back Central Americans,
welcomes 'dusty foot' Cubans

Six Philadelphia narcotics officers
arrested for robbing dealers

Police arrest New Mexico man
suspected of killing, marinating dog

Hezbollah commander
killed in Iraq: sources

Third University of New Mexico
football player suspended

Despite court ruling, no wedding bells
for same-sex couples in South Carolina

Oregon hunting guide pleads guilty
to injuring wild cats for easy kill

Ohio man gets life for killing mother
and living six months with body

Two women escape death from train
in Indiana, but maybe not jail

New York man faces drug charges
tied to 'Electric Zoo' death

Fourth Ethiopian athlete missing
after track event found safe

Man accused of trying to smother
father could face new charges

U.S. economy back on track with
strong second-quarter rebound

New York police unions lose bid to
challenge stop-and-frisk settlement

Michelle Obama says the 'blood of
Africa' runs through her veins

Insanity plea mulled for Connecticut
teen in prom stabbing case

Doctors deny cutting
off Alabama man?s penis

U.S. states extend bar exam
deadlines after software havoc

Shi'ite militia hangs up 15
executed Sunnis in Iraqi square

Venezuela opposition
head Aveledo resigns

Obama to Republicans: ?Stop
just hatin? all the time?

Virginia, Maryland on
shortlist for FBI headquarters

Airbus, Safran name Alain Charmeau
to run space joint venture

Nigeria finds 10-year-old girl
with bomb strapped to her

U.S. blacklists North Korea
shipping firms over arms shipments

U.S. proposes new safety
standards for large buses

Carnage at U.N. school as
Israel pounds Gaza Strip

Text message from slain Michigan
girl's phone is clue in case

New York suspends tax preparers for
failing to file personal returns

One arrested, 100,000 plants
seized in Texas marijuana bust

Earthquake of magnitude 5.7
reported off Papua New Guinea: USGS

U.S. bars Venezuelan officials
accused of abuses in protests

Record low July temperatures in
southern U.S., Alabama at 49 degrees

Spanish, Catalan leaders stand
ground in independence tussle

Congress jockeys over
troubled border-funding bill

Armed men blow up Yemen's oil
pipeline halting crude flows

Germany's ZF in advanced talks to buy
TRW for near $12 billion: sources

Iraqi militias execute,
hang 15 people: police

Temporary ceasefire in Tripoli,
75 bodies found in Benghazi

South Korea president's party wins
vote, green light for economic reforms

Detroit boy killed by stray
bullet while sleeping in bed

Detroit drops post-bankruptcy
monitor from exit plan

Kerry presses India on global
trade deal as deadline looms

Fourth female suicide bomber
hits Nigeria's Kano, kills six

Republican Paul Ryan slams U.S.
Ex-Im Bank as 'crony capitalism'

Iraqi Kurdish pipeline stopped;
tanker in limbo off Texas

Internet privacy service Tor
warns users it was attacked

U.S. restricts travel
by Venezuelan officials

U.S. relief worker 'fighting
through' Ebola virus: son

Police charge man with raping woman
at raucous Massachusetts concert

Tunisia's chief of army land
forces resigns: official

Air Algerie jet plunged rapidly from
altitude before crash: official

More violence in China's Xinjiang,
prominent academic indicted

Some Ukrainian rebels vent
frustration with Putin

Trial over Malaysian plane
crash not likely at ICC: Dutch

U.S. economy bounces
back in second quarter

Firefighters battle
six-alarm Boston blaze

House panel approves bill
to force Fed to follow rule

U.N. battles for more
people-trafficking convictions

Moscow fights back after sanctions;
battle rages near Ukraine crash site

Temporary ceasefire near Tripoli
blaze, more diplomats flee Libya chaos

Iran frees U.S.-Iranian, three
journalists still held: source

U.S. imposes travel restrictions
on certain Venezuelans

Moscow says 'short-sighted' sanctions
will aggravate Russia-U.S. ties

U.S. approves $700 million sale
of Hellfire missiles to Iraq

Army breaks up protests as
Yemen raises fuel prices

Workers' Party boss sees Rousseff
re-election despite inflation

U.S. private sector adds
218,000 jobs in July: ADP

Twitter's market value set
to soar after strong results

Moscovici says confident will have
important economic role in EU Commission

In Florida governor's race,
Democrat woos crucial black vote

At least 34 killed in stampede
at Guinea beach concert

Thai junta to keep tight
grip after transfer of power

Russia bans Polish fruit and vegetable
in apparent retaliation for sanctions

Mortgage applications
fall in latest week: MBA

Russia says confused by Obama's
accusations over Malaysian jet crash probe

France says evacuating
nationals in Libya

Two former senior Murdoch editors
charged over UK phone-hacking

Turkish women protest against
deputy PM's no laughing comments

Europe could show way for
clog maker Crocs' revival

Nigeria opens long-awaited battle
of ideas against Boko Haram

Italy's former communist L'Unita
daily to stop publication

African girls to sue British
Airways over alleged abuse by pilot

Australian asylum seeker policy is
'child abuse': religious leaders

Three killed in car bomb in
Cairo: Egyptian state-run TV

Exclusive: China's Xi reached deal with former
leaders to investigate ex-security chief: sources

Control of assembly, reform plans at
stake in South Korea by-elections

Time almost up for Argentina
to avoid debt default

Economy seen regaining
muscle in second quarter

At least 43 Palestinians killed as
Israel maintains pressure on Gaza

U.S. lawmaker takes soda
tax battle to Capitol Hill

Colombia president says 'demented'
FARC attacks could end peace talks

Bombs in Syria's Aleppo kill
13 pro-Assad fighters: monitor

Tobacco tax law cost U.S.
billions in revenue: report

Most Americans see unaccompanied
immigrant kids as refugees: poll

21 Palestinians killed as
Israel pounds Gaza on Wednesday

PG&E charged with obstruction
in San Bruno natgas blast probe

U.S. sues Pennsylvania state
police, alleging sex discrimination

No safe haven in China's corruption
crackdown: People's Daily

Former U.S. POW Bergdahl soon to
be questioned by Army general

Water main break, geyser flood
UCLA campus, strand motorists

Obama administration kicks off
bid to renew Africa trade program

University of Texas picks admiral over
Dallas Fed president for chancellor

Last U.S. crew member of
Hiroshima bomber dies -reports

U.S. Senate panel backs confirmation
of new ambassador to Russia

Tuberculosis patient who refused
treatment arrested in California

Minnesota woman who lost husband
to Ebola urges aid to fight virus

U.S. charges Canadian antiques
dealer with smuggling wildlife

Expert testimony on Michigan
porch shooting sheds light on gun

Twitter assuages growth concerns
for now as shares soar 35 percent

U.S. Senate shortens transport
extension, sets up clash with House

U.S. judge says cannot
seize Kurdish crude for now

Parents sue Georgia school after
teen found dead in gym mat

Naked woman slashes three during
Pittsburgh-area street fight

Man arrested in stabbing death
of LA Clippers player's aunt

Obama says strains over Ukraine not
leading to new Cold War with Russia

Seattle Jewish group calls for NRA
lobbyist to quit over Holocaust remark

U.S. Senate CIA 'torture' report summary to
be declassified in a few days: officials

Colorado court tells county to
stop issuing gay marriage permits

U.S. accuses Venezuela of using
oil to press Aruba on extradition

Wrongfully convicted Connecticut
man describes prison 'nightmare'

Turkish court arrests 11 more
police in wiretap probe: lawyer

Texas Democrats question extra
spending for border surge

Ex-Dominican anti-drug official
pleads guilty to drug charges

Senators from Colorado, Washington
want federal pot laws applied fairly

Critical Detroit bankruptcy
hearing delayed by one week

Firefighters in California gain
ground against Yosemite blaze

Maryland man leaves hospital after
bout with flesh-eating bacteria

U.S. Oak Ridge lab to southern
employees: 'Y'all talk just fine'

Appeals court rules Mississippi
abortion law unconstitutional

Family finds 300-year-old sunken
treasure off Florida's east coast

Twitter's user growth beats
targets, shares skyrocket

Phoenix Suns player arrested for
super extreme DUI in Arizona

U.S. marshals released from hospital
following New York shootout

Four California teens charged in
murder of China graduate student

EU and U.S. announce new
sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

Minnesota ex-Governor Ventura awarded
$1.8 million in defamation suit

Guards at New York City jail
accused of drug trafficking

Baltimore poised to impose
strict new youth curfew

Idaho suspends plan to
kill wolves in wilderness

Cameroon fires two army
officers after Boko Haram raids

New Hampshire man charged with
kidnapping teen appears in court

U.S. Senate unanimously confirms
McDonald to head veterans agency

Adolescent stow-away found
dead on U.S. military plane

Romania's leftist PM launches
candidacy in presidential election

NASA's Mars rover sets off-Earth,
off-road distance record

What FedEx knew of online pharmacies
is key issue in drug case: judge

Poor employee training blamed for
2012 New Jersey Conrail derailment

Iraq gets U.S. to seize $100
million Kurdish oil cargo off Texas

U.S. judge wants FedEx drug
case to proceed quickly

U.S. nuclear negotiator declines
setting deadline on Iran deal

Iraq's Kurds have right to sell
oil while squeezed by Baghdad: MP

Democrats urge no U.S. contracts
for corporate tax 'deserters'

EU agrees first broad sanctions on
Russia; U.S. expected to follow

American man from Minnesota
died from Ebola virus: NBC

In Kansas, a Democrat makes
hay on Brownback's budget woes

Israel intensifies Gaza assault,
Egyptians revise truce plan

American opinion of Arabs,
Muslims is getting worse: poll

Former Virginia governor's marriage
in spotlight at corruption trial

Wisconsin man in dispute with
lottery over misprinted tickets

Obama wrote Putin about violation
of nuclear treaty -White House

Libyan militants overrun Benghazi
special forces base as chaos deepens

More than a third of U.S. adults
pursued by collection agencies

Sierra Leone's top Ebola
doctor dies from virus

Fire injures four, shuts CVR
Refining's Kansas refinery

Alabama woman dies after being
doused in gasoline, set ablaze

Mother of slain Mexican teen
sues U.S. Border Patrol agents

U.S. House Speaker Boehner
dismisses talk of impeaching Obama

Renting drives U.S.
homeownership to 19-year low

Air France, Virgin among
airlines avoiding Iraqi airspace

Chinese police shoot dead
dozens after attack in Xinjiang

IMF warns of potential
risks to global growth

U.S. lawmakers worry about border
security without extra funds

U.S.-Iran nuclear negotiator 'concerned'
about detention of journalists

U.S. home prices down in May,
but consumer confidence strong

Girl dies after being hit
by plane on Florida beach

Temple University scraps SAT
requirement for new students

U.S. Appeals court throws out
artist's Obamacare challenge

Israel knocks out Gaza power
plant, digs in for long fight

U.S. appeals court upholds
federal meat labeling regulation

A mixed quarter for bets
on U.S. stock volatility

U.S. homeownership rate falls to
19-year low in second quarter

U.S. consumer confidence
jumps in July

Inquiry finds 'indications' of
organ harvesting in Kosovo conflict

U.S.'s Lew talks to rich nations'
ministers on pressuring Russia

CVR Refining shuts Kansas
refinery after fire; four hurt

Karzai's powerful cousin killed,
worsens strains over poll deadlock

NCAA agrees to settle head
injury suit for $70 million

Suspect in Jewish Museum
attack extradited to Belgium

Clashes kill 30 in Benghazi
in escalating Libya turmoil

Colombia's Marxist ELN rebels
to blame for explosions: police

Fire at CVR Energy Kansas refinery
shuts units; four injured

Ex-Catalan chief Pujol stripped
of titles in Spain tax scandal

Putin may have passed point
of no-return over Ukraine

Dozens killed in fierce
fighting in eastern Ukraine

Yukos shareholders say would talk to
Russia over $50 billion compensation

Special Report: Where Ukraine's
separatists get their weapons

At least 30 people killed in
Libya's Benghazi in heavy fighting

China says investigating powerful
former security chief for graft

Magnitude 6.3 quake hits Mexico,
no major damages or injuries

Civilians killed in eastern
Ukraine in fierce fighting

Islamic State video wages
psychological war on Iraqi soldiers

Sex website seizure spurs San Francisco
bid to decriminalize prostitution

Philippines to propose no action
to raise tension in sea disputes

Rare tornado slams Boston
area, knocks out power

China's war games don't faze Japan
but disrupt civilian air traffic

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