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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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Cost of the War in Iraq
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Ebola costs encourage budget
flexibility among U.S. Republicans


China's Xi calls on army to
remember past in graft fight


Suicide car bomber kills 11
police, soldiers in Afghanistan


Islamic State kills 85 more
members of Iraqi tribe


Upside-down politics in
Rhode Island governor's race


Libyan port rebel leader refuses to
hand over oil ports to rival group


Al Qaeda group seizes bastion of
Western-backed rebels in Syria's Idlib region


Branson to meet Virgin Galactic
space team after crash


Nigeria's purported Boko Haram 'leader'
says has 'married off' girls: AFP


Gaza rocket hits southern Israel
causing no damage or injuries: army


Washington tries to check
Hungary's drift into Kremlin orbit


Jehovah's Witnesses to pay $13.5
million in California sex abuse ruling


China passes
counter-espionage law


Army officer takes charge in
Burkina Faso, ousting general


China says not begun legal process
for disgraced security chief


Three trick-or-treating teenage girls
killed in California hit and run


Hawaii pair took photos, prodded
fiery lava with golf clubs: police


China's October factory growth unexpectedly
hits five-month low: official PMI


Malaysia Airlines sees first
lawsuit on missing Flight MH370


Third victim in Washington state
school shooting rampage dies


Former U.S. Marine freed after
spending months in Mexican jail


Judge rejects isolation for U.S.
nurse who treated Ebola patients


Mexico judge orders release of former
Marine jailed on weapons offenses


China's October official
PMI edges down to 50.8


Navajo high court finds
election officials in contempt


Feminist Mormon says appeal
against excommunication denied


Federal charges appear unlikely in
Ferguson police shooting: Washington Post


Bodies not yet recovered from site
of Kansas airport plane crash


Test flight of Virgin Galactic spaceship
ends in fatal crash in California


Exclusive: U.S. probing Standard
Chartered over Dubai banking - sources


Man convicted of manslaughter
in Florida marching band hazing


U.S. spy budget down by over 15
percent since 2010: official data


New Hampshire ban on 'ballot
selfies' challenged by lawsuit


New Hampshire murderer
pleads guilty in escape plot


Seattle Pacific University lifts
campus lockdown after gun threat


Manslaughter conviction in fatal
marching band hazing in Florida


Protests force out Burkina
president, soldiers vie for power


Suspect in Virginia student murder
arraigned in separate assault case


Kerry, Iran minister to meet
ahead of deadline for atom deal


Jefferies CEO, chairman
take drug tests


U.S. chides Russia over
military flights in Europe


Kurdish peshmerga forces enter Syria's
Kobani after further air strikes


Suspect in Pennsylvania
police ambush denied bail


Former marching band member guilty
of manslaughter in Florida hazing


Illinois mother, three kids killed
in crash heading to Halloween parade


New York's top uniformed police
chief resigns ahead of promotion


Fourteen dead, 55 injured
in Honduras bus accident


Canada dismemberment killer had
troubled childhood, his father says


Court spurns Virginia mom's conviction
for taking children to school late


Obama to meet Federal Reserve
chair Yellen Monday: White House


Three U.S. soldiers in Texas plead
guilty to smuggling immigrants


Fired-up Republicans have
edge in midterm turnout war


NYC to pay $2.25 million over
Rikers Island inmate's death


Appeals court clears way for N.Y.
police stop-and-frisk reforms


Virgin Galactic spaceship crashes
during California test flight


Houthi rebels give Yemen's president
10 days to form government


Wife of Arkansas murder suspect faces
murder charge in realtor's death


Kerry, Iran's foreign minister, EU's Ashton
to discuss nuclear issue November 9-10


China lifts suspension on
Washington State delicious apples


Obama puts spotlight on women
in quest for midterm votes


Italy PM picks Paolo Gentiloni as new
foreign minister in surprise choice


Justice Department issues use of
force reforms for Albuquerque Police


American detained in North Korea
said he wanted to help Christians


California mayor at center of
immigration debate charged with DUI


Republicans question preparedness
spending after Ebola missteps


Investigation continues into
deadly Kansas airport plane crash


Canadian who killed police
gets five life sentences


Italy to end sea rescue mission
that saved 100,000 migrants


Congress to revisit Islamic
State war debate after election


Most expensive Senate race down
to the wire in North Carolina


Ex-California state senator to
begin jail term for fraud, perjury


Bodies of three young U.S. citizens
identified in northern Mexico


U.S. rocket explosion investigation
suspects main engine failure


Parachutist rescued from
Missouri radio tower


South Sudan famine temporarily
averted, but risks remain: U.N.


Exxon, Chevron profits boosted
by refining as oil prices fall


Canada security services struggle
with extremist threat, resources gap


U.S. voters contend with new
voting rules in 14 states


U.S. blacklists Myanmar
official ahead of Obama visit


Dutch team recovers human
remains from MH17 crash site: PM


Judge enforces Ebola isolation
of defiant Maine nurse


Washington policeman injured in
struggle with ax-wielding attacker


Germany's Schaeuble says doesn't think
'reasonable' British will leave EU


Election-year water crisis taking a
toll on Brazil's economy


U.S. envoy to U.N. defends Ebola
guidelines; praises airlines


Congo crowd kills man, eats him
after militant massacres: witnesses


Turkey's Erdogan says Kurdish peace
process will continue despite unrest


Libyan army says recaptures
four barracks in Benghazi


Accused Pennsylvania sniper appears
in court after $10 million manhunt


Car bomb kills at least 10 at
bus stop in northeast Nigeria


Army chief takes power after
Burkina president bows to protests


Gazprom to resume gas supply
once Ukraine pays $2.2 billion


Ukraine's Poroshenko backs Yatseniuk
for new term as prime minister


Rains slow Sri Lankan landslide
search; nearly 150 feared dead


Pennsylvania sniper held without
bail in trooper shooting


U.S. consumer sentiment at
highest since July 2007


Burkina Faso president resigns,
calls for 90-day transition


Spain says will seek to block
watered-down Catalan vote on independence


U.S. consumer spending falters;
wage gains highest since 2008


Iran hits back after West
condemns its human rights record


U.S. third-quarter wage
gains largest since 2008


Euro zone inflation edges up to
dim chance of new ECB action


UK says will pay off part of
World War One-era debt next year


Thousands flood streets in Burkina
Faso to press Compaore to go


Air strikes hit Kobani as Kurdish
peshmerga prepare to enter


Europe won't recognize vote in
eastern Ukraine, Merkel tells Putin


Muslim men over 50 pray at Jerusalem's
Aqsa mosque amid tight security


Hungary's Orban puts Internet
tax on hold after huge protests


New taxes or not, Pennsylvania's
next governor faces fiscal morass


Japan's central bank shocks markets
with more easing as inflation slows


Wal-Mart to expand discounts
as retail price war heats up


Child stabbed to death, two
injured in latest China attack


Motorbike stuntman who taunted
police on viral video arrested


Myanmar's leaders seek to revive
peace talks, maintain reforms


Protesters in Burkina Faso
call for Compaore to step down


Hungary will shelve plans for
internet tax for now, PM says


Juppé's star rises amid
French leadership void


Australia lifts Fiji sanctions
as foreign minister visits


Thousands denounce HSBC board member's
likening of Hong Kong people to freed slaves


Kurds' battle for Kobani unites a
people divided by borders


Australian minister visits
Fiji amid diplomatic thaw


Beijing bans Halloween costumes
on subway ahead of APEC


Big money crops up in small
elections in the United States


Accused Colorado cinema gunman's
lawyers want second sanity exam barred


Washington state court says accused rapists
cannot bear burden of proving consent


Prosecutor seeks death penalty
in Pennsylvania police ambush


China says nets 180 graft
suspects in overseas manhunt


Lack of mechanics threatens U.S.
Air Force target date for F-35


Obama urges progress in Myanmar
ahead of rare roundtable


Boeing exec says NASA crash
underscores need for new U.S. engine


Nurse defies Ebola quarantine
with bike ride; negotiations fail


Suspect identified in eight graffiti
vandalism cases in National Parks


Special Report: Tsunami evacuees
caught in $30 billion Japan money trap


San Francisco to raise minimum
wage to $11.05 per hour


'Wistful' Obama launches last-gasp
campaigning for elections


Elusive Pennsylvania ambush
suspect captured, ending manhunt


Crucial Iowa Senate race tied; Romney,
Clinton lead for 2016: Reuters/Ipsos poll


Burkina president rejects opposition
calls to step down after violence


National Guard arrives in
Hawaii town threatened by lava


Pennsylvania manhunt ends with
capture of police ambush suspect


New Jersey man whose son, 4, fatally
shot neighbor, pleads guilty


Californians will pay more for water,
must still conserve: officials


Pennsylvania fugitive Eric
Frein is captured: ABC


Electricity project linking
Quebec and New York clears hurdle


Scottish Labour Party deputy leader
Anas Sarwar quits: The Scotsman


Relatives suspect poison
in deaths of Utah family


Stockton, California, workers relieved
as judge ruling secures pensions


Ukraine, Russia, EU agree
to natural gas supply deal


Comcast, AT&T seek to reassure on
no plans for Internet 'fast lanes'


Italy union head accuses Renzi
of seeking confrontation


Burkina army imposes interim government
after crowd burns parliament


Gray wolf reported at Grand
Canyon for first time in decades


Emerging threats, Senate shift could
change U.S. budget debate: Boeing


Oklahoma teen arrested for
threatening shooting spree at school


Pennsylvania boy who disappeared with
father on sailboat found in South Pacific


New U.S. rockets include
crew launch-escape systems


Citigroup sets aside $600 million
more to cover legal costs


District of Columbia panels
weigh legalizing marijuana sales


Four dead, five injured after
plane crashes at Kansas airport


Police led to Alabama
drug suspect by his dog


Starbucks Americas sales
disappoint on softer traffic


North Carolina man pleads guilty
to trying to help Islamic State


Two shot, dozens arrested in San
Francisco following Giants win


U.S.-led forces rebuked for making
Afghan troop evaluations secret


Bike-riding nurse defies Ebola quarantine,
on collision course with governor


Illinois releases prisoner, bringing
wrongful conviction full circle


Skin-eating Asian fungus
imperils world's salamanders


German court sentences 'Autobahn
gunman' to 10 years in jail


Arizona school board votes to
remove pages from biology textbook


Anti-Muslim bullying on
rise after Canada attacks


Myanmar calls meeting of
political, military heavyweights


Individual genetic differences
may affect Ebola survival: study


Obama speaks to Myanmar president,
opposition leader Suu Kyi


Niger says insurgents kill nine
members of security forces


Apple's Cook: 'I'm
proud to be gay'


Woman seen harassed on NYC streets
in video gets rape threats


Canada arrests Pakistani gun
owner, alleges security threat


Oregon woman visits Grand Canyon
ahead of planned assisted suicide


Watchdog faults U.S. grenade-trafficking
probe tied to Fast and Furious


Protesters demand Burkina Faso
president quit, burn parliament


U.S. education department gets
stricter with for-profit colleges


Insurers have big plans for
2015 Obamacare enrollment


Bankrupt San Bernardino to vote on
'autopilot' raises for police, fire


Trade, defense buoy U.S. economy,
but some weakness creeps in


U.S. lawsuit vs Hartford police
who fatally shot dog is revived


Thomas Menino, Boston's longest-serving
mayor, dies at 71 -spokesman


Exclusive: Canada spy agency must
improve information sharing - watchdog


Thousands flee as Boko Haram
seizes northeast Nigerian town


At least two people dead from
plane crash at Wichita airport


Kerry says reported U.S. slur of
Israel's Netanyahu 'damaging'


UK's opposition Labour faces collapse
in support in Scotland: poll


East Ukraine separatists hold vote
to gain legitimacy, promise normalcy


Chicago high school evacuated,
nine taken to hospital


Illinois man ordered freed after
serving 15 years for murder


Boko Haram seize northeast Nigerian
town, dozens killed: witnesses


Russia may limit Belarus,
Ukraine food shipments: RIA


Small airplane crashes at
airport in Wichita, Kansas: FAA


U.S. nurse defies Maine's Ebola
quarantine, takes bike ride


Comcast to U.S. senator: no plans
to create Internet 'fast lanes'


Only top legislators informed
of White House computer attack


Die at home and cut the health
cover-ups, Africans urge leaders


Two brothers arrested in North
Carolina courthouse shooting


Spain state adviser backs move to
block Catalonia independence vote


Fathers of missing Mexican students
blast president after meeting


Prosecution cases primed for Syria
trial, despite lack of court


North Korea to deepen probe into
Japanese abductees: Japan's Abe


Crist sees slight lead over Scott
in Florida race for governor: poll


Libya's armed factions may have
committed war crimes: Amnesty


Spain government should block
Catalonia vote in court: State Council


Tunisia's Islamists down but
not out after election defeat


Iran says foils bid to sabotage
nuclear heavy-water tanks: newspaper


Judge to rule on whether Stockton,
California can exit bankruptcy


Clashes erupt as Israeli police kill Palestinian
suspected of shooting Jewish far-rightist


U.S. jobless claims rise, but
underlying labor market trends firming


Pakistan province rewrites text books
to satisfy Islamic conservatives


Sweden recognizes Palestinian state,
hopes will revive peace process


150 Iraqi tribesmen opposed to
Islamic State found in mass grave


Britain confident of reducing 2.1
billion euro EU bill: Osborne


Hong Kong's loud American defies
pro-Beijing 'smear campaign'


Seven Ukrainian soldiers killed in past
24 hours despite ceasefire: military


Iraqi Kurdish forces enter
Syria to fight Islamic State


Putin's spokesman casts doubt on Crimea
report, says never heard of source


Burkina protesters burn
parliament, ransack state TV


China expresses concern about
Indian plan to build border posts


China says agrees with U.S. to
speed up military conduct talks


Malaysia's Anwar says hopeful,
lawyers question DNA evidence


One year after devastating super typhoon,
Philippines approves rebuilding plan


First Iraqi Kurdish forces enter
Syria's Kobani: monitoring group


France investigates mystery drone
activity over nuclear plants


Egypt targets universities as last
haven for political expression


China calls on Japan
to end jet scrambles


Businesses, trade to support
U.S. third-quarter growth


Burkina police scatter, arrest
protesters before Compaore vote


Egypt bans pro-Mursi
pressure group


School projects onboard exploded
Virginia rocket destroyed


Pakistan civilians flee as military
steps up Khyber offensive on Taliban


South Korean court-martial jails
soldiers in hazing death case


Ukraine gas supplies in doubt
as Russia seeks EU payment deal


France says conditions still not
met to deliver warship to Russia


Sweden to officially recognize
Palestinian state on Thursday


U.S. drone strike kills
five militants in Pakistan


Romania's taxing problem will
still trouble incoming government


China probes Uighur mayor of
restive Xinjiang city for graft


Romania's Ponta heads for presidency
with justice in spotlight


United States praises China's
growing role in Afghanistan


U.S. says working with Iraqi Kurdistan
to stop Islamic State oil smuggling


U.S. governor races could determine
swing states' fiscal health


Australia passes laws cracking
down on foreign fighters


Advocates worry Obama may scale
back or delay immigration action


Record five black women seek state
offices in Georgia, showing shift


With selfies and listicles, U.S.
politicians go vote-hunting on social media


Russia, Ukraine fail to reach gas agreement at EU
talks, negotiations to continue Thursday: agencies


Samsung seeks smartphone
revamp to arrest profit slide


China says disgraced security chief
not relevant to top party meeting


Tunisia's main secular party
wins most seats: authorities


No hope for survivors in Sri
Lanka landslide, over 100 dead


Five members of Utah family
likely died of poisoning: reports


Tunisia's secular party wins 85 seats
in parliament, Islamist party 69


Private jet plane crashes near
military base in California


American Indian casino in California to
stay shut until dispute settled: Judge


Maine nurse fights Ebola quarantine,
says will not be bullied


Smartphone woes drag Samsung Electronics
third-quarter profit to more than three-year low


NY recovers $18 million using
warrants for Facebook accounts


Washington state support for gun
control measure strong before vote


Ex-controller charged with embezzling
from Connecticut hedge fund


Samsung Electronics third-quarter
operating profit down 60.1 percent on year


Miami cop nabbed on charges he
protected drug deals while in uniform


Wal-Mart and allies in face-off
with Apple Pay over mobile payments


Moroccan living in Connecticut sentenced
to two years in drone plot case


FBI sent fake techs to seek evidence
in Vegas gambling case: Lawyers


Israeli far-right activist
shot and wounded in Jerusalem


Florida's craft beer growler ban
battle spills into federal court


Detroit developer bids on 6,300
foreclosed properties in auction


French soldier killed in clash
with Islamist militants in Mali


New York state to set up upstate
fuel reserve in November


Democratic Senator Begich touts Alaska
bona fides to lure independents


Catholic Church to close, merge a
dozen schools in Chicago


Texas veterinarian indicted for
mistreating dog he was to put down


Israel's settlement plans cast
doubt on peace commitment: U.N.


Gas deal still eludes Ukraine
and Russia at EU talks


Thai youth fear junta's school
reforms will dim job prospects


U.N. peacekeepers free 67 hostages
in Central African Republic


New York man beheads his mother,
steps in front of train: police


Fed ends bond buying, shows
confidence in U.S. recovery


At least 3 million in Somalia in
need of aid: U.N. Secretary General


Saying she will not be bullied,
nurse fights Maine Ebola quarantine


U.S. investigator of Colombia scandal
quits over prostitution case: NYT


Exclusive: Russia calls U.N. agency's
conflict zone risk proposals 'superficial'


Americans may still see some
Ebola cases, Obama says


North Dakota Supreme Court upholds
restrictions on medication abortion


Probe of Virginia rocket blast
begins; space station supplied


NATO jets track 'unusual'
Russian bomber sorties


Hawaii lava crosses residential
property, threatens more homes


Myanmar government and political
groups to meet on Friday


South Sudan rebels say they seize
oil hub Bentiu; government denies it


Chrysler recalling over 300,000
Ram trucks for fire hazard


EU, U.N. condemn Ukraine
rebels' election plans


Graphic media campaign targets
Montenegrin graft crusader


Man who vanished from Denver NFL game
said he 'had his fill of football'


Twenty-nine charged in Chicago with
'cracking cards' bank fraud scheme


Nurse who tested negative for
Ebola fights Maine quarantine


Unmanned U.S. Atlas rocket
blasts off with GPS satellite


British jets intercept Latvian
plane over southern England


Halloween season rides a
shriek-filled draw for theme parks


Purdue University shooter
found dead in Indiana prison


Poll shows more Swedes in
favor of NATO for first time


Suspect in North Carolina
courthouse shooting released


IBM, Twitter to partner on
business data analytics


Pennsylvania governor narrows gap
but trails in re-election bid: poll


Libyan PM says ready for talks
with parallel government rivals


Kurdish convoy heads to Syria
to take on Islamic State


Suspected Indiana serial killer
pleads not guilty to two murders


IBM and Twitter announce
data analytics partnership


U.S. Coast Guard rescues 33
Cuban migrants off Florida


Quarantine-like monitoring approved
for U.S. troops on Ebola mission


Fifty-one countries sign OECD
pact to tackle tax cheats


Serial rape suspect arrested
after river crash in New York


Egypt clears Gaza border area
to create security buffer


Coast Guard reports suspected
migrant vessel sinking off Florida


As debate rages, GMO labeling
votes loom in Oregon, Colorado


Canadian lawmakers strike defiant
tone in return to Parliament


Nigeria's Jonathan to run for
president again in February


Israel's Netanyahu fumes
at reported U.S. slur


OPEC's Badri sees little output change
in 2015, says don't panic on oil drop


U.S. nurse fights Maine
quarantine over Ebola fears


Thousands protest in Burkina for
second day, U.S. joins outcry


Ford recalls 204,448 Ford and
Lincoln crossovers for fire hazard


Zambia's Scott becomes Africa's
first white leader in 20 years


More than 100 believed killed in
Sri Lanka landslide: minister


Ukraine's Yatseniuk sees himself
staying on as prime minister


Don't panic, OPEC secretary
general says after oil price fall



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