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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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probe in CIA-Senate dispute

Lawmakers eye U.S. immigration law
changes for Central American children

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watched bag hauled away: agent

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at Volkswagen plant in Tennessee

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business depreciation tax break

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apart, paper quotes UK's Hague

Hundreds of U.S. lawmakers seek
role in Iran nuclear talks

Colorado judge backs county
clerk over gay marriage licenses

Berlin tells CIA station
chief to leave in spy scandal

Myanmar jails reporters,
newspaper boss for 10 years

North Carolina voter law hurts
African Americans: Justice Department

Catalan language revival
fuels backlash in Spain

WTC cleanup workers may renew
health claims: U.S. appeals court

Exclusive: Coastal flooding has
surged in U.S., Reuters finds

U.S. imposes sanctions on
Lebanese firm for Hezbollah ties

Bahrain charges opposition leader
over meeting with U.S. diplomat

U.S. Senate committee advances
bill on cell phone unlocking

Palestinian death toll rises to 77
as Israel hits Gaza over rocket fire

Turkish parliament gives legal
recognition to Kurdish peace talks

U.N. urges Saudi Arabia to
release activists, halt lashings

Seven killed in Massachusetts
apartment blaze -fire officials

World cities, home to most people, to
add 2.5 billion more by 2050: U.N.

Obstruction trial in Boston
bombing focuses on Web searches

Philadelphia man accused of
being Nazi guard denied bail

U.S. judge blocks New Hampshire law
creating abortion clinic buffers

Man sentenced to year in jail in
Detroit mob beating of motorist

Japan cyber attacks on government sites
surge, government mulling steps to respond

Central U.S. to see cold
snap next week: NWS

Germany asks top U.S. intelligence
official to leave over spy scandal

Kerry, ministers to join Iran
nuclear talks in Vienna: official

Philadelphia mayor rebuked for response
to fire that killed four children

Greek far-right Golden Dawn's
spokesman jailed awaiting trial

U.S. weather forecaster still sees
70 percent chance of summer El Nino

Top Connecticut court to hear death
penalty appeal in rare summer session

More Ukrainian soldiers killed;
France, Germany press Putin

Bruised Iraqi army leans on
Shi'ite militias, volunteers

Germany asks intelligence official
at U.S. embassy to leave country

Militants in Lebanon seek
to emulate Islamic State

U.N. evacuates dozens of
foreign staff from Libya

Texts from accused Boston bomber
at issue in obstruction trial

Part of U.S. Capitol closed to
probe asbestos incident: officials

Merkel says spying on
allies is a waste of energy

EU imposes sanctions on South
Sudanese military leaders

Bulgaria's center-right leads
in first poll since EU vote

Engine fire triggers new
turbulence for Lockheed's F-35 jet

Seized nuclear material in
Iraq 'low grade': U.N. agency

Baghdad halts Kurdish cargo
flights after ministers' boycott

China agrees to reduce FX
intervention 'as conditions permit'

Likely new Indonesian leader
warns against tampering with vote

China says more than half of
foreign aid given to Africa

Taliban kill six de-miners
in western Afghanistan

China, U.S. to boost security
ties, but no breakthroughs

German language rule for immigrant
spouses invalid: European court

Boeing sees $5.2 trillion jet market,
win versus Airbus on twin-aisles

Drone kills six in NW Pakistan, army
seizes most of key city from Taliban

Special Report: All work and no
pay for thousands in the Balkans

Florida set to execute convicted
murderer of 11-year-old girl

Australian minister under fire for not
meeting Tamil groups on Sri Lanka trip

'Prime Evil' apartheid killer
up for parole in South Africa

Kerry faces uphill battle to
defuse Afghan election standoff

Britain says to pass emergency
phone and email data law

Fed independence questioned as
Republicans ramp up pressure

Parched California proposes steep
fines for over-watering lawns

Three Ukrainian soldiers killed
in further clashes in the east

Son of local hero bids to lead
Slovenia to limited makeover

Israel presses Gaza offensive, kills
eight in air strike: officials

China dismisses planned Macau
democracy vote as meaningless

China June trade data misses
forecasts, doubts over economy linger

Shooting at Tennessee National Guard
armory leaves one soldier dead

Australian immigration minister visits
Jaffna, no talks with Tamil groups

Six killed, including four
children, in Houston-area shooting

New form of U.S. healthcare saves money,
improves quality, one insurer finds

Christie-led U.S. governors group
raises $26.6 million in second quarter

Indonesian leader calls for restraint
after presidential stand-off

Japan denies report on North
Korea's abduction survivor list

Chinese hackers pursue key
data on U.S. workers: NYT

Israel pursues punishing Gaza
offensive for a third day

At least six killed in
Houston-area shooting

China's top prosecutor orders more
transparency in corruption cases

Colorado puts annual marijuana
demand at 130 tonnes

Georgia man's death sentence commuted a
day before scheduled execution

U.S. House Republicans seek
CDC documents on anthrax scare

Mexican train derails, stranding
1,300 migrants headed toward U.S.

Obama rejects criticism
over border crisis

New Orleans-area school district
agrees to rules protecting Hispanics

'American Sniper' says punched
ex-Minnesota governor Ventura

Exclusive: Commerzbank may pay $600 million-$800
million to settle U.S. probe - sources

Obama urges Congress to pass
migrant funding request quickly

Former U.S. Marine jailed in Mexico
since March appears in court

Fed mulls policy exit, eyes
end of asset purchases

Former IRS official sought to hide
information, lawmakers assert

Exclusive: Iraq tells U.N. that 'terrorist
groups' seized nuclear materials

Washington state approves
first producer of pot edibles

Texas robbery suspect sets himself
on fire, then is shot by police

Judge strikes down Colorado
gay marriage ban, stays ruling

BNP pleads guilty again in $9
billion U.S. sanctions accord

Lawmakers differ on how to stop
abusive patent-demand letters

Exclusive: U.S. grills suspects in new
strategy to build bank laundering cases

L.A. Dodgers must pay $15 million
to baseball fan beaten at stadium

Florida cat owners call 911
after Russian blue 'freaked out'

Police shoot knife-wielding woman
dead outside Idaho hospital

Fukushima farmer takes on nuclear
plant operator over wife's suicide

New York man gets 17 years in beating
death of nursing home roommate

Prostitute gave client heroin
overdose: California police

Kurds threaten legal action
against Iraq oil buyers

Congress seen unlikely to block
threatened New York transit strike

Girlfriend says she told accused Boston
bomber's friend to dump backpack

Arizona professor admits
resisting arrest during scuffle

California police say prostitute
gave fatal heroin overdose to client

Senate confirms Julian
Castro as housing secretary

Berkeley, California orders
free pot for poor patients

Accused Silk Road creator loses
bid to dismiss U.S. indictment

Verdict reached in lawsuit
over Dodger Stadium beating

Utah to appeal gay marriage
ruling to U.S. Supreme Court

North Korea list of Japanese abductees
contains some 30 names: Nikkei

Obama raises money for Senate
Democrat Udall - without Udall

Teen arrested in killing of New
Jersey girl shot on her scooter

Storm leaves 244,000 in dark, shuts
Buckeye pipeline in Pennsylvania

Actor John Wayne's heirs sue
university to use 'Duke' nickname

Michigan man charged with murder
in death of soccer referee

China puts prominent writers under
house arrest as Kerry visits

Ex-Guatemalan leader Portillo to be
freed from U.S. prison in February

Obama request for border
money gets wary reception

NY lawmakers set to clamp down on
Times Square's caped crusaders

Former New Orleans Mayor Nagin
gets 10 years in corruption case

China to take measures to promote
judicial independence: Xinhua

'American Sniper' widow: husband
planned to donate book proceeds

North Korea complains to U.N.
about film starring Rogen, Franco

Ukraine threatens to retake
territory from defiant rebels

Judge tosses Miami mortgage
discrimination suit vs BofA

Judge delays trial in Colorado
movie theater massacre case

World Cup humiliation another
blow to Brazil's confidence

Ukrainian-born John K., investigated
for Nazi crimes, dies aged 93

Dutch special forces in Mali
tackle changing threat: minister

South Sudan president urges
rebel leader to resume talks

Anger mounts as Germany unearths
second U.S. spy suspect

U.S. court rules for Beirut
bombing victims in Iran funds case

Gun control group sues Kansas
governor over gun rights law

India's Gandhi says Modi's government in
'witch hunt' as Congress probed on taxes

Ukraine readies plan to take back
lost territory, rebels defiant

EU says powers united on Iran
after France suggests splits

Refugee agency says more than 35,000
people displaced by Yemen fighting

Fifty-three blindfolded bodies found
in Iraq as political leaders bicker

Boston bomber suspect called
September 11 attacks a hoax: roommate

De Mistura succeeds Brahimi as
U.N. Syria mediator: diplomats

Syrian government forces
squeeze insurgents in Aleppo

Egyptian soldier killed
in Sinai explosion

World powers "completely
united" in Iran talks: EU

Boehner calls U.S. Republican
highway funding plan 'really solid'

U.S. blacklists UAE firm for
flouting sanctions on Syria

Boehner: Obama border funding plan
needs study, wants enforcement

Syria's Western-backed
opposition elects new president

Spain arrests 32 in swoop on
suspected members of Italy's Camorra

Iraqi Christians' flee violence,
fear end of long history

Russia gives green light
for next U.S. ambassador

Burundi critic of government denied
bail on security charge: lawyer

Turkey's Kurds prefer peace prospects
at home to perilous statehood in Iraq

Australia denies 'offensive' accusations
Sri Lanka asylum seekers ill-treated

Emirates finalizes $56 billion
order for 150 Boeing 777X planes

Yemen extradites Ethiopian opposition
official to Addis Ababa: government

Fugitive Snowden asks to
extend stay in Russia: lawyer

Swiss ex-banker charged with
giving data to WikiLeaks

Celgene's spondylitis drug
misses main goal in trial

Russia test launches first new
space rocket since Soviet era

Newspaper says UAE holding suspected
Qatari 'agents' for questioning

Bill allowing parole for young
offenders advances in Massachusetts

Dagestan ex-mayor jailed for
plotting 'terrorist' attack on rival

Ukraine seeks aid to rebuild
regions shattered by separatist war

Gaza rockets land deep in Israel
as it bombards Palestinian enclave

Sri Lanka bans activist groups
from contact with media

Germany investigating second U.S.
spy suspect: security sources

East Coast wakes up to power
cuts after storms kill five

Singapore says citizens
participate in Syria conflict

U.S. author, Spaniard gored in
Spain's San Fermin bull run

Both candidates in Indonesia election
claim victory; Jokowi ahead in more counts

Iraqi security forces find 53
blindfolded bodies south of Baghdad

India's Modi tightens grip on ruling
party, naming close aide as chief

Boston bombing obstruction trial
hears from suspect's roommate

Russia to make second attempt
to launch newest space rocket

U.S., China ink coal, clean energy
deals but climate differences remain

Australian PM says won't bow to
'moral blackmail' over asylum seekers

Ukraine accuses Russia of
abducting woman army officer

Disgraced former New Orleans
Mayor Nagin due for sentencing

Afghan war inflicting devastating
toll on civilians: U.N.

Jokowi claims victory in
Indonesian presidential election

Rape and murder of 13-year-old spark
debate in junta-ruled Thailand

Russia to launch Angara space
rocket on Wednesday: Interfax

Two men gored in Spain's
Pamplona bull run

Outside forces help stoke
anti-Roma tension in Polish town

San Francisco passes law allowing
forced treatment of mentally ill

Utah mother accused of slaying six
infants was hooked on meth: police

Severe storms leave four dead
in New York state and Maryland

Foster Farms battles insurers
over definition of 'recall'

Exclusive: Roosters' fertility problem
hits U.S. chicken supply, lifts prices

China's Xi warns confrontation
with U.S. would be disaster

Severe storm leaves three
dead near Syracuse, New York

Obama shoots pool in night
out on the town in Denver

Obama says U.S. committed
to cooperating with China

Weakened typhoon leaves two dead, heads
north from Okinawa to main Japan islands

Ex-Coast Guard employee gets life for
killing two others on Alaska base

Stockton bankruptcy judge says
city's collateral not worthless

Combative Sterling says NBA's
Clippers worth more than $2 billion

Citigroup may pay $7 billion to
resolve U.S. mortgage probes: source

More than 550 Memphis police call
in sick in 'blue flu' protest

U.S. government watchdog criticizes
probe into student detained for days

North Korean nuclear and missile
expert dies; more missiles fired

Democrats grapple with own
divisions over renewing Ex-Im Bank

Ex-Minnesota Governor Ventura alleges
'American Sniper' defamed him

Islamic State appeals to only
four percent of Syrians: poll

Buyers line up at first legal
pot shops in Washington state

Acura to recall vehicles in
U.S. over defective headlights

U.S. Democrats aim to turn
contraception into campaign drive

Smallpox vials from 1950s
found in U.S. lab storage room

India's onion crisis: shortages
after the best-ever harvest

Colorado clerk: gay marriage
bans unconstitutional

New Hampshire law creating clinic
buffers is target of lawsuit

Senate Intelligence Committee
approves cybersecurity bill

Indonesians vote for new president,
choice between old guard and new breed

Mississippi Republican Party declares
Cochran winner in Senate primary

Fossil of world's smallest
hedgehog unearthed in Canada

Prosecutors in NYC's Brooklyn
won't pursue low-level pot cases

Florida lawyers fired for calling
Palestinians 'swine,' 'cockroaches'

Oklahoma rape suspect arrested
while in coma dies at hospital

U.S. judge declines to dismiss charges
against ex-Connecticut governor

Warring Episcopalians in South Carolina
court over $500 million in property

House Republican proposes $10.9
billion transport funding extension

Dozens injured in South African
commuter train accident

Three hurt in electrical accident at
NYC's Intrepid Sea, Air & Space museum

Fearing graft probes, Chinese officials
shun spotlight, seek retirement

American women targeted as Malaysia
becomes Internet scam haven: U.S.

Body count up to 17 after
Chicago's bloody holiday weekend

Car service Uber, New York AG
reach deal on emergency pricing

Chicago mayor's panel recommends
hiking minimum wage to $13

Mali to meet northern Tuareg rebels
in Algiers on July 16: Fabius

Moscow accuses U.S. of 'kidnapping'
accused Russian hacker

No decision on whether grounded F-35s
will be ready for air show: Pentagon

Bahrain summons top opposition
leader for questioning: Wefaq

Latino activists aim to boost
participation in U.S. midterm vote

Israel bombards Gaza; militants'
rocket fire reaches Tel Aviv

U.S. to put child migrants on fast
track in deportation hearings: official

Baby dies inside car parked
in affluent Connecticut town

Obama seeks money, fast hearings
to curb young migrant surge

Iraq tells U.N. 'terrorist groups'
seized former chemical weapons depot

Somali presidential compound
attacked, president safe

Two dead in shooting at Washington
state medical center -police

U.S. senators say federal action
may be needed to curb 're-homing'

Georgian court refuses to
release ex-mayor before vote

Mom charged after leaving baby
on New York subway platform

Boeing to recover remaining fuselage
from derailed train -railway

Israel bombards Gaza after
surge in rocket fire

Verizon: U.S. government made 150,000
customer info requests in 2014

New Jersey's storm recovery chief
steps down, replaced by deputy

Contract talks resume as Long
Island Rail Road strike looms

Somali presidential palace under
al Shabaab militant attack

Italy in talks with EU to share
responsibility for boat migrants

Last Boeing fuselage from derailed
train to be recovered Tuesday: railway

South Africa's NUMSA to take
latest offer to striking members

Former New York City hospital executive
charged with $5.6 million painkiller theft

U.S. prosecutors, lawyers for
plotter seek sentencing delay

Iran's supreme leader calls for
more nuclear enrichment capacity

Currency, maritime disputes
at stake in U.S.-China talks

Libya's El Sharara oilfield restart
another breakthrough for Tripoli

Obama asks Congress for $3.7
billion for immigration crisis

Nigeria's Boko Haram blamed for 18
attacks in past two weeks: U.N.

Cleveland picked for 2016 U.S.
Republican National Convention

Baltimore hospital, workers
reach tentative wage accord

Yemeni Shi'ites capture city
after fighting kills 200

U.S. warns Afghans not to
form 'parallel government'

Ugandan leader blames deadly
attacks in west on tribal rivalry

Obama requests $3.7 billion from
Congress to deal with border crisis

New Harry Potter attraction
opens at Florida theme park

Britain's Hague plugs
Eurofighter on visit to India

Armed men burn police camp, homes
and vehicles on Kenya coast

Ukraine threatens rebels with
'nasty surprise' in new push

Iranian journalist sentenced
to two years and 50 lashes

Parts of Britain struggling with
immigration, say government advisers

Shi'ite Yemeni tribesmen capture
provincial capital, scores killed

Islamic state claims Baghdad bombs;
parliament to meet on Sunday

Two in five U.S. homes have
only cellphones: survey

Scottish bid to break up UK prompts
dread among North Irish loyalists

Quake of magnitude 6.1 strikes
off coast of Vanuatu: USGS

Jonathan's PR offensive
backfires in Nigeria and abroad

India asks UN team on Kashmir
to leave Delhi premises

Drone in close call with New York
police helicopter, two arrested

Japan upset as Chinese paper
prints mushroom clouds on map

Fewer than 100 Americans probed for fighting
in Syria, Iraq: U.S. Attorney General

McDaniel weighs challenge in
Mississippi U.S. Senate primary

New voter law draws
opposition in North Carolina

Washington state to open first
few licensed marijuana shops

France set to prevent jihadists
going to fight or train abroad

Thai junta to hold largest
'happiness fair' in latest PR push

U.N. tribunal rules for Bangladesh
in sea border dispute with India

Germany increases airport security
after U.S. warns of bombs

Kerry warns Afghanistan as thousands
rally in support of Abdullah

Ukraine signals commitment to
offensive as rebels regroup

In al Qaeda camp, notes
on an Islamic caliphate

Agent who interrogated accused Boston
bomber's friend due to testify

One dead as powerful typhoon
hits Japan's Okinawa

Australia ruling could leave Sri
Lankan asylum seekers at sea

South Korea ferry children were
steps from safety: prosecutor

Study paves way for simple blood
test to predict Alzheimer's

Supporters of Afghanistan's
Abdullah rally after disputed vote

Four NATO servicemen killed
in Afghanistan: ISAF

Two dozen rescued after being
stranded on California roller coaster

Six NATO servicemen killed in
suicide attack in Afghanistan-police

New breed starts to muscle in on
Indonesia's old-style patronage politics

Typhoon churns towards Japan,
prompting calls to evacuate

Japan's Abe declares 'special
relationship' with Australia on visit

Pro-Beijing figure warns Hong Kong's
freedoms under threat: report

North Korea's Kim takes
center stage with a limp

California cop spared charges in
mistaken killing of boy with toy gun

Nicaragua approves route for $40
billion canal linking oceans

Senator Menendez wants probe of
alleged Cuban smear plot: report

U.S. 'troubled' by jailing of
Saudi human rights activist

Bahrain orders out visiting U.S.
official: state news agency

Japan battens down as intense
typhoon Neoguri nears

Australian court to hear challenge
to secretive immigration policies

Israel launches military
offensive against Gaza militants

Amazon rainforest grew after climate
change 2,000 years ago: study

White House says most children
at border to be sent home

Venezuelan man charged in Miami
with fish and coral smuggling

House Republicans propose
Fed reforms, set hearing

Congressmen introduce Federal
Reserve Transparency Act

Maine companies sued over treatment
of migrant blueberry pickers

Massachusetts judge OKs moving
ex-NFLer Hernandez to Boston jail

Iran's Khamenei says U.S., Israel
playing 'good cop, bad cop'

From New York heroin dealer to
Afghanistan?s biggest oil man

Nine dead, 53 wounded in bloody
holiday weekend in Chicago

Boeing says no shipment delays
from Spirit Aerosystems

Vatican bank to be scaled
back, restructured: sources

LA police will require judges to
sign off on immigrant detentions

South Carolina toddler dies
after being trapped in hot car

New York governor signs medical
marijuana bill into law

Florida teenager at center of
escalating Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Hamas steps up rocket fire,
Israel says ready for escalation

U.S. arrests Russian in
hacking of retail systems

Arizona cannot deny driver's
licenses to some immigrants -court

Quake rocks Guatemala, Mexico,
newborn baby among five dead

Afghanistan's Abdullah rejects election
result as 'coup' against people

Central African Republic fighters
attack church sheltering civilians

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