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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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Vietnamese scoff at bike-ban plan
as motorcycles engulf capital

India's first indigenous combat
plane enters service after 33 years

French charity official says stabbed by
couple shouting 'Allahu Akbar': media

Judge blocks Mississippi law allowing
denial of services to LGBT people

Turkish police detain 11 more
suspects over airport attack: media

EU will ensure there's no 'cherry-picking'
in Brexit negotiations: Gabriel

Three arrested in Spain
accused of promoting militancy

Britain's Daily Mail newspaper
backs May for prime minister

Abe's expected election win means more
bullet trains for Japan, fewer deep reforms

An igloo with a view ... Australians
go to the polls in Antarctica

Leader of Myanmar's 'Saffron
Revolution' freed, charges dropped

Israel should stop settlements, denying
Palestinian development: draft Quartet report

China celebrates Communist Party's 95th
birthday, Xi warns on graft, security

Namibia cuts ties with North Korea state
firms: South Korea government, media

Asian factories struggle,
Brexit throws up new threats

Australian election seen as a dead
heat, minor parties likely powerbrokers

Oracle ordered to pay HP
$3 billion in Itanium case

New York Police Dept reinstates
Muslim officer suspended over beard

Illinois lawmakers pass bills to
unblock state's budget impasse

Hindu priest hacked to
death in Bangladesh

Former U.S. Secret Service agent
suspected in additional Bitcoin thefts

Brazil court blocks Facebook funds
over WhatsApp dispute: report

Expanding web of lawsuits
follows Chicago police shooting

U.S. urges leaders of Armenia,
Azerbaijan to avoid ?tensions

Trump floats idea of using NATO
in fight against Islamic State

Volkswagen believes it can fix
85,000 polluting U.S. vehicles

Chicago Public Schools meets
pension payment deadline

Document spells out FBI rules to get
journalists' phone records: article

Hopes for democracy crushed in the
Chinese rebel village of Wukan

Puerto Rico authorizes debt payment
suspension; Obama signs rescue bill

Lower voting age leaves many
wondering 'Where's Japan's Bernie?'

Obama administration calls on
private sector to assist refugees

Woman dies, children hurt in
Bahrain bomb blast: police

Starbucks accused of slashing
employee work hours amid cost cuts

Boston police captain's son indicted
on new charges in alleged bomb plot

First ever biosafety report details
199 mishaps with toxic agents

No specific, credible threats toward
U.S. over July Fourth holiday: FBI

Illinois gun shop raffling
rifle for Orlando victims

United Technologies unit wins $873
mln U.S. defense contract: Pentagon

Visa, MasterCard $7.25 billion
settlement with retailers is thrown out

U.S. opens investigation into Tesla
after fatal crash in Autopilot mode

Maryland judge grants new trial
for 'Serial' podcast's Adnan Syed

Smugglers use Uber-registered drivers
to move migrants to U.S. border

U.S., Russia discuss Syria cooperation
if Assad halts some strikes

Italy elected to U.N. council for
2017 in deal with Netherlands

Obama signs Puerto Rico debt bill,
but says still tough work ahead

U.S.-backed rebel group vows new
attacks against IS after border raid

House of Representatives reignites
gun-control debate with planned vote

Federal judge blocks
Indiana abortion law

Nobel laureates urge Greenpeace
to stop opposing GMOs

U.S. sailors divulged sensitive
information while held by Iran: Navy

Saudi Arabia 'alarmed and outraged'
by rights groups' criticism

Foundation picks architects for
Obama's presidential library

Iowa Supreme Court upholds
rule against felons voting

California, New York men charged
in billion-dollar gambling ring

Nigeria's Buhari urges Delta leaders
to calm region after attacks

Trump raises questions about
Bill Clinton meeting amid probe

Turkish court frees two press-freedom
campaigners, third still in jail

French cardinal suspends
four paedophile priests

Israeli teenager stabbed in West
Bank a U.S. citizen: State Dept.

Canada to give troops for NATO
force, ready to talk to Russia

More U.S. babies with Zika-related
birth defects reported by health agency

U.S. court dismisses case against
Turkish opponent of Erdogan

U.S. says some 200 Islamic State
vehicles destroyed in strikes

S&P cuts rating on EU
to 'AA' after Brexit

U.S. military repeals ban on
transgender service members

Albanian town backs
Clinton with bronze bust

Executive pay stirs outrage,
becomes political issue in Iran

Rosetta spacecraft to give 'final
kiss' to comet on crash-landing

Ex-congressman Grimm's restaurant
partner gets 6 months in prison

Architects picked to design Obama
presidential library: foundation

Tony Blair in spotlight as report
into Iraq war due to be published

Probe of Clinton's email driven by
facts, not politics: White House

New York banking rule puts boards on
the hook to fight illicit financing

U.N. peacekeeping mission
leaves Liberia after 13 years

Starbucks workers petition for
more hours amid labor cuts

Canada confirms will give troops
for eastern European NATO force

Lockdown lifted at U.S. base
near Washington, no threat found

House to vote on measure to keep
guns from terrorists: source

Illinois House sends key fiscal
year 2017 budget bill to Senate

California probing oil cos for alleged
manipulation of gas prices: WSJ

In Egypt, Sisi's star
fades as problems pile up

U.S. lawmakers push for action
on human rights in Bahrain

EU says talks with Turkey on visa
liberalization 'constructive'

Brexit to take toll on British
Florida vacation home dreams

U.S. data offers hope for
manufacturing; jobs market steady

Kremlin: Russia will ease sanctions
on Turkey depending on talks outcome

U.S. hardens royalty rules
on fossil fuel production

Armenia ratifies agreement on joint
air-defense system with Russia

Violence, settlements, Gaza undermine
hope for Mideast peace: U.N.

West cooperating secretly with
Damascus against militants: Assad

Ex-London mayor halts bid to be
UK prime minister, upends race

Japan PM urges UK, Germany to
reassure markets after Brexit vote

Slovakia says western members can't
dictate EU future after Brexit

U.S. military base near Washington
locked down after report of gunman

Islamic State kills Christian
priest in Egypt's North Sinai

Puerto Rico still faces debt
default despite rescue law

Croatia puts up barriers on
border bridge with Serbia

In Jerusalem, a cracked soccer
pitch reflects wider fissures

U.S. sailors detained by Iran spoke
too much under interrogation: Navy

Italy, Colombia, U.S. seize 11
tonnes of cocaine, arrest 33 people

Hungary minister says might vote to
quit EU if government held referendum

Istanbul airport bombers were Russian,
Uzbek, Kyrgyz: Turkish official

U.S. downgrades Myanmar, raises
Thailand in human trafficking report

Spanish emigration hits highest
level since at least 2008

U.S. jobless claims rise last
week, trend still favorable

Ex-London mayor upends race for
UK prime minister by quitting

Palestinian kills teen in Israeli
settlement, then shot dead

Euro zone will not add new members
in next three years: Dombrovskis

Merkel says German parliament to
have a say in EU-Canada trade deal

Brexit fuels worries about
expected U.S. earnings recovery

Charges against Myanmar's 'Saffron
Revolution' leader pile up

Putin: let's see how British
democracy works after Brexit

Belgium transfers Paris
attacks suspect to France

France's Sarkozy overtakes rival
Juppe in poll, eyes party primaries

Ex-London mayor Johnson abruptly
quits race to be prime minister

Pakistan plans talks with Afghanistan,
U.N. agency over refugees' return

For some in Britain's
north, Brexit means control

Exclusive: China to tolerate weaker yuan,
wary of trade partners' reaction - sources

Putin says Turkey did apologize
for shooting down Russian plane

Ten women migrants die in Mediterranean,
Italy's coast guard saves hundreds

Turkey sees possible foreign Islamic
State link in Istanbul airport attack

Germany's Gabriel says
British EU exit must be swift

Lebanese army says it foils
planned attacks by Islamic State

Exclusive: China willing
to let yuan weaken

Germany's Kohl tells EU: don't
pressure UK after Brexit vote

Illinois moves toward
a possible budget deal

New York's two-tier system offers
testing ground in minimum wage debate

Lebanon army says foils attacks on
tourist spot, crowded area: state media

China says U.S. 'Great Wall' remark
shows misunderstanding of history

Putin may meet Obama at
G20 in September: RIA

Taliban suicide bombers kill 27
in attack on Afghan police cadets

Britain's Gove to run for PM,
shakes Conservative leadership race

Two bombs hit vehicles carrying Afghan
police cadets, casualties expected: official

In Brexit chaos, Conservative May pitches
anti-Boris case for Britain's top job

Boko Haram suicide bomber
kills 11 at mosque in Cameroon

Turkish police raid suspected Islamic
State cells in Istanbul, Izmir: Anadolu

Turkey's EU minister: Have met all
criteria for visa-free travel to Europe

Turkish army killed suspected IS militants
at Syria border: security sources

Airbus, Safran finalize
space launchers merger

Beijing slams South China Sea
case as court ruling nears

Russia will countenance an Assad
exit in Syria, but not yet

Don't burden Germany with Brexit
costs, warn Merkel's Bavarian allies

Duterte, 'the punisher', sworn
in as Philippines' president

At least 18 killed by a
roadside bomb in Somalia

Farage says can envisage Britain contribution
to EU budget post-Brexit: Le Figaro

Australian teenager pleads guilty to
planning ANZAC Day terror offence

Vietnam court sentences Australian
woman, 73, to death on heroin charges

Santander, Deutsche Bank: U.S.
stress test repeat offenders

Zika sex research begins despite
U.S. Congress funding impasse

Malaysian opposition leader charged with
graft over land deal, bungalow purchase

Mongolia's opposition MPP sweeps back
to power on country's economic woes

Philippines' Duterte sworn as
president, rails against crime

Venezuela first lady's nephews
U.S. drug case gets new defendant

North Korea's Dear Respected
Comrade leader gets a new title

Federal judge rules Ohio
can purge inactive voters

Senate passes Puerto Rico
debt bill, sends to Obama

U.S. says Russian ship raised
false signal in incident

U.S. to make military deployments in
Turkey 'unaccompanied' tours: sources

Obama: Trump's rhetoric is
xenophobic, not populist

Briton indicted on weapons
charges over Trump rally incident

Japan plans July fighter jet tender seen
worth $40 billion as China tensions simmer

Islamic State suspected after suicide
bombers kill 42 at Istanbul airport

China risks 'outlaw' status if it
rejects South China Sea ruling: lawyer

Western Sydney takes centerstage
in close-run Australian election

Home-grown militants and ex-major
behind Bangladesh attacks, police say

Fresh details spur debate on police
response to Orlando massacre

U.S.-led strikes pound Islamic
State in Iraq, kill 250 fighters

Two bodies found in area
burned by California wildfire

Visa countersues Wal-Mart in
debit card PIN vs signature case

Brazil could dismiss Rousseff
the day before Olympics ends

Most big U.S. banks pass Fed's stress
test, boosting shareholder payouts

U.S. farm groups discuss policy
with Clinton staff, pursue Trump

Oscars organizers invite new
members in diversity push

No fanfare as Philippines'
Duterte prepares to take office

Top U.S. human rights groups fare poorly
on openness about funds, watchdog says

Woman dies after downtown
Denver office shooting

Chinese national gets 30 months in
U.S. prison for military exports

New Jersey man admits to helping
disguise foreign political contributions

July Fourth travelers brace for tougher
U.S. security after Turkey attack

North America leaders mount strong
defense of trade despite threats

Two killed, one presumed dead after
fiery Texas freight train crash

EgyptAir black box data downloaded;
evidence suggests fire on board

BancorpSouth to settle U.S. charges
of racial bias against home buyers

Urging tougher stance, U.N.
adds 2,500 peacekeepers to Mali

Obama concerned over longer
term global growth after Brexit

Charges dismissed against graffiti
artist Fairey in Detroit: reports

Brazil Senate planning impeachment
vote for last days of Olympics

New rules give protesters more
leeway at Republican convention

Deutsche, Santander fail U.S. stress
test; Morgan Stanley gets second chance

Obama says global economy in
the short run will hold steady

Trump's opposition to trade deals
fuels internal party opposition

'She wanted me to suffer' says Texas
husband whose wife killed daughters

Obama urges Venezuela to
respect democratic process

Puerto Rico debt relief bill
moves closer to Senate passage

Body parts wash ashore
next to Rio Olympic venue

Californians keep searching for
ensnared blue whale to free it

Investigators download crashed
EgyptAir jet's flight data

CIA's Brennan says expects that IS
is plotting attacks against U.S.

Six Honduran police officers
indicted on U.S. drug charges

Arizona man kills two relatives
in child custody dispute

Switzerland and EU need to find
compromise on immigration: EU's Schulz

Italy votes to halt aviation
supplies to Egypt over student death

Ex-NY Islanders co-owner gets
prison term for fraud halved

Gay men in Ivory Coast attacked for showing
support to Orlando victims: rights group

After slamming trade deals, Trump
fends off business criticism

EU, U.S. urge Bosnia to pass reforms
critical for EU bid, IMF funds

U.S. to ban military families in
Turkey for security reasons: sources

EU tells UK single market access
requires full free movement

Scottish leader's plea to stay
in Europe rebuffed in Brussels

Maryland ex-teacher aide indicted
on 270 child sex charges

Main opposition party wins
elections in Mongolia: media

U.S. to rally business for refugees,
Obama aims to double global resettlement

Bonnell Aluminum shuts production
at Georgia plant after blast

Biden outlines 'Moonshot'
initiatives to fight cancer

Germany's defense minister to fly
to Turkish air base on Friday

Obama: U.S. stands with Turkey
after Istanbul airport attack

Five people injured in blast at
Bonnell Aluminum plant in Georgia

Russia agrees to talks with NATO
after Warsaw summit: France

Puerto Rico bill passage on
hold as Democrats seek changes

U.S. consumer spending rises,
Brexit casts shadow on outlook

Verdict in trial of Brazil's
Rousseff due after Olympics: paper

Top Obama administration
officials to brief Senate on IS

IKEA recalls 36 million chests
and dressers after six deaths

Facebook's political
influence under a microscope

Kenyan forces kill five
suspected Islamist militants

Europe launches reform
'reflection' after Brexit shock

Groups urge U.N. to suspend
Saudi Arabia from rights council

North Korean assembly awards
leader Kim Jong Un fresh title

'Please don't shoot': Texas daughters pleaded
for lives before being killed by mother

One injured in explosion at Bonnell
Aluminum's Georgia plant: TV

Spain's Rajoy says talks on forming
government to start Thursday

JFK airport terminal briefly
evacuated over unattended bag

Hague arbitration court to rule in
South China Sea case on July 12

India arrests five suspected of
plotting Islamic State attacks

ACLU files lawsuit over
U.S. anti-hacking law

Terminal evacuated at New York's JFK
airport over suspicious package: report

Firefighters control most of
big, deadly California wildfire

Poland reiterates NATO should
uphold open-door policy

Senate Republican warns of
bailout if Puerto Rico vote fails

Turkey's Erdogan, Obama speak by phone
after Istanbul suicide bomb attack

U.N.-backed Yemen peace talks
adjourn until July 15: envoy

U.S. lawmakers seek more money,
authority for derivatives regulator

Armed guards to patrol
French beaches this summer

Twenty children lost in Welsh caves,
rescue mission launched: BBC on Twitter

Serb national jailed for 13 years
in Kosovo on terrorism charges

Russian, Turkish leaders agree to
close 'crisis chapter' in ties

Pakistan extends Afghan refugee
registration deadline by six months

Islamic State forces Syria rebels
to retreat from border area

UK's Cameron: Brexit talks can
begin before Article 50 triggered

Turkey's Erdogan expected to meet Russia's
Putin before and during G20 summit

Britain's Cameron says keeping UK
together of paramount importance

China defends FX policies after Trump vows
to label Beijing a currency manipulator

Myanmar should dismantle laws blocking
free speech: Human Rights Watch

British PM Cameron says economic difficulty
ahead, won't abandon fiscal rules

China's Xi urges caution over U.S.
missile deployment in South Korea

Iraq secures $2.7 billion U.S.
loan from for military equipment

California firefighters contain
most of state's biggest wildfire

Istanbul governor's office says 41
killed, 239 wounded in airport bombing

Iraqi forces say press towards
key air base south of Mosul

At least 5 killed in bombing in
Kurdish-controlled Syrian town-witnesses

Italy raises wreck of migrant boat
that sank, killing hundreds, in 2015

Erdogan's phone call with Putin 'very
productive': Turkish presidential sources

New Philippine defense chief says militant
threat more pressing than South China Sea

EU's Juncker to meet Scottish
leader after UK says leaving EU

Cambodian opposition leader
promises return from exile

Tibetan director detained,
hospitalized in China: film guild

Bombing in Kurdish-controlled Syrian
town kills at least five: witnesses

Flagship Belgrade development
plan draws political flak

Mongolians vote for new parliament
with economy on the rocks

India's top court refuses to
hear gay-sex ban challenge

Malaysian police probe grenade attack,
checking credibility of IS claim

Syria rebels battle IS at Iraqi
border, aim to cut 'caliphate' in two

Crabb, candidate to lead Britain, says
immigration control a top priority

Veolia extends U.S.
water treatment contract

Scotland's Sturgeon to meet
EU's Juncker on Wednesday

Toyota recalls 3.37 million cars over
airbag, emissions control issues

U.S. backed Syrian rebels seize airport
from IS near Iraqi border: monitor

Two soldiers killed in Kurdish militant
attacks in southeast Turkey: army

Taiwan president says wants to
maintain communication with China

Two women killed in shooting
at Arizona courthouse: sheriff

California gets go-ahead to vote
on legalization of marijuana

EU leaders tell Britain
to exit swiftly

Kansas court says funding plan
averts need to close public schools

Brazil Congress investigates
lawmaker's alleged support of torture

Suicide bombs kill 31, wound
close to 150 at Istanbul airport

Trump vows to reopen, or toss,
NAFTA pact with Canada and Mexico

Some Coca-Cola products to be temporarily
unavailable in Vermont stores

Tesla investor group wants more
independent board, cites Musk ties

Manson ex-follower should be
denied parole -prosecutor

Atlantic City, N.J., hires
lawyers to restructure debt

Toyota recalling 1.43 million
hybrids worldwide for air bag issue

Dutch PM Rutte wants 'binding'
assurances over EU's Ukraine deal

As Duterte takes over in Philippines,
police killings stir fear

One dead, several injured in
Toronto suburb home explosion

Justice Dept. reviewing Supreme
Court immigration decision: Lynch

L.A. prosecutor asks governor to
deny parole ex-Manson follower

Italy, Netherlands propose split U.N.
Security Council seat for 2017-18

Clinton leads Trump by 11 points in
U.S. presidential race: Reuters/Ipsos

Woman injured, gunman dead
in downtown Denver shooting

Sanders back in U.S. Senate, blasts
'colonialism' in Puerto Rico

Cruz chairs contentious U.S.
Senate hearing on 'radical Islam'

Two moms, four children killed
in fiery California car crash

Exclusive: Trump supporters more likely to
view blacks negatively - Reuters/Ipsos poll

Victims injured in shooting
in downtown Denver: police

Rolling Stone wins dismissal of
defamation lawsuit over rape article

Missouri man gets 10 years in
attempt to fire-bomb federal office

Civil rights leader Walter Fauntroy
out of jail after return to U.S.

Women subjected to torture by
Mexican police, armed forces: report

Fire at Mississippi gas plant halts
two U.S. Gulf Coast platforms

Emergency call log details horror
of Orlando nightclub shooting

Panel's report reignites debate
over Clinton and Benghazi

Three movie financiers charged
for operating $12 million fraud

Congressional watchdog expands
probe of lax Wall Street oversight

Wisconsin woman wanted for murder
of pregnant woman added to FBI list

Ten killed, many wounded in
suicide attack at Istanbul airport

Norway investigators blame Airbus
helicopter crash on gearbox failure

Important to look at individuals
in VW scandal: Lynch

Exclusive: U.S. to upgrade Thailand in
annual human trafficking report - sources

Economic espionage a 'tremendous
problem': U.S. attorney general

U.S. Attorney General Lynch says
probe into VW scandal ongoing

Explosions hit main airport
in Istanbul, several wounded

California man charged with 10
counts of attempted murder of police

Three missing in fiery Texas
freight train collision

Russia, United States blame each
other for maritime incident

Two explosions hit Istanbul's Ataturk
airport, multiple injuries: Turkish official

NATO, EU leaders pledge strong
alliance to counter Brexit fallout

Competency exam ordered for Ohio
man accused of threatening military

Search for entangled blue
whale resumes off California

Zimbabwe restores electricity after
losing half of its daily supply

Iraq's top court invalidates
Abadi's partial cabinet reshuffle

Sweden, Kazakhstan, Ethiopia, Bolivia
elected to U.N. Security Council for 2017-18

Katzenberg sued over 'side deal'
to Comcast-DreamWorks merger

McConnell hopeful of Democrats'
support for Puerto Rico debt bill

White House chides Congress
for failing to fund Zika

Russia says U.S. warship in near-miss
with Russian vessel in Mediterranean

VW agrees to buy back diesel
vehicles, fund clean air efforts

First baby with Zika-related birth
defect microcephaly born in Florida

U.S. official sees progress against
Islamic State, war continuing

Smiles and selfies as Cambodia PM tells
foreign powers to stop interfering

Canada, Mexico move to improve
ties as U.S. election looms

Spanish court urges trial of
ex-Catalan leader over referendum

U.S. lawmakers deadlock
on Zika virus funds

Germany girds for potential spike
in Islamic State attacks in Europe

Divided Supreme Court rejects
family pharmacy's religious claim

Two freight trains collide,
catch fire in north Texas

Italy PM Renzi wins confidence
vote on bank loan recovery decree

Lebanon fears more attacks
after multiple suicide bombings

Data files from crashed EgyptAir
plane sent back to Egypt

Ex-Gottex accountant charged in
U.S. with embezzling $3.4 million

Top U.S. labor leader blasts
Trump on trade in dueling speech

Canada to end requirement that
Mexicans need visas: Trudeau

Supreme Court spurns abortion
restrictions in two more states

Republican-led panel accuses Clinton
State Department of Benghazi lapses

Funding to combat Zika
fails to advance in Senate

IS Syria stronghold Raqqa next after Manbij
operation is completed: U.S. official

Cracks show inside Islamic
State's shrinking caliphate

Police examine suspicious vehicle near
UK parliament; 'looks like false alarm'

Volkswagen's diesel settlement will
fund range of clean air efforts

No change in Iran behavior in Syria
since nuclear deal: U.S. official

Kremlin dents Turkish hopes
for quick restoration of ties

Vehicles in Fiat Chrysler rollaway
recall linked to 68 injuries

District of Columbia mayor signs
$15/hour minimum wage into law

Sturgeon to meet EU leaders in
drive to keep Scotland in bloc

House Republicans blast Clinton
in long-awaited Benghazi report

Republican Ryan wants
trade talks with Britain

Germany sees rise in far-right violence,
warns of 'terrorist structures'

Yemen counter-terrorism mission
shows UAE military ambition

Supreme Court declines to
rehear union fees dispute

Supreme Court agrees to review
ATM fee antitrust lawsuit

Supreme Court to hear
Venezuela oil rig dispute

Europe presses Britain for swift
exit to limit global fallout

Clinton rolls out wide-ranging
technology agenda

Jailed Bahraini activist taken to
hospital with heart problems-supporters

Senate Democrats seek new
deal on Zika funding fight

Zambian police detain
newspaper editors in tax row

Rebel, army clashes kill 43 near
South Sudan's Wau: government

U.S. files Volkswagen
settlement, details buybacks

Myanmar court lays new charges
against Saffron Revolution leader

Former pope Benedict makes rare
appearance with successor Francis

Turkey allows more patrol flights on
Syria border by NATO allies: official

Obama warns against 'hysteria'
after Brexit vote: NPR

Court rules Dutch cyber-bullying
suspect can be extradited to Canada

Harlem voters to pick heir-apparent
to veteran congressman

Lebanese PM fears new wave
of terrorism: minister

Afghan media groups decry rise
in violence against journalists

Volkswagen's U.S. diesel emissions
settlement to cost $15 billion: sources

Kremlin: mending ties with Turkey
'not a matter of a few days'

Young Mongolians hope elections will
rock 'n' roll political establishment

Merkel tells Britain no
'cherry-picking' in Brexit talks

With eye on China, Indonesian parliament
approves higher defense spending

Bomb attack on police in Turkey's southeast
kills one, injures seven -sources

Trump, AFL-CIO's Trumka to give
dueling trade speeches Tuesday

Turkey, Israel sign deal to
normalize ties after six years

Assad's uncle under
investigation in France: source

Merkel vows to strengthen EU,
tells UK no 'cherry-picking'

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