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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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Punjab gunmen expose India's soft
border ahead of Pakistan talks


Search for 14-year-old Florida
boaters enters sixth day


Grand jury decision due in University
of Cincinnati police shooting


U.S. approves possible sale of $5.4
billion in PAC-3 missiles to Saudi Arabia


Ukraine names detained Russian
soldier, charges him with terrorism


Person arrested in
Western New York charged


Mass. man accused of plotting
college bombing pleads not guilty


U.N. panel questions
Iraq over use of torture


Death of woman in jail cell prompts
Texas House committee meeting


Trump lashed out at lawyer over
breast-feeding: media reports


Islamic State claims car bomb
in Yemen capital, three dead


London-bound BA flight lands
in Montreal after bomb threat


Afghanistan investigates reports
of Taliban leader's death


Turkey launches heaviest air
strikes yet on Kurdish group


NASA tests new camera
at a space station


Car bomb explodes in Yemen's
capital, three dead: source


Nigeria's Buhari in Cameroon seeks
closer partnership against Boko Haram


Saudi-led warplanes bomb
Houthi bastion in north Yemen


Man dies in Channel Tunnel
as migrant crisis deepens


British Airways flight forced to land
in Montreal, media cite bomb threat


Tanzania's free SMS health campaign
helps pregnant women, new mothers


Hours before Mumbai bomber to
hang, court rejects final appeal


Syrian jets bombard plain
after rebel attack: monitor


Russia's Putin says opposes MH17
tribunal ahead of U.N. vote


China says to fight terror,
people smuggling with Turkey


Greece's Tsipras, hounded by left,
vows 'thus far and no further'


New TSA chief aims to tighten
U.S. airline screening: NYT


Russians hackers used Twitter, photos
to reach U.S. computers: report


India's top court dismisses last-ditch
appeal of death-row bomb convict


Kremlin defends outlawing 'undesirable'
U.S.-funded pro-democracy group


Greek PM says may have
to call early election


Japan shouldn't cave to foreign pressure
on PM war anniversary remarks: aide


Zimbabwean men in court over
killing of Cecil the lion


Israel approves new homes in settlement
after demolishing two buildings at site


Lithium find in exploding star
could help solve astronomy puzzle


Afghanistan calls press conference on
Mullah Omar amid rumors of his death


Israeli drone strike in Syria kills two
near frontier: Hezbollah's al-Manar TV


Special Report: Ukraine struggles
to control maverick battalions


Saudi soldier killed in shooting
in eastern district: SPA


Gaza destruction comes under
forensic lens in Amnesty report


China says recovered 38.7
billion yuan in graft losses


Migrant dies in Channel Tunnel as
British security body meets over crisis


Fabius, visiting Tehran,
invites Rouhani to France


Merkel's Bavarian ally says
Grexit would cause 'utter chaos'


Congress moves to three-month highway
extension; trade bank stays idled


French foreign minister
arrives in Tehran for talks


Malaysian probe into fund scandal
stalls after PM sacks deputy


Bahrain identifies suspects
in Tuesday's bombings: report


Man charged with capital murder in
shotgun ambush of woman in Hollywood


Obamacare case to be turned against
government on emissions rule


Fed expected to push
ahead with rate hike plan


Pakistan police say kill leader
of banned sectarian group


Fallen tree injures eight children
outside California museum


Gunmen in Egypt kill guard
outside Niger embassy


Malaysian parliament investigation
of state fund on hold


Uncertain times fuel occult
beliefs in China's Party hierarchy


Dallas Zoo's baby giraffe
dies in habitat accident


Defense secretary to advise
senior leaders on budget


Taliban advance in north Afghanistan
seizing district, villages


Oregon 'kayaktivists' to
protest Shell Arctic oil search


Singapore arrests man who
tried to join Islamic State


Sexual-assault accuser says
Cosby didn't realize she was gay


U.S. House conservative files
motion to oust Speaker Boehner


Mexican state hands down
historic sentence for femicide


U.S., Turkey weigh which Syrian
rebels to support in border area


California lawmaker battles
recall by anti-vaccine activists


Los Angeles passes law banning
large-capacity gun magazines


UK minister urges United States
to buy more British weapons


Twitter shares fall as growth
of monthly users slows


Enticed by highway money, U.S.
Congress revisits corporate tax break


Romania's PM Ponta to go on
holiday amid criminal probe


Part of Pentagon email network
taken down over suspicious activity


Thousands rally in Finland against
lawmaker's anti-immigration remark


Father of Colorado movie gunman
pleads with jury for his life


Obama administration to allow
prisoners access to college grants


Baptists, rights group both slam
Boy Scouts over gay leader move


After videos, Senate Republicans
target Planned Parenthood vote


U.S. Army lab faulted over
lax anthrax procedure


Twitter second-quarter revenue,
adjusted profit beat estimates


U.S. military sees more use
of laser, microwave weapons


Oregon Governor orders state
agencies to reduce water consumption


After strong quarter, Ford aims
to 'disrupt like a startup'


Obama administration urges
Congress to help Puerto Rico


Iraqi militia leader says U.S. not
serious about fighting Islamic State


Illinois House agrees to
eliminate FY 2016 lawmaker raises


Last victim of May 12 Amtrak derailment
leaves Philadelphia hospital


U.S. defense contractor copied secret
military documents: Justice Department


Jeep fuel-tank fire death
verdict slashed to $40 million


Pennsylvania teen pleads no
contest in rock-throwing case


Scientists identify men who died at
Virginia's Jamestown 400 years ago


More than 2,000 migrants tried to
enter Channel Tunnel in France


U.S. investigators blame Virgin
Galactic crash on lax pilot training


New York City mayor calls for Puerto
Rico to access U.S. bankruptcy laws


Top U.S. general urges countries
to bolster U.N. peacekeeping


Florida man charged in alleged
bomb plot for Islamic State


Suspicious envelopes mailed to Oregon
police contained no toxins: FBI


U.S. say may weigh-in on
PLO terror support lawsuit


Senate will pass short-term highway funding
fix while working on long-term bill: McConnell


U.S. to parole convicted
Israeli spy Pollard on Nov. 21


Texas county releases video to
dispel rumors over woman's death


U.S. consumer mood darkens,
home price growth stalls


New York police used improper
force arresting teen, review finds


New Mexico dispatcher told woman
with dying teen to 'deal with it'


Trump adviser apologizes for
'inarticulate' comments on marital rape


U.S. Senate aims to vote on
defunding Planned Parenthood


Police seek links between West
Virginia killing and cold cases


Second suspect in 10 days dies
in custody of Houston police


Florida cop on leave after video
of him tossing peanuts to prisoner


Teen arrested after body of
missing California girl found


Seattle officer who arrested black man with
golf club should be fired: watchdog probe


Small business loans resume after
Congress lifts guarantee cap


Ukrainian military pilot faces
unfair trial in Russia: lawyers


Detroit-area teens charged with selling
iPhone boxes filled with Play-Doh


As peace talks advance, Colombia
struggles to find its missing


Fires in U.S. West threaten
thousands of structures


Kerry: Pollard release
not related to Iran deal


Texas grand jury convenes in securities
case against attorney general


Millions in Yemen on brink
of starvation, Oxfam warns


Brazil will use drones to fight
slave labor in rural areas


Obama says aid to farmers cuts
child stunting across Africa


Kerry warns U.S. Congress scrapping Iran
deal would mean path to nuclear weapon


Georgia man sentenced to 15 years
for trying to help Islamic State


Sudan summons EU diplomat over
statement on humanitarian needs


U.S. court rules lawsuit by man
beaten by Ferguson police can proceed


Prison employee who aided New
York escapees pleads guilty


Kerry warns Congress
against scrapping Iran deal


Honeywell to buy Melrose's utility
metering business for $5.1 billion


White House report calls for
eased job licensing requirements


Gunmen who carried out India's
Punjab attack were Muslim: police


Warplanes attack air
base near Yemen's Aden


Pilot training fell short in Virgin
Galactic crash, investigators say


American accused of killing
Zimbabwe's popular Cecil the lion


House Benghazi panel says State
Department to hand over documents today


Podemos-backed Madrid mayor
halts social housing evictions


Denials fly in war of nerves
over Greek debt talks


Second-term Obama tells Africa's
'Big Men' to quit when time is up


Central Asia crackdown on
militant Islam risks backlash


U.S.-led coalition targets Islamic
State in 32 air strikes: statement


Dropping deal a fast track to Iran
nuclear weapon, Kerry warns Congress


Le Pen father gets French
court victory over daughter


Bomb kills two policemen in
worst Bahrain bombing in months


U.S. appeals court upholds bulk
of Obama air pollution rule


House speaker: Hillary Clinton should
hand over private email server


Benghazi suicide bomber kills three
Libyan soldiers, wounds 11: medic


U.S. consumer confidence
drops in July


Russian submarine wreck off
Sweden likely dates from WW1


Key House Democrat cites troublesome
issues in Iran nuclear deal


House Republicans plan three-month
highway bill, no trade bank renewal


EU's Mogherini in Iran to
discuss nuclear deal, region: TV


Ford easily tops expectations
on 2nd-qtr profit


Key House Republican says Iran
deal 'cash bonanza' for Tehran


Pfizer's revenue, profit
beat as vaccine sales rise


Turkey's Erdogan: peace process
with Kurdish militants impossible


Three Libyan soldiers killed, 11 wounded
in suicide bombing in Benghazi: medic


U.S. services sector growth
picks up in July: Markit


UK PM Cameron's EU reform plans a
'recipe for confusion': lawmakers


China indicts former party chief
of Xinjiang's capital for graft


Syrian forces, Kurds push Islamic
State out of Hasaka city: monitor


NATO backs Turkey on Islamic
State, some urge peace with Kurds


EU/IMF mission chiefs to arrive in
Greece for bailout talks on Wednesday


Lawyer calls for release of
Washington Post reporter in Iran


Iran, EU to start talks over issues
including regional conflicts: TV


German advisers say euro zone
exit should not be taboo


Saudi-led raid on Yemen plant
appears unlawful: Rights Watch


Syrian Kurds' spending plans
reflect rising ambition


Indian court puts off last-minute
decision on death-row bomb convict


Obama says Ethiopia should not jail
journalists, restrict opponents


China conducts air, sea
drills in South China Sea


At least 25 people killed by
militants in Nigeria's northeast


OSCE mission to Ukraine seeks safe
access to conflict area in east


Rajapaksa 'ready for struggle'
in Sri Lanka comeback bid


Libyan court sentences Gaddafi son
Saif, eight other ex-officials to death


NATO backs Turkey's fight
against Islamic State


Obama heads to African Union
at end of tour to build ties


China shares fall again as
Beijing scrambles to calm markets


Japan approves increase in Fukushima
compensation to $57 billion


Toothy terror: dinosaurs like T.
rex had unique serrated teeth


Libyan court gives death sentence
to Gaddafi son Saif al-Islam


Big rebel attack in Syria
targets area vital to Assad


Bangladesh police arrest eight
in crackdown on Islamist groups


As Fed approaches rate hike, job
growth shifts away from oil patch


Turkey seeks NATO endorsement
in Islamic State fight


Huckabee's gas chamber reference to
Iran deal draws Israeli criticism


Four dead after small plane
crashes in Wisconsin field


German 'wisemen' say euro zone
states should be able to go bankrupt


Rescuers find 13 dead migrants
on packed boat off Libyan coast


Thailand aims for upgrade from U.S.
trafficking blacklist next year: PM


Malaysian PM reshuffles cabinet,
dumps deputy after 1MDB criticism


Attack halts flow in natural gas
pipeline from Iran to Turkey


Cavorting, snorting British
peer quits House of Lords


China says not planning
military bases in the Maldives


Two Bahraini policemen killed
in bombing: Interior Ministry


Gas flow in Turkey-Iran pipeline
halted due to attack: minister


U.S. military exhumes remains of
unidentified victims of Pearl Harbor attack


Top Republican rebuffs Senate transport
bill with U.S. Ex-Im bank renewal


Oregon sheriff treated after 20
suspicious envelopes found across state


Senate votes to attach trade
bank revival to transport bill


Alaska governor returning sealskin
vest amid local ethics probe


El Salvador bus drivers go on
strike as gang violence surges


Boy Scouts lift blanket ban on
gay adult leaders, employees


Oklahoma top court reaffirms Ten
Commandments stone at Capitol must go


Biden, former critic of NY's
LaGuardia Airport, upbeat on redesign


Louisiana shooting suspect never
involuntarily committed: Georgia authorities


U.S. Republican House panel demands
Obama remove IRS commissioner


Libyan city Benghazi plunges into
darkness as fighting hits power plants


Top Republican red-lights U.S.
Senate highway funding measure


U.S. Navy investigates report
of cancer cluster at Guantanamo


Colorado movie gunman's sister
sobs, says she still loves him


Texas toddler dies after father leaves
her strapped in hot SUV: police


Magnitude 7.0 quake hits
Irian Jaya, Indonesia: USGS


Turkey, U.S. aim for zone cleared
of Islamic State in northern Syria


Obama meets Lucy, an ancient
'ancestor,' in Ethiopia


Protesters fail to show at Louisiana
shooting victims' funerals


Pennsylvania officials brace for
crowds attending papal visit


Toyota's Scion aims to
double U.S. sales by 2017


Top officials from anti-ISIS
coalition to meet in Canada: sources


Ohio woman arrested for locking out
daughter in 90-degree heat: police


Singapore's ruling party contends
with new voting majority


Body parts found near Connecticut
station came from homeless man


Sweden investigates if wreck in
its waters is Russian submarine


U.S. drops Boston's embattled
bid to host 2024 Olympic Games


Planned Parenthood investigating
claims of website hack


Kerry heads for Egypt and the
Gulf to discuss Iran deal, ISIS


NYC grade school principal who
committed suicide had forged tests


U.S. Marines see decision soon
on F-35 fighter combat-readiness


Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of
making threats to neighbors


Lawyer: Colorado school didn't
discriminate by blocking gay speech


U.S. drops bid for 2024
Olympics in Boston: committee


Man passes Dallas airport security,
boards plane without ticket


Fiat Chrysler could spend billions
to buy back unrepaired trucks


Syngenta says Monsanto's $2 billion
break-up fee comes with caveat


Boston to drop bid to host 2024
Olympic Games: local media


Another ex-Utah attorney general
pleads not guilty to corruption


Teva to buy Allergan generic business
for $40.5 billion, drops Mylan bid


U.S. House won't take up Senate
transportation bill: McCarthy


U.S., allies target Islamic State
with 26 air strikes in Syria, Iraq


Clinton vows to boost U.S. clean energy
use in response to climate change


Citizens United loses New
York ruling over donors


At least 16 killed in Boko Haram
raids on Lake Chad villages


China stocks rout stings
world equities, commodities


Body found in suitcase in
Washington state for second time


U.S. softens view of Malaysia,
Cuba in human trafficking report


Colorado massacre trial jurors
quizzed over Lafayette shooting


Burundi parliament opens after
disputed poll, opposition takes seats


Chinese regulator vows share support
after markets tumble 8.5 percent in a day


Abdul Kalam, father of India's
missile program, dies at 83


Scandal and hypocrisy British-style
in a tale of two speakers


In Africa's 'cradle,' an old
fossil site yields new finds


Syrian Kurds capture town from
Islamic State in north: monitor


Turkey detains over 1,000 in militant
crackdown, including 50-60 foreigners


Greek creditors seek third
wave of reforms before loan


Brazil's biggest party sticks
with unpopular Rousseff - for now


Boston mobster 'Whitey' Bulger was
denied right to testify: lawyer


U.S. Guantanamo board hears
case of alleged al-Qaeda member


UK says investigating two suspected
MERS cases in northern England


Obama knocks Huckabee, Trump for
slide in Republican rhetoric


Nine killed in day-long Indian
gun battle near Pakistani border


Accused Russian Taliban's U.S.
trial postponed indefinitely


U.S. report highlights suspected Thai
official role in human trafficking


Puerto Rico tourism industry lags rivals,
offers little relief from debt crisis


EU steps up PR campaign to
overcome U.S. trade deal hostility


Power shifts fuel talk of
change in Palestinian politics


Koch Brothers' political
group struggles in Alaska


Philippines' Aquino urges
legislators to pursue reforms


Houthis, foes fight on as Yemen
ceasefire quickly unravels


Obama says more political openness
would strengthen Ethiopia


Obama says yet to hear good
argument against Iran nuclear deal


Republican leader says party candidates
shouldn't run as independents


Russian accused of murdering ex-KGB
agent given UK inquiry deadline


China slides again,
Europe follows


New Greek bailout talks start,
creditors seek more action


British PM starts Asia trip with
big loan offer to Indonesia


Malaysian PM asks deputy,
others, to avoid remarks on 1MDB


Battle at Indian Punjab police
station ends, nine killed


Turkish help for Uighur refugees
looms over Erdogan visit to Beijing


UK's Cameron says ready to bomb militants
in Libya and Syria if plot threat seen


U.N. hopes to boost aid to Aden
as Yemen frontline moves north


Kyrgyz leader says U.S. 'sought
chaos' by decorating dissident


Chinese shares tumble 8.5 percent
in biggest one-day drop since 2007


Syrian Kurds say hit as Turkish
army battles Islamic State


Hungary PM rapped by Romania
over territorial 'revisionism'


Obama working with Ethiopia on
human rights, talks on security


Offshore wind power gets foothold
in U.S. with Rhode Island project


Yemen truce stumbles, shelling
reported in north and south


U.S. would show flexibility in
nuclear talks with North Korea: envoy


Gunmen storm police station
in Indian Punjab, six killed


European shares slide
taking cues from Asia


Palestinian killed in Israeli
raid, witness disputes how he died


Obama in Ethiopia on Africa tour
to boost security, other ties


Turkey arrests dozens more in sweep
against Islamic State, Kurdish militants


China stocks tumble, suffer biggest
one-day loss in eight years


Gunmen attack Afghan wedding
party, killing 21, wounding eight


Kurdish militia says Turkish army
fired at its positions inside Syria


Yemen's Sanaa quiet as truce
begins, clashes reported in south


Jehovah's Witnesses hid child sex
abuse cases: Australian inquiry told


India tightens security on Pakistan
border after Punjab attack


Asian shares skid as Fed
monetary meeting looms


China eyes new cruise link to
disputed South China Sea islands


Chinese national killed in
Somalia bombing: Xinhua


Two men en route to Wisconsin
air show killed in plane crash


Asian shares broadly
softer as Fed looms


Whitney Houston's daughter,
Bobbi Kristina Brown, dead at 22


Militants in minority in Pakistan
execution drive, deterrent effect debated


Hillary Clinton sets renewable energy
goals to spur more wind, solar power


U.S. auto safety regulators fine
Fiat Chrysler record $105 million


U.S. presidential candidate Clinton
unveils renewable energy goals


Some Guantanamo inmates would go
to U.S. under new plan: Obama aide


Magnitude 6.3 earthquake
hits near Tonga: USGS


Turkish jets hit PKK targets in
Iraq after soldiers killed: sources


U.S. regulators impose record $105
million fine on Fiat Chrysler


Firefighters make progress
against Western U.S. wildfires


Missing Florida teens' boat
found overturned and empty


U.S. candidate Huckabee: Obama marching
Israelis to 'door of the oven'


Missouri man kills father by lying
on his head to 'prove a point'


U.S. Senate backs Ex-Im Bank
renewal in procedural vote


Two killed, six injured in boat
accident near Baltimore bridge


Protesters block main roads
in Lebanon rubbish crisis


Rand Paul plans to keep pushing
to defund U.S. Planned Parenthood


Amazon posts anomalous
profit, Wall Street swoons


UK's Cameron in southeast Asia visit
to talk trade, Islamist extremism


Female suicide bomber kills
19 at northern Nigeria market


Obama to discuss a 'Plan B' for
South Sudan ahead of August deadline


Two dead, three hurt in shooting
at Kansas City family gathering


Coast Guard widens search for
two Florida teens missing at sea


Satanic Temple holds public
sculpture unveiling in Detroit


Channel Tunnel disruption ends
as Calais migrant activity falls


Taliban seize Afghan police base,
push closer to strategic pass


At least 13 dead in al Shabaab
attack on Somali hotel


With nuclear deal done, Iran sets
out to reassure wary Gulf Arabs


Kentucky amusement park ride
tips over, 12 injured: police


Trump tops CNN poll of 2016
Republicans, says he leads 'movement'


Police probe decapitation of
Arizona woman and her dogs



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