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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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Yemen's Houthis attack Saudi
Arabia's Najran and Jizan


At least 25 Syrian al Qaeda members dead
in mosque blast in Syria's Idlib: monitor


Car bombs explode in Libya's
Derma, at least six killed


Top choice blocked for U.N.
digital privacy investigator post


Catholic Church should not have
'leaders for life', Pope says


Woman seriously injured by
explosion at Winnipeg law firm


Rockets land in Israel, Egypt's IS
affiliate claims responsibility


At least 10 dead in explosion at
mosque in Syria's Idlib: monitor


Golfer Watson to paint over Confederate
flag on 'Dukes of Hazzard' car


Clinton says she hopes
Iran talks yield a deal


Gunfire heard on outskirts of
Nigerian city of Maiduguri


U.N. offers help on simmering
Guyana-Venezuela territorial dispute


Greeks deeply divided
heading into crucial vote


Islamic State's Egypt affiliate
says it fired rockets at Israel


South Carolina church fire
started by natural causes: police


Baltimore police probe 'enjoy
your ride' sign in transport van


Solar-powered plane lands in
Hawaii, pilot sets nonstop record


Malaysia's PM denies fraud, says
ex-PM Mahathir foments crisis


Labor dispute disrupts
flights at Toronto airport


JetBlue launches New
York-to-Havana charter flights


Thousands head home after Tennessee
train fire forced evacuation


Exclusive: Europeans tried to block
IMF debt report on Greece: sources


Tunisian militant chief probably
died in U.S. air strike: source


After Tunisia attack, sun-seekers
switch to Spain, Bulgaria and Greece


Malaysia PM slams corruption report
as continuing 'political sabotage'


Hague judges give warlord's
lawyers more time to prepare


West wants to remove Russian government
from power: Kremlin security council head


New York governor orders more
July Fourth security after alert


Turkey says to keep doors open for
Uighur 'brothers', irking China


New York fugitive wrote to daughter
'See you on the outside': report


Investigators probe Tennessee
train fire that forced evacuation


Puerto Rico signals Chapter 9 push
with ex-Detroit judge on board


U.S. Treasury guarantees bond
issue by Jordan, rare form of aid


Ecuador, first stop on Pope tour,
highlights environment exhortation


Turkey reinforces Syria border,
PM says no incursion planned


Tsipras dismisses Europe's
warnings to Greece on vote


Vietnam Communist Party chief to
meet Obama on landmark U.S. trip


Dutch seek U.N. tribunal to
prosecute downing of Malaysian plane


Saudi-led air strikes on
Yemen cities kill 16: Houthis


Greek referendum poll shows 'No' vote at
43 percent, 'Yes' vote at 42.5 percent


A week after Kuwait bombing, Sunnis
and Shi'ites pray together for unity


Malian refugees in Mauritania face
food shortage as funds scarce


Obama to host Vietnam's
Trong at White House Tuesday


In Supreme Court term, Obama
wins big and loses small


Chad seizes suspected Boko Haram
weapons cache in N'Djamena


Hungary's asylum bill blow to refugee
protection: Council of Europe, U.N


U.S., allies target Islamic State
in 24 air strikes in Syria, Iraq


Iran nuclear talks in endgame,
negotiators push on sticking points


China air force uses drone for
first time in Xinjiang quake


Pakistan police arrest cleric
who led mob attacking Christians


Palestinian forces arrest dozens
of Hamas men in the West Bank


Death toll from capsized
Philippine ferry rises to 51


France rejects asylum request
by Wikileaks founder Assange


Britain falls silent to remember
30 killed in Tunisian gun attack


Bone-dry West Coast states
curb July 4 fireworks displays


It's not the Super Bowl, but World
Cup will have its share of parties


Vendors in Los Angeles parks
may be forced to move along


Across Bulgaria border, fear
and gloating over Greek crisis


Russian cargo ship heads to space
station, breaking string of failures


Saudi-led planes attack Yemen
capital, six reported killed


China angered by new U.S.
military strategy report


Danish govt plans to cut refugee
benefits to slow migrant flow


Drone attack on al Qaeda in
Yemen kills four -witnesses


Israel accuses Hamas of
aiding Islamic State in Egypt


No breakthrough in talks between
Iran and nuclear watchdog


European Union leaders unlikely to attend
China's World War Two parade, envoy says


Syrian army bombards rebels
trying to seize Aleppo


Twin blasts kill 10 in
northeast Nigeria: police


Quake in rural China kills six,
damages thousands of homes


Aetna to buy Humana for $37
billion in largest insurance deal


Oregon man jailed on suspicion of killing
parents dies after suicide attempt


China hunts for 'manipulators'
as stocks tumble


Israeli officer kills stone-throwing
Palestinian youth in West Bank


'Yes' camp takes slim lead in
Greek bailout referendum poll


Louisiana man freed from death row
last year dies of cancer: report


Afghanistan targets US defense
contractors in row over back taxes


EBRD to invest up to $1 billion in
Ukraine in 2015 if reforms made


New opinion poll shows Yes
vote slightly ahead in Greece


Three dead as 6.4 earthquake
hits China's Xinjiang


Montana polygamist vows to
fight for marriage license


Malaysia fund slams report $700
million went to PM's personal account


Almost $700 million went into
Malaysia PM's personal account: WSJ


Aetna nears deal to buy Humana
for about $34 billion: sources


Magnitude 6.1 earthquake hits
China's western Xinjiang: USGS


Brazil cyclist killed at World Police
and Fire Games near Washington


Colombia capital on edge
after two small explosions


In struggle to stem market
rout, China hunts manipulators


U.N. says Burundi did not hold fair
election, human rights violated


NASCAR cools on Confederate
flag, but fans still fly it


California removes 'lynching'
language from state law


Tencent deal throws spotlight
on Hong Kong backdoor listings


Divers search for missing after
Philippine ferry sinks, 38 dead


California reports
drop in hate crimes


U.S. probe sees no links among
black church fires in South


U.S. seeing rapid expansion of
Sunni outreach at new Anbar base


U.S. calls for Ramadan
pause in Yemen conflict


India's push to save its cows
starves Bangladesh of beef


After nearly closing, Virginia's
Sweet Briar names new president


Mormon Church makes first donation
to Utah gay youth program


Illinois mired in
uncertainty over budget


Washington state reports first
U.S. measles death in 12 years


Anonymous donors raise $3 million for
scholarships after U.S. church shooting


Suspect in pharmacy fire during
Baltimore riots charged with arson


Kentucky couples sue for marriage
licenses after gay marriage ruling


Solar-powered plane breaks solo flight
record across Pacific to Hawaii


San Francisco creates
short-term rental agency


Connecticut to conduct DNA tests in
deciding on retrying disabled man


Bodies of missing Arizona couple
found, man arrested for murder


Local students have tougher time
getting into University of California


Kerry urges dialogue, cooperation
in message to Venezuela


Rick Perry tells Republicans
to work harder for black votes


Egyptian army kills 35 militants
in North Sinai: sources


Heinz completes Kraft
purchase, Buffett joins board


Bail set for Florida doctor tied to
Senator Menendez corruption case


Officials say N.Y. prison escapee
pointed gun moments before death


Genome study reveals how the
woolly mammoth thrived in the cold


Colorado movie gunman not faking
psychosis, defense witness says


Malaysia tells U.N. Security
Council of push for MH17 tribunal


No sweat? Colombia turns to lie
detectors to tackle government graft


Forced labor shows back-breaking
lack of reform in Myanmar military


Oregon Catholic priest put on
leave amid hidden camera probe


Obama jabs Republican candidates
in Walker's Wisconsin


Mixed U.S. jobs report dampens
September rate hike bets


Kentucky soldier admits to
taking bribes in Afghanistan


White House intruder sentenced
to time served, supervision


Syrian Islamist insurgents launch
battle to seize government-held Aleppo


Senior Islamic State leader killed
in U.S.-led coalition strike


Vice President Biden, Abadi discuss
fight against Islamic State


Man charged in Washington mansion
murder of four fires lawyer


No breakthrough at Iran nuclear
talks, ministers push for deal soon


Germany says new reports of
U.S. spying harm security ties


Car bomb explodes near Yemeni mosque
in downtown Sanaa, injures two: police


State senator asks Justice Department
to monitor gay marriage in Texas


Unruly passenger forces flight
diversion to Ohio: officials


U.S. Navy triples maternity
leave to 18 weeks for women


Obama visits Walker?s Wisconsin
to tout federal overtime pay rule


Democrat Sanders raises $15
million in presidential campaign


'All clear' after false alarm over
gunshots at Washington Navy Yard


Ministers convene at Iran talks
but breakthrough not yet in sight


Syria rejects U.N. criticism of
barrel bombs, says 'technical' issue


Regional Feds' head-hunting under
scrutiny over insider bias, delays


Former Democratic Senator Webb
announces White House campaign


Pope's South American trip:
defending the poor and the planet


Afghan 'hero soldier' of parliament
attack arrested in traffic death


IMF warns of huge financial
hole as Greek vote looms


U.N. rights body calls for end
to child and forced marriage


Scapegoated faith healers needed in
Sierra Leone health system: report


Woman sentenced to prison for
contaminating son's IV in Ohio


Oklahoma county commissioner
arrested on gun and drug charges


Closing of Chicago trading
pits: a requiem for family ties


BP reaches $18.7 billion
settlement over deadly 2010 spill


U.N. talks on Libya stumble as rival
government postpones participation


Obama touts union-friendly overtime
rule in Walker's Wisconsin


Two San Francisco TV news crews
attacked during live broadcast


U.S. regulator says Fiat Chrysler
misled agency on Takata recalls


Flight to Washington, D.C., diverted
by unruly passenger: officials


Unpaid internships legal when they boost
interns' learning, U.S. court rules


Illinois court asked to clarify
state payments without budget


Nerves rattled by false reports of
U.S. Navy Yard shooter in Washington


Thousands evacuated after freight train
derails, catches fire, in Tennessee


Mexican TV anchor Zabludovsky, symbol
of government spin, dies at 87


Texas attorney general could face
felony indictment: special prosecutor


Mattress maker Serta next
in line to dump Trump


North Korean defector lifts lid
on world's most secret state


Civilians in Yemen's Aden struggle to
survive fighting, shortages: Red Cross


Somalia reached 'tipping point,' can
secure peace, U.N. official says


Eight dead in new Saudi-led
strikes on Yemen's Sanaa: agency


California cancer patient with
amnesia identified by sister: NBC


Wisconsin's Walker to announce
presidential bid July 13: aides


Gulf states tighten security for
frightened Shi'ites after mosque blasts


Police declare false alarm after
reports of U.S. Navy Yard shooter


U.S. Treasury sanctions commanders
of opposing South Sudanese forces


BP settles 2010 U.S. oil spill
claims for $18.7 billion


No victims found at Navy Yard in
Washington: local fire department


Berlin to meet U.S. ambassador
over spying reports: source


Serbia says three EU states to help
it tackle tide of illegal migrants


Morocco breaks up militant
cell linked to Islamic State


Tornado hits outside Kansas City,
Missouri, damaging buildings


Russia, Ukraine trade barbs over
politics, gas as hostility deepens


Greeks head toward Sunday
vote in anger and confusion


A year after war, head of U.N.
in Gaza says rebuilding to begin


Russia calls new U.S. military
strategy confrontational


No casualties, no shooter spotted
at Washington Navy Yard: media


Afghan special forces raid
medical aid group MSF's hospital


Dutch ban public gatherings in district
hit by rioting over arrest death


Afghan court commutes death
sentences in woman's mob killing


BP to settle U.S. Gulf of Mexico
oil spill claims: Bloomberg


U.S. job growth slows in
June, labor force shrinks


Attack on U.N. convoy in northern
Mali kills five, wounds six


U.S. Navy Yard in Washington
locked down amid reported shooting


China navy holds first
missile combat resupply drill


U.N. refugee agency urges Hungary
not to tighten asylum rules


For New York Puerto Ricans,
debt crisis begins to hit home


Trump's Miss USA pageant finds new
broadcaster after NBC drops show


Police respond to reported active
shooter at Navy Yard: Washington Post


Sabotage suspected as Pakistan troop
train plunges into canal, killing 12


Iraqi forces say most of Baiji
town recaptured from Islamic State


British woman charged with
being member of Islamic State


Tanzania gives free land to coax
flood victims from disaster zones


'Wow, pulled back wrong throttle:'
captain of crashed TransAsia plane


Ugandan opposition accuse police of
intimidation after supporter shot


Philippine ferry sinks, killing at
least 36, but most passengers survive


Iran talks are not near
breakthrough yet, Britain's Hammond


HIV stigma, fear linger in UK as
infection rates continue to rise


At least 36 die in Philippine
ferry sinking, 127 survive


Iran wages media onslaught
against Saudis over Yemen war


Bangladesh arrests 12 suspected
al Qaeda militants, weapons found


Ferry sinks off Philippines,
at least 36 dead


Tunisia hunts for Libya-trained
suspects after hotel attack


Man held in killings of California family
left DNA in car: media citing warrants


Indonesia to call off search for
victims in deadly military plane crash


U.S. hiring seen solid in June,
keeping September rate hike in play


Family sues over southern
California college hazing death


Working engine on crashed TransAsia plane
was shut off: Taiwan aviation watchdog


Californians cut water use in May,
ahead of mandatory reductions


Washington state farmworker yelled
'kill me' before he was shot: officer


U.S. Episcopalians vote to let
gay couples wed in churches


California bill would classify
pro sports cheerleaders employees


Wisconsin Governor Walker
signs bill banning microbeads


Images show Chinese airstrip on
man-made Spratly island nearly finished


Child labor on the rise among Syrian
children as crisis spirals: agencies


NYC St. Patrick's Parade to target
LGBT community with new leaders


IAEA says Iran uranium stockpile
reduced, but questions remain


Detroit judge releases dying drug
courier, 91, from prison early


Chicago mayor urges legislature to
tackle teacher pension funding woes


In America's South, black
church fires fan racial fears


Brazil's Rousseff tops off U.S.
tour with Silicon Valley visit


Attorneys seek to challenge
California's new school vaccination law


Protecting dementia sufferers
from scammers gains ground in U.S


New York City reviewing contracts
with Donald Trump, mayor says


In emails, Hillary's outside
advisers pushed hawkish Afghan line


Former University of Illinois women
basketball players file suit against school


Air Force says rocket accident
won?t bump SpaceX from competition


Migrant trafficker jailed for 18
years for 2013 shipwreck off Italy


Republican senators demand
liquidation plan for U.S. Ex-Im Bank


Amtrak seeks to combine lawsuits
over fatal Philadelphia derailment


Total recall: brain process
for memory formation revealed


Mormon leaders reaffirm faith's exclusive
commitment to heterosexual marriage


Man badly bitten by shark in
latest North Carolina attack


Human cause suspected in destructive
Washington state grass fire


Fleeing a crisis, Greek migrants
flock back to Australia


Michigan sets formal fiscal
review of Detroit's county


Bill for one-month budget
fails to pass Illinois House


Houthi shells kill 18 in
Yemen, dengue fever spreading


Maine lawmakers tighten foreclosure
rules in win for consumers


Judge upholds ex-NFL star
Hernandez' murder conviction


Mexico supreme court judge urges
states to legalize gay marriage


Connecticut to pay $50,000 reward
to man who testified in murder case


Woman falls 400 feet to death
in Colorado's Royal Gorge


U.S. campaign highlights stress
of fireworks on combat veterans


Exclusive: U.S., Venezuela launch
quiet diplomacy to ease acrimony


Six killed in clashes in Burundi
capital ahead of poll results


More than 100 dead as militants,
Egyptian army clash in North Sinai


Illinois governor increases budget
pressure, grounds shuttle planes


Pentagon: 'No anticipation' U.S.
might give up Guantanamo base


Obama pushes state Medicaid expansion
in healthcare hub Nashville


Former California state Senator Leland
Yee pleads guilty to racketeering


Crowds count down to marijuana
legalization in Oregon, then light up


I'll bite: ancient saber-toothed
cat's teeth grew prodigiously


Libyan PM hopes for agreement
with rivals on Thursday


Washington state Girl Scouts return
donation over anti-transgender demand


Baltimore to put cameras in
police vans, review riot gear


Rosetta spacecraft finds massive
sinkholes on comet's surface


TV Land pulls 'Dukes of Hazzard'
amid Confederate flag debate


Islamic State attack in Egypt's
North Sinai kills more than 100


Egypt army says at least 100
militants killed in North Sinai


Four sentenced to death in Tanzania
for killing albino teenager


'Secular Jewish feminist' Klein rallies
Vatican faithful for climate action


NY prison escapee's body, unclaimed
by family, may be buried by county


Employer headaches over labor
quality point to stronger U.S. wages


Discovery brightens solar's
future, energy costs to be cut


Bullish U.S. jobs, factory
data brighten growth picture


Visa joins MasterCard, AmEx in
ending use for Backpage sex ads


Ex-N.Y. state senator gets seven
years in prison for bribery


Germany appoints senior judge
to inspect list of NSA targets


Tunisia identifies all 38 hotel
attack victims, 30 of them British


Greece's Tsipras digs
in against bailout


Ivory Coast reinforces border
security after Mali attacks


Italian police arrest North Africa cell and
five suspected Islamic State supporters


Talk of Syria action may be Erdogan's
latest gambit to pressure the West


Tennessee store owner posts
sign telling gays to stay away


Nicholas Winton, the 'British
Schindler,' dies aged 106


Bookkeeper of Auschwitz says he
can only ask God for forgiveness


Death toll in North Sinai militant
attacks rises to 70: sources


Turkish parliament elects ruling party MP
speaker, reducing hopes for grand coalition


Obama formally opens U.S.
diplomatic ties with Cuba


Fire investigated at South Carolina
church, scene of earlier KKK arson


U.S. trade representative sees Pacific
trade pact before Congress by year-end


Brazil's President Rousseff
sees popularity drop to new low


Mass killer Breivik accuses Norway
of violating his human rights


Strong truck, SUV demand helped
Ford, GM raise prices in June


Bombers attack Nigeria's Maiduguri
while vice president visits camps


After Hungary's fence plan, Serbia
says to step up migrant controls


Islamic State weaves web of
support in Gulf Arab states


U.S. private payrolls rise
solidly; factory activity picks up


Islamic State targeted in 17 air strikes
by U.S.-led coalition: statement


NFL player C.J. Spillman charged
with sexual assault in Texas


Proposed investor court might save
EU-U.S. trade deal in European Parliament


New flooring leads to discovery of
ancient bath in Jerusalem village


Fighting between Afghan, Pakistani
forces on border kills one


U.S. factory activity eases; slowest
pace since October 2013: Markit


U.S. auto sales on pace for
gain over year ago, led by SUVs


Thousands march for
Hong Kong democracy


IAEA chief heads to Iran as
nuclear talks reach last stretch


U.S. Girl Scouts get night
under the stars at White House


U.S. runs hundreds of counter-terrorism
investigations: DOJ official


Special Report: How
Greece went bust


Before Obama trip, U.S. gay ruling
inspires hope and revulsion in Africa


U.S. private sector adds
237,000 jobs in June: ADP


White House lifts 40-year-old ban
on cameras during public tours


Fifty killed in North Sinai
attacks claimed by Islamic State


Russia angers Baltic states
with review of independence


Among meadows and cherry trees,
the new migrant gateway to Europe


Greece offers conditional okay
to bailout, Germany skeptical


Rajapaksa launches comeback
bid in Sri Lanka poll for PM


Colorado movie rampage jurors to
hear from expert on psychosis


U.S., Cuba restoring
diplomatic ties after 54 years


IAEA confirms its chief heads to
Tehran for meetings on Thursday


As populists surge, Nordic
consensus politics fray


Singapore PM takes to the stand for
hours in blogger defamation case


Greece seeks Eurogroup,
ECB support after default


At least 30 killed in militant
attacks in Egypt's North Sinai


Kuwait arrests two police officers
in crackdown on militants: media


Afghan army general accused
of drug trafficking


Saudi's Alwaleed says to give $32
billion to charity in coming years


To many ordinary Iranians, nuclear
deal means money, food and jobs


Syrian Kurds say thwart big Islamic
State attack on border town


"Conscience vote" may help Australia
decide on same-sex marriage


Suspected militant attacks kill at least
20 in Egypt's North Sinai: sources


Oregon legalizes recreational
marijuana as campaign spreads


China upset with Turkey's
concern on Ramadan restrictions


Lebanese army says kills five
militants at Syria border


China and Japan show hints of healing,
rest of Asia still struggling


JPMorgan builds up apartment-loan
leader from WaMu rubble


Toyota's top female executive
steps down after arrest in Japan


China adopts new security law to make
networks, systems 'controllable'


Recreational marijuana
becomes legal in Oregon


Clinton struggled to fit in with
Obama's White House, emails show


China's military on mission to bring
'modern civilization' to Xinjiang


In some U.S. churches, guns
are the answer to a prayer


Crew of crashed Taiwan TransAsia
plane shut off working engine: source


More than 135,000 refugees reached Europe
by sea in 2015's first half: UNHCR


Year into Sisi's power, Egyptians
lament persistent hardships


Clinton emails show old friend
advising on foreign policy


Indonesia to review aging air
force fleet after deadly crash


African-American church in South
Carolina catches fire: newspaper


Idaho refugee center targeted by
closure campaign over extremism fears


Chicago Public Schools make full
pension payment by deadline


Milwaukee bus union members to
hold three-day work stoppage


Lead lawmaker's bill would address
Chicago school pension shortfall


Texas county will issue same-sex marriage
licenses, reversing earlier stance


New Hawaii law legalizes
traditional 'clean burial' practice


China adopts national
security law: Xinhua


Drummer for Journey in jail
on rape charges in Oregon


Oklahoma judge orders grand jury
probe of Tulsa sheriff's office


Honduras issues arrest warrant
for Congress vice-president


U.S. names new envoy for bid
to close Guantanamo prison


Candidate Jeb Bush releases 33 years
of tax returns in show of transparency


Los Angeles seeks job training
exemption to new minimum wage law


Illinois Democrats seek temporary
budget to keep government open


U.S. Republican Christie launches
2016 bid, promises straight talk


FBI investigating new fiber
cable attack in California



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