All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Politics’

United States & Iran Hold First Talks in 3 Decades

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that the United States and Iran held the highest level of talks in 36 years. The topic of conversation: Tehran’s nuclear program, enriched Uranium, and the proliferation of nuclear weapons. The meeting was held at the United Nations in New York. It began with Western nations attempting to coalesce a program that would “inspect, …

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White House Goes on the Social Media Offensive with New ‘Shareables’ Resource

There are very few things about the Obama presidency that are universally accepted and won’t start a family argument at Thanksgiving – but one of them is the administration’s impressive social media strategy. I mean, the President (…’s social media staff) is on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr. They’ve conducted a reddit AMA. I don’t know why, but for a …

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Mitch McConnell & Ted Cruz: How Do We Defund Obamacare?

The Washington Examiner reported on Monday that Kentucky Senator and Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said that he would not support Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee in their efforts to filibuster a resolution that would defund Obamacare. Consequently, because House Republicans sponsored the resolution that Cruz and Lee want to filibuster, a distinct possibility exists that the government will …

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Edward Snowden’s Russian Adventure: ‘Fearful’

Edward Snowden is, to some, the most interesting man in the world for a variety of reasons. Yet Snowden is made infinitely more fascinating by his mystique; whatever opinions one might hold about him, nobody really knows anything about how he’s going to carry on now that the secrets are out. What, exactly, is this traitorous coward/heroic whistleblower’s life going …

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Egyptian Court: Muslim Brotherhood is Banned

USA Today reported this morning that an Egyptian Court has banned the Muslim Brotherhood as a political organization and as a community organization. Authorities will be expected to seize all of its assets in an upcoming crackdown against Islamists in Egypt. The language of the court is clear: “any institution branching out of it [The Muslim Brotherhood] or … receiving …

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Healthcare Law: Republicans Threaten to Shut Down Gov if Obamacare Isn’t Defunded

After the fiscal cliff crisis talks in late 2012 to early 2013, another budget crisis is the last thing anyone wants to hear about as we near the end of 2013. Unfortunately, House representatives are talking of a partial government shutdown (again) that could happen in less than two weeks. This possible shutdown depends on one thing: stopping the new …

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Al-Qaeda, Free Syrian Army Stop Fighting in Azaz

The BBC reported this morning that fighting between some of the rebel groups has come to a grinding halt in the town of Azaz. Militants linked to al-Qaeda and fighting under the banner of “The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” (ISIS) attacked the town earlier this week, wresting the town from Free Syrian Rebels backed by the western world. …

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Food Stamps Cut: $4 Billion Cut by House

Millions of people could see their food stamps benefits decrease or go away after the House voted for $4 billion per year for the next 10 years in food stamp cuts. House Republicans introduced the new legislation earlier this week, and passed H.R. 3102, the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act, on Thursday with a 217-210 vote. The bill still …

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John McCain’s Op-Ed Appears on Pravda.ru

Last weekend, John McCain made it clear he intended to write a counterpoint to Vladimir Putin’s viral NYT column, and that he wanted that piece published by Pravda. The internet teased McCain because of his outdated worldview (let’s face it: his worldview is an easy target), but the truth is that McCain really had no idea who he was writing …

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French Senate Votes to Ban Child Beauty Pageants

The BBC reported this morning that the French Parliament has voted on a bill that would make beauty pageantry illegal for participants under the age of 16. The vote passed the French Senate 196-146, and the ban will be headed to the National Assembly before it’s made law. Lawmakers kept the language short and sweet: “organizing beauty competitions for children …

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George Stephanopoulos talks to President Obama

President Barack Obama went mano-a-mano with George Stephanopoulos on the ABC News segment “This Week” to talk about what will certainly be a defining moment for the Obama presidency: the handling of the Syrian chemical weapons quandary. Stephanopoulos spoke with Obama on the eve of an official deal between Russia and the United States to rid Syria of its chemical …

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John McCain: I’ll Reply to Putin’s NYT Op-Ed in Pravda

For the first time in history, one world leader will respond to another world leader via newspaper columns in their respective nations and languages. Vladimir Putin penned a NYT column last week that discussed U.S. foreign policy with regard to a forthcoming attack on Syria. That column incensed many readers, and some Twitter reactions labeled Putin a “concern troll” who’s …

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