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  • Fed eyes audit push as key political challenge in 2015

    Thu Dec 18 06:03:46 2014 | Source: Reuters

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve is lobbying to stem a rising threat to its independence as the "Audit the Fed" movement, once seen as usual background noise, looks set to gain momentum in 2015 when Republicans gain control of both houses of Congress.

  • Iowa and New Hampshire voters will listen before they judge Bush

    Thu Dec 18 06:02:02 2014 | Source: Reuters

    DAVENPORT, Iowa (Reuters) - Bob Shelley neatly folds his newspaper and uses it as a coaster for his coffee mug. By no coincidence, it covers the face of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who just announced he will explore a bid for the White House in 2016.
  • U.S., Cuba restore ties after 50 years

    Thu Dec 18 03:19:09 2014 | Source: Reuters

    HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Cuba agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that Washington severed more than 50 years ago, and President Barack Obama called for an end to the long economic embargo against its old Cold War enemy.

  • Sessions yields to Enzi as U.S. Senate Budget chairman

    Thu Dec 18 01:25:38 2014 | Source: Reuters

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator Mike Enzi said on Wednesday he will take over as chairman of the Senate Budget Committee next year after the panel's current top Republican, Jeff Sessions, agreed to step aside.
  • Washington governor unveils carbon cap-and-trade plan

    Thu Dec 18 00:33:22 2014 | Source: Reuters

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Wednesday laid out a plan for a carbon cap-and-trade program aimed at fighting global warming and raising $1 billion a year for state schools and public transportation initiatives, but he will first need the support of a divided state legislature.
  • Clinton faces challenge on Cuba

    Wed Dec 17 18:11:12 2014 | Source: The Hill

    Clinton has called the embargo on Cuba "Castro's best friend." 
  • A Harvard Dean's Strange Comment on Race

    Wed Dec 17 13:36:26 2014 | Source: Real Clear Politics

    Stephan Thernstrom, MTC
    The people who run Harvard College rarely wade into intensely controversial public policy issues. Their personal views may not be at all representative of the Harvard alumni whose contributions are needed to keep the endowment growing. It is thus somewhat surprising that the Harvard administration has been so unhinged by the deaths in Ferguson and Staten Island that the Dean of the College has circulated a remarkable letter to the college’s students. The views he expresses would not be noteworthy if they came from some random professor. Lots of my former colleagues think this way. But...
  • About "Black-on-Black Crime"

    Wed Dec 17 13:31:20 2014 | Source: Real Clear Politics

    Gary Younge, The Nation
    Shortly after Michael Brown was shot dead in Ferguson, Missouri, a local pizzeria owner, Jim Marshall, flashed a gun at black protesters after an argument. Some branded Marshall a racist and called for a boycott. A few weeks later, according to The Washington Post, his wife, Dawne, stopped kneading dough and addressed her patrons. “We are not the type of people who they say we are!” she declared. She pointed to two black customers sitting in her restaurant. “When I see you, I see you,” she added, as she began to cry. “I don’t see color!”
  • Meet Bill Nye, the Anti-Science Guy

    Wed Dec 17 13:28:29 2014 | Source: Real Clear Politics

    Robert Tracinski, The Federalist
    I’ve never been a fan of Bill Nye “the Science Guy.” Partly it’s because I’m from a different generation. I grew up with Isaac Asimov and Carl Sagan as my introduction to science, and Nye always struck me as a cheap substitute. I find something condescending in his hyperkinetic manner, as if science couldn’t actually be interesting and exciting in its own right, as if it could only be interesting if the guy trying to explain it to us is bouncing off the walls. It all seems like Science for People with Attention Deficit Disorder. So you get travesties like...
  • This Israeli Election Matters

    Wed Dec 17 13:25:56 2014 | Source: Real Clear Politics

    Thomas Friedman, New York Times
    Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu has set new elections in Israel for March 17. Israel has had critical elections before, but this could be its most important, because the Israeli right today is no longer dominated by security hawks and free-marketeers like Netanyahu. It is dominated by West Bank settlers and scary religious-nationalist zealots like Naftali Bennett, who, if they run the next government and effectively annex the West Bank, will lead Israel into a dark corner, increasingly alienated from Europe, America and the next generation of American Jews.

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