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Trump orders feds to declassify key FISA documents, text messages in FBI Russia probe

President Trump on Monday ordered the declassification of several key documents related to the FBI investigation of Russian actions during the 2016 presidential election, including 21 pages of an application for a renewed surveillance warrant against form

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Thank goodness Trump gets what Obama failed to grasp on economy | TheHill

During Obama's eight years in office, business leaders never felt confident about the future.

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North Korea's Kim sets denuclearization time line, prompting thanks...

North Korea's Kim Jong Un has given his first time line for denuclearization, aiming for the end of U.S. President Donald Trump's first term, Seoul officials said on Thursday, prompting thanks from Trump who said they would "get it done together".

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US economy logs best performance in nearly 4 years

Businesses spent more on software than previously estimated in the second quarter and the nation also imported less petroleum.

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Wilmette girl's solo dog walk indeed shameful — we should be ashamed of this nanny state. - Chicago Tribune

John Kass: Investigation of Wilmette mom for letting her daughter walk the dog around the block is further evidence of the Nanny State's failure to our children.

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NO JUICE FOR YOU: California Unleashes Most Nanny State Bill Yet

California is home to some of the most absurd nanny state laws in the union: defy a plastic straw ban and you might find yourself behind bars; buy a Happy Meal for your scream

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Dave Rubin: What Is A Classical Liberal? | RealClearPolitics

Dave Rubin explains how there's already a little classical liberal in you right now in a new web video. RUBIN: These days, liberalism has been confused with leftism or progressivism which actually has nothing to do with classical liberalism. Sadly, the l

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Sorry Bernie Bros But Nordic Countries Are Not Socialist

As much as liberals like to use Nordic countries as examples that socialism and successful societies can co-exist, the reality is that these countries are not socialist, or even farther along the spectrum toward socialism than most other developed countri

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Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Made Enemies At Work Over Greedy Behavior, Ex-Coworker Says | Daily Wire

Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez apparently made enemies while working at a bar in New York as a former co-worker claims that she was greedy and, in at least one instance, allegedly kept most of the tips for herself.

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Socialism Is Growing In America Because Everybody's Rich Thanks To Capitalism | Daily Wire

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the flavor of the month among members of the media. She’s the new, fresh face of democratic socialism, the harbinger of the new wave of Leftism among Democrats.

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George Will: Vote against GOP in midterms | TheHill

Conservative columnist George Will is making the argument to vote against Republicans in the upcoming midterm elections. 

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Obama cyber chief confirms 'stand down' order against Russian cyberattacks in summer 2016

Michael Daniel, Obama White House’s chief cyber official testified that proposals he was developing to counter Russia’s attack on the U.S. presidential election were put on a “back burner” after he was ordered to “stand down” his efforts in th

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New Milestones in Jobs Report Signal a Bustling Economy - The New York Times

With a gain of 223,000 jobs and unemployment at its lowest point since 2000, the trends are encouraging but unlikely to prompt the Federal Reserve to intervene.

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Reed Hastings and the Obamas are making bank with Netflix deal

Reed Hastings, the founder, chairman and CEO of Netflix, had quite a run last week. The darling of streaming saw his company pass Disney and Comcast in market cap as his stock hit an all-time high …

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Why the Left Won't Call Anyone 'Animals' - The Dennis Prager Show

If you want to understand the moral sickness at the heart of leftism, read the first paragraph of the most recent column by Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne: "It's never right to call other human beings 'animals.' It's not something we should e

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The Numbers Are in: April Marks the Best Month in History for the US Budget

We can thank "stronger-than-expected" economic growth last year and early this year.

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Neo-Nazi Senate candidate kicked out of California GOP convention

Patrick Little is running against Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein, and his campaign website advocates for "limiting representation of Jews in the government"

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Clinton: Being a capitalist 'probably' hurt me with Dem voters | TheHill

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton says identifying as a capitalist hurt her in the 2016 campaign. 

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Police looking into Kanye West threat after Snoop Dogg's cousin urges Crips to 'f***' him up over Trump tweets

Kanye West's support of President Trump may have made him a gang target. Rapper Daz Dillinger urged for the Crips to attack West in an Instagram video.

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Barbara Bush 'racist' rant: Tenured professor could lose job

A California State University, Fresno professor's rant about Barbara Bush being an "amazing racist" could cost her a job.

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Ryan to retire as Speaker in January

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is retiring at the end of this Congress, ending his speakership a little more than three years after it began.

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WATCH: Parkland's Emma Gonzalez Admits to Bullying the Shooter. A Few Things...

A number of points here...

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Justin Trudeau’s Celebrity Schtick Has Finally Blown Up in His Face - VICE

Trudeau’s Indian misadventure was an epic misfire.

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Trump's Parade Is Political Genius

Hours of free airtime that Democrats can’t argue with? That’s a pretty clever strategy.

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California is collecting so much of your money it can’t save it all

Democrats and Republicans want to fill California’s budget rainy day fund. But what comes next?

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Nazi speech on campus opposed by half of Americans - Washington Times

Nearly half of Americans support banning Nazis and white supremacists from speaking on college campuses, a poll shows, but higher education critics warn that such a move would be imprudent and legally dubious.

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Home Depot employees to get up to $1,000 bonus due to tax reform

Home Depot is awarding its hourly employees in the U.S. a one-time cash bonus of as much as $1,000 following the passage of new tax legislation.

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Starbucks to boost worker pay and benefits after US lowers corporate taxes

Starbucks will give domestic employees pay raises, company stock, and expanded benefits worth of more than $250 million, the company said on Wednesday.

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What the librarian who rejected Melania Trump’s Dr. Seuss books as ‘racist’ got wrong - The Washington Post

Seuss had issues. But so did a vast array of other authors.

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The fake news machine: Inside a town gearing up for 2020

There's a whole industry dedicated to producing fake US news in Macedonia – and it's getting ready for 2020

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Opinion | Trump is something the nation did not know it needed

He may whet Americans’ appetites for a grown-up leader who shuns sycophants.

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19 seconds of drama: McCain's vote

After debating into early hours of the morning, Senator McCain shocked his colleagues by voting "no" on the "skinny repeal" of Obamacare. CNN's Brooke Baldwin points out the various reactions across the room.

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Sessions' powerful friends stand up to Trump

The attorney general's former colleagues in Congress, as well as conservative allies, publicly questioned the president's attacks on Sessions.

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Why The Georgia Special Election Matters | FiveThirtyEight

Either outcome could affect where congressional Republicans go from here.

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WATCH: After Endless Leaks, Rubio Asks Comey Why This ONE THING About Trump Wasn't Leaked

On Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding President Donald Trump's behavior relative to the Michael Flynn and overall Russian Investigation pre-firing.

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Inside the failed secret mission to save the filibuster

A group of senators secretly tried to negotiate an end to the Senate's decade-long judicial wars. But distrust ran too deep.

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Will North Korea fire a missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland? Probably. - The Washington Post

Kim Jong Un has declared that North Korea is close to testing a missile that can reach the United States. Is it time to freak out?

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Sessions recuses himself from Russia probe

The attorney general is removing himself following reports he met twice with the Russian ambassador during Trump's campaign.

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‘He’s a Performance Artist Pretending to be a Great Manager’

Donald Trump sits at the top of the biggest org chart in the world. Why does he look so uncomfortable in the job.

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The Future of America According to President Donald J. Trump | WIRED

A change in atmosphere rolled into Washington, DC the very second Donald J. Trump approached the podium. And it wasn't just the rain.

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Alexander Hamilton Will Save America from Hillary Clinton | National Review

Hillary Clinton couldn't destroy America if she tried, because of the way the Founders structured our government.

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Trump: My mic was 'defective'

He questioned whether it was tampered with deliberately.

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'Taco trucks on every corner' sounds like the greatest campaign promise since Herbert Hoover

If Hillary Clinton doesn't run a campaign ad by next week promising a taco truck on every corner, she's really missed an opportunity.

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John McLaughlin, TV Host Who Made Combat of Punditry, Dies at 89 - The New York Times

A Jesuit priest who served in the Nixon White House, he turned to a new vocation that brought a sharp edge to the Sunday morning political talk show.

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Trump repeats claim about nonexistent Iran footage - POLITICO

Trump's tale of having seen video of the $400 million cash delivery to Iran has been widely debunked as false.

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Ted Cruz doesn't endorse Trump, then upstaged by him - CNNPolitics.com

Ted Cruz sensationally withheld an endorsement of Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, earning a chorus of boos from the floor before he was upstaged by a power play by the GOP nominee himself.

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Trump steps up fight to keep Trump University deposition videos secret - POLITICO

Trump's attorneys argued that the deposition videos should be kept under wraps because they would become weapons in the ongoing presidential contest.

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Anti-Trump delegates consider several attempts to upend convention

What, if anything, they can do is still up for discussion.

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3 Pinocchios: Obama’s strange claim that it is easier for teens to buy a Glock than get a book

The president exaggerates a point about teens' access to handguns compared to their access to books.

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Trump's VP search enters frenzied phase - CNNPolitics.com

Donald Trump's vice presidential search turned into a head-spinning melodrama Wednesday as candidates vying for the spot hopped on planes and phones to perform frenzied, last-minute try-outs.

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Cruz to name Fiorina as VP running mate - POLITICO

Ted Cruz will announce Wednesday that Carly Fiorina will be his vice presidential nominee if he's the Republican party's pick for president, according to two sources with knowledge of the announcement.

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Donald Trump Calls to 'Bring Back' Penn State Coach Joe Paterno as Clashes Erupt Outside - ABC News

Trump Calls to 'Bring Back' Penn State Coach Joe Paterno

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Donald Trump reveals when he thinks America was great - CNNPolitics.com

If Donald Trump wants to make America great again, as his oft-repeated slogan promises, then that leads to the question: When was the last time America was actually great?

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Here’s exactly how a brokered Republican convention would work

Josh Putnam is a lecturer in the Political Science Department at the University of Georgia. But, to political junkies, he's better known as the founder of Frontloading HQ (FHQ, for short), a site that tracks the presidential primary calendar and all that comes with it. With an open convention on the Republican side looking more and more likely, I reached out to Josh to ask a few questions about the rest of the primary calendar and to clear up all of the fuzziness about exactly how that convention might work.

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Cruz Super PAC decides not to attack in Florida as new poll shows Rubio within six of Trump « Hot Air

This is what anti-Trumpers wanted a week ago, right? Cruz should leave Marco alone and give him every chance to shock the world by winning Florida and swiping those 99 delegates. Every delegate that goes to someone besides Trump increases the odds of a brokered convention, which is the only way to keep Trump from the nomination.

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AP delegate count: Trump not yet on track to win nomination

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite Donald Trump's string of Super Tuesday victories, the billionaire businessman must do even better in upcoming primaries to claim the Republican presidential nomination before the party's national…

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Newspapers Demand Christie Resign, Lament Endorsement for Supporting Trump - NBC News

Christie's full-throated support of Trump has also vexed the New Hampshire Union Leader after it endorsed the governor's candidacy in November.

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Trump declines to assess white supremacy groups, including KKK, without first doing research - The Washington Post

"I know nothing about white supremacists," Trump said Sunday.

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The Republican Party’s implosion over Donald Trump’s candidacy has arrived - The Washington Post

As campaign-trail rhetoric gets hotter, party leaders wonder whether Republicans are irretrievably divided.

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20 times Donald Trump has changed his mind since June

Trump's policy positions often seem a little like the weather in New England: If you don't like them, just wait a few minutes.

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Donald Trump claims Ted Cruz 'stole' Iowa caucuses and calls for new election | US news | The Guardian

The businessman, who came in second in Iowa, tweets that Cruz committed fraud by telling voters that Ben Carson was quitting the race

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Debate Without Trump Gets Better Ratings Than Last Debate with Trump | The Weekly Standard

Donald Trump's campaign manager predicted that Thursday night's GOP presidential debate on Fox News would only get about 2 million viewers because Trump refused to show up. In fact, Fox News likely had 11 million to 13 million viewers for the debate, CNN'

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Fox News issues incredible response to Donald Trump's Twitter poll about going to the debate

In a statement to Business Insider, a spokesperson for Fox News mused about whether global leaders would be fair to a potential President Trump.

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Admit It: You Just Want Your Own Dictator

This incessant clamoring by voters and punditry for better “leaders” and more “leadership” is one of the most unsavory, dangerous, and un-American tendencies in political discourse.

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Administration nixed probe into Southern California jihadists

The San Bernardino jihadists may have benefited from the administration’s closure of an investigation I initiated.

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NBC Poll: Clinton Would Trounce Trump But Lose to Rubio, Carson - NBC News

Against Trump, the Democratic front-runner would win 50 percent to 40 percent.

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Feinstein breaks with Obama: 'ISIL is not contained'

In a blow to President Barack Obama's strategy with ISIL Sen. Dianne Feinstein broke with him, saying that ISIL is not contained.

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Obama’s Comments on Clinton Emails Collide With F.B.I. Inquiry - NYTimes.com

WASHINGTON — Federal agents were still cataloging the classified information from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s personal email server last week when President Obama went on television and played down the matter.

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7 gaffes that helped doom Scott Walker - POLITICO

He wasn't ready for the spotlight of a big national campaign -- and it showed.

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Carly Fiorina rockets to No. 2 behind Donald Trump - CNNPolitics.com

Carly Fiorina has rocketed into second place in the Republican presidential field and Donald Trump has lost some support, a new national CNN/ORC poll shows.

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‘Grand slam’: Carly Fiorina’s comeback to Trump’s ‘face’ insult wins the night (so far) [Vine, video] | Twit

Donald Trump was quoted in Rolling Stone magazine as saying about Carly Fiorina, “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that?” Trump later put a spin on that comment to say he was referring to Fiorina’s “persona.”

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Hillary Clinton’s Handling of Email Issue Frustrates Democratic Leaders - The New York Times

Concerns are growing that Hillary Rodham Clinton is not treating the matter seriously, or doing enough to put it to rest before it harms her 2016 run and other Democrats’ campaigns.

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If You Look at This Chart of Top 10 Nations in the World for Mass Shootings – One Thing Jumps Out

The top 5 nations in the world for mass shootings all have one thing in common...

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White House Grilled Over Private Party With Prince

Stevie Wonder and Prince had a jam session at the White House over the weekend, but the public and the press weren’t invited

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On NBC, Seinfeld Slams 'Creepy PC Thing' 'Moving the Lines In' on Comedy

Jerry Seinfeld blasted political correctness on the early Wednesday edition of NBC's Late Night With Seth Meyers. Seinfeld cited how he recently got a negative reaction to a "gay French king" joke: "I can imagine a time when people say, 'We

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'Does It Do Good?' vs. 'Does It Feel Good?' Left-Right Differences: Part III - The Dennis Prager Show The Dennis Prager

A fundamental difference between the left and right concerns how each assesses public policies. The right asks, “Does it do good?” The left asks a different question. One example is the minimum wage. In 1987, The New York Times editorialized against a

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Do Big Unions Buy Politicians? - Prager University

Who poses the biggest threat to America's economy by striking deals with crooked politicians? Big Oil, Big Pharma, or Big Unions? Daniel DiSalvo, political science professor at the City College of New York, gives the answer.

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Republicans introduce bill to quash net neutrality rules

A Republican congressman introduced a resolution Monday calling for a fast-track review of the newly proposed net neutrality rules, a likely futile legislative move that highlights the no-stone-unturned fight put up by the rules' opponents.

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The Maya Angelou Stamp Exemplifies Why Startups Shouldn't Sell To The Government

The US Postal Service pulled off another debacle with the Maya Angelou stamp. Their task was simple. Combine a photo of Ms. Angelou with one of her more memorable verses. Instead, the coupled her image with text written by Joan Walsh Anglund. Twice Isn&rs

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Russian analyst says to nuke Yellowstone - Business Insider

In his article, Konstantin Sivkov justifies the "complete destruction of the enemy [the West]" and describes what "one day without America," would look like.

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U.S. said to ready criminal charges against Sen. Menendez | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is preparing criminal corruption charges against New Jersey Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, CNN reported on Friday.Citing unnamed sources briefed

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Hillary Finds A Rake To Step On: The First Clinton Bombshell

Hillary Clinton's use of a private email account at the State Department raises questions and sparks conspiracy theories.

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First Time Ever: Federal Tax Revenues Top $1 Trillion Thru January; Gov't Still Runs $194B Deficit | CNS News

Inflation-adjusted federal tax revenues hit a record $1,046,224,000,000 for fiscal year 2015 through January, but the federal government still ran a $194,209,000,000 deficit during that time, according to the latest Monthly Treasury Statement.

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Woman showcased by Obama in State of the Union is a former Democratic campaign staffer | Fox News

The woman whose story of economic recovery was showcased by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address is a former Democratic campaign staffer and has been used by Obama for political events in the past.

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A meaningless State of the Union - The Washington Post

The president is out of ideas, offering only partisan confrontation.

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Obama’s Amnesty Will Add More Foreign Workers Than New Jobs

President Barack Obama's unilateral amnesty will quickly add as many foreign workers to the nation's legal labor force as the total number of new jobs created by his economy since 2009. The plans,

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Why Are Elections on Tuesdays?

Ever wonder why Americans always vote in federal elections on Tuesdays? According to NPR, there are a few reasons—including a little something to do with the horse and

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Secret Service Director Resigns

After a security breach at the White House, Julia Pierson was rocked by allegations that her agents and officers did not perform their jobs competently.

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Scotland referendum: Scots reject independence in historic vote

Scottish voters have rejected independence and decided that Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom.

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Rankings: California Not Represented in Top 100 'Most American' Cities

California is not represented in the top 100 "most American" cities, as determined by a new study that utilized a variety of metrics.

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Rick Perry booked by authorities, then goes for ice cream - The Washington Post

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), under indictment on two felony counts, was booked by authorities Tuesday afternoon, where he declared his innocence and vowed to fight the charges he faces.

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Iraq militants changing tactics, complicating US airstrike mission

Islamic militant forces in northern Iraq appear to be shifting tactics in the face of the newly launched U.S. airstrike campaign, Defense officials say, posing a new challenge to the Obama administration as it seeks to at least slow the terrorists’ adva

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Obama: 'Extremist Ideology' That's Taken Over GOP, 'Balkanization of Media' Has

President Barack Obama said the power of conservative opposition, including in the media, is blocking his agenda in an interview with New York Times columnist Tom Friedman late last week.

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Flashback: Mitt Romney Now Makes Obama Look Dangerously Foolish in 46 Second Exchange Over Russia

Obama's sarcastic remarks ring hollow in light of recent events...

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With liberals pining for a Clinton challenger, ambitious Democrats get in position

Warren, Biden and other ambitious Democrats are getting in position for 2016, even if they’re not running

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U.S. Muslims Most Approving of Obama, Mormons Least

President Barack Obama received majority job approval during the first half of 2014 from U.S. Muslims (72%), Jews (55%), and those with no religion (54%), and lower approval from Catholics (44%), Protestants (37%), and Mormons (18%).

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Conservatives and establishment GOP agree: Don’t impeach Obama - Hot Air

It appears that former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin went out on a limb when she said that the proper way to address President Barack Obama’s executive overreach would be to appe...

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JUSTICES: CAN'T MAKE EMPLOYERS COVER CONTRACEPTION

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.

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'More Extreme Than Al Qaeda'? How ISIS Compares to Other Terror Groups - NBC News

The leader of the Islamist fighters sweeping across northern Iraq has been called the heir apparent to Osama bin Laden. But there are big differences between...

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BBC mauled for ruling 'girl' is offensive word

The corporation was accused of censorship after cutting the ‘G-word’ from a documentary on the Commonwealth Games.

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Klavan's One-State Solution: Give the Middle East to the Jews

Watch more Klavan: http://www.pjtv.com/ In an effort to bring peace to the Middle East, President Barack Obama has proposed that Israel should return to its ...

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For Mandela, Reverence, but Criticism, Too

Nelson Mandela was almost worshiped by many for his role in installing multiracial democracy, but political observers say he was never above reproach.

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    Sen. Dick Durbin gave false facts about his own daughter in Obamacare speech

    Sen. Dick Durbin movingly described his sick child’s preexisting condition as a reason to support Obamacare last week, but the Illinois Democrat neglected to mention that his late daughter was ea

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    ‘2 Million Bikers’ roar into D.C. to honor 9/11, protest Muslim rally

    Thousands of bikers from around the country roared into the D.C. area on Wednesday in a show of support for Sept. 11 victims and in solidarity against a controversial Muslim rally on the Mall.

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      And now it's global COOLING! Record return of Arctic ice cap as it grows by 60% in a year

      A chilly Arctic summer has left nearly a million more square miles of ocean covered with ice than at the same time last year

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        Obama and the 1917 Espionage Act

        The president uses the overly broad and little-used WWI-era law to go after reporters.