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August 11, 2014

Why Democrats can’t win back the House

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WASHINGTON — Congressional approval ratings hover at historic lows. The Republican Party’s brand has tanked. More people than ever think their own congressman should be sent packing. And the most notable act in one of the most unproductive legislative periods on record was shutting down the government for 16 days. Yet Republicans are forecast to pick up as many as a dozen U.S. House seats this November, strengthening their grip…

Twin Towers dishes spark flap at 9/11 gift shop

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The New York Port Authority has told a Manhattan retailer to stop selling dishes with the Twin Towers skyline — and at the same time the same dishes are being sold in the 9/11 Museum gift shop. Housewares store Fishs Eddy is fending off a cease-and-desist letter from the agency charging the company with “unfairly reaping a benefit from an association with the Port Authority and the (9/11) attacks,” by…

Lindsey Graham: If Obama Doesn’t Go On Offense, Terrorists Are ‘Coming Here’

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WASHINGTON — Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) doesn’t think the public has been sufficiently frightened about what is going on in the Middle East. On Sunday, he urged President Barack Obama to give a speech warning Americans that the United States faces a possible terrorist attack from Iraq or Syria. Speaking to host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday,” Graham repeatedly insisted on addressing his answers to Obama instead. “So Mr….

90 Years On, The Fight For The Equal Rights Amendment Continues

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Drafted by a suffragette in 1923, the Equal Rights Amendment has been stirring up controversy ever since. Many opponents considered it dead when a 10-year ratification push failed in 1982, yet its backers on Capitol Hill, in the Illinois statehouse and elsewhere are making clear this summer that the fight is far from over. In Washington, congresswomen Jackie Speier, D-Calif., and Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., are prime sponsors of two pieces…

Kurdish Forces Seize Back Two Towns From Insurgents: Kurdish Official

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BAGHDAD (AP) — Reinvigorated by American airstrikes, Kurdish forces retook two towns from Sunni militants Sunday, achieving one of their first victories after weeks of retreating, a senior Kurdish military official said. Kurdish peshmerga fighters were able to push the militants of the Islamic State group out of the villages of Makhmour and al-Gweir, some 45 kilometers from Irbil, Brig. Gen. Shirko Fatih said. The United States launched a fourth…

Hillary Clinton Dismisses Obama’s ‘Don’t Do Stupid Sh*t’ Foreign Policy

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Former secretary of state and potential 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had sharp words for President Barack Obama’s foreign policy in an interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, dismissing the president’s “don’t do stupid shit” foreign policy approach for not being “an organizing principle” worthy of “great nations.” In recent months, “Don’t do stupid shit” has emerged as White House officials’ preferred label for Obama’s foreign policy (which aims to…

Ron Paul Says U.S. ‘Likely Hiding Truth’ About MH17 Crash

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The U.S. government “knows a lot more” than it’s letting on about the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash and is “likely hiding [the] truth,” according to former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas). In an Aug. 7 post on his news site, Voices of Liberty, Paul said he believes the U.S., with all its intelligence-gathering capabilities, should have a clear idea of what happened on July 17 when MH17 was shot down…

Sugar Hill homes in Harlem remodeled as art galleries, welcome new visitors

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The industrial-looking charcoal gray building that sits in Harlem on 155th Street and St. Nicholas is reintroducing itself to its neighbors in a creative new way. The David Adjaye designed mixed-use building has met staunch criticism over its aggressively modern aesthetic in the historic Sugar Hill community, which is dotted with 19th century row houses and early 20th century apartment buildings. The Silver LEED certified building  will include 124 apartments (70%…