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February 6, 2015

Venezuela condom shortage: One box costs $755

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Shortages of basic products such as corn, milk and chicken have plagued Venezuela for years, creating long lines at supermarkets and pushing inflation well past the 60% mark just in the last year alone. More recently, shortages are affecting people in the South American country in a more personal way. Venezuelan consumers complain condoms and birth control pills are nowhere to be found. Shortages that first affected the dining table…

House, Senate on DHS impasse: ‘After you’

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Three weeks before the Department of Homeland Security’s funding runs out, Congress is skipping town for a long weekend — and GOP leaders in both chambers are pointing fingers at each other on who must find a way out of the logjam. Some on the Hill are predicting a “prolonged fight” that may drag on even after the Feb. 27 funding deadline — a date that Republican leaders insisted on…

How Rand Paul trolls his rivals

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Rand Paul has the most aggressive Twitter feed of the 2016 field, an account that emits a steady stream of snark, rapid response and gimmicks. A recent sampling: He’s suggested Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton are conspiring, charged that Marco Rubio wants to “build a moat” around Cuba, and joked that Bush and Mitt Romney have exchanged friendship and charm bracelets. Paul doesn’t write the tweets himself: Roughly a half-dozen…

The College Loan Bombshell Hidden in the Budget

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In obscure data tables buried deep in its 2016 budget proposal, the Obama administration revealed this week that its student loan program had a $21.8 billion shortfall last year, apparently the largest ever recorded for any government credit program. The main cause of the shortfall was President Barack Obama’s recent efforts to provide relief for borrowers drowning in student debt, reforms that have already begun to reduce loan payments to…

Neighborhood with ‘Caucasian’ only rule shuts down black man’s home business

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James Mosbey moved into his Texas home in 2003 and promptly set up a car wash and a home business that offered “personal training and nutritional counseling.” For ten years, Mosbey advertised his business with a billboard and with signs in his yard, all without complaint. But in 2013, the neighborhood tried to force him out. The problems began in January 2013 when the Northwood Park Civic Association, a nonprofit designed to “preserve…

This barber will publicly shame your misbehaving kid with an old man’s haircut

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Got a kid who’s raising hell? Afraid the police will be called if you break out the belt? A suburban Atlanta barbershop may have a solution for you. Three days a week, parents can take their misbehaving kids to A-1 Kutz in Snellville and ask for the “Benjamin Button Special,” which Russell Fredrick and his team of barbers are offering — free of charge — to parents who want to…

Boko Haram shot and burned to death dozens of young Cameroon civilians

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YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Boko Haram fighters have shot or burned to death dozens of civilians in a border town near Nigeria, Cameroon’s government spokesman said Thursday. Some 800 Islamic extremists attacking the town of Fotokol have “burned churches, mosques and villages and slaughtered youth who resisted joining them to fight Cameroonian forces,” said Information Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakari. The insurgents also looted livestock and food in the fighting that…