Obama Administration Seeks Voting Rights for Former Inmates

Attorney General Eric Holder asked state leaders on Tuesday to enact “clear and consistent” reforms that would allow former prison inmates to vote. “There is no rational reason to take away someone’s voting rights because they committed a crime,” Holder said at a conference at Georgetown University. When laws prevent people from voting, Holder said, the country falls “short of the […]

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White House Punts on Retiring Aircraft Carrier

The news that the White House is abandoning plans to authorize the retirement the aircraft carrier USS George Washington is the latest example of the nation’s no-brain, no-money defense strategy. The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the Obama administration vetoed scrapping the flattop after lawmakers urged it be kept steaming. The White House wants to avoid a political fight […]

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Afghan Civilian Casualties on the Rise, Says U.N.

The 12th year of the war in Afghanistan saw a sharp increase in the number of civilians killed, as more than eight people every day died in 2013, one of the bloodiest years since the U.S.-led 2001 military invasion. This week, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan released its annual report documenting civilian casualties in the conflict. In 2013, civilian casualties rose […]

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3 Things Smartwatches Need to Be Ready for Prime Time

I have become very interested in smartwatches. Over the past six months or so, I have intermittently been using the Pebble watch, Samsung’s Galaxy Gear and Qualcomm’s TOQ, and I have come to the conclusion that smartwatches really are important tools that could enhance one’s digital lifestyle. The first thing I realized when I unboxed the first generation of Pebble’s smartwatch […]

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Lawmakers Warn Of Terror Threat At Sochi

Republican congressional leaders aired concerns about security at the Winter Olympics on Sunday morning, opening up the day’s talk show cycle with warnings about safety in Sochi as athletes there finished their second day of competition. “I’ve never seen a greater threat in my lifetime,” said Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Tex.) on Fox News Sunday of the Olympic games. In December, […]

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Holder: Same-Sex Couples To Get Equal Legal Rights

The Justice Department is preparing to eliminate legal distinctions between straight and same-sex couples in the federal criminal justice system, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Saturday, ensuring that gay Americans have the same rights as heterosexual couples when filing bankruptcy, testifying in court or visiting partners in prison. The policy memorandum, which Holder said would be released Monday, will include important […]

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6 Ways Hillary Clinton Is Her Own Worst Enemy

Cast about for Democratic presidential hopefuls in 2016, and there aren’t a whole lot of names that come up other than Hillary Clinton. Most of her potential opponents have already endorsed her as-of-yet-non-existent candidacy. And the few weighing runs aren’t serious threats, such as former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. (MAGAZINE: Can anyone stop Hillary?) But […]

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Egypt Accuses Islamist Group of Forming ‘Military Wing’

Egyptian authorities have accused the ousted Muslim Brotherhood of building an insurrectionary military wing to stage attacks against security forces. The accusation comes as mass protests across the country wane but violent attacks increase. Egypt’s Interior Ministry said Sunday the alleged ”military wing” is based in the city of Beni Suef, south of Cairo. It also named 12 people that belong to […]

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