A tenuous truce holds but Syria lacking full compliance of peace plan

The world turned a skeptical eye toward Syria Thursday after a tenuous truce took effect and cast an eerie calm over restive cities and towns previously pounded by government forces. “Syria is apparently experiencing a rare moment of calm on the ground,” said Kofi Annan, the special envoy who brokered Syria’s peace plan. “This is bringing much-needed relief and hope […]

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Supreme Court Misunderstanding on Health?

A possible misunderstanding about President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul could cloud Supreme Court deliberations on its fate, leaving the impression that the law’s insurance requirement is more onerous than it actually is. During the recent oral arguments some of the justices and the lawyers appearing before them seemed to be under the impression that the law does not allow […]

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Your Burning Tax Season FAQs, Answered

Tax preparers toil in obscurity for most of the year, trying to keep track of the ever-changing kaleidoscope that is our federal tax code. But when crunch time comes for taxpayers to get their returns filed to the Internal Revenue Service’s satisfaction, everybody wants an expert in their corner willing to dispense advice and explain the often byzantine process. Here […]

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U.S., Afghanistan sign key ‘night raids’ deal

The United States and Afghanistan signed a landmark deal Sunday that affords Afghan authorities an effective veto over controversial special operations raids. A bid to end visceral Afghan anger over raids on private residences, the deal prevents NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) from conducting such operations without the explicit permission of Afghan officials, said a senior NATO official. From […]

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NRA expands its role from fight for gun rights to conservative causes

This week, Coca-Cola and Kraft announced they are pulling their corporate memberships from a conservative group that was behind the spread of “stand your ground” laws like the one highlighted in Florida by the Trayvon Martin case. The American Legislative Executive Council, also known as ALEC, is getting attention lately for its behind the scenes work pushing conservative legislation in […]

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