Obama: They still like him, but will they vote for him?

President Barack Obama lags in several polls on fixing the economy. His favorability rating is virtually even with that of presumed GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. His signature health care reform law appears on the verge of being overturned. Women, once central to his base, are now drifting toward his opponent. He has even lost support among once-passionate young voters. […]

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It’s Not Just Facebook’s Co-Founder Who’s Trying to Dodge Taxes

Eduardo Saverin’s renunciation of U.S. citizenship is emblematic of a bigger problem of Americans shedding obligations to their country Young billionaire Eduardo Saverin has always had clever lawyers. He famously sued his Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg to win official co-founder status. Now, just ahead of Facebook’s IPO and the expected pop in the value of his shares, Saverin has renounced […]

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The Chen Guangcheng Affair: Potential Study Abroad Deal May End Diplomatic Impasse

The blind legal activist who has been at the center of diplomatic struggle between the U.S. and China has been offered a fellowship to study at an American university, and the Chinese government has indicated it will accept Chen Guangcheng‘s application for travel documents, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said. “The United States Government expects that the Chinese Government […]

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Activist Asks to Leave China, Deepening U.S. Predicament

A senior Obama administration official said Thursday that the United States recognized that the blind dissident lawyer Chen Guangcheng wanted to leave China, an apparent reversal of Mr. Chen’s earlier stance that injected new uncertainty into a tense diplomatic situation that had briefly appeared resolved ahead of high-level economic talks here. As the State Department tried to reassess options for […]

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U.S. lends support in hunt for notorious African warlord

The lush, green forests of central Africa have long been the playground and refuge of the continent’s most-notorious warlord, Joseph Kony. His Lord’s Resistance Army, which began with the aim of overthrowing the Ugandan government, has since spread to remote hinterlands on the borders of the Central African Republic, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Though officials don’t […]

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School Reform: Why Romney and Obama Aren’t Talking About Education

When it comes to school reform, both candidates have a party-base problem According to a recent poll, 67 percent of registered voters in swing states said education was “extremely important” to them in this year’s election. Parents of high schoolers and college students are particularly worried, or they should be, that the interest rate on federally backed student loans is […]

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A New U.S.-Afghan Strategic Partnership: Should the Taliban Be Afraid?

After many months of wrangling and negotiations between Washington and Kabul, U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker and Afghanistan’s National Security Adviser Rangin Dadfar Spanta initialed the draft of a strategic partnership agreement that promises American support for Afghanistan for 10 years following the planned 2014 withdrawal of U.S. and NATO troops. However, like many recent agreements between the two countries, observers […]

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Google to Team Up with James Cameron on Space Exploration Project

Now that he’s done exploring the vast depths of our planet’s oceans, James Cameron is looking towards the stars. The Avatar director has signed a deal with Google’s chairman Eric Schmidt and co-founder Larry Page for a space exploration venture called Planetary Resources to be announced next Tuesday, reports Huffington Post. According to a press release, Planetary Resources will: “combine […]

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