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Florida's Legislative 'Fair Districts' Still Aren't Fair

July 11, 2014 Despite Florida voters' recent approval of "fair districts" amendments to the state constitution, a judge on Thursday ruled that a portion of the state's voter maps still aren't, well, fair. Florida Circuit Judge Terry Lewis ordered a do-over on the maps, which he says were compiled with the help of...

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Germany Expels U.S. Intelligence Official After Spying Allegations

July 10, 2014 Germany asked a U.S. intelligence official based at the American embassy to leave the country over allegations of Americans spying on Germany, officials announced on Wednesday. According to Reuters, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said that "the request was made in light of the ongoing investigation by the chief federal...

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An 'Industrial Spill' Has Closed Part of the U.S. Capitol Building

July 10, 2014 The House of Representatives will probably need to find somewhere else to meet this morning. According to multiple reports, the House-side of the U.S. Capitol building is closed because of an "industrial spill," reportedly of asbestos. Fox News's Chad Pergram, citing senior sources at the Capitol, reported on Twitter that...

The U.S. Just Found Some Rogue Smallpox In a Closet, No Big Deal

July 8, 2014 On Tuesday, the CDC announced that it found vials of a smallpox-causing virus in a lab's storage room. ABC News notes that the presence of the vials technically violates an international agreement reached in 1979 limiting the virus's presence to only two labs in the world: a different lab in...

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Insane Clown Posse Loses FBI Lawsuit; Juggalos a 'Gang'

July 8, 2014 A federal judge has dismissed Insane Clown Posse's lawsuit against the FBI and the Justice Department, allowing the agencies to continue classifying the group's fans, called Juggalos, as a "gang." According to the Associated Press's Tuesday report, U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland ruled last week that because a 2011 FBI...

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Veteran Dies in VA Hospital Cafeteria After Waiting 30 Minutes for an Ambulance

July 3, 2014 A veteran who collapsed and died in the Albuquerque Veteran Affairs hospital cafeteria was waiting for an ambulance for half an hour, the Associated Press confirmed with officials on Thursday. The cafeteria is just a five-minute walk from the hospital's emergency room, but it took officials 30 minutes just to...

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U.S. Embassy in Uganda Warns of 'Specific' Terrorist Threat

July 3, 2014 According to the U.S. Embassy in Kampala, Uganda, Ugandan police have passed along intelligence on a "specific" threat to the Entebbe International Airport, the main international airport in the country. In a statement, the embassy said the intelligence specified that the attack by an "unknown terrorist group" was planned to...

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Majority of Voters Think the Obama Administration Is Incompetent at Running the Government

July 2, 2014 When asked a question often discussed with dread at family Thanksgiving dinners, a plurality of voters — 33 percent — believe President Obama is the worst president since World War II. In second place on the same question was George W. Bush with 28 percent. These are the numbers you...

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Hillary Clinton Is as Good at Courting Wall Street as Mitt Romney

July 2, 2014 Although Hillary Clinton's recent comments about her wealth don't quite put her in the same presidential candidate club as Mitt Romney, there is one area where the two seem to have something in common: a knack for fundraising out of Wall Street. According to a Wall Street Journal look at...

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Expect a Supreme Court Decision on Recess Appointments Soon

June 19, 2014 The Supreme Court term will likely end next week, but there are still more than a dozen cases awaiting a ruling. Among those are several potentially major decisions on issues like the contraceptive mandate, free speech, and presidential recess appointments. Thursday is the next decision release day, leaving just a...

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