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Ukrainian President Asks Congress for Lethal Aid To Confront Russia

September 18, 2014 When Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addressed a joint meeting of Congress on Thursday morning, he wasn't just talking to the lawmakers gathered in the room. He was sending a message to Moscow. For years, Russia has tried to keep Ukraine and other former Soviet republics under its sphere of influence—and ...

GOP Fears That ISIL Fighters Are Entering US Through Mexico Border

September 17, 2014 Last week, President Obama said that U.S. intelligence agencies have not detected any plots by Islamic State militants to stage an attack on U.S. soil. But some Republicans are worried that members of the terrorist group could still be headed this way—and they might cross into the country through the ...

Impending Solar Storm Could Cause Tech, Power Grid Disruptions

September 12, 2014 A solar storm is currently heading toward Earth, and could cause some fluctuations in the U.S. power grid, slight disturbances to GPS satellites and radio transmissions, and rare glimpses of the Northern Lights for some parts of the country. A powerful solar flare erupted from the middle of the sun ...

Russia Steps Up Its Militarization of the North Pole

September 12, 2014 Every autumn for the last seven years, the United States, Canada, and Russia have conducted a military exercise together at the North Pole, near Alaska. During the mock scenario, fighter jets from all three countries intercept a "hijacked" commercial plane passing from Russian to American airspace. The training won't take ...

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Russia's Militarization of the North Pole Has U.S. Lawmakers on Edge

September 12, 2014 Every autumn for the last seven years, the United States, Canada, and Russia have conducted a military exercise together at the North Pole, near Alaska. During the mock scenario, fighter jets from all three countries intercept a "hijacked" commercial plane passing from Russian to American airspace. The training won't take ...

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29 States That Shame Their Bad Taxpayers on the Internet

September 9, 2014 The Internet can be a great place. Unless you're a chronic tax evader in Vermont. At the end of this year, the Green Mountain State will begin publishing lists of its most delinquent taxpayers to shame them into coughing up money owed—specifically, the 100 people and 100 businesses with the ...

Obama Outlines Expanded US Troop Plan for the Baltics

September 3, 2014 President Obama on Wednesday reaffirmed his support for Ukraine in its standoff with Russia, following mixed reports of a cease-fire between both sides. Speaking in Estonia ahead of a NATO summit, the president outlined future U.S. actions in Eastern Europe, specifically in the Baltic region. "Here in the Baltics, it ...

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Obama: 'It's Going to Take Time' to Weaken ISIS

September 3, 2014 The White House may not yet have a clear-cut strategy for weeding out Islamic extremists in Syria, but it does know the process is not going to be quick. "Because of what's happened in the vacuum of Syria, as well as the battle-hardened elements of ISIS that grew out of ...

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Buckets of Ice Water Brought in More ALS Funding in 30 Days Than the Government Did in a Year

September 1, 2014 A month ago, the National Institutes of Health was the single largest source of research funding for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, in the world. Now, it's a bunch of people dumping buckets full of ice water over their heads. The ALS Association said Friday it has received more than ...

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U.S. Tells Russia to 'Stop Lying' About Its Involvement in Ukraine

August 29, 2014 The United Nations Security Council met Thursday to discuss the Ukraine crisis for the 24th time this year, after reports indicated that Russian soldiers and weapons had crossed the border into eastern Ukraine to support insurgents there. Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., said that Russia is not ...